42 Surprising Facts About Well-Known Hollywood Actors – Part 2

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26Gary Sinise

Gary Sinise, the actor behind disabled veteran Lt. Dan in Forrest Gump, has a foundation that builds houses and vehicles designed for disabled veteran autonomy.


27. Actor Peter Billingsley who played Ralphie in “A Christmas Story” was the executive producer of “Iron Man.”


28. Victor Mature, after being denied membership of the Los Angeles Country Club because he was an actor, replied: "I am not an actor - and I've got 64 films to prove it."


29. John Wayne once played Genghis Khan in a movie. He didn't change his voice in any way.


30. Tom Wilson, best known for playing Biff Tannen, Griff Tannen and Buford "Mad Dog" Tannen in the Back to the Future trilogy, got so tired of hearing the same questions about his experiences making the films that he wrote a song titled "Biff's Question Song".


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31James Cromwell

James Cromwell, the actor who played Farmer Hoggett in "Babe", became an ethical vegan and vocal opponent of the unethical treatment of pigs because of the movie.


32. Actor Mickey Rourke attributed his comeback to his dogs and credited them during his Golden Globe acceptance speech in 2009. He said, “sometimes when a man's alone, that’s all you got is your dog, and they’ve meant the world to me.”


33. In the early 90's, actor Ving Rhames (aka Marcellus Wallace) met a homeless man who turned out to be his older brother who had been lost to his family since serving in Vietnam.


34. Fred Mertz does not appear in two episodes of "I Love Lucy" due to the actor William Frawley's contract, which stated that he did not have to work if the NY Yankees were playing in The World Series.


35. Actor John Hurt holds the record by dying in over 40 different movies including Alien, Spaceballs, Elephant Man, Hellboy, and V for Vendetta.


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36Clint Walker

Actor Clint Walker was pierced through the heart with a ski pole. He was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead, but a doctor detected faint signs of life and rushed Walker to surgery, where his damaged heart was repaired. Within two months Walker was again working.


37. Kevin Spacey was originally slated to play the president in Independence Day. Studio executives insisted the part be rewritten for Bill Pullman because they felt Spacey was incapable of starring in blockbusters. He won his first academy award 10 months later.


38. Steve Carell never watched more than 10 minutes of the original Office, for fear of copying Gervais' character.


39. James Franco took up a late-night job at McDonald's a while back in order to support himself and take acting lessons. While working there, he practiced accents on customers and stopped being a vegetarian.


40. Colin Farrell was a suspect for attempted murder and was acquitted due to a journal entry from his friend stating the two were doing ecstasy across town.


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41Kevin Bacon

While Kevin Bacon was at first no fan of the "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon" game created over the course of his career, he eventually grew to appreciate it, founding SixDegrees.org, a social networking site dedicating to linking people and charities together.


42. Robert Redford badly wanted the lead role in 1967's, 'The Graduate,' but was rejected by Director Mike Nicholls because he didn't think Redford could play a loser. 'Let's put it this way," Nichols reportedly said, "Have you ever struck out with a girl?" "What do you mean?" asked Redford.

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