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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS HIGHLY EXPRESSIVE IRISHMAN:
Storyline: The consummate character player hones his acting chops through a pure focus on his thespian skills, after earlier using the pen, as well as the stage, as his artistic proving/grounds.

cJohn C. Reilly (1965) - American actor. Outer: 5th of 6 children, from a South Side workingclass Chicago Irish Catholic family. Father owned a laundry and commercial linen house, where his son sometimes worked as a teenager. Benefited from being one of the youngest, in being given a lot of freedom while growing up, and also got used to not getting noticed, an odd skill for the profession he ultimately chose, and one he viewed as a compliment for his ability to completely disappear into his characters. Arrested several times for juvenile mischief. Began acting in his own all-boy’s high school, as well neighboring all-girl’s high schools. Although his father wanted him to get a business degree, he had his heart set on the theater. Graduated De Paul Univ. with a B.A. in Fine Arts, then studied at the Goodman School of Drama, and later worked at the Steppenwolf Theater. Initially extremely hungry for work and recognition, but soon realized that quality projects would give him what he needed. 6’2”. Made his film debut in 1989 in Casualties of War, after submitting a videotaped audition. Married producer Alison Dickey, whom he met on the production, and then went on to do some 30 films in the next 15 years. Two children from union. Often plays cops, although has shown a considerable range when being given the opportunity to do so. Appeared on stage in Samuel Shepard’s “True West” with Philip Seymour Hoffman, with the 2 interchanging roles of the 2 brothers in alternating performances. His career picked up after the turn of the century with memorable turns in several popular films, including a song-and-dance run in Chicago, as he slowly builds his reputation around his extraordinary ordinariness, using it to excellent effect on both stage and screen. The older he gets, the more he resembles his earlier go-round in this series. Inner: Subtle, good-humored, self-effacing. Always trying to top himself, despite his desire to remain largely unnoticed, his skills have dictated otherwise. Under the radar lifetime of employing his theatrical skills as his main arena of expression, in a life dedicated to sheer acting, after earlier sliding onto the stage from other venues of communication. cThomas Mitchell (1892-1962) - American actor. Outer: Parents were Irish immigrants, father was a merchant, mortician and newspaperman. 2nd of 7 children. Began as a newspaper reporter in 1909 with his hometown paper, although it had to print 5 retractions his first 2 weeks, thanks to a propensity for over-dramatizing stories. Worked for several more papers, and made his theatrical debut in 1912. Served in the army during WW I. Co-wrote a number of plays which were both produced on stage and later turned into film. 5’10”. Also collaborated on several screenplays after he had begun his secondary career as a character actor on the stage, which initially had been a hobby for him. Made his film debut in Cloudy With Showers, which he had co-authored as a play in 1932, but felt his literary talents were being wasted in Hollywood and returned to NYC as a stage actor in the early 1930s. In 1936, he had a change of heart and returned to Hollywood, where he focused on filmwork for the next decade. A highly memorable support, who won an Academy Reward for Best Supporting Actor in 1939 for playing a drunken doctor in Stagecoach. Worked several times with fellow character actor H.B. Warner (Philip Seymour Hoffman) most notably in Lost Horizon. Suffered a fractured skull in 1940 during a carriage ride in rehearsal. After 1947, he divided his work between TV and theater, and ultimately won a trifecta Emmy in 1952 and Tony in 1953 to go along with his Oscar. An avid art collector, he only did 9 films the last 13 years of his career. Also served as a council member of Actor’s Equity from 1933 to 1938 and 1953 to 1958. Died of cancer. Inner: Informal, rumpled and cheerful. Could sight read and memorize large sections of script at a glance. Skilled in all he undertook in the realm of self-expression, with a particular penchant for giving life and personality to support characters. Second banana lifetime of finding direct expression through emoting, despite an innate skill with the written word and a great love for visual language as well. Thomas Holcroft (1745-1809) - English playwright, musician and actor. Outer: Father was a shoemaker and stabler, who ultimately fell into reduced circumstances, and became a traveling peddler with his family. Began his working life as a stableboy, using his spare time to teach himself music, as well as read widely, so that he was self-educated in a number of languages. Rejoined his sire three years later when he returned to his original trade, then wed his cousin at 20, and became a teacher at a small Liverpool school. After failing to set up his own private school, he served as a prompter for a Dublin theater, before becoming a strolling player in the provinces. Came to London in 1776, and had difficulty initially in his desire to perform at David Garrick’s (Richard Burton) Drury Lane Theater, but his combination of skills finally saw flower two years later in a musical farce called, “The Crisis.” Remained a supporting player, because of his harsh and unsympathetic portrayals, much to his frustration, while seeing another piece produced. Served as an English correspondent in Paris, where he drank in the theater, seeing Pierre Beaumarchais’s (Joe Orton) “Marriage of Figaro” so often he memorized it, allowing him to present a translation of it. Finally won his long-sought recognition at Covent Garden with that translation, “The Follies of the Day,” which allowed him to become a full-time playwright. Also penned several novels based on his own experiences. Served as a mentor to young Thomas Abthorpe Cooper (Philip Seymour Hoffman), who lived in the household of his longtime friend William Godwin (Betty Friedan). Introduced Cooper to the theater, which would later absorb his professional life, although later had a falling-out with Godwin. Married 4 times, and his oldest son from the second marriage, who was the same age as Cooper, committed suicide in 1789, after robbing him in order to escape to the New World. Initially sympathetic to the French Revolution, and active around its promulgation, he wound up indicted for high treason and held in Newgate Prison in 1794, although was later released without facing trial. His later works failed to transcend his reputation as a radical, and he ultimately wound up setting up a printing business with a brother-in-law. Managed a reconciliation with Godwin, just before dying after a long illness. One of his daughters, Fanny, became a writer, as well. Inner: Stern, fierce, petulant, irascible, upright and candid. Pen-firmly-in-hand lifetime of exploring both the real world and the artifice of the stage, only to discover that not only did the two not mix, but were self-negating as well, making him far more circumspect in his combining his talents in future go-rounds in this series, as well as allowing a brighter side of his nature shine forth to far better actorly effect.

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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS CROSS-PURPOSE CHAMELEON:
Storyline: The careful craftsman knows how to bring nuance and detail to each of his characterizations, as he takes full advantage of the gamut of roles continually offered him only to ultimately self-destruct, after earlier finding his stagecraft limited by typecasting, despite the relish and skill he has always brought to his art.

cPhilip Seymour Hoffman (1967-2014) - American actor. Outer: Of Irish descent. Father was a former Xerox executive, mother was a family court judge, with the former a Protestant, and the latter Catholic, although they did not raise their children in either religion. His parents divorced in 1976, and he was raised by his mother. 3rd of 4, including an older brother, writer and theater director Gordy Hoffman. Good athlete in high school, ultimately becoming a wrestler, until an injury turned him towards acting. Graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of Drama with a B. of Fine Arts, and settled in NYC. 5’10”. Thanks to an over/riding love of performing, he found himself totally inept in auxiliary lines of work, such as waiting and being a lifeguard, while he awaited his chance to publicly strut his stuff. Finally overcame an addiction to alcohol, as well as heroin, and his career took off. Made his film debut in 1991 with Triple Bogey on a Par 5 Hole. After appearing in Scent of a Woman in 1992, he never had to worry about work again. Appeared on stage with John C. Reilly in Samuel Shepard’s “True West,” with both actors working interchangeably in the parts of the 2 brothers. The duo would also become part of the ongoing ensemble cast for director Paul Thomas Anderson. Built an impressive resume of character parts during the 1990s, showing a chameleonic capacity to totally submerge himself in a variety of roles, from a smitten gay porn crew member to a flamboyant drag queen, to more conventional portrayals, limning his characters through subtle nuances of speech, as well as an amorphous physicality. Had a son with costume designer Mimi O’Donnell, and later a daughter. Co-artistic director of NY’s LABrynth Theater, which was founded in 1992 and grew to pre-eminence as an ensemble facility. Served as a director for several of its productions, and subsequently an actor in them as well. In 2002, he had his first real starring role in a screenplay written by his brother, Gordy, Love Liza, as the despondent survivor of a suicided mate. In 2005, he effectively assayed author Truman Capote in Capote, a film he also co-produced, and won a Best Actor Oscar the following year for his efforts. Made his directorial debut in 2010, with Jack Goes Boating, showing a sure touch for the vagaries of the heart. After years of sobriety he got hooked on heroin again, and in 2013, successfully underwent rehab, only to succumb to its ineluctable draw, while also drinking heavily. Despite a starring role in an unreleased cable series, “Happyish,” his self-destructive behavior totally predominated, with alcohol, Oxycontin and heroin ultimately claiming him. Found by his assistant on the bathroom floor of his fourth floor apartment, with a needle in his left arm, and bags of heroin all over his domicile. Knew he was going to die if he kept up his habit, and yet ultimately was helpless in the face of powdered death. Left nothing of his $35 million estate to his three children, because he didn’t want them to become trust fund kids. Inner: Friendly, outgoing, and highly self-critical with the ability to project an extremely malleable physicality on the screen, so as to thoroughly reflect his characters. Unable, however, to ultimately transcend a need to obliterate himself. Dedicated craftsman lifetime of being allowed to express the full gamut of his skills, after earlier being limited by his earlier success, only to opt for oblivion as his final curtain call. Inner: Friendly, outgoing, and highly self-critical with the ability to project an extremely malleable physicality on the screen, so as to thoroughly reflect his characters. Dedicated craftsman lifetime of being allowed to express the full gamut of his skills, after earlier being limited by his earlier success. cH.B. Warner (Henry Byron Warner-Lickford) (1876-1958) - English actor. Outer: Father was Charles Warner, a well-known British actor/manager. Brother J.B. Warner also became an actor. Made his stage debut at the age of 7 in his sire’s theater. Slightly over 6’, slim. Studied medicine at London’s Univ. College, but the genetic lure of the theater proved far more appealing, and he went on to fashion a successful career on both the British and American stage. In 1919, he married actress Rita Stanwood, two children from the union, which ended in divorce in 1933. Married and divorced a 2nd time to F.R. Hamlin. Began his American film career in the silent era with The Lost Paradise in 1914, and reached a peak in 1927 in Cecil B. De Mille’s King of Kings, where he played Jesus, which so typecast him, he became pigeonholed in chaste characters afterwards, totally limiting his potential for a far more memorable career, as his projected dark side would get no more actorly light. Made the easy transition into talkies, and switched from leads to character parts. Best remembered as the ancient Chang in Lost Horizon in 1937. Appeared with fellow character actor Thomas Mitchell (John C. Reilly) in several films, most notably the previous mentioned. Settled in the U.S. and enjoyed a long active career, making his presence felt in dozens of movies, despite the bounds placed on his considerable abilities. Inner: Inner: Friendly, outgoing, and kind, with a sense of nobility about him. Busy but blunted lifetime lifetime of falling victim to typecasting and never really being given the full run of his considerable abilities, which he would redress the next time around. Thomas Abthorpe Cooper (1776-1849) - English/American actor and manager. Outer: Father was a surgeon of Irish descent who died in India in 1787, leaving the family destitute. Oldest of 3. At 12, he became the ward of William Godwin (Betty Friedan), his mother’s cousin, who gave him a solid grounding in both languages and the plays of William Shakespeare (William Butler Yeats). Introduced to the theater by playwright Tom Holcroft (John C. Reilly), a friend of Godwin’s. At 16, with Holcroft’s help, he began his apprenticeship in Edinburgh, and made his debut in a small part in one of Holcroft’s most popular vehicles, “Road to Ruin.” Had the usual difficulties launching his career, but once he found his niche as a tragedian, beginning with Holcroft securing him the role of Hamlet in 1795, his career became assured. Had a noble countenance, and an unusual dignity, as well as a fine voice, and a graceful physical presence. Convinced by fellow actor Thomas Wignell (Jimmy Stewart) to come to America in 1796, he made his debut in Baltimore playing Macbeth, then did the same in Philadelphia, making his initial home there, before moving to NYC, after a fall-out with Wignell over roles and salary. One final stab in London in 1803 showed him America was where his future lay, and he spent the rest of his career there. Able to play both classical and contemporary parts, he became an American citizen, and quickly built up a reputation as the premier tragedian of his time. His habit of waving to and winking at friends, and occasionally not learning his roles, however, did not sit well with purist critics. Married Joanna Upton, who left him a widower, before he wed Mary Fairlie, who had been a NY society belle, in 1812. That union elevated his social status considerably, and he wound up living well in a fashionable section of NYC. His second marriage produced 2 sons and 6 daughters, one of whom, Priscilla (Jane Wyatt) eventually married the son of future Pres. John Tyler (Robert Byrd). Eventually, his popularity began to wane, although he enjoyed one last hurrah playing Othello to Edwin Forrest’s (Marlon Brando) Iago, while taking over a failing theater. His final performance was in 1835, before spending his final years as Inspector of the NY Custom House. Lost most of his fortune in the Panic of 1837, reducing his family to near starvation, while he lost his huge Broadway mansion, and was forced to live in a cottage. Died after a several month illness, in the arms of two of his daughters. Ultimately played in all the states of the early abbreviated United States, and while others superseded him in abilities, none were willing to try as many parts as he. Inner: Candid and proud, with a quick, incisive intelligence. A gambler at heart, as well as a strong family man. Curiously unprofessional at times, despite a deep dedication to craft. Transatlantic lifetime of tying his fortunes to the theater of the New World, and doing quite handsomely through his solid innate abilities.

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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS ADEPT CHEVALIER:
Storyline: The headlong horseman has a bumpy ride, alternately playing it for sorrow and laughs, while having a great deal of trouble fencing in his restless nature, before finding a mechanical mount much more amenable to his considerable ongoing athletic and entrepreneurial skills.

Tony Hawk (Anthony Frank Hawk) (1968) American skateboarder, actor and entrepreneur. Outer: Descendant of Henry Hudson (Carl Peters), an early American explorer. Father was a salesman, who later started the National Skateboarding Association to support his famous son. Youngest of four, with two sisters and a brother. Angry, intense, stubborn and enraged as a child, he was given a skateboard by his brother at 9, which allowed him to channel both his emotions and his energy into physical activity. His progenitor built him a skating ramp in his backyard, and he soon showed his extraordinary proficiency with it. Such was his skill that at 12, he gained his first in a long series of sponsors, Dogtown Skateboards. By 14, he was a professional, and soon became the preeminent skateboarder of his generation, with several gravity-defying feats to his credit, and ultimately an enormous following among skateboarding’s subculture. His interests, however, were limited to only athletics and music. By the time he was a high school senior, he had made enough money from his endeavors to purchase his own home. 6’3”, lean and highly athletic. In 1990, he married Cindy Dunbar, one son, Riley, from the union, which ended in divorce in 1993. Riley would follow in his father’s large footsteps and ultimately skate for one of his companies. Founded Birdhouse Projects with a partner in 1994, which would ultimately become Birdhouse Skateboards. In order to publicize his sport, he created his own film and TV production company, 900 Films, which would be named after one of the tricks he had mastered, a full 900 degree two-a-half rotation jump, a feat that he was the first to successfully perform. In addition to his other entrepreneurial endeavors, he also began an eponymous clothing line with his family, as well as other merchandising deals, and is the sponsor of Tony’s BoomBoom Huckjam Tour, the most popular of the traveling shows of its kind. Added videogames to his empire, and has appeared in a goodly number of commercials, as the most recognizable face of his sport. In 1996, he married Erin Lee, two sons from the second union, which also ended in divorce in 2004. By 1999, he had retired from competition, after winning 73 pro contests out of 103 entered, along with 19 second place finishes. At century’s turn, he co-wrote his autobiography, "HAWK: Occupation: Skateboarder," which became a bestseller. Several more tomes would later follow. In 2002, he launched the Tony Hawk Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing skateboard parks to low-income communities, and also helped found Athletes for Hope, which brings together well-known athletes and businesses for charitable purposes. Has appeared in the films and TV episodes of others, including the sequel to Jackass, a melange of skateboarders who were cowboy stars of the earlier days of films. Also created a web site for sports clips, and has his own radio show on the Sirius Satellite network called Tony Hawk’s Demolition Radio. In 2005, he married Lhotse Merriam, a marketer and entrepreneur, one daughter from the union. Ironically, he would carry the same name as his horse from his previous go-round in this series, in an unconscious nod on his part to his ability to become a seminal figure in the entertainment business, no matter the steed he chooses to ride. In 2010, he dumped his third wife for his best friend and business partner, Matt Goodman’s inamorata, Cathy, and initiated divorce proceedings the following year, while his lifelong friend indicated he was cool with the relationship. Has a net worth of $120 million. Inner: Volatile, highly competitive, and equally entrepreneurial, with the ability to channel his considerable emotions into whatever he undertakes. Pipeline lifetime of finding continual outlets for his restless energy, and entertainment and entrepreneurial skills, while still struggling with personal intimate relationships. vTom Mix (1880-1940) - American actor. Outer: Father was a poor lumberman, giving him an impoverished upbringing. Always had an affinity for horses, and they him. Dropped out of school after the 4th grade, and eventually enlisted in the military, where he served in the artillery as a career sergeant, although never saw any action, and ultimately deserted in his early 20s. 6’, 165 lbs. Married Grace Allin at 22, but the union was soon annulled, then married Kitty Perinne in 1905, but that union quickly ended in divorce. Served briefly as a Texas Ranger and in his mid-20s, joined a Wild West Show, winning the national riding and roping championship in 1909. Married a 3rd time in his late 20s, to actress Olive Stokes, one daughter from the union which ended in divorce a decade later. Joined another Wild West show the same year, and was hired by the Selig Company to round up cattle for a film, Custer’s Last Stand, in which he was given a supporting role. Soon became a Western star, making over 100 one and two reelers between 1911 and 1917, many of which he produced and directed. Married a 4th time in his late 30s, to actress Victoria Forde, one daughter, divorced in 1931. Had a humorous touch to his films, which gradually improved in quality and pace as he became more used to the new medium and its storytelling possibilities. Rarely used doubles for his stunts, and often suffered injuries in his productions. Joined Fox Studios when Selig went out of business, and became the silent screen’s favorite Western star. Put great attention to both locale and detail in his oaters, with topnotch directors and an ace cameraman. Very much in command of his vehicles, creating a highly successful formula of nonstop pacing to provide clean, escapist entertainment, that set the pattern for Westerns over the next few decades. Primarily a comic performer, despite his reputation as an action star. Made his 5th and last marriage in his early 50s, to Mabel Hubbard West. Shot his final silent films for F.B.O., then toured with the Ringling Brothers Circus for 3 years with his famous horse, Tony. Did a number of talkie Westerns over a 2 year period and then retired in his mid-50s. Died in a freak accident as the result of a car crash, when he swerved to avoid a bridge under construction, and a heavy suitcase on a luggage rack behind him dislodged and broke his neck. Inner: Good-humored, never took himself seriously. Restless, seemingly always off riding elsewhere in his personal life. Home on the range lifetime of finding a happy balance between his skills and his ambitions by looking for laughter rather than thrills to entertain his audiences, although unable to rope himself in for a satisfactory domestic existence. vAndrew Ducrow (1793-1842) - English equestrian performer. Outer: Father was a Belgian strongman known as ‘the Flemish Hercules,’ who emigrated to England the year his son was born, and trained him from infancy in tumbling, riding and rope dancing. His sire, however, was a sadistic disciplinarian, horsewhipping his son once backstage for clumsiness after he fell off a horse and broke his leg during a performance. Strong but slight, 5’8”, inherited his father’s sense of courage. Developed his own equestrian act, called ‘The Courier of St. Petersburg,’ which has served as a model ever since. While straddling two cantering horses, other horses bearing flags of the countries a courier would traverse on his way to Russia, would pass between his legs. Appeared in circuses all over Europe, as well as England, but is best remembered as the proprietor of Astley’s (Clint Eastwood) Amphitheatre for 17 years. Worked with 3 of his siblings, including brother John, a clown, as well as his wife, Miss Griffith, an equestrienne, whom he married in his mid-20s, 3 children and an adopted son from the union. After his first wife died in 1836, he married another equestrienne named Woolford. Spent almost his entire career on the British Isles. When the Amphitheatre was destroyed by fire for the 3rd time in 1841, and an old female servant died in the conflagration, he suffered a mental breakdown, becoming overly obsessive and then unhinged. Died soon after of a paralytic stroke. Inner: Passionate, full of rage, thanks to his upbringing. Doting father himself, excellent draftsman, complex and neurotic. Hard-riding lifetime of working out his own inner demons through grueling physical performance, only to ultimately succumb to his innate sense of imbalance.

