Category Archives: Memory Lane

As he turns 80, ten Jack Nicholson films you should see

By Ray Bennett LONDON – The phone rang on my desk at The Hollywood Reporter and a deep, familiar voice said, “Ray? Hey, it’s Jack.” It was in the run-up to the Academy Awards in 1998 and I was expecting … Continue reading

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Sixty years a film critic … how it all started

By Ray Bennett LONDON – My life as film critic began 60 years ago with a log of movies I saw along with my verdict on each one. I was 11. The first movie image I recall seeing was of … Continue reading

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How Alan Thicke turned failure into success

By Ray Bennett Canadian writer and performer Alan Thicke, who died on Tuesday aged 69, was one of the good guys. He found lasting fame on the Eighties sitcom “Growing Pains” but he was multi-faceted and he had to overcome … Continue reading

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When Dar Robinson leapt from Toronto’s CN Tower

By Ray Bennett LONDON – The perfect word to describe legendary movie stuntman Dar Robinson, who was killed 30 years ago today: unfuckwithable. It allowed him to create thrilling stunts in films such as “Sharkey’s Machine” (above), “Papillon” and “Magnum … Continue reading

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Angie Dickinson was TV’s first top female cop

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Angie Dickinson, who turns 85 today, claimed many a young man’s heart in 1959 when, as a woman named Feathers, she squared off in only corset and tights against John Wayne in the great Howard … Continue reading

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Breaking even with Nicol Williamson

By Ray Bennett One afternoon in 2004 or so, I was in one of my local London pubs, The Cock and Bottle in Notting Hill. The saloon bar was empty except for me and the actor Nicol Williamson. We sat … Continue reading

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Mark Harmon always had the right moves

By Ray Bennett LONDON – I first met Mark Harmon, who turns 65 today, when he was 29 years-old and it was clear then that he had the talent and determination to become one of the most enduring and popular … Continue reading

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Why Wilder and Brooks stopped making films together

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Gene Wilder and Mel Brooks made three films together and each one is regarded as a comedy classic. Neither man achieved the same degree of success on his own but Wilder, who died Monday aged … Continue reading

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‘Jeannie’ Barbara Eden dreamed of being a TV cop

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Barbara Eden, who turns 85 today, is remembered most fondly as the sexy genie in the Sixties sitcom “I Dream of Jeannie” but what she really wanted to be was a TV cop. “We had … Continue reading

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When I spoke to Wonder Woman, she had no clothes on …

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Lynda Carter, in her “Wonder Woman” prime, stepped naked and wet from the shower as I said “hello” to begin our interview about life after three seasons as TV’s top female superhero. Sadly, we were … Continue reading

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