Wild mix of 60s TV icons


Believe it or not, 1961, the most familiar face in this film probably would have been Billy Gray, from the long-running series FATHER KNOWS BEST. Both he and Lee Kinsolving (the two male leads) were 23 when this film came out: a little long in the tooth to be playing teenagers.

But look at the list of other (later) shows represented:

STAR TREK - William Shatner
GET SMART - Ed Platt
BATMAN - Stafford Repp (playing a cop as usual)

Not to mention the ubiquitous character actor Vito Scotti, a very young Beau Bridges, and Marlon Brando's older sister. And of course Patty McCormack who hit it big on TV a little later than some of the others.

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James Dean was 24 when he played a High School Senior in "Rebel Without a Cause"
Stockard Channing played High School Senior Betty Rizzo at age 34. Tobey Mcguire was 26 and Andrew Garfield was 27 when playing Peter Peter in "Spiderman". Barbara Streisand was 41 when she played an 18 year old in "Yentl."

I think Kingsolving and Gray could pass, although, it would be nice to use teens to actually play teens.

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Believe it or not, 1961, the most familiar face in this film probably would have been Billy Gray, from the long-running series FATHER KNOWS BEST. Both he and Lee Kinsolving (the two male leads) were 23 when this film came out: a little long in the tooth to be playing teenagers.

Both looked far younger than they were which is likely why they were chosen to play teenagers! It was a lot of the kids playing extras who looked too old to be in high school!

(Norma Shearer , born 1902 was 36 when she played teenaged Juliet in 'Romeo & Julet (1936)

Leslie Howard , born 1893, was 43 when he played teenaged Romeo in the same film)


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rubyredjewel wrote:

Norma Shearer, born 1902[,] was 36 when she played teenaged Juliet in 'Romeo & Jul[i]et (1936)[.]

Leslie Howard, born 1893, was 43 when he played teenaged Romeo in the same film[.]


All right, let's calm down now and do a little math.

The 1936 Romeo and Juliet had its New York City premiere on August 20th, 1936. Norma Shearer was born on August 10th, 1902, so we can safely say that she was 33 when her performance as Juliet was filmed.

Leslie Howard was born on April 3rd, 1893, so he was probably first 42 and then 43 when his performance as Romeo was filmed.

All pretty ludicrous, to the point of being contemptible; but we might as well have our numbers straight.

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I didn't mind Lee Kinsolving's age. What I minded was his horrific "acting." He made Shatner look like the greatest thespian of our time, by comparison.

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