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TRIVIA---Frank Sinatra signed to star in DIRTY HARRY, but he withdrew after a broken wrist sustained in the fight scene in THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE would have prevented from properly firing Dirty Harry's .44 Magnum. When Sinatra left, so did director Irvin Kershner (THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK). Actors who turned the role down included Steve McQueen, John Wayne, Paul Newman, George C. Scott, Burt Lancaster and Robert Mitchum.







TRIVIA---before George Takei was the helmsman for the starship Enterprise in STAR TREK, he was the helmsman for the Japanese destroyer Amagiri that rammed John F. Kennedy's PT boat in the 1963 JFK biomovie PT 109.
The 1963 movie starred Cliff Robertson, who won the Best Actor Oscar for CHARLY, and later starred in BRAINSTORM and the SPIDER-MAN trilogy. PT 109 also featured Robert Blake, of The Little Rascals fame and BARETTA, who was later found liable in a civil case for the murder of his wife.
A new PT 109 movie is underway.













TRIVIA---More James Bond movie trivia.
THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS was Timothy Dalton's first movie playing James Bond. Walter Gotell returned as retired KGB Gen. Gogol.
Dalton and Gotell also appeared in the TALES FROM THE CRYPT episode "Werewolf Concerto" with Dalton playing Lokai, and Gotell playing Mr. Hertz.

THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS was Timothy Dalton's first movie playing James Bond. Walter Gotell returned as retired KGB Gen. Gogol.






Dalton and Gotell also appeared in the TALES FROM THE CRYPT episode "Werewolf Concerto" with Dalton playing Lokai, and Gotell playing Mr. Hertz.



 

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They asked Edward James Olmos to play the captain in Star Trek: Next Generation.


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Olmos was contacted about playing the captain of the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) on Star Trek:The Next Generation when it was in pre-production in 1986, but declined.


 

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TRIVIA---before John Ratzenberger played Cliff Clavin, the blowhard mailman, and Frances Sternhagen played his mother on CHEERS, they appeared in the Sean Connery sci fi movie OUTLAND.









TRIVIA---in the Vietnam War movie FLIGHT OF THE INTRUDER, director John Milius chose his friend Ed O'Neill (MARRIED...WITH CHILDREN) to play the JAG prosecutor in the dramatic court martial scene. When the test audience saw O'Neill appear, they howled with laughter because they saw henpecked loser Al Bundy instead of the JAG prosecutor. The role was then recast with Fred Dalton Thompson who played the head district attorney in LAW & ORDER.
A Paramount Pictures source said, "He's so recognized with the comedy series that marketing research screenings played weirdly. When he came on screen the audiences laughed at him, even though he was playing a serious role as a Navy captain presiding over a court-martial hearing. They had to recast the role after the film was shot."
O'Neill said, "People had no idea I was in it. As soon as they see me, it's Al Bundy in the Army. They crack up. The setup was insane."



 

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TRIVIA---in Ray Harryhausen's THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS, the New York policeman who shoots the Rhedosaurus with his pistol and is then eaten, later reappears alive and shoots the Rhedosarus with a rifle.
Also, the Army sniper who kills the Rhedosaurus with a radioactive bullet is played by then-unknown Lee Van Cleef.










The Army sniper who kills the Rhedosaurus with a radioactive bullet is played by then-unknown Lee Van Cleef.






TRIVIA---in KOLCHAK: NIGHT STALKER, Jack Grinnage played reporter Ron Updyke, who was Carl Kolchak's newsroom foil. After he left acting, Grinnage became a prop maker. His most famous prop was John Malkovich's rabbit's foot which carried bullets for the gun he shot Clint Eastwood with in IN THE LINE OF FIRE.
Jeff Rice, the Las Vegas newspaper reporter, whose unpublished novel inspired two hit Kolchak tv movies, two Kolchak tv series and THE X-FILES, died in obscurity in 2015.





