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American actor Paul Newman (1925 - 2008) wearing a cosmetic scar on his right cheek, circa 1960. (Photo by Jack Albin/Archive Photos/Getty Images)

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How many Oscars have Paul Newman won, he was won 1 Academy Award for the Color Of Money in 1987; I guess Paul didn’t think he would win so. Robert Wise accepted his Oscar. Anyway Paul Newman aged very gratefully, with is beginnings with his first hit film Somebody Up There Likes Me 1956; to The Road To Perdition 2002; and a lot of great memorable roles in between. We have Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid 1969; Hud 1963;Harper 1966; and Cool Hand Luke 1967

Where is Paul Newman from, he is from Shaker Heights,OH a suburb of Cleveland.

How many Oscar nomination did Paul Newman have, Paul had a total of 10 nominations total, one for best picture Rachel Rachel 1968, and 9 for acting.


There are a few old Hollywood actors or actress left out there, Kirk Douglas, Olivia de Havilland, Sidney Poitier, Doris Day,Eva Marie Saint, but when Newman died it kind of ended the Old Hollywood era in my opinion. Paul Newman he had his main direct competition of Steve McQueen, but actors coming up about the same time, but with Newman clearly with more nominations, and got the better roles for some reason. I think McQueen from what I have read by the 1960’s he had become a very difficult actor to work with.

How long was Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward married, They were married from 1958 to his death in 2008

What I liked about Newman, by the early 80’s, and considered over the hill, at his mid 50’s, he resurrected his career with more Oscar worth performances, such as The Verdict 1982, Absence Of Malice, and Fort Apache The Bronx from 1981; and finally winning in 1987 for the Color of Money

 What year was Paul Newman Born, 1925


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Martin And Lewis were at the top of there comedic game in the 1950’s, So when did the comedy team era end. They were a comedy team, but not like the old school comedy teams we knew for years, like Laurel and Hardy, Abbott and Costello. The Marx Brothers, The Three Stooges, or the Ritz Brothers. Martin and Lewis took comedy to a new level.

They were young, and had a lot of energy much like The Beatles would have about 10 years later, just comstatly go, go , go. lots of physical comdey. If you watch there classic comedy routines on the Colgate Comedy Hour. Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis were also for the most part they came from blue collar back grounds. Martin from the steel mill town of Steubenville, OH, and Jerry Lewis from Newark,NJ. There comedy was new different, and brash.

Why did Martin and Lewis Break up, My personal theory. Jerry Lewis wanted to really produce, and direct the act. Plus the comedy team era was coming to an end anyway. They came up in the mid 1940s in the post WW ll era. The war is over, and now lets find some fresh new comedians to follow.

Where was Dean Martin Born, Steubenville, OH

Martin & Lewis movies of the 50’s, this comedy team made very popular movies, and very profitable for Paramount pictures led by the powerful Hal Wallis, who also produced most of Elvis Presley’s films as well. A lot of the films were cookie cutter same format, but Lewis was funny, Martin the singer, and arguably the best straight man in the business.Who was the best straight man Dean Martin hands down, Bud Abbott a close second. In comedy it’s all about timing.

Where was Jerry Lewis born, Newark,NJ

When did Martin and Lewis broke up. They decided to end there partnership on the night of July 25, 1956 the same year they had there final films out, Partners, and the final film Hollywood or Bust, so till the end there were at the top. They made there historic last ever appearance together at 2:30 am at the Copacabana night club in New York City. A who’s who of all Hollywood were in attendance, with Sammy Davis Jr as the only star they called on stage. That must have been cool.

Dean Martin solo career. Dean Martin, as well as Jerry Lewis both had very good solo career. Which is very rare when acts break up, usually one suffers , but Martin started doing the opposite in films with very serious dramatic rolls.

How Many films did Martin & Lewis Make, 16 in all

The first dramatic role for Dean was with Frank Sinatra in Vincent Minnelli’s 1958, also starring Shirley MacLaine, also co starring the same year with mega troubled star method actor Montgomery Clift, with Marlon Brando in The Young Lions. Also for Martin a big role in Howard Hawk’s 1959 Rio Bravo, with John Wayne, and new comer Ricky Nelson. Martin was nailed down as a good dramatic actor.

