Monday, March 26, 2018

Guest Who: "Barney" & Friends

I've alluded to the fact that, as a child, I was only drawn to TV series that afforded some degree of glamour or elegance. Think the soft-focus, piled-high ladies of Star Trek, the austere charisma of Mission: Impossible, the dazzling jiggle of Charlie's Angels or the faux-ritziness of The Love Boat and Fantasy Island as a few examples. I even liked my westerns that way, hence my love of The Big Valley with Linda Evans' tresses and Barbara Stanwyck's false eyelashes.

The very idea of tuning in to something compar- atively gritty looking like Sanford & Son, Taxi or M*A*S*H was complete anathema to me. (I still have never seen a full episode of M*A*S*H. If the theme song begins, I scramble across the room like a howler monkey to find the remote and change the channel...) Thus, Barney Miller, a grimy sitcom set in a run-down police station was never going to be viewed by me during its initial run.

However, after years of hearing about the husky charms of Max Gail, a supporting player on the show, and stumbling upon season one on DVD for the grand sum of $1.00 (!), I picked up the show and wended my way with trepidation through the first, abbreviated 13-episode season. I had to admit that, though this first year had a few bumps in it, for the most part it was a smart, amusing, captivating series of episodes made even more entertaining by some of the unexpected guest stars who paraded across the screen.

The concept for the show was initially to include contrast between police captain and title character Hal Linden's life at the colorful, at time dangerous, police station and his home life, in which a wife and two children awaited his presence while balancing their own issues. A filmed pilot in 1974 introduced Linden, his wife Abby Dalton, their two children and an uncle while the station had a variety of officers who were mostly never seen again besides Abe Vigoda's aging detective Fish.

Once the show had been picked up in 1975, a new pilot/kick-off episode was shot on videotape with Barbara Barrie taking Abby Dalton's place and the uncle kicked to the curb entirely. (Dalton would later secure a featured role on the hit prime-time soap Falcon Crest.) A new gang of cops were also added to the police station along with Vigoda. Even this reworked pilot put forth a concept that would very quickly change - and permanently.

While the policemen generally stayed the same (senior Vigoda, street-smart Gregory Sierra, snappy, snazzy Ron Glass, dunder- headed Max Gail and dryly unfazed Jack Soo) except for the occasional addition or departure, second-billed Barrie would soon be reduced to mostly walk-ons at the police station and in time eradicated almost entirely. The son was never seen again and the daughter only barely.

The producers determined that the show worked best on the police station set, so virtually all the shows were set and taped there with only the most occasional departures (including Linden's home) to be found in future episodes. The show took on an almost live theatre-like quality, with characters entering and exiting that primary set. As such, the show attracted guests with strong theatre backgrounds. (Linden was a Broadway vet and had won a Tony only a few years prior for the practically forgotten period musical, The Rothschilds. His costar? Jill Clayburgh.)

As the first episode was a reworked version of the pilot - and featured more of Barrie and Linden at home than would ever be seen again - the second episode is the one that sets the tone for what viewers could expect for future installments. This episode features the first appearance of what would become a recurring character over the years and one of TV's earliest examples of a clearly defined (and labeled) homosexual character. Jack De Leon (a Broadway performer in The Most Happy Fella) portrayed Marty Morrison in a highly stereotypical, but undeniably hilarious, way. The lines are funny anyway, but his pithy, condescending delivery sends them across even better.

Morrison had an extensive career as a voice actor in animated cartoons. Apart from playing Johnny Storm/The Human Torch in the 1960s rendition of Fantastic Four, his chief contribution was supplying countless other voices for many shows, demonstrating considerable vocal versatility and keeping him in demand. He also popped up in person on various shows from Laverne & Shirley to The Fall Guy and others. His subsequent appearances (with a husband in tow) were less outrageous than this first appearance following the head writer's meeting with gay activist leaders, but it was still important that he was there in the mid-1970s.

