Actor / Filmmaker
Darby Hinton an American actor and filmmaker has appeared at our festival several times; he is a wonderful and popular guest. Darby portrayed Israel Boone, a son of American pioneer Daniel Boone, on the NBC adventure series "Daniel Boone" (see the clip to the left), with Fess Parker in the title role. He also co-starred as Simon Graham in the two-part 1968 episode, "Boomerang, Dog of Many Talents" of NBC's “Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color”, with Darren McGavin, Patricia Crowley, and Russ Conway.
Darby’s father, Ed Hinton, appeared in the role of Special Agent Henderson in the 1950s syndicated television series “I Led Three Lives”, starring Richard Carlson and based on the espionage activities of Herbert Philbrick. Ed Hinton, particularly active in television Westerns, perished in an airplane crash on Catalina Island, when Darby was 14 months old. His mother, Marilynn Hinton, of German extraction, never remarried. Darby, therefore, became personally close to Fess Parker, his “Daniel Boone” father and subsequently a Los Angeles, Santa Barbara area businessman. Hinton has two sisters who were child actors, Daryn Hinton and Darcy Hinton Cook. Darby Hinton was also a godson of actor Charlton Heston and former Arkansas Lieutenant Governor Winthrop Paul Rockefeller, son of former Arkansas Governor Winthrop Rockefeller. Hinton was a Bel Air Road friend and neighbor of Zsa Zsa Gabor and former president Ronald Reagan, and childhood friend of Jon Provost of the “Lassie” series.
Hinton's acting debut at the age of six months old was in the arms of Jayne Mansfield in the TV show "Playhouse 90". In 1962, he played Jafar Mainwaring, a child character in the 1962 film “Hero's Island”. He has also appeared in Walt Disney's “Son of Flubber” and “Mr. Ed”. He also appeared in a 90-minute episode “Wagon Train”. He went on to appear in numerous features and television shows.
Darby appeared in 110 “Daniel Boone” episodes beginning with the September 24, 1964, premiere, "Ken-Tuck-E", a reference to Kentucky, the setting of the series. Patricia Blair played his mother, Rebecca Boone, and Veronica Cartwright played his sister, Jemima Boone. Ed Ames and Dallas McKennon co-starred as the Cherokee tribesman Mingo and innkeeper Cincinnatus, respectively. Hinton's last “Daniel Boone” roles, filmed when he was 12, were in the 1969–70 season.
After the series ended, Darby had appearances in “The Bold Ones: The New Doctors” and “Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law”, “The Big Valley”, “Hawaii Five-O” and “Magnum, P.I.”, He also appeared in two episodes of “The Fall Guy” starring Lee Majors. Darby also worked in daytime drama when he was cast as the second Ian Griffith on “Days of Our Lives”. He also appeared in “The Highwayman”, “Hunter”, “Knots Landing”, “Malibu Express”, “P.S. I Luv” , “Beverly Hills, 90210”, “Rescue 77” and “Just for Kicks”.
Hinton is working on a proposed television series tentatively titled “Hinton's Living History”. The pilot episodes follow Darby, his wife, and four children as they travel around the United States to experience history in different ways. Among other locations, he expects to cover Fort Fisher near Wilmington, North Carolina, Fort Boonesborough near Lexington, Kentucky, Jamestown, Virginia, and a ghost town in California. Hinton is also working with producer Gail Calloway on a documentary which traces Boone's journeys.
Darby Hinton has also been starring as the patriarch of Greystone Mansion in the Theater 40 production of “The Manor” in Beverly Hills, inspired by the true and tragic events that took place in the historic Doheny Mansion where they perform. In February 2011, Hinton starred in the theater production “The Last Laugh” by playwright Bill Svanoe and directed by Emmy-winner Blake Bradford and starring Joan Darling. He also appeared in the 2015 TV series “Father Pete’s Corner” as The Cowboy. He appeared as George Donner in the 2015 TV movie documentary “Dead of Winter: The Donner Party”. Also, in 2015 he appeared as President Burnet in the mini-series “Texas Rising”(see picture to the left). He is filming a TV movie “Home on the Range” in 2016 where he is playing Albert Freidlich.
For more information on Darby click: (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0385976/)
Actress / Author
Nancy Elizabeth Stafford is an American actress, speaker and author, known for her roles on television.
