Storyline: The volatile man-of-violence tries to redirect his considerable rage into artistic expression rather than act-out self-destruction, while keeping his considerably complex inner processes tightly shielded from public view.

Gene Hackman (Eugene Allen Hackman) (1930) - American actor and writer. Outer: Of British descent, with small amounts of German and Scottish.: Grandfather and uncle had been reporters. Father was a grade school dropout and journeyman pressman, mother became an alcoholic, and ultimately died in her 70s in a fire she had accidentally set. Older of 2 brothers. The family lived with his maternal grandmother, and his father often beat him, then left one day with a little wave, and did not come back again until after his son had left home. His singular escape was the movies. Hero-worshipped Errol Flynn (Ethan Hawke), but often felt he could do the same on screen. 6’2”, 185 lbs. Had an unhappy upbringing in a Depression era dead-end town, and dropped out of school at 16 to join the Marines, lying about his age. Busted several times for fighting. Stationed in the Far East, he worked as a disk jockey and newscaster for the unit’s radio station, despite extreme mike fright. Able to overcome it, and also got his GED in the service. Discharged after 3 years, he moved to NYC, doing menial jobs, while often engaging in bar/room brawls, as a means of angry release. Hauled refrigerators, and married in his mid-20s to Fay Maltese, a former bank secretary, 3 children, ultimately divorced in 1982. Used the GI Bill to study commercial drawing, then journalism, then TV production, working in various towns across the country as a floor manager or director at local TV stations. Almost crippled himself in a motorcycle accident. Decided to become an actor at 30, a longtime secret ambition of his. Had a great admiration for Marlon Brando, and he used to play the bongos on the roof of the Pasadena Playhouse as an acting student in imitation of him. Returned to NYC and began getting small roles in stock, off-Broadway and TV. His big break came at 33, when he landed the co-lead in the comedy, “Any Wednesday”. His screen career subsequently picked up when he was chosen as Depression-Era criminal Buck Barrow in Bonnie & Clyde. Won a Best Actor Oscar in 1971 for his pop-eyed portrayal of narcotics agent ‘Popeye’ Doyle in The French Connection, which was his breakthrough film. With an uncanny ability to express the emotional depths of all his characters, he quickly became a unique figure on the screen, a self-described potato face with the facility for deep intuitive expression. Lived in a series of big houses in Los Angeles, indulging in racing cars and flying airplanes. Withdrew from films for 2 years to paint in Monterey. Married Betsy Arakawa, a classical pianist in 1991, 2 daughters from union. Has a reputation for being difficult to work with, particularly when he disagrees with directors, although he has always been able to channel his manic energy into startling performances in a variety of roles. Returned to Broadway in “Death and the Maiden.” Won a Best Supporting Oscar in 1992 for a warped sheriff in The Unforgiven, as his later career saw him return to the violent roles he had earlier sworn off of. Co-authored a novel in 2000, “Wake of the Perdido Star,” a sea story. One of the pre-eminent character actors of his time, rising in middle age to vast critical and popular recognition, and continuing to expand and challenge his complex sensibilities through the varied characters he chooses to portray, and the process he employs to get into his characterizations. Finally retired from the screen in 2004 to pursue writing and painting full-time. Earlier, he got into a fist fight in 2001 with 2 far younger men after a traffic accident, as symbol of his relentless tensions, which lay at the heart of his work, then in 2012, punched out a homeless man who had cursed his wife. Has a net worth of $80 million Inner: Restless, angry, with deep personal reticence and fear of exposure. Compulsion to work and be active, before finally calling it a career at 74. Extremely private, and introspective. Courteous, but brief, trusting only his family. Tight-lipped lifetime of learning how to channel his considerable nervous energy and melancholy into memorable film art, while quietly giving himself the time and space to contemplate his complex self. Dustin Farnum (1874-1929) - American actor. Outer: Parents were actors, father was also a theatrical manager, family was very close. One of 5 children, brother died at 17, sister at 7. Youngest brother Marshall became a director, while his middle sibling was popular actor, William Farnum (Val Kilmer). The duo were inseparable, sharing a similar love for both athletics, the outdoors and the stage. Educated at a Seminary school in Boston, before pursuing a career in front of the lights at the age of 15, playing heavies. 6’ and increasingly heavier as he grew older. Worked for various theatrical companies, and ultimately became a matinee idol. Married Agnes Johnston, an actress in 1898, divorced a decade later. Married his leading lady, Mary Conwell, the year following, and had a stormy divorce in 1924 on charges she deserted him. Entered films in his late 30s, and was an instant star, in Cecil B. DeMille’s Squaw Man. Played a variety of roles, but was best-remembered by the public as a cowboy grown stout. His film horse was named Dusty. His last marriage was also to an actress, Winifred Kingston, one daughter from union. Although his screen career wavered half way through its 13 year run, he continued to work until almost the end of the silent era. Spent his brief retirement yachting, then suffered a nervous breakdown and kidney problems. Died from kidney trouble, with his brother and wife by his bedside. Inner: Loved moving at high speeds, very outdoorsy. Probably a heavy drinker by life’s end, unable to integrate his emotional essence into his larger sense of self, thanks to the limited demands of his profession at the time. Largely stifled lifetime of finding no real release for his excess energy, forcing him ultimately to turn back into himself and self-destruct, through the symbolic failed purification system of his kidneys. Wild Bill Hickok (James Butler Hickok) (1837-1876) - American frontiersman. Outer: Grandfather was an Irish immigrant. Father was a farmer, who also helped escaped slaves. 4th son. Parents were God-fearing Baptists, who made their children attend Church weekly in stiff suits, which he hated. Never particularly close to his sire, who saw him as a dreamer, and had little interest in him, or his mother. Grew up laboring on neighbors’ farms and also assisting his progenitor in his work. Recognized as an outstanding marksman with a pistol, while indulging in roughhouse, and an ongoing fascination with firearms. Left home on his 18th birthday to farm in Kansas and became involved in the anti-slavery movement, while also driving a stage-coach, where he gained a reputation dispatching highwaymen, earning him the sobriquet of ‘Wild Bill,’ after initially being called ‘Duck Bill,’ because of a protruding jaw. Added to his legend by killing a bear with only a knife, although he was considerably ripped up by the encounter. Handsome and reserved, he grew his hair long as a challenge to scalp-seekers. After recovering from the bear fight, he served as a village constable in Kansas, then worked as a teamster in Nebraska and killed a gunman in a fight, which ultimately grew to legendary proportions, as did his own reputation. During the Civil War, he was a teamster, scout and spy for the Union forces, and afterwards, he was appointed deputy U.S. marshal, and also served as a scout for the army. Never shy about embellishing his accomplishment, his reputation continued to grow, he was sought out by no less than Henry M. Stanley (Peter Beard) the intrepid reporter who would later discover David Livingstone (Albert Schweitzer) in Africa, and he, too, fed into his legend, taking his boasting as cold fact. Worked as a gambler, and outdrew an opponent in a classic high noon confrontation, before becoming a peace officer once again. As sheriff of Hays City in Kansas and later as marshal of Abilene, he imposed his considerable will on the wild frontier, and brought a rough sense of law and order in his wake, killing a goodly number of men, even when he was outgunned. In his mid-30s, he hooked up with Buffalo Bill Cody’s (Clint Eastwood) traveling show, and traveled with it for 2 years, while becoming ever more of an alcoholic. Resumed his career as a gambler, but his sharpness and skills had been considerably muted by drink. At this juncture, he was often arrested for vagrancy and was rarely sober. In his late 30s, he married Agnes Lake, a widowed actress, but left her for the gold fields of the Black Hills in the Dakota Territory. May have had a daughter with the legendary Calamity Jane (Courtney Love), who claimed to be his wife, and was ultimately buried alongside him. Married a widow 5 months before he was shot in the back of the head by a drunken stranger, Jack McCall (Val Kilmer) while holding a hand of aces and eights at a low stakes poker table in a saloon in Deadwood. Became an iconic figure of the Old West afterwards, based on his real and imagined exploits, unlike others of his wildman breed, whose lives were totally product of the imaginations of their recorders. Inner: Restless, iron-fisted, highly adventurous, also quiet and reserved, despite a continual taste for whiskey. Larger-than-life lifetime of looking at himself from a variety of angles, before ultimately deciding in his next go-rounds that his volatile persona would be best expressed through the artifice of acting rather than the acting-out of a violent life.


Storyline: The enigmatic perfectionist turns from pure action star, for which he symbolically felt he lacked support, to driven artisan, as a means of further exploring himself, after much earlier negatively feeding into the larger violent mythos of the old Wild West.

Val Kilmer (Val Edward Kilmer) (1959) - American actor. Outer: Of German, British, Welsh, Scots-Irish and French Huguenot descent on his paternal side, and Swedish on his maternal. Grandfather was a gold miner in New Mexico. Father owned an aerodynamics distribution company before becoming a real estate developer. Related to poet Joyce Kilmer. Born on the last day of the 1950s. At 9, his parents divorced and his mother became hostess at a family-owned guest ranch in Arizona, while he stayed with his father. His brother drowned in 1977, the day before he left for NYC. Became the youngest actor ever accepted to NY’s Juilliard School, where he studied classical theater, played Shakespearean roles, then co-wrote and starred in a play at Joseph Papp’s public theater, “How It All Began.”6’, 165 lbs., with blonde hair and blue eyes. Possessor of a handsome, pouty masculinity, while also eccentric and shy. Failed at his first audition for a TV commercial because he couldn’t fake liking the product. Made his film debut in 1984 in a spy spoof, Top Secret, but didn’t really come to the public’s attention until Top Gun several years later. After costarring with her in Willow, he married English actress Joanne Whalley in 1988, daughter and son from the union, divorced in 1996, with his wife not initially telling him directly. Instead he found out via CNN, which hurt him greatly. Earlier, he had followed her from a theater where she was appearing, but was too shy to approach her. Performed as rock star Jim Morrison in The Doors, in such an uncanny manner, including doing almost all of the singing, that the director Oliver Stone feared the self-destructive Morrison would take him over in real, rather than reel life. Did one of the Batman franchise movies, but felt it was too limiting and declined further roles in the series. Continues to give his directors nightmares, and his audiences the full measure of his skills in an uncompromising go-round of holding nothing back in his ongoing finely etched screen and upon occasion, stage and singing, portrayals, including a stint as Moses in the short-lived musical, “The Ten Commandments,” in 2004. A collage-maker as well, who has exhibited in European galleries, he also has entertained the fantasy of running for governor of New Mexico, where he owns a large ranch, which he eventually partially sold in 2011, to relocate to Los Angeles. Lost a considerable amount of weight in 2014, A Christian Scientist, with a fascination with its founder, Mary Baker Eddy (Louise Hay), whom he would like to enshrine on screen, he believes in prayer rather than medicine, but wound up rushed to the hospital in early 2015 to have a throat tumor surgically removed, much to his family’s relief, and finally admitted publicly two years later he had oral cancer. Has a net worth of $25 million.Inner: Meticulously prepares for all his roles. Has a reputation for being difficult and aloof on the set and sabotaging productions, although some find working with him quite inspiring, and he finds his own calling, acting, extremely uplifting. One director was quoted, “If I were making the Val Kilmer story, I wouldn’t cast Val Kilmer.” Adverse relationship with the press as well. Carries around an idea journal continually, while working on a variety of projects outside the realm of acting. Also sports an impressive list of friends from the political and cultural worlds. Reel life lifetime of getting so deeply into his parts that his real life has both suffered and been deeply infused by his unwillingness to separate his art from his existence, or his honesty from his artifice. William Farnum (1876-1953) - American actor. Outer: Parents were actors, father was also a theatrical manager. Closely-knit family. One of 5 children, brother died at 17, sister at 7. His older brother was popular actor, Dustin Farnum (Gene Hackman). Youngest brother was Marshall Farnum, who became a director. The demise of their siblings left him and Dustin devoted to one another, and they were affectionately known as ‘the Corsican Brothers,’ with similar interests in the great outdoors and the theater. Educated at a Seminary school in Boston, then followed his brother onto the vaudeville stage, performing an acrobatic act with him. 6’, 200 lbs. Married thrice, to actresses Mabel Eaton and Olive White, the latter from 1906 to 1931, and Isabelle Major, who he wed the following year. Made his film debut in his late 30s with The Spoilers, and was an instant action star, thanks to engaging in a real fight for the sake of the cameras, with his antagonist, Tom Santschi (Bruce Willis), causing both to wind up in a hospital for several weeks to recover. Extremely popular, he was the highest paid movie star in the first 5 years of the silent era. Crushed by his brother’s death in 1929. During the filming of The Man Who Fights Alone, when he was in his late 40s, he was slightly injured, but the residue of his wound cost him 4 operations, a couple of comatose stretches and the end of his career as a star. Eventually wound up playing character parts, and then bits in remade films from his earlier career. Died of cancer. Inner: Avid outdoorsman, totally physical in his approach to life. Athletic lifetime of depending on his physicality for his thespian skills, necessitating a transformation into a more full-rounded actor the next time around, as he continues to put his all into his roles, regardless of the consequences. Jack McCall (c1851-1877) - American murderer. Known as “Crooked Nose Jack.” Outer: Not much known of his early life. Had 3 sisters and either grew up in Kentucky or New Orleans. Ultimately came out West as a buffalo hunter and drifted to the gold fields of the Dakota territories under the nom de panning of Bill Sutherland. Had thick chestnut hair, a snub nose and crossed eyes, along with a florid complexion and a double chin. After legendary Will Bill Hickok (Gene Hackman) offered him money for breakfast following a losing turn at the poker tables, he felt so insulted that he shot him in the back of the head during a poker game, with a shout of “Damn you! Take that.” Raced out and hid in a butcher shop afterwards, but was captured by a large crowd. Branded a coward forever after, he claimed the act was in retribution for Wild Bill’s killing his brother earlier in Abilene, Kansas, despite the fact he came from a family where he was the only son. Found innocent at a makeshift trial by some miners, he fled to Wyoming, where he cadged drinks for the tale of his killing the former legendary lawmen in a fair fight. Caught and retried, he was ultimately hanged for his act, which, on one level, was a mercy killing, since Hickok had long given himself over to a wastrel existence of drink and personal despoilage. Inner: Destined for a date with the hangman lifetime of serving as executioner for his longtime crypto-sibling, before returning as his brother and physically internalizing his actions as a means of expiation and self-punishment.


Storyline: The headstrong horseman continually parlays his affinity for equine showmanship into an unbroken string of successful careers celebrating his own unique iconic, laconic masculinity.

cClint Eastwood (Clinton Eastwood, Jr.) (1930) - American filmmaker, actor, director, producer, musician, and politician. Outer: Of British, Scottish and Irish decent with a touch of Dutch and German. Father pumped gas up and down California, hauling his family in a one-wheel trailer, while looking for jobs. Oldest son, had a lonely, introverted childhood, and was constantly switching schools because of his peripatetic upbringing. Went to a technical high school in Oakland, where he was an athlete and also played jazz piano in a local club, although proved to be a slow student. Holds a lifelong affinity for music, and would later compose for the movies, as well as use jazz improvisation as a metaphor for moviemaking. After graduation, he worked as a lumberjack, firefighter and steelworker in the Northwest. After being drafted into the Army at 21, he became a swimming instructor at Ford Ord where he met several actors, who sparked an interest in that line of work. On his discharge, he enrolled at LA City College under the GI Bill, before being signed by Universal Pictures to a contract. 6’4”, ruggedly handsome, albeit with an extremely limited emotional range. Played bit roles, then was dropped. Married Maggie Johnson, a swimsuit model in his early 20s, separated after 15 years but did not divorce until a decade later. Son became a musician and daughter Alison an actress. Pumped gas and dug swimming pools, before being discovered by a producer while eating lunch in the CBS basement, and subsequently got one of the leads in the successful TV series, “Rawhide,” which ran from 1959-1966. Had a 3rd child via an affair in his mid-30s, as well as 2 more children with a former flight attendant who did not want to share his public life. During the latter part of “Rawhide,” he starred in a spaghetti western in Spain, A Fistful of Dollars, as the Man With No Name, playing a gritty hero with no compunction about leaving piles of corpses in his wake. Did 2 other films with the same director, Sergio Leone, and, despite his spare talent, found himself an international star by the end of the 1960s. On his return to Hollywood, he formed his own production company, Malpaso. Continued playing off the spaghetti character he had created, a killing machine with no emotional inner life other than murderous anger, to the drooling approval of his growing legion of fans. Began a partnership with action director Don Siegal, which culminated in the Dirty Harry series, a modern day twist on his angry vigilante, playing a cop with a 44 Magnum, eager for criminals to make his day. His films seemed to capture America’s fascination with can-do violence, and he became a Hollywood icon, gritted teeth and all. Directed his first feature at 30, and continued both acting, directing and producing after that, bringing his peculiar dark edge to both 20th century urban landscapes and the Old West. Stretched his focus to include a biopic on the tragic jazz artist Charley Parker, and won an Academy Reward for both Best Picture and Best Actor in 1992 with the shadowy western, The Unforgiven. Four years later, he was further bestowed with the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award. A fast worker, he is known for his controlled, quiet sets. Although quite private about his private life, had a 12 year liaison with actress Sondra Locke, who costarred in several of his films. At their break-up, he had movers remove her things from his house and changed the locks, only to be slapped with a palimony suit, which was settled out-of-court, but gave the public some glimpse into his hard-eyed interior. Had a 6th child with his co-star, Frances Fisher, in The Unforgiven. In his mid-60s, a 30 year old television reporter, after meeting on an interview, one daughter from the union. Despite his extended fatherhood, he dutifully supported all his families. Became mayor of Carmel, California from 1986-1988, where he owns one of his several homes, as well as the Hog’sbreath Inn. Extremely loyal to his work-mates, keeping the same crews and representatives for decades. Decidedly unHollywood, preferring to be his own man, his own way. Far more subtle and assured in his work as he has aged, winning a second Best Director Oscar in 2005 for Million Dollar Baby, whose euthanasia ending irked his previous conservative following, and following it up with an equally relevant dual look at heroics and propaganda in Flags of our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima, the latter a poignantly anti-war film. Awarded the French Legion of Honor in 2007. Continued his prolific output, and proved the odd fellow of the RNC in 2012, with his unscripted monologue engaging an invisible Obama sitting in a chair next to him, giving imaginary answers to his pointed questions, much to the embarrassment of many who watched the performance, while others hailed it as a highlight of the convention and a splendid piece of theater. Sued for divorce by his wife the following annum. After several clinkers, set a January record for openings in 2015 with American Sniper, which elicited much liberal contumely about the glorification of long-distant combat assassination. Has a net worth of $375 million. Inner: Terse, articulate, unpretentious, alternately friendly and removed. Often assays characters looking for redemption, and usually plays .outsiders and loners as reflection of his upbringing. A master of manipulation with the media, who have largely sung his praises thanks to his seeming accessibility without excessive prying into his muddied relationships with women. Libertarian lifetime of turning himself into an American icon, with the facility for mirroring public tastes, and the capacity to grow and expand as an artist, while still remaining enigmatic to all but himself. cBuffalo Bill Cody (William Frederick Cody) (1846-1917) - American showman and scout. Outer: Of British descent with distant French Huguenot.Parents were farmers. Had 5 sisters, and the family moved to Kansas when he was 8. His father became a stagecoach driver, but died when he was 11. Had little formal education, but held a childhood desire to be a master horseman. Claimed to have been a mounted messenger for a pre-Pony Express service, although probably was not, and as a teenager, learned how to be a skillful hunter, horseman and horse thief, scout, and Amerindian fighter, as well as an unsuccessful prospector. Tall and handsome. Served in the American Civil War, married Louisa Frederici, a convent-educated beauty at 20, but never spent more than 6 months a year at home. 2 out of his 3 children died of childhood diseases. Worked for the army as a civilian scout and dispatch bearer out of Kansas, then hunted buffalo to provide meat for the construction crews of the Union Pacific Railroad, slaughtering over 4000 of them, while developing a storehouse of information on his hunting terrain and the tribes he fought, as well as garnering a reputation for marksmanship, courage and endurance. During his 20s, he served the U.S. 5th Cavalry in their territorial wars with the Amerindians of the Plains, winning the Medal of Honor, although it was revoked at the end of his life for his civilian status, and then re-awarded some 7 decades later posthumously. Engaged in 16 major battles, including the publicized scalping of the Cheyenne chief’s son Yellow Hair in hand-to-hand combat, which made him a folk hero, thanks to the media and popular dime novels of the time, wherein he was dubbed, ‘Buffalo Bill.’ In his late 20s, he starred in Ned Buntline’s (Mickey Spillane) “The Scouts of the Prairie,” and though extremely limited as an actor, it opened him up to the possibility of becoming a showman, spurred on by the undiscriminating acclaim his audiences showered on him. Between seasons, he guided wealthy hunting parties, capitalizing on his name. In his late 30s, he began to organize Wild West exhibitions with partners, offering stylized re-enactments of western phenomena, including the deadly markswomanship of Annie Oakley (Sondra Locke). A particular success at the 1893 Chicago Expo, the show eventually merged with others. His wife became jealous of his successes and his close relationships with his sisters, and the duo had alternate animosity and affection towards one another. Settled on an extensive track of land in Wyoming, where the city of Cody was built. Despite several decades of successful touring, both in the U.S. and Europe, and making a small fortune, he eventually went broke through financial mismanagement, although he continued to appear publicly until his death at one of his sisters’ home after a brief illness. His body was viewed by immense throngs, before he was buried in a solid rock tomb atop Lookout Mountain. Inner: Optimistic, outgoing and generous. Conspicuously attired, liked to be center of attention, and had a distinct taste for the bottle. Felt he was a star, rather than an actor. Well-mannered, quiet and retiring. Loved to embellish his legend after he became famous. Lithe and active throughout his life, never fatigued. Living legend lifetime of trying to integrate the active life with the financial through various partnerships, ultimately learning from his mistakes to do it far better the next time around. cPhilip Astley (1742-1814) - English showman. Outer: Father was a cabinet-maker and veneer-cutter. Began his apprenticeship with him at 9, despite never having respected him. Ran away after an argument with him and joined a British dragoon regiment around the age of 15, where he developed into a skilled rider. Made sargeant after he swam to save a horse, and ultimately reached the rank of sargent-major for bravery in battle. Married at 23, and his wife became a rider as well, one son from the union. Discharged at 24, he rode a white horse named ‘Gibraltar’ into London at 24. In his late 20s, he created Astley’s Amphitheater, in which he initially would give exhibitions riding with one foot on the saddle, and the other on his horse’s head while brandishing a sword in the air. Gradually included other equestrians, including family members, as well as acrobats, clowns, aerialists, and the first freak show, in his attempt to create the first modern circus ring. His sister and wife both becames stars of his circus. 2 years after initiating his venture, he began to tour other European cities, eventually establishing an Amphitheater in Paris as well as 18 other cities. His original base burned several times and ultimately became the Royal Amphitheater of the Arts under the patronage of the Prince of Wales and the Duke of York. Wrote several books on riding, while all his performers held him alternately in affection and in awe. Died from gout in his stomach. Inner: Tall, handsome, charming and also brutal, with a violent temper. Generally affable, and courageous, a natural leader. Loud voice, sharp-witted, and rude, but had integrity and the admiration of his troupe. Foundation lifetime of transforming his innate military leadership and cavalry expertise into the civilian arena, so as to transmute his martiality into showmanship, while fostering the loyal company he continually tries to keep, through the dint of his powerful, underlying persona.


