Frank Hart Rich Jr. is an American essayist and liberal progressive op-ed columnist, who held various positions within The New York Times from 1980 to 2011. He has produced television series and documentaries for HBO. Rich is writer-at-large for New York magazine, where he writes essays on politics and culture and engages in regular dialogues on news of the week for the "Daily Intelligencer", he served as executive producer of the long-running HBO comedy series Veep, having joined the show at its outset in 2011, of the HBO drama series Succession. Rich grew up in Washington, D. C, his mother, Helene Fisher, a schoolteacher and artist, was from a Russian Jewish family that settled in Brooklyn, New York, but moved to Washington after the stock market crash of 1929. His father, Frank Hart Rich, a businessman, was from a German Jewish family long-settled in Washington, he attended public schools and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1967. Rich attended Harvard College in Massachusetts. At Harvard, he became the editorial chairman of The Harvard Crimson, the university's daily student newspaper.
Rich was an honorary Harvard College scholar and a member of Phi Beta Kappa, received a Henry Russell Shaw Traveling Fellowship. He graduated in 1971 with an A. B. magna cum laude in American literature. Before joining The New York Times in 1980, Rich was a film and television critic for Time and a film critic for The New York Post, film critic and senior editor of New Times Magazine. In the early 1970s, he was a founding editor of the Richmond Mercury. Rich served as chief theater critic of The New York Times from 1980 to 1993, earning the nickname "Butcher of Broadway" for his power over the prospects of Broadway shows, he first won attention from theater-goers with an essay for The Harvard Crimson about the Broadway musical Follies, by Stephen Sondheim, during its pre-Broadway tryout run in Boston. In his study of the work, Rich was "the first person to predict the legendary status the show would achieve"; the article "fascinated" Harold Prince, the musical's co-director, "absolutely intrigued" Sondheim, who invited the undergraduate to lunch to further discuss his feelings about the production.
In a retrospective article for The New York Times Magazine, "Exit the Critic," published in 1994, Rich reflected on the controversies during his tenure as drama critic as well as on the playwrights he championed and on the tragedies that decimated the New York theater during the height of the AIDS crisis. A collection of Rich's theater reviews was published in a book, Hot Seat: Theater Criticism for The New York Times, 1980–1993, he wrote The Theatre Art of Boris Aronson, with Lisa Aronson, in 1987. From 1994 to 2011, Rich was an op-ed columnist for The New York Times, his columns, now appearing in New York Magazine, make regular references to a broad range of popular culture—including television, movies and literature. In addition to his long-time work for the Times and New York, Rich has written for many other publications, including The New York Review of Books; the commentator Bill O'Reilly, host of the Fox News Channel talk show The O'Reilly Factor, criticized Rich following Rich's criticism of Fox in 2004 as having a politically conservative bias.
Rich attracted controversy by dismissing the historical-drama film The Passion of the Christ, directed by Mel Gibson, as "nothing so much as a porn movie, replete with slo-mo climaxes and pounding music for the money shots."In a January 2006 appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show, commenting on the James Frey memoir scandal, Rich expanded on his usage in his column of the term truthiness to summarize a variety of ills in culture and politics. His book, The Greatest Story Ever Sold: The Decline and Fall of Truth from 9/11 to Katrina, criticized the American media for what he perceived as its support of George W. Bush's administration's propaganda following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and during the run-up to the Iraq war. A July 2009 column focused on what Rich believes is the bigoted nature of President Barack Obama's detractors. On the Tea Party movement, which emerged in 2009, Rich opined that at one of their rallies they were "kowtowing to secessionists." He wrote that death threats and a brick thrown through a congressman's window were a "small-scale mimicry of "Kristallnacht".
In his essays at New York, Rich has continued to examine the American right, including its latest revival during the candidacy and presidency of Donald Trump. Since 2008, Rich has been a creative consultant for HBO, where he helps initiate and develop new programming and is an Executive Producer of Veep, the long-running comedy series created by Armando Iannucci and starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, he is an Executive Producer of Succession, the HBO drama series created by Jesse Armstrong that debuted in June of 2018 to critical praise. Rich was an Executive Producer for the HBO documentaries Six by Sondheim, directed by James Lapine, Becoming Mike Nichols, directed by Douglas McGrath. Rich's journalistic honors include the George Polk Award for commentary in 2005 and, in 2011, the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism from Harvard University. In 2016, he received the Mirror Award for Best Commentary from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University, he was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 2015.
