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Walken starred in PBS 'Playhouse' in '82,best bets [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (PA)]

April 29, 2013

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Question: I saw a show on PBS in the 1980s. I think it was titled "Who Am I This Time Anyway." A guy who I had never seen, playing a very shy hardware clerk, gets hooked up with a woman who has him audition for a local small-town theater company.

He ends up playing Stanley in "A Streetcar Named Desire." I remembered his name, Christopher Walken, because I was totally impressed with his acting.

Was that his first appearance? Is this show on video or DVD?

Answer: The show was called "Who Am I This Time?" and it aired on the PBS anthology series "American Playhouse" in 1982. Based on a short story by Kurt Vonnegut and directed by Jonathan Demme, the show also starred Susan Sarandon as the female lead. So, basically, a bunch of nobodies.

It's on DVD, and also streams through Amazon Instant Video.

As for Walken's career, it actually dates to the early days of TV, beginning in 1953. He played several roles, billed as Ronnie Walken, including episodes of "Naked City" and "The Motorola TV Hour."

Q: I'm just wanting to know if "Last Man Standing" has been canceled. I hope not!

A: Nothing official has been announced about "Last Man Standing," but people who pay close attention to these things seem to think it will be renewed.

Q: I am trying to remember the name of a film I saw as a teenager. The plot consisted of several men that were trying to survive after a plane crash. Suddenly, they began to disappear.

What you discover is that they were all actually dead, and they disappeared when their bodies were discovered. Any idea?

A: That's the 1970 TV movie "Sole Survivor," with Richard Basehart, Vince Edwards, William Shatner and Patrick Wayne.

You can watch it for yourself -- the entire movie is on YouTube.

Write David Inman in care of The (Louisville, Ky.) Courier- Journal, 525 W. Broadway, P.O. Box 740031, Louisville, KY 40201- 7431; or email him at incredibleinman@yahoo.com. Questions of general interest will be answered; personal replies are not possible.,How I Met Your Mother

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