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Help fact-checking a list of well known Childfree people

2020.06.04 17:08 ChildfreeFamily Help fact-checking a list of well known Childfree people

I'm compiling a list of childfree people for a blog. I have found a few lists online (which have been helpful). But in some cases they were not up-to-date. A person may have had children since being added to their list (example: I had to remove George Clooney who appeared on a number of lists). Or there might be some people missing who should be on the list.
If you have a moment to scan the list and let me know of any other errors or omissions it would be appreciated.
It has been fun working on this list. A few people on it surprised me. Thanks again for any help.
\Edit for clarification: the term "childfree", in the sense of this list, will be in regards to people who never had a child from a live birth, fostered a child, adopted a child, or was a step-parent.*

Herbert Samuel Adams – Sculptor
Charles Addams – Cartoonist (The New Yorker)
Jane Addams - Social Worker, Political Activist, Co-Founder of the ACLU, & Nobel Peace Prize Winner
Nancy Addison – Actress
Louisa May Alcott – Author
Cynthia May Westover Alden – Author, Philanthropist
Grover Cleveland Alexander – Baseball Player
Suzy Allegra – Author
Marty Allen – Comedian
John Murray Anderson – Musical Theatre Producer
Laurie Anderson – Performance Artist
Marian Anderson – Concert Singer
Louis Andriessen – Composer
Jennifer Aniston – Actress
Susan B. Anthony – Womans’ Suffragist
Samuel Appleton – Politician, Philanthropist
Geoffrey Arend - Actor
Louis Armstrong – Musician (Contested: The Louis Armstrong Museum states he had no children, but in 2012 Sharon Preston-Folta has claimed to be his daughter from Lucille “Sweets” Preston, a dancer at the New York Cotton Club)
Boris Artzybasheff – Artist
Dorothy Arzner – Film Director
Dr. Robert C. Atkins – Diet Doctor, Author, Creator of the Atkins Diet
V.C. Andrews – Author
Jane Austen – Author
Max Baer Jr. – Actor
Francis Bacon – Politician, Philosopher, Scientist
Florence Bailey – Author, Naturalist, Ornithologist
Tallulah Bankhead – Actress
Abdullah al-Baradouni – Yemeni Poet
Bob Barker – Game Show Host
Joe Barr – Canadian Politician
Lynda Barry – Cartoonist
Clara Barton - Nurse, Humanitarian, Founder and First President of the American Red Cross
Kathy Bates – Actress
Jaya Battacharya – Actress
King Baudouin – King of Belgium
Samuel Beckett – Author, Playwright, Poet
Ludwig Van Beethoven – Composer
Joe Besser – Actor
Isabella Bird – Author
Jacqueline Bisset – Actress
Lewis Black – Comedian
Eubie Blake – Musician, Composer
William Blake – Artist
Brenda Blethyn – Actress
Marc Blitzstein – Composer, Dramatist
Baroness Karen Blixen – Author
Rosa Bonheur – French Painter and Sculptor
Pierre Bonnard – Artist
William Edgar Borah – Politician
Lara Flynn Boyle – Actress
Georges Brassens – Singer
Alison Brie – Actress
Joe Bob Briggs aka John Bloom – Author, Movie Critic
Raymond Briggs – Children’s Book Author
Poppy Z. Brite – Author
Anne Bronte – Author
Louise Brooks – Actress
Helen Gurley Brown – Feminist, Editor
Reno Browne – Actress, Equestrian
Delta Burke – Actress
Kathy Burke - Actress, Comedian
James Buchanan – 15th U.S. President
Pat Buchanan – Politician, Presidential Candidate
James Burke – Creator of the PBS Series “Connections”, Scientific American columnist
Raymond Burr – Actor
Caryl Lee Burroughs – Hollywood Animal Trainer
Leo Buscaglia – Author
Brett Butler – Actress, Comedian
Julia Cameron – Director
Phyllis Carlyle – Film Producer
Dora Carrington – Bloomsbury Artist
Laura Carroll – Author
Mary Casatt – Artist
Roger Casement – Irish Patriot
Nina Cassian – Poet
Barbara Castle – British Politician
Kim Cattrall – Actress
Mary Chapin Carpenter – Singer, Songwriter
Rosamond Halsey Carr – Founder of Rwanda’s Imbabazi Orphanage, Author, Fashion Designer
Richard Chamberlain – Actor
Coco Chanel – Fashion Designer (Contested: Following her elder sister’s suicide, she looked after her son)
Stockard Channing – Actress
RuPaul Andre Charles - Drag Performer, TV Personality
Judy Chicago – Artist
Margaret Cho – Comedian
Julia Child – Professional Chef, Cookbook Author
Helen Clark – New Zealand Prime Minister
Patricia Clarkson – Actress
Dorothy Clewes – Children’s Book Author
Imogene Coca – Actress
Claudette Colbert – Actress
Billy Collins – U.S. Poet Laureate
C. Collodi – Author
William Conrad – Actor
Frances Conroy – Actress
Storm Constantine – Fantasy Writer
Jill Ker Conway – Author, first woman President of Smith College
Anne Cool – Canadian Senator
Pat Coombs – Actress
Copernicus – Scientist
John Corbett – Actor
Joseph Cornell – Artist and Creator of the Cornell Box
Ann Coulter – Political Commentator
Alec Sadler Craig – Australian Politician, Philanthropist
Quentin Crisp – Author, Actor
Tim Curry – Actor
Charlotte Curtis – First woman on the masthead of The New York Times
Patrika Darbo – Actress
Simone de Beauvoir – Author
Mahmoud Darwish – Palestinian Poet
Leonardo Da Vinci – Artist
Gray Davis – Governor of California
Ellen Degeneres – Comedian
Jeffery Deaver – Author
Eugene Victor Debs – Activist
Bessie and Sadie Delaney – Authors
Dana Delany – Actress
Don DeLillo – Author
Del Rubio Triplets – Musical Group
Bo Derek – Actress
Rene Descartes – Philosopher
Portia De Rossi – Actress
Emily Dickinson – Poet
Benjamin Disraeli – Politician, Author
Steve Ditko – Cartoonist, co-creator of the Spider-Man Comics
Dorothea Dix – Educator, writer, philanthropist
Hannah Dobryn – Author
Tamara Dobson – Actress
Richard Donner – Film Director
Lauren Shuler Donner – Film Producer
Lizzie Douglas aka Memphis Minnie- Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter
Marjory Stoneman Douglas – Environmentalist, Founder of Friends of the Everglades
Maureen Dowd – Columnist, Pulitzer Prize winner
Sir George Downing – Founder of Downing College, Cambridge, England
Gabriel Dumont – Native American Tribal Leader
Lena Dunham - Actress, Director, Producer
Francis Drake – Explorer
Fran Drescher – Actress
Esther Dyson – Author, Internet Expert
Amelia Earhart – Aviator
Deborah Eisenberg – Author
Liubov Egorova – Dancer
Anita Ekberg – Actress
T.S. Eliot – Poet
Havelock Ellis – Psychologist, Author
Tracee Ellis Ross – Actress
Harlan Ellison – Author
Elizabeth I – Queen of England
Joan Elm – Canadian Politician, Community Activist
Bonnie Erbé – PBS Commentator and Columnist
Dame Edith Evans – British Film and Stage Actress
Linda Evans – Actress
Rupert Everett – Actor
Anne Ewers – CEO of the Utah Symphony & Opera
Jane Fallon – Author
Chow Yun-Fat – Actor
Barbara Feldon – Actress
Pamelyn Ferdin – Actress
Ralph Fiennes – Actor
Lynn Fontanne – Actress
Margot Fonteyn – British Ballerina
Juliana Rieser Force – Whitney Museum Director
Richard Ford – Author, Editor of Granta
Margaretta Forten – Abolitionist
Dian Fossey – Anthropologist
Janet Frame – Poet
Felix Frankfurter – Supreme Court Justice
Tanya Franks – Actress
William Frawley – Actor
Frank Frazetta – Artist
Alice Freeman – First woman to be President of a liberal arts college, (Wellesley), helped establish the University of Chicago.
Elsie Freund – Artist, Jewelry Designer
Louis Freund – Artist
Robert Fripp – Composer, Musician
Stephen Fry - Actor, Comedian
Eva Gabor – Actress
Magda Gabor – Actress
Maxwell Gage – Noted New Zealand Geologist
Diamanda Galas – Singer
Tess Gallagher – Author
Paul William Gallico – Author
Janeane Garofalo – Actress, Comedian
Greta Garbo – Actress
Ava Gardner – Actress
Henry Garfiled aka Henry Rollins - Musician (Black Flag, Rollins Band)
Greer Garson – Actress
Gloria Gaynor – Singer
Anthony Geary – Soap Opera Actor
Ricky Gervais – Comedian
William Schwenck Gilbert – Composer for Gilbert & Sullivan
Althea Gibson – Athlete
Dorothy Gish – Actress
Lillian Gish – Actress
Katharine Bruce Glasier – Author
Susan Glaspell – Playwright
Sharon Gless – Actress
Crispin Glover – Actor
Christoph Willibald Gluck – Composer
Paulette Goddard – Actress
Robert Hutchings Goddard – Physicist
Kurt Godel – Author
Alexander Godunov – Actor, Dancer
Stephen Goldin – Author
Emma Goldman – Activist, Feminist
Valeria Golino – Actress
Jan Goodwin – Author, Travel Writer
Edward Gorey – Artist
Lotte Goslar – Dancer
Lauren Graham - Actress (Contested - Her long-term partner has a child.)
Martha Graham – Choreographer
Cecil Green – Former CEO of Texas Instruments, Philanthropist
Johnny Green – Musician
Gael Greene – Food Critic, Author
Baroness Susan Greenfield – Director of the Royal Institution, Professor of Synaptic Pharmacology at Oxford University, Neurologist
John Robert Gregg – Inventor of the Gregg Shorthand Method, Publisher
Joyce Grenfell – British Actress
Nanci Griffith – Singer, Songwriter
Martha Griffiths – First Female Michigan Lieutenant Governor
Terry Gross – NPR Host
James Grout – Actor
Mabel Dole Haden – Former President of NABWA
Catherine Hakim – British Sociologist
Daryl Hall – Singer, Musician (Hall & Oates)
Jon Hamm - Actor
Celia Hammond – Former Model and Animal Activist
Lionel Hampton – Musician
Georg Friedrich Handel – Composer
Chelsea Handler - Comedian
Howard Harold Hanson – Pulitzer-Prize Winning Composer
Setsuko Hara – Japanese Actress
Warren Gamaliel Harding – 29th U.S. President
E Chambré Hardman – Photographer
Jean Harlow - Actress
Debbie Harry – Singer (Blondie)
Alex Heard – Author
Sir Edward Heath - Politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Susan Helms – Astronaut
Christina Hendricks - Actress, Model
Adrian Henri – Poet, Painter
Marguerite Henry – Children’s Book Author
Katherine Hepburn – Actress
Milton S. Hershey – Founder of the Hershey Chocolate Company
Lorena Hickok – AP Political Reporter
Taiko Hirabayashi – Author
Nicole Hollander – Cartoonist
Thelma Holt – Actress, Theatre Producer
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. – Associate Justice of the Supreme Court (USA)
Grace Murray Hopper – Computer Scientist
Rima Horton - Politician
Soad Hosni – Egyptian Actress
Lila Kedrova Howard – Actress
Mick Hucknall – Singer
Howard Hughes - American Business Magnate, Investor, Pilot, Engineer, Film Director, Philanthropist
Bonnie Hunt – Actress
Kristin Hunter – Children’s Book Author
Lauren Hutton – Actress, Model
Patricia Ireland – President of the National Organization for Women, NOW
George J. Irbe – Creator of the Great Lakes water temperature climatology
John A. “Jack” Jackson – Philanthropist, Oilman
Tove Jansson – Children’s Book Author
Randall Jarrell – Poet
Anna Jarvis – the “Founder of Mother’s Day”
Joan of Arc – Christian Saint
Jack Johnson – First African-American to win the heavyweight boxing championship of the world.
Margaret Johnston – Actress
Martin and Osa Johnson – Authors, Photographers, explorers, and naturalists.