Also appearing in this one is Rod Perry, who had been in the pilot, but was ultimately displaced from the show in favor of Ron Glass. Perry, who soon after scored a regular role on the hit show S.W.A.T., was a vice cop whose gimmick was originally to be that he was often seen in (horrible) drag. He does don drag at the end of this, his only regular episode. S.W.A.T., despite being a hit, was cancelled due to reactions over its on-screen violence. One can only imagine what the detractors in 1976 would have to say about today's fare...
Another actor at the dawn of his career was Ray Sharkey, who plays a hold-up man placed under arrest. Sharkey had one movie (The Lords of Flatbush, 1974) and a few TV appearances (notably a few on Kojak) under his belt and would appear again on Barney Miller in its second season. He would later make his mark in movies and in hard-hitting television projects. An Off-Broadway actor, he'd come to Los Angeles with his friend, boxer-turned-actor Chu Chu Malave, who had played a gun-toting drug addict in both Barney Miller pilots. Sharkey, who had developed a heroin addition for much of his adult life, died of AIDS at only age forty.
Episode five contained several notable faces as it concerned a rounding up of local prostitutes. Running the ring of hookers was Audrey Christie, an indispensable character actress who could be found in Splendor in the Grass (1961) as Natalie Wood's mother and Mame (1974) as the snooty Mrs. Upson, among many other parts in film and on TV.

Naomi Stevens played one of the ladies' disap- pointed mothers. Stevens portrayed countless mothers, neighbors, secretaries and so on. She was in Valley of the Dolls (1967) as the secretary who acquaints Barbara Parkins with the office she's hired into. Though Ms. Stevens retired in the late-1980s, she's still alive today at ninety-one.

Lavelle Roby played one of the prostitutes. She was in Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970) along with a plethora of things ranging from Blaxploitatin like Black Gunn (1972) to Rocky (1975) and still works today. He character reappeared once on Miller a couple of years later. Rosanna DeSoto had done some TV and went on to scads more, along with some movies like Cannery Row (1982), La Bamba (1987) and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991.)

The showcased lady of the evening, though, was Nancy Dussault, who had been in three Broadway musicals and was a supporting player on The New Dick Van Dyke Show. She would proceed to a hit sitcom of her own opposite Ted Knight called Too Close for Comfort in the 1980s. Dussault is now eighty-one and entered semi-retirement around the time of the millennium.
A rare episode that took place largely outside the 12th precinct head- quarters was one involving a stake-out. The apartment building in which Linden and his men were stationed as part of an observation was run by a couple who are only momentarily shown together, though they're each famous in their own right. Vic Tayback, who would later costar on over 200 episodes of Alice, and Brett Somers, who was already appearing on Match Game and would do so for years to come.

Marjorie Bennett, an actress who worked in silent films as early as 1917 (!), also appeared as a crafty shoplifter. Australian Bennett, though there was a gap in her on-screen resume from about 1918 to 1946, worked in countless TV and movie projects and was perfect at portraying slightly dotty, amusing maids, matrons and assorted old ladies. She returned to Barney Miller for another role in 1980, which proved to be her last. She died in 1982 at age eighty-six.

Episode eight introduced what was still a relatively newfangled idea at the time, a female police detective. (The station office ONLY HAS a Men's restroom!) Sue Ann Langdon had portrayed a rookie cop on Police Story in 1974 and Angie Dickinson's Police Woman began airing in 1975, but it was still a fairly unique concept. Thus, when detective Linda Lavin is assigned to the precinct, the other male members scarcely know how to deal with it and basically expect her to hold down the fort. (For the record, this is the sole episode of Barney Miller that costar Max Gail missed appearing in. He and Lavin would later costar - with Kristy McNichol - in the TV-movie Like Mom, Like Me.)
Lavin had appeared in no less than eight Broadway musicals and comedies to this point along with the occasional TV guest role on shows like Rhoda and Harry O. Her character made a total of five appearances over the course of about two years and might have become a regular but for the fact that she was offered her own sitcom, Alice, which proved to be immensely popular. Since that show's demise in 1985, she has continued to work steadily on television, on Broadway and in the occasional movie as well. She is now eighty.

The next episode featured former Dead End Kid/Bowery Boy Gabriel Dell as a cross-dresser, arrested for his habit. (Yes, times have changed...!) Dell is unrecognizable in his dress and wig, though I am not familiar enough with him to have known him otherwise anyway even though he had a featured role in the previous year's Earthquake (1974), a personal favorite. In that film, he sported long shaggy hair and a mustache. (He also showed up in heavy makeup/costuming as Mordru in Legends of the Superheroes, a 1979 special - followed by a comedic roast - that I was agog over as a kid.)
More striking is the short, but sassy, appearance of one Marla Gibbs as the victim of a mugging. She'd only done a few small movie roles prior to this, but in short order would be hired as the wisecracking maid Florence on The Jeffersons (for more than 200 episodes) and then follow that with 227 (in which she acted for 115 episodes.) Gibbs is as busy as ever today in a variety of TV and film projects at age eighty-six.

