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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS SERIOUS CRAFTSMAN:
Storyline: The absolute artist refuses to compromise on his desire to reach the acme of his craft, while making himself somewhat more accessible than his previous aloof go-round in this series as Hollywood’s most respected but least liked biopictorialist and faux gangster.

vBrendan Sexton III (1980) - American actor. Outer: Father worked for the Municipal Arts Society, a subtle and unconscious reminder of son’s previous go-round as actor Paul Muni. Also had a sister and brother from his original family before his parents split up. 4 more half-siblings were added via parental remarriages, and he ultimately came to live with his father. Began his acting career at the age of 8. Appeared off-off-Broadway at 13 and was spotted by an agent. Turned down potential high-paying roles in Hollywood high profile kidflicks to pursue a lower key career. 5’6”. Dropped out of high school, and made his film debut in 1995 in Welcome to the Dollhouse, then broke his leg (a symbol of acting good luck) when he got hit by a cab on Canal Street, the day it won Grand Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Drew notice at 16 as a street kid in Hurricane Streets, for which he, once again, turned down higher profile roles, preferring to proceed in his profession at his own pace, by taking parts that challenge his growing craft. Deeply disturbed after appearing in Black Hawk Down in 2001 when scenes were cut that questioned America’s volatile presence in Somalia. Has since eschewed big Hollywood productions to focus on indie fare, while also managing a hip-hop group in NY. Inner: Serious, nonconformist, dedicated craftsman, with a strong moral sense, and a highly critical political eye on America’s perceived international intransigences. Low-key, high integrity lifetime of looking for himself in the characters he plays, while continuing his noncompromising stance as an artist, once again, of great potential. vPaul Muni (Muni Weisenfreund) (1895-1967) Austrian/American actor. Outer: Parents were itinerant actors, appeared with them on stage as a child. At 4, he moved to London with his family, where his father opened a variety theater, which eventually had to be closed because of street gang activity in the neighborhood, which scared away playgoers. The family emigrated to the U.S. when he was 7, and they settled on NYC’s Lower East Side, where they became involved with the Yiddish theater there. Made his first stage appearance at 13, playing an old man. Moved to Chicago the following year, and continued in the same vein, assaying old men as a teen through his skill at both make-up and acting. Suffered from a rheumatic heart condition his entire life. His father died when he was 18, and the company he acted in disbanded. 5’10”. Peddled wick trimmers and read gas meters in between engagements. In his early 20s, he joined the Yiddish Art Theater Co., touring the U.S. and Europe with it. In his mid-20s, he married Bella Finkel, an actress who was the niece of Yiddish star Boris Tomashevsky (John Turturro). Made his English language stage debut at 31 in a Broadway production called, “We Americans.” Signed by Fox at the start of the sound era, but was unhappy with Hollywood after 2 movies, and successfully returned to the Broadway stage. In his mid-30s, he came back to film for two of his most memorable roles in Scarface and I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang. Signed a longterm contract with Warner Brothers and did social dramas and then biopics, doing memorable turns as Louis Pasteur (Jonas Salk), Emile Zola (Saul Bellow) and Benito Juarez (Lazar Cardenas). Extremely conscientious in his portrayals, and a stickler for detail and authenticity, although not particularly liked by his cohorts because of his aloofness. From his mid-40s, he alternated between stage and screen, bringing something unique to each of his roles. Had a hit on Broadway in “Inherit the Wind,” portraying William Jennings Bryan (Al Sharpton). Played his last role in The Last Angry Man in his mid-60s, a fitting epitaph for his career, and wound up with Oscar nominations for both his first and final efforts. During his last years, he succumbed to health problems and advancing blindness, forcing him to retreat into himself. Died of heart trouble. Inner: Serious, aloof, hidden, thanks to a sense of being a stranger in a strange land, which did not appreciate true artistic talent. Self-absorbed lifetime of looking for himself in the characters he played, while putting his life into his art, instead of the other way around, which literally ultimately blinded him to his greater possibilities of self-discovery. Mikhail Shchepkin (1788-1863) - Russian actor. Outer: Father was a serf who managed a count’s estates. Enrolled in a provincial public school, where he became literate and made his stage debut at 12 in a school production, which led to his acting in a private theater, while waiting on tables on his private estate. Read a great deal, with books provided for him by a local poet. Began his professional career in 1805 with a Kursk-based troupe, spending a decade with them, while living in poverty with extremely low wages. In 1812, he married a woman named Elena, which seems to have been a happy childless union. Four years later, he joined the top troupe in southern Russia, and quickly established himself as its leading comic actor. Won his freedom by subscription in 1822. Remained on the provincial stage, where he did both plays and comic operas, showing keen observational skills and a proclivity for hard work to get his characterizations right. Despite his earlier roles, he was quite serious about his calling, studying all aspects of it assiduously. Accepted by the Moscow Theater company in 1823, he enjoyed the intellectual atmosphere of the city, establishing ties with its writers and culturati, while working to free their plays from the restrictive pen of the censors. The company, which became known as the Malyi Theater, eventually was dubbed the House of Schchepkin. Able to revolutionize the art of acting during the heart of his career, introducing a naturalistic mode, rather than the declaiming style then prevalent, as a reflection of the principles of the major playwrights of the time, including Alexander Pushkin (Tupac Shakur) and Nikolai Gogol (Woody Allen). Used the stage as a means of elevating the moral life of Russia, while demanding that actors penetrate the vary sole of their roles, rather than merely create characters through imitation. Preferred roles created by the satiric playwrights, so as to criticize the heavy hand of the czarist regime that spanned his working life, that of Nichola I (Mr. P). Also like playing characters that reflected commonality. Left a trove of his thinking via letters and journals, and exerted an enormous influence on the realistic technique put forth by Constantin Stanislavski. At life’s end, he came to Yalta in extremely ill health, suffering from shortness of breath. Died shortly afterwards in a hotel there. On the monument marking his Moscow grave, was his name followed by, Artist and man. Inner: Highly cerebral and analytic. Extremely well-focused, earning both love and respect for who he was, an individual of low estate who, nevertheless, learned how to raise himself to a high cultural role by dint of both his talent and drive. Man on a mission lifetime of elevating the craft of acting to a whole new naturalistic level, while feeling compelled to be an extremely influential voice of his time via the milieu of the theater.

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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS REAL LIFE ADVENTURER TURNED REEL LIFE ADVENTURER:
Storyline: The ex-explorer opts to play in front of the camera, rather than behind it, as he leads his brothers into the exploration of make-believe worlds, after earlier serving as a high-flying guide into a variety of hair-raising realms.

Luke Hemsworth (1981) - Australian actor. Outer: Of English, German, Irish and Scottish ancestry. Father was a social services counselor. Mother was an English teacher. The oldest of three brothers, including Chris and Liam, with all entering show business after active, adventurous childhoods, where he led his siblings in daredevil games in the bush. Also an active surfer, so as to have an extremely athletic and physical growing up. Played Australian style football as a youth, before opting for a show business career in his early 20s, after graduating high school. 5’9 1/2”, with a large head, muscular build and intense blue eyes. Began his career on the Australian soap opera, “Neighbors,” in 1985 and remained largely a TV actor, so as to basically stay in his native Australia, rather than hie off to Hollywood like his siblings would do to become far better-known international figures. In 2007, he married Samantha, a fellow Australian, four daughters from the close union. Frustration with his career saw him open up his own timber-flooring business, which supported him, before he decided in 2014 to give acting another go. Successfully found miniseries work, which inspired him to sign with the same management firm, ROAR, as his brothers, with the possibility of further expanding his career, as he stands teetering on the possibility of rising to the same well-known status as his younger siblings. Inner: Friendly and affable, with a strong identification with his native continent. Remains the least known of his siblings, having initially opted to remain where he grew up, rather than head to Hollywood, although mid-life would see him re-commit to his initial career. Low-flying lifetime of abandoning his earlier exploratory pursuits, in order to focus on exploring himself via an acting career, while once again, serving as an exemplar for his longtime crypto-siblings. Ernest B. Schoedsack (1893-1979) - American cinematographer, producer, director and aviator. Outer: Parents were farmers. Brother of Felix Schoedsack, who became a Hollywood cameraman and eventually brought him to Tinsel Town. Had an early wanderlust and tried running away from home several times, beginning at the age of 12, before finishing high school and taking off for good at 17. 6’6” lean and lanky. Worked with engineering road gangs in the San Francisco area, before becoming a cameraman, via his sibling, with Keystone Pictures and Mack Sennett (Quentin Tarantino) in Hollywood. Afterwards, he was a freelance newsreel cameraman in Europe during the WW I period. When the U.S. entered the war, he served in the photographic dept. of the U.S. Signal Corps, becoming a captain in the Red Cross pictorial unit. After the war, he worked for Polish war relief, helping thousands of Poles escape from Russian occupied territories. Met Capt. Merian C. Cooper (Chris Hemsworth) in Vienna during this period, and worked closely with him in Poland, before returning to the U.S. in 1922. Collaborated with Cooper on his first film, Grass, a documentary shot in Persia, in 1925, before doing more documentaries with him, including Chang, which was shot in Siam. During the filming, he lay in a pit and filmed a stampede of elephants overhead, which would become a stock shot used in many films. in 1926, he married actress-turned screenwriter Ruth Rose, whom he had met aboard ship on a zoological expedition, one son with cerebral palsy from the union. Continued serving as co-director and co-producer with Cooper, before teaming up with him for their most memorable film, King Kong, in 1933, the spectacular tale of a giant ape, done with miniatures and camera trickery, to capture a lost prehistoric world, that ultimately saw the beast swatting planes atop the Empire State Building in NYC, which both he and Cooper piloted. When Cooper assumed leadership of RKO Radio, he became a contract director for them for three years in the mid-1930s, doing both domestic comedies and adventure films, before he and his longtime partner went their separate ways. The rest of his cinematic career proved spotty. Severely damaged his eyesight during WW II, when he dropped his face mask during a high altitude test of photographic equipment for the U.S. Army Air Corps. Co-directed one more film after the war, Mighty Joe Young in 1949, another giant ape sage that reunited the King Kong creative team, before ending his career in 1952 with the wide-angle This is Cinerama. Worked on audio, rather than visual projects during the remainder of his life. Lost his wife in 1976, and died three years later. Inner: Easy-going and friendly with a realistic view of the world. Highly adventurous, and a risk-taker, more than willing to put everything on the line in his various endeavors. Somewhat self-destructive as part of his continued willingness to take chances. Transition lifetime of creative partnership with a crypto-brother in order to bring out his innovative interior nature, which he would continue to explore in lieu of the exotic outer worlds that had earlier fascinated him. Hugh Clapperton (1878-1827) - Scottish explorer. Outer: Father was a noted surgeon. Largely self-educated, and at 13, took to sea on board a vessel that traded between Liverpool and North America. Following several voyages, he joined the Navy, and, after an accidental violation of excise laws, he was put abroad a man-of-war, and quickly rose to the rank of midshipman. Fought in the Napoleonic Wars, rose in rank, then was given command of a schooner on the Canadian Lakes, during the war of 1812. When the flotilla was dismantled, following the British defeat, he returned home in 1817. intrigued by African exploration, he joined Walter Oudley, a consul, in Tripoli in 1822, from whence they headed south, suffering greatly on the journey. Fell victim to the vicious rumors put forth by Dixon Denham, a hostile expedition member, that he had engaged in unnatural sex with his Arab servants, which were completely unfounded, The expedition reached the capital of the Bornu Empire in present-day Nigeria in 1823, where he and Oudney began an exploration of the Niger River. Lost his partner and continued on alone, before being halted by orders of the local sultan which sent him back to his starting point, having suffered much privation. Returned to England in 1825, with Denham, and the duo were given a hero’s welcome. Although the two were not on speaking terms, they published an account of their travels in 1826. After being made a naval commander, he returned to west Africa, with Richard Lemon Lander (Chris Hemsworth) in tow as an assistant, Began losing men to dis-ease, as he continued his journey, crossing the Niger in early 1826. Stepped into a war zone and his host sultan refused to let him leave. Fell victim to malaria, depression and dysentery, before finally succumbing in the Fulani Empire. Lander was the only European who survived and managed to make it back to England. A second volume detailing his travels appeared posthumously in 1829. Inner: Serious, dedicated and extremely focused, with a strong, adventurous spirit and a willingness to suffer mightily for the sake of geographic unearthing. Highly adventurous lifetime of looking outward to satisfy his desire for discovery, before gradually turning inward in order to fully see his own interior landscape.


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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS DARING AND HEROIC ADVENTURER:
Storyline: The ex-explorer and aviator moves from behind the camera to in front of it, so as to transform his high-flying from real to reel life, as a handsome totem of the public’s need to fantasize in the dark over make-believe larger-than-life figures.

Chris Hemsworth (1983) - Australian actor. Outer: Of English, German, Irish and Scottish ancestry. Father was a social services counselor. Mother was an English teacher. The middle of three brothers, including Luke and Liam, with all three of them enjoying active, daredevil times in the bush while growing up, before serially entering show business. Loved movies and books as a child, with a fascination with good storytelling. Moved quite a bit as a youngster, from the city to the beach, and was always fascinated with the natural life of the various surroundings in which his family lived. After high school, he worked for his older brother’s floor-timber business, before deciding to try his hand at acting. 6’3” and well-built with light blue eyes. Began his career on Australian TV in 2002, doing series, before graduating high school and scoring a multi-season role on the soap opera, “Home and Away,” appearing in well over 150 episodes. During this time, he studied American English in Sydney in preparation for a Hollywood film career, and moved there with his brother Liam in 2007. Made his cinema debut with Star Trek in 2009, playing the father of Capt. Kirk, who is killed off in the first scene. The following year, he married Spanish actress Elsa Pataky, one daughter and twin sons from the union. Continued playing small parts and doing shorts, before earning his first starring role in Thor in 2011, beating out his brother Liam for the part, which led to more action roles, including a reprisal of the Norse god who came to Earth the following year in The Avengers, and 2017’s good-humored follow-up Thor: Raganarok. Chosen by “People” magazine as the Sexiest Man alive in 2014, joining a host of big name stars for that accolade, while enjoying the status of being a genuine Tinsel Town A-Lister at a relatively early age. Has a net worth of $60 million. Inner: Serious craftsman, with the desire to pen his own scripts at some juncture. Plays with his weight, both plus and minus to get his portrayals visually right. Role reversal lifetime of switching modes to in front of the camera, in his desire to explore the hero archetype from all angles, as an inner and outer manifestation of himself. Merian C. Cooper (John Caldwell Cooper) (1893-1975) - American explorer, aviator, writer and filmmaker. Outer: Of English descent. Father was a jurist who became an airline executive and presidential advisor, while also penning several books. At 6, he was given “Explorations and Adventures in Equatorial Africa” by Paul Du Chaillu, which recounted native tales about gorillas possessed by spirits who carried off hapless women, and the tale stuck with him. Educated at a private boarding school in New Jersey, before going to the U.S. Naval Academy, although resigned in his senior year, when he felt air power was the future and his instructors disagreed. 5’8”. Joined the National Guard to chase down elusive bandido Pancho Villa (Perez Aviles Perez) in Mexico, then became a bomber pilot with the US Army Air Service during WW I. Shot down and severely burned, but managed to land the plane, before being captured by the Germans, and spending the rest of the war in a POW camp. After the conflict, he was a member for two years of an American flight squadron fighting for Poland against the newly formed Soviet Union. Shot down once again, he spent 9 months in a Soviet p.o.w. camp before escaping and winning a medal for valor. During his time in captivity, he penned his autobiography, “Things Men Die For,” which was published in 1927. Changed his mind about including details of a relationship he had with Małgorzata Słomczyńska, and their illegitimate daughter, Maciej Slomczynski, who became a writer and translator, and had his assistant buy up all copies she could, while he sent money to MS for the entire length of his life. In the 1920s, he became a founding member of the board of directors of Pan AM, and served the airline company for decades, during which time it inaugurated the first regularly scheduled transatlantic flights. Earlier after his p.o.w escape, he had met Ernest Schoedsack (Luke Hemsworth) and together they helped many Poles escape from the Soviet occupied territories. Afterwards the two teamed up to do some exploring, which they turned into films, beginning in 1925, with Grass, a documentary shot in Persia, followed by Chang, which was made in Siam. For the latter, they intercut location shots with studio shots, as one of the first to use that technique. Moved to NYC, and, after a dream about a giant ape that was destroying the city, he developed and produced King Kong in 1933, his most memorable film. Chose Robert Armstrong (Liam Hemsworth) as the hero, since he resembled him, after fashioning Carl Denham, the lead character, on himself, while the first mate was based on his collaborator Ernest Schoedsack. Both would fly planes during the penultimate scene of the giant ape swatting at aircraft atop the Empire State Building. In reality the gorilla was an 18 inch puppet. The same year, he married actress Dorothy Jordan, one son and two daughters from the union, which ended with his death, as she outlived him by 15 years. Became head of production for RKO Radio Pictures from 1933 to 1935, bringing Schoedshack on board as a frequent collaborator, while also serving in an executive capacity for other studios in the 1930s. At the outset of WW II, he re-enlisted and was commissioned as a colonel in the Army Air Forces, serving in Asia and the Pacific, while continuing to lead missions. Proved an excellent planner, always looking to lose as few lives as possible. By war’s end he was made a brigadier general, and witnessed Japan’s symbolic surrender aboard the USS Missouri. A fervent anti-communist, he supported Sen. Joe McCarthy’s (Ann Coulter) questionable crusade against Reds in the government in the early 1950s. Proved to be one of director John Ford’s (David Fincher) favorite collaborators, working with him on several of his classics. Ultimately made some 40 films, during his extremely busy lifetime. Died of cancer. Inner: Largely a dreamer and visionary, to go along with his risk-taking. Always interested in technical innovation, paving the way for Technicolor and wide-screen films. Often reckless, while seemingly unafraid of anything thrown his way, thanks to his ability to remain relatively cool-headed in the most parlous of situations. Danger is my middle name lifetime of proving himself over-and-over to be both a risk-taker and an extremely innovative contributor to popular entertainment, as a reel and real life visionary of the first order. Richard Lemon Lander (1804-1839) - English explorer. Outer: Father was a Cornwall innkeeper. Older brother of John Lander (Liam Hemsworth). Spent his teen years as a personal assistant to travelers in the West indies, as well as the European continent and the Cape Colony in South Africa. in 1826, he accompanied naval commander Hugh Clapperton (Luke Hemsworth) on an expedition he headed to explore the Niger River in West Africa. The trekkers experienced many privations, including being held by the sultan of the Fulani Empire. As the only European to survive it, he eventually made his way back to England. Despite the hardships and hostile environment, he organized another expedition in 1830, and enlisted his younger brother as part of it, to see if they could discover the endpoint of the Niger River. While heading down stream in canoes, they were attacked, plundered and taken prisoners by a local king who demanded ransom for them. Placed in the custody of a native trader, they reached a branch of the Niger and followed it, before encountering a British brig, which secured them their freedom. Returned to England in 1831, announcing they had discovered the Niger’s terminus. Given a cash prize of the Royal Geographic Society, he returned to West Africa to explore trade possibilities for a Liverpool merchant group, without his sibling, who had been too weakened to return. Ignominiously killed by tribesman along the Niger, without achieving his objective. Inner: Highly adventurous, with a taste for both danger and privation, and a determination to write his name large in geographic annals as a first-rate explorer. Intrepid lifetime of giving play to his deep sense of risk-taking as reflection of his ongoing inner sense of being a hero and far removed from the dull circumstances that drive ordinary existences.


