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COOL PEOPLE -IN MEMORIAM Eli Wallach Dies at 98: Early Method Actor and Lifelong Scene-Stealer


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Eli Wallach Dies at 98: Early Method Actor and Lifelong Scene-Stealer

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Half a century later, Eli Wallach is still probably best remembered for stealingThe Good, the Bad, and the Ugly from Clint Eastwood. Then again, Wallach, who acted well into his nineties, stole scenes from generations of performers, from Clark Gable and Henry Fonda to Ben Stiller and Kate Winslet. The premier character actor of the postwar era, whose work on Broadway, TV and film earned him a Tony, an Emmy, and a lifetime achievement Oscar, died Wednesday at age 98.
Born Eli Herschel Wallach in 1915 in Brooklyn, he majored in history at the University of Texas, but he also got his first taste of acting at the university, where his fellow drama troupe members included future Texas Governor John Connally and Walter Cronkite. He continued acting in the Army during World War II, when, in France, he and his unit wrote and performed a play to cheer up recuperating soldiers called This Is the Army? Wallach played a variety of roles, including Adolf Hitler.Back in New York, Wallach became an early proponent of the Method, studying at the Actors Studio with Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift, Sidney Lumet, and Anne Jackson, who’d become his wife in 1948. The couple would have three children and remain married for more than 65 years, until his death.Wallach flourished on Broadway, so much so that he was reluctant to leave for a starmaking film role. He recalled that he was up for the role of Maggio in 1953′sFrom Here to Eternity but turned it down to do a Tennessee Williams play. (He earned a Tony in Williams’ The Rose Tattoo and also starred in the playwright’sCamino Real.) Frank Sinatra, who took the part and won an Oscar for it, used to greet Wallach with jokey gratitude, addressing him as “you crazy actor.”Wallach was 41 when he finally made his first movie, but it was a doozy: Elia Kazan’s Baby Doll (1956), in which vengeful cotton mogul Wallach seduces his rival’s still-virginal bride (Carroll Baker) was the rare picture that was approved by Hollywood’s own censors but condemned by the Catholic Legion of Decency. Though the movie was banned in many cities, it did all right at the box office and earned Wallach aBAFTA for Most Promising Newcomer. “It’s one of the most exciting, daring movies ever made,” Wallach said in 2007, though he acknowledged, “People see it today and say, “What the hell was all the fuss about?’ ”

Clint Eastwood and Wallach in The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly.

Wallach’s movie and TV career continued for another six decades, rarely with lead roles, but often with colorful character parts, as in The Magnificent Seven(where he played bandit leader Calvera) and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.(He was scheming outlaw Tuco, “the Ugly,” though he didn’t realize he’d be designated as such until he saw the film.) On TV, in the mid-’60s, Wallach made a memorable Mr. Freeze on Batman (the role he said that earned him the most fan mail) and won an Emmy for his work in the anti-drug movie The Poppy Is Also a Flower. He’d earn another Emmy nomination 40 years later for his guest spot as a once-blacklisted TV writer onStudio 60 on the Sunset Strip. His last Emmy nod came for his 2009 guest role on Nurse Jackie as a dying patient. In his later decades, Wallach played countless wily, prickly oldtimers on film, from the psychologist in Barbra Streisand’s Nuts to a candy-loving Mafia don inThe Godfather Part III, to a wise rabbi in Keeping the Faith, to a liquor store owner in pal Eastwood’s Mystic River, to a veteran Hollywood screenwriter who charms decades-younger Kate Winslet in The Holiday. In 2010, the year he turned 95, he finally got an honorary Oscar, as well as taking roles in Roman Polanski’s Ghost Writer and Oliver Stone’s Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. Despite a stroke that robbed him of the sight in his left eye, Wallach never seemed to want to slow down. While promoting his 2005 memoir, The Good, The Bad, and Me, he said, “I never lost my appetite for acting. I feel like a magician. Some people would ask, ‘How do you do a play every evening?’ One thing changes every evening: It’s the audience, and I’m working my magic. I’m always learning from it.”


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Harry Dean Stanton Biography

Film ActorTelevision Actor (1926–)
Actor Harry Dean Stanton is known for early appearances in iconic films such as Cool Hand Luke (1967) and Repo Man (1984) as well as for his present-day roles. Here are some images from his movies.
Born in 1926 in Kentucky, Harry Dean Stanton has had one of the longest and most diverse acting careers in Hollywood. He is known for early appearances in iconic films such as Cool Hand Luke (1967) and Repo Man (1984) as well as for his present-day roles in television series such as Big Love.


Film actor. Born on July 14, 1926 in West Irvine, Kentucky, USA, indie film star Harry Dean Stanton served in the navy during World War II. He studied at the University of Kentucky and the Pasadena Playhouse.

A solid supporting actor, Stanton appeared in numerous feature films, many of them Westerns, before starring in 1984′s Paris, Texas and the cult classic Repo Man. Later films include The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), Hostages(1992), The Green Mile (1999), The Straight Story(1999), and The Pledge (2000).

Stanton also is credited with many television appearances over his long career fromGunsmoke during the late 1950s-60s, to the popular recent series Two and a Half Men. Since 2006, Harry Dean Stanton also has starred on the HBO series Big Love as Roman Grant, the manipulative leader of a polygamous sect.