Fans of The Golden Girls will recognize 10th episode guest Herb Edelman as Bea Arthur's likably schmucky ex-husband Stan. Edelman, like many other guests, had been in three Broadway plays prior to this. Here, he plays a mafia informant who's being targeted for death whose presence leads to the detectives nearly being poisoned to death! Also in this episode, Jack DeLeon makes a second appearance.
The following episode features more Broadway talent. Roscoe Lee Browne, by then a veteran of six plays on The Great White Way, plays a convict with a penchant for making escapes, even from maximum security installations. The distinctively-voiced Browne led an extensive career in movies and on TV, working right up to his death from cancer at age eighty-four.
In this same installment, we meet a man who attaches wings to his arms and attempts to fly off the top of buildings. This kook is played by Leonard Frey, another Broadway performer famous for his work in Fiddler on the Roof (in a few parts) as well as the 1971 movie as Motel the tailor, which earned him an Oscar nomination. (The award went to Ben Johnson for The Last Picture Show.) The year prior to that he costarred in The Boys in the Band, a searing dark comedy about a group of gay friends. Sadly, Frey was taken by AIDS at age forty-nine, while his career was still active.
A hot-shot new cop shows up in the next episode, meant to suggest Al Pacino's Serpico (1973.) Played by Michael Lembeck, he claims to have his hair long and with a full beard in order to disguise his youth, but Linden isn't having it in his generally straight-laced precinct. So off it comes. Lembeck played a variety of handsome young gents on TV and worked regularly on Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman and, later, One Day at a Time, after this. He also did an occasional film, but at the dawn of the 1990s switched to directing, at which he's proven to be quite successful. (He won an Emmy for directing an episode of Friends.) He'll be turning seventy in June.
Also popping up in this one is Henry Beckman. He had played Linden's uncle in the very first pilot before the character was written out for the series. Another Broadway actor (in the 1950s), he had a more than fifty-year career on TV in countless projects, one highlight being his role as Barbara Parkins' unstable father on Peyton Place. He passed away of heart failure at age eighty-six.

A very early appearance (his third credit) of actor Charles Fleischer can be found here, too. A stand-up comedian, he also acted in many projects and is perhaps best known as the voice of the title role (and others) in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988.) Now sixty-seven, his career is still active. (By the way, the sign in the holding cell reads "Don't Spit on the Floor" even though it looks like it might say otherwise in this pic! LOL)

In the second to last episode of the season, Linden's wife Barrie makes a citizen's arrest of a robber. It turns out to be Todd Bridges, then nine, in his screen debut. He would later score a considerable hit with Diff'rent Strokes opposite the diminutive Gary Coleman. That show began three years after this and he appeared in 169 episodes. 
Although he never regained the level of fame he enjoyed during the run of that series, and went through a highly-troubled period in his twenties, he's remained remarkably active to date in this project or that and is now fifty-two.

I have yet to see any further episodes of Barney Miller, but I was surprised to learn that in later seasons, the show featured as a recurring character a gay cop, something that was depicted as nearly impossible in the second episode. While poking fun at certain things regarding alternative lifestyles, the show is nonetheless notable for Linden's character's fair treatment of all involved, a voice of reason and even acceptance on a show that left the airwaves in May of 1982. If it wasn't always 100% sensitive, it was at least progressive.

I was recently informed by one of my readers of a monumental project he'd been working on for years, an extensive, comprehensive listing of all the gay and gender-bending characters' appearances on television from the dawn of TV onward. It's an interesting read (even though I haven't been able to completely finish it myself!) Every time I try to think of an example from the early days that he may have missed, I go to look for it and there it is. I encourage you to give it a look if you're interested!

Oh, one last thing. If you happen to fall into the category of a Max Gail admirer, I tracked down a couple of projects he did with his shirt off. (I do aim to please...!) Here he is in that TV-movie with Lavin, Like Mom, Like Me.

And here he is in a 1976 episode of The Streets of San Francisco as a man suspected of rape and murder being sheltered by his mother.
And to "end" things, his appearance in the 1980 TV-movie The Aliens are Coming. (A few of his fans may be, too! LOL)  Till next time...