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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS ME-TOO ADVENTURER AND CINEMATIC CRAFTSMAN:
Storyline: The ex-explorer joins his real and crypto-siblings in their transition from outer discovery to inner self-exploration, as an ongoing celluloid fantasy figure, searching to better integrate his male and female sides.

Liam Hemsworth (1990) - Australian actor. Outer: Of English, German, Irish and Scottish ancestry. Father was a social services counselor, who spent his life working for child protection, passing that goal down to his youngest son. Mother was an English teacher. The youngest of three brothers, including Luke and Chris, all of whom became actors. Had an adventurous childhood, playing daredevil games in the bush with his siblings, and then surfing when his parents moved to a small island, with the latter sport the sum total of his early interests. While in high school, he performed in school plays, then after graduating, he laid floors for his brother Luke’s company. 6’3”, with intensely blue eyes and a powerful build. Followed his siblings into show business in 2007 with guest appearances on Australian TV, including “Neighbors,” a soap opera Luke had been in. In 2009, he relocated, along with his brother Chris to the U.S. The same year he made his film debut with a small role in Knowing. After a couple of disappointments, he appeared with Miley Cyrus in The Last Song and the two became a tabloid item, which brought a lot of attention to him, and he immediately began getting leading man roles, although lost out to his brother Chris for Thor, which cemented the latter’s early career. Rebounded by starring in the blockbuster Hunger Games in 2012, playing action heroes in a variety of dramas, including the sequel to the huge hit. Broke his engagement with headline-grabbing Cyrus in 2013, although the two would remain friends. Serves as ambassador of the Australian Childhood Foundation, per the interest implanted within him by his sire. Has a net worth of $16 million Inner: Passionate, eternally optimistic and realistic, with an appreciation for his profession and the inner places it takes him. Act two lifetime of continuing to follow in the path of his older siblings, while coming in through an entirely different culture in order to gain an alternate perspective on his ongoing desire for self-exploration. Robert Armstrong (1893-1975) - American actor. Outer: Grandfather set up a vessel business that included passenger boats and tug boats on Lake Michigan, which his father took over, before heading to Alaska to prospect for gold, leaving his family in Seattle, where they had moved when his son was 9. Originally studied to be a lawyer, but decided instead to manage his uncle’s touring companies, and moved to NYC to do so. 5’10”. Went to the Univ. of Washington, where he dabbled in playwriting. Served in the infantry during WW I, and on his return, discovered to his surprise that his uncle had died, which ended his managing, and gave him the alternative goal of pursuing acting as a career. In 1920, he married Peggy Allenby, who much later became an actress. During that time, he joined an acting company and moved to NYC, where he gradually worked his way up to lead roles, while also occasionally directing and producing plays. Went to London in 1926, and spent a season on the stage there. After divorcing his first wife the previous annum, he married English actress Jeanne Kent the same year, and the two returned to the U.S. where she, as well as he, pursued their acting careers. Noticed by Hollywood scouts for his extremely masculine, staccato clenched teeth performances, he made his film debut in 1927 in The Main Event, then quickly did a host of follow-up films. His second marriage ended in divorce in 1931, and his wife faded into obscurity afterwards, dying in her late 40s. Because he resembled producer Merian Cooper (Chris Hemsworth), he was chosen for the lead in King Kong in 1933, which would be the best known film either of them would be involved in. Cooper would use him in several more of his productions, while he also worked for other film studios during the 1930s and 1940s. Married for a third time in 1936 to Gladys Dubois, a songwriter, only to divorce yet again three years later when she insisted they move to Mexico. His fourth and final marriage was to Claire Frisbie in 1940, who had earlier been wed to his uncle Rolf, a commercial pin-up artist, and it lasted until his death. No children from any of his unions, although he and his wife acted as surrogate parents to child star Jimmy Lydon. Did a reprise of sorts with the King Kong team in 1949 with Mighty Joe Young, another giant gorilla story. Turned to TV at active career’s end. Made over 160 films, and was noted for his rapid-fire delivery, while playing highly masculine characters. Died of cancer, 16 hours apart from Cooper. Inner: Liked staying busy and feeling he was in demand. Strongly masculine, with the ability to project an active sense of being in charge. Rarely did romantic roles, and probably was relatively unintegrated on his female side. Action figure lifetime of exploring his maleness in a long and active career giving play to his name, Armstrong, while finding an arena, acting, perfect for his own sense of self-exploration. John Lander (1807-1839) - English explorer. Outer: Father was an innkeeper. Younger brother of Richard Lemon Lander (Chris Hemsworth). Learned the printing trade, and when his sibling returned home from a disastrous journey to West Africa, as the only European to survive it, he was eager to join him several years later in an 1830 trek to resume his earlier exploration to discover the true course of the Niger River. They followed the initial route set up by Hugh Clapperton (Luke Hemsworth), then canoed down a Niger branch, before returning to Britain the following year. While his brother came back to West Africa to continue his exploration in 1832, he remained in England, having been weakened by dis-ease, and took a job in a London customs house. His sibling subsequently was killed by tribesmen in 1834, while he lived for another five years in a debilitated state, before succumbing to his depleted condition. Inner: Me too lifetime of following his sibling into an uncharted world for which he was ill-prepared, leading to his subsequent desire to limiting his heroics to in front of a camera rather than the harsh environment of territories unknown to Europeans.


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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS HEFTY FOODIE TURNED SUPERFIT ACTION STAR:
Storyline: The newly minted Man of Steel metamorphosizes into a standard handsome hero, after many a go-round of utilizing his great bulk to excellent comic and villainous effect.

Henry Cavill (Henry William Dalgliesh Cavill) (1983) - English actor. Outer: Mother was a secretary in a bank, father was a stockbroker. One of four brothers and the second youngest. Educated in boarding schools, where he was bullied unmercifully for being fat, which led him to seek a trim, toned body, once he began his acting career, little realizing he was running counter to lives past, where he felt comfortable in his own skin, no matter how corpulent he became. His interest in acting began with a turn in Shakespeare’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” at school, and he also starred in and directed “Hamlet.” At 17, he was discovered at school by casting directors, and began his professional career in “The Count of Monte Cristo,” in 2002. 6’1”, well-built, with a strong jaw. Did TV work afterwards in a series of series, then began starring in a variety of fare, with a highlight as Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk (Warren Beatty) in “The Tudors,” a role which established him in the public mind as a dashing figure in the four season run of the series from 2007 to 2010. During that time he became the face and spokesperson for Dunhill fragrances. Continued to build on his heroic image, before being chosen in 2011 as the next Superman, the Man of Steel, as the first non-American to assay the up, up and away hero, after earlier being turned down for the role. Starred in the ill-received sequel as well, which presented the Krypton native as a Christ figure, with the capability of resurrection. Inner: Good with languages. Highly disciplined as a body sculptor after his flabby early youth. Sees superheroes as emblems of hope in an increasingly disjointed world. Would love to play world conqueror Alexander the Great, as well as be the next James Bond. Literally reformed lifetime of totally reinventing himself physically in order to stretch both his craft and his sense of self after many a go-round of being a literal heavyweight in a world not that particular about the shape of its heroes and villains. Sebastian Cabot (Charles Sebastian Thomas Cabot) (1918-1977) - English actor and chef. Outer: Of Cockney origin. Left school at 14 when his father’s business collapsed to become a garage helper, before being fired for driving into the garage doors. 5’8”. Became a cook, and wound up weighing 280 pounds by the time he was 20, while enjoying the Falstaffian image he projected, never attempting to diet it off. Worked as a chauffeur and dresser to a British actor before making his uncredited screen debut in 1935 in Foreign Affairs. Prior to WW II, he was a wrestler, although an injury curtailed that career. Entertained the troops during the war, while taking on bit parts including some stage appearances before playing Iago in Othello in 1946. Married Kathleen in 1940, two daughters, Annette, who became an actress, Yvonne and a son Christopher, who became an actor, from the close union. Relocated to the U.S. the following annum to appear on Broadway, then moved there permanently in 1954 to play the bearded wazir in the film version of Kismet. Continued lending his rotund presence tobig budget fare, with his beard as much of a trademark as his weight, before turning to the small screen, where he played a butler, Mr. French, in “Family Affair” for six seasons ending in 1971, despite initially being put off by the stereotypical role. A voice actor as well in a number of popular animated features, he continued his small screen work, while settling in British Columbia, where he died in a hospital after suffering a stroke at home. Inner: Well-mannered and quite courtly, and an inveterate scene-stealer. Well-liked by virtually everyone with whom he worked, as a bon vivant enhancement to even the dullest of scripts. Huge presence lifetime of making the most of his physicality and his cultivated voice to carve out a unique career for himself, before returning in far better trim to see if a completely different physiognomy could extend his life, while giving him a whole new take on the various levels of his existence. John Lowin (1576-1659) - English actor. Outer: Various spelling os his name include Lowine, Lowen, Lowyen and Lewen. Father was a carpenter. Worked as a goldsmith’s apprentice for eight years, before feeling the lure of the stage, and joined the Earl of Worcester’s Men in 1602. The following year he became part of the King’s Men, and remained with them the rest of his long career. Large-bodied, he played comic soldiers and villains, and was a cohort of William Shakespeare (Vikram Seth), proving to be a memorable Falstaff for him, the heavyweight bon vivant, as well as a principal actor in his larger oeuvre. Also appeared in the works of others, proving himself a busy and in-demand actor, including playing Iago to Richard Burbage’s (Ralph Richardson) Othello. Ultimately became co-manager of the King’s Men, and acquired shares in the Globe and Blackfriars theaters. Married twice, in 1607 and 1620. Wrote one literary work, published in 1607, a pamphlet on the dances mentioned in the Bible. From 1630, he, along with another, served as treasurer and contact with the courts.Towards the end of his long life, at the outset of the English Civil Wars, which closed the theaters in 1642, he became an innkeeper in a town in west London, with an establishment called The Three Pigeons, and it was there he died full of years. Inner: Gruff, hearty and quite prolific. Falstaffian lifetime of being there at the very beginning of England’s ongoing love affair with the stage, as an important inaugural figure deeply involved with all levels of it, both in front of and behind the scenes.


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PATHWAY OF THE ACTOR AS MULTI-TALENTED EX-MOUSKETEER:
Storyline: The canny Canadian takes a gander at developing the full breath of his creative being, after earlier limiting himself to cartoonish characterizations
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Ryan Gosling (Ryan Thomas Gosling) (1980) - Canadian actor, writer, director, producer and musician. Outer: Of French-Canadian, British, Scottish and German descent. Mother was a secretary and father was a traveling salesman, although the duo divorced when their children were young. Second of two siblings, with an older sister. Raised in a Mormon family, and home schooled initially by his mother, because he was bullied by other students, before going to a conventional Ontario high schools. Always had a desire to entertain from a young age. First began singing at talent shows along with his sister, prior to being selected for “The Mickey Mouse Club,” in 1997, beating out 17,000 other try-outs. The same year he made his big screen debut with Frankenstein and Me. During his two years as a Mouseketeer, he lived with co-star Justin Timberlake’s family, after moving to Los Angeles. Had no formal acting training, although was able to quickly fashion a career for himself on both the large and small screen. 6’ , with blue eyes and blonde hair. Did mostly small screen work prior to the turn of the century, then steadily elevated his large screen profile in both support roles and leads, with notable performances in 2011’s Drive and 2016’s La La Land, winning a Golden Globe for Best Actor for the latter. An accomplished jazz guitarist, he is part of the two man band, Dead Man’s Bones. Also is manager of a Mexican restaurant, Tangine in LA, which he opened with two friends in 2004. Has had several high profile actress girlfriends, and has two daughters with actress Eve Mendes. Has a net worth of $30 million. Inner: Often plays quiet, emotionally distant characters. Has few close friends, but feels it is important to have a sense of the greater world. Feels all his characters are essentially elements of himself, since he regards himself as a limited actor unable to do anyone that is not, on some level, part of him. .Doesn’t particularly like being interviewed. Expanded lifetime of exploring himself through the world of entertainment, with love as a central issue of his existence. Bernard Gorcey (1884-1955) - Russian/American actor. Outer: Of Swiss Jewish descent. 4’10”. Emigrated to the United States in his early 20s. from Russia and immediately pursued an acting career, with a focus on comedy relief roles. At 30, he wed Josephine Condon, an Irish Catholic, who was 4’11”. Three sons from the union, including actor Leo (Adrian Brody). The duo eventually parted ways, because he was gone from home for long stretches on the road. Also largely ignored his sons, although made it up to Leo and David when they all appeared together in the Bowery Boys series. Did both vaudeville, stock and radio work between 1907 and 1939, as well as appearing in operettas. One highlight of his working life was playing Isaac Cohen in the Broadway hit, “Abie’s Irish Rose,” appearing for five and a half years of its long run, which finally gave him some financial stability, after earlier laboring in eject poverty.. After 1940, he switched to film, as a support player. Appeared in a host of Bowery Boy films, playing Louie Dumbrowski, the owner of a sweet shop, where his real life sons Leo and David hung out, allowing him to reconnect with them. Died from injuries suffered in a car crash in Los Angeles, when he collided with a bus. Inner: Largely focused on career for most of his life, until he finally began working with his sons. Leo idolized him, and his loss devastated him, self-destructing afterwards, as the series quickly wound down without its two mainstays. Prelude lifetime of tasting initial success as a comedy support, inspiring him to return in far fuller form as a lead and multi-talented creative figure on the American entertainment scene.


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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS ONGOING MATINEE IDOL:
Storyline: The activist actor turns from helping organize early Hollywood to the problems of the larger world, while remaining stage center as a natural leading man with a social conscience to match this dramatic abilities.

