Strother Martin – Character Actor with Profound Impact

Strother Martin in Cool Hand Luke (1967)

Strother Martin Short Biography Strother Martin while famous for that line and many others, he was a springboard champion, taught swimming in the Navy during WWII, and missed the 1948 Olympic team by one place. He moved to Hollywood and among other things, was a swimming instructor to Charles Chaplin’s…

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Lionel Jeffries – Veteran Character Actor

Lionel Jeffries

Lionel Jeffries was an English character actor. He was known for his bald head and bushy mustache. This allowed him to play much older roles. During his career Lionel Jeffries played a nice line of English eccentrics. Lionel Jeffries was born in London in 1926. During World War II he…

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Patric Knowles – From Will Scarlet to the Wolf Man

Patric Knowles

Patric Knowles had a successful acting career with 128 TV and movie credits. He stared in some of the biggest films of his time such at The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936), The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), How Green Was My Valley (1941), The Wolf Man (1941), Frankenstein…

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Alan Rickman: Master Villian/Actor

Alan Rickman - Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

I am very sad that we lost Alan Rickman in mid-January (2016). He was a great actor and one of the best bad-guys of all times. I wanted to jump out of line and do a small tribute to Alan Rickman. Rickman was born in London in 1946. He attended…

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Michael Beck – The Warriors to Megaforce

Michael Beck in Memphis in 1949. Beck went to Millsaps College in Mississippi on a football scholarship. He began acting in plays during his college years. Following college Beck was selected to attend the London’s Central School of Speech and Drama. Beck was a very popular young actor with The…

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Lynne Thigpen – Amazing Voice, Amazing Actress

Lynne Thigpen in The Warriors (1979)

Lynne Thigpen Lynne Thigpen was born in Illinois in 1948. Thigpen was active in theater through her college years. Following college she taught English but the stage bug got her and she headed to New York. In 1971 she was cast in the theater version of Godspell, a new age…

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Boris Karloff – King of the Monsters

Boris Karloff on set taking a tea and toast break

I don’t think I will get much argument if I say that Boris Karloff was the greatest Frankenstein of them all. Although Peter Boyle was pretty good. Karloff was a British actor that began stage work in Canada and then made his way to Hollywood. He made some silent films…

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Basil Rathbone – A Bad Guy You Love to Hate

Basil Rathbone

Basil Rathbone was born in South Africa, in 1892, but left as a forthcoming Boer War. In England Rathbone attended Repton School where he excelled at fencing, a skill that would serve him well later in the movies, and showed an interest in theater. After graduation, he worked for one…

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