Stafford moved to Los Angeles in 1982, where she had her first guest-starring role playing the dual role of Adrienne/Felicia Hunt on the daytime soap opera “The Doctors”. She had guest starring roles in shows such as “Riptide”, “Remington Steele”, ”Scarecrow and Mrs. King”, ”Who's the Boss?”, “Hunter”, “Quantum Leap” and “Magnum, P.I.”. In 1983, Stafford won her first regular role on the NBC medical drama series, “St. Elsewhere”, as Joan Halloran. She played the role for three seasons. She later starred as Patricia Blake in the short-lived ABC series “Sidekicks” from 1986 to 1987. Stafford also guest starred in many shows, such as “ER”, “Frasier”, ”Babylon 5”, “Baywatch” and “The Mentalist”.
Stafford is best known for her role as Ben Matlock's assistant Michelle Thomas in the legal drama “Matlock”, (check video to the left) opposite Andy Griffith, from 1987 to 1992, replacing Linda Purl, who left after the first year. Stafford had been a lifelong Griffith fan, since the early 1960s, as a six-year-old girl. Stafford auditioned and won the role. Before she played Michelle, she guest starred on the same show in 1986, where she played a call girl. According to a 2010 interview with the actress on “On Screen and Beyond”, there was a remarkable on- and off-screen relationship between Stafford and Griffith. "Andy was more than you can imagine. Obviously, he was an American icon, but he was an incredible professional. He set a tone on- the set, every single day that was absolutely inspiring. He was fun. He was profoundly loyal. He was just an amazing wonderful man and he left an indelible mark in my life and the lives of everyone who watched him over the years."
She also said, the month before his death, when she called him on the day of his 86th birthday (just a few days before her birthday), "He sounded so wonderful, he picked the phone right up and he was upbeat and he sounded full of energy and we laughed and we joked. I told him how much I loved him and we had a great, great conversation; so glad that we did. He sounded amazing." So, Stafford went to Mt. Airy, North Carolina, without Griffith, to meet her fans.
She left the show to spend more time with her family, and to also move on to other ventures. After her departure from the show, she became a world-renowned public speaker, traveling to many churches, colleges, universities, women's group to other businesses. During the 1990s she was the host of Main Floor, which was a talk show that was seen in over forty countries. In 2008 she co-hosted the first season of "Love, Marriage and Stinkin' Thinkin" alongside Mark Gungor. Stafford is the author of many Christian books, such as: Beauty by the Book: Seeing Yourself as God Sees You; The Wonder of His Love: A Journey into the Heart of God, and her 2006 book, Mothers & Daughters Taking Your Adult Relationship to a Deeper Level.
Looking forward to having Ms. Stafford at our festival she will be wonderful!
For more information on Nancy click : (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0821328/)
Edward Faulkner is an American film and television character actor who has appeared in six movies with John Wayne (see clip to the left) and Elvis Presley. He has appeared in many movies and television programs with such actors as James Stewart, Richard Boone, Brian Keith, Jack Lemmon, Dean Martin, and Jim Hutton.
Prior to earning a B.S. degree in the Business College at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, he attended the University of Virginia for two years, majoring in Civil Engineering. While attending the University of Kentucky, his acting abilities were further stimulated by three leading roles in the University's outstanding Guignol Theater: "The Dover Road," "Born Yesterday" (as Harry Brock) and "Detective Story" (as the detective); in the latter, Barbara portrayed the detective's wife. No thoughts of becoming a professional actor occurred to him, since service in the US Air Force was required after being commissioned as a second lieutenant on completion of Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of Kentucky and he was awarded his wings as a single-engine jet fighter pilot.
After two years Air Force service Ed returned to civilian life to fulfill his family obligation of managing the building supply business (because of age and serious health problems, his father could no longer actively participate in the business). After his father's death in 1957, Ed discovered that two former employees had caused severe damage to the business, so much so that the company had to be dissolved. It was at this juncture that the idea of becoming a professional actor became an option. After several discussions with the professor of the Drama Department at the University of Kentucky about the feasibility of going to Hollywood, he was encouraged to "give it a go." In the spring of 1958, and with the full support of his wife, Barbara, they and their daughter moved to Beverly Hills to test the unknown waters of Hollywood.
Through friends, Ed had the good fortune to be introduced to Andrew V. McLaglen, son of Academy Award-winning character actor Victor McLaglen. At that time Andrew was a CBS staff director, helming such notable western TV series such as “Have Gun - Will Travel”, “Gunsmoke” and “Rawhide”. McLaglen was aware of "Have Gun - Will Travel" star Richard Boone's interest in cultivating young unknown actors, and introduced Ed to the star. Faulkner was 6'3", 185 pounds and had knowledge of horsemanship, all pluses in those days when westerns dominated the TV landscape; Boone became a coach and mentor (along with McLaglen) and Ed was cast in an episode of the show within a month of arrival in California.