Rich was twice a Pulitzer Prize finalist, in 1987 and 2005. Rich received Emmy Awards in 2015, 2016, 2017 for Veep, named Outstanding Comedy Series, he has won two Peabody Awards, fo
Candice Patricia Bergen is an American actress and former fashion model. She won five Emmy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards for her eleven seasons as the title character on the CBS sitcom Murphy Brown, she is known for her role as Shirley Schmidt on the ABC drama Boston Legal. She was nominated for the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for Starting Over, for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Gandhi. Bergen began her career as a fashion model and appeared on the front cover of Vogue before she made her screen debut in the 1966 film The Group, she went on to star in The Sand Pebbles, Soldier Blue, Carnal Knowledge, The Wind and the Lion. She made her Broadway debut in the 1984 play Hurlyburly, went on to star in the revivals of The Best Man and Love Letters. From 2002 to 2004, she appeared in three episodes of the City, her other film roles include Miss Congeniality, Sweet Home Alabama, The Women, Bride Wars, Book Club. Bergen was born in California, her mother, Frances Bergen, was a Powers model, known professionally as Frances Westcott.
Her father, Edgar Bergen, was a famous ventriloquist and actor. Her paternal grandparents were Swedish-born immigrants who anglicized their surname, Berggren; as a child, Candice was irritated at being described as "Charlie McCarthy's little sister". She began appearing on her father's radio program at a young age, in 1958, at age 11, with her father on Groucho Marx's quiz show You Bet Your Life, as Candy Bergen, she said. She attended the University of Pennsylvania, where she was elected both Homecoming Queen and Miss University, but, as Bergen acknowledged, she failed to take her education and after failing two courses in art and opera, she was asked to leave at the end of her sophomore year, she received an honorary doctorate from Penn in May 1992. She worked as a fashion model, she received her acting training at HB Studio in New York City. In 1966, Bergen made her screen debut playing a university student in The Group, directed by Sidney Lumet, who knew Bergen's family; the film delicately touched on the subject of lesbianism.
She did it while studying college and elected not to return, instead playing the role of Shirley Eckert, an assistant school teacher in The Sand Pebbles with Steve McQueen. The movie was a big financial success, it was made for 20th Century Fox. She guest starred on an episode of Coronet Blue, whose director Sam Wanamaker recommended her for a part in The Day the Fish Came Out directed by Michael Cacoyannis, distributed by Fox but a huge flop. Fox signed her to a long-term contract, she did not appear in the film. Bergen went to France to appear in Claude Lelouch's Live for Life opposite Yves Montand, popular in France but not the US. In 1968, she played the leading female role in The Magus, a British mystery film for Fox starring Michael Caine and Anthony Quinn, universally ridiculed on its release and another flop, she was featured in a 1970 political satire, The Adventurers, based on a novel by Harold Robbins, playing a frustrated socialite. Her fee was $200,000. Reviews were terrible but the film made money.
Bergen called it a "movie out of the 1940s."Bergen played the girlfriend of Elliott Gould in Getting Straight, a counter-culture movie, commercially popular. She said it took her career in "a new direction... my first experience with democratic, communal movie making."She starred in the controversial Western Soldier Blue, a worldwide hit but a failure in its homeland because of its unflattering portrayal of the U. S. Cavalry; the film's European success led to Bergen's being voted by British exhibitors as the seventh-most popular star at the British box office in 1971. Bergen received some strong reviews for her support role in Carnal Knowledge, directed by Mike Nichols. Bergen did a Western with Oliver Reed, The Hunting Party had the lead role in a drama T. R. Baskin, she described the latter as the first role "that is sort of a vehicle, where I have to act and not just be a sort of decoration" saying she'd decided "it was time for me to ge serious about acting."Bergen was absent from screens for a number of years.
