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An American Treasure: Donny Most

Don Most, Photo Credit: Rob Daly

From a middle class home in Brooklyn, to a teenaged Hollywood star, Donny Most is a legend. And–unlike stars who made it big when they were young, Donny Most not only survived, but thrived. His current career is bigger and better then ever, with not only further new accomplishments in television and film as a beloved actor, but now, also as a writer, producer, director, and singer.

From Happy Days and Beyond 

Captivating audiences and fans around the nation with his heartfelt renditions of classic cuts from the jazz, blues, and big band era, Donny Most brings back an era and style of music not far off from that legendary show that cemented his stardom itself–Happy Days. Starring as the handsome,  quick witted, red headed Ralph Malph, that everyone in America and beyond couldn’t help but to love, Donny admits that he was and is nothing like his famous character.

The Early Years 

As a child growing up in Brooklyn, New York, Don Most wanted to be just like the entertainers in his favorite film, The Jolson Story. While in junior high school, he committed to the professional study of not only acting, but also singing, and dancing.  At the young age of just fifteen, he got his first big break as part of a teenage musical revue that played the famous “Borscht-Belt” circuit of New York’s Catskill Mountains.

A Star is Born 

Just five years later, at the young age of twenty, Donny Most landed the role of a lifetime, forever cementing himself as a TV pop icon,  when he landed the role of Ralph Malph on the new television pilot Happy Days. Originally a role written as a small part for a stock, jock character, Happy Days’ Director Jerry Paris and Executive Producer Garry Marshall were so impressed by Donny’s charisma and natural comedic timing, they rewrote and expanded the part, transforming Ralph Malph into the beloved class comedian that won the hearts of America; and later the world.

In the two legendary decades following the massive success of Happy Days, Donny continued to entertain and inspire audiences, earning critical acclaim in a long and still growing list of television and film roles. With film credits include EDtv, Crazy Mama, The Yankles, and The Great Buck Howard, starring John Malkovich, and further television roles include a recurring role on Glee, Men Of A Certain Age, Star Trek: Voyager, Sliders, Yes, Dear, The Crow, Sabrina, CHiPs, Baywatch, The Love Boat, Diagnosis: Murder, Century City, Dark Skies, and The Family Guy among more, Donny Most has proven himself an actor of notable acclaim.

After years of working in front of the camera, Donny realized his life-long ambition to direct with his first feature, The Last Best Sunday, in 1999. That film premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival, winning  Best Feature at the Telluride Indie Fest. His  second film, Moola, starring Tom Cruise’s brother William Mapother and Shailene Woodley, earned the Outstanding Achievement in Directing Award at The Newport Beach Film Festival in 2007. In 2011 Donny directed his first family film, Harley’s Hill, which premiered on Showtime, Starz and Encore.

The Music of Donny Most 

Throughout his legendary career, his dream of returning to his early musical days stayed strong.  Inspired by his love of swing, jazz and big band music, he created the musical revue “Donny Most Sings,” and Swings. The show debuted in Los Angeles at Catalina’s Jazz Club in Hollywood, and Vitello’s Jazz Club in Studio City to great acclaim.

Donny’s musical act showcases his love of the great standards, and covers the greats including;  Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, and is favorite, Bobby Darin.

Don Most married actress Morgan Hart in 1982 after meeting on the set of Happy Days. The beautiful couple  have two daughters, Madison and Mackenzie, and live in Los Angeles, California.

The following is Part I of our interview with Donny Most, exclusively for The Hollywood Sentinel:

Tune in back here next week for Part 2 of the exclusive interview with Donny Most!

Visit Donny’s official website at:

www.donnymost.com 

https://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/person-week-happy-days-21581194

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Top 3 Reasons People Fail to Succeed in Hollywood: Part 2

 

Bruce Edwin, CEO of Starpower Management, gives here in the audio clip below, advice on How to Succeed in Hollywood, based on his years as a producer, publicist, and talent manager, representing numerous stars, Grammy Award Winners, and billions of dollars worth of deals in the areas of motion picture, film studios, master works of fine art, models and talent, companies, and more.

An environmentalist and human rights activist, Bruce Edwin has been a vegetarian for many years.  Contact the office of Bruce Edwin at 310-226-7176.

This content is (c). 2018, Hollywood Sentinel, all world rights reserved.

 

Tom Cruise is Back with Box Office Gold

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT

“The best intentions often come back to haunt you.”

