May 2015

Tragic Hollywood – Accidental Deaths ( Pt 4 )

May 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

    Part 4 of this series on accidental death focuses on twelve actors who died in accidents related to aircraft. I have not included Anthony Perkins’ actress wife, Berry Berenson, who was aboard Flight 11 when it struck the North Tower of the World Trade Centre on 9/11. Her death belongs in the ‘murdered’ category and will be included in that segment at a later date.   Aaliyah [...]

Tragic Hollywood – Accidental Deaths ( Pt 3 )

May 28, 2015 // 2 Comments

      Most people would probably agree that being burned to death has to be one of the worst ways to go. Mercifully, most of the victims of home fires succumb to smoke inhalation long before the flames reach them. Here are thirteen movie actors, some well-known, others less so, who met their ends in accidental blazes. One of them was involved in a plane crash, but had died from [...]

Tragic Hollywood – Accidental Deaths ( Pt 2 )

May 26, 2015 // 2 Comments

  I have so far found a total of twenty movie actors who have perished in motor vehicle related accidents. Here are the second group of ten. Next, I shall look at ‘accidental death in fires’.   Sammi Kane Kraft (1992-2012) Sammi only made one movie, the remake of Bad News Bears, the kid’s baseball pic, in 2005. She was selected, not only because of her looks and acting [...]

Tragic Hollywood – Accidental Deaths ( Pt 1 )

May 24, 2015 // 5 Comments

    Hollywood movie stars are prone to luck, good and bad, just like the rest of us. My research has found over sixty actors and actresses who have been killed in accidents involving automobiles, airliners, drownings, genuine accidental overdoses, fires, skiing, even earthquakes. Some have been electrocuted, others accidentally shot themselves or choked to death on food. By far the [...]

The Best Ever Child Movie Stars ( Pt 2 )

May 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

  Here are my top 10 (top 11 actually, since I had a dead-heat at number 6)   10        DREW BARRYMORE that brilliant moment in ET Yet another Californian, this time from Culver City, where she was born in 1975. Drew stormed into cinema fame at the tender age of 7 when she played Gertie in Spielberg’s ET – The Extra-terrestrial. Since then she has established herself as a [...]

The Best Ever Child Movie Stars? ( Pt 1 )

May 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

  Like most things, I guess, this is very much an ‘in the eye of the beholder’ list, but I have given it a lot of thought and looked back as far as the silent era to compile the 20 best child actors (in my opinion). Well, 21 actually, given I could not separate Kurt Russell and Christian Bale in 20th spot, and my reluctancy to leave either guy out. These are all [...]

Australia’s Best?

May 18, 2015 // 0 Comments

  My previous post dealt with Australian actors who have achieved international recognition. There were a lot of fine performers on the list, but two of them (one male, one female) have already enjoyed exceptional careers, and seem set to go from strength to strength for many years to come. They are such outstanding professionals that I thought they should have a separate posting all to [...]

Australian International Screen Stars

May 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

    Below are two lists. The first consists of actors and actresses who have always been considered as Australian, even though they were not born in Australia. The second list consists of those who were born in this country. As you can see, there are quite a lot of very fine performers on both lists. In fact Australians are now ranked third behind the USA and Britain for the number of Oscar [...]

Character Actors ( Pt 2) – Today’s Best?

May 14, 2015 // 2 Comments

      10     Joe Pantoliano  was born in Hoboken, New Jersey and was 32 before he hit it big playing the ruthless pimp Guido in Tom cruise’s first major success Risky Business in 1983. Since then he has played opposite many of the top Hollywood actors in such memorable films as Midnight Run (1988), The Fugitive (1993), U S Marshals (1998) and The Matrix (1999). Pantoliano has [...]

Gandhi ( 1982 )

May 12, 2015 // 0 Comments

Below is a direct excerpt from my book, Movies Based on True Stories. These are my comments on just one of over 400 movies assessed in the volume. Not all are as long as this particular critique, although a few (Titanic, Zulu and The Alamo, for example) may even be longer. I make no apologies for my views on Mr Gandhi, for they are derived from data obtained from several accounts by reputable [...]
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