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15 Actors Who Played JFK, From Patrick Dempsey to Rob Lowe (Photos)

15 Actors Who Played JFK, From Patrick Dempsey to Rob Lowe (Photos)
Cliff Robertson, “Pt 109” (1963) Oscar winner Cliff Robertson (“Charly” and “Spider-Man” 1 and 2) portrayed JFK during his military years as a U.S. Navy officer in command of Motor Torpedo Boat Pt-109 touring the waters of the Pacific amidst World War II. William Devane, “The Missiles of October” (1974) Devane (“Knots Landing,” “24”) portrayed JFK in this made-for-tv offering, which depicted the drama in the 1962 White House while the President’s administration decided the best course of action during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Martin Sheen, “Kennedy” (1983) Jed Bartlet on “The West Wing” wasn’t the only Democratic president Sheen has portrayed on screen.
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William Devane: The Hollywood Interview

William Devane Respects The Text

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Alex Simon

Few actors ruled the big and small screen with such vigor during the 1970s as William Devane. Using his classically handsome Irish features to embody parts best described as “Ivy League menace,” Devane hasn’t stopped working since making his film debut in 1967. McCabe & Mrs. Miller, The Missiles of October, Marathon Man, Family Plot, Rolling Thunder, Yanks and Testament are just a few of the classic titles to which Devane brought his unique brand of charisma. The ‘80s saw him dominating the airwaves on the primetime soap Knots Landing as the nefarious Gregory Sumner, with dozens more memorable turns to follow.

Devane lends his gravitas to the new indie thriller We Gotta Get Out of This Place, a nifty neo-noir about a group of Texas teens (Mackenzie Davis, Logan Huffman, Jeremy Allen White) from a dead-end town who find themselves over their
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Twelve Movies To Get You Through Election Day Blues

Election Day is just around the corner, and depending on your view of the current state of The Republic, you can look at that day in one of two ways:

It’s a national celebration of history’s greatest, most successful democracy, demonstrating our ability to freely choose our leadership and peacefully see the baton of power passed to the next man;

Or –

It’s a national embarrassment, history’s greatest, most successful democracy squandering it’s hard-won freedoms in a campaign for leadership poisoned by oversimplification, appeals to gut-level fears rather than the intellect, claims and charges plagued by inflation, distortion, and outright falsehood, and warped and distorted by the infusion of tens of millions of dollars from vested interests.

Either way, we still have to get through the day.

So, for those of you who just want to pull the shades and wait for the noise to die down,
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The Way Review

Martin Sheen is a treasure. Now 71 years of age, it's impossible to look at him and not think of Kit, the polite murderer he played in Terrence Malick's Badlands, or Willard, the military assassin in Francis Coppola's Apocalypse Now, or the creep who menaced Jodie Foster in The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane, or his performances in memorable movies made directly for television (The Execution of Private Slovik, The California Kid, The Missiles of October). He was charm and evil incarnate in David Cronenberg's The Dead Zone. When he returned to television as President Jed Bartlet in The West Wing, he left another mark as the kind of political leader who everyone dreams existed in real life. And he was a vital...
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FBI Opens Kennedy File, Alleges 'Wild Sex Parties' With Monroe

FBI Opens Kennedy File, Alleges 'Wild Sex Parties' With Monroe
Marilyn Monroe, Sammy Davis Jr. and Frank Sinatra have hit the headlines from beyond the grave - newly released FBI records allege the trio enjoyed "wild sex parties" with assassinated U.S. President John F. Kennedy and his two brothers.

A declassified memo from 12 July,1965 was released on Monday and the note claims New York resident Jacqueline Hammond was in possession of "considerable information concerning sex parties" at Manhattan's fabled Carlyle Hotel.

Hammond claimed the alleged romps involved late icon Monroe, the former Rat Pack singers, Kennedy and his two brothers, former U.S. Senators Edward and Robert Kennedy, and the leader's brother-in-law, late actor Peter Lawford.

It is unclear how Hammond knew about the alleged events.

The files detail the extraordinary life of Edward Kennedy, who lost his battle with brain cancer last August, aged 77.

It also includes a report of several death threats made against the politician five years after his failed run for the presidency in 1980, following the assassinations of his older brothers, John and Robert.

Monroe's alleged affair with JFK has long been a topic of interest, amid speculation the pair enjoyed a fling before his death in 1963.

The infamous Kennedy dynasty has been immortalised on screen for decades, including Martin Sheen's portrayal of Robert Kennedy in 1974 TV movie The Missiles of October, 1990 TV miniseries The Kennedys of Massachusetts, and the star-studded 2006 movie, Bobby.

Damon: "Rfk Role Is A Big Responsibility'

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Matt Damon is feeling the pressure of playing tragic U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy in a forthcoming biopic, because the role comes with "a lot of responsibility".

Damon is in talks to play the politician who was assassinated in 1968, just five years after his brother President John F. Kennedy was gunned down in Dallas, Texas.

The movie will be directed by Seabiscuit helmer Gary Ross, and based on Evan Thomas' biography of Kennedy, titled His Life.

Damon has confirmed he'll take the starring role if he likes the script, but admits he's intimidated by the prospect of playing Kennedy.

He says, "Well I dont know that I can (play him well). It's part of the challenge, but I'm pretty confident I could do it. It would be a lot of research and time put in. Where I come from, he's a pretty important person and it's a lot of responsibility... the script comes in in a few weeks and hopefully (it's) a good script."

Kennedy has previously been portrayed on screen by Martin Sheen in 1974 TV movie The Missiles of October, by Casey Affleck in The Kennedys of Massachusetts, and more recently by Dave Fraunces in 2006's Bobby.

Matt Damon in talks to star in Robert F. Kennedy biopic (IrishCentral)

Matt Damon is in talks to star in a new biopic of Robert F. Kennedy with Gary Ross of “Seabiscuit” directing and Steven Knight of “Eastern Promises” writing the script. Deadline Hollywood is reporting that the movie, based on the Evan Thomas biography ‘His Life,’ will delve deep into Rfk's life during his younger days right up until the day he was assassinated in 1968. Although it is not clear, it is assumed that Damon will play Rfk. This movie would follow Emilio Estevez’ biography” Bobby,” which was released in 2006, and did very well in the box office. The whole movie took place on the day the younger Kennedy was shot and it mainly focused on the people around him. Fleming also reports that Chris Columbus and his 1492 Pictures team are working on a movie focused on Kennedy's presidential campaign, called “The Last Campaign.” Other movie stars that have played Rfk
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Damon Lands Kennedy Role

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Damon Lands Kennedy Role
Matt Damon is preparing to follow in the footsteps of stars including Casey Affleck and Martin Sheen by playing tragic U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy.

The actor is in talks to star in a new biopic about the politician, who was assassinated in 1968, just five years after his brother President John F. Kennedy was gunned down in Dallas, Texas.

Kennedy has previously been portrayed on screen by Sheen in 1974 TV movie The Missiles of October, by Affleck in The Kennedys of Massachusetts, and more recently by Dave Fraunces in 2006's Bobby.

Now Damon is considering tackling the role in the untitled project with Seabiscuit director Gary Ross, according to Deadline Hollywood Daily.

The website reports the movie will be based on Evan Thomas' biography of Kennedy, titled His Life, and Damon will only sign the contract after he has approved the script.

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