Friday, October 19, 2007

I Just Had Lunch With Anthony Zerbe

Yes, the magnificent character actor who beat up Paul Newman in THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JUDGE ROY BEAN. Mr. Ward called just as I was leaving, and I had the smug pleasure of saying, "Sorry, I'm just about to walk out the door to have lunch with Anthony Zerbe." Mr. Ward, who knows all, immediately began extolling, and describing at wondrous length, Mr. Zerbe's role in the miniseries "Centennial" and the TV movie starring the rock band KISS. At lunch, the main topics of conversation were the great artists John Huston and Shakespeare, as well as Mr. Zerbe's mentorship of "blog" "fave" actor Paul LeMat, most famous for his iconic role in AMERICAN GRAFFITI. Mr. Zerbe is an excellent storyteller, as one would expect. It was a wonderful lunch, all under the auspices of Tom Franklin.