Morgan Freeman is an American actor and narrator. He has won a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award and he rose to fame as part of the cast of the 1970s childrens program The Electric Company. Morgan Freeman is ranked as the 4th highest box office star with over $4.316 billion total box office gross, Morgan Freeman was born on June 1,1937 in Memphis, Tennessee. He is the son of Mayme Edna, a teacher, and Morgan Porterfield Freeman, according to a DNA analysis, some of his ancestors were from Niger. Freeman was sent as an infant to his grandmother in Charleston. He moved frequently during his childhood, living in Greenwood, Gary, when Freeman was 16 years old, he almost died of pneumonia. Freeman made his debut at age nine, playing the lead role in a school play. He attended Broad Street High School, a building serves today as Threadgill Elementary School, in Greenwood. At age 12, he won a drama competition, and while still at Broad Street High School, he performed in a radio show based in Nashville.
Freemans service portrait appears in his characters funeral scene in The Bucket List. During this period, Freeman lived in New York City, working as a dancer at the 1964 Worlds Fair, and in San Francisco, where he was a member of the Opera Ring musical theater group. He acted in a touring version of The Royal Hunt of the Sun. He continued to be involved in work and received the Obie Award in 1980 for the title role in Coriolanus. In 1984, he received his second Obie Award for his role as the preacher in The Gospel at Colonus, Freeman won a Drama Desk Award and a Clarence Derwent Award for his role as a wino in The Mighty Gents. He received his third Obie Award for his role as a chauffeur for a Jewish widow in Driving Miss Daisy, although his first credited film appearance was in 1971s Who Says I Cant Ride a Rainbow. Freeman first became known in the American media through roles on the soap opera Another World, during his tenure with The Electric Company, t was a very unhappy period in his life, according to Joan Ganz Cooney.
Freeman himself admitted in an interview that he never thinks about his tenure with the show at all, since then, Freeman has considered his Street Smart character Fast Black, rather than any of the characters he played in The Electric Company, to be his breakthrough role. Beginning in the mid-1980s, Freeman began playing prominent supporting roles in feature films, earning him a reputation for depicting wise
Vincent Peter Vinnie Jones is a British actor and former professional footballer who played as a midfielder from 1984 to 1999 notably for Wimbledon, Leeds United, Sheffield United and Chelsea. Born in Watford, England, Jones represented and captained the Welsh national football team, having qualified via a Welsh grandparent. As a member of the Crazy Gang, he won the 1988 FA Cup Final with Wimbledon and he played for Chelsea, Leeds United, Sheffield United and Queens Park Rangers. Jones was a midfielder who was especially noted for his very aggressive style of play. Jones appeared in Celebrity Big Brother 2010, where he finished in place behind Dane Bowers. Jones was born in Watford, Hertfordshire, to Peter and Glenda Jones and he attended Dollis Junior School in Mill Hill, north London. After leaving school and rising to fame, Jones would regularly visit the school due to his relationship with the now deceased Headteacher Sir Derek Heasman. His family relocated to Hertfordshire where he attended Chancellors School in nearby Brookmans Park.
Jones career in began in 1984, when he was 19 years old. He combined football with working as a hod carrier on building sites and he played one season with Swedish club IFK Holmsund in 1986, helping to lead the team to a Division 3 victory. In 1986, he moved to professional status with Wimbledon. He scored on only his second appearance for Wimbledon on 29 November 1986 and he was transferred to Leeds United in 1989. He was promoted to the old Division One from the Second Division, Jones left Leeds United early in the 1990–91 season after losing his first-team place to youngsters David Batty and Gary Speed, as well as new signing Gary McAllister. He returned to Leeds for Lucas Radebes testimonial in 2006 and his former Wimbledon manager Dave Bassett signed him for Sheffield United on his exit from Elland Road, before selling him to Chelsea a year later. After just one year at Stamford Bridge, he was back with Wimbledon in the 1992-93 season and he helped Wimbledon equal their best ever league finish in 1993-94, when they finished sixth in the Premier League.
