This list was really hard to write. I do not like to hate and block out unpleasant experiences subconsciously like most of us, I guess. Not easy to find these in my memory with exception of the first few.
Belonging to an important family clan in Wisconsin, Joseph Losey studied philosophy but was always interested in theater and thus worked together with Bertolt Brecht
. After directing some shorts for MGM, he made his first important film, The Boy with Green Hair
, for RKO. While he was filming The Prowler
in Italy he was summoned to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee...
“ I saw The Prowler just the other day and that was quite good. But this director has really done a lot of BORING stuff. ” - karlericsson
Wesley Trent Snipes was born in Orlando, Florida, to Maryann (Long), a teacher's assistant, and Wesley Rudolph Snipes, an aircraft engineer. He grew up on the streets of the South Bronx in New York City, where he very early decided that the theater was to be his career. He attended the High School for the Performing Arts (popularized in Fame
“ So full of himself, which would be quite OK if you were Ossie Davies or Yaphet Kotto but it's not OK if you are this guy. Has so obviously been LAUNCHED by somebody powerful, that it is painful. Avoid. ” - karlericsson
Julia Fiona Roberts never dreamed she would become the most popular actress in America. She was born in Smyrna, Georgia, to Betty Lou (Bredemus) and Walter Grady Roberts, one-time actors and playwrights, and is of English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, German, and Swedish descent. As a child, due to her love of animals...
“ Would almost have missed Closer because of her. She was quite good in that. Otherwise - stay away. ” - karlericsson
Fred Astaire was born in Omaha, Nebraska, to Johanna (Geilus) and Fritz Austerlitz, a brewer. Fred entered show business at age 5. He was successful both in vaudeville and on Broadway in partnership with his sister, Adele Astaire
. After Adele retired to marry in 1932, Astaire headed to Hollywood. Signed to RKO...
“ Daddylonglegs indeed. Phony or a bad actor? I don't know and I don't care. Dull. ” - karlericsson
Jerry Seinfeld was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Betty (Hesney) and Kalman Seinfeld. His father was of Hungarian Jewish descent, while Jerry's maternal grandparents, Salha and Selim Hosni, were Syrian Jewish immigrants (from Aleppo). He moved with his family, including sister Carolyn, to suburban Massepequa...
“ Most unfunny. Reminds me of everything that is bad. Promoted by power, no doubt. Very bad vibes. ” - karlericsson
Sir John Gielgud is a highly distinguished and prolific performer who is considered to be one of the finest actors of his generation. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, Gielgud played his first Hamlet in 1930 and quickly established himself as one of the most eminent Shakespearean interpreters of his time...
“ Extremely boring. No charisma at all. Cannot get even really upset about him. I just avoid. ” - karlericsson
Anthony Quayle was born in Ainsdale in September 1913, the son of a Lancashire lawyer. He completed his education at Rugby School and had a brief spell at RADA, before treading the boards for the first time as the straight man in a music hall comedy act in 1931. Tall, burly, round-faced and possessed of a powerful and resonant voice...
“ Always looked as if he had wet his pants, or worse. Good as traitor, though, which proves that there were good producers about. Played traitor in Ice-cold In Alec and Operation Crossbow. I should not be too hard on him, however. Except when he played a hero, which has been blocked out from my memory. Was a swine of a minister in Murder By Decree, which was just perfect for him. ” - karlericsson
“ 8MM was OK. Otherwise one wonders who pays for the garbage he turns out. ” - karlericsson
Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor was considered one of the last, if not the last, major star to have come out of the old Hollywood studio system. She was known internationally for her beauty, especially for her violet eyes, with which she captured audiences early on in her youth and kept the world hooked on with since...
“ Often in bad films. If I don't no for sure what film it is or what I can expect, then I avoid if she is in it. ” - karlericsson
“ Was in some cop-tv-series that aired all the time as if the men in power wanted to thrust in down our throats. I switched channel. Seems stupid - that's all. ” - karlericsson
Ronald Reagan had quite a prolific career, having catapulted from a career as a Warner Bros. contract player and television star, into serving as president of the Screen Actors Guild, the governorship of California (1967-1975), and lastly, two terms as President of the United States (1981-1989). Ronald Wilson Reagan was born in Tampico...
“ Up to no good. Wooden and dull. Seemed to obey whatever power was in power. However, very convincing as crook in The Killers, also starring Lee Marvin. ” - karlericsson
The most internationally acclaimed Spanish filmmaker since Luis Buñuel
was born in a small town (Calzada de Calatrava) in the impoverished Spanish region of La Mancha. He arrived in Madrid in 1968, and survived by selling used items in the flea-market called El Rastro. Almodóvar couldn't study filmmaking because he didn't have the money to afford it...
