Was not Mike Farrell the elder's quorum president in one of the short films
we use for teaching?
Stewart Petersen was in several movies as a youth (some of them with somewhat
hidden LDS themes) and in the temple film.
Dear Mormoneuk,I'm so glad to have someone like you to remind Mormons
we are not popular in the world. In my 75 years of experience and growing up the
only LDS kid in the schools of my Texas town, I just might have picked up the
fact that we are looked at as being a very peculiar people by many or simply
marginalized or ignored by others. But, I for one am glad for these articles
that for some reason seem to spark my interest. And, I honestly don't know
why. Anyway, I say, DN keep them coming.
Papa Bear Andy: "I forgot C. Thomas Howell in The Prodigal Son. His
character was even named Tom Howell. He has appeared as one of the friends in ET
and as the lead in several forgettable comedies."Am I up in the
night, or wasn't it William Boyett, who played Sgt. MacDonald on
"Adam-12," who played the dad in "The Prodigal Son"? (I once
remarked on another forum, since Robert Pine [formerly Sgt. Joseph Getraer on
"CHiPs" played the dad in "On The Way Home," that the Church was
seemed to be making a habit of casting former TV police sergeants in its films.
One overlooked actress was Kathleen Beller, who played Eliza Williams in
"Legacy". She is a Hollywood actress who earlier had been in the
Dynasty TV series as Kirby Anders Colby. As I remember, there were a number of
"Hollywood" actors involved with the Legacy film. If I remember
correctly from news reports, even though they were not members of the LDS Church
the cast was required to read the Book of Mormon prior to and during filming.
Also, Edward Herrmann was a lead character in the 1979 movie "Take
Down", which was a movie produced and directed by Kieth Merrill, who is LDS.
While not an LDS movie per se, the movie theme and production was influenced by
the many LDS members that made the movie.
I forgot C. Thomas Howell in The Prodigal Son. His character was even named Tom
Howell. He has appeared as one of the friends in ET and as the lead in several
Shortly after MASH ended, Mike Farrell came to BYU, and conducted an answer and
question session about the recently ended popular show. Being a political
activist, he also expressed his views opposing the Reagan administration's
involvement with the Sandinistas in Nicaragua. He was asked if he was a member
of the LDS church. His reply was, to the effect of "No. But I am familiar
with your religon." Mike came across as an approachable, personable, and a
nice guy, kind of like his role on MASH.
Correction to previous comment: "I hope those actors who were formerly
Mormons now enjoy the decidedly more uplifting lifestyle offered, instead, by
Hollywood and its morally-defunct adherents. Think: Great and Spacious
I hope those actors who were formerly Mormons now enjoy the decidedly more
uplifting lifestyle than that offered by Hollywood and its morally-defunct
adherents. Think: Great and Spacious Building.
Gordon Jump was also in "It All started With Thad" about "Every
Member a Missionary" program.
Gordon Jump was also in the church film Families are Forever, made in the early
John Phillip Law (September 7, 1937 – May 13, 2008) starred as Brigham
Young. Not sure who produced it. He was a Hollywood client of mine and he
personally gave me a VHS version of this film. The film is not however
referenced in his filmography.
Was Loraine Day mentioned. When our oldest Daughter went through the LA Temple
the first time Ms Day was working in the Bride's room. I recognized her
and she was very gracious when I asked her and she confirmed her identity. She
looked great for her age. She was in several 1940's films.
Jimmy Stewart in "Mr. Krueger's Christmas" melts my heart. Love
him, and love that film, even as old as it is!
Charlton Heston played Brigham Young in the 1995 TV movie "The Avenging
Angel" and James Coburn played Porter Rockwell.
It's "Mr. Krueger's Christmas." Silly typo.
Sometimes I think Desnews goes a little too far in the stories they print.
This one seems way way to far - almost desperate to make an LDS point. Fine we are not huge media movie folks - but I a a member of this
religion because of the theology and teachings not for the really weak link to
these so called stars in Mormon Movies.Besides you forgot all the
stars being created in the musical Book of Mormon and of course we were so close
to having a BYU alum in the White House.
How about Vincent Price as Joseph Smith (in the film Brigham Young)? Man, how
about that casting.
Hutterite,IMO those who criticize the church loose all their
credibility anyway and generally have very little understanding of reason. But
surely you must recognize that your characterizing Bill Maher as an actor does
not help your own credibility or his as a critic of the church.
Also Dean Jagger in Brigham Young (with Tyrone Power). He played Brighsm Young
1. It's Krueger, not Kruegar.2. Forever Strong isn't
explicitly Mormon-themed, but darn close, and there's a bunch of Hollywood
types in that one.
How about bill maher in 'religulous'?
think you have to be as old as me (70) to remember that Gordon Jump was a member
of the church.
What's the point of this article?The ones who were in these films
pre-discovery (Anne Hathaway etc), wouldn't been seen dead in a
'Mormon' film now.The ones who's careers were all but over
(Gary Coleman etc), were desperate for anything.
Tyrone Power and John Carradine in Brigham Young, Jon Voight and Terrance Stamp
in Sepember Dawn, and Gordon Jump's role as Peter in the Endowment.
The church scored a coup getting Jimmy Stewart. And who can forget Gordon Jump?
What about Jane Kaczmarek from Malcom in the Middle and Art Carney in The Last
James Stewart was an established movie star well before "It's a
Wonderful Life." His film career started in 1935. "Mr. Smith Goes to
Washington" and "The Philadelphia Story" from the pre-war era are
the most watched today. He won an Academy Award for "The Philadelphia
Story" in 1940. Stewart had taken a five year break from films as he
distinguished himself in World War 2. "Wonderful Life" was his first
film after the war. That film was not well received at the time, so did not give
his career a boost. Of course it is justifiably beloved today.
I am pretty sure I remember that Anne Hathaway had filmed The Other Side of
Heaven before the Princess Diaries, but the Other Side of Heaven film had a
delayed release until after the Princess Diaries. They were lucky to get her it
seems to me! Made a big difference at the box office for the Other Side of
Aaron Eckhart was actually raised LDS and he served a mission in France. So his
affiliation is not all that surprising...
I can't believe you left Celeste Holm off the list. She was in the LDS film
Nora's Christmas Gift and then returned to Utah to be a part of the cast of
the television show Promised Land.