Category Archives: Actors

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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“How far you goin’?” “How far YOU goin’?”
Happy birthday, Ann Savage

Peter Bogdanovich and Orson Welles were talking about Greta Garbo. Bogdanovich, unthinkingly, said, “You know, I love Greta Garbo, but it’s such a shame she did only one really great movie.” There was a pause, Orson just looking at Bogdanovich. … Continue reading

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Movie Night Last Night: Reveling in Rowlands

“Love is a stream. It’s continuous. It doesn’t stop.” “Oh, no, it does stop.” “Oh, no, it does NOT stop.” — Love Streams, directed by John Cassavetes, 1984 Alex had never seen it. How could she? It hadn’t even been … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Lizabeth Scott

Lizabeth Scott, of the smoky voice, the tough hard eyes, the lean body with beautiful dangerous curves, has died at the age of 92. Hers was not a lengthy career and it petered out a bit after the heyday of … Continue reading

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Ethan Hawke: “It Didn’t Come For Free.”

Ethan Hawke, the part of the Charlie Rose interview where he discusses Robin Williams, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and River Phoenix.

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Happy Birthday, Michael Ontkean

The strip-tease scene in “Slap Shot” that launched the fantasy-lives of many young people, male and female, who were way too young to be watching that movie anyway. I love him as an actor, and I am glad Twin Peaks … Continue reading

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