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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS SHUFFLER TURNER WARRIOR:
Storyline: The strong-willed prince has the self-confidence and ability to do it all in the show business milieu, bringing his ancient gladiator sensibilities to full maturity, after a compromised go-round as a transcendental dancer saddled with a childlike persona.

vWill Smith (1968) - American singer and actor. Outer: Of African/American descent. Mother worked for the Philadelphia Board of Education. Father, who ran a refrigerator company, had been in the air force and maintained a very military household, giving his son a strong sense of discipline. 2nd of 4 children, including a pair of younger twins. His sire owned a refrigeration company and his mother was a school administrator. the two separated when he was 13, but remained strong elements in his life, particularly close with his mother. Grew up in a black middleclass neighborhood, but went to a Catholic elementary school, before going to a local high school, so that his initial education was in an all-white environment, followed by an all-black evironment, giving him an integrative sense of himself as a racial bridge. 6’2”. Earned his nickname, ‘Fresh Prince’ in high school, through his strong regal sense of self, and innate self-salesmanship. Turned down a scholarship to MIT to pursue a career in music, and began his show business career as a rapper as part of DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince. Parlayed his success into a multi-season starring role on the TV sitcom, “Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” beginning in 1990 by playing a street kid living with rich relatives. Made his movie debut 2 years later, in Where the Day Takes You, as a homeless wheelchair bound cripple. His multi-media assault led to action stardom in films later in the 1990s, including Independence Day and Men in Black, as he became king of the summer blockbusters. Married actress Sherre Smith in 1992, divorced 3 years later, one son from the union. In 1997, he married actress Jada Pinkett, son and daughter from union, with the former, Jaden, appearing with him in The Pursuit of Happyness, as such, and the latter, Willow, making her singing debut at 9 with a You Tube sensation. The duo went on to create the Will & Jada Smith Foundation in 1997 to help urban youth and their families, primarily in their respective hometowns of Philadelphia and Baltimore. As symbol of his turn-around from his previous go-round, he starred as boxer Muhammed Ali in Ali in 2001, turning in the most complete performance of his career, while reflecting an ancient warrior sensibility that probably lies at the root of his being. By 2007, he was the number one box office attraction in the world, thanks to a huge overseas following, and his ability to believably appear in virtually any genre and guarantee huge numbers for his efforts. Along with his wife, started a charter school, New Village Academy in California, which was originally a home school for his children, while weathering charges that it had a Scientology agenda, despite denials on his part that he was at all involved in the controversial sect. Ended his long run of summer blockbuster hits in 2013, with After Earth costarring his son, in a seeming rejection by his audience surrounding his ambition to make his family Hollywood royalty. Below blockbuster reception to his next offering also signaled the end of superstars carrying vehicles in favor of franchise branding with established audience appeal, as he remains a Hollywood bellwether for what sells and what doesn’t. Has a net worth of $250 million. Inner: Highly ambitious and self-confident, and extremely driven to be a complete star, ranging from action to comedy, with the desire to be both dazzling and eclectic. Carefully plots out his career, as a self-styled “student of universal patterns.” Filled with doubts and fears, but has the inherent warrior make-up to face them and deal with them. Make-up lifetime of reasserting his royal sense of self, after earlier playing to the crowds for public approval and diminishing himself in the process. vBill ‘Bojangles’ Robinson (Luther Robinson) (1878-1949) - American dancer. Outer: Grandson of slaves. Father was a machine-shop operator, mother sang in a local church. 2 siblings. Orphaned as a baby and raised by a grandmother, who disapproved of his dancing in the streets for money. Quit school before he was 8, and ran away to Washington, D.C., where he worked as a stable boy. After a fight with his brother Bill, he took on his name. Fascinated by minstrel shows, he learned the dances and routines by observing, and by 13 was appearing on stage in NYC, where he was nicknamed ‘Bojangles,’ for his happy-go-lucky mien. Married Lena Chase in 1907, divorced 15 years later. Worked for a decade as a waiter in Richmond, Va., then in 1908, met his lifelong manager and tutor. Became a headline performer on the vaudeville circuit, where he was billed as the ‘Dark Cloud of Joy.’ By his 30s, he was a legendary entertainer, and considered one of the world’s foremost tap dancers, with an ebullient vitality and a remarkable sense of rhythm, although he was criticised for his mugging and tomming to audiences, as well as the simplicity of his dancing. Married Fannie Clay in 1922, divorced in 1943, took to the streets with his wife to feed people during the Depression. From 1929 to 1943, he appeared in 14 Hollywood features, most memorably playing off of child star Shirley Temple, while exhibiting a childlike personality himself. Became the first African-descended performer to break Hollywood’s unwritten rule about solo performances. Always well-paid for his screen efforts, although he never transcended the stereotype in them. Returned to Broadway in 1939, and also worked the NY World’s Fair of that year. His last performance was in “Stormy Weather.” Married again in 1944 to Elaine Plaines. Suffered from a chronic heart condition, ultimately dying penniless, thanks to a gambling habit, of a heart ailment while performing onstage at a charity benefit. His body lay in state in Harlem afterwards, and he had the largest funeral in the his/story of NYC, paid for by pop impresario Ed Sullivan. Inner: Joyful, simple, energetic, infectiously buoyant, but also foul-tempered. Seen as cold and egotistical by his fellow tapsters, and was also a compulsive gambler and drinker who often carried a gun. Claimed to have been shot 4 times, and slashed by razors a dozen times, although never stabbed, in his publicly unseen pugnacity. Compromised lifetime of bringing a childlike enthusiasm to his athletic grace in building a bridge over into an alternate culture via his physical skills, while remaining a little boy at heart, with a hidden violent temper. William ‘Juba’ Lane (William Henry Lane) (1825-1852) - American dancer. Outer: Of African-American descent. Born a free man in impoverished circumstances. Early life largely unrecorded, but he was probably on his own from a young age. Began his career in Manhattan’s rough’n’tumble Five Points Neighborhood, where he learned the finer points of Irish reel dancing, in the intermixing of poor Irish and black culture there. Danced on the street for small change, and also in the saloons of the area, while taking on the name Juba, a common sobriquet for black entertainers. Since the name was often used, some confusion exists around attributions to him. A quick study, he soon learned to imitate any steps and styles he saw. May have been exploited by showman P. T. Barnum (Bill Veeck), who originally passed him off as white in blackface. Became a minstrel show performer in the 1840s, initially playing the banjo and the tambourine, while using the title Master Juba. Because white men in blackface dominated the initial minstrel world, he, too, was forced to perform in blackface. Learned through imitation, and then established himself via his innovations, particularly his ability to synthesize African rhythms, where the dancer becomes an extension of a drum. Proved to be a remarkable master of movement, while adding a host of steps from other ethnic traditions. Took on all comers in challenge dances and easily defeated them, including the most renowned white dancer of the time, John Diamond. Earned the claim of “Dancinest fellow ever was,” from his promoters. Laughed and made faces during his performances, while synchronizing everything he did with the beat of his feet. Eventually he became so popular, he no longer was forced to wear blackface. In 1845, he became the first black performer to get top billing over white performers in a minstrel show, while touring with the Ethiopian Minstrels. In 1848, he went to England with a white troupe, and entertained music hall venues to mostly rave reviews. On his return to the U.S., he played far lesser arenas as a solo to far more middling reviews and so, eventually settled in London, where he performed with an English dance company and opened his own studio. May have crossed racial lines in his marriage, which is ill-recorded. Died at the tender age of 27, from malnutrition and overwork, thanks to his incredibly taxing schedule, and the inadequate diet it earned, often tavern food of an extremely limited nutritious nature. Much of his life may also be confused with other Jubas of the time, although he was undoubtedly the most talented. Credited with introducing a host of dancing styles, which would feed into tap, jazz and step traditions, while earning the subsequent reputation as the most influential pop dancer of the 19th century. Largely forgotten for nearly a century after his death, until a popular culturalist’s article revived interest in him. Inner: Extremely expressive dancer, with a percussive style and a mastery of any movement he ever witnessed. Often forced to compromise his deep-seated sense of African rhythm with the demands of his white audiences, who saw popular dancing largely as a phenomenon of the knees on down. Tapped out lifetime of showing himself to be an absolute adept in bridging continental dance styles, only to ultimately burn himself out through an excessive need to please and perform, which would carry over into his next go-round in this series as well.

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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS BLATANT VILLAIN TURNED NUANCED HERO:
Storyline: The naturally gifted naturalist bails from his earlier pigeonholing to become an actor of considerable depth and versatility, down to his very physicality and his chameleonic ability to change it, thanks to an extremely insecure upbringing, and a need to constantly prove himself to himself.

vChristian Bale (Christian Charles Philip Bale) (1974) - Welsh/American actor. Outer: Of British descent with some Channel Islander and German ancestry. Distant relative of actress Lillie Langtry (Jacqueline Bisset), while another earlier relative also once trod the boards. Youngest of 4, with 3 older sisters, including Jeanne, who became a circus clown. Father was South African-born, a charming 6’5” hustler, who wanted to be pilot, while his mother was also a circus clown, as well as a dancer, who rode elephants and introduced the various acts. The family moved often, at least 15 times, and sometimes with bailiffs in hot pursuit, because of his sire’s tenuous grip on his breadwinner’s role. Adored the latter, without having the slightest idea of what he did, while maintaining a contentious relationship with his mother, largely through his sire’s influence, who used him against her in their volatile union. Lived in the UK, Portugal and the U.S., allowing him to slip in and out of accents later on in life. Trained in ballet as a child, and was a rugby player. Another sister Louise became an actress and later a director, and he decided on the same profession, although never took any formal lessons. After his first role in his early teens, he became the family support, which caused much distrust on his part of everyone and their true feelings towards him. First appeared in a commercial in 1982, and then made his stage debut 2 years later in “The Nerd.” Two years following he had his first small screen role, playing the doomed Tsarevitch Alexei (Cheryl Crane) in a made-for-TV film, and followed that up with a key part in Steven Spielberg’s Empire of the Sun, beating out 4000 other kids for the role. Found himself overwhelmed by the reaction afterwards and almost gave up acting, before resuming his career, playing Americans, as easily as he did Brits, while deliberately fashioning his various accents specifically for each one of his roles. Moved to Hollywood in 1991 with his father, who became his manager. After divorcing his mother, the latter married feminist icon Gloria Steinem in 2000, despite the fact she had spent her entire career vowing never to wed. Their union, however, was short-lived, since he died a scant three years later from brain lymphoma. 6’1”, with the facility for gaining and losing an astonishing amount of weight for roles, including dropping some 63 pounds for The Machinist, in order to play an insomniac. Able to easily glide into a wide range of characterizations, including Shakespeare, comedy and drama. In 2000, he married Sibi Blazic, a former model, make-up artist and assistant to actress Winona Ryder, one daughter and one son from the union. The same year, he was chosen for one of his more indelible roles, American Psycho, playing a Yuppie serial killer, from the bestseller by Bret Eason Ellis. Became the 7th actor to assay Batman in Batman Begins, to become the first non-American to play that dark crime-fighting icon. Had to immediately bulk up after his Machinist turn and did so, although not without difficulty because of his previous loss of strength. As a counterbalance, he has appeared in several independent productions, in his ongoing desire to fashion a completely unique career for himself on the silver screen, with each succeeding endeavor. Uses an American accent for all interviews related to American characters he plays so as not to confuse his audiences. Deeply depressed over the loss of his Batman sequel costar Heath Ledger in early 2008, he celebrated their box-office record opening weekend of The Dark Knight, by being accused of assault by both his mother and sister, after they had badmouthed his wife, with whom he was having difficulties. No charges were subsequently filed, although he further sullied his image soon afterwards with a recorded expletive-laden explosion on set, against a crew member, which became instant internet fodder. In 2011, he won both a Golden Globe and Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his turn as Dickie Eklund, a former boxer turned addict in The Fighter. Has remained busy and sought-after with a host of films, including a further turn as Bruce Wayne in the Batman series. Has a net worth of $80 million. Inner: Highly insecure, and completely untrusting, because of his unstable upbringing. Good athlete, avid horseman, animal lover and reader, and like his father an active conservationist. The possessor of a strong temper, and subject to moodiness, through the pressure to excel he always puts on himself. Loves challenges, and has fashioned his career accordingly. Act two lifetime of expanding himself on all fronts, both professionally and socially to become far more of a complete human, as well as actor, with a willingness to try anything to literally add weight and depth to himself as a performer, while continually battling the demons of an extremely insecure upbringing. vHenry Daniell (Charles Henry Daniel) (1894-1963) - English/American actor. Outer: Educated at private schools, he began his career on the English stage in 1913 in the provinces, and made his debut in London the following year in a walk-on role. His first starring role happened the day WW I broke out, much to his lasting disappointment. Joined up at the start of WW I, but was invalided out the following year, and spent the war appearing on stage. After the conflict, he emigrated to America, and continued his career on Broadway, beginning in 1921. Toured for 3 years, reappearing in London, before becoming a transatlantic player. 6’. Entered films with the advent of sound in 1929, with Jealousy and quickly became typecast as a suave upper-class villain, thanks to his dark eyes, thin mouth and taut delivery. Married Ann Knox. Best known for his role as Prof. Moriarty, that arch-genius of crime and foe of Sherlock Holmes, appearing as such in the popular series of the late 1930s and early 1940s, with Basil Rathbone (Daniel Radcliffe) and Nigel Bruce (Rupert Grint). Rathbone once remarked that the only superior swordsman to himself in Hollywood was Daniell. His other most notable role was in Jane Eyre. Did a considerable amount of television during the 1950s, always playing to archetype. Died of a heart attack while filming My Fair Lady. Inner: Complete professional, always on time on his sets, and quite impatient when others were not. Noted for his dry, sardonic delivery, allowing him to continually assess reptilian characters. Pigeonholed lifetime of playing to archetype, without allowing him to stretch at all as an actor, making his calling a profession rather than a passionate undertaking, in keeping with his own reigned-in sense of emotionality. Henry Condell (1568-1627) - English actor and theatre co-owner. Outer: Father was a fishmonger. May have been acting as early as his early 20s. Married heiress Elizabeth Smart in 1596, and within two years was appearing regularly on the stage. Nine children from the union, although only three survived to adulthood. Joined the Chamberlain’s Men, which morphed into the King’s Men, and was a member of the pre-eminent troupe connected with the Globe Theatre, while also giving life and breath to a host of roles by several different playwrights. One of 26 actors named in Shakespeare’s First Folio, although most of the details surrounding his life are obscured, thanks to the general ill repute of actors of the time. Became a co-owner of the Globe Theatre in 1605 and in 1608 held the same position with the Blackfriar’s playhouse. Retired from the stage in 1616. One of the editors, along with John Heminges (Nicholas Cage) who brought out Shakespeare’s First Folio, which was published in 1623, seven years after the Bard’s death, and was the initial collection of thirty-six of his works. Neither had produced a book beforehand, nor would they afterwards, but both recognized the genius of their cohort. Inner: Understood the importance of Shakespeare’s oeuvre, and was a prime mover in collecting and collating it for posterity. Details of his existence are largely unknown, but the subsequent world of letters would be eternally indebted to him, along with Heminges, for their prescience concerning the works of the Bard of Stratford-on-Avon. Literary guardian’s lifetime of preserving the language and artistry of the major figure of the early Elizabethan theatre through an ability to recognize genius in his chosen field of artistic expression.

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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS TRANS-ATLANTIC HEART/THROB:
Storyline: The mellifluous matinee idol maintains his reserved personality, and continues his double life as a very private public figure.

vOrlando Bloom (Orlando Jonathan Blanchard Bloom (1977) - British actor. Outer: His assumed father, Harry Bloom, was a novelist and well-known anti-apartheid activist, and hero to many, who died when his son was 4. Named after a Virginia Woolf character. Raised with an older sister by his mother, a businesswoman and writer, as well as a family friend, Colin Stone, who was later revealed to be his true biological progenitor. Both siblings were encouraged to enjoy the arts. As a dyslectic youth, he developed a sensitivity to language, which inspired him to pursue a theatrical career. Began acting at the age of 8, and left home at 16 to appear on the London stage. After 2 seasons with the National Youth Theater, he won a scholarship to the British American Drama Academy and studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. 5’11”, slim, with a small tattoo of the sun on his abdomen. Made his film debut in 1997 with a bit part in Wilds. Continued his education afterwards, with a focus on film as an art form. Very prone to breaking parts of his body. Fell three stories shimmying down a drainpipe in 1998 that nearly left him paralyzed, although maintained his fascination with free fall by tracking down every bungee jump and sky dive he could find in New Zealand, while filming The Lord of the Rings, the post-millennial series of films which brought him to international attention in his role as the elvish archer, Legolas Greenleaf. Has carefully crafted his career, working in both blockbusters and indies, while showing the same matinee idol draw he had previously evinced, as a favorite of teenage girls, although in the early going, has not proved a box office draw on his own, despite his meticulous grooming by many for that role. In 2010, he married Australian super-model Miranda Kerr, one son from the union, which ended with their separation in 2013. Reprised his Legolas portrayal in the Hobbit series, did a full frontal nude scene in Zulu which he ultimate found empowering, while also taking on Romeo in 2014 in an interracial modern adaptation of the Shakespearean classic, “Romeo and Juliet,” in which his performance was deemed solid, if predictable. Has a net worth of $35 million. Inner: Self-effacing, quiet and modest. Susceptible to injuries, breaking his back in a three story fall as a youth, and later breaking both legs and a wrist in other incidents. Technophobic and a vegetarian, while also romancing many of his leading ladies. Became a Buddhist and remains a great believer in love as his central tonic for existence. Repeat performance lifetime of continuing to explore himself through his screen characterizations, while trying to maintain his privacy, despite screaming fans and the ubiquitously curious and insensate press. vRonald Colman (1891-1958) - English actor. Outer: Father was a silk importer. Despite a middle-class upbringing, he was raised to be a gentleman, and remained reserved his entire life, even in the face of his very public vocation. Attended boarding school, and had wanted to be an engineer, but his father’s death curtailed that ambition. Joined the London Scottish Regionals at the outbreak of WW I, and was seriously wounded in France and invalided out. 5’11”, 165 lbs. Tried to enter the consular service afterwards, but fate directed him towards the theater, and he made his debut in 1916 with a small role in “The Maharanee of Arakan.” His first film was never released, so his official debut was in the 1919 production of The Toilers. Headed for NYC in hopes of a transAtlantic career, and the following year made his American debut in Handcuffs or Kisses, while also working on the NY stage. Married actress Thelma Raye the same year, before separating without issue in 1924 and divorcing a decade later. His big break came in 1923 with The White Sister, which won him a contract with Samuel Goldwyn, and he became a highly successful Hollywood leading man, with his classic good looks, playing in romantic costume dramas. With the advent of sound, his mellifluous speaking voice was added to the mix, and he fashioned a highly successful career out of intelligent, thoughtful characters with dash and aplomb. A falling-out with Goldwyn in 1934 led him to distrust contracts the rest of his working life. In 1938, he married actress Benita Hume, one daughter from union. In the late 1930s, he also embarked on a long radio career, ultimately reprising a movie role as a college professor with “The Halls of Ivy,” which later became a TV show, and costarred his wife. The highlight of his film career came in 1947, with A Double Life and his atypical portrayal of a deeply disturbed actor, which won him a Best Actor Academy Reward that year. Purposefully slowed down his film career in the 1950s, and planned to write his autobiography, but his inability to speak ill of anyone, plus his own illness, prevented him from doing so. Died of lung disease. Inner: Shy, diffident, thought there was nothing worse than being forced to do interviews. Self-protective lifetime of acting the very embodiment of the English gentleman, in a double life dedicated to maintaining his privacy despite his extremely public choice of profession. Barton Booth (1681-1733) - English actor. Outer: Third son of a Lancashire squire, who wished a career in the church for him. Went to the Westminster school, where he showed a curious aptitude for Latin poetry, memorizing and reciting it with considerable élan, which led to his appearance in the Latin play, “Andria,” and such enthusiastic applause, he knew the stage would be his life’s calling. Ran away at 17, before he was to enter Trinity College, Cambridge in 1698, and joined a theatrical company in Dublin, where he made his debut. Had a grave demeanor, an excellent voice and a manliness about him that made him a classical tragedian of the first rank. After three seasons, in which he built a solid reputation, he came to London, where Thomas Betterton (Charles Laughton), who had preferred not helping him previously because of his family’s objections, now interceded for him, and he joined his Lincoln’s Inn Fields company, immediately scoring a success in “Valentinian.” Evinced an affinity for the works of William Shakespeare (William Butler Yeats), and performed many of his most memorable roles in the Bard’s dramas, particularly “Othello.” Had far less of a feel for comedy, which did not suit his abilities. In 1704, he married Frances Barkham, who died in 1710 without issue. Afterwards he wed Hester Santlow, a much younger dancer, who survived him by nearly four decades. Stayed with his original London company for four years, and then joined Betterton at the Haymarket for the next three, before spending the last two decades of his career at Drury Lane, with his performance as Cato in 1712 in Joseph Addison’s (Walter Lippmann) tragedy of the same name, proving a particular highlight, bringing him added fame and fortune. Became a theater co-manager afterwards, and while his abilities and reputation didn’t waver, his health did, ultimately curtailing his performances, until he finally succumbed to his debilities. Wrote a masque entitled “Dido and Aeneas” that was well-received, and several songs and poems. Buried in Westminster Abbey. Inner: Had a natural facility for enhancing all his roles, playing up their strong points, and subtly de-emphasizing their weaknesses. Well-respected by one and all who knew him, showing himself to be kind and generous, with none of the inflated self-view of others of his profession. Actor’s actor lifetime of tapping into classical traditions with the proper gravitas, and writing his name large in the theater annals of his times, as a tragedian of far more than passing skill.

