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In a recent AskMe, a mefite called for help naming a character actor. The name found, said actor turned up in the thread.

The AskMe link.
posted by likeso to MetaFilter-Related at 12:58 PM (33 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

Sorry to hear he is battling Parkinson's disease :(
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 1:02 PM on June 27, 2011


Yeah, what a bittersweet way that whole thing turned out.
posted by item at 1:03 PM on June 27, 2011 [1 favorite]


Thanks for pointing this out. Would have missed it otherwise.

How terrible that Mr. Moran is fighting Parkinson's though. :(
posted by zarq at 1:18 PM on June 27, 2011


Oh man, that guy!

I mostly remember him because I'm a longtime Law and Order fan, and it always tweaks me to see the same actors play different roles on there, and he's played a bunch.

He's definitely a character actor who stands out.
posted by klangklangston at 1:21 PM on June 27, 2011 [4 favorites]


I knew that thread was going to end up legendary. Sorry to hear about Parkinsons, wow. But I hope it gave him comfort to know that he was being thought of.
posted by cashman at 1:23 PM on June 27, 2011


Oh hell yeah, he was in Sweet and Lowdown.
posted by Ad hominem at 1:23 PM on June 27, 2011 [1 favorite]


That question was driving me crazy. How nice to find it answered and up close and personal too Thanks for pointing it out.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 1:32 PM on June 27, 2011


I'm here to eat your soul? That guy is awesome!
posted by pinky at 2:13 PM on June 27, 2011 [10 favorites]


klangklangston: He's definitely a character actor who stands out.

Definitely. I instantly knew his face when I saw the headshot, from Law and Order and Woody Allen films. It's heartbreaking to hear he's got Parkinson's.
posted by Kattullus at 2:13 PM on June 27, 2011


He's definitely a character actor who stands out.

Yes. He's the kinda guy you have to cast if you want an upper-echelon mobster or corrupt cop. Love his stuff.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 2:14 PM on June 27, 2011


Unfortunately, Mr. Moran, your response did not answer the question and will have to be deleted.

(this is why I'm not a mod)
posted by ODiV at 2:47 PM on June 27, 2011 [12 favorites]


Wow. That's just really neat.
posted by brundlefly at 2:59 PM on June 27, 2011


That was awesome indeed, and I feel a bit sad now that I didn't know who this guy was until the question was solved. I'll keep in mind his acting credits and see if I can't pick any of them in the local video rentals shortly.
posted by Iosephus at 3:00 PM on June 27, 2011


Wow! Thanks for posting this, or I would have missed it. I love Dan Moran and knew about the Parkinson's from back when I worked in casting. He's such an awesome actor, and I love that he's now "Metafilter's own."
posted by zerbinetta at 4:16 PM on June 27, 2011


'Are you that bald, beady-eyed, sandpaper-voiced, bad-complexioned, evil actor?'
'Why doesn't anybody ever notice my nice shirt, or my manicure?'
posted by obiwanwasabi at 5:30 PM on June 27, 2011 [7 favorites]


Give the man a best answer!
posted by 6550 at 6:00 PM on June 27, 2011 [9 favorites]


Also known as the "clown guy" who got "waffled" on the first episode of Third Watch.
posted by Knappster at 6:06 PM on June 27, 2011 [1 favorite]


Wow, that's odd. He looks so much like my grandfather did, 30 years ago or so, and my grandfather also suffered from Parkinson's.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 6:39 PM on June 27, 2011


Two weeks from now, the MeFi Jr. Detective Squad will have found a cure for Parkinson's.
posted by Eideteker at 6:54 PM on June 27, 2011 [1 favorite]


Three weeks from now, the MeFi Jr. Detective Squad will have found a cure for Jerkison's.
posted by item at 8:18 PM on June 27, 2011 [3 favorites]


