Bad at the Bijou

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McFarland, Jan 1, 2000 - Performing Arts - 176 pages
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This book is about a group of actors who bring drama to the big screen the way the fair haired hero never could. The granddaddies of Darth Vadar and J.R. Ewing--villains of the Westerns. Witty interviews with ten Hollywood heavies--Lee Van Cleef, Jack Elam, Strother Martin, others--about their backgrounds, and feelings about themselves, their families, and playing bad guys. Horner asks the right questions, pulls out good answers and shows a fondness for controversial and sensitive issues. Two sections contain 43 photos of these familiar grisly characters in well known roles. All in all a splendid portrayal of a bunch of fine fellows who make a living convincing audiences they are despicable, degenerate and mean. A thorough filmography and a solid index are included.
 

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Contents

Who Is That Man Behind the Frosty Grunts?
1
Bad as They Come
13
The Rednecks
61
Inspector Callahans Nemesis 97
81
Hell on Horseback
107
Before the Credits Roll
145
Filmography
151
Index
159
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William R. Horner, born in Nashville, a graduate of Vanderbilt University, was stationed in the Netherlands with the U.S. Army in 1972-1973. He is a distribution clerk for the U.S. Postal Service and lives in Mount Juliet, Tennessee.

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