>What about Michael Landon of Bonanza and Highway to Heaven Fame? Didn't he
>hold the national high school record in the javelin? He had to run-up before
>tossing the spear!
Oh my how things get embellished. Landon was really Eugene Orowitz from New Jersey. He was a good HS JT'er but no national recordholder by a long shot. He went to USC ostensibly on a track scholarship but I believe left school and the rest is history.
>>What about Michael Landon of Bonanza and Highway to Heaven Fame? Didn't
>hold the national high school record in the javelin? He had to run-up
>tossing the spear!
Jim Brown and Landon/Orowitz are both legitimate actors. Brown sprinted in "The Dirty Dozen."
I recall that it was pretty effective.
Let me add a couple of more. Both went to Pomona College. Richard Chamberlain was a 400 meter runner his freshman year and then concentrated on his acting and painting (his major).
He had exceptional physical presence. In a costume drama, 4 courtiers in tights took off their flowery caps and made sweeping bows to the monarch. The unintentional result was laughter from the audience. Chamberlain's grace made the three others look as if they had stumbled.
However, I never saw him run in any of his films.
Kris Kristofferson ran in high school (probably distance) and played football and rugby at Pomona. To my knowledge, he never ran in any of his early films.
M.A.S.H. had a couple of good runners in the movie version. Dr. "Spearchucker" Jones was played by Kansas City Chiefs DB Fred "The Hammer" Williamson who appeared in Super Bowl I. Timothy Brown was a kick returner for the 1961 NFL Championship winning Philadelphia Eagles. Brown went on to play the Jones character on the TV show. The TV M.A.S.H. cast actors in the opening sequence for their running ability...I kid you not.
Steven Seagal may run like my mother but Hugh Grant has absolutely worst running form of any upright mammal in history.
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He looked good in those scenes running with Stallone on the beach. It's about all I remember about that Rocky though. Franchise went straight downhill after the first one. I asked somewhere else if he ever ran track.
Robby Benson was surprisingly good as Billy Mills in "Running Brave". Both "Pre" actors (Billy Crudup and ?) weren't too bad.
The worst I've ever seen was Michael Douglas in some movie - help me with the title please - in which he was supposedly training to be an Olympic marathoner. I have this mental image of a beefy guy running over a bridge (Queensboro?) into NYC - the complete antithesis of an elite marathoner's body type.