Actor Jon-Erik Hexum never won an EMMY, but his face and body, his work is more memorable than many who have. A short career, just under three years, 2 series, Voyagers & Cover-up, two movies, Making Of A Male Model & The Bear, and a guest stint on the TV show Hotel. Although there are a lot of actors and celebrities who become iconic after they die, especially young, most were movie stars and singers. Elvis, Marilyn and James Dean all remain pop culture icons long after their deaths. This doesn't happen as oven with stars of the small screen.
Lucille Ball, Carroll O'Conner, Larry Hagman and many many others have become television icons, but most of them died after turning 60. It is rare for an actor, especially one with such a short career, to leave the impact Hexum did. Maybe it was because his life was so short, his looks so incredible, his potential so unfathomably huge. There are many incredible talented and great looking men who have graced our TV screens, but Jon-Erik Hexum was arguably one the hottest man ever on television.
I was only six or seven when Hexum hit the air waves, and only eight when his life ended so abruptly and violently with the accidental shooting on the set of Cover-up. I do however remember Hexum in newspapers and magazines throughout the late eighties and been drawn to his incredible face, beautiful eyes and that head of hair. Hexum had an incredible body, a hairy chest to kill for and the actor new how to use it perfectly on film and in images. Hexum seemed to enjoy the attention his looks garnered, at least in the beginning, and used it to his full advantage in 1983's Making Of A Male Model.
I have featured images, and stories of Jon many times on FH, any site devoted to the male form would be amiss if they didn't. Tonight, as this seasons best and brightest on television take the stage, I thought there was no better time to again pay tribute to Jon-Erik. Back in 2012, a Ferrariboy shared his brief, but memorable encounter with Jon, shortly before his death. If you have not read it, be sure to check it out HERE:
Jon-Erik Hexum's television career only lasted a little over two years, from 1982 through 1984. The 1983 television movie, Making Of A Male Model was the project that really solidified his place of one of the hottest men ever to grace the small screen. Prime Time Soaps were all the rage in the eighties, and Making Of A Male Model brought Hexum together with Joan Collins, the most written about woman of genre. Produced by Aaron Spelling and E. Duke Vincent and directed by DALLAS and Dynasty director Irving J. Moore, all of the elements for success were in position.
TV movies are mostly a thing of the past. Too bad, they provided work for many actors in between regular television gigs. Today, many shows (Under The Dome) would work much better as mine-series or TV movies, but networks now feel the need to squeeze every cent, and every ounce, of creativity, from anything they ari. Although I was too young to have watched or remember this movie when it aired, I do remember over the subsequent years, seeing images of Hexum from the project in newspapers and magazines.
Thanks to e-bay, I did pick up a copy of the movie about ten years ago, and it lived up to the hype. The story was week, and you couldn't escape the time period if you tired. Hexum however, had the star power to keep me glued. Every scene, shirtless or full dressed, it didn't matter. His magnetism and charisma were enough to elevate a so so project into one that still generates heat whenever it is mentioned.
I love television. Even more than movies, television was the vehicle that first launched my love of Hollywood, fantasy and favorite hunks. Motion Pictures are great, but I really didn't go to many movies until I was in High School. Before that, it was television that allowed me to escape to worlds and places far the life I was living. TV has, and still gets a bum rap. When I look at the current state of Motion Pictures and compare it to the best of the small screen, TV wins hands down. Penny Dreadful, American Horror Story, Game Of Thrones, Veep & so many others beat the hell out of Expendables 3. Last season, Penny Dreadful in particular, catapulted me through it's words, visuals and music, to a place that I loved spending time in. Hopefully next year, some of it's actors will be on the nomination list. I have been covering the world of television, and it's many great looking hunks since the blogs early beginnings. You can check out some of the best HERE:
As is tradition at FH, award night means looking at the nominee's, of the male persuasion of course, and a few of my favorite (nude) scenes from the nominee's acting resume. In the past, most of the scenes were from movies, but with Showtime, HBO and other networks now showing the male forum generously, more and more of the images are from the actors show itself. Here are the best, (as voted by the television academy) from the 2013-2014 season.
Best Actor in A Comedy Series
Ricky Gervais, Derek
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Although it is likely Jim Parsons will again walk away with the statue, my vote would go to Don Cheadle or Willam H. Macy. I am over Parsons, and the show Although Sheldon is a great and unique character, he is not really stretching his acting muscles in the role any longer. Time for a new winner in this category.
Jim Parsons, Big Bang Theory
Louis C.K, Louie
Don Cheadle, House Of Cards
William H. Macy, Shameless
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Tony Hale, Veep
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
For me, it is Tony Hale or Ty Burrell for the win! Tony cracks me up in every scene on Veep, and Ty is still the hardest working actor on Modern Family, working every second of every moment he is on screen.
I would love Josh Charles to walk away with it, not because he was necessarily the best, but because to me, the show was the best of the drama's last season. I have only recently begun Game Of Thrones, but Dinklage and entire cast have drew me in so since Charles most likely won't nab it, my vote would go to him.
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Josh Charles, The Good Wife
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan
Best Actor In A Drama Series:
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
With Breaking Bad ending it's run, the sentimental favorite is Cranston, but Matthew McConaughey has been on a role this year. If I was placing a vote, it would be for Spacey.