Guyville's Top 10 Memorial Day Tribute:
Memorial Day conjures thoughts of barbecues, baseball, and other summertime fun. Lots of us think of the upcoming three-day weekend as the first kick-off to those warm days ahead. Still, it's good to remember what we're technically celebrating on our day off. That is, remembering the men and women who died serving our country. With that more serious thought in mind, this Memorial Day we're commemorating great guys from all walks of life, some of whom we've lost and will miss, and others who just plain deserve being mentioned:
Saluting Guys Of All Shapes and Sizes
These guys are still around, but that doesn't mean they don't deserve being recognized this Memorial Day!
What guy doesn't know about Warren Beatty? The longstanding actor, director and screenwriter made a name for himself early on in Hollywood with his work starring and creating the 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde. The work positioned Beatty as a member of the New Hollywood Generation of filmmakers. Other 'new-gen' filmmakers include such notable directors as Francis Ford Coppola, Steven Spielberg, and Martin Scorsese.
What you might not know about Warren Beatty is that he served in the California Air National Guard and US Air Force Reserve from 1960 up through 1961. If you don't know much about Warren Beatty's acting career, check out the 1978 movie Heaven Can Wait, and see why we're saluting him this Memorial Day.
Put aside all the great roles Clint has done during his illustrious career. Forget about Dirty Harry, the spaghetti westerns, or the movie In the Line of Fire. Eastwood would still get a nod on our Memorial Day list.
Since his career as an actor became less prominent, Eastwood has settled into creating quality film after quality film. His 1994 film Unforgiven is arguably the best western in the history of Hollywood westerns, and his recent role in the 2008 flick Grand Torino proves that Clint can still play the bad-ass role to a tee. Check out Million Dollar Baby or Letters to Iwo Jima if you want to see some great Clint creations of late. Eastwood also served in the Korean War as a member of the US army from 1949 - 1950.
Rourke's Hollywood career started strong. He struck it big with his role in the popular film Diner. That acting gig solidified his early popularity in the 1980s, but he slid into obscurity like so many cultural phenomenons of that decade. Rourke, who moonlighted as a pro boxer between acting stints, came back in a big way this past year with his nomination for an Oscar in the acclaimed movie The Wrestler.
Hollywood's a tough business. But like Travolta, it looks as though Mickey still has something to offer. Guyville wishes Mr. Rourke the best this Memorial Day.