Bette Davis \
In Davis''s case, her drinking never interfered with her work, but in Dietrich''s and Crawford''s later years they frequently performed and gave interviews while drunk.
Joan Crawford. Drank constantly like a fish. She drank even while filming movies, right there on the set. She''d always carry a glass "water" around with her. Vodka actually, which she favored because it''s colorless and odorless and would pass for water.
Bing Crosby, Dixie Lee and the Crosby Kids
Jamie Lee Curtis
Michael J. Fox
Robert Downey Jr.
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Mary Tyler Moore
Jan Michael Vincent
Dick Van Dyke
Gary Moore (well, not an actor)
Craig T. Nelson
Many had multiple addictions
Vodka is not odorless. It can be smelled on the breath. Trust me, I know.
I''m so tired of this slights against my character.
R20, you fucking suck. I hate fuckers like you who just go and Google and then copy-paste lists. Then the rest of us wind up not getting a chance to participate.
Not Jan Clayton!?!
HOW DARE YOU say that about Michael J. Fox, R23.\
You vile sick bastard. You and Rush Lumbaugh fit together nicely. Michael J. Fox is a wonderful person, a GREAT father and a selfless humanitarian.\
HE IS NOT A DRUNK. ass hole!
R23 sounds like a nasty drunk. Of course, not being famous, she would not be found on a Googled list.\
Plus she apparently thinks that threads like this are a form of socializing where you add something like "Gale Storm" (please note that she is not on the long list, so your theory is shot, toots) and then wait for approval. \
Oh, how about Alan Bates, Clara Bow and Edna Purviance? Jack Pickford, Gail Russell, Kirsten Dunst? Paul Newman (argued about), Liza Minnelli, Louise Brooks, John Gilbert, Robert Walker?\
See, sugar? Those aren''t from Google. Only an idiot can''t keep playing. \
Miss Bedd, we never know where you''re coming from, but just in case it''s not Uranus, as usual, please see the link for a review of Fox''s memoir where he discusses his alcoholism.
Carol Burnett (late in life)
Jensen Ackles is a heavy, daily drinker, with a preference for hard liquor. He appears to be a functional alcoholic, and it doesn''t interfere with his work.
I felt so bad for Rita Hayworth. The press really had a field day reporting her public drunkenness, but of course it turned out that it was early onset senile dementia.\
Knowing this story, I try to give MHB the benefit of a doubt...
Robert Newton. I know he's not a leading man or a name to conjure with nowadays-- his most famous role was Long John Silver in the 1950 Disney adaptation of [italic]Treasure Island[/italic]-- but he was a complete drunk and therefore deserves mention in this thread. If you have a nodding acquaintance with vintage British cinema you will observe that Newton does not appear to be sober after 1945. He's great in [italic]Oliver Twist[/italic] and [italic]Treasure Island[/italic], though; being sloshed actually seems to enhance his performances. A scary and unique bad guy.
Other thespian tipplers:
Vivien Leigh was a drinker, but this was perhaps the least of her problems.
Colin Clive, the actor who played Henry Frankenstein in the James Whale films, was an alcoholic. He was only 37 when he died.
Oskar Werner, the Viennese actor from [italic]Jules et Jim[/italic] and [italic]Fahrenheit 451[/italic] was another drunk.
Did Klaus Kinski have a drinking problem? If you read his memoirs he appears to have been totally batshit. I can't determine if this is booze related or just plain old organic insanity.
Liev Schreiber??? That''s the first I''ve heard!\
I don''t believe you.\
I know for a fact Sean Bean of the gorgeous voice is a drunk.\
Ryan Phillippe. Major league pisser.\
Paul Newman famously drank a case of beer a day but he functioned. Most of the time.\
Alec Baldwin. Seriously.
I never heard a word about Ben Affleck being a drunk. I know he has a serious gambling problem, but not alcohol.
all British actors except for Emma Thompson
I''m not a drunk, but I sure do love my sugary treats!
Constance McCashin, stuffing two Hostess Snoballs in my mouth
"Jensen Ackles is a heavy, daily drinker, with a preference for hard liquor. He appears to be a functional alcoholic, and it doesn''t interfere with his work."\
Why haven''t we heard this before?
