Died Today (July 12th): Lon Chaney Jr.

Lon Chaney JrDate of Birth 10 February 1906, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
Date of Death 12 July 1973, San Clemente, California, USA (beriberi and liver failure)
Birth Name Creighton Tull Chaney
Nickname The Prince of Pain
Height 6′ 2″ (1.88 m)

I am most proud of the name Lon Chaney. I am not proud of Lon Chaney Jr., because they had to starve me to make me take this name.

Nothing is more natural to me than horror.

All the best of the monsters played for sympathy. That goes for my father, [Lon Chaney], myself and all the others. They all won the audience’s sympathy. The Wolf Man didn’t want to do all those bad things. He was forced into them.
The trouble with most of the monster pictures today is that they go after horror for horror’s sake. There’s no motivation for how monsters behave. There’s too much of that science-fiction baloney.

Died Today (July 11th): Laurence Olivier (1907–1989)

Laurence Olivier (1907–1989).jpgDate of Birth 22 May 1907, Dorking, Surrey, England, UK
Date of Death 11 July 1989, Steyning, West Sussex, England, UK (renal failure)
Birth Name Laurence Kerr Olivier
Nicknames Larry
Kim
Height 5′ 10″ (1.78 m)

[on needing to reshoot their torture scene in Marathon Man (1976) because Method actor Dustin Hoffman had gotten excessively drunk the first time so he’d look really out of it] Oh, why doesn’t he just *act*?

[on Marlon Brando] Brando acted with an empathy and an instinctual understanding that not even the greatest technical performers could possibly match.

[on Marilyn Monroe] Look at that face – she could be five years old.

People ask me why I’m playing in this picture. The answer is simple. Money, dear boy. I’m like a vintage wine. You have to drink me quickly before I turn sour. I’m almost used up now and I can feel the end coming. That’s why I’m taking money now. I’ve got nothing to leave my family but the money I can make from films. Nothing is beneath me if it pays well. I’ve earned the right to damn well grab whatever I can in the time I’ve got left.

[In 1983] If you’re 75, which I am, it’s damned hard to find parts. Lear is the only star part for an old man that I know of – I’ve never heard of a good play about Methusaleh. I played the title role only once before the Old Vic. I was 39. When you’re younger, Lear doesn’t feel real. When you get to my age, you ‘are’ Lear in every nerve of your body.

Died Today (July 10th): Roger Rees (1944–2015)

Roger Rees (1944–2015)Roger Rees (1944–2015)

Date of Birth 5 May 1944, Aberystwyth, Wales, UK
Date of Death 10 July 2015, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA (cancer)
Height 5′ 11½” (1.81 m)

In Julius Caesar, I died early in the scene and used to fall asleep under the shield until I was waken up by applause. I didn’t have any lines, other than “The Queen!” or “Ah, my Lord!” for four years. — RR, commenting on his first few years as a bit actor with the Royal Shakespeare Company

Died Today (July 10th): Omar Sharif (1932–2015)

Omar Sharif (1932–2015)Omar Sharif (1932–2015)

Date of Birth 10 April 1932, Alexandria, Egypt
Date of Death 10 July 2015, Cairo, Egypt (heart attack)
Birth Name Michel Demetri Shalhoub
Height 5′ 11″ (1.8 m)

[on Barbra Streisand] I thought she was not very attractive at first. But gradually she cast her spell over me. I fell madly in love with her talent. The feeling was mutual for four months – the time it took to shoot the movie.
[on his prowess as a lover] See these hands? They are old. But they are soft. Only good for caressing.

[on Che! (1969)] I wasn’t satisfied with it. It was very awful because it was a movie about a very important figure in socialism and communism, and it was produced by the CIA. I didn’t know and I wasn’t aware of that. I had put a condition with them that this movie wouldn’t offend the reputation of Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara.

