Friday, April 27, 2012

Tim McIntire

Tim McIntire died of heart failure at the young age of forty-one brought on by years of alcohol and drug abuse. Maybe his wild past is the reason why he never received the recognition he deserved because he was about as underrated as they come.

Just watching him in his numerous roles, both leading and supporting, makes me wonder why his acting talents never lead him to Hollywood royalty.

From The Sterile Cuckoo  to The Choirboys, and The Gumball Rally  to Fast-Walking, Tim McIntire had a presence that was hard to ignore, often upstaging the bigger name actors he played along side. Even his voice-over work is memorable as is evident in the sci-fi cult classic, A Boy and His Dog, where he supplied the voice of the shrewd dog, Blood.

However, if you want to see this wonderful actor at his absolute best, look no further than American Hot Wax, where he played the infamous 1950's rock-n-roll disc jockey, Alan Freed, and you will see for yourself why Tim McIntire is Not Really Famous...but should be.


  1. Did he sing The Ballad of Jeremiah Johnson from the movie?

  2. Yes he did Sing the soundtrack to Jeremiah Johnson.

  3. Tim McIntire (1944-1986)—the son of great character actors John McIntire (1907-1991) and multi-Emmy nominee Jeanette Nolan (1911-1998)—should have been nominated for the 1978 best-actor Oscar for "American Hot Wax." Jon Voight won that year for "Coming Home." Nominations also went to Warren Beatty ("Heaven Can Wait"), Gary Busey ("The Buddy Holly Story"), Robert De Niro ("The Deer Hunter"), and Laurence Olivier ("The Boys from Brazil"). Busey's nomination was the breakthrough but Olivier should have been replaced by McIntire.

    McIntire was a scene-stealing character actor. He was a marvel in the landmark ABC miniseries "Rich Man, Poor Man" (1976). And he may have finally attained stardom had it not been for his early death (at age 41).

    Aside from McIntire, his mother Jeanette Nolan also had a connection to Robert Redford: While McIntire did the music for Sydney Pollack's "Jeremiah Johnson (1972), Nolan had her last screen role in Redford-directed "The Horse Whisperer."

    McIntire came from strong lineage. With significant time having passed, one who appreciates the art of acting would have to seek them out.

  4. I worked for Tim McIntire for 8 years and saw him the day before he died. He was wonderfully spoken. A great singer and straight out of the Funzone.

  5. He's rumored to have been the son of Orson Welles. And he does have a striking resemblance to Welles.

  6. WHAT! Go watch "old charlie" Bonanza and you can see Tim next to his Dad John. No question they look alike.

  7. great actor as his whole family was my favourite role was when he portrayed george jones he sounded just like him but i wonder if tammy dramatized that some I have been a music and movie buff for tears

  8. The Heart of a Lady from Jeremiah Johnson makes me cry every time.

    Looks likes she will stay with you
    Maybe she will love you true
    First time that you ever knew

  9. I just stumbled on your blog. I had no idea Tim McIntire was the son of John McIntire and Jeanette Nolan. Makes sense though, the name, looks and acting ability. Tim was one of those actors I always liked.