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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS SELF-WOUNDING WORRIER:
Storyline: The jittery joker finds his earlier highly successful go-round in this series, too facile for his own good, and so returns in far more conflicted manner, in order to unleash his own dark interior night, only to be ultimately consumed by it.

Heath Ledger (Heathcliff Andrew Ledger) (1979-2008) - Australian actor. Outer: Of Scottish and Irish descent. From a distinguished, cultured and close family that owned an engineering company. Mother was a French teacher, and father was a mining engineer. His parents loved Emily Bronte’s (Virginia Woolf) “Wuthering Heights” so much that they named his older sister Kate and himself after the two ill-fated main romantic characters in it, Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff. Kate would go on to become an actress, and then a publicist, and the two would remain extremely close. Went to a private all-boys school, where he excelled in athletics. Made his theater debut at 10 as Peter Pan with a local company, and at the same time, his parents separated, before divorcing the following year. Each would go on to marry again, and each would produce one more daughter. In unintended irony, his mother would marry a man named Bell, which was a Bronte family writing pseudonym, while his father would marry Emma Brown, who would reflect the initial letters in Emily Bronte’s first and last names. Showed early skills in a variety of fields, including chess and choreography, before completing school at 16 and moving to Sydney, where he struggled to get work. Played a gay cyclist in 1996 on a TV show called "Sweat," about Olympic hopefuls, and continued in small Australian parts, including a short-lived TV series, before moving to Hollywood in 1999 to expand his opportunities. Soon afterwards, he hit it big in an American comedy based on Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew,” 10 Things I Hate About You. 6’1”, blonde, with a strongly masculine cast, he found himself in demand, but was choosy about his roles, wanting to challenge himself with each new part, so as not to be typecast because of his leading man looks. Struggled financially because of his choosiness, but stuck to his ideals, and by doing so, continued to draw notice with his portrayals in drama and adventure fare, before returning to Australia to play the continent’s most infamous 19th century bandit, Ned Kelly, while becoming involved with his costar, Naomi Watts. The film, however, would prove a flop, and, after some unchallenging fare, he found a perfect vehicle to play off his sensitive manliness, the highly controversial Brokeback Mountain in 2005, in which he played one of two Wyoming shepherds, along with Jake Gyllenhaal, who fall in love with one another. The film caused a huge hue and cry among conservative elements in the U.S., and was far and away his best performance to that point in his career. Began a relationship with Michele Willilams, who played his wife, and the pair subsequently had a daughter, only to split up two years later, as his career seemed to come first. Found the Australian press and paparazzi far too intrusive for his tastes, much preferring NY and its more blasé attitude towards celebrity. Directed several music videos, and also co-founded Music Masses Co. with musician Ben Harper, while preparing himself to direct features, as the next logical step in his development as a film artisan. After finishing his final film, he was found naked and dead in his rented Manhattan apartment, of an apparent accidental overdose of prescription drugs, including painkillers, sleeping pills and anti-anxiety medication. His penultimate performance as the Joker in the Batman epic The Dark Knight, would prove a spectacular curtain call, as he imbued the character with the full and considerable actorly depth of his being, after retreating into himself for 6 weeks to prepare for the role. The film would go on to break all sorts of box-office records, partly out of morbid curiosity, and partly out of the extraordinary universal reviews he received. Genuinely mourned by one and all who knew him, family, fans and friends alike. In a final validating valedictory, he was given a posthumous Oscar as Best Supporting Actor at the 2009 Academy Rewards. His last film, which he did not live to complete was The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, in which his last delivered line was “Don’t Shoot the Messenger.” Inner: Intense, amiable and well-liked, although uncomfortable with himself and prey to sleep disorder and nervousness. Had a sense he was living in his daughter, which may have allowed him to let go of his life at the top of his game. Viewed in some occult circles as a sacrificial victim, with his name, Heath, or desolate moor, and Ledger, book of accounts, making him the personification of the dark nights to come of a planet about to pay for its excesses through wide-scale destruction, as a means of ultimately cleansing its debts in order to begin anew. Decimated messenger lifetime of making an indelible actorly mark, but at a considerable price to his interior, which may have motivated him to start over again from a more comfortable integrated perspective, now that he had found true access to the raw artist within him. Donald Crisp (George William Crisp) (1882-1974) - English/American actor. Outer: Some question would remain about his true birthdate and place, with some sources saying Scotland in 1880, although the 1882 and London figures are probably correct. One of 8 children, with 4 sister and three brothers. Fought with the British army during the Boer War in South Africa. 5’8”. Supposedly went to Eton College, although his presence there has been questioned, and finished his education at Oxford Univ. Traveled to America in 1906, and while on board ship, he was offered a job with an opera company, as a singer. Toured with it, while also beginning his movie career the following year with The French Maid. Alternated with the stage and film, and became a stage manager for theater legend George M. Cohan (Michael Flatley), during which time he met director D.W. Griffith (Alfonso Cuaron). Went out West with him to Hollywood, and wound up appearing in several of his classics, including Birth of a Nation in 1915. Assisted Griffith for several years before making his directorial debut in 1914, with The Little Country Mouse, while appearing for the most part in small roles in nearly 100 films. Returned to England at the outbreak of WW I, and served in the army intelligence division. Married and divorced during the teens, while directing about 70 silents. Finally grew tired of diluting his efforts by putting the relatives of studio heads in his films, and hung up his directorial megaphone for good in 1930. Easily made the transition to sound as a character actor, becoming much in demand throughout the 1930s and 1940s, and in 1941, won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for How Green Was My Valley. In what would be the second union for both, he married American writer Jane Murfin in 1932, divorced in 1944. No children from either of his unions. As capable of kindly support as villainous turns, the latter part of his career saw him playing a variety of father figures. Became an American citizen, and during WW II, he served in the U.S. Army reserves, rising to the rank of colonel. Proved to be as successful with his business investments as he was in his acting career, and was an active power broker, acting as an important liaison between the film industry and the outside business world. Served as both a production and studio executive, as well as on the Bank of America’s advisory board, including a run as its chairman, where he was in a unique position to proffer loans to studios to get their films made during the 1930s and 1940s. Grew quite wealthy through real estate investments, while continuing his long, busy and successful acting career over nearly 6 decades, before finally retiring from in front of the cameras in 1963. Died after a series of strokes. Inner: Well-liked and respected, with a Midas touch to virtually everything he did. Easy pickings lifetime of combining his military, financial and acting acumen into a highly successful package, that saw him easily excel at everything he touched, save for an intimate domestic life, occasioning his return in far more conflicted manner, in order to open himself up to the larger and far more wounded artist still dwelling within. Joseph Taylor (1586-1652) - English actor and manager. Outer: Began his career as a child actor with the Children of the Chapel, before becoming owner of a share and a half of the receipts at Blackfriar’s Theatre. In 1610, he married Elizabeth Ingle, the daughter of a widow. Three sons and three daughters from the union. Became part of the Duke of York’s Men in 1610 and then Prince Henry’s Men in 1611, which dissolved on the death of the latter in 1612. By 1613, he had rejoined the actors at the Globe and Blackfriar’s theatres, the pre-eminent companies of the time. Moved from company to company over the next spate of years, before finally returning to the King’s players in 1618, where he became the troupe’s principal actor, succeeding Richard Burbage (Ralph Richardson) on his death. One of the most accomplished actors of his time, his best known role was Iago in Shakespeare’s “Othello.” Listed as one of Shakespeare’s 26 principal players in his First Folio, he also appeared in the works of others, although records of the time are largely unreliable. Was not an original in many of his appearances, but always filled in admirably. Also held important managerial posts. In 1642, with the outbreak of the English Civil War, the theatrical life of London came to an end. In 1647, he tried to sustain himself by publishing the first folio impression of Beaumont and Fletcher’s plays. Death date is uncertain. Inner: Had numerous feats ascribed to him, including painting Shakespeare’s portrait, although most of the claims are spurious at best. Skilled actor, and one of the principal players of his time, as well as well-versed in management and dealing with power structures. There at the beginning lifetime of showing his mettle as an actor of considerable skill on the English stage while also actively involving himself in the support of its leading playwrights, before the Puritans put a temporary end to England’s fascination with the stage.

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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS BRIEF BUT BRILLIANT CANDLE IN THE WIND:
Storyline: The vulnerable virtuoso brings an uncommon intensity to his craft, while continually dealing with a body that offers him no quarter in its premature ringing down the curtain on him.

James Ransome (1979) - American actor. Outer: Of English and Italian descent. Father was a Vietnam vet. One brother. Attended Carver Center for Arts and Technology in Maryland, where he specialized in theater, then changed his major to fine arts, graduating in 1997. 5’9”, with soulful eyes. Moved to NYC, played drums in several rock bands, but developed a heroin habit, which put him deeply in debt, while his weight dropped to 115 pounds. Recovered enough to resuscitate his health and eventually garnered attention for his work playing a hothead on the second season of “The Wire,” in 2003, which was shot in his native city of Baltimore. Saved a neighbor from being raped by beating her assailant down with a metal bar, after hearing her cries for help. Moved to Namibia in 2006, and totally immersed himself in the Iraq war-based mini-series on cable, “Generation Kill” over an 8 month shoot, which sobered him up and put him back on his career path. Has done mostly TV series, with small roles in films, finding a strong sense of salvation in his work. Inner: Feels both blessed and cursed. Frank and extremely self-critical. Always throws himself wholeheartedly into his roles, trying to get at the essence of his characters. Resurrection lifetime of seeing if he can finally get past his predilection for relatively early exits, after playing with death via heroin, the drug of the dead, and conquering his early impulses towards self-destruction. John Cazale (1935-1978) - American actor. Outer: Mother was Irish-American, father was Italian-American, and a wholesale coat salesman. The middle of 3 children. 5’10 1/2”. Studied drama at Oberlin College and Boston Univ. Close friend of actor Al Pacino, with whom he would appear in his two best-known film roles, after meeting as messenger boys in NY prior to their careers. Also worked as a photographer and taxi driver. Gained his initial reputation Off-Broadway, winning several Obies, for “The Indian Wants the Bronx” and “The Line.” Made his film debut in 1962 in a short. Won the coveted role of the middle brother, Fredo, in The Godfather in 1977, with one of filmdom’s most memorable moments, as his younger sibling, played by Al Pacino, gave him the kiss of death on the lips, while saying, "I know it was you, Fredo. You broke my heart.” Only did five films, although each was quite memorable, including Dog Day Afternoon in 1975, playing a bank robber, and straight accomplice of the homophile Pacino. His last movie was The Deer Hunter in 1978 during which time he was already dying from bone and lung cancer. All five of his films wound up nominated as Best Picture, while Pacino, Robert De Niro and Francis Coppola all played significant roles in his career. Engaged to actress Meryl Streep, whom he had met two years earlier when both appeared in the NY Public Theater’s production of Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure.” Died of bone and lung cancer shortly after his final film, where his scenes were shot first, because of his weakened condition. Inner: Superb character actor, bringing an extraordinary sense of pathos to the losers he invariably played. Kind, shy and gentle, with a gift for friendship, and a profound sadness about him. Vulnerable-bodied lifetime of uplifting everyone with whom he came in contact as an intense and skilled craftsman looking for the truth in his characterizations. Alessandro Salvini (1861-1896) - Italian actor. Outer: From an acting family. Father was famed actor Tomasso Salvini (Al Pacino). Mother was actress Clementina Cazzuela, who died when her son was young. One of three brothers and four children, with his brother Gustavo also taking to the stage, while his sire refused to permit his sister to do so, despite a strong desire on her part to follow family tradition. Had several successes in America, most notably as d’Artagnan in “The Three Guardsmen.” Health problems curtailed his further career, and he died prematurely in great pain. inner: Quick curtain call lifetime of coming in through an acclaimed acting family and exhibiting his skills, before a weakened body caused an early exit stage left.


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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS FRAT PACKER:
Storyline: The revamped stage veteran vindicates himself by transforming from ‘B’ star to ‘A’, thanks to a far more closely knit fraternal support group, and the tribal clout it gives him to clown as he wishes to the widest audience possible.

vVince Vaughn (Vincent Anthony Vaughn) (1970) - American actor, screenwriter and producer. Outer: Of Lebanese descent on his paternal side as well as British, Scottish and distant German. Of mostly Italian descent on his maternal side. Father was a salesman, who later became an actor in some of his son’s vehicles. Mother was a Canadian real-estate agent and stockbroker. His two sisters, Victoria and Valeri are both involved in show business as well. Received a strong work ethic from both his parents, as well as continual admonitions to be honest. After the children left home, his parents divorced in 1991. Became president of his senior class in high school, which allowed him to graduate, despite inadequate grades, since he was required by office to give a speech at the graduation ceremony. Had a longtime fascination with show business, and after getting a part in a Chevy commercial, and graduating suburban Chicago high school, he headed for Hollywood in his late teens, only to find the going quite difficult. 6’5”. Had a few anonymous small screen roles in the late 80s, although his goal was the big screen, which he finally achieved in 1993 with Rudy. Hooked up with Jon Favreau during the filming, and a subsequent script about out-of-work actors called Swingers put him on the entertainment map in 1996. Able to get steadily higher profile roles through the latter, and by decade’s nearend he had his choice of vehicles, alternating between heroes and heavies. Ultimately became a member of the so-called Frat Pack, along with Will Ferrell, Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson, among others, and all would get carte blanche for comedies after the century’s turn, with Wedding Crashers in 2005, his particular high point. Able to play heroes and villains with equal aplomb, although comedy would prove his early career meat-n-potatoes, thanks in large part, to the similar proclivities of the Frat Pack. Involved with Jennifer Aniston in the prophetic The Break-up, which he wrote, produced and costarred in with her, before breaking up, in his one high profile double-Hollywood romance. Eventually married Kyla Weber, a real estate agent a decade his junior in 2010, daughter and son from the union. Joined the cast of the popular cable series “True Detective” for its second season in 2014, then did further series work, before 2017’s ultra-violent Brawl in Cell Block 99 in which he totally remade himself, giving a memorable shaved-head performance as a brutal convict, seething with rage, in direct contrast with his usual comic performances. Has a net worth of $50 million.. Inner: Good-humoured, with the ability to easily switch back and forth from dark to light in his characterizations. Second act lifetime of making career central to his life, but with the added support of a popular crew, allowing him ultimately to do as he cinematically wishes, rather than do as he is told, as was his fate in his earlier go-round in this series. Chester Morris (John Chester Brooks Morris) (1901-1970) - American actor. Outer: Father was actor William Morris, mother was comedienne Etta Hawkins, and both were well-known Broadway performers. Two brothers and a sister also carved lesser careers out for themselves in the family business, giving him strong support for his own theatrical aspirations. Made his debut in silent films at the age of 9, then studied drama, before assaying his Broadway debut in 1917 in “The Copperhead,” and then graduating from the New York School of Fine Arts. Worked on both stage and screen as a teen, calling himself “the youngest leading man in the country.” 5’9”. Married Suzanne Kilborn in 1927, son and daughter from the union, divorced in 1939. Made his adult film debut in Alibi in 1929, memorably playing a gangster, for which he got an Oscar nomination. Bearing a curious resemblance to the comicstrip character Dick Tracy, with a square jaw and a hooked nose, he usually played the good-humoured hero, with equally convincing turns as the villain, in a career largely relegated to ‘B’ movies. Married a second time in 1940, to Lillian Barker, one son from the union. Best remembered for the 14 Boston Blackie films he made during the 1940s, most of which had the same supporting cast. Played off his entertaining mien as a former thief and stage magician turned crime solver. Although the scripts sagged later on in the series, his sharp humor kept it alive. In 1952, he claimed to have received the deathbed confession of Roland West for the murder of actress Thelma Todd (Goldie Hawn). By the mid-1950s, after some 50 films, his screen career was largely over, and he was relegated to TV, although he made one comeback attempt in 1970, with The Great White Hope. While appearing in a Bucks County Playhouse production of the “Caine Mutiny Court Martial,” and dying of cancer, he took a deliberate barbiturate overdose. Inner: Amateur magician, with a good sense of humor, and an equal facility for playing good guys and bad guys. Born to perform lifetime of gearing his entire existence towards his career, which ultimately passed him by, causing him to literally eat himself away and then speed up his ignominious end, before hurriedly coming back to try it again from a more supportive fraternal perspective.