Three seasons later, he contributed to another season for the club. That season he scored the goal as Wimbledon won 1-0 against Arsenal at Highbury. His second exit from Wimbledon came when he became player/coach of QPR in early 1998, in December 1994, Jones was named in the Wales squad qualifying via his Ruthin-born maternal grandfather
Charles Patrick Ryan ONeal, known professionally as Ryan ONeal, is an American actor and former boxer. ONeal trained as a boxer before beginning his career in acting in 1960. In 1964, he landed the role of Rodney Harrington on the ABC nighttime soap opera Peyton Place, the series was an instant hit and boosted ONeals career. He found success in films, most notably Love Story, for which he received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations as Best Actor, Whats Up, Paper Moon, Stanley Kubricks Barry Lyndon, and A Bridge Too Far. Since 2007, he has had a role in the TV series Bones as Max. ONeal was born in Los Angeles, the eldest son of actress Patricia Ruth Olga and novelist and his father was of English and Irish descent, while his mother was of paternal Irish and maternal Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry. His brother, Kevin, is an actor and screenwriter, ONeal attended University High School in Los Angeles, and trained there to become a Golden Gloves boxer. During the late 1950s, his father had a job writing on a series called Citizen Soldier, and moved the family to Munich.
ONeal appeared in guest roles on series that included The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, Leave It to Beaver, Bachelor Father, Westinghouse Playhouse, from 1962 to 1963, he was a regular on NBCs Empire, another modern day western, where he played Tal Garrett. In 1964 he was cast as Rodney Harrington in the time serial drama Peyton Place. The series was a big success, making national names of its cast including ONeal, several were offered movie roles, including Mia Farrow and Barbara Parkins. Eventually ONeal was cast in the lead of The Big Bounce, he played an Olympic athlete in The Games. The Games had been co written by Erich Segal, who recommended ONeal for the lead in Love Story, based on Segals novel, a number of actors had turned down the role including Beau Bridges and Jon Voight before it was offered to ONeal. His fee was $25,000, he had an offer that paid five times as much to appear in a Jerry Lewis film but ONeal knew that Love Story was the better prospect, I hope the young people like it, he said before the film came out. I dont want to go back to TV, I dont want to go back to those NAB conventions.
In between the production and release. ONeal appeared in a TV movie written by Eric Ambler, Love Hate Love and he made a Western, Wild Rovers with William Holden for director Blake Edwards. Love Story turned out to be a box office phenomenon and it made ONeal a star and earned him a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Actor
The Big Bounce (novel)
The Big Bounce is a crime novel written by Elmore Leonard, who started offering the story to publishers and film producers in the fall of 1966. However, no one would take it and it went unpublished until 1969, when it was adapted into a film version in 1969, directed by Alex March and scripted by Robert Dozier, with actor Ryan ONeal in the lead role. In 2004, a film adaptation was released, which Leonard publicly criticised. The second film, despite a cast of stars like Morgan Freeman, Owen Wilson, Charlie Sheen and Sara Foster, was a flop. Jack Ryan returned in the novel Unknown Man No.89, during this time, Jack gets involved with a psychotic woman named Nancy, a young seductress who got her thrills by smashing windows and breaking the hearts of married men. Nancy is the girlfriend of a millionaire, Ray Ritchie, and cheating on him with another man and she plans to have Jack steal a $50,000 payroll from Ray. But when simple housebreaking and burglary give way to the pursuit of a really big score.
Because violence and double-cross are the name of this game—and its going to take every ounce of cunning Jack and Nancy possess to survive. each other
Harry Dean Stanton
Harry Dean Stanton is an American actor and singer. Stanton played a role as an LDS polygamist offshoot leader for the first 3 seasons of the HBO television series Big Love. Stanton was born in Irvine, the son of Sheridan Harry Stanton, a farmer and barber, and Ersel. His parents divorced when Stanton was in school and both remarried. He has two brothers and Ralph, and a younger half-brother, Stan. The family had a musical background, I could have been a writer, he told an interviewer for a 2011 documentary, Harry Dean Stanton, Crossing Mulholland, in which he sings and plays the harmonica. I had to decide if I wanted to be a singer or an actor, I thought if I could be an actor, I could do all of it. Briggs encouraged him to leave the university and become an actor and he studied at the Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena, where his classmates included his friends Tyler MacDuff and Dana Andrews. Stanton is a United States Navy veteran of World War II and he served as a cook aboard an LST during the Battle of Okinawa.
