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2001 Stories by Robert Wilonsky

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  • Good Cop, Bad Cop

    published March 8, 2001

    One can only imagine the pitch meeting at which comedian-turned-film actor Denis Leary told ABC programming execs he wanted to write and star in a... More >>

  • Treat Him Write

    published March 1, 2001

    Sam Hamm is, relatively speaking, a successful Hollywood screenwriter, meaning he earns his keep penning screenplays without having to subsidize... More >>

  • Harden's Crossing

    published February 22, 2001

    It was to have been a routine stop on a routine press tour, yet another town in which the actress was to show up, chit and chat with the local... More >>

  • Cough It Up

    published February 15, 2001

    Sometimes, usually out on the golf course near his home in upstate New York, Dan DeCarlo feels terrific, far younger than his 81 years. He'll... More >>

  • Bored Again

    published February 15, 2001

    Lance Barton, thin as paper and frail as fine china, is such a horrific stand-up that during an amateur-night performance at the Apollo Theater,... More >>

  • Back to the Future

    published February 8, 2001

    When the lights finally came up in the Washington, D.C., movie theater, Leonard Nimoy sat still, silent, and a bit shaken. He could scarcely... More >>

  • Drag King

    published February 1, 2001

    Eddie Izzard knows precisely why he wanted to become a performer, be it an actor or stand-up comedian or, for that matter, a street performer... More >>

  • Fade to Black

    published January 18, 2001

    For 17 years, Dorothy Swanson has waged the loneliest battle: keeping good shows on television, a medium that exists as if only to taunt her. You... More >>

  • Bona Fide

    published January 18, 2001

    If M. Night Shyamalan makes movies to be seen twice, then Joel and Ethan Coen make films to be pawed over a dozen times. O Brother, Where... More >>

  • Fear of Comics

    published January 11, 2001

    At the time, it was meant to be read as a great compliment: Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez create comic books for people who don't read comic books!... More >>

  • American High

    published January 11, 2001

    The war on drugs has become this generation's Vietnam, the unwinnable conflict that will, in the end, destroy the innocent and reward the guilty.... More >>

  • The Tired Gun

    published January 4, 2001

    "You're right! I quit!" Until this moment--this shrill outburst that comes out of nowhere and startles both interviewer and... More >>

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