Harry Dean Stanton. (2014). The Biography.com website. Retrieved 03:36, Jun 23, 2014, fromhttp://www.biography.com/people/harry-dean-stanton-9492224.



Warren Beatty Biography









Film Actor, Director (1937–)

Quick Facts

Name Warren Beatty Occupation Film Actor, Director Birth Date March 30, 1937 (age 77) Education Northwestern University Place of Birth Richmond, Virginia Originally Henry Warren Beaty Zodiac Sign Aries
Early Life
Career Beginnings
Later Career
Personal Life

Warren Beatty is an Oscar-winning director and actor known for such films as Bonnie and Clyde, Reds and Heaven Can Wait.

Warren Beatty made his debut as a tortured teenager in Splendor in the Grass (1961). His next big role was in Bonnie and Clyde (1967), which he also produced. The film became a colossal hit and a milestone in cinema history. Beatty was nominated for four Oscars for Heaven Can Wait and won one for directing Reds, in which he also starred. He has written, directed and starred in many films since.

Beatty’s Babes: When Warren Beatty played iconic comic-strip detective Dick Tracy in the movie of the same name, he took on another difficult role: being the boyfriend of co-star Madonna.  Moviegoers got to see a glimpse of this odd coupling in the 1991 documentary Madonna: Truth or Dare.
20 of 22-Beatty’s Babes: When Warren Beatty played iconic comic-strip detective Dick Tracy in the movie of the same name, he took on another difficult role: being the boyfriend of co-star Madonna. Moviegoers got to see a glimpse of this odd coupling in the 1991 documentary Madonna: Truth or Dare.


Beatty’s Babes: Barbara Streisand and Beatty may have crossed paths long before this photo taken in 2005. In 1972, Beatty talked Streisand (who often avoided the live stage due to stage fright) into performing at Senator George McGovern’s political fundraiser for president. Streisand called Beatty ‘persuasive’ and ‘impressive.’
21 of 22-Beatty’s Babes: Barbara Streisand and Beatty may have crossed paths long before this photo taken in 2005. In 1972, Beatty talked Streisand (who often avoided the live stage due to stage fright) into performing at Senator George McGovern’s political fundraiser for president. Streisand called Beatty ‘persuasive’ and ‘impressive.’

Beatty’s Babes: In the 1991 movie Bugsy, Beatty was a gangster and Annette Bening was his moll. Although the film wasn’t a box office smash, he met the leading lady of his life. They married in 1992, had four children together and co-starred again in the 1994 movie Love Affair, a remake of An Affair to Remember.
22 of 22-Beatty’s Babes: In the 1991 movie Bugsy, Beatty was a gangster and Annette Bening was his moll. Although the film wasn’t a box office smash, he met the leading lady of his life. They married in 1992, had four children together and co-starred again in the 1994 movie Love Affair, a remake of An Affair to Remember.

Beatty’s Babes: Although Warren Beatty didn’t make the cut as one of Joan Collins’ four husbands, they were briefly engaged. the sassy Collins has said this about her former beau: ‘He was the only man to get to the mirror faster than me.’
1 of 22-Beatty’s Babes: Although Warren Beatty didn’t make the cut as one of Joan Collins’ four husbands, they were briefly engaged. Seen here in this 1960 photo, the sassy Collins has said this about her former beau: ‘He was the only man to get to the mirror faster than me.’

Beatty’s Babes: Natalie Wood enjoyed a forbidden romance onscreen with Beatty in the 1961 classic Splendor in the Grass. They also carried on off-screen after Wood’s first marriage to Robert Wagner ended. The actress later denied that the romance was the cause of her marital problems. Clearly their onscreen chemistry worked, since Wood took home an Oscar for her performance.
2 of 22-Beatty’s Babes: Natalie Wood enjoyed a forbidden romance onscreen with Beatty in the 1961 classic Splendor in the Grass. They also carried on off-screen after Wood’s first marriage to Robert Wagner ended. The actress later denied that the romance was the cause of her marital problems. Clearly their onscreen chemistry worked, since Wood took home an Oscar for her performance.

Beatty’s Babes: How many women did Warren Beatty sleep with? The book–Star: How Warren Beatty Seduced America–guesses 12,275 – give or take. Although Beatty challenges the accuracy of the unauthorized biography written by Peter Biskind, it’s clear from this 1961 photo that the charismatic actor had a way with women.
3 of 22-Beatty’s Babes: How many women did Warren Beatty sleep with? The book–Star: How Warren Beatty Seduced America–guesses 12,275 – give or take. Although Beatty challenges the accuracy of the unauthorized biography written by Peter Biskind, it’s clear from this 1961 photo that the charismatic actor had a way with women.

Early Life

One of Hollywood’s legendary talents, Warren Beatty has received great acclaim for many of his works, from the 1961 social drama Splendor in the Grass to the 1998 political satire Bulworth. He has also created a lasting legacy for his many dalliances with his leading ladies and others before settling down with actress Annette Bening.

The son of a drama teacher, Beatty seemed to always possess a certain charm and charisma. At Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, Virginia, he was a top football player and president of his class. He went on to Northwestern University in 1955, but he dropped out after a year to move to New York City. Focused on becoming an actor, Beatty studied with famed teacher Stella Adler. His older sister, Shirley MacLaine, had already enjoyed some success as a performer.