Richard Mentor Johnson – U.S. Vice-President
Samuel Johnson – Author, Editor
William Hugh Johnston – Labor Leader
Carolyn Jones – Actress
Renee Jones – Actress
Spike Jonze – Film Director
Ashley Judd – Actress, Activist
Madeline Kahn – Actress
Immanuel Kant – Philosopher
Julie Kavner – Actress
Nikos Kazantzakis – Author
Odette Keene – Musician
Helen Keller – Author
Joyce Kennard – Judge
Joe Kernan – Politician
Maynard Keynes – Economist, Founder of the Vic-Wells Ballet, Financed the Arts Theatre in Cambridge, England
King Louis XVI – King of France
William Lyon MacKenzie King – Former Canadian Prime Minister
William Rufus King – U.S. Vice-President
Robert Kiyosaki – Author
Caroline Knapp – Author
Aleksandra Kollontai – Author
Dean Koontz – Author
Tadeusz Kościuszko – Polish Patriot
Jerzy Kosinski – Author
Jonathan Kozol – Author, Activist
Lee Krasner – Artist
Albert Kroc – Co-Developer of McDonald’s Fast Food Chain
Henry Richardson Labouisse – Diplomat, Former Head of UNICEF
Karl Lagerfeld - Fashion Designer
Princess Lakshmi – Indian Princess
Elsa Lanchester – Actress
Philip Larkin – Author, Poet
Charles Laughton – Actor, Director
Dan Lauria – Actor
Frank John Lausche – Politician
Tom Lehrer – Singer, Musician
Jay Leno – TV Host
Richard Lewis – Comedian
Lyn Lifshin – Poet
Queen Liliuokalani – Queen of Hawaii
Siân Lloyd – Weather Broadcaster
Carole Lombard – Actress
Jack Lord – Actor
Pauline Lord – Actress
Patty Loveless – Singer
Alfred Lunt – Actor
John Lyon – Philanthropist, Regarded as the Founder of The Great Public School Of Harrow
Rose McClendon – Actress
Robert McCormick – Former Owner of the Chicago Tribune
Mary Jackson McCrorey – Politician, Activist
Hattie McDaniel – Actress
Roddy McDowall – Actor, Photographer
Odd McIntyre – Newspaper Columnist
Ian McKellen – Actor
Kristy McNichol – Actress
Janet McTeer – Actress
Christine McVie – Singer, Songwriter (Fleetwood Mac)
Dora Maar – Photographer
René Magritte – Artist
Bill Maher – TV Personality
Katherine Mansfield – Author
Shirley Manson – Singer
Vito Anthony Marcantonio – Politician
Francesca Marciano – Actress
Miriam Margoyles – Actress
Mary Ellen Mark – Award-Winning Photographer
William III & Mary II of England – King & Queen of England, Ireland, and Scotland
Bobbie Ann Mason – Children’s Book Author
Mari Matsunaga – Creator of i-mode, Named One of the Top 25 Tech Women of the Web
Theresa May - Politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Giuseppe Mazzini – Italian Patriot
Fradique de Menezes – President of Sao Tome and Principe
Melina Mercouri – Greek Actress
Freddie Mercury – Musician
Angela Merkel – German Chancellor
George Michael – Musician
Oscar Micheaux – Film Director, Producer, Author
Edna St. Vincent Millay – Poet
Alley Mills – Actress
Brenda Milner – Renowned Professor of Neuro-Psychology: Mcgill’s Faculty Of Medicine And At The Montreal Neurological Institute
Kylie Minogue - Singer
Helen Mirren – Actress
Margaret Mitchell – Author
Eugenio Montale – Nobel Prize Winner, Poet, Author, Editor, Translator
Vicki Moore – Spanish Animal Rights Philanthropist
John Morgan – Founder of the University of Pennsylvania Medical School, and Medical Director of the Continental Army
Lady Morgan (Sydney Owenson) – Author
Morrissey – Musician
Rob Morse – Columnist (San Francisco Chronicle)
Marjorie “Mo” Mowlam – Britain’s Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
John Mulaney – Comedian
Annamarie Tendler Mulaney – Artist
Diana Muldaur – Actress
Megan Mullally - Actress
Ona Munson – Actress
Haruki Murakami – Author
Iris Murdoch – Author
Mikayil Mushfig – Poet
Modest Mussorgsky – Composer
Kanagarajah Muthiah – Tamil Activist
Ralph Nader – Activist
Taslima Nasrin – Author
Alla Nazimova – Actress
Noel Neill – Actress
Bebe Neuwirth – Actress
Sir Isaac Newton – Scientist
Stevie Nicks – Singer (Fleetwood Mac)
Friedrich Nietzsche – Philosopher
Florence Nightingale – Nurse
Ursula Nordstrom – Children’s Book Editor
Jessye Norman – Opera Singer
Kim Novak – Actress
Rudolph Nureyev – Dancer
Anita O’Day – Jazz Singer
Georgia O’Keeffe – Artist
Frederick D. O’Neal – Actor, Playwright
Joyce Carol Oates – Author
Nick Offerman - Actor
Sandra Oh - Actress
Claire Parker – Director, Animator
Dorothy Parker – Author
Suzanne-Lori Parks – Playwright
Rosa Parks – Activist
Dolly Parton – Singer, Actress
Julia Pascal – Playwright
Ann Patchett – Author
Alicia Patterson – Editor
Wolfgang Pauli – Physicist
Linus Pauling – Winner of Nobel Prizes in Chemistry and Peace
Sarah Paulson – Actress
Michelle Paver – Author
Anna Pavlova – Dancer
Molly Peacock – Poet, President Emerita of the Poetry Society of America
Minnie Pearl – Singer
Samuel Pepys – Author
Matthew Perry - Actor
Bernadette Peters – Actress
Jean Peters - Actress
Arthur Phillip – First British Administrator Sent to Australia
Wendell Phillips – Orator and Reformer
William Phillips – Co-founder and Editor of Partisan Review , Writer, Critic
Marge Piercy – Author, Poet
Plato – Philosopher
Martha Plimpton - Actress
Edgar Allan Poe – Author
Jackson Pollock – Artist
Katherine Ann Porter – Author
Parker Posey – Actress
Beatrix Potter – Children’s Book Author
Charles Edward Potter – Politician, Philanthropist, Administrator of the Cheboygan County Bureau of Social Aid
Joyce Purnick – Former New York Times Metro Editor, Journalist
Edna Purviance – Silent Movie Actress
Colin Quinn – Comedian
Robin Quivers – Radio Host
Raffi – Children’s Musician
Bonnie Raitt – Singer, Songwriter
Joey Ramone – Musician
Ayn Rand – Writer, Philosopher, Author
A. Philip Randolph – Politician
Jeanette Rankin – 1st Female US Representative
Man Ray – Artist
Rachel Ray – Celebrity Chef
Lou Reed – Singer, Musician
George Reeves – Actor
Frances Reid – Actress
Leni Riefenstahl – Filmmaker
Janet Reno – Former U.S. Attorney-General
Judith Resnick – Astronaut
Jennifer Rhodes – Actress
Condoleezza Rice – National Security Advisor
Cliff Richards – Musician
Miranda Richardson – Actress
Alan Rickman – Actor, Director
Elizabeth Riddell – Journalist
Sally Ride – First American Female Astronaut
Bridget Riley – Artist
John Ringling – Founder of Ringling Brothers Circus
Mary Roach - Author
Morgan Andrew Robertson – Author
Debbie Rochon – Actress
Norman Perceval Rockwell – Illustrator
Eric Rohmann – Author, Winner of the 2003 Caldecott Medal for Best Illustrated Children’s Book
Ginger Rogers – Actress
Richard Roeper – Film Reviewer, Chicago Sun-Times
Wilhelm Rontgen – Awarded the first Nobel Prize for Physics in 1901, discoverer of X-Rays
William Bruce Rose Jr. aka Axl Rose - Musician (Guns N' Roses)
Mickey Rourke – Actor, Boxer
Patricia Routledge – Actress
Joan Ruddock – Activist
John Ruskin – Author
Winona Ryder – Actress
Yves Saint-Laurent - Fashion Designer
Dr. Lee Salk – Child Psychologist
Renu Saluja – Indian Film Editor
Diana Sands – Actress
Aligi Sassu – Artist
John Sayles – Director
Jean-Paul Sartre – Existential Philosopher
Diane Sawyer – TV News Anchor
Rosika Schwimmer – Author, Activist
Ed and Thelma Schoenberger – Co-founders of the Indiana Flower & Patio Show
Ellen Browning Scripps – Newspaper Columnist, Philanthropist
Joel Schumacher – Film Director
Maurice Sendak – Children’s Book Author
George Bernard Shaw – Playwright
Lionel Shriver – Author
Sarah Silverman – Comedian, Actress
Michael Sinelnikoff – Actor
Siouxsie – Singer, Musician (Siouxsie and the Banshees)
Robert Smith – Singer, Musician (The Cure)
David Shogren – Bassist (Doobie Brothers)
Betty Smith – Author
Dodie Smith – Playwright, Author of The Hundred and One Dalmatians
Gladys Louise Smith aka Mary Pickford - Actress, Producer, Screenwriter, Businesswoman
Howard Worth Smith – Politician
Kate Smith – Singer
Lemony Snicket (Real Name: Daniel Handler) – Children’s Book Author
David Souter – Supreme Court Justice
Jill St. John – Actress
Mabel Stark – Female Tiger Trainer
Gertrude Stein – Author, Patron of the Arts
Victor Strauss – WWII Journalist
Gloria Steinem – Activist, Writer
Maria W. Stewart – Author, Activist
Lily Strickland – Composer, Writer, Artist
Patrick Swayze – Actor
Loretta Swit – Actress
Henrietta Szold – Holocaust Heroine
Wislawa Szymborska – Nobel Prize Winning Poet
Amy Tan - Writer, Author
Sara Teasdale – Poet
Toni Tennille – Singer (Captain and Tennille)
Princess María Teresa of Bourbon-Parma – French-Spanish Political Activist and Academic
Nikola Tesla – Scientist, Inventor
Theodora – Empress and wife of Justinian I
Susanna Thompson – Actress
Georgianne Thon – Actress
M. Carey Thomas – President of Bryn Mawr College
Willie Mae Thornton – Singer, Songwriter
Jennifer Tilly – Actress
Wendy Tokunaga – Author
Lily Tomlin – Actress, Playwright
Ann Turkel – Model
Randy Travis – Singer
Edward Tylor – Anthropologist
Names "U - Z" will be in a comment below (the new additions put the list over the character limit).
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2019.12.14 05:50 Chtorrr Here’s a collection of 180+ free Christmas ebooks. This collection is compiled from public domain works found on Project Gutenberg. Please share and enjoy.

These books are all found on Project Gutenberg. At the bottom of this post you’ll find past collections of free ebooks that I have compiled for FreeEBOOKS. If there are topics you’d like to see me collect let me know in the comments.
More free ebook collections:
100 free mythology books
250 free kids and YA books
200 free sci-fi books
100 free classics
100 free Christmas ebooks
100 free poetry ebooks
100 free history ebooks
100 free memoirs and autobiographies
50 free mysteries
100 free books about pirates
70 books about space and astronomy
200 books about cooking and housekeeping
50 historical books about childbirth and sexual health
175 medical books
50 free craft books
100 free gardening books
Free assigned summer reading books
60 free ebooks about adventure and exploration in the Arctic and at the South Pole
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100 more free mythology ebooks
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2018.07.29 00:53 namkcuR Ranking Characters: 11+ Episode Recurring

Alright, I recently posted my Ranking Characters: 5-10 Episode Recurring, and my Ranking Characters: The One-Offs and Ranking Characters: 2-4 Episode Recurring before that. Without further ado, here is my ranking of the 11+ Episode Recurring characters, creme-de-la-creme of WW recurring characters.
(Please keep in mind that this will not include what I call "non-Regular regular" characters like Margaret, Ed & Larry, other assistants, press corp reporters, etc. There will be a separate list for them. I just felt they aren't the same thing as what I'm ranking here.)
20. Bram Howard, portrayed by Matthew Del Negro // 16 Episodes, Seasons 6-7
Despite appearing in a fair number of episodes in the final two seasons, Bram, a Santos staffer, didn't seem to have much of an impact, and not a whole lot of personality either. He was just kind of 'there'. Maybe I'm forgetting things, but in my recollection, he's the least memorable of all the characters on this list, by a wide margin. Sorry, Bram.
19. Secretary Of Defense Miles Hutchinson, portrayed by Steve Ryan // 16 Episodes, Seasons 4-7
Steve Ryan, who has sadly passed in the years since the show ended, really gave Hutchinson a highly memorable presence. Hutchinson was a bit of an asshole, and often tended to get into arguments with the White House over 'turf'. You rarely ever saw anyone get in Leo's face the way Hutchinson did in "Inauguration: Over There". It's probably a realistic depiction of how cabinet secretaries can behave sometimes, though, and Ryan sold it well, going right up to the edge without going over the top.
18. Helen Santos, portrayed by Teri Polo // 18 Episodes, Seasons 6-7
Helen is a character that I recall being pretty unpopular amongst fans. I can understand why. She often complained, and came off as someone who really wished her husband wasn't running for president and was being dragged into the whole thing under duress. As a result, she often seemed cold and unsupportive.
