Actor Rex Linn presented his class, “Acting on Film, A Work in Progress” on April 19th at the H.B. Atkinson Theatre on the Rose State College campus.
With more than 20 years experience and more than 35 films under his belt, Linn’s talent has allowed him to work with some of the best actors, directors, and producers of our time. Linn’s film credits include “Appaloosa” (with Ed Harris), the classic blockbusters “Clear and Present Danger,” “Tin Cup,” and “Cliffhanger,” as well as his regular portrayal of the character Sergeant Frank Tripp on “CSI: Miami.”
Linn regaled students, faculty, staff and visitors with stories of his youth growing up in Oklahoma, of selling his possessions and moving to California and starting his acting career.
Among his inspirations, he said, was Oklahoma-born actor Lon Chaney, Jr., who played the "Wolfman" in the classic monster movie. Linn said Chaney was a very good actor to have pulled the role off while wearing the heavy makeup. Linn said he also enjoyed Boris Karloff's "Frankenstein"
"People might think that Lon Chaney was campy, but let me tell you, those dudes were great actors. They were Shakespearean trained actors," Linn said.
Linn also said he enjoyed the TV show "Batman" and was pleased to meet Adam West, the actor who portray the TV version of the character.
"We drank a couple of glasses of wine, and talked about our families. We didn’t mention Batman once. It was phenomenal," Linn said.
Linn was also recently cast in the film “Atlas Shrugged: Part II” based on the bestselling novel by Ayn Rand and is currently filming one of the most anticipated films of 2013: Quentin Tarantino's “Django,” along with fellow actors Jamie Foxx, Samuel L. Jackson, Leo DiCaprio, Kevin Costner, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Sacha Baron Cohen, Kurt Russell, and Christoph Waltz.
Fri, April 6, 2012
by Ben Fenwick