She returned with a support part in a British heist film, 11 Harrowhouse did a Western with Gene Hackman and James Coburn, Bite the Bullet. In 1975, she replaced Faye Dunaway at the last minute to co-star with Sean Connery in The Wind and the Lion, as a strong-willed American widow kidnapped in the Moroccan desert. Bergen was reunited with Hackman in The Domino Killings for Stanley Kramer and hosted Saturday Night Live. A frequent host on Saturday Night Live, she was the first woman to host the show and the first host to do a second show, she was the first woman to join the Five-Timers Club, when she hosted for the fifth time in 1990. Bergen guest-starred on The Muppet Show in its first year, appearing in several skits, an episode now available in a DVD collection, she did A Night Full of Rain for Lina Wertmüller and was the love interest of Ryan O'Neal's character in the Love Story sequel, Oliver's Story. She had taken photographs around this time starting exhibiting them in galleries. Bergen's father died in 1978.
She said: His death left a space
Roger Joseph Ebert was an American film critic, journalist and author. He was a film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times from 1967 until his death in 2013. In 1975, Ebert became the first film critic to win the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. Ebert and Chicago Tribune critic Gene Siskel helped popularize nationally televised film reviewing when they co-hosted the PBS show Sneak Previews, followed by several variously named At the Movies programs; the two verbally traded humorous barbs while discussing films. They created and trademarked the phrase "Two Thumbs Up", used when both hosts gave the same film a positive review. After Siskel died in 1999, Ebert continued hosting the show with various co-hosts and starting in 2000, with Richard Roeper. Neil Steinberg of the Chicago Sun-Times said Ebert "was without question the nation's most prominent and influential film critic", Tom Van Riper of Forbes described him as "the most powerful pundit in America", Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times called him "the best-known film critic in America".
Ebert lived with cancer of the thyroid and salivary glands beginning in 2002. In 2006, he required treatment necessitating the removal of his lower jaw, leaving him disfigured and costing him the ability to speak or eat normally, his ability to write remained unimpaired and he continued to publish both online and in print until his death on April 4, 2013. Roger Joseph Ebert was born in Urbana, the only child of Annabel, a bookkeeper, Walter Harry Ebert, an electrician, he was raised Roman Catholic, attending St. Mary's elementary school and serving as an altar boy in Urbana, his paternal grandparents were German his maternal ancestry was Irish and Dutch. Ebert's interest in journalism began when he was a student at Urbana High School, where he was a sports writer for The News-Gazette in Champaign, Illinois. In his senior year, he was class president and editor-in-chief of his high school newspaper, The Echo. In 1958, he won the Illinois High School Association state speech championship in "radio speaking", an event that simulates radio newscasts.
Regarding his early influences in film criticism, Ebert wrote in the 1998 parody collection Mad About the Movies: Ebert began taking classes at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign as an early-entrance student, completing his high school courses while taking his first university class. After graduating from Urbana High School in 1960, Ebert attended and received his undergraduate degree in 1964. While at the University of Illinois, Ebert worked as a reporter for The Daily Illini and served as its editor during his senior year while continuing to work as a reporter for the News-Gazette of Champaign-Urbana, Illinois; as an undergraduate, he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity and president of the U. S. Student Press Association. One of the first movie reviews he wrote was a review of La Dolce Vita, published in The Daily Illini in October 1961. Ebert spent a semester as a master's student in the department of English there before attending the University of Cape Town on a Rotary fellowship for a year.
He returned from Cape Town to his graduate studies at Illinois for two more semesters and after being accepted as a PhD candidate at the University of Chicago, he prepared to move to Chicago. He needed a job to support himself while he worked on his doctorate and so applied to the Chicago Daily News, hoping that, as he had sold freelance pieces to the Daily News, including an article on the death of writer Brendan Behan, he would be hired by editor Herman Kogan. Instead Kogan referred Ebert to the city editor at the Chicago Sun-Times, Jim Hoge, who hired Ebert as a reporter and feature writer at the Sun-Times in 1966, he attended doctoral classes at the University of Chicago while working as a general reporter at the Sun-Times for a year. After movie critic Eleanor Keane left the Sun-Times in April 1967, editor Robert Zonka gave the job to Ebert; the load of graduate school and being a film critic proved too much, so Ebert left the University of Chicago to focus his energies on film criticism.
