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Actors I Miss

Postby Douglas Harrison » Tue May 02, 2006 1:28 am

I always liked Ruth Gordon, though I was only eighteen when she died. I grew up watching her on tv, and in ridiculous movies like The Big Bus and Every Which Way But Loose, but eventually I got around to Harold and Maude, Where's Poppa?, and Rosemary's Baby. Still later I discovered that she cowrote a number of those wonderful Hepburn/Tracy flicks with her husband, and just today I found out that she was a member of the Algonquin Round Table.

Robert Shaw. More truly macho buttoning his jacket than Vin Diesel is pulling shrapnel out of his arm. See The Taking of Pelham One Two Three for an idea of where Quentin Tarantino got his inspiration for Reservoir Dogs.

Warren Oates. Too many fine performances to count, but if you wanted to try, you could start with Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia, Dillinger, Two-Lane Blacktop, and In the Heat of the Night. And don't forget Stripes.

D.

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Postby rich » Tue May 02, 2006 6:29 am

Yeah, you can't just replace that big toe with just anyone.

Hmmmm...actors, you said? Not porn stars? Ok.

Richard Burton. The guy could literally do anything. And that voice. Becket, Where Eagles Dare, Who's Afraid of Virgina Woolf and he never won an Academy Award. (I was going to mention The Spy Who Came In from the Cold, but that wasn't acting. That was a documentary.)

Cary Grant. C'mon...looks and a fine sense of comedic timing. What's not to like?

Mirna Loy. Ditto.

Rod Steiger. He chewed it up, spit it out, and chewed it up again. And he never apologized for it.

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Postby Eric Martin » Tue May 02, 2006 7:23 am

Strother Martin (no relation).

Clark Gable.

Brando, in his shitty mid-60s period.

I'll think of the wimmen next...

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Postby Chuck Messer » Tue May 02, 2006 2:25 pm

Good ol' Strother Martin: "What we have here...is a fail-ure to com-un-i-cate." The man could be pathetic and smarmy at the same time.

I also nominate Walter Brennan. Whether he played Stumpy, the toothless, gimpy deputy, or Jude Roy Bean -- pathetic and lonely one moment, dangerous and menacing the next -- he was outstanding.

And since I'm mentioning character actors, how about Jack Elam? Another fine character guy. Love the glass eye.

The wimmen:

Katherine Hepburn: class, sophistication, steel and femininity all in one package.

Lucille Ball: The sassy, funny girlfriend of many a film until Louie B decided she was "washed up".

Una O'Connor: "It's a Doctor Pretorius come calling about a secret grave matter."

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Postby Tony Rabig » Tue May 02, 2006 4:02 pm

Just a couple who come to mind and no doubt I'll think of others later.

Melvyn Douglas. Wonderful in Hud, Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, and I Never Sang for My Father (for my money THE American tragedy-- sorry, Arthur Miller)

David Janssen. Never really made much of a mark in feature films, but a lot of the television work was nice. The Fugitive, Harry O (series and the two pilots written by Howard Rodman), and the tv-movie City in Fear were all terrific.
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Postby Ben » Tue May 02, 2006 6:19 pm

Vincent Price.

Oh, Vinnie, Vinnie, we miss you terribly... :cry:

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Postby FrankChurch » Wed May 03, 2006 5:47 pm

I miss Orson Welles, fat or thin. What a fucking genius.

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Postby Mindtraveller » Wed May 03, 2006 6:03 pm

rich wrote:Yeah, you can't just replace that big toe with just anyone.

Hmmmm...actors, you said? Not porn stars? Ok.

Richard Burton. The guy could literally do anything. And that voice. Becket, Where Eagles Dare, Who's Afraid of Virgina Woolf and he never won an Academy Award. (I was going to mention The Spy Who Came In from the Cold, but that wasn't acting. That was a documentary.)

Cary Grant. C'mon...looks and a fine sense of comedic timing. What's not to like?

Mirna Loy. Ditto.

Rod Steiger. He chewed it up, spit it out, and chewed it up again. And he never apologized for it.


Who said porn stars aren't actors? :wink:

Even though he is not dead, I miss Corey Feldman. He was one funny bastard.
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Postby Douglas Harrison » Wed May 03, 2006 11:56 pm

Mindtraveller wrote:Even though he is not dead, I miss Corey Feldman. He was one funny bastard.


I prefer Marty Feldman, myself.

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Postby Duane » Thu May 04, 2006 2:07 am

Since it's 1:00 am and I'm still here at work helping the machine run smoothly and all, I'll simply say this:

Boy, do I ever miss Don Knotts.

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Postby FrankChurch » Thu May 04, 2006 6:56 pm

You deserved Don Knotts.

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Postby Douglas Harrison » Thu May 04, 2006 11:46 pm

Don Knotts was the real deal. As was James Coco, Dudley Moore, Selma Diamond, and Nancy Walker.

So there.

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Postby Steve Evil » Tue May 09, 2006 12:06 pm

Ben wrote:Vincent Price.

Oh, Vinnie, Vinnie, we miss you terribly... :cry:


Alas! Alas! There is a hole in the cinema that ca never be filled!

Ditto Peter Cushing.

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Postby Ezra Lb. » Tue May 09, 2006 1:34 pm

Tori Welles
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Postby rich » Tue May 09, 2006 6:13 pm

Tracy Lords.


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