Over the next 18+ years he became a journeyman actor, appearing in over 250 TV programs and some 30 theatrical films and made-for-TV movies. He is most known for his roles in John Wayne films, including “Chisum “, “Hellfighters”, “The Green Berets”, ”Rio Lobo”, “McLintock!” and
“The Undefeated”. Ed appeared in two Elvis Presley films, “G.I. Blues”, and “Tickle Me”. He also appeared with Jimmy Stewart in “Shenandoah”.
He also played small roles in the following TV series: “Have Gun - Will Travel”, “Rawhide”, “Gunsmoke”, “Bonanza”, “Wagon Train”, “The F.B.I.”, “Laredo”, “Gilligan’s Island”, “Mod Squad”, “It Takes a Thief”, “O’Hara, U.S. Treasury”, “Nichols”, “Cannon”, “Movin’ On”, “The Blue Knight”, “The Six Million Dollar Man” and “The Tim Conway Show”.
In 1975 Ed took a sabbatical from the film industry and entered the business world by joining Sea Containers Inc., a publicly held company whose primary activity was the ownership and leasing of marine cargo containers to the marine transportation industry worldwide. He became president of the subsidiary office in San Francisco for five years, then became Director of Sales (western US and Canada) for the company's leisure division, world-renowned for the restoration and operation of the Orient Express--known today as The Venice Simplon-Orient Express--and owners of over 40 luxury hotels worldwide, including the Hotel Cipriani in Venice. He retired from the Sea Containers Group in 1987.
He occasionally does voice-overs and guest appearances on TV and in October 2008 did a two-hour interview for Turner Classic Movies Archive Files, which will air at appropriate times on TCM and TNT. Since 2004 he has been a guest at numerous film festivals across the United States (primarily Western-themed) and was recently honored at the 2007 Western Legends Round-Up in Kanab, Utah, with a plaque on their Little Hollywood Walk of Fame. Ed has been a guest of the Memphis Film Festival before and he has wonderful stories especially about the movies he appeared in with John Wayne.
For more information on Ed click: (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0269067/)
The 2017 Memphis Film Festival will be paying tribute to the great TV shows and movies of the past. To fit that theme, we have invited guests who have direct connections to those wonderful programs!
Additional guests will be added as they are confirmed.
All guests appear on the condition of their availability.
John Frederick "Fred" Dryer is an American actor and former American football defensive end in the National Football League (NFL). He played 13 years in the NFL, having played in 176 games, starting in 1966, and recording 104 career sacks with the New York Giants and Los Angeles Rams. He is the only NFL player to score two safeties in one game.
Dryer ended his career with 104 career sacks, although since he played prior to 1982 when sacks became an official statistic they are not credited in the NFL record books.
Following his retirement from football, Dryer had a successful career as a film and television actor, notably starring in the series "Hunter". (see the video to the left.) His height of 6 ft 6 in and physique were useful for his action roles.
In January, 1981, Dryer made the cover of Interview magazine, published by Andy Warhol from the late 1960s through the early 1990s and was considered the very essence of "magazine chic". The magazine was noted for the full face Warhol-designed covers that featured prominent newsmakers. Dryer was the first and (probably) only NFL player to make the cover amongst people like Cher, Sting, Truman Capote, John Travolta, Mick Jagger, and many other "A" list celebs and the avant-garde.
In 2003 the NFL Alumni presented Dryer with its Career Achievement Award which is presented to former NFL players "For Getting to the Top of His Field".
In the early 80s when producers/creators Glen Charles, Les Charles and James Burrows were developing the soon-to-be hit sitcom, “Cheers”, Dryer, along with two other actors, were considered for the role of lead character, Sam Malone. Ted Danson ultimately won the role, but Dryer later appeared as sportscaster (and former Red Sox teammate of Sam's) Dave Richards.
Dryer also appeared on the following television series: “CHiPs”, “Laverne and Shirley”, “Lou Grant”, “Hart to Hart”, “Diagnosis Murder”, “Land’s End”, “The Exes”, “Crisis”, “Justice League”, “The Millers”, “Agents of Shield” and “Agent X” . He also starred in many made-for-TV “Hunter” movies.
He also appeared in the action-thriller movie “Death Before Dishonor”, and the “Snake and Mongoose”.
Dryer still resides in Los Angeles and has his own production company (Fred Dryer Productions).
For more information on Fred click: (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0004885/)
Actor / Artist
Walter Clarence Taylor, III, known as Buck Taylor is an American actor best known for his role as gunsmith-turned-deputy Newly O'Brien in 174 episodes during the last eight seasons of CBS's “Gunsmoke” television series (1967–1975). In recent years, he has painted the portrait of his friend and series' star James Arness. (see to the left). He specializes in painting the American West, and each year, he creates the posters for several Texas rodeos.