[on being cast by David Lean in Lawrence of Arabia (1962)] They chose me for Lawrence of Arabia (1962) because I spoke English, had black hair, black eyes and a mustache. It was all luck. I was taken in a plane to the desert to meet David, and as we came in to land we could see him sitting all by himself. We landed right next to him, but he didn’t move one step. When I got off the plane, he didn’t say ‘hello’. He simply walked round me to see my profile. Finally, he said “That’s very good, Omar. Let’s go to the make-up tent.” I tried on a mustache, and it was decided I would grow one. I’ve shaved it off for a couple of films, but otherwise I’ve had it ever since.

Died Today: John G. Avildsen (1935–2017) (director Rocky, The Karate Kid)

johngavilsonBorn: December 21, 1935 in Oak Park, Illinois, USA

Died: June 16, 2017 (age 81) in Los Angeles, California, USA

Married to:
Tracy Brooks Swope (27 February 1987 – 28 August 2003) (divorced) (1 child)
Marie Olga Maturevich (15 February 1964 – ?) (divorced) (2 children)

QUOTES:

When I read ‘Rocky V,’ it was a terrific story, a great script. Rocky died at the end. He has this devastating fight with Tommy Gunn, ends up in an ambulance with his head in Adrian’s lap, and by the time they get to the hospital, he’s dead.

I thought boxing was stupid.

My dream was to have my own advertising agency by the time I was 30, and that was before I got into movies.
 

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RIP the amazing actor Powers Boothe (1948–2017)

powersboothe.jpgHappy Birthday actor Powers Boothe

Born: Powers Allen Boothe
June 1, 1948 in Snyder, Texas, USA

Married to: Pam Cole (25 May 1969 – present) (2 children)

QUOTES:

[accepting his Emmy Award, 1980] This is either the most courageous moment of my career or the stupidest… I also thought long and hard whether or not I would attend, but I came here because this is America and one must do what one believes. I believe in the Academy. I also believe in my fellow actors in their stand.

Hell, I’ve played as many guys who get the girl as I have heavies. I’ve done love scenes with Jessica Lange [Blue Sky (1994)] and Jennifer Lopez [U Turn (1997)], and I won’t kid you, they’re fun.

I’ve been fortunate in my career to have the opportunity to pick and choose the parts I play. I’ve also been lucky to always be involved with quality actors, quality directors, quality writers.

[2007, on beginning as an actor] One role leads to another. For the first 10 years [that] I was a professional actor, all I did was Shakespeare. And the show I did in New York that brought me out [to L.A.] was a flat-out comedy. And they never let me do comedy.

Read reviews of the best of the actor:

ConstantineSin City
2005
dir. by Robert Rodriguez
Frank Miller
starring
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2008 TV Movie
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Stars:
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Died Today (October 25th): Richard Harris (1930–2002)

richardharris.jpgRichard Harris (1930–2002)

Born: October 1, 1930 in Limerick, Ireland
Died: October 25, 2002 (age 72) in Bloomsbury, London, England, UK

I came to England first in 1954 looking for a bedsit, a room to sleep in while going to my academy. And outside the Earl’s Court tube station there was a little tobacco-list and paper shop and they had a board. A glass-filled in board with rooms for rent. And I saw one for thirteen shillings a week and it said, “No Irishmen or black need apply” and I took my jersey and I put it down over my hand and I put my hand right through the glass and I took it out and I kept it for the rest of my life. That’s how we were treated here in 1954. That would cause me grievance. That would cause me anger.

PATRIOT GAMES
1992
dir. Phillip Noyce
Stars:
Harrison Ford
RICHARD HARRIS
UNFORGIVENUnforgiven
1992
dir. Eastwood
Starring
Eastwood
Gene Hackman

 

Gladiator
2000
dir. Ridley Scott
starring
Crowe
Joaquin Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsHarry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
2002
dir. Chris Columbus
starring
Daniel Radcliffe
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's StoneHarry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
2001
dir. Chris Columbus
Starring
Richard Harris
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