Career Beginnings

In the 1950s, Beatty landed some television roles, including a recurring part on The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis. He made his Broadway debut in the William Inge drama A Loss of Roses in 1959. Receiving underwhelming reviews, the production folded quickly folded. Beatty, however, managed to give an impressive performance, raising his professional profile. He also won over the playwright who helped the young actor get his first feature film, 1961′s Splendor in the Grass. Starring opposite Natalie Wood, Beatty played a wealthy teen who struggles with his love and desire for Wood’s character. The film’s depiction of teenage sexuality was quite daring for the times.

Beatty’s career reached a new level of fame in 1967 with his crime drama Bonnie and Clyde, based on the real-life thieving couple of Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker. Behind the scenes, Beatty took the reins as the film’s producer. He worked closely with director Arthur Penn to create this now classic film. A commercial and critical hit, Bonnie and Clyde earned 10 Academy Award nominations, including several acting nods for Beatty, his co-star Faye Dunaway, Gene Hackman and other supporting cast members.

In the 1970s, Beatty seemed to be quite selective in his projects. He won praise for his work in Robert Altman’s 1971 western McCabe & Mrs. Miller with Julie Christie. For 1975′s Shampoo, he worked hard both in front of and behind the cameras. Beatty wrote, produced and starred in this story about a straight, promiscuous hairstylist and his romantic misadventures. Some believed the film to be autobiographical to some extent, given Beatty’s reputation as a ladies’ man.

Teaming up with Elaine May, Beatty co-wrote 1978′s Heaven Can Wait, which also marked his directorial debut. The remake of 1941′s Here Comes Mr. Jordan proved to be a hit both with critics and the public. Beatty picked up Academy Award nominations as an actor, director, producer and writer for the project. At the time, he was the second person to receive nominations in these four categories for one film, following in the footsteps of Orson Welles and his work on Citizen Kane (1941).

Later Career

A perfectionist about his work, Beatty has been known to shoot numerous takes of the same scene. He has a reputation for having a keen eye for details as well. His personality as a filmmaker is perhaps no more apparent than in one of his most ambitious works, the 1981 political epic Reds. In this lengthy, true-to-life film, Beatty starred as American journalist John Reed, who witnesses the rise of Communism in Russia in 1917 during the October Revolution and finds himself inspired by this new political movement. Along with Reed’s love interest, political radical and journalist Louise Bryant (Diane Keaton), Reed tries to spread these ideals. It also featured vignettes from actual participants in the historic events detailed in the film.

Reds brought Beatty his one and only Academy Award win. In 1982, he took home the honor for Best Director. The remainder of the decade proved to be a disappointment for Beatty, however. He teamed up with Dustin Hoffman for the 1987 comedy Ishtar, which became one of the costly duds of its time. Modeled on the Bing Crosby-Bob Hope musical hits of the past, the film failed to find an audience.

Beatty turned to the funny papers for 1990′s film adaptation of the popular comic strip Dick Tracy with Madonna and Al Pacino. The movie seemed to garner more attention for its soundtrack than its plot. Switching to the wrong side of the law, he earned much stronger reviews for his starring turn as gangster Bugsy Siegel in 1991′s Bugsy. His future wife Annette Bening played his girlfriend Virginia Hill.

In 1998, Beatty returned to top form as a screenwriter and director with the political satire Bulworth. The film may not have been a box office hit, but it brought Beatty enormous critical acclaim. He played a senator who decides to actually tell the truth as he runs for reelection in the movie, which also features Halle Berry.

After his most recent film, 2001′s Town & Country, came and went without much notice, Beatty stayed away from filmmaking for years. In 2011, reports circulated that he signed with Paramount Pictures for a new project. The Hollywood legend is set to write, direct, produce and star in this untitled effort. It’s anyone’s guess what kind of film it will be and what type of character he will portray. After more than 50 years in the business, Beatty has shown that he can tackle any genre and any role.

Personal Life

Since the beginning of his acting career, Beatty has been linked to numerous co-stars and other celebrities. Natalie Wood reportedly left her husband Robert Wagner for him. Beatty himself was engaged to actress Joan Collins around this time. He later had long-term relationships with actresses Julie Christie and Diane Keaton. Top stars, such as singer Carly Simon, Barbra Streisand and Madonna, also succumbed to his boyish charms.

Though he once called marriage a “dead institution,” Beatty changed his mind in 1992 when he married Annette Bening. The couple has four children together, Stephen (born Kathlyn), Benjamin, Isabel and Ella.

