The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

"Oh, that guy..."


Fred Clark (Ride the Pink Horse, Zotz!, etc.)

The Great Character Actors website still appears to be a work in progress, but it's a lot of fun to peruse and look up some of those faces that you can't always put a name to. The design and organization aren't that polished, but it's great to see people like Howard McNear or Jesse Royce Landis get a write-up, especially since the IMDb is a little lax on the headshot front for actors from days gone by.

The site admits that its listing are incomplete, but doesn't include links to each actor's IMDb listing, which should be something to consider in the near future (because even if you don't use Amazon.com, you can at least figure out which films featuring these performers are available on VHS and/or DVD via the IMDb link to Amazon.)

4 comments :

Ivan G. said...

They may not remember his name, but Fred Clark gets a "Special Guest Star" credit in the AIP guilty pleasure Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine (1965). What was VIncent Price, chopped liver?

swac said...

Really? I've had the DVD for ages, but haven't watched it again yet.

I saw it decades ago on the Great Money Movie out of Bangor, ME, and thought it was hilarious. Of course, that was back in my junior high pot smoking days.

Rob said...

That website is amazing, with a nice write-up on every player. More Whit Bissell, I say!!

BCNU

swac said...

You can never get enough Geoffrey Lewis.