Famous Faces in "The Hustler & The Color of Money"!

by gattonero975 | created - 04 May 2016 | updated - 04 May 2016 | Public

This story deals with pool shark "Fast" Eddie Felson (Newman) who hustles in billiard rooms cross-country, taking on "suckers" whom he allows to win until the stakes get high enough, then he clamps down with brilliant shots, makes a bundle, and disappears.

With his manager-crony Charlie (McCormick), Eddie comes to New York to challenge the champion poolplayer of the fifty states, Minnesota Fats (Gleason) For many hours the two battle it out and Eddie is the winner all the way but overconfidence and too much drinking bring him down low. He winds up beaten and financially drained.

Later, at a all-nite restaurant, he meets up with a crippled girl, Sarah (Laurie), who is a disillusioned, life-weary alcoholic. Eddie moves in with Sarah and drifts around town hustling in third-rate pool places. One night he picks the wrong man and the loser's friends corner him and break his thumbs! He is comforted by Sarah and a mutual feelings dawn between them, though her feelings are deeper than his.

After he has recovered, Eddie gets involved with Bert Gordon (Scott) a ruthless gambler who arranges topnotch matches for Eddie for a 70% cut! Eddie, Bert and Sarah go to Kentucky, where he challenges and defeats a millionaire billiard addict, Findlay (Hamilton).

Sarah has been mentally deteriorating at a rapid rate due to her drinking and Bert , who wishes to dominate Eddie completely, undermines her to the point of no return and suicide seems the only way out for her. Her death sobers the glumly self-centered Eddie, who now realizes that his last chance for a meaningful relationship with another human being has gone.

He returns to New York and soundly beats Minnesota Fats in a disciplined and brilliantly executed rematch, then refuses to cut Bert into the take, denounces his cupidity and gross inhumanity and walks away. Life may not really improve for Eddie henceforth, but spiritually he has learned and grown and for 25 years he has been at a so-called peace but he still believes that "money won is twice as sweet as money earned" so he then forms a profitable yet volatile partnership with Vince (Cruise), a young exceptional pool hustler who reminds Eddie of himself 25 years ago. Will history repeat itself? Will Eddie now be "Bert" to Vince's "Eddie"?

1. Paul Newman

Actor | The Hustler

Screen legend, superstar, and the man with the most famous blue eyes in movie history, Paul Leonard Newman was born on January 26, 1925, in Cleveland, Ohio, the second son of Theresa (Fetsko) and Arthur Sigmund Newman. Paul's father was Jewish, the son of emigrants from Poland and Hungary; he owned...

"'Fast'Eddie Felson" The Hustler (1961) The Color of Money (1986)

2. Bill Cobbs

Actor | Demolition Man

Bill Cobbs was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, where his parents were hard-working people, who instilled in him a sense of self-reliance and humility. As an amateur actor in the city's Karamu House Theater, he starred in the Ossie Davis play "Purlie Victorious". Cobbs was an Air Force radar ...

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3. Michael Constantine

Actor | My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Award-winning Greek-American actor Michael Constantine (born 22 May 1927) is best known for his portrayal of the Windex bottle-toting family patriarch "Gus Portokalos" in the sleeper hit My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002). Before his appearance in that movie and the subsequent TV series based on it, ...

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4. Tom Cruise

Actor | Top Gun

In 1976, if you had told fourteen year-old Franciscan seminary student Thomas Cruise Mapother IV that one day in the not too distant future he would be Tom Cruise, one of the top 100 movie stars of all time, he would have probably grinned and told you that his ambition was to join the priesthood. ...

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5. Elizabeth Bracco

Actress | Money for Nothing

Elizabeth Bracco was born on November 5, 1957 in the USA. She is an actress and costume designer, known for Money for Nothing (1993), The Impostors (1998) and In the Soup (1992). She has been married to Aidan Quinn since September 1, 1987. They have two children.

The Color of Money (1986) Diane at Bar

6. Vito D'Ambrosio

Actor | The Flash

Vito D'Ambrosio was born on December 29, 1957 in Taranto, Puglia, Italy. He is an actor, known for The Flash (2014), Person of Interest (2011) and The Untouchables (1987).

The Color of Money (1986) Lou at Child World

7. Ron Dean

Actor | The Breakfast Club

Ron Dean is a character actor with over thirty years of film and television roles to his credit. This multi-talented actor, with a "tough guy" demeanor, has masterfully played nasty villains to hard, authoritative individuals (often as cops and military officials). Ron Dean has played in several ...

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8. Vincent Gardenia

Actor | Moonstruck

He was honored twice off-Broadway with Distinguished Performance OBIE Award, first in 1960 for "Machinal" and again in 1969 for "Passing Through From Exotic Places." In 1972 he won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a play for "Prisoner on 2nd Avenue." In 1979 he was nominated for Best Actor ...

The Hustler (1961) Bartender

9. Stefan Gierasch

Actor | Carrie

Stefan Gierasch was born on February 5, 1926 in New York City, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for Carrie (1976), High Plains Drifter (1973) and Jeremiah Johnson (1972). He was married to Hedy Sontag and Jane E. Churchman. He died on September 6, 2014 in Santa Monica, California, USA.

The Hustler (1961) "Preacher"

10. Jackie Gleason

Actor | The Hustler

Comedian, actor, composer and conductor, educated in New York public schools. He was a master of ceremonies in amateur shows, a carnival barker, daredevil driver and a disc jockey., and later a comedian in night clubs. By the mid-1950s he had turned to writing original music and recording a series ...

The Hustler (1961) "Minnesota Fats"

11. Murray Hamilton

Actor | Jaws

Murray Hamilton was one of those character actors whose face would be familiar to most movie buffs at an instant, yet his name may not. That's a shame, because Hamilton was one of the most versatile and prolific of performers who was never anything less than completely convincing in any role he ...