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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS SUPPORT TURNED STAR:
Storyline: The talented and celebrated young commodity realizes his ambitions to be a genuine lead by returning smaller, more compact, and far more focused in his desire to remold himself into a far more self-expressive Hollywood emblem.

vMatt Damon (Matthew Paige Damon) (1970)- American actor, screenwriter and political activist. Outer: Of Scottish, Finnish and English descent. Mother was a college professor who specialized in child-development, father was a tax expert. Older brother became a sculptor. His parents divorced when he was 2, but he had a happy, constructive childhood in which his creativity was encouraged, leading him to recreate himself through make-believe and other forms of self-expression, in which he loved to play the hero. Moved with his mother and brother to a six family communal house when he was 9. Became friends the following year with Ben Affleck, who was two years younger and lived nearby. Started acting at the age of 12, and won his first movie role in 1988 with a one-line part in Mystic Pizza. 5’11”, with light brown hair and blue eyes. Lonely as a teenager, he was always looking for somewhere to belong. Attended Harvard Univ. as an English major, inching his way towards a degree, while continuing to pursue his career. Refused to take roles he felt demeaning, carefully choosing his performances for their potential memorability Achieved his breakthrough part in 1996 as a veteran turned heroin addict in Courage Under Fire, dropping from 200 to 140 pounds for a key scene, from which he took almost a year to recover. With Affleck, he wrote the 1997 Academy Reward winning screenplay for Good Will Hunting, and found himself a coverboy and hot commodity, although has continued selecting his roles with care, most notably as the eponymous focuses of Saving Private Ryan and The Talented Mr. Ripley. Finally broke through as a bankable star with The Bourne Identity in 2002, which would give him subsequent choice in anything offered, be it blockbuster or indie, and he would reprise the role twice more. Along with Affleck, he formed the production company, LivePlanet, which would offer both TV and film fare. Involved with several different actresses, while enjoying his run in the limelight, after an earlier go-round in Hollywood where his larger ambitions and sense of power about himself were frustrated. In late 2005, he married Luciana Barroso, an Americanized Argentinean bartender who had been wed once before and had a daughter. The duo added another three daughters to the family, and settled in Miami, in a conscious effort to eschew the Hollywood scene, and have a focus for him other than work, while teaching his offspring to be strong and independent. In 2015, he told gay actors to stay in the closet for the good of their careers, stating that mystery enhanced them, although drew considerable opprobrium for the comment. Scored a hit with The Martian at the same time, where he shines as a stranded astronaut with an upbeat personality in contrast with a similarly stranded but dark downbeat survivor in 2014’s Interstellar. Won a Golden Globe for best actor for the former in 2016, after it was surrealistically categorized as a musical or comedy. Had another hit in the Bourne series with Jason Bourne, his fourth assaying of the character a largely formulaic affair, as he continues to serve as exec producer on a number of TV series. Has remained a liberal political activist and strong supporter of the Democratic Party throughout his career. In 2017’s Downsizing he stars as a man who shrinks down to the height of five inches in a winningly inventive story of masculinity in crisis. Has a net worth of $170 million.Inner: Highly self-expressive and strongly career-oriented, with the ability to inhabit his characters, so as to make his portraits fairly seamless, thanks to an anti-pretty boy physicality that allows him a wide range of roles. Likes to underplay, using silences very effectively. Humanitarian and liberal humanist. Reshaped lifetime of incarnating into circumstances where his own sense of self-expression would be insured, while reducing himself to the physical dimensions that would secure his own eventual stardom and the continuing development of his skills on all levels. vJack Carson (1910-1963) - Canadian/American actor. Outer: Son of a salesman, family moved to the U.S., and his father became a district manager of an insurance company in Milwaukee. Attended a military academy from 1923 to 1928, where he was popular, athletic and musical. 6’2”, 220 lbs. Dropped out of 2 schools, including Carleton College in Minnesota, where he played varsity football, but because of his reputation as a prankster, was asked not to re-enroll. Sold insurance for a few months, then teamed with fellow Milwaukeean Dave Willock (Ben Affleck) on the midwest vaudeville circuit, where they burlesqued movie newsreels, did impersonations and made topical comments, as Willock and Carson. Toured both coasts, but when vaudeville began to peter out, he began working as a solo singer and master of ceremonies at the Tower Theater in Kansas City before coming to Hollywood in the mid-1930s to do musical comedies. In 1934, he married vaudeville dancer Betty Linde, divorced 3 years later. Made his screen debut in 1937 with You Only Live Once. Had an extremely expressive face, which he fashioned into a successful career in supporting roles, often playing cowards, blusterers and heels, although was equally adept at comedy and drama, with a preference for the former. In 1940, he married a singer, Kay St. Germaine, 2 children from union, duo were divorced in 1950. Became an American citizen in 1949. During the 1940s, he appeared in a number of musicals, and also did radio work. One of the first Hollywood performers to recognize the importance of TV, he was a rotating host on television’s “All-Star Revue,” in the early 1950s, and also did dramas. Married to actress Lola Albright from 1952 to 1958. His last marriage was in 1961. Died of stomach cancer the same day as Dick Powell (Justin Timberlake). Inner: Good-natured, affable, big-hearted, loved to argue, and was probably frustrated in his status as secondary lead, causing him to return as a smaller version of himself and a potential star. Death symbolized problems with power. Lovable lug lifetime of becoming a top second banana in the Hollywood pantheon of light entertainment, although his multiple marriages and early death indicated a dissatisfaction with that status.

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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS ONGOING RODEO CLOWN:
Storyline: The jackass jokester parlays an innate likability and a penchant for pratfalls into a dual run as a high-humoured low comic testing the limits of public tastes.

vJohnny Knoxville (Phillip John Clapp) (1971) - American actor. Outer: Of British descent with some German and Scots-Irish ancestry. Father sold used cars. Almost died at 8 from a combination of flu, pneumonia and bronchitis. Athletic as a youngster, he played football and baseball in high school. Moved to LA afterwards, and went to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena, Ca., although dropped out quickly. 6’1”, with dark brown hair and eyes. Spent the next five years drinking with little direction, until his girlfriend, Melanie Clapp, a clothing designer, got pregnant, and he suddenly woke up to responsibility. The duo were married in 1995, in an extremely close union, one daughter. Has the latter’s name tattooed over his heart. Became a journalist, writing for skateboarding magazines. Did a story for “Big Brother,” on self-defense equipment, in which he shot himself while wearing a cheap bulletproof vest. The bit was filmed by its editor, and led to the creation of “Jackass” in 2000, in which he and his compadres would navigate through similar stunted stunts noted for their outrageousness, and inherent danger, including unmanning himself in a backward motorcycle flip that would later require surgery to amend. The show became a staple of MTV and achieved cult status among young male viewers, and led to two successful movies of the same name. In the first one, he was knocked unconscious three times, and has suffered numerous injuries in his johnny jackass pursuit of both laughs and thrills. Formed his own production company, Dickhouse Productions, allowing him to coproduce his creations. Parlayed his roughhouse antics into a film career as well, beginning with Coyote Ugly in 2000, with his most notable effort, The Dukes of Hazzard in 2005, teaming up with another crypto-funnyman Westerner of the past, Seann William Scott (Gabby Hayes). A bankable star, he also continues to write journalism pieces, while the centerpiece of his life remains his wife and daughter, although he filed for divorce from the former in 2007 after 12 years of marriage. In 2010, he married Naomi Nelson, a Japanese-American, son and daughter from the union. Inner: Good-natured rodeo clown at heart. More than willing to take his lumps in the name of entertainment. No great shakes as an actor, but able to project a warm likability. Hazardous lifetime of bringing his physical brand of humor to young male post-modern sensibilities, in an updated repeat performance go-round of sorts. vHoot Gibson (Edmund Richmond Gibson) (1892-1962) - American rodeo champion and western star. Outer: Horse crazy as a child, he got his first pony at 2 1/2. At 7, his mother brought the family to California. Began working in his mid-teens on the Postal Telegraph, then got a job with the Owl Drug Co., delivering drugs and packages throughout Southern California, and picking up his nickname along the way. Worked as a horse wrangler, and in a Wild West show, and by 16, he was an accomplished rodeo performer winning the title of “World’s All-Around Champion Cowboy,” in 1912. 5’9”, 160 lbs. Went into films the same year with His Only Son as an extra and stuntman, then doubled for actress Helen Holmes Kalem in the serial The Hazards of Helen. Rode the circuit with fellow actor Art Acord (James Caan) for part of the year, and did filmwork the rest of the time. In 1911, he married Rose Wenger, who went on to a career of her own as a star and stuntwoman, taking on the name Helen Gibson. Divorced in 1920. Began appearing in support roles for John Ford (David Fincher), although his career was interrupted by WW I. Enlisted with the Army Tank Corps, and on his discharge in 1919, he went back to supporting roles in Ford oaters. By 1921, he was starring in western silents for Ford, and then carved out his own unique niche, playing a hero who rarely used a gun and who emphasized comedy over action, thanks to projecting a winning personality via his contagious smile, allowing him to be not only his own star, but his own sidekick as well. Married Helen Johnson in 1922, one daughter from union, creating some confusion around the Helen Gibsons in his life. Proved a popular performer during the 1920s, earning nearly $15,00 a week, which he used to indulge his love for fast vehicles, be they cars, motorcycles or planes. By the introduction of sound his films had become repetitive and lost their uniqueness. In 1930, after divorcing his second wife, he married actress Sally Eilers, divorced 3 years later. An active pilot, he entered the National Air Races in 1933, to fly against cowboy star Ken Maynard (Steve-O), only to crash his plane, and suffer serious injuries. Eventually retired from the screen in 1936, before returning in the early 1940s, to team up with Maynard in a series of low budget westerns, only to retire for good in 1944. Married for the fourth and final time in 1942. Made a few films afterwards, but by the 1950s, he was reduced to working as a Las Vegas casino greeter and performing in carnivals. Suffered from cancer, which also drained him of his money because of numerous operations and he ended his career with Ocean’s Eleven in 1960. Died of cancer. Had the CW3 Hoot Gibson helicopter named after him. Inner: Athletic, affable, into both thrills and spills. Possessor of a breezy boyish charm. Ride ‘em cowboy lifetime of feeling at home in any saddle, be it atop a horse or flying machine, only to be undone by his interior body, thanks to a rodeo sensibility that allowed him to think he could get up again after any spill, with no harm done to his inner or outer corpus.

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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS ICON OF MALE BEAUTY:
Storyline: The Hollywood hero turns to the small screen and ensemble playing to better bring forth his gifts, while integrating himself a lot better with the feminine, after a conservative run as an unreflective product of his times, incapable of truly seeing himself.

Jon Hamm (Jonathan Daniel Hamm) (1971) - American actor. Outer: Of German, British and Irish descent. Father ran a family trucking firm, while his mother worked as a secretary. The duo divorced when their son was two, and he lived with the latter in Missouri, until her death from colon cancer when he was 10, at which point he grew up with his sire, while inheriting a trust fund from the former, which enabled him to go to a private school, where he excelled in sports, and also did a little acting, although never saw it as his life’s pathway. A comedy nerd as a youth, despite his matinee idol looks. Went to the Univ. of Texas after high school, then following his father’s death when he was 20, enrolled at the Univ. of Missouri, where he became involved in theater. 6’2” with green eyes. Following graduation in 1993 with a B..A. in English, he taught acting to eighth graders at his high school, then through a friendship with actor Paul Rudd, eventually moved to Los Angeles in 1995, with $150 in his pocket. Worked as a waiter, while undergoing an extremely slow slog in trying to establish a career for himself, since he looked far too mature for the youthful roles open to someone his age Had a one line feature debut in Space Cowboys in 2000 which led to a recurring role as a firefighter on ”Providence” for three seasons. The small screen would be his primary venue with repeat parts in a number of series, to balance off his support roles on the big screen. Finally found his ideal role as 1960s advertising executive Dan Draper in the highly popular cable series, “Mad Men,” which began its multi-year run in 2007, and opened him up to higher profile roles in film afterwards, as a much sought after handsome leading man. Used his father as inspiration for the Draper character, winning several Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for the part. Created some controversy in 2013 by appearing at “Mad Men,” rehearsals sans underwear, reputedly highlighting his own generous endowment. Longtime relationship, beginning in 1997, with actress and screenwriter Jennifer Westfeldt, who has directed him. Neither is interested in making their union official. Formed a production company, Points West Pictures with her, to further solidify their connection, only to see them amicably but sadly separate in 2015.. Underwent throat surgery in 2013, and later entered rehab over an alcohol problem, which he shared with his character, thanks to the pressures of being a celebrity. With the end of the seven season run of “Mad Men,” he created another character entirely, Richard Wayne Gary Wayne, a charismatic bearded cult leader in the Tina Fey Netflix comedy, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt." Finally won an Emmy for “Mad Men” in 2015, in a belated appreciation of his work on the series, while modestly giving credit to the entire cast, and then garnered a Golden Globe the following annum in a final tribute to his characterization.Entered therapy following his breakup with Jennifer Westfeldt, finding the whole process necessary but painful, in dealing with life without an intimate partner. In 2017, he played the unusual role of a hologram of a deceased husband to good effect in Marjorie Prime. Has a net worth of $30 million. Inner: Enjoys playing in ensemble casts, rather than being a stand-out star. Democrat, in contrast to his conservative politics of his previous go-round. Prone to self-destructive behavior, with a great need to understand himself. Handsome is as handsome does lifetime of continuing to explore the mature male esthetic, while adding an integrated sense of the feminine, brought about by his early loss of his mother, to his larger sense of self. Robert Taylor (Spangler Arlington Brugh) (1911-1969) American actor and musician. Outer: Father was a grain farmer, who became a doctor, originally to cure his wife of childhood invalidism. An only son, he became a track star in high school, as well as a skilled orator, while also playing the cello in the school orchestra, which led to his attending Doane College in his native Nebraska, where he intended to study music. 5’11”, with a handsome masculine mien and an equally commanding voice. Originally shy and sensitive, as well as a loner, much preferring his own company to groups. Followed his favorite music teacher to Pomona College in Los Angeles, where he wanted to study medicine and psychiatry, but instead became involved with the campus theater group. After graduation, he went to the Neely Dixon Dramatic School, and was corralled by an MGM talent scout. Signed a seven year contract with the studio, for $35 a week, making him the lowest paid actor in MGM’s annals, while his name was Hollywoodized to Robert Taylor. Made his film debut in 1934 in Handy Andy, a comedy, which led to several small roles, before becoming a leading man in 1935, in Magnificent Obsession, a doctor drama that resonated with his own background, Afterwards, he played opposite Greta Garbo, his favorite costar, in Camille. Despite being dismissed by some critics as a “pretty boy,” his dramatic instincts were solid, and he soon became a respected craftsman. Learned to fly in the mid-decade and was an enthusiastic pilot. Able to acquit himself in musicals, as well comedies, while earning the sobriquet of “The Man with the Perfect Profile.” In 1939, he married actress Barbara Stanwyck after appearing with her in This Is My Affair. Subsequently named his private aircraft “Missy” after her, and used it on his frequent hunting and fishing trips, which were his primary form of relaxation. These escapes would eventually doom the union, as did a public affair with an Italian starlet, and he and she divorced in 1951. Despite his leading man looks, he was attracted to darker roles and film noir, which he mixed with more traditional heroic fare. Became a flight instructor in the U.S. Naval Air Corps during WW II, and also directed instructional films. Blindly loyal to MGM, he wound up with the lowest salary of all its major stars, thanks to its manipulative head, Louis B. Mayer (Master P). Quite conservative and patriotic, he helped found the Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals in 1944, and in 1947 he testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee, as a friendly witness, naming several people. In 1954, he wed German actress Ursula Thiess, son and daughter from the union. Became a go-to star of the early 1950s for blockbuster heroic roles, including Quo Vadis and Ivanhoe, although by mid-decade, he had peaked and lesser fare was offered him. In reaction he formed his own eponymous production company, and did TV, which would be the mainstay of his latter career. Replaced Ronald Reagan as narrator of TV’s “Death Valley Days,” when the former began his active political career, and remained a close friend and fellow conservative stalwart. By decade’s end, he was too sick to work, and was forced to retire, dying soon afterwards of lung cancer, the result of a lifetime of chain-smoking. Inner: Humble, diligent, unpretentious and self-effacing. Right-wing in his politics, and far more superficial in his real life, than his reel life, despite an obvious intelligence. Active letter writer and classical music aficionado. Unable to countenance views that weren’t his own, and completely unreflective, taking things for their surface worth. Handsome isn’t necessarily as handsome does lifetime of keeping things on the surface to his inner detriment, before returning to a far more sophisticated environs to both broaden himself and his greater possibilities.

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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS PERENNIALLY ADOLESCENT CHILDSTAR:
Storyline: The precocious plummeter peaks in childhood, then melts down in adolescence, trading the drug of incandescent fame for the darker narcotic of obliteration before struggling to try to reclaim himself.

vCorey Feldman (Corey Scott Feldman) (1971) - American actor and singer. Outer: Of Romanian, Russian and polish Jewish descent. Father was songwriter and record producer Bob Feldman. 2nd of 4 children, including older sister, actress Mindy Feldman. Began his career at the age of 3 doing commercials, and switched over to film in 1979 with Time After Time. 5’3”. Cornered the market for precocious, bratty kids, and became one of Hollywood’s highest paid teenage stars, after his performance in Stand By Me in 1986. Karmic twin of actor Corey Haim, sharing both careers and first names with him for 2 lives, while working together on 7 films. Divorced his parents, and proceeded to pursue a highly self-indulgent lifestyle which ultimately saw him hooked on the drug of death, heroin, and later arrested for possession of it in 1990, which lost him his teen audience. His later choice of vehicles in which to star also became blurred by his drugged focus, and once again he found he had peaked way too early in order to sustain a fully mature career. During his downward spiral, he married actress Vanessa Married one of his fans, Susie Sprague in 2002, one son from the union, which ended in divorce in 2009.. His arrest sobered him and unlike his previous go-round, he was able to rebound to a degree, and resume his career, adding director and producer, as well as songwriter, to his resume, although his later efforts were mostly straight-to-video affairs. Married in 2002, one child from union. The same year he released an album entitled “Former Child Actor,” which sold some 300 copies. An advent into reality TV with “The Surreal Life,” did nothing to add to his cachet afterwards, as he turned to theater in 2005 as a means of keeping himself alive before the public, in his ongoing battle between the easy glare of the limelight and the far more difficult glow of private rehabilitation. A reality series in 2007 called “The Two Coreys,” which ran for two seasons, effectively ended the friendship twixt both, after he refused to have anything to do with his name/mate until he sobered up, which never happened, since the latter died of a drug overdose in early 2010. Published his autobiography “Coreyography” in 2013, detailing his sexual abuse by jaded Hollywoodites during his formative years, while continuing to try to maintain some sort of show business presence with more accusations of being passed around as a child actor, and more album releases, as well as small screen work. In 2016, he wed Canadian-born girlfriend Courtney Anne, nearly two decade his junior, weeks after proposing for paranoid fear she’ll be deported under the Trump administration. Living in fear ever since he started trying to expose pedophilia in the film industry in 2017, while the LAPD refused to investigate the charges because they happened in the long ago. Nevertheless he launched a fund-raising campaign to get at the truth of Hollywood’s darkest secret. Has a net worth of $2 million. Inner: Manic, with a great desire to reclaim himself, after a repeat tailspin performance at the height of his fame. Reclamation project lifetime of trying to keep his focus on maintaining an equilibrium between his darker tendencies and a genuine desire to reintegrate himself around the twin vicissitudes of fame’n’fortune. Bobby Jordan (1923-1965) - American actor. Outer: One of 4 children. Grew up poor in Flatbush in Brooklyn, but showed precocious skills in acting, dancing, and music, and began making rounds with his mother. At 7, he made his stage debut and 3 years later began appearing in shorts, before getting a bit part in 1934, in Kid Millions. The following year, he appeared in “Dead End,” on Broadway, as one of the Dead End Kids, which he would go on to reprise on film in numerous movies for Warner Brothers. Ironically, the roles would prove dead ends for many of them, as they couldn’lt get past the public’s need to see them as perpetual grimy street urchins Able to support his mother and siblings through his $1500 a week salary, and brought them all out to live in his manse in Beverly Hills. Continued with variations on the Dead End kids until he was drafted, serving as a foot soldier for 2 years. After the war, he appeared with the Dead Enders reincarnation, the Bowery Boys, but after 8 films, refused to play third banana to the two longtime leads, Leo Gorcey (Adrien Brody) and Huntz Hall. Lost his right kneecap in an elevator accident in 1945, and the following year he married. One son from the rocky union, which ended in divorce in 1957. Unable to play off his childhood success, he was only able to work sporadically afterwards, and increasingly turned to alcohol for solace. Did a nightclub act, and also worked as a bartender, door-to-door salesman and oil rigger. Wound up his career doing minor roles on TV. In 1958, he was forced to declare bankruptcy when he couldn’t make alimony payments. Drinking ever more heavily, he was admitted to a VA hospital and died of cirrhosis of the liver there. Inner: Dualistic, with a far more grandiose sense of self and self-worth than his modest talents warranted. Precipitous lifetime of finding success far too early to make him flexible enough to pursue it later on, in lieu of an equal drive towards sheer self-destruction.