Storyline: The inherent outlaw does mighty battle with his anti-authoritarian instincts before finally learning the hard way to rechannel his ongoing alienation into more productive, creative spheres.

fJames Caan (1939) - American actor. Outer: Of Dutch, German and Jewish extract. Father was a kosher meat dealer. Younger brother. Known as ‘Killer’ Caan as a kid for his pugilistic abilities. Also class clown. Tossed out of several public schools, and eventually channeled his aggressiveness into sports at a prep school. Despite his urban Jewish upbringing, he always wanted to be a cowboy, in an unconscious affinity for lives past. Under 6’ and only 162 lbs, put projects a much larger size. An excellent athlete in high school, he went to Michigan State and Hofstra College, before dropping out and pursuing aimless jobs, until he enrolled at NYC’s Neighborhood Playhouse to learn acting. Made his debut off-Broadway in 1960 in “La Ronde.” Moved to California the following year and did some TV work. Married in 1961 to Dee Jay Mathis, a dancer, daughter from the union, divorced 5 years later. His first appeared on the screen in the early 1960s, was in a bit part in Irma La Douce, although most of his earlier work went unnoticed. Became a professional rider on the rodeo circuit, as ‘the Jewish Cowboy,’ fulfilling a boyhood dream, and ultimately owned a stable of racehorses. Made his mark in his early 30s with a memorable TV turn as a dying football player in “Brian’s Song,” then triumphed as Sonny Corleone in the mafia epic The Godfather, which would become his signature role. Briefly married and divorced Sheila Ryan, an actress in his late 30s, son from union Scott Caan, became an actor and screenwriter. Enjoyed being a top star for a decade, then his career started to fade as he fell into cocaine abuse and consorting with criminals. Rebounded in the 1990s as a character actor with broad portrayals, having aged considerably from his bout with hard drugs, but unlike in lives past, he was able to learn from his mistakes and resurrect himself. Remarried Linda Stokes in his late 50s, 2 sons from the union, before filing for divorce in 2005, dismissing it and filing again in 2009, only to later dismiss it as well. Entered the TV arena in 2003, with “Las Vegas,” playing the head of a casino surveillance team, which proved successful, and also began hosting his own golf tourney, evincing the same intense competitiveness and desire to excel in all his undertakings, that has allowed him to triumph this time around over his various adversities. His later career would see smaller roles and occasional TV series, including a star turn in “Back in the Game,” for two seasons, playing the beer-swilling father of a divorcee. In 2015, he once again filed for divorce from LS. Inner: Edgy, physical, gregarious, hard partyer, but also retains a genuine love of craft, with a desire to be seen as a superior actor. Affinity for gangsters and criminals, as well as creativity and self-destruction. Hard lesson lifetime of rebounding from self-destructive instincts to reach middle age for the first time in a while, as a survivor of his own excesses. fArt Acord (Artemus Ward Acord) (1890-1931) - American cowboy and actor. Outer: Of partial Ute descent. Parents were Mormons, grew up in Utah. Youngest of 5. Worked as a cowboy and ranch hand, then began as a rodeo performer in Wild West shows, winning the World Championship Steer Bulldogging title in 1912, and again in 1916, when he defeated future western star, Hoot Gibson (Johnny Knoxville). Entered film in his late teens as a stuntman with a New Jersey company in some of the earliest Western one reelers. In his mid-20s, he became a star of two-reel westerns, using the name Buck Parvin, then later switched to his real name, or a variation of it, Art Accord. Served in France during WW I, then became Universal’s leading cowboy star in the 1920s, doing numerous serials. Married actress Edythe Sterling in 1913, divorced 3 years later. Later married actress Louise Lorraine, divorced in 1928. A belligerent drunk, he often got into bar/room brawls. His career ended with the advent of sound, and he was arrested soon afterwards for bootlegging illegal alcohol. Went down to Mexico, but lost all his money gambling, while he drifted into alcoholism. Found dead in a Mexican hotel room from cyanide poisoning. His death was ruled a suicide, but he also may have been murdered by a Mexican politician whom he had been cuckolding. Inner: Very physical, with an underlying anger that usually came to the surface when he began imbibing. Loose living lifetime of trying to tame his wild nature through the discipline of the silver screen, only to slip back into self-damaging criminal habits once his career was over. fSam Bass (1851-1878) - American outlaw. Outer: One of 10 children, his mother died when he was 10, while giving birth to her last child. His father, who was a farmer, died 3 years later. Boarded out to an uncle with siblings, who worked the children like slave labor on his farm. Ran away at 18, and did odd jobs with the intention of heading out West to become a cowboy. Made it to Texas, where he actualized his goal, and also worked as a freight-handler for the local sheriff. Bought a fast pony, and began racing it throughout southwest Texas, Mexico and the Amerindian territories. Convinced by another cowboy that the only fast way to money was outlawry, they deserted a cattle-drive and held up a stage, although failed in their first attempt, when a member of their gang shot the stage’s guard. Continued his penny ante robberies, always leaving his victims with $1 for breakfast in the next town. Decided to go for richer fare by robbing trains, and gathered a gang of 6, and got $60,000 in gold pieces on his first haul near Big Springs, Nebraska, when he unknowingly stumbled on a shipment from the San Francisco mint. The robbery caused a sensation in the press, and his band was soon pursued by a slew of posses. The crew split up in pairs, and he escaped, with a larger-than-life reputation. Raised another outlaw band and hit several more trains, but only for relatively small amounts of cash, so that he decided to try his hand at banks, after holing up in an almost impregnable set of steep hills in Texas. A new gang member, however, ratted on their next exploit, robbing the bank at Round Rock, Texas, and the Texas Rangers were waiting for them. Set upon by lawmen while entering a store in preparation to scope out the town, he was shot in the stomach. Barely rode out of town, and collapsed on a cabin porch, where the Rangers found him, and asked him to name the other members of his gang, to which he replied, “It’s agin my trade to blow on my pals. If a man knows anything, he ought to die with it in him,” and so he did. Inner: Loyal, hard-working, but greedy for more than life allotted him, thanks, in large part to an oppressive upbringing. Live-fast-die-young lifetime of playing at legendary outlaw, only to be betrayed by a less principled cohort and undone by the forces he disdained.


Storyline: The hard-partying hayseed hides a highly complex character behind his veneer of volatile affability, showing both the light and the dark in his choice of roles and lifestyles, while doing battle with himself over a longheld inner rage at the inconsistencies of existence.

fWoody Harrelson (Woodrow Tracy Harrelson) (1961) - American actor, playwright and activist. Outer: Of British, Scottish and German descent, with distant Dutch and Welsh ancestry. Father was a sweet-talking cardsharp and grifter, mother was a legal secretary. Middle of 3 brothers, with the same birthday as his sire. Raised by his mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. His parents divorced when the children were little, and his father drifted in and out of his family’s lives. When he was 7, he heard on the radio his progenitor was arrested for murder. Diagnosed as emotionally disturbed, hyperactive and dyslexic, he wound up in a private academy for learning disabled children. Extremely shy, although his religiosity impelled him to give sermons, and he had briefly thought of becoming a minister, following in the footsteps of his mother’s deep religiosity. 5’11”, with blonde hair and blue eyes. Became interested in drama in high school, then went on scholarship to Hanover College in Indiana, where he found release via acting. His father was released from prison, but then was re-incarcerated in 1979 for a contract murder on a judge, and wound up serving a life term in federal prison, ultimately dying of a heart attack in prison in 2007. Moved to NYC where he had 17 jobs in 14 months, got into brawls and became bed-bound, before finally landing an understudy role on Broadway in Neil Simon’s “Biloxi Blues.” Enraged the playwright when he impulsively wed his daughter, Nancy in 1985, in what would be a six month marriage. Made his movie debut at 17 in Harper Valley, P.T.A. before coming to national attention as the innocent bartender, Woody Boyd, on the long-run TV sitcom “Cheers.” Able to parlay his TV likability into a far more volatile film career, showing a surprising range in the various roles he’s tackled, including pornographer Larry Flynt in The People Vs. Larry Flynt, and a mass murderer in Natural Born Killers, a role he prepared for by immersing himself in books and tapes on serial killers, while unconsciously plugging into his hidden past. The part brought out a tremendous amount of inner rage, which he eventually was able to release. Became involved in the hemp movement to legalize marijuana, and also drew attention by dangling from the Golden Gate Bridge to protest redwood logging. Maintained close contact with his father, and worked for a long time in trying to get him a 2nd trial, without passing judgment on his innocence or guilt, while continuing to plumb himself through his ongoing actions. Returned to Broadway in 1999 in a revival of “The Rainmaker,” the tale of a con man, and continues to explore his complex nature through his craft and his inner battles with the light and dark of his persona. At the end of 2008, he finally married his former assistant, Laurie Louie, after being together two decades, three daughters from the union. Cowrote and directed an Off-Broadway comedy, in 2012, ”Bullet for Adolf,” celebrating the friendship of a rediscovered early mentor, Frankie Hyman, who also coscripted it, athough it failed to win over critics in its crude, loud and largely pointless ramblings. In 2016, he did a layered and nuanced job of playing Pres. Lyndon Johnson in Rob Reiner’s LBJ. Has a net worth of $65 million.Inner: Party animal, as well as a former brawler, with a violent shadow side that his father represents. Longtime marijuana enthusiast and into hallucinatory drugs for a while, but since then has cleaned up and cleaned out, as an all-organic vegan who eats 90% raw food. Harbors an eternal sense of adolescence, with a great curiosity about both himself and his surrounding political and social world. Anarchist at heart, with little love for government. Free spirited lifetime of deepening his own sense of character through a dark father, and exploring his ongoing adolescence in far more complex manner both on and off the silver screen, than his earlier Hollywood go-round permitted. fCharles Ray (1891-1943) - American actor. Outer: Father was a Scots-Irish railroad worker, mother was of French descent. The family moved to Los Angeles when he was an infant. Began performing in a miniature theater in his own backyard, and never worked outside of show business 6’, 165 lbs. His sister paid for his dramatic education at the Wallace Dramatic School, and he began his career on the stage, specializing in bumpkins, while producing some of his own vehicles. Brought to Hollywood by director Thomas Ince (Sam Peckinpah), he began working in silents in his early 20s, making his screen debut in 1912 in Favorite Son. Often played a country boy who eventually wins the girl, despite his own clumsiness. Married actress Clare Grant in his mid-20s, divorced in 1934. Reached his peak in his late 20s, and then fell out of favor, as audiences grew more sophisticated, and he was unable to transcend the stereotype that Hollywood had straitjacketed him in. Tried to establish his own production company, but failed miserably, in an attempt at switching his character to a city slicker. Once had future Nobel Laureate Ralph Bunche work for him as a houseboy. Lost all his money in 1923 on The Courtship of Miles Standish. Ince put him back on the payroll, but died the following year. Went to NY, but failed to find stagework, or an interest in his writing, and wound up returning to Los Angeles. Married again in 1934, his wife died 8 years later. Played bit parts, working sporadically the rest of his life, until his relatively premature death via a throat infection from an infected tooth, as symbol of a failure of communication on his part, and his previous go-round in this series as a murderous dentist. Inner: A dandy, he wore expensive clothes, and was far more talented and sophisticated than his screen image, although he became a victim of his early success and was not allowed to grow or expand his natural abilities as an entertainer. Restless, ambitious, quite the opposite of his projected movie star self. Stunted lifetime of being pigeonholed and imprisoned in a limited role, from which his only recourse was to ultimately self-destruct and try it over again from the perspective of a more complex sire and a more complex era in which to express his deeper self. fJohn ‘Doc’ Holliday (John Henry Holliday) (1851-1887) - American gambler, dentist and gunslinger. Outer: Father was a pharmacist, who became a wealthy planter and lawyer. Mother died when he was in his mid-teens, much to his great grief. Raised in Georgia in genteel fashion, and witnessed the devastation of the Civil War as a teen. Developed consumption, went to the Penna. College of Dental Surgery, and graduated in 1872. Slender, with florid manners. Headed west for Texas because of his health, and opened up a practice in Dallas, but soon found the lure of the gaming tables too much to resist. Became a professional faro and poker player, wandering all over the west, from South Dakota to Arizona. Hooked up with a prostitute, Big Nose Katie Elder (Barbara Hershey) in his mid-20s, and may or may not have married her. She helped him escape after killing a man with a knife and the duo eventually ended up in Tombstone, Arizona in 1880, with a macho reputation preceding him, as a dangerous and deadly drunk. In an acrimonious move, Elder signed an accusatory deposition that he had been involved in a stage holdup, and the duo parted company permanently. Later freed of the charge. His only real friend was lawman Wyatt Earp (Jeff Bridges). Along with him and his brothers, he was involved in the famous Gunfight at the O.K. Corral in the fall of 1881, winning legendary status for 3 minutes of fireworks, which left 3 dead, and 2 Earps wounded. Drifted around the west afterwards, and ultimately died with his boots off, of tuberculosis in a sanitarium in Colorado, where he had gone for a cure. Inner: Restless, volatile, and no respecter of the law. Weak-bodied but strong-willed lifetime of knowing he had a brief run, and playing with it as a release for his rage and anger and his love of taking chances.


Storyline: The outrageous exhibitionist continues to act out her angry interior, utilizing a freer age and an expanded platform to ratchet up her performance, while slowly getting in touch with the artistry that lies behind most madness.

Courtney Love (1964) (Love Michelle Harrison) - American singer, songwriter, actress and artist. Outer: Of Spanish-Cuban and British descent on her maternal side, and Welsh, German, Irish and British on her paternal. Grand/daughter of writer Paula Fox. Parents were flower children of the 1960s. Her mother, who was from a wealthy family, eventually became a therapist, and penned her own memoir about being adopted, only to later discover her real mother, and wind up sandwiched between two public and disparate personalities. Father wrote a biography on the rock group, the Grateful Dead. Her parents divorced 5 months after her birth, after which her mother won a protracted court battle for her, at the age of 3, where her name was changed to Courtney. Grew up in a hippie mansion in Oregon, under alternative social ideas. Her mother remarried and moved to New Zealand, while she stayed initially with friends in Oregon, then was sent to New Zealand, then back to Oregon with her stepfather, shuttling twixt two places. Had a highly troublesome youth in reaction to her sense of uprootedness, including getting caught for shoplifting, and spending time in reform schools. Decided to be a rock star at 15. 5’8”. For the next decade she was a stripper, singer and actress, getting rhinoplasty and breast lifts to enhance her physicality. Attended Trinity College in Dublin, before returning to the Northwest to start her first r’n’r band. Played with several groups and appeared in a couple of movies, before forming Hole in Los Angeles, which proved a popular band. Married a punk rocker in her mid-20s, divorced the following year, and married Nirvana star Kurt Cobain, after meeting him at a club named Satyricon, while allowing his career to eclipse hers. Unimpressed with his group, although the duo bonded over drugs. Accused in a magazine of using heroin during her pregnancy with their daughter, Frances Bean. Her husband’s suicide 2 years into the marriage devastated her, although 4 days afterwards her group released its biggest album, “Live Through This.” Later a bassist for Hole also died. Arrested for misbehaving on a plane, and painted herself large and loud with a bleached-blonde bad girl reputation. Foul-mouthed and uninhibited, she often dived into her audiences, in between flashing herself. Won plaudits for her first major movie role, as the doomed Althea Flynt in The People vs. Larry Flynt in 1996 and started straightening up her act and appearance, although not without the occasional reversion to her bad grrl ways. Her band also showed a new maturity in its later releases, while she remained hanging between two worlds, the serious entertainer and the angry foul-mouth. Engaged in legal battles with Nirvana over her husband’s musical legacy, while enduring a further smear campaign from the former, despite backing by Cobain’s family. Continues to grab infotainment headlines with her various crime and punishment antics, including felony assault drug possession and loss of custody of her daughter, in an ongoing display of raw feeling that has characterized all her lives in this series. In 2005, she finally won full custody back from a sympathetic judge, when she promised to mend her unlovely ways, although was unable to do so, and remains an unrehabilitated work in progress, while failing to pay a large rehab bill. Published her diaries, “Dirty Blonde” in 2006, showing her all-abiding need for attention and fame as well as an acute self-awareness built on that conceit. The following year, she added highly dramatic yo-yo weight loss to her ongoing sense of exaggeration. As a coda to her decade of living dangerously, she lost custody of her daughter to Kurt Cobain’s mother and sister at the end of 2009, after a continued display of largely incoherent behavior. Able to retake hold of herself the following year with plastic surgery, as a means of regeneration. Has a net worth of $150 million. Inner: Flamboyant, exhibitionistic, angry and highly expressive. Nose-thumbing lifetime of growing up without boundaries, in order to allow her innate madness its complete flow to see if she will eventually find the maturity to channel her not inconsiderable talents, without self-destructing in the process. Clara Bow (1905-1965) - American actress. Outer: From a poor family, father was an emotionally stunted waiter and handyman. Mother was the daughter of a florid florist who had beaten his wife into insanity. 2 earlier daughters of the duo had died. Her mother suffered head injuries, fits and seizures, and hated men. Suffered a very lonely childhood. Very aware of her poverty, she preferred playing with boys than girls, where their physicality was more important than emotional bonding, and wound up with a boyish approach to life. Quit school after the 8th grade, and became a receptionist for a physician. Won a national beauty contest at 16, and made her film debut the following year. 5’3 1/2”, plump, vivacious redhead. Made a series of unmemorable films, but became a huge star by the mid-1920s, as an archetype of the flapper, ultimately becoming known as the ‘It Girl.’ Her father changed his name to King Bow, and accompanied her to Hollywood, proving a drain in his subsequent business failures, that she had set up for him. She later claimed he had raped her. Her blatant, uninhibited sexuality enjoyed wide appeal. Equalled her reel persona in real life, with a legendary excess in all she did, including scandalous affairs and running up huge gambling debts. Would cruise down Hollywood Boulevard in a convertible with 7 red chow dogs, take on whole college fraternities in her insatiable priapic appetite, and give free rein to her eccentric sexual spirit, while her private secretary leaked lurid details about it all to a fascinated America. Married western star Rex Bell in her mid-20s, 2 sons from union. Tried to be a good mother, despite having had a very poor role model of her own. Couldn’t adjust to talking pictures, and retired and settled on her husband’s Nevada ranch. Despite his ultimate status as Lieutenant-Governor of Nevada, she felt completely empty in her life outside the spotlight and suffered several nervous breakdowns, as well as lengthy sanitarium stays. Made a suicide attempt in her late 30s, thanks to having no real identity without movie work. Her ultimate madness was suppressed by sedatives and restraining environments, and the she eventually died of a heart attack, as a shadow of her former self. Inner: Incandescent, high energy, with a mothlike sense of self, which eventually disappeared once all eyes were off her. Flame-out lifetime of serving as an archetypal female figure of the jazz age, enjoying a brief blazing ascendancy and a long spiral downward afterwards. Calamity Jane (Martha Jane Canary) (1856?-1903) - American frontierswoman. Outer: Parents were Missouri farmers, but her father may also have been a gambler or an army sergeant. Mother was a cigar-smoking drinker, who was locally famous for her foul mouth. Eldest of 5, and an expert rider from an early age. As a youngster, she went out west with them on a wagon train for the gold fields of Montana, after her father was accused by his siblings of taking his own late progenitor’s assets. Both her parents serially died when she was in her early teens, leaving her to fend for herself. Initially attached herself to a railroad camp. Physically quite strong, with a masculine cast, she worked the frontier as a cook, dance-hall girl, camp follower and wanton woman, while pursuing a lifelong weakness for the bottle. Dressed as a man, she became a muleskinner in Wyoming, with a reputation for drinking, cursing and fighting, before ending up in her early 20s in Deadwood, South Dakota, where she hauled goods and machinery to the outlying camps. At this juncture, she dropped her original name, and became known as Calamity Jane. Reputedly became involved with western legend, Wild Bill Hickok (Gene Hackman), although their true relationship has always been shrouded in myth, and probably never happened. Accompanied Gen. George Crook’s expedition against the Sioux, but was sent back when it was discovered she was a woman. After Hickok’s death in 1876, her own legend grew, and she became the subject of magazine writers who gave her her sobriquet, as the heroine of numerous dime-novels, which were total fabrications. In 1891, she married a hack driver, although soon separated from him, and went back to Wyoming, where she added to her legend, through her continued contumely ways, while appropriating and discarding more “husbands.” Joined Buffalo Bill’s (Clint Eastwood) Wild West Show, visiting England with it in 1893, then toured in Wild West shows and dime museums throughout the midwest, appearing in male garb, and living up to her reputation as a walking calamity. Although illiterate, an autobiography came out under her name in 1896, in which all the exaggerations of her life were repeated. She was featured at the Pan-American Exposition in 1901, but was fired for her ongoing alcoholism and aggressive behavior. Despite only being in her 40s, she looked as if she were in her 70s. Came back to Deadwood, and died of an inflammation of the bowels nearby, before being buried, per her request, next to Wild Bill. Inner: Extremely masculine, acting out male sensibilities in a female body. When sober, easygoing and loyal, but a hellcat when drunk, going on binges for days. Aggressive, contentious and calamitous, a hard-bitten legend, eager to expand on her reputation. Uncontained wild woman lifetime of giving vent to all her pent-up anger and rage, before returning in more feminine form to continue to explore her mad side.


