The Alamo Drafthouse has been in the Dallas/Fort Worth area only a short time, but it has wasted no time bringing actors to the theater so devoted movie buffs can watch their most memorable movies with them. People like Paris Themmen and Julie Dawn Cole who played Mike Teevee and Veruca Salt in the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Richard Freakin' Kiel, who played one of James Bond's most memorable villains, Jaws, have made the trek to Richardson to bathe in the glory of a theater full of screaming fans who are excited to shake hands and take an awkward selfie with them at the end of the show.
However, the Drafthouse doesn't have to look far to find famous people for movie buffs to rub shoulders with. Here are some well recognized people who either live in or come from our very own backyard and deserve a live screening of some of their more famous roles.
1. Stephen Tobolowsky
This Dallas native has become one of Hollywood's leading "I know that guy" guys thanks to his brilliant performances in roles such as the afflicted Sammy Jankis inMemento
and the annoying but hilarious Ned "The Head" Ryerson inGroundhog Day
. He's also something of a pop culture sage with a unique gift for storytelling that has earned himhis own documentary film
andpublic radio show
. It just doesn't seem right that he hasn't returned to the Drafthouse.
2. Peter Mayhew
He may not be a native, but the fact that the man played Chewbacca has chosen to live in our backyard makes us think we owe him an honorary screening. Granted, the evening would have to feature a screening of one or all of the films in the originalStar Wars
trilogy, but they could be part of a larger "Chewbacca Film Festival" that could include other memorable Chewbacca moments such as his hilarious guest appearance on theMuppet Show
, his reading of a "Top Ten" list onLate Show with David Letterman
and even the infamousStar Wars Holiday Special
, assuming he's willing to endure it with the rest of us.
3. Alan Tudyk
The Plano native first made a name for himself and his hometown as the Serenity pilot Wash in the cult sci-fi seriesFirefly
. His natural range and comedic abilities have allowed him to reinvent new roles for himself such as Steve the Pirate in the Ben Stiller sports movie satireDodgeball
and the misunderstood psychobilly in the goddamn hilarious slasher spoofTucker and Dale vs. Evil
. He deserves a grand homecoming filled with screenings of his more memorable roles and the chance to tell his behind-the-scenes tales to an audience of eager listeners.
4. Chuck Norris
OK, so the martial arts master and star of the show that madeLate Night with Conan O'Brien
infinitely funnier may not make for the smartest film viewing experience at the Drafthouse. Still, you can bet there would be a line out the door if the Drafthouse announced a Chuck Norris live appearance with screenings of movies likeThe Delta Force
,Lone Wolf McQuaid
andDelta Force 2: The Colombian Connection
5. Burton Gilliam
Allen's most famous resident also has one of the most recognizable Texas drawls, which helped make him one of the most successful bit players in movies starting with Mel Brooks' classic 1974 western parodyBlazing Saddles
. His hilarious performance as Slim Picken's dumb henchman paved the way for appearances in all sorts of movies that required a loud, larger than life, slick talking Texan, among themFletch
,Back to the Future Part III
andHoneymoon in Vegas
. His name alone could easily fill every seat in the theater, and he has enough appearances in TV shows and movies over the years to have his own film festiva
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