On the other hand, as a mother, it's the natural thing to want put your kids above anything and everything, and as a wife, it's understandable to be a bit bent out of shape if your husband is doing this big thing in spite of the fact that you didn't want it.
Nevertheless, there are moments of genuine support and love mixed in, and by the time Santos is sworn in, she seemed to be warming up to everything a little.
She may not have been super likable, but she was probably more realistic than we'd like to think.
17. Vice President Robert "(Bingo) Bob" Russell, portrayed by Gary Cole // 22 Episodes, Seasons 5-7
Ok, Russell being this low is not meant as a big insult. It's just that on this list, practically every character after this is a classic character, and I couldn't talk myself into putting any of them below Bingo Bob.
The character was introduced early in season 5, one of the first big things the Wells regime did after wrapping up the kidnapping storyline, and you can tell the sole purpose of the character from the minute he was introduced was to be the Democratic frontrunner that the eventual "chosen one"(ended up being Santos) would defeat as the underdog. In this respect, the character was such a plot point that he was rarely able to just breathe as a character(and in fact, was barely seen after losing the primary).
That said, I give a lot of credit to Gary Cole, because I think he took what could've been a Robert-Ritchie-esque character on paper and did a lot more with it than some other actors could've. He did a good job portraying an ambitious man, even if it was empty ambition, who was smarter than people gave him credit for, who knew what people thought of him, and who was determined to prove people wrong. He took what could've been a bad character and made him a pretty decent one.
He's only this low because the rest of the characters on the list are more than decent, imo.
16. Ronna, portrayed by Karis Campbell // 22 Episodes, Seasons 6-7
I love Ronna. Ronna was longtime congressional staffer for Santos who joined the campaign with him, and was there until the end, at which point she was given a job in the White House, presumably as the new Mrs. Landingham, aka Executive Secretary outside the Oval Office.
She always just seemed like such a nice, warm person, who was in the business for all the right reasons, not a careerist, but someone who really wanted to affect change and help people.
There is a scene in the very last episode, when she sees the Oval Office in person for the first-time, and she gets all wide-eyed and happy, like a kid seeing all the presents under the tree on Christmas morning, yet simultaneously like an adult that is humbled and honored to be a part of something bigger than herself. She is moved by that moment. I've always felt like in that moment, she embodied all the highest ideals that were present in all of the main characters in the Bartlet administration, and that the show had set out to embody from the beginning.
If the show had gone on with the Santos administration, Ronna definitely should've made the main cast.
15. Louise Thornton, portrayed by Janeane Garofalo // 15 Episodes, Season 7
It always felt like Louise was written with Garofalo in mind, though that's probably not the case. You just can't imagine anyone else playing her.
Thornton was this highly intelligent, aggressive, fearless, successful, sardonic, prickly communications advisor on the Santos general election campaign. She knew her shit, she knew how the game was played, and she wasn't afraid to tell Josh if/when she thought he was wrong about something(that's probably why Josh initially didn't even want her at that first meeting).
But she was also a mercenary type, not too eager to swear loyalty to one person or one administration. You get the feeling she didn't want to drink anyone's kool-aid and then end up disappointed.
Nonetheless, Josh convinced her to become the Communications Director for the Santos administration, which absolutely seemed like the right and natural role for her.
Over the years, when people talk about what the ideal cast would've been for an eight(ninth, etc) season, Garofalo/Thornton is always near the top of the list, the new Toby, etc. I can't help but agree with that.
She was a great character that would be a valuable voice and asset in any number of political situations going forward, and I've always liked Garofalo, a unique and under-appreciated talent.
14. Mallory O'Brien, portrayed by Allison Smith // 11 Episodes, Seasons 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7
The only daughter of Leo McGarry, she was a fixture in the Sorkin years, particularly the first season, and was seen sporadically throughout the show's run(maybe the only character outside the main cast who was in both the pilot and "Tomorrow"?) mainly as a potential romantic partner for Sam.
I always liked Mallory, she was passionate, smart, would tell you exactly what she thought of you, and could throw elbows with the WH senior staff.
Of all of Sam's potential love interests - Lauri, Mallory, Ainsley, etc - I think Mallory was the best match(though he and Ainsley had the most physical chemistry). They were both intellects, both fiercely liberal(Mallory maybe even more than Sam), both felt duty to things bigger than themselves(Sam to government, Mallory to education), and so on. When they were on screen together, they would often argue, but in the way that people who like to argue with each other argue, and at the end of the day, there always seemed to be genuine affection between them.
It's a shame she was kind of dropped after taking Sam home in 20 Hours In America.
13. Deborah Fiderer, portrayed by Lily Tomlin // 35 Episodes, Seasons 3-7
Tomlin is a national treasure, a totally unique persona, and there is obviously so much of her in Deborah, that it's another instance where no one else could have played her.
Mrs. Landingham was a beloved character, and it probably would've been a bad decision to try to make her replacement anything like her, so it's a good thing they made Deborah the absolute polar opposite.
The hippie-dippy personality, the quirkiness, the eccentricity, and more animated sense of humor all set her apart of Mrs. Landingham's more direct approach and deadpan sense of humor.
That very same humor and eccentricity could've made her seem not up to the job - in fact it did for Bartlett at first - but everybody soon found that underneath all of that was a very smart, classy, uber-competent woman who would kick ass at the job, and whom Bartlett and his staff would grow very fond of.
It's not easy to step into the shoes left by a character beloved by those both inside and outside the show, but Tomlin/Fiderer were quite up to the task, and the result was highly memorable character in her own right.
12. Congresswoman Andrea 'Andy' Wyatt, portrayed by Kathleen "Bird" York // 15 Episodes, Seasons 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7
Andy was important in that her presence added depth to an already deep and much-loved main character in Toby.
The interactions between the two of them served to show that Toby, while a good man, was a difficult man to deal with between his temperament and his dedication to his work, and that he may just not have been ideal husband(or even boyfriend) material.
The scene in the house when Toby proposes and Andy says no, because he's too sad, and he'll always be sad, is one of the more heartbreaking scenes in the whole series because it's true, and all of Toby's history shows it, but it took seeing it from Andy's point of view to really crystalize that aspect of Toby's personality.
In her own right, Andy was always shown as a highly intelligent, powerful woman - she was a congresswoman after all - with her own political views that didn't always line up with the White House, a woman could stand up to to any man, but also a sensitive women who felt things deeply beneath her hardened surface. She also had a great sense of humor.
It was a really good depiction of a career woman who was also a borderline single mom to twins, who was somehow balancing it all. A woman to be reckoned with.
11. Agent Ron Butterfield, portrayed by Michael O'Neil // 16 Episodes, Seasons 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7
It never seemed like Michael O'Neil was acting. He just was Ron. O'Neil is very adept at this sort of serious-government-official type role, as he's done it in multiple other shows(most recently on Scandal), but he was never better than here. You can't imagine anyone taking that particular job more seriously or being more dedicated to it than Ron was. His job was to protect the President, and that's what he did, to 1000% of his abilities.
Any time there was any of security-related crisis, Ron was there, always to kindly tell everyone there's nothing to worry about, or to make darn clear shit is going down.
His shining moment has to be "In The Shadow Of Two Gunmen", first screaming at the driver "GW! GW!", and then his conversation with Toby, culminating in perhaps his most memorable piece of dialogue:
"It wasn't your fault. It wasn't Gina's fault, it wasn't Charlie's fault, it wasn't anybody's fault, Toby. It was an act of madmen. You think a tent was going to stop them? We got the President in the car. We got Zoey in the car. And at 150 yards, five stories up, the shooters were down 9.2 seconds after the first shot was fired. I would never let you not let me protect the President. You tell us you don't like something, we figure out something else. It was an act of madmen. Anyway, the Secret Service doesn't comment on procedure."
Ron's entire character is embodied in that paragraph of dialogue. He was a great character. One of the hallmarks of an actor nailing a character is that you have trouble seeing that actor in any other role. I've seen O'Neil in 24, Scandal, even as a mass shooter in Grey's Anatomy, but every time, I see him and all I can think is, 'that's Ron Butterfield'. That probably won't change.
10. White House Associate Counsel Ainsley Hayes, portrayed by Emily Proctor // 12 Episodes, Seasons 2, 3, 7
One of the criticisms during the first season of the show was that it was too liberal, that it wasn't presenting conservative viewpoints fairly. I guess when WW started, Aaron Sorkin wasn't as well-known as he is now. Now, nobody would expecting anything other than unabashed, unapologetic liberalism from him, but back then, he was just the showrunner, and the show was seen as too liberal, and that was that.
So early in season 2, the character of Ainsley Hayes was introduced, a conservative lawyer hired, ultimately by Bartlet himself, to be an Associate Counsel, because Bartlet likes smart people who disagree with him.
Here's the thing about this character: As well-written as she is, given the nature of the character and her political views, her likability factor, and chemistry with the rest of the cast, was going to be very dependent on the actress and the portrayal. Fortunately, Emily Proctor absolutely nailed it.
She brought the character to life as this warm, sensitive, sweet, hyper-intelligent young woman, every bit as idealistic and duty-bound and humbled by the job and the building as Bartlett's staff, only a Republican. She delivered pro-gun, anti-EPA, and other conservative arguments in a sympathetic manner(not saying I was convinced by any of them, I'm no Republican after all). And she was gorgeous. Three cheers for Emily Proctor.
The way she was introduced was ingenious as well. The first time we see her is with her obnoxious friends, who exhibit unfiltered hatred towards Democrats. When she sees them again after her first White House visit, one of them asks, 'did you meet anyone there who wasn't worthless?'. Showing the contrast between them and Ainsley was great. It was as if Sorkin was saying "That's how you think we talk about Republicans, but it's not. Instead, here's our fair take on a Republican."
And that's ultimately the triumph of Ainsley Hayes, that she's depiction of a good person you'd have no problem calling a friend, who happens to have different political opinions. Sorkin would take a different tact when he created the Robert Ritchie character, a caricature of a Republican, but here, he created a genuinely lovable conservative who felt like a real, genuine person, and Emily Proctor gave her life flawlessly. The proof is that you always hear people bemoaning that CSI: Miami happened, and wishing she would've stuck around longer. It's entirely possible these 12 episodes were the best work of her career.
Oh yeah, and she had off-the-charts physical chemistry with Sam. When you take two people who would have chemistry with a chair, and put them together, that tends to happen.
9. Mrs. Delores Landingham, portrayed by Kathryn Joosten // 30 Episodes, Seasons 1-4(flashbacks in 3 and 4)
Kathryn Joosten didn't start acting until she was in her 40s, and her most well-known roles - this and Karen McCluskey on Desperate Housewives - didn't come until she was in her 60s. It was an unusual career arc, but perhaps having led a normal life for 40 years before she started acting is part of why Mrs. Landingham felt like such an authentic, lived-in character.
There was a humbleness to Mrs. Landingham, she had no ego on her. She was there to her job, to serve her country, and her friend of decades, Jed. She took no shortcuts, as illustrated when she refused to take any discount on new car in 18th and Potomac. This humbleness and sense of duty is all the more remarkable once you hear her tell Josh that both of her sons died in Vietnam. Joosten's performance in that scene is something else. It's subtle, but she does such a good job of conveying, just in her face, that grief that never goes away.
Because of her long relationship with Bartlet, she seemed to be the only person other than Abby and Leo to have 'I can say whatever I want' privileges with him. She took much advantage of this, never missing an opportunity to tell the leader of the free world how things were, or mock him, or challenge him. It was a unique relationship they had, and you could tell they both treasured it.
It is her combination of humility, spunk, wit, and heart that makes her such a beloved character. And she meant a lot to Bartlet and his staff. The staff takes is hard, but Bartlet is so distraught he is moved to curse at God in Latin.
She mattered, and her death mattered too. To quote Leo, "She was a real dame. A real broad."
8. Zoey Bartlet, portrayed by Elisabeth Moss // 25 Episodes, Seasons 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7
I said on the last list that Ellie was my favorite Bartlet sister, but it's not too difficult to see why they decided to give Zoey the most airtime. If you had these three options in front of you:
Eldest sister, more or less a soccer mom by choice in a less-than-ideal marriage.
Middle sister, shy post-grad bookworm who doesn't like attention
Youngest sister, single free-spirit college girl looking to enjoy the experience and have fun
You might see where Zoey was the best option for the stories they were looking to tell, because they were looking to build significant plots around her.
Most of Zoey's screen time is in her storyline with Charlie(and Gina) leading up to the assassination attempt, and then in the lead-up to the kidnapping and its aftermath. She pops up a few times outside of that(and gets back together with Charlie by the end), but most of her time was in major plots, and she was the sister that worked best in that role.