Four weeks from now, the MeFi Jr. Detective Squad will be desperately searching for the cure to the Airborne Flesh Eating Bacteria that an evil genius named Dr. Armageddon released into major population areas around the globe. Growing desperate, they will turn to one member's former lover, who coincidentally works for the Center for Disease Control. Together, they will go on a heartwarming journey of hope, betrayal, loss, and sharks. Wednesday at 8 PM on ABC.
posted by cmonkey at 5:02 AM on June 28, 2011 [3 favorites]


Five weeks from now, the MeFi Jr. Detective Squad will have to deal with budget cuts, and will grudgingly accept using the badges of another branch of the MeFi law enforcement unit.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 5:23 AM on June 28, 2011


What an awesome guy to be so gracious and friendly in a thread where he's been described as "bald, bad complexion, menacing, sandpaper voiced, beady-eyed". I would have been tempted to say something more along the lines of, "I bet you're no beauty queens, you little shits."
posted by orange swan at 6:16 AM on June 28, 2011 [25 favorites]


What an awesome guy to be so gracious and friendly in a thread where he's been described as "bald, bad complexion, menacing, sandpaper voiced, beady-eyed".

His own résumé describes his voice as "froggy." The job of acting requires knowing and accepting the qualities that make you unique and castable, even if they're not conventionally attractive.

Do you think Danny Trejo thinks he's a good-looking guy?
posted by Faint of Butt at 7:06 AM on June 28, 2011


"Three weeks from now, the MeFi Jr. Detective Squad will have found a cure for Jerkison's."

...thus destroying MetaFilter once and for all.
posted by Eideteker at 7:09 AM on June 28, 2011


What an awesome guy to be so gracious and friendly in a thread where he's been described as "bald, bad complexion, menacing, sandpaper voiced, beady-eyed". I would have been tempted to say something more along the lines of, "I bet you're no beauty queens, you little shits."

Not everyone can be so insecure about their looks.
posted by Eideteker at 7:10 AM on June 28, 2011 [1 favorite]


Needs the eponysterical tag.
posted by mbrubeck at 9:41 AM on June 28, 2011


What an awesome guy to be so gracious and friendly in a thread where he's been described as "bald, bad complexion, menacing, sandpaper voiced, beady-eyed".

Yeah, and the response from the original poster is pretty gracious and friendly, too.
posted by mediareport at 8:22 PM on June 28, 2011


MetaFilter: you're no beauty queens, you little shits
posted by Mikey-San at 3:42 AM on June 30, 2011


From his IMDB photo, he doesn't look evil, he looks incredibly sweet.
posted by mantecol at 9:14 PM on June 30, 2011


So I was joking that I would have deleted Dan's comment, but I probably would have deleted most of the ones following.

Is there some sort of guideline for when the "pretty much anything goes" switch is flipped in AskMe, because I can't figure it out. Maybe I'm just clueless when it comes to determining in which situations non-answer comments are acceptable, but I honestly don't know why most of them are still there.

Is it after it passes some sort of fuzzy notion of notability, kind of like art? You can't really define it, but you know it when you see it?
posted by ODiV at 12:24 AM on July 1, 2011


Is there some sort of guideline for when the "pretty much anything goes" switch is flipped in AskMe

Not a firm one, no. Basically this almost never happens [like maybe a few times a year] where we don't delete off-topic comments usually because something totally notable happened [the kitty got better! she said "yes!" the famous person showed up in the thread!] and we look like bizarre meanies if we delete comments.

This is basically why we have guidelines and not hard and fast rules, so that we can make judgment calls like this to not delete the five comments that came in after the guy showed up. I know this makes some people who like hard and fast rules twitchy, but that's basically how we make the determination.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 8:32 AM on July 1, 2011 [1 favorite]


people who like hard and fast rules

Yeah, that's pretty much me. Thanks for the answer.

I just get weird when I see someone who's normally a pretty mindful person about site etiquette come out with something completely content-free like "Wow, great answer!" And it seems strange to me that this is left untouched in certain cases and it was kind of hard to figure out why.

*twitch*
posted by ODiV at 9:50 AM on July 4, 2011


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