Friday, June 26, 2009
I remember standing a foot patrol on one block of west 44th Street in mid-town in Hell's Kitchen in 1968. My post condition was The Actor's Studio. I remember stretching my Iowa farm intellect into trying to remember the distinguished Alumni of that place. James Dean, Marlon Brando and many, many others walked from the theatre district over to the non-descript older three story walk up to study their craft.
In the past 41 years I have heard many more stories of actors coming from all over the United States to study acting and become successful on Broadway or Hollywood. For a complete list and a photo go to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Actors_Studio
Tennessee Williams lived in an apartment building across the street from my precinct. In my several years in the New York Police Department I never saw him. I did get to see many other famous people and stars though. If you were assigned to the right post or detail you could see more famous people in one hour that many might see in a lifetime.
On the downside I also remember that there were several home burglaries on my post when I was watching the Actor's Studio. You can't always be in the right place and the right time. My Japanese-American Patrol Sergeant called me his "nemesis" that night. I just smiled and thanked him because I did not know what nemesis meant. Later I wondered why he thought I wanted to be the end of him?