Jake Gyllenhaal (Jacob Gyllenhaal) (1980) - American actor. Outer: From a noble Swedish family on his paternal side and a Russian-Jewish root on his mother’s. The former was raised in the Swedenborgian tradition. Father was director Stephen Gyllenhaal, mother was screenwriter and producer Naomi Foner. Younger brother of actress Maggie Gyllenhaal. Given an extremely liberal view of the world by his parents, he had his Bar Mitzvah, a Jewish coming-of-age at 13, in a homeless shelter to raise his awareness of how his life had been shaped by privilege. Began acting at the age of 10, and made his film debut in City Slickers, although his parents carefully shepherded his career, allowing him to go on auditions for the experience, although not to take the parts. Appeared in a few of his father’s features, and had some bit roles, while going to a prestigious private coed school, before entering Columbia Univ., following both his mother and sister there, only to drop out to continue to pursue acting. Had his first lead in his late teens in October Sky. Came to greater public attention in Donnie Darko, where he was given the opportunity to play normality against abnormality. 6’, with greenish-blue eyes. Although his subsequent choice of vehicles was less than stellar, with an overabundance of somewhat disturbed youths, he managed to appear in one blockbuster, The Day After Tomorrow, before also making his stage debut in London in a revival, “This is Our Youth,” acquitting himself well. By his mid-20s, he was a full-fledged star, thanks to the controversial Brokeback Mountain, a cowboy in emotional turmoil tale, where he played off of Heath Ledger as his can’t quit you love interest. Was nominated for and won several awards for his effort, and also became a fantasy focus for the gay and bi communities. Also able to assay the macho masculine in Jarhead as a marine, so as to give a wide range to his potential for characterizations. Extremely active politically, as a progressive Democrat, with the environment as one of his pet causes, as well as the oft-criticized American Civil Liberties Union. Made his U.S. stage debut in late 2012 with “If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet,” in 2012, garnering praise for anchoring the dysfunctional family drama, with a sizzling performance sure to bring him back to live theatre throughout the rest of his career. Hit a blank stretch in the early teens with two so-so dramas, but instead of trying to reclaim his earlier star power, he opted for edgy mid-level dramas, such as 2014’s Nightcrawler, allowing him to bring further depth to his characterizations without compromising his artistic integrity. Reshaped his body through six hour a day workouts, including 2000 sit-ups to buff-up for the fight drama, Southpaw after losing 30 pounds for Nightcrawler in his desire to physically complement his emotional portrayals. In the 2017 drama, Stronger, he gave extremely moving performance about, Jeff Bauman, who lost his legs in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Has a net worth of $65 million. Inner: Thoughtful and analytic, with a desire to improve the world. Far more attracted to films for their stories than their messages. Work-in-progress lifetime of digging deeper into his own humanity via a progressive upbringing in order to be more complete in both his views and the range of his performances. Conrad Nagel (1897-1970) - American actor. Outer: From an upper middle-class family that was musical. Father was a musician, and mother sang locally, before dying when her son was young. Given an extremely supportive upbringing that encouraged his gifts of self-expression. Went to Highland Park College in Iowa, where his father was dean of the music conservatory. Sang in the school’s glee club, before getting a liberal arts degree. Began acting in theater at the age of 17, in “Experience,” and continued doing stock and vaudeville. Served on an admiral’s staff during WW I, and made his film debut in 1918 in Little Women. 6’, 165 lbs. with blond hair and blue eyes. Married Ruth Helms in 1924, after appearing with her, one daughter from the union, which ended in divorce in 1935. Was engaged to much younger starlet Kay Linaker four times, although the two never married. As an all-American looking lead, he specialized in drawing-room and his/storical dramas as well as romantic comedies. By his second film, The Fighting Chance, where he met his wife and also costarred with Anna Q. Nilsson (Maggie Gyllenhaal), he was a leading man. By the end of the silent era, he made the easy transition to talkies, starring in one of the very first, Glorious Betsey in 1928. Along with 35 others, he co-founded the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, for whom he helped create the Oscars, garnering an honorary one in 1940, for his work with the Motion Picture Relief Fund. Also served as host of the third Academy Rewards in 1930, the 5th two years later, and acted as co-host with Bob Hope in 1953 for the 25th. Served as its president from 1932 to 1933. Won the enmity of the studio heads, particularly Louis B. Mayer (Master P) of MGM, for helping organize the Screen Actor’s Guild, so that the parts offered him afterwards were of lesser and lesser qualities. Directed one film, Love Takes Flight in 1937. Did only a handful of movies after 1940. Married character actress Lynn Merrick in 1945, later divorced. Worked on Broadway, radio, and later television, including a decade stint on the middle medium from 1937 to 1947 as host of “Silver Theater.” From 1949 to 1952 he was a game show host on early TV for “Celebrity Time.” His third and final marriage was to Michael Coulson Smith in 1955, one son from the union, which also ended in divorce. Continued working until his last years, sporadically appearing in a variety of TV series. Inner: Charming, suave, highly social and a pivotal player in early Hollywood, particularly as a behind-the-scenes organizer. Multitasking lifetime of employing his charisma to give the film industry its early cachet on a variety of levels, only to ultimately suffer for it, but not to be undone, using other media available to him, for a long and rewarding outer career, if not quite a similarly reflected private life.

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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS MULTI-LIFE MULTI-TALENT:
Storyline: The all-around entertainer follows the same career trajectory, beginning as a baby-faced crooner who morphs into maturity, when allowed to move beyond his initial public introduction.

Justin Timberlake (1981) - American singer and actor. Outer: Paternal grandfather was a Baptist minister, and his father was a choir director at a Baptist church. After his parents divorced when he was 4, both remarried. His stepmother became manager of the all-girl group Innosense, while his mother, who wed a banker, went on to run an entertainment company called JustinTime Entertainment, taking advantage of her son’s meteoric rise in show business. Has two half-brothers, as well as a half-sister who died minutes after she was born, from his father’s second marriage. Made his debut on “Star Search” in 1981 as a country music singer, although didn’t win his segment. In 1989, he became a regular on “The New Mickey Mouse Club,” along with Britney Spears. Sang at the Grand Old Opry at the age of 10, and in 1995, after “MMC” ended, he became the front man for the boy band, ‘N Sync, which his mother coined, using the last initials of its 5 members. After releasing their first self-titled album in 1998, they proved a huge hit with the teeny-bopper set, with a number of best-selling albums, including the fastest-selling album of all time, “No Strings Attached,” in 2000, which cemented him in the public’s eye as a baby-faced bubblegum lightweight of the highest order. Modeled himself after his own teen idol, Michael Jackson. Had a four year relationship with fellow Mickey Mouse Clubber, Britney Spears, and then followed it with a four year relationship with actress Cameron Diaz. 6’1”. Took time off from ‘N Sync to release his debut solo album, called “Justified” in 2002, which went triple platinum, and he suddenly found himself a pop icon on his own, in slightly more mature form, thanks to a genuine talent. At the halftime show for the 2004 Superbowl, he accidentally exposed singer Janet Jackson’s breast at the conclusion of a duet, although suffered no damage to his career, while hers was temporarily eclipsed. Won Grammys in 2004, after issuing an apology in order to appear on the award show, while Jackson did not, and the following year launched a clothing line, “William Rast,” named after his and his partner’s grandfathers. Began adding acting to his résumé, first with a made for TV film, “Model Behavior” in 2001, and then gradually building up his chops with Edison Force, Alpha Dog and Black Snake Moan, showing himself to be a credible screen presence. Continues his recording career with other artists as well, in between being operated on for nodules in 2005. Started his own record company, Jay Tee Records, the same year, while also launching several restaurants. Won critical acclaim for his second album, “Future Sex/Love Sounds,” and it, too, proved a runaway bestseller, while his performances have amped up his projected sexuality as well. Showed an angrier side during a world tour in 2007, abusing and hurling objects at fans, but remains an icon of his times, with 6 Grammys before he reached 30, and his first two albums selling worldwide in the 18 million range. Bought MySpace, with an ad agency he backs as a partner, from Rupert Murdoch at fire sale prices - $30 million, after the latter paid $500 million for it, as a creative challenge for him, to resuscitate it from the moribund state his predecessor had left it in. After a longtime involvement, married actress Jessica Biel in a secret ceremony in 2012, away from the prying eye of the press. One son from the union. Scored twice at the 2014 Grammys with Best Video for "Suit & Tie" and Best R&B song for "Pusher Girl Love." Inner: Self-styled simple guy from Tennessee. Well-mannered, southern boy-next door, who has learned how to transcend his slight build and project a sexy image. Good instrumentalist and extremely well-prepared, for all his creative endeavors, with a clear plan for an extended run as a pop phenomenon. Telescoped lifetime of following a similar career arc as his previous go-round, of baby-faced crooner morphing into a pop star of substance, thanks to a great desire to build on his previous successes in highly parallel manner. Dick Powell (Richard Ewing Powell) (1904-1963) - American singer, actor, director and producer. Outer: Mother played the piano, and father was a machinist. Middle of 3 brothers. The family moved to Little Rock when he was 10, and he continued to pursue his musical interests. The possessor of a pleasant baby face, he sang with an orchestra, then formed his own band, Peter Pan, at 17. Spent a year at Little Rock College in Arkansas, before becoming a coin collector from pay-phones for the phone company. 6’, 175 lbs. Restarted his singing career, and had several hit records as a band vocalist and instrumentalist with other groups, including Charlie Davis’s orchestra, and was married to Maude Maund from 1925 to 1927. 6’. Made his film debut in 1932 in Blessed Event, as a singing bandleader, before going onto a decade-long run as a Warner Bros. musical star, beginning as juvenile lead in backstage dramas, while appearing in pleasant fluff to good advantage. In 1936, he married actress Joan Blondell (Zooey Deschanel), with whom he often worked, divorced in 1944, daughter and adopted son from union. In the early 1940s, he saw he desperately needed to expand if he wished to extend his career, as more than a mere song’n’dance man. Married actress June Allyson in 1945, the year after he thoroughly changed his filmic image, in Murder, My Sweet, convincingly playing hard-boiled private eye Philip Marlowe, which led to far more dramatic roles for the rest of the decade in the same film noir genre, while refusing to sing in any of them. One adopted daughter and one son from union, actor Dick Powell, Jr. who later portrayed his father on film. Transliterated his transformed screen image into radio, with “Richard Diamond, Private Detective,” from 1949 to 1953. In the early 1950s, he became a producer-director, most memorably of The Enemy Below in 1957, and also was able to use the new medium of TV to good advantage in a similar role as part of the highly successful Four Star Production Company, which created rotating dramas specifically for the small screen. One of his productions, The Conqueror, which he also directed, was filmed in 1956 in Utah near an atomic test site, and proved to be fatal to several members of the cast and crew, including himself, and he died of lymphoma cancer, the same day, and for the same reason as actor Jack Carson (Matt Damon). Inner: Charming, good-humored, and far more driven than his easy surface likability. Athletic, with a great love of sailing. Step-by-graceful-step lifetime of gradually opening himself up to his larger talents, only to be ultimately undone by the poisons of the world, which he would try to redress his next go-round in this series.

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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS HIGHLY DECEPTIVE HEAVY:
Storyline: The well-versed villain literally downsizes to show he has the depth of characterization to play dark whether he is in a threateningly large body or merely an average-sized vehicle.

Dane DeHaan (1987) - American actor. Outer: Of Dutch, German, Italian, and English descent, with his surname meaning “Rooster” in Dutch. Father was a computer programmer and mother was an executive at Knoll Furniture. One of two children, with an older sister. Had a very supportive upbringing and always wanted to be an actor, with a secret desire to be a professional golfer, while acting out superhero roles in his backyard. Did community theater in high school, before graduating the Univ. of North Carolina School of the Arts in 2008. 5’8”. Made his Broadway debut in 2008 as an understudy with a revival of “American Buffalo,” and won an Obie for his performance in “The Aliens,” in 2010. Began his film career in John Sayles Filipino-American war epic, Amigo in 2010, and has continued to show a good instinct for roles, which showcase his talents, most notably, “Treatment” on cable, playing an ADD sex addict and Chronicle on the large screen, which follows a trio of teenagers chronicling their adventures on video. Attracted to darker indie fare, enjoying playing deeply disturbed characters, despite a seemingly innocent veneer. Married actress Anna Wood in 2012. Won the dualistic role of Harry Osborn/Green Goblin in Amazing Spider-Man 2, leapfrogging over bigger names to bag the coveted blockbuster role, basing his performance on Brooklyn hipsters, where he lives. Inner: Quite amazed at his success, despite a facility for easily slipping into the darkness of his portrayals, thanks to his hidden previous go-round in this series. Act two lifetime of returning in much less brutish form, in order to allow him to reshape characterizations out of his interior, rather than his exterior, as he had done in the immediate past, while continuing to explore the fount of creativity that lies at his very core. Barton MacLane (Ernest Barton MacLane) (1902-1969) - American actor, producer and playwright. Outer: Parents were both from South Carolina, where he grew up. 6’1”, heavyset. Good athlete in college, starring in both football and basketball at Wesleyan Univ. in Connecticut. Made his film debut in 1926 in The Quarterback, which got him interested in acting. Trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, before joining a stock company in Brooklyn. In 1925, he wed Martha Stewart. Son and daughter from the union, which ended in divorce. Made his Broadway debut in 1927 in a melodrama. After more film work, he tried penning his own starring vehicle for the stage, entitled “Rendezvous,” although it failed to find an audience. Got a contract with Warner Bros. through it, and his physicality, with long gorilla-like arms and a large body, replete with squinty, piercing eyes and a sandpaper voice pretty much set the tone for his four decade career in Hollywood. Balanced it off as a producer on Broadway, Ultimately became typecast as a cinematic heavy because of his powerful build, as his name became synonymous with not only outlaws, but authority figures, as well. Played cops along with criminals and gangsters, and was often in westerns as the negative foil for the good guys, ultimately appearing in some 200 films. Served Glenda Farrell (Juliette Lewis) in her Torchy Blaine series in the 1930s, playing a sympathetic detective and love interest to her intrepid girl reporter. In 1939, he married actress Charlotte Wynters, who costarred in a half-dozen of his films, and the two subsequently divided their time between Hollywood and his 2000 acre California cattle ranch. By the 1960s, he had switched to the small screen, where he played positive characters in several hits, most notably as General Peterson in “I Dream of Jeannie”, unconsciously tapping into his last life in this series. Died in a hospital of an intracranial hemorrhage, cardio-vascular disease and double pneumonia, despite the false report of cancer as his final fatal illness. Inner: Played several musical instruments, including the violin, piano and guitar, despite his longtime projected image of a thuggish hardhead. Showed himself to be inventive as a counter to his animalesque physicality with numerous outlets for his imaginative output. Deceptive lifetime of looking quite unlike his true creative character, allowing him a long, prolific run in the Hollywood trenches as an archetypal villain/authoritarian. Pierre Gustav Toulant Beauregard (1818-1893) - American Confederate general, railway president, politician and inventor Outer: Of French and Creole descent. Known as ‘the Little Napoleon.’ Raised on his family’s Louisiana plantation, as one of seven children. Worshiped the French Emperor Napoleon from a young age, and wanted a military career. Spoke only French until he was sent to school at 12 in NYC, where he finally learned English. Graduated from West Point in 1838 second in his class and was commissioned in the engineers, working on fortifications for several years. Fought in Mexico under Winfield Scott (Douglas MacArthur) and distinguished himself at the Battle of Veracruz in 1847. Returned to the U.S. the following year and worked on improving navigation along the Mississippi River. Married Marie Antoinette Laure Villeré, the daughter of a sugar can planter in 1841. Two sons and a daughter from the union, with his wife dying in childbirth in 1850 with the last one. Ran for mayor of New Orleans, although narrowly lost. Wed again to Caroline Deslondes, the daughter of another sugar cane planter, in 1860, only to see her die, too, four years later. His wife was sister-in-law to Sen. John Slidell, who would be an immense help to his career. Made superintendent of West Point in 1861, only to see Louisiana secede five days later. Quickly resigned his commission to become a the Confederate army’s first commissioned officer. Directed the bombardment of Fort Sumter, and then was made second-in-command in Virginia, as a brigadier general. Led the left flank at the first Battle of Bull Run, and was looked on as a hero by the South for his efforts. After failing in the Battle of Shiloh for not being aggressive enough, he earned the enmity of the Confederate leadership, although his skills were enough to warrant further high positions and he was put him in command of coastal defenses in the south. Able to repulse several Union assaults over the rest of the Civil War, and wound up in the Carolinas during its last months before surrendering his sword. Made president of a southern Railway line over the last half of the 1860s, and then a Street Railway where he invented a system of cable-powered street railway cars. Subsequently served in a variety of posts in Louisiana, while flirting for a while with the idea of fighting in a foreign army. Became wealthy promoting his state’s lottery, showing excellent material instincts. Published a variety of works, including his memoirs in 1891, arguing over his negative depiction in the accounts of Confederate president Jefferson Davis (Lyndon Johnson) and general J.E. Johnston, neither of whom he had gotten along with. Died in is sleep of heart disease. Inner: Capable, although had an inflated view of his own abilities as a general, thanks to a prickly sense of honor. Also had poor relationships with other Confederate leaders, because of his overweening ego. Mixed bag lifetime of some martial accomplishment along with major character flaws and an inability to work with others, to give him the impetus to focus on his creativity in succeeding go-rounds in this series, rather than doing endless battle with superiors and enemies.