Storyline: The former Tinsel Town and Wild West lawman opens up his creative nature after following the same skateboard route as his fellow earlier horse opera stars, in a desire to broaden his own personal esthetic and produce high quality work in a number of genres.

Jason Lee (1970) - American actor, photographer, director and skateboarder. Outer: Grew up in a Southern California milieu of sun and fun. One older brother. Took up skateboarding at the age of 5, and showed sufficient proficiency to eventually turn pro, dropping out of high school to do so. Along with a friend, he launched “Stereo Skateboards” and “Stereo Sports clothing,” while enjoying a stratospheric reputation, along with skating superstar Tony Hawk. After appearing in several music videos in the early 1990s, doing skateboard stunts, he decided to pursue acting, and moved to Los Angeles, making his film debut in 1993 in Mi vida loca,” playing a drug customer. The following year, he shot his first short, A Visual Sound, and would continue doing so, in combination with his photography, which would remain a creative passion of his. Largely self-taught, he would focus on portraiture, while also becoming a collector of prints and art. Retired from the pro circuit in 1996 to focus on his burgeoning acting career. 6’1”. Married actress and photographer Carmen Llywelyn in 1995, divorced six years later. Began working with director Kevin Smith, garnering the lead in Mallrats, which led to several indies, and more Smith vehicles, including Chasing Amy in 1997, for which he won an Independent Spirit Award for best supporting actor. Continued in mainstream features, in both leads and supports, as well as doing voices for animated characters. In 2003, he had a son with his former fiancée, actress Beth Riesgraf, giving him the odd name of Pilot Inspektor, before ultimately splitting with her in 2007, despite shared production company. After passing twice on the series, he agreed to play the title role in TV’s “My Name is Earl” in 2005, which proved to be a comedic hit, garnering him a host of award nominations, as a mustachioed smalltime thief who wins a lottery, and whose life is turned around by it. Able to cross and uncross his right eye, as a comedic gesture of either anger or intoxication. The show ran for four seasons, before being canceled. In 2008, he married Turkish/Australian model, Ceren Alkac, one daughter from the union. In 2010, he began appearing in the two season cable series, “Memphis Beat,” playing a singing detective. Also writes and records music, as a guitarist for a band called Chiaroscuro. Inner: Low-key, with a desire to explore as many artistic venues as he can. Avid art and photo collector, as well as a Scientologist. Wider lens lifetime of opening his eyes and ears to the world around him, while expanding both his acting craft and sense of creative self. Wild Bill Elliott (Gordon Nance) (1904-1965) - American actor and horse-breeder. Outer: Father was a cattle broker, as well as commissioner at the Kansas City Stockyards. Spent most of his youth on his father’s cattle ranch and had a lifelong affinity for horses, after first riding at 5, then winning a blue ribbon as a teen in an equine show. After seeing a William S. Hart (Tommy Lee Jones), silent western at 9, he decided he wanted to be a cowboy filmstar. Briefly attended Rockingham College, a Kansas City Jesuit school, before moving to Los Angeles, and began appearing in productions at the Pasadena Community Playhouse, which led to his film debut in 1925 in The Plastic Age, and two years later, he had his first lead in his first western, Arizona Wildcat. The same year, he wed Helen Josephine Meyer, one daughter from the union, which ended in divorce in 1961. Made the transition from silents to talkies, albeit in bit and support roles, appearing under the name of Gordon Elliott, while often playing villains. Over the next 8 years, he was largely unbilled, despite doing 100 films in every genre possible, which eventually brought him to attention of Columbia Pictures. After appearing in a serial about Wild Bill Hickok (Gene Hackman) in 1938, he acquired his ultimate screen name, Wild Bill Elliott, while his tagline of “I’m a peaceable man,” became his trademark, preceding some violent interchange. Soon vaulted into the Top Ten among western stars, and continued to appear in oaters as a hero, enjoying his peak of popularity at Columbia pictures in the 1940s, when he was teamed with Tex Ritter. Switched studios afterwards for bigger budget fare for Republic Pictures, who teamed him with Gabby Hayes (Seann William Scott) his crypto-brother from his previous go-round, with the latter offering comic relief to his heroics. His best known series would be as Red Ryder, which he would assay in some sixteen films shot over a two year period, with his signature look of wearing his holstered shooting irons with their butt-end forward. Bred appaloosa and spotted horses, showing them in breeder contests, while moving on to Monogram in 1951, to conclude his career with low-budget B Westerns, ending his cowboy film run in 1954, when that genre had completed its course, before doing a half-dozen features playing a Los Angeles police detective, as Bill Elliott, dropping the ‘Wild’ from his billing. Never able to translate his fame to a TV series, with two western pilots rejected, although he eventually served as a local TV host, showing some of his old films, after having moved to Las Vegas, where he operated a ranch. Following his divorce, he married model Dolly Moore. Became a commercial pitchman for Viceroy cigarettes, which led to his death of lung cancer. Inner: Often played a bad man turned good, as reflection of the themes in the William S. Hart oeuvre, while looking for quality, when he could, in his oaters. Straight-shooter lifetime of following his early dreams, before times passed him by, forcing him to ride off into the sunset hacking and coughing, in an ending out-of-keeping with his earlier sense of scrupulous heroics. Simpson Stillwell (1850-1903) - American scout, lawman and commissioner. Known as “Comanche Jack.” Outer: Father was a carpenter and farmer, with a restless nature. Oldest of three sons, including younger brother, Frank Stilwell (Seann William Scott), along with two younger sisters. Grew up in Kansas, after his parents bought land there. Following their divorce in 1863, a dislike of his new stepmother caused him to head out to New Mexico, following the caravans that watered at his father’s well, without telling anyone. Became a guide for troops at Ft. Dodge, Kansas in 1867, and then performed similar duties at Fort Sill from 1871 until 1876, operating in Comanche territory, from whence he got his nickname. Involved in some fighting, but was primarily a messenger over extremely dangerous territory. Along with his brother Frank, he went to Arizona in 1877, then worked as a chief packer and scout the following year at two forts in Texas. Went back to Arizona in 1882 to try to avenge his brother’s death at the hands of Wyatt Earp (Jeff Bridges), but failed to do so and gave up on it. Became foreman of a cattle company in 1883 for three years, and was also elected a deputy marshal at Anadarko, Oklahoma for two years beginning in 1885, while continuing to scout for the army. Made a city marshal of Reno City, and in 1892, he became a police judge in El Reno, Oklahoma, before being appointed U.S. Commissioner at Anadarko. Came east at the same time and married Esther Hannah White, who was 20 years his junior, and brought her out to Anadarko. No children from the union. Became more and more corpulent at he grew older, while operating a small ranch in Wyoming. Died of kidney failure at Buffalo Bill Cody’s (Clint Eastwood) ranch, while keeping tabs of his property when the latter was off with his Wild West shows. Inner: Rugged and outdoorsy, with a propensity for overindulging himself orally. Law’n’order lifetime of upholding justice in the Old West, while dealing with his own excesses at the table, before returning to the realm of make-believe, as many of his cohorts did, to seek both fame and fortune as reflections of who they once truly were.


Storyline: The clandestine clown hides his more serious side in order to play if for laughs in public, while pursuing a far more thoughtful and philosophic agenda in private.

vSeann William Scott (Sean William Scott) (1976) -American actor comedian and director/producer. Outer: Of Sottish, British, German and Irish descent.: Both parents had 3 children from previous marriages, and he became the youngest of 7, and their only combined child. Became enamored of movies while working double shifts at a local theater, and decided to become an actor. 5’11”, with light brown hair and blue eyes, and athletic skill. Attended Glendale Community College, and was originally discovered at a talent competition in Los Angeles. Originally wanted to play psycho nutjobs. Began his career with commercials and music videos, as well as small roles in TV movies. While working at Home Depot, he received his first big screen break in 1999, with the popular American Pie, playing overstimulated Steve Stifler, a role he would repeat in two sequels. Went on to star th the next year in Dude Where’s My Car, yet another uberwork of addlepated post-adolescence, thereby cementing his comedic credibility for his generation, despite his feeling he was not innately a comedian. A successful film career has followed in that genre, and in 2005, he elevated himself to both co-producer and director with Gregoire Moulin Vs. Humanity. Has a net worth of $25 million. Inner: Bright and edgy, and extremely private, with no desire to be a tabloid character, preferring to let his work speak for him. Fluent in Spanish. Repeat lifetime, although this time keeping his teeth in, while stretching his talents and building on an innate likability in order to even more fully bring together his still hidden interior with his mischievous exterior. vGeorge ‘Gabby’ Hayes (1885-1969) - American actor. Outer: Father was a prosperous hotel keeper. At 8, he began appearing in school theatricals. Left home at 17, despite his family’s desire he continue in their business. Began his career as a circus performer, and also played semi-professional baseball, before turning to vaudeville in 1904 and then the stage in stock companies. In 1914, he married Dorothy Earle, a singer and musical comedy actress, no children from the union. Made his film debut in 1923 in Why Women Marry, and initially assayed villainous and character roles. Briefly retired in his 40s, before losing heavily in the 1929 stock market crash, which forced him to return to film work. Took his false teeth out and grew a beard to look more grizzled and became the seminal Western sidekick in the 30s and 40s, playing alongside John Wayne in 15 films, and William (Hopalong Cassiday) Boyd in a half-dozen more, as well as Wild Bill Elliott (Jason Lee), before doing the bulk of his co-work with Roy Rogers in some 40 others, while continually serving as a comic balance to the hero’s steadfastness. In the process, he became a Top Ten Western box office star. Initially took the sobriquet of ‘Windy,’ before legal issues forced him to become ‘Gabby.’ Ultimately appeared in over 200 westerns, basically playing the same toothless and bewhiskered irascible character in most of them. When westerns began to fade, he turned to TV, hosting his own eponymous show in the 1950s, playing old oaters for children, after retiring from the silver screen at the beginning of the decade. Finally retired for good after his wife’s death in 1957, and spent the rest of his life pondering fate and looking after his investments, before dying of a heart ailment. Inner: Despite his filmic image, serious, well-read and philosophical. Bon vivant and sophisticated connoisseur once he put his teeth back in. Claimed, he was “never much of an actor, but I was loud, and that made up for a lot of things.” Deliberately masked lifetime of playing opposite to who he really was, in an attempt to integrate his outer clown with his inner cerebrality. Frank Stilwell (1856-1882) - American lawman, businessman and outlaw. Outer: Father was a carpenter and farmer, with a restless nature. Second of three sons, including older brother, Simpson “Comanche Jack” Stilwell (Jason Lee), with two younger sisters. Grew up in Kansas, after his parents bought land there. Following their divorce in 1863, he and his brothers lived with their father, who went to Oregon with them, then deserted a second wife, before returning to Kansas, to live with a third woman under common law. Went with his brother Simpson to Arizona, and killed a Mexican cook there following a violent argument, when he served him tea instead of coffee, although was acquitted on the grounds of self-defense. Worked as both a teamster and miner, where he and another man killed an elderly claim-jumper in 1879, by smashing his head in with a rock, only to escape prosecution, once again, through a lack of evidence. Despite his violent temperament, he proved to be a successful entrepreneur, with numerous holdings, including a saloon, a wholesale liquor business, several livery stables, and a number of silver mines in the Bisbee area. Despite being a known associate of a notorious group of rustlers known as the “Cowboys,” he was made a deputy sheriff of Cochise County in 1881, although was soon fired for ‘accounting irregularities,’ in his collecting of taxes. Arrested for a fatal stage robbery soon afterwards, and though he was identified by witnesses and an unusual bootprint, he was released for lack of evidence. Arrested again by marshal Virgil Earp (Beau Bridges) for interfering with the mail service, and held in jail, although was once again released for lack of evidence. His incarceration fed into the infamous Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, with his cohorts looking for revenge, although he was in jail at the time. On his release, he was suspected of being complicitous as one of five men involved in the assassination of Morgan Earp (Mike Bridges) while he was playing billiards in a saloon. The latter’s brother Wyatt (Jeff Bridges) considered him a ringleader in the killing, when he was seen reportedly running from the scene, and later fingered by the wife of one of the participants at an inquest. Although the evidence against him was largely circumstantial, it was enough for Wyatt to hunt him down. Ambushed and killed at a train station in Tucson, where he and several others were presumably waiting for Virgil Earp, by Wyatt and a vengeful posse, in a somewhat murky event, where the latter killed him with a shotgun blast in the ribs, after he had run from him. Died full of bullet holes, and was discovered by the tracks the following morning. Earp and his confreres were indicted for murder, but never convicted, claiming he had been resisting arrest. Inner: Hot-tempered and highly materialistic, with a curious capacity for escaping punishment for his actions, until his life’s violent end. Dualistic lifetime of allowing his volatile nature to supersede his acquisitive concerns, and ultimately entering Western lore, as a secondary sidekick going up against a major player of his times.


Storyline: The lost explorer finds civilization and its complex discontents far too debilitating, to deal with his demons, after earlier opting for a simpler black-and-white life, with no nuanced grays in between.

William Holden (William Beedle, Jr.) (1918-1981) - American actor. Outer: Of English descent. Father was in the chemical business and quite wealthy, mother was a schoolteacher. The eldest of three brothers, with his middle sibling a Navy pilot who was killed in WW II. The family moved to Pasadena when he was three. Had a privileged childhood, despite his Depression-era upbringing, with a demanding father, who forced him to continually prove himself, which he tried to do through athletics. Innately shy as a teen, he had a propensity for dangerous stunts to draw attention to himself, making him into a natural acrobat, with the desire to become a motorcycle stunt rider. 5’11”, ruggedly handsome and well-built. At his family’s urging, he studied chemistry at Pasadena Jr. College as a prelude to entering his sire’s business, but on a trip to NYC before graduating, he decided to try acting in play, where he was seen by a talent scout, who signed him to a seven year contract. After two films, including his debut in Million Dollar Legs, he became a star in his first real vehicle, Golden Boy, playing a boxer/violinist, torn between those two modes of physical and esthetic expression. Had a daughter with actress Eva May Hoffman in 1937, who was raised by her mother’s family. Married actress Brenda Marshall in 1941, and had two sons with her, with the younger, Scott Holden becoming an actor, after which he had a vasectomy. Also adopted his wife’s daughter from her first marriage, although the two were separated for most of their time together, before officially divorcing in 1979. Played the golden boy hero in a host of films, then marched off to WW II as a member of the Army Air Corps, although never saw combat, and, instead, acted in training films, rising to the rank of lieutenant. His brother’s death in the fighting caused him much guilt, and fed into his subsequent self-destructive behavior and depressive nature. On returning, he broadened his range, and showed a far darker side of himself, particularly in his performance as the ambiguous hero of Stalag 17, for which he won the Best Actor Oscar in 1953. During the filming of Sabrina, he became passionately involved with actress Audrey Hepburn, only to be rejected by her because of his vasectomy, much to his bitter and depressive disappointment. Continued as a romantic, albeit complex, and sometimes illusionary hero throughout the 1950s. At the same time he became a heavy drinker, although it never affected his work, despite ultimately ravaging his face, and eventually made him lose his passion for appearing in front of the camera, so that he viewed the latter part of his career as just a job. In 1966, he was involved in a car accident in Italy while driving drunk, where the other driver was killed. Convicted of manslaughter, he received an eight month suspended sentence. Overwhelmed with even more guilt, he continued traveling extensively, for filming and worldly business ventures, ultimately settling for a while in Geneva in 1959, for tax purposes, while spending a great deal of time in Africa, where he was co-owner of the Mt. Kenya Safari Club, and also established an animal sanctuary that bears his name. Won an Emmy in 1974 playing an aging police officer in the TV film, “The Blue Night.” Suffered from emphysema his last years, and on his final film, S.O.B., he played Alcoholics Anonymous tapes long into the night. Ultimately died drunk, sprawled on the floor, after he stumbled and hit his head hit a table, causing him to bleed to death from the wound in his California apartment. Inner: Manly, shy, outwardly confident, but inwardly ridden by guilt and ever deeper and darker depression. Laconic, curiously empty, with a great love of Africa, if not his fellow human beings. Felt danger was an important element in his life, and had to constantly test himself against it. Fanatic about personal hygiene, he would shower up to four times a day. Avid art collector, with his priceless collection ultimately museum-bound. Winner-turned-loser lifetime of ultimately being undone by the demands of civilization, and his inability to counter them with any deep sense of self-worth, brought on by an overweening guilt over his projected failings. Kit Carson (Christopher Carson) 1809-1868) - American scout and guide. Outer: Father was a revolutionary war soldier turner homesteader, mother was his 2nd wife. 6th of 10 children. Spent his childhood wild in the fields on the Missouri frontier. His sire died when he was 9 in an accident, and he received no schooling. When he was 14, his mother apprenticed him to a saddlemaker, but he ran away at 15 to join an expedition to Santa Fe, and begin his own life. 5’4”, blue-eyed, slightly built and wiry. Became a trapper and warrior over the next few years and established his home base near Taos, New Mexico. Trapped all over the West with other mountain men, and was employed as a hunter. Married a beautiful Arapaho woman, Singing Grass, after killing a French Canadian trapper in a duel over her in his mid-20s, one surviving daughter from the union. His wife died 7 years later, and he took his daughter to St. Louis to a Catholic boarding school, splitting his time between the city and the frontier over the next eight years. Remarried Making Out Road, a Cheyenne woman in 1841, although she left him soon afterwards to follow her tribe’s migrations. Became a guide on 3 of explorer John Fremont’s (William O. Douglas) expeditions, and wed a third time in 1842 to Josefa Jaramilo, who was 15 at the time. The two had three sons and four daughters together, with his wife dying in childbirth in 1868, following their last child. Fought in several battles for the conquest of California, and discovered he was a national icon after bearing dispatches to Washington, D.C., where his heroics had preceded him. After a taste of the spotlight, he went back to his farm, and drove sheep, served as a guide, and worked as a Ute agent from his mid-40s on. Although illiterate until the last 5 or 6 years of his life, he orally spoke his government reports to others. Fed into the fantasies of an army surgeon who penned his autobiography, filling it with far more fancy than fact. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he formed a volunteer infantry in New Mexico, and was commissioned lieutenant colonel, and given permission to have a violent go at the indigenous peoples in his arena, which he did, until finally tasting defeat in Texas, when he was outnumbered 5000 to 400 and smartly retreated. Breveted a brigadier general by war’s end, he was named commander of a Colorado fort, but had to resign the following year because of his health. Although he attended a conference in Washington with the Utes, he spent his last years in search for relief from his ailing body. Fell off his horse and hit his head, causing an aneurysm which would prove fatal, in a roughly similar exit to his Holden go-round. When he died, a month afrer his last wife, he was recognized as a hero for his courage and his heart. Inner: Simple, brave, and adventurous. Man of few words, gentle-voiced, but not above others singing his praises. His singular bad habit was smoking. Temperate, modest, widely respected. Kit and caboodle lifetime of giving total physical expression to himself and reducing things to their essence, so as to bring out the best in him, save for a murderous antipathy towards indigenous Americans, despite having married two.


