50 Awesome Facts about Hollywood Actors – Part 2

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26Paul Rudd

Paul Rudd

When Paul Rudd was 10, he made a large LEGO model of Steelers punter Craig Colquitt. 30 years later, Craig's son moved next door to Paul Rudd. Paul wanted to use this opportunity to give the LEGO model to Craig, but Paul's mother broke it one day before Craig came into town to visit his son.

27. Stan Lee's eyesight has deteriorated to the point where he can no longer read comic books.

28. Actor David Yost, who played the original Blue Ranger from “The Power Rangers” TV Series walked off set one day during lunch and never came back due to perpetual harassment from producers and crew members over him being gay.

29. In the ‘50s, Christopher Lee was engaged to Henriette von Rosen, daughter of Count Fritz von Rosen. After hiring private detectives to investigate the actor and demanding references, the Count refused to allow his daughter to marry him unless Lee got the blessing of the King of Sweden. Lee got it.

30. The visor that Geordi La Forge wore to give him the vision in Star Trek: The Next Generation made actor Levar Burton 90% blind while filming.

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31John Cusack

John Cusack

John Cusack once asked his agent to present him with the "craziest, the most unproduceable script you can find." His agent presented "Being John Malkovich". Impressed with the script, Cusack auditioned and won a role in the film.

32. 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.

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

34. 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."

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

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36Tom Wilson

Tom Wilson

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".

37. 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.

38. 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.”

39. 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.

40. 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.

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41John Hurt

John Hurt

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

42. 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.

43. 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.

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

45. 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.

46Colin Farrell

Colin Farrell

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.

47. 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.

48. 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.

49. Morgan Freeman played a singing vampire obsessed with vegetables on The Electric Company in the 70's.

50. Gary Cooper was offered a part on the movie Gone with the Wind but rejected it saying, "Gone With the Wind is going to be the biggest flop in Hollywood history. I’m glad it'll be Clark Gable who's falling flat on his nose, not me". It became the highest grossing film of all time for inflation.


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