Modern Hollywood was started by a group of independent filmmakers who moved to California in the 1910s to get away from Thomas Edison’s total monopoly on all aspects (scripts, cameras, theaters, actors) of the early, east coast film industry. history.com/news/the-rene…
Actor Jim Belushi has taken up cannabis farming in Oregon pdxmonthly.com/news-and-c…
When actor Nick Frost (Cornetto Trilogy) was young his parents' business tanked. They had to move into a neighbours’ home and his mother suffered a stroke from stress. Nick dropped out of school and worked to support his family. He was just working as a waiter when Simon Pegg cast him in Spaced. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nic…
Actor Robert Mitchum proposed to his wife by saying "Stick with me, kid, and you'll be farting through silk." Their marriage lasted 57 years. theguardian.com/books/200…
Famous Actor Peter Dinklage used to play in a punk band named β€œWhizzy” nme.com/blogs/nme-blogs/p…
Leonardo DiCaprio used to be a break dancer before he made it big as an actor. According to him he thinks he kept getting rejected by agents because he was a break dancer at the time and had crazy haircuts. insider.com/leonardo-dica…
The actor Vincent Price was a gourmet cook and once demonstrated how to poach a fish in a dishwasher on The Tonight Show. wikipedia.org/wiki/Vincen…
"Lawrence of Arabia" star Peter O'Toole was famous for his drunk shenanigans. During one epic drinking session with Oscar-winning actor Peter Finch, they tried to order drinks at a bar after closing time. The landlord refused to serve them - so they wrote out a cheque and bought the bar uk.movies.yahoo.com/blogs…
When Audrey Geisel, the widow of Doctor Seuss, was selling the rights to How the Grinch Stole Christmas, she made sure that "any actor submitted for the Grinch must be of comparable stature to Jack Nicholson, Jim Carrey, Robin Williams and Dustin Hoffman." wikipedia.org/wiki/How_th…
[] All interviews shown in the movie Intersellar were real interviews with people that lived through the Dust Bowl in the 1930's. These are not actors. This happened to them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dus…
The actor playing Hedorah the Smog Monster in a 1971 Godzilla film came down with appendicitis. Doctors were forced to perform surgery while he was still wearing the monster suit due to the length of time it took to take off. During the operation he learned that painkillers had no effect on him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God…
James Stewart, an American actor, rose from the rank of Private to Colonel in only 4 years during his WW2 military service, and eventually became a Brigadier General, making him the highest ranking actor in American military history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
Empire actor Terrence Howard believes that "1 Γ— 1 = 2". He has even created his own mathematical language of logic called "Terrology", to try to prove it. He claims he quit an engineering degree at the Pratt Institute over disagreements with a professor regarding his hypothesis. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ter…
When Werner Herzog was filming "Fitzcarraldo" in Peru, leading actor Klaus Kinski fought virulently with many crew members, greatly upsetting the native extras. One of the native chiefs offered in all seriousness to kill Kinski, but Herzog declined because he needed the actor to complete filming en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fit…
Actor Jason Lee was a professional skateboarder before he got his roll in Mallrats and pursued an acting career. youtu.be/mYIB0jMui-I
Today I learned about Jimmy the Crow who appeared in over 1,000 features from the β€˜30s through the β€˜50s. He was trained in an assortment of tricks, such as typing, opening letters, and even riding a tiny motorcycle. Jimmy Stewart said he was the β€œsmartest actor” on the set of It’s A Wonderful Life. wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_…
Columbia Pictures' contract with the Three Stooges shut the actors out of royalties. Instead, despite headlining in 190 comedy shorts, the Stooges made much of their money doing live shows. When show business slowed down, lead Stooge Moe Howard sold real estate. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moe…
Today I learned about Matt Kennedy Gould. He was the only real person in a 1990's Big Brother type reality show called The Joe Schmo Show. The rest of the cast were all actors and actresses. gazettereview.com/2016/09…
Actor Dan Richter, the lead man-ape in "2001: A Space Odyssey", had the status of a β€œlegal” drug addict in England, and injected a doctor-prescribed combination of heroin and cocaine up to 7 times daily. When he needed additional stimulation, he always had state-supplied crystal meth on hand history.com/news/making-2…
Jim Carrey was the first actor to have three films go straight to number one in the same year. The year was 1994, and the films were The Mask, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, and Dumb and Dumber. ew.com/movies/2019/07/29/…
A 1,500 lb grizzly bear named Bart gave such a moving performance in the 1987 film "The Bear " that a campaign formed to encourage his Oscar nomination. Unfortunately, the academy refused to nominate an animal actor. telegraph.co.uk/films/0/m…
There really is a Schraderbrau Beer - the beer Hank Schrader brewed in the TV series Breaking Bad. Actor Dean Norris helped launch it in 2019. foodandwine.com/beer/schr…
Lenny Montana, the actor who played Luca Brasi in The Godfather was actually a member of the Colombo crime family sent to monitor the set. Coppola cast him, but due to his nerves, he kept making mistakes and repeating his lines to himself. This was then incorporated into the film as a character en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Len…
Before becoming an actor Joe Pesci was a New York City lounge singer and released the album "Little Joe Sure Can Sing" in 1968 youtube.com/watch?v=DNiVW…