Storyline: The make-believe marshal carries his wounds from one life to the next, before finally finding some inner peace, when the ongoing gunsmoke around him eventually turns to blanks instead of real bullets.

James Arness (James King Aurness) (1923-2011) - American actor. Outer: Of Norwegian descent. Father was a traveling salesman of medical supplies, and his mother ultimately became a newspaper columnist. Had one younger brother, Peter Graves, who also became an actor. His parents ultimately divorced after their sons left home. Appeared in high school plays with no thought of becoming an actor, and little interest in academics. Went to Beloit College at his mother’s insistent, although only lasted one semester, while dreaming of going to sea. Wanted to be a fighter pilot at the outset of WW II, but at 6’7”, was too tall. Also large-bodied, weighing in at about 235 lbs. Drafted in 1943, and served as an infantryman in Italy, where he was machine-gunned in the right leg. Needed multiple surgeries and nearly a year of hospitalization to recover, causing him to limp slightly the rest of his life. Won both a Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his martial efforts. Married Virginia Chapman, his leading lady in a Pasadena Community Playhouse production of “Candida” in 1949, and she served as an impetus for him to take acting more seriously, when he would rather have been surfing. Adopted her son, and the duo also had a son and a daughter who died of a drug overdose in 1975. His marriage foundered with his subsequent success and he bitterly divorced his wife in 1960. She wound up dying a year after her daughter. Had a six year relationship with German-born bit actress Thordis Brandt, who wound up dumping him, souring him even further on intimacies. Began working in radio as an announcer and disc jockey in his native Minneapolis, before moving to Hollywood in 1946, where he took acting lessons and slightly altered his name. Made his film debut the following year in The Farmer’s Daughter and got fairly steady work afterwords in some 30 movies, including playing the alien Thing, in The Thing From Another World in 1951. When the popular radio drama “Gunsmoke” was adopted for TV, his friend John Wayne convinced him to take the role, which would give his career its cachet, playing the marshal, Matt Dillon, of Dodge City, Kansas in the 1870s. Helped create a convivial atmosphere among cast members, including Dennis Weaver, in the long-running show, which lasted from 1955 to 1975, and became part of a host of viewers’ lives. Its first six years, it was a black-and-white affair, then expanded to a full hour, and after its eleventh season, was broadcast in full color. A top 10 show for thirteen of its twenty seasons, and still the longest running prime time show in TV his/story. He was the only one who appeared in all 635 episdoes. Only wore one gun, and was shot some 30 times over the course of the series, while it was always painful for him to mount a horse because of his war wounds. Married a second time to Janet Surtees, a dress-shop owner, in 1978. Easily a millionaire from the hit, he continued working in TV mini-series as well as several “Gunsmoke” sequels, finally retiring in 1994. Co-wrote his autobiography in 2001 and was made an honorary U.S. Marshall. Died of heart failure at his home. Inner: Quiet, shy, stoic and private, with little ambition initially. Always demanded his full worth, once he established himself. Lifelong Republican, and quite like the character he played. Threatened to quit Gunsmoke several times, but was always given bigger residuals. Those appearing on-screen with him often had to stand on a crate because of his immense size. Small screen giant lifetime of making amends for his previous self-destructive go-round in this series by being himself in an iconic role perfectly tailored for his limited acting skills. Pat Garrett (Patrick Floyd Jarvis Garrett) (1850-1908) - American lawman. Outer: Father became a prosperous plantation owner while he was growing up. One of 7 children. 6’3”, thin and angular with prominent cheekbones. Left home and drifted into Texas at 19, where he worked as a cattle driver, before becoming a buffalo hunter. Killed a compatriot in a dispute over buffalo hides, which caused him to move to Fort Sumner in New Mexico, where he worked on a ranch, then as a bartender, and, as such, met and gambled with the notorious outlaw, William (Billy the Kid) Bonney (Legs Diamond). In 1880, he married Juanita Guitierrez, and when she died later that year, he wed her sister, Apolinaria Gutierrez, nine children from the union. Later that annum, he was appointed sheriff of Lincoln County, where he vowed to bring the rampant lawlessness and violence between rival range factions to an end. When Gov. Lew Wallace (Louis L’Amour) put a $500 bounty on the Kid’s head, he began a relentless pursuit of him, setting up numerous traps, from which the latter always managed to escape. Along with a posse, he confronted the gang and captured the Kid and several gang members. The latter was sentenced to hang but escaped jail, killing two guards. While sitting in a darkened bedroom with the owner of a ranch where Billy was hiding, the Kid entered the room, and couldn’t make out his figure, asking “¿Quien es? ¿Quien es?,” or Spanish for “Who is it?” Shot him twice, catching him in the heart with the first one and missing with the second. Seen by some as a hero for the deed, but he was also condemned by many New Mexicans as a murderer for killing a favorite son, causing him to lose his next election to Harvey Whitehill (Dennis Weaver). Wrote a book about the Kid, which didn’t sell well, then lost an election for state senator in 1884. Moved to Texas where he became a Texas Ranger captain, only to quit soon after and return to New Mexico. More failures followed and he became increasingly querulous and depressed as well as totally irresponsible, drinking heavily and getting more and more into debt via compulsive gambling. Moved his family to a small hardscrabble ranch north of Las Cruces, NM in 1906 and quickly made enemies there. Forced to mortgage his ranch because of debt, and then didn’t pay it to his powerful rancher neighbor W.W. Cox, while trying to sell the property. Finally came to a controversial end, where he was shot three times, while urinating, with the first entering the back of his skull and killing him instantly. A ranch hand of W. W. Cox named Wayne Brazel admitted to the killing, although evidence showed several people had lain in wait for him, and in a subsequent trial he was acquitted for reasons of self-defense, as a final testimony to the profound dislike the ex-lawman had brought upon himself. His death site would later be commemorated by an historical marker, once he had been taken out of time and entered legendary lore. Inner: Highly moral but with a propensity to overstep his own boundaries. Quiet, stoic, impulsive and compulsive, with many elements of his life up for question, including the killing of the Kid, and his own final demise. Self-destructive lifetime of finding himself on the wrong end of fame, and ultimately winding up a victim of his own inability to deal with failures of his own making.

Storyline: The enthusiastic environmentalist translates TV fame into raising awareness on a host of issues, after an earlier go-round of both upholding and breaking the law as a mixed message sheriff with his head partly in the mcclouds and partly underground.

Dennis Weaver (William Dennis Weaver) (1924-2006) - American actor, producer, singer and activist. Outer: Part irish, Scottish, English, Cherokee and Osage. Father worked for the electric company and farmed 10 acres, where he grew up. Became interested in acting from watching westerns and jungle adventure films. Went to junior college, before enlisting in the Navy during WWII and became a fighter pilot. Married Gerry Stowell in 1945 in a love-at-first-sight relationship and had three sons, with one becoming a TV producer, a second an actor and a third a musician. 6’2”, lean and lanky. Afterwards, he majored in theater and got a BFA at the Univ. of Oklahoma, where he was an outstanding track and field star, just barely missing making the Olympic team in 1948. Moved to NYC and studied at the Actor’s Studio, before struggling early in his career, doing a multitude of odd jobs, while appearing on Broadway as an understudy in “Come Back Little Sheba,” in 1951, which led to a contract with Universal Studios. Came to Hollywood, but enjoyed little success, before getting the role of Chester Goode on “Gunsmoke,” in 1955 for $300 a week. Gave his character a stiff-legged walk to explain why he never carried a gun and was totally nonviolent as a disabled deputy. Also added a twangy accent for authenticity, and played nicely off lead James Arness, since he was tall enough to appear full-bodied on the screen with him. Won an Emmy for the role in 1959, while also touring with cast members Amanda Blake and Milburn Stone, as part of a singing trio. After nine years, he left the ongoing series, and in 1966 starred in “Gentle Ben,” for two seasons, playing a vet with a 600 pound black bear as his co-star. Also did film work during this time, including playing a police captain in the film version of the L.A. police drama, Dragnet. Reprised the role on TV for several episodes, as well as starred in the TV film Duel, where he insisted a young Steven Spielberg be director, inaugurating the latter’s career. All-in-all appeared in some 40 films, while releasing several country music albums and doing a one-man show in which he played 19 different Shakespearean characters. Built his own home out of recycled materials in Colorado, which he dubbed an earthship, while also maintaining a Malibu residence. Enjoyed a seven season run as New Mexico deputy sheriff Sam McCloud on special assignment to the NY police force on “McCloud,” which ran from 1970 to 1977. During the time he was president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1973 to 1975. In 1981, he helped co-found LIFE (Love is Feeding Everyone), a charity which feeds the homeless in Los Angeles. A longtime vegetarian, he was also an environmental activist, and continually spoke out against America’s unhealthy dependence on fossil fuels. Co-wrote his autobiography “All the World’s A Stage,” which was published in 2001. Founded the institute of Ecolonomics, a word he coined combining ecology and economics. Died of complications from cancer at his home, and was cremated. Passed away on the same day and at the same age as actor/comedian Don Knotts. Inner: Strong believer in creating prosperity without pollution. Recycled everything, and showed an interesting versatility in the various aspects of his long career. Activist lifetime of utilizing his fame to raise awareness around environmental issues and the unhealthy, self-destructive habits of his fellow earthship denizens. Harvey Whitehill (1836-1906) - American lawman, miner and legislator. Outer: Grew up in Ohio, before heading out west to seek his fortune. As a miner, he was one of the first to discover gold in California Gulch, Colorado. After taking some $15k out of his claim, he moved to New Mexico in 1860. In 1865, he married Harried Stevens and had three sons and six daughters with her, all of whom ultimately would live nearby him. After a decade of working as a freighter and miner, he settled in Silver City, and built one of the first houses in town, while continuing to mine silver. Elected sheriff of Grants County in 1874, he arrested 15 year old William H. Bonney (Legs Diamond), better known as Billy the Kid, for stealing several pounds of butter. When the latter promised never to do it again, he released him since he had often played with his own children. Little realized, he was letting loose a completely psychopathic scourge. Arrested him a second time, but he escaped custody. Won election in 1882 over sheriff Pat Garrett (James Arness) in recompense for the former having killed the Kid, who was seen by many New Mexicans as a favorite son, rather than a legendary desperado. Held office until 1883, when he was elected to the territorial legislature by the scantest of margins. Two years later he was lawman again. In 1891, he was indicted for allowing a prisoner to escape, as well as embezzlement, which ended his legal career. Became a farmer and cattle-rancher afterwards. Lost his first wife in 1895, and wed a second time to Sara Brown, with whom he had a son and daughter. Suffered from Bright’s disease at the end, and was buried next to his first wife. Inner: Long-standing Mason and lifelong Democrat. Upholder of the law through parlous times, but with a slightly dark side, as well, making him a secondary figure in Wild West lore. Quasi-legendary lawman lifetime of living both above and below ground, as well as above and below the law, in his ongoing desire to integrate his various dualities into a model citizen hell-bent on saving the planet from its egregious excesses.


Storyline: The multi-medaled icon tries the transition from legendary desperado to equally accoladed national treasure, only to ultimately find himself the victim of violent fate once again, as he plays with his gift for death-dealing from both sides of the law.

Audie Murphy (1924-1971) - American actor and war hero. Outer: Father was an alcoholic and shiftless share-cropper. 7th of 12 children, grew up in abject poverty. 5’5 1/2”, 112 lbs. His sire abandoned family, and his mother died when he was in his mid-teens, so that he and his siblings moved from farm to farm. Unlike his sire, he was energetic and hard-working. Labored as a radio repairman, then was initially turned down by the Marines for being too small, before waiting until his 18th birthday to enlist in the army. A pure fighting machine on the battlefield, he was always cool under fire and strapped to the gills with weaponry. Wounded 3 times, he was credited with killing some 240 German soldiers. Won a battlefield commission to 2nd lieutenant, and became the most decorated American soldier of WW II, winning some 24 medals, including the country’s highest martial accolade, the Congressional Medal of Honor, for holding off 6 German tanks singlehandedly in 1945. Plagued by nightmares after the war, and usually slept with a loaded pistol under his pillow. Parlayed his reputation into a film career, beginning in 1948, with Texas, Brooklyn and Heaven. The following year, he married actress Wanda Hendrix, divorced soon afterwards. In 1951, he married an airline stewardess, 2 children from union. Found his niche in low-budget westerns, and also played himself in the film version of his autobiography, To Hell and Back, which he published in 1949. Most of his 40 odd films were unmemorable, and by the late 1960s, he was forced to declare bankruptcy, thanks to a huge compulsive gambling habit. In 1970, he was cleared of attempted murder charges after beating up a man in a barroom brawl. Died in a small plane crash, along with 5 others, on a business trip, while hoping to straighten out his life. Inner: Shy, nondrinker and nonsmoker, using his father as an antithetical model. Employed the battlefield ethic of survive and destroy, as a well as a sure instinct for when to hold them and when to fold them. Gambling man lifetime of playing for life’n’death stakes in the European theater, and then finding the American theater far too tame for his tastes, before exiting to try to find a higher plane for himself the next time around. John Wesley Hardin (1853-1895) - American outlaw. Outer: Father was a Methodist preacher, schoolteacher and sometime lawyer, mother was the daughter of a judge. The family felt the South’s loss in the Civil War deeply. His uncle and sire were both early Texas officials. 2nd of 5 children. His father had wanted him to be a preacher, naming him after Methodism’s founder. A good athlete, he constantly practiced his fighting and gun-handling skills, until he became a legendary character with both his fists and trigger-finger. Also highly intelligent with an intellectual curiosity that was sated by books. 5’11”, 155 lbs. Held a deep antipathy towards African-Americans. Killed a black man at 15, then shot the 3 soldiers tracking him several weeks later. Worked as a cowboy, while developing into a quick-draw artist, randomly killing anyone with whom he argued, and leaving a trail of blood behind him in small Texas tank towns, although he always claimed self-defense in all his engagements, creating a dualistic legacy of a cold-blooded killer and an avenger of his own pride. Charged with murder, but escaped, killing a guard. Married Jane Bowen, the 15 year old refined daughter of a doctor at 19. 3 children from the close union, which ended with his wife’s death at 35 20 years later. Continued his gunslinging and gambling ways, murdering law officers and black policeman alike, until he was finally captured by a Texas ranger and his posse after dispatching a sheriff in a shootout. Tried and convicted in his mid-20s, and sentenced to 25 years at hard labor. The sentence was a result of his eloquent way with words, which lowered the charge to 2nd degree murder. Pardoned after 17 years in prison, in which he claimed to be reformed. Made several escape attempts, but was always caught. Began studying law in jail, and became a lawyer, working out of El Paso, Texas. Remarried at 42, to Callie Lewis, an 18 year old, but she left him for his constant carousing. Began drinking heavily, and was often found sprawled in the gutter. Shot in the back of the head and killed in an El Paso saloon shortly afterwards, by a lawman he had earlier taunted, while shooting dice with a local furniture dealer. His last words were, “4 sixes to beat, Henry,” a gambling challenge. Working on his auto-biography when he died, “The Life of John Wesley Hardin, in His Own Words.” Reputedly killed 42 men, according to his accounts, all in gunfights. Inner: Hot-tempered, hair-trigger-fingered, but also clever, intelligent and articulate. Blazing barrels lifetime of acting out his wildness, then, after imprisonment and a desire to work on the other side of the law, making a stab at reform, which could not hold, and ultimately suffering an ignominious end for his total embrace of death as the ultimate avenger.


Storyline: The liberal faux and real lawman harbors a longtime sense of justice, while garnering praise for his easy affability, after earlier expunging himself of the violence at his core, in order to allow him to trade-in his act out needs for the pleasure of sheer acting.

James Garner (James Scott Bumgarner) (1928-2014) - American actor. Outer: Of British descent with some German and Irish. Father was a carpet layer, and mother was half-Cherokee. Youngest of three brothers, including actor Jack Garner. Following his mother’s death, when he was 5, he and his siblings were farmed out to relatives. Returned home in 1934, when his progenitor, who had a drinking problem, remarried a woman he quickly grew to hate, because of the beatings he and his brothers received from her, as well as the humiliations she doled out to him. At 14, the two got into a physical fight, where he choked her to stop her from killing him, finally forcing her out of the house, and ending the marriage. Remained in Oklahoma, while his father moved to Los Angeles, as he took on a series of low-level jobs to support himself before joining the Merchant Marine at 16, only to discover he suffered from chronic sea sickness. Rejoined his father in Los Angeles the following year, and went to Hollywood High, where he was voted the most popular in his class, despite being booted from the school for playing far too much hooky. 6’1”, 200 lbs., and dark-haired with handsome features. Modeled bathing suits, which he hated, before returning to Oklahoma to continue high school, where he was a multi-sport athlete. Joined the National Guard afterwards, and then the U.S. Army, serving in an infantry division in the Korean War, where he was twice wounded, the second time from friendly fire, which fed into a strong antiwar view. Acted as a scrounger for his company, a role he would repeat in The Great Escape, and his favorite film, The Americanization of Emily. Made his Broadway debut in a non-speaking part as a judge in “The Caine Mutiny Court Martial,” in 1954, which served as his acting school via observation and reading lines to the leads during rehearsals. The experience led to TV commercials, before debuting in film two years later in The Girl He Left Behind, as a contract player for Warner Bros. The studio foreshortened his name, and he later officially adopted Garner as his nom de cinema. After meeting Lois Clarke at an Adlai Stevenson for President rally in 1956, he married her two weeks later. One daughter from the union, Gigi, an author, as well as an adopted stepdaughter from his wife’s first marriage. In 1957, he got his big TV break, on “Maverick,” playing a gambler of that name, while rotating with Jack Kelly, as a pair of anti-hero cardsharp brothers who played in alternate weeks. Left the series after three years following a contract dispute, but it established him as a highly bankable player, which he parlayed into a successful film career, playing both comedy and drama. After a brief series, he found another TV vehicle geared towards his offbeat charm, “The Rockford Files,” which was launched in 1974 and ran for six seasons, under the auspices of the same producer, Roy Huggins, who had created “Maverick,” and wanted to capture the same reluctant hero feel in a modern-day setting. Assayed an L.A. private investigator, and won an Emmy for the role in 1977. Did many of his own stunts, and was finally physically worn down by the series, exacerbating longtime knee problems, for which he underwent several operations, before ultimately being hospitalized for a bleeding ulcer. Eventually sued Universal Studios twice over the show, in disputes over pay. Resuscitated “Maverick” in the early 1980s for a single season, and then played his own father to Mel Gibson’s Maverick in the film remake in 1994. Took on darker roles in the 1980s, and had quintuple bypass heart surgery in 1988, forcing him to stop smoking. Continued doing both film and TV movies, as well as one more brief series stab, before having an operation to replace both knees in 2000. Worked sporadically during the decade including two seasons on “8 Simples Rules,” and in 2005 was given the Screen Actors Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award.Suffered a stroke in 2008, although recovered, but it left him in weakened condition. In 2011, he published his memoirs, “The Garner Files,” admitting to a lifelong taste for marijuana, while coming across as candid, curmudgeonly, and not afraid to intervene in any and all questionable situations, per his innate ongoing desire for justice. Died of natural causes at his home. Inner: Eminently likable, charming, self-deprecating and honest, with a strong moral sense. Lifelong Democrat and liberal, supporting numerous candidates, while involving himself in a variety of humanitarian causes. Longtime auto racing enthusiast after appearing in Grand Prix, and avid golfer. Strong identification with his home state, and a member of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. Walk of fame lifetime of continuing his desire to live in a just world, while pursuing his own ideals of integrity and candor from a more stable base than his previous go-round in this series. Bud Ballew (David Monticello Ballew) (1877-1922) - American lawman and rancher. Outer: From a family of ranchers. Took on his father’s nickname, “Bud” at an early age. Proved an adept horseman and shot, and left home at 13 for Ardmore in Amerindian territory in Oklahoma, to be followed by his family three years later. 5’11”, stockily built with red hair, a cherubic face and a booming laugh. Became a rancher and and the same year, 1901, he married Fannie Mariah Harper, two sons from the union. Enjoyed the convivial company of saloons and gambling dens, and sported noticeable dress in them, replete with a diamond tie-tack, to offset his twin shooting irons. Concentrated on his ranching operation, which ran quite smoothly, before deciding in 1914 to become a deputy to sheriff Buck Garrett, as a counterfoil to the roughnecks who were attracted to the oilfields in the area. Speculated in oil leases, and was shot in the stomach when he intervened in a liquor store holdup, killing the robber, as well as an innocent man asleep in an adjoining room. After recovering, he shot and slew a wanted outlaw when he resisted arrest. Ultimately killed eight men during his twelve years as a lawman, showing himself to be absolutely fearless in a variety of situations, garnering a headline-grabbing reputation as a lawman not to be trifled with. Arrested once following a gunfight in 1919, although was later released, when it was determined his victim had fired upon him first. Despite his national fame as a heroic upholder of law and order, he also had a wild side that would often see him riding drunk through town, yelling and firing his guns, as a way of upholding the Wild West image he enjoyed. In early 1922, Buck Garrett was relieved of his badge for opposing the Ku Klux Klan, and he, along with all the other deputies, resigned in protest. In a subsequent firefight involving three of the ex-deputies, he was shot in the thigh. On recovering, he went with one of his sons to a Texas rodeo, and then fell into his usual mode of celebratory drinking and shooting. Arrested the following day at a bar for disturbing the peace, he made a move for his gun, and was fatally shot five times. Had his body flown back to Ardmore, where it was examined and it was seen he had been shot in the back, so the official story of his demise did not ring true, creating an aura of mystery around it, which was never resolved. Inner: Hellraiser and upholder of the law, with a tremendous need to let off accumulated steam. Trigger-happy lifetime of giving direct expression to the considerable violence within, allowing him to release it sufficiently so that far more positive aspects of his persona could come through in his next go-round in this series, as an imaginary lawman, still looking for justice in the world.


