Thursday, April 11, 2013

Uncle Rico starring in .............

Everybody probably knew this already, but just thought I would post it anyway, just for shits & giggles......As you may know, Napolean Dynamite has become a true Hollywood cult-classic. Well, actually, I just think it is funny as shit, regardless of the film's status....BUT.... Did you know that the actor who played "Uncle Rico" so well in Napolean Dynamite ALSO played a minor, supporting role in another Hollywood classic? Yes, you are reading this correctly: Uncle Rico, who was played by Jon Gries ALSO played "William Garretson" in Helter Skelter (1976 version)!! What movie trivia! How about a clip? You do have to skip to 11:31 to see the part I am referring to.







15 comments:

daniel said...

Don't forget, he was also the homeless guy in a couple of Seinfeld episodes. The guy who finds George's toupee and won't give Kramer his Tupperware back.

daniel said...

Ohh, I just thought about this... he was Garretson(pretty much homeless), Uncle Rico(seemed homeless) and his Seinfeld role was a homeless guy.

Typecasting.

AustinAnn74 said...

Yes, he has a lot more film credits, but I just wanted to point out that he was in Helter Skelter. Trippy, indeed...

Aaron said...

One of his best (or worst depending on how you feel) is Terrorvision.

Cielodrive.Com said...

I'm pretty sure that guy lived in my dorm room closet

Matt said...

LOL. I actually rented out the walk-in closet in my studio apt in Miami Beach to some dude. It was the winter of 79-80. I called him the closet queen...

St. Circumstance said...

I never put this together and I pop that movie in and watch at least parts of it late night once a month..

very cool fact!!

my 3 favorite Napoleon scenes...

Uncle Rico speech on the porch followed by the steak throw to the face...

Kip getting embarrassed in the karate class...

Napolean's dance scene....


The actor who played Kip is really funny as well- he is one of the cops on the show Reno 911

Really good movies to watch buzzed late night which never stop being funny to me...

Napolean Dynamite
Office Space
Clerks
Boogie Nights
Sideways



AustinAnn74 said...

My favorite part is when Kip tries to demonstrate the durability of the tuperware bowl to a potential customer, and he runs over the bowl, and it breaks. He says something like "dang it" and drives off in Uncle Rico's juicy van.

Panamint Patty said...

Do not forget Spinal Tap as an all time great. "It goes up to 11..."

matt...lpao re: the closet queen

Panamint Patty said...

...And, anything by Lulu's buddy John Waters. Which one had the L7 cameo in it as a band called "Cameltoe?" Hilarious

St. Circumstance said...

Spinal Tap...

lol great call!!


Marty DiBergi: David St. Hubbins... I must admit I've never heard anybody with that name.

David St. Hubbins: It's an unusual name, well, he was an unusual saint, he's not a very well known saint.

Marty DiBergi: Oh, there actually is, uh... there was a Saint Hubbins?

David St. Hubbins: That's right, yes.

Marty DiBergi: What was he the saint of?

David St. Hubbins: He was the patron saint of quality footwear.

beauders said...

L7 was in serial mom.

Stacey L. said...

He also played Ben's dad on LOST. Still pissed about the way that show ended.

procedurals said...

The director of Helter Skelter is Tom Gries, Jon's father. There is also a Steve Gries in the cast, who played "Clem" - maybe a brother? Anyway I am a big fan of Jon Gries ever since he played Broots on NBC's Pretender, and he did a great job in this movie. Cute too!

Chris .Virnman said...

Yes, Jon's father directed it, I was just going to post that tidbit.

Here's another fun fact: one of the television guys who sets out & finds the bloody clothing down the embankment in the 1976 movie is played by Jonathan Goldsmith. He is now best known as the most interesting man in the world in the Dos Equis beer ads. He is riding shotgun in the station wagon.