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GaryP11111 wrote:No one could recite those Dark Shadows incantations and make them sound convincing like Humbert Allen Astredo could. I really enjoyed his performance as Nicholas Blair on the show.
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PhantomXCI wrote:This one gets me right in the feels. Humbert Allen Astredo was my inspiration for becoming an actor. I can still remember the very episode where he and Lara Parker were hissing and spitting through their teeth at each other, all the while smiling and being oh soooo friendly and suave, when I said to myself "That's what I want to do."
I saw Astredo on stage in the mid-1980s in a touring production of DRACULA (he was Van Helsing, Landau was Dracula), and didn't recognize him as my favorite childhood villain (he had gained a bit of weight by then). Years later, while myself directing a play, I was talking to one of my actors when she said that her husband and HAA were roommates at college. I nearly skyrocketed with excitement. Now I have to break the bad news to them.
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thehorrorboy wrote:The man was unflappable. I remember a DARK SHADOWS episode where he was reciting some sort of mumbo jumbo incantation, during which a crew member ran in front of the camera, across the set, yelling "Oh, God!" Astredo barely paused for a second, then kept right on going with the doubletalk. He EARNED his pay that day!
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thehorrorboy wrote:So did Louis Edmonds, as you may recall. However, on the frequent occasions when Jonathan Frid flubbed, look out! I can just picture some of the other actors staring at Frid in disbelief and asking themselves, "Why is this man the star of the show? Why is he paid ten time more than I am? He can't even get the damn lines out!"
Mar 2 16 4:18 PM
One time Louis Edmonds obviously forgot a character's name. Grayson Hall prompted him by asking, "You mean the Countess?" He replied, "Oh, I never know what to call her!"
A classic from Frid: "This night must go... nothing wrong!" (Wha...?)
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Helrunar wrote:I was fortunate enough to start watching DARK SHADOWS in 1968 maybe 3 or 4 days before Humbert's dramatic introduction as Nicholas Blair. I was immediately fascinated. To me, actors such as Humbert, Louis Edmonds, Thayer David and Grayson Hall were what made the series so memorable. Their acting had a theatricality and sense of grandeur that gave the perfect element of flair to this material.
There is a fascinating interview with Humbert here He only speaks of his work on Shadows during the last minute or so, but I found all his stories, observations and reminiscences so absorbing. He sounds so lively and energetic and this was only around 2 years ago. It is really hard to grasp that he is no longer with us. May he know true peace.http://www.collinsporthistoricalsociety.com/2014/03/podcast-humbert-allen-astredo.html
Mar 4 16 1:31 AM
capmonte wrote:GaryP wrote:No one could recite those Dark Shadows incantations and make them sound convincing like Humbert Allen Astredo could. I really enjoyed his performance as Nicholas Blair on the show.I was going to say the same. He was my favorite villain on Dark Shadows (as you can probably guess from my avatar,..).Very sad to hear this.
GaryP wrote:No one could recite those Dark Shadows incantations and make them sound convincing like Humbert Allen Astredo could. I really enjoyed his performance as Nicholas Blair on the show.
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thehorrorboy wrote:There are no bit parts! Only bit actors! (In that particular vampire movie, quite a few of them were bit[ten], weren't they?)
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