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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS PLAYBOY CAD TURNED GENUINE CRAFTSMAN:
Storyline: The ex-extravagant extrovert returns in far more compact form with a love of the artistry he had earlier spurned, and a desire to prove himself an artisan rather than a devil-may-care rounder.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt (1981) - American actor, writer and director. Outer: Of Russian/Jewish descent. Older brother Dan was a photographer who died of cancer in 2010 in his mid-30s. Maternal grandfather, Michael Gordon, had been a successful director, despite being black-listed for a while for his leftist leanings. His mother, Jane Gordon, was politically active, running for Congress, albeit losing in 1970 on the Peace and Freedom Party. Began his career at the age of 6 as a child actor, making his film debut in 1992 in A River Runs Through it. First came to prominence in the hit comedy series “Third Rock From the Sun,’ in 1996, while garnering numerous awards 5’9” and slim. Went to Columbia Univ., where he studied his/story, literature and French poetry, and when he returned, he began appearing in intense indie dramas after earlier having been largely a comedy support. By 2010, he was noted for his indie work, while also adapting an Elmore Leonard short story into a short, which he directed. Returned to mainstream fare with Inception in 2010, in which he appeared with his crypto-past life brother Tom Hardy, as he did with another entry in the Batman series, The Dark Knight Rises. Made his feature film directorial debut in 2013, with Don Jon, which he also wrote and starred in. In addition to his well-received film work, he also founded and directs hitRECord, which allows anyone internet access to upload their records and download and remixed works, with a 50/50 split in the profits. Hosts a cable TV series based on HitRecord, with some 300,000 participants. Subject to many rumors about his sexual orientation, thanks to his depicting same-sex characters, although has never bothered directly addressing his erotic preferences. In late 2014, he finally put them at least partially to rest by secretly marrying Tasha McCauley, a CEO of Fellow Robots in Silicon Valley, Calif. Inner: Highly observant, with a genuine love of craft. Uses music as a relaxant, playing the drums and guitar. Put off by the idea of celebrity, and sees much of the movie industry as basically corrupt and lazy. Likes repetitive routines as a means of ballast, and is quite charitable with his free time. Has experimented with various psychedelics but sees drug-taking as disrespectful to the body. Transmutation lifetime of switching focus from himself and his desire for pleasure-seeking to a genuine drive to make his mark as a memorable member of the entertainment industry on a host of different levels, thanks to his ongoing plethora of talents. George Sanders (1906-1972) - English actor, writer, singer and musician. Outer: Father was a transplanted Englishman who became a successful rope manufacturer in Tsarist Russia. Mother was a renowned horticulturalist who gave up her career to raise a family. The middle of three children, with older brother Tom Conway (Tom Hardy) eventually becoming an actor, and younger sister, Margaret, doing the same. Enjoyed a privileged upbringing, but when the Bolsheviks overthrew the government in 1917, he and his family were forced to flee back to England in reduced circumstances, as his sire entered the textile trade, although proved himself a success once again. Along with Tom, he was educated at Brighton College and then went onto Manchester Technical College. 6’3”, with a rich voice and debonair, superior airs. Went to South America, then tried his hand at the tobacco business, although failed to find his fortune in either, before returning to England and working as copywriter for a London ad agency. Advised by future actress Greer Garson to utilize his voice as an actor, which he did, while also working as an instrumentalist and singer, thanks to his rich baritone. Made his stage debut in London in 1932. Began his film career with bit parts and walk-ons, before hitting his co-starring stride in 1936, which led to a long-term contract with 20th Century Fox in the U.S. Became The Saint in a series of detective thrillers, then proved himself equally adept at playing either a hero or villain, in a pair of Alfred Hitchcock films. Appeared as Simon Templar, The Saint, in four features, before tiring of the role and handing it over to his brother, Tom Conway, which would prove the latter’s career highlight. Earlier the two had flipped a coin to see who would carry the family name, and he won. Married Susan Larson in 1940, divorced in 1949. Continued his successful film career throughout the 1940s, and at the end of the decade, married Zsa Zsa Gabor, a former Miss Hungary, in an extremely stormy union between two dominant personalities. Suspecting her of infidelity with Dominican playboy, Porifirio Rubirosa, the possessor of a legendary large love organ, he filed for divorce in 1953. Won a Best Supporting Actor Award in 1951 for All About Eve, playing an acidic theater critic, while becoming more neurotic and withdrawn, worrying about finances, and taxes, forcing him to work overseas while looking for dodgy tax shelters. Continued playing both villainous supports in the first half of the 1950s, before turning to TV, hosting the George Sanders Mystery Theater, for a season in 1957, while releasing an album of standards. Married Benita Hume, the widow of actor Ronald Coleman (Orlando Bloom) in 1958, while continuing to do voice-overs and both TV and film turns. Published his autobiography, “Memoirs of a Professional Cad,” in 1960, and had two novels ghostwritten for him by women to cash in on his fame. Fell out with his brother over his drinking, and lost him in 1967, then his wife died of cancer in 1969, which left him totally despondent. Had a stroke, which left him reliant on painkillers and alcohol, and made both walking and talking difficult, while briefly marrying Zsa Zsa Gabor’s older sister, Magda, in a union that was quickly annulled, and increased his alcoholism. Suffered from dementia, and was thoroughly depressed at life’s end. Eventually checked into a hotel in a Spanish coastal town, and after penning a suicide note, claiming to being bored and having lived long enough, he took an overdose of Nembutal and killed himself. Cremated afterwards, with his ashes scattered in the English channel. Inner: Extravagant, extroverted, loved parties on yachts, and much preferred being a guest to being a host. Continually put down acting, despite a rich voice and excellent cinematic presence. Exaggerated lifetime of self-indulgence before reeling himself in his next go-round in order to more fully bring out the artist within, and feel a far greater sense of self-worth.


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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS ALTERNATELY DAPPER AND DARK:
Storyline: The picky player chooses his roles carefully with an eye towards exploring every inch of his interior, be it angry, exhibitionistic or obsessive, with a willingness to not work at all if he is unable to find vehicles that properly challenge him.

Michael Pitt (1981) American actor, model and musician. Outer: Of English and Italian descent. From a modest background. Youngest of 4, with two older sisters and an older brother. Given considerable support by his parents to be actor, after announcing at age 10, it was his life’s dream. Moved to NYC at 16, with empty pockets, and got a job as a bike messenger. 5’11”, brown-haired and blue-eyed. Went to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and appeared in works put on by the New York Theater Workshop. Got his first break in the series “Dawson’s Creek,” as a football star in 1998, after a casting agent, who he thought was a police officer coming to arrest him, noticed him. Went on to appear in numerous off-the-wall films, including Hedwig and the Angry Inch in 2001, as well as mainstream Hollywood fare. Had to deal with on-screen nudity in Bernardo Bertolucci’s 2003 release, The Dreamers, and has since done a variety of projects, with an affinity for dark roles, such as the obsessive merchant in Silk in 2007 and the sadistic psychopath in the disappointing remake of Funny Games the same year. His pickiness would see a barren and broke stretch for him, before returning to cable series TV in 2010 as a war-damaged hood in “Boardwalk Empire” and he has since continued to counterbalance film work with cable series work. Became the face and body of Prada in 2012, modeling their clothes, despite often appearing grungy and uncombed in public. Also plays guitar and sings with the band Pagoda. Inner: Moody, simpatico and emotional with a strong identification with the dispossessed, and a largely hidden nature, despite a charming veneer. Does roles that interests him, with an affinity for dark characters, while more than willing not to work if projects do not capture his imagination. Choosy lifetime of delving far deeper into his craft than his previous go-round in this series in order to plumb his own considerable emotional depths and turn them into enduring art. Henry Hull (1890-1977) American actor and playwright. Outer: Father was a drama critic and editor, who brought the family to NYC in 1902, to take up a position as a booking agent. Originally wanted to be an engineer, and studied at Cooper Union and Columbia Univ. to become one, before deciding on acting as a career. His brother Shelly became a producer. 6’ and slender. Made his Broadway debut in “Green Stockings” in 1911, and, after another appearance, decided to become a gold prospector. Married actress Juliet Fremont, the granddaughter of explorer John C. Fremont (William O. Douglas) in 1913. Two sons and a daughter from the union, including Henry, Jr. who was a minor Broadway actor, and Shelly, who was a TV producer. Failed however, in his desire for instant riches, and returned to the stage in 1916 in the appropriately titled, “The Man Who Came Back,” along with his wife, before appearing in silent films, the following annum. Worked sporadically on the large screen, with the focus of his acting on the stage, including a play he wrote, “Manhattan” which had a reasonable run in 1922. Returned to Hollywood in 1934, and the following year, he had his best known role in Werewolf of London, the very first of its kind, playing a monster in heavy make-up. Had a resonant voice, thanks to his stage training, which put him in demand as a character actor, although his style of emoting was old-fashioned and somewhat mannered, which served him in certain roles but made him seem rather exaggerated in others. Enjoyed his greatest success on Broadway with “Tobacco Road,” playing the lead character, Jeeter Lester, a funky tobacco farmer, for the early part of its record-breaking run, then continued his stage work the rest of the decade. Lived on a Connecticut farm for three decades, then following his wife’s death, and a stroke, he moved to his daughter’s Cornwall farm, where he died of his heart condition. Inner: Traditional, domestic and materialistic with a touch of the monster within. Decorous lifetime of staying largely within the bounds of his craft as an exemplar of old-fashioned technique, before allowing himself to let loose in his next go-round in this series, as a go-for-broke stylist, more than willing to take chances to plumb his own dark depths.


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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS CONTINUAL CARTOON EMBODIMENT:
Storyline: The serial superhero dealt with the continued dissemblances of a coterie of possessive women leading to his untimely death, before returning to reclaim himself as a far more grounded and better prepared icon of comic book fantasia.

Chris Evans (1981) - American actor. Outer: Mother was a dancer, who ran a youth theater, father was a dentist. The second of four children, with one older sister, Carly, who became an actress, and one younger brother, Scott, who also heard the siren call of the screen, as well as a younger sister. First began performing in school productions, following the lead of his older sister, Carly. Raised Roman Catholic, which has continued to serve as his religious grounding base. Did theater camp, while also participating in regional theater, before moving to NYC, where he attended the Lee Strasburg Theater Institute, then came to Los Angeles at 18. Served an internship in a casting office, with the small and large screen his focus, rather than the stage. 6’, well-built with blue eyes and brown hair. Began his professional career in 2000 doing several TV series, as well as TV films, before a quick rise in filmdom, thanks to a star turn as Johnny Storm, The Human Torch, in The Fantastic Four in 2005, an adaptation of an extremely popular Marvel Comic. A sequel followed, along with several more star turns, marking him as a Hollywood hunk, as he scored big once again in 2011 with Captain America: The First Avenger and its subsequent sequels, showing himself, as usual, to be especially geared for playing supernaturally endowed comic book characters, despite first resisting the role and going into therapy for fear of being pigeonholed in the public mind as a caped crusader. Able to find more nuanced roles in his desire to expand himself, with a seeming affinity for futurist fare, although Capt. America would remain a blockbuster staple for him. Quit as presenter of “Top Gear” a motor stunt show after only one season in 2016 because of low ratings. Inner: Harbors a fear of being type-cast, despite his leading man looks and public identification with superheroes. Well-grounded, while attracted to playing sociopaths, as a means of counterbalancing his own integrated sense of self. Control freak, with a continued desire to expand on his various modes of self-expression. Flame on lifetime of being given the early love, spiritual sustenance and healthy support to resurrect himself from the confusions of his previous go-round as an out-of-this-world star with the same down-to-Earth sensibilities as everyone else. George Reeves (George Keefer Brewer) (1914-1959) - American actor. Outer: Born slightly out-of-wedlock, causing some confusion about his actual birth date, in the same way his death would also be unclear. His mother lied to him about his birthdate, as well as claiming his original father had committed suicide, rather than admitting they had quickly separated and divorced. She later moved to California to be with a sister, where she remarried and her son was adopted by his step-father, initially taking on his name of Bessolo, before adopting his stage name, Reeves at the outset of his career. Following a second divorce, his mother once again lied about her ex-husband, claiming he, too, had committed suicide, rather than admit marriage difficulties. Became an amateur heavyweight boxer, but gave it up because of his mother’s concern. Went to Pasadena Junior College, where he continued an earlier interest in theater, then interned as an actor at Pasadena Playhouse. 6’1” and well-built, although later used padding to fill out his Superman costume. Made his first credited film debut in the legendary Gone With the Wind in 1939. Married stage actress Ellanora Needles in 1940. No children from the union, which ended in divorce in 1940. Under contract to several studios, he did numerous action movies during the 1940s, with So Proudly We Hail in 1943, a highlight, before war service interrupted his career, although he never quite found the star momentum on his return. Served in the Army Air Corps, during which time he appeared on Broadway in a patriotic play, while making training films, in lieu of being involved in actual combat. After some 50 films, he found his true niche in TV, most especially playing Superman, the Man of Steel, in “The Adventures of Superman” which ran from 1952 to 1958, although he was typecast afterwards, and it proved a death knell for his film career. Had a longtime affair, beginning in the early 1950s with former showgirl and actress Toni Lanier, who was 8 years his senior and the wife of an MGM general manager, with her much older husband’s complicity. The duo later had an acrimonious split when he became involved with Leonore Lemmon, a cafe society beauty, whom he had contemplated marrying in 1959. Had been thinking of becoming a pro wrestler, when he was found naked and shot to death in his bedroom with a single wound to his right temple, in what was initially thought of as a suicide, but later was ruled a homicide, which has never been solved. Additional bullet holes and shell casings, as well as unexplained bruises on his body indicated he was murdered, perhaps in a jealous tiff by his jealous over-possessive former mistress, Toni Lanier, or his equally possessive fiancée. Inner: Took himself seriously as a role model, and often had his invulnerability tested by children, although always handled the situations thrust at him with aplomb. Quite athletic, doing most of his own stunts, including gymnastic leaps and landings. Charitable, giving, and the subject of endless rumors and false stories. Man of Steel lifetime of proving himself anything but invulnerable to the alien ways of earthlife, in a go-round shrouded in mystery and misleading information from beginning to end, thanks to the female energy in his less than super existence.


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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS TRIPLE MEDIUM THREAT:
Storyline: The super-competent craftsman readily masters the various venues available to him in his ongoing desire to be the best he can be via whoever he chooses to portray in whatever lime-lit vehicle he is cast in.