Jerry Lewis solo career. He stayed to what worked, with his usual physical comedy formula. The Delicate Delinquent, Rock A Bye Baby, The Sad Sack,Geisha Boy, very quickly produced, and released after the split. Very funny movies. I recall as a kid watching them on late night TV.

Dean Martin’s TV career. Dean Martin made the most money, and had clearly the most success on TV,with the Dean Martin Show debuting in 1965, and ran for 9 season on NBC, and made him very wealthy, not bad for a high school drop out. Who was more successful after the split Martin or Lewis. I think Dean Martin was. Lot’s of NBC stock. He did very very well. By the mid 60’s Lewis is comedy was becoming very routine, much like the Elvis Presley very cookie cutter films,and he tried and failed miserably at late night talk shows, did I say failed miserably.

Who was the funniest Martin or Lewis. The straight man is always quietly funnier.

Who was the funniest comedy team ever, hard question. I was a mega fan of the Marx Brothers. They didn’t made a lot of movies, and became very dated as the years went on, not there fault, but time marches on fortunately. Martin and Lewis kind of the same issue, but there movies live on forever, and they marked the end of the classic comedy team. A few came a long after. Cheech, and Chong, and Rowan and Martin, but they were clearly second rate.

When did Martin and Lewis break up, in 1956

From the Rat Pack era who were the member’s. You had Sinatra, Peter Lawford, Sammy Davis Jr, Joey Bishop, and Dean. Martin and Lewis would have been right in the middle of the rat pack if they didn’t break up. They both hung out with the same crowd, and frequently cross paths all over Hollywood, and on Hollywood back lotsDean Martin died in 1995; and Jerry Lewis amazingly is still living, and performing at 89 years old, and will be 90 this year. I’m a big fan of Martin and Lewis, and both of them separately. They will live forever, with great movies, and great comedy.

What was Martin and Lewis first film, My Friend Irma from 1949

Big Stars, Some actors have it, like Steve McQueen in the 60’s, or Paul Newman, but  Taylor, and other actors who got a real good head start just bottomed out fast. Like I mentioned in the Tony Curtis article. The 1960’s was hard on every actor, or actress.

What was Rod Taylor’s last movie, Inglorious Bastards from 2009 directed by Quentin Tarantino

The times were changing very rapidly. The old Hollywood studio system was dead, and it took a lot of actors, and actresses down with it, and by surprise. The real great ones with real deep talent made it, and managed to flourish.

Who Starred in the The Birds, Rod Taylor, and Tippy Hedren

What was the best Alfred Hitchcock movies. Rear Window, Psycho, North By North West, and The Birds.


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Lalo Schifrin, I remember this composer first from the Dirty Harry 1971 movies starring Clint Eastwood, Schifrin is famous for the very gritty crime drama movie music, and some very popular TV shows from the 1960’s, and 1970’s like Mannix, Mission Impossible, The Big Valley,Medical Center,Night Gallery,and movies such as Murderer’s Row 1966; Way Way Out 1966; The Cincinnati Kid 1965; Bullitt 1968; The Argentinian native has worked over the years on films directed by Don Siegel, on his Charley Varrick 1973, and Dirty Harry 1971; and a long relationship with Clint Eastwood on many of his films such as Coogan’s Bluff 1968;Kelly’s Heroes 1970;The Beguiled 1971; Magnum Force 1973, and Joe Kidd 1972; and also Sudden Impact 1983

Lalo Schifrin was a member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1994

Lalo Schifrin has been nominated for 6 Academy Awards with no wins. My Favorite musical score he was nominated for was his first nomination for Paul Newman’s Cool Hand Luke 1967; Lalo Schifrin his hugely underrated in my opinion not to take anything from composers like Elmer Bernstein, Ennio Marricone, or John Williams. As of this writing Lalo Schifrin who is 83 is still composing music for movies, and TV. Most recently for Mission Impossible-Rogues Nation 2015; The most popular recent film he has written music for was Inglorious Bastards 2009