Mr. Taylor was seen in the following television series: “Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater”, “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet”, “My Favorite Martian”, “The Greatest Show on Earth”, “Going My Way”, “Combat!", “Have Gun - Will Travel”, ”The Rebel”, “Stoney Burke”, “The Fugitive”, “The Legend of Jesse James”, “The Virginian” and “The Big Valley”. He also appeared on “Dallas” and “Walker, Texas Ranger”.
Taylor's long-term role on “Gunsmoke” was not his first role in a weekly series. In the preceding 1966–1967 season, he starred in 10 episodes as John "Brad" Bradford, along with Michael Anderson, Jr. and Barbara Hershey in ABC's “The Monroes”, the story of an orphaned family trying to survive in the Wyoming wilderness.
“Gunsmoke” introduced Taylor on a weekly basis to millions of viewers. Dub Taylor (Buck’s father and well-know character actor) also guest-starred numerous times on the series. Before Taylor was cast as handsome young gunsmith "Newly", he had actually appeared in an earlier segment of the series as an outlaw. As Newly, however, he was clearly one of the "good guys" in the same tradition as James Arness as Matt Dillon. He appeared as Dr. Newly O'Brien in the episode 'The Pillagers' (which is seen in the video to the left).
After “Gunsmoke”, Taylor was cast as the outlaw Dan Clifton, who died at 31, in the 1981 film “Cattle Annie and Little Britches”. Taylor is called "Dynamite Dick" in the film, but Clifton's nickname was "Dynamite Dan." He has appeared in the film “The Triumphs of a Man Called Horse”, “Gettysburg”, and “Gods and Generals”.
He appeared as Ben Lily in January 2008 with his friend Val Kilmer in the CBS miniseries Comanche Moon, another in the "Lonesome Dove" line of television films based on Larry McMurtry novels. Taylor in 2008 worked in three films, "The Hard Ride", "The Last Horseman", and "Legend of Hell's Gate".
Taylor's self-portrait hangs in the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame in Fort Worth. Taylor is also an inductee of the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame in Fort Worth and has received the "Spirit of Texas" Award. In 1993, he received the Golden Boot award which honors the "Best of the West" from the Motion Picture and Television Fund. In 1998, Taylor, Rex Allen, and Christina Paine won the "Cowboy Spirit Award".
In 2000, Taylor was memorialized in "The Trail of Fame" on the streets of Dodge City, the western Kansas town where "Gunsmoke" is set. He has also received the "Spirit of the West" award, along with Jack Palance and Roy Rogers. Additionally, Taylor is recognized on the Hollywood Walk of Fame with his friends Sam Elliott and Katharine Ross. Taylor's star also appears on the streets of "Little Hollywood" in Kanab, Utah. There, his star is between Ronald W. Reagan and Tom Mix.
In 1981, Taylor was inducted as a trustee in the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City for his "Gunsmoke" role. In 2006, he was awarded by the same organization with the "Wrangler" (or Western Heritage Award). Taylor has a plaque on the Walk of Western Stars in Santa Clarita, California, that includes past recipients James Arness and other "Gunsmoke" alumni Dennis Weaver and the late Amanda Blake.
In 1993, Taylor began selling his paintings at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. These paintings are sold through his website, private art shows and festivals, and at galleries. His private commissions can be found in the Loomis Fargo headquarters, the Franklin Mint, John Wayne Enterprises, the American Quarter Horse Association Museum in Amarillo, the National Ranching Heritage Center museum in Lubbock, and in the hands of private collectors Roy Clark, Val Kilmer, Roger Staubach, Powers Boothe, Jasey Wrenn, Sam Elliott, and James Arness. Taylor is the official artist for several rodeos, including the Pendleton Round-Up in Pendleton, Oregon, and state fairs.
Taylor supports the John Wayne Cancer Foundation, the Walt Garrison Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, the Future Farmers of America Scholarship, the Screen Actors Guild Retirement Home, the Ben Johnson Children's Hospital, and Frontier Texas!, a state-of-the-art museum for which Taylor does some of the narration. The museum opened in 2004 in Abilene in Taylor County (coincidence of the name) in West Texas.
For more information on Buck click: (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0852076/)
Kathleen Nolan, is an American actress well-known as “Kate McCoy” on "The Real McCoys" and was in the military sitcom "Broadside". In the last season of "The Real McCoys", Nolan left the series. It was switched from ABC to CBS and moved from Thursday to Sunday evenings opposite "Bonanza" on NBC. In the revised format, her character of Kate was said to have died.
