Friday, September 27, 2013

Blind Item #3

This former A list movie and television actor who barely made it to A list in the movies is mostly television now. He is on a fairly hit network show. He is aging. The former sex symbol is now suffering from early Alzheimer's and his scenes have had to be cut and the scenes he does shoot take extra time because of what he is going through. He can't remember more than a few lines at a time and sometimes just starts talking about characters he played years ago while the cameras are rolling.

70 comments:

Ms Cool said...

Wasn't 30 Rock cancelled?

Terrier Pines said...

Tom Selleck?

VIPblonde said...

Asston. Keeps bringing up Dude, Where's My Car? ;)

Steve Mccoy said...

Tom selleck

Unknown said...

Tom Selleck which would really be sad because I love him so.

Steve Mccoy said...
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Renoblondee said...

No! Not Tom.

FSP said...

jajaja@VIP

baumyak said...
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veee said...

i wouldn't call selleck former A list movie & tv. tv yes, but what movies did he ever make (not counting tv movies.)

baumyak said...
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baumyak said...

3 men and a baby..and its sequel

Kristin said...

@veee That masterpiece that is 3 men and a baby. Followed by the equally gripping 3 Men and a Little Lady.

Robert said...

I'll guess that it's either Michael J. Fox or Robin Williams.

Paint Chips said...

How sad, whoever it is.

Simon said...

Robert, neither have shows that are yet "hits", they just premiered yesterday. Hope it's not Selleck but sadly makes sense....

Anonymous said...

Saw Selleck on the view last week. He was sharp as a tack. Thank goodness. He's such a sweet man. He had to choke back tears whilst talking about the death of his beloved horse.

SoggyCrunch said...

Help us all if Robin Williams was a sex symbol.

Tamarah Rockwood said...

It's not Robin Williams. He just did an AMA on Reddit and that was the funniest thing on earth. He's doing fine.

V said...

Speaking of AMA's, did anyone read through the one with the single guy from Austin (the one who posted the crazy ad)? Very funny, though for far different reasons than Robin Williams.

Vera L- said...

James Spader (please no)

Mary Ann said...

Mark Hamill or Ed Oneil.

Squeezebox said...

Ryan O'Neal, on Bones. Longest former television stint was on Peyton Place, where he made quite a splash. Hit movies were Love Story and Paper Moon. And yes, he was absolutely, positively a sex symbol back in the day.

V said...

Good call Squeezebox. I couldn't remember whether or not enty counted fox as network. I'm on the RFO train too

Sherry said...

I saw Robin on the Dailey Show yesterday and he was still quite sharp.

Tru Leigh said...

I thought Selleck too, until fancy's comments.

I don't think sex symbol when I think Ryan O'Neal.

Where's VIPBlonde when you need her?

Sherry said...

I'm on the RFO train too. All aboard!

sandybrook said...

Thank goodness Mark Harmon wasn't A list in movies because he nearly fits the description. Tom Selleck sounds right.

DontRainOnMyPrada said...

I don't think someone in their 70s (Ryan oneal) would qualify as "early Alzheimer's." I would think they'd be in their 50s or 60s

ms snarky said...

Ted Danson

Flicknik said...

James Caan?

ms snarky said...

Ted Danson for Cheers, movies - Three Men and A Baby, the sequel, Pontiac Moon (that movie where he met Mary Steenbergen), Cousins, etc

ms snarky said...

James Caan was on Howard Stern the other morning, was fine. No long pauses, no stumbling over words or memories, no problems at all.

La Minette Grincheuse said...

Rob Lowe?

Joanna said...

This sounds like Ted Danson to me as well. He's 65, so that's early to be experiencing such difficulties. He's also the lead on his show, so I can see them having no choice but to work around his problems.

The other candidate could be Ryan O'Neal, definitely a major TV heart throb in the latter half of the 1960s on Peyton Place, and then in a whole bunch of movie hits in the 1970s: Love Story, Barry Lyndon and Paper Moon, to name only three. However, he's only a recurring character on Bones. His scenes are short and would be a lot easier to work around than for a lead character like Danson's.

Whoever it is, it's a sad thing to be afflicted early with that horrible illness.

ms snarky said...

And Ted D is currently on CSI. I think it fits.

Tina Mallette said...

Prada I would agree, it would be someone in their 50s/60s and doctors are even seeing it in patients in their 40s now, maybe because they know more about it and what to look for.

The genetic Alzheimer tends to manifest earlier than later but only about 25% of Alzheimer cases are genetic in that you are a carrier of a certain gene.

However the risk factors for Alzheimer can also be influenced by genetics like blood pressure and cholesterol levels etc but lifestyle can either counter those factors but lifestyle also contributes to Alzheimer, same as anything else if lived most of your life right, good diet and exercise, keeping active you are more likely to avoid it unless you got dealt that genetic card.

One would think drug use over the decades can't help either.

auntliddy said...

Whoever it is, it completely sucks, unless its a known public figure I really dislike but wont name for fear of detonating site. For that particular person , i dont care, but anyone else has my symps.