Ebert began his career as a film critic in 1967. That same year, he met film critic Pauline Kael for the first time at the New York Film Festival. After he sent her some of his columns, she told him they were "the best film criticism being done in American newspapers today"; that same year, Ebert's first book, a history of the University of Illinois titled Illini Century: One Hundred Years of Campus Life, was published by the University's press. In 1969, his review of Night of the Living Dead was published in Reader's Digest. Ebert co-wrote the screenplay for the 1970 Russ Meyer film Beyond the Valley of the Dolls and sometimes joked about being responsible for the film, poorly received on its release yet has become a cult classic. Ebert and Meyer made Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens, Up!, other films, were involved in the ill-fated Sex Pistols movie Who Killed Bambi? Starting in 1968, Ebert worked for the University of Chicago as an adjunct lecturer, teaching a night class on film at the Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies.
In 1975, Ebert received the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. As of 2007, his reviews were syndicated to more than 200 newspapers in the United States and abroad. Ebert publish
The Academy Awards known as the Oscars, are a set of awards for artistic and technical merit in the film industry. Given annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the awards are an international recognition of excellence in cinematic achievements as assessed by the Academy's voting membership; the various category winners are awarded a copy of a golden statuette called the "Academy Award of Merit", although more referred to by its nickname "Oscar". The award was sculpted by George Stanley from a design sketch by Cedric Gibbons. AMPAS first presented it in 1929 at a private dinner hosted by Douglas Fairbanks in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel; the Academy Awards ceremony was first broadcast on radio in 1930 and televised for the first time in 1953. It is now seen live worldwide, its equivalents – the Emmy Awards for television, the Tony Awards for theater, the Grammy Awards for music – are modeled after the Academy Awards. The 91st Academy Awards ceremony, honoring the best films of 2018, was held on February 24, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre, in Los Angeles, California.
The ceremony was broadcast on ABC. A total of 3,072 Oscar statuettes have been awarded from the inception of the award through the 90th ceremony, it was the first ceremony since 1988 without a host. The first Academy Awards presentation was held on 16 May 1929, at a private dinner function at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel with an audience of about 270 people; the post-awards party was held at the Mayfair Hotel. The cost of guest tickets for that night's ceremony was $5. Fifteen statuettes were awarded, honoring artists and other participants in the film-making industry of the time, for their works during the 1927–28 period; the ceremony ran for 15 minutes. Winners were announced to media three months earlier; that was changed for the second ceremony in 1930. Since for the rest of the first decade, the results were given to newspapers for publication at 11:00 pm on the night of the awards; this method was used until an occasion when the Los Angeles Times announced the winners before the ceremony began.
The first Best Actor awarded was Emil Jannings, for his performances in The Last Command and The Way of All Flesh. He had to return to Europe before the ceremony, so the Academy agreed to give him the prize earlier. At that time, the winners were recognized for all of their work done in a certain category during the qualifying period. With the fourth ceremony, the system changed, professionals were honored for a specific performance in a single film. For the first six ceremonies, the eligibility period spanned two calendar years. At the 29th ceremony, held on 27 March 1957, the Best Foreign Language Film category was introduced; until foreign-language films had been honored with the Special Achievement Award. The 74th Academy Awards, held in 2002, presented the first Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. Since 1973, all Academy Awards ceremonies have ended with the Academy Award for Best Picture. Traditionally, the previous year's winner for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor present the awards for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, while the previous year's winner for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress present the awards for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor.
See § Awards of Merit categories The best known award is the Academy Award of Merit, more popularly known as the Oscar statuette. Made of gold-plated bronze on a black metal base, it is 13.5 in tall, weighs 8.5 lb, depicts a knight rendered in Art Deco style holding a crusader's sword standing on a reel of film with five spokes. The five spokes represent the original branches of the Academy: Actors, Directors and Technicians; the model for the statuette is said to be Mexican actor Emilio "El Indio" Fernández. Sculptor George Stanley sculpted Cedric Gibbons' design; the statuettes presented at the initial ceremonies were gold-plated solid bronze. Within a few years the bronze was abandoned in favor of Britannia metal, a pewter-like alloy, plated in copper, nickel silver, 24-karat gold. Due to a metal shortage during World War II, Oscars were made of painted plaster for three years. Following the war, the Academy invited recipients to redeem the plaster figures for gold-plated metal ones; the only addition to the Oscar since it was created is a minor streamlining of the base.
