Warren Beatty

Warren Beatty (written by) &
Trevor Griffiths (written by)


Warren Beatty ... John Reed
Diane Keaton ... Louise Bryant
Edward Herrmann ... Max Eastman
Jerzy Kosinski ... Grigory Zinoviev
Jack Nicholson ... Eugene O'Neill
Paul Sorvino ... Louis Fraina
Maureen Stapleton ... Emma Goldman
Nicolas Coster ... Paul Trullinger
M. Emmet Walsh ... Speaker - Liberal Club
Ian Wolfe ... Mr. Partlow
Bessie Love ... Mrs. Partlow
MacIntyre Dixon ... Carl Walters
Pat Starr ... Helen Walters
Eleanor D. Wilson ... Mrs. Reed
Max Wright ... Floyd Dell

A few days here and there dressed in different costumes.
Plenty of work for all the Supporting Artists and 81 is going to be a busy year.



After about a week we all went our separate ways only to end up back together again on…


John Landis

John Landis


David Naughton ... David Kessler

Jenny Agutter ... Nurse Alex Price

Griffin Dunne ... Jack Goodman
John Woodvine ... Dr. J. S. Hirsch
Lila Kaye ... Barmaid
Joe Belcher ... Truck Driver
David Schofield ... Dart Player
Brian Glover ... Chess Player
Rik Mayall ... 2nd Chess Player
Sean Baker ... 2nd Dart Player
Paddy Ryan ... First Werewolf
Anne-Marie Davies ... Nurse Susan Gallagher

Frank Oz ... Mr. Collins / Miss Piggy
Don McKillop ... Inspector Villiers
Paul Kember ... Sergeant McManus

Central Casting must have sent 200-300 people down to Piccadilly for a night shoot on this production.
None of us knew anything about the scenes we were going to be involved in so we just hung around coffee bars (Or other bars) chatting and having a night out in The West End.
About 1 o'clock in the morning the production team gathered us all together and told us the scenes they were about to do. (You ain’t gonna believe this).
A WEREWOLF is going to be running out of a cinema in Piccadilly Circus straight across Eros causing cars to crash and have people falling out of bus windows.
(I’m thinking this will do the tourist trade the world of good)
On a cue from the 1st A.D. the real police clear the roads of all late night Joe Public.
The Central Casting crowd are all given places to stand and out of the woodwork comes our buses and cars and stunt people. We’ve got permission to hold up traffic for half an hour and John Landis had multi camera crews covering every angle.
It was over as quickly as it began and as soon as the camera’s stopped rolling the wrecking crews were in there clearing the wrecked cars and sweeping the streets clean again. An hour later it was like we’d never been.
(See the film just to see this sequence)
Well done, John Landis…

As I said earlier all Central Casting work is on a daily basis unless otherwise
Stated. So sometimes that can work against you.

OUTLAND…Sean Connery…Director Peter Hyams…Pinewood…
I’m down for a day on this and working with my old pal ‘’Tricky’’Tringham 1st A.D.
‘’Sit next to Sean Aitch, I’ve got some business for you to do.’’
(Me next to Sean Connery, now there’s a first)
While the lighting is being set I’m chatting to Sean’s stand/in Roy.(We go back some time) and he tells me we could be on this scene for three or four days.
(I can’t be, I’m booked at the BBC tomorrow for a weeks contract work)
Now I don’t want to get into continuity problems so I go and tell ‘’Tricky’’.
He’s disappointed but tells me to be at the back of the shot so I won’t be missed the next day…(We do work many more times after this)
As I’ve already said 81 is a good year for me


Steven Spielberg

Lawrence Kasdan (screenplay)
George Lucas (story) ...


Harrison Ford ... Indiana Jones

Karen Allen ... Marion
Paul Freeman ... Belloq
Ronald Lacey ... Toht

John Rhys-Davies ... Sallah
Denholm Elliott ... Brody

Alfred Molina ... Satipo

Wolf Kahler ... Dietrich
Anthony Higgins ... Gobler
Vic Tablian ... Barranca / Monkey Man
Don Fellows ... Col. Musgrove

William Hootkins ... Major Eaton
Bill Reimbold ... Bureaucrat
Fred Sorenson ... Jock
Patrick Durkin ... Australian Climber

A great joy to watch Mr Spielberg at work.. The whole sequence was set out on storyboards. A master of his craft…
There’s about twenty of the chaps dressed up as (It’s that word again) GERMAN’S.
And it’s near the end of the film where the bad guys find The Ark and all us bad guys are going to get our just desserts.

