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Richard Dean Anderson

  1. Don Johnson, Miami Vice,TV, 1984-1990.   The legendary pitch, from NBC chief Brandon Tartikoff, was simple. “MTV cops!”   Producers Anthony Kerkovich and Michael Mann did the splashy rest - as, originally, Gold Coast. TV stars RDA and Larry Wilcox were  seen for vice cop Sonny Crockett.  Plus Jeff Bridgews, Nick Nolte and Mickey Rourke, although TV was still frowned upon - not to say, downright sneered at - by film folk.  RDA and Johnson (nearly jinxed by his four previously unsuccessfuo pilots) were both in the John McClane frame for Die Hard, 1987.
  2. Bruce Willis, Die Hard, 1987.     There were 16 possible John McClanes… From top TV heroes Anderson and Don Johnson to A-listers: Tom Berenger, Charles Bronson, Robert De Niro, Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford, Richard Gere, Mel Gibson, Michael Madsen, Nick Nolte, Al Pacino, Burt Reynolds, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone. And Frank Sinatra had to be contractually offered the hero. Iin his 1980 move debut, The First Deadly Sin, Willis is seen leaving a bar as Sinatra walks in. So it flows.
  3. Richard Gere, Internal Affairs, 1989.    UK director Mike Figgis said Paramount wanted Mel Gibson or Kurt Russell (big hits in ’88’s Tequila Sunrise) as the badass cop-cum-hit man. “If we’d hired a movie star to play Peck,” noted producer Frank Mancuso Jr, “we might not have been able to so successfully explore the darkness of the character.” Some 19 other stars, Alec Baldwin, Tom Berenger, Jeff Bridges, Pierce Brosnan, Kevin Costner, Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Harrison Ford, Ed Harris, William Hurt, Don Johnson, Tommy Lee Jones, Michael Keaton, Nick Nolte, Al Pacino, Christopher Reeve, Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, John Travolta - and four outsiders Anderson, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Ron Silver - all passed Peck to Gere for a double whammy comeback with Pretty Woman. “I’ve never been away,” snapped Gere. Oh, but he had. Almost to Palookaville
  4. Michael Douglas, Basic Instinct,1991.
  5. Eric Roberts, Doctor Who (The Movie), TV, 1996.       

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