William Thomas Sadler is an American film and television actor. His television and motion picture roles have included Chesty Puller in The Pacific, Luther Sloan in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Sheriff Jim Valenti in Roswell, convict Heywood in The Shawshank Redemption, Senator Vernon Trent in Hard to Kill, the Grim Reaper in Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, Tales from the Crypt and Bill & Ted Face the Music, a role for which he won the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor, his role as Colonel Stuart opposite Bruce Willis in Die Hard 2, he played the character of President of the United States, Matthew Ellis, in Iron Man 3, Marvel's Agents of S. H. I. E. L. D. and WHIH Newsfront, all set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He recurs as Steve McGarrett's murdered father, John McGarrett, in the 2010 remake of the 1968 television series, Hawaii Five-O and the Boston boxing promoter and suspected drug dealer Gino Fish in the Jesse Stone made for TV movie series opposite Tom Selleck as a small town police chief.
Sadler was born in the son of Jane and William Sadler. He is of Scottish descent, with smaller amounts of English and German ancestry. From an early age, he took to performing in front of an audience. Playing a variety of stringed instruments, Sadler found hometown success during his high-school years at Orchard Park High School, he took on the persona of a banjo-playing singer who cracked jokes while playing. After graduating from high school, he enrolled in SUNY Geneseo. Following that, he spent two years at Cornell University where he earned his master's degree in Acting with a minor in Speech Communications, he practiced in accents. Sadler took his first post-school role in Florida and soon relocated to Boston, moving in with his sister while scrubbing the floors of a lobster boat by day and performed his acting roles at night. A chance meeting with an old schoolmate on a trip into the city resulted in Sadler's casting in an off-off-Broadway production of Chekhov's Ivanov. After a brief turn at the Trinity Square Repertory Company in Providence, Rhode Island, Sadler moved back to New York and rented an apartment in the East Village, beginning twelve years in which he appeared in over 75 productions, including originating the role of "Sgt.
Toomey" in the Broadway run of Neil Simon's Biloxi Blues, opposite Matthew Broderick in 1985. Sadler is best known for his roles in the 1990 action film Die Hard 2 as Colonel Stuart, as Heywood in the 1994 prison drama The Shawshank Redemption, the Grim Reaper in the 1991 comedy Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey and as Brayker in Demon Knight, he was a series regular on the television series Roswell as Sheriff Jim Valenti and in Wonderfalls as Darrin Tyler. When Sadler first auditioned for a role in Die Hard 2, he was told. Sadler asked a friend. Salder's friend made him look about 70, when Sadler auditioned again, he was hired. In addition to appearing in Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey as the Grim Reaper, Sadler appears as himself with his real-life wife and 5-year-old daughter in scenes where families around world respond to Bill and Ted's actions. Other film credits include Trespass, K-9, Project X, Disturbing Behavior, The Battle of Shaker Heights, Purple Heart and Judy and August Rush. Sadler's TV guest appearances include In the Heat of the Night, Tru Calling, Tour of Duty, CSI, Numb3rs, Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
He had a recurring role on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as Luther Sloan, a member of a covert organization called Section 31. He appeared in three episodes as Sloan in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine's final two seasons. In 2007, he played Carlton Fog on ABC's Traveler, in 2008 he appeared in both NBC's Medium as well as Fox Television's Fringe; the 1989 pilot episode of the HBO horror anthology series Tales from the Crypt featured Sadler in its lead role. In March 2011, Sadler made a guest appearance in NBC's Chase. Sadler portrayed Julius Caesar in the contemporary adaptation of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar on Broadway alongside Denzel Washington at the Belasco Theatre, he finished shooting with American independent filmmakers Dylan Bank and Morgan Pehme on the film Nothing Sacred. Sadler portrayed the robot Victor in Fallout: New Vegas. Sadler played Lee Underwood in Greetings from Tim Buckley, a film on Tim and Jeff Buckley, which premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. Sadler appeared as the president of the United States in Iron Man 3, released in May 2013.
"Scenes from an Italian Restaurant" is a song from Billy Joel's 1977 album The Stranger. Although never released as a single, it has become one of Joel's most celebrated compositions among fans and critics alike. In an interview, Joel cites the second side of The Beatles' album Abbey Road as one of its primary musical influences. At 7 minutes and 37 seconds, it is the longest of Joel's rock music studio cuts, only surpassed by live recordings and five tracks from Joel's 2001 classical album Fantasies & Delusions. On May 6, 1977, before the song's official release, Joel premiered it in a performance at the C. W. Post Campus of Long Island University. Joel dedicated that performance to Christiano's, a restaurant in the nearby hamlet of Syosset, which operated until February 2014. Joel admitted, years that the shout-out to the local restaurant was similar to shouting out "Yankees" at a Manhattan concert; the song is a medley of three distinct pieces fused into one. "Italian Restaurant" begins as a gentle, melodic piano ballad, depicting, in the first person, a scene of two old classmates reuniting in an Italian restaurant.