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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS PERENNIAL ADOLESCENT ADDICT:
Storyline: The early peaker finds adolescence and onward rough going thanks to an either/or addictiion to attention and self-obliteration, while continually opting for the latter.

vCorey Haim (1971-2010) - Canadian/American actor. Outer: Israeli-born mother worked as a computer operator and father was a sales rep. The duo divorced when he was 11. Older sister Cari Haim, a stage actress, got him interested in acting when he went with her to one of her auditions. Began doing TV commercials at 10. Made his film debut in 1984 in Firstborn, ironically playing a cocaine-dealer’s son. Followed that up with several TV films, and a star turn in Lucas, in 1986, before hitting his peak in 1987, with Lost Boys, becoming a teenage idol in the process. 5’6”. Began using narcotics at the same time, and got lost in cocaine, crack and pills, and spent the rest of his life in a drug haze. Karmic twin of actor Corey Feldman, sharing careers, downfalls and first names with him for 2 lives, while working together on 7 films, several of which were never released. Denied his drug use in an eponymous video in 1989, claiming to be an exemplar of wholesome family values, when questions began rising about his general unwholesomeness. Never able to duplicate his earlier successes, he saw his career dwindle in the 1990s, thanks to his inability to remain straight or sober in front of the camera. Had a number of engagements, with some high profile girlfriends, only to sabotage all of them. Finally forced to file for bankruptcy protection in 1997, with some $200,000 in debts. Allegedly went to rehab dozens of times, while rumors would persist that he sold his body, if not his soul, for further highs. Suffered a stroke in 2001 brought on by his excesses, and briefly went into a coma, although was released from a hospital stay with no permanent damage. Later tried to sell a tooth on eBay to pay his bills, although the website thwarted the attempt. Confessed on “Larry King Live,” that he was a chronic relapser, with no hope for ever really straightening out. A reality series in 2007 called “The Two Coreys,” which ran for two seasons, effectively ended the friendship twixt both, after Feldman refused to have anything to do with him until he sobered up. While staying at his mother’s apartment as she was having chemotherapy for breast cancer, he overdosed on prescription medications and was rushed to a nearby hospital where he died from an enlarged heart and water on the lungs. Illegally obtained some 550 prescription drugs his last three months, leading to raised eyebrows and promises of prosecution by the California Attorney General’s office. At the time, he was due to reprise his Lost Boys role in its planned sequel. Inner: Sad-eyed and appealing, with an ineluctable draw towards self-decimation. Take two lifetime of early success coupled with an inability to face himself without opiated crutches, resulting in a similar final scene, in his ongoing tragic inability to deal with his deeply wounded self. vBobby Driscoll (1937-1968) - American actor. Outer: Mother was a former teacher, father was an insulation installer. The former tirelessly pushed him in her desire he be somebody. After his progenitor was found to have asbestos in his lungs, the family moved to Southern California. Began his film career in 1943 with a small role in Lost Angel, and went on to live up to that title, in his subsequent downward spiral, after cementing his position as one of Hollywood’s favorite childstars of the 1940s and early 1950s, earning the sobriquet of “Wonder Boy.” Starred in several Disney productions during that period, and was the first actor to sign a long-term deal with the company. Won a special Academy Reward in 1949 as the year’s outstanding juvenile actor for his performances in Window and So Dear to My Heart. When he reached his teens, however, work suddenly dried up, and like many a preternaturally precocious childstar, he suddenly found himself a has-been. Married Marilyn Jeann Rush in 1956, although it was annulled. Remarried her in 1957, 3 children from union, which ended in divorce in 1960. In 1957, he quit acting, but could not adjust to life away from the camera. Became a drug addict and was arrested numerous times for possession, as well as assault and forgery. Served six months in prison, and also did a stay at a psychiatric hospital. Moved to NYC in 1965 and plummeted into the mean, unforgiving streets there, ultimately dying anonymously and alone in an abandoned building of heart failure. His body was discovered later by two children playing there, in a final coda of his own lost childhood. Buried in a pauper’s grave, and was not identified until a year later through fingerprints. Inner: Unintegrated, fearful and extremely insecure. Lost angel lifetime of finding success far too early to sustain him, before plunging into his dark side, and never being able to re-emerge from it again.

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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS DOUBLY GIFTED ENTERTAINER:
Storyline: The multi-talented tunesmith switches genders in order to more deeply experience his opposite side and further explore his various creative outlets.

Jared Leto (Jared Joseph Bryant) (1971) - American actor and musician. Outer: Parents divorced shortly after he was born, and he took his stepfather’s name. Younger of two brothers, with Shannon a fellow musician. His mother was a traveling artist, so that the family moved extensively throughout the U.S. as well as Haiti during his childhood, while he and his sibling’s creativity were fostered. During his growing up, he liked to break into people’s houses and just sit there, experiencing himself in their space, as if he were someone else. His first instrument was a broken-down piano, which showed him he had some musical flair. Studied painting at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts, then transferred to the School of Visual Arts in NYC, where he focused on acting. 5’9”, with bright blue eyes. Moved to Los Angeles in 1992 to pursue a musical career, with acting now a secondary pursuit. Initially had small roles on the large screen, before joining the cast of TV’s “My So-Called Life,” playing a slacker and the main love interest of the show’s star, Clare Danes for its run of two seasons. His initial foray as a leading man saw several box office disappointments, as he returned to music, forming the band, 30 Seconds to Mars in 1998, with his brother Shannon, for which he would be front man and lead singer. The band would be particularly popular in Europe, ultimately selling some ten million copies of their first four albums. Had his first really commercially successful film, Urban Legends in 1998, playing a murderer. Continued with support roles in controversial fare after the century’s turn, as well as leads, while focusing on his band during dry spells. After a six year hiatus from the big screen, he won an Academy Reward for best supporting actor for Dallas Buyer’s Club for his role as a transgendered woman. Inner: Perfectionist, totally throwing himself into his roles. Generous, giving and accessible. Has an affinity for playing highly unsympathetic characters, while both losing and gaining vast amounts of weight to authenticate his portrayals. Tuned it lifetime of greatly expanding himself both in front of the camera and as musical front man in a dual desire to give his various modes of expression their greatest exposure possible. Edna Purviance (Olga Edna Purviance) (1895-1958) American actress. Outer: Parents assumed management of a hotel property in Nevada when their only child was 3. The duo divorced 4 years later, and her mother continued to run the business, before marrying a German plumber, who died in 1911. Proved to be a talented pianist as a child, although never pursued music as a career, despite dreams of becoming a famous musician. Left home at 18 to attend business college in San Francisco and began her working life as a stenographer. Met silent film star Charlie Chaplin, who saw in her a potential comic partner that he could mold since she had no acting experience whatsoever. 5’2”, 123 lbs, with a natural wide-eyed beauty. Despite being initially petrified over the prospect of being an actress, she joined him at Essanay Studios in 1915, and soon became Chaplin’s favorite foil, making some 33 silents with him, as he played off her innocent girlishness with his broad visual humor. The duo had an on-again off-again two year affair, which ended when he was forced to marry Mildred Harris (Helen Mirren) in 1917. Lived next door to director William Desmond Taylor (George Hamilton) when he was killed in one of Hollywood’s great unsolved mysteries. Lost her fiancee, playboy Courtland Dines, in 1924, when he was shot by his chauffeur in her company, as well as Mabel Normand’s (Gene Wilder). Neither actress could resuscitate her career afterwards, because of the public’s growing intolerance for wayward Hollywood behavior. More or less retired in 1926, at the near-end of the silent film era, but remained on his payroll for another two decades, with her final two appearances in non-speaking parts in his Monsieur Verdoux in 1947 and Limelight in 1952. Married John Squire, a Pan Am pilot, in 1938, no children from the union which ended in his death in 1945. Died of throat cancer. Inner: Had a natural acting style, playing herself, rather than characters, and was never really given a chance to truly emote, save in one Chaplin directed non-comedy at active career’s end, A Woman of Paris. Chic, very much into appearances, with a fear of getting fat. Take one lifetime of serving as a comic genius’s foil, but never moving beyond his control, necessitating a far more assertive return the next time around in this series, to truly give full expression to the unique artist within which never quite came to the fore in this initial Hollywood foray.

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PATHWAY OF THE ENTERTAINER AS UNCLOSETED ICON:
Storyline: The former Latin lover ultimately self-destructs over his conflicted sense of true self before returning to proudly reclaim who he really is

Ricky Martin (Enrique Martin Morales) (1971) - Puerto Rican singer, actor. writer and philanthropist. Outer: Of Puerto Rican descent, with an admixtures of Basque, Spanish, Catalan, and Corsican blood. Mother was an accountant, from a musically inclined family and father was a psychologist. 2nd youngest of six with four half brothers and a half-sister. When he was two his parents divorced, and he spent his early childhood alternately living with his sire and his paternal grandmother. An altar boy, he began singing at 6, then appeared in commercials on Puerto Rican TV at 9. In 1984, after several rejections, he became a member of the boy band Menudo, although later felt the experience cost him his childhood because of the busy schedule and rigid rules. He also began struggling with his sexual orientation at this time, as well. The group became UNICEF ambassadors, which opened him up to charitable work later on in life. After 11 albums with the group, he left Menudo at 17, graduated high school, and then headed to NYC at 18. 6’2”, with light brown eyes and dark brown hair, as well as handsome features. Accepted at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, but opted instead to move to Mexico City and appear in a play there, which led to a role in a telenovela TV series “Alcanzar” as a singer. before starring in a film based on the series. At the same time, he released his eponymous debut Spanish-language album, and toured throughout Latin America for it as well as his second release. Moved to Los Angeles to appear on the small screen in a sitcom, and then a soap, “General Hospital,” and in 1996 made his Broadway debut in “Les Miserables.” Refused to temper his noticeable accent, and began his first same-sex relationship, coming out to his mother, who supported him. When the relationship ended, he began dating women again, closing down his true feelings. Focused on his musical career and became a world figure, touring in Europe, and performing at the 1998 World Cup soccer tournament, which was broadcast to 3 billion people. The following year he won a Grammy for Best Late Pop Performance with his hit “Vuelve.” Released his first English-language album afterwards, which shot up to number one on the charts. Founded the Ricky Martin Foundation in 2000 as a child advocacy organization More hit albums would follow, while in 2008 he became father to a pair of twin sons born to a surrogate mother. Finally came out two years later on his website, explaining that his decision to go public was based partly on his sons, so that they would know who their father truly was. Despite fearing it would ruin his career, he remained as popular as ever with his fan base. Announced his engagement in 2016 to Jwan Yosef, an artist born in Syria and raised in Sweden. In 2017, he and his team worked nonstop in their relief efforts over Hurricane Maria’s devastation of his native island. Has a net worth of $60 million. Inner: Despite coming from a Catholic family, he adheres to the Buddhist faith, as a means of bypassing Catholicism’s conflicting views against same-sex relationships. Well-liked, with a golden touch to all he does. Liberating lifetime of finally coming to grips with his internal desires, after previously self-destructing around his hidden draws. Ramon Novarro (Jose Ramon Gil Samaniego) (1899-1968) Mexican-American actor and singer. Outer: Of Spanish descent from the Castilian town of Burgos. Father was a dentist, who moved his brood to Los Angeles as refugees because of the Mexican Revolution in 1913. From a large well-to-do and influential family, he was the oldest of 12 surviving children with six sisters, three of whom became nuns, and five brothers including actor Mariano, architect Eduardo, director and actor Antonio and writer Jose. Four of his siblings died young. Cousin of actress Dolores del Rio. 5’6” with dark brown hair and eyes and exotic good looks. Worked as a ballet dancer, piano teacher and then singing waiter in NYC, before returning to LA and beginning his film career in 1917 doing uncredited bit parts,. Had his first big role in 1922’s Prisoner of Zenda, playing a villain, which quickly led to a string of starring roles in a series of hits, including 1925’s Ben Hur. On the death of Rudolph Valentino (John Travolta), in 1926, he became the screen’s premier latin lover, despite secretly being a homophile, a sexual stance he struggled with throughout his life. Refused, however, to compromise himself with a fake marriage as his studio wanted. Romantically involved with several men, including his publicist, and composer Harry Partch, while also depending on escort services for his paid partners. When the talkies era began after 1928, his career suffered precipitously. Forced to do bit parts and character roles, he sank into alcoholism, despite being one of the more popular members of the Hollywood community. Downsized from his Frank Lloyd Wright designed mansion to a one-story Spanish colonial house in the process, while also thinking he might become a monk. With the advent of TV, he had somewhat of a career revival doing series like “Dr. Kildare” and “Bonanza.” By the end, he had advanced emphysema and arthritis, while bloating to 198 pounds. Ultimately murdered on Halloween by two brothers whom he had picked up. They thought he had a fortune hidden in his house and beat him so badly that he choked to death on his own blood. Afterwards, they crawled on his bedroom mirror with a make-up pencil, “Us Girls are better than Fagits.” When his body was found, his blood alcohol level was precipitously high. They, in turn, got $20 for their heinous crime, and ultimately received long prison sentences, only to be paroled and then incarcerated again for further crimes. Inner: Felt his acting career was very repetitive, always playing the same heroic character with no faults or vices. Greatly conflicted over his Roman Catholic faith and his sexual draw towards men, which ultimately led to his demise. Addictive personality, but generally well-liked by everyone. Rise and fall lifetime of ascended to silent heights because of his handsome veneer, followed by a descent into self-destructive behavior and ultimate obliteration by the darkness of the greed and rage of others.


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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS ONGOING ACTION FAN FAVE:
Storyline: The tall-walking wrestler learns to channel his innate aggressive energy into a series of highly successful early careers, built on his striking physical build, with his ongoing challenges integrating the feminine into his hyper-male persona, and learning how to rise from defeat.

vDwayne Johnson (Dwayne Douglas johnson) (1972) - American wrestler and actor. Outer: Of African/Canadian and Samoan descent. From a family of professional wrestlers, with his grandfather, father, 3 uncles and 6 cousins all taking to the square ring. Father was wrestler and gym owner Rocky Johnson. Mother was of royal Samoan blood. Traveled with his parents and watched his progenitor perform in the ring, while growing up rowdy and always ready for a fight. Spent some time in New Zealand with his mother’s family, while his father and grandfather wrestled there. Also lived in northern California, Hawai’i and finally eastern Pennsylvania, where he played high school football, and was also a member of his school’s track and field team. Able to channel his considerable energy into winning and challenging himself, when earlier he had a far more anarchic view of life, although got involved with steroid use, before deciding it wasn’t worth it. A topnotch athlete, he won a full football scholarship to the Univ. of Miami, and played defensive tackle, as a member of the school’s 1991 NCAA championship team, although a back injury ended his dream of playing in the NFL. Graduated Miami in 1995 with a degree in criminology and physiology. Signed a three year contract with the Calgary Stampeeders of the Canadian Football League, but was cut after two months, and decided to pursue a wrestling career, despite disliking an earlier foray into amateur grappling. 6’4”, 290 lbs., and muscular, although later reduced to 265 lbs. Began his career under the nom de mat of Flex Kavanah, since he didn’t want to trade off his family reputation, and promptly won the tag-team championship of the USWA. Joined the high-powered World Wrestling Federation in 1996, where he became part of the ‘Nation of Domination,’ as Rocky Maivia, and found his ultimate identity as ‘the Rock.’ In 1997, he married Dany Garcia, whom he had met at the Univ. of Miami, one daughter from the union, while his wife went on to become CEO of a wealth-management fund they created. Amicably divorced a decade later. A 7 time champion, he immediately became involved in all of the WWE’s main storylines, as both villain and hero, and also represented the organization at the 2000 Republican National Convention, giving a speech on behalf of the WWF without endorsing anybody. Wrote a bestseller the same year, “The Rock Says.” Turned to motion pictures as a natural outlet for his clean-cut, burnished movie star looks and made his film debut as one of the stars of The Mummy Returns in 2001. Marqueed in its prequel the following year, The Scorpion King, receiving a record $5.5 million for an initial starring effort, and his successful film career was launched. Retired from professional wrestling, and also retired his name in 2006. The same year he also began an eponymous foundation that does charitable work for at-risk and terminally ill children. Along with his wife, he also donated $1 million to the Univ. of Miami athletic program. Although no great shakes as an actor, he has enough of a stolid physical presence to carry the PG-13 actioners he usually appears in, and seems poised to best his previous go-round’s stab at cinematic heroics. In 2013, he launched the competitive cable TV series “The Hero,” serving as producer, mentor, and host, although it failed to find an audience. Two years later, he starred in “Ballers,” playing a former football star turned financial manager in an “Entourage” - like cable creation, capitalizing on his likable presence in a largely derivative format. Had a daughter with longtime girlfriend Lauren Hashlan at 2015’s near-end. The following annum, he kept a high profile by returning to pro wresting setting viewing records at Wrestlemania 32, while also co-hosting the MTV awards in memorable fashion. Extremely in demand, with a host of features, including breathing new life in 2017 into The Fast and the Furious series, whose #8 opening set a box office global record of over a half billion dollars. The same year, he handsomely anchored Baywatch, the third filmic attempt to cash in on the skin’n’sand celebration of brainless bodies that had been the world’s most popular TV show, with his muscular, charismatic presence. Continues to flirt with a possible 2020 presidential run, with an emphasis on his patriotism and love of country Has a net worth of $185 million. Inner: Likes to refer to himself in the 3rd person. A registered Republican, and fiscally conservative, he is more liberal when it comes to social issues, with a genuine desire to make the world a better place. Second round lifetime of transliterating his striking physicality into a heroic cinematic career, with lessons from his previous go-round as saidsame still awaiting the unfolding of his life. vFrancis X. Bushman (Francis Xavier Bushman) (1883-1966) - American actor. Outer: Father was a traveling salesman. Received a parochial education, and was forbidden by his mother to go to the theater, which, naturally, compelled him to sneak out out of school to do so. 5’11” and muscular. Educated at Ammandale College in Maryland. A skilled athlete, he was, in turn, a wrestler, boxer, bicycle racer, artist’s model and a student of sculpture. In 1899, he joined a Baltimore stock company, and appeared in many plays as an extra. In 1902, he married Josephine Duval, a seamstress, 3 daughters and two sons, including actor Ralph Bushman and art director Bruce Bushman from the union. Continued to work in repertory and stock companies, and made his Broadway debut in 1907 with a featured role in “Queen of the Moulin Rouge.” Discovered, more for his physical presence than any great acting ability, he began his film career with the Essanay Company in 1911 in His Friends Wife, and became a favorite of audiences almost immediately. Joined the Metro company, where he became a star, and was soon known as the King of the Movies. Appeared in 24 films with Beverly Bayne, whom he initially demanded as a co-star, and soon they were an item, as well as the first romantic team in film. Their blatant affair ended his first marriage, and three days after his divorce was final, they wed in 1918, one son from union, who used his mother’s name and ultimately killed himself in 1957. The duo starred in a play, “The Master Thief,” which did well, and also appeared in vaudeville and stock, before finally going their separate ways. Donated land in Hollywood to entrepreneur Sid Graumann, which ultimately became the landmark Graumann’s Chinese Theater. Best remembered for his role as Messala in the silent version of Ben Hur in 1925. The same year he divorced Bayne, which would also signal the end of her career. Wound up appearing in nearly 200 films, the bulk of them before 1920. Although one of the stars of the silent screen, his career was largely over by the introduction of talkies, since his flamboyant acting style, which was perfect for silents, did not transfer at all to dialogue-driven drama. His butler also failed to recognize mogul Louis B. Mayer (Master P) at his house, and the insult impelled the latter to actively put his career into eclipse as well. Despite making some $10 million from films, he suffered further insult when the bulk of his fortune was wiped out in the stock market crash of 1929, leaving him $100,000 in debt. In 1932 he married Nora Bayne, who owned a chain of beauty salons. Continued to do small parts afterwards, and worked as a businessman. Also did radio drama, appearing in the soap opera, “Those We Love,” from 1938 through 1945. Made his last filmic hurrah, playing King Saul in the big-budget David and Bathsheba in 1951. Following his wife’s death in 1956, he married for a fourth and final time the same year to Ivy Richardson, and he and his spouse subsequently won $30,000 on a TV quiz show. Ended his career with guests appearances on TV. Died of a heart attack after a fall. Inner: Well-liked, simple and straightforward. Square-jawed lifetime of easily reaching the pinnacle of his profession, only to experience a karmic takedown to test his resiliency, and ultimately show his ability to bounce back, before one final fall.

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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS MILLION DOLLAR CHARACTER ACTOR:
Storyline: The transatlantic transnational easily slips into character on either side of the divide between the U.S. and England, while having his own character occasionally tested by the women in his life, in his own chosen real life role as an amalgam of leading man and unsupportive support player.