The members of the Brat Pack group of actors dislike the label because it comes from a news article which portrayed them as unprofessional. They consider it damaging to their careers and friendship as they stopped seeing each other after the article was published. cinemablend.com/new/Reaso…
James Cromwell, the actor who played Farmer Hoggett in Babe, has since been arrested at least five times for animal rights activism en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
John Astin, who played Gomez in the 1960's Addams Family is the man who raised LOTR actor Sean Astin as his stepchild. Due to Sean's mother, actress Patty Duke not knowing which man was the actual father when Sean was born, and a subsequent divorce and remarrying, Sean now has 4 'Dads'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea…
Ed O'Neill (of Married...With Children and Modern Family) went from being impoverished to one of the most highly paid actors in Television, and as a younger man was briefly signed to the Pittsburgh Steelers wealthsimple.com/en-us/ma…
At Westerbork Concentration camp, famous Jewish actors being held there put on 6 major theatre productions over the course of 18 months for the S.S and for the prisoners. Even having a string orchestra and professional lighting. holocaust-lestweforget.co…
In 2008 German actor Daniel Hoevels accidentally cut his own throat on stage in a β€œsuicide scene” when he was given a real knife by mistake. theguardian.com/world/200…
Actors playing Munchkins in Wizard of Oz worked 6 days a week and were paid $50 per week. Toto made $125 per week. doyouremember.com/102699/…
Since 1999 John O’Hurley, the actor who played J. Peterman on Seinfeld, has been a part owner of the J. Peterman company and serves on its board of directors rollingstone.com/culture/…
The meme of the β€œfedora guy” was actor Jerry Messing who played Puglsey Addams in the 1998 film Addams Family Reunion en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jer…
In the 1976 film "Heart of Glass", almost all of the actors performed while under hypnosis, to copy the trance-like state of the people in the story. The actors memorised most of their dialogue during hypnosis, and many of the actors' gestures and movements occurred spontaneously during filming en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hea…
An extra on the set of Star Trek IV ad-libbed a line that made it into the final movie. Since she wasn't an actor, she then had to be registered to the Screen Actors Guild since membership was required for anyone with speaking lines in a movie. legendsrevealed.com/enter…
Liza Minelli, daughter of Judy Garland, the actress who played Dorothy in the 1939 MGM film, β€œWizard of Oz,” was once married to Jack Haley, Jr., son of Jack Haley, the actor who played the Tin Man in the same film. He was Minnelli’s 2nd husband. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liz…
To be more competitive in the US tv/film market, some actors will train to have a General American accent . It is widely perceived, among Americans, as lacking any distinctly regional, ethnic, or socioeconomic characteristics. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eng…
Inside the Actors Studio’s James Lipton hosted the show for 24 years until 2018, and then passed away in 2020 at the age of 93 wikipedia.org/wiki/James_…
Ghostbusters actor Ernie Hudson, who played Winston Zeddemore, auditioned as the voice for the same character in the animated series but was rejected because they didn't think he sounded enough like Winston from the movie. cbr.com/tv-legends-reveal…
Billy Redden was the actor who played "Banjo Boy" in Deliverance. He has since starred in multiple films all portraying a banjo player. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
Arnold Schwartzenneger wanted to dub his own voice for German versions of the Terminator films, but the film studio thought his rural Austrian accent didn’t match the tough-guy role and employed a German voice actor instead. screenrant.com/terminator…
During the filming of Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ", Jim Caviezel - the actor portraying Jesus - endured accidental lashings, a dislocated shoulder, pneumonia, a lung infection, persistent migraines, and was ultimately struck by lightning. looper.com/107673/bizarre…
The actor who played "Flounder" in Animal House, Stephen Furst, was a pizza delivery boy in Hollywood when he landed the role. He taped a photo of himself inside the lid of each pizza he delivered in the hopes of being discovered. youtube.com/watch?v=Lvi4F…
Several people accused actor Kiell Smith-Bynoe of putting on blackface when he appeared in a promotional film for the BBC. He is in fact black. inews.co.uk/culture/telev…
Spongebob voice actor Tom Kenny has been lifelong friends with Robert β€œBobcat” Goldthwait. At one of their first open-mics they each performed as β€œBobcat” and β€œTomcat”, as a tribute to another comedian who was performing that night; Barry β€œBear Cat” Crimmins. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom…
The British banished the voices of the Sinn Fein from the airwaves. To get around this news stations simply aired footage of the Sinn Fein leaders with actors dubbing their voices. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/198…
Sir Rowan Atkinson, the actor who played Mr. Bean, has an MSc in Electrical Engineering telegraph.co.uk/news/cele…
The robot suit in the 60's TV series Lost In Space had a built-in ashtray. The suit was so difficult and painful to get in and out of that the actor Bob May would just stay inside and have his smoke breaks in the suit so needed a place for his ashes and butts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob…
The actor who played the killer in Boyz N Da Hood later became a Blood and was locked up for a double homicide. He was then murdered and his body was used for a satanic ritual thetruecrimedatabase.com/…

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