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Happy Patrick's Day!

Ha ha! No, not St. Patrick's Day, though I wish you a happy one of those, too. Today we're taking a look at another Patrick, one who was born in the shadow of one of the cinema's most popular icons, but who was able to establish a minor career all his own. Born on July 15th, 1939, Patrick Wayne is the third child (of seven total) belonging to western movie hero John Wayne. A leading man in films for fifty years and a star for forty of those, John Wayne's legacy was considerable. While Patrick never came close to that sort of status, he did act in movies and on TV for close to fifty years himself.

The child of The Duke's first wife Josephine, Pat Wayne (hereafter referred to as Wayne) had one older brother Michael and an older sister Toni with a younger sister Melinda coming after him. His parents divorced when he was six and his father remarried soon after to Esperanza, which lasted eight years. A third marriage (to Pilar) yielded two half-sisters and a half-brother, all young than him by at least fifteen years. One summer, when Wayne was ten, he joined his father on the set of the movie Rio Grande (1950) and was put to use in a small, walk-on part.
In 1952, he did the same thing in his father's legendary movie The Quiet Man. Both Rio Grande and The Quiet Man were directed by his father's frequent collaborator John Ford (if one could really collaborate on a John Ford film, so distinct and direct was his vision of a piece!) Ford continued to cast Wayne in movies whether his father was involved in them or not, such as The Long Gray Line, starring Tyrone Power, and Mister Roberts with Henry Fonda (both 1955.)
Blessed with a 6'1" lean frame, his mother's Spanish skin tone and a thick head of dark wavy hair tempered by the blue eyes of his father, Wayne was a handsome, athletically adept young man. One of his most prominent features, which could be a good or bad thing depending on the situation, was a row of gleaming white teeth, made more distinct by some high cheekbones. 

In his considerable career as a director, Ford turned to television only four times. For the 1955 episode of Screen Director's Playhouse called "Rookie of the Year," Ford cast father and son as the stars (along with Vera Miles.) The baseball-oriented episode featured the sixteen year-old Wayne as a future baseball star whose father (Ward Bond) had been tossed out of the sport in disgrace.

For the broadcast, a faux mock-up of Time Magazine was created with Wayne's image on the cover. The adult Wayne had it framed and kept it in his office next to an actual Time Magazine that had featured himself on the cover. Because Patrick worked so often in movies with his father, the two inevitably established an extremely strong bond between them.

Wayne continued to pop up in his father's movies, such as The Conqueror and The Searchers (both 1956) while attempting to branch out on his own with other projects. He appeared on the Ida Lupino-Howard Duff series Mr. Adams and Eve in 1957 and was selected by them for a pilot (which didn't sell) called Teenage Idol the following year.

He and his always-close father were seen together in a rare commercial for Gillette shaving razors.
By the way, I don't know what, if anything, transpired between Wayne and the (very fast for her age) Natalie Wood during The Searchers, but it wouldn't be hard to imagine them getting cozy during those long, dull, hot hours on location...!
In 1959, Wayne headlined his very own movie for the first time, a color western called The Young Land, costarring Yvonne Craig, who would later make a pop cultural splash as Batgirl on the Batman TV series with Adam West. He was still quite green around the gills and not quite ready for leading man stardom, however.

For the next few years, as he was earning a degree in biology at Loyola University, he would limit his acting to roles in his father's films The Alamo (1960), The Comancheros (1961), Donovan's Reef (1963) and McLintock! (1963) In the latter film, he was paired with a young Stefanie Powers, whose mother was played by Maureen O'Hara. He also served a tour of duty with the U.S. Coast Guard beginning in 1961.
In between the aforementioned movies was another TV appearance, again directed by John Ford. Alcoa Premiere was an anthology series hosted by Fred Astaire and the 1962 episode "Flashing Spikes" was about another dethroned baseball player (James Stewart) who longs for another chance and is befriended by a young player enacted by Wayne. Wayne's father had a small role in the program as a tough baseball coach in the Marines. In the credits, he was billed under his real name of Marion Morrison rather than John Wayne.

