Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Growing up, I used to see the talented and wonderfully monickered Godfrey Cambridge on TV a lot, either doing standup routines on ED SULLIVAN or sketch comedy with RED SKELTON or acting on everything from THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW to NIGHT GALLERY. At a time when TV was still pretty whitebread, Godfrey offered a constant presence of color on TV. It was only later when I realized that he was also an impressive character actor in motion pictures, particularly THE PRESIDENT'S ANALYST, COTTON COMES TO HARLEM and COME BACK, CHARLESTON BLUE. Hard to believe he's been gone 40 years this year. R.I.P.
Thursday, July 7, 2016
Excepting cameos, documentaries, TV appearances, children's videos, concert footage and voiceovers, what you see here represents the entire big screen acting career of today's birthday boy Ringo Starr, hailed in 1964 as "The New Chaplin." While it would be tough to say he lived up to that promise as an actor, this is certainly not a film legacy to sneeze at. Peace and Love, Rich! Always!