Archives for the month of: June, 2012

Is this even the same person?  Actor Aaron Hill who played a frat boy in the movie Transformers is the real transformer. I just can’t get over the remarkable transition from dorky child actor to adult heartthrob. There is obviously a benefit to ditching the glasses, trimming the barbershop quartet hairdo, and losing that baby fat.







If he is seriously into food, I’d suggest that he ditch this series ASAP.


Brian Dembow is a Grammy winning, Julliard-trained studio musician who has played his viola on many movie and television soundtracks. He was also a member of Angeles String Quartet for 14 years. I got to know Brian because he also happens to be a foodie. We spent many afternoons at the Coffee Shop talking about my favorite subject: food!

Peter Boyd Maclean is a filmaker and video artist. Along with Rik Lander he formed the Duvet Brothers and was at the forefront of “Scratch Video” (Video almost sounds quaint) using archival footage.

Rene Verdon, former chef of the White House when John F. Kennedy was the president. He never came to the Coffee Shop (at least not that I know of), but I hung this picture on the “chefs” wall as an homage to French technique.   It now seems hard to believe that French chefs once dominated the American culinary landscape. In a way it was their old world mentality that let them drop the ball. What is more French than preserving technique while using local and seasonal ingredients? (Think Normandy vs. Provence – both French, but so different – French technique – local and seasonal ingredients) It’s too bad the chefs who came here from France couldn’t see that. It took French-trained chef, Wolfgang Puck, French-trained restaurateur Michael McCarty, and French-trained chef John Sedlar just to name a few,  to show them what was possible.

Kevin Brophy  is one of those actors who has a defining role early in their career (in his case as Lucan, the Werewolf, in 1977,78) that mark and follow them wherever they go. I couldn’t find much on the internet about what Kevin is doing now. His photo from IMDB hardly looks like the Arnold Schwarzenegger doppelgänger he was in this photo.

A few months ago I helped a friend,who is a casting director, clean out a storage locker that was filled from floor to ceiling with albums full of headshots. Even though he kept a couple of albums worth of photos, the rest went into the dumpster. I wondered what happened to these thousands of actors and actresses who came to Hollywood to follow their dream and ended up as black and white images in Hollywood’s trash.

Their stories would be a lot more interesting than the ones who stay and pursue a fading dream summed up on an internet page with the “born”….paragraph followed by the “among the roles”…paragraph followed by the “further credits include” paragraph…followed in a very few cases by the “and more recently’ paragraph.

If Hollywood ever produces the Chuck E. Weiss story, however, Kevin Brophy might have a new defining role.

Location scout, Adam Silver, is still traveling the globe looking for movie venues.

Comedian, musician, and actor, Carl Ballantine did it all until his death at 92. Ballantine was a good friend of Coffee Shop regular, Edith Fellows.

Born Myron Kessler, he renamed himself after a bottle of Ballantine Whiskey. He continued the tradition by naming his two daughters after his favorite racetracks, Saratoga and Molly Caliente. Saratoga, a well-known voice actor produced a film called Troupers. It features another couple of Edith’s show biz buddies, Betty Garrett and Connie Sawyer.

Here is a trailer from Troupers.

Bozo the Clown influenced a lot of clown characters who came after him, including Krusty from the Simpsons and Ronald McDonald. But, Bozo wasn’t just one person. The character was a franchise, and every major city had one. The man who controlled the Bozo  character was a man named Larry Harmon, who purchased the licensing rights from Capitol Records in 1956. His story is told in the book, the Man Behind the Nose. I think that this photo was originally signed by Harmon, then another Bozo signed over it.  I guess we’ll never know. What was interesting was the card I found on the back of the picture.

Tatjiana Patitz is a German-born model who was raised in Sweden and now lives in Malibu. For more information check out this fan-produced website.