Tuesday, June 22, 2010


OK, both these guys are still around and working today. But back in the day, well, you be the judge.

Today is "The Chin's" 52nd birthday. That being Bruce Campbell. I've thought of him as a character actor in a leading man's body, rather like Ben Affleck. His career is like Ben's (or is Ben's like his?) in that they both have been able to do mainstream movies (which pay the bills) and alternative movies (which feeds the soul).

I know I didn't see Sam Raimi's first two Evil Dead movies, so my initial exposure to Bruce was probably Army of Darkness. How could one not love the man who could deliver the line, "Gimme some sugar, baby" with such... conviction. He can also do mad slapstick.

You know, there's a thought. A movie co-starring Bruce and Jackie Chan. That would be amazingly cool! Sadly unlikely, but I send it out into the æther, and who knows?

Next was The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.. Sort of a '90s version of The Wild Wild West, but wackier. I mean, come on, they had a character whose catchphrase was "Nobody touches Pete's piece." Sometimes the show over-indulged in the campiness, but it was enjoyable nonetheless.

He's kept busy, appearing on Hercules and Xena and in all sorts of other stuff. At the moment, he's on Burn Notice with younger (but only by about 10 years) hottie Jeffrey Donovan. Long may they connive.

On Thursday Joe Penny will be 54. He and Perry King made quite the impression on yours truly on Riptide. The show was like Magnum squared. Or was it more Dukes meets Magnum? Anyway, loved the show.

Following that, oddly enough, I think I watched Jake and the Fatman more for William Conrad, who I was a fan of since at least the Cannon days. Though having Joe on the show didn't hurt, by any means.

To find out more about Joe, past and present, check this site out.

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