Movies are one of my passions. My father sat me down at the age of about ten and told me to watch this movie with him. The movie was “It’s a Wonderful Life (1939)” with Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed. After that, he and I watched many movies together and critiqued them afterwards. It was one of the few things he and I had in common.
I have movie trivia like this stuck in my head. But it’s not so bad. Like the weather, trivia gives people something to talk about.
1. Tom Wilson (who portrayed Biff in all three “Back to the Future” movies) is also an accomplished stand-up comedian, musician and artist. He appeared a couple of season in the “Ghost Whisperer” series as a co-worker of Jim’s and as Delia’s love interest.
2. To prepare for the role of Taber in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975), Christopher Lloyd lived in a mental institution for a few weeks and studied the patients. He modeled his character after one of the patients and stayed in character throughout all filming even when not on screen.
3. Mark Harmon’s (NCIS) father, Tom Harmon, played for the University of Michigan Wolverines and won the 1940 Heisman Trophy. His grandfather, William Franklin Knox, was United States Secretary of the Navy during World War II and a Republican candidate for Vice President in 1936.
4. Bea Arthur: Arthur was one of the first women to become an active-duty United States Marine. She volunteered and served during World War II. She also once appeared on “Judge Judy” (1996) as a witness for a defendant who was involved in the animal rights organization PETA. The defendant won.
5. At the age of 8, actor Bill Paxton (Twister, 1996; Titanic, 1997) saw John F. Kennedy speak in the parking lot of the Hotel Texas in Fort Worth on the morning of November 22, 1963.
6. Harrison Ford stumbled upon his own name on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. However, that star was not his. It belongs to silent movie actor, Harrison Ford, who appeared in more than 80 films between 1915 and 1932 and died in 1957. The contemporary Harrison Ford received his own star on the Walk of Fame in 1993.
7. Gene Kelly had a 103° temperature when he filmed his unforgettable dancing-in-the-rain-singing-the-title-song scene in “Singing in the Rain (1952).” The rain consisted of a mixture of water and milk so it would show up better on film.
8. True Lies/True Stunts: Jamie Lee Curtis actually did the stunt in “True Lies (1994)” where Arnold Schwarzenegger rescues her and she is dangling from a helicopter as the car she was in plunges into the water below. Curtis performed this stunt on her birthday, November 22. For those who don’t know, Jamie Lee Curtis is the daughter of actress Janet Leigh (Psycho, 1960) and Tony Curtis (Some Like it Hot, 1959).
9. Keith Coogan played the role of Brad Anderson in “Adventures in Babysitting (1998)” and Kenny Crandell in “Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead (1991).” He is the grandson of actor Jackie Coogan who played Uncle Fester in “The Addams Family” television series from 1964-1966. Jackie Coogan was also married to Betty Grable for three years.
10. Will Ferrell’s father, Lee, was a longtime keyboardist and saxophonist for The Righteous Brothers.
11. In the movie “The Fifth Element (1997),” the actor playing the cop in the driver’s seat waiting at the McDonald’s restaurant is Mac McDonald.
12. Ariana Richards, who played the character of Lex in “Jurassic Park (1993)” and “The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)” is a very accomplished artist.