RIP Burt Reynolds (1936–2018)

One of the great movie box office stars of all-time!

Born:

in Lansing, Michigan, USA

Died:

(age 82) in Jupiter, Florida, USA

 

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Died Today: Don Ohlmeyer (1945–2017)

Don Ohlmeyer (1945–2017)Born: c. 1945

Died: September 10, 2017 (age 72) in Indian Wells, California, USA

Fired Norm Macdonald from the “Weekend Update” on “Saturday Night Live” and eventually from the entire show.

Although he claims to have demoted Norm MacDonald on SNL for being “unfunny,” many insiders felt that MacDonald’s constant jokes about Ohlmeyer’s friend, O.J. Simpson, were the real reason.

President, NBC West Coast [1998]

Died Today (August 20th) Jerry Lewis, Comedy Legend, Dead at 91

jerry lewis.jpgBorn: March 16, 1926 in Newark, New Jersey, USA
Died: August 20, 2017 (age 91) in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Married to:
SanDee Pitnick (13 February 1983 – 20 August 2017) (his death) (1 child)
Patti Lewis (3 October 1944 – 27 January 1983) (divorced) (6 children)

QUOTES:

I get paid for what most kids get punished for.

The doc told me I had a dual personality, then he lays an $82 bill on me. So I give him forty-one bucks and say ‘Get the other forty-one bucks from the other guy’.

Every man’s dream is to be able to sink into the arms of a woman without falling into her hands.

[on Stan Laurel] His magic was, he loved the regular man. He loved plain people, and he loved being one of them. He enjoyed participating in the art of going out into the world and getting in trouble.

My dad used to say if you don’t get nervous, you don’t care. When I hear that first applause, my heart spreads across my chest, and I’m as happy as a pig in s..t!

[on the 1996 remake of The Nutty Professor] I have such respect for Eddie, but I should not have done it. What I did was perfect the first time around and all you’re going to do is diminish that perfection by letting someone else do it.

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): 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.

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
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dir. by Robert Rodriguez
Frank Miller
starring
Mickey Rourke
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TV POSTER24: REDEMPTION
2008 TV Movie
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Stars:
Kiefer Sutherland
Cherry Jones
24Best of 24 TV show