He has been an actor of Sam Peckinpah, John Milius, David Lynch, and Monte Hellman. He appears as a complaining BAR man in the beginning of the Gregory Peck film Pork Chop Hill in 1959. His breakthrough part came with the role in director Wim Wenders film Paris. Playwright Sam Shepard, the screenwriter, had spotted Stanton at a Santa Fe. I was telling him I was sick of the roles I was playing, I told him I wanted to play something of some beauty or sensitivity. I had no inkling he was considering me for the lead in his movie, not long afterward, Shepard phoned him in Los Angeles to offer Stanton the part of protagonist Travis, a role that called for the actor to remain largely silent. As a lost, broken soul trying to put his back together. Stanton was a favorite of film critic Roger Ebert, who said that no movie featuring either Harry Dean Stanton or M. Emmet Walsh in a role can be altogether bad. However, Ebert admitted that Dream a Little Dream, in which Stanton appeared, was a violation of this rule
Entertainment Inc. – colloquially known as Warner Bros. or Warner Bros. It is one of the Big Six major American film studios, Warner Bros. is a member of the Motion Picture Association of America. The companys name originated from the four founding Warner brothers, Albert, Jack, the youngest, was born in London, Ontario. The three elder brothers began in the theater business, having acquired a movie projector with which they showed films in the mining towns of Pennsylvania. In the beginning and Albert Warner invested $150 to present Life of an American Fireman and they opened their first theater, the Cascade, in New Castle, Pennsylvania, in 1903. When the original building was in danger of being demolished, the modern Warner Bros. called the current building owners, the owners noted people across the country had asked them to protect it for its historical significance. In 1904, the Warners founded the Pittsburgh-based Duquesne Amusement & Supply Company, in 1912, Harry Warner hired an auditor named Paul Ashley Chase.
By the time of World War I they had begun producing films, in 1918 they opened the first Warner Bros. studio on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. Sam and Jack produced the pictures, while Harry and Albert, along with their auditor and now controller Chase, handled finance and distribution in New York City. During World War I their first nationally syndicated film, My Four Years in Germany, on April 4,1923, with help from money loaned to Harry by his banker Motley Flint, they formally incorporated as Warner Brothers Pictures, Incorporated. The first important deal was the acquisition of the rights to Avery Hopwoods 1919 Broadway play, The Gold Diggers, Rin Tin Tin, a dog brought from France after World War I by an American soldier, established their reputation. Rin Tin Tin debuted in the feature Where the North Begins, the movie was so successful that Jack signed the dog to star in more films for $1,000 per week. Rin Tin Tin became the top star. Jack nicknamed him The Mortgage Lifter and the success boosted Darryl F.
Zanucks career, Zanuck eventually became a top producer and between 1928 and 1933 served as Jacks right-hand man and executive producer, with responsibilities including day-to-day film production. More success came after Ernst Lubitsch was hired as head director, lubitschs film The Marriage Circle was the studios most successful film of 1924, and was on The New York Times best list for that year. Despite the success of Rin Tin Tin and Lubitsch, Warners remained a lesser studio and Jack decided to offer Broadway actor John Barrymore the lead role in Beau Brummel. The film was so successful that Harry signed Barrymore to a contract, like The Marriage Circle. By the end of 1924, Warner Bros. was arguably Hollywoods most successful independent studio, as the studio prospered, it gained backing from Wall Street, and in 1924 Goldman Sachs arranged a major loan
Willie Hugh Nelson is an American musician, songwriter, poet and activist. He was one of the figures of outlaw country, a subgenre of country music that developed in the late 1960s as a reaction to the conservative restrictions of the Nashville sound. Nelson has acted in over 30 films, co-authored several books, and has involved in activism for the use of biofuels. Born during the Great Depression, and raised by his grandparents, Nelson wrote his first song at age seven, during high school, he toured locally with the Bohemian Polka as their lead singer and guitar player. After graduating from school in 1950, he joined the Air Force but was discharged due to back problems. After his return, Nelson attended Baylor University for two years but dropped out because he was succeeding in music, during this time, he worked as a disc jockey in Texas radio stations and a singer in Honky-tonks. Nelson moved to Vancouver, where he wrote Family Bible, in 1958, he moved to Houston, Texas after signing a contract with D Records.