 

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TRIVIA---legendary stunt driver/actor Bill Hickman is known for the car chase scenes in BULLITT and THE FRENCH CONNECTION. In PATTON, Hickman played Gen. George S. Patton's driver. Ironically, Patton was killed seven months after Germany surrendered when his staff car had a low-speed collision with an Army truck even though the others in the car only suffered minor injuries.

Legendary stunt driver/actor Bill Hickman played hitman Phil in BULLITT (Steve McQueen, Jacqueline Bisset).






Hickman played federal agent Bill Mulderig in THE FRENCH CONNECTION (Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider).






Hickman played Gen. George S. Patton's driver in PATTON (George C. Scott, Karl Malden).




Ironically, Patton was killed seven months after Germany surrendered when his staff car had a low-speed collision with an Army truck even though the others in the car only suffered minor injuries.

 

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TRIVIA---in DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER, Sean Connery's last official James Bond movie, Norman Burton played CIA agent Felix Leiter. Burton's biggest role was his horseback appearance as the Hunt Leader in PLANET OF THE APES.







In the movie's Las Vegas casino scene, comedian Shady Tree (Leonard Barr, Dean Martin's uncle) has two beautiful companions at his side. On his right was supposedly Valerie Perrine, who was nominated for an Academy Award in LENNY, but Perrine denied it's her. On his left is supposedly Cassandra Peterson, better known as horror queen Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. who claimed it was her on the left. However, 007 MAGAZINE said Pat Gill and Judy Ritsko are the real women in the scene, and Ritsko plays the topless dancer Bond talks to backstage.





In the movie's famous car chase scene, James Bond evaded pursuing police cars by slipping his Mustang through a narrow alley by tilting the Mustang on its right wheels. However, a filming mistake occurred when the Mustang exited the alley tilted on its left wheels. Because it was impractical to reshoot the entire scene, Sean Connery and Jill St. John reshot the film showing the Mustang tilted from its right wheels to four wheels and then to its left wheels---even the alley was supposedly too narrow for a car on four wheels to begin with.








TRIVIA---character actor Harry Lauter appeared in two classic sci fi movies about aliens landing in Washington, DC: EARTH VS. FLYING SAUCERS and THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL. In EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERS, Lauter played the generator technician who is vaporized by the invading aliens. In THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, Lauter played the platoon leader who greets the benevolent alien Klaatu who is then shot by a trigger-happy soldier.

In EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERS, Lauter played the generator technician who is vaporized by the invading aliens.





In THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, Lauter played the platoon leader when the benevolent alien Klaatu emerges from his spaceship and is then shot by a trigger-happy soldier.






TRIVIA---although Elizabeth Taylor is known for her many marriages (eight), Lana Turner (PEYTON PLACE) and Jennifer O'Neill (SUMMER of '42) are tied for being the most-married actresses with nine each.

Elizabeth Taylor is known for her many marriages (eight)---two with Richard Burton.





Lana Turner (PEYTON PLACE) was married nine times---two with Steve Crane.





Jennifer O'Neill (SUMMER OF '42) was also married nine times---two with Richard Alan Brown.

 

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TRIVIA---in Steven Spielberg's 1941, Dan Aykroyd's M3 Lee "Lulubelle" tank is named after Humphrey Bogart's tank "Lulubelle" in SAHARA. Ackroyd's "Lulubelle" was really a different armored vehicle that was being used as a target on a US Air Force gunnery range and was rebuilt to look like an M3 Lee.








TRIVIA---in AIR FORCE ONE, child actress Liesel Matthews played Alice, the daughter of President James Marshall (Harrison Ford). Matthews is the niece of Hyatt Hotel founder Jay Pritzker and is an heiress to the Hyatt fortune which is valued at $15 billion.

 

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TRIVIA---in the Elvis Presley movie IT HAPPENED AT THE WORLD'S FAIR, crop duster pilot Presley tells his co-pilot Gary Lockwood that he is leaving the crop dusting business to join the space program. Lockwood sarcastically replies, "Space! Beautiful. You'd be perfect for it---you got a headful of it."
Ironically, Lockwood would be in the space program himself when he appeared in the STAR TREK episode "Where No Man Has Gone Before" and Stanley Kubrick's classic 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY as astronaut Dr. Frank Poole.

