Interviews and Essays

RICHARD PORTNOW

RICHARD PORTNOW

Where: his apartment. 2 pm.        Riding on the uptown #2 train recently, I was not surprised when it stalled at Times Square. This happens quite often. What does not happen quite often is the sight of an actor who has appeared in some of the most successful and critically acclaimed...

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ANTHONY HEALD

ANTHONY HEALD

Where: his dressing room (Music Box Theatre). 5:30 pm.        Some of the reactions that I get from actors when I ask them for an interview never cease to amaze me. On this occasion, I knocked on the door of Anthony Heald's dressing room, and the voice inside told me to...

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GENE HACKMAN

GENE HACKMAN

Where: his dressing room (Brooks Atkinson Theatre). 4:15 pm        Much to my surprise, I felt so immediately at ease doing this interview that I didn't bother to segue from question to question in the numerical order that I had them in, and spent more time than usual joking around and...

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JONATHAN PRYCE

JONATHAN PRYCE

Where: a cafe on Prince Street. 11 am.        When Jonathan Pryce called me to confirm our interview, he told me to meet him at one of those upscale Soho coffee shops with a name that sounds more like an accounting firm than a place where you can get a bagel...

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MARTIN SHEEN

MARTIN SHEEN

Where: his dressing room (Belasco Theatre). 5 pm.        Last Saturday evening, I was walking along 44th Street when I passed by a group of people standing in the middle of the street. The center of attention was a very attractive man dressed all in black. I did a double take...

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Tee Hawk Talk 2. Hanging Out With Jason Robards

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11.22.2018.        The late fall and early winter of 1991/92 was one of the best times of my life so far because I spent a good chunk of it hanging out with Jason Robards. Several times a week, I would venture over to the Music Box Theatre either after a matinee...

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JASON ROBARDS

JASON ROBARDS

Where: his dressing room (Music Box Theatre). 4:15 pm.        When I first met Jason Robards and asked to speak with him, he told me to follow him up to his dressing room so we could talk. Before I even put one foot on the first step, he dashed up the...

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MARK BLUM

MARK BLUM

Where: a café in the Theater District. 6 pm.        This was one of the fastest interviews I had ever gotten, and since there was no previous small talk between us, I didn’t really know what kind of personality Mark Blum would have. My apprehensions were put to rest as we...

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Tee Hawk Talk 1. Welcome To All About ACTORS

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3.2.2018.        All About ACTORS is an invention that was created out of necessity. After conducting interviews with five well-known actors for my college newspaper as part of a departmental honors course assignment, only the first two were published, and both were severely edited. In addition to being left with the...

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CHARLES S. DUTTON

CHARLES S. DUTTON

Where: his dressing room (Walter Kerr Theatre). 5:30 pm.        When I first went to meet Charles S. Dutton, I was sent up to his dressing room, and the door was open. He had his back turned, so I just stood there waiting for him to turn around. When he did,...

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TOM HULCE

TOM HULCE

Where: his dressing room (Music Box Theatre). 5 pm.        When I asked Tom Hulce for an interview, he politely declined. “I’m not even doing one for The New York Times,” he said, to which I countered only half-jokingly, “But I’m better than The Times.” He stared at me, intrigued for...

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ROBERT VAUGHN

ROBERT VAUGHN

Where: over the phone. 12 pm.        When I asked Robert Vaughn for an interview he told me to give him my phone number, and he would call me. I wasn’t sure if he really would, but a month later, he did call, and of course, I was not in. I...

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PETER RIEGERT

PETER RIEGERT

Where: onstage (Classic Stage Company). 6 pm.        Peter Riegert has a delightful attitude about his work and life. But depending upon your attitude, there are two ways to see him. If you're like most decent people, then you will find him to be a refreshing change from many of the...

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SPALDING GRAY

SPALDING GRAY

Where: his apartment. 11 am.        Spalding Gray is a multi-talented man who acts, tells stories about his life in the form of monologues all across the country, and writes books based on these stories which have been translated into several languages. But while critics and the media try to find...

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