Ms. Nolan was thrown from a horse and injured while making an episode of the series. She missed four months of the program and was "in and out of the hospital many times" before returning to the show.
Kathleen appeared on "McHale's Navy" in its 1963-1964 season which resulted in her own spin-off series "Broadside", she led a strong cast that included Edward Andrews, Dick Sargent, Sheila James (in her last regular television series role), Lois Roberts, Joan Staley, George Furth, Arnold Stang and Jimmy Boyd. It had good ratings but was dropped by Universal Studios after one season.
Nolan made other appearances over the years on such series as "Gunsmoke", "The Lloyd Bridges Show", "The Untouchables", "Breaking Point", "Crossing Jordan", "Ally McBeal", "Chicago Hope", "All My Children", "Murder, She Wrote", "Magnum, P.I.", "The Incredible Hulk", "Quincy M.E.", "The Love Boat", "Charlie's Angels", "The Rockford Files", "The Bionic Woman", "Kolchak: The Night Stalker", "Love, American Style", "Bewitched", "The Big Valley", "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour", "Thriller", "Burke's Law", "Meet McGraw" and "Ben Casey".
Besides acting, Ms. Nolan served for two terms as the first female President of the Screen Actors Guild (1975–79). She also served on SAG's board of directors for 12 years. She is a life member of the Actors Studio and a recipient of the Women in Film Crystal Award. President Carter appointed her to serve on the Board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in 1978.
Robert Pine is an American actor who is best known as Sgt. Joseph Getraer on the hit NBC television series "CHiPs" (check the clip to the left) ; whose job was to keep Ponch and Jon in line. He is married to Gwynne Gilford, who appeared on the show as the wife of Pine's character, Sgt. Joe Getraer. They have two children, Chris Pine (who appears as Capt. Kirk in the new "Star Trek" movies) and Katie.
Pine starred on the soap opera "Days of Our Lives" as Walker Coleman and had guest appearances in many American television shows, including "Gunsmoke", "Lost in Space", "The Silent Force", "The Wild Wild West", "Barnaby Jones", and "Lou Grant". He also appeared on "Knight Rider". On "Magnum, P.I.", he appeared as Thomas Magnum's father in a flashback episode.
In the late 1980s, Pine guest-starred as Peter Morris, Zack's father, in an episode of "Good Morning, Miss Bliss". (The character was subsequently renamed Derek Morris, when John Sanderford took over the role; the show itself, by then, was retitled "Saved By the Bell".) For "Star Trek: Voyager", he guest starred as an Akritirian Ambassador named Liria in the Season 3 episode The Chute. For "Star Trek: Enterprise", he guest-starred as Vulcan Captain Tavin in the Season 1 episode Fusion.
Among his other credits are "Six Feet Under", "Beverly Hills 90210", "Match Game", "Black Scorpion", "Murder She Wrote", "CHIPs 99", "Bold and the Beautiful", "24", "Castle", "NCIS", "Bones", "CSI", "House", "Frozen" (voice of Bishop), and one of my favorites"Christmas Under Wraps" a Hallmark Christmas movie with Candace Cameron Bure.
In 2016 Robert has worked and is working on: "Mother's Day", "The Middle", "Diani & Devine Meet the Apocalypse", "Minkow", and "Graves".
For more information on Robert click: (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0683986/)
Stuntman/Stunt Actor/Stunt Coordinator
Richard "Diamond" Farnsworth, Jr. is a stuntman, stunt actor and stunt coordinator who is the son of late actor and stuntman Richard Farnsworth and the father of stuntwoman Courtney K. Farnsworth. He has stunt doubled for stars such as Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Davison, and David James Elliott. Currently, Farnsworth is serving as Board Member of the Stuntmen's Association of Motion Pictures.
In 2008, Farnsworth received an Emmy Award nomination for the stunt coordination of the "NCIS" episode 'Requiem' (2007), for which Heidi Moneymaker, Steve Kelso, and Paul Lacovara performed stunts.
Actor / Writer
Tommy Cook, an award-winning actor, created an Emmy-nominated television series, films, and directed Celebrity-Pro sports events for charities worldwide.
Tommy was discovered at an early age by radio legend, Arch Oboler, who starred him in several network dramas, calling him a “genius”. At age ten, he won the role as the original ‘Little Beaver’ in “The Adventures of Red Ryder” serial at Republic Studios. Tommy went on to act in almost 3000 radio programs, and record lead voices in cartoon series. He was ‘Little Beaver’ in the “Red Ryder” ABC radio series, ‘Alexander’ in the CBS "Blondie" radio show, and ‘Junior” in the NBC “Life or Riley” radio program. He was featured in numerous television shows and starred in five motion pictures. Photoplay Magazine selected his performance in “The Vicious Years” as one of the year’s finest.