“ Director of very unpleasant and extremely opportunist films. Full of lies and mischief of the very dull kind. Avoid at all costs. ” - karlericsson
“ Trainspotting OK, otherwise unpleasant. Champion of capitalist society, which he tries to disguise. ” - karlericsson
Wesley Wales Anderson was born in Houston, Texas. His mother, Texas Ann (Burroughs), is an archaeologist turned real estate agent, and his father, Melver Leonard Anderson, worked in advertising and PR. He has two brothers, Eric and Mel. Anderson's parents divorced when he was a young child, an event that he described as the most crucial event of his brothers and his growing up...
“ Could anyone explain Bottle Rocket to me? And while you're at it, try to explain any of the other movies of this pajazzo! ” - karlericsson
Abbas Kiarostami was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1940. He graduated from university with a degree in fine arts before starting work as a graphic designer. He then joined the Center for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults, where he started a film section, and this started his career as a filmmaker at the age of 30...
“ Now, if this isn't a BS-artist, there are no BS-artist! ” - karlericsson
“ In Swedish there is a word called "Babbel", a kind of talk that in English is called "horses-t". ” - karlericsson
Guy Maddin was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, to Herdis Maddin (a hair-dresser) and Charles "Chas" Maddin (grain clerk and general manager of the Maroons, a Winnipeg hockey team). Maddin studied economics at the University of Winnipeg, working as a bank manager, house painter, and photographic archivist before becoming a film-maker...
“ Avoid, avoid, avoid! Worse than Abbas K. Had me fooled more than once! The way I see it, this guy owes me money! ” - karlericsson
Tomas Milian, an American actor born in Cuba; was trained at the Actors Studio. He appeared in a few plays on Broadway, as well as in a show by Jean Cocteau
in Spolene. Mauro Bolognini
noticed him and that was the starting point of a rich cinematographic career in Italy, where he played in all manner of genres...
“ Destroyed many westerns. Not as smart as he believed. Not as funny as he believed. How often did I not think: How Good this western would have been if someone else, almost anybody else, would have played the lead instead of this clown. ” - karlericsson
James Maitland Stewart was born on 20 May 1908 in Indiana, Pennsylvania, to Elizabeth Ruth (Johnson) and Alexander Maitland Stewart, who owned a hardware store. He was of Scottish, Ulster-Scots, and some English, descent. Stewart was educated at a local prep school, Mercersburg Academy, where he was a keen athlete (football and track)...
“ In so many outstanding movies, that would have been better still if somebody else would have starred in them. ” - karlericsson
Often mentioned as the greatest player in NFL history, this ruggedly handsome African American fullback for the Cleveland Browns first appeared on movie screens in the western Rio Conchos
, followed by a strong supporting role as convict commando "Jefferson" in the terrific WW2 action film The Dirty Dozen
“ No charisma at all. Boring. Dull. Full of nothing. ” - karlericsson
Barbra Streisand is an American singer, actress, director and producer and one of the most successful personalities in show business. She is the only person ever to receive all of the following: Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Golden Globe, Cable Ace, National Endowment for the Arts, and Peabody awards,...
“ As singer OK. As actress - no, please. And that is not because of the nose and instead of the way her films turned out = dull mainstream. ” - karlericsson
Julia Elizabeth Wells was born on October 1, 1935, in England. Her mother, Barbara Ward (Morris), and stepfather, both vaudeville performers, discovered her freakish but undeniably lovely four-octave singing voice and immediately got her a singing career. She performed in music halls throughout her childhood and teens...
“ Ditto, minus the nose. ” - karlericsson
Victoria Principal is the elder of two daughters born to Bertha Ree (Veal) and Victor R. Principal. Her paternal grandparents were Italian, while her mother's family was from Gordon, Georgia, and South Carolina. Her father, a United States Air Force sergeant, was often transferred to different duty stations...
“ So full of nothing! Still, where is The Naked Ape hiding? ” - karlericsson
Eldred Gregory Peck was born in La Jolla, California, to Bernice Mary (Ayres) and Gregory Pearl Peck, a chemist and druggist in San Diego. He had Irish (from his paternal grandmother), English, and some German, ancestry. His parents divorced when he was five years old. An only child, he was sent to live with his grandmother...
“ Often dull in his early years. Much better later. ” - karlericsson
Fredric March began a career in banking but in 1920 found himself cast as an extra in films being produced in New York. He starred on the Broadway stage first in 1926 and would return there between screen appearances later on. He won plaudits (and an Academy Award nomination) for his send-up of John Barrymore
in The Royal Family of Broadway
“ Sometimes in good films - but not because of him. Mostly wooden and dull. ” - karlericsson
Blue-eyed Vincent Cassel was born in Paris to a leading actor father, Jean-Pierre Cassel
, and a journalist mother, Sabine Litique. Often labeled as a tough guy because of his roles, eclectic choices and talent have made of him a star of European cinema. First in La Haine
, the young actor, actually coming from upper classes...