Storyline: The dualistic death-defier blows his own horn in his desire for thrills and notoriety, but cannot get past his ongoing enchantment with the grim reaper’s middle-aged embrace as the ultimate validation of his existence.

Steve McQueen (Terence Steven McQueen) (1930-1980) - American actor. Outer: Of Scottish, British and distant Dutch ancestry. Father was a Navy flier who abandoned him as a baby. Lived with his mother and uncle, until the former remarried, then came with her to California. Ran wild as a youth, became a delinquent and spent part of his teens at a reform school, Boy’s Republic, in Chino, Ca. On release, he lied about his age and got a seaman’s card, shipping out to Cuba and the Dominican Republic on a tanker. Drifted through a variety of jobs as a teen, including lumberjack, carnival barker and oil field roustabout. Joined the Marines at 17, went AWOL, did time in the brig, and on his discharge, he continued his aimless ways, winding up a TV repairman. In his early 20s, he joined NYC’s Neighborhood Playhouse and studied acting, suddenly determined to be known. 5’10”, with closely cropped and unkempt blond hair, and blue eyes. Amused himself by drag racing motorcycles on NY highways, tempting death several times. Made his debut as a walk-on in a Yiddish Theater production, then acted in stock, before briefly joining the Actor’s Studio. Effected his Broadway debut in 1955, replacing Ben Gazer in “A Hatful of Rain.” Made his film debut a year later with a bit part in Somebody Up There Likes Me. Married the same year to Eurasian actress Neile Adams, 2 children from the union, divorced 15 years later. His wife later wrote “My Husband, My Friend,” after he died, painting him as extremely abusive, enraged, cruel and self-destructive. His first starring role was in his late 20s in the sci-fi cult classic, The Blob, and the same year, he got the lead in the popular TV series, “Wanted: Dead or Alive,” unconsciously playing off his past as a bounty-hunter. Though limited as an actor, and always playing himself, audiences grew to enjoy his steel-eyed intensity, and he became a big film star, beginning with The Great Escape, in which he did his own motorcycle stunts. Married actress Ali McGraw in his early 40s, after appearing with her in The Getaway, and the completely opposite duo would have an impossibly passionate connection that would be marked by his paranoia and possessiveness, which ultimately led to divorce 5 years later. Nevertheless, she would remain the love of his life until the day he died. His fascination with cars, bikes and speed added to his memorable chase scene in Bullitt. Had a clause in all his contracts to keep the vehicles he drove, allowing him to amass a huge car and bike collection. His final marriage was to Barbara Minty, a model nearly a quarter century his junior, whom he married at the near-end of his life. She would later pen a tribute book to him. His 2nd to last film was Tom Horn in which he portrayed an earlier, equally divided version of himself, in an attempt to try to reconcile his dualities, while his final film, The Hunter, was about a modern day bounty hunter, Papa Thorsen, who held the name Horn within it, in a final tribute to his crypto-earlier self. Lost all interest in films towards the end, and died suddenly of a heart attack after cancer surgery in Mexico. Inner: Driven, intense, insecure, totally unintegrated emotionally. Fascinated with speed, fame and power. Impossible to getaway lifetime of trying to integrate himself through the fantasy world of celluloid, only to have his interior too strongly exposed to himself, through the demands of an emotional medium for which he was not entirely suited. Tom Horn (1860-1903) - American scout, interpreter and killer. Outer: Neglected school as a boy, grew up wild, preferring hunting to book learning, although was thrilled by the tales of Jesse James (Sean Penn). Ran away from home at 14 after a severe beating by his father. Got work in Santa Fe as a stage driver, then went to California to try gold-mining. Gave it up, became a scout for the U.S. Army and learned to speak Spanish, which enabled him to be an interpreter at the San Carlos Agency for 14 years. 6’2”, broad-shouldered, erect and strong. Learned the Apache language and became friends with their outlaw chief, Geronimo (Jim Brown), ultimately playing an important part in his surrender, by acting as a trusted go-between. After the Apache Wars, he went back to gold digging, then worked as a ranch hand, proving his prowess as a cowboy by winning the 1888 World Championship in steer roping in Arizona. At 30, he joined the Pinkerton Detective Agency. Made a spectacular one-man capture of a member of the notorious Hole-in-The-Wall Gang by walking across an open field with his rifle pointing downward to get him. Quit 4 years later to become a stock detective, working for cattle barons as a hired gun. Went from respected lawman to gun-for-hire, and soon became avaricious, killing anyone for the right price. Served as a pack-master in the Spanish-American War and took part in the battle for San Juan Hill. Got Cuban fever, recovered and returned to work as a death dealer in Wyoming, leaving a trademark rock by the side of the head of each man he killed. Shot a 14 year old while lying in wait for his father, then bragged about it while drunk to a lawman and a witness. Convicted, and while in jail, he shaved off his large mustache and hastily wrote his memoirs, before being taken out and hanged. Inner: Courageous, courteous, good-natured and generous to his friends, totally sociopathic to his enemies. Have gun will travel lifetime of acting out his unintegrated dualities in serial manner, as brave law man and then heartless killer, with neither ever probably experiencing the other.


Storyline: The gamboling gambling man turns in his six-shooter and cards for a go-round of rediscovering himself through disconnection, then reconnection as a modern day archetypal representative of the new west.

Larry Hagman (1931-2912) - American actor, producer and director. Outer: Mother was future Broadway star Mary Martin, father was a small-town Texas lawyer. His parents divorced five years after his birth when the former opted to pursue her show business ambitions over motherhood, and he was raised largely by a grandmother in Texas and California, who died when he was 12. Had a peripatetic childhood in various private schools, where he was usually a disciplinary problem, leaving him with a sense of profound disconnection, which he sought to redress through years of therapy, and an alcoholic habit from his teens onward. Had a lot of trouble coping with his mother’s fame, and her rejection of him for a career. 6’1”, 190 lbs. Spent his last two years of high school living with his father, then, after flunking out of Bard College, he embraced acting as a way of finding himself. When that discipline proved initially unsatisfactory, he enlisted in the Air Force for 4 years, spending part of the time in London and doing USO shows. Began his career anew both on and off-Broadway, as well on TV, where he was in the daytime soap, ”The Edge of Night,” for several years. Married Maj Axelsson, a Swedish dress designer in 1954, and had a son and daughter, Heidi, who became an actress. Began his movie career in 1964 with Ensign Pulver, but it would be the small screen that would give him his most memorable roles, beginning with “I Dream of Jeannie,” in 1965, which ran for 5 years. Returned to films, then had his biggest success as the nasty Texas oilman J.R. Ewing in “Dallas,” a role he assayed with fiendish glee for 12 years, beginning in 1978. The cliffhanger ending of the first season when his character was shot was viewed worldwide by an estimated 300 million people. The only cast member to appear in all 357 episodes, he also did guest spots on its spin-off “Knots Landing,” and two Dallas TV movies. His ongoing alcoholism saw him get a liver transplant in 1995, in a 16 hour operation. Became a spokesperson and advocate for organ donors afterwards. Returned to his career, which would mostly comprise TV work, while becoming a health fanatic, as well as an adamant nonsmoker and vegetarian, while refusing to speak one day a week for discipline sake. In 2012, he enjoyed a resurrection of “Dallas” on cable, assaying J.R. Ewing once again, in a whole new series of the soap opera classic. Died of complications of throat cancer in a hospital afterwards, with both family and several Dallas cast members in attendance. Inner: Amiable, eccentric, enjoyed outlandish costumes, secretly spoofing his old dandy ways. As the unofficial mayor of Malibu, where he lived for decades, he led beach parades wearing absurd get-ups, while flying a flag from his deck that read, “Vita Celebratio Est” - “Life is a celebration.” Self-rediscovery lifetime in both career and personal habits, after having early difficulty in finding himself through a disjointed upbringing, a famous mother, and a sense of being out-of-time and out-of-place. Bat Masterson (William Barclay Masterson) (1853-1921) - American gambler, lawman and sportswriter. Outer: Father was a Canadian of Irish descent, and his mother was Irish-born. 2nd of 7 children, with four brothers. Grew up on a series of family farms in several states, finally ending up in Wichita, Kansas. Had slate blue eyes and black hair, and was dandyish in his dress. Two of his brothers became lawmen, with one dying with his boots on, and other with them off from TB. Left home at 19 with two of his siblings and did a variety of jobs on the frontier, including buffalo hunter, railroad grader and Amerindian scout, working out of Dodge City, Kansas. Changed his name to William Barclay Masterson, and either got his nickname from a foreshortening of his real first name, or from using a cane, or bat, as a weapon. Favored prostitutes for his early girlfriends, and in 1876, he killed a man in Texas, over a mutual dance hall inamorata, who also died in the gun battle, while he suffered a pelvis wound, and had a permanent limp afterwards. Fled back to Dodge City, where he spent most of the next decade, becoming a sheriff for 2 years and a deputy U.S. marshal in 1879. The year prior his younger brother Ed, then the city marshal, was shot to death by a drunken cowhand. Despite a pronounced drinking habit, he was remarkably quick on the draw, which helped immeasurably in keeping law and order, with his reputation preceding him wherever he went. Although credited with dozens of kills, he only shot two men to death in gunfights. Worked mostly as a a saloonkeeper and gambler, with a brief stint as a farmer. Married actress Emma Walters in 1891, no children from the union. Briefly associated with Wyatt Earp (Jeff Bridges) in Tombstone, Arizona, and spent the latter part of his western career in Denver gambling houses, and as a boxing promoter, until he was politely asked to leave in 1902 by reformist citizens. Spent his last years in NYC, where he was a deputy U.S. marshal, a magazine writer, and finally a sports editor for the New York Morning Telegraph, with an expertise on boxing. Had a thrice-weekly column called “Masterson’s Views on Timely Topics,” while enjoying the city’s nightlife. Continued promoting boxing matches, and also occasionally served as a referee. Died of a heart attack, while gripping a pen and working at his desk. His final burial marker reads, “Loved by Everyone.” Inner: Dandy, genial, easily approachable, as well as fearless with a gun in his hand. Colorful lifetime of getting in touch with his inner legend, and living it out in style, before coming back to question himself more deeply, then revert to legend archetype in the longrunning role with which he would be most closely associated.


Storyline: The Our Gangster cannot shake his violent past, and ultimately falls prey to his predilection for blasting his way out of predicaments, and glorying in the subsequent publicity.

Robert Blake (Michael Gubitosi) (1933) - American actor. Outer: Father was a frustrated singer, mother was a neurotic. 2 siblings. Made his debut in a song & dance act his sire created, and began his career as a child actor in Our Gang shorts in the 1930s and 1940s, using his real name. His father subsequently terrorized him through bitterness at having to depend on his income. Changed his name to Bobby Blake, and appeared in the Red Ryder series, as Little Beaver, as well as other features. 5’4”, with a need to prove his toughness. Did some jail time towards that end, and also got involved with drugs. Served in the armed forces, then returned to the screen as Robert Blake, winning recognition in 1968 for his portrayal of co-murderer Perry Smith in In Cold Blood, then starred in Tell Them Willie Boy is Here, the following year, at which point his film career peaked. Married actress Sondra Kerr in 1964, duo divorced in 1977, son and daughter from union. His wife later revealed he was terribly abusive and she feared for her life around him. Played an offbeat cop in the popular 1975-1978 TV series “Baretta,” winning an Emmy in 1975 for Best Actor. In an eerie precursor, the first show had his TV wife shot to death outside a restaurant. His career went into a downslide after the 1970s, and he wound up marrying a celebrity stalker and petty criminal, Bonnie Bakley in 2000, after DNA testing proved that he had fathered a daughter with her, during a one-night stand. Extremely unhappy in the relationship, he tried to enlist someone to kill her, then later evidence would indicate that he probably shot her outside a restaurant near his home in 2001. The police spent almost a year investigating the crime, before arresting him, along with his bodyguard, and against advice of counsel, he went on TV to plead his innocence, despite the strong circumstantial evidence against him. After a 12 week trial and 9 days of deliberation, he was found innocent in 2005 of all charges, including solicitation, thanks to the portrayal of the victim, his wife, as the more heinous of the two. Announced he was flat broke afterwards, but was fined $30 million in the subsequent civil trial, where he was forced to take the stand, and gave an uneven performance insuring his guilt, before declaring bankruptcy afterwards. Inner: Hot-tempered, mercurial, great need to prove his toughness. Straight to video lifetime of trying to extend his fifteen minutes of fame through the venue most familiar to him, the two-gun tribunal of public opinion. Francis Crowley (1911-1931) - American criminal. Known as ‘Two Gun.’ Outer: Mother was a German maid. Placed in a foster home as an infant, and hated policemen all his life. Dropped out of school in the third grade, and began working as a day laborer at the age of 12. 5’6”, slight build. Fascinated with slick gangsters, he hooked up with an unslick one, and on his nineteenth birthday, treated himself to a .38-caliber pistol, and went on a robbery spree, killing a store keeper. With his partner, he murdered dance hall hostess Virginia Banner (Bonnie Bakley) in 1931, after the latter had raped her repeatedly. Killed a police officer, then holed up in a NYC apartment, while the tabloids dubbed him ‘Two Gun.’ Tried to blast his way out of his hide-out, against some 300 police officers, while 15,000 people watched in the street. Despite issuing the classic Hollywood line, “You’ll never take me alive, coppers,” he was eventually subdued with tear gas, when he ran out of ammunition. His 16 year old girlfriend testified against him in court, while his partner also turned on him, and he gloried in all the attention, laughing at the death sentence given to him, as the newspapers played him up as an ubertough guy. Continued his act on death row, and went to his greater glory smoking a cigar on the electric chair, issuing his last words, “Give my love to mother.” Inner: Wished to live hard, die young and have a good-looking corpse, and got his desire. Tabloid fodder lifetime of acting out his most violent fantasies, in the belief that crime more than pays in sheer publicity, before returning to see if he could satisfy his desire to be known through more creative outlets, before once again descending to his familiar state of in cold blood.


Storyline: The poetic and perennial perpetrator is able to finally still her huge appetite for publicity, by ultimately choosing just to be with herself.