And the character works well, largely in part because of Elisabeth Moss's portrayal. Moss has gone on to become one of the Prestige TV era's most successful actresses - from The West Wing to Mad Men to Top Of The Lake to Handmaiden's Tale, she seems to have a Midas touch - and her success is well-deserved. She gives Zoey a warmth, a vivaciousness, a free-spiritedness, a zest for life that makes her appealing. This is especially apparent in the first season, and I feel like we can gradually see her losing her innocence as the seasons go on. I think that's both good writing and good acting. Moss is really probably the reason Zoey is ranked this high.
Zoey and Charlie are a very popular couple, I think rightly so. I dig them. I like the notion that they can overcome both the racial barrier and the socioeconomic barrier(she's a president's daughter, he comes from nothing) to find love together. It's always been slightly mystifying that she'd go from Charlie to Jean-Paul, but then again, she explains that in her and Charlie's conversation in Evidence Of Things Not Seen, and I think it's my favorite dialogue she ever had:
ZOEY It's been four years in the White House, another being the daughter of a candidate. Eight years as Governor. My grades get printed in the paper. My boyfriends are in the paper. I live and die by my parents' successes and failures. And so do you. Sometimes even more than me. And Jean-Paul doesn't. He's happy. He's... just... happy.
CHARLIE That's cause he's got five hundred million dollars and no conscience.
ZOEY No it isn't. He cares about things. And one of them is me. And none of them are this, and that's appealing to me right now.
Clearly, she misjudged Jean Paul, but I think this dialogue gives the clearest window into her character and her psyche that we ever got. And it's understandable, the desire to just escape from that world for a while.
Zoey is an interesting, appealing(most of the time) character who was a focal point of some of the show's most famous plots, and she put Elisabeth Moss on the map, so she'll always be one of the show's most remembered recurring characters.
7. Joey Lucas, portrayed by Marlee Matlin / 17 Episodes, Seasons 1-7
I'm a huge admirer of Marlee Matlin. I imagine she must be such an inspiration to deaf people who want to act or be in the performing arts. But it's not just that she's made it as an actress in a hearing world, it's that she's a great actress.
Because she can't rely too much on speech, she has to do a lot of acting with her face and her body, and she has mastered that art. She is capable of showing so much on her face, from amusement to frustration to worry to confusion to happiness, on and on. She conveys a whole world of emotions just with her facial expressions, and it's great to watch.
The character of Joey has one of the great introductory scenes, waking up and yelling, via her interpreter, at hungover, unshaven, and disoriented Josh in his office. It's a really effective illustration, right off that bat, of a woman who doesn't see her deafness as any kind of a handicap, and has no problem yelling at people and doing what needs to be done to do her job well.
Joey is always impeccably good at her job, always giving Bartlet and his staff exactly the numbers they need, using utmost discretion when necessary(as when she did the poll prior to the MS announcement), as well as sometimes giving them numbers they don't even know they need(as in 20 Hours In LA when she reminds Toby and Sam that Al Kiefer forgot to ask how much people CARE about the flag burning issue, leading Josh to remark 'You have any idea how big you scored with Toby and Sam right now?', to which Joey confidently responds 'Yes'). She also, oftentimes, offers sage political advice to go along with the numbers. She's a big mind, and she becomes indispensable to the administration.
More than that, she's just a good person. I thought it spoke volumes when she asked Josh, "how's the president?" in the airport after he finished telling her about the MS and explaining what he needed from her. He's just laid this huge bombshell on her, and tasked her with a difficult task, and the first thing she does is ask how the president is. That's the kind of person she was, to have the poise to be able to ask that question at that moment, and the heart to want to. She has a beautiful soul.
I love Joey. (For the record, I wouldn't have minded her with Josh, but I feel like he wouldn't have had the patience to be in a relationship with a deaf woman, and she wouldn't have had the patience to put him his intense personality.)
Shout out to the guy who played her interpreter, Kenny. He probably doesn't get enough love, but he should. He's a big part of the character.
6. Danny Concanon, portrayed by Timothy Busfield // 28 Episodes, Seasons 1, 2, 4, 5, 7
Busfield has been one of the most likable actors in television for decades, ever since he portrayed Elliot in Thirtysomething, and he brings that quality, that effortless likability and intangible decency, to Danny Concanon in full force. He really fit into Sorkin's universe perfectly.
I suppose it was decided early on that they needed a reporter character, and thus Danny was created. It would've been easy for such a character to end up being cold, or stand-offish, or careerist, but Danny was affable, approachable, and he turned down a promotion because he loved being a reporter. That he managed to be all of this while also being as relentless as any other reporter who wants a story and better at the job than most of the others is just icing on the cake.
It's fun watching him screw with the staff for fun - obviously with Josh in "Celestial Navigation", goading him into saying they had a secret inflation plan, and again in "The Portland Trip", when he has fun with CJ by not giving back the draft Sam choked on, as retribution for her having made of Notre Dame.
It's also fun watching him go after a story like a dog with a bone, as with the Shareef story in season 4. He just keeps digging and digging until he gets there, and even though he's a total pain in CJ's ass, she, and everyone else, respects his game and his chops.
He is also shown to be a man with a moral code. Like any reporter, he steadfastly refuses to ever divulge a source. When Leo tells him lives are at stake, he delays a story. And when CJ is almost about to leak him a story that she was told to keep a lid, he doesn't let her, saying that in twenty minutes she wouldn't like him anymore(yes, he admits he took free leads from previous secretaries, but this shows that when there's a personal relationship at stake, he'll protect the person). Also, in "Inauguration: Over There", when his editor screws him, he rushes to tell CJ that it wasn't him, that he wouldn't do that.
If there's any weakness to the character, it's that he disappeared for long stretches. He was in the first season and the first third of the second season, and then he disappeared completely for a while. I've always thought it was a real shame that he wasn't around during the MS storyline, I thought he could've had a big role there. He returned midway through season 4, and was around for the remainder of the season for the Shareef storyline, and then after the season 5 premiere, he disappeared again for two years. Finally, he returned again for a third stint in season 7 to give CJ her happy ending.
Regarding his and CJ's relationship, I think they're a great match intellectually, morally, in terms of worldview. It also helps that he appeared to comfortable enough in his own skin to be Mr. CJ Gregg. A woman of her stature sometimes struggles to find a man who can play that role. It certainly took a while for CJ to finally let her guard down and let Danny in, but hopefully it was the beginning of a long and successful relationship.
Danny bordered on being a plot device at times, particularly in his second two stints, but ultimately he's a strong enough character played by a strong enough actor that it didn't matter.
5. Amelia 'Amy' Gardner, portrayed by Mary Louise Parker // 23 Episodes, Seasons 3-7
So we come to perhaps the series' most polarizing character. Some love her, some can't stand her, but almost everyone has a strong opinion about Amy Gardner.
If you love her, you might say it's because she is exceptionally head-strong, singularly passionate for her cause, super competent, relentless and talented at her job, willing to call the guys out on their crap, and funny. Oh, and because she had great physical chemistry with Josh.
If you can't stand her, you might say it's because she, at times, perpetuates the image of feminists as being crazy or unreasonable(I saw somebody write a whole article on that), or because she comes off as unstable sometimes(ok, one time in particular), or because she's too much of a smart-ass, or because she has a high opinion of herself and does't seem to work well in a group setting, or because of a general immaturity where she seems to be more comfortable when fighting with someone than when not.
There's that famous scene in "We Killed Yamamoto" where she throws Josh's cell phone into the boiling pot of stew and then literally cuts the cord on the landline with scissors. That was simultaneously a low point for the character and one of her most memorable moments. Every time I watch it, I feel like yelling 'Run Josh, run, she's crazy man, get out of there!'.
It is a testament to the overall strength and memorability of the character that she ranks this high despite coming of as cuckoo sometimes. Regardless of where you stand with her, she is clearly one of the most memorable recurring characters the show ever had.
As far as her and Josh go...I know there are people to this day who think they should've been endgame instead of Josh and Donna, but I'm a Jonna guy, so I disagree. For me, it's as simple as this: Josh and Amy are too much alike. They're both political soldiers, they are both super intense when it comes to their work, and they both will never give up a fight. I think they would've eventually driven each other crazy(in fact that's kind of what happened, isn't it?). Josh didn't need someone who would just match, and exacerbate, his most troublesome traits(as far as his long-term mental and emotional health are concerned), but rather someone who would calm him down, pull him away from the fight, and show him that there's more to life than said fight. That's Donna. That's my position and Josh/Amy shippers can yell at me for it if they wish.
No matter how you slice it, any character that generates such passions, negative or positive, among fans, should probably be high on a list like this. For what it's worth, my favorite Amy episodes are in seasons 4-5 when she's Abby's chief of staff.
4. Bruno Gianelli, portrayed by Ron Silver // 19 Episodes, Seasons 3, 4, 6, 7
Bruno was a complex character, one who carried himself like shark, willing to do whatever it takes to win and get paid, and yet one who also has strong beliefs of his own.
He is clearly shown as being no qualms about bending the rules to beat the enemy because 'I don't know how else to fight fire with fire'(I'm thinking specifically of changing a few words to turn a candidate ad into an issue ad). He and his people often got into heated debates with Bartlet's staff on that because Bartlet's staff always wanted to stand on principle and do the right thing, where Bruno would always yell at them that you have to win first. He was a pragmatist in that way.
Some would point to his famous dialogue from "Gone Quiet":
"Because I am tired of working for candidates who make me think I should be embarrassed to believe what I believe, Sam. I'm tired of getting them elected. We all need some therapy, because someone came along and said that liberal means "soft on crime." Soft on drugs. Soft on communism. Soft on defense. And we're gonna tax you back to the stone age because people shouldn't have to go to work if they don't want to. And instead of saying, 'Well, excuse me, you right-wing, reactionary xenophobic, homophobic, anti-education, anti-choice, pro-gun, Leave-it-to-Beaver-trip-back-to-the-fifties!' we cowered in the corner and said, 'Please. Don't. Hurt. Me.' No more. I really don't care who's right, who's wrong. We're both right, we're both wrong".
And say that it illustrates a liberal ideology. But you could probably argue that his real point with those words was to say that the right wing was painting that extreme picture of the left, that he was against politics becoming such a battle of extremes, but that if forced to, he'd play that game to win.
This would make his decision to work for Vinnick later on make more sense(though it was probably really because Ron Silver switched sides for real), in that Vinnick was a moderate, and Bruno would work for anyone that would move politics as a whole to the center(and pay well).
Because Bruno was ultimately a centrist and a pragmatist who didn't have much use for extreme ideology.
It's a type of character not seen much in the WW universe.
Beyond this, Bruno was also great because he was multi-faceted. He could be blunt and brutal and insulting, often in a funny way, when trying to get people to just focus on winning. As in "Manchester" when everyone is in the shed, arguing, and Bruno finally says:
"Yeah. Uh, listen up. I've been thinking it might not be such a bad idea to lock you all in here and set the place on fire. We have 48 hours before we kick off this campaign. We will work hard. We will work well. We will work together. Or so help me, mother of God, I will stick a pitchfork so far up your asses, you will, quite simply, be dead."
But then on the other hand, there are moments when you see some sensitivity, and when you see him actually be moved by something, like after Bartlet gives the speech in "College Kids", and Bruno's talking to Josh, and he says:
"The speech to the teachers this morning? 24 years in professional politics, I have never seen anything like it. You would have been proud. We're going to win this election, you know?"
or even in "20 Hours In America" when Bartlet gives the "streets are too crowded with angels" speech, Bruno and Sam have this exchange afterwards:
BRUNO When did you write that last part?
SAM In the car.
BRUNO Freak.
In both instances, Bruno shows real admiration for Bartlet and Sam.
There's also his courtship of Margaret, including the necklace he gifted her, with her correct name on it, which further shows his humanity.
Like I said, he's just a complex character that added necessary layers to both Bartlet's re-election campaign and Vinnick's campaign, who could be both funny and thought-provoking. Silver did a great job with him, may he R.I.P.
3. NSA Dr. Nancy McNally, portrayed by Anna Deveare Smith // 20 Episodes, Seasons 2-7
So, here we reach the highest-ranking female character on this list, and I think she's deserving. I think it is important to see women, and particularly minority women, in roles like this.
National Security Advisor is a big-time job with big-time responsibility, and time and again you see Nancy in a room with the president, the chief of staff, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, and many other important people, and never is she the slightest bit intimidated, and never once is she treated with anything other than utmost respect from her peers. She is also an authority figure to those below her, and even Bartlet's staff treats her accordingly. I have to imagine it matters for younger African-American women to see roles like this.
Nancy is present in many of the show's most intense storylines, from the assassination attempt to Zoey's kidnapping and more, and she always appears in total command. Even in some smaller storylines, she projects authority - for example, in Someone's Going To Emergency, Someone's Going To Jail, the scene with her and Sam in the Situation Room, where she has to show him that that woman's grandfather was a spy. She's in complete control in that scene, and it's great to watch.