The original Oscar mold was cast in 1928 at the C. W. Shumway & Sons Foundry in Batavia, which contributed to casting the molds for the Vince Lombardi Trophy and Emmy Award's statuettes. From 1983 to 2015 50 Oscars in a tin alloy with gold plating were made each year in Chicago by Illinois manufacturer R. S. Owens & Company, it would take between four weeks to manufacture 50 statuettes. In 2016, the Academy returned to bronze as the core metal of the statuettes, handing manufacturing duties to Walden, New York-based Polich Tallix Fine Art Foundry. While based on a digital scan of an original 1929 Oscar, the statuettes retain their modern-era dimensions and black pedestal. Cast in liquid bronze from 3D-printed ceramic molds and polished, they are electroplated in 24-karat gold by Brooklyn, New York–based Epner Technology; the time required to produce 50 such statuettes is three months. R. S. Owens i
Sven Vilhem Nykvist was a Swedish cinematographer. He worked on over 120 films, but is known for his work with director Ingmar Bergman, he won Academy Awards for his work on two Bergman films and Whispers in 1973 and Fanny and Alexander in 1983, the Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography for The Unbearable Lightness of Being. His work is noted for its naturalism and simplicity, he is considered by many to be one of the greatest cinematographers of all time. In 2003, Nykvist was judged one of history's ten most influential cinematographers in a survey conducted by the International Cinematographers Guild. Nykvist was born in Kronobergs län, Sweden, his parents were Lutheran missionaries who spent most of their lives in the Belgian Congo, so Nykvist was raised by relatives in Sweden and saw his parents rarely. His father was a keen amateur photographer of African wildlife, whose activities may have sparked Nykvist's interest in the visual arts. A talented athlete in his youth, Nykvist's first cinematic effort was to film himself taking a high jump, to improve his jumping technique.
After a year at the Municipal School for Photographers in Stockholm, he entered the Swedish film industry at the age of 19. In 1941, he became an assistant cameraman at Sandrews studio, he moved to Italy in 1943 to work at Cinecittà Studios. In 1945, aged 23, he became a full-fledged cinematographer, with his first solo credit on The Children from Frostmo Mountain, he worked on many small Swedish films for the next few years, spent some time with his parents in Africa filming wildlife, footage, released as a documentary entitled In the Footsteps of the Witch Doctor. Back in Sweden, he began to work with the director Ingmar Bergman on Tinsel, he was one of three cinematographers to work on the film, the others being Gunnar Fischer and Hilding Bladh. Nykvist would become Bergman's regular cinematographer, he worked as sole cameraman on Bergman's Oscar-winning films The Virgin Spring and Through a Glass Darkly. He revolutionised. After working with other Swedish directors, including Alf Sjöberg on The Judge and Mai Zetterling on Loving Couples, he worked in the United States and elsewhere, on: Richard Fleischer's The Last Run.
Nykvist won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography for two of his films: Cries and Whispers, Fanny and Alexander, both of which were Bergman films. At the 9th Guldbagge Awards in 1973 he won the Special Achievement award for his work on Cries and Whispers, he was nominated for a Cinematography Oscar for The Unbearable Lightness of Being, in the category of Best Foreign Language Film for The Ox, in which he directed Max von Sydow and Liv Ullmann. Nykvist won a special prize at the Cannes Film Festival for his work on The Sacrifice, the last film directed by Andrei Tarkovsky, who by was in exile from his native Russia, he was the first European cinematographer to join the American Society of Cinematographers, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the ASC in 1996. His ex-wife, died in 1982. Nykvist's career was brought to a sudden end in 1998, he wrote three books, including Curtain Call published in 1999. He is survived by his son, Carl-Gustaf Nykvist, who directed his first film, Woman on the Roof, in 1989 and directed a documentary about his father, Light Keeps Me Company, 1999.
