Suddenly 1954; This is one of two films released that Frank Sinatra starred in after his Oscar winning performance in From Hear To Eternity, the other was the technicolor gloss family fun film Young At Heat, and this film which is the total opposite, black, and white, and just very dark. Sinatra at this point in his movie career was beginning to be taken very seriously as a Dramatic actor, but still not in the league of Marlon Brando, or Montgomery Clift. This film Suddenly is a very serious drama. It deals with an assassination attempt on the President of the United States. This film also stars: Sterling Hayden, James Gleason, and Nancy Gates


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Will Smith will not win an Oscar, probably never. He fits into the category of Tom Cruise. He has to decide on making big movies all the time, and occasional small Oscar worthy film, or what. In Hollywood you really can’t have it both ways. Ask Tom Cruise, or you could have asked Paul Newman up until he finally won in 1987 at aged 61 for The Color Of Money.

I’m not taking anything away from Mr. Smith, he is the most money earning black actor on the planet, and did the right thing in picking his projects. Frankly if it was me, show me the money too. Now its crunch time, and actors in his same spot want that Oscar, to show there fans. I can really act, and I’m not just an action adventure guy. What really helps when they play real people, on top of that with an accent. These things help, but don’t guarantee Oscar gold.

Will Smith has played real people in the past, and was passed up by that elusive gold statue. He was nominated for best actor for Ali 2002, and The Pursuit Of Happyness in 2007; and passed up for both. I didn’t think both performances were Oscar worth in the first place. I think Will over acted in both of these movies, Happyness being really the best performance. They were very good, but not good enough. I think an unknown actor should have played Ali, and would have won, since Ali himself was a larger than life person that was still living, and everyone knows who he is plus hes still very relevant.  Like Al Pacino in the Godfather, even though, Michael Corleone was a fictional character, but the gamble paid off, by Coppola betting on an unknown actor against Paramount honchos wishes.

I like Will Smith, he is a good actor, he’s what the doctor ordered for African American Cinema. We need a dozen Will Smith’s out there making big Hollywood money that are black, male or female we need them desperately. If he never wins an Oscar, we still have a very good actor, with great memorable performances. He should not fill to bad if he never wins, maybe he dose not care either way who knows. I will tell you he’s in a great company of male stars. Who have never won an acting Oscar, but are still legends, and with a list of great iconic performances.

We have Kirk Douglas, Van Johnson, Tony Curtis, John Garfield, Montgomery Clift, Steve McQueen,Dana Andrews, Richard Burton, Peter O’Toole, now that’s unbelievable hes been nominated 8 times. Albert Finney nominated 5 times no wins. These two not for acting Clint Eastwood, or Robert Redford. They both won for directing. Some have more than one. Dustin Hoffman, Spencer Tracy, Melvin Douglas,Fredric March, Jack Lemmon  Robert DeNiro, Sean Penn, Marlon Brando,and then Daniel Day-Lewis, with an amazing 3 Best Actor Oscars. The Academy award is like winning the Super Bowl. All you really need is one.


Will Smith got his star in show business as a rapper.



Tyrone Power 1914-1958




Godfrey Cambridge 1933-1976


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Vice Guaraldi 1928-1976




Marvin Gaye 1939-1984



Whitney Houston 1963-2012




Elvis Presley 1935-1977



Dan Blocker 1928-1972


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Billie Holiday 1915-1959


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Jackie Wilsn 1934-1984


Phillip Seymour Hoffman 1967-2014


Jean Seberg 1938-1979


John F. Kennedy 1917-1963


Robert F. Kennedy 1925-1968


Bob Crane 1928-1978


Jeff Chandler 1918-1961



Al Capone 1899-1947

Ted Cassidy 1932-1979


Wally Cox 1924-1973

Jim Hutton 1934-1979


John Lennon 1940-1980


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Gary Coleman 1968-2010






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Famous people who died in there 40s; There are a few stand outs, who died very young in there 40s, was mob boss Al Capone. He controlled Chicago in the 1920’s, ran the most notorious gang. He had the politicians, judges, and the police in his pocket, and was the most feared man in the country. He went to prison in the early 1930’s for what else tax invasion for 11 years. After such a colorful life he died at the very young age of 48 of cardiac arrest.

John Lennon was shot to death outside of his apartment building as he was entering late Monday night after a recording session for one of Yoko’s songs on December 8, 1980; Lennon was shot 4 times by Mark David Chapman. Lennon, and The Beatles came to American in 1964, the Beatles disbanded in 1969, and his solo  career lasted from 70-76, and then got back into recording music in 1980. John Lennon, and Yoko’s album Double Fantasy was released by Geffen records in the fall of that year. John Lennon loved living in New York City, and thought he could travel with in New York unnoticed, and in relative obscurity. What he did not realized, and maybe forgot he was still Beatle John Lennon, and the thing he should have picked up on most is that the city had a very high crime rate, and murder rate in the 70s, and 80, and he unfortunately became a statistic of New York’s violent history of that era. Some what likevthe actor Sal Mineo who was stabbed to death in West Hollywood ,CA in 1976; not knowing his killer it was just a random act of violence from a career criminal. Mineo dose not make this list since he was only 37 years old.

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I would have to say the saddest demise out of this list has to be Billie Holiday. She’s arguably the greatest jazz singer ever. Died a real sad death. In the early part of 1959, decades of drugs, and alcohol were beginning to take a massive toll on her body, and had cirrhosis of the liver, among other medical issues.

On May 31, 1959 was taken to Metropolitan Hospital, and the same time under investigation by the FBI, and was arrested, and handcuffed to the bedpost in her hospital room, with police standing guard out side her room. By July 15 was give the last rites, died two days later of a pulmonary embolism, and heart failure, still in police custody handcuffed to her bed post. Billie Holiday was progressively swindled out of her earnings, and died with just .70 cents in her bank account, and $700 on her person from a tabloid fee, sad major sad. Billie Holiday could have been worth millions, and recorded, and produced other artist well into her seventies, with her own TV show’s, and movies. I just hate to see very talented African American artist die with no sizable estate.



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Actors/Singers Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra attend the Frank and His Friends Valentine's Day Love In II on February 12, 1983 at Canyon Hotel in Palm Springs, California. Ron Galella Archive - File Photos Various Locations Various Cities, Various States United States Circa 21st century Photo by Ron Galella/ To license this image (15146685), contact

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Frank Sinatra, the greatest singer on the planet even still since is death in 1998, is 100 years old. The great director Otto Preminger, said he would have been one of the greatest actors if he would have focused on acting, but we all know what ole blue eyes day job was. I have a few favorite Sinatra movies. I like the star studded From Here To Eternity, also starring, Burt Lancaster, and Montgomery Clift, and The small movie called Suddenly, a very well made film. Happy birthday Frank

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