Although he didn't stick around for long, Dating Naked's Frankie Vitale certainly made an impression. Frankie, who knows what being 'naked' really means, shared some unblurred videos from his time on the island on his Vine and Twitter. Ok, Chris and Mason... your turn!
Soon after I did my first post featuring the work of Wes from New Manhattan Studios, I began hearing wonderful things about model Alex Corso. Wes was excited about his newest model and the projects they were working on. In 2012 and 2013, I featured several pieces featuring with Alex in front of the camera. Alex is dynamic in front of the camera, a sizzling hot body, beautifully expressive eyes and a great face that lights up when he unleashes that killer grin. Below, Wes describes Alex's progression as both a model, as well as his role in the studio. The images, from Alex's third anniversary shoot from 2014.
'Alex and New Manhattan Studios go back almost four years now. His first session with the studio was on April 24, 2012, when he was 23. By the end that first summer, Alex had become a regular model for the studio. Two trips were made into the Catskills that August that resulted in the studio’s first publication, Sunset Meadow. And by Labor Day weekend of that year, we had started the first of our work in Westchester county, in the Hudson River town of Cortlandt Manor, leading to a second book to feature some of Alex's images.'
'Pursuing a career as a physique and underwear model, this Colombian-born New Yorker has worked with dozens of photographers in New York City, Northeast, California and Florida, including some of the best fashion and physique photographers in the business. In short order, this classic Latin beauty became the studio’s most-photographed model.'
'With his ever-cheerful presence always welcome in the studio, Alex started working as an assistant and stylist in early 2013 and by year’s end he had worked more sessions behind the camera than in front. (And that's no small accomplishment, given that we have had more than a dozen formal sessions with Alex.) Model, production assistant, stylist, talent recruiter, chauffeur and friend, Alex has become the studio’s right hand. '
In many of my subsequent pieces, starting with Claudiu in 2014, although not seen on camera, it was clear that Alex was still an important part of the story. Alex continued to model, including for many of FH's favorite contributors: Mike Tossy, Gordon Nebeker, Keith Ingram, studioMGphotography and Rick Day, it was clear his role at NMS was growing and evolving. In fact, I became so fascinated with Alex, and his role in the many 'behind the scenes' images that Wes sent on, it motivated me to make it a recurring theme for the blog. In so many ways, Alex's role so beautifully, and visually represented what I have been attempting to do since first beginning FH 9 years ago.
Today's post is but an introduction to much longer story. One I am excited to be able to present visually on FH. Check back over the weekend to read, and of course see more, of Alex's story and journey at NMS.
I was a bit young to really remember Eight Is Enough. I sort of remember watching a few repeats in the mid eighties, but what I really remember is my aunt. My aunt loved the show and taped many episodes onto VHS. I remember asking her for her copy of the show's Christmas episode, Yes, Nicholas. There Is A Santa Claus. She reluctantly loaned it to me, but never asked, nor ever got it back.
I shared this story years ago on FH when I did a tribute to the guys from the show. I was reminded of it again this Christmas when I re-watched part of the episode from my Classic TV Christmas DVD. I say partly, as the episode, and the show itself, doesn't really hold up that well for re-watching 30 plus years later.
I tried watching the first season on DVD, but didn't get past the second episode. Although there were some interesting guest spots, including future Star Wars actor Mark Hamill as the original David Bradford. I might give it a try again, but for now, will stick to what did hold up, to my memories of actor Grant Goodeve.
Even as a young kid I could appreciate the actors many attributes. I love his thick flowing head of hair, his beautifully non manscaped 80's body and his killer smile. I continued to watch Goodeve on television shows through my teens including Northern Exposure, 7th Heaven and Army Wives. Goodeve has not lost his charm, nor his sex appeal. Seeing Grant again this holiday season had me wanting to revisit his work. The post I did back in 2007 required an update, and some new images of the talented and incredibly sexy actor.
Eight Is Enough
Television star sports competitions provide so many great images from actors of the time.
ABC wisely supported the producers decision to have Grants character David honeymoon in Hawaii.
In addition to frolicking on the beach in Hawaii, there were several roles in which Grant removed his shirt, removed his pants, and removed it all in one 1980's film. I am sure there are more, but here are a few of my favorites, including Grant showing his scrumptious and round rump in that 80's crime flick.
With Morgan Fairchild sailing on The Love Boat (1981)
Showing off his assets to Angela Landsbury on Murder She Wrote: Lovers and Other Killers (1984)