“Forgotten Hollywood”- Critic Charles Champlin Had Died…

Posted on November 17, 2014 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…la-me-charles-champlin-desk-photo-20141117

   Charles Champlin was a motion picture critic and writer. He was a correspondent for LIFE and TIME Magazine for seventeen years, and was a member of the Overseas Press Club. Champlin joined the Los Angeles Times as entertainment editor and columnist in 1965, and was its principal film critic from 1967 to 1980, and wrote book reviews and a regular column titled Critic at Large. He was a founder of the LA Film Critics Association, and has been a board member of the American Cinematheque.      CHARLES CHAMPLIN ————>

   Champlin’s television career began in 1971 when he hosted the weekly Film Odyssey on PBS, introducing classic films and interviewing major directors. He has interviewed hundreds of film personalities, first on the Z Channel’s On the Film Scene in Los Angeles, then with Champlin on Film on Bravo Cable. As a film critic, Champlin had many fans among the elite of Hollywood, including actor Jack Lemmon. Director Arthur Hiller, then-president of the Directors Guild of America, offered his praise in 1992, when Champlin received an honorary Life Member Award from the guild.

   Champlin once estimated that he saw 250 movies a year and reviewed half of them. He taught film criticism at Loyola Marymount University from 1969 to 1985, and was an adjunct professor of film at USC from 1985 to 1996; and has also taught at UC Irvine and the AFI Conservatory. He graduated from Harvard University in 1948.

    He served in the infantry in Europe in World War II and was awarded the Purple Heart and battle stars.

   Charles Champlin was 88.



Forgotten Hollywood cover   Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History can be found in a new institution of higher learning. Fordham University at the Lincoln Center is a close-knit intellectual community of faculty and students located in the heart of New York City, conducted in the Catholic and Jesuit tradition of education. Their Quinn Library now carries the paperback on their shelves. It’s the 88th repository of books, and the 106th overall, of the Forgotten Hollywood book series.

   Notables who have attended this fine school: Andrew Cuomo, Vin Scully, G. Gordon Liddy, Charles Osgood, Vince Lombardi,  Denzel Washington, Alan Alda, Geraldine Ferraro, Dylan McDermott, and Bob Keeshan (better known as television’s Captain Kangaroo). Also, Virginia O’Hanlon, who as a youngster, wrote a letter to the New York Sun that prompted the famous response, Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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