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Supporting actor who seesawed from menacing villain to comic fool
Many of Clint Eastwood's hit films of the 1970s and 80s were made with a stock company of distinctive supporting actors. This kooky troupe included the elfin Sondra Locke, the wild-eyed Geoffrey Lewis and the effortlessly villainous Bill McKinney, who has died of cancer aged 80. Switching between westerns, comedies and thrillers, McKinney was seldom called upon for more than a few minutes of screen time but had the seasoned character actor's knack of making a memorable first impression. In Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974), the first of his seven films with Eastwood, he appears as a gibbering driver with a caged raccoon by his side and a boot full of white rabbits.
He was subsequently cast as the bloodthirsty Terrill, who oversees the massacre of Eastwood's family in The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976); as an oily, sex-crazed constable coolly ridiculed by Locke »
- Chris Wiegand
Amazon's Gold Box Deal of the Day is Clint Eastwood: 35 Films 35 Years at Warner Bros. for $76.99 (which is 57% off). Amazon says "In honor of Eastwood's longstanding 35-year relationship with Warner Bros through Malpaso Productions, Whv is releasing this definitive DVD collection containing 35 classic Clint Eastwood films from the Warner library and highlighting the breadth and depth of his work -- from Where Eagles Dare through Invictus. Included are his “Dirty Harry” movies, Best Picture Oscar dramas and nominees, Westerns, war movies, comedies, and more – plus commentaries, featurettes, extras on many of his films, and the documentary The Eastwood Factor, which offers a rare and personal look at the actor and filmmaker." Like all Gold Box Deals, it's only good for today and you get free shipping since it's over $25. The box set also included a 24-page booklet extracted from Richard Schickel’s new monograph Clint: A Retrospective, as well as Studio letters and photos. »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Veteran actor Bill McKinney, known throughout the world for playing some of the most memorable villains in film history, has died according to a post on his Facebook page. He was 80.
Though younger audiences may not be immediately familiar with the name or face, long time film fans remember McKinney for such iconic and bloodcurdling roles as the Mountain Man in the 1972 horror/thriller "Deliverance," where he uttered the infamous line "I bet you can squeal like a pig."
McKinney's death follows a long battle with esophageal cancer.
A joining the Navy during the Korean War and serving four years of active duty, McKinney left the service in order to pursue an acting career, studying the craft alongside Dustin Hoffman at the Pasadena Playhouse. After making his film debut in 1967, McKinney went on to appear in over a hundred films and TV shows and was reportedly still filming commercials less »
- Scott Harris
"Bill McKinney, the actor who played one of crazed mountain men in Deliverance and famously ordered one particularly unfortunate camper to 'squeal like a pig,' died Thursday at the age of 80." Michael O'Connell for the Hollywood Reporter: "A prolific artist up until his death, McKinney's career included dozens of film credits (including 7 Clint Eastwood titles) and appearances on television series such as In the Heat of the Night, Baywatch and Walker, Texas Ranger." But as O'Connell notes, McKinney will always be remembered for his role in Deliverance as "Mountain Man" — and didn't seem to mind. His own official site is Squeal like a pig.com, where you're greeted by the "man that Leonard Maltin described in his review of the movie Deliverance as, 'one of the most terrifying film villains in history.'"
"But it was his long association with Clint Eastwood after the two costarred together in 1974's »
Trevor Hogg profiles the career of Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood in the second of a five-part feature (read part one here)...
“After Hang ’em High , I acted in several pictures without being actively involved in their production,” recalled California filmmaker Clint Eastwood. “Then I found myself making my directorial debut directing second unit on a picture of Don Siegel’s.” The action crime thriller introduced audience members to the actor’s signature role of no nonsense Police Inspector Harry Callahan. “Don had the flu and I replaced him for the sequence where Harry tries to convince the would-be-suicide not to jump into the void. That turned out Ok, because, for lack of space on the window ledge, the only place to perch me was on the crane. I shot this scene, then another one, and I began to think more seriously about directing.” The helmer of Dirty Harry (1971) had a »
Last week, writer/director/producer Robert Rodriguez announced at Comic-Con that he had acquired the rights to turn legendary artist Frank Frazetta's "Fire and Ice" into a live-action film. For those unfamiliar with Frazetta's work, the late artist currently holds spots in the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame and Jack Kirby Hall of Fame respectively and is known for painting movie posters (such as Clint Eastwood's The Gauntlet), paperback editions of adventure texts (Conan, Tarzan, and John Carter of Mars come to mind), and album covers (including three for Molly Hatchet). Fire and Ice was originally adapted into an animated film in 1983 by Frazetta and director Ralph Bakshi (1978's The Lord of the Rings). Check out the new concept art, which Rodriguez developed with his team at Quick Draw Entertainment, and a quick synopsis after the jump. Briefly, Fire and Ice is a fantasy tale which »
- Jason Barr
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