The Hustler (1961) "Findley"

12. Paul Herman

Actor | American Hustle

Paul Herman was born on March 29, 1946 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. He is an actor, known for American Hustle (2013), Heat (1995) and Silver Linings Playbook (2012).

The Color of Money (1986) Player in Casino Bar

13. Hoke Howell

Actor | Far and Away

A consummate character actor whose deep Southern drawl (courtesy of a Georgia birth and South Carolina upbringing) made him a highly sought-after personality. Howell began his career on Broadway in "Make A Million." Hollywood took note of his accent and tried to make the best use of it, from a ...

The Hustler (1961) Bit Part (uncredited)

14. Jake LaMotta

Writer | Raging Bull

Jake LaMotta had one of the best chins in boxing history. In over 110 fights against the greatest middleweights in history, LaMotta was only knocked to the canvas once in his entire 14 year career. Turning pro in the early 1940s, Lamotta ran up an impressive undefeated streak before losing. He was ...

The Hustler (1961) Bartender

15. Piper Laurie

Actress | Carrie

Piper Laurie was born Rosetta Jacobs in Detroit, Michigan, on January 22, 1932, to Charlotte Sadie (Alperin) and Alfred Jacobs, a furniture dealer. Her father was a Polish Jewish immigrant and her mother was of Russian Jewish descent. Her father moved the family to Los Angeles, California, when she...

The Hustler (1961) "Sarah Packard"

16. Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

Actress | The Abyss

Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio was born in Lombard, Illinois, to Mary D. (Pagone) and Frank A. Mastrantonio, who ran a bronze foundry. Her parents were of Italian descent. She was raised in Oak Park, IL, and began her career in school plays as a teenager. Mary attended the University of Illinois and ...

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17. Iggy Pop

Soundtrack | Coffee and Cigarettes

Legendary Rock 'n' Roll wildman and substance abuser. Recorded a series of classic rock albums with The Stooges and later as a solo artist. Worked extensively with David Bowie.

The Color of Money (1986) Skinny Player on Road

18. Richard Price

Writer | Sea of Love

Richard Price was born on October 12, 1949 in The Bronx, New York, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for Sea of Love (1989), Ransom (1996) and The Wire (2002). He was previously married to Judith Hudson.

The Color of Money (1986) Guy Who Calls Dud

19. George C. Scott

Actor | Patton

George C. Scott was an immensely talented actor, a star of screen, stage and television. He was born on October 18, 1927 in Wise, Virginia, to Helena Agnes (Slemp) and George Dewey Scott. At the age of eight, his mother died, and his father, an executive at Buick, raised him. In 1945, he joined the...

The Hustler (1961) "Bert Gordon"

20. Charles Scorsese

Actor | Goodfellas

Charles Scorsese was born on May 8, 1913 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA as Luciano Charles Scorsese. He is known for his work on Goodfellas (1990), Cape Fear (1991) and After Hours (1985). He was married to Catherine Scorsese. He died on August 23, 1993 in Kips Bay, Manhattan.

The Color of Money (1986) High Roller #1

21. Martin Scorsese

Director | Taxi Driver

Martin Charles Scorsese was born on November 17, 1942 in Queens, New York City, to Catherine Scorsese (née Cappa) and Charles Scorsese, who both worked in Manhattan's garment district, and whose families both came from Palermo, Sicily. He was raised in the neighborhood of Little Italy, which later ...

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22. Helen Shaver

Actress | Desert Hearts

Helen Shaver has built a lasting legacy, both behind and in front of the camera. She has directed hundreds of hours of television ranging from Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999) to Castle (2009), from The Unit (2006) to The Outer Limits (1995). Her film, Summer's End (1999), a Showtime ...

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23. John Turturro

Actor | Barton Fink

Highly talented, lightly built American actor who always looks unsettled and jumpy has become a favourite of cult/arthouse film aficionados with his compelling performances in a broad range of cinematic vehicles.

Turturro was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Italian-American parents, Katherine (...

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24. Forest Whitaker

Actor | The Last King of Scotland

Forest Steven Whitaker has packaged a king-size talent into his hulking 6' 2", 220 lb. frame. He won an Academy Award for his performance as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in the film The Last King of Scotland (2006), and has also won a Golden Globe and a BAFTA. He is the fourth African-American male to...

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25. Lenny Wilson

Actor | Primal Fear

Lenny Wilson was born on October 27, 1955 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He is known for his work on Primal Fear (1996), Man Against the Mob (1988) and Airline (2004).

The Color of Money (1986) Extra (uncredited)

26. Bruce A. Young

Actor | Basic Instinct

Bruce A. Young was born on April 22, 1956. He is an actor and writer, known for Basic Instinct (1992), Jurassic Park III (2001) and Risky Business (1983).

The Color of Money (1986) "Moselle"

27. Charles Dierkop

Actor | The Sting

Charles Dierkop was born on September 11, 1936 in La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA as Charles Richard Dierkop. He is an actor, known for The Sting (1973), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) and Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984). He was previously married to Joan F. Addis.

The Hustler (1961) Pool Room Hood (uncredited)

28. Myron McCormick

Actor | The Hustler

American character actor of vast stage experience who appeared infrequently but memorably in films. A native of Albany, Indiana, he attended Princeton University, where he was an honors student and Phi Beta Kappa. In 1929, he joined the University Players in Massachusetts, joining and eventually ...

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29. Juan Ramírez

Actor | Backdraft

Juan Ramírez is an actor and producer, known for Backdraft (1991), Child's Play (1988) and Chain Reaction (1996).

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