fCandy Barr (Juanita Dale Slusher) (1935-2005) - American entertainer. Outer: One of 5 children. Grew up as self-proclaimed white trash. Her mother died when she was 9 in an auto accident, and she was subsequently abused by a neighbor and a babysitter, while her stepmother proved to be a harsh disciplinarian. Ran away to Dallas at 13, and the following year, she married Billy Joe Dabbs, a safecracker, while supporting herself through exotic dancing and sex for money. Possessed an angelic face, coupled with a killer body. 5’4”, with a 38-22-36 figure, during her early career. Married a second time to Troy Phillips, one daughter from the union. At 1956, she performed in a blue movie, “Smart Alec,” which became the most popular film of its kind, making her, in essence, America’s first porn star, although she later claimed she was dragged and drugged into it. Shot her second husband in the stomach the same year, after he came home and threatened her. Divorced again, she got a job as a cigarette girl, which led to a striptease career, after she was renamed by the owner of a burlesque club. Dyed her hair blonde, costumed herself in a ten gallon hat, six-shooters, panties, pasties and cowboy boots, and found herself a favorite fantasy of frat boys, business leaders and politicians, who all booked her for their parties. Became good friends with Jack Ruby, a mainstay of the Dallas stripscene, who later assassinated presidential assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald. Married Jack Sahakian, a hairdresser in 1959, and shortly after she was convicted for possession of marijuana, and was given 15 years, even after the judge asked to be photographed with her in his chambers. During her appeal, she dated gangster Mickey Cohen for a couple of months, then went on the run to Mexico, although got bored, and came back to the U.S. to to begin her sentence. During that period, she also coached Joan Collins for a role as an exotic dancer, and got her one screen credit for doing so in “Seven Thieves.” Served 4 years before being paroled by the governor. Took high school courses during her incarceration, and sang in the prison choir, retrieving missing parts of her upbringing in the process. Emerged dressed in black, while quoting Bible verses, in a display of contrition. In 1972, she published a book of poetr, begun there, “A Gentle Mind...Confused.” Tried to restart her dancing career and take advantage of her notoriety, then was arrested a second time in 1969 for possession, although the charges were largely dropped. Save for one nude spread in “Oui” magazine at 41, she retired from public life, and lived as a recluse, surrounded by her pets. Made one last public appearance, opening up the Ruby Room at a Dallas club in 1998. Ultimately died of pneumonia in an Abilene hospital, while living the life once again of a Texas legend, this time, as a solo act. Inner: Reckless, hot-tempered, down-to-Earth, but also ultimately with the ability to find solace from within. Stripped bare lifetime of both action and reflection to give her a far fuller view of herself, without the confusing attention of the ever-curious public. fBonnie Parker (Bonnie Born) (1910-1934) - American criminal. Outer: Father was a bricklayer who died in 1914. Middle of 3 children. Grew up relatively pampered, and was always somewhat of an exhibitionist. 5’ 5”, slender and auburn-haired. An honor student at school, she married at 16 to a petty criminal, Roy Thornton, whom she honored with a Roy & Bonnie tattoo above her right knee. He soon got 99 years for murder. Bored and restless, she had numerous desultory affairs, while working as a waitress in a Dallas cafe. Took up with Clyde Barrow (Mark Frechette), a smalltime thief, who was also jailed soon after by the law. Despite pleas to change his life around, she smuggled a gun into him, and he strong-armed his way out. He was caught again and sent to Eastham prison, a hellhole which made him vow never to be taken alive again, after his mother won him a pardon, twenty months later, via pleas to the governor. Immediately went on a crime spree with him, only to be caught herself for carjackery, and sent to jail for 3 months. On getting out, she, Clyde, and another accomplice, Ray Hamilton, headed for New Mexico where she had relatives, before embarking on a legendary road trip, some twenty months long, where the names Bonnie & Clyde would become mythic in the annals of American crime. The reality of their journey saw Clyde as self-sexed, so that Bonnie’s actual lover was the aforementioned Hamilton, who was soon picked up by the police. Subsequently blasted their way across the southwest, holding up stores and smalltown banks, and killing both police and pedestrians, although rarely making much money, while beingjoined by Clyde’s brother Buck (Rob Van Winkle), his wife, Blanche (Bonnie Rotten), and a starstruck mechanic, W.D. Jones. The newspapers picked up on and greatly exaggerated their violent exploits, while she took pictures of herself and Clyde and the gang in exaggerated poses, feeding their notoriety. Also wrote a long heroic poem extolling B&C, with the self-prophecy at the end, “...death is the wages of sin.” Always knew her criminal rampage would be a short one, and, after escaping, albeit wounded, from a police shootout in the summer of 1933, where Buck was killed, she spent the last nine months of her life on the run. Ultimately betrayed and ambushed, she died in a hail of bullets from the police, along with Clyde, in her car, which had 187 shots pumped into it. Went out with her gun in her hand, and her name forever emblazoned as part of the most famous couple of her era, while an entrepreneur bought the car, a Ford sedan, and toured with it for years. Buried in Dallas next to her mother, albeit in a separate cemetery from Clyde. Inner: Wild and uninhibited. Took great glee in killing, and loved her notoriety, deliberately adding to her myth with her own self-publicity. Acting out lifetime of blazing out her considerable rage, with no thoughts to the consequence save for ultimate self-sacrifice, while turning herself into an iconic myth for the ages in the process. Mary Carlton (Mary Moders) (c16341673) - British bigamist, thief and impostor. Outer: Father was either a chorister or fiddler, who died when his daughter was young. Mother then remarried someone similar. Showed herself to be a charming, quick-witted young woman who mixed well with children several stations above her so that she learned genteel manners and ways. Married a Canterbury shoemaker, John Steadman, and had two children with him who died young. Tried to flee her marriage, and wound up marrying a surgeon named Day, only to be sued for bigamy. Wheedled her way out of the charge when she claimed she thought her first husband had died. Traveled to Germany, learned the language, and when mistaken for another woman, she took on a new identity, Maria de Wolway. Returned to London as a German noblewoman, claiming she was escaping from an oppressive marriage, with false papers to prove her identity. A young lawyer’s clerk, John Carlton, wed her in 1663, thinking he had bagged a wealthy bonanza. A letter from Canterbury revealed her true past and she was carted off to prison. Her accusers, the Carltons, failed to make a substantial case, compounded by her first husband proving a no-show at her trial, and she was acquitted, claiming her wealth was the invention of her in-laws. Woodenly played herself in a play written on the whole affair. Had a host of lovers afterwards, thanks to her seductive nature and her ability to constantly reinvent herself. In 1670, she was caught stealing a silver tankard and was condemned to hang, although the sentence was commuted to exile to Jamaica. Returned to England prematurely, and continued her petty thievery and fraudulent ways, until she was caught and indicted for stealing a piece of plate. Dressed up for her trial, was found guilty and hanged in her finery, after confessing her sins and claiming to be a Roman Catholic. Proved to be an inspiration to writers and pamphleteers galore who turned her into a legendary criminal. Inner: Clever, devious and eager to be who she wasn’t. Skilled at both languages and forgeries, and compulsive about fooling people. Mischief-making lifetime of continually playing with self-reinvention until her petty thieving ways finally undid her.


Storyline: The mythic thief cannot get past his ineffable draw toward self-destruction, even when given the opportunity to transmute his downward drive into uplifting creativity.

fMark Frechette (1947-1975) - American actor and criminal. Outer: Of French-Canadian descent. Dropped out of high school, married Elizabeth Schmeling and had a child, but remained unfocused, living a peripheral existence. Moved to Boston in 1966, panhandled and became involved with cult leader, Mel Lyman, living communally with his group. Discovered on a streetcorner in 1968, shouting obscenities, and was chosen for the lead in Zabriskie Point, a bleak view of America, by the Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni. Made one more Italian film, then ran back to the commune with his earlier costar Daria Halprin and $60,000. She later fled, and he wound up robbing a bank with two other Lyman devotees, ultimately dropping his revolver in a shootout. Caught and given a 6-15 year sentence in 1973. 2 years later, he accidentally asphixiated himself while trying to bench-press 150 pounds, when the weights slipped from his hands, although no marks were found on his neck. Had been deeply depressed beforehand. Inner: Extremely angry and antisocial. No second act lifetime of trying to channel his innate violence and need for attention into less destructive venues, only to fall inexorably into old habit patterns. fClyde Barrow (1909-1934) American criminal. Outer: Family were dirt poor farmers. 5th of 6 sons, including older brother Buck (Rob Van Winkle), who quickly proved his role model for getting into trouble, as well as one younger sister. 5’7”, slim. Committed to a county school for boys as an incorrigible truant, thief and run away when he was 9. Released in his teens, he joined a gang in Houston that did petty burglaries, and by the late 1920s, he was robbing stores and gas stations in the Dallas area with Buck, who was eventually incarcerated. Met waitress Bonnie Parker (Candy Barr) and was soon jailed for burglary. Days after his brother escaped Eastham prison, she smuggled him a gun, and he busted out, only to be picked up again and sent to Eastham himself. Killed an informer with a lead pipe in 1931, but was paroled the following year, after his mother petitioned the governor. Became a homophile while in jail, and was also beaten with whips and tortured, making him vow he would never be taken alive again. Along with Bonnie Parker and Ray Hamilton, he went on a crime spree that got them little, although he and the latter raided the Forth Worth National Armory and made off with a considerable amount of weapons. Involved in numerous smalltime holdups, while killing a deputy, as well as the owner of a car he had stolen. In 1933, he was joined by his paroled brother Buck, along with the latter’s wife Blanche, and the ever-shifting Barrow gang became the stuff of myth, more from Bonnie Parker’s penchant for self-publicity than from their actual deeds, which continued as low-level thuggery. Killed two policemen in a police trap, then a U.S. marshal and a traffic officer, while stealing cars, robbings banks and stores, and also netting next to nothing in all their endeavors. His brother was killed in a shootout in mid-1933, while he and Bonnie were both wounded but managed to escape. Broke Ray Hamilton out of Eastham, in early 1934, then escaped a police dragnet of 1000, although they could never stay anywhere for long, because of their notoriety. Occasionally wore a wig and women’s clothing as a disguise, when he and Bonnie went into a town. Killed two more state policeman when they interrupted a picnic, then was finally dispatched in a hail of bullets, along with Bonnie Parker by a posse, that had been tipped off to their whereabouts. More than 10,000 people filed past his casket, before he was buried next to his brother Buck, while Bonnie’s final resting place was miles away. Inner: Violent, venal and totally antisocial. Sensitive but warped. Bullet-ridden lifetime of acting out the old adage of living fast and dying young, while rising to the level of criminal myth, thanks to a poetic partner and a depressed nation eager to make heroes out of anti-authority figures.


Storyline: The exuberant exhibitionist enjoys showing herself off and drawing full attention to herself after earlier being a peripheral factotum of a legendary American Depression Era outlaw gang, and feeling slighted by them.

Bonnie Rotten (Alaina Hicks) (1993) - American porn star, fetish model, director and producer. Outer: Of Italian, German, Polish and Jewish descent. Raised by her grandparents, with her grandfather a military man. Lost her virginity at 12 to a young teen. Never dabbled in drugs or alcohol. Began working as an exotic dancer at 18 at a strip club, while also modeling at car and motorcycle shows. 5’7”, brunette with brown eyes. Extremely voluptuous and heavily tattooed with over 30 of them, beginning with a zombie on her lower stomach. After winning the Miss Dead Indiana Beauty Pageant at the indianapolis Horrorhound convention, she became involved in fetish modeling, which led to her entering the sphere of hard core pornography. Decided to represent herself, rather than use a talent agency, as most performers do. Made her video debut in the unambiguously titled Tight Sweet Teen Pussy 2 in 2012, and has gone of to star in a host of similar fare over the next couple of years. Fashioned her video directorial debut with To The Core in 2014, and has a host of credits in that mode as well. Launched her own production company, Mental Beauty, Inc. the same year. At the same time, she won the Female Performer of the Year award from the Adult Video News for her full-bodied body of work that annum. Married wealthy playboy and equally tatted Dennis DeSantis in 2015, one daughter from the union. Inner: Highly independent, charming and extremely self-assured. Self-realized lifetime of taking complete control of her life, rather than serving as an adjunct to others, in her need to be her own woman on her own terms. Blanche Barrow (Bennie Iva Caldwell) (1911-1988) - American gang member. Outer: Only child of a 40 year old father, who was a logger and farmer and a 16 year old mother. Parents divorced when she was quite young. Close to her sire, who was also a lay minister. When she was 17, she was wed in an arranged marriage by her mother to John Calloway. Claimed the experience left her unable to bear children, and she fled her husband. While hiding from him, she met Buck Barrow (Rob van Winkle) and the two immediately fell in love. Several days later, he was shot and arrested after a burglary and sentence to five years. He soon escaped, stealing a guard’s car, and the two hid out together, and wed in 1931. Afterwards, she convinced him to turn himself in, which he did, and was pardoned after two years. Shortly after she and her husband joined up with the notorious Bonnie (Candy Barr) and Clyde (Rob Van Winkle) gang, who were already legendary thanks to the former’s penchant for publicity. Never particularly cared for Bonnie or Clyde, and hated cooking and washing for the gang. Following a shoot-out in Joplin, Mo. in which two police were killed, she was forced to accompany their escape in a stolen car. Another shoot-out followed several days later, when a posse confronted the gang, and Buck wound up with a deep head wound, exposing part of his brain. Dragged him to safety into their car, and in the barrage that followed she was blinded in her left eye from a shotgun barrage. Never fired a gun during their various escapades. The gang was subsequently surrounded, and she and Buck surrendered. Separately from her husband she was charged with a assault and intent to commit murder, and was sentenced to ten years in the Missouri State Penn. During that time, Buck died of his various wounds in July of 1933. Maintained contact with the sheriff she was convicted to trying to kill, as well as the prosecutor who put her in prison. Released after six years, she moved to Dallas, and worked at odd jobs. In 1940, she wed Eddie Frasure, who died in 1969 of cancer of the liver and pancreas. One adopted son from the union, who wound up in prison. Retained contact with Bonnie’s sister and Clyde’s sister, as the rest of her life was anticlimactic, often reminiscing about the bad old days. Died of cancer and was buried under the name of Blanche B. Frasure. Penned her memoirs, “My Life with Bonnie and Clyde,” which were published posthumously in 2004. As one of two gang members who lived long enough to see the motion picture, Bonnie and Clyde she intensely disliked the portrayal of her by Estelle Parsons, who won a Best Supporting Actress for it. Inner: Basically good-hearted, with far more of a moral sense than her infamous compatriots. Fashion conscious, liked to show off her body in tight clothing. Like Bonnie, she also composed poems. Harrowing ‘barrowed’ lifetime of serving as a peripheral member of a mythic outlaw crew, with much time afterwards to think about her involvement with them.


Storyline: The rap sheet rapper serially searches for fortune via infamy then fame, while failing to ice his miscreant sense of self in the dual process.

Rob Van Winkle (Robert Matthew Van Winkle) (1967) - American rapper, actor and TV personality. Outer: Of German and English descent on his maternal side. Never knew his biological father. Mother married after his birth, and he took the name of his stepfather, who worked at a car dealership. The two divorced, and he split his time between them in Dallas and Miami. A poor student, he eventually dropped out of school. Hung out with African-Americans, and took to hip hop music, earning the sobriquet of Vanilla, a name he initially disliked. A break-dancer as a teen, with “the Ice” one of his moves, he was known as Vanilla Ice. Became a street performer with a breakdancing group called Vanilla Ice, while also a motorbike enthusiast, ultimately winning three straight titles at the Grand National Championships in Dallas as a teen. Broke an ankle during a race, which returned his focus to breakdancing. Began performing at a local night club, and wound up being stabbed five times outside it in early 1987. 5’11”” with blue eyes and light brown hair. Signed a recording contract afterwards, and in 1989, released his debut album, “Hooked” with the hit single, “Ice Ice Baby,” which would set a record for the highest selling rap album ever. Power-tripped by producer Suge Knight, who reportedly dangled him out a 15th floor balcony by his ankles, forcing him to sign the publishing rights to the song to him, which funded the latter’s Death Row Records label. Signed with SBK records and had a huge hit with 1989’s “To the Extreme,” despite extremely mixed reviews. Hooked up for a while with Madonna the following annum, and rode his high profile popularity into a film appearance in one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sagas, in 1991, and then starred in his first feature, Cool as Ice, which was a total flop. The same year he was arrested for threatening a homeless man with a gun. In 1992, he won a Golden Raspberry for Worst New Star. More hit releases followed over the next couple of years, as he toured virtually non-stop, before taking a break to compete in Jet Skiing events and motocross. When he re-emerged, he sported a dreadlock, dope-smoking image, as his record company went bankrupt. After surviving a suicide attempt in which he overdosed on drugs, he changed both his music and lifestyle. Married Laura Giarritta in 1997, two daughters from the rocky union, which ended in divorce, thanks to his physical abuse. In 2001, he was arrested for assaulting his wife, for which he pleaded guilty and was given probation. His less mainstream albums had more difficulty finding an audience, other than his hardcore fans, as he continues sporadically releasing albums and making occasional TV and film appearances. In 2009, he began hosting a reality TV series, “The Vanilla Ice Project” on DIY network, which focused on renovating houses in the Palm Beach area and ran for five seasons. In 2015, he was charged with grand theft and burglary after he stole items from a Florida home he thought was vacant, and wound up doing community service and restitution for the thefts. Had a relatively early exit from “Dancing with the Stars,” but proved gracious in his defeat. His net worth as of 2016 was $18 million. Inner: Angry, anti-social, unable to brook any will other than his own. Very materialistic, with a sense of entitlement, and a desire to be publicly loved. Hooked on fame lifetime of trying to integrate an asocial personality with the needs and demands of 21st century America. Buck Barrow (Marvin Ivan Barrow) (1903-1933) - American bank robber. Outer: From a family of poor farmers. Third of 7 children, with two older brothers, and three younger ones including, Clyde (Mark Frechette), as well as a sister. Given the nickname ‘Buck” by an aunt because he ran around like a horse. Dropped out of school in the early grades, having little use for it. Went to Dallas in his late teens to work for a brother repairing cars, before the lure of the underworld drew him in. Involved in cockfighting and dogfighting, among other illegal pursuits. Married and divorced Margaret Heneger, two sons from the union, with the second short-lived. Married and divorced Pearl Chessher, one daughter from the union. Arrested with his brother Clyde for stealing a truckload of turkeys in 1926, before moving up to heisting autos all over Texas and selling them out of state. Fell in love with Blanche Caldwell (Bonnie Rotten), after meeting her in 1929. Shot and captured after a burglary shortly afterwards. Given 4 years in the Ferguson Prison Farm, although he quickly escaped, stole a guard’s car, and drove to his parent’s home. He and Blanche married in 1931, and she subsequently helped convince him to turn himself in, which he did to serve out a six year sentence. Spent the next two years in Huntsville Penitentiary, during which time he seemed to be repentant of his criminal ways, and wound up being pardoned in the spring of 1933. He and Blanche then joined up with his brother Clyde and his inamorata Bonnie Parker (Candy Barr), as well as W.D. Jones in Joplin, Mo., where the Barrow gang committed several armed robberies. Shot and killed two police officers in a gang shoot-out, then a month later killed a marshal in a gunfight. In July of that year, he was shot in the head in another shootout, where part of his brain was exposed. Escaped with Blanche, who was also wounded, and despite his ghastly injury, remained conscious. Shot in the back less than a week later in yet another shootout at an abandoned amusement park. While the others were all wounded, they, save for he and Blanche, managed to escape. Captured and taken to a hospital, where he finally succumbed to pneumonia and slipped into a coma before dying. Ultimately buried in a shared gravesite with his brother Clyde. Inner: Natural born criminal, with extreme anti-social and anti-authoritarian draws. Bad to the bone lifetime of directly acting out his profound sense of social alienation, before returning in equally angry form to try to make a go of it as a musical icon.


Storyline: The free spirited former western legend shows little inhibition in expressing her roisterous side before refocusing her efforts into her chosen craft to become an actress of mature distinction, after earlier releasing herself from her considerable rage within.

hBarbara Hershey (Barbara Lynn Herzstein) (1948) - American actress. Outer: Of Russian-Jewish descent on her paternal side, and Irish Presbyterian on her mother’s. Father was a statistician and columnist for the “Daily Racing Form” and made a couple of film appearances in later age, mother was a department store clerk. Third child. Grew up in extremely modest circumstances in a Hollywood bungalow, while feeling the lure of Tinseltown early on. Despite being withdrawn and quiet as a child, she pursued an acting career, taking drama classes at Hollywood High, which led to her drama coach sending her to an agent. Made her small screen debut in 1966 with several episodic appearances on “Gidget” before doing “The Monroes,” a western series in which she starred as one of 5 orphans. Her experience was so negative, she secretly and anonymously petitioned the producers through letters to cancel the series. 5’5”. Two years later, she made her film debut in With Two You Get Eggroll. Played the free spirit both on and off-screen, and had a volatile six year relationship with actor David Carradine, beginning in 1969, which occasionally made tabloid headlines. One son from the union, who was initially called Free, before changing his name to Tom. In 1972 she changed her name for two years to Barbara Seagull, after accidentally killing one, and feeling its spirit enter her. Typecast as a head and a hippie, she did mediocre fare until decade’s end, before juicier roles began coming her way, including one in The Stunt Man in 1980, in which she exorcised herself, playing an actress on the edge, while decrying her hippie past. Continued getting noticed for her work during the next decade, twice winning Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival for Shy People and A World Apart. Won an Emmy as well in 1990 for “A Killing in a Small Town.” Appeared as Mary Magdalene in Martin Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ in 1988, after earlier giving him the book to read upon which the film was based. Subsequently received numerous death threats for her performance. Married artist Stephen Douglas in 1992 only to divorce the following year. Later took up with actor Naveen Andrews, some two decades her junior, for a twelve year run interrupted by his fathering a child with one another, before a final amicable split in 2009. Has continued her career unabated into middle age, alternating appearances on the big screen and small screen, as a a woman for all seasons very much interested in continuing to explore herself through a variety of challenging roles. Inner: Free-spirited, uninhibited, but eventually quite focused in her desire to create a lasting career legacy. Extremely private, preferring her own company and those closest to her. Caterpillar-to-butterfly lifetime of transmuting an innate shyness into wild child abandon, and then finally finding a satisfactory middle ground in which the artist within could flourish unimpeded. hKatie Elder (Mary Horony) (1850-1940) - Hungarian/American frontierswoman. Outer: Eldest daughter of a prominent Hungarian physician. Given an aristocratic education, and was well-read, while speaking French, Hungarian, Spanish and English. When she was 12, her family moved to Mexico, where her father was personal physician to the Austrian emperor Maximilian (Edgar Bronfman, Jr.) for several years, before coming to a German-speaking community in Davenport, Iowa, where both her parents serially died in 1865. Ran away from her foster home, and stowed away aboard a steamer heading to St. Louis. Discovered by the captain, she entered a convent school under the name Kate Fisher, graduating in 1869. May or may not have married a dentist afterwards and produced a son, both of whom died of yellow fever. Made her way to Dodge City, Kansas, and became a dancehall girl and occasional prostitute, picking up the sobriquet of ‘Big Nose Kate,’ and ‘Nosey Kate,’ while calling herself Katie Elder. Worked in a brothel for Bessie Earp, the wife of James Earp (James Keach), and through him, became involved with gambler ‘Doc’ Holliday (Woody Harrelson) in 1875, Traveled and adventured with him, registering as man and wife, although no proof of their official marriage ever existed. Helped him evade the law after he had killed a man, and then separated in 1879, when she opened up a miner’s boarding house in Globe, Arizona. The pair reunited in Tombstone, Arizona in 1880, where she was a witness to the famous OK Corral shoot-out, then drunkenly signed a deposition accusing the good doctor of being a participant in a stagecoach hold/up, which promptly ended their liaison, although she was reputedly with him when he died. Rejoined remnants of her family in Colorado, then married George Cummings, an Irish blacksmith, in 1890, whom she would leave, after he descended into abusive alcoholism. Cummings would ultimately commit suicide in 1915 for health reasons. Worked in Arizona for the rest of her life, and wound up in the Arizona Pioneer Home, a repository for destitute miners and pioneers, as one of its first female admitees, after petitioning her friend the governor to create the precedent. Remained politically active the rest of her life, and died of heart disease five days before her 90th birthday. Buried under the name Mary K. Cummings. A western legend in her own times, she was played by actress Faye Dunaway in the 1971 film, Doc. Inner: Roisterous, untamed and uninhibited. Rip-roaring lifetime of etching her name into western legend, despite an aristocratic eastern European background, in a complete transmutation of who she started out to be in her ongoing desire to continually redesign herself around her changing needs.