Jude Law (David Jude Heyworth Law) (1972) - British actor, producer and director. Outer: Of British and some Scottish descent. Both his parents were school teachers who later formed a theater company and drama school in France, following their son’s success. Named after the conflicted hero of Thomas Hardy’s (Ted Hughes) “Jude the Obscure.” One older sister who became a photographer and illustrator. Began acting at the age of 12, with the National Youth Music Theater, which originally housed him in a girl’s dormitory because of a confusion around his name. Proved to be a teenage heart throb on stage, and by 17 he dropped out of school to pursue his craft full-time. 5’11”, and green-eyed. Starred in a daytime soap called “Families,” as a teen runaway before turning to the stage at 20. Did “Indiscretions” on both the London and NY stage, while also garnering a host of nominations for his various efforts. Began his screen career doing indies, slowly making a name for himself in larger productions, with his breakthrough role in 1999 in The Talented Mr. Ripley, as a socialite murder victim. After appearing with her in a crime thriller, he married actress Sadie Frost in 1997, two sons and a daughter from the union, which ended in divorce in 2003, and a nasty custody battle afterwards. Formed his own production company, “Natural Nylon,” with his wife as one of his partners, although dissolved it at the same his marriage ended. Able to play Americans as easily as Brits, with a star turn in Cold Mountain and then two remakes of Michael Caine vehicles, as well as an across-the-pond double-down in that quintessential Shakespearean tragedy, “Hamlet,” to mostly good reviews, along with a little compulsive snarking on both sides of the Atlantic. The following year, he was named Sexiest Man Alive by “People” magazine. Engaged to actress Sienna Miller in 2005, before embarrassing himself by an affair with his children’s nanny, in what would prove to be a continually on-and-off connection. Reached the $10 million plateau in 2003, and has since largely done vehicles of his own choosing, with their challenges far more important that their salaries, despite being named one of Hollywood’s ten most bankable stares in 2006. Fathered a baby girl with American model Samantha Burke in 2009, and his fifth child, a daughter, with Catherine Harding in 2015, despite no longer being a couple with her. Serves as the face of several products, including a perfume by Dior, and has also dabbled in directing shorts as well as performing for various charitable organizations, while globetrotting for peace. In 2017, he starred in the cable series, “The Young Pope” playing Pius XIII in a costume drama long on spectacle, including nudity and profanity short on spirituality. Has a net worth of $45 million. Inner: Curious mixture of leading man looks, and character actor’s craft. Not particularly intrigued by celebrity, despite a continued facility for drawing attention to his private life. Combination tabloid and theater bill lifetime of capitalizing on a combination of outer appeal and inner talent to forge a relatively unique career on stage and screen, coupled with a less than exemplary private life off of it. Alan Mowbray (Alfred Ernest Allen) (1896-1969) - English/American actor and writer. Outer: From a non-theatrical family. Served with the Royal Artillery with distinction in WW I, winning the French Croix de Guerre as well as the Military Medal, after being wounded twice. 6’. Began his career as a stage actor afterwards in London, under the name Alan Mowbray, claiming he had no other skills. Came over to America in 1923 with the Theater Guild, and toured with them for the rest of the decade, while making his Broadway debut in 1926 with “Sport of Kings.” The following year, he married actress Lorayne Carpenter, after working with her, two children from the union, including daughter Patricia, who married the much older actor, Douglass Dumbrille. Wrote, directed and starred in “Dinner is Served,” in 1929, although it closed after four performances. Made one more Broadway stab, before trading in the smell of the greasepaint and the roar of the crowd for an extended film career, not to return to the Great White Way until 1963. Made his film debut in 1931 and became a naturalized U.S. citizen two years later. Despite his modest beginnings, he projected a patrician air with stiff posture and excellent diction, so that he often played upper-class aristos of either English or American persuasions in a variety of both comedies and dramas. Occasionally did some screenwriting, and in 1933, was one of the founding members of the Screen Actors Guild. Also created the George Spelvin Award of the Masquers Club, named after a fictitious American billing whenever an actor took two roles in the same play. His later film life would see him assaying butlers and doctors for the most part, in what would prove to be an extremely prolific career. A fairly ubiquitous character actor, he appeared in some 140 productions, and then later in life, made a host of guest appearances on a variety of TV series. Also interested in geography, which manifested in a membership in Britain’s Royal Geographic Society. Died of heart failure. Inner: Highly social with a wry wit, while serving as a well-liked pillar of the transplanted British Hollywood community. Pigeonholed lifetime of playing support roles of an archetypal nature, while having his larger ambitions curtailed, necessitating a return as a far more chameleonic character, with his flaws on far greater display, so as to open himself up to his own greater and lesser possibilities.

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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS FORMER ONE NOTER TURNED FULLY ORCHESTRATED:
Storyline: The grown up urban urchin literally stretches himself both physically and emotionally to truly embrace a varied career, after earlier playing one role over and over to increasingly unsatisfactory result, both publicly and privately.
vAdrien Brody (1973) - American actor and artist. Outer: Of Polish and Hungarian Jewish descent. Mother was Hungarian-born photojournalist Sylvia Plachy, who fled Hungary during the 1956 uprising. Father was a his/story teacher who lost members of his family in the Holocaust. Only offspring. Worked as a magician as a child, under the sobriquet of “The Amazing Adrien,” at kids’ parties. The possessor of a vivid imagination, he would reenact his experiences, with the intent of ultimately becoming a performer, while also giving vent to his own streetwise sensibilities. Took acting classes, and appeared off-Broadway at 13, as well as in a PBS-TV movie. Attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and High School for the Performing Arts, while also appearing professionally. 6’1 1/2”, and slim with green eyes and black hair. Started his career in TV in 1988, and made his film debut the following year in New York Stories. Continued playing variations on the same cocky New Yorker, until he won an Academy Reward for Best Actor in 2003 for his role in The Pianist, becoming the youngest actor ever to achieve that feat, after having campaigned extremely actively for it. Lost 30 pounds for the role, while learning to play Chopin (Karlheinz Stockhausen). Also cut himself off from his usual life in order to feel the sense of loss and despair of his character. His career, afterwards, however, would stall out from his refusal to do easy commercial fare, forcing him to sue for his full salary on one production, and go straight to video on a second one, while his first production effort barely made four figures at the box office, in a curious reflection of his last go-round in this series, when he was frozen forever in a single character. Nevertheless, refuses to do what’s easiest as he did before, rather than what is best for his continued growth as an actor. In 2014, he portrayed illusionist and escape artist Harry Houdini (Tony Curtis) on a two-part History Channel mini-series, allowing him to touch on his own sense of risk-taking, as an actor willing to go out on a shaky limb in his choice of roles, which continue to be off-beat on both the large and small screen. A “recreational” artist as well, he uses environmental catastrophe as subject matter, turning violence into engaging pop fare. Inner: Socially aware, with a strong sense of who he is. Prepares for all his parts meticulously, approximating the internal struggles of his characters, while teaching himself compassion for those who have little to call their own. Take two lifetime of giving a far better life performance all the way around, both artistically and emotionally, than the one that pigeonholed him into an angry corner the last time in this series. vLeo Gorcey (Leo Bernard Gorcey) (1917-1969) - American actor. Outer: Father was a Swiss-born Jewish immigrant actor from Russia, Bernard Gorcey (Ryan Gosling), who played on both the stage and screen. Mmother, Josephine Condon, was Irish Catholic, and together the two worked in vaudeville. Both were under 5’, and mother was still a young teenager when she gave birth to 3 sons. The middle of three brothers, with his younger sibling David also an actor. His sire was often on the road and largely neglected the family, leading to his parent’s divorce. 5’6”, with dark brown hair and black eyes. President of his high school drama club. Began working as an apprentice plumber at his uncle’s shop, when his father suggested he try out for a part as a young tough in the NY street drama, “Dead End.” Despite no acting experience, he wound up as one of the principle slum kids, the gang leader, ‘Spit,’ and the play was a huge hit. After the successful movie version in 1937, several members of the gang from the play stayed together to do a series of comedies, first under the name ‘The Dead End Kids,’ in a progression of crime melodramas, then as ‘The East Side Kids,’ and finally ‘The Bowery Boys,’ as Muggs McGinnis and Slip Mahoney, where his brother, David, and father played ongoing roles, the latter the owner of a soda shop where they all gathered. Often adlibbed during their performances. Appeared in other features as well, but was always the same character, a tough-talking, cocky New Yorker. In 1939, he married a dancer, Kay Marvis, who appeared in 4 of his films. Divorced 5 years later, after she claimed he was cruel and abusive, before going on to marry comedian Groucho Marx. In 1945, he married actress Evalene Bankston, divorced 3 years later. Fired three shots, albeit missing each time, at a pair of detectives hired by Bankston after they came to the house when they were separated, and won back part of his $50,000 divorce settlement. In 1949, he married actress Amelita Ward, 2 children from the union, including actor and producer Leo Gorcey, Jr. Divorced in 1956, before he married the nanny, Brandy Davis, who had taken care of their children, one daughter from the union, which ended in divorce in 1962. Finally decided at 38 to call it quits as a perennial teenager after his father died in a car accident, which devastated him, and he turned to excessive drink, although he reappeared twice in cameo roles. Retired to live on a ranch, pay out alimony and raise cattle and pigs. His last marriage was in 1968 to Mary Gannon. Self-published his autobiography, "Dead End Yells, Wedding Bells, Cockle Shells, and Dizzy Spells" two years before he died of a liver ailment. Inner: Angry and abusive, while never really growing up. Dead end lifetime of being typecast as a tough little punk, and living it out on-screen and off, before succumbing to his own accumulated bile.

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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS CLOSETED THEN OPEN MULTI-CRAFTSMAN:
Storyline: The tri-named TV star becomes a ubiquitous presence on the small screen, while displaying a renaissance sense of self and enjoying mass acceptance for who he really is, after an earlier up-and-down go-round of constantly feeling he had to hide his true being from the public.

Neil Patrick Harris (1973) - American actor, singer, director, producer and amateur magician. Outer: Of Irish, English, Scottish and German descent. Both his parents were attorneys and ran a restaurant. Younger of two brothers. Father played the folk guitar and initiated him into being an entertainer. Began acting while in grade school, and continued in high school, before turning professional as a teenager. Used all three of his names since there was already an actor named Neil Harris in the Screen Actor’s Guild. Made his film debut at 15 in Clara’s Heart, then had a four season run as a prodigy doctor on the sitcom “Doogie Howser, M.D.” 6’, slim with blonde hair and blue eyes. Performed in high school plays, while also working as an amateur magician, appearing over the years as such on late night talk shows. Had some difficulty in translating his early success, doing mostly support roles in TV movies, and a few films, while yearning to be a Broadway star. In 2005, he appeared in a Los Angeles production of “Rent,” which got him a Drama-League award. The following year he came out as a homophile, which had no effect on his career or playing hetero characters. Able to spoof himself in the Harold and Kumar comedy series, as a rampant lady’s man, which helped resuscitate his larger career. Did both small-screen and large screen work over the next several years, and made his Broadway debut in “Proof” in 2001, following that up with several more bright lights appearances. In 2005, he had his second sit-com success, playing a serial playboy in “How I Met Your Mother,” which had s 9 season run ending in 2014. Hosted the Tony awards in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013, as well as the Emmys a trio of times, winning several of the little statues in the process, before being chosen to host the 2015 Oscar telecast. In 2014, he won a Tony for Best Actor in a Musical for “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” playing a transgender woman. The same year, he published his memoirs, “Choose Your Own Autobiography,” based on an interactive game, where different plot lines could be followed. Directed a handful of TV series and helped produce several of the Tony and Emmy awards he appeared on, before directing “Rent” for his first full musical production. After a decade together, in 2014, he wed actor David Burtka. The duo had a twin son and daughter via a surrogate mother, with each of them the biological father of one of their progeny. Ever more ubiquitous in his ongoing career, seemingly everywhere at once, with an eagerness to display his considerable craft in a host of different ways, although his emceeing the 2015 Oscars, would not enhance his reputation as he showed a remarkably crude insensitivity in his ongoing patter that fell flat in an awkward performance that was roundly drubbed. Launched a variety show, “The Best Time Ever” in the fall of the same year, which show-cased his huge range of talents, as well as a full panoply of TV staples, such as giveaways, game shows, singalong, et al, in a redefinition of the format in an attempt to make it a must-see phenomenon. The show, however, failed to garner enough of an audience to be renewed, as the network began looking around to another vehicle for him. Has a net worth of $35 million. Inner: Friendly, extroverted, highly approachable and not afraid to lampoon himself. Multi-faceted, and quite skilled at virtually all he undertakes. Many-hatted lifetime of happily being his true self in public, without fear of repercussions on his highly visible career as a seemingly omnipresent show business phenomenon. Monty Woolley (Edgar Montillion Woolley) (1888-1963) - American actor, director and college instructor. Outer: Born into wealth and privilege. Father was a hotel proprietor in NYC, giving his son access to the social elite from a young age. Graduated Yale in 1907, where he was a noted bon vivant, and often starred in the school’s dramatic productions. 5’10”, with fierce blue eyes and a generously fleshed frame. Got advanced degrees at both Yale and Harvard, then served as a drama coach for his alma mater for three years. The work was interrupted by WW I, where he was an intelligence officer in France as a member of the National Guard for 8 months, before returning to the Yale Experimental Theater. Found himself somewhat adrift for several years after the war, working as a stage manager, before becoming a lecturer on drama and director of student productions again, although his position was not renewed, much to wide-spread student protest. Returned to NYC, and was forced to ask his friends for money. Thanks to a close friendship with fellow Yalie Cole Porter, he had a hit in 1929 directing “Fifty Million Frenchmen,” while growing a well=trimmed beard, which became his trademark. Subsequently directed several Broadway musicals and reviews, before deciding, at age 36, to become an actor himself, reluctantly moving to Hollywood, when the Great White Way was no longer supporting him. Made an unbilled film debut in 1936 in Ladies in Love and soon began getting support roles, before graduating to occasional leads. A closeted homophile, he never admitted his true sexual orientation, because of the stigmas of the time, although he was an extremely well-known figure in the velvet underground. Reached his peak as an actor in the 1940s, gaining several Oscar nominations while enjoying the role of a lifetime as misanthropic celebrity author Sheridan Whiteside in 1942’s The Man Who Came to Dinner, playing a wheel-chair bound house-guest who creates endless havoc, after slipping on his host’s front steps and breaking his hip. Also assayed the same role on stage. Had a five year relationship with Cary Abbott, an erudite man of means, during the 1940s, and bought a home in Saratoga Springs, NY, where the latter pretended to be his secretary. In 1945, he was elected mayor of the town in a write-in vote, although he graciously turned down the honor. While the community took their relationship at face value, their close circle of friends knew its true nature. Abbott died in 1948, and he retreated into himself, heart-broken. Took to downing martinis and platonic friendships afterwards, but a hole existed in his life afterwards that he could no longer fill. Ended his film career in 1955, although continued to take on occasional radio and TV roles, while feeling more and more out of place in a world that had passed him by. Died in a hospital of kidney and heart failure. Inner: Witty and erudite. Known for his elegance of dress and his ribald humor, as well as his snobbishness. Usually the life of the party, with a wide coterie of friends, thanks to a natural generosity. Bon vivant lifetime of many ups and downs, but with a resilient character to deal with them, until his last lonely years, when the man who came to dinner finally found himself unhappily dining alone.

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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS RECLAIMER OF HIMSELF:
Storyline: The quiet craftsman frees himself from the slavery of earlier denigrating stereotypes, by allowing the hidden subtle artist beneath emerge, while employing a number of different disciplines to satisfy his need for self-expression.

vOmar Epps (1973) - American actor, writer and producer. Outer: Of African/American descent. Mother was a school principal who raised him and his sister alone. Older of 2, and cousin of actor and comedian Mike Epps. 5’10 1/2”. Began writing screenplays at the age of 10, and in his late teens formed the musical group Wolfpack with his brother, and a cousin, and has continued with it, despite its being his single venue not to achieve commercial success. Began performing in high school, doing double duty at the High School of Music & Arts in NYC and the NY High School of the Performing Arts, and made his screen debut afterwards in Juice in 1992. Although a quiet, steady screen presence, he has rarely drawn notice for his efforts, preferring to play less noticeable leads and supports in a career dedicated to soft-spoken dignity and unflamboyant craft, in both big budgeters and small independent productions. Began producing in 1997, with an HBO effort, First Time Felon, and has been a busy presence on both the small and large screen, with a goodly number of well-received efforts. Formed his own production company, called Brooklyn Works Films, which has allowed him to triple hyphenate his talents as writer, producer and star of several vehicles. In addition to his acting, writing and musical talents, he has also directed several musical videos. In 2004, he married singer Keisha Spivey, one son and one daughter from the union, as well as a daughter from a previous relationship. Never a star, but always a solid performer, he achieved his highest profile role in 2004 with “House,” playing a doctor for the popular multi-season run of that TV hit, until its end in 2012. Followed it up in 2014 with a support role in the hit, “Resurrection,” playing an immigration agent who helps facilitate a return from the dead for the loved ones of a Missouri town’s inhabitants. Has a net worth of $15 million. Inner: Unassuming, strongly self-expressive, with a desire to shatter myths surrounding black lives. Rehabilitating lifetime of compensating for earlier stereotypical roles by looking for quiet heroes who better reflect his own sense of burgeoning craft, and his desire to open up his abilities at creation and expression in a number of modes. vWillie Best (1916?-1962) - American actor. Outer: Of African/American descent. Some sources say he was born in 1913. Dropped out of school to join a traveling song-and-dance troupe in Southern California, and entered films with Feet First in 1930. Became known for the character he played, ‘Sleep’n Eat,’ a wide-eyed, dim-witted African-American. Forged a career out of the same self-demeaning stereotype, never rising above the roles proferred to him by a racist Hollywood. Ended his movie career following a drug bust in 1950, although producer Hal Roach made him a semi-regular on several TV programs and he wound up doing a considerable amount of work in the early days of that medium. Despite his screen image, he had the reputation as a lady’s man, with a multiracial little black book. Vilified by civil rights activists in the late 1950s, he eventually withdrew entirely from show business. Died of cancer in complete obscurity at the Motion Picture Country Home. Along with Stepin Fetchit (Craig Lamar Traylor) and Mantan Moreland (Tyler James Williams), one of the exemplars of Hollywood’s view of non-whites as nitwits, and like the other two, felt an immediate need to come right back and reclaim himself. Inner: Always felt compromised, but also needed to work. Belittling lifetime of conforming to racist stereotypes, and probably eating himself away from the inside for having done so.

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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS UNLIKELY SUPERHERO:
Storyline: The sensitive web-spinner is thrust into stardom, after an ungrounded beginning, which taught him the value of introspection, and truly knowing himself, so that he would always know the difference between who he is and what he does, no matter how successful he became at the latter.

vTobey Maguire (Tobias Vincent Maguire) (1975) - American actor and producer. Outer: Of Irish and British descent, with a smattering of Austrian, Puerto Rican and Danish Mother was only 18, father 20 when he was born, and the duo split when their son was 3. Spent his childhood moving from home to home on the West Coast, staying with either parent, as well as a succession of relatives. Felt very anxious about his uprooted upbringing, although was always felt well-loved. His mother worked in office jobs as a sometime secretary, while his father was a cook and construction worker, but neither generated much money, and for a time, he was on welfare with the former. Solitary and brooding by nature, his mother encouraged him to try acting, by giving him $100 to take a workshop. Dropped out of school after the ninth grade, and began auditioning, where he became friends with Leonardo DiCaprio, who helped him get his first film role in This Boy’s Life in 1993. Got the lead in a short-lived TV series the same year, “Great Scott!,” then stopped acting to sort out who he was, ultimately separating himself from his work, as what he does, but not who he is. Developed a drinking problem, which he was able to overcome at 19. Appeared in mostly art-house films, and first gained critical recognition playing a troubled teen in The Ice Storm in 1997, and then reprised that archetype in several more well-received roles, before being surprisingly cast in Spiderman, a spandex series for which he had to buff up his thin 5’8”, 140 lbs. longtime vegetarian frame. The movie catapulted him to the top rank of young actors, at $17 million a picture, although he was reluctant to do the sequel because of a back problem, and then had to fight to be recast in it. Set up his own production company, Maguire Entertainment, while keeping a remarkably low profile for a high-priced star. Had a daughter with Jennifer Meyer, a jewelry designer and daughter of the head of Universal Studios, and the two married a year later in 2007, before adding a son to their domestic menagerie. Ended his connection to the Spiderman franchise in 2011, while also being ordered to pay over $300,000 he had won off a convicted Ponzi schemer on a Hollywood high-stakes Texas Hold-Em poker circuit, despite claiming he lost over $150,000 to the same individual, in further gambling with him. Has maintained a lower profile since then, with both small and large screen appearances. Has a net worth of $75 million. Inner: Despite his dreamy persona, quite disciplined, while selecting his roles carefully, with the desire for a full-rounded career. Interested in discovering what he can and cannot do. Well-examined lifetime of coming in under shaky circumstances to allow him ultimately to have both his feet firmly planted on the ground, and see how high he can go without losing his fine-tuned sense of balance. Lionel Atwill (1885-1946) - English/American actor. Outer: From an uppercrust family. Initially wanted to be an architect. Went to a prestigious school for it, but the lure of the theater proved far too compelling. 5’10 1/2”. Began acting on the London stage at 19, before moving to America in 1915 to appearf on Broadway and in silent films, beginning in 1918 with For Sale. Married actress Phyllis Relph in 1917, divorced 2 years later. Then wed actress Poppy Wyndham, one son from the union, which ended in divorce in 1928. Married a third time in 1930, to Henrietta Cromwell Brook, the socialite ex-wife of Gen. Douglas MacArthur. Their union ended in divorce in 1943, over the subsequent scandal surrounding him. Became one of Hollywood’s favorite resident villains in the 1930s, after establishing himself in talkies as a lead and in character roles. Projected a tall, imposing presence on the screen, who could evoke both authority and evil. Best remembered for his work in character films, and in particular, as the wooden-armed police chief in Son of Frankenstein. His career flagged precipitously after a widely publicized sex scandal in 1942, when he was charged with perjury at a rape trial over an orgiastic Christmas party held at his home two years earlier, featuring pornography and nudity. Subsequently wound up largely blacklisted from films, save for one poverty row company. Given 5 years probation, while also losing a son, an RAF pilot, who was killed in action. Married a last time in 1944, to Mary Pruter, one son from the final union. Did some bits and serials for Universal his last years, although by then was a shunned Hollywood figure. Died of bronchial cancer and pneumonia, in the midst of filming a serial. Inner: Felt one/half his face was gentle and kind, and the other dark and evil, which he felt compelled to act out in real, as well as reel life. Stranger in a strange land lifetime of channeling his skills at playing darkness, while enjoying the light and leisure of an alien paradise, Hollywood, until his darkness ultimately prevailed, turning him into a literal spiderman, that his previous cohorts actively avoided.

