Monday, April 16, 2012

Luke Askew

Luke Askew was a good actor who had leading man looks, but strangely enough, never made it to the star level. He certainly had the talent, which was used in supporting roles in many westerns, dramas and television shows throughout his forty-plus years in the business.

He's probably best known as the Stranger who takes Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper to the hippie commune in Easy Rider, but that performance is really just a small piece of a larger picture that made up his wonderful work as an actor.

Other stand-out roles, just to name a few, include Boss Paul  in the prison drama, Cool Hand Luke, Automatic Slim in the revenge picture, Rolling Thunder, and as the peaceful hippie in the biker film, Angel Unchained.

However, the real talent of Luke Askew lies in his whole body of work. From The Culpepper Cattle Company  to Frailty, through a slew of guest starring roles in television shows way too numerous to name, his characters were hard to forget. He may not have had star billing, but he was a huge star in the scenes he was a part of.

His work proves that he could have carried a mainstream picture, but for reasons unknown that never happened. Sadly, Luke Askew passed away on March 29, 2012 at the age of eighty. He was a wonderful actor whose talents added depth to any project he was involved in. He will be greatly missed.

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