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Gary Busey

Birth Name: Gary Busey
Born: 06/29/1944
Birth Place: Goose Creek, Texas, USA

Gary Busey was born in the east coast Texas town of Goose Creek (now Baytown) on June 29, 1944 and grew up in Tulsa, OK, where his father worked in construction. A born entertainer, Busey’s first outlet was music, and he constructed a drum set out of oatmeal canisters before driving his family truly crazy with a set of Ludwigs. He also sang at the Christian camp where he spent summers and broadened his interests to include acting after he was mesmerized by a matinee of Cecil B. DeMille’s “Samson and Delilah” (1949). As a teen, Busey cultivated an athletic build while working on local ranches and excelled at football, landing an athletic scholarship to Pittsburg State University in Kansas. When a serious knee injury sidelined his sports aspirations, Busey turned his attention to drama, eventually joining the theater department at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. While a student there in 1966, Busey co-founded a bluesy rock band called Carp. After several years of playing local parties and biker bars, they headed to Hollywood in search of a record deal, landing one with Epic and releasing a self-titled album in 1969. When Carp failed to generate much commercial success, most of the band’s members went on to become studio musicians, while Busey took advantage of his new locale to revive his earlier acting efforts.

Busey landed his first small screen role in a 1970 episode of the Western “The High Chaparral” (NBC, 1967-1971) and the following year made his big screen debut as a hippie in the low budget Roger Corman biker flick “Angels Hard as They Come” (1971). In 1972, he returned to Tulsa, where he became a regular performer on a local sketch comedy show and appeared in the locally filmed “Dirty Little Billy” (1972) before snaring a high profile role alongside Jeff Bridges in “The Last American Hero” (1973), about NASCAR racer Elroy Jackson, Jr. That same year he earned the unusual pop culture distinction of being the last character ever to die on “Bonanza” (NBC, 1959-1973). Busey joined the fine supporting cast (including Bridges, again) of Michael Cimino’s feature directing debut “Thunderbolt and Lightfoot” (1974) before enjoying a brief stint as series regular Truckie Wheeler of “The Texas Wheelers” (ABC, 1974-75). Busey returned to the music business in 1975 touring as drummer for Oklahoma songwriter Leon Russell, who had first become a fan of Busey through his popular Tulsa TV character Teddy Jack Eddy. Busey also played drums on Russell’s classic album Will o’ the Wisp that year, in addition to recording with The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Kinky Friedman, and contributing the song “Since You’ve Gone Away” to Robert Altman’s epic film “Nashville” (1975).

Busey’s music background proved key to truly igniting his film career. His turn as the road manager who keeps Kris Kristofferson in line in “A Star Is Born” (1976) brought him his first widespread attention, though his title role in “The Buddy Holly Story” (1978) made him a star. Busey had always felt a special spiritual kinship with the iconic Texas songwriter-guitarist who died tragically young in an icy plane crash, and his spot-on portrayal of the man and his music earned Busey a Best Actor Oscar nomination for his efforts. Despite his highly acclaimed leading role, Busey’s ensuing career consisted mainly of charismatic supporting roles, his potential possibly compromised by a new cocaine addiction that he would battle for decades. He was convincing as a small time carnival hustler in the atmospheric road movie “Carny” (1980) and provided able country boy-support as the protégé of a legendary outlaw (Willie Nelson) in the well-received “Barbarosa” (1982). In one of his rare appearances in a comedy Busey played one of a crew of misfit taxi drivers in “D.C. Cab” (1983) and also contributed the song, “Why Baby Why” to the soundtrack.

His sports prowess and ability to crank up the high-drama masculine energy made for strong performances as Alabama State football coach Paul Bryant in “The Bear” (1984), and as a baseball playing icon in “Insignificance” (1985), Nicolas Roeg’s gloriously cinematic examination of fame in America. But Busey’s highest profile role of the era was as a nasty drug dealing Vietnam vet in “Lethal Weapon” (1988). His Mr. Joshua had ice in his veins, and though the ruthless albino killer was the actor’s first screen villain, it would certainly not be his last. Busey would go on to make a name for himself with supporting characters that were truly terrifying. His career was interrupted, however, by a motorcycle accident in 1988 that fractured his skull. The actor received a lot of press during his recovery for defending his choice not to wear a helmet and for his claim of a roadside, near-death experience. Doctors feared Busey had suffered brain damage, and his increasingly strange ramblings and pseudo-philosophy while making public appearances seemed to support that theory.

Busey returned to the screen to co-star with Danny Glover in the minor sc-fi hit “Predator 2″ (1990) and the absurd but blockbusting caper/extreme sports hybrid “Point Break” (1991) starring Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves. He was a little too good as the disturbed former psychiatric patient in the routine thriller “Hider in the House” (1991) and continued his villainous run as the evil thug plotting to steal nuclear weapons in Steven Seagal’s mega-hit actioner “Under Siege” (1992). Busey enjoyed a supporting role as a private investigator in the legal thriller “The Firm” (1993) before returning to the sports genre with a co-starring role as an aging pro baseball player in the light “Rookie of the Year” (1993). Busey’s role as a former DEA agent in John Badham’s 1994 actioner “Drop Zone” was ironic, as the actor was shortly thereafter arrested for drug possession, suffered a drug overdose, and spent time in rehab at the Betty Ford Center. Newly sober, Busey became an enthusiastic born-again Christian and ordained minister active with the Promise Keepers men’s group. But just as the unpredictable actor seemed to be gaining a new lease on life, he averted disaster yet again when he was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor in his sinus cavity.