Eddie Redmayne (Edward John David Redmayne)(1982) - English actor. Outer: Of English, Northern Irish and Welsh ancestry. Great-grandfather was a noted civil/mining engineer. Father was a businessman, mother ran a relocation service. One of 5 children, with an older half-brother, an older and younger brother and a half-sister, although he was the only one who pursued acting, Took drama lessons with his parents’ approval from a young age, while matriculating at Eton. Made his stage debut in “Oliver” at London’s West End, playing one of the workhouse boys. Went on to Trinity College, Cambridge, where he majored in the his/story of art, and continued acting throughout his years of schooling, including a stint with the National Youth Music Theater. 5’11” and slim, with reddish hair and blue eyes Made his professional stage debut in 2002 at Shakespeare’s Globe Theater playing a female role in “Twelfth Night.” Won a prestigious Newcomer Award in 2004 for “The Goat,” playing a homophile son with noted harrowing conviction in the Edward Albee vehicle. Made his film debut in 2006 in an Australian feature, Like Minds, then alternated twixt stage and screen, with a memorable turn on the latter in 2007 as a would-be assassin in Elizabeth: The Golden Age, while also doing some modeling. Continued his successful stage stints, including an Olivier Award in 2009 for Supporting Actor in “Red,” as an assistant to abstract-impressionist Mark Rothko then reprised the role on Broadway the following annum, and garnered a Tony for it. In 2012, he appeared in Les Miserables, then won considerable acclaim for his portrayal of ALS-afflicted physicist Stephen Hawking, in The Theory of Everything, for which he won a Screen Actor’s Guild award, followed by an Oscar in 2015, accepting it with considerable emotion. Wed Hannah Bagshawe, in late 2014, whom he had known since school days, as a coda to his triumphant year, one daughter from the union born on Father’s Day in 2016. Scored another huge triumph with 2015’s The Danish Girl, playing a transgendered Danish landscape painter of the 1920s, who became one of the first to undergo sex reassignment surgery. Although it took nearly a decade to get the financing for the film, it proved another actorly tour de force for him. Made an OBE in late 2016 for his service to drama. Inner: Self-deprecating, and dedicated craftsman, putting his all into every role he plays. Prefers edgy, credible works, and is equally comfortable on the small and large screen as well as live theater. Greatly appreciative of high art, particularly the luminosity of colors. Spotlit lifetime of continuing his fascination with being a well-loved and respected entertainer, while eschewing his impishness of yore in order to explore darker and more dramatic fare. Edmund Gwenn (Edmund John Kellaway) (1877 - 1959) - English actor. Outer: Place of birth may either have been London or the Vale of Glamorgan in Wales, where his sire was posted. Father was a traveling British civil servant and stern Victorian who had no use for the stage. Cousin of actor Cecil Kellaway. Oldest of three with a younger brother, Arthur, who became an actor under the name Arthur Chesney, as well as a sister. As the oldest boy in the family, he was groomed to follow in his sire’s footsteps. Instead, he wanted to go to sea initially, but his mother wouldn’t have it. Suffered from poor eyesight, but saw that the civil service was not for him from early on. Good athlete, excelling at rugby and boxing. 5’5 1/2’, stocky and cherubic looking. Went to King’s College, where his interest in the theater blossomed via amateur productions. His sire, however, was adamantly opposed, and refused to further support him in a melodramatic scene worthy of any play in which he subsequently was cast. Made his debut in 1895 with a group of amateurs turned professional in “Rogue and Vagabond.” Appeared on stage afterwards either in a beard or other disguise for fear someone would recognize him and tell his progenitor. in 1901, he had a brief marriage with actress Minnie Terry, the niece of stage star Ellen Terry (Vanessa Redgrave) which was over in a couple of hours and ended in a very quick divorce. Kept his affairs private afterwards with no further inclination to wed. Had difficulty launching his career, spending over a decade in the hinterlands as well as three years in Australia with stock and touring companies, before having his big breakthrough in 1905 in London after he was chosen by George Bernard Shaw (Stephen Fry) to appear in his “Man and Superman,” as a Cockney chauffeur. Settled in London and was subsequently cast in four more Shavian dramas, and was onstage continuously afterwards, with his father ultimately expressing regret over having rejected him for his choice of profession. Served in the British Army during WW I as a supply officer to the front as a captain in the Royal Army Service, and while on leave, he made his first screen appearance in 1916, in The Real Thing at Last, a satire on the movie industry based on Shakespeare’s “Macbeth.” Continued his stage work on both sides of the Atlantic, and eventually settled in Hollywood in 1940, to become part of the colony of British ex-pats there, playing opposite a host of silver screen stars.. Found himself in constant demand by top directors, with several stints with Alfred Hitchcock. Enjoyed his greatest success in 1947, with Miracle on 34th Street playing a department store Santa Claus named Kris Kringle, for which he won both a Golden Globe and an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. In his acceptance speech he announced, “Now I know there’s a Santa Claus.” Continued to act into old age, winning another Golden Globe for Mister 880, playing an old clumsy counterfeiter. Suffered from severe arthritis but did nor retire until very near life’s end, when he died in a Hollywood home for aged actors of pneumonia and complications from a stroke, shortly after making his final film. Cremated afterwards with his ashes buried in Los Angeles. Inner: Always maintained a mischievous twinkle, even in villainous roles. Charming, fun-loving and a pleasure to be around. Actually able to steal scenes from dog star Lassie, a phenomenal feat in itself. All the world’s a stage lifetime of being wed to his career above all else, and seeing in it purpose, meaning and great personal delight as someone virtually born to entertain despite initial strong paternal opposition.


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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS FARCICAL EVERYMAN:
Storyline: The nondescript scriptwriter and actor parlays his well-honed comic sensibilities into leading man status as a reflection for the priapic imbedded within every male of less than movie-star mien.

Seth Rogen (1982) - Canadian/American actor, comic and producer. Outer: Of Jewish descent, with both his parents meeting on an Israeli kibbutz. Mother was a social worker, and father worked for a variety of non-profits. Both parents were socialists and politically active, while his one older sister became a social worker. Went to a Hebrew elementary school, and began working as a standup comic at 13. Wound up coming in second in a Vancouver comedy competition at 16. 5’11”, with everyman features. His standup work would make him an improviser and ad-libber in his later scripted efforts. Discovered by Judd Apatow in Vancouver, he made his TV debut at 16 in “Freaks and Geeks,” which occasioned his moving to Los Angeles. Worked as a writer on two TV shows, then director Apatow hooked up with him for several highly successful comedies, beginning with a support role his own virgin effort, The 40 Year-Old Virgin. Earned a starring role in his next effort, Knocked Up, playing off his previous life’s wife, Katherine Heigl, and the combination made him a geekish star. Continued his association with Apatow-produced films, and also co-wrote and starred in Superbad, a semi-autobiographical comedy, for which he won a Canadian Comedy Award. Maintained his connection with Apatow with Funny People, playing against his own experience as a longtime standup, with a turn as an unfunny tyro behind the mike. Together the two would shoot a ton of film, which is quite unusual for comedies, in order to capture the freshness and spontaneity of uninhibited joking. In addition to his own filmwork, he has also lent his voice to a variety of animated features. Tried to switch genres in 2010 with The Green Hornet only to undo his own writer/star efforts through his disconnected dialogue, and inability to understand the basic underpinnings of an actioner, despite its doing well at the box office. Married actress/writer Lauren Miller in 2011, after seven years together. Along with James Franco, he sparked an international retaliatory hacking incident at Sony in 2014 by either North Korea or others. The two played bumblers in The Interview, which he also directed, who assassinate the country’s leader, Kim Jong-un. After much cowardice on the part of Sony, the film became the first major studio offering to be given its debut on-line, while select theaters have also dared to show it, despite grim threats galore of repercussions by dark parties unknown. As result of all the publicity, it set a record for on-line viewing as an event spectacle. Reviewers were largely unkind to it, ultimately making it the fortuitous product of an unintentional hype that probably saved it from immediate obscurity. In 2013, he helped form Hilarity for Charity to raise awareness and funds for the Alzheimer’s Association.Inner: Good-humored, easy-going, and willing to take filmic chances. Inspired by some of the same people he would come to work with, while harboring a similar leering sensibility as his audience in his sex comedies. Reflective lifetime of mirroring his audience in both his tastes and interests as a rogue Rogen, and benefiting handsomely from his ability to give voice to the libidinal humor of his generation. Stu Erwin (1903-1967) - American actor. Outer: Went to UC Berkeley, then began his career on the stage in Los Angeles, before switching to silent film in 1928, appearing in some 100 features, beginning with Mother Knows Best. 5’9”. In 1931, he married actress June Collyer (Katherine Heigl), son and daughter from the union. His career consisted almost exclusively of comedy roles, and in the beginning, he played mostly vacuous young men, with 1936’s Pigskin Parade, an early highlight, garnering him an Academy Reward nomination for his role as a rustic football hero. Made his initial Broadway bow in 1942 in “Mr. Sycamore,” where he turned into a tree, an effort which failed to find root with an audience. Although popular during a five decade run, he remained a figure of his time, with no long-lasting reputation or following. Finally achieved a measure of fame through the newly minted medium of TV, starring in his own show, “The Stu Erwin Show,” as a small-town high school principal, along with his real-life wife. The show ran from 1950 to 1955, and ultimately became known as “The Trouble With Father.” Continued in bland comedies for the rest of his career, appearing in several Disney films, before dying of a heart attack. Inner: Extremely modest, rarely promoting himself, preferring to blend in rather than stand out. White bread lifetime of giving expression to the ordinary and its potential for smiling recognition, rather than laugh-out-loud reaction.

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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS CHARACTER ACTOR TURNED TOP BILLER:
Storyline: The prolific support player transforms into a leading man without falling prey to the expanded ego usually involved in moving up to name above title by his fellow stars.

James Dornan (1982) - Irish actor. Outer: Known as Jamie. Born in Holywood in northern Ireland. Related to actress Greer Garson through his maternal grandmother. Father was a well-known obstetrician and gynecologist. The youngest of three with two older sisters. Good athlete as a youth, playing high level amateur rugby, although was always conscious of being skinny. At 17, while at grammar school in Belfast, he lost his mother to pancreatic cancer, while also losing lost four fellow students, including his two best friends, in a horrific auto accident. Coped with the multiple tragedies through an innate level-headedness. His progenitor married another gynecologist and marveled at his son’s ability to deal with tragedy. After graduating, he enrolled at Teesside Univ. in Middlesborough England, only to see academia was not for him. Dropped out and moved to London, where he became a top model, serving as the foremost face of Calvin Klein, as well as other top designers. 6’, slim and muscular with intense grey eyes and copper-colored hair. Had a two year relationship with actress Keira Knightley, but always felt second-rate to her star status. Performed in a folk band called Sons of Jim, with a school-friend, but his true interest always was in acting. Felt a strong prejudice against models being able to act in the UK, and so came to the U.S. to further his career. In 2006, he had a support role in Marie Antoinette, and after a couple of shorts had his first major TV role as a sheriff in “Once Upon a Time,” in 2011 for three seasons. When his character was killed off, there was a huge outcry on the internet, so that he was rewritten into the series finale. Married English actress and singer Amelia Warner in 2013, daughter and son from the union. Thanks to an intense turn as a serial killer bereavement counsellor who stalks the streets of Belfast for his prey in the BBC’s 2013-2014 hit psychological series, “The Fall,” he won the coveted lead in the blockbuster Fifty Shades of Grey, playing a billionaire sociopath with little respect for women, although his relatively sexless performance earned nothing but criticism and perhaps will be a stumbling-block to his later career. Inner: Humble, hard-working and quite dedicated to craft. Level-headed and solid. Change of venue lifetime of moving up on the billing lists, while maintaining a solid sense of who he is, despite showing some roles still remain outside his range. Reginald Owen (John Reginald Owen) (1887-1972) - English actor. Outer: Grew up in a small village in Southeastern England. Father was the owner and founder of a brickworks. Second of five children, with an older brother and a younger brother who became an artist as well as 2 younger sisters. Educated at Sir Herbert Tree’s (Peter O’Toole) Academy of Dramatic Arts. Made his professional debut at 18 in England, and was a well-regarded leading man in London for nearly two decades. then came to NY in the early 1920s to work on Broadway, making his debut there in “The Swan.” Married English actress Lydia Bilbrook in 1908. The duo had no children and were divorced in 1923. A daughter was born afterwards, who was registered to him, although his participation in her creation is questionable. Moved to Hollywood in his early 40s to take advantage of the advent of sound, and made his debut there in 1929 in The Letter. Subsequently became a character actor in more than 110 films, as well as nearly a dozen TV series, finding himself always in demand. Rarely played leads, but proved to be extremely dependable in whatever he assayed. 6’. Played both Dr. Watson and Sherlock Holmes in early film versions of their adventures, and also did Ebenezer Scrooge in a 1938 adaptation of Charles Dickens’s (Richard Burton) Christmas Carol, although later actors would wind up with a stronger public identification with both roles. Wed divorced stage actress Mrs. Harold Austin, who had two children by her previous marriage. This union ended with her death in 1956. His final marriage was to Barbara Haveman, which lasted from 1956 until his own death. Never retired, doing TV series, films and theater up until life’s end, with a notable turn as a bombastic cannon-happy admiral in Mary Poppins in 1964. Turned an ankle while appearing on Broadway in “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” and was recuperating at the home of his stepson, when he suffered a series of strokes and died from a heart attack in a Boise, Idaho hospital. Ultimately buried in the city, as well. Was working on his autobiography at the time of his death, and it remained incomplete. Inner: Loved performing and was adept at every medium he attempted, with an excellent feel for character. Friendly, unpretentious and well-liked. Name below title lifetime of proving himself to be both prolific and proficient in all he assayed, as a warm-hearted character actor who was always in demand.


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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS WEBB AND WEB-SPINNER:
Storyline: The self-involved scene-stealer serially sets up opposing walls he needs to crawl over in order to fully see the many elements of his complex self.

Andrew Garfield (Andrew Russell Garfield) (1983) - American/British actor. Outer: Of Polish, Russian and Romanian Jewish descent on his paternal side.. Mother was British-born, father was an American, born to British parents. At 3, he moved to Surrey, England along with his parents and older brother. The duo ran a small interior design business, while his mother was also a teaching assistant at a nursery school. Good athlete as a youth, as both a swimmer and gymnast. Went to private school, where he began acting in youth productions before going to the Central School of Speech and Drama, at the Univ. of London, graduating in 2004. The comic book character Spider Man was one of his heroes while growing up, giving him a dualistic, neurotic and self-questioning character with whom he could strongly identify. 5’10”, and slim. Began acting on stage, and made his TV debut on British telly in a teen series. His subsequent work, especially on “Dr. Who,” made him a well-noticed and subsequently award-winning up-and-comer. Continued working on TV, while doing some support film roles, which invariably brought him notice and excellent reviews for his emotional intensity. Both led to a co-star turn in The Social Network, and that, in turn, gave him his big breakthrough role in the ongoing Spiderman franchise. Cast as the wall crawler in 2012 in The Amazing Spider-Man, along with its equally successful sequel, in 2014, which gave him undeniable cachet as a star, and insured an active, well-acclaimed international career for him. Made his Broadway debut in a revival of Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” in a support role, once again capturing the emotional angst of his character. Returned to Los Angeles as a base, despite despising the city, while hooking up with Emma Stone, with whom he starred in the Spiderman series. Gave a quietly moving performance in 2017’s Breathe, playing British advocate for the disabled Robin Cavendish. Has a net worth of $10 million.Inner: Admittedly neurotic and extremely self-conscious, as a compulsive self-analyzer. Sees struggle as edifying and character-building, and has little interest in being a conventional show business personality. Strongly self-involved lifetime of using his deep emotional well-springs to give life and feeling to his characterizations, after earlier operating on a gravel-voiced one note public persona, caught in his own web of excessive self-control. Jack Webb (John Randolph Webb) (1983) - American actor, director, producer and writer. Outer: Of Irish and indigenous American descent on his maternal side. Grew up in a poor section of LA in a rooming house which his mother ran. Never knew his sire, who abandoned the family before he was born. Raised Roman Catholic by the female side of the family. Suffered from acute asthma from 6 onward, although was a heavy smoker most of his life. Loved film as a child and wanted to be a director. 5’10”. Joined the Army Air Force during WW II, and was a crewman on a B-26 bomber. Began his show business career on radio afterwards, as a disc jockey, then as host of a comedy show, before finding his true niche, playing a private detective on “Pat Novak for Hire.” Continued doing radio work as a law enforcement official, using his staccato baritone to good advantage. Made his motion picture debut in a small role in He Walked By Night, which gave him the idea for the role that would forever enshrine him in the public’s mind, “Dragnet” playing Sgt. Joe Friday, a no-nonsense police detective. Married sultry singer Julie London in 1947, two daughters from the union, which ended in divorce in 1954, although the two remained close friends. With the help of the LA.P.D. he began the crime drama, “Dragnet” in 1949 as a radio show. Felt at the time that the police put up with a lot of abuse, and he wished to show the heroic roles they truly played, with his catch-phrase, “All we want are the facts, ma’am.” The show made the transition to TV in 1951, and was a tremendous success, with Ben Alexander playing his partner, until the series ended its run in 1959, by which time he was already directing features, beginning with the filmed version of Dragnet in 1954. The following year he wed Dorothy Towne, before that union ended in divorce two annums later. In 1958, he married actress Jackie Loughery, only to divorce in 1964. Found less success in films the subsequent decade, save for a star and directing turn as a tough Marine D.I, keeping the buzz saw flattop haircut he wore for that role for the rest of his career. By 1962, he had returned to TV, and was made head of production at Warner Bros. Television the following year, only to be soon fired, over his failure to re-animate the “77 Sunset Strip” series. Did a colorized version of “Dragnet” in 1967 which led to another three and a half seasons for the show, while using it as a soapbox for his increasingly conservative views. Subsequently acted as a TV producer for a number of shows, all with action themes, with “Adam-12” and “Emergency” his two other big hits. His final union was to Opal Wright in 1980. Had been considering a third version of “Dragnet” but was stricken with a heart attack and died suddenly. Given a funeral with full police honors, replete with a 17 gun salute. His make-believe badge number, 714, which was based on the number of home runs baseball slugger Babe Ruth hit, was officially retired, even though he had never served as a police officer. Inner: Extremely economically minded producer. Loved baseball and jazz, amassing a huge record collection. Republican to the core, with a loathing for the rampant youth culture of the 60s, but also intolerant of police corruption. Largely ignored his health, despite maintaining a rigorous work schedule, drinking and playing cards into the wee hours, making him look far older than he was. Despite a good sense of humor, took himself quite seriously. Focus on the facts lifetime of realizing some childhood dreams, while totally ignoring his bodily needs, to ultimately become a victim of himself, and quickly and ironically return as a noted web-crawler his next time around in this series.


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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS SDEKICK TURNED SEMI’-STAR :
Storyline: The driven do-gooder continues his big-hearted ways as he expands his craft while remaining true to his need to contribute to the betterment of all.