He sang at the Esquire Ballroom weekly and he worked as a disk jockey, during that time, he wrote songs that would become country standards, including Funny How Time Slips Away, Hello Walls, Pretty Paper, and Crazy. In 1960 he moved to Nashville and signed a contract with Pamper Music which allowed him to join Ray Prices band as a bassist. In 1962, he recorded his first album. And Then I Wrote, due to this success, Nelson signed in 1964 with RCA Victor and joined the Grand Ole Opry the following year. After mid-chart hits in the late 1960s and the early 1970s, Nelson retired in 1972 and moved to Austin, the ongoing music scene of Austin motivated Nelson to return from retirement, performing frequently at the Armadillo World Headquarters. In 1973, after signing with Atlantic Records, Nelson turned to country, including albums such as Shotgun Willie. In 1975, he switched to Columbia Records, where he recorded the acclaimed album. The same year, he recorded another outlaw country album, the Outlaws, along with Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter, and Tompall Glaser.
In 1990, Nelsons assets were seized by the Internal Revenue Service, the difficulty of paying his outstanding debt was aggravated by weak investments he had made during the 1980s. In 1992, Nelson released The IRS Tapes, Wholl Buy My Memories, the profits of the double album—destined to the IRS—and the auction of Nelsons assets cleared his debt. During the 1990s and 2000s, Nelson continued touring extensively, reviews ranged from positive to mixed. He explored genres such as reggae, jazz, Nelson made his first movie appearance in the 1979 film The Electric Horseman, followed by other appearances in movies and on television
A handyman, known as a handyperson or handyworker, is a person skilled at a wide range of repairs, typically around the home. These tasks include trade skills, repair work, maintenance work, are both interior and exterior, and are described as side work, odd jobs or fix-up tasks. Specifically, these jobs could be light plumbing jobs such as fixing a leaky toilet or light electric jobs such as changing a light fixture, the term handyman increasingly describes a paid worker, but it includes non-paid homeowners or do-it-yourselfers. Many people can do common household repairs, there are resources on the Internet, as well as do-it-yourself guide books, with instructions about how to complete a wide range of projects. Sometimes the fix-it skill is seen as genetic, and people lacking such skills are said to lack the handy-man gene, a primary rule for all do-it-yourself repair work is focus entirely on one thing at a time. For example, focus on getting a nail, focus on hammering the nail, in this manner and mistakes are avoided.
Generally the job of paid handyman is low status, a semi-skilled labor job and its a less prestigious occupation than a specialist such as a plumber, electrician, or carpenter. At the same time, unpaid homeowners skilled at repairs are valued for saving money, an estimate was that in 2003, the market for home-maintenance and repair spending was up 14% from 2001 to 2003. Another estimate was that the market in the United States was $126 billion and was increasing by about 4% annually, American homes are aging, one estimate was that in 2007, more than half of all homes are older than 25 years. Many towns have handymen who work part-time, for friends or family or neighbors, sometimes they advertise in newspapers or online. They vary in quality, skill level, and price, contractors often criticize the work of previous contractors, and this practice is not limited to handymen, but to all trades. Handymen have advertised their services through flyers and mailings, in addition, free websites such as Craigslist and SkillSlate help customers and handymen find each other.
