From American Grafitti to Star Wars, Apocalypse Now, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Witness, The Fugitive, and great films too numerous to list, Harrison Ford has proved he can play a broad range of characters and play them exceedingly well. He is a hot, sexy mega star.
Yes, Virginia, there was Tom Selleck before Magnum, PI. He actually made appearances on a couple dozen television series episodes, but he really hit the big time when he landed the role of “Thomas Sullivan Magnum III”. Sexy looking with a boyish side and a really hot car, living in Hawaii, chasing bad guys, and romancing beautiful women, Magnum was the coolest of the cool.
After Magnum PI Selleck continued to land parts in popular, successful films like 3 Men and a Baby, Quigley Down Under, and as “Jesse Stone” in the television movies based on the novels of Robert B. Parker. And, of course, there were his appearances on Friends as “Dr. Richard Brooke” Monica’s one time love interest.
A magnum cartridge is one that is equipped with a larger charge than other cartridges of the same size. The same could be said of Tom Selleck.
Jason Patric Miller, Jr. was born in Queen, NY. He is the grandson of actor/comedian Jackie Gleason who was his mother’s father. He first appeared in a made-for-TV film called Toughlove starring Lee Remick and Bruce Dern. He was cast next in Solarbabies and then the lead role in The Lost Boys which also starred Corey Haim, Corey Feldman and Kiefer Sutherland. He is well known for his role as “Officer Alex Shaw” in Speed 2: Cruise Control opposite Sandra Bullock, and as “James Bowie” in The Alamo with Dennis Quaid and Billy Bob Thornton. His most current film is TheLosers with Jeffrey Dean Morgan in the lead role.
According to Jason Patric, “We all want to be loved. If we can’t find love in a relationship we try to find it in our work. No matter how many of your relationships go sour, no one’s every going to give up on relationships.” Amen to that!
Born Kiefer William Fredrick Dempsey George Rufus Sutherland (no I did not make that up) in London, England, he dropped the rest and became just Kiefer Sutherland. One of his early roles was “Ace Merrill” in the film Stand By Me which was based on a Stephen King novella called The Body. He was “David” in the vampire film The Lost Boys, “Josiah Gordon ‘Doc’ Scurlock” in Young Guns and Young Guns II, “Nelson” in Flatliners, and “Det. Jack Vincennes” in L A Confidential. Sutherland is currently starring as “Jack Bauer” in the highly successful and long-running television series 24.
When commenting on his career during the 1990’s Kiefer Sutherland stated: “You could say I was not on everybody’s first list to do the bigger films. Luckily, other opportunities have come along”.” Turns out it’s lucky for us, too.
Rhodes Scholar, award winning, and all around talented guy, Kristoffer Kristian Kristofferson was born in Brownsville, TX. Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down was on his first album and was originally recorded by Ray Stevens. Others who have recorded it are Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson. He wrote Me and Bobby McGee specifically for Janis Joplin and, although she did record it so did several other music artists. Help Me Make It Through The Night. For the Good Times, I Won’t Mention It Again, and Please Don’t Tell Me How the Story Ends, are just a few of the songs written by Kristofferson.
He also acted in dozens of films. His debut film was The Last Movie. Others were Convoy, A Star Is Born with Barbara Streisand, Semi-Tough with Burt Reynolds, No Place to Hide with Drew Barrymore, Payback starring Mel Gibson, and Blade co-starring Wesley Snipes. Kristofferson and Val Kilmer will co-star in the film Provinces of Night which will be released sometime in2010. Kristofferson has recorded more than twenty albums. The latest one Closer To The Bone was released in September of 2009.
Kris Kristofferson once said, “The number-one rule of the road is never go to bed with anyone crazier than yourself. You will break this rule, and you will be sorry.”
Burt Reynolds, born Burton Leon Reynolds, Jr. in Lansing, MI, is one of America’s most recognizable television and film personalities with more than 90 feature films and 300 television episode appearances.
Reynolds became known for the Smokey and the Bandit and Cannonball Run films as well as films such as Deliverance, The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing, The Longest Yard, Hustle, and Stroker Ace.
Burt Reynolds may never have won an Academy Award, but he certainly brought hours of fun and entertainment to millions of people for many years.
Brando, born Marlon Brando, Jr., is widely considered the greatest actor of all time. No other actor so influenced public opinion of what an actor Was, before, or since, his portrayal of Stanley Kowalski in the film adaptation of Tennessee William’s Pulitzer Prize winning play A Streetcar Named Desire.
His roles in One the Water Front and the 1974 Godfather film won Brando Oscars for Beast Leading Actor. His last truly great film was Apocalypse Now in 1979.
A famous Brando quote is: “To grasp the significance of life is the actor’s duty, to interpret it is his problem, and to express it his dedication. Brando did it all.
Alain Delon was born Alain Fabien Maurice Marcel Delon in Sceaux, France and was compared to the American actor James Dean. While many of his films were made and released in his home country, he did several films in the US. Among them are Once a Thief, Lost Command, Texas Across the River, and The Talented Mr. Ripley. Alain Delon once said: “I like to be loved like I love myself.” Well, Alain, we’ll sure give it a try.
Adrian Paul Hewett is a television and film actor born in London. He made recurring guest appearances in several television series’ such as The Colbys, War of the Worlds, and Dark Shadows. He is best known for his role as “Duncan MacLeod” on Highlander: The Series. More recently Paul played “Cole/Daggon” in the series Tracker. His latest role is as “Brad” in the film Deauville due to be released sometime in 2010.
Adrian Paul said, “I would love to play a vampire because they are so sexual.” Hopefully we will get to see that soon!
Bruce Springsteen was born Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen in Long Branch, NJ and is a world famous and well loved musician. His breakthrough album, Born to Run was a critical and commercial success. His second successful album, Born in the U. S. A. sold 15 million copies in the U. S. alone. The album produced 7 top ten singles and is one of the best-selling albums of all time.
Springsteen has won many awards for his music. Among them are: an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, Streets of Philadelphia, an Emmy Award for the HBO special Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band: Live in New York City, and 19 Grammy Awards. He has been inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the New Jersey Hall of Fame. The song Born To Run was named “the unofficial youth anthem of New Jersey” by the New Jersey state legislature. Springsteen considered this ironic in view of the fact that the song is about leaving New Jersey.
Bruce Springsteen says, “When I was growing up there were two things that were unpopular in my house. One was me, and the other was my guitar.” Bet that’s changed now!