Adam Driver (Adam Douglas Driver) (1983) - American actor. Outer: Of mostly British descent on both sides, with some Dutch on his maternal side, as well as a touch of German, Irish and Scottish. Father was a preacher, and when his parents divorced his mother wed a Baptist minister, and he followed his stepfather’s religion. Has one sister. Acted in high school, but was rejected by Juilliard afterwards. 6’2”, 195 poumnds, with black hair and brown eyes. Following 9/11 he enlisted in the Marines, and served for two years before injuring his sternum in a mountain-biking accident and was honorably discharged, although has been bothered about not being able to do his full four years. Went to the Univ. of Indianapolis for a year, before giving Juilliard another try, and this time with his added maturity was accepted. After graduating he began his career on the small screen in 2009 with the series, “The Unusuals,” then did several short films, followed by more series work. Made his Broadway debut in 2010 in a revival of George Bernard Shaw’s (Stephen Fry) “Mrs. Warren’s Profession.” The following annum, he began to gain more notice, playing Lena Durham’s love interest, Adam Sackler, in “Girls.” More prominent movie roles followed, and at this stage of his career is probably best known for playing a villain in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In 2013, he wed actress Joanne Tucker, and together they co-founded Arts in there Armed Forces, a nonprofit that performs theater for military communities. Has a net worth of $2 million. Inner: Compassionate and caring with a desire to be of service to others. Persistent with a strong sense of self-discipline. Felt TV was evil, before seeing that the small screen would serve him. Never watch clips of his own performances, and feels he is funny-looking. Expanding lifetime of taking his thespian skills up to the next level, while showing the same good heart he earlier evinced. Andy Devine (Andrew Vebro Devine) (1905-1988) - - American actor. Outer: Father was an Irish-American hotel operator. Raised in Kingman, Arizona, which would later honor him by naming one of their main thoroughfares after him. Had one older half-sister, by nearly 15 years. Had a noticeable raspy voice because of a childhood injury, caused by running and tripping with a stick in his mouth, which forced him to be silent for a full year, before recovering from puncturing himself. A good athlete, he played some semi-pro football under the name Jeremiah Schwartz so as to be able to be eligible for his college teams. 6’ and increasingly rotund. Attended St. Mary and St. Benedict College, Northern Arizona State Teacher’s College, and Santa Clare Univ. Began his career with small roles in silent films, before his football skills earned him a role in 1931’s The Spirt of Notre Dame. While some thought his voice would be an impediment in talkies, it quickly proved to be his trademark. In 1933, he married Dorothy House, 2 sons from the close union, which lasted until his death. Able to forge a memorable career afterwards as a comic character actor in several hundred films, playing off of such established stars as John Wayne and Roy Rogers in the western realms, before turning to TV in the 1950s, most memorably as Guy Madison’s sidekick Jingles in “The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok” a long-running series on both TV and radio. In 1955, he began hosting a children’s show called “Andy’s Gang” and remained active on the large and small screen as well as the stage until his death from leukemia.
Inner: Easy-going, stable and loved by both fans and fellow Hollywoodians alike. Licensed ham operator and pilot. Lifelong Republican. Eminently likable lifetime of carving out a highly successful career for himself, along with a happy home-life in an tinseled arena not known for the stability of its longtime denizens.


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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS PERENNIAL COMIC FOIL:
Storyline: The round mound of clown continues his assault on America’s funnybone, adding writing to his performing c.v., while adjusting his on-screen antics to contemporary tastes, as an appreciative recipient of his equally delighted audience.

Jonah Hill (Jonah Hill Feldstein) (1983) - American actor and writer. Outer: Family was in the music business, with his father serving as tour accountant for Guns N’ Roses. Brother Jordan became a band manager with Maroon 5. Very close to his entire birth crew. Dreamed of becoming a comedy writer for TV sitcoms while growing up. Started acting out when his mother got cancer, getting wasted, and at 15, was in a rollover car accident, deeply scarring his right arm, which frightened his parents so, he vowed to refocus himself on success. After his mother recovered and he graduated from high school, he headed for NYC, where he studied acting and writing at the New College, although received little encouragement from his teachers along the way. Began writing his own plays as performance pieces for himself, which he gave in a local East Village bar. 5’7” and roly-poly, with a pop-eyed vulnerability that would make him a natural comic foil. Became friends with the children of actor Dustin Hoffman, which led to his first film role in 2004 in I Heart Huckabees. Several Judd Apatow vehicles followed, including a featured role in 2007 in Superbad, along with Michael Cera. Had a recurring costarring role for one season in 2006 on the sitcom “Campus Ladies,” while continuing to appear on TV as well as further Apatow vehicles, showing a good instinct for choosing the right material for himself In the process, he has become a continued screen presence as both a comic foil and character actor, gaining both larger roles and more recognition for his unique physicality and classic reactive shtick. Served as an associate producer on Sacha Baron Cohen’s Bruno, while also continuing to develop his own scripts. Lost a considerable amount of weight afterwards, to appear as almost half his former self. Inner: Highly ambitious, with a tremendous need to channel early anger and frustrations into an extremely viable career both on screen and on the written page. Uses dancing as a release. Extremely appreciative of his success, with an innate ability to milk his portrayals for maximum comic effect. Chunky charmer lifetime of employing his unique physical presence to great advantage, while building on his well-developed clown skills, honed from many a go-round of eliciting risible reactions from his ongoing audience. Billy Gilbert (William Gilbert Barron) (1894-1971) - American comic actor, director and writer. Outer: Born in a dressingroom in a Kentucky theater. Father was a tenor, while his mother was a dancer with the Metropolitan Opera Company. Quit school to join a children’s singing troupe at 12, and played in burlesque, where he impressed comic Stan Laurel (Stanley Tucci), who introduced him to producer Hal Roach. The latter subsequently employed him as a writer, actor and director, including pairing him with Ben Blue (Michael Cera) in a series called “Taxi Boys.” 5’9” and burly, he often played a comic villain in support roles to the Roach stable of stars, capitalizing on his girth, mustache and bulging eyes. Also boxed as a middleweight when he was younger. Developed a trademark sneeze, building up in intensity with it, as each became louder and more volcanic. Had a host of characterizations from the pompous to the drunken, with a deft skill at dialects, which led him to be teamed with Billy Bletcher as one of the Dutch “Schmaltz Brothers.” Worked with many of the comic greats from the 1930s, while his trademark ka-chooing won him the voiceover role of Sneezy in Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Almost invariably played comic foils in a host of films in the early 1940s, including several series, where he was the co-lead. Married and divorced, and then wed Ella McKenzie in 1938, who had appeared in short-subject comedies. While he and his wife were entertaining troops in a USO show in the Caribbean, his 13 year old adopted son committed suicide with a rifle, after his grandmother scolded him for letting his pet parrot escape. His career faded later in the 1940s, although he appeared occasionally on stage and in Las Vegas revues, while also doing TV, including regular slots on the Andy Devine program, “Andy’s Gang.” Co-wrote the book for a musical comedy, “Buttrio Square” which ran for 7 performances in 1952, and also directed two Broadway shows. Suffered a stroke in 1963 that cost him his voice for a year, although returned to performing afterwards. Despite being financially secure, with several apartment buildings, he loved the sound of applause, and continued working until the near end of his life. Died of a stroke, and had his ashes scattered in the rose gardens of the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Los Angeles. Inner: Natural clown and exuberant scene stealer. Born in a trunk lifetime of taking immediately to the stage, and using his physicality to great comic advantage as a foil for the comedy greats of his era, as an enthusiastic emissary of the gods of laughter to the general public.

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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS REINVENTED FORMER SAD SACK:
Storyline: The erstwhile walking horror show resurrects himself in much more satisfactory form with a deliberate desire to focus on the positive after a monstrous go-round doing battle with both a lost childhood and a diminished sense of self, thanks to a father of many faces who had none for him.

Kellan Lutz (Kellan Christopher Lutz) (1985) - American actor. Outer: Middle child of six brothers and one sister. Grew up in the Midwest before his family moved to Arizona when he was young, where he graduated high school. Very athletic, with a participatory love for all sports. Began modeling in his early teens, and received athletic scholarships to a number of colleges. Given a lot of support, particularly after dropping out of school to pursue a career in acting. 6’1” and burly. Began his career modeling for Abercrombie & Fitch and in 2006, started getting bit parts on TV, before winning recurring roles on “Model Citizens,” and the “Cornerback.” Appeared on numerous shows, did commercials and videos, as well as the HBO miniseries, “Generation Kill,” which was shot in Africa. Hit an early peek in 2008 with the popular Twilight vampire franchise, playing one of its main characters, Edward Cullen. Formed a close bond with his fellow Twilight stars, many of whom were from his Universal Studio horror days in the 1940s, in an unconscious reunion on all their parts. Saw TV as a better vehicle for him in his early career, although his appearance in a blockbuster has opened up the large screen for him, as well. Became a coveted Calvin Klein underwear model and remains a work-in-progress, to see if he can transcend the previous profound unhappiness that informed his earlier go-round in this series. Inner: Happy, competitive, uncomplicated and well-supported, with an unconscious desire to make amends for the psychological scars of his earlier conflicted relationship with his far more talented father. Loves extreme sports and going very fast. Has a fascination with old horror films, unconsciously tapping into his previous go-round in this series. Transformative lifetime of making amends for a stunted earlier life childhood through a far more integrated one, in preparation for a far more satisfactory career in the same demanding realm of magical cinematic make-believe. Lon Chaney, Jr. (Creighton Chaney (1906-1973) - American actor. Outer: Of English, French and Irish descent. Father was the man of a thousand faces, actor, director, and silent film star Lon Chaney, Sr. (Dustin Hoffman). Mother was Cleva Creighton, a 16 year old singer at the time of her marriage. Born prematurely, and was initially thought dead. Had an extremely unhappy home life, with his mother attempting suicide while standing in the wings during one of his sire’s performances in 1912. The following year his parents divorced, while his father told him his mother had died, before he remarried a chorus girl, Hazel Hastings, whom he passed off as the young boy’s mother. Made his first stage appearance at the age of 6 months, although his famous father subsequently discouraged him in his pursuit of an acting career. Spent time in foster homes, until his progenitor finally was making enough money to provide him with a family domicile. Studied his father’s famous make-up techniques, despite the latter’s unwillingness to see him follow in his large footsteps by telling him he was too big for a successful film career. 6’2”, 220 lbs. Worked as a boilermaker, plumber and fruit picker, and then went to business college, and joined a Los Angeles appliance company. Married Dorothy Hinckley in 1928, two sons from the union which ended in divorce in 1937. Didn’t really begin his acting career until his sire’s demise, playing stage roles with midwestern stock companies under his birth name of Creighton Chaney. Only became aware his mother was still alive following his father’s death in 1930. Carried a great sadness because of his upbringing, and turned to alcohol to assuage his feelings of inadequacy. Made his film debut in 1932 in a serial called The Last Frontier. Three years later, he was convinced to begin billing himself as Lon Chaney, Jr. Married former model Patsy Beck in 1937. In 1939, he showed his acting chops in John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, playing the slow-witted and tragic Lennie. Became pigeonholed afterwards in Universal Studios popular horror films of the WW II era, with his most famous role in a werewolf drama, The Wolf Man, a part he would repeat, along with a host of other monster films, making 30 of them for the studio. Had the distinction of being the only person to appear in all of Universal’s classic horror series, the Wolf Man, the Mummy, Frankenstein and Dracula. By then he was a full-fledged alcoholic. Often played off the “queen of the screamers,” Evelyn Ankers (Kristen Stewart), although the two did not get along. When horror films had spun their course after the end of WW II, he played both heavies and western heroes, often appearing in low budget B films, although he would occasionally get character parts and support roles in in A-list films. Did a live TV drama in 1952, where he was noticeably drunk assaying Frankenstein. His end career saw him in better fare, particularly on TV, after rereleases of his earlier horror work brought him a new generation of fans. His health habits of both drinking and smoking wore his body down, and he came down with throat cancer, which finally forced him to retire at the end of the 1960s. Worked on a his/story of his family, “A Century of Chaneys,” although it was never published. Died of heart failure, and his body was donated for medical research. Inner: Outdoorsman and an enthusiastic hunter. Father-obsessed, with dualistic sentiments about him, including feeling he had not lived up to his extraordinary reputation. Child-like in many of his performances, as reflection of his unintegrated upbringing. Well-liked by most of his fellow performers, although he also had a temper, which translated into angry tiffs with some of them. Oedipal lifetime of carrying great sadness over the name he carried, while never exorcising the monster within despite the many vehicles he was given to try to do so.

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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS ONGOING OTHERWORLDLY TOTEM:
Storyline: The celluloid monster creates such a unique niche for himself in the cinematic realm of the undead, that he returns in similar, albeit far more romantic form, to try it again from a heartthrob, rather than a heart-pounding perspective.

Robert Pattinson (Robert Thomas-Pattinson) (1986) British actor and musician. Outer: Father of the same name was a dealer in vintage automobiles. Grew up in a London suburb, as the third of three children, with two older sisters, including Lizzy, a musician. His siblings took great delight in dressing him as a girl and calling him ‘Claudia,’ a practice they abandoned when he reached 12, at which point he began modeling. Musically talented from an early age, beginning with the piano, he later took up the guitar, which he employed in fronting a rap trio. Educated at a private school in London, where he was never particularly interested in his studies. Began acting in his mid-teens in amateur theater with the Barnes Theatre Club, and parlayed his success into a professional career, although found himself beaten up on numerous occasions for his theatrical posturing. 6’1”. Made his professional debut on TV in a made-for-the-medium film, “Ring of the Nibelungs” in 2004. Fired the following year prior to the opening of a play at the Royal Court Theater, then made his big screen debut in the popular Harry Potter series, in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Power. Came to universal public attention, after beating out 3000 other aspirants for the coveted role of the vampire Edward Cullen in Twilight in 2008, which was based on another best-selling series. Coupled up with his Twilight costar, Kristen Stewart, much to the delight of their fans, despite his difficulties in handling all the adulation given him, as well as his lack of confidence with the opposite gender, which had him declaring in one interview he was “allergic to vaginas.” In 2012, his private world came crashing down, when he was deeply hurt by Kristen Stewart’s public admittance to an affair, which caused him to move out of the home they shared, ostensibly ending their relationship, after earlier seriously considering marrying her. The subject of much tabloid prying afterwards, as the two eventually affected a reconciliation, only to ultimately end things. Constantly hounded by paparazzi, forcing him to try all sorts of ruses including switching cars and moving in disguise to avoid them. At the same time, he continued to expand his craft, by selecting diverse films that challenged his abilities, including 2017’s Good Time, in which he skillfully played a bank robber with a mentally handicapped brother. Has a net worth of $100 million. Inner: Huge fan of Jack Nicholson, to the point of learning his trade by mimicking him. Earnest, and initially amazed at his celebrity. Act two lifetime of transliterating his earlier middle-aged success, into youthful matinee idoldom, while waiting to see if he can transcend his previous stuttering serial record at the altar, with a more stable sense of domesticity. Boris Karloff (William Henry Pratt) (1887-1969) - English actor. Outer: His paternal grandmother was the sister of Anna Leonowens, who taught at the Royal Court of Siam, and whose biography became the basis for the hit musical, “The King and I.” Had some East Indian blood in his ancestry, which gave him a relatively dark skin tone. His father was the Deputy Commissioner of Customs Salt and Opium of the Northern Division of the Indian Salt Revenue Service, while his mother was the former’s third wife. The youngest of 9 children, he was raised by his brothers and sister following the premature death of the latter. Two brothers became distinguished diplomats, a career pathway he wished to follow as well. Went to King’s College London, and became an actor instead, following the path of another sibling. 5’11”, slim, with a slight speech impediment. Emigrated to Canada in 1909 and changed his name to the far more theatrical Boris Karloff, in order not to embarrass his family with his chosen profession, and began his stage career with a Canadian touring company. Learned his trade in the Canadian backwaters as well as the northern American midwest, while contracting the first of his six marriages in 1910. Divorced in 1913, he married actress Olive de Wilton, in another union which ended in divorce. Exempted from WW I service for health reasons, he divorced and contracted another short-term marriage in 1920. Came to Hollywood during the silent era to inaugurate his film career, which was sporadic at best in eminently forgettable fare, forcing him to do manual labor to support himself. Married a fourth time in 1924 to Helene Vivian Soule, but divorced in 1928. The following year, he finally had a long-term union with Dorothy Stine, which lasted until 1946, and produced his only child, a daughter, who would share birthdays with him. In 1931, after 81 films, he achieved stardom in Frankenstein in his mid-40s, playing the mute totemic monster, and from then on was pigeonholed in horror films, despite playing in other genres to good effect during the 1930s. Universal Studios made him one of their icons, with several more appearances as the scar-faced, neck-bolted, elevator-shoed monster, as well as numerous mad scientist roles, capitalizing on his bushy-browed, faintly disturbing looks. Frankenstein, however, would take a physical toll on him, causing much subsequent back pain from the heavy brace he had to wear for the role, which occasioned three major back surgeries. Often played off Bela Lugosi (Benicio Del Toro), who was his main rival for Hollywood’s King of Creepdom, although the two were never particularly close off the set. With his reputation as a horror icon secured, he returned to England for a shoot in 1933 after a near quarter-century absence, where he was astonished to find his starchy siblings gloried in his strange fame. Able to make fun of his image on radio, where he was a frequent guest on both comedy and drama shows. Completely different from his screen image, he was gentle and generous to a fault, particularly to children’s charities. One of the original members of the Screen Actor’s Guild, he championed safe working conditions, while also continuing to work on the stage in the 1940s. In 1946, he contracted his sixth and final union to Evelyn Hope Helmore, which spanned the rest of his life. Concluded his career with TV work in a variety of series on both American and British television, as well as guest appearances on a number of popular variety and comedy shows, including serving as a host for an anthology series called “Thriller,” in 1960, which revived interest in him to a whole new generation. Achieved immortality of a sort by serving as the narrator on the Christmas perennial, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” which was first aired in 1966. Suffered from arthritis and emphysema in his later years, and had great difficulty walking or even standing. Moved back to his native England from Los Angeles, and died in a hospital of pneumonia. Continued appearing in low caliber films which were shot prior to his death, in an ironic valedictory to his oft-cast image as one of the undead. Inner: Modest, bookish and reserved, he never took himself seriously as an actor. Used to mark his lines in his scripts, a practice Jack Nicholson copied off of him. Well-liked by everyone who knew him, with a particular affinity for children. Gracious lifetime of achieving iconic status by dint of a peculiar universal and Universal fascination with the weird at the onset of the Depression, which also allowed him a domestic stability heretofore denied him, in a well-rewarded life for his peculiar and unique gifts.