Paramount Pictures and Skydance Present A Tom Cruise / Bad Robot Production.  In a Film by Christopher McQuarrie, Tom Cruise stars in “MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT,” with Executive Producers David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Don Granger, and Produced by Tom Cruise, Christopher McQuarrie, Jake Myers,  and J.J. Abrams.

Written by  Christopher McQuarrie, and  Dylan Kussman, and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, the outstanding cast in the next exciting installment of this legendary franchise includes;  Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Sean Harris, Angela Bassett, Vanessa Kirby, Michelle Monaghan, Alec Baldwin, Wes Bentley, and Frederick Schmidt.

About the Film

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT finds Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his IMF team (Alec Baldwin, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames) along with some familiar allies (Rebecca Ferguson, Michelle Monaghan) in a race against time after a mission gone wrong. Henry Cavill, Angela Bassett, and Vanessa Kirby also join the dynamic cast with filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie returning to the helm.

About Tom Cruise

A world wide icon and star, the legendary Tom Cruise has made a lasting and powerful contribution to the history of cinema that stands the test of time.  Emerging as a handsome young star in films including “Top Gun” and “Risky Business,” the actor proved again and again, year after year, that not only was he not going away, but he was just getting better and better.

With “A Few Good Men,” “The Firm,” “Rain Man,” “Collateral,” “The Last Samurai,” and “The Color of Money” cementing the star as a force to be reckoned with as one of the acting greats of our time, “Minority Report,” “Eyes Wide Shut, “Interview with the Vampire,” and “Vanilla Sky” brought out a daring, sexy edge to his work that took his stardom to a whole new level.  With his “Mission: Impossible” series, among many others, Tom Cruise proved himself box office gold, as one of the most successful stars of all time.

A consummate professional and expert of the craft of movie making, Tom Cruise is indeed a filmmaker not only in front of the camera, but also involved in all aspects of film production.  With over 42 films made, his role as a producer and talent has seen the lauded star working with a stellar list of celebrated film directors including; Francis Ford Coppola, Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Martin Scorsese, Barry Levinson, Oliver Stone, Ron Howard, Rob Reiner, Sydney Pollack, Neil Jordan, Brian de Palma, Cameron Crowe, Stanley Kubrick, Paul Thomas Anderson, Ed Zwick, Steven Spielberg, Michael Mann, J.J. Abrams, Robert Redford, Brad Bird, Doug Liman and Chris McQuarrie, among more.

Having achieved extraordinary success as an actor, producer, and philanthropist in a career spanning over three decades, Tom Cruise is a three-time Academy Award® nominee and three-time Golden Globe Award winner whose films have earned eight billion dollars in worldwide box office — an incomparable accomplishment.  A stunning 17 of Tom Cruise’s films have grossed more than 100 million dollars in the United States alone, and a record 22 have grossed over 200 million dollars globally.

“Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation” released in July 2015 was one of the biggest hits of Tom Cruise’s career, grossing nearly 700 million dollars worldwide. Combined, the “Mission: Impossible” franchise has brought in nearly 2.8 billion dollars since Tom Cruise conceived the idea for the films and began producing them, also starring as the legendary spy Ethan Hunt.

Tom Cruise received Academy Award® nominations for Best Actor for “Born on the Fourth of July” and “Jerry Maguire,” in addition to a Best Supporting Actor Oscar® nomination for “Magnolia.” He also garnered three Golden Globe Awards, including Best Actor wins for “Born on the Fourth of July” and “Jerry Maguire,” and one for Best Supporting Actor for “Magnolia,” as well as nominations for his roles in “Risky Business,” “A Few Good Men,” and “The Last Samurai.” In addition, Cruise has earned acting nominations and awards from BAFTA, the Screen Actors Guild®, the Chicago Film Critics Association, and the National Board of Review.

In addition to his prolific artistic contributions, Tom Cruise has used his professional success as an avenue for positive change, becoming an international advocate, activist and philanthropist in the fields of health, education and human rights. Honored by the Mentor-LA organization for his work on behalf of the children of Los Angeles and around the world, in May 2011, he received the prestigious  Simon Wiesenthal Humanitarian Award.

And In June of 2012, he received the Entertainment Icon Award from the Friars Club for his outstanding accomplishments in the entertainment industry and in the humanities. He is the fourth person to receive this honor after Douglas Fairbanks, Cary Grant and Frank Sinatra.

Mission Impossible – Fallout hits theatres world wide on July 27th 2018.

“Mission: Impossible – Fallout” is a Paramount Pictures release. (Work cited: Tom Cruise dot com). Textual, image, and trailer images © 2018, Paramount Pictures, all world rights reserved. Used with kind courtesy of Paramount. Hollywood Sentinel.