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Saturday, April 9, 2011

Film Great Sidney Lumet RIP



From Variety.com, click here for complete story


Director Sidney Lumet died today at age 86.
The prolific helmer of more than 50 films was also Oscar-nommed for "12 Angry Men," "Dog Day Afternoon," "Network" and "The Verdict." He never won an Academy Award for directing but was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Oscar in 2005.
His other notable titles included "Serpico," "The Pawnbroker," "Prince of the City," for which he was nommed for screenplay, and recently, "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead."
Like Woody Allen and Martin Scorsese, Lumet's films often had a strong New York sensibility and he rarely worked in Hollywood.
He began his career as a child actor.
Known as an actor's director, he was able to coax landmark performances -- and 17 Oscar noms -- from actors including Katharine Hepburn, Marlon Brando, Henry Fonda and Faye Dunaway. The films often revolved around themes of justice and police corruption. Yet his style deferred to the actors and the material, and he often stayed quietly in the background.
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Teaching

To those who put down anyone who is not "acting" for a "living" I give you a profession that has a great impact on the arts than any single actor or so called "talent". Teaching.

My high school drama teacher James Eithrheim, in the early 1970's shown here inspiring actors at Oak Park and River Forest High School, instilled values, knowledge, a thrist for life and the need to experience life into his many students. Teachers do make a difference. In only the four years of his 30 year career, my fellow actors include at least one theater professor, an Academy Award Best Actress nominee, dozens of Tony's, many more Jeff's, artistic directors, writers, directors, producers and of course actors singing his praise, including at least one member of the Screen Actors Guild National Board of Directors, yours truly. From the voice of Homer Simpson to a Broadway musical star, Soap Opera award winners, and accolades on the London stage, his students have touched millions, each in their own way.


DO NOT LET EDUCATION AND THE ARTS BE CUT FROM BUDGETS...it makes a difference.

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