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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS AS WHITEBREAD WORKAHOLIC:
Storyline: The highly popular patriarch parlays excellent business instincts with a gift for entertainment to relaunch himself as a teen idol, like his earlier son, in order to incorporate that archetype into his ever-expanding show business c.v.

Zac Efron (Zachary Efron) (1987) - American actor and singer. Outer: Of Jewish descent, although irreligious. Father was an engineer at a power plant, mother was a secretary who worked there. Enjoyed a middle-class upbringing, with one younger brother. A self-styled class clown at school, he began acting at 11, and appeared in numerous high school productions, while taking singing lessons. At the same time, he attended a local community college, Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, which gave him more opportunities to hone his thespian chops. Began getting guest roles on TV series in 2002, culminating with “Summerland,” in 2004, where his appearances led to becoming an ongoing cast member. After graduating high school, he was accepted by USC, although by then, his career took precedence. Always one of the shortest kids in his class, he eventually topped out at a blue-eyed, shaggy-haired 5’10”, with a lean, athletic physique. Rose to instant stardom via the Disney Channel’s “High School Musical,” in 2006, and became a certified screaming object of infatuation, with his picture plastered on teenybopper bedroom walls across America. Became the first singer to debut with two charted songs the same week on Billboard in 2006, and has been able to parlay his innocent good looks into an incipient film career, beginning with Hairspray in 2007, and following that up with more High School Musical reduxes, as well as original filmic fare. A multimillionaire by the end of his teens, he also has been an on-screen and off-screen duet with his HSM costar Vanessa Hudgens, since their initial co-appearance in the show. Accidentally dropped a condom on the orange carpet at the LA premiere of one of his PG movies, in 2012, in an inadvertent display of his heretofore unseen “R” side heretofore unseen “R” side, then later secretly underwent rehab for cocaine addiction to further sully his all-American image, before joining AA and undergoing therapy for his various addictions. Inner: Uncomplicated, career-driven and extremely focused on staying the straight and narrow pathway to enduring fame’n’fortune, despite a hidden undercurrent of self-destructive behavior. Take two lifetime of playing with teenage veneration as a further means of exploring all avenues of show business, in his ongoing desire to be the compleat entertainer. Ozzie Nelson (Oswald George Nelson) (1906-1975) - American bandleader, singer, sitcom producer, director and actor. Outer: Of Swedish and English descent. Parents were Swedish immigrants. Father was a banker who also produced amateur theater. 2nd of two sons, in an extremely tight-knit family. The youngest Eagle Scout ever at 13, he and his brother did a goodwill tour of Europe with them. Played football in high school and college, despite an unathletic frame, and later coached the game. Total straight arrow, never drank or smoked. 5/10”, with brown hair and blue eyes. Graduated Rutgers, and while studying law at their Newark School of Law, he put together an eponymous dance band, playing saxophone, and found his true calling. Played hotels and casinos on the east coast, as a low key singer and leader, before Harriet Hilliard (Bella Hadid), a divorced former wild woman, became lead vocalist in 1932, with the two often singing duets, playing off of their opposing laid back and perky personalities. Their rapport was obvious, not only musically but comically as well. All during the decade, he recorded, enjoying one huge hit, “And Then Some,” in 1935, the same year he and Harriet wed. They became a popular radio couple on the Red Skelton Show, while also making several WW II musical fluff films and shorts, including three minute pre-MTV fare that promoted his singles. Their two sons, David and Ricky (Iggy Azalea), were an integral part of their life, and they eventually became a working family. In 1944, they launched the hit radio show, “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet,” with two actors initially playing their sons. The show switched to TV in 1952, and they incorporated their real life sons into it. Over the next 14 years, they became America’s symbolic first family, in a show largely about nothing, save for the white bread warmth of familiar characters, who would always greet one another in a ritual of welcome that the country adored. Played the stereotypical bumbling sitcom dad of the time to his wife’s smart-alecky mom, in total contrast to his real life persona, which saw him in complete control over everything he did. Produced and co-wrote each show, while launching his son Ricky’s meteoric pop career by weaving his musical talents into storylines.Also continued to tour with his wife in light theater fare, and also produced and directed other popular TV shows. His oldest son David followed in his highly successful footsteps. In 1973, he tried another sitcom “Ozzie’s Girls,” although it failed to capitalize on his previous formula and only lasted a season. Penned his autobiography, “Ozzie,” the same year. Suffered from malignant tumors, a sign of hidden anger, and died of liver cancer. Inner: Workaholic, with an excellent business sense as well as a need to be completely in control of all aspects of his life. His tumors indicate a hidden anger beneath his seeming warmth and good humor, although it never publically surfaced. The wizard of Ozzie lifetime of combining family and good fortune for a highly memorable run as America’s premier familial foursome, while showing a Midas touch with virtually everything he did, in a well-loved go-round with any of its dark edges completely hidden, from everyone but himself.

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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS LIKABLE GEEK:
Storyline: The Canadian cutup turns in his dimwit public persona and entrepreneurial dancing shoes in order to focus on his larger entertaining skills as a comic actor, writer and musician, while using a much more secure familial base to rid himself of his earlier need for gambling and inconstancy in order to compensate for a much more chaotic upbringing.

Michael Cera (1988) - Canadian actor, writer and musician. Outer: Father was a technician and a Sicilian immigrant to Canada, while mother was Canadian, with both working for Xerox. Their last name means ‘wax’ in Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. The middle of three children, with an older and younger sister. Wanted to be an actor from an early age, going so far as memorizing all the dialogue from Ghostbusters, while idolizing comedian Billy Murray. Took improv classes at the Second City Toronto, while forgoing his formal education after the ninth grade, preferring to complete high school through correspondence courses, in order to build an early career in the entertainment industry. Appeared in a Pillsbury commercial, in an unconscious nod to Ghostbusters, then made his acting debut in 1999 on Canadian TV with an ongoing role in “I Was a Sixth Grade Alien.” Did more TV, and had his first highlight playing George Michael Bluth for three seasons on a popular paean to dysfunction, “Arrested Development,” although later had mixed feelings about reprising the role in film. In 2006, he created and starred in a parody of “Impossible is Nothing,” which led to writing and starring in a series of short videos dubbed Clark and Michael, released on the website of his and his close collaborator, Clark Duke, which were distributed by CBS on its internet channel, CBS Innertube. Both he and Clark are also members of the band, The Long Goodbye. 5’10”. Starred with Jonah Hill in the well-received Superbad in 2007, and continued doing indies afterwards. Had a story published in “McSweeney’s Quarterly,” and has also played and sang back-up vocals with several groups. Divides his time between Los Angeles and his Canadian homebase. Inner: Geeky and good-humored, with a genuine desire to make people laugh. Close to his family, with his career taking prominence over other aspects of his life. Amateur magician and talented bass player. Supernerd lifetime of putting his complete focus on his various skills of expression, in order to be a direct reflection of the humor of his times. Ben Blue (Benjamin Bernstein) (1901-1975) - Canadian/American comic actor and nightclub owner. Outer: Of Jewish descent. Father was an art dealer. Shortly after his parents divorced, he emigrated to Baltimore with his progenitor in 1911, and danced for coins on the street. In 1914, he dropped out of school and became a window dresser for a Baltimore haberdashery. Used the position to dance and clown in the window, which drew appreciative crowds. Won a local contest for the best impersonation of Charlie Chaplin, and decided to pursue a show business career full-time. Used his last dollar to take a train to NYC in 1916, where he also worked as a window dresser, while joining the chorus of “Married,” a George M Cohan (Michael Flatley) show. Got another chorus job the following year in another Cohan production, then joined a touring company, before becoming a stage manager and assistant general manager. Became a dance instructor, and at 19, opened a string of dancing schools in Minnesota with several partners. Married one of his instructors, Mary, in 1922, one child from the union. Headed to Hollywood afterwards, where he honed his skills in nightclubs. Played drums for Jack White and His Montrealers, who emphasized comedy over music, which led to a film career for him. Also toured with the “Earl Carroll Vanities,” traveling the world, including giving 27 command performances for the royal family in London. Changed his name when told a theater marquee could only accommodate seven letters. Decided to pursue comedy full-time, first for Warner Bros., then Hal Roach Studios, which teamed him with Billy Gilbert (Jonah Hill) in a series called “Taxi Boys.” Played one-dimensional dimwits, per the taste of the times, before moving onto other studios. In 1937, his first wife divorced him, complaining about his gambling and inconstancy. In 1940, he wed Axie Dunlop, whom he met when they were in “George White’s Scandals.” Two sons from his second union. Appeared on the radio, and also with former heavyweight Slapsie Maxie Rosenbloom, in the popular club they owned, “Slapsie Maxie’s.” Had clubs in London and Paris, as well. In 1950, he was given his own TV series, “The Ben Blue Show” which was short-lived. The following year, he turned his focus to managing and appearing in nightclubs he owned in LA and SF, scoring a huge success a decade later with “Ben Blue’s” in Santa Monica. Served as a regular on “The Frank Sinatra Show,” while making appearances on other variety series, and achieving a career highlight in June of 1954, by making the cover of “TV Guide.” A further try at a series failed, and he went into semiretirement, before resurrecting in It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World in 1963, with a host of fellow comics of his vintage. Continued making cameo appearances, before finally retiring from performing in 1970, after being indicted on six counts of tax evasion, and paying a $1000 fine. Inner: Entrepreneurial with a need to both entertain and take chances per an upbringing that was anything but secure. Lithe-limbed lifetime of developing a host of complementary skills from the entrepreneurial to the terpsichorean to the comic, in order to sate his ongoing appetite for adventure, administrative control and applause.

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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS ENGAGING SECOND BANANA:
Storyline: The repeat support performer segues easily into a reprise of his earlier cinematic success, by taking on the subsequent imaginative creation of the same author at career’s beginning, in order to launch himself into similar orbit around a repeat role, and presumably, a more varied later oeuvre through it.
Rupert Grint (Rupert Alexander Lloyd Grint) (1988) - English actor. Outer: Father was a race-car memorabilia salesman, with the same name, Nigel, as his earlier go-round in this series, mother was a homemaker. Oldest of 5 children. Athletic and musical with an interest in science, as well as the normal pursuits of his early 21st century peers. Attended a local all-boy’s school and only acted in one school play, before deciding to audition for the role of Ronald Weasley in the Harry Potter film series, because he liked the books so much. Wrote a rap song centered around the character and got the part. Along with Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson, who also played opposite him in his previous go-round’s Sherlock Holmes series, he appeared in the five initial films, and appears to be headed for a similarly successful career as a lookalike comic character actor. Followed the course of his costar with a deliberately steamy role in Cherrybomb, in order to announce his filmic coming olf age, as well. In the 2016 British comedy series, “Sick Note” he flays someone who is misdiagnosed with a terminal illness and decides to maintain the charade after he realizes people treat him much better when they think he is dying. Has a net worth of $50 million. Inner: Preference for comedy, as well as a wide range of interests, which will probably expand his portrayals. Encore lifetime of strong character identification in the beginning of his career, rather than its middle, in order to make him into a better-rounded actor with the ability to take on more challenging fare. vNigel Bruce (William Nigel Bruce) (1895-1953) - English actor. Outer: Father was a baronet. Born while his parents were visiting Mexico. 6’. Served in the British army during WW I, where he was gravely wounded. Began his theatrical career afterwards, appearing on stage in London and on Broadway. A natural comedian, he often played caricatures of his own overstuffed class. Inaugurated his film career in 1929 with Red Aces, and in 1934, crossed oceans to become a Hollywood character actor. Married actress Violet Campbell, two daughters from union. Best remembered for playing the bumbling Dr. John Watson to Basil Rathbone’s (Daniel Radcliffe) Sherlock Holmes, in the 1939-1946 series of films based on the A. Conan Doyle (J.K. Rowling) classic detective stories, which also featured Mary Gordon (Emma Watson) in a support role as their house/keeper. Repeated the role on radio as well. Ultimately became largely a one-note performer, thanks to the repetitious nature of the characters he undertook. Died of a heart attack. Inner: War experiences probably dictated a need for creativity and self-expression to counteract its near self-destructive effects on him. Straitjacketed smoking jacket lifetime of becoming thoroughly identified with the archetypal character of the blustery Englishman, before returning to use the same author and partner as a springboard for a more nuanced career.

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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS SLEUTH TURNED SORCEROR’S APPRENTICE:
Storyline: The archetypal actor uses the repeat imagination of the same docent to reveal his own double nature as cerebral and cuddly limner of wizardly wonders, as he shifts over to the feminine side of his character to give fuller expression to himself.

Daniel Radcliffe (Daniel Jacob Radcliffe) (1989) - British actor. Outer: Of Northern Irish and British descent on his paternal side, and Polish and Lithuanian descent on his maternal. Father was a literary agent, and mother, who was born in South Africa, was a casting director. Suffered from dyspraxia, a neurological disorder which impairs movements, from childhood on, making him feel inept in most of his endeavors, which in turn, turned him toward make-believe and the camera. Desired to be an actor from the time he was 5, although his parents didn’t initially support him. Attended an all-boys private school, and began his professional career playing David Copperfield in a BBC production of the Charles Dickens (Richard Burton) novel. Fashioned his film debut in 2001 in The Tailor of Panama, and the following year made his London stage debut in Kenneth Branagh’s “The Play What I Wrote.” Didn’t finish reading any of the Harry Potter books, until he was finally selected for the lead role, after one of his father’s friends, a casting agent, thought he would be a perfect fit for the part of the fledgling wizard. After the success of the first two films, he became Britain’s third richest teenager, although will have to do eventual battle with a public who often freezes very young stars into endless teenagedom, and cannot let them mature into their craft. The series would reunite him two of the other support characters, in his previous go-round’s Sherlock Holmes series, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson, and the trio would become especially close, thanks to the unique pressures of being pubescent stars. In order to break free of the Potter mold, in 2007, he took on the role of the disturbed and disrobed teenage protagonist in “Equus,” to the shock of both his parents and fans, despite getting good reviews for his efforts. Continued with his Broadway boardwork, with a reprise of the musical “How to Succeed in Business,” then opened his first post-Potter film, The Woman in Black, with good numbers, proving himself a bankable young star on his own. Has continued to challenge himself with a variety of roles to demonstrate his versatility, including a flatulent corpse in 2016’s Swiss Army Man. Remains quite the opposite of his previous go-round’s tall, strongly masculine Holmesian prototype at 5’5”, in a desire to expand and explore his full scope as an actor. Has a net worth of $110 million. Inner: Thoughtful, creative, with an early drinking problem that he quickly corralled in 2010, after suffering blackouts, and becoming a recluse to avoid public embarrassment. Addictive personality, while being forced at a young age to be a magical being, not of his own making. Although an atheist, proud of both his Irish and Jewish heritage. Return lifetime of taking a chance on being boxed in early with a character, after earlier having escaped the same fate in mid-career, despite playing a continuation of the imaginative output of the same creator, who first trapped him in similar circumstances. vBasil Rathbone (Philip St. John Basil Rathbone) (1892-1967) - English/American actor. Outer: Parents were British emigrés in South Africa, but his sire was accused of being a spy and the family had to flee back to England in 1895. Father was a mining engineer, mother was a violinist. Younger brother and sister. Educated in England, although was far more interested in sports and theater than his studies. 6’1 1/2”, slim. His progenitor disapproved of his theatrical ambitions, so he worked as a clerk in an insurance company for a year, before joining a Shakespearean troupe managed by his cousin. Served his apprenticeship doing classical theater, and eventually worked his way up to juvenile leads. Married Marion Forman in 1914, divorced a dozen years later, one son from the union, Rodion Rathbone, who became an actor. In 1915, he traded in his stage tights for a military uniform, rising to second lieutenant while working in intelligence during WW I, and ultimately received the Military Cross for bravery. Gaunt and intense, projecting a sharp intellect. After mustering out, he rejoined his acting troupe, and ultimately became a transatlantic star, with many Shakespearean portrayals. Married actress and scenarist Ouida Bergere in 1926, adopted daughter from union. His wife also collaborated on several screenplays. In 1929, he co-wrote and starred in a short-lived Broadway play, “Judas,” before focusing his creative attention on filmwork. Began his screen career in 1921 with Innocent, and initially played romantic leads. Became an American citizen in 1930. Made an easy transition to sound, with his clearly enunciating voice, and ultimately wound up playing many Hollywood sword-in-hand villains to the studio stars of the day, winning 2 Academy Reward nominations for best supporting actor along the way, only to lose both times to actor Walter Brennan. Best remembered, however, for his portrayal of detective Sherlock Holmes, in a fourteen film series stretching through the war years, based on A. Conan Doyle’s (J.K. Rowling) classic stories, in which he and Nigel Bruce (Rupert Grint) successfully teamed, and Mary Gordon (Emma Watson), provided support. Also reprised the role on radio. Felt, however, he was being pigeonholed, and returned to stagework in NY after WW II. Won a Tony in 1947 for “The Heiress,” before exploring TV drama, and doing occasional film forays. Toured the U.S. with a one-man show, “An Evening with Basil Rathbone,” as a career coda. Continued working his entire life, and died of a heart attack. Inner: Cerebral, taut and aloof, with a decidedly masculine cast. Manly lifetime of running an actorly gamut, despite being largely identified with one role, before softening on his return, to try to expand his potential, despite once more coming into prominence through the same imagination of the same reincarnated author.

