Tuesday, November 27, 2012

A Tribute to 'One-Shot' Stars

When you watch enough movies, certain people tend to pop up all the time.  For me, it's people like Steven Seagal, Sara Lieving and any of the Carradines.

However, some actors pop up in notable roles only once.  You watch their one film and go 'what happened to you?'

I ask this question a lot, so let's focus on a few...

1. Cleavon Little
Yes, I know he worked in smaller parts on TV and Movies.  However, he never did anything on par with starring in Blazing Saddles.  How did that happen?  It just seems weird to me.

2. 'Chocolate Mousse'
This is the stand-out character in Top Secret.  He was played by Eddie Tagoe...which is probably news to most people.  He stopped Acting in 1996 according to IMDB, but we miss him still.

Say it with me- 'Gasoline!'

3. Stephen Stucker
The Airplane films are the stand-out roles for this eccentric Character Actor.  His absence is actually explainable- he died of AIDS in 1986.  Bummer.

On a weirdly-ironic note, his last film was The Wizard of Speed and Time.  It came out 2 years after he died.  Wizards!

4. Veronica Zinny
This young Actress appears in Lamberto Bava's Macabre...and that's it.  Despite being the sister of Italian Genre Icon Karl Zinny, this is her only credit.

It's a shame because she is amazingly-creepy in this film.  On the plus side, this freed up dozens of roles for Asia Argento.

5. 'Samurai Cop'
Samurai Cop is a glorious example of pure-shit cinema.  It's a 'so bad it's good' film for a number of reasons.  Sadly, it's star- Matt Hannon- only appeared in this movie.  Come back!

Speaking of which...

6. Eric Freeman
Garbage Day!  Seriously, the star of Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 is apparently M.I.A.  He hasn't been seen in years, so won't you come back?  Bring Michael Dudikoff with you!

Seriously, come back to us, Michael Dudikoff.

Do you have your own 'One-Shot' Stars to highlight?  If so, leave a comment.

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