June 29, 2010 “The Western – Drawing a Line in the Sand.” Next in the a Series – Actors Kevin Sorbo & Todd Allen

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June 29, 2010 Second in the Western Film Genre Series – Western Films define an incredible genre in the American film industry. It’s power explained everything about the determination of those that believed in the American dream and the conquering of an unknown frontier. The intensity of the Western films during the period of the 1960′s to the 1960′s has been somewhat diluted and holds less interest to the film community. However, there mystique and message of an incredible fortitude in the people who founded America, has resurfaced again with films like The Searchers (1956), High Noon (1952), Unforgiven (1992), The Wild Bunch (1969), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971), Wyatt Earp (1994), Broken Trail (2006) made for TV series with Robert Duval, Thomas Hayden Church and Todd Allen, and of course Dances with Wolves (1990) which although not exactly falling within the same genre was a masterpiece of storytelling and cinematography featuring Kevin Costner. Guests – Actors Kevin Sorbo and Todd Allen.

 

SorbokKevin Sorbo has enjoyed success on television for over 20 consecutive years, a feat rarely accomplished by an actor. Sorbo quickly rose to stardom in the title role of the hit series, “Hercules, the Legendary Journeys”. The immense popularity of the 5 initial 2-hour telefilms in 1993 resulted in the launch of a weekly series by 1994. The series not only became a breakout hit by becoming the number one first-run program in syndication, it also passed “Baywatch” as the most watched TV show in the world. The innovative action hour revitalized the entire action/adventure genre on television and fostered two spin-off series, “Xena, Warrior Princess”, and “Young Hercules”. Sorbo also directed two episodes of the show, and co-wrote one installment. Following the success of “Hercules”, Sorbo went on to star in the lead role of “Captain Dylan Hunt” in “Gene Roddenberry’s, Andromeda”. The series, based upon writings from the late “Star Trek” creator’s archives, debuted as the number one hour show in first run syndication and held that spot throughout it’s five year run from 2000-2005.

 

 

 

TA_1rActor-writer-producer Todd Allen has appeared in over 50 film and television productions.   Among the more notable are three films with Director Lawrence Kasdan, SILVERADO, GRAND CANYON, and WYATT EARP.   He has also appeared in several films with Academy Award winner Kevin Costner.  Allen also co-starred with Robert Duvall in his Academy Award-nominated, THE APOSTLE, and again more recently in the Emmy Award winning AMC original mini-series, BROKEN TRAIL, where he received excellent reviews for the role of  “Marshal Bill Miller.” Allen has just completed filming the lead role in the independent feature, AMERICAN CARTEL, playing a Texas Ranger who brings down a dangerous drug cartel. Recent television appearances include CLAIRE, a movie for the Hallmark Channel, and guest-starring appearances on MONK, CSI, and NCIS.  Previously, he had leading roles in the television movies, “The Soul Collector”, “Night Visitors”, “Tall Dark and Deadly” and others.   A personal favorite came early in his career when he played jet ace Chuck Yeager in the CBS three-hour special presentation of “Pancho Barnes”

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