Saturday, August 22, 2009

Old Man Leydon

To paraphrase a posting from last year: Another birthday, another reminder of just how ancient I am becoming. Today, I turn 57. Consider: I am now two years older than Humphrey Bogart was when he played Lt. Comdr. Queeg in The Caine Mutiny. (Worse, I’m roughly the same age he was when he freakin' died.) I am now three years older than James Stewart was when he starred in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. I am five years older than Walter Brennan was when he played Old Man Clanton in My Darling Clementine, and John Wayne was when he starred in Rio Bravo. I am seven years older than Claude Rains was when he co-starred in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. I am 14 years older than Lee Marvin was when he took command of The Dirty Dozen. When I consider how old I used to think those guys looked in those movies….

2 comments:

Nola said...

Hey, Joe - if you want unsettling comparisons come from a family that dies young. I'm 13 years older than my mom was when she died, 11 years older than my sister, 5 years older than my husband, and the list goes on. I've been doing genealogy and it's not reassuring either! So enjoy those steaks b/c we're still getting old - if we are so lucky! Andl when you saw those movies you probably were so young that anyone over 25 looked old! They'd probably all look pretty good now! And age has it's charms -Lesley Howard, James Mason, and Humphrey didn't ring my chimes til I hit 50!

Joe Leydon said...

Well, my mom died when she was 36. Meaning I'm now old enough to have been my mom's dad when she passed away. Weird, huh?

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