Raiders of The Lost Ark

When The Ark is opened strange things start to happen and strong winds and sand are blown all over the set. Steven tells us to react to strange ghost like creatures coming out of the Ark. He’d point at us and shout above the noise of the wind, ‘’It’s coming for you now react, now it’s got you round the face, react to it.’’
George Lucas was standing next to Steven at times and seemed to be enjoying the action.
Harrison and Karen were tied to a stake at the time so I couldn’t get any help from that quarter…
Of course all the special effects are put onto screen months later as is most films these days…
I read Steven Spielberg’s life story and he didn’t always have it easy. (Read it)
And the last word on this tale must go to Harrison Ford’s stand/in… Jack (Chalky) Dearlove, who is still working for him…Hello Jack…


Ray Butt

John Sullivan…


Robert Lindsay ... Wolfie Smith
Mike Grady ... Ken Mills
Hilda Braid ... Florence Johnson - Mum
Tony Steedman ... Charlie Johnson - Dad
Tony Millan ... Tucker
George Sweeney ... Anthony 'Speed' King
John Tordoff ... Tofkin
Alan Tilvern ... Mr Grainger
David Rowlands ... Policeman

Harry Fielder ... Prison Warder (uncredited)

I worked on about six episodes of this and had great fun doing it.
The writer John Sullivan went on to greater things when he wrote the wonderful ONLY FOOLS AND HORSES…


Milos Forman

E.L. Doctorow (novel) and
Michael Weller (writer)


James Cagney ... Police Commissioner Rhinelander Waldo

Brad Dourif ... Younger Brother
Moses Gunn ... Booker T. Washington

Elizabeth McGovern ... Evelyn Nesbit
Kenneth McMillan ... Willie Conklin
Pat O'Brien ... Mr. Delphin Delmas

Donald O'Connor ... Evelyn's Dance Instructor
James Olson ... Father

Mandy Patinkin ... Tateh
Howard E. Rollins Jr. ... Coalhouse Walker Jr.

Mary Steenburgen ... Mother

Debbie Allen ... Sarah
Jeffrey DeMunn ... Harry Houdini (as Jeff Demunn)

Robert Joy ... Henry 'Harry' Kendall Thaw
Norman Mailer ... Stanford White

This cast is a blast from the past…
We film for a few days at Oxford and for me it doesn’t get any better than this.
The scenes are interior of a big office and I’m dressed as a US cop.
Pat O’Brien came onto the set first and shook hands with many of the Supporting Artists (Including me) ‘’How are you son, you look good’’ he said..
Well that’s the best way for me to start the day because now I felt good that this man had taken time to welcome all of us.
Pat moved around the room chatting to cast and crew alike and we were all waiting for the main man to arrive on set..
The noise was quite deafening until someone said ‘’He’s here’’.
You could have heard a pin drop as the main man entered the set.
Everyone stood and applauded and waited for James Cagney to take his position on the set before silence resumed.
There they were in front of me my two heroes of the black and white days of cinema.
I think I’ve seen every film that James has made (Some of them many times)
I feel sorry for the kids of today that never got to see he’s early films and think a good film today has to be bombarded with special effects to make it work.
Let me list some of films of James Cagney to let the kids of today and tomorrow know what they have missed.
The Public Enemy (1931), Scarface (1932), Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), White Heat (1949). Then in the 50s Love Me Or Leave Me (With Doris Day), Mr Roberts. (With a young Jack Lemmon).
I could watch all these films again and never tire.
This was to be James Cagney’s last film and I would like to say, thank you Mr Cagney for entertaining me for so many years.

McVICAR…Director Tom Clegg…
Cast Inc…

My good friend Tom Clegg phoned me up and ask me to do a couple of weeks on this film as a convict (Con) and could I add lib throughout as there were no words written for me.. (No problem)
On the first day I had a scene with Adam Faith and Tom ask me to add some words.
We did a take and Tom said it wasn’t STRONG enough and wanted me to add some swear words. (Strong language on film in those days wasn’t the norm).
Anyway we were supposed to be violent men and it sounds better if you say, ‘’Come out of the f***ing way’’ rather than ‘’Excuse me please’’.
The film was based on the true story of John McVicar (Co writer) who at one time was branded public enemy No 1.


He was the only man to escape from that prison at that time.
My old mate Brian Hall played Stokes and was excellent, as were the rest of the cast.
In 1959 I was playing guitar with a band called ‘’TERRY YOUNG AND THE TEENS’’ and we auditioned for a guy named Jack Good and at the same venue was a young blond boy called Adam Faith. (Say no more)
Roger Daltrey was very good as the lead actor on this well directed film.
Thanks everyone it was fun…


Mel Brooks

Mel Brooks


Mel Brooks ... Moses / Comicus / Torquemada / Jacques / King Louis XVI

Dom DeLuise ... Emperor Nero

Madeline Kahn ... Empress Nympho

Harvey Korman ... Count de Monet

Cloris Leachman ... Madame Defarge
Ron Carey ... Swiftus

Gregory Hines ... Josephus
Pamela Stephenson ... Mademoiselle Rimbaud
Shecky Greene ... Marcus Vindictus
Sid Caesar ... Chief Caveman

