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.
For over five decades actor Michael York has been a fixture in Britain and in the US, in film and on television.
Beginning in the late 1960s, York starred in a number of huge hit movies, including Romeo and Juliet, Cabaret, and Logan’s Run. Younger fans may even remember him best from his role in the Austin Powers series.
In 1992. Michael York published an autobiography, and that’s when I had the chance to talk with him.
So here now, from 1992, Michael York.
Michael York is 80 now. He and Pat live in Minnesota.
Back in the 1960s, he had a very successful career writing screenplays for comedies. William Peter Blatty’s credits include movies like A Shot In The Dark, the second movie in the Pink Panther series, and The Man From The Diner’s Club, starring Danny Kaye.
But of course, Blatty’s most famous and popular work, the one for which he is best remembered today, was his 1971 novel that at first, no one wanted to publish.
It was called The Exorcist. And it has become a classic.
In 2013 I had the chance to spend a few minutes with this very warm, funny, and personable author.
So here now, from 2013, William Peter Blatty.
William Peter Blatty died in 2017, five dayus after his 89th birthday.
He was one of the hottest young movie stars in the 1950s…
Tab Hunter — who grew up as Artt Gelien — was a figure skater as a teenager. As a young man, a friend introduced him to a Hollywood agent who specialized in beefcake actors like Rock Hudson and Rober/ Wagner. That agent dubbed Art Gelien “Tab Hunter” and by 1950 he was in the movies.
And by the mid 1950s was major star, the strapping blond hunk of a man every girl wanted. Hunter made over 40 movies, and even recorded a hit song.
Hunger was also a witness to, and a participant in, the end of the Hollywood studio contract era. His movie and TV roles were fewer, until his last film role in 1992.
Then, in 2005, Tab Hunter wrote a memoir called Tab Hunter Confidential. In that book, he acknowledged publicly, for the first time, that he was gay. Turns out those gossip rags back in the day that had him romantically linked with various starlets were all fiction.
So here now, from 2005, Tab Hunter…
Tab Hunter died in 2018, just three days befopre his 87th birthdayl.