In 2009, there were national handyman service firms which handle such tasks as public relations, marketing and signage. A franchise contract typically gives a franchise owner the right to take service calls within a given geographical area. The websites of these firms put possible customers in touch with local owners, typically these firms charge around $100/hour, although fees vary by locality and time of year. In many parts of the world, there are professional handyman firms that do small home or commercial projects which claim possible advantages such as having workers who are insured and licensed. Their branch offices schedule service appointments for full-time and part-time handymen to visit and make repairs, one Lehman Brothers executive, after being let go from the Wall Street firm, bought a Union, New Jersey franchise from a national handyman firm. A franchise was approximately $110,000 with a fee of $14,900
He is most well known as the director of the films Miami Blues and Grosse Pointe Blank. Armitage was born in Hartford Connecticut and moved to Beverly Hills in 1956, what a culture shock, he reflected later. In Connecticut there wasn’t a hot rod in sight, out here it was people racing up and down the street, building their own cars—it was teenage paradise, the kids were running everything. He attended UCLA where he majored in economics and political science, while waiting for his real estate licence to come through, Armitage entered the film industry in 1965 via the mail room at 20th Century Fox. He said, I have a personal relationship to film. Ive gone to all the time since I was a kid. I thought I could have fun trying to make them. I always thought I was pretty close to people were thinking. Theres lots of tricks to be played, things to be done in film, film is so close to the way the mind works - the way the mind communicates with itself. Film is a dream, an emotional coda, in 1966 Armitage became an associate producer on Peyton Place, primarily to deal with the young kids on the show, to help them loop their lines.
So I went from producer to producer all over the lot pitching ideas, I created series, I wrote a couple of things for television and, about that time, started writing screenplays. Armitage worked as producer on Judd for the Defense and created a TV series and tried to co-produce a TV movie. Armitage met Gene and Roger Corman at Fox while they were making The St. Valentines Day Massacre and they were all sort of mothballed, but they still had energy enough to snob the television people, who were making High Noon, Lost in Space, Batman. The movie producers would sit on the side of the room from the TV people. This left the TV people with nobody else to snob, so they would snob Roger Corman, and that really pissed me off, because I was a fan of his. So I began to visit him on the set and the thing, and told him about the conflict that was going on. Armitage left Fox in 1967 to focus on movies and he wrote a script called Carrot Butts about animated cartoon characters coming to life. This was sent to the Cormans, who liked it but could not get financing, however Armitage wrote Gas-s-s-s for him
Surfing is a surface water sport in which the wave rider, referred to as a surfer, rides on the forward or deep face of a moving wave, which is usually carrying the surfer towards the shore. Waves suitable for surfing are primarily found in the ocean, surfers can utilize artificial waves such as those from boat wakes and the waves created in artificial wave pools. The term surfing refers to the act of riding a wave, regardless of whether the wave is ridden with a board or without a board, and regardless of the stance used. The native peoples of the Pacific, for instance, surfed waves on alaia and other such craft, and did so on their belly and knees. The modern-day definition of surfing, most often refers to a riding a wave standing up on a surfboard. Another prominent form of surfing is body boarding, when a surfer rides a wave on a bodyboard, either lying on their belly, drop knee, other types of surfing include knee boarding, surf matting, and using foils. Body surfing, where the wave is surfed without a board, using the surfers own body to catch, recently with the use of V-drive boats, Wakesurfing, in which one surfs on the wake of a boat, has emerged.
For centuries, surfing was a part of ancient Polynesian culture. Surfing may have first been observed by British explorers at Tahiti in 1767, samuel Wallis and the crew members of the Dolphin who were the first Britons to visit the island in June of that year. Another candidate is the botanist Joseph Banks being part of the first voyage of James Cook on the HMS Endeavour, who arrived on Tahiti on 10 April 1769. Lieutenant James King was the first person to write about the art of surfing on Hawaii when he was completing the journals of Captain James Cook upon Cooks death in 1779. When Mark Twain visited Hawaii in 1866 he wrote, In one place we came upon a company of naked natives. In July 1885, three teenage Hawaiian princes took a break from their school, St. Mathew’s Hall in San Mateo. George Freeth is often credited as being the Father of Modern Surfing and he is thought to have been the first modern surfer. In 1907, the interests of the land baron Henry E. Huntington brought the ancient art of surfing to the California coast.
While on vacation, Huntington had seen Hawaiian boys surfing the island waves, looking for a way to entice visitors to the area of Redondo Beach, where he had heavily invested in real estate, he hired a young Hawaiian to ride surfboards. George Freeth decided to revive the art of surfing, but had success with the huge 16-foot hardwood boards that were popular at that time. When he cut them in half to them more manageable, he created the original Long board