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George Plimpton



To call George Plimpton merely an actor is woefully inadequate. Plimpton has also been a bullfighter, an orchestra conductor, a baseball and football player, a boxer, a circus performer and a tennis pro. He has indulged in each of these activities precisely once. George Plimpton's principal career was writing, something he pursued while at Harvard (he was an editor of the Harvard Lampoon) and while serving on the editing staff of Paris Review in the '50s and Horizon and Sports Illustrated in the '60s. Early in his career, Plimpton determined that the best way to write with expertise on a subject was through first-hand experience. Thus he fought bulls in Spain with Ernest Hemingway, played football with the Detroit Lions, was matched with tennis champ Pancho Gonzalez and bridge expert Osward Jacoby, and survived a few rounds with champion boxer Archie Moore. And he acted. He was a Bedouin extra in Lawrence of Arabia (1962), a bit player in The Detective (1968), and the character Bill Ford in Paper Lion (1968), a film based on Plimpton's own account of his brief football career (Alan Alda played Plimpton). From his experience playing a bit role as a gunned-down desperado in John Waynes Rio Lobo (1970), Plimpton fashioned an entire one-hour network TV special! Easily recognizable in later days thanks to his lucrative lecture and commercial endorsements, George Plimpton's acting assignments in recent years have been on the basis of his personality rather than as a stunt: Jodie Foster gave him a particularly suitable role as a William Buckley-type talk-show moderator in Little Man Tate (1991). Increasingly prominant on the screen throughout the 1990s, Plimpton essayed numerous small roles in such popular films as L.A. Story (1991), Nixon (1995), Good Will Hunting (1997) and Edtv (1999). As the 1990s gave way to the new millennium Plimpton was still going strong despite the effects of the passing years, and in 2001 alone he essayed a supporting role in the comedy Just Visiting and provided voiceover work for the short film Bullet in the Brain.

On September 25, 2003, the world lost one of its most flamboyant and entertaining literary icons when George Plimpton died in his sleep in his New York apartment. He was 76.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Cooper and Hemingway: The True Gen
  • Actor
2013
96% Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton As Himself
  • Actor
2013
84% Soul Power
  • Actor
2009
78% Doc
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Shortcut to Happiness (The Devil and Daniel Webster)
  • Himself
2007
73% Infamous
  • Screenwriter
2006
100% Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Truman Capote: The Tiny Terror
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Sam the Man
  • Actor
2005
100% Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Horatio's Drive: America's First Road Trip
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Thomas Pynchon: Journey Into the Mind
  • Actor
2003
63% Breakfast With Hunter
  • Actor
2003
33% Just Visiting
  • Dr. Brady
2001
63% EDtv
  • Panel Member
1999
72% Last Days of Disco
  • Clubgoer
1998
97% Good Will Hunting
  • Psychologist
1997
98% When We Were Kings
  • Actor
1996
75% Nixon
  • President's Lawyer
1995
25% Just Cause
  • Elder Philips
1995
76% Little Man Tate
  • Winston F. Buckner
1991
94% L.A. Story
  • Straight Weatherman
1991
16% The Bonfire of the Vanities
  • Well Wisher
1990
No Score Yet Easy Wheels
  • Surgeon
1990
No Score Yet Religion, Inc.
  • God
1989
58% Volunteers
  • Lawrence Bourne Jr.
1985
No Score Yet Pumping Iron II: The Women
  • Actor
1985
94% Reds
  • Horace Whigham
1981
No Score Yet The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover
  • Quentin Reynolds
1978
No Score Yet If Ever I See You Again
  • Lawrence
1978
71% Rio Lobo
  • Whitey's henchman
1971
No Score Yet The Detective
  • Reporter
1968
No Score Yet Vali: The Witch of Positano
  • Producer
1965

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • John Carter Sr.
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
  • Narrator
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
  • Voice
  • Actor

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