She's not just toughness and authority though, she can also let her hair down and show her emotions when appropriate. A classic example is the scene with her, Leo, and Fitz where she's just venting to them, saying she's had it, and let's attack, etc, and she calls Fitz "Admiral Sissymary". It just shows her frustrated and having to let it out.
Another example is her leading a round of applause for Bartlet the first time they're in the situation room after he announces his MS and his intention to run again.
She's just a terrific character, a three-dimensional person. Much credit to Anna Deveare Smith, a fantastic actress(and playwright) who was perfectly cast.
You have to think one of the reasons Kate Harper was an unpopular character was because Nancy all but disappeared after Kate was introduced, appearing in only four episodes after. So much screen time that should've, and would've been Nancy's, but was instead replaced by someone who wasn't half the character Nancy was.
2. Admiral Percy "Fitz" Fitzwallace, Chairman Of The Joint Chiefs Of Staff, portrayed by John Amos // 22 Episodes, Seasons 1, 3, 4, 5
John Amos was such an incredible presence on screen, any scene he was in, he pretty much owned(and that's saying something, as he shared much of his screen time with Martin Sheen). Between his physical size, commanding voice, and charismatic nature, you couldn't not pay attention to him. This is echoed in the way other characters respond to him. Bartlet's staff show him a level of respect and deference that they usually only reserve for Bartlet himself and Leo. That says it all.
Fitz was more or less based on Colin Powell, and the character did him proud. On television, fictitious generals and admirals in a political context are often depicted as conservative caricatures, just wanting to bomb everything in site, and Fitz was a much deeper character than that.
Take the scene where he walks in on the debate about gays serving in the military, and more or less rips all the conservatives in the room a new one, ending with "put that in your pipe and smoke it".
Doesn't mean he's a liberal - it's pointed out when he's briefly considered as a VP candidate that no one even knows if he's a Democrat or Republican - but it does mean he's not exactly an ideologue, and that being both a military man and a man of color makes him see the world in a certain way.
There are so many classic Fitz scenes to look at.
His super-intense conversation with Leo, just the two of them, in the Situation Room, where he talks Leo into taking out Shareef. The way he starts by trying to break the ice with talk about shampoo, and then subtlely shifts the conversation to what he really wants to talk about...
Fitz: "Can you tell when it's peacetime and wartime anymore?"
Leo: "No."
Fitz: "I don't know who the world's leading expert on warfare is but any list of the top has got to include me and I can't tell when it's peacetime and wartime anymore."
Leo: "Look, international law has always recognized certain protected persons who you couldn't attack. It's been this way since the Romans."
Fitz: "In peacetime. . . ."
Leo: ". . . I don't like where this conversation's going. . . ."
Fitz: "We killed Yamamoto. We shot down his plane."
Leo: "We declared war. . . . I'm going to get back to the office."
Fitz: "We measure the success of a mission by two things: was it successful and how few civilians did we hurt. They measure success by how many. . . . You're talking to me about international laws. The laws of nature don't even apply here! I've been a soldier for 38 years and I've found an enemy I can kill. He can't cancel Shareef's trip, Leo. You've got to tell him, he can't cancel it."
Amos nails it here, the urgency and conviction seem SO genuine. The scene stays seared in your mind.
Another classic is the scene I mentioned while talking about Nancy, when it's her, Leo, and Fitz in the Situation Room. After she gets through venting, this happens:
NANCY Just fly in at night, and while you're at it, could you order the USS Louisians to fire off a D-5 Trident just to see if it works? What's the worst that could happen?
FITZWALLACE [bewildered, to Leo] Is she talking to me?
FITZWALLACE Well, 98% of all living organisms within a seven mile radius would die instantly in a torrent of fire.
Amos's delivery here is so perfect and so deadpan, it just cracks me up every time.
I mean I could go on and on, but I guess I'll finish by talking about his death.
I'm not sure why they decided to kill Fitz off in the Gaza attack, and I know it's not a popular decision for a lot of people, but I'll say this: You know a character was great when his death really makes you feel something, and in that moment when Leo tells Bartlet that Fitz was among the fatalities, you feel that. You feel it. And Bartlet goes to visit Fitz's widow(even though they changed her name), you feel that too. It makes an impact.
You don't get that impact if you're not a great, great character.
At this point, there's one character left, but I'm about to hit the 40000 character limit, so I'm going to have to that last character in a reply...
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2017.04.22 14:46 portlane Death Notices for Saturday, April 22 2017

Clark County (Columbian):
Brandsma, Gordon Dean, 62, Ridgefield, died April 18, 2017. Layne’s Funeral Home, 360-687-3143. 
Portland (Oregonian):
John E. 'Jack' Agar
Oct. 8, 1921 - April 7, 2017
John Edward "Jack" Agar died Friday, April 7, 2017 from Parkinsons disease. Jack was born in Mitchell, Neb., to Charles and Josephine (Lukens) Agar.
Jack grew up on the family farm in Plains, Mont. He served an apprenticeship at Bremerton Naval Ship Yard. Self described as "truck crazy," he spent most of his career behind the wheel of over-the-road diesel trucks. He drove for LASME, CF, Mitchell Bros., NORPAC, and Boyd Coffee Co. The family spent time in Milwaukie, Bremerton, and the Silverton area.
Jack was predeceased by his wife of 71 years, Virginia (Woodings); and daughter, Jacquelyn Barkley-Geisler. Surviving children are Rebecca Arnold, Carolyn Walter, William Agar (Nancy); son-in-law, Joseph Geisler; grandchildren, Keri Arnold, Bradley Arnold, and Stefanie Agar.
Special thanks to the caregivers at The Springs at Clackamas Woods.
There will be no services.
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Carolyn Joyce (Johnson) Bergeron
Oct. 27, 1939 - April 15, 2017
Carolyn Joyce Bergeron (Johnson) died in a Portland area memory care unit April 15, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard John Bergeron who died Feb. 10, 2016.
Carolyn was born Oct. 27, 1939 to Cletus and Ruthe Johnson. Len was born March 3, 1939 to Ernest and Rosemund Bergeron.
Len is survived by his brother Ed Bergeron.
Len and Carolyn are survived by their three children; Ted (Leesa) Bergeron of Salem, Joanne (Bryan) Shepherd of Carmel Ind., and Steve (Toni) Bergeron of Gladstone; and three grandchildren, Alaina Miller, Alan and Caledonia Bergeron.
Lifelong Oregon residents, Len graduated from Benson Polytechnic and Carolyn was in the first graduating class at Wilson. Both graduating in 1957. Len furthered his education at the University of Portland and Carolyn went to the Oregon Agricultural College (OSU). They married Feb. 7, 1959 at St. Clare Church in Multnomah, Ore.
Len started his professional career in retail sales and became a partner in Farwest Graphics in 1970. Carolyn was a home-maker, scout leader, PTA president and enjoyed many craft hobbies until 1976 when the mini-series "Roots" was aired. From then on, Genealogy was her main hobby and the Genealogy Forum of Oregon became her clubhouse. Len loved racing sailboats on the Willamette river where he taught his children to sail. Carolyn enjoyed family time on the Oregon coast.
Fiercely independent, it took cancer to stop Len and dementia to stop Carolyn.
Now that Carolyn has joined Len in peace, we are holding a small memorial at 11 a.m., April 29, 2017 at Riverview Abbey in Portland. A private interment for family will be held after.
Len and Carolyn asked for remembrances to be made to the Humane Society of Oregon on their behalf.
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Patricia Anne 'Patti' Blenkinsop
Nov. 4, 1927 - April 18, 2017
Patti passed away April 18, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Blenkinsop; two sons, Michael and Brian. She is survived by daughters, Zetta Ryan and Linda Cobb; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at Noon, Saturday, April 29, 2017 at Spring Mountain Bible Church, 12152 S.E. Mather Rd, Clackamas, Oregon. Any donations may be made in Patti's name to Spring Mountain Bible Church.
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Walter Howard Evans III
Feb. 8, 1941 - April 15, 2017
Walter Howard Evans III died early in the morning of April 15, 2017, after a brief illness.
Born in Portland in 1941, Walt was a proud graduate of Duniway Elementary School and Cleveland High School, two communities where he made lifelong friends and enjoyed his entire life. He graduated from the University of Oregon, pledging Beta Theta Pi and majoring in Political Science. He continued his education at Willamette University College of Law, becoming a third-generation Oregon lawyer like his father and grandfather before him.
He began his career as a clerk for the Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court, remaining in Salem the following year to help create the Oregon Court of Appeals while working for the Oregon Judicial Council. Walt then moved to Washington, D.C. to work for Senator Mark Hatfield. In Washington he met his wife, Rebecca Berg, and they had their daughter, Alexandra Evans.
Walt loved the many years he spent working on Capitol Hill before he transitioned to private practice while still in D.C. There he represented the Embassies of Japan and Qatar and was influential in shaping the landmark 1986 Water Resources Development Act, which imposed cost sharing on local sponsors for the first time. He returned to Portland, spending the last 20 years at the law firm of Schwabe, Williamson and Wyatt where he most enjoyed his work relating to the many ports of the Pacific Northwest. For decades, he was an active member in the Pacific Northwest Waterways Association, advising and advocating on their behalf locally as well in Washington, D.C.
Walt will be remembered for many things, but most significantly his smile, his warmth, and his genuine interest in others. He had a passion for history, a penchant for Portland food carts, and an innate ability to befriend everyone he met. His loss is keenly felt by many.
He was active in the Portland community, most recently serving on the Board of Waverley Country Club after serving on the History Committee for years and chairing the House committee at his death. He is survived by his wife; daughter; sisters, Martha and Emily Evans; brother-in-law, Kevin Wilson; niece, Jessica Hope; aunt, Caroline Rankin; numerous cousins and countless friends.
There will be a memorial service at 1:30 p.m., May 5, 2017 at the First Presbyterian Church, 1200 S.W. Alder St, Portland, with a reception following at Waverley Country Club, 1100 S.E. Waverly Dr, Portland. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Oregon Historical Society or Oregon Public Broadcasting.
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Dorothy Elizabeth Green
July 6,1926 - April 19, 2017
Dorothy Elizabeth Green, 90, passed away peacefully Wednesday, April 19, 2017.
Dorothy Swank was born in Topeka, Kan., in 1926. She graduated salutatorian from Sabetha High School. Dorothy then attended Junior College before heading to New York City to work for Trans World Airlines. Upon returning to Kansas City in 1950, she met Eldon Green who had recently served in WWII. They married soon after and went on to have two daughters, Janet and Jayne.
Dorothy was a devoted wife and mother. As Eldon advanced through the Federal Highway Administration, the family made many moves across the country. Dorothy was instrumental in supporting Eldon's career. Later in life, Dorothy and Eldon traveled, and enjoyed time with their children and grandchildren.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Eldon Green; daughter, Janet Ferguson; and grandson, John Arnold. She is survived by her daughter, Jayne; son-in-law, Bob; grandchildren, Emily, Laura, Rachael, Manoy, Tavhasye and Lokai; and great-grandson, John Daniel.
A service will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 25, 207, at Skyline Memorial Gardens. Reception to follow.
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Donna Helen (White) Hardt
June 9 1932 - April 17 2017
Donna Hardt passed away Monday, April 17, 2017.
She is survived by her brother, Melvin White; five children, Diane Morrow, Paula Johnson, Fred Hardt III, Kathy Hanson, Vicky Hock; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Memorial service and reception will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, April 28, 2017 at Creator Lutheran Church 13250 S.E. Sunnyside Rd. Clackamas, OR 97015. Memorial donations may be made to alz.og.
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Johnny R.
Oct. 12, 1964 - April 13,2017
Johnny Rae Hewgley 52, died unexpectedly in his Portland Home April 13, 2017. He was born Oct. 12, 1964 to Sandra Rose Mcmindes and Albert Dwaine Hewgley, he was stepson to Raphael Davis, younger brother to Albert Hewgley and older stepbrother to John Davis.There will be a service to celebrate his life held at 3 p.m., Friday, April 28, 2017, at Omega Funeral and Cremation Services 223 S.E. 122 Avenue, Portland, OR 97233 with a reception following. There will be a public viewing from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. that same day.
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Marilyn Jean (Coleman) Hillier
Sept. 11, 1929 - April 14, 2017
Marilyn Jean (Coleman) Hillier died April 14, 2017 after a decades-long fight against thyroid cancer. She was born Sept. 11, 1929 in Hoquiam, Wash., the elder daughter of Earl S. Coleman and Rhoda Gillies Coleman. She was educated in Hoquiam public schools, graduating in 1947 from Hoquiam High School. She was a member of the Hoquiam Presbyterian Church and sang in all three of its choirs. She attended the University of Oregon in a five-year program in nursing, spending two years on the Eugene campus and three years at the Oregon School of Medicine in Portland (now Oregon Science and Health University), graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing in 1952 and was licensed as a Registered Nurse in Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, California and Colorado.
