Hi Bob-- Yes! Lee & Royal were the highlights to a fairly ordinarily oater in TRIBUTE TO A BAD MAN. It's too bad they only had about two scenes in the film.
Yes, Royal played timid men in both THE FAR COUNTRY and in SADDLE THE WIND. My two favorite roles of his, however, are as follows: as the Coroner in 1973's ELECTRA GLIDE IN BLUE and as mute gunman Trout in 1958's MAN OF THE WEST. Bob, I'm sure you've seen the latter--Gary Cooper is great in it; Julie London is stunning, and it has two great heavy parts--one of which is Royal's, the other belongs to the great Robert J. Wilke. Gee, where do you & I and Lee know Bob Wilke from?! ;)
Royal impressed me in MOTW: he doesn't say a word, but he is so menacing as Trout with that thin smile and those icy blue eyes. He reminded me of a cross between Angel Eyes and Jack Colby--like Lee, he dominated his scenes with his eyes, his face, and his body language.
P.S.--Royal did record Abraham Lincoln's speaking parts for a tour (I think at Disney) and to this day, his voice is still used for the Lincoln speaking parts.
Rpyal Dano was a terriffic actor. I remember seeing him as the guest of honor at the Rose Bowl Parade one year. Also he could look very much like President Lincoln. The only Royal/Lee Van Cleef... more
Hi Alanna-- I could totally see that, but I'd also suggest him in the part of either the sheriff who rolls out the Wanted Poster of Tuco ("Recognize this man? Yeah! It's You!"), or as one of the men... more
would have served Dano better. There was a little more dialogue and the part was a bit bigger. I wouldn't want Royal Dano to have what would have amounted to a cameo/walk-on part. He was a much more... more
One other thought crossed my mind--I do like the idea of Royal Dano in a Leone Western. I would have liked to have seen Royal in FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE as one of El Indio's crew members. Think about... more
Then be sure to check it out--it's one of Coop's best roles, and aside from Royal, the great Robert J. Wilke plays an LVC-esque heavy, especially in the final showdown. You won't be disappointed.... more
I forgot to write this in my previous post, but I'm sure you probably observed this. There are so many terrific character actors, but Royal Dano is one of my all-time favorites. When an actor can... more
and we know Robert J. Wilkie as one of the three gunmen waiting for Ian MacDonald to get off the train in High Noon. Then the four of them go gunning for Gary Cooper. The other two were Sheb (The... more
Hi Bob-- Hehe...I would know the end of the world is upon us if you didn't know Robert J. Wilke and the LVC connection! ;) I loved Gary Cooper in MAN OF THE WEST, but just like in HIGH NOON, the... more