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Sonny Tufts

August 29, 1987

I really must question Deborah Caulfield's description of the late Sonny Tufts as "the hopelessly obscure 1940s actor" in her article "Dennis Quaid Takes Career in 'Big Easy' Style" (Aug. 25).

Caulfield is obviously too young to remember Tufts, but I would think virtually every film buff would know him, as would anyone over 50 who grew up with movies instead of television.

Besides his films, he gained a lot of attention in the early '50s when he was twice charged with biting some young lady on the thigh at a party.

Admittedly, he was never a star or even a lead in a film. But as a popular, featured player in many movies, and one of the first male pin-up kings, he could hardly be described as "hopelessly obscure."

GARY WAYNESMITH

Los Angeles

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