I’m so proud to be the voice of GREED for all 15 Seasons!
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One of the greatest actors of his generation, Christopher Plummer was one of my heroes, an endless source of inspiration, especially when it came to playing the classics. We first met in 1974, at Shepparton Studios in London, working on the film, Conduct Unbecoming. I had fastidiously followed his career prior to that, and I was so excited to be working with him. He knew that I loved classical theater, and Chris would regale me with stories of his amazing theatrical triumphs. I especially recall him telling me about his time playing Oedipus The King.
“Orson Welles enacted my blind Tiresias as if he were Othello, Macbeth and Charles Foster Kane rolled into one. How spoiled could a young Oedipus get?”
A master storyteller, an elegant gentleman, and a genius at interpretation, Christopher Plummer will always be remembered for this enduring charm, his boundless energy, and his extraordinary versatility. Thank you, Christopher for sharing your inimitable talent with all of us.
‘Good night, sweet Prince…and may flights of Angels sing thee to thy rest.’ -Stacy Keach
It was 1967, and I had just arrived in Selma, Alabama to perform in my first film, The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter, when I first had the honor and privilege of meeting Cicely Tyson. She was instantly and indelibly etched in my memory, as, not only one of the most brilliant actresses of our time, but also as a compassionate, caring, and beautiful woman.
During the filming, we shared some wonderful moments together, exchanging stories about art and politics and music.
“You like Jazz, Stacy?” she asked, one day over our lunch break. “I love it,” I replied.
“Well, I have a nice surprise for you.” And that night, as we were shooting a scene in a local alleyway, Cicely walked over to me, accompanied by…oh, my God, is this who I think it is!…
“I’d like you to meet my boyfriend, Miles Davis.”
I couldn’t believe it! She introduced me to one of my all-time favorite musicians, and I was blown away! She gave me one of my most cherished memories, for which I am forever grateful.
Thank you Cicely, for your enduring legacy, your gracious charm, and for giving all of us the honor and privilege of sharing your extraordinary beauty and talent. May Heaven’s Blessings be with you, always.
Dearest Tanya…my first Velda when I was Mike Hammer.
A gorgeous, sexy, lady with a wicked sense of humor. Because she was also a delicious Bond girl, she loved to tease me as to who was the better shot:
“You think you’re better than Sean Connery?” she would scoff.
“No, of course not!” I replied.
“Good, because you’re not!” she laughed, then she turned and carried her beautiful body back to her dressing room.
Thank you, Tanya, for bringing a sweet touch of humor and glamour into our lives.
Our deepest sympathies to your family.
We miss you.
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I first had the pleasure of meeting Clark in New York, doing a guest shot on The Blacklist, where he
was a series regular. I had enjoyed his performances over the years in films, such as SinCity and TwinPeaks, and on the set of Blacklist, between takes, we had a chance to get to know one another, and we became immediate pals.
“You prefer film or theater, Stacy?” I said I like both, to which he replied, “Me, too!”
He went on to say how much he loved acting, but that the rheumatoid arthritis he had lived with since he was four years old, made him partial to films and television. But I never heard him complain.
When the coronavirus hit, and we all forced indoors, I asked him if would like to join me in a zoomed presentation of Eugene O’Neill’s Hughie, playing the night clerk. “I’d love to, I love O’Neill!” I was reminded that he had worked on Broadway with Denzel Washington in The Iceman Cometh.
Clark’s brilliant performance as the night clerk serves to remind us all of his extraordinary talent. Effortlessly believable, his laser-like understanding of the text imbued his character with both humor and compassion.
“I’m also working on a zoomed production entitled Bluefish, with actors I’ve known all over the world!” Clark said. “It’s also going to be a movie, and I’d like you to be a part of it, if you’re interested, and if you are, you’ll be working with two of my favorite people, Eugene Blackrock and Ewen Brenner.” I replied that it would be my pleasure.
Bluefish will be released soon, and I am confident it will be a milestone in the world of zoom, and a fitting legacy in the life of a man whose love for his art, his love for people, and his positive outlook on life, will continue to inspire us. Even though he’s gone, his spirit lives in our hearts.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his dear wife, Elissa, and with his entire family.
Thank you, Clark, we love you, and we’ll always be grateful that we knew you. Now, may you dance with the Angels.
