Monday, March 6, 2017

Gary Grimes

What do you get when you combine Ron Howard with Timothy Bottoms? The answer. Gary Grimes. Well, not really, but during his brief acting career in the 1970's, Gary Grimes certainly had qualities of both of those popular actors of that time period. From innocence to intellect, his resume is full of roles that any of those three actors could have played, with one exception - Grimes was the right actor to play the parts he was offered.

Just like Timothy Bottoms will always be linked to the Paper Chase and Ron Howard to American Graffiti; it's Gary Grimes that will be forever embedded to that coming of age classic, Summer of '42. And with a film debut like that, it's head-scratching as to why his career didn't soar afterwards.


It's not that he didn't work. In fact, his next film, The Culpepper Cattle Company, not only was a success, but turned out to be a very fresh and original western in a time when they were anything but. This led to work in films with John Wayne, Don Knotts and even Ron Howard before this bright young actor joined the ranks of all of the other talented artist profiled on this blog.

What happened? Well, in his own words from an interview with American Profile magazine, "I got to the point where the work wasn't up to the quality that I wanted." That's a pretty brave but admirable move for an actor. While he was working he certainly mastered the curious teen and young adult role. It would have been nice to see where his career progressed as he aged, but just like anything good, Gary Grimes left with his fans wanting more.

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