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February 12, 2002 | GINA PICCALO AND LOUISE ROUG
Richard Rush looks down on the San Fernando Valley twinkling beneath the King Air airplane. These days, flying to Santa Barbara for the afternoon is a rare treat for the 71-year-old director, who recently gave up his Cessna for health reasons. Flying used to be the perfect hobby, he says. "There are enough life and death concerns to take your mind off work." And work has been a mixed bag for Rush. His defining moment, "The Stunt Man," was his greatest success--and his greatest disappointment.
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December 16, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Was there ever an actor who aged more gracefully, more beautifully than Peter O'Toole, who died Saturday at age 81? I know the conventional wisdom is otherwise, insisting that, physically at least, O'Toole bore the ravages of a hard-lived life. I said as much myself writing about 2006's "Venus," noting that it was "wrenching" to see his character "sitting on his bed, rumpled and fragile and without the will to get up until he slaps himself hard and says, 'Come on, old man.'" That performance earned O'Toole his eighth Oscar nomination, the most for any nonwinning actor.
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NEWS
January 16, 1988
Boyd F. (Red) Morgan, 72, an actor and stunt man who boasted that in the 2,000 falls he had taken off horses in dozens of motion pictures and television shows, neither he nor his horses were ever injured. A halfback on the last USC football team Howard Jones ever coached, Morgan played professional football with the Washington Redskins before entering the film industry.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Nina Dobrev of "The Vampire Diaries" isn't just another pretty face, and she's got the stunt skills to prove it -- which she did Tuesday night on "Conan. " Conan O'Brien kicked off the interview with the young actress by focusing on her good looks and sex appeal, but that would all change later in the show. Dobrev sunk her teeth into the vampire underworld playing Elena Gilbert, a human recently turned vampire, on the CW's "The Vampire Diaries. " But more important, her role has her plumly placed in a love triangle between two vampire brothers feuding for her affections.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 16, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Was there ever an actor who aged more gracefully, more beautifully than Peter O'Toole, who died Saturday at age 81? I know the conventional wisdom is otherwise, insisting that, physically at least, O'Toole bore the ravages of a hard-lived life. I said as much myself writing about 2006's "Venus," noting that it was "wrenching" to see his character "sitting on his bed, rumpled and fragile and without the will to get up until he slaps himself hard and says, 'Come on, old man.'" That performance earned O'Toole his eighth Oscar nomination, the most for any nonwinning actor.
NEWS
June 16, 1989 | BURT A. FOLKART, Times Staff Writer
Victor French, a San Fernando Valley boy with a love of boxing and acting who parlayed those interests into a career as stunt man, actor and director, died Thursday morning after a three-month battle with lung cancer. Sherman Oaks Community Hospital spokeswoman Johna Rogovin said the co-star of "Highway to Heaven" and several other top TV series had been admitted June 7. He was 54. The son of a stunt man who instilled a love of western lore in him as a boy, the burly and bearded actor's first job was with his father performing stunts on "Gunsmoke."
BOOKS
October 6, 1985
For a book on early days in Northern and Southern California I need help in locating information about a young actor/stunt man of the 1920s-1944, Arthur M. Rowlands. (He briefly rose to assistant director in 1938.) His death was noted in Variety. Surely there must be someone who remembers Rowlands and his widow, Betty Dietrick. Please write me or leave a phone message at (213) 626-3959. PHYLLIS ERICKSON 417 S. Hill St., No. 445 Los Angeles 90013
ENTERTAINMENT
November 21, 1985
"The Fall Guy" is down but not out, ABC said Wednesday. The four-year-old action series, which stars Lee Majors as a stunt man who also works as a bounty hunter, had been knocked off the schedule a few weeks ago after getting poor ratings against NBC's "The Cosby Show" on Thursdays at 8 p.m., but ABC has decided to bring it back Nov. 30 as the replacement for another weak-performing series, "Hollywood Beat." "Hollywood Beat," a first-year police show that has been airing Saturdays at 8 p.m.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 22, 2009 | Susan King
Eighty films are featured in the 13th annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Film Awards, which commences Friday evening at the ArcLight Hollywood with the drama "Another Harvest Moon," starring Ernest Borgnine, Piper Laurie, Anne Meara, Doris Roberts and Cybill Shepherd. Other films in the festival, which continues through Sunday, include "The Assistants," "Crossing" and "Last Days of Summer." There also will be a festival-within-the-festival, the Hollywood Comedy Film Festival, and a human rights symposium on Saturday.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Nina Dobrev of "The Vampire Diaries" isn't just another pretty face, and she's got the stunt skills to prove it -- which she did Tuesday night on "Conan. " Conan O'Brien kicked off the interview with the young actress by focusing on her good looks and sex appeal, but that would all change later in the show. Dobrev sunk her teeth into the vampire underworld playing Elena Gilbert, a human recently turned vampire, on the CW's "The Vampire Diaries. " But more important, her role has her plumly placed in a love triangle between two vampire brothers feuding for her affections.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 22, 2009 | Susan King
Eighty films are featured in the 13th annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Film Awards, which commences Friday evening at the ArcLight Hollywood with the drama "Another Harvest Moon," starring Ernest Borgnine, Piper Laurie, Anne Meara, Doris Roberts and Cybill Shepherd. Other films in the festival, which continues through Sunday, include "The Assistants," "Crossing" and "Last Days of Summer." There also will be a festival-within-the-festival, the Hollywood Comedy Film Festival, and a human rights symposium on Saturday.
