Category Archives: Actors

Happy 100th Birthday, Orson Welles

When Orson Welles was just a teenager, he traveled to Ireland. And although it seems improbable (perhaps not, because this is Orson Welles we’re talking about), he decided to audition for the newly-formed Gate Theatre, and was given a role … Continue reading

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Chazz Palminteri: A Bronx Tale: Live

One of the highlights of Ebertfest this year was the screening of A Bronx Tale, Robert De Niro’s impressive debut as a director, with the script based on Chazz Palmenteri’s phenomenally successful one-man show about his childhood in the Bronx. … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Ann-Margret

Ann-Margret entertaining US troops in Vietnam, 1966 Today is Ann-Margret’s birthday. Her autobiography, Ann-Margret: My Story is wonderful. What a career. And it’s still unfolding. There are so many classic scenes. Tommy. Carnal Knowledge. Of course, too, here is the … Continue reading

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Tribeca Film Festival 2015: 40th Anniversary of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, plus Monty Python QA with Host John Oliver

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. There is a new documentary coming out called Monty Python – The Meaning of Live, about the development of the live show they did last year at … Continue reading

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Interpreting Lady Macbeth: Sarah Siddons vs. Ellen Terry

A re-post, in honor of the Bard, whose birthday is today, allegedly. Ellen Terry Michael Holroyd’s A Strange Eventful History: The Dramatic Lives of Ellen Terry, Henry Irving, and Their Remarkable Families tells the story of 19th century theatre-manager Henry … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Marlon Brando: We Can Still Hear That Roar

“You can’t always be a failure. Not and survive. Van Gogh! There’s an example of what can happen when a person never receives any recognition. You stop relating: it puts you outside. But I guess success does that, too. You … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Dean Stockwell

Those of you who have read me for a while will remember the Dean Stockwell Year. Today is his birthday. Dean Stockwell is still with us. I treasure his entire body of work. Here is a piece I wrote back … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, John Garfield

Now THAT is a movie star. One of my favorite actors, as well as an early inspiration to me because of his devotion to The Group Theatre and its ideals. “Julie” Garfield lived in my imagination long before I had … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Leonard Nimoy

While I was never a Trekkie, I watched Star Trek growing up in their endless re-runs and can barely separate out the television show from my actual real-life childhood. They are my memories. Star Trek was like The Brady Bunch … Continue reading

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If We Picked the Winners: Marion Cotillard for Best Actress, Two Days, One Night

The contributors at took a poll for the Oscars, picking who we each wanted to win in all of the main categories of the Academy Awards. The votes were tallied, and the results are in. Over this week, each … Continue reading

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