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‘Man With A Plan’ fulfills Stacy Keach’s acting school dreams by: Fred Topel
It was a beautiful sunny afternoon in Sante Fe, New Mexico. My wife, Malgosia, with our two toddler children and I, were having late afternoon tea in the Hotel Anasazi. We noticed there was nobody there except for us and another family, with a small boy, in the corner of the restaurant. Suddenly, Malgosia stood up and walked in their direction. As she passed by their table, she heard a man’s voice, “What beautiful green eyes you have!” She looked back, and there he was, Brian Dennehy.
From that day on, we became very close friends, with Brian, his unforgettable wife Jennifer, his son Cormac, and later their daughter, Sarah. We bonded. We had many wonderful dinners together in their extraordinary home, with great food, and lots of Polish vodka.
Brian was a great, passionate man, and friend. I remember, some years later, I was doing a play in Boston, and I visited Brian at his farm in nearby Woodstock, Connecticut. We had a great time, but when I was spending the night in their guest cottage, the toilet flooded! I was so embarrassed, but Brian couldn’t stop laughing. He came to my rescue with another bottle of booze!
I always admired Brian as actor, and the first time we worked together was in 1980 on the tv film, Rumor of War. We were both passionate about theater, and we discussed the possibility of working together, most recently, in Home, by David Storey.
Brian was a consummate actor. He possessed an amazing depth of emotion. His performances as Willy Loman and James Tyrone are legendary. He was bigger than life, and he still is.
Thank you, Brian, for enriching our lives with your amazing talent.
All our love and prayers are with your lovely wife, Jennifer, your son, Cormac and daughter, Sarah.
Malgosia and Stacy Keach
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Congratulations to son Shannon and his bride, Marie! It was a beautiful wedding! Wishing them many years of love and laughter!
My returning to Chicago, to resume playing Hemingway in Pamplona at the Goodman Theater, has been a great pleasure and a welcome delight.
During my six-week sojourn, I have often been reminded of my previous experiences in the Windy City, beginning with Arthur Miller’s Finishing The Picturein 2004, which also marked my debut at the Goodman Theater and my first encounter with Robert Falls. Subsequently, Mr. Falls and I did King Lear together in 2006, and I landed the nice role of Warden Pope in the first season of Prison Break, which was also in the Chicago area, primarily at Joliet Prison.
My dear departed Dad grew up in Chicago, and had many wonderful stories about his time there, ranging from serving ice cream to Al Capone in a local drugstore, from shagging home run balls at Wrigley Field.
Before he died, he wrote a memoir, entitled Stacy Keach, Go Home! In parenthesis, “Sr., that is”. I never liked growing up as a “Jr”, and when I began acting, I wanted to drop the junior, and, as a result, my Dad graciously agreed to add senior to his name.
The title of his book reflected a slide that was put on the screen at the neighborhood cinema, orchestrated by his Mom, who knew that was where Dad loved to spend his time. He loved the movies.
For those of his generation, and for everyone who loves Chicago, I wanted to allow my dear Dad to share his memories with all of you, so for your reading pleasure, here is his autobiography, Stacy Keach, Go Home (Sr that is).
“IT IS WONDERFUL THAT KEACH HAS RECOVERED ENOUGH TO BRING PAMPLONA BACK TO THE CHICAGO STAGE; HE REMAINS A FORCE, AS EVER, AND AS THE TENSION RISES EVER SO MUCH TOWARDS THE END OF OUR TIME TOGETHER, HIS PERFORMANCE IS BOTH FIERCE AND VULNERABLE!” -Lisa Trifone, Third Coast Review
“Keach makes for a TERRIFIC Hemingway!”
-Steven Oxman, The Chicago Sun-Times
“A TRIUMPH…a MESMERIZING performance!” -Debra Davy, Splash Mag
“MONUMENTAL!” -Sheri Flanders, Perform Ink Chicago
“YOU COULDN’T ASK FOR A BETTER HEMINGWAY THAN KEACH, WHO BRINGS NOT JUST A CREDIBLE IMPRESSION, BUT THE RIVETING PACING AND PANACHE OF A CONSUMMATE SHOWMAN!”
-Adelaide Lee, Theater Mania
“A MIRACLE to behold…a MASTERPIECE…STAUNCH and INDOMITABLE as his subject matter…MEMORABLE and EVOCATIVE thanks to Keach’sREMARKABLE PERFORMANCE!”
-Dwight Casimere, The Times Weekly
“…the most ASTONISHING display of personal courage I have ever witnessed!”
-Chris Jones, The Chicago Tribune