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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS ADDICTIVE LIBERTINE:
Storyline: The international icon is confounded by women one go-round, and obsessively seductive with them the next, in his ongoing need to integrate the feminine into his actorly sensibilities, in order to give him greater insight into his hidden, even from himself, self.

Colin Farrell (Colin James Farrell) (1976) - Irish actor. Outer: Of Irish descent. Premature at birth, weighing only 1 lb. 6 oz. Father and uncle were both well-known soccer players. Youngest of four with two sisters and a brother. One of the former, Claudine, became his personal assistant. Raised Irish Catholic, in a middle-class neighborhood, and wears a large cross tattoo on his foreman. Enjoyed a close-knit and extremely supportive family, who both adored and indulged him. A good athlete, he wanted to be a footballer, although ultimately felt he wasn’t good enough. His mother made him take dance lessons, following in his choreographer brother’s rhythmic footsteps. Began getting into fights and missing class and was eventually expelled for the latter. Drifted into drugs and drink and aimlessness, then toured Ireland with a troupe of line dancers, after being rejected in a tryout with the Irish boyband, Boyzone. Filmed a TV commercial, and decided on acting as a career. Made his debut on stage in Sydney, Australia in an open air amateur production, while showing a continued propensity for drug and drink. 5’9”. Attended the Gaiety School of Acting for a year, before dropping out, preferring direct experience, which he got in a recurring role on “Ballykissangel,” a BBC TV drama of rural Irish life, in 1998, staying with the part for two years. Continued doing small roles on TV and in film, making his debut in the latter medium the same year in The War Zone. Began to draw notice and box office acclaim after the turn of the century, beginning with Tigerland, showing himself capable of portraying Americans, despite his strong Irish accent. Steadily built himself into an international film star, with turns assaying both historical characters, such as Alexander the Great, as well as a variety of action and romantic heroes. Won a Golden Globe in 2009, for In Bruges, a comedy, although most of his work would be in action or dramatic fare. His off-camera exploits, particularly in the realm of seduction, however, would often outshadow his career, as he developed a reputation for nailing anyone within reach, without any compunction towards commitment. Married actress Amelia Warner in 2001 for four months, in a singular aberration to his usual fleeing from the ‘m’ word. In 2003, he had a son with U.S. model Kim Bordenave, and later revealed their progeny has a rare genetic disorder, known as Angelman Syndrome, retarding his development. Two years later, he checked into rehab for a variety of drug addictions. Later that year a sex tape emerged between himself and model Nicole Narain, which elicited a lawsuit, while 70 year old actress Dame Eileen Atkins claimed he propositioned, although failed, to seduce her. His lecherous ways would become part of Hollywood lore, including suit against him for harassment by telephone sex worker Dessarae Bradford, whom he also accused of stalking him. In 2009, he had a second son with Polish actress Alicja Bachleda-Curus, before bidding her permanent adieu as well. Maintains homes in both Los Angeles and Dublin, and remains a “hottie,” to his many female fans, and an actor of genuine talent to Hollywood’s critical establishment. In 2014, he joined the cast of the cable series, “True Detective” for its second season. Since then has done a variety of films, including 2017’s art house release, The Killing of a Sacred Deer. Has a net worth $30 million. Inner: Addictive personality, with an endless fascination with seduction, and an equal entrancement with the sexual feminine. Insomniac since the age of 12, with, perhaps, a fear of his own unconscious. Extremely self-involved, serious and self-analytic. Libidinous lifetime of continuing his longtime expertise with artifice, while compulsively pursuing bedpost notches as a means of defining his own sense of desirability and domestic indifference. Claude Rains (William Claude Rains) (1889-1967) - English/American actor. Outer: Father was British stage actor Frederick Rains, who later had a career in silent film as a producer/director. Made his own debut at 11 in “Nell of Old Drury.” Raised in a theatrical environment, he got a chance to explore the entire milieu from page boy to footlight flitter to stage manager, while overcoming an early Cockney accent and a speech impediment. Came to America in 1913 to pursue the Broadway stage, before serving with a Scottish regiment in Europe during WW I, when was nearly blinded in one eye following a gas attack. During that era, he married actress Isabel Jeans in 1913, before divorcing her five years later, after separating and reuniting several times, due to her penchant for adultery. 5’6”. Continued on the London stage afterwards, and flowered under the instruction of Herbert Beerbohm Tree (Peter O’Toole), who paid for his elocution lessons. Made his screen debut in Build Thy House, in 1920. The same year he married and divorced stage actress Marie Hemingway, whom he discovered was an alcoholic after they had exchanged vows. His third union was to yet another actress, Beatrix Tomson, which lasted from 1924 to 1935, although the duo formally separated in 1928. Taught at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, mentoring several future stalwarts of British stage and screen, before returning to NYC in 1927, for a long series of roles, before finding a natural métier for himself in American films, thanks to a memorable voice and a compact physicality. Took advantage of the popular horror genre of the time with Universal Studios, as The Invisible Man in 1933, a mad doctor who could disappear, which established him as an international film star. Eschewed further horror fare, and instead, continued playing Broadway and working with the Theater Guild, while expanding his filmwork, moving over to Warner Brothers to take advantage of their literary-based output. Did a wide range of roles throughout the 1930s, limning both contemporary and historic characters, with subtleties of both tone and expression, playing both Americans and Englishmen to equally effective degree. In 1939, he became an American citizen. His fourth and longest union was to a non-actress, Frances Propper, which ran from 1935 to 1956, and produced his one child, Jessica Rains, who followed in her father’s emotive footsteps. Many of his roles were of a support nature, but so sure were his portrayals, that he was seen as a major star, an unusual achievement reserved for the very few. Able to play both comedy and drama, while achieving his greatest renown as police Capt. Louis Renault in the 1942 classic, Casablanca. In 1945, he became the first actor to garner a $1,000,000 salary for Caesar and Cleopatra. Continued fashioning memorable performances throughout the 1940s, and although nominated four times for Best Supporting Actor, surprisingly never won. Switched to TV in the 1950s, most memorably on “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” and returned to Broadway in 1951 in “Darkness At Noon,” for which he won a Tony as Best Actor. In 1959, he contracted his fifth marriage to Jewish Hungarian widow and Shoa refugee Agi Jambor, who was a pianist-composer and music teacher, although this union ended like all the others in divorce, the following year. In 1960, he married for the sixth and final time to Rosemary McGroarty, who died in 1964. Continued working throughout his life, making his final film appearance in The Greatest Story Ever Told in 1965 before ultimately dying of an intestinal hemorrhage. Wrote his own tombstone epitaph, “All things once/Are things forever,/Soul, once living,/lives forever.” Inner: Stingy and obsessed with money, despite having done handsomely during his long acting career. Temperamental, and several times the victim of adultery on the part of his wives. Usually memorized entire scripts, not only his lines. Highly visible invisible man lifetime of finding far more satisfaction in his public life than his private one, thanks to an ongoing propensity for obsession and distrust, despite a clear gift for entertainment, and an equal density around those of the opposite gender he intimately drew into his existence.

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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS UNINTEGRATED CHILD STAR:
Storyline: The precocious player retries his earlier stint as a telegenic teenager, trying to get past an innate draw towards self-destruction that terminated an early career, which, at the time, seemed destined for far greater things.

vFred Savage (Frederick Aaron Savage) (1976) - American actor, director and producer. Outer: Of Ukrainian and Latvian Jewish descent on his paternal side and Polish Jewish descent on his maternal side. Father was a real estate broker. Younger brother Ben is also an actor. Tried out for a hotdog commercial at 5, although didn’t get the part. He was remembered by the casting director, however, and began doing commercials at 6, ultimately acting in 70 of them. Had a normal upbringing, and achieved stardom in his early teens on the TV sitcom, “The Wonder Years,” beginning in 1988 and running through 1993, although was later sued for sexual harassment by one of his costars. 5’11”, with dark brown hair and brown eyes. Continued with TV work, as part of the cast of “Working,” for one season, preferring the small screen to the large in the initial stages of his career, while probably unconsciously aware, on some level, of the possibility of a repeat of the pitfalls that undid him the last time around in this kind of endeavor. In his late 20s,he married Jennifer Lynn Stone, a commercial real estate broker with whom he had grown up, daughter and son from the union. Spent his interim time as a TV director, then in 2005, returned to series work with “Crumbs,” playing the alter ego gay screenwriter character of its creator. Since then he has done mostly small-screen work in a number of series, including “Generator Rex,” which ran from 2010 to 2013. In 2015, he began “The Grinder” playing a real-life lawyer whose brother Rob Lowe is a famous actor who played a lawyer in a long-running and now cancelled series, and the tensions twixt both the two and realities and fantasies. Has a net worth $20 million. Inner: Self-admittedly darker than his earlier characterizations, as he explores the other side of himself in his later career. Rehash lifetime of achieving very early success to see if he can do a better job with it, than his previous go-round in this series. vBilly Halop (1920-1976) - American actor. Outer: From a theatrical family, his mother was a dancer. Sister Florence also became an actress, working mostly on radio and TV. Began performing on radio as a child, then was the original leader of the Dead End Kids in the Broadway and film versions of Dead End. Tall and charismatic, with a seemingly bright future ahead of him. After several movies with the ongoing cast, he tried to break away to start his own film career, but only succeeded in getting secondary roles, and finally fell to bit parts. Married 3 times, to Helen Tupper from 1946 to 1947, Barbara Hoon from 1948 to 1958 and Suzanne Row from 1960 to 1967, with each union ending in divorce. Took to drinking and became an alcoholic, suffered a nervous breakdown, as well as heart problems aggravated by heavy smoking. Eventually straightened himself out through a strong will to do so. Wrote about his marital and personal problems in “There’s No Dead End.” After his film career hit a dead end, he worked as an appliance salesman. His last wife suffered from multiple sclerosis, and the nursing skills he picked up in taking care of her left him to become a registered male nurse. Resurrected himself in his early 50s by winning a regular role on the hit TV series “All in the Family,” playing cab company owner Burt Munson for 4 seasons, but his earlier poor health habits led to a relatively premature exit. Inner: Extremely self-destructive, while pursuing a career that was largely filled with frustrations, which he went on to internalize. Dead end lifetime of early success, only to fall prey to his own inner demons, before finally straightening himself out and exiting a somewhat healed person for his struggles.

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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS FULLY RECOVERED ALCOHOLIC:
Storyline: The former Falcon finally conquers his long held insecurities and proves himself capable of high-flying performance in a variety of roles after coming to grips with an ongoing need to self-obliterate as answer to his various foibles and frustrations.

Tom Hardy (Edward Thomas Hardy) (1977) - English actor, writer and producer. Outer: Of English and Irish descent. Father was a firefighter as well as writer of comedies and novels, mother was an Irish/Catholic artist. An only child, he enjoyed a stable middle-class upbringing, but he was a natural rebel, and became addicted to both alcohol and crack cocaine as a teen and in his early 20s, as an unconscious throwback to his previous go-round in this series, before finally getting clean and sober through work. Went to private schools, then to Richmond Drama School, before being accepted at the prestigious Drama Centre of London. Married Sarah Ward in 1999. Won a modeling competition at 21 and had a very brief go at it, before launching his career, playing both heroes and villains. 5’9”, muscular with full lips and blue-green eyes. Made his TV debut in 2001 in “Band of Brothers”. After finishing Star Trek: Nemesis, in 2002, he sought out treatment for his addictions, and was successful in conquering his inner demons, although it spelled the end of his five year marriage. Appeared on stage, as well as small and large screens, playing a host of parts, which showed his growing range as an actor. In 2006, he co-formed “Shotgun” an underground theatre company, which allowed him to direct a play written by his sire. Had a son with girlfriend Rachael Speed, an actress, in 2008, although the two broke up afterwards. Able to put considerable emotion into his performances, while taking on a host of challenging roles, with the ability to completely transform himself into unrecognizability, as in Bronson, playing the bald, hard-muscled hyper violent prisoner, who was notorious throughout Britain. Has appeared in several films with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, his former crypto-brother, and did a tour-de-force in 2014 as Locke, which was shot in totally claustrophobic fashion with him in the driver’s seat of a vehicle dealing with a life crisis. Has also co-penned a pair of TV series, which have yet to see the small screen. Married English actress Charlotte Riley in 2014, one child from the union. Took over the character of Max Rockastansky in Mad Max: Fury Road, an extremely well-received over-the-top revamping of the original series, while making no attempt to imitate the original MM, Mel Gibson. His 2017 cable miniseries, “Taboo” adapted from the BBC, which he helped conceive with his father, plays with his/story, macho myth and the supernatural, piquing the interest of both reviewers and viewers alike. Has a net worth of $15 million. Inner: Giving and insecure, despite being highly social, which has led to both body-building and escapism, before finally coming to grips with himself in 2003. Meticulously prepares for each role, with an affinity for dark characters. Likes to live well, and has become a millionaire through his movie work. Rehabilitating lifetime of dealing with ancient demons and evincing the strength of character to finally overcome them, greatly enhancing his craft and ability to deal with things, instead of being overwhelmed by them as in the past. Tom Conway (Thomas Sanders) (1904-1967) - English actor. Outer: Father was a transplanted Englishman and a a wealthy rope manufacturer in pre-Soviet Russia. Mother had made a reputation as a horticulturalist before her marriage. The oldest of three, with younger brother actor George Sanders (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and younger sister Margaret who also felt the lure of the stage. The family owned considerable property, and he had a privileged upbringing in the best of the Tsarist schools, but when the Bolsheviks overthrew the government in 1917, they were forced to flee to England, leaving their considerable wealth behind. His sire successfully entered the textile trade, which enabled him to go to private schools and Brighton College, along with George. 6’1”, trim with a rich, lilting voice. Following graduation, he went adventuring in Northern Rhodesia, where he worked in the mines there, and did some ranching, although the fortune he sought eluded him, and he was forced to borrow money for passage home. Back in England, he labored as an engineer in a carburetor company and then sold safety glass. Asked to join a little theater group, he began appearing on stage with the Manchester Repertory Company, touring the country with them, while his mellifluous voice was featured on BBC radio. Persuaded to come to Hollywood by his brother, and the duo flipped a coin to see who would retain the family name. He lost, taking on the surname of Conway. Married actress Lillian Eggers in 1941, divorced a dozen years later. No children from the union. Inherited the role of “The Falcon,” when his sibling grew bored with the series after three films, and proved quite popular in the ten sequels he did as the character, although it forever typecast him, and proved a death knell to his larger career. Went on to star in a number of adventure series, while making only a handful of appearances in the 1940s in major studio films, including One Touch of Venus. Played The Saint and Sherlock Holmes on radio, although was not accepted by the audience in the latter role and was soon replaced. Wed actress and singer Queenie Leonard in 1958, who divorced him over his drinking in 1963. No children from the union. Did TV, as well as voice-work, but depression and frustration led to heavy drinking, which eventually alienated his sibling. Underwent cataract surgery in 1964 to deal with his failing eyesight, as his life bottomed out, and he wound up in a $2 a night flophouse, as well as in and out of hospitals, despite amassing considerable wealth beforehand. Eventually died of cirrhosis of the liver in his last girlfriend’s bed. Inner: Highly self-conscious and basically shy, quite the opposite of his extroverted sibling. Had a somewhat inflated view of himself, leading to later disappointments and an ultimate desire for self-obliteration. Low-flying Falcon lifetime of ultimately literally and figuratively not seeing himself and winding up a victim of his own blind making.


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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS INTENSE SELF-EXPLORER:
Storyline: The driven driver’n’striver couples a gift for the predictable with an occasional flair for superior self-expression to create an uneven dual journey through the tangles of tinsel town.

James Franco (1978) American actor, director and screenwriter. Outer: Mother was a Jewish writer and actress, father was of Portuguese and Swedish descent and ran a computer business. The oldest of three brothers, with Dave also in the entertainment industry. Grew up in a secular household that was academically oriented. Had always been interested in acting, but feared rejection. Naturally rebellious, he did petty crimes as a youth, becoming a ward of the court, before deciding to straighten out. 5’11”. Majored in English at UCLA, and became involved in theater there in order to deal with a sense of shyness. Dropped out after a year, much to his parents’ horror, and studied at Playhouse West for 15 months, while supporting himself, before heading for Hollywood. Later attained his Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from his alma mater. Had his breakthrough as a star of the TV series “Freaks and Geeks” in 1999, although the show did not become a cult hit until after it was cancelled. Did other series, and made a huge splash playing actor James Dean (Sean Penn) in a made-for-TV bio of that flame-out icon, while thoroughly immersing himself in the character. Has worked steadily since, forming his own production company, Rabbit Bandini, while also serving as a teacher at a number of institutes. Always throws himself head-first into his characters so as to understand them from both inside and out. Has a master’s degrees in writing from Columbia and Brooklyn College and one in film from NYU. Has produced and directed a number of shorts, and published one collection of short stories “Palo Alto” in 2010, which received mixed reviews and published one collection of short stories “Palo Alto” in 2010, which received mixed reviews, as well as a poetry collection, “Directing Herbert White,” in 2014, which also underlined his cashing in on his celebrity without adding appreciably to American letters. Co-hosted the 2011 Oscars with Anne Hathaway, and was universally panned for his effort, which he partially blamed on the material given him. In his eclectic need to be an all-around entertainer, he also has a band named Daddy. To add to his teacherly laurels, he set up Studio 4, an extension of Playhouse West in Los Angeles, as an acting school, using the training methods devised by Sanford Meisner of NY’s Neighborhood Playhouse. An obsessive display of selfies in 2014 reflected his continued inordinate self-involvement. Along with Seth Rogen, he sparked an international retaliatory hacking incident at Sony in 2014 by North Korea, when the two played bumblers in The Interview, who assassinate the country’s leader, Kim Jong-un. Extremely busy during the teens, on both the small and large screen. Has a net worth of over $20 million. Inner: Intense, totally throws himself into whatever he is doing. Workaholic, highly cerebral, and unafraid of throwing himself into completely new physical experiences in order to better understand his characters. Ever-expanding lifetime of adding a host of new skills to his c.v. in order to realize his own considerable potential to be a consummate entertainer. Victor Fleming (1889-1949) - American director, cinematographer and producer. Outer: Father worked in the water industry. Athletic and outdoorsy as a teen. 6’1”, with a strong masculine cast. Originally a chauffeur, mechanic and stunt driver, he served as a photographer with the signal corps, during WW I, then became chief photographer for Pres. Woodrow Wilson (Michael Eric Dyson) at the Versailles Peace Conference. Entered film as a cinematographer, working with some of the early masters, before becoming a director of silents in 1919, specializing in action films and westerns, gaining a reputation for films appealing to men. His debut production was When Clouds Roll By. Worked extremely well with stars, introducing Gary Cooper (Brad Pitt) to the movie-going public with one of his first talkies, The Virginian. Did the same later with Clark Gable (George Clooney), a subsequent hunting pal of his. Joined MGM in 1932, and had several hits with them, while marrying Lucile Rosson in 1933, two children from the union. Owned a Bel Air estate and then a horse ranch, proving to be a popular figure with the stars of the time, both male and female, while directing a host of future Oscar winners. Hit his peak in 1939, when he took over the helm of Gone With The Wind, earning a best director Oscar for his efforts. Also served as a replacement director on The Wizard of Oz the same year, authoring two of the seminal films in the American canon, despite having little sense of the true worth of the latter effort. His later work was largely undistinguished, despite their box office successes and he died en route to a hospital after suffering a heart attack. Inner: Highly social, well-liked, a man’s man, with an ease around powerful figures. Muscular lifetime of flexing his masculinity behind the camera, while proving himself a stalwart companion of the luminaries of the early talking picture era.