NEWS
February 12, 2002 | GINA PICCALO AND LOUISE ROUG
Richard Rush looks down on the San Fernando Valley twinkling beneath the King Air airplane. These days, flying to Santa Barbara for the afternoon is a rare treat for the 71-year-old director, who recently gave up his Cessna for health reasons. Flying used to be the perfect hobby, he says. "There are enough life and death concerns to take your mind off work." And work has been a mixed bag for Rush. His defining moment, "The Stunt Man," was his greatest success--and his greatest disappointment.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 15, 1994 | CLAUDIA ELLER
Anyone who knows actor Woody Harrelson knows this is someone who isn't exactly shy or afraid to reveal himself--literally. Friends and associates say he's playful, flirtatious, loves to show off his body and enjoys playing practical jokes. After all, this is the not-so-modest guy who appeared in just a cowboy hat and skin-tight Calvin Klein briefs in a 60-foot billboard above Times Square for a few days in December, parodying rapper Marky Mark's pouty Calvin ads.
NEWS
May 12, 1994 | CORINNE FLOCKEN, Corinne Flocken is a free-lance writer who regularly covers Kid Stuff for the Times Orange County Edition.
Rick Lewis can balance full glasses of water on his chin, do back-flips off furniture and juggle plungers or toasters without breaking a sweat. Ah, you think, what a precocious child. Kids, take Ricky and go play out back. Way out back. Not so fast. Even though his stunts may sound like those of a rascally 8-year-old, Lewis is no kid.
NEWS
July 7, 1992 | Associated Press
A man convicted of killing a 16-year-old boy when he tried to shoot a beer can off the boy's head was sentenced to 13 years in prison Monday despite a plea for leniency from the victim's mother. Juan Garza, 26, who was on parole, was convicted of reckless homicide and possessing a gun as a felon. The teen-ager, Daniel Leonard, was the son of Garza's girlfriend. Daniel, who voluntarily held the beer can on his head, was hit in the forehead by Garza's shot.
NEWS
December 30, 1990 | DANIEL CERONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's a dream vacation vehicle. Everyone dreams of having a beautiful car and a beautiful boat. Well, this combines the two. It cruises at 90 mph on land and goes 60 knots in the water." Super Dave Osborne patiently explained to the camera the benefits of his amphibious boat-car. Then the daredevil stuntman, gleaming in his patriotic star-spangled jump suit and crash helmet, climbed to the captain's deck of the modified, twin-fin Cadillac for a demonstration.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 1987 | DOUG SMITH, Times Staff Writer
Jeff R. stood on a platform two-thirds of the way up a telephone-pole tower above the rooftops of a placid Chatsworth neighborhood. "My name is Jeff," he said deliberately, concentrating on a rectangular air bag 40 feet below. "I'm going to do a header." In real life, Jeff R. (as an actor, that is his whole name) was an architect who found office life boring and repetitive. He was lured away by images of excitement and danger that flickered through his thoughts.
BUSINESS
July 12, 1987
Jeffrey Popick, who lives in Arcadia, moved here from New York six years ago wanting to be a stunt driver. At 25, Popick is one of the few stunt men in Hollywood who works regularly, and he says he makes about $150,000 a year. The most he has ever received for a stunt was $15,000 to climb from an airplane to a helicopter at 3,000 feet. Popick's credits include such television shows as "The Dukes of Hazzard" and "The Fall Guy."
ENTERTAINMENT
March 28, 1990 | KIRK HONEYCUTT
Producer David Madden grinned as he greeted visitors to his set. "It's going to be quite a day. We're putting an expensive actor in front of a moving train." The expensive actor was Gregory Hines, the former expensive dancer, and the particular stunt comes at the climax of "Eve of Destruction," an $11-million action-thriller being shot in Santa Clarita Valley north of Los Angeles.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 1, 1990 | From Times staff and wire service reports
A High Court judge awarded $422,000 in damages to a stunt man who claimed his career was ended by injuries caused in a fall during the filming of the movie "Superman IV." London Cannon Films Ltd. admitted liability. But John Lees, 47, said the award does not make up for the injuries he suffered when harness wires snapped and he fell 25 feet. "My career as a stunt man is over," said Lees, whose heels and left ankle were broken.
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