The passing of John Hurt was a profound loss. In the mid-70’s, there was a soap called HOW TO SURVIVE A MARRIAGE that included several important careers, among them Armand Assante and F. Murray Abraham…and an intense young actor named Brad Davis. His character had MS and I was his physiotherapist.

I’ve done a number of soaps over the years and encountered my share of “brooding young men” who pouted about the sound stages, brows furrowed, bearing the weight of the world on their shoulders. They were all handsome and darkhaired and if filmed today, all would be sporting a three day beard. 😉 I’d trained with Sandy Meisner and Stella Adler; I could spot a poseur from some distance…and I encountered more than a few.

But Brad was different. He had an authentic inner life and I enjoyed my work with him. I was not surprised by the arc of his career, his success with MIDNIGHT EXPRESS…and was saddened by his untimely death.

PS And I suggest you all find and watch 10 Rillington Place.

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