She worked as a surgical nurse at Children's Orthopedic Hospital in Seattle for five years, then at Shelton General Hospital, at Kapiolani Maternity Hospital in Honolulu, at Palo Alto Hospital and Stanford Medical Center in California and as an EMT/EMT Trainer and School Nurse in Colorado.
She was a prodigious card and letter writer, always remembering birthdays and other important dates of her large family and always sending thank you notes and letters. She was a bright, congenial, competent, kind lady, and wise and caring to all. She was a good listener with great instincts and willing to respond with thoughtful suggestions and practical solutions.
She married a Navy flier, Lt. Commander Alfred Long in Honolulu in 1959. They became the parents of two sons, Michael Kenneth Long and Mark David Long, and lived in Mountain View, Calif., and O'Fallon, Ill., while he completed 20 years of service in the Navy. He then became an Instructor-Pilot for United Airlines in Denver and they lived in Parker, Colo. She later married Robert Haynes and lived in Fortuna, Calif.,, Hoodsport, Wash., and Tumwater, Wash. In 2004, she re-met Ralph E. Hillier and they renewed a relationship from U of O days, which led to their marriage, Dec. 3, 2004. They have resided in Beaverton.
She is survived by her husband, Ralph; her two sons, Mike and Mark; daughter-in-law, Cindy; two grandchildren, Anna Long and Will Long; seven stepsons; 22 step-grandchildren; and 23 step great-grandchildren; as well as nephews; and cousins. Her parents and sister Anita predeceased her.
The family wishes to acknowledge the compassionate care of the doctors, nurses and staff of Providence Medical Group, Providence Oncology and Hematology-Westside, the Oregon Clinic, and Providence Hospice.
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Ronald Allen Howerton
Jan. 18, 1948 - March 14, 2017
Ronald Allen Howerton, 69, passed away at home in Portland March 14, 2017.
Ron was born in Milwaukie, Jan. 18, 1948. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and retired from Sierra Pacific Industries in 2009.
Private services were held at Willamette National Cemetery. For full obituary, please visit
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Feb. 26, 1934 - April 09, 2017
Valentina Jaureguizar passed away peacefully the morning of April 9, 2017 to be with the Lord. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Alejo Jr.; her sons, Alejo Manuel, Carlos, and Julio; grandchildren, Alejo Manuel Jr., Lindsay, Steve, and Katrina; and great-grandchildren, Chloe, Lucy May, Iris, and Violet.
Valentina was born in Havana, Cuba where she married the love of her life Alejo Jaureguizar Jr. They later came to the United States with their family Sept. 21, 1961 to leave the oppression in Cuba. They made their home in Beaverton. Valentina loved having her family around her and greatly enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The memorial service will be held at Finley-Sunset Hills Mortuary.
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Colleen Dowling Jones
Aug. 21, 1935 - April 14, 2017
Colleen Jones of Gresham, formerly of Tigard, died April 14, 2017.
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Jean Kahr
Sept. 27, 1923 - April 14, 2017
Jean Kahr went peacefully into the arms of Jesus, Good Friday morning. She was born in Eagle Creek, to Hedvig and Victor Madsen. Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Russell. She is survived by her brother, Jim; daughter, Kathy; son, David; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m., April 29, 2017 at Central Bible Church, Portland, Oregon. Remembrances to Central Bible Church Missions Fund in honor of Jean. Visit
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Barbara Ellen Ray Liddycoat
Aug. 4, 1940 - April 18, 2017
Barbara Ellen Ray Liddycoat passed away peacefully at home Tuesday, April 18, 2017 surrounded by loved ones. She was born in Hood River Aug. 4, 1940. She graduated from Franklin High in 1960. She spent her life in the Portland area creating a family and a circle of friends. She outlived her immediate family.
For those who truly knew her, underneath her fiery Irish exterior, Barbara was a loving wife and mother who wanted the best for her family. She worked most of her life to support her family. Along her journey, she shared her love as best she could.
In later life, she persevered through a series of strokes, heart disease and finally succumbed to cancer. She is now with God, who mercifully took her gently to Him. She is free now. Free of the pain and suffering of this world. Free to love openly and know peace. Free to forgive and be forgiven.
She is survived by four sons, Stephen, Douglas, Michael and his wife, Wendy, Robert and his wife, Tammy; and her husband of 50 years, Robert. And several grandchildren.
Per her wishes there will be no memorial or funeral. She prefers that her family and friends remember in private the good times. Any donations may be made to the
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April 7, 1928 - April 19, 2017
Doreen was a devoted wife for 60 years (Don 1925-2012) and a loving mother. She was a loyal friend to everyone she knew, always thoughtful and kind. She took great care of her blessed and humble life: nourishing friendships, lovingly caring for children, grandchildren, and extended family, and giving to her world unconditional warmth and goodness ... always.
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Her life will be celebrated at 2 p.m., April 28, 2017, at All Saints Episcopal Church in S.E. Portland. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Oregon Humane Society.
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Amy Louise Mahoney
Dec. 26, 1957 - April 12, 2017
Amy Louise Mahoney passed away peacefully April 12, 2017, at Regent Court Memory Care in Corvallis after a long illness. Amy was born in Salem to Dennis and Jeanne Chamberlain. She grew up in the Portland area with her younger siblings, Mike and Mary, and graduated from Clackamas High School in 1976. She attended Oregon State University and received a bachelor's degree in Food and Nutrition Science in 1982.
Amy's entire professional career was at Corvallis' Good Samaritan Hospital. While an OSU student she began as a part time associate serving the hospital's Food and Nutrition group and was soon promoted into leadership roles. In 1985, working for Marriott Corporation, she became the hospital's Director of Food and Nutrition Services, a position that later continued with Sodexo until illness prompted her early retirement in 2009.
Amy implemented many enhancements to the hospital's food service program during her tenure. She oversaw major renovations and brought a focus on healthy food choices in the hospital cafeteria. Other initiatives included overseeing the establishment of a coffee bar and casual café, launching an on-demand menu-driven service for patient meals, and implementing a highly successful catering service for internal and external events. Hospital neighbors shared that they planned their exercise walks to conclude at the hospital in order to enjoy the excellent food in the cafeteria.
Recognition followed Amy's professional efforts at Good Samaritan Hospital. In 2006, Sodexo named Amy General Manager of the Year for its Western Region, which encompassed more than 80 institutional sites served by Sodexo. The award recognized her exemplary performance and leadership in areas including customer satisfaction, financial performance and management, and the implementation of new and expanded programs. In 2010, the community honored Amy with the Sheldon Wagner Public Health Service Award, which acknowledged her "outstanding efforts to promote and protect the health of all residents of Benton County, Oregon."
Amy and Ralph "Skip" Mahoney were married March 3, 1986, and together they raised three children, Nichole, Matt, and Ben. The family especially enjoyed Oregon's natural beauty spending time camping, hiking, skiing, rafting and fishing. They also took memorable trips to many national parks and other scenic mountain locales in Canada and the western states and loved visiting family members throughout the country. A special event for Amy and Skip was a trip to Israel with their church as they celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.
Not surprisingly, Amy was an excellent cook and a gracious hostess. Her delicious meals seemed effortless and often featured fresh items from her garden. Although work and family kept her busy she always found time for special visits with friends and extended family, and for much-loved walks with the family dogs, Susie and Rocky.
Amy brought warmth, love and laughter to all who knew her. Her laugh was simply joyful and represented the life that filled her. It reflected her whole person. Amy was a wonderful daughter, sibling, wife, mother, co-worker and friend. She will be greatly missed.
Amy is survived by her husband, Skip; children Nichole, Matthew (Elizabeth) and Ben (Melinda); and siblings, Mike (Mary) Chamberlain and Mary (David) Wittkop. She was preceded in death by her parents.
The family expresses their thanks and deep appreciation to the caring staff at Regent Court Memory Care and also the Benton Hospice Service. A private memorial service is planned. For those who desire, contributions in Amy's memory may be directed to the Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation, 3600 N.W. Samaritan Drive, Corvallis 97330.
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Jean Niemeyer
Nov. 15, 1929 - April 15, 2017
Jean is survived by her husband, Bernard; six children, Sid, Phil, Cal, Barb, Jan and Larry; brother, Harvey Van Kley; 12 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Memorial service will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 6, 2017, at Parklane Christian Reformed Church, 16001 S.E. Main St., Portland, OR. In lieu of flowers donations may be given to
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Glen Alan Pannell
June 20, 1952 - April 14, 2017
Glen Alan Pannell was born June 20, 1952 to Clinton and Darlene (Hennings) Pannell in Portland, where he lived all his life.
He joined the Army and was honorably discharged in 1974. Glen was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 1976, which he battled with for over 40 years. He married Sandy Lee (Herrell) Jan. 15, 1977. His career was spent working for the USPS.
Glen is survived by his wife, Sandy Lee Pannell; daughters, Darcie Lee Giese Thompson (Brian) and Deanna Lee Pannell (Michael Hurley); granddaughters, Petra Mae Giese Thompson and Kezia Rae Giese Thompson; mother, Darlene Pannell; brother, James Pannell; sisters, Pamela (Darwin) Johnson and Karen (David) Kuhn. He was preceded in death by his father, Clinton Pannell April 20, 2012.
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Jane Driggers Proctor
March 24, 1956 - April 17, 2017
Wife, Mother, Jockey, Friend.
Born to Charles R. and May Hanada Driggers in Portland, March 24, 1956. Jane was one the first women jockeys in America. Starting in 1972 as a 16 year old at Portland Meadows, Jane rode at racetracks up and down the West Coast. Her career included races won on horses from Seattle to Santa Anita. Jane retired in 1983, and in 1984 married horse trainer Harry A. "Hap" Proctor and started a family. They raised two boys, John and Ben, first in California and then in Florida as Hap became the farm manager for Glen Hill Farm in 1990.
Never one to sit still, Jane found two passions after raising their two sons, tennis and puppy raising. Through tennis she formed a cadre of life long friends who stood with her and supported her everyday throughout her illness and death. Encouraged by Hap, she became involved with Guide Dogs Foundation for the Blind. Beginning with "Ritz" she nurtured several dogs, beginning at 12 weeks until about 16 months when they where returned to New York for final training and pairing with their new owner.
Jane grew up and learned to ride in Canby. She graduated from Canby High in 1974. Jane is survived by her husband, Hap; sons, John and Ben; and brothers, Joe and Jed Driggers. A Celebration of Life will be held at 6 p.m., Saturday, April 26, 2017, at Glen Hill Farm, Ocala, Florida. Remembrances to Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, 371 East Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown, NY 11787-2976.
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Mina Quivey
Jan. 16, 1945 - April 17, 2017
Mina Quivey, 72, passed away April 17, 2017, surrounded by loving family. She is survived by her husband, David Quivey; one sister, Alice Bolen; brothers, Morrill, Lynn and Jerry Stout; six of her seven children, Dori Wolfe (Brian), Todd Coletti, Kristin Gilbert, Elizabeth Coletti-Brazzini (Francesco), John Coletti, Kathleen James (Jason); 12 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Angela; sister, Francell; and her parents.
She was born in Hurricane, Utah, Jan. 16, 1945, to Gerald and Evelyn Stout. In 1969, she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area with her three oldest children. She settled there and had three additional children. The family relocated to the Portland area where she met and married her loving husband, David Quivey.
Her accomplishments and creative talents were many. She founded and directed a reputable K-8 private school. Her passions were truly focused on the arts. She loved acting in and directing musical plays; she was a poet, and artist and an outstanding educator. She will be sorely missed by those who loved her and were touched by her spirit.
The family would like to extend gratitude to the tender loving care she received at the end of her life.
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Edgar Speyer Reynolds
March 5, 1931 - March 27, 2017
Edgar Speyer Reynolds, Lewis & Clark College professor emeritus of theatre, died peacefully at home March 27, 2017. Born in Oakland, Calif., March 5, 1931, Edgar developed a love for theatre as a teenager. In high school, he tried out for a school play, and was hooked. "Suddenly the heavens opened, and that's what I wanted to do."
Edgar completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Texas at Austin, his master's degree at Columbia University, and his doctoral degree at the University of California at Berkeley. A self-proclaimed "PhD gypsy," Edgar taught at 10 different universities, including Oregon State University from 1974 to 1980, before coming to Lewis & Clark in 1980.
