Monday, March 29, 2010
Yeah I know there will be tons of people mocking Ricky Martin, jokes about how long it took or that even Clay Aiken beat him to it...
But I am not one of them.
Until being gay doesn't deny you basic human rights like marriage, Until being gay doesn't mean you might risk losing family, Until being gay doesn't mean you might be the victim of hate crimes...Until some of these things change, coming out for some, can be a frightening thing.
It is easy for some, but can be difficult for others. We should not judge. I was late to the party myself.
Why are gay people the only population in the world who need to fucking 'come out' anyway. 'Coming out' is something we have turned into a pride thing, yet the fact we have to this to begin with it is part of the problem. It really...should not matter, isn't that the whole point of being who you are?
There are not too many actors with a resume quite like that of Joel Brooks. Beginning in the 70's on Ryan's Hope and Three's Company. Working steadily through the 80's on Mash, Dallas, Soap, Taxi, Alice, The Facts of Life and of course My Sister Sam. Sailed through the 90's in Good Grief with Michael Keaton, L.A Law, Lois & Clark, Ally McBeal, Beverly Hills 90210 and into the 2000's in Six Feet Under, Everybody Loves Raymond, The Closer, The Big Bang Theory and most recently on The Mentalist. Quite a list, well that is just the beginning those shows were some of the most familiar, but they only scratch the surface of this talented mans career. Check out Joel's IMDB page for the full list.
Below: Joel with Pam Dawber and the cast of 'My Sister Sam'
I think I first discovered the magic of Joel Brooks in about 1984 or 1985. I was 9 or 10 and remember seeing Joel as Charlotte Rae's son on an episode of 'The Facts Of Life'. I remember thinking there was something special about this guy from the second he appeared on screen. From then on, each week I looked for him in tv and movies. This was pre the Internet, and I am not sure if you all remember, but back then you used to have to closely read the tv guide and look for actors that you liked. TV guide used to list guest stars for tv shows. Joel was frequently on that list.
Below: Joel in 'Dallas' 1981.
Two Things over the past month had me thinking again about Joel. Firstly I watched and posted about 'Circuit' not to long ago. Joel had a small role in the flick. In addition I have written a bit about my admiration for the acting talent of Beth Maitland. I recently listened to a radio interview on Brandon's Buzz (great radio show btw if your a tv fan) with both Beth and Joel. Joel and Beth have begun a company called Auditions LA. Auditions LA's focus is assisting and teaching young actors on how to be successful in auditions. You can check out that interview HERE:
Below: Joel and 'Auditions' partner Beth Maitland.
Below: Joel and Loretta Swit from Mash
Joel's biography on Auditions LA says:
'Joel Brooks got his training in the New York theatre. He studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and with Uta Hagen and went on to work at Playwrites Horizons, New York Shakespeare Festival, and The Eugene O’Neill Theatre Festival among many other venues.'
It goes on to again list Joel's many tv appearances. What it does not say, or what I have yet to read is the acclaim this man so richly deserves. Joel to my knowledge has not won an Emmy, but hopefully that will be an oversight corrected soon. Joel is not just a character actor, Joel Brooks is one of this countries finest character actors, playing a diverse array of roles for close to 5 decades. If Wikipedia had just one face to put by Character actor, it should be that of Joel Brooks. You can learn a bit more about this great man at his official website HERE:
Joel Brooks: An Actor I Love.
Below: Joel with Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O'Neal.
Samuel Ball got his start in 1998 on 'One Life To Live'. Although he has had a variety or roles since including stints on 'Sex In The City', 'CSI' and 'Lie to Me', arguably his most famous role to date is that of Alex Carlson in the 2004 flick '13 Going On 30'. I am sure Samuel will have many future roles but to me his underwear dance was the highlight in an otherwise rather blah movie. 13 Going on 30 was actually a long music video full of dancing (including an amusing Thriller number). I think the movie would have been better off editing out the dialogue and just kept the dancing and musical numbers.