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If you read through posts on this site it will quickly become obvious that I love character actors and actresses. As of late, I’ve taken to recording birthdays of thespians, musicians, comedians, etc. to salute here on this site, on my Sinatra and Company Facebook page, and on my weekly radio show. Today is a […]

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This past weekend, the Screen Actor’s Guild honored Carol Burnett with their Lifetime Achievement Award. The SAG Lifetime Achievement Award seems to me to be one of the more meaningful of the myriad prizes that Hollywood enjoys giving themselves. A quick perusal of the past 50+ years of winners boasts some of the best and […]

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Here’s a clip of James Garner being interviewed around the time he was working on the film remake of Maverick in 1994 with Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster. It’s important to me for one reason and one reason only: his comments about acting and specifically Spencer Tracy. When I “discovered” the classic films back when […]

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I was very, very sad to learn of James Garner’s passing yesterday. If you read over this site, you’ll see there are many actors, singers and comedians who I’ve loved and admired over the years. None more than James Garner. Some equally as much but certainly none more. My good friend, actor Sal Viscuso, and […]

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Dear Mr. Van Dyke: To paraphrase a corny old song, “where do I begin, to tell the story of how much you’ve meant to me?” I just finished reading your memoir entitled “My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business.” As cute as the title is, whatever luck you’ve had would have meant very […]

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I had the distinct pleasure yesterday of speaking with Candice “Candy” Azzara. Ms. Azzara is a delightfully talented actress who has appeared is some of my favorite movies and TV shows over the years. Born and raised in Brooklyn in a decidedly colorful Italian American family, she is as charming to speak to as she […]

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