Arriving to Lewis & Clark in 1980, Edgar served as professor of theatre and Chair of the Department of Theatre until his retirement in 1995. Recognizing a great need for student financial aid, he established a scholarship fund for theatre students. When Associate Professor Leon Pike retired in 1987, Edgar had the scholarship named to recognize his senior colleague's significant contributions. Now honoring both men, the award is known as the Leon Pike/Edgar Reynolds Scholarship. Through a bequest, Edgar has ensured that the scholarship fund will benefit students far into the future.
In addition to his Lewis & Clark achievements, Edgar was Founding Literary Scholar and Director with Tygre's Heart Shakespeare Company of Portland from 1989 to 1990. In retirement, he remained active in Portland's vibrant theatre and performing arts community. He specialized in Shakespeare and classical theatre, and he was proud to have been the first to bring Shakespeare's Twelfth Night to Saigon Institute in Vietnam, in 2003.
Edgar was preceded in death by his parents, Marion Hobart Reynolds and Gwenevere Reid Reynolds. He is survived by his brother, Reid P. Condit of San Francisco; and two cousins, Gretchen Reynolds Morris of Corvallis and Alice Reynolds Sigmund of Beaverton.
A celebration of Edgar's life will be held at 2 p.m., July 8, 2017, at Agnes Flanagan Chapel at Lewis & Clark College. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Lewis & Clark's Leon Pike/Edgar Reynolds Scholarship Fund.
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Carol Sue Shonk
Nov. 28, 1944 - Apr. 20, 2017
Please join us in remembering her life at 2 p.m., Thursday April 27, 2017 at Beaverton Foursquare Church. Private Interment Mountainside Cemetery Scholls, OR.
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Karen V. Sims
Apr. 7, 1951 - Apr. 5, 2017
A Celebration Of Life service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 29, 2017, at Highland Christian Center, 7600 N.E. Glisan St., Portland, Oregon.
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Sandra Lou Thomas (Anderson)
July 25, 1947 - April 5, 2017
Sandra "Sandy" Lou Thomas (Anderson) passed away April 5, 2017 after a long battle with breast cancer. She died peacefully with her husband and daughter by her side.
She was born to Jerald and Fern Anderson, July 25, 1947 in Breckenridge, Minn. The family later moved to Portland where she graduated from Franklin High School in 1964. After high school she worked for Packwell where she met many of her life long friends. She then married Al Thomas, Jan. 2, 1966 and they made their home in Southeast Portland. They had two daughters, Tamera Jean Thomas and Trina Loraine Pfenning. She has two granddaughters, Vanessa Christine (Smith) and Allie Marie (Pfenning) . She absolutely loved being a grandma and spent many hours laughing with her family. She was an avid reader and enjoyed camping and fishing.
Services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 29, 2017 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 39901 Pleasant St. Sandy, OR.
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Devota 'Dodie' Wilkinson
May 9, 1939 - March 27, 2017
Dodie was born to Eugene and Inez Miller in Portland May 9, 1939. She was raised in St. John's and attended Roosevelt H.S. She married and had one son, Griffen Gray. Dodie had a long and successful career as a Title Officer working at Ticor Title, Oregon Title and retired from First American Title. For many years Dodie lived on a houseboat on the Columbia River. In 2003 Dodie married Lawrence "Larry" Wilkinson. Dodie loved animals, jeopardy, and most of all, her family. She is survived by her husband and son. Donations can be made in Dodie's name to the Oregon Humane Society.
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After issuing a controversial Executive Order which was overturned by SCOTUS, Helen being the swing vote, President Anders quietly orders Gibson to stop hunting "FAKE" and to work with them to remove Helen Tasker from the court - by any means necessary. Harry, tipped off that his wife is in danger by one of his old spy friends, must now not only take on the leaders of FAKE, but his best friend Albert Gibson and The President of the United States.
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2014.03.01 20:53 tabledresser [Table] IAmA: Hi! I'm the actress Taissa Farmiga from AMERICAN HORROR STORY and JAMESY BOY. AMA!

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Hey Taissa. My question is did you ever see the rap song I posted for you on youtube on your birthday. If so, Did you like it? Would you wanna hear another? Heres the link to it: Link to I did see it! I can't tell you how that made my night. My friends love it and randomly serenade me with it. If I'm allowed to request it, please continue and add more verses!!
Even though American Horror Story is a serious show, did you guys have a lot of bloopers? If so, which moment do you remember the most? I think some of the best times on this season was the fact that Emma, Lily, Sarah and I could not contain ourselves whenever Franny was acting out Myrtle. Too hilarious. We couldn't look each other in the eye. Silent laughter for days.
Is there any movie you can ALWAYS watch and never get tired of? Mean Girls.
Hey Taissa!! What do your friends think when they see you on tv? Do they like AHS? My friends tease me. Which is good. Don't let my head get too big.
Was it hard not to laugh as Myrtle screamed BALENCIAGAAA like a dying seal? That moment was actually so heartbreaking. Especially in one take where Franny did it in a much more contained way. Super soft. A final goodbye. But Myrtle is definitely some character hahaha.
What is the hardest emotion for you to convey in your acting? Laughing on cue, like a real genuine sounding laugh that conveys your happiness and amusement, can sometimes be hard to come out. And I love to laugh.
Hi Taissa! How big of an impact has your Vera had on your acting career? Because honestly, between the two of you there is so much talent. If it wasn't for Vera I don't know if I ever would have discovered my passion for acting. I really do owe her so much and she is such an inspiration to me.
Is there a special moment in your life, you would love to travel back to? I feel like the idea of reliving moments we qualify as "the best times" sounds better than it is. I am guilty of reminiscing and dying for the chance to be able to go back to a time that brings smiles to my face and butterflies to my stomach. But then I think about it, and what if you go back and end up discovering the imperfections of the moment? Then that special cherished occasion is tainted. Too difficult of a decision. I think we're lucky to have our memories.
Hi Taissa! I love both Violet's and Zoe's fashion. Is your personal style similar or different? Hi! The wardrobe and fashion on American Horror Story is so incredible. I'm especially loving this season's! Lou, the costume designer, is such a talent. My style is slightly different, but that doesn't mean I couldn't walk away from set with a few pieces out of Zoe's closet ;]
Whats it like working with Evan Peters? Evan is an incredible actor and it's been amazing to have him as a scene partner. We luckily work well together on set. The whole AHS cast seems to have a good chemistry. Another thing I love about this show.
How many marshmallows can you fit in your mouth? Buy me some and I'll let you know.
Hello just wanted to ask with some of the controversial things on AHS do you ever have a scene where you didn't feel comfortable doing? (at least when you first saw it on the script?) AHS has a lot of crazy things in the show, hahaha. Sometimes you just have to take a deep breath and dive right in.
Is there anyone of the AHS cast that you enjoyed shooting scenes with the most? Ah, some of my favorite moments are actually when we have big ensemble scenes. Everyone together.
Hey, Taissa! What's it like working with Lily Rabe? :) She is so talented! I'm really, really happy that I've gotten quite a bit of screen time with her this season. That's something that's funny about this show. It's huge. So many cast members. Sometimes you don't even meet your costars until months later!
Hello! Lord of the Rings or Star Wars? Star Wars.
What do you think would happen if Sarah, Zoe, Sam, Violet and Audrey all met? I think they'd all be like, "Where's Taissa?"
Hey Taissa! If you were really a witch, what power would you want to have? :) I love the idea of teleporting. Being able to appear and reappear in another spot. Transporting yourself to either somewhere far, far away for just a minute. Or even to the fridge during commercial break. It would be perfect.
Will you + vera ever star in anything together? We actually have! It's a romantic comedy called At Middleton!
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Taissa! do you have any inside jokes with your cast members of american horror story? If you ever run into Sarah Paulson just say "It's the chair"
What is the best part of being an actress? For me, I love getting to be someone else for a little while. It's exhilarating. Because sometimes you get to look really deep inside yourself and pull out a new version of your personality that you didn't know was there.
What is your ultimate goal in acting? Are you aiming for an oscar or planning on writing? I think you could do anything! I haven't imagined too far into the future yet! I'd obviously love to continue this for a long time. Right now though I'm content on living in the moment and taking characters that I feel a spark with. I do like to write, but haven't attempted a script thus far!
Which season of AHS did you enjoy starring in the most? Personally I loved season 1, but you were just as great in season 3! I know you can't give too much away but will you be making an appearance in season 4? That would be great. Thanks! Honestly? I have no idea about season four yet. I'd give you a spoiler if I could, but I've got nothing up my sleeve. I'm sure it's going to fantastic though, so.
How was it working with Mary Louise Parker? What character do you wish you could have portrayed from a preexisting movie or tv show? I'm a huge fan of Mary Louise Parker. Sadly, I did not have any scenes with her in Jamesy Boy. But I did sit next to her once in the hair / make up trailer and I was far too shy to do anything but stare at myself in the mirror. I think I regret it just a little bit.
Do you like any horror films? If so, which one(s)? One of my favorites (that I was just recently forced to watched by a good, good friend of mine) was The Sixth Sense. That's about as scary as I can take. AHHH.
Do you speak any french? :) One day I'd love to be able to whip out a couple of phrases! Sadly, right now I know zero French. Teach me something!
Just 1 question, Ms.Farmiga! Do I have any chance that you will answer my question? Hmm. I'm sure there is an exact percentage to represent the chance of me responding to you. But I think I'll let you figure it out. ;-]
Are we going to get mindscape in the us? I haven't heard anything yet, but I really hope so! I'll let you guys know on my twitter as soon as I get any info.
What was your favorite part of filming Jamesy Boy? I loved working with Trevor! I loved that we formed a friendship before he was technically my director and it's one that I hope we continue for a very long time. I also loved the part that my character, Sarah, played in the movie. It wasn't the biggest role, but she had one of the most important jobs. And that was being this litter flickering beam of hope in James' life. You may seem insignificant in this giant world, but everyone can be someone else's inspiration, and sometimes it's enough to save a life.
Do you regret taking any roles you have taken? I don't. I do think it's possible to take any experience you've had and view it in a positive way. Because you're always learning something from your experiences, if you choose to acknowledge it. But personally, so far, I've loved every project I've been a part of!
Hi Taissa. Your new movie with Malin Akerman sounds like something different from your previous projects. Can you tell us something about it? Like what is about, what kind of character you're going to play, what caught your attention about it... Yes! I'm beyond thrilled for this project! That's what I love about it, the script is quite different from my previous work. I'd love to let loose in a comedy.
You're awesome btw :) Ps. thnx.
Any memorable moments with the cast of AHS? We baked a cake once.
How badass did you feel with that chainsaw I owned that chainsaw.
What other talents do you have that not so many people know about. I can whistle, like, extremely well. Or so I've been complimented. ;]
How was it different working with your sister in "Higher Ground" than it was workin with her in "Middleton" Higher Ground was my first experience. Vera was there as my director and she was there to guide me. She's my older sister, so it was easy for me to fall into the role of doing what she tells me to. And in At Middleton... Vera is 21 years older than me. She's my cool older sister and, when needed, protective mother figure. Our relationship has so many sides to it. At Middleton was just another example. But I truly loved being able to share the screen with her in At Middleton, which is what I didn't get to do in Higher Ground.
Just watched Jamesy Boy, it was brilliant! Wonderful!
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2013.07.10 23:06 tabledresser [Table] I am actor / director John Malkovich - AMA!

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Could you record a voicemail greeting for me and upload it somewhere? My name is Benjamin and aside from that i give you full creative freedom. Thanks, Mr. Malkovich. Doing it as we speak.please pm your email addresss.
John, purely out of interest, do you smoke ganja? Sometimes my best friend russ makes me smoke ganja, but i become a bit insane and normally eat a couple hundred dollars worth of say, ice cream sandwiches or dilly bars or what have you. even worse, i won't share any of it.
Are Helen Mirren's breasts as phenomenal in real life as I think they are? Sadly, even quite sadly, maybe tragically for me, i have no personal experience with which to reply in an expert manner. she looks pretty good to me though.
There is a bat in my apartment and it is making me nervous, how can I get rid of it? I had one in my house once. i think i just opened all the windows and kind of gently broomed it out. just make sure it's in your apartment and not in your head.
What? Who are you? IMPOSTER! How is it being john malkovich? let's see how much you enjoy answering that question for 15 years. cheers and good luck.
John, you have been an outspoken proponent of privacy for quite some time, in regards to the internet, the paparazzi, etc. Most of us here on Reddit share similar views, especially in light of recent events. I know you haven't been political in the past, but have you ever considered spearheading some kind of privacy movement? There seems to be a real lack of recognizable figures on our side. Also, what are your thoughts on the the recent NSA developments? I think, sadly, that privacy is finished. no such thing. if you're a known person, you learned to live without it long ago. that's very,very unfortunate, but such is life. i think there's no going back as that particular horse has left the barn. i have at times spoken with my peers and the head of the actors union about why we're not paid when we appear in say a tmz production, but there seems to be no real interest in combatting it. for the nsa, i've always assumed they listen to everything and read everything and see everything. france, where i've also lived for a number of years is exactly the same-possibly worse. i think it's too late.