After recuperating from surgery and radiation treatment, Busey seemed poised to resume his improved Hollywood standing, landing in a remake of the TV series “Hawaii Five-O” (CBS, 1968-1980), but the show’s pilot was reportedly a disaster and the project never moved forward. Busey rebounded with a starring role in the well-received Spanish-American war miniseries “Rough Riders” (TNT, 1997) and enjoyed cameos in art house flicks “Lost Highway” (1997) and “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” (1998) before a pair of arrests for domestic violence charges filed by ex-wife Tiani Warden and a string of dismal low-budget films reduced Busey’s name to a pop culture curiosity, known more for the mug shot seen ’round the world than for the promise he had once shown as an actor. Embracing his new reputation, Busey began to appear as an oddball artifact on “The Man Show” (Comedy Central, 1999-2004) and Howard Stern’s radio show before cementing his tarnished image as the center of Comedy Central’s “I’m with Busey” reality show (2003). Over 13 uncomfortable episodes, Busey shared his off-kilter wisdom of the world with alleged fan and buddy Adam de la Pena. It was unclear whether Busey’s bizarre philosophical outbursts and explosive behavior were due to a mental unraveling or whether he was amping up the crazy factor for audience benefit.

The show did not paint a flattering portrait of the star but it raised his profile enough to land a recurring role (as himself) on HBO’s hot Hollywood drama “Entourage” (HBO, 2004- ). Busey’s personal life was back in the headlines in 2004 when he was taken to court for failing to pay rent on his rented Malibu home and arrested for not showing up at a hearing related to alleged millions owed his ex-wife. In 2005, Busey claimed his prayers for a fitness opportunity were answered when he was asked to join the cast of the VH1 weight loss chronicle “Celebrity Fit Club 2,” during which he allegedly lost 50 pounds. Busey’s film career was busier than ever regardless of his reputation, with the actor headlining over 20 low-budget and direct-to-DVD titles from 2004-06. He made gossip column headlines in February of 2008 for a red carpet appearance at the Academy Awards that sent nervous stars including Jennifer Garner – whose neck he appeared to either bite or kiss – and E! host Ryan Seacrest looking for the exit. Busey next appeared on the second season of “Celebrity Rehab” (VH1, 2008- ). He claimed to appear on the show not as an addict, but as an inspirational figure for the other patients, which initially confused the show’s star, Dr. Drew Pinsky, Busey nonetheless went through an enormously successful transformation. Following a cameo appearance in the hit comedy “Grown Ups” (2009), starring Adam Sandler, David Spade and Chris Rock, Busey joined the season four cast of the celebrity version of “The Apprentice” (NBC, 2004- ), playing for charity against the likes of model Niki Taylor, former “Survivor” winner Richard Hatch, and rap star Lil Jon.






My husband and I used to, stay at the “Chelsea ” hotel in N.Y.C which is known for it’s quirky residents of beat poets writers, and musicians. Once we filmed  a reenactment from Sid and Nancy of the demise of Sid when he and Nancy spent their last day in the Chelsea. We loved the movie and watched it many times. We admired the spunk of themcharacters Sid and Nancy, which wasn’t saying much about us!




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  • NAME: Gary Oldman
  • OCCUPATION: Actor, Director
  • BIRTH DATE: March 21, 1958 (Age: 56)
  • PLACE OF BIRTH: London, United Kingdom
  • Full Name: Leonard Gary Oldman
  • ZODIAC SIGN: Aries

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Gary Oldman is an English actor and film director whose edgy, intense style has brought him acclaim in such hits as Sid and Nancy, JFK, and The Dark Knight.

Actor Gary Oldman was born in London, England, on March 21, 1958. From the moment his star fist shined as Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious in Sid and Nancy (1986), Oldman has brought a raw, powerful edge to his roles, which have run the gamut from Dracula to Beethoven to Lee Harvey Oswald.

Early Years

Actor. Born Leonard Gary Oldman in London, England, on March 25, 1958. The son of a welder and homemaker, Oldman grew up in a hardscrabble working class neighborhood of south London. His childhood and later adult years were framed by the absence of his father, who left the family when Oldman was just seven years old.

Hardly a committed student, Oldman eventually dropped out of school at the age of 16, when he found work as a store clerk. But after discovering his ability to perform on stage, Oldman returned to the classroom and enrolled in the Young People’s Theater in Greenwich, England.

Oldman’s work in theater class paved the way for a scholarship and even better opportunities at the Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance in London. Oldman graduated in 1979 with a degree in theater arts.

For much of the early 1980s, Oldman kept pace with a frenzied theater schedule. For the young actor, though, the hard work paid off. Among the recognitions he received from this period was the coveted Fringe Award for Best Newcomer for the 1985-86 season for his role in The Pope’s Wedding.

Commercial Success

Gary Oldman’s big introduction to mainstream audiences came as Sid Vicious in the film Sid and Nancy (1986). Critics praised Oldman for his portrayal of the mercurial punk rocker. His followup role as the gay playwright Joe Orton in Prick up Your Ears (1987) won him equal praise.

Oldman’s versatility, in fact, helps explain his stardom. The actor’s ability to make himself a believable Lee Harvey Oswald in JFK (1991) then turn around and command the screen as Dracula in Francis Ford Coppola‘s Bram Stroker’s Dracula (1992) is evidence of this.

For much of the 1990s Oldman’s talents were on full display. His films included The Scarlet Letter (1995), The Fifth Element (1997), and Air Force One (1997). In 1998 he stepped off the stage to take on the role of director in Nil by Mouth, a heartbreaking look at the life of one working class family in South London.

