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Another one that got shot down recently: Denzel Washington did not make his film debut in Death Wish. He was listed as an uncredited cast member on IMDB for years.

The film did have early roles for some popular actors: Jeff Goldblum made his movie debut as a violent thug. Christopher Guest played a NYPD patrolman, and Olympia Dukakis also appeared briefly as a cop.
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According to Of All the Gin Joints: Stumbling Through Hollywood (Bailey, 2014), Spencer Tracy was a closet binge drinker. He'd lock himself in a room at the St. George Hotel in Brooklyn for "weeks at a time, downing bottle after bottle of whiskey" in the bathtub naked, not even getting up to use the toilet. He was so prolific a drinker that Louis B. Mayer had the "Tracy Squad," an ambulance driver, a doctor and four security guards dressed as paramedics whose only job was to pick up Tracy and other drunk film stars. And apparently, every bar and nightclub within 25 miles of the MGM lot had a private number to call the studio to call if Tracy walked in.
Reminds me of André the Giant; according to Cary Elwes, André always had an undercover member of the NYPD follow him around whenever he was visiting the city. The officer was there to warn people in case the Giant toppled over while drunk, which had happened before and trapped a bystander.
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The script for Taxi Driver contained a stage direction that read simply, "Travis looks in the mirror."
While doing so, Robert Deniro ad libbed the entire "You talkin' to me?" scene, which of course became the film's most-remembered line.
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A113 is a longstanding inside joke referencing a room at Cal Arts.
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The North Avenue Presbyterian Church depicted in Disney's The North Avenue Irregulars really did lose its charter at some point after Rev. Hill took on the local numbers running racket. The church was purchased and restored by Hall of Fame pitcher Mariano Rivera and his wife Clara, who is a Pentecostal minister.
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The script for Taxi Driver contained a stage direction that read simply, "Travis looks in the mirror."
While doing so, Robert Deniro ad libbed the entire "You talkin' to me?" scene, which of course became the film's most-remembered line.
Deniro may have been inspired by this scene from The Twilight Zone:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JK4uK82nis4
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The German motorcyclist Steve McQueen kills in The Great Escape was Steve McQueen himself.

I've always wondered what the Germans would have done to a POW who kills one of their own while attempting an escape. I doubt they'd just send him back to camp, especially after the Kugel Order was issued.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aktion_Kugel
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In The Empire Strikes Back, just after Luke lands on Cloud City, he briefly encounters Leia and Chewbacca, who are being led away from the carbon-freezing chamber to Darth Vader's shuttle by Imperial troops. As Leia cries out, "it's a trap!", she's dragged off by a blonde-haired Imperial officer.

That officer was played by Jeremy Bulloch, who also played the bounty hunter Boba Fett in the film (whose face was never seen, due to wearing a helmet).
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In The Godfather: Part II, Troy Donahue plays Merle Johnson. Donahue's real name? Merle Johnson (Jr.).
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Um, what are you saying? Isn't that Ed in The Dogs of War?
I believe DCnDC's point was that O'Neill was recognizable even in his early films. So if he had been in Deliverance he would be more obviously recognizable than the actor who's pictured.
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Arthur Kill Correctional Facility was a medium security state prison in New York City. It closed in 2011.

Broadway Stages, Ltd. is a movie production company based in New York City. They purchased the closed prison for seven million dollars in 2017. They now rent it as a setting for movies and television series. The prison scenes in Ocean's 8 were filmed there along with the 2018 season of Orange is the New Black. Other series that have had scenes filmed there are The Americans, The Blacklist, Blindspot, Quantico, and Seven Seconds.
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The SS officer who delivers Roger Bartlett to Stalag Luft III at the beginning of The Great Escape is the same one who arrests Bartlett and MacDonald later in the movie and brings Hilts back to camp at the end.

He was played by Karl-Otto Alberty, who was also the commander of the Tiger tank in Kelly's Heroes. He made quite a career out of portraying Nazis up until the late 1980s. He was in Raid on Rommel, The Battle of the Bulge, Is Paris Burning?, The Battle of Britain, Slaughterhouse Five, The Winds of War, and War and Remembrance, along with many other cinematic and TV films.
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Arthur Kill Correctional Facility was a medium security state prison in New York City. It closed in 2011.

Broadway Stages, Ltd. is a movie production company based in New York City. They purchased the closed prison for seven million dollars in 2017. They now rent it as a setting for movies and television series. The prison scenes in Ocean's 8 were filmed there along with the 2018 season of Orange is the New Black. Other series that have had scenes filmed there are The Americans, The Blacklist, Blindspot, Quantico, and Seven Seconds.
Along similar lines, much of Ohio State Reformatory was saved from demolition as a result of being the setting for Shawshank.
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In his autobiography, Tony Curtis describes the home of George Raft in his heyday as (IIRC) an "elaborate Turkish brothel." In his declining years, Raft was continually in need of funds, having spent so lavishly on women and parties decades earlier.*

*I guess he squandered the rest of his money.
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I'm watching Demolition Man, and just found out that the European release had Pizza Hut as the only survivor of the Franchise Wars. All the logos were replaced and the lines were redubbed overseas.
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Orion Pictures head Mike Medavoy wanted James Cameron to cast OJ Simpson as the Terminator, and offered the role of Kyle Reese to Schwarzenegger. Cameron wisely vetoed both choices.
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Parts of the movie Cry Baby were filmed at a local Maryland theme park called The Enchanted Forest. By the time the movie was made the park had been closed for two years and was reopened just for the movie.
The entire theme park (except for the sign) was later moved to a nearby farm.
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I believe DCnDC's point was that O'Neill was recognizable even in his early films. So if he had been in Deliverance he would be more obviously recognizable than the actor who's pictured.
That makes some sense. I thought he was saying it was the same guy in the two movies, clicked on the link, and it was clearly O'Neill. Deliverance was made 8 years before Dogs but that is far more difference in their faces than 8 years would produce.
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The musical Bye Bye Birdie did not have a song with that title as originally filmed. Six months after filming, director George Sidney felt the movie needed something more, wanted a title song written and Ann-Margret brought back to sing it as an opening and/or finale.

The producers said No, but Sidney was so confident of his idea that he spent $60,000 of his own money to prepare and film the opening and final singing scenes where Ann-Margret gives her iconic performance. When the final cut was screened, producers reimbursed the $60,000.
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