Over the years, every once in a while I devote an entire day's postings to one actor. Normally... it is not just because the actor is a favorite of mine. Usually, it is a combination of factors that come together to inspire me to do more than one blog piece. This is the case with today's tribute to actor Vincent Spano.
I have always thought Spano to be a incredibly sexy and talented actor. But... up until this past summer my crush was more about his looks than his work. My memories of Spano growing up were more about his pin-ups and photos in teen magazine during the late 80's and early 90's than any particular role, movie or television show. But then came the last gasp of summer.
When I was putting together my week plus long theme, Last Gasp of Summer, one of the days was devoted to summer camp. As part of my research for this piece, I watched a few of my favorite, and a few new, summer camp movies. I watched several summer camp themed movies but ultimately decided to focus on Matt Dillon in Little Darlings and the endlessly fascinating and disturbing Sleepaway Camp. But... I could not get one of the movies I watched for the theme out of my head.
The 1993 flick Indian Summer was a movie I rented back in the 90's and ended up fast forwarding through. I was in my early twenties at the time, and the story of adults going back to the camp that made such an impact on them didn't really resonate with me at the time. Watching the film again now had so much for meaning for me now, especially given the time I spent myself at summer camp, as both a camper, and a counsellor.
I couldn't take my eyes off Vincent Spano when I watched again. Bill Paxton was the male lead, but Spano and his character, was the most interesting to me. Spano was also so damned hot and appealing. I made a not to do a piece on Spano and the film in my 'story idea' folder but didn't go back to it until late September. One day in late September or early October I was flicking through twitter and stopped when seeing an image (see in post below) of a 17 year old Spano in a photo with one of his early co-stars Lisa Whelchel from The Facts Of Life.
The images brought back memories of the Spano I grew up seeing in teen magazines and movies and I began to save some images for a post I planned for his October 18th Birthday. When I went into that folder last week I found there were dozens of images, too many for just a birthday post. In addition, I got my hands on some of Spano's films, including his one and only brief nude scene, in the mid 80's comedy Creator.
So.. that brings us to today. A bit late for an actual Indian Summer, but still a blast heat stemming from my Last Gasp Of Summer themed. I hope fans of Spano enjoy this look back and I hope readers not familiar with his work might check out one of his films. Spano is a gifted actor who has been working on television an in film since the late 70's and is still steadily working, and still looking mighty fine, today. If you're as enamoured of Spano as I am, check out his official website for more images and info HERE:
The image I mentioned in the above post is the photo above of a 17 year old Spano, along with Lisa Whelchel his co-star in the 1979 film The Double McGuffin. During much of the 80's, Spano was a fixture and pin-up sensation in teen mags. Spano worked steadily through the 80's highlighted by his role in the 1983 Francis Ford Coppola directed adaptation of S.E. Hinton's novel Rumble Fish. Here is a look at Spano from this time period.
Some Spano pin-ups!
Spano with fellow 80's teen idols Tatum O'Neal and Christopher Atkins
Spano in Vogue Magazine (February 1985) All-Out Evening, Photos by Denis Piel
Rumble Fish (1983)
Spano and Rumble Fish co-stars Matt Dillon, Nicolas Cage, Chris Penn and Laurence Fishburne. Rumble Fish is one of the only Dillon films from the 80's and 90's I have not seen. I must check it out!
In 1985's Creator, Vincent Spano plays Boris Lafkin, a struggling pre-med student hired by Harry Wolper (Peter O'Toole) as his personal assistant. Wolper is obsessed with making a cone of his wife who died in childbirth 30 years earlier. In addition to acting as a mentor for Boris with science, he also gives Boris advice in wooing the lovely Barbara. (Virginia Madsen)
I think the then 23 year old Spano was at his most adorable in Creator. Now this 1985 comedy wouldn't be at the top of my list of favorite Spano flicks, but there is a reason it gets it's own blog entry. Although Spano has had his fair share of steamy love scenes and shirtless moments on film, I believe this to be the only film which contain 'sort of' nude scenes.
I say 'sort of' as both are quick and a bit obscured. Spano's first skin scene in the film is during a steamy shower scene with David Ogden Stiers. Yes I know, steamy shower along with David Ogden Stiers aren't exactly words you expect to see in the same sentence... I say steamy as although Spano walks back, then forth naked during the scene, there is so much steam you really don't get the best view.
Spano's second flash of his adorable bottom is a quick, but hot scene, with Virginia Madsen yanking off his towel after Spano's shower. Again, a quick scene, and not a full view, but given this film seems to be the only opportunity for a view, seemed worthy of a few caps.