Lalo Schifrin has written over 100 scores for movies and TV





February 1958: American actor Montgomery Clift (1920 - 1966) is startled by a make up experts' method of keeping Australian actor Rod Taylor's hair in place on location in Indiana for the filming of the American drama Raintree County. (Photo by BIPS/Getty Images)


Rod Taylor, got his start in Hollywood around the mid 50’s, acting in some in some of the biggest films of the mid 50’s giving him incredible exposure, and a spot light on the Australian actor. He was in Giant 1956; co starring with Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, and James Dean. He was also in another very big movie, that also starred Liz Taylor called Raintree County 1957, with Montgomery Clift, and Eva Marie Saint. These were big old Hollywood technicolor blockbusters, that did very well at the theaters of the day.Raintree grossing almost $6 million dollars alone. Rod Taylor was young suave, with an Australian accent. He should have shot to super stardom in the late 50’s, The next year 1958, he had a good role in the film Separate Tables 1958 again starring some very heavy weight big of the day. Burt Lancaster, Deborah Kerr, and David Niven, also with Rita Hayworth, great company small black, and white film not the big blockbuster, but a good film lots of press.


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Rod Taylor was offered the Role of James Bond in 1961

Rod Taylor’s career after Separate Tables from 1958 till 1963; He bounced around from medicare live TV. The Dupont Show of The Week, Goodyear Theater,GE Theater, and episode of The Twilight Zone, and things like the Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse. In between all that he did get The Time Machine 1960, which was a big hit, and a starring role for Taylor, and should have catapulted his career to major heights. As did The Great Escape 1963, and The Magnificent Seven 1960 did for Steve McQueen. The year 1963 proved to be the busiest year of Rod Taylor’s his career.

The biggest mistake I would say that contributed to Taylor’s down fall. Was is rejecting the role of James Bond. He was offered the Role to play 007 by the Bond Producer Cubby Broccoli, with Taylor famously saying it was beneath him. The James Bond franchise went to a relatively unknown actor with the only well know role he had to his credit at this time, was in the big war movie the Longest Day 1962; was the Scottish actor Sean Connery. This  made Connery a mega international super star, and the rest is history. Rod Taylor in 1960; was only 30 years old. He was the same age as Sean Connery, Steve McQueen, 5 yrs, younger than Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, and Paul Newman, and Rod Taylor had been in some of the biggest movies of his young career, and came to a complete stand still by the early 60’s; Taylor works one finial time with Elizabeth Taylor in the film The V.I.P’s from 1963

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Rod Taylor was considered for the role of Taylor in Planet Of The Apes 1968

The year 1963 should have been Taylor’s, all out break out mega year. Rod Taylor either starred, or c0 starred in The V.I.P’S, The Birds, A Gathering Of Eagles, and Sunday In New York. A combo of action adventure, horror,romantic comedy films. The most memorable role of that year was Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds. I can never get tired of watching that movie, all the others were largely forgettable. We can go all day with the bad movies he did in the swinging 60’s; Just to name a few duds from that decade, don’t get me wrong he tried hard to be this big action star. We had Fate Is The Hunter 1964;Chuka 1967;The Dark Sun 1968;The Hell Is For Hero 1968; now do you remember any of these films.

He did get a big Hollywood shot at Authur Hailey’s Hotel 1967; with Karl Malden, great book crappy film. Taylor should have been patient, and got in another Hailey book the movie Airport 1970;  I think his last gasp of a major serious dramatic actor, was in a big John Ford movie called Young Cassidy 1965; frankly he was miscast wrong actor good movie. A better film for Albert Finney, or an unknown newcomer in my opinion.


Rod Taylor played Tarzan on Children’s radio in Australia

Some actors have it, like Steve McQueen in the 60’s, or Paul Newman, but  Taylor, and other actors who got a real good head start just bottomed out fast. Like I mentioned in the Tony Curtis article. The 1960’s was hard on every actor, or actress. The times were changing very rapidly. The old Hollywood studio system was dead, and it took a lot of actors, and actresses down with it, and by surprise. The real great ones with real deep talent made it, and managed to flourish.