In the Elvis Presley movie IT HAPPENED AT THE WORLD'S FAIR, crop duster pilot Presley tells his co-pilot Gary Lockwood that he is leaving the crop dusting business to join the space program. Lockwood sarcastically replies, "Space! Beautiful. You'd be perfect for it---you got a headful of it."





Ironically, Lockwood would be in the space program himself when he appeared in the STAR TREK episode "Where No Man Has Gone Before" as Enterprise helmsman Lt. Cdr. Gary Mitchell.




"Where No Man Has Gone Before" is the first filmed episode in which William Shatner, James Doohan and George Takei appeared.





Lockwood also appeared in Stanley Kubrick's classic 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY as astronaut Dr. Frank Poole.

 

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15

TRIVIA---the Biltmore House is the largest privately-owned house in the United States. The house is 178,926 square feet with 250 rooms including 35 bedrooms. The Biltmore Estate is situated on 8,000 acres. It was built by George Washington Vanderbilt II in Asheville, North Carolina. It has been used as a film site for many movies including BEING THERE, THE HUNGER GAMES, FORREST GUMP, THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS, HANNIBAL and PATCH ADAMS.

The Biltmore House is the largest privately-owned house in the United States and is 178,926 square feet with 250 rooms.




The Biltmore Estate is located on 8,000 acres.




The Biltmore House banquet hall.




The Biltmore Estate was featured in BEING THERE (Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine) and other movies.

 

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I've toured the inside and grounds of the Biltmore a couple times. It's a pretty amazing place and sits on one of the most beautiful Appalachian foothills settings you can imagine. It has an indoor pool and bowling alley in the basement. It's not that far from Asheville, NC, which is a cool little city.
 

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BEN23:

I'm originally from North Carolina and used to live near Asheville in South Carolina, but unfortunately I have never been to the Biltmore Estate....but I did watch BEING THERE again last night.:D
 

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TRIVIA---character actor Michael Ensign is perhaps best known for playing the high-strung Sedgewick Hotel manager in GHOSTBUSTERS. However, Ensign played two characters who died in two movies about the sinking of the luxury ocean liner RMS Titanic.

Michael Ensign is perhaps best known for playing the high-strung Sedgewick Hotel manager in GHOSTBUSTERS.





Michael Ensign played Lt. Northacker, commander of the doomed deep-diving submersible Starfish in RAISE THE TITANIC.











Ensign played millionaire Benjamin Guggenheim, one of the passengers who died in James Cameron's TITANIC.



 

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FRIDAY, APRIL 17

TRIVIA---Darren McGavin and Barry Atwater starred in the hit tv movie THE NIGHT STALKER in which a fearless newspaper reporter pursues a vampire preying on young women in Las Vegas. McGavin and Atwater reunited in the POLICE STORY episode "The Ripper" in which a police detective pursues a serial killer preying on gay men.
"The Ripper" also included McGavin's wife, Kathie Browne, who ironically played a police detective in the KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER tv series based on THE NIGHT STALKER. "The Ripper" also featured John Fiedler, who played morgue attendant Gordy "The Ghoul" in KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER.

Darren McGavin and Barry Atwater starred in the hit tv movie THE NIGHT STALKER in which a fearless newspaper reporter pursues a vampire preying on young women in Las Vegas.




McGavin and Atwater reunited in the POLICE STORY episode "The Ripper" in which a police detective pursues a serial killer preying on gay men.





TRIVIA---In THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN which was based on the Michael Crichton novel, Dr. Mark Hall (James Olson) is told he can't start to operate on a patient because he is needed at Wildfire and another doctor will perform the surgery instead. The other doctor is Crichton who graduated from Harvard Medical School.



