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Cinema Dave met George 'the Animal" Steele at Screamfest 2005 - CinemaDave

Jan. 1st, 2006 01:11 pm Cinema Dave met George 'the Animal" Steele at Screamfest 2005

My  training with the 4th grade wrestling squad finally paid off! My training with the 4th grade ELKS wrestling squad finally paid off!

Appearances are deceiving!
Jim Myers AKA George "The Animal" Steel was born in 1937 and lives in Florida. This is a sample of the Animal's resume;
Teacher 25 years
25 yrs. Football Coach
17 yrs. Wrestling Coach
2 yrs National Honor Society sponsor

Besides having a big hand in creating Wrestlemania 21 years ago, George Steele helped Martin Landau earn a Best Supporting Oscar as Bela Lugosi in Tim Burton's "Ed Wood," co starring Bill Murray and Johnny Depp.

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Date:January 7th, 2006 05:55 am (UTC)

Martin Landau & James Dean

Recently on the 50th anniversary of James Dean's death at age 24 in a 1955 automobile accident Martin Landau recalled his close friendship with Dean. Mr. Landau said Jimmy was concerned about how he would age, and that Dean wondered if he would become an old boy like Mickey Rooney without ever really aging into manhood.

It's a curious observation made by Dean, who could have been no more than 24 years of age when he made it, at a time when Mickey Rooney could have been no older than 35. It's a unique insight into how Jimmy Dean related to the world around him.

North Star
Date:January 7th, 2006 12:20 pm (UTC)

Re: Martin Landau & James Dean

That is fascinating.
Jaems Dean seems to be "It" again this year.
There is an interesting story about James Dean and Vampira from "Plan 9 from Outer Space."

Besides being a fan of her T.V. Show, "Vampira" alias Maila Nurmi used to hang out together. Page 243 of "The Monster Show" written by David Skal, has a picture of James Dean made up like the Frank Pierce Frankenstein Monster.

This kind of news about Martin Landau and James Dean adds to the authenticity and spirit of the Oscar winning movie, "Ed Wood."

Date:January 7th, 2006 06:25 pm (UTC)

Re: Martin Landau & James Dean

I didn't know about James Dean being a Vampira fan and friend, but it's not surprising that his free spirit would take him in such unusual directions.

Eartha Kitt, a somewhat mystical lady, was also a close friend of Dean and she visited him shortly after he purchased the racing but street legal car he later died in. Eartha said she told Jimmy that she did not like the car and that it gave her a bad feeling. Actor Alec Guiness is supposed to have told Dean to get rid of the car. A master car customizer named George Barris said the car gave off a feeling of impending doom. Dean nicknamed the small silver gray, two-seater 1955 Porsche Spyder 550 car the Little Bastard.

Dean was a talented racer and had done well with the car in a number of races in controlled conditions, but speeding it on the open roads with their many surprise variables inevitably led to his fatal accident.

After Dean's death some of the parts from the badly damaged car were used in other racing vehicles. At least one racer was killed and another one was injured while driving with the recycled parts. The car even when it was not being driven killed a man when its wreck fell off a transport truck. It acquired a cursed reputation.

In the early 1960's the remains of the James Dean Porsche vanished and as of 2006 its whereabouts remain unknown.

North Star