Although he became a cultural icon James Dean made only three films during his tragically short career. First was Rebel Without a Cause, the movie which made him a star. Next came East of Eden which won Dean an Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role. It was the first posthumous award in the history of the Academy Awards. His last film was Giant and he received the second consecutive Best Actor nomination for Best Actor.
Burt Lancaster posing nude as a male model
Burton Stephen Lancaster, born in New York City, was known for his distinct smile which earned him the nickname “Teeth”.
Lancaster appeared in over 80 films, among them, From Here to Eternity, the film that won Frank Sinatra an Oscar as Best Supporting Actor, Come Back, Little Sheba, The Rainmaker opposite Katherine Hepburn, Sweet Smell of Success with Tony Curtis, as the title character in Elmer Gantry which won him an Oscar, as “Robert Franklin Strout” in the biographical film Birdman of Alcatraz and dozens more.
Burt Lancaster said, “Tits and sand – that’s what we used to call sex and violence in Hollywood.” Well, hell’s bells, now they just call it sex and violence.
Chuck Norris- good guy gone shirtless
Carlos Ray “Chuck” Norris was born in Ryan, OK. After a tour of duty in Korea he became interested in the martial arts. Eventually he became a karate instructor and ran several martial-arts schools.
Chuck Norris made his acting debut in an uncredited role in a Dean Martin film titled The Wrecking Crew. He went on to do two Delta Force films in the role of “Maj. Scott McCoy” and three Missing in Action films as “Colonel James Braddock”. The television series Walker, Texas Ranger, with Norris playing “Cordell Walker” ran for a very successful nine seasons.
Holder of a black belt in the Asian martial art of Tang Soo Do, Chuck Norris says, “I don’t initiate violence, I retaliate”. That would be a good thing to keep in mind!
David Hasselhoff and Friend
He was born David Micheal Hassellhoff in Baltimore, MA. You know him from Knight Rider, Baywatch Nights and Baywatch. And, of course, David Hasselhoff also played “Michael Knight” in the made for TV film Knight Rider 2000 and in one episode of the short-lived 2008 revival of Knight Rider. He can be seen in the film short To Live and Dine in L. A. and will appear in the film The Legend of the Dancing Ninja, co-starring Lucas Grabeel.
In addition to his acting, David Hasselhoff is a major recording artist in Europe. He attempted to break into the American music scene with a recording of Do You Love Me? but didn’t fare too well. His second attempt was a live pay per view concert. Unfortunately, it didn’t receive a lot of attention because it took place at the same time OJ Simpson was doing his famous L. A. freeway car chase(?).
Gary Conway was born Gareth Monello Carmody in Boston, MA. Early in his acting career he had roles in films such as I Was a Teenage Frankenstein and How to Make a Monster. He turned to television with appearances in Bourbon Street Beat, Hawaiian Eye and 77 Sunset Strip. Conway co-starred with Gene Barry in the series Burke’s Law and starred as “Captain Steve Burton” in Land of the Giants.
When Conway was 37 and still in his physical prime, he posed for the centerfold of the August 1973 issue of Playgirl Magazine.
Bret Michaels showing off his blond locks, tattoos his six pack
Bret Michael Sychak, lead singer of metal band Poison, was born in Butler, PA. Poison and bands like it were called glam metal or hair metal because of the penchant of band members to have their long hair in a backcombed style. Poison was one of the 80’s biggest metal bands in the world having several multi-million selling albums including Look What the Cat Dragged In, Open Up and Say…Ahh!, Power to the People and Poison’d!. Michaels also released five solo albums: A Letter from Death Row, Ballads, Blues & Stories, Songs of Life, Freedom of Sound and Rock My World. He was featured on the reality show Rock of Love for three seasons. Twenty-five girls competed for a chance to spend time with Michaels on a “date”
Together with actor Charlie Sheen, Bret Michaels established a film production company called Sheen/Michaels Entertainmant. The company produced the movies A Letter from Death Row, No Code of Conduct, which starred Sheen, Free Money starring Marlon Brando and Mira Sorvino and a surfer movie call In God’s Hands.
Bruce Willis’ four season run as David Addison on the TV series Moonlighting established his acting career. Some of his better known films are The Sixth Sense, Armageddon, The Whole Nine Yards, followed by The Whole Ten Yards, and Hostage. He is probably best known as John McClane in the Die Hard series of films. The first Die Hard came out in 1988, followed by Die Hard 2 (1990), Die Hard With A Vengeance (1995), and Live Free or Die Hard (2007). The latest one, A Good Day to Die Hard, is due to be released February 14, 2013. Willis also makes a cameo appearance in the latest Sylvester Stallone film The Expendables 2.
Shirtless Val Kilmer showing some really interesting tats
Val Edward Kilmer was born in Los Angeles, CA and made his debut in the starring role of the comedy film Top Secret, followed by another comedy, Real Genius then landed the role of “Ice Man” in the blockbuster film Top Gun. Kilmer was “William Bonney’ in Billy the Kid, “Jim Morrison” in The Doors, “Doc Holliday” in Tombstone, “Batman” in Batman Forever, and “Virgil” in Hardwired. He has several film coming out in 2010. Fake Identity will be released in June, 2010. Others include Mr. Nobody, Provinces of Night, The Irishman and Georgia.
Val Kilmer stated: “I’d be in a bad western on a good horse any day of the week. It’s such a fantastic genre of film.” And, we’d be glad to watch you!
Yul Brynner won the Best Actor Award for his portrayal of “King Mongcut of Siam” in the film version of The King and I. He also played the role more than 4,500 time on stage. In addition to playing “King Mongcut he starred in The Brothers Karamazov, co-starred with Ingrid Bergman in Anastasia, and with Joanne Woodward in The Sound and the Fury. He appeared in epic films such as Solomon and Sheba, and The Ten Commandments and the epic westerns The Magnificent Seven and Return of the Seven.
See?! Even famous stars put their pants on one leg at a time.
Dennis William Quaid hails from Houston, TX and has appeared in over 60 films. Breaking Away was his first major film and his role as “Gordon Cooper” in the film about the original US Mercury 7 astronauts, The Right Stuff, earned him excellent reviews. His portrayal of Jerry Lee Lewis in Great Balls of Fire! also won him critical acclaim. Dennis Quaid played “Doc Holliday” in Wyatt Earp and “Frank Whitaker” in Far From Heaven which co-starred Julianne Moore. He has also starred in The Parent Trap, Yours, Mine and Ours, and Smart People opposite Sarah Jessica Parker. Quaid will appear in the fantasy/horror film, Legion, to be released in January of 2010. In a film titled The Special Relationship, he will play the role of ex-President Bill Clinton, with Michael Sheen as Tony Blair, Helen McCory as Cherie Blair and Hope Davis as Hillary Clinton. The film won’t be released until 2011.
In addition to being a fine actor Dennis Quaid is also a musician and wrote songs for three of his films: The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia, Tough Enough and The Big Easy. He also performs occasionally with his band “Dennis Quaid and the Sharks”. Quite an accomplished guy!