He was a Grand Master among actors. His extraordinary talents at rendering the classics, especially Moliere and Shakespeare, were characterized by a fierce intelligence, and an extraordinary technique, a perfect sense of timing and vocal inflection, and a blazing wit, which enabled him to convey the full depth and emotional range of whatever character he inhabited. He was truly one of the greatest actors of his generation, and he was a warm and compassionate person.
I first met Brian through close mutual friends: Juliet Mills and Maxwell Caulfield. I had followed his work for years, and was thrilled and honored to be able to share a meal with him.
But it was his inimitable performances as the title role in Timon of Athens. or Macready in Richard Nelson’s Two Shakespearean Actors, or his brilliant turn in Moliere’s School for Wives that will live in my memory forever. Brian was a great inspiration to me, and I am so grateful that I was able to know him and experience his magnificent gifts. Thank you, Brian, for sharing your genius with all of us.
“TRUTH is both a thriller and a lament about the news and its age-old editorial dilemma- the need to be right, and first.”- John Anderson
“Almost everyone with Bush family connections in Texas refuses to talk, of course, but one key figure, the elderly and sick Retired Lt. Col. Bill Burkett (Stacy Keach), reluctantly provides Mapes with some incriminating information and a couple of documents to back it up. It’s enough to get CBS on board with her and Rather determined to report it…Supporting roles are all well filled, notably by Keach as the ambivalent and ailing key source”-Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter
“Stacy Keach has a good cameo as the source who puts Mapes and Rather’s careers in jeopardy.” –Chris Bumbray, JOBLO’s Movie Emporium
“Pressured to get their segment ready in barely a week, the 60 Minutes team and seasoned anchor Dan Rather (Robert Redford, easy and dignified but very much in support here) raced to corroborate, relying on verbal assurances from chief source Bill Burkett (a terrific Stacy Keach) and underrating the misgivings of their document examiners.”- Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
“Stacy Keach shines in a crucial cameo.”-Gregory Elwood, HITFIX
“Two terrific speeches stand out. One is delivered for all it’s worth by Blanchett, who tells an investigating panel just how difficult and unlikely it would have been for someone to fake the documents. Another is heartbreaking. It comes just after a key source —Bill Burkett, played with great crustiness by Keach— has been put through the wringer on camera by a CBS team desperate to deflect blame.” – Jocelyn Noveck,Opiniononline
“Stacy Keach also scores as a key interviewee whose actions turn everything upside down.”-Pete Hammond, Deadline Hollywood
“Truth” is…showcasing an ensemble that feels impeccably cast down to the smallest role… Stacy Keach is at once pitiable and exasperating as Lt. Col. Bill Burkett, the National Guard veteran who furnishes the faulty smoking gun.” –Justin Chang, Variety
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