Hume Cronyn

Sometimes if you’re an actor, it’s helpful to not have a specific look about you. Early In his career, a casting director told Hume Cronyn that he didn’t look like anything, but that may have helped him achieve the longevity many actors only dream of

The Canadian-born Cronyn had a decades-long career in the theater, movies, television and radio. Not to mention a 52-year marriage to actress Jessica Tandy

In 1991, the then-80-year-old Cronyn wrote his autobiography a book he called A Terrible Liar.

So here now from 1991. Hume Cronyn.

After 52 years of marriage, Jessica Tandy died in 1994. Two years later Hume Cronyn married Susan Cooper, his old friend who had persuaded him to write his autobiography. He died in 2003 just a month before his 92nd birthday.

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Rock Brynner

In the 1950s, few actors dominated Broadway the way Yul Brynner did.

Playing the lead in the Rodgers and Hammerstein’s play “The King and I,” Brynner eEstablished himself as a top-tier performer.

He won two Tonys for his portrayal of the King of Siam, as well as an Academy Award when the play was adapted to film.

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Later he was cast in such big budget movies as the Ten Commandments, The Magnificent Seven, and Westworld.

His son Rock was born in 1946, and was as captivated as anyone with his father’s strong a persona.

A few years after his father’s untimely death from lung cancer, Rock Brynner wrote a memoir of life with his famous dad. And tha’s when I met him.

So here now, from 1991, Rock Brynner.

At age 75, Rocj Brynn er has now lived 10 years longer than his father did. He is a professor of history..

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Gregory Maguire

Everyone knows the story of young Dorothy Gale of Kansas, and her epic journey to meet the great and powerful Wizard of Oz.

And we know that along the way she “liquidates” the Wicked Witch of the West.

Back in 1995, Gregory Maguire built on L. Frank Baum’s work to create “Wicked,” the backstory of the Wicked Witch of the West. “Wicked” became a moden day cultural phenomenon.

One of the several times I’ve interviewed Gregory Maguire over the years was in 2005, for his book “Son of a Witch.”

And in this interview, you’ll also hear how, in a strange turn of events, the Iraq war and the fall of Saddam Hussein helped inspire this book.

Here now, from 2005, Gregory Maguire:

The Broadway musicl inspired by Gregory Maguie’s “Wicked” recently became Broadway’s fifth-longest running show.