Mary-Margaret Humes ... Miriam

Orson Welles ... Narrator (voice)
Rudy De Luca ... Prehistoric Man / Captain Mucus - The Roman Empire (as Rudy DeLuca)
Leigh French ... Prehistoric Man
Richard Karron ... Prehistoric Man

A hundred or more of us worked at Blenheim Palace for a week on this with Mel Brooks at his best and funniest. His 1st A.D. was Brian Cook…(Cookie)
During the week I was used in different guises (Servant, Coachman, peasant etc)
When Mel wanted something done by cast member or a member of the crew he would chuckle and say ‘’It’s good to be king’’ (He was playing King Louis of France)
After the week at Blenheim I was booked for a studio day.

In one scene, as the prison guard, I have to take the lovely Pamela Stephenson to see one of the inmates - a certain Mr Spike Milligan..Very funny man...and completely crackers....

I was given some words to say and was made to feel quite welcome.
When this business is good, it’s very good.

YES MINISTER…Director Peter Whitmore…BBCTV…
Cast Inc…Nigel Hawthorne…Paul Eddington…

This time I’m playing an assassin trying to knock off the prime minister.
I fire the gun and hit the wrong man. (I’m not too good in the eyesight dept)
(The BBC still hasn’t cast me as a doctor or vicar yet) (Why?)


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WE’LL MEET AGAIN… Producer Tony Wharmby…LWT…
Cast Inc…Susannah York…Christopher Malcolm…Ronald Hines…


Dave Church I’ve known for a long time and as Supporting Artists we’re booked as a couple of wartime ‘’Spiv’s’’..
On location we spent eight hours sitting on a bus waiting to do our bit. (We did have the odd swift half)
A couple of weeks later we’re in the studio to confront another petty crook, (Stuart Wilson) and when he asks us what we want all Dave has to say is ‘’You’ll see’’ but it comes out as ‘’You’ll shlee’’.
Dave has had a toothache all day and has just slipped a painkiller under his gum to ease the pain.
Well when we all heard ‘’You’ll shlee’’ we all cracked up.
I haven’t seen Dave for a few years but I wish him well. It was a great laugh..

MARY BLANDY…Director Brian Farnham…BBCTV...
I’m off to the West Country for a couple of days to say some words and do some business.
Brian is looking for a hangman and for some reason picks on me. (As if)
I Travel down by train one evening to the location to get an early start the next morning.
At breakfast I’m introduced to some of the cast. We all sit together and have a hearty breakfast (It’s all jolly, jolly)..
It now seems I won’t be used till later in the day so I sit and watch them filming other scenes for a couple of hours until I hear the village church clock strike 11 am.
Now, do I sit in the church or the village pub opposite?... (No contest)
I decided to sit outside the pub with a pint of the black stuff and could see the crew just across the fields. After a while some of the crew that weren’t involved in the scenes joined me. It doesn’t get much better than this.
After lunch at the catering wagon I ask what time will they get to my scenes..
‘’It’ll be a few hours yet’’ So with a full belly I decide to have a nap on the grass..
(The sun’s shining, the belly’s full and I’m being paid. It’s a hard life but someone’s got to do it.) About six pm after tea and cakes they’re ready for me
Victoria Fairbrother has her hands tied behind her back and I help her up a ladder so I can put a noose around her neck.
This is the same lady I’ve had breakfast, lunch and tea with.
Now my lines come ‘’If you would please Miss to take another step up the ladder
Because the rope can’t reach your neck’’ She replies ‘’ For the sake of decency, Sir, please do not hang me high’’
The noose is put in place, I pull the ladder away and she swings through the air.

ONLY FOOLS AND HORSES…Director Ray Butt…Writer John Sullivan…BBCTV…
Cast Inc… David Jason…Nicholas Lyndhurst…Lennard Pearce…
I only ever worked on two episodes of this classic comedy and what a joy to watch the Christmas special in 2002. (It made the number one spot)
David Jason can do no wrong in my eyes and has gone from strength to strength.

As I’ve said before I’m missing some of the jobs I’ve been on and some I can’t remember.
I’ve been on jobs sometimes for days and just sat in a dressing room or a tent (On location) and at the end there’s a last minute rush to get all the ‘’Extra’s on the set..
I left home one morning at four a.m. to get to the location by six. After getting changed into costume I lined up at the breakfast counter as part Of a long queue.
I heard the producer say to an A.D. that we should have had breakfast before we left home. (It could have saved him money with the caterers)
I told him I’m not used to having breakfast at two in the morning…
‘’If you pay peanuts you get monkeys’’

NEXT - 1982

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