- Dennis Franz, Dressed To Kill, l980. Nothing much went right with director Brian De Palma’s original planning – Liv Ullmann, Sean Connery, Matt Dillon and director pal Mazursky. In the roles later filled by Angie Dickinson, Michael Caine, Keith Gordon and, in a forerunner of his Hill Street Blues/Beverly Hills Buntz/NYPD Blue cops, Dennis Franz. Result: bigger billing for him in De Palma’s next, Blow Out, 1981.
- Martin Scorsese, ’Round Midnight, US-France, 1985. One top director for another… Mazursky, who started as an actor and often did choice movie bits, loved realisateur Bertrand Tavernier’s script but was tied up prepping, ironically, an LA re-tread of a French classic as Down & Out in Beverly Hills. Scorsese, however, had time on his hands.
Birth year: 1930 Death year: 2014 Other name: Usual occupation: Film director Casting Calls: 2