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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS BEGUILING GEEK:
Storyline: The sly trickster gives further depth to his outer need to be nerdy, and his inner one to give great expression to a far more complex soul roiling beneath.

vD J Qualls (Donald Joseph Qualls) (1978) - American actor. Outer: Had a smalltown upbringing, where the primary industry was making caskets. One of 5 children, he realized early on his ambitions were in the larger world. Developed Hodgkin’s disease at 14, and underwent chemotherapy for 2 years. 6’2”, slender. Studied English literature and the evolution of the English language at the Univ. of London, then came back to Belmont Univ., and began acting in local theater productions, while working for a law office in Nashville. A pair of photographers saw commercial gold in his unusual physicality and turned him into a successful, if geekish, print model for Prada, although he found the whole milieu absurd. After a TV miniseries, he made his film debut in 2000 with Road Trip, after winning the role through a single line-reading for another part. Never saw himself doing comedy, although proved a natural as an awkward self-discoverer. Choosey about his vehicles, he found one close to home in Hustle and Flow in 2005, as he continues to try to etch a unique niche for himself in filmdom, as a highly distinctive and yet deceptive character. Returned to his native Memphis in 2010 for “Memphis Beat,” playing a cop on the quirky cable TV series. Has done mostly TV series since then, with his specialty oddball characters. Inner: Charming, gawky, with a fey sense of humor. Second Act lifetime of building on the first from a rural rather than an urban perspective, and seeing how far he can literally stretch without pigeonholing himself into an archetype as he did in his shorter version the last time around in this series. vWally Cox (Wallace Maynard Cox) (1924-1973) - American actor and comedian. Outer: Mother, Eleanor Atkinson, was a mystery writer, father was an advertising copywriter. Always wanted to be a writer, himself. His parents divorced when he was young, and he, his younger sister and mother moved to Evanston, Illinois, where he grew up. Childhood friend of Marlon Brando. 5’6”, 130 lbs. Moved to NYC after WWII and attended CCNY and NYU, then supported his invalid mother by making and selling jewelry at parties, where he also did comedy routines for guests. Roomed with Brando in NYC, although couldn’t abide his pet raccoon and moved out. Rumor would persist that the two may have also been an item. Nevertheless, he was encouraged by the latter to perform, and studied with Stella Adler to that effect. In 1948, he began doing nightclubs, where he developed offbeat monologues about Dufo, an accident-prone dimwit, which led to a Broadway show, “Dance Me a Song,” in which they were included. Found his ultimate niche on TV, as the eponymous, “Mr. Peepers,” a meek bespectacled teacher, whom he would later disavow as anything like himself, despite his perfect physicality and voice for the part. The series ran between 1952 and 1955, and he was never able to duplicate its success, as he continued on in TV, most notably as a sarcastic member of “Hollywood Squares,” from its debut in 1966 until his death. Also served as the cartoon voice of “Underdog,” the last decade of his life, and cut several albums as a singer. Married Marilyn Gennaro in 1954, later divorced, then wed Milagros Fink between 1963 and 1967. His third wife was actress Patricia Tiernan, whom he wed in 1967. Made some 20 films, mostly as characters and support, beginning in 1962 with Something’s Got to Give. Penned several whimsical books, as a well as a mystery novel for children. Some question remains around his death, which may or may not have been a suicide. A sleeping pill overdose led to a heart attack, from which he exited, with Brando serving as custodian of his ashes. Inner: Sardonic, cynical and deceptively strong, all-in-all quite different from the image he projected. Motorcyclist and nature hiker. Illusionary lifetime of playing the geek for his Dufo public, despite his harboring a far more complex Brandoesque person beneath.

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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER SEARCHING FOR GRACE:
Storyline: The former blacklisted blackguard exits in obscene disgrace before returning in far more compact form to reclaim his talented self in cleaner, clearer fashion.

Topher Grace (Christopher John Grace) (1978) - American actor. Outer: Of German Jewish descent on his paternal side, and British and Irish descent on his maternal. Mother was a school receptionist, father was an advertising executive. Grew up in the exurbs and attended boarding school in New Hampshire where he appeared in school musicals, and also tried his hand at directing. Disliked the name Chris, and dropped it, giving him the unusual cognomen of Topher. Good athlere, once thought of becoming a tennis pro. After attending New Hampshire’s Brewster Academy, he want to USC, but dropped out to being his small screen scarier on “That 70’s Show” in 1998, playing a droll stoner on its seven year run. 5’101/2” and wiry, with dark brown hair and green eyes. Made his film debut in 2000 with Traffic, and several years later earner wild acclaim for his turn in 2004’s In Good Company playing a stressed-out NYC ad salesman, winning a Breakthrough Performance Award from the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures for it. Has had a busy career afterwards both on the small and large screen and in comedies and dramas, as well as sci-fi series, including 2007’s Spider-Man 3 and 2019’s Predators, playing heroes and villains with equal skill. In 2012, he made his off-Broadway debut in “Lonely I’m Not,” written by Paul Weitz, who he worked with on In Good Company, in what was seen as an assured performance. After a goodly number of relationships with actresses, as well as a brief one with Ivanka Trump, in 2016, he wed actress Ashley Hinshaw. .Has an estimate net worth of $10 million. Inner: Very calculating about his career, choosing his roles carefully to reflect his ever-growing skills. Redemption lifetime of steadily building on his successes in order to re-establish himself as one of the pre-eminent actors of his time, as a means of erasing his bizarre exit from his previous go-round, and its overwhelming effect on his ultimate perspective of himself. Albert Dekker (Thomas Albert Ecke van Dekker) (1906-1968) - American actor and politician. Outer: Of Jewish and Dutch descent. An only child, he had an early interest in the theater, appearing in high school stage productions. 6’3” and 240 lbs. Went to Bowdoin College, where he majored in pre-med, planning on becoming a doctor, although found the lure of the stage far more intriguing. .Joined a Cincinnati stock company, and within a few months made his Broadway debut in Eugene O’Neill’s “Marco Millions.” in 1927. Enjoyed a decade-long career, and became an established Broadway star, before turning to film in 1937 with The Great Garrick. In 1925, he wed former actress Esther Gurini, two sons and a daughter from the union, with one of the sons found dead from a gunshot wound, which was ruled accidental. His first starring role came in 1940, with Dr. Cyclops, playing a demented scientist. Often played aggressive characters, and was adept at villainy, playing support roles in numerous high profile films. Also had great success on the college lecture circuit, in keeping with his preference for addressing live audiences. Served one term in the Democratic legislature from 1944 to 1946 as a Democratic Assemblyman. An outspoken critic of Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s (Ann Coulter) red-baiting, he wound up blacklisted in Hollywood, and spent most of the McCarthy era working on the stage, before returning to filmdom. Did small screen work in the 50s and 60s, then returned to the big screen, ultimately doing some 60 films, with his last role in 1969’s The Wild Bunch. In 1964, his marriage ended in divorce. Accidentally hanged himself in a desire for erotic asphyxiation and was round in his Hollywood apartment. His death would remain a mystery, since things were also missing from his apartment, indicating, he may have been the victim of a murder/robbery which was never solved. Found naked, kneeling in the bathtub with a noose around his neck that was looped around the shower curtain. Also blindfolded, handcuffed and gagged, with dirty hypodermic needles sticking out of an arm. ”Make me suck" was written on his thorax and "slave" and "cocksucker" on his chest. On his lower abdomen was drawn a vagina, all of which were penned in red lipstick, adding to the mystery that a woman may have been involved in his dramatic demise. No forced entry was found, and the coroner ultimately ruled death by auto-erotic asphyxiation. Cremated afterwards and his ashes were interred in a New Jersey cemetery.: Inner: Highly respected Broadway actor, with a strong stage presence. Intense, Able to portray villains with considerable, and had a great love of craft. Hooded lifetime where his dramatic and mysterious end more than equaled any role he played, making him a dark side Hollywoodian, with an X-rated ending that would forever color the rest of his existence.


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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS CRASH-BAM CRYPTO-COWBOY:
Storyline: The cartoon-monickered entrepreneur joins many of his fellow former western stars in trading in his saddle for a skateboard, and transforming his modus operandi of traditional fare for the far more anarchic self-expression of far more daredevil times.

Bam Margera (Brandon Cole Margera) (1979) - American skateboarder, actor, stuntman and radio and TV personality. Outer: Of Italian, Irish, French, German and Welsh ancestry. Father Phil was a baker, mother April was a hairdresser. Older brother Jess, became a musician. Got his nickname at 3 from his grandfather for running into walls. Began skateboarding at 9, and after turning professional, became the 13th skater to land the difficult loop, and the first street skater to do it. Dropped out of high school in the 11th grade, although later got his GED. 5’8”. Along with his brother plays keyboard in a band called Gnarkill, and has his own record label, Filthy Note Records. Began filming himself and his friends skateboarding, for CKY or Camp Kill Yourself videos, which launched him on his video and film career. The videos led to joining MTV’s Jackass crew, a stunt gang known for its outrageous, and often self-punishing bits. Many of that crew would be crypto-cowboys from film/times past. Appeared in both Jackass movies, and won his own MTV program, “Viva La Bam,” from it, which ran for several seasons, chronicling more stunt and stunted adventures of his crew. Also employed his parents and his uncle Vincent in his cinematic bits. Ventured into film producing and directing with Haggard, based loosely on the life of fellow Jackass Ryan Dunn. In 2004, he began hosting his own satellite radio show called Radio Barn, broadcasting it once a week out of his home. Had a volatile relationship with Jenn Rivell that wound up in court and ended in 2005, and was arrested at LAX airport the following year for carrying brass knuckles. Parlayed his fame into multimillion dollar skateboard endorsement deals, and remains an entrepreneurial figure for his particular subculture set with his fingers in many media pies. Married childhood friend Melissa Rothstein in 2007, divorced tin 2012. Fathered an illegitimate son and lost parental rights to him. Assaulted with a baseball bat by a 59 year old woman outside the bar he owns, The Note, in 2010, in an ongoing feud twixt the two, although suffered no lasting damage, other than to his ego. Married model and photographer Nicole Boyd in Iceland in 2011. Admitted in 2017, he became a bulimic earlier in his career because of an obsession with how he looked. Lives in a large Pennsylvania house dubbed Castle Barn, replete with a skatepark in the driveway. and has a net worth of $45 million. Inner: Athletic, entrepreneurial and uninhibited. Harbors a great fear of snakes, which has been exploited on film. Doing the loop lifetime of following his former cowboy compeers into the daredevil world of skateboarding, and as before, making a handsome living from the various venues open to him. Ray ‘Crash’ Corrigan (Raymond Bernard) (1902-1976) - American actor and entrepreneur. Outer: Initially worked as an electrician and gym teacher. 6’2”, well-muscled. Moved to Hollywood, and began serving as a physical trainer in the early 1930s, which led to bit parts and stunts in films, as well as working as a double for movie Tarzan Johnny Weissmuller beginning in 1932. Earned his nickname from his willingness to undertake dangerous stunts, although it also may have come from his wayward way with horses, and his propensity to fall off them. Both began and ended his career in ape/suits, taking advantage of his physicality. Married Rita Jane Smeal and later divorced in 1954, three children from the union. Adopted his working name from a character he played in 1936 in his first starring role, in the Republic serial Undersea Kingdom. Republic turned him into a B-movie cowboy star, and he wound up appearing in 24 oaters for them as part of the “Three Mesquiteers” throughout the rest of the decade, despite not getting along with one of the trio, Bob Livingston. Quit when he was refused a pay raise, and joined Monogram Pictures. Helped create the Range Busters for them, an even lower budgeted version of his earlier trinity, and made 20 films under that group sobriquet, with himself as the clear star, and a dummy named Elmer, along with its voice, Max ‘Alibi’ Terhune, as the comic foil for the threesome. Worked out a production deal with the studio which gave him a substantial share of the profits. Tried another series afterwards, although the genre had depleted itself, and its initial effort was never released. In 1937, he created Corriganville, a ranch and town in southern California, which was used for filming over 1000 westerns, both of the filmic variety and later for TV fare. Beginning in 1949, the ranch was open to the public on weekends as a western amusement center where his staff would stage shoot-outs. After a few more ape-clad performances, he celebrated his valedictory role as It in It, the Terror from Beyond Space. His last marriage was to Elaine DuPont, who was a performer at Corriganville. That union also ended in divorce. A highly successful businessman from his various enterprises, he eventually sold Corriganville to comedian Bob Hope in 1966 for several million dollars after buying it for around $10,000. The latter subsequently redubbed it Hopetown. Retired to Oregon and died of a heart attack. Inner: Good-natured, highly entrepreneurial with an excellent business sense. Blazing wallets lifetime of parlaying his strong physical presence into both a successful B-movie career and an even more prosperous collateral career corralling the profits from his efforts and providing the settings for his fellow tall-in-the-saddle performers.

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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS EMINENTLY LIKABLE LADDIE:
Storyline: The ex-eccentric Scotsman straightens out his act, after an earlier sexually questionable go-round, while showing himself eager to shed his clean-cut image and delve into darkness in his roles, but not is life.

James McAvoy (1979) - Scottish actor. Outer: Mother was a psychiatric nurse. Father, who was a roofer, abandoned the family when his son was 7. Younger sister Joy McAvoy became a singer. Raised by his maternal grandparents. Thought about becoming a missionary Catholic priest as a boy, but by 16 began thinking of a show business career. Made his film debut in The Near Room in 1995 in a bit part, while taking part in youth theater. Also had a band in secondary school. 5’7”, with blue eyes, a noticeable pallor and a wiry, compact frame. Still undecided about his ultimate direction he applied to and was accepted by the Royal Navy, only to win a place at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, simultaneously. Opted for the latter and graduated in 2000. Showed an aptitude for accents, allowing him to easily slip into a host of characters, as he moved to London at age 20, to begin his career in earnest. Able to get a steady stream of TV and movie work, invariably playing a likable good guy. Came to public attention in 2004 with a recurring role in the UK TV series “Shameless” and the following year, cemented his standing playing a delightful faun in The Chronicles of Narnia. In 2006, he married actress Anne-Marie Duff, one son from the union, which ended in divorce in 2016. Not averse to blockbusters, like X-Men and its sequels, as a crippled telepath, his early career has seen him play positive characters, until Filth in 2011, a role he relished since it allowed him to assay a despicable sociopathic detective, while still searching for something extenuating within him, to give him some sort of social ballast. Gave a bravura performance in 2017’s Split, playing a traumatized character with 23 distinct personalities, easily shifting from one to the next with an abandon reflecting his own personal acceptance of his complex self. Has a net worth of $17 million. Inner: Level-headed, highly observant, and always looking to stretch his craft. As earlier, showed some hesitation before opting for an acting career. Redemptive lifetime of putting his questionable existence the last time around behind him, in order to cleanse himself of his less desirable eccentricities and allow his greater sense of artistry to come forth. Alastair Sim (1900-1976) - Scottish educator and actor. Outer: Fourth child of a prosperous Edinburgh tailor. Mother originally spoke only Gaelic. As a child, he wanted to be a hypnotist. Left school at 14 to work for his father, before enrolling in the city’s university. In between he worked briefly as a lumberjack, before having a bad experience with alcohol, which left him a teetotaler. Decided he wanted to be an actor, then changed his mind and opted for the teaching profession. 5’11”, with an excellent speaking voice. Made Fulton Lecturer in Elocution as his alma mater in 1925, and shortly afterwards founded his own school of drama and speech training. Prematurely bald when he met his future wife, Naomi Plaskit, when she was just 12. Waited until she was 18 to marry her, after convincing her mother to put her in his care, where she served as his secretary despite not being able to type. Following their marriage, where she suffered three miscarriages before producing a daughter, they took in a host of young actors and actresses over the next 14 years, with his true relationship to them carefully concealed. Made his screen debut at 35, and was able to epitomize the eccentric British buffoon continually confounded by his circumstances, and yet impossible not to like. Made the very first of the Ealing comedies, Hue and Cry in 1947 and became a mainstay of them, with his turkey neck, sunken eyes and memorable voice. In 1951, he served as the screen’s ultimate Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, while at the same time he became Rector of Edinburgh Univ. for three years, beginning in 1948. Basically a comic performer, he helped make many of his appearances British classics, including his in drag performance as Miss Fritton, the headmistress in the St. Trinian series of comedies. Also proved successful on stage, as well as the telly, particularly in the comedy series “Misleading Cases,” where he played a judge, which ran from 1967 to 1971. Active into old age, before dying of neck cancer in a hospital with his wife by his side. Asked afterwards that his body be donated to medical science and that there be no memorial service, wishing for privacy in death as in life. Ultimately appeared in over 60 films, as well as nearly 50 stage productions, despite his late start. Inner: Distant and hidden, although well-liked by those who knew him. Didn’t give interviews and never appeared on radio or TV chat shows, eschewing the trappings of fame, while amusing the world-at-large with his calculated buffoonery. Carefully concealed lifetime of serving as teacher, mentor and archetypal clown to a whole generation of performers and film-goers, while making sure his alleged crypto-activities never came to gossiping light, via his complete and utter avoidance of the standard rumor mills of show business.


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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS SOLIDLY BUILT SUPPORT TURNED STAR:
Storyline: The actor athlete employs his physicality as a means to make his filmic presence more memorable after earlier settling for secondary roles.

Chris Pratt (Christopher Michael Pratt) (1979) - American actor. Outer: Of British, German, Swiss-German and French-Canadian descent on his paternal side and Norwegian on his maternal. Youngest of three, with a brother and sister. Mother worked in a supermarket, father worked in mining and later remodeled houses. A high School wrestler who had no idea what he wanted to do in life other than be rich’n’famous. 6’2” and muscular with green eyes and light brown hair. Dropped out of community college and lived in his van in Hawai’i for a while, while working as a stripper. Made his small screen debut in 2001 in a bit part in “The Huntress” and his large screen debut two years later in The Extreme Team. Continued doing TV series work, with a multi-season run on “Everwood” before slowly getting meatier parts on the big screen culminating with Guardians of the Galaxy in 2014, as well as its sequel and other high profile auctioneers, while making “People” magazine’s annual list of sexiest men alive at number 2 in 2014. In 2009, he wed actress Anna Faris, one son from the union, which ended in 2017, when the duo separated. Has a net worth of $40 million. Inner: Able to play with extremes of his body weight, losing and gaining poundage to fit the various roles he has assayed. Charismatic and a natural leader, with the ability to serve as an engaging onscreen presence. Expanding lifetime of.cleaning up his earlier self-destructive tendencies and climbing the Hollywood ladder to greater actorly heights. Ward Bond (Wardell Edward Bond) (1903-1960) - American actor. Outer: Father was a lumberyard worker. Moved to Denver with his family at 16. Had one younger sister. 6’2”, 195 lbs. Went to USC where he was a starting lineman on their 1926 national championship team. They were lifelong friends, making 23 films with him.. The entire team was hired to appear in 1929’s Salute, a football tale which hooked him up with director John Ford (David Fincher), and he became part of the hard-drinking John Ford Stock Company. In 1936 he wed Doris Childs. No children from the union which ended in divorce in 1944. Managed to appear in a host of American classics in support roles, with his best-remembered parts in later Ford films, including 1940’s The Grapes of Wrath, 1948’s Fort Apache. and 1952’s The Quiet Man. Worked for several production companies and studios, often as a western heavy. Married Mary Lou May, secretary of John Wayne’s business parter, no children from the union. Best remembered as Major Seth Adams on TV’s “Wagon Train,” a top rated show., which was launched in 1957. In the middle of Wagon Train’s fourth season, he was supposed to receive an award at a Dallas Cowboys game, but the night before he suffered a massive heart attack in his hotel room, and was rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. Cremated with his ashes scattered over the Pacific Ocean. Inner: Politically conservative, and highly adaptable as an actor, playing villains and support to the heroes with equal aplomb. Well bonded lifetime of finding his Hollywood niche early and proving to be both a boon companion and a satisfying support in all the roles he assayed.


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