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.

22 comments:

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

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

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  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 Busey's nomination was the breakthrough but Olivier should have been replaced by McIntire.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.

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  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.

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    1. Yes he was a fun loving and kind hearted person. I met him while working at the Topanga Corral where he sometimes played live his LA Blues Band. He'd usually say hi to me with a hug and a gentle beard bristle cheek rub on his way to dressing room. He gave me nice leather jacket with a beaded eagle design across back. Very polite and interesting talented man he was.

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

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    1. I knew Tim since he was 10 and I was 5. His Mom, Jeanette Nolan, was like a second Mom after my own mother, actress Nora Marlowe, died. I can assure you Tim’s father was John McIntire. I was with Jen when a very insensitive party guest, at a friend’s home, asked if Orson Welles was Tim’s father. Jen was appalled and deeply hurt. I worked for Tim, as a personal assistant, and quit about 10 months before his death. I also had the great joy to accompany Jen to Montana where she played Robert Redford’s mother in “The Horse Whisperer.” I was like a second daughter to Jen and can reiterate, without question, that John McIntire was his father. But I do agree that Tim’s untimely death was the only thing stopping him from becoming a major star. He was incredibly talented and was deeply loved by his family.

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    2. Thanks for setting the record straight. I couldn't place the name Nora Marlowe, so I looked her up. After seeing her credits, I remember her from The Twilight Zone, The Waltons, and North by Northwest. Such talented people you grew up with. Thanks for the comment.

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

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  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

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    1. Tracey McCallion CampbellSeptember 13, 2017 at 5:38 AM

      Tim had an incredible voice, but for some odd reason, in this movie, they had Tim lip sync to some other actor singing George Jones songs. It made NO sense! My parents, both actors, were best friends with Tim's parents John and Jen. I knew Tim since I was 7 and he was 14 and he knew how to play many instruments. He was my first guitar teacher when I was 10. While many know of his collaboration with actor/composer John Rubenstein on "Jeremiah Johnson", Tim and John had a group with Amy Philbin (Regis' daughter) for quite a while. In the last year of his life, I helped Tim as a personal assistant. He had known me for years but never knew I was "such an incredible assistant." He told me "You need to go work for huge stars like Robert Redford." Knowing that he did "Jeremiah Johnson" and "Brubaker" with RR, I was quite pleased with Tim's high praise. Sadly, I said, Mr. Redford must have 5 assistants and, alas, I don't think I will ever meet him. "You never know", Tim said. So, it was rather incredible for me that, 11 years after his death, I accompanied his mother, Jeanette Nolan, (as HER personal assistant) to their beloved Montana when she played Robert Redford's mother in "The Horse Whisperer". I had the "difficult" job of looking at Robert Redford each day for six weeks! Best job I ever had. I sometimes think perhaps Tim had a hand in all that. I could write reams about Tim's amazing talents! I agree he should have been a MAJOR star. The best thing I EVER heard in my life (from ANY actor) was a cassette of Tim as a radio announcer for a baseball team. Not only did Tim portray the announcer, but 5 or 6 members of the team, also being interviewed by Tim. Each player had a totally different, unique voice, accent, style and cadence. He continued for about 1/2 hour -- all ad lib and delightfully entertaining. It really was a masterpiece. I think only 2 or 3 people, besides his family, ever heard it. I still am so angry that his hard fought sobriety was ruined by the low life hangers-on I saw come to his house for money and what they could get from him. Sadly, Tim's struggles were just too hard for him. His heart gave out. But, like his parents, my parents and all the amazing actors that have passed on - thank God their talents have been captured on film and preserved for eternity. I apologize for the length of this reply, but I loved Tim dearly and felt he deserved more than a few sentences. I hope you agree!

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    2. Thanks Tracey - I do agree. He deserves an entire film festival dedicated to his work.Tim McIntire is probably one of my ten favorites of all the actors profiled here. Thank you so much for your personal comments. Feel free to share more and often.

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  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

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  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.

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  10. did he play in The Virginian "sins of the father"?

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    1. Yes he did as John Wesley Hardin

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  11. Loved him in Gumball Rally, had no idea he performed the Jeremiah Johnson tracts

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  12. I met Tim when his LA Blues Band played at the Topanga Corral Nightclub where I operated food concessions. He was a very nice person, he gave me a very nice leather jacket the last time I saw him. He is sadly missed by many.

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  13. American Hot Wax is so amazing, Tim captures the essence of Alan Freed and his talent makes us want to see more of his work. Thanks for the information.

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  14. https://youtu.be/Ial6QaXF5V0

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  15. Saw him in Brubaker I believe and for some reason his presence on the screen was outsized for the part and impressed me then and now. Though he would become a star. Sorry to hear his life was so short.

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