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John Frankenheimer: A Remembrance

Director John Frankenheimer.

I'm often asked which, out of the over 600 interviews I've logged with Hollywood's finest, is my favorite. It's not a tough answer: John Frankenheimer.

We instantly clicked the day we met at his home in Benedict Canyon, and spent most of the afternoon talking in his den. A friendship of sorts developed over the years, with visits to his office for screenings of the old Kinescopes he directed for shows like "Playhouse 90" during his salad days in live television during the 1950s.

We hadn't spoken for nearly a year in mid-2002 when the phone rang. It was John, who spoke in what can only be described as a "stentorian bark," like a general. "Alex!" he exclaimed. "John Frankenheimer." He could sense something was amiss with me. It was. My screenwriting career had stalled. My marriage was progressing to divorce. I had hit bottom. John knew that
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Daily Briefing. New Filmmaker. Plus, Film Criticism @ 100?

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In the new Winter 2012 issue of Filmmaker, editor Scott Macaulay talks with Joachim Trier about Oslo, August 31, Joshua Marston (The Forgiveness of Blood) and Braden King (Here) talk about shooting in eastern Europe, Stephen Garrett offers advice on making a winning trailer and Lance Weiler: "Within a few years, most things — from cars to appliances to toys — will be able to wirelessly interface with the Internet. Think of them as objects in search of a story."

Birthdays and anniversaries. In the Guardian, Henry K Miller suggests that you might well consider today the 100th anniversary of film criticism — at least in the UK. Referring to a 1937 piece by Alistair Cooke, he notes that "the not entirely reliable consensus had it that Wg Faulkner, of the London Evening News, was author of the 'first regular criticisms of films in any British newspaper.' Faulkner, the paper's local government correspondent, had
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James MacArthur: The Disney Connection

When James MacArthur passed away last week at the age of 72, the obituaries I read emphasized his role as “Danno” on the long-running TV hit Hawaii Five-o, and understandably so…but at the same time they glossed over his career-building years at the Walt Disney studio. I was too young to see teenaged MacArthur in the live TV drama The Young Stranger and the feature film it spawned was over my head as a young moviegoer, but I vividly remember being introduced to the actor when Disney released The Light in the Forest, Third Man on the Mountain, Kidnaped, and…
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James MacArthur obituary

American actor known for his role as Danno in the television series Hawaii Five-o

One actor in his time plays many parts, so it is a mixed blessing for a performer to be forever associated with one role and one catchphrase. James MacArthur, who has died aged 72, was instantly identified with Detective Danny "Danno" Williams in the long-running television series Hawaii Five-o (1968-79), in which he was habitually told "Book 'em, Danno" by his superior officer, Detective Steve McGarrett (Jack Lord), after villains had been captured.

From the outset, MacArthur could not escape being reminded that he was the son of celebrated parents. His mother, Helen Hayes, always flagged as "the first lady of the theatre", had a long career on stage, in television and films, winning two Oscars 40 years apart, and his father, Charles MacArthur, co-wrote and co-directed several films with Ben Hecht, one of which, The Scoundrel (1935), won a screenplay Oscar,
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James MacArthur Dies: Hawaii Five-0, Helen Hayes-Charles MacArthur's Adopted Son

  James MacArthur, best known for playing blue-eyed Detective Danno Williams in the original version of Hawaii Five-0 and for being the adopted son of Broadway and Hollywood star Helen Hayes and playwright/screenwriter Charles MacArthur, died today in Florida of unspecified "natural causes." He was 72. Jack Lord, who starred as McGarret in the television show that ran 1968-1980, died in 1998. MacArthur (born Dec. 8, 1937, in Los Angeles) left the show a year before it folded. On his website, he explained: "Quite frankly, I grew bored. The stories became more bland and predictable and presented less and less challenge to me as an actor." MacArthur's film career was both brief (1957-1968) and minor. His most important movie role is probably his very first: the troubled teenage son of a movie producer in John Frankenheimer's feature-film debut The Young Stranger (1957), in which MacArthur played opposite Oscar winner Kim Hunter. Both [...]
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Hawaii Five-O Actor MacArthur Dies

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Hawaii Five-O Actor MacArthur Dies
Beloved Hawaii Five-O actor James MacArthur, has died at the age of 72. MacArthur passed away on Thursday, a family representative tells Details surrounding the cause of death were not made available as WENN went to press.

The actor seemed destined for a career on the stage and screen, as the adopted son of actress Helen Hayes and her husband, American playwright Charles MacArthur, and he made his big screen debut in 1957 drama The Young Stranger.

MacArthur went on to appear in Walt Disney films Third Man on the Mountain, Kidnapped and Swiss Family Robinson, and in 1961 he made his Broadway debuted opposite a little-known Jane Fonda in Invitation to a March.

The stage performance won him the Theatre World Award for Best New Actor.

He won further acclaim for his roles in 1965 World War II drama, The Battle of the Bulge and Clint Eastwood's 1968 spaghetti Western, Hang 'Em High.

But he is perhaps best known for his role as Detective Dan 'Danno' Williams on the original U.S. TV crime drama Hawaii Five-O, which ran from 1968 to 1980.

MacArthur is survived by his wife of more than 25 years, Helen Beth Duntz, four children and seven grandchildren.

His first two marriages, from 1958 to 1967 to actress Joyce Bulifant, and another, from 1970 to 1975 to actress Melody Patterson, ended in divorce.

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