Dedications: My four late friends Rory, Stan, Bryan, Jeff - shine on you crazy diamonds, they would have blogged too. Then theres Garry from Brisbane, Franco in Milan, Mike now in S.F. / my '60s-'80s gang: Ned & Joseph in Ireland; in England: Frank, Des, Guy, Clive, Joe & Joe, Ian, Ivan, Nick, David, Les, Stewart, the 3 Michaels / Catriona, Sally, Monica, Jean, Ella, Anne, Candie / and now: Daryl in N.Y., Jerry, John, Colin, Martin and Donal.

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Michael Sarrazin RIP

Another R.I.P! Michael Sarrazin (1940-2011) was one of those interesting new actors who came along in the mid-60s and, again like most good-looking actors, had a good 10 years with some interesting hits and misses. As a leading man of the era he was ideal opposite the likes of Jacqeline Bisset and foil to Jane Fonda and Susannah York in THEY SHOOT HORSES DON'T THEY, 1969 - one of those movies we loved at the time and which I have been meaning to re-watch.

Sarrazin often played young drifters (as in HORSES) and is another one in the effective teasing thriller EYE OF THE CAT, 1967 (reviewed here previously). Other movies included Streisand's co-star in one of her minor movies, the amusing FOR PETE'S SAKE (1974), and THE REINCARNATION OF PETER PROUD, and the monster in the television FRANKENSTEIN: THE TRUE STORY ('75). Other movies included SOMETIMES A GREAT NOTION, THE FLIM FLAM MAN, and that Italian oddity in '68 with Julie Christie - IN SEARCH OF GREGORY, another one to re-watch sometime. Canadian Sarrazin was always interesting and had a nice laid-back presence. Among the roles he turned down was Joe Buck in MIDNIGHT COWBOY.

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