TWO VOICES

I want to acknowledge the passing today of two unique voices.    It was my synchronistic good fortune to have enjoyed encounters with both, back in the day. I resigned my Army commission after Vietnam in 1970 and moved to New York to study acting.  Sanford Meisner, a seminal teacher of ‘The Method’ (along with Stella… Continue reading TWO VOICES

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SOAPS

So, you know…I’m kinda pissed…and you’ll never imagine why. I’m binging MAD ABOUT YOU, now midway thru Season 3. I’m appreciating just how fucking brilliant the sitcom pairing of Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt truly was. I laugh out loud A LOT. Not so much at witty lines but at human behavior, at which they… Continue reading SOAPS

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LEGION MUSIC

I had a good time tonite. I did film it but with my Hi def camera and it’s a yuuge file, so…perhaps later to be shared. What I appreciated tonite was how very different were tonites performers. See, for me, each of these public musical adventures is an opportunity for me to share music I… Continue reading LEGION MUSIC

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From Vietnam to Star Trek: 10 Questions with Tucker Smallwood

From Vietnam to Star Trek: 10 Questions with Tucker Smallwood Joel Searls Posted On September 09, 2021 01:20:00 Tucker is a career actor with experience on stage, three times on Broadway, film and TV. He has roles in The Cotton Club, Contact, Traffic, The One and on TV shows such as “The X-Files,” “Space: Above… Continue reading From Vietnam to Star Trek: 10 Questions with Tucker Smallwood

THE ASYLUM

What an excruciating experience, four days filming The Wayans Brothers Show for WB. Many words come to mind, unprofessional leading the pack. I came as close as I can ever remember to losing it and ‘reading’ my director in front of his charges.  John Bowab began by directing SOAP and perhaps has done some notable… Continue reading THE ASYLUM

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QUIGLEY (GONE TO THE DOGS)

This is an amazingly low end project to which I find myself attached; a film budgeted somewhere around $750,000-$1,250,000.  That’s lunch money to the studios, but apparently this producer liked the sentimental script, persuaded Gary Busey to star in it and raided somebody’s piggybank.  It’s the story of a driven selfish businessman who dies, finds… Continue reading QUIGLEY (GONE TO THE DOGS)

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MEET THE BROWNS

MEET THE BROWNS I watched the premier of Tyler Perry’s MEET THE BROWNS this past Wednesday on TBS with mixed emotions. My brother had e-mailed me that afternoon, asking “Is this the series you’re in?” That’s just one of the downsides of our business. You try not to talk about work until it’s real, because… Continue reading MEET THE BROWNS

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CELEBRITY

We live in an era of the mindset that EVERYBODY…or perhaps more accurately, ANYBODY can be a celebrity.  Viewers and readers have an incessant jones for icons; media is the willing dealer.  The old school staples of sports, film, tv, music, real life notoriety once pretty much ruled; someone attaining ‘stardom’ or ‘SUPERSTARDOM’ presumably possessed… Continue reading CELEBRITY

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Millennium

MILLENNIUM   Steven Kiley is the first character I’ve played with moral ambiguity, my characters tend to be straight arrows, you know immediately which side I’m on…(tho Harold Williams in Blackout was a ‘bad guy”.) The music was a trippy choice…particularly since I did it with an ‘ear piece’, the track edited in later…and I… Continue reading Millennium

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JAG

I was up til midnight last night, struggling with my character; my role was being shot totally out of sequence …the order -scenes 2/4/3/1. The story centers on the loss of a Soviet sub, I am a submarine squadron commander and protecting a crucial technological secret…. one which our ‘heroes’, the series leads, seem determined… Continue reading JAG

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