The Playgoer: Lane Smith, R.I.P.

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Saturday, June 18, 2005

Lane Smith, R.I.P.

Too bad Lane Smith never came back to the stage after his praised performance in the original Glengarry (as the dupe, Link). I will always remember him, though, in the underrated ABC 1989 TV film of The Final Days. His was one of the best ever Nixon performances (even if not an exact impersonation).

While on the subject, my other favorite Nixon performance would have to be the loopy Rip Torn in the 1979 mini-series Blind Ambition starring Martin Sheen as John Dean. Neither of these films are currently out on DVD. If you're a Watergate freak, demand them!

(Amazon does show one used VHS copy of Final Days. So act fast.)

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