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Wednesday, September 27, 2006


Ken Levine, over on his blog, has written a post about nice actors he has worked with other the years:

My partner and I have worked numerous projects with "stars"” and I've encountered a few more on my own in my directing life. I'm a firm believer that money and power just make you more of what you are. Last week I alluded to Mary Tyler Moore (when you see her throw her hat in the air, it's really my liver) but I've been more than blessed by being able to work with Ted Danson, Alan Alda, Nancy Travis, Michael Douglas, Kelsey Grammer, David Hyde Pierce, Tom Hanks, John Candy, and many others.

Inspired by his positivity and thinking of my own post of last week about the general negativity of the internet, I decided to do a post about some of the nicer people I've worked with during my daytime career.

1) Michael O'Leary (Rick; GL), Michael Park (Jack; ATWT), Trent Dawson (Henry; ATWT) Stuart Damon (Alan; GH) and Walt Willey (Jack; AMC) will make you laugh so hard you'll forget what you were interviewing them about... but you'll be having such a good time, you won't care.

2) Ron Raines (Alan; GL), Robert Newman (Josh, GL), Peter Bergman (Jack; Y&R), David Canary (Adam; AMC) and Real Andrews (ex-Walker; ATWT) will make sure to ask how you're doing and actually appear interested in hearing the answer.

3) Jennifer Landon (Gwen; ATWT) is an original and you might not always comprehend what she's saying right away, but you will never be sorry you stopped to chat.

4) Terri Colombino (Katie; ATWT), Beth Chamberlin (Beth; GL), and Yvonna Wright (Mel; GL) are always happy to talk kids with other moms. And if you don't stop us, well, we won't stop.

5) Martha Byrne (Lily; ATWT), Mark Collier (Mike; ATWT), Stephanie Gatschet (Tammy; GL), Marcy Rylan (Lizzie; GL), Jordan Clarke (Billy; GL) Colleen Zenk Pinter (Barbara; ATWT), and Ellen Dolan (Margo; ATWT) are always available to give a quote or a soundbite, and they'll keep going till they make sure they've given you a good one, too.

6) Peyton List (ex-Lucy; ATWT) and Jessica Dunphy (ex-Allison; ATWT) were two of the loveliest, sweetest, hardest-working young women I have ever met in this business, and I hope they'll both be huge stars so that others will see how it's done.

There are probably many more whom I've forgotten. (Please note that leaving a name out doesn't mean they are horrible, rotten people who can only be approached with garlic and a cross. I've simply highlighted those who go above and beyond the call of graciousness, especially in television.)


Mardougrrl said...

I used to watch soaps, and many of the actors you mentioned in this blog really do SEEM like nice people. I'm a big Peyton List fan, so I'm happy to see you mention her.

8:02 PM  

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