A top-ranked junior tennis player, Tommy was California Interscholastic Singles Champion and went undefeated in Jr. Davis Cup competition. After enlisting in the Marine Corps, he won the Camp Pendleton singles crown and was runner-up in the All-Navy Tournament.
With his tour of duty over, he continued his passion, creating the original concept for what later became ABC’s “Mod Squad”. He first sold a series starring himself entitled “Young Man with a Badge” to NBC. A long writer’s strike cut short the show’s future.
Tommy then originated the Man vs. Woman tennis challenge by signing Bobby Riggs against Billie Jean King in a winner-take-all match. “The Battle of the Sexes” at the Houston Astrodome was played before the largest crowd in tennis history. The huge media event revitalized Women’s Sports.
Tommy followed with his Emmy-nominated CBS series, “The Challenge of the Sexes” and the top-rated prime time specials, “Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes”.
A visionary, Tommy created the story and marketing strategy for Universal’s “Rollercoaster”. The film ignited development of coaster-themed amusement parks opening up around the nation.
After this success, he sold his original screenplay, “Balls” to Paramount, which was renamed “Players”. Tommy served as Associate Producer and directed the 2nd Unit tennis action during the Wimbledon Championships, the first company ever permitted to film at the world’s most prestigious Grand Slam Event.
Tommy stayed alive in the tennis world, directing and emceeing some of the most rewarding celebrity-pro-charity tennis events throughout the world. The tournaments were hosted by personalities including Clint Eastwood, Charlton Heston, Bill Cosby, Lloyd, Beau and Jeff Bridges, Merv Griffin, John Forsythe, Michael Landon, HRH Prince Ranier and Princess Grace, Liza Minelli, Dionne Warwick, tennis greats Chris Evert, Jimmy Connors and Martina Navratilova. Some of these events included television specials.
Tommy was chosen to narrate the final moments of Grand Sap Championships for the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Tommy is a longtime member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Writers Guild of America, Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters – Diamond Circle Award. He has a computer whiz son who runs an internet company overseas and a daughter he adopted as an orphan from Ecuador.
He also appeared in the films “Humoresque”, “Michael O’Halloran”, “Cry of the City”, “Bad Boy”, “Stalag 17”, “Teen-age Crime Wave”, “Mohawk” and “Night Passage”.
Besides the radio serials mentioned above he also participated in the following radio serials: “Lux Radio Theatre”, “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet”, “Arch Oboler’s Plays” and “Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar”.
He also provided voice-overs for the following cartoons: "The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure", "The New Adventures of Huckleberry Finn", "The Banana Splits Adventure Hour", "The Funky Phantom", "Jeannie", "Jabberjaw", "CB Bears" and "Fred Flintstone and Friends".
For more info on Tommy click: (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0177320/)
Singer / Entertainer
The entertainment at the banquet will be Rob Haynes and The Flash. He does 1950s Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley rock-a-billy and rock and roll tunes. He has entertained crowds on two continents with his piano playing and singing abilities.
He has shared the stage with James Burton, Steve Cropper, Vince Gill, Paul Shaffer, Trace Adkins, Delbert McClinton and played for Jerry Lee Lewis on his Birthday.
In the early years, Rob started out playing clubs and evolved into working for the Adams Mark Chain, Horseshoe Casino for 16 years, Caesars Hotels and Casinos, Ballys, as well as Sheraton Hotels and Casinos. He also played at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis and toured extensively in Europe and the US.
Awards and Achievements
Rob, has played The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee which is the home of country music and the Grand Ole Opry. Shreveport's Municipal Auditorium, a legendary venue with a proud history of its own including birthplace of the Louisiana Hayride.
In 2014, Rob was awarded the James Burton Foundation's Humanitarian Award.
Rob is currently playing at Jerry Lee Lewis' Club on Beale Street in Memphis Tennessee.
ROOSEVELT "ROSEY" GRIER
Actor / Singer / Writer / Minister
Roosevelt "Rosey" Grier is an American actor, singer, Christian minister, and former professional American football player. He was a notable college football player for The Pennsylvania State University who earned a retrospective place in the National Collegiate Athletic Association 100th anniversary list of 100 most influential student athletes. As a professional player, Grier was a member of the New York Giants and the original Fearsome Foursome of the Los Angeles Rams. He played in the Pro Bowl twice.
