Typecasting is not always permanent. Like Paul Fix, R.G. Armstrong and Ward Bond, broad-shouldered Claude Akins began his motion picture career as a character actor in tough guy and villain roles. Then slowly, over time, his screen persona mellowed as he learned to use his rough-hewn looks to play sensitive and complex roles. Eventually, he even became a star in series television, somewhat in the vein of rascally MGM star Wallace Beery.
Editor’s Note: Jim Monaco is regarded as the ultimate Dean Martin collector with a fantastic collection of Dean Martin memorabilia. His relationship with the Martin family goes back many years. In advance of the Dean Martin Expo in New York City this June, Jim has prepared this interview with Dean Martin’s daughter, Deana.
During the 85-year run of the Academy Awards, more than two dozen performers have collected two of them, and a rare few even more. Only five, however, ever won that now-coveted honor in two consecutive years: Spencer Tracy, 1937 and ‘38; Katharine Hepburn, 1967 and ‘68; Jason Robards, as a supporting actor in the mid-1970s; and Tom Hanks, a generation after that. The very first to do so was Luise Rainer.
Cinefest 34: One of the Best Yet!
Cinefest 34 was held March 13 to 16, 2014 in Syracuse, New York, and after 33 years the festival continues to maintain its high standard of fun with rare films and good friends. In fact, many …
Claude Akins: From Bad Guys to Good Roles
Typecasting is not always permanent. Like Paul Fix, R.G. Armstrong and Ward Bond, broad-shouldered Claude Akins began his motion picture career as a character actor in tough guy and villain ro…
My Early Film Memories in England
In 1941, when I was 3 years old and still living in my native England, I had tonsillitis. My mother took me to the Cornelia Hospital in Poole, Dorset. I can still remember being prepped for th…
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