For Oldman, who wrote the script for the movie, the film touched some familiar ground, mirroring in some respects the troubled, up-and-down life he’d known as a child.

As the 2000s took shape, Oldman’s career continued to roll forward. The actor took on roles in a variety of films, from the Harry Potter series, to the Batman franchise, to lending his voice to the animated science fiction movie Planet 51 (2009).

Personal Life

For Oldman, a recovering alcoholic who claims he once drank two bottles of vodka a day, professional triumphs have sometimes mbeen met with personal setbacks. He’s been married four times, including to actress Uma Thurman and model Donya Fiorentiono.




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Date of Birth 13 December 1957 , Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Birth Name Steven Vincent Buscemi
Nickname Busc
Height 5′ 9″ (1.x.75 m)
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Steve Buscemi was born in Brooklyn, New York, USA. He became interested in acting during his last year of high school. After graduating, he moved to Manhattan to study acting with John Strasberg. He began writing and performing original theatre pieces with fellow actor/writer Mark Boone Junior. This led to his being cast in his first lead role in Parting Glances (1986). Since then, he has worked with many of the top filmmakers in Hollywood, including Quentin Tarantino, Jerry Bruckheimer, and The Coen Brothers. He is a highly respected actor.

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    Spouse (1)
    Jo Andres (1987 – present) (1 child)
    Trade Mark (8)
    Frequently casts Mark Boone Junior, Seymour Cassel and his brother, Michael Buscemi, in his films.

Frequently plays characters who are fast talkers

Frequently plays cowardly characters

High raspy voice

Often plays characters mixed up in crime

Often works with the Coen Brothers

Slender frame

Googly blue eyes

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His surname is pronounced “Buss-ehm-ee”. He is of Sicilian/Italian ancestry on his father’s side, and has Irish, English, and Dutch ancestry on his mother’s side.

Ranked #52 in Empire (UK) magazine’s “The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time” list. [October 1997]

Graduated in 1975 from Valley Stream Central High School, Valley Stream, NY. After graduation, he attended Nassau Community College and then moved to Manhattan to study acting at the famed Lee Strasberg Institute.

Brother of Michael Buscemi.

Was a New York City Fireman from 1980 to 1984, with Engine Company #55 in the Little Italy section of NY.k

One son, Lucian Buscemi, born in 1990.

Has been cast in six movies by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen( (Miller’s Crossing (1990), The Hudsucker Proxy (1994), Barton Fink (1991), Fargo (1996), The Big Lebowski (1998), and Paris, je t’aime (2006))), more appearances in Coen Brothers films than any other actor, exceeding by two films Frances McDormand, John Turturro and John Goodman. His character died in three of them: Miller’s Crossing (1990), Fargo (1996), and The Big Lebowski (1998).

Stabbed in the throat, head and arm during a barroom brawl at the Firebelly Lounge in Wilmington, North Carolina. The brawl also involved Vince Vaughn, who was arrested for brutalizing one of Buscemi’s attackers. He suffered a deep cut to the face and now has a noticeable scar on his cheek. Heavy make-up is used to hide it in movies. [April 2001]

Showed up at his old firehouse the day after the World Trade Center tragedy in New York to volunteer. Worked twelve hour shifts for a week after the terrorist act, digging through rubble with his old comrades looking for missing firefighters… anonymously. [September 2001]

Bears such a strong resemblance to writer-director John Waters that as a joke, Waters sent out cards with a photo of Buscemi made up to look like Waters.

Modelled for H&M (2000).

He went through a variety of interesting jobs before hitting it big as a character actor. He worked as a bartender, drove an ice-cream truck, attempted stand-up comedy, and (that which he is most proud of) was a firefighter (he continues to be a volunteer fire-fighter). He bombed so bad as a comic one night another comic took his place, Paul Reiser. Years later Buscemi and Reiser did an episode of Mad About You (1992) poking fun at the incident.

Frequently is typecast as sleazy or crazed characters, with his roles as Tommy in Trees Lounge (1996) and Seymour in Ghost World (2001) being the closest he has come to being the romantic lead.

Is one of the most prolific of today’s actors, often starring in about 5 films a year.

His character in Reservoir Dogs (1992) refuses to tip waitresses. He later made a cameo as a waiter in Pulp Fiction (1994).

      Was good enough to be a varsity wrestler (105 lb weight class) on the wrestling team in high school. He was also a soccer player, and was considered a “jock” rather than a scholar. Years later, while on Late Night with Conan O’Brien (1993), Buscemi challenged Andy Richter to a wrestling match when he found out Richter was on a high school wrestling team also. Much to Buscemi’s?? embarrassment, Richter won, although Richter noted that fact the he is six inches taller and at least 100 pounds heavier might have given him an edge.
      #21 on Tropopkin’s Top 25 Most Intriguing People [Issue #100]
      Played a character in Desperado (1995) whose character’s name was his own last name.
      Was member of the dramatic jury at the Sundance Film Festival in 2003.
      His father, John, had hoped to be a television cameraman, but he ended up clearing garbage for the sanitation department. His mother, Dorothy, worked as a hostess in the Howard Johnson hotels.
      Has three brothers.
      Was born on a Friday the 13th.
      Went to a Catholic school.
      Grandmother had 5 children.
      Fractured his skull when he was hit by the bus when he was young. Some time later, he was hit by a car while chasing a ball which had rolled onto the street. He had cuts and bruises from this accident.
      Grew up in Valley Stream, New York, as did actors Edward Burns, James Martin Kelly, and Larry Miller.
      Good friends with actor Stanley Tucci.
      Best Man at his friend Stanley Tucci‘s wedding to Felicity Blunt.
      He and Norm MacDonald voiced as gingerbread men for the famous AT&T Christmas commercial.
      On Friday, the 4th, was presented the Distinguished Alumni Award as part of Valley Stream Central High School’s 75th anniversary celebration. [March 2005]