Sawdust and Tinsel Laughing in the Sunshine The Virgin Spring Through a Glass Darkly Winter Light The Silence Persona Shame Hour of the Wolf The Passion of Anna The Touch The Last Run Siddhartha, from the Hermann Hesse novel, directed by Conrad Rooks Cries and Whispers Scenes from a Marriage The Dove Black Moon directed by Louis Malle The Magic Flute The Tenant directed by Roman Polanski Face to Face directed by Ingmar Bergman The Serpent's Egg Autumn Sonata Pretty Baby Starting Over Marmalade Revolution From the Life of the Marionettes The Postman Always Rings Twice Fanny and Alexander Star 80 Agnes of God The Sacrifice The Unbearable Lightness of Being New York Stories Crimes and Misdemeanors Buster's Bedroom The Ox Chaplin Sleepless in Seattle What's Eating Gilbert Grape Something to Talk About Celebrity In-depth interview with Nykvist from 1984 on working with Bergman Ob
Daniel Stern (actor)
Daniel Jacob Stern is an American film and television actor, comedian and screenwriter. He is known for his role as Marvin "Marv" Merchants in Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Phil Berquist in City Slickers and City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold, the voice of Adult Kevin Arnold on the television series The Wonder Years and the voice of "Dilbert" on the animated series of the same name. Stern was raised in Bethesda, Maryland, to a social worker father and a mother who managed a day care center, his family is Jewish. His brother is a television writer David M. Stern. During his years at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, Stern starred in several theater productions, including playing C. C. Baxter in Promises and Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof. Stern applied for a job as a lighting engineer for a Shakespeare Festival in Washington, D. C. but was hired as a walk-on in their production of The Taming of the Shrew. He soon moved to New York. After taking acting lessons at HB Studios with Austin Pendleton and Herbert Berghof, Stern began his acting career in Off Broadway and Broadway productions, including True West with Gary Sinise and How I Got That Story at Second Stage Theatre with Bob Gunton.
He acted in numerous productions at The Public Theater, Ensemble Studio Theater, Cherry Lane Theater, Manhattan Theater Club. In 1979, Stern made his film debut as Cyril in Breaking Away; the following year he played a student who raised objections during Jill Clayburgh's proof of the snake lemma in the film It's My Turn. His breakthrough role as Laurence "Shrevie" Schreiber came in Barry Levinson's Diner, he had another early film role in the 1984 horror film C. H. U. D. as the soup kitchen C. H. U. D. Hunter, he appeared in two films with Stardust Memories and Hannah and Her Sisters. Stern has played characters in a number of comedic roles, such as Phil Berquist in City Slickers and City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold, Marvin "Marv" Murchins the burglar in the first two Home Alone films, Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, with Joe Pesci. However, he declined to play the character once again in the fourth installment of the franchise, believing the script to be an insult to the original motion picture.
He starred as Max in Bushwhacked. He provided the voice of the narrator on the TV series The Wonder Years, which starred Fred Savage as Kevin Arnold; as narrator, Stern played the adult Kevin Arnold. Stern and Savage were featured together in Little Monsters, in which Stern played the father of Savage's character. In the late 1990s, Stern took on a more serious role in the black comedy Very Bad Things with Christian Slater, Cameron Diaz and Jon Favreau. Stern provided the voice for the main character of the Dilbert animated TV series, based on the comic strip by Scott Adams. Stern directed several episodes of The Wonder Years and the 1993 feature film Rookie of the Year, in recent years directed two episodes of the TV series, Manhattan. Stern created and starred in the CBS television show Danny, he wrote the off-Broadway hit "Barbra's Wedding", produced by The Dodgers and Manhattan Theater Club. It ran for six months. Mr. Stern appeared in the play at Garry Marshall's Falcon Theater. Stern was offered the role of Dale Gribble in King of the Hill but he was replaced by Johnny Hardwick when his salary agreement went low.