Has it really taken this long to get to one of the most talented of famous alcoholic actors- GEORGE C SCOTT??????\
By the time he appeared in his last Broadway play-a revival of "Inherit The Wind"-jaundice had set in and he could barely walk without holding onto stage props for support.\
A sad, sad, brilliant man.
Forgot to mention Trevor Howard, one of the great drunks of British cinema!
Marry me, R40.
R38 Gerard has been sober for years. He admitted a problem with booze about a decade ago and decided to maintain his sobriety.
I''m not sure why not, R47. He talks a lot about drinking, actually. A lot of Jensen''s personal anecdotes that he tells in interviews and fan conventions take place in a bar or while drunk or something like that. More than a few fans have met him in bars. \
People say he''s much more gregarious and outgoing when he''s drunk. He''s very shy/quiet/reserved in social situations when sober. Maybe it''s a form of self-medication or something. He doesn''t show up to the set drunk or hung over or anything like that, though, he''s obviously quite functional, and the Supernatural people don''t go to trendy bars and clubs, so it hasn''t been big news. \
Danneel Harris and Jared Padalecki are both pretty heavy drinkers, too.
Perhaps Jensen''s drinking is a way of coping with being in the closet?
Ryan Phillippe? Never heard that one before.
R54, there are photos of Ryan drunk, stumbling out of bars, all over the Internet
Not a movie star but theatre queens will know who they are--\
What''s interesting is how excessive drinking seems to kill some actors, and yet others, like Peter O''Toole who have good genetics, are able to keep going year after year.
Klaus Kinski was batshit crazy.
Jack Lemmon admitted to James Lipton in his "Actor''s Studio" interview that he was an alcoholic.
Carol Burnett won a suit against a tabloid who said she was a drunk.
Will no one give a shout out to the actors who had scenes, whether in a play or film, with my fellow drunks?\
What bad breath they must have had.
When he toured in Camelot, he would have a bottle of wine chilled and waiting at intermission.
Not famous but Tony winner for NO, NO, NANETTE Patsy Kelly was a lush. During the run of IRENE, the show''s star Debbie Reynolds gave Patsy a little dog for her birthday. After one performance, Patsy did some after show drinking in her dressing room at the Minskoff Theatre. Accidentally sat on her dog and killed it.
Dear God, did none of you ever watch The Match Game?
Do the Supernatural fantards have to post in EVERY thread?
The entire Barrymore family.
I read the "Dark Victory" Bette Davis bio that came out a few years ago and her drinking capacity was staggering. She drank vodka from morning til early evening, and then switched to scotch for her "cocktail hour," which of course lasted until it was time to go to bed.
You have to take that kind of account with a grain of salt r70. Bette lived to a ripe old age of 81, and didn''t die of cirrhosis of the liver. Same with Paul Newman who lived a few years longer. A true drunk couldn''t live that long without dying of cirrhosis of the liver. They were both regular drinkers, not falling down hopeless drunks. The liver always tells.
r55 posts this exact statement all the time and it isn''t true
R72, why don''t you do a google search for Ryan Phillippe drunk and see what turns up. Okay dear?
Kathleen Turner continues to drink. White wine and vodka on the rocks at dinner. At least she was drinking several years ago when she went home to Springfield,Mo to host the opening of a Warhol exhibit at the art museum.
I don''t know if she was actually an alcoholic, but Marilyn Monroe was a heavy drinker, in addition to her drug addiction.\
Lena Pepitone (Monroe''s seamstress and cook for a while) said that the first thing Marilyn wanted when she woke up in the morning (or afternoon) was a Bloody Mary. Throughout the day she drank Bloody Marys and champagne.\
On the set of "Some Like It Hot" she kept refreshing herself from a thermos of vodka and orange juice. She was pregnant at the time, but lost the baby shortly after the film was completed.\
Monroe had a brief affair with Frank Sinatra. She was seated near the stage at one of his performances and made a spectacle of herself. Elizabeth Taylor and Eddie Fisher were also there. Fisher said of Monroe "she was so beautiful...and so drunk."\
I''ve seen several pictures of Monroe where she is noticeably drunk.
Susan Dey (L.A. Law)
Watching Mad Men made me realize that there was a time when drinking from morning ''til night was not only culturally acceptable, but you were stigmatized if you didn''t drink.\
Alcoholics weren''t given a lot of support for staying on the wagon. I asked my parents and grandparents and they confirmed it. Everyone was expected to drink, and the caveat was, everyone was expected to hold their liquor well.\
So there are a lot of famous actors in the 40''s, 50''s, 60''s who were falling down on there asses drunks. As long asthey could function when needed no one cared. Alcoholism wasn''t seen as a sickness.