After Rosey's professional sports career he worked as a bodyguard for Robert Kennedy during the 1968 presidential campaign and was guarding the senator's wife, Ethel Kennedy, during the Robert F. Kennedy assassination. Although unable to prevent that killing, he took control of the gun and subdued the shooter, Sirhan Sirhan.
As a singer he recorded a tribute to Robert Kennedy, 'People Make the World' (written by Bobby Womack), was his only chart single, peaking at No. 128 in 1968. He also sang the song 'It's All Right to Cry' for the children's album and TV program "Free to Be… You and Me".
Mr. Grier is known for his serious pursuit of hobbies not traditionally associated with men. He has authored several books, including Rosey Grier's Needlepoint for Men in 1973. He became an ordained Christian minister in 1983 and travels as an inspirational speaker. He founded American Neighborhood Enterprises, a nonprofit organization that serves inner city youth. He was also a featured speaker at the 1984 Republican National Convention; during its evening session on August 20, 1984, he endorsed President Ronald Reagan for re-election.
Mr. Grier has appeared in a number of films and television shows. One of the first football stars to successfully make the transition to acting, he made about 70 television guest appearances. He has appeared on the television series: "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.", "I Dream of Jeannie", "Make Room for Granddaddy", "Match Game 74", "Movin' On", "Quincy M.E., "Kojak", "CHIPs" and "The White Shadow". He became a regular cast member on the series Daniel Boone (check the clip to the left), he became very good friends with Darby Hinton (Darby posted this on his Facebook page: I have finally talked my big teddy bear of a friend, Rosey Greer, into joining me at one of my favorite signing shows next year. Pastor Greer has never appeared at an autograph show with me before because he very rarely does them, if at all.)
Mr. Grier starred in films including "Desperate Mission", "Carter's Army", "Skyjacked", "The Thing with Two Heads", "The Treasure of Jamaica Reef", "The Glove", "Roots: The Next Generations" and "The Seekers".
Mr. Grier has also written a number of books, and now travels the United States as an inspirational speaker. He is a co-founder of American Neighborhood Enterprises, an organization that works to help disadvantaged city dwellers buy homes and receive vocational training. Grier was ordained a Christian minister in 1983, and the next year he founded his nonprofit resource center for inner-city teens, developing spiritual and educational programs for disadvantaged youths.
He has been honored by Penn State as recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1974, and the Alumni Fellow Award in 1991. He was named to the NCAA's "List of the 100 Most Influential Student-Athletes” published to commemorate the NCAA's 100th anniversary. In 1997, he was inducted into the New Jersey Sports Hall of Fame.
For more info on "Rosey" click: (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0340952/bio)
“Being a stuntman in Hollywood is a tough job. It’s hard on the body and you have to love the work, because you’ll never be a recognizable star except, perhaps, by the unbelievable feats that you perform when doubling for someone else who is a star”.
Following in his father’s footsteps, Diamond Farnsworth has been working full-time as a stuntman since 1968 and stunt coordinator since 1980, appearing in 49 feature films including "The Astronaut Farmer", "The Dukes of Hazard: The Beginning", "Pearl Harbor", "Batman Forever", "The Usual Suspects", and "The Fugitive" where he had a big fight scene with Harrison Ford. He has also appeared in over 500 episodes of primetime TV, including 212 episodes of the most popular dramatic crime procedural on TV today, "NCIS" (as Mark Harmon’s stunt double and the stunt coordinator) [see picture to left], 227 episodes of "JAG" (stunt double for David James Elliot), and 44 episodes of "Quantum Leap" as well as "Bonanza" and "How The West Was Won". He has also doubled for Sylvester Stallone, Jameson Parker, Kevin Costner, Dennis Quaid, Jeff Bridges and Scott Bakula. A master of his craft, Diamond was nominated for an Emmy as the Outstanding Stunt Coordinator of the Year in 2008.
While he rides horses and has done “darn near everything” as a stuntman, his favorite stunt work these days is driving. He loves NASCAR cars, which he drives in commercials. “Driving those cars really helped me appreciate what those guys go through,” he says.
For more information on Diamond click: (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0267889/)
Bernie Kopell is well-known for his roles as Siegfried in "Get Smart" (see the clip to the left) from 1966 to 1969 and his longest-running role as Dr. Adam Bricker ("Doc"), opposite Gavin MacLeod's character in ABC's "The Love Boat" from 1977 to 1986.
