That same feeling came over me years later when I saw a young unknown actor on the soap opera, The Guiding Light. Within a few years, that actor became more famous than Bruce Dern. His name - Kevin Bacon.
Now, some thirty years later I have that feeling again. The actor is Donald Glover and if you've seen the Oscar nominated film, The Martian, then you know what I'm talking about. Nothing against Matt Damon. His performance in that film is wonderful, but the small but important role of the astro-space whiz kid, Rich Purnell, played by Donald Glover, was the one character I kept wanting to see more of. And when the movie was all over, it was Glover's performance that was most on my mind.
Just scroll down the list of talented actors profiled on this blog and you can't help but wonder why many of them are not more well known. My fingers are crossed that Donald Glover's career path doesn't take the rough and often painful journey to obscurity that many before him have. For now, he's Not Very Famous, but my crystal ball says that status will soon change. Time will tell. In the meantime - fingers crossed.