Saturday, January 19, 2008

R.I.P. Allan Melvin

You probably have no idea who Allan Melvin is.

That is the greatest compliment you can pay to a true character actor.

But you know his face.

He was a Kansas City native. Born here on February 18, 1922.

Check out his resume on the Internet Movie Database. Half a century of work, but know one recognizes his name or knows anything about him.

THAT is a REAL actor. Not "movie star", not a "personality". Just a real, working, craftsman.

We could use a lot more Allan Melvins and a lot fewer Tom Cruises and Britney Sprears.

In my humble opinion.


Midtown Miscreant said...

You are dead on , I never would have recognized the name, but once i saw the face, I can even recall the voice without actually hearing it.

Iwanski said...

I saw the photo and immediately I thought, "Barney Hefner"