I’m a big fan of Rod Taylor still to this day. He had some very good memorable roles. I remember his daughter the news anchor with WNBC channel 4 in New York for years. Taylor is one of those actors I would have like to have met personally. He I’m sure had lots of great old Hollywood stories to tell. He worked with the greatest male, and female leads, and directors of his day. He worked with John Wayne,Montgomery Clift,Elizabeth Taylor,Eva Marie Saint,Rock Hudson,James Dean,Deborah Kerr, Richard Burton, Richard Harris,Doris Day, Burt Lancaster,David Niven, and Some of the best directors such as, Alfred Hitchcock, John Ford,Edward Dmytryk, and George Stevens.

Rod Taylor co starred with Montgomery Clift, James Dean and John Wayne

Rod Taylor his career fizzled for no real reason, that I can really put a finger on, which is odd. I don’t think he had a drug, or alcohol issue. Which is a certain career derailer. Maybe as I can see his mid 60’s string of just really bad movies, and just was not offered anymore meaty roles, and the studio’s had enough. It’s amazing by the mid 70’s Rod Taylor was the same age as Clint Eastwood, and Clint was as big a star as they get, and Rod Taylor got a mega jump start. A lot of actors, and actresses make very bad film choices that almost kill, or totally kill there acting careers. Kirk Douglas a Russian Jew playing an Italian in The Brotherhood 1968; or John Wayne playing an Asian in The Conqueror 1956; One of the worst films ever made by the way. How can we for get the major debacle of Heaven’s Gate 1980 the completely destroyed the career of it’s director Michael Cimino.  Then we have Marlon Brando’s entire decade of the 60’s; acting is tough no doubt even when your at the top of your game.

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Rod Taylor died January 7, 2014 four days before his 85th birthday

Lucky for us we got to see Rod Taylor one last time thanks to Quentin Tarantino pulling him out of retirement, because of his uncanny resemblance to Sir Winston Churchill in the film Inglorious Bastard 2009; I’m a big movie fan, not so much the big blockbuster movies, but all movies. Rod Taylor was one of those all movie guys, and you would say oh yes. I liked him in this, he was great in that.


The Wild Wild West 1965, The music sounded like something Elmer Bernstein would have done something that sounded like this in one of his big westerns of the 1960’s, The theme song was written by Richard Markowitz, who went on extensively to work with the TV show Murder She Wrote in the 80’s. It’s amazing that, by 1965 who won an amazing 4 Oscars Dimitri Tiomkin, who made two attempts to write a theme for The Wild Wild West, but both attempts were rejected.

The Wild Wild West ran from 1965 to 1969

Dimitri Tiomkin wrote the music for It’s A Wonderful Life, for John Wayne’s Rio Bravo, winning Oscar for the music for Spencer Tracy’s The Old Man And The Sea, also winning for another John Wayne film The High And The Mighty, but proved his writing may have been out dated, and his time had passed. I did see that a future Oscar winner a young Dave Grusin worked on one episode of The Wild Wild West. The Wild Wild West ended in 1969; as did most westerns, and that part of the golden age of TV was coming to a sad end, and the western never really came back.

The Wild Wild West Sammy Davis Jr made a guest appearance in 1966



Gilligan’s Island Theme song, was probably the best of the 60’s, and by season two it was re done to add the professor, and Mary Ann, instead of them as being called, and the rest. Bob Denver demanded they be treated equally in the credits.  This is the best because everyone knows the lyrics, or can hum the tune.




Ultraman, was a a cool import from Japan. I remember fondly watching this show. When our family moved to California in 1968; My brother, and I watched in after school. It had a kind of a rock n roll them song, The music was by Kunio Miyauchi. The late 60’s was a great time to be a kid, because there was some great cartoons, and live action kids shows. I don’t remember any toys, since this was an import maybe they didn’t make it over here. Lot’s of great memories.