Anonymous said...

Big bird.

Count Jerkula said...

I guess Ted didn't have to act too much in that Pothead PI show. Since Cheers, that is the best thing he did. I wish that show lasted longer. Sad.

Del Riser said...

I would hate for it to be Tom, he had a major movie in Quigley Down Under, it's a great Western if you haven't seen it.
As for Ted, he rarely has long speeches to make on CSI, he plays a rather laid back guy, so if it is him, he could stay in the part for quite awhile.

Mostly I am so very sorry for whomever this is, dastardly disease.

Amy said...

Rob Lowe is the only one who seems to fit -- a former sex symbol, young enough to be considered suffering from early Alzheimer's. And he probably just barely made it to the A list in movies but was up there at one time.

M. Brown said...

Craig T. Nelson on Parenthood?

D Brown said...

There was a blind two or three years back about an actor in this situation. I forget the specifics but I think it referenced an alienated actress daughter and therefore the popular guess was Jon Voight. He is now back on television in the Ray Donovan series.

Tara said...

Rob Lowe just did the Kennedys movie and is leaving Parks soon. He's also very active on social media and active in life (posts a lot of pictures of him surfing, sailing, being active with his sons). He's also really young and really fit. Craig T. Nelson might work...and Ted, but damn that depresses me.

Tara said...

Oh wait, sex symbol...not Craig.

kpist said...

Can't be Voight, he has won an Oscar, so the rating doesn't fit. Plus his show isn't on a network

Kotter said...

chevy chase?

Merry Contrary said...

Amen

Orvilla Bedinbacher said...

This makes me sad Alzheimer's is rough on all parties. Speaking from experience. I wish him and his family well.

Lola said...

I think "early alzheimer's" refers to being in the early stages, not early onset.

Ryan O'Neal was totally a sex symbol (Love Story!), I'll go with him.

Anonymous said...

Tru: when he was younger, he was kinda hot, but it's all negated for me cos he tried to crack on to his own daughter. Ew.

Anonymous said...

Count! Wash your mouth out with soap! Danson fucking ROCKED in Bored to Death!

Anonymous said...

Ha ha at Quigley down under! My dad has that on DVD!

Orvilla Bedinbacher said...

@Rach Danson was the only way I could watch that show! He was truly funny in it. I hear he is on CSI or NCIS some shit show now.
can't be bothered watching him be serious. poop.

Orvilla Bedinbacher said...

@Rach Danson was the only way I could watch that show! He was truly funny in it. I hear he is on CSI or NCIS some shit show now.
can't be bothered watching him be serious. poop.

CindyK said...

Ted Danson

Montanagirl said...

Woody harrelson

kelly said...

I have a friend who worked with Tom Selleck doing a voice over recently -- said he could barely read a sentence, had to piece the whole thing together.

Sad if this is why.

abob said...

The other day a woman tried to walk through a mirror at my work because she doesn't recognise herself, it's a sad, sad disease.

@V that was hysterical, get onto the DListed post for the best reactions.

V said...

Abob, I was cackling like a crazy woman in my bus ride home last night. Trust I saw DListed too :)

NaughtyNurse said...

Oh...so sad. This does sound like Tom Selleck.

Tru Leigh said...

Tom Selleck fits. I think on the interviewe mentioned he was having a good day.

FS said...

If The View films in the morning, then that could account for Tom Selleck's sharpness. Early stage Alzheimer's can show more in the late afternoon/evening, and sometimes in the first hour or so after waking up. The 'sharpest' hours are usually between 9 am and 3 pm for most cases.

That said, I would hate for this to be Mr. Selleck. He has always seemed like a class act, I don't think I've ever heard a bad story about him. How rare is that?

Jenn said...

Ted Danson or Tom Selleck.
I'd say Michael J Fox, but I don't know if he was a sex symbol and I'd imagine his problems would be attributed to Parkinson's not Alzheimer's.

di butler said...

This does sound like Selleck, damn. I can see the Danson, too. Always awful news.

Tina Mallette said...

Jon Voight rocks in Ray Donovan, he has to be sharp as a tack to convey that character, the nuance he uses with his eyes and his face, you gotta have your mind engaged, though I suspect he is a lot like that character. A selfish man who always put his own interests ahead of his children.

Memorizing new dialogue is tough work and short term memory is the first to go with Alzheimer, I think by the time Sundowner's manifests which is what FS is describing your short term memory is already begun that slippery slope down so not sure how sharp you are unless this actor was on one of the memory drugs that delays deterioration. My mother was put on Ebixa when she was first diagnosed with Alzheimer and it kept her on a plateau for a good 3- 4 years and even as she deteriorated she did not deteriorate as fast as others. She died of something else first though so we were spared the part where she forgot who we were, that has to be the toughest part for families.

ldylkng said...

Saw James Caan on Jimmy Kimmel this week, He was definitely having problems, & is in a new tv series this fall.

Jaiden_S said...

Chevy Chase was my first thought.

jaariel said...

@Squeezebox-- I agree with Ryan O'Neal on Bones. Totally fits.

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