Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Stan Shaw

Stan Shaw is truly an overlooked actor. And this oversight is not just by the movie and television watching public, but by the entertainment industry as well.

Maybe this neglect is because he's often the co-star to the co-star. Maybe it's because he is so natural in secondary roles that one often doesn't realize that they are watching an actor. Or maybe, like so many wonderful talents before him, it just wasn't in the cards. Whatever the reason, it doesn't seem right.


His tragic performance as Toomer, the studdering poor kid from the 1979 overlooked Robert Duvall film, The Great Santini is still with me now some thirty years later. Other memorable work from Stan Shaw can be seen in the Viet Nam drama, The Boys in Company C and the television mini-series, Roots: The Next Generation.

Most of his latest work seems to be as a guest star on various television shows, but no matter what the medium or how far down in the movie credits his name may be, it's a guarantee that Stan Shaw will deliver. Keep an eye out for him. You won't be disappointed.

6 comments:

  1. he cracked me up in eddie murphy's harlem nights

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  2. The only reason he isn't a star is because he's African American. Hollywood is still
    a white man's domain.





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  3. He also played Big George in Fried Green Tomatoes a personal favourite of mine.

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  4. Sharon benefieldJuly 10, 2016 at 9:43 PM

    I loved him in houseguest with Sinbad and the late great Phil hartman. He is a treasure. I wish he would get more substantial roles. Maybe he needs to consider changing agents. His talents are going virtually unnoticed. He would be an asset to plays,movies and commercial being produced now. Maybe even modeling....he his aging gracefully and he's easy on the eyes. My hopes would be that directors, writers and producers stop looking for the next best thing since sliced bread.....he's already here. Use him!!!

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  5. I think he is a VERY FINE actor and handsome enough for leads and character roles.I, too, have wondered why this handsome, intelligentintelligent actor has not been offered more substantial rolls but as a black man he still has had a stellar career compared to the percentage of actors that never get cast

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  6. I think he is a VERY FINE actor and handsome enough for leads and character roles.I, too, have wondered why this handsome, intelligentintelligent actor has not been offered more substantial rolls but as a black man he still has had a stellar career compared to the percentage of actors that never get cast

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