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Making of a Male Model (1983)

A young man is enticed by an agent to join her modeling agency.


Irving J. Moore


AJ Carothers (as A.J. Carothers)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Collins ... Kay Dillon
Jon-Erik Hexum ... Tyler Burnett
Kevin McCarthy ... Ward Hawley
Roxie Roker ... Madge Davis
Arte Johnson ... Marty Sampson
Ted McGinley ... Gary Angelo
Jeff Conaway ... Chuck Lanyard
Patricia Smith ... Mrs. Rockwell
Rosemarie Stack ... Lila Chandler
Tamara Stafford ... Linda
Robert Walker Jr. ... Joseph
Richard Pierson Richard Pierson ... Leo
Robert Pinkerton Robert Pinkerton ... Scott
Barry Pearl ... Clarence
Twyla Littleton Twyla Littleton ... Amanda


A young man is enticed by an agent to join her modeling agency.

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Release Date:

9 October 1983 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


About one year after this TV movie aired, Jon-Erik Hexum died as a result of a freak accident on the set of a new series he was filming entitled Cover-Up. Goofing around between takes, Hexum put a prop pistol to his head and it went off. As a result, he was declared brain-dead, and when he passed away, several of his organs, including his heart, were donated to others in need. He was only 26 years old. See more »

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The Voyagers Meets Dynasty... and Taxi
15 December 2018 | by TheFearmakersSee all my reviews

Here's proof that the term "Cougar" wasn't invented to mean what it does now, back in 1983 when Joan Collins, famously considered the iconic DYNASTY Cougar i.e. seducer of younger men, describes how she sees Jon-Erik Hexum's would-be model, who she had talked into going from a manly Texas stuntman to a New York model: "A cougar," she describes, "ready to pounce."

And also dated is when Hexum's Tyler Burnett complains about gay men when Collins, as successful agent Kay Dillon, points out that it goes with the show-biz territory: one that Hexum is able to realistically combat with enough reluctance to not seem awkward that such a perfect-looking guy wouldn't have considered modelling in the first place...

So the best scenes occur as learns the ropes and begins to climb the fashion rungs, leaning on Jeff Conaway's gay, has-been roommate for Shakespearean-delivered advice while hitting auditions and strategic disco nightspots. But it fails with another hard if impossible device to grasp (or recover from): That Hexum, star of the series VOYAGERS and soon cast in COVER-UP (before his famous accidental death), would fall so pathetically hard for Joan: The rest of the Movie-of-the-Week melts into a sappy Lifestyle Channel romance, in reverse...

Here it's a dude that... despite quickly hitting it off with gorgeous girl-next-door Tamara Stafford, the next year's scream queen in THE HILLS HAVE EYES PART II... trades sappy, love-crushed seats in a role usually written for the ingenue: "Turned around," Joan says, "with an accent on you men," and in that, would have given the actress an interesting performance rather than Joan simply floating down river while Hexum, by wielding his laidback, humble persona, keeps from drowning in it.

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