Robert Goulet wasn''t just a drunk, but was definitely a drunk. Also prescription drugs. I met him once after a performance, when he came into the restaurant I worked at and he was sailing!
No, actually Burnett won a lawsuit against the paper which had said she was drunk at a particular restaurant on a particular evening, not that she was "a drunk".
"Alcoholism wasn''t seen as a sickness."\
AA has been around for decades. Yes, it was seen as a sickness.
I can''t believe no one''s mentioned W.C. Fields, perhaps Hollywood''s first acknowledged drunkard.
Carol did not drink during the time of the lawsuit. It''s been much more recent - since around the time of her daughter Carrie''s death.
Kim Delaney-Had a terrible problem on NYPD Blue, then cleaned up. She was drunk during CSI:Miami, that''s why she left.\
David Caruso has had problems for years.
Richard Harris. He was a fun drunk. Except to his wives.
When Richard Harris was being brought out on a stretcher to a waiting ambulance outside his hotel, he passed the restaurant and shouted: "It was the fish!".
Richard Harris used to tell stories about his drunkeness on The Tonight Show (and maybe Cavett, too) that were so funny I could pee laughing. Peter O''Toole, Richard Burton and Oliver Reed were good drinking buddies of his.. for a while. After a while though, drunks wear each other out. \
But he was a great talk show guest. I remember Harris talking about when Tom Cruise went to Ireland on a shoot. Harris said something to the effect of, "When I went to a location shoot, I found the local pub and drank with the local people. Hung out with them. Tom Cruise is a midget with eight bodyguards and a private jet. WTF is he so afraid of? He could just walk to the local pub and talk to pepole and he''d be absolutely safe. They''d defend him to the death. Instead, he''s got black SUVs and bodyguards to protect him from people who are just ordinary. I don''t get it."
Marilyn Monroe needed champagne to calm her nerves before she came onstage to sing "Happy Birthday" to JFK. It''s evident in the film footage of her singing "Happy birthday, Mr. Pres-i-dent" that she was quite drunk.
What about Jessica Lange?
George C. Scott made those passes before passing out on his last Broadway show.
re: R19's post....there was a clip of Joan Crawford on YouTube (don't know if its still there)where she was being interviewed while being wheelchaired through a crowded airport. Apparently she'd broken a leg or ankle....and she is piss-drunk! Look for it.
What about George C. Scott's ex-wife Colleen Dewhurst? She looked like she could tip a few.
I read Alison Arngrim's (Nellie Oleson) excellent memoir, and she said there was always booze on the 'Little House on the Prarie' set. Michael Landon drank bourbon out of a 16oz. glass all day long, but amazingly never appeared to be intoxicated - he must have had the tolerance of an elephant. Arngrim related a few funny stories of several cast and crew members drinking in the prop trailer, and when the booze got low it was a crisis. Several crew members were dispatched to the local liquor store for more supplies, sometimes as early as 9:00 in the morning.
Alison mentioned that it wasn't just 'Little House' where drinking on the set happened. She wrote that it was fairly common on TV shows and movies in the 70s.
Jessica Lange kinda. It seems like she ties one on sometimes is all it is. I'm linking to something about that.
Someone mentioned Carol Burnett of all people. She sued the fuck out of the "National Enquirer" years ago and won. She hasn't a drinking issue at all but some of her family did back when she was a child.
Thanks for the clip R95 She did seem to be stumbling a tad.
r28 hah! get your coat helen bedd... you're leaving... hahahaha
A entertainment reporter discussed interviewing Lee Marvin. He said the interview went much more smoothly once he realized that Marvin was answering the previous question he asked. At some point he realized that Marvin's tall glass of what looked like ice water was actually a tumbler full of vodka on the rocks.
I think Jessica Lange's relationship with Sam Shepard was based on being drunk together. It's pretty rare for those relationships to last as long as theirs did. In an incident that may have ended their relationship she was either pushed by him or fell down the stairs in their home and broke her arm. I doubt either of them was sober at the time.
Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall were drunk together a good bit of the time.
