Early in the 1980's, I received a telephone call from Ed Hastings. He was now artistic director of the American Conservator Theater in San Francisco. “I'm sending you a present,” he said.
When I asked him what it was, he said that Paul Shenar was planning to travel from Los Angeles to New York for a visit. He indicated that Paul would like to stay at my apartment.
I couldn't believe my ears. I had met Paul Shenar several years before when he was a young man, and I thought at the time that he was one of the most handsome people I had ever seen. He had gone on to become one of the leading actors at the American Conservatory Theatre. After he had left that company, he became a respected featured player in movies. His biggest success was as the Cuban drug dealer in Scarface, playing opposite Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer. He also had made a small fortune doing the voice-overs for Oil of Olay commercials. The idea of him coming to stay in my apartment was unbelievable to me. MORE...