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ANYONE can be a JERK. It takes GREATNESS to be KIND.

Elsie Fisher stars in Eighth Grade, Written and Directed by Bo Burnham. Photo by Linda Kallerus, with kind courtesy of A24.

In our modern age of instant and non-stop news, political mayhem, and social divide,  living day to day for many, can be a challenge. Hundreds of millions throughout the world are addicted to news, most of which they prefer that simply aims to reinforce their political beliefs. No matter how extreme those views are; one can find newscasters, preachers, supporters and groups to belong to that match their convictions.

It feels “good” to think we are morally right.  It feels even better to know we are right. And it feels perhaps best yet to share our belief in our “rightness” with others, who agree with our views.  It also feels good to many, to attempt to practice what one considers moral and intellectual superiority over another.

Why not “preach to the converted,” when those who think and feel like we do, offer a safe space for our feelings, will not invalidate our viewpoints, and will not challenge our beliefs? 

The ego, which drives the mind of many a human, is a fragile, tender thing. It needs fed, it needs fueled, and–dare it be called in to question; it needs entertained.

And thus, the safely of “challenging” our ego by stepping outside of our little boxes of those with whom agree with us, is safely fed, by the conspicuous, yet covertly “anonymous” game of social media.

The “flame wars” of the 2000’s internet junkies, have been replaced by the “trolls” and “haters,” who–like any parasite, feed on their host until they can suck their life force no more, and then move on to the next victim.

“ANYONE can be a JERK. It takes GREATNESS to be KIND.”  

In an age when American politics have lost the common decency of a social veneer of politeness and feigned respect,  and denigrated into a  fowl gutter of moral turpitude and hate filled morass, the true face of American government has at once, been un-masked.

And yet, while the insatiable ego’s of presidents, politicians, newscasters, and private citizens tirelessly yearn for more chances to feel “right” and make others wrong, the reality is; such an existence is as tiring, as it is unmistakably devoid of real worth.

Simply put, it’s not fun to be angry. And the person always seeking to make themselves right be making the other side wrong, will inevitably run into anger; that dwindling fire of modern politics.

Anger kills. If not quickly and overtly; by violence and death, then slowly and covertly; by stress and disease. There is nothing good about being angry, and certainly not on a prolonged basis. And yet such is the state that American news and political hegemony wants you in.

I encourage you today, to pretend like nothing matters but your well-being, your happiness, your peace of mind, and your relaxed state of existence. Pretend for a day, that everything is fine, that the Sun will keep shining, that your life will keep on living, and that you will find a new reason to smile. Skip the news for a day, and listen to nothing upsetting from anyone for a full day. Fill your mind and your day with things that make you happy, that improve the world, and that make you feel good, without making others wrong.

Pretend for a day that happiness and peace is something you deserve for one day. And if you mess up, don’t be mad at yourself. Start over again tomorrow. Try this for a day, and I’ll bet you, you will be tempted to try it again– and again, and again.  And do you know what? That would not be such a horrible thing, if you had a long row of happy days, now would it? For this is our birthright.

We were not made to suffer, and we were not designed to make others suffer either. We are meant to be happy. 

Try it now, and spread the love. –Peace.

© 2018, Bruce Edwin, Hollywood Sentinel

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TV Icon Donny Most

Donny Most, Photo Credit: Steve Neimand, provided with courtesy of D. Most.

From America’s favorite TV sitcom Happy Days, to the nightclubs of Hollywood, NYC and beyond, Donny Most has done it again.  Not necessarily re-inventing himself–as he never went away; Donny Most’s career is at a place today that would be enviable to anyone in Hollywood–if they looked at just his first 25 years of his career alone.

The following here below is our interview (Part I and II) with American TV legend Donny Most, exclusively for The Hollywood Sentinel.

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. With his current career is bigger and better then ever, his earlier accomplishments in television and film as a beloved actor are rivaled now, only by his additional acting work, and further talents and successes also as a writer, producer, director, and singer.


From Happy Days to the Stage 

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, Donny Most wanted to be 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.

Ralph Malph 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.

From TV to the Silver Screen 

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.

The Jazz Greats 

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:

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

Visit Donny’s official website at:

www.donnymost.com

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

Image and textual content is (c). 2018, Don Most (biography) and Hollywood Sentinel (commentary), all world rights reserved. Contact Hollywood Sentinel at 310-226-7176.

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

Image and textual content is (c). 2018, Don Most (biography) and Hollywood Sentinel (commentary), all world rights reserved.