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Handsome men who did not become movie stars


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On 8/8/2022 at 7:07 PM, ronnoco28 said:

Vince  started acting as a young boy, and he's been in show-business all his life, his father was the late Dick Van Patten. Vince was a wet-dream back in the 1980s. He was also a well-ranked pro tennis player back around that time. The top photo where  he's with Farrah Fawcett Majors must have been taken around about that time during his tennis days. The middle photo is of Vince playing 'Tom' ( the nerd) in the old Ramones cult movie 'Rock n Roll High School'. The bottom photo must be one from his early days in the 1970s when he appeared in teen pin-up mags. He was a regular on the brief 'Apple'sWay' TV show back in the seventies.

Vince wasn't the greatest actor, and he never really became a well-known star. He guest-starred on many TV shows back in the eighties, and in several now forgotten movies. Maybe some of them are on Youtube. I think he's about 64 years old now, married a couple of times, and has several kids. Nowadays he's still in show-business, he does god-awful announcing and commentating   at casinos at televised Poker tournaments. He recently  acted in a movie that he'd produced himself called , I think, 'Seven Days to Vegas' . I haven't seen it, and the other actors were his own family members along with some other pretty much washed-up film actors. He seems to be in very good physical shape for his age.

If you look like you would star in Falcon Video you did not need to be a good actor

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Maxwell Caulfield. Timeless good-looks.  Was supposed be the next big thing after Grease 2, but the movie was a flop. 

 

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William McNamara, again, another up-an-comer after starring with Jodie Foster in Stealing Home. 

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Ben Chaplin in the 90s had a lot of coverage and hype over  his casting in Malick’s first film in over 20 years, The Thin Red Line . Didn’t really cross over to the upper echelons of Hollywood  though. 

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On 8/15/2022 at 5:07 AM, dmerman said:

Maxwell Caulfield. Timeless good-looks.  Was supposed be the next big thing after Grease 2, but the movie was a flop. 

 

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William McNamara, again, another up-an-comer after starring with Jodie Foster in Stealing Home. 

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Ben Chaplin in the 90s had a lot of coverage and hype over  his casting in Malick’s first film in over 20 years, The Thin Red Line . Didn’t really cross over to the upper echelons of Hollywood  though. 

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McNamara played the gay closeted college student in "Doing Time on Maple Drive"

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The beautiful Jorge Sanz did not follow on the foot steps on Antonio Bandera and become an international stare after "Belle Epoque" and this film which  has some very hot love scenes

 

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On 8/30/2017 at 12:54 PM, TopBilled said:

 

Yes, he should've been a much bigger star in America. He just had the right look and cool attitude. 

I think of him as having made it pretty far. Certainly he was an international star and in Germany was the James Dean of his time because of Die Halbstarken.

I have a theory that straight men don't particularly like really handsome men for the most part--and they were and are the driving demographic in star-making. A comparison can be found in straight male adult players being creatures like Ron Jeremy; I have a sneaking suspicion that their stand-in viceroys need to be non-threatening to their vanity.

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25 minutes ago, Leighcat said:

I think of him as having made it pretty far. Certainly he was an international star and in Germany was the James Dean of his time because of Die Halbstarken.

I have a theory that straight men don't particularly like really handsome men for the most part--and they were and are the driving demographic in star-making. A comparison can be found in straight male adult players being creatures like Ron Jeremy; I have a sneaking suspicion that their stand-in viceroys need to be non-threatening to their vanity.

Interesting theory.

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Dewey also looked good in buckskin. Howard Hawks must have had a thing for Dewey because, as well as in The Thing, Hawks had previously used him in the bro-bonding epic The Big Sky (1952) with Kirk Douglas. Easy there, Kirk.

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Tom of Finland, eat your heart out....

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10 hours ago, DougieB said:

Dewey also looked good in buckskin. Howard Hawks must have had a thing for Dewey because, as well as in The Thing, Hawks had previously used him in the bro-bonding epic The Big Sky (1952) with Kirk Douglas. Easy there, Kirk.

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Tom of Finland, eat your heart out....

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I wonder if Howard Hawks was bi; many of his films are about macho men brobonding out west, in jungles or at war. The bonding seems to want to go further as if the case of John Ireland and Monty Cliff in "Red River" .  

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On 11/6/2022 at 5:33 PM, jaragon said:

I wonder if Howard Hawks was bi; many of his films are about macho men brobonding out west, in jungles or at war. The bonding seems to want to go further as if the case of John Ireland and Monty Cliff in "Red River" .  

Who knows?  But I've also wondered if there was a pinch of sugar in JOHN WAYNE's tank because he was sure "hep" time and again with handsome up and coming co-stars like JEFFREY HUNTER  RICKY NELSON  FABIAN  BRANDON DE WILDE  JAMES CAAN and JOHNNY CRAWFORD who gits the bowie knife... 

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9 hours ago, Allhallowsday said:

Who knows?  But I've also wondered if there was a pinch of sugar in JOHN WAYNE's tank because he was sure "hep" time and again with handsome up and coming co-stars like JEFFREY HUNTER  RICKY NELSON  FABIAN  BRANDON DE WILDE  JAMES CAAN and JOHNNY CRAWFORD who gits the bowie knife... 

It was probably at least somewhat a marketing thing too. He'd had some hits but also a bunch of misses with his Batjac production company so he may have been more open to the value-added of younger heartthrobs for pulling in larger audiences. Fabian in particular was enlisted to make movies with older stars like James Stewart and Bing Crosby more "hep". (And I was there for all of them; I had a major thing for The Fabulous Fabe.) As for a pinch of sugar, there was some intuitive sense to the scene in The Birdcage where Robin Williams tells Nathan Lane that he did a good job imitating Wayne's walk; he'd just never realized that Wayne walked like that. Wayne definitely worked against the ultra-butch stereotype in some really sensitive performances with actresses like Donna Reed and Maureen O'Hara, so there was a soft underside there, but I haven't heard stories about Wayne the way you do with some other stars. Like you said, who knows?

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On 11/15/2022 at 11:15 PM, Allhallowsday said:

Who knows?  But I've also wondered if there was a pinch of sugar in JOHN WAYNE's tank because he was sure "hep" time and again with handsome up and coming co-stars like JEFFREY HUNTER  RICKY NELSON  FABIAN  BRANDON DE WILDE  JAMES CAAN and JOHNNY CRAWFORD who gits the bowie knife... 

I don't know if Wayne was bi but John Ford who directed him in many films was probably a closet case- of you believe Maureen O'hara's biography in which she claims she caught Ford kissing a well known movie star.

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On 9/28/2022 at 3:27 PM, jaragon said:

The Colbys  feature a lot of fight scenes with homoerotic tension

 

I just finished watching the first season this weekend...and there is an extra feature on the DVD, where John James is interviewed. He says Maxwell Caulfield was the James Dean of the show, and he (James) was the Rock Hudson of the show.

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