Throwback Thursday: 1980 Interview With Tony Danza & His Porsche!

It’s “Throwback Thursday” and we found some old footage from a Huell Howser 1980 interview with actor Tony Danza at the famous Pink’s Hot Dogs in Los Angeles… That’s 33 years ago!

Huell Howser’s interviews were always very natural and barely edited so you really get to see the interviewee be themselves.  Here, a very young and fresh Tony Danza (‘Taxi’ & ‘Who’s The Boss?’), talks about life in LA versus New York, being charitable to kids, his sweet ’57 Porsche Speedster, and his upcoming movie ‘Going Ape’ starring Jessica Walter, Danny DeVito and three orangutans.

Two of my favorite things about it are Danza’s complete honesty and all the old, classic cars passing by in the background.

Enjoy!

WATCH: Alec Baldwin, Scott Caan, Mena Suvari, & Jerry Ferrara in ‘BROOKLYN RULES’

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Director Michael Corrente’s coming-of-age comedy drama Brooklyn Rules unfurls in 1985, coincident with the early rise of John Gotti. Three young Brooklyn men of Italian-American heritage — Michael Turner (Freddie Prinze Jr.), Carmine Mancuso (Scott Caan), and Bobby Canzoneri (Jerry Ferrara) — make the pivotal, potentially irreversible choices that will determine their directions in life. The boys’ periodic run-ins with a sadistic mobster type who rules the neighborhood, Caesar Manganaro (Alec Baldwin), suggest the ever-present option of drifting into a career of crime. On the surface, Michael courageously and doggedly bucks this choice, opting instead for the pre-law program at Columbia and a straight-laced romance with blonde-haired, blue-eyed coed Ellen (Mena Suvari), yet this path is not as antiseptic as it may seem, for he actually scammed his way into the law program. Meanwhile, Carmine idolizes Caesar, and his desire to emulate this thug not only compromises his own moral integrity, but threatens to jeopardize the stability of Michael’s life as well by drawing him into a sticky web of criminal activity. While the first two men navigate these treacherous paths, the third friend, Bobby, stakes out safer ground with a low-key job at the post office and married life with his intended. Over the course of it all, the boys’ bonds of friendship become stressed and strained given the divergence of their paths.

Former ‘Goodfellas’ Gangster Henry Hill Dies in LA

Henry Hill, the famed mobster turned FBI informant whose life story was documented in the book “Wiseguy”– upon which Martin Scorsese’s 1990 gangster epic ‘Goodfellas’ was based — has died at the age of 69 in Los Angeles.

Hill was associated with New York’s Lucchese crime family throughout the 1960s and into the 1980s.  He began his life of crime at the age of 11 while growing up in Brooklyn by running errands for Paul Vario, a mob captain of the Lucchese family.

“I shot at people. I busted a lot of heads, and I buried a lot of bodies,” Hill said in 2010. “You can try to justify it by saying they deserved it, that they had it coming, but some just got whacked for absolutely no reason at all.”

Yikes!

Hill, who spent more than a decade in the federal witness protection program, was portrayed by Ray Liota in ‘Goodfellas,’which was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

“Where the Wild Things Are” Author and Illustrator Dies at 83

Maurice Sendak, the acclaimed illustrator and author of “Where the Wild Things Are” (1963), died this morning at his Connecticut home from complications of a recent stroke.  He was 83.

Rest In Peace.

Sendak was born in Brooklyn, New York on June 10th, 1928, to Polish Jewish immigrant parents Sarah and Philip Sendak, a dressmaker.  Sendak described his childhood as a “terrible situation” because of his extended family dying in The Holocaust, which exposed him at an early age to death and the concept of mortality.  His love of books began at an early age when he developed health problems and was confined to his bed.  He decided to become an illustrator after seeing Walt Disney’s film ’Fantasia’ at the age of twelve.

Sendak didn’t go to college and worked a variety of odd jobs until he was hired by the famous toy store FAO Schwarz as a window dresser in 1948. But illustration was his dream and his break came in 1951 when he was commissioned to do the art for “Wonderful Farm” by Marcel Ayme. By 1957 he was writing his own books.

In 1963 Sendak gained international acclaim after writing and illustrating “Where the Wild Things Are”.

Among the other titles he wrote and illustrated, all from Harper & Row, are “In the Night Kitchen” (1970) and “Outside Over There” (1981), which together with “Where the Wild Things Are” form a trilogy; “The Sign on Rosie’s Door” (1960); “Higglety Pigglety Pop!” (1967); and “The Nutshell Library” (1962), a boxed set of four tiny volumes comprising “Alligators All Around,” “Chicken Soup With Rice,” “One Was Johnny” and “Pierre.”

His many awards and achievements include the Randolph Caldecott Medal, the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1970, and a Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal in 1983. President Bill Clinton awarded Sendak a National Medal of the Arts in 1996 and in 2009 President Obama read “Where the Wild Things Are” for the Easter Egg Roll.


Happy Birthday, Eddie Murphy!

What is your favorite movie/show starring the world famous comedian & actor?

We’ve also put together some fun facts & favorite video clips of Eddie Murphy! (watch out for strong language)

Facts:

  • Edward Regan Murphy was born in Brooklyn New York, in 1961.
  • Was cast by “Saturday Night Live” (1975) and NBC in 1980 when he was 19 years old.
  • Older brother, Charles Murphy, is also an actor and has made several appearances on the ‘Chappelle’s Show’.
  • Younger brother Vernon Jr. was in the hip-hop group K-9 Posse.
  • The role as Winston in ‘Ghostbusters’ was written for him by Dan Aykroyd, but Eddie turned it down due to scheduling conflicts.
  • Both Sylvester Stallone and Mickey Rourke were considered for the role of Axel Foley in ‘Beverly Hills Cop’.
  • Was in a relationship with Whitney Houston before she married Bobby Brown.
  • His favorite TV show in ‘Star Trek’.
  • He doesn’t drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes and the only drug he takes is caffeine.

Crossing the freeway in ‘Bowfinger’…

As Donkey in ‘Shrek’…

As Prince Akeem in ‘Coming to America’…

The barber shop in ‘Coming To America’…

Train scene in ‘Trading Places’…

Getting into trouble in ‘Beverly Hills Cop’…