Storyline: The cinematic contrarian loves to tweak Hollywood sensibilities with his bloodletting storytelling, as an unapologetic champion of the power of sheer power as an ultimate in political and social posturing.

John Milius (1944) - American filmmaker and screenwriter. Outer: Of Jewish descent. Father was a shoe manufacturer. His family moved to Los Angeles when he was 7, where he was raised in an atmosphere of rigid probity. Disliked school, and escaped from his cramped childhood through books of adventure and film, with a particular affinity for the westerns of John Ford (David Fincher), imbuing him with a sense of story grounded in his/story. Graduated from the USC School of Cinema-Television, one of the first future filmmakers to do so, and won first prize for his student film Marcello I’m Bored. Tried to enlist in the Marine Corps, but was rejected because of his asthma. His compensatory lifetime fascination with firearms and all things military would be a result of the failure. Married Renee Fabri in 1967, divorced nine years later, two sons from the union. Began his film career as a screenwriter with The Devil’s Eight in 1971, in the low budget world of Roger Corman, while also taking uncredited small roles in some of the vehicles he created during the decade, including his first directorial effort, a sci-fi short called The Reversal of Richard Sun. Thought he would be relegated to doing B-Westerns, but wound up working with Francis Ford Coppola, as well as Clint Eastwood, coming up with the immortal line, “Go ahead, make my day,” for his Dirty Harry character. After penning several biopics of western legends, as well as stunt driver Evel Knievel, he directed first feature, Dillinger in 1973, showcasing a violent esthetic that would inform most of his works. Two years later, he did his first big-budget project, The Wind and the Lion, in homage to his hero, Pres. Teddy Roosevelt, for whom he would get a posthumous Congressional Medal of Honor for his Rough Rider exploits during the Spanish American War, which he would later turn into a TV miniseries. Continued working in both the his/storical and sci-fi vein, with bloodletting and male-bonding intrinsic to his cinematic view of a world needing to be redeemed by the fierce and the furious. An anathema in Hollywood’s liberal circles, with his gun-toting right-wing views, he, nevertheless, has been able to create a memorable oeuvre dedicated to muscular malehood. Reached a peak with Red Dawn in 1984, the tale of an improbable invasion of the U.S. by a variety of its enemies, but was unable afterwards to capture the public imagination with his films, although his TV miniseries have been well-watched, including his two season look at ancient “Rome” in 2005. Has also served as executive producer on several comedies, and has both written for and directed films and pilots, as well as penned several novels. In 1978, he wed actress Celia Kaye, one daughter fro the union, which ended in divorce. His third marriage, in 1992, would be to Elan Oberon, whose acting career would consist entirely of his films. Inner: Self-styled zen anarchist. Avid gun collector and on the Board of Directors of the the National Rifle Association from 1995 to 2001. Outspoken political conservative, taking great delight in being a one-of-a-kind in the largely wimpy liberal environment of Hollywood, according to his view. Macho man lifetime of giving muscular voice to his political and social visions, as a throwback to an earlier era of American indomitability. Pawnee Bill (Gordon William Lillie) (1862-1942) - American showman. Outer: Oldest of four children of a flour miller. After the family mill burned down, they moved to Wellington, Kansas, where he began his lifelong association with the Pawnee people, who wintered there. Worked as a trapper, as well as a waiter and cowboy, before serving as a teacher at the Pawnee agency, as well as an interpreter and secretary, during which time he picked up his nickname of Pawnee Bill. In 1883, he was roped by Buffalo Bill Cody (Clint Eastwood) to help with the Pawnee troupe of his first Wild West Show, and, while traveling with it in Philadelphia, he met a 15 year old Quaker, May Manning (Elan Oberon), whose family convinced him to create his own Wild West Show, which he did with the help of the latter, who he married in 1886. One adopted son from the union. Two years later, “Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show,” was launched although it was initially a financial failure. At the same time, he was named leader of the Boomer Movement, which settled Oklahoma’s unclaimed lands, with a huge rush of some 4000 people. His involvement brought him to national attention, and he was able to successfully resurrect his show as "Pawnee Bill's Historical Wild West, Indian Museum and Encampment," which toured both the country and Europe and featured his wife as a sharpshooter, a la Annie Oakley (Sondra Locke). Joined Cody’s show in 1908 as "Buffalo Bill's Wild West and Pawnee Bill's Great Far East," in an extremely successful co-venture which lasted five years, while his own natural business instincts led to the production of a few films, as well as oil, banking and real estate enterprises. While a firm traditionalist, with a desire to preserve the buffalo herds, he also saw what highways and autos could do for the west, and, as such, served as president of the Highway 64 Association. Operated an Oklahoma ranch, which served as a small buffalo preserve, while he held annual rodeos nearby. Retired in 1913, while maintaining friendships with numerous preeminent show business people. His adopted son was killed in a ranch accident in 1925. Following his 50th wedding anniversary in 1936, he lost control of his vehicle while driving back to his ranch, and his wife died in the resultant accident. Never recovered from the loss, dying of natural causes in his sleep six years later. Inner Highly entrepreneurial, with a showman’s flair and an equal eye for both the past and future. Dedicated preservationist, with a strong identification with the Pawnee. Revered and well-liked, a figure well in tune with the old west. Grand showman lifetime of serving as both a preserver and presenter of old ways as well as acting a bridge to the new west, employing his considerable energy and skills to effect both in equal successful fashion.


Storyline: The sociopathic siren switches sexes but not her willful ways, continuing her longtime partnership, and acting out an interior at odds with the world-at-large, before finally reclaiming herself.

Kim Basinger (Kimila Ann Basinger) (1953) - American actress and singer. Outer: Of German, Irish, Swedish and 1/8 Cherokee descent. Father was a financier, mother was a former model, comfortable upbringing. Began dancing lessons at 2, and later did some singing under the name of Chelsea. 5’7 1/2”, and a classic blonde beauty, she went to NYC at 17, where she studied drama and wound up on the pages of Playboy magazine. Became a highly successful model, and in her mid-20s, began appearing in TV series and TV movies. Made her film debut in her late 20s in Hard Country, and soon became a star, through her able performances and photogenic beauty. Bought an entire town, Braselton in Georgia near her birthplace in her mid-30s for $20 million in partnership in hopes of turning it into a tourist attraction, although nothing ever happened with it. In 1989, she released her one album, “Hollywood Affiar” which fared poorly with critics. Married actor Alec Baldwin at 40, after working with him on The Marrying Kind. Accused of flashing the crew, talking filthy and habitual lateness as the duo announced their anti-sociality in no uncertain terms, one daughter from union. Lost a multi-million dollar lawsuit after backing out of a production, Boxing Helena, where she would have played an amputee with her limbs hacked off by her lover. The litigation forced her into bankruptcy, and she ultimately sold her share in her Georgia town for $ 4.3 million. Won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 1998 for playing a prostitute in L.A. Confidential. Despite a private sense of alienation, continues to give affecting performances as a slightly off-kilter beauty trying to find her right place in this world. Separated from AB in 2001, because of his inability to rein in his considerable temper, and the pair divorced the following annum, in a protracted settlement surrounding custody issues with their daughter. Other than I Dream of Africa in 2000, has not chosen memorable vehicles since winning her Oscar. Made her custody battle with Baldwin public by releasing a threatening voicemail from him to their daughter in 2007, despite a court order against her doing so. The absence of juicy roles offered her ended in 2015 with The 11th Hour, about a successful German business woman trying to have a baby, although it did not find an audience. Has a net worth of $36 million. Inner: Insecure, not quite able to accept her beauty and talent, with her outer legal problems reflecting a hidden criminal sensibility. Also perceptive and quite appreciative of people with whom she’s worked, as a genuine cineaste, who’s enjoyed the variety of characters she’s been given. Animal lover, owning 17 dogs and cats at one point, as well as a vegetarian. Acknowledges a masculine side to herself, and is very much interested in Hollywood giving women their due. Rehab lifetime lifetime of trying to open up her heart through self will and self-expression, while experiencing the same woeful retribution from the courts as her earlier activities elicited. Harry Pierpont (1902-1933) - American criminal. Known as ‘Handsome Harry.’ Outer: Had a rural Ohio upbringing, one of 2 brothers. His family struggled financially, although he developed into a slick, citified young man. First arrested for trying to kill someone in Indiana. Imprisoned with a long sentence for a solo Kokomo bank robbery in 1924, he met John Dillinger (Alec Baldwin) in an Indiana institution, and became his bank/robbing mentor. Resistant to authority, he spent much time in solitary and was finally transferred, although Dillinger used a ruse to follow him. After Dillinger’s parole, the former robbed a series of banks that his mentor had mentioned, in order to build a getaway fund. Escaped along with 9 others in a prison break that his student had engineered. Then violently sprang him, after he had been taken into custody. Went on a bank-robbing spree with various elements of the subsequent Dillinger gang, showing no mercy to his victims. Captured, wounded in the head and spine, tried and sentenced for a murder committed during a bank robbery. Kept alive so as to receive his just punishment, and executed in the electric chair. After his mask was removed, he was found with his eyes wide open and his mouth shaped in a scream. Inner: Quiet, softspoken, seductive, lady’s man. Tough, cold-blooded and focused, with a ready rationalization for his criminality, “I stole from the bankers who stole from the people.” Sociopathic lifetime of giving pure male expression to his violence and anti-authoritarianism before switching sexes to become a member, once again of the Dillinger gang of 2, and their subsequent assault on American political and filmic consciousness.


Storyline: The dapper zapper points the barrel of his ambitious gun in the direction of great public political adulation, and takes a sure shot pathway towards his target, only to find it highly elusive, despite an innate instinct for drawing attention to himself.

Alec Baldwin (Alexander Rae Baldin III) (1958) - American actor and producer. Outer:Of British, Irish, and Scottish descent, with a touch of French-Canadian and German. Father was the son of an Irish lawyer, who became a social studies high school teacher, and was selflessly involved with his students. 2nd of 6. 3 brothers, William, Stephen and Daniel all became actors. Literally programmed by his parents for a law career as a prosecutor, with secret presidential ambitions in his projected public life. Outgoing, good student, good athlete, president of his high school class, although had difficulty in reaching his father. Known as Xander in high school, then Alex, and finally Alec when he began his acting career. Went to George Washington Univ. in Washington, and worked on Capitol Hill to help defray tuition. After losing a school election, he opted for NYU and a drama major. 5’11”, handsome-featured, with light-brown hair and blue eyes. Auditions led to a role on a low-rated soap, after which he headed out for Hollywood. Featured on the prime-time soap, “Knots Landing,” after turning down more interesting work, he was devastated by his father’s death, particularly since the older Baldwin had disapproved of his career change. Began alternating between politics and acting, becoming an active spokesman for liberal causes, using his celebrity to promote himself and his beliefs. Studied with Lee Strasberg, then did a TV mini-series, appeared on Broadway, and began his film career in his late 20s with Forever Lulu. Supporting roles soon led to leads, and he found himself a handsome Hollywood star, although he despised the movie business and its innate corruption. Married actress Kim Basinger in his mid-30s, after appearing with her in The Marrying Kind. The pair’s hijinks on the set of that movie labeled them both as difficult, unpredictable and dangerous, one daughter from union. Scored his biggest hit in The Hunt for Red October, but opted out of the sequel to do a Broadway revival of “A Streetcar Named Desire,” to mixed reviews. Fights with paparazzi and intemperate remarks further sullied his image, and he eventually just stopped giving interviews, although continued with his political ambitions, politicking in NY State in hopes of an eventual run for the Senate, although later abandoned the idea. Eventually separated from Basinger in 2001 and divorced the following year in a protracted settlement surrounding custody issues, when his temper became too much for her to handle. His career also bottomed out at the same time, before switching to character parts to better effect, while thickening physically. Taught acting classes in summer workshop on Long Island, and returned to Broadway in 2004 with a revival of “Twentieth Century,” while eschewing his strong-arm parts of the past in favor of more nuanced work. Continued his stagework, although scared off one co-star in “Entertaining Mr. Sloane,” with his violent temper, as he struggles to integrate his great anger with his sense of artistry. Became a contributor to the on-line Huffington Post In 2005 and the following annum, he entered the network TV lists, playing a TV exec to good effect on the comedy, “30 Rock,” eventually winning an Emmy for it in 2008, and again in 2009. The previous year his custody battle with Kim Basinger over their daughter Ireland became public with her release of a threatening voicemail he made over perceived slights by the latter, contra a court order against Bassinger doing so. Took up the cudgel for parental alienation afterwards, although failed to get out of his TV contract to pursue the issue full time. Instead, he penned the tome, “A Promise to Ourselves,” while his dramatic relationship with his daughter would continue to grab periodic headlines. Serves on several boards, and is also an animal rights activist, as well as a generous contributor to causes in which he believes. Proved to be the lesser co-host for the 2010 Oscars with the far wittier Steve Martin. The following year, he began an interview show on NY public radio station WYNC, available on podcast, in keeping with his admitted status as a public radio junkie, and his desire for a possible political career. In 2012, he married Hilaria Thomas, a yoga instructor a quarter century his junior, while using the week leading up to the nuptials to rough up two photographers and appear in public with a sheet over himself, in his own unique brand of anger management therapy. Daughter and two sons from the union. The following year, he launched a once a week late night talk show on MSNBC, “Up Late” on cable, which failed to garner attention or excitement, and he soon ended it via a long tweet in which he announced his retirement from public pontificating and his return to acting as his main vehicle of expression. Began doing a spot-on imitation of candidate Donald Trump on “SNL” during the 2016 election, much to the latter’s outrage, and continued on with it, with the two tweeting and twittering insults back-and-forth. Published his autobiography in 2017, “Nevertheless,” claiming sloppy editing on it, because of several typos. Nevertheless, it received positive reviews for charm, candor and his unabashed egotism. Won his third Emmy in 2017 for his Donald Trump impressions on SNL Has a net worth of $65 million. Inner: Charming, self-assured, but with considerable rage behind his outer facade. Obsessive-compulsive and a creature of habit, with a wry sense of humor. Strong desire to be a national political figure as a ferocious liberal. Equal desire to avenge his father’s early death surrounding the latter’s own failures. Smart Alec lifetime lifetime of literally being programmed to stay inside the law, while using the silver screen as a steppingstone to gain both insight and control over himself. John Dillinger (1903-1934) - American criminal. Outer: Father was the proprietor of a grocery store as well as owned and rented out several houses. Younger of 2 children. 5’7”, medium build. His mother died when he was 4. His sire remarried when he was 9, but his older sister acted more as his maternal guide. 2 more half-siblings. Quiet child, although his father was a stickler for discipline. A skilled baseball player, but during school, the family moved to a rural area, which changed him. Refused to help on the family farm, or continue school and became a machinist instead. Began getting into mischief, then enlisted in the Navy, went AWOL several times, before permanently jumping ship. Began his legendary criminal career soon afterwards, by robbing a grocer he had known as a child. Married Beryl Hovius, a 16 year old at 20, duo divorced 5 years later. Sent to prison with a long term sentence, he escaped several times but was always recaptured. Met his future gang in prison, including ‘Handsome’ Harry Pierpont (Kim Basinger), who would serve as his mentor. Paroled at the age of 30, he raced home to find his mother had just died, then robbed 5 Indiana and Ohio banks in 4 months to fund the weapons for Pierpont & company’s escape. Jailed again, but was rescued by his confederates. The Dillinger gang, now well-known, robbed several more midwestern banks, then escaped South, only to be captured again in Arizona. Sent back to prison in Indiana, but he carved a fake gun out of wood, and made yet another getaway. Continued building his reputation with more robberies, twice fleeing from shootouts and 2 other times from entrapments. By this time a legendary figure, with his exploits eagerly limned by the press during the Depression era heyday of criminal personalities acting out for the rest of the economically depressed populace. Wanted to direct and star in a movie of his own exploits, on the theme that crime does not pay, although never got around to doing it. He was finally done in, instead, by a madame, the famous, “Lady in Red,” when he was gunned down leaving the Biograph Theater in Chicago, after seeing “Manhattan Melodrama,” in which Clark Gable (George Clooney), played a character a lot like himself. An autopsy, which was released years later, showed it was another man, with different color eyes and a different physique, who was actually killed, and the real outlaw disappeared into his own legend, never to be seen again. Inner: Charming, with a sense of humor, but also darkly ambitious and compulsively criminal. Daring, thrill-seeking, mischievously contemptuous of lawful authority. Pedal-to-the-medal lifetime of carving out a legend for himself with the soap of melodramatic criminality, and riding it for all it was worth to him.


Storyline: The legendary axe-wielder gives her parents 40 whacks, and when she sees what she has done, completes her own murderous circle, by being on the receiving end of a lesser number of bashes from a baseball bat, while enshrouding herself in mystery on both ends of her sanguinary sprees.

fVicki Morgan (Victoria Lynn Morgan) (1952-1983) - American model and victim. Outer: Her English mother married an Air Force Sergeant during WW II, and moved to America. Younger of two daughters. Her father soon left her mother for another woman, and the latter wound up living off of welfare checks and odd jobs before marrying a kindly tool and die maker. The family moved to Southern California in 1956, and two more sons were added to their working-class brood, before her stepfather died in 1961, one month after his life insurance policy had collapsed. Her mother became a school cafeteria worker afterwards, while saving to send her to charm school, which helped her get a little local mall modeling work. At 16, she had a son by a boyfriend, although soon left the baby with her long-suffering mother. By then, she was 5’10”, highly attractive and willowy, with thoughts of becoming a model and actress. Headed to Hollywood at 17 and married Earl Lamm, a 47 year old clothes wholesaler and swinger with a hairpiece, to escape her life, only to leave him when he got overly abusive and possessive. Soon met the much older Alfred Bloomingdale, the heir of the department store family, in a coffee shop, and he convinced her he could help her launch her career. Wound up as his mistress, pocketing $18,000 or so a month, in return for sating his kinky sado/masochistic fantasies, as well as the desires of his acquaintances. Their 12 year affair took her around the world, and introduced her to high political circles, since Bloomingdale was part of the Ronald Reagan entourage. Became addicted to drugs, while continuing her fast lane ways. Eventually she grew bored with Bloomingdale and his demands, and moved in with diminutive financier Bernie Kornfield in 1974, only to flee him as well, and go to NYC, where she finally began doing modeling work. Married John David Carson, a handsome young actor her own age in 1975, only to lose him to her libidinous lifestyle. Had an affair with the King of Morocco, as well as a Saudi princess, then returned to Bloomingdale’s circle, under the proviso of no more group sex. Continued, however, trading favors for his high-powered Washington friends, while becoming the repository of much sensitive info that would be very embarrassing to those she served, if it were ever leaked. Managed a third marriage in 1978 to Robert Shulman, a wealthy real estate developer, although Bloomingdale scared him off with an offer to buy out the marriage for $1 million. The following year, she checked into a mental health facility for depression, and met Marvin Pancoast there, and he became a gay guardian of sorts for her, as well as a partner in some of the sexual services she provided for Bloomingdale’s governmental contacts. The house in which she lived, was also wired with video equipment, to record the various members of the Reagan administration's trysts and orgies there. Following Bloomingdale’s death from cancer in 1982, his wife Betsey cut off his funding to her, and she sued the former for $5 million, only to have her palimony suit tossed out of court. Forced to sell her jewelry, she moved to a San Fernando Valley condominium, while Pancoast moved in with her to split the rent. Since she had never saved a dime from her sugar daddy relationship, she tried to cash in with a tell-all book, although the publisher was threatened over its publication and withdrew from the project. About to be evicted for non-payment of rent, when she was found battered to death with a baseball bat, a favored means of professional killers. Her roommate Pancoast admitted to the crime, then recanted his confession, while the sex tapes mysteriously disappeared. Despite no blood on Pancoast or any other incriminating evidence, he was convicted and wound up dying of AIDS in a California prison, his mind and memory completely fuzzed on drugs over the entire murder, while the truth behind the crime remains yet another unsolved mystery, and the tapes have never surfaced. Inner: Naive and innocent, despite the jaded fast lane life she led, with little real sense of self-protection or survival. Victim lifetime of paying karmic recompense for her earlier act, while once again entering the annals of famous unsolved crimes, and once more exiting with a slew of question marks surrounding her defamed name. fLizzie Borden (1860-1927) - American accused murderess. Outer: Father was a wealthy and successful businessman. Mother died when she was 3, and her sire remarried. One older sister, Emma. Her progenitor also had an illegitimate son. Along with a maid, the family lived in a less fashionable section of town in order for her progenitor to be near his business holdings. Tensions abounded in the house, and there seemed to be little love twixt the generations, which was further exacerbated over her father’s wishes surrounding his ultimate dispensation of his estate. Shortly before the infamous crime the whole house took sick from food poisoning, while she was denied the purchase of prussic acid by the local druggist just prior to that incident. On August 4th, 1892, her stepmother was killed with 19 blows from an axe, in an upstairs guest bedroom. Two hours later, her father, who had been out of the house at the time, succumbed to 11 blows after he returned. The latter was subsequently ‘spotted’ by her, while the maid, who had been napping in the large house at the time, later discovered her stepmother. The murder weapon was never found, although a handle-less hatchet with cow’s blood on it, was later discovered, and she was accused of the double murder. Her arrest and trial were both tabloid sensations, and were eagerly followed around the world, as the crime of the end of the century. During the trial, she continually referred to her stepmother as Mrs. Borden, revealing an extremely strained relation between them. Proclaimed her innocence throughout as well, although she was a nervous witness, who couldn’t quite get her story straight around her whereabouts during the time of the murders. Since nothing but circumstantial evidence existed against her, she was acquitted after just an hour of deliberation. Shunned by polite society afterwards, she moved to a more upscale part of town with her sister, and though they continued to share the same dwelling, they never spoke to one another again. Accused of shoplifting in 1897, although no charges were ever filed. Befriended theater people afterwards, who were considered very déclassé at the time. May or may not have had a sexual relationship with actress Nance O’Neill, for two years the following decade. Immortalized via the somewhat inaccurate schoolyard rhyme, “Lizzie Borden took an ax and gave her mother forty whacks. When she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one.” On her deathbed, the maid confessed to her sister that she lied on the witness stand to protect her sibling. Died of complications following gall bladder surgery, and her sibling followed her a scant 10 days later. A distant relative, actress Elizabeth Montgomery, portrayed her in 1975 in one of the innumerable dramas that sprang up from the sensational event, which remains the premier unsolved murder of the late 19th century. Inner: May have been the victim of sexual abuse on the part of her stepmother, which would explain the rage and location of the first murder, as well as her and her sister’s status as unmarrieds, despite being the dowry-rich daughters of a relatively wealthy man. Vengeance-is-mine lifetime of giving vent to matricidal and patricidal rage, and getting away with it, only to complete the circle of her act the next time around in this series, by being the recipient of someone else’s symbolic forty whacks.


