Academy Award winner George Chakiris and award-winning actor, playwright, and painter Raymond J. Barry join us this weekend on an encore presentation of TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing July 29-31 at the following times and venues:
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Known around the world as Bernardo, the leader of The Sharks, in the iconic 1961 screen adaptation of West Side Story, Academy Award winner George Chakiris began his showbiz career by appearing as a dancer in such musicals as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, White Christmas, and There’s No Business Like Show Business. After appearing in the London stage production of West Side Story for two years (where he played Riff, the leader of The Jets), he was personally selected by Jerome Robbins to play Bernardo in the movie version of West Side Story—the role for which George Chakiris won both the Oscar and the Golden Globe in 1961 for Best Supporting Actor.
Notoriously reclusive (particularly in the twenty-five years since he retired from show business in 1996), George opens up about his life in and out of the spotlight in My West Side Story: A Memoir, a new book that also reveals, for the first time, the inside story of how West Side Story began as a conversation between Jerome Robbins, Arthur Laurents, and Leonard Bernstein in Robbins’ Manhattan apartment in 1949 and overcame many obstacles (including Robbins’ unexpected dismissal as co-director of the motion picture) before becoming the multi-award-winning cinematic and theatrical landmark that continues to dazzle audiences more than seventy years later. We’ll talk to George about playing both Bernardo and Riff, as well as some of the subtle differences between the stage version of West Side Story and the iconic motion picture. Plus we’ll ask him about some of his other notable movie, stage, and TV roles, including starring opposite Elaine Stritch in Company and playing Barbara Carrera’s scheming cohort Nicholas in the “dream season” of Dallas. George Chakiris will join us in our second hour.
My West Side Story: A Memoir is available in hardcover and as an eBook from Lyons Press (and as an audiobook through Audible) and includes a wonderful back cover quote from George’s co-star, dear friend, and fellow Oscar winner from West Side Story, Rita Moreno.
This week’s program will also include a return visit by Raymond J. Barry, the award-winning actor, author, playwright, director, and painter sometimes known as “The Father of Hollywood” for having played the dads of Tom Cruise (in Born on the Fourth of July), Timothy Olyphant (in Justified), Ashton Kutcher (in Just Married), and John C. Reilly (in Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story), among others, throughout his stage, film, and TV career.
Ray stars opposite Randy Nazarian and Shondrella Avery in Free Byrd, a new road comedy/buddy movie that not only has a lot of heart and a lot of laughs, but has a lot to say about what it means to live—and how it is never too late to reinvent yourself. We’ll ask Ray what attracted him to Free Byrd, plus we’ll talk about his early career as an actor, including his experience with the Quena Company, an ensemble in New York that Ray founded and directed that mounted and performed many stage productions throughout the 1970s (often in prisons), as well as the many acting workshops that Ray conducted in Sing-Sing Penitentiary, Attica, and Grasslands County Jail. We’ll also talk about how Ray’s mother, painter Barbara Constance Barry, cultivated his artistic ability at a young age (and how Ray repaid his mom many years later by introducing her to a second career as an actress); the generosity of Oscar winner Robert Duvall (opposite whom Ray starred in Falling Down); and a whole lot more. Raymond J. Barry will join us in our first hour.
Filmed on location in Northern California, Free Byrd is available for viewing on demand on Amazon Prime and iTunes.
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