Personal Quotes (12)

      My favorite review described me as the cinematic equivalent of junk mail. I don’t know what that means, but it sounds like a dig.
      In the beginning, it wasn’t even a question of deciding I’m going to do independent film and not commercial films — I wasn’t being offered any commercial films, and there wasn’t an independent scene. I did a lot of “so-called” independent films that were really low-budget films trying to be commercial. But you certainly make choices when you have a script written by Jim Jarmusch or the Coen brothers or Alexandre Rockwell; I think any actor would feel lucky to be able to work on projects like that.
      It’s weird; I was not a really tough guy in high school, but I end up playing all of these psychopaths and criminals. I don’t really care who they are, as long as they are complicated and going through something that I can understand and put across.
      As much as you tell yourself, ‘We made the film and here it is and that is enough,’ you would like to come away with something.
      I don’t tend to think of these characters as losers [I play]. I like the struggles that people have, people who are feeling like they don’t fit into society, because I still sort of feel that way.
      When I get cast, I always flip to the end of the script to see if my character gets beaten up or killed. I really thought that after getting killed on The Sopranos (1999) I should not accept scripts where I die. I mean, there’s nowhere to go after getting killed by Tony Soprano. But then I got offered this great part in The Island (2005). I didn’t even make it a third of the way through the movie. I have been surviving a lot more lately, though.
      The only thing I can compare the feeling of going onstage to is the fear you feel before going into a burning building. Once you go in there, the fear goes away and you’re operating on adrenaline. And when it’s over, if you’ve done well, it’s something you’ve shared with these people you automatically feel close to.
      I admire any director who makes his living solely from directing. I’m fortunate enough to earn a decent wage by occasionally playing psychopaths in other people’s movies, allowing me the luxury of not having to depend on the movies I direct to put food on the table. I especially admire independent directors like Tom DiCillo and Alexandre Rockwell, who never stop trying to create their own way.
      (On working on The Sopranos (1999)) I feel really privileged to have been a part of it and to have worked that closely with it, as a director and as an actor. And as an audience member, I’m still in awe of the show. For me, it never lost that sense of, ‘Holy shit… this is fucking great’.
      (2011, on Trees Lounge (1996)) It was sort of my life. At 19, I was truly directionless, living with my parents. I was driving an ice-cream truck and working at a gas station. There’s nothing wrong with those jobs – it’s hard work. But my boss at the gas station was grooming me to be a mechanic, and that’s not what I wanted. The drinking age was 18 then, so I spent every night hanging out with my friends in bars, drinking.
      (2011) I remember my son once asked me, “Did you ever, like, kiss in high school?” And I told him this long drawn-out story of how shy I was, how I finally got a girlfriend but she broke up with me because I was too shy to try to kiss her, and then I had another girlfriend but still couldn’t figure out kissing. The technique was always a big obstacle in my head, like, How do you kiss? Where does your chin go? Forget about anything beyond kissing-first base was a total mystery to me. So I’m telling my son this long story, and he listens patiently until he finally realizes where I’m going with it, and he says, “Dad, no-did you like Kiss in high school? Kiss, the band!” And I was, “Oh yeah, Kiss…they were good.”
      (2011, on his grossest on-screen death) On Tales from the Crypt (1989), I played a guy involved with an Agent Orange-y chemical. My body literally rots. They’ve got me in this prosthetic full-body rotting-guy suit, and then I get shot. They had me squibbed up with 12 to 15 little explosives. Those things sting! So now I’m rotting and shot to pieces.



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William H Macy

Alternate Name: W H Macy, William Hall Macy Jr, William Hall Macy Jr.

William H. Macy

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  • Voice actor, Director, Actor, Screenwriter
  • Gender: Male
  • Born: March 13, 1950
  • Birthplace: Miami, Florida, USA
  • Nationality: United States

Full Biography

From All Movie Guide: William H. Macy came to acting by way of Bethany and Goddard Colleges. At the latter school, Macy studied under playwright David Mamet, with whom he would be frequently associated throughout his career. After college, Macy was a member of Mamet‘s theater troupe, the St. Nicholas Company. The actor performed in a number of productions, many of them written by Mamet, until 1978 when he left the company and headed to New York. Some of his earliest work there included commercial voice-overs, such as the now infamous “Secret: Strong enough for a man, but PH balanced for a woman.”

