Sunday, November 24, 2019

Blind Item #5 - Reader Blind - Old Hollywood

This deceased foreign born actor whose birthday was very recently was iconic and groundbreaking in the genre he was most famous for playing a number of immediately recognizable roles.  He is also associated with a different holiday from a very famous voiceover role.

It’s not a secret, and the actor made no attempt to hide the fact despite living in less enlightened times, that he was not completely white. His mother’s side was partially from this country where his father was stationed earlier in his life.  What isn’t so well known is that towards the end of his life, the actor embraced a religion associated with this country changing his diet and attending services daily in this particular religion’s house of worship.  He said it brought him peace as he was ill and dying. 

15 comments:

Tricia13 said...

Rudolph Valentino?

Twynks said...

Cagney?

Vita said...

Boris Karloff? Horror movies and The Grinch. Had Indian and Thai ancestry

Mystique99 said...

I think it's Boris Karloff. His birthday was yesterday (11/23)and everyone knows his voice from the narration of the Grinch.

VirgilHilts said...

@Tricia13 Valentino never did voiceovers, he was a silent actor after all and died before talkies were huge.

gauloise said...

Actually it was his father who was half Indian, while his mother had some indian anscestry somewhere.

It's not that hard to fact check this stuff on Wikipedia.

Jacqualine said...

I thought of Karoff too.

GentleBreeze said...

Interesting. I didn't know this. If he was Buddhist or Hindu, and it brought him comfort in his last days - good for him.

Traitorhater said...

My grandmother sublet her apartment in the Dakota in NYC from him. My sister sat on his knee That's interesting about his ancestry. Thanks. I was thinking him as well because of Grinch voice.

Scallywag said...

Boris Karloff's great-aunt was Anna Leonowens so he had a connection to Thailand (then Siam) but not a blood connection.

Cocobean said...

Less enlightened times than these?! Hahaha

Silkprint said...

This is Boris

Count Jerkula said...

This scene was so awesome.

Conrad Brooks : You know which movie of yours I love, Mr. Lugosi? The Invisible Ray. You were great as Karloff's sidekick.

Bela Lugosi : Karloff? Sidekick? FUCK YOU! Karloff does not deserve to smell my shit! That limey cocksucker can rot in Hell for all I care!

Edward D. Wood, Jr. : What happened?

Bela Lugosi : How dare that asshole bring up Karloff? You think it takes talent to play Frankenstein? It's all makeup and grunting!

[mocks Frankenstein]

Large Marge said...

Still laughing at Rudolph Valentino doing voiceovers

GentleBreeze said...

Just googled that scene. Martin Landau was a gem! Gonna have to watch that movie again.

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