Before becoming known for his "The Love Boat" role, Kopell appeared in many television series, often sitcoms. He appeared on "Ripcord", "That Girl", "The Jack Benny Program", "Green Acres", "Our Man Higgins", "The Flying Nun", "Ben Casey", "My Favorite Martian", "Petticoat Junction", "Bewitched", "The Streets of San Francisco", "Room 222", "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "Kojak".
After "The Love Boat", Kopell was so recognizable that he was not in roles often without a nod to his famous role. He appears as a coroner in "Charmed". In a dream sequence of "Fresh Prince of Bel Air", Kopell made a parody cameo of himself as an actor who played a ship's doctor so many times he offers to perform an operation for real, while in a 1994 episode of "Saturday Night Live" he appeared as "Doc" during a "Love Boat"-themed spoof of "Star Trek: The Next Generation".
For more information on Bernie click: (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0465728/)
John Buttram is as much a fixture at the Memphis Film Festival as his Uncle Pat Buttram was back in the early 1980s. John is a delightful after-dinner speaker and emcee who will again serve in those capacities at this year's show. A southern boy, John grew up with values and a large dose of humor. His grandfather was a Methodist preacher and you can't preach a Methodist sermon without a joke or two. Uncle Pat made a career of humor. His father was in radio, so at age 15, John was put to work as a DJ. John now emcees with a genuine appreciation of the people involved and the values reflected in "the cowboy way".
Check out "Festival Highlights" for pictures of John at last year's festival.
Bruce William Boxleitner is an American actor, and science fiction and suspense writer. He is known for his leading roles in the television series "How the West Was Won" (see the clip to the left), "Bring 'Em Back Alive", "Scarecrow and Mrs. King" (with Kate Jackson), and "Babylon 5" .
He is also known for his dual role as the characters Alan Bradley and Tron in the 1982 Walt Disney Pictures film "Tron", a role which he reprised in the 2003 video game Tron 2.0, the 2006 Square-Enix/Disney crossover game Kingdom Hearts II, the 2010 film sequel, "Tron: Legacy" and the animated series "Tron: Uprising". In 2011 he officially announced that he will reprise his role as Alan Bradley/Tron in "Tron 3". July 2015 Boxleitner said that he is done with the franchise, as "it's been too up and down for me. I would rather not just keep going. I don't want to repeat my career anymore.
He has appeared in many other TV shows, including "The Mary Tyler Moore Show", "Gunsmoke", "Tales from the Crypt", "Touched by an Angel", "The Outer Limits" and "She Spies", and in 1982, he played Chase Marshall in the TV film "Bare Essence", with Genie Francis. He co-starred in most of "The Gambler" films with Kenny Rogers, where his character provides comic relief. He was a member of the cast of "Heroes" for seasons three and four, playing New York Governor Robert Malden in three episodes. He also appeared on the television series "Chuck" as the father of Devon Woodcomb. He was in such made-for-television films as "The Secret", "Hope Ranch", "Falling in Love with the Girl Next Door", "Pandemic", "Sharpshooter" and "Aces 'n Eights". Mr. Boxleitner was a guest-star on "NCIS" in the fall of 2010. He played Vice Admiral C. Clifford Chase, a high-ranking Navy official.
For more information on Bruce click: (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000310/)
Robert Fuller is well-known for his roles on "Laramie", "Wagon Train" and "Emergency". He was a popular guest at the 2016 festival especially with his "Fuller Fandom" group in attendance. He is always a great guest at the Memphis Film Festival and we are looking forward to seeing him again. (See clip to the left)
Robert Fuller's first small role was as an extra in the 1952 film “Above and Beyond”. This part led to much extra work on many projects, one of which was in “I Love Melvin”. In 1953, he again had another minor part in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”, which starred Marilyn Monroe, but Fuller's career was put on hold for service in the United States Army. He did a tour of duty in Korea and returned to the United States in 1955. Though he considered giving up on acting, Fuller, at the suggestion of his best friend, Chuck Courtney, attended Richard Boone's acting classes. Fuller's first speaking role was in “Friendly Persuasion” , where he worked with his future "Laramie" co-star John Smith and another close friend, Doug McClure.
Robert was offered an opportunity to co-star opposite Academy Award-winner Ray Milland, in the CBS detective series, “Markham”. However, Fuller quickly turned down the role because he wanted to be in westerns. He was second choice for the role of Lorne Greene's youngest cocky, impish son, Little Joe Cartwright on NBC's “Bonanza”, but he lost the role to another young, unfamiliar actor Michael Landon. About this same time, Fuller landed the co-starring role of Jess Harper on “Laramie” as Fuller was cast opposite another of his best friends, John Smith.
For more information on Robert click: ( http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0298333/)