Though he was now a college graduate with a degree, he couldn't resist continuing with his fledgling acting career and with connections such as he had with his father, Mr. Ford and Mr. Stewart, who could blame him?! He took an unsympathetic role in Ford's final finished feature Cheyenne Autumn (1964) - he worked ten times in all for the director - and appeared on Chuck Connors' TV western Branded. He then popped up on American Bandstand with Dick Clark to promote his latest feature, one of my personal favorites.

Shenandoah (1965) was a rural drama about a Virginia family headed by James Stewart during the outbreak of The Civil War. The widowed Stewart has a daughter and six sons who take an interest in fighting, though Stewart wants them to stay out of the conflict completely. Wayne is his eldest son (married to Katharine Ross, in her film debut, and with a new baby) who is the only one apart from his sister to steer clear of the fighting, though that doesn't necessarily mean they're free of the danger from it.

Also among the cast were Rosemary Forsyth, Doug McClure and Glenn Corbett. The warmly sentimental drama later became a successful stage musical (at a time when that wasn't practically automatic as it is now...) Wayne married for the first time in 1965 to Peggy Hunt, with whom he remained until 1978 and with whom he had three children.

Another feature, this time as co-lead, came about in 1966. An Eye for an Eye had an interesting conceit. Robert Lansing is a former bounty hunter who heads back in action when his family is killed by an outlaw gang. Another, younger, bounty hunter (Wayne) is also after the same gang. Lansing loses the use of his gun hand while Wayne loses the use of his eyes (!), so they pair up, contributing the remaining skills that each has to offer, towards the end they're after.
1966 also brought Wayne's first TV series as a regular. The Rounders, costarring Chill Wills and Will Hayes, was based upon a movie by the same name the year prior, which had starred Glenn Ford and Henry Fonda. The Texas-set comedy western was only able to make it for 17 episodes before cancellation.

Wayne popped up on a 1968 installment of Laugh-In, pointing out that he was John Wayne's son and as such no one would "sock it to me," but that didn't stop him from being hurled through the floor by a trap door as he was saying it.

In 1968, Wayne worked once more with his father in the rather infamous gung-ho war movie The Green Berets, infamous because the war was more than controversial to begin with and many Americans didn't want the U.S. involved in it.

In the early-1970s, Wayne balanced more TV appear- ances on shows such as Love, American Style and The F.B.I. with low-budget films like The Deserter (1971) with Bekim Fehmiu, Richard Crenna and Chuck Connors and The Gatling Gun (1971), shown here, starring Guy Stockwell, Robert Fuller and Barbara Luna. Both movies also featured towering black actor Woody Strode.

Wayne worked in the1971 TV-movie Movin' On (unrelated to the later series about trucking) with Geoffrey Deuel, David Soul and Kate Jackson and also appeared for the last time in one of his father's movies Big Jake. The kidnap drama also had John Wayne's young son (Patrick's half-brother Ethan Wayne) playing his grandson on-screen!
Now it was time for Wayne to concentrate on his own identity as an actor and leave behind, for the most part, the western legacy of his father. He costarred with John Ashley in the Philippines-made fantasy Beyond Atlantis (1973.) The movie was initially to feature topless female Atlantians, but Wayne insisted that the movie be family-friendly, so the skin was (slightly) toned down. (The men still seemed to be barely clad!)

Continuing with the family-oriented vein was Disney's The Bears and I (1974), in which he played a (well-adjusted) Vietnam vet who moves to Canada and helps save three motherless bear cubs and also assists some Native Americans in getting back some land that is rightfully theirs. Music by John Denver dotted the soundtrack of the outdoorsy film.
Around this time, his father John Wayne was filming what would be his final feature film (his 167th!), The Shootist. An arduous experience for the aging actor, he was nonetheless able to cap off his tremendously successful career with a strong performance. (Don't miss Patrick's jeans in this snap taken with family visiting The Duke on the set...)

Wayne worked on hit TV series like Police Woman and Marcus Welby, M.D. and reported to work on the movie "The New Spartans" with Oliver Reed and Fred Williamson (with Wayne as a character called "Bigdick McCracken!"), but issues with funding as well as the IRA led to it not being completed. He had also been cast as the dashing, white-clad Marathon John in a series of popular TV commercials for Mars' Marathon candy bar. Remember those?
He worked on 1976's Mustang Country (the final film of western star Joel McCrea) along with Robert Fuller and some TV movies such as Yesterday's Child with Shirley Jones and Flight to Holocaust (both 1977.) The latter film was already scarce, but has become even more so in the wake of September 11th, 2001 as it concerns a plane which has crashed into the 20th floor of a skyscraper. Other second generation actors in it were Chris Mitchum and Desi Arnaz Jr.