This segues into a triumphant and uptempo jazz-influenced section as the classmates catch up with each other's lives and begin to reminisce. Clarinet, trombone and saxophone solos lead into a rock and roll section; this section tells a story, in the third person, about high school sweethearts who were an "it" couple, marry young and divorce. The tempo slows as the song transitions back to the style of the first section and the two part fondly, with one character remarking "I'll meet you anytime you want / At our Italian restaurant." The song starts with a piano introduction in the style of a medium ballad. The first lines "A bottle of white, a bottle of red" are told in a first person and set up the scene of an Italian restaurant. Joel himself remarked that this is used as a framing story, with friends reminiscing on the good old days; the lines "I'll meet you anytime you want / In our Italian restaurant" ends this section and transitions to a saxophone solo played by Richie Cannata on a tenor saxophone.
It is used as a transition piece between entering the discussion. The tempo increases to about 95 bpm with a staccato piano driving forward; the narrator tells the others that "Things are okay with me these days / I got a good job, I got a good office". This is small talk before they discuss the past. With the lines "Do you remember those days hanging out at the village green?" the style changes to Dixieland jazz. Joel makes a reference to this style change in the lines "You dropped a dime in the box and played a song about New Orleans", referring to where the style of music originated. A soprano saxophone melody is played over traditional Dixieland instrumentals such as tuba and trombone; the piano solo is a fast-paced piece used as a transition between the framing story of the Italian restaurant and their high school days. Joel plays a descending melody in the right hand; the longest section of the song is what Joel himself calls "The Ballad of Brenda and Eddie", is a rock and roll piece. In this, the narrator discusses two high school romances and Eddie, their journey through love.
He says "Brenda and Eddie were the popular steadies and the king and the queen of the prom", "Nobody looked any finer / Or was more of a hit at the Parkway Diner / We never knew we could want more than that out of life / Surely Brenda and Eddie would always know how to survive". This shows that they were the ideal couple and would always get by; the narrator says that they decided to get married in the summer of 1975, that "Everyone said they were crazy". However, he indicates that this spark of romance began to fizzle out once time moved on, saying "They started to fight when the money got tight / And they just didn't count on the tears"; the narrator says that they got a divorce. Joel comments on the carefree days of teenage life, how it drastically changes once people reach adulthood, that sooner or everyone will have to learn how to move on; the transition to the final section includes a grandiose string section which diminishes back to piano and the style of the introduction, indicating that the song is now back to the Italian restaurant.
The final lyrics solidify. The song ends with a saxophone solo similar to the first. Billy Joel - lead and backing vocals, piano Richie Cannata - saxophone, clarinet, tuba Dominic Cortese - accordion Steve Burgh - electric lead guitar Hugh McCracken - acoustic rhythm guitar Doug Stegmeyer - bass Liberty DeVitto - drums The song has been acclaimed in retrospective reviews, with Scott Floman, music critic for Goldmine magazine, describing the song as an "epic multi-sectioned masterpiece which starts as a slow smoky ballad, builds up to a jaunty piano rocker with a New Orleans flavor that shows off Joel's knack for telling stories and creating rhymes, before returning to smoky ballad territory again." After years of speculation about which restaurant inspired the song, Joel stated in an interview included on 2008's The Stranger 30th Anniversary Edition DVD that the song was written about Fontana di Trevi, a restaurant across from Carnegie Hall, which he frequented during a series of June 1977 concerts.
The song's signature line: "A bottle of red, a bottle of white, whatever kind of mood you're in tonight" was spoken to him by a waiter at Fontana di Trevi while Joel ordered. He has further stated that the restaurant in the story has more than one
Coconut soup is a fruit soup prepared using coconut milk or coconut fruit as a main ingredient. Many varieties of coconut soups exist in the world, including ginataan, sayur lodeh and tom kha kai, myriad ingredients are used, they can be served cold. Most coconut soups are savoury dishes, while some varieties such as binignit and kolak, are sweet dessert soups. Coconut soup is a fruit soup prepared using coconut coconut milk as a primary ingredient, it can be prepared as a cream-based soup. The coconut fruit can be chopped or shredded. Green coconut fruit from young coconuts can be used to prepare coconut soup, coconut water and coconut oil are sometimes used as ingredients. Many various coconut soups exist with myriad ingredients used. Coconut soup is sometimes prepared in combinations using other ingredients, such as chicken, potato, or curry, it can be served as a cold soup. Sopito is a common fish fish chowder in Aruba and Curaçao of the Lesser Antilles; the dish uses coconut milk and salt-cured meat as main ingredients.
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