Monday, October 29, 2012

Jeremy Slate

From biker films to soap operas, Perry Mason  to The Alfred Hitchcock Hour and a couple of run-ins with John Wayne, Jeremy Slate was an actor that not only appeared in everything, but stood out as well.

From the late 1950's to the early 1990's, this wonderful actor steadily worked in major television shows and movies. And even though he played a wide variety of roles, he seems to be remembered most for his westerns and biker films like the original True Grit, various episodes of Bonanza and Gunsmoke and the drive-in classics, Hell's Angels '69, The Mini Skirt Mob and The Born Losers.

His villains were viciously likeable and his good guys were flawed, which always made for great drama and sometimes campy fun. In the early 1980's he reinvented himself as a soap opera actor appearing for eight years on One Life To Live before going back to movies and television shows like The Lawnmower Man and his final guest starring role in an episode of My Name is Earl.

He was never a household name, but his work (and there is a lot of it) has stood the test of time. His films and television guest starring performances are worth seeking out and when one views his career, it will become very evident why Jeremy Slate is the pick a the day for Not Very Famous...but should be.

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