Frank Gorshin

  1. Don Rickles, Run Silent, Run Deep, 1957.     Refusing to fly to his test, Gorshin went by car, was in a traffic accident and ended up in a coma with a fractured skull.  Hence Rickles’ movie debut.
  2. Robert Ivers, GI Blues, 1959.    Welcome home Elvis! And here’s your reward for serving your country in the US Army – all  your  movies will suck from hereon!  Three years before ruling TV’s talk-show circuit, Johnny Carson was seen for sidekick Cookie. As were: Gorshin, Russ Tamblyn.  Plus Carleton Carpenter, actor, dancer, songwriter, composer, author) and  more used to terrific  MGMusicals than this Paramount dross.   Norman Taurog was mysteriously chosen to direct (over King Creole’s grittier Michael Curtiz) and then helmed a further eight Presley horrors, each one more vomitus  than the precedent.  Like The King of Rock ’n’ Roll in Live A Little, Love A Little and… Tickle Me. Ugh!

 Birth year: 1933Death year: 2005Other name: Casting Calls:  2