What is the worst script you have ever read? I was given a script in france, by a seemingly rather disturbed young man. let's just say it was not good. also, one night, a woman came in to our yard in france around 2:00 am. i was outside on the phone talking to my producing partners in los angeles. she gave me a script called elle tue,(she kills!) which was about the lead character killing a movie star. it was written like it had been done with a butcher knife in red ink. also, it wasn't very good.
Any encouraging words for a young man losing his hair? Well, young man, that's a bummer. but it's ok. michael jordan made it stylish. don't worry, life goes on.
Do you ever see things like that scene in Being John Malkovich where everyone has your face and is constantly saying Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich? Oddly enough, i happened to see that very scene when i did a kind of q and a for the toronto film festival a couple of weeks ago. a fairly nightmarish experience. sort of my idea of hell.
Were you actually pissed when that extra threw that can at your head? On the contrary, spike jonze wanted to cut it because we were late that night and he felt no one would be able to hit me on the head with a half full can of beer from a passing car, and about 70 or 80 sets of hands shot up on the crew saying they would like to try. eventually the task fell to johnny cusack's writing partner and he nailed it on the first try.
Are your shift keys broken or do you just refuse to capitalize words out of principle? WHAT?
After RED 1, did they let you keep the pig? Also, did they let you keep the grenade launcher? I didn't get to keep either sadly, though i was able to sneak the pig into this red 2. if they cut it i'll be so pissed.
How do you like being famous? Is it a bad thing or a good thing for you personally? It used to be fine, but it gets wearing at my age. too many cell phone cameras and doofuses who need a facebook photo with their thumb up. a few hundred a day over a 15 year period is, well, not that much fun. of course, most the people one actually gets to talk to are as interesting and fun as ever.
Hey, how's it going Mr. Malkovich? Your character in Burn After Reading is awkward, terrifying, and oddly enough hilarious. What was your favorite scene to shoot in the film? I liked the scenes with brad pitt. i thought he was so funny in that film.
I think we can all agree that Mary-Louise Parker is brilliant and gorgeous. That being the case, if you could use only one pickup line on her, what would it be? Marie louise is my hero. sharp, sad, funny, extremely gifted and quick. i love to be around her and i adore working with her. we had a beautiful vomiting in tandem on the car windshield scene in red 2, ungratefully removed by the powers that be. for the pick up line, i'm not to sure. i would counsel the direct approach. i wouldn't use the schwarzenegger pick up line "baby your bangability is very high tonight." on 2nd thought, if you have a good styrian acccent, maybe it would be perfect.
Hi John. Say I were to see you in public, would you rather I, or anyone for that matter, pretend I didn't know who you are or would you rather have a conversation (without a camera shoved at you of course)? Normally quite happy to have a conversation. or to be completely ignored.
Have you spoken Bernard Madoff since 2008? What would you like to say to him if you had the chance? No, i only met mr. madoff once, many years ago. he seemed very pleasant. but, you know, i don't think i'd have much to impart. for me, in all honesty, it was a good life lesson. and it also must be said that the vast majority of in the world live with nothing and with the hope of nothing their entire lives. i was lucky, as i've been my entire life. i could go back to work and make my way in the world.
When I was in high school, I took a film studies class, and my teacher told us that the film "Being John Malkovich" is commonly regarded as one of the greatest films of all time. How does it make you feel to have been the subject of what some think to be the best movie ever made? That's a pretty big statement. all credit to charley kaufman and spike jonze. they're visionaries more or less in my humble oppinion.
John, what time of day can I pour a drink and not feel bad? Sorry, i would say at least you have to wait until 7:00 pm. i mean if i can do it, so can you. cowboy the fuck up!
What's your best life advice? Could be about anything. I can't really give advice. people should make up their own minds and walk their own path.
Where is your favourite place in the world to sit and just be yourself...without worrying about all the stressors of daily life? I think our house in france. it's an old farm and very quiet. vienna also works.
Hi John. Delighted you're doing this!! What was it like working with a young Christian Bale on Empire? Do you keep in touch? No. i haven't run into him since then. i very much enjoyed the dance remix of his remarks to the cinematographer, though. i wanted it to be the voice mail of our mr. mudd office, but my partners felt it wasn't very stylish. your favorite curse word? Fuck. putain or scheisse all work.
What has been your favourite theatre role to date? Also i'd like to say you were brilliant in Of Mice and Men. :) Probably a characterr called pale in a play called burn this written by lanford wilson. or in a play called true west by sam shepard.
What is the purpose of acting in your opinion? Self expression.
I recently saw Dangerous Liaisons for the first time and I loved you in it. So much confidence and swagger, always a step ahead of the game! For the most part at least. In light of that, what was the costuming process like for it and/or other period pieces you have done? Have you had a hang in picking out what you wore or personal preference for the outfits? Strangely enough, i have anew production of les liaisons dangereuses which opened last night at the lincoln center festival. a beautiful young french cast, with quite hilarious costumes. i am often quite involved in the costume choices for period films. partially for it's impact on character, partially because i'm a fashion designer, and partially cause i'm so fucking vain. but my favorite film costumes are in a film i made a few years ago in london called color me kubrick. i had some lovely teal blue bras (quite pointy!), nice fishnets, and some lovely 1970's short shorts and a very fetching kimono. costumed by a wonderful english girl and lunatic called vicky russell.
Hello John! Are there any new and interesting projects you're working on now that Red 2 is done? Start a piece for nbc in the fall called crossbones. a ten part series. well written.
Who would actually win in no limit Holdem, you or Matt Damon? Also, how do you eat your Oreos? I like to put a whole Oreo in my mouth and then take a swig of milk so it drenches the entire Oreo all at once. Matt would win. he always did between takes when we played. i love oreos, but i think it's some staggering amount of calories when you have ,like 4.
John, what's your favorite book? The sound and the fury. faulkner.
I love your interviews with Craig Ferguson! Will you be on the show again? Every time i'm out here in los angeles, he's on a little hiatus, so i don't get to do it often. at one point he had asked me to become a semi-permanent character who lived in a fish tank. the script was very funny, too. alas.
What are your thoughts on space travel? Would you like to go into space? Yes, i suppose i would. but don't you have to go to the bathroom in your space suit and everything? i'm just not sure i could do that?
You are such a great actor and I love just about any movie you are in. Why the jump over to TV? I could understand cable but it seems odd that you're doing a TV show for NBC. It's a very nice script. good producers and hopefully a good cast. plus, movies that are well written are hard to get made and hard to finance. plus, it will be the first time since 1990 that i will be in one place for at least five months.
Stanislavski or Brecht? Brecht. he was a miserable human being, but quite smart about theatre.
Given the luxury of hindsight, are there any roles you'd like the chance to do over, to reinterpret in a different way? I'm still crushing on you in Dangerous Liaisons, BTW. Yes. all of them. in that i only know what the director wanted to do with the film after i've seen it, and by then, sadly, it's too late.
Mr. Malkovich, I saw you once in Cambridge, MA wearing dishgloves while clothes shopping in Urban Outfitters. What was that about? Dishgloves? was i catering there?
Have spoken to Jim Walpole since the Toronto incident?? No, i was doing an opera that was opening in toronto and we were in tech reharsal with the normal pursuant chaos. i did leave him a letter, though. i was happy he made it through, ok. he seemed such a dignified and preternaturally calm man.
What to this date, film industry related or not, is the thing you have felt most accomplished about? I'm not someone who can really enjoy or even feel a sense of accomplishment about anything i've ever done. i'm just not the type. on to the next.
Have you ever eaten a Donair from Halifax Nova Scotia? No. i'm exceedingly loyal only to tim hortons.
Hi! Do you still own a part of Lux club in Lisboa? If so, it is awesome. If not, it is also awesome. Thanks! Yes, i do. i'm going to shoot a movie in lisbon in a few weeks and will be delighted to be back and to get to spend some time with my partners there.
One of my favorite SNL episodes of all time is when you hosted at Christmastime in 08 (or 09, I forget) and you read "Twas the night before Christmas." Did you know any of those facts on your own, or were they all fed to you by the writing team? Actually i looked them up on the internet.
Do you regret saying that George Galloway and Robert Fisk would be the two you'd most like to kill? Unlike either of those gentlemen, i regret every stupid thing i've ever said. however, when you have a public life, you're going to say stupid things, just not as many as journalists or politicans.
My old college friends claimed to live in the "Malkovich House" on Buchanan Street at Eastern Illinois University. Were they telling the truth, or just bullshitting? What's the address?
Are you the star of "Peeing on Malkovich"? It depends on how late it is, how far to the toilet, and how much i've had to drink. let's just say i could be.
What's Tilda Swinton like in real life? Everything I see her in she looks so ... mean. No, she's very kind and funny.
Nicely drawn mascot sir. Now on to my question: Gin or Whisky? Only red wine.
Do you still have your clothing line? Yes. i think. though i haven't checked today.
What's your favorite French red wine? Bandol. domaine tempier.
Does music play a big part in your life? If so, what are some of your favorite artists/songs? I like so many kinds of music. so many artists. really too many to name.
Hey John! What's you favorite flavor of Ben & Jerry's Ice cream? And if for some god forsaken reason you don't eat ice cream. ಠ_ಠ What is your favorite pie? I don't eat a lot of ice cream. i like frozen yogurt more. i'm not sure i have a favorite.
Do you believe that MamaTejás (Mother Texas) is a decent name for a female puppy that never backs down? Yes. approved.
From your responses, you seem like an interesting, articulate man. It's nice to know that someone whose work you like isn't a total twat. As for a question, hmmm... is there any question you wish someone asked you during this? I have a lot of friends in this business who are really fun and lovely people. somehow, the public doesn't get to see that.
If you and Crispin Glover got into a fist fight, what would be your tactic? Do you believe you could win? I suppose i would pull his hair. no?
What is your favourite vegetable? Brussell sprouts. i know it's wrong.
How ridiculous was the scene where you held up the gun to the bunny in con air? Link to It's pretty ridiculous i would imagine.
Hey John, I also graduated from Illinois State. What was your favorite memory from your stay there? Steak and shake. in sight, it must be right.
If you had to choose a different career, what would it be? And thank you for doing this AMA. It was a pleasure. it would be nice to be a florist, i think. i would have liked to have been a baseball pitcher, also.
What's your favorite dish at Jack Russell's in Benton? Do they have jalapeño poppers? or do i mispeak?
Boxers, briefs, or commando? Depends on my mood. i don't like anything too tight.
Which directors do you think you've worked best with? I don't really know how to measure best. one might do a bad film, or a not so good film with a wonderful director. one of my personal favorites was a chilean director i worked with several times called raul ruiz. he had such an odd and unique view of the world, and such a wonderful and strange and full culture. of course i loved spike jonze, frears, manuel de oliveira and many many others.
Do you have lactosereflux? Probably...doesn't everyone?
I just read that you live in Cambidge, MA. Have you ever been to The Middle East Restaurant/Club? I'm spinning upstairs next month and would be pretty amazing to have you on my guest list. I won't be in cambridge this summer at all. where is the place?
A teacher I had in high school claims at one point in her life when she was in her 20's-30's she could have married you. Care to comment? What was her name? doesn't that mean i could have married her too?
What is your favorite British film? Night train to munich?
I once had a friend who, after watching 'Being John Malkovich', was thoroughly convinced you were a fictional character. I don't really have a question, just wanted to share! Thanks for all of your amazing work; I am a big fan. :) I kind of am a fictional character...
Your nephew teaches at my school. He's awesome! And so are you! No question. Just wanted to say you're awesome. Matt is a great person. he always was.
Hey John! Explain how you lost 70 pounds eating nothing but Jell-O. I lost seventy pounds eating nothing but jello for 4 months. but of course there is great variety in the colors! i think, if i remember correctly it's 230 calories for a whole bowl. maybe 270? in the 5th month i added fruit.
My friend ran into you in Edmonton 2 weeks ago. She told you that you looked like John Malkovich and you replied "weird", hilarious. Let me buy you a beer! Sorry, i'm already gone. thanks everyone! i have to go now.
Okay so Malkovich makes no bones about smoking bud every so often and also records a Redditor's voicemail message. If there's a better AMA done recently I'd love to fucking hear about it. But i only do it because my best friend makes me! it can't be my fault!
I am a man, but it doesn't matter. Is it possible to find some way to have your baby. Because I think that would be cool. Where there's a will there's a way!
Hello John, What is it like to work with Jon and Erich Hoeber. (Be nice, I'm their aunt.) Thank you, Liz. I enjoy the brothers immensely.
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