Felix In Hollywood

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Now Who Do You Suppose They're Talking About?

Now I'll admit before going any further, this Mystery Guest isn't a name that comes marching to the front of the line in most people's minds, but....

He was a very successful actor, producer and director for over 50 years.

He was an Academy Award nominee in the Best Actor category.

His leading ladies have included:  Lauren Bacall, Ginger Rogers, Merle Oberon, Gene Tierney, Ida Lupino, Evelyn Keyes, Donna Reed, Debra Paget, Jane Russell, Maureen O'Hara and Linda Darnell.

He's been directed by some of the greats including:  Nicholas Ray, Otto Preminger, Charles Vidor, and C B DeMille.

Oh, and he was well built.



When he came to Hollywood he was under contract to a studio, after a few small parts that were all over the board (they didn't seem to know what to do with him) he talked them into ending the contract.  He then went all over down testing at every other company and here's what they said:

MGM - "Might be okay for heavies."

Columbia - "Good for occasional bits and spot casting - but he'll never play leads."

Universal - "Nice looking, but too much personality" (okay, what does that even mean?)

RKO - "His head is too small for his body" (his reply was that given some good roles, he was certain his head would swell to a size that would please them)

Paramount - "He's too dark for Technicolor."

He did have one supporter in the form of Hedda Hopper who wrote that he was the best actor to hit town since Paul Muni.

Hurry up and guess before Jane tells Bob!

10 comments:

Jon said...

I think I recognise those tits. Is it Cornel Wilde? Jx

Ask the Cool Cookie said...

I'm thinking its Charlton Heston. But he was hairy. But they had razors. I'm sticking with Charlton Heston, aka Mr. NRA.

Maura said...

Brian Keith?

Bryarpatch said...

Robert Evans?

kabuki zero said...

do not even THINK kabuki will venture a guess after your tired showing over at The Man Who Told The World. Kabuki only recognizes actors who are living and thus still relative. sorry

kabuki zero said...

kabuki meant relevant. you knew that

George W. said...

It's Cornel Wilde.

normadesmond said...

i assume the cognoscenti know what they're speaking about, so i'll just go with cornel too.

i sure am glad my name ain't CORNEL.

Ask the Cool Cookie said...

Is it Bob Hope?

designing wally said...

I've been thinking all day...
Tiny Head....
Dark...

Probably wrong but is it Peter Lawford?