“ His father was the sympathetic Jean-Pierre Cassel. You can see from the features that this is his son but there the similarities end.
Unpleasant and simple in his ways. Would not trust him as far as I could through - which isn't very far, I admit. As bad guy quite OK. ” - karlericsson
American actor and producer Matthew David McConaughey was born in Uvalde, Texas. His mother, Mary Kathleen (McCabe), is a substitute school teacher originally from New Jersey. His father, James Donald McConaughey, was a Mississippi-born gas station owner who ran an oil pipe supply business. He is of Scottish...
“ Seems to be so very stupid. Couldn't find a good role, even if it ran over him. Trouble is, that one of these days somebody's else with find that role for him and then a movie will be destroyed. ” - karlericsson
“ Always make me think of that expression "White Trash". I do not much wonder why. Should have been named "Kevin" to make the picture complete. ” - karlericsson
Jean-Claude Van Damme
Van Damme was born Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg in Berchem-Sainte-Agathe, Brussels, Belgium, to Eliana and Eugène Van Varenberg, an accountant. "The Muscles from Brussels" started martial arts at the age of eleven. His father introduced him to martial arts when he saw his son was physically weak...
“ Has made one good movie with John Woo, I think. That's it. ” - karlericsson
“ Committed "Pretty Woman" to celluloid. For this crime alone, this man should be avoided. Having sought him out, I now know why Mork and Mindy stunk so much. Lies upon lies. ” - karlericsson
Sammy Davis Jr.
Sammy Davis Jr. was often billed as the "greatest living entertainer in the world". He was born in Harlem, Manhattan, the son of dancer Elvera Davis
(née Sanchez) and vaudeville star Sammy Davis Sr.
. His father was African-American and his mother was of Puerto Rican ancestry. Davis Jr. was known as someone who could do it all--sing...
“ Was it not because he was a Jew, a Black Man and had lost an eye, I do not think this man would have had a career to talk about. Never went to see a film because he was in it. ” - karlericsson
Legendary actor Glenn Ford was born Gwyllyn Samuel Newton Ford in Sainte-Christine-d'Auvergne, Quebec, Canada, to Hannah Wood (Mitchell) and Newton Ford, a railroad executive. His family moved to Santa Monica, California when he was eight years old. His acting career began with plays at high school, followed by acting in West Coast, a traveling theater company...
“ Was in many good films but not because of him. How much better would not all these films had been if they had been played by another actor - any actor (except those on this list, of course)! ” - karlericsson
“ France's biggest B-S-artist. Sang bad, acted ditto and was dull. Looked extreme but that does not save the day in his case. Avoid. ” - karlericsson
Beloved French chanson entertainer Charles Aznavour, who wrote more than 800 songs, recorded more than 1,000 of them in French, English, German and Spanish and sold over 100 million records in all, was born Chahnour Varinag Aznavourian on May 22, 1924, in Paris, the younger of two children born to Armenian immigrants who fled to France...
“ Another BS-artist on which France seems to have specialized. At times even unpleasant. Avoid. ” - karlericsson
Amiable and handsome James Garner had obtained success in both films and television, often playing variations of the charming anti-hero/con-man persona he first developed in Maverick, the offbeat western TV series that shot him to stardom in the late 1950s. James Garner was born James Scott Bumgarner in Norman...
“ He too was in many good films that would have been so much better without him. What a phony! ” - karlericsson
Considered to be one of the greatest minds in music and television history, Quincy Delight Jones, Jr. was born on March 14, 1933 in Chicago, Illinois. He is the son of Sarah Frances (Wells), a bank executive, and Quincy Delight Jones, Sr., a carpenter. Jones found his love for music while he was enrolled in grade school at Seattle's Garfield High School...
“ Boy, this man must have contacts! Terrible music, terrible everything. How he ever could have a career is beyond my understanding if I was to believe in market economy. Since I do not believe there ever existed such a thing and that everything instead is built on conspiracies, open and hidden, I have no problem to explain this man's success. Good contacts, that's all. ” - karlericsson
William Shakespeare's birthdate is assumed from his baptism on April 25. His father John was the son of a farmer who became a successful tradesman; his mother Mary Arden was gentry. He studied Latin works at Stratford Grammar School, leaving at about age 15. About this time his father suffered an unknown financial setback...
“ Didn't know you could go this far back in time! Wow, now I'm in business again!
This man must be the biggest con man in human history. He was able to make the English language sing, sing without content, but sing.
I've heard wonderful interpretations of his texts but when you look at the text in questions you understand that these interpretations are imaginations and nothing else.
This man did not have any profundity! But he did have a way with words and was not totally devoid of analysis just like other con men aren't either. "It seems to me, this man protests too much" - that could be a Shakespearean original, proving that it takes one to know one. ” - karlericsson