Stern works as an artist. He has created sculptures for public art projects in San Diego, Palm Desert, Temple City and Agoura Hills, he is an artist in residence at Studio Channel Islands Art Centre in Camarillo. He has done many private commissions, gallery exhibitions and art fairs, he is the father of daughters Ella and Sophie Stern. Daniel Stern on IMDb Iceboxx - Webblog about Daniel Stern's artwork
Charles Edward Durning was an American actor, with appearances in over 200 movies, television shows and plays. Durning's best-known films include The Sting, Dog Day Afternoon, Dick Tracy and O Brother, Where Art Thou?. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for both The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and To Be or Not to Be. Prior to his acting career, Durning was a WWII soldier decorated for valor in combat. Durning was born in New York, he was the son of Louise, a laundress at West Point, James E. Durning, his father was an Irish immigrant, his mother was of Irish descent. Durning was raised Catholic. Durning was the ninth of ten children, his three brothers James, Clifford and his sister Frances survived to adulthood, but five sisters died from scarlet fever and smallpox as children. Durning served in the U. S. Army during World War II, he was participated in the Normandy invasion. He was discharged with the rank of Private First Class on January 30, 1946. Durning participated in various functions to honor American veterans, including serving as Chairman of the U.
S. National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans, he was an honored guest speaker for 17 years at the National Memorial Day Concert televised by PBS every year on the Sunday evening of Memorial Day weekend. Durning was paid a special tribute at the May 26, 2013 National Memorial Day Concert when "Taps" was sounded in his honor. For his valor and the wounds he received during the war, Durning was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star, three Purple Heart Medals. Additional awards included the Army Good Conduct Medal, the American Campaign Medal and the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with Arrowhead device and two bronze service stars, the World War II Victory Medal, his badges included the Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Badge with Rifle Bar, Honorable Service Lapel Pin. Durning received the French National Order of the Legion of Honor from the French Consul in Los Angeles in April 2008. While pursuing an acting career, Durning, a professional ballroom dancer, taught at Fred Astaire Dance Studio in New York City.
Durning began his career in 1951. While working as an usher in a burlesque theatre, he was hired to replace a drunken actor on stage. Subsequently, he performed in 50 stock company productions and in various off-Broadway plays attracting the attention of Joseph Papp, founder of The Public Theater and the New York Shakespeare Festival. Beginning in 1961, he appeared in 35 plays as part of the Shakespeare Festival. "That time in my life was my best time," Durning told Pittsburgh's Post Gazette in 2001. "I had no money at all, he didn't pay much. You were getting a salary for performance plus a rehearsal salary. We would do three plays in Central Park for the summer, and you'd do three to six plays every year down on Lafayette Street -- new plays by new writers: Sam Shepard, David Mamet, David Rabe, John Ford Noonan, Jason Miller." During this period, he segued into television and movies. He made his film debut in 1965, appearing in Fireman, he appeared in John Frankenheimer's I Walk the Line starring Gregory Peck, three Brian De Palma movies: Hi, Mom!, credited as Charles Durnham, with Robert De Niro and The Fury.
He appeared in Dealing: or the Berkeley-to-Boston Forty-Brick Lost-Bag Blues with Barbara Hershey and John Lithgow. Durning's performances in Broadway productions include Drat! The Cat!, Pousse-Café, The Happy Time, That Championship Season, In the Boom Boom Room, The au Pair Man, Knock Knock, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Inherit the Wind, The Gin Game, The Best Man. In 2002, he performed in Bertolt Brecht's The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui with Al Pacino, produced by Tony Randall, he played the role of Jack Jameson in Wendy Wasserstein's final play, with Dianne Wiest at Lincoln Center's Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre. Durning won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for his powerful performance in The Westwood Playhouse's 1977 production of David Rabe's Streamers. In 1980, he won critical acclaim for his performance as Norman Thayer, Jr. in Los Angeles's Ahmanson Theater's production of On Golden Pond opposite Julie Harris. In 1972, director George Roy Hill, impressed by Durning's performance in the Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning play That Championship Season, offered him a role in The Sting.
In the Best Picture-winner, starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford, Durning won distinction as the crooked cop, Lt. Wm. Snyder, who polices and hustles professional con artists, he doggedly pursues Johnny Hooker, only to become the griftee in the end. Other film credits include Dog Day Afternoon with Al Pacino; some television credits include The Connection. In 1976, he received both an