It was twenty years ago today: on October 25, 1986, he entire nation mourned a tragic event: Forrest Tucker, the greatest actor who ever lived, passed away from lung cancer at the young age of 67.
Tuck's full obituary from the Los Angeles Times can be viewed here. Of interest: Milton Berle is quoted, but the article makes no mention of their legendary "contest" to determine, once and for all, Hollywood's most, er, gifted actor.
|Taking Fort Courage to Reno in April 1967|
|HELLFIRE (1949) with Jim "Jock Ewing"Davis|
THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN (1957) in which he and Peter Cushing lead an expedition searching for the legendary title creature;
THE CRAWLING EYE (1958), perhaps his most fondly remembered 1950's sci-fi flick (he was an icon in the genre across the pond);
AUNTIE MAME (1958), as Beauregard Burnside, the role that finally made everyone stand up and take notice of his comedic talents; and the fun, melodramatic drive-in sleeper THE WILD McCULLOCHS (1975), Max Baer Jr.'s follow-up to MACON COUNTY LINE in which Tuck shows his dramatic chops as the two-fisted Jock Ewing-esque patriarch of a wealthy Texas family. This film is also noted for a ten minute brawl between Tuck and Baer that inspires dozens of wagers, much collateral damage, and a little old lady imploring Tuck to "kick him in the balls, Mac".
Always underrated during his career, Forrest Tucker wasn't a "one hit wonder" who picked up an Oscar that had people scratching their heads (a la Broderick Crawford) nor did he receive one of those late-in-life Oscar nominations that was largely a lifetime achievement award (a la Jack Palance, James Coburn). He was, however, one of the original recipients of the Golden Boot award in 1983 for his contributions to the western genre.
|Starring in CALIFORNIA PASSAGE (1950)|
|Tuck, with Eva Bartok in BREAK IN THE CIRCLE (1957)|
R. I. P, Forrest Meredith Tucker. More reviews forthcoming!
|with Allison Hayes (yowza!) in COUNTERPLOT (1959)|