 

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MONDAY, APRIL 20

TRIVIA---more James Bond movie trivia.
In Ian Fleming's novels, James Bond was a chain smoker, smoking up to 60-70 cigarettes a day.
In the movies, Sean Connery's Bond smoked cigarettes like the Bond in the novels. Roger Moore's Bond smoked cigars as Moore did in real life. George Lazenby and Timothy Dalton had Bond smoking cigarettes occasionally. Pierce Brosnan's Bond was the first smoke-free Bond. In TOMORROW NEVER DIES, he gives a cigarette to a Russian sentry, then knocks him out and states, "Filthy habit." In reality, Brosnan was a heavy cigar smoker who started at nine years old and got hooked later, "I got hooked onto them when I was doing REMINGTON STEELE." Daniel Craig, a heavy smoker, did not want his Bond to be a smoker, “I don’t wish for [Bond] to smoke. Fleming wrote a Bond who smoked 60 cigarettes a day. I can’t do that and then run two-and-a-half miles down a road, it just doesn’t tie in."
Fleming, like James Bond, was a chain smoker and smoked about 80 cigarettes a day which was a factor in his death at 53 of a heart attack.


In the James Bond movies, Sean Connery was a cigarette smoker like Bond in Ian Fleming's novels.




Fleming, like James Bond, was a chain smoker and smoked about 80 cigarettes a day which was a factor in his death at 53 of a heart attack.





TRIVIA---ROOSTER COGBURN, the sequel to John Wayne's Oscar-winning TRUE GRIT, was written by Martin Julien, which was the pseudonym for actress Martha Hyer, the wife of Hal B. Wallis, who was the producer of the two movies and also CASABLANCA and THE MALTESE FALCON.
Hyer was nominated for an Oscar in SOME CAME RUNNING which starred Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Shirley MacLaine.




 

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In the movie's Las Vegas casino scene, comedian Shady Tree (Leonard Barr, Dean Martin's uncle) has two beautiful companions at his side. On his right was supposedly Valerie Perrine, who was nominated for an Academy Award in LENNY, but Perrine denied it's her. On his left is supposedly Cassandra Peterson, better known as horror queen Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. who claimed it was her on the left. However, 007 MAGAZINE said Pat Gill and Judy Ritsko are the real women in the scene, and Ritsko plays the topless dancer Bond talks to backstage.

I always thought that the character of Plenty O'Toole in the film looked a bit like Elvira...


Plenty was in fact played though by Natalie Wood's younger sister, Lana Wood (née Svetlana Gurdina).



^ Lana and Natalie with their mother Maria Zakharenko.

Both of the Wood's parents were child refugees from the Russian Civil War of 1917-1922. And Natalie's original birthname was Natalia Zakharenko (or Natasha, for short). Missing from the above photo is their older half-sister Olga Tatulova.

Lana has appeared in numerous TV series over her acting career. And she also became a producer. She also posed nude in the April, 1971 issue of Playboy magazine.
 

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TUESDAY, APRIL 21

TRIVIA---During the filming of the steamy 9 1/2 WEEKS, the relationship between stars Mickey Rourke and Kim Basinger was very unpleasant. Basinger said, “Kissing Mickey Rourke was like kissing an ashtray...I hated him sometimes." However, Rourke's hostility towards Basinger was actually suggested by director Adrian Lyne, who wanted it to create authentic on-screen tension between the two stars. Later, Rourke and Basinger mended their relationship, and Rourke complimented Basinger by saying, “That f*ckin’ Kim Basinger was hot as sh*it, I used to go home with a boner every night. Really. That was no fun…”

 

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TRIVIA---James Mason and Karl Michael Vogler played German officers in the World War I German fighter ace movie THE BLUE MAX. Mason and Vogler also played German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel in two World War II movies. Mason played Rommel in THE DESERT FOX: THE STORY OF ROMMEL, and Vogler played Rommel in PATTON.

In THE BLUE MAX, James Mason played Gen. Count von Klugerman with Ursula Andress.





In THE BLUE MAX, Karl Michael Vogler played Hauptmann Otto Heidemann with George Peppard.





Mason played Field Marshal Erwin Rommel in THE DESERT FOX: THE STORY OF ROMMEL.





Vogler played Rommel in PATTON.

 
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