Macy also continued his theater work, forming the Atlantic Theatre Company with Mamet in 1985 and acting in Broadway and off-Broadway shows. In addition, he worked in television and began doing feature films, debuting in ’80s Foolin’ Around. He continued to act in supporting roles throughout the decade, appearing in such films as Mamet‘s directorial debut, House of Games (1987) and Woody Allen‘s Radio Days (1987). In 1991, he won a more substantial role, in Mamet‘s Homicide, and subsequently began to find work in more well-known films, including Benny and Joon and The Client.

Macy finally got a shot at a leading role with his turn in Mamet‘s Oleanna. He won positive notices and an Independent Spirit Award nomination for his portrayal of a professor accused of sexual harassment. More acclaim followed with his starring role as a hapless car salesman in Joel Coen and Ethan Coen’s Fargo (1996), for which he garnered a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination. The next year, Macy‘s star rose a little higher, thanks to his work in three high-profile films, Wag the Dog, Air Force One, and Paul Thomas Anderson‘s Boogie Nights. He was similarly lauded for his versatility through work in such films as Psycho and Pleasantville, and in 1999 he continued his winning streak as an unconventional superhero in Mystery Men, a gay sheriff in Happy, Texas, and a member of the ensemble cast of Paul Thomas Anderson‘s Magnolia.

Despite the fact that Macy drew praise for his turn as a reluctant hit man in the 2000 drama Panic, the film went largely unseen, and his next substantial role found him running from dinosaurs in Jurassic Park III. As always Macy continued to intercut his more commercial efforts with such decidedly non-mainstream fare as Focus and Stealing Sinatra. Surprisingly, it was just such work that netted Macy some of his most glowing reviews. Case in point was a memorable performance as a disabled traveling salesman in the 2003 drama Door to Door; a role that earned its convincing lead an Emmy. After sticking to the small screen with the Showtime miniseries Out of Order, Macy went wide with the theatrical hit Seabiscuit and the breathless Larry Cohen-scripted thriller Cellular. That same year, the actor would continue to nurture a succesful ongoing collaboration with famed writer/director David Mamet in the widely-praised but little-seen {/crime drama} Spartan. Macy has also continued to do television work, appearing on such series as Spencer, Law & Order, and ER. For his role in the 2004 made for television drama The Wool Cap (which also found him teaming with writer Steven Schachter to adapt a story originally written by Jackie Gleason), Macy was nominated for multiple awards including a Best Actor at the Golden Globe and an Emmys.

In 2005, Macy returned to home turf with the Mamet-scripted thriller Edmond, directed by Stuart “Reanimator” Gordon. The picture reunited the actor and director, who originally collaborated in the early eighties on the stage version of the playwright’s {+Sexual Perversity in Chicago}. Adapted from Mamet‘s 1982 one-acter, Edmond dramatizes the descent of a seemingly normal man (Macy) from sanity to unbridled psychosis. While Edmond didn’t exactly bomb critically or commercially after its July 14, 2006 premiere, it fell below the bar of previous Mamet efforts on two levels: first, the studio opened it to decidedly more limited release than Mamet‘s directorial projects over the previous several years (such as Spartan and Heist), thus ensuring that fewer would see it, and it also suffered from somewhat lackluster reviews. Surprisingly, those who did complain of the work attacked Mamet‘s script in lieu Gordon’s direction. Variety’s Scott Foundas observed, “The problem is that, too often, we don’t fully understand what motivates Edmond, and many of Mamet’s efforts toward explanation — that life is one big shell game, that we’re all latent racists at heart — feel like specious armchair philosophizing.”

Macy produced that same year’s Transamerica, and graced the cast of Jason Reitman’s hearty satire Thank You For Smoking, with a funny turn as senator and anti-tobacco promulgator Ortolan Finistirre. At around the same time, he also voiced a crooked, baseball bat-swiping security guard in that year’s family friendly animated feature Everyone’s Hero. Meanwhile, audiences geared up for Macy‘s contribution to the ensemble of actor-cum-director Emilio Estevez’s semi-fictional, Altmanesque docudrama Bobby, which recounts the events that preceded RFK’s assassination by Sirhan Sirhan at the Ambassador Hotel. As the hotel manager, Macy joins a line-up of formidable heavyweights: Helen Hunt, Elijah Wood, Harry Belafonte, Martin Sheen, Estevez himself, Anthony Hopkins,  Sharon Stone, and many others. The picture had journalists and moviegoers across America whispering ‘Oscar contender’ long before its initial release on November 22, 2006. Shortly after production wrapped, Macy made headlines in mid-late 2006 for a comment that involved his allegedly berating Bobby co-star Lindsay Lohan’s on-set behavior, in reference to her constant tardiness.

Meanwhile, the trades reported the everpresent Macy‘s involvement in two 2007 features: the animated Bee Movie (with a lead voice by Jerry Seinfeld), about a honeybee who decides to sue mankind for its use of honey, and Wild Hogs, a farce with Tim Allen, Martin Lawrence and John Travolta as a trio of Hell’s Angels. Over the coming years, Macy would appear in movies like Shorts, Dirty Girl, and The Lincoln Lawyer, as well as the critically acclaimed series Shameless.

In 1997, William H. Macy married Felicity Huffman, with whom he appeared in Magnolia. ~ Rebecca Flint Marx, Rovi