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Don Murray turns 91 today!

Star of the infamous Advise and Consent gay political blackmail potboiler. Spoiler alert: he kills himself. But the movie has some tremendously entertaining bits despite the kill-your-gays predictability. The gay bar and the portly pimp scenes are supreme.

Happy birthday Don! You were sweetly sexy in Bus Stop, and you ended up a hot daddy by the time you coasted into Endless Love and Knots Landing.

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by Karen Fairgatereply 3708/01/2020

How bittersweetly ironic since it's been 30 years since Steve Shaw, who played his son on [italic]Knots[/italic], died in a car accident.

by Karen Fairgatereply 107/31/2020

He was one sexy man back in the day.

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by Karen Fairgatereply 207/31/2020

OP -- you just ruined the movie for all of us who haven't seen it.

You are an asshole.

by Karen Fairgatereply 307/31/2020

So young.

by Karen Fairgatereply 407/31/2020

I saw him in a movie a few years ago (can't remember which movie) and they had him poured into the tightest pair of pants I've ever seen on a man. And he was sporting the biggest basket I've seen in a long time. His pants were so tight his crotch came into camera focus a full 30 seconds before the rest of him did. 😨😁

by Karen Fairgatereply 507/31/2020

I thought he was fantastic and funny in the Twin Peaks reboot. And super sexy in a towel in Bus Stop.

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by Karen Fairgatereply 607/31/2020

It’s from 1962, r3. Did you think he might NOT kill himself?

Besides, his character is incidental to the best parts of the movie. At one point there was an entire thread dedicated to the ass of his former lover from the army. Does anyone have his name?

by Karen Fairgatereply 707/31/2020

^ John Granger.

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by Karen Fairgatereply 807/31/2020

Larry Tucker, as "Manuel" steals the fucking show in that movie. Manuel is consummate DL material. It's a pity they didn't put him into a caftan.

From the link:

As Manuel, the one man who can put a panicky U.S. Senator in touch with the central figure in a blackmail scheme, Tucker plays a gentle, soft-spoken, fey and immense gay man living in the West Village. At that time and in other hands, the role likely would have been played flaming, flouncing, and over the top, but Tucker plays it low-key and straight (so to speak) and once again fully realized. He also plays it with an air of quiet menace and mystery, divulging little as he hints around how and where the senator might find the man he’s looking for. In many ways his Manuel parallels Fat Ralph. Both characters are necessary go-betweens who try to be as courteous as possible while dealing with a very anxious type who just wants something and wants it now, and both busy themselves with other things while discussing business. While Ralph tended to his rats, Manuel, despite his massive girth, flows smoothly about the apartment preparing a cup of tea as he calmly explains the set-up to the senator, including the fee involved. But while Ralph was deeply hurt by Frank’s rejection of his hospitality, Manuel seems to accept it as a matter of course. It’s a quick but memorable scene, and even that late in the film, a pivotal one.

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by Karen Fairgatereply 907/31/2020

The only thing I remember him from was Knots Landing. He was really excellent on that... the kind of old fashioned, kind paterfamilias that just doesn’t exist anymore.

by Karen Fairgatereply 1007/31/2020


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by Karen Fairgatereply 1107/31/2020

Marilyn aged better.

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by Karen Fairgatereply 1207/31/2020

Don't forget The Hoodlum Priest, a movie he helped write.

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by Karen Fairgatereply 1307/31/2020

The title alone is brilliant.

by Karen Fairgatereply 1407/31/2020

Late entry into the Planet of the Apes original franchise.

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by Karen Fairgatereply 1507/31/2020

Conquest of the Planet of the Apes is not the zenith of that series.

Don looked great in black, however.

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by Karen Fairgatereply 1607/31/2020

Let's all say a prayer for Sid.

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by Karen Fairgatereply 1707/31/2020

I want r17 blown up and hanging over my mantel.

by Karen Fairgatereply 1807/31/2020

Don looks hot when he's enraged.

Zeffirelli could have really taken Endless Love with Martin Hewitt in another direction here.

I like to think these would be their fuck faces.

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by Karen Fairgatereply 1907/31/2020

This is a joke right? He can’t possibly still be alive?

by Karen Fairgatereply 2007/31/2020

He’s 91 years young!

He acted in the Twin Peaks Reboot last year!

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by Karen Fairgatereply 2107/31/2020

He’s older then me bitches

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by Karen Fairgatereply 2207/31/2020

Ascot with bulging sweater?

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by Karen Fairgatereply 2307/31/2020

Co-star Otis Young was gorgeous.

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by Karen Fairgatereply 2407/31/2020

Kneeling sailor.

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by Karen Fairgatereply 2508/01/2020

Mortally injured.

Tenderly adored.

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by Karen Fairgatereply 2608/01/2020

Dong Murray

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by Karen Fairgatereply 2708/01/2020

Wow! Didn't realize he was that old. I was a faithful viewer of Knot's Landing. Loved that show.

by Karen Fairgatereply 2808/01/2020

With then wife Hope Lange as WML? mystery guests in 1958.

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by Karen Fairgatereply 2908/01/2020

I first thought OP said BILL Murray!

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by Karen Fairgatereply 3008/01/2020

R30 wow. Bill murray looking old. Not ready for thT bit of truth

by Karen Fairgatereply 3108/01/2020

That commentary at OP's link is incorrect.

Charles Laughton was not playing a Joe McCarthy character.

If any character was, that would have been the Senator played by George Grizzard....

Spolier follows ...

who ended up being ignored by all the Senators when his part in the blackmail is discovered. This actor surely mimics McCarthy's censure by the Senate.

... Spolier ends

BTW, I remember seeing pictures in Look or Life Magazine when I was kid of the big party scene at the movie's beginning. As I recall, Fiddle and Faddle were mentioned in the photo captions.

by Karen Fairgatereply 3208/01/2020

R5, in "Bus Stop," he comes out of the bathroom in his long underwear, sporting a sizeable basket and fine ass.

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by Karen Fairgatereply 3308/01/2020

Rear view

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by Karen Fairgatereply 3408/01/2020

^^^ That should have been "Spoiler" twice.

by Karen Fairgatereply 3508/01/2020

The gays from the infamous gay bar scene from Advise & Consent.

Don Murray is looking down from a balcony of sorts into the basement. I think it's a metaphor for a descent into depravity.

All the gays are eyeballing Don. The bartender offers a friendly greeting which sends him into a gay panic tailspin. The old lover follows him onto the street where there is a scuffle.

We are definitely meant to interpret Don as cured of his sickness, but his past creeps back in. It is not a positive gay movie by any means. But the gay bar scene is pretty great.

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by Karen Fairgatereply 3608/01/2020

He talks about Advise and Consent at about 3:25.

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by Karen Fairgatereply 3708/01/2020
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