Jeffrey Hunter was hard core alcoholic. He married another alcoholic, Emily McLaughlin (Jessie Brewer, General Hospital) shortly before he died.
R94's story about Michael Landon drinking quantities of alcohol and not appearing to be drunk is generally indicative of mid-stage alcoholism. Non-alcoholics either get sick or pass out on a lot less alcohol.
all British actors
Michael Landon was most definitely an alcoholic, the stories are legion. He apparently never got belligerent or obnoxious the way some alkies do, as Alison Arngrim noted in her book.
They all were back in the day - Bogie, Gable, Tracy, Cooper, Flynn etc - thats why so few of them saw 60. Smoking heavily too of course.
Joan Crawford drunk interview at airport. Bizzaro.
veryone forgot Tom Conway--famous as The Falcon and was George Sanders brother. Great voice but ended up in a two dollar a day flophouse in Venice, California.
Brian Donlevy was an absolute drinker.Folklore has it that when at Paramount he became friends with William Holden and got him started on the booze. He was also friends with Alan Ladd, another drinker. Funny thing is Donlevy had a long career and seemed with it in all his later movies.
Have some--the famous gay actor Charles Hawtry stasr of most of the "Carry On" movies was a comical drunk in real life. Towards the end he would get plastered and try picking up sailors in the Port City he lived in. Perhaps the most endearing British film drunk was Wilfred Lawson, He was Eliza's father in "Pygmalion" the original Shaw play and one of his greatest and last parts was the butler in "The Wrong Box"--Drunk out of his skull and still stole every scene!!!
Now you got me started. Another famous drinker was Bernard Lee--M in the Bond Movies. Roger Moore has some funny stories about him in his autobiography.Oh, another was Denholm Elliott--In one of his books Michael Caine talks about the time he was at a "bas" with Trevor Howard, Elliott and others and Denholm peed all over Caine's shoes. "Don't worry Michael" said Howard "He does that to everyone"!!
god read and a lot of insight into drinkers is the Christopher Plummer autobiography. He admits that he was a heavy drinker in his younger days and talks about many of the people he worked with. One of the BIG drinkers was Zachary Scott (Mildred Pierce)--there are many in this really good book.
Perfect name for an alcoholic.
David Janssen. Supposedly he inherited it from Clark Gable. This story is usually discounted, but Janssen's agent claimed that Janssen confirm the old rumor before Janssen died.
Berniece Graf became the 1928 Miss Nebraska. Berniece ended up a Ziegfeld Follies showgirl on Broadway up to 1930. She said of her experience: "I remember my costume. It was mainly a large hat." But a young Clark Gable was nearby, starring in the Broadway play “Love, Honor and Betray” that ran Mar 12, 1930 - Apr 1930.
But Berniece returned to Nebraska and married a banker, Harold Meyers, and on March 27, 1931, David was born. Berniece dumped Meyers and moved on to California with David.
Sidenote: David did look like Judy Lewis' twin brother.
R94 - Melissa Gilbert said the same thing. Melissa herself drank later on.
This bitch. By the smell of her rotting liver, I'll be full-time anchor soon. Very very soon.
[quote]You have to take that kind of account with a grain of salt [R70]. Bette lived to a ripe old age of 81, and didn't die of cirrhosis of the liver. Same with Paul Newman who lived a few years longer. A true drunk couldn't live that long without dying of cirrhosis of the liver.
Not true. My aunt drank a large quantity of vodka every day until she died at the age of 92. Mind you, she finally died from cirrhosis of the liver.
I guess it depends on your genes.
Nearly ten years sober
That psychotic no-talent hack with the drinking straw fused to her lips singing "Do-do-do you love me, do-do you love me?!"
My cousin works for AHS doing special effects. He has had to travel with the cast for this upcoming season (which hasn't wrapped yet).
He told me that Kathy Bates and Jessica Lange have had a very nice time off set drinking a bit. Kathy Bates is a lightweight compared to Jessica Lange, though. Kathy Bates is rather petite in that she is all of five foot one or so. They are truly friends. His observation is that Kathy Bates doesn't like Sarah Paulson and she never invited Sarah to go out for a drink (or, drinks - in Jessica Lange's case) with them.
Angela Bassett had a nice time of things in New Orleans but is not as big a drinker as Jessica Lange. She just wanted to hear live music more than anything.