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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS SHAMELESS SELF-EXPLOITER:
Storyline: The brazen stereotype resurrects himself as an uncommonly precocious actor of unusual ability in an effort to balance out his earlier demeaning grinning and shuffling as Hollywood’s favorite resident darky.

Craig Lamar Traylor (1989) - American actor. Outer: Of African/American descent. Mother was a youth counsellor, father was a manager for the Caterpillar Corp. in Ontario Canada. Close with the former. Extremely precocious, he started gymnastics at 2, and began modeling for magazine ads when he was 4. Caught the attention of an agent, and within a week of signing with him, he was doing commercials. Made his TV debut at 5 on “ER,” and fashioned his motion picture debut in a family film, Matilda, in 1996. Came to wide public attention as the TV character Stevie, a wheel-chair bound paraplegic on the surprise hit, “Malcolm in the Middle,” beginning in 2000, serving as a role model for the disabled in an unconscious attempt to expunge his previous existence’s take as a role model for negative stereotypes. Harbors fantasies of being a gym teacher or brain surgeon, but will probably continue to explore the full breath of acting, as compensation for the limits placed on him the last time around. 5'11". Has only worked sporadically since his first hit in largely unmemorable fare over his first two and a half decades. Inner: High energy, versatile, loves to sew, a skilled tailor. Fascinated with the TV Amazon, Xena. Rehabilitating lifetime of showing his acting chops early in order to reclaim his entertaining self. vStepin Fetchit (Lincoln Theodore Monroe Andrew Perry) (c1902-1985) - Outer: Of African-Caribbean descent. Named after 4 presidents. Father was a cigar maker, who had a great love of traveling carnivals and minstrels shows. Mother was a Bahamian seamstress, who steered her son towards school and church, but it was the former whose influence ultimately prevailed. His begetter died when he was young, and he left home by 1914, and began his career appearing in Royal American Shows plantation revues and later vaudeville, creating a comic character based on shuffling stereotypes of old. 5’10”, slim. Took his name from a Baltimore racehorse, Step ‘n’ Fetchit, and wrote a routine for himself and a partner. When the act broke up, he retained the name for himself. Began in films in 1927 in In Old Kentucky, and went on to play to his white audience’s archetype of the lazy, ignorant, childlike negro, becoming the first African-American to receive featured billing for his willing degradation. Always able to hold his own on the screen, with a strong visual sense, as well as his own exquisite timing, which usurped the action around him, and gave him an odd power. Married and divorced, then wed Winifred Johnson, with whom he had two sons. Made some $2 million during the Depression Era of the 1930s, playing to prejudice, but squandered it on cars, Chinese servants, women and a lavish lifestyle as exemplified by a pink Rolls-Royce with his name emblazoned in neon lights on it. Became the first black actor to have a known life away from the screen, with accidents, brawls and high-living as part of his legend. Denounced by black civic and church leaders, thanks to a penchant for public pugilism and a a taste for teenagers. By the end of the decade his movie career was largely over, and he was forced to declare bankruptcy in 1947, although he sporadically appeared in low budget “race pictures” afterwards, taking a two decade break from the 1950s to the 1970s. His later performances were drained of their earlier energy. Converted to the Muslim faith in the late 1960s, and in 1969, his son Douglas killed 2 people on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, wounded 15 and then killed himself. His car was found to be filled with militant literature. Unsuccessfully sued CBS in 1970 for trying to exploit his own earlier self-exploitation. Given some due in 1976 and 1978, with an award from the NAACP and later election to the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame, claiming “I was a militant. In fact, I was the first militant,” for his earlier illusionary trickster stance. Suffered a stroke in 1976, and couldn’t speak afterwards. His third wife left him a widower in 1984. Died of pneumonia and heart failure in a convalescent home. Inner: Happy-go-lucky, good-timer, who was eventually forced to face himself, becoming paranoid in the process. Shuffling lifetime of enjoying acclaim and success at the expense of dignity and self-worth, shamelessly playing to stereotype, while reaping the material rewards for it, but not the emotional satisfaction behind his bald-faced sell-out.

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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS MULTI-GENERATIONAL MULTI-TALENT:
Storyline: The prodigy progeny switches genders but retains parents in an attempt to re-experience an earlier full range of expression from a masculine rather than a feminine vantagepoint.

vOwen Kline (1991) - American actor. Outer: Son of actor Kevin Kline and actress Phoebe Cates. Sister Greta also an actress. Made his screen debut in 1991, with Anniversary Party, for which he also composed and sang, “I recognize love.” Thanks to his parents friendship with the director, Noah Baumbach, he made a noticeable impression in 2005 with The Squid and the Whale, with his parents on the set, and proved a natural actor, despite the difficult role, although professed at the time he wasn’t interested in pursuing it as a career. Makes movies with his friends, pens graphic novels, designs his own clothes and plays drums, evincing a wide array of talent. 5'10", with only a tiny smattering of films to his credit in his first two decades plus. Inner: Expansive lifetime of doing it all again from the same base but a different gender perspective. Cornelia Otis Skinner (1901-1979) - American actress and writer. Outer: Daughter of actor Otis Skinner (Kevin Kline), and actress Maud Durbin (Phoebe Cates?). Born while her parents were on tour. Her mother retired from the stage immediately afterwards, and she grew up in Bryn Mawr, Pa., where the family maintained a home. Tall, dark and stately. Spent 2 years at Bryn Mawr College, but was never much of a student. Traveled with her mother to Europe, where she continued her education at the Sorbonne in Paris. Was deeply appreciative of European civilization, and also had classical training in the theater in France. Made her first professional stage appearance with her father in “Blood and Sand,” in 1921. Collaborated with him in writing her first play, “Captain Fury,” four years later. In 1928, she married Alden Blodget, a wealthy banker and sportsman, one son from the union. The couple lived in a mansion on Long Island’s fashionable North Shore. Specialized in monodramas and during the 1930s, staged a host of them, in both the U.S. and London, based largely on herstorical characters. Achieved recognition as an actress in 1939 with “Candida,” before carving out her own memorable career on the stage. During WW II, she was active with the American Theater Wing, entertaining the armed services. Co-wrote a bestseller in 1942, “Our Hearts Were Young and Gay,” about a youthful trip to Paris, which was also translated to both the screen and stage. Contributed both poetry and essays to a number of leading magazines, which were also collected in bookform. The possessor of a sharp sense of humor, her writings were mostly light verse, sketches, anecdotes and monodramas, but she also did a couple of well-received biographies of theater people. Did some TV work in the 1950s, as well as sporadic films, and retired from the stage in 1960. Her husband died in 1964, and she moved to NYC for the rest of her life, before finally succumbing to a cerebral hemorrhage. Inner: Sophisticated and cultivated, with an excellent stage presence, and a quick wit. Smart set lifetime of taking full advantage of a nurturing milieu to allow the complete scope of her creativity complete display.

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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS ACTOR/ACTIVIST TURNED BOYHOOD EMBLEM:
Storyline: The precocious player literally grows up in front of the camera as his real and reel life intertwine after a stellar earlier career as one of the most eminent thespians and politically liberal justice-seekers of his era.

Ellar Coltrane (Ellar Coltrane Kinney Salmon) (1994) - American actor. Outer: Father was a traveling musician from a conservative, wealthy New Orleans family, playing in the Austin band, Joe Rockhead, and performing under the name of Brewski Sal Mineo. Mother was a dancer and painter who did performance art pieces, before ultimately working with autistic people via equine therapy. Both parents were hippies as was his maternal grandmother, and his sire was his mother’s second husband. The duo divorced when he was quite young, although he would remain close to each of them, as hie mother ultimately unwed thrice, including a landscaper, for whom he would later work part-time. Literally grew up in front of the camera in Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, after being chosen as the most intriguing among a crew of 6 year olds to portray Mason Evans, Jr. The film was shot in increments over a period stretching from 2002 to 2013, chronicling a boy’s coming of age. When he reached early adolescence, he became more aware of what was happening, and began collaborating more with the story arc, helping to write the dialogue, and incorporating real events from his own life into it. Did small roles in other films as well as commercials during its shooting. 5’7 1/2” with dark brown hair and blue eyes. Home-schooled for the most part, before attending a charter school for two and a half years, Dropped out and eventually got his GED. Decided to use his middle name as his last name at film’s completion so as to disassociate his family from the end-product, feeling it made the whole affair far too personal. Wants to continue acting, while also harboring a desire to be an artist. Inner: Had no idea of what he was getting into when the project began, although gradually developed a sense of self-awareness and the scope and breadth of the undertaking over time. Enjoys both painting and photography, and loves being artistic, as well as giving release to creative emotion. Highly articulate, while seeing the importance of love and connection as the key to satisfying existence. Well-documented lifetime of growing up in front of the camera per his ongoing fascination with art and emotion and how they can be developed as an uplifting lubricant for the existences of one and all. Melvyn Douglas (Melvyn Edouard Hesselberg) (1901-1981) - American actor and activist. Outer: Of Latvian and English ancestry, as well as deeper Italian roots on his maternal side. Father was a Latvian Jewish immigrant, who became a concert pianist who taught at university-based conservatories. Mother was a Protestant and the daughter of a Civil War Union colonel, despite her Kentucky birth. Saw a good deal of the U.S., Canada and Europe, accompanying his parents on his sire’s tours. Initially wanted to be a writer or lawyer, while his mother wished him to join the ministry. Dropped out of high school to enlist in the army and served stateside in WW I in a venereal disease ward. 6/1 1/2”, with a trimmed mustache, brown hair and hazel eyes. Rejoined his family in Chicago and did odd jobs, including meter reader and hat salesman, before a brief stint at a newspaper reporter. Joined a local repertory theater group, playing all sorts of roles, and delighting in his new found vocation. Acted through the mid-west during the 1920s and settled in Madison, Wisconsin, marrying artist Rosalind Hightower, one son from the union, which ended in divorce in 1931. Found a backer for his own troupe, and made his Broadway debut in 1928 in “A Free Soul,” playing a gangster. Used his maternal grandmother’s maiden name for marquis purposes per the suggestion of the producer. Appeared in a series of flops, but met his second wife, Helen Gahagan in one of them. Although she was initially unimpressed with him, he divorced to marry her in 1931, and the two remained a close couple until her death in 1980. A son and a daughter form the union. Went to Hollywood the same year he wed and made his film debut in Tonight and Never, although the studio refused to partner him with his wife. Went on do over 70 films, many quite memorable, as he switched from the stage to the screen. Disappointed initially at being typecast as a sophisticated drawing-room type, despite appearing in several classics, including Ninotchka with Greta Garbo in 1939, eliciting the first screen laugh from her. In the mid-1930s he and his wife went to Europe on a vacation and were politicized by the anti-Semitism they experienced in France and Germany. When they returned they became very active in politics. Founded and served as a key member of a trio of political organizations that were anti-Nazi, anti-fascist and pro-Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s running for a third term. At the outset of WW II he was made head of an office that organized artist talent in support of the war effort. Enlisted in the army a day after Pearl Harbor as a private, and eventually rose to the rank of major, serving in India, where he entertained troops who were opening supply lines to China. His wife was elected to the House of Representatives in 1944 and served 3 terms before running against Richard Nixon for the Senate in 1950, who defeated her by a landslide by impugning her liberalism by dubbing her the Pink Lady, while she called him “Tricky Dick.” Her earlier pro-Soviet stance also alienated her from subsequent White Houses. After several star turns in the late 1940s, he found himself “gray-listed’ and was offered virtually no work during the 1950s, with only two films the entire decade. Did Broadway and some TV hosting, as well as omnibus drama showcases during tis period. Won a Tony in 1960 for the lead role in“The Best Man,” and found himself in demand once again, while being offered the meatier roles, he had long craved. Won an Emmy in 1968 for a CBS Playhouse episode, “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night,” as well as an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 1964 for Hud, playing a principled patriarch vying against his arrogant son. At the time, he began feeling a far greater freedom in his choices by not being a contract player. Won a second Oscar in 1979 for Being There, as an ailing billionaire as well as a Golden Globe for the same performance, and another for Apocalypse Now as a final career topper. Continued working until life’s end. Lost his beloved wife in 1980 and followed her a year later when he died in a hospital of pneumonia and cardiac complications. Cremated, as was his wife, with his ashes given to his family in Vermont. Penned his autobiography, “See You At The Movies,” which was published posthumously. Inner: Possessed considerable integrity and had a very strong sense of social justice as an anti-communist progressive liberal. Unafraid of admitting his flaws, while never taking himself all that seriously. More than willing to sacrifice career for doing what he felt was right. Liked playing characters with charm and wit, as reflection of himself. Politically correct lifetime of using his name and fame to champion his progressive liberal agenda, showing himself to be more than willing to take his career licks for doing so, before enjoying a later life renaissance in award-winning roles.


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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS WIDE-EYED RAPPER AND ACTOR:
Storyline: The jittery jester gives the full breath and breadth of his lives to the entertainment of others, while expanding his natural penchant for clowning into a far more satisfactory vehicle of expression of himself than his earlier playing to strict stereotype.

Bobb’e J. Thompson (1996) - American actor and rapper. Outer: Of African/American descent. The youngest of a large family of nine children. Had immediate show business ambitions, and made his debut as a rapper at the tender age of 5, with his own take on L’il Bow Wow’s “Where My Dogs At.” Took on a host of entertainment names, including Master Groove, and variations of his own birthname, while rapping with the popular JammX Kids, a prepubescent hip hop nine-some. Made his film debut in 2004’s animated The Shark’s Tale, and then in the flesh in Cellular. Came to larger public attention in Role Models in 2008, and the following annum scored in several hits, while also doing several TV series into his later teens. in addition he has done commercials for Nike as a fast-talking teen. Still quite small at 18, barely topping 5’, a diminutive stature that many child stars wind up reaching, keeping them frozen in limited roles as they reach maturity, while dealing internally with the pluses and minuses of early fame. Inner: Natural performer, with a great deal of self-confidence, and the ability to be completely professional, despite his extreme youth. Self-rehabilitating lifetime of expanding himself far beyond the limits earlier placed on him. vMantan Moreland (1901-1973) - American actor. Outer: Of African/American descent. Short and chubby. Began running away from home at the age of 12 to join circuses and medicine shows, only to be returned. Finally out on his own, he pursued the chitlin circuit as his venue, and established a nightclub and stage act, sometimes as a solo, and sometimes as part of a tandem. Entered films in 1937 in Shall We Dance, and found his niche the following decade playing to stereotype as a goggle-eyed nervous manservant, most notably as Birmingham Brown in the Charley Chan series, where he was his chauffeur, and could be counted on for some variation of uttering, “Feets get me outta here,” whenever a corpse turned up. Pigeonholed as such, he, nevertheless, delivered the requisite humor in those detective dramas, as well as others, to enjoy a highly successful career in the 1940s. Suffered for his success, however, in the wake of changing attitudes surrounding stereotypes, and found less work in film in succeeding decades. Wound up doing TV work and commercials, although found some redemption through the stage, particularly an all-black Broadway revival of “Waiting For Godot.” Died of a cerebral hemorrhage. Inner: Likable and eager to please. ‘Feats get me outta here’ lifetime of successfully playing to stereotype by demeaning himself, before choosing to expand in the less seen, but far more rewarding venue of the stage, as a means of balancing out his own sense of artistic integrity.

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