Storyline: The jaw-dropping jackass shows no restraint in his ongoing outrageous sense of self, as he continues to battle both the bottle and his own bottled-up energy in an out-and-out assault on ordinary sensibilities.

vSteve-O (Steve Glover) (1974) - American actor and clown. Outer: Of British, Northern Irish and Scottish ancestry on his paternal side, and French-Canadian on his maternal side. Father was an American executive with Nabisco, mother was Canadian. One sister. Grew up largely in England because of his father’s business interests, and went to the American School there, graduating in 1992. 5’9”. Briefly attended the Univ. of Miami, then went to Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Clown College, although wasn’t selected to join the circus upon graduation. Returned to his homebase in New Mexico, and began filming dangerous stunts for skateboarding magazines, particularly Big Brother. Caught his face on fire on one of them, doing a fireball somersault. Moved to Florida in 1999, and worked for a cruise line as a performer and then the Hanneford Family Circus as a clown. Often performed for friends, showing a particular affinity for lighting various parts of himself on fire. Through his work in Big Brother, he became part of the cast of MTV’s “Jackass,” a TV show dedicated to outrageously adolescent stunts, where he worked with fellow ex-skateboarder Johnny Knoxville under the direction of Big Brother editor Jeff Tremaine. Although an irregular performer, he more than made up for it with his outrageous bits. Also appeared in the two popular eponymous films spawned by the series. Has done serious damage to himself in his various stunts, including several hospital stays. In 2002, he was arrested on obscenity and assault charges for an incident in a Louisiana nightclub and in 2003, he was arrested on drug charges in Sweden. In both cases, he was eventually fined. Later that year he was arrested for public urination during a Lollapalooza tour concert, getting himself kicked off the tour, and repeated the performance in 2005 at an Oscar’s party, during which time he stripped naked as well. Launched his own shoe company the same year, Sneaux Shows, while showing an ongoing propensity for exhibitionistic behavior, including stapling his scrotum to his thigh, as well as a complete disregard for drug laws. In addition, he has been both drunk and disorderly on TV on numerous occasions, deliberately and violently making a jackass of himself. Nevertheless, he has appeared on a goodly number of shows, precisely because of his unpredictability. Also released a series of DVDs of similar material, while eschewing the usual hand-prints in cement in front of Mann’s Chinese Theater, in order to immortalize his penis there. In 2007, he was rewarded for his enthusiastic masochism with a brief-run show of his own on cable, “Dr. Steve-O,” a face-your-own-fears fete for those who favor unhinged healers, but by the next year was back in the tabloids for his excesses, while admitting to being a hopeless alcohol addict. In 2015, he climbed a 100 foot high crane in Hollywood and inflated a killer while ballon to protest SeaWorld’s treatment of killer whales. The stunt drew dozens of emergency responders and criminal misdemeanor charges against him, resulting in a 30 day jail term, although he only spent a few hours behind bars because of over-crowding. Inner: Completely uninhibited with a great desire to both shock and entertain. Great capacity for both drink and drug, as well as doing considerable bodily harm to himself. Self-clobbering lifetime of giving vent to a megamasochistic sense of self, with little regard to consequences, in his ongoing asocial assault on the temper of his times. vKen Maynard (1895-1973) - American actor. Outer: Outer: From a family of five children, brother Kermit also became a cowboy actor and circus performer, as well as serving as a double for his far more famous sibling. Despite a midwestern upbringing, he became quite proficient as a horseman. Attended Indiana University, then began his career as a trick rider with the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show, before working for Ringling Bros. Circus. 6’. Began his screen career in 1923 with The Man Who Won, a non-western, then switched over to an independent company to become a cowboy star, making a name for himself, with his stunt-work. Married briefly in 1924 to Jeanne Knudsen, and then again in 1926 to Mary Leeper. From the mid-20s, he appeared with Tarzan, a half-Arabian, half-American palomino, and together the duo became world famous, via some 20 silent westerns. Despite his successes, he was difficult to work with, alienating the film community with his jackass behavior. Became one of the first singing cowboys with the advent of sound, replete with a contract with Columbia Records, as he arrogantly pursued wine, women and song, with little regard to the fortune he made and carelessly spent. An ardent aeroplanist, he once raced his friend and parallel careerist Hoot Gibson (Johnny Knoxville). Jumped to Universal in 1929, and was given his own company and creative control of his product by its head Carl Laemmele (Michael Eisner), who quickly grew to despise him. After 8 films there, Universal dropped westerns, and he switched studios again to churn out nearly a dozen low budgeters. Returned to Universal, but his disregard for film costs caused him to be canned once again in 1934. Continued churning out oaters for low budget studios, while his temperamental personality grated on everyone, until his career totally petered out in the 1940s, following a series of low-budget westerns he did with Gibson, after which he only did bit parts. Ultimately made some 90 films, employing a trademark white hat and fancy shirts. Married a third time in 1940 to Bertha Denham, a high wire circuse artist who died in 1968. Joined the Cole Brothers-Clyde Beatty Circus in the mid-1940s, and then had his own small circus operation featuring rodeo riders, although he lost it to alcoholism and his lack of ability with money. Wound up an alcoholic living alone in poverty in a trailer, which finally fell apart. Thought to have been secretly supported by Gene Autry during his down years, and was suffering from severe malnutrition when he died at the Motion Picture Home. Inner: Huge ego, temperamental, roundly disliked for his arrogance. Lavish, with little financial acumen, and a great thirst for pleasure, with little regard for anyone around him. Rough rider lifetime of ignoring everyone on the way up, and suffering the consequence on his long humiliating ride down, in order to give him a sobering perspective on himself, despite his ongoing resistance to it. Johnny Ringo (John Peters Ringo) (1850-1882) - American outlaw. Outer: Of distant Dutch descent. Mother was deeply religious, and extremely reserved. Had three younger sisters. When he was six, his family moved by wagon train to Liberty, Missouri, nearby the James Brothers. Related to the Younger Brothers as well through an aunt marrying an uncle of the latter siblings. When the family moved on to California in 1864, his father was accidentally killed by his own shotgun, in an extremely traumatic episode for the entire family, which probably colored his son’s character considerably. A decade later, he came to Texas, where he became involved in the Mason County War, between a group of German immigrants who had supported the North in the Civil War and his roughneck rustler friends, known as the Cooley Gang, who had supported the south. In 1875, he notched his first kill, as part of the violent contretemps, and then after another killing, was jailed, only to be broken out by his allies. Jailed again, he shared a cell with famed gunman John Wesley Hardin (Audie Murphy), before being acquitted, and winding up as a constable, despite his reputation as a black hat. Had a bad temper which was exaggerated when he drank, leading to his shooting a man in an Arizona saloon in 1879, for refusing to order whiskey and having a beer instead. Remained in the Arizona territory afterwards, skirting the law as a rustler and member of the outlaw “Cowboys,” while running afoul of the Earp Brothers and Doc Holliday (Woody Harrelson), almost getting into a gunfight with the two in 1882. Attempted to return home, but his sisters refused to have anything to do with him. Came back to Tombstone to see most of his associates had been killed. Had a warrant issued for his arrest for his assumed participation in the death of Morgan Earp (Mike Bridges) while shooting billiards in a saloon, although he wound up as part of a posse that pursued his real assassins. The wife of one of them, however, confessed that he had, named him as one of Morgan’s killers. Soon afterwards, he was found dead in the crotch of a large tree, with a bullet hole in his right temple. Afterwards, he was buried on the spot. There would be a curious parallel to his own father’s death, who had also killed himself with a shot to the right eye, which came out the top of his head. The official verdict was that he had committed suicide, since his gun was found hanging from one finger, and only a single shot had been heard by neighbors nearby. Despite contradictory theories over his death, his mental state seemed to be such that he felt his wild days were largely over, and there was nothing left to live for. Inner: Surly and bad-tempered, with a reputation based largely on the bad company he kept, while evincing little of the panache of his more legendary confreres living outside the strictures of the law. Often drunk, and in later years, largely suicidal. Hole-in-the-head lifetime of giving play to his considerable darkness within, before exiting in most inglorious fashion to continue his unintegrated ways in the blazing saddles world of Hollywood make believe, in similar self-destructive fashion.


Storyline: The former hellacious hitman tones down his rage, while rechanneling his innate violence and visionary gifts into projected portrayals and poetry, and leaving his earlier body counts in the realm of the imagination.

fMichael Madsen (1958) - American actor and writer. Outer: Of Irish, British, Scottish and German descent on his maternal side and Danish on his paternal side. Mother, Elaine, was an Emmy winning filmmaker, who eventually became a writer and producer in Hollywood. Father was a Chicago fireman. Middle of 3 children, sister Virginia Madsen became an actress. His parents split up when he was 9, and he had a chaotic and peripatetic childhood. Became a juvenile delinquent as a teen, often getting into fights, while always identifying with the outsiders in all his family moves. His mother, however, introduced him to literature, and the movies introduced him to tough-guy art, particularly the films of the 1940s and 1950s, an acting style he would eventually try to emulate. 6’2”, solidly built. Worked as an auto mechanic, but after seeing a play, he studied with John Malkovich for a couple of months. Despite being a resistant student, it gave him the spur to explore his skills at emoting. Came to Los Angeles, got a small part in War Games, in his late 20s, then worked in a gas station, before getting a better part in The Natural which, upon seeing, he discovered was left largely on the cutting-room floor. Briefly married in his mid-20s to singer/actress Cher’s sister, Georganne LaPierre. Had his break-through role as an ear-slitting thief in Reservoir Dogs, then did The Getaway, cementing his image in the public mind as a psychotic killer. Married actress Jeannine Bisignaro, and divorced, one son from union. Married a third time to actress De Anna Morgan in 1991, adding 4 more sons to his brood. Slowly established himself as an interesting screen heavy, with a variety of criminal roles, interspersed with occasional cops, in an unconscious attempt at fusing his previous existence as a Hollywood gangster turned Las Vegas visionary with a strong inner desire for more constructive self-expression. In 2004, he unconsciously returned to his roots in a cable TV series, “Tilt,” on Las Vegas poker players, playing ‘the Matador,’ in an imaginative re-rendering of the town and milieu he had earlier created, although has little interest this time around in gambling. Also a plain-spoken poet, a discipline he has been practicing since childhood, with several books to his credit, as well as “Signs of Life,” a tome of his photography. Arrested and released in 2012 on charges of felony child endangerment, after a domestic fight with a son. Remains very active on both the small and large screen, including a 2016 documentary he co-wrote and co-produced starring his sister and himself, among many other offbeat Hollywood luminaries, Michael Madsen Retrospective: American Badass. Inner: Loner, observant, self-protective. Tough guy with a soft heart, re-channeling his former destructive impulses into the creativity of poetry, photography and child-rearing. Refuses to watch any of his sister’s movies where she appears nude. Transition lifetime of channeling his innate violence and energy into far more creative outlets, in an attempt, once again, to be an original. fBugsy Siegal (Benjamin Siegalbaum) (1906-1947) - American criminal. Outer: Parents were poor Jewish immigrants. One of 5 children, and boyhood friend of Meyer Lansky, who always had a protective hand out for him. 5’10”, slender. Began his criminal career as a youth, selling protection to peddlars, after burning their wares. Expanded into stolen cars, bootlegging and gambling as he grew into his late teens and early 20s. Married Esther Krakower in 1929, 2 daughters fro the union, although a playboy his entire life. Became a professional killer, rising through the ranks in the New York rackets, while beating several raps. After establishing his talent for violence, he helped form Murder, Inc. with the top mafioso of NYC. Involved in numerous high level killings of fellow gangsters, and was finally sent out West to California by the syndicate to investigate that virgin criminal territory for them. Started hanging out with movie stars, hooked up with a fun-loving countess, and became an item at many of movieland’s social events. Became involved in gambling and heroin-running, while continuing his role as a hit man. Friends with actor George Raft, he would occasionally act out his scenes with friends in front of a hand held camera. Made millions as a bookie, and began to envision a gambling paradise in Nevada. Got $6,000,000 of syndicate money, and moved to Las Vegas in his late 30s, and helped build the first casino there, the Flamingo, a nickname for his inamorata, Virginia Hill (Virginia Madsen), while taking credit as the visionary who invented the Las Vegas strip, when it was Willie Wilkerson, Hollywood club owner and editor of the Hollywood Reporter, who did so, while he served as his protégé. Suffered construction problems and delays due to his extravagances, but started to reap a fortune off it once it was in place, despite a genuine ineptitude in business. Asked to return some of the money the syndicate had put up for the casino, but refused. Had 3 bullets pumped into his head in the Beverly Hills home of Virginia Hill, while he was sitting on a couch, reading a newspaper. The killer was never found, and may have been acting under the orders of Wilkerson, whom he had earlier forced to flee the country. Only 5 people went to his funeral. Several biopics were made of his life, and he remains an icon of 1940’s gangland America. Inner: Charming and boyish, as well as brutal and thuggish, an odd mixture of the socially and criminally adept. Hated the nickname, ‘Bugsy.’ Criminally iconic lifetime of making his murderous will manifest, then using his creative imagination to help build a gambling mecca in the desert, only to be undone by his own greed and sense of immortality.


Storyline: The wily wild woman takes advantage of her gifts for enticement, and learns to channel them in the service of her own growth and expression, after serving as an underworld communication link that only led her to her own dead end.

fVirginia Madsen (1963) - American actress. Outer: Of Irish, British, Scottish and German descent on her maternal side and Danish on her paternal side. Mother was an Emmy winning filmmaker, who eventually became a writer and producer in Hollywood. Father was a Chicago fireman. Youngest of 3 children, brother Michael Madsen also became an actor. Her parents split up when she was 4, and she experienced lots of moving around as a child as her mother took on 2 jobs to support the family, giving her a lot of freedom to act out her innate wildness. 5’8”, with blonde hair and green eyes. Attended Northwestern Univ. where she was part of the drama department, then studied with an acting coach in Chicago before making her debut on TV on PBS. Made her film debut in 1983 in Class and went on to become a seductive lead in a variety of films, showing a talent for both comedy and drama, and the ability to climb directly into her characters. Married one of her directors, Danny Huston, in 1989, divorced in 1992. Her career afterwards was more sporadic, although her photogenic beauty and ability to disappear into character allowed her to continue to assay challenging roles. Had a son with Italian actor Anthony Sabato, Jr., although never married him. Following her son’s birth in 1994, the roles dried up, and she suffered financial difficulties, keeping herself afloat with TV and B movies and guest star shots, while focusing on single motherhood, until finally finding a vehicle in 2004, Sideways, with which to completely resurrect herself, and resume her high profile career, via juicy roles once again. Also appeared on network TV in the short-lived “Smith” in 2006. Has done a mix of small and large screen roles in the 20-teens. Has a net worth of $8 million. Inner: Sensitive, intelligent and hard-working, with a softspot for poets rather than playboys. Healing lifetime of a somewhat rocky start, although with considerably more support for channeling her rebellious energy into the creative realm of playacting, rather than the destructive venue of criminality, while maintaining her liaison with her longtime sibling/mate. fVirginia Hill (1916-1966) - American gun moll. Outer: Mother ran a boardinghouse, and father was an alcoholic, who worked as a horse and mule trader. The 7th of 10 children. After her mother left her sire and moved the family to Georgia, she took care of her younger siblings. May have married at 14, before leaving home at 17, and coming to Chicago, where she worked as a waitress at a meeting place for the Capone mob. Met a minor hoodlum there, Joey Epstein, a gay accountant, and became his hostess, while ingratiating herself with his bosses through a variety of sexual favors. Moved to NYC afterwards and became the mistress of Joe Adonis, the future head of Murder, Inc. Served as a mob courier, moving thousands back and forth between the U.S. and Mexico, while keeping a secret diary of her transactions. In 1939, she married Osgood Griffin, a Univ. of Alabama football player from a wealthy family, only to have the disastrous union annulled after six months. Continued her various liaisons, including another marriage with a Mexican national to get him into the U.S. Moved in with Benjamin ‘Bugsy’ Siegal (Michael Madsen) in the early 1940s per mob instructions and became his mistress to keep tabs on him. Studied acting at the same time and had a Columbia contract, although never appeared in a film. Siegel, who was instrumental in helping create Las Vegas in the mid-1940s as a gambling mecca, named the Flamingo Hotel in honor of his nickname for her. Continued having affairs with high profile lovers, while Siegal earned mob wrath by skimming several million dollars from the Flamingo. May have married him in Mexico, but broke off relations 10 days before he was murdered in her home in 1947. Went to Paris, where she made a suicide attempt, fearing she, too, would be killed. Made another attempt in Monaco, and then a third in Miami, where she went into hiding. In 1950, she wed Austrian ski instructor Hans Hauser, and had a son with him. Appeared before the Kefauver crime commission the following year, as one of its star witnesses. When asked why she was so popular among mobsters, she said it was because she was unusually gifted at fellatio, to the absolute silence of her interlocutors, then belted a female reporter to conclude her colorful public display. Forced to go into hiding with her husband, when he was ordered to leave the country, then was hit with a tax lien for over $150,000 in back taxes. Left the country on an Austrian passport, and visited the pleasure spots of Europe, while overseeing the Swiss bank accounts of several mobsters, including ‘Lucky’ Luciano, providing him with the funds to live out his exile. Developed a drinking problem, while settling in Salzburg, Austria and making it to number three on the FBI’s most wanted list, for tax evasion. Separated from her husband, and her son eventually supported her as a waiter. Eventually forced to swallow a large amount of Mogadon by two gangster friends of Joe Adonis and lay down in a snowdrift outside Salzburg, to die. Her body was discovered two days later, along with a note that she “was tired of life.” Inner: Tough, street-smart, with good survival instincts, but no match for the sociopaths with whom she had to continually deal. Walk on the wild side lifetime of acting out her subterranean sensibilities, and proving to be resilient up to a point, before allowing her own innate sense of self-destruction to get the better of her.



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