1977 was something of a banner year for Patrick Wayne in terms of work. He starred in the sequel to The Land That Time Forgot (1974) called The People That Time Forgot, with Doug McClure and Sarah Douglas, in which he had to contend with primitive tribespeople as well as prehistoric creatures.
More memorably, he took on the title role in Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger. This was my first-ever glimpse of Wayne back in theaters when I was ten. The stop-motion effects by Ray Harryhausen accented the sword and sorcery fantasy.
It was also the first time I ever laid eyes on one Jane Seymour and she too left a lasting impression, the former Bond girl of Live and Let Die (1974) soon going on to become a television miniseries queen. Wayne was now pushing forty, but still maintaining a busy schedule on television and the occasional movie.
After several more telefilms including The Last Hurrah (1977) with Carroll O'Connor and the all-star confection Three on a Date (1978), he took the lead in the 1978 exploitation flick Texas Detour in which he and his siblings are mistreated by small-town sheriff R.G. Armstrong and seek revenge against him and his town. Hardly part of Wayne's "family friendly" series of projects, it was still tame by the standards of the genre. That's Priscilla Barnes in Wayne's bed here.

Unquestionably the biggest career set-back/let-down was when (after producers considered such ridiculous star names as Burt Reynolds, Paul Newman, James Caan, Charles Bronson and others), he was cast as Superman in the upcoming big-screen extravaganza. However, his beloved father was desperately ill with cancer (and, in fact, would be dead in a year's time) which prompted him to drop out of the part. I would be lying if I said I thought that anyone other than Christopher Reeve could have played Superman (1978) as well, but it was nonetheless a bittersweet time for Wayne.

He next appeared in another TV series, 1979's Shirley, which concerned Shirley Jones as a widow attempting to proceed with her life and family wherein he played her (five years younger) love interest, a ski instructor. The series didn't last and so he was on to other things, one of which was the old-style variety series The Monte Carlo Show (1980), originating in Monaco. He, newly-divorced, hosted the program surrounded by a bevy of boa and bikini-clad showgirls depending on the occasion.
As an aside, we're grateful to his participation on Shirley because it afforded him the opportunity to work on the NBC team of that season's Battle of the Network Stars, a show we lived and breathed for in the 1970s!
The early 1980s were spent working as a guest on things like Charlie's Angels, Fantasy Island, The Love Boat (shown above in one of five appearances) and Matt Houston. He also won a role in the 1985 Tom Berenger western fantasy Rustler's Rhapsody which, while not a hit, has established itself with a minor cult following over the years.
A variety of projects from TV parts on Murder, She Wrote and MacGyver to roles in Young Guns (1988, as Pat Garrett) and Her Alibi (1989, as Tom Selleck's brother) continued until he tried something altogether new in 1990. He appeared as the host of an updated rendition of the Wink Martindale game show Tic Tac Dough.

The new version of the once-popular show failed to catch on, leading to some mid-season tinkering, but it made little difference. It was considered a low-rung, tacky, unexciting and pale imitation of its predecessor. The magic simply wasn't there and it was off the air in a few months.

Though Wayne continued to act sporadically over the next decade, mostly as a guest on shows such as Alfred Hitchcock Presents (an update of the old series) and Silk Stalkings, he stepped away from performing as he neared age sixty. In 1999 he wed again to the wife he remains with today. In 2003, his older brother Michael passed away and Wayne took over as Chairman of The John Wayne Cancer Institute. His mother passed away only two months after his brother at age ninety-five.

Patrick Wayne is now seventy-eight. Understand- ably, much of his relevance to interviewers has to do with his legendary father, though he did work in over thirty movies himself and did plenty of television (and also plenty of dinner theatre and other stage productions along the way. He and his younger brother Ethan worked together in a production of "Come Blow Your Horn" in 1985.)

Always handsome and always humble about his good fortune and the mid-level career he achieved from it, he was hand-picked to work with some of the cinema's top directors and stars, but wasn't willing to forgo family obligations when his greatest career opportunity lay before him. As a father himself to three children, he can be proud of the work he did and the familial and professional legacy he continued.