Friday, March 29, 2013

Adam Roarke

Maybe it was the large number of B-movies he was in, or perhaps it was the fact that his roles often ranged from leading to uncredited. Whatever the reason, Adam Roarke was a good working actor whose large body of work was never fully recognized by the mainstream crowd.

Not that he hasn't been seen, as his supporting work in the critically acclaimed, The Stunt Man, as well as the cult, car chase movie of the 1970's, Dirty Mary Crazy Larry, gave this talented actor a lot of exposure. And even though he worked steady for nearly twenty five years, Adam Roarke seemed to go unnoticed.

Often cast as the likeable tough guy, he's the actor you want to find out more about after you've seen one of his films. And even though many of his films like Hells Angels on Wheels, Hell's Belle's, The Savage Seven, Psych-Out and Frogs may not be the worlds greatest movies, there is a charisma about his performances that makes one take notice.

Sadly, Adam Roarke passed away in 1996 at the young age of 58. Had he lived, he seemed like a good candidate for Quentin Tarantino to have rediscovered. Of course we'll never know, making Adam Roarke the pick of the day for Not Very Famous...but should be.

1 comment:

  1. Yes, should be, and also he started a school for actors, great idea. Just saw him in Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry, really interesting and funny. He worked well with Fonda and George. Now a fan of all of them.