Wednesday, May 23, 2007

hollywood on the 378

On Monday I was running late for an appointment in Bondi Junction so instead of walking through the park as I normally would I caught the 378 bus. A few stops after mine a former Hollywood child star got on. I'm sure I was the only one who realised. Now I understand this is mainly due to the fact that his starring role was in 1965 when he was 15 years old, but the film in which he shot to fame was The Sound of Music so you'd think someone would notice. Besides, he's continued to work as an actor... I have to add here that this film is not one of my personal favourites. I enjoyed it as a kid, but I can't bear it when people burst into song with Doe a bloody Deer or that stuff about a Few of Their Favourite Things (sorry, I'll hand my gay membership back now). Yes, there are a couple of songs I don't mind (the one about the goat herd for instance), but you're not likely to find me at Sing-a-Long Sound of Music and I've never understood how the soundtrack found its way onto the jukebox at the Price of Wales Hotel in St Kilda (or why anyone ever bothered wasting $2 of good drinking money on a selection).

Anyway, seeing the actor - Nicholas Hammond - got me thinking about the nature of fame and how one day you can be riding in limousines and another day you'll be riding the 378 to Bondi Junction. He was reading a script too, so perhaps he was on his way to an audition. I used to see actress Cornelia Frances on the same bus before she revived her career with The Weakest Link (and she hasn't looked back), so who knows? Maybe Nicholas will soon get his second wind too.

By the way, Nicholas is pretty handsome, but I'd've been far more excited if I'd seen his SoM co-star (and Lost in Space's Penny) Angela Cartwright on the bus.

That's Nicholas on the left. Angela Cartwright is front row second from right


Blogger Miss Litzi said...

Hi Nash,
Wow, I can remember Angela Cartwright as a child actress in the sitcom “Make Room for Daddy” which ran from 1953 to 1957, starring Danny Thomas (Marlo’s Dad). I’d no idea she’d continued acting. But I live in a cave…

I couldn’t agree with you more about “The Sound of Music”. Everyone’s just too bloody perky and bouncy…it wears thin after about 30-seconds of yodeling and running through the fields. I appreciate Julie Andrew’s talent, but she’s always struck me as a bit of a goody-two shoes. The scenery was beautiful...yodel-lay-he-ho!

How exciting for you to see Nicholas Hammond riding on the bus. Do you know if he’s living in Sydney now? I wonder if he was another mixed up child star who suffered through bouts of booze and drugs, i.e. Danny Bonaduce (Partridge Family).

May 23, 2007 3:43 PM  
Blogger nash said...

Hi Miss Litzi,
Yep, Nicholas Hammond has made Australia his home for some years now. When I was searching for a pic I found a quote of his saying all the kids are like a real family and none of them ended up with booze, drugs or other problems. Must be Mary Poppins' influence

May 23, 2007 3:51 PM  
Blogger Therin of Andor said...

Not just "Sound of Music". Nicholas Hammond was the original live-action "Spider-Man" - in a series of US telemovies, not long before he moved to Australia.

He has done quite a bit of stage work here, including "Lost in Yonkers" with Pamela Rabe.

May 23, 2007 8:27 PM  
Blogger Campbell said...

So Nash, have you been keeping a close track of his career? I'm very impressed that you recognise someone now, whose most famous moment was over 40 years ago. I don't know how many people will recognise me when I'm 55 and they only saw me when I was 15. Oh, my heads hurting again with so many numbers. Maybe that's my problem, I focus too much on numbers instead of faces and names. So who did he play exactly? It obviously wasn't my favourite musical either!!

It's funny reading about this tonight. I just saw an ad on TV. I think it was some government thing that had a voice over and they told you who it was at the end (can't remember exactly what - shows how good the ad was). Anyway the guy doing the voice over was Brett Climo (for non-Australian readers an actor appearing in various soap operas in Australia - not the one I'm currently involved in - YET!) I was reminded of him a few months ago when he started appearing at the pub that we sometimes frequent after work in Nth Fitzroy. Nth Fitzroy has a few celebs - we often see Vince Colosimo in shops, cafes on the street etc.

Sorry for this verbal diarrhoea - like most, it came unexpectedly!

May 23, 2007 8:48 PM  
Blogger DENYS said...

Campbell has a good point Nash about you keeping track of his career. Next you will tell us that you have a scrap book of him.

I didn't know that "Penny" was in SoM.

I had a crush on Brett Climo when I was younger. That smile, those dimples. (lets out sigh)

May 23, 2007 9:51 PM  
Blogger nash said...

That's right Therin and if I wasn't such a lazy blogger I would've added a link when I first posted. Thanks for filling in a bit of the gap...

Campbell & Denys (I'll deal with the two of you at once!), I haven't particularly kept an eye on his career. I've just got a knack for remembering such things. I can spot a thespian from a hundred paces. He played Friedrich von Trapp (the eldest boy), but I only know that from checking before I posted.
No, I don't have a scrapbook on him! But I can tell you he's Robyn Nevin's partner (and has been for some time). He was in the paper the other weekend because he's written a screenplay, which is controversial because of the subject matter being very close to a real rape case (if my memory's functioning correctly at this time of night)

By the way, I used to live in North Fitzroy at one stage. I used to see Brett Climo around in those daze too. Also, he was the guest star in an episode of an old Crawford's series I did some extra work in called 'Prime Time'. He played a character being hit on by an older gay man. Yes, he was cute with dimples. As far as I know he bats for the straight team, but then again, he is an actor...

No, I won't add a link to Brett Climo (not tonight anyway, I'm too tired!)

Oh and one final tidbit, 'Penny' was also in a very bad sequel to the original 'Poseidon Adventure' called 'Beyond the Poseidon Adventure' (it's in my video collection!)

May 23, 2007 11:57 PM  
Blogger Miss Litzi said...

Hi Nash,
“The hills are alive with the sound of music” or some such claptrap. It’s encouraging to hear that Nicholas Hammond and the cast have managed to avoid the murky pitfalls that so many child prodigies seem to land in. If indeed it was a Marry Poppins’ type influence, right on!

May 24, 2007 1:47 AM  
Blogger Wayward Son said...

Say what you will about The Sound Of Music but who amongst us has not hummed the melody to A Few Of My Favorite Things after an especially good romp in the hay. Not to mention Maria as in How do you solve a problem like Maria? Really, how does one hold a moonbeam in your hand?

I must admit I do not know the actor Nicholas Hammond but the mention of Angela Cartwright brings back memories of the many hours my best childhood friend and I spent in front of the picture window in his living room navigating the spaceship Jupiter.

Once, when living in New York, I was present for a Terri Hatcher sighting on the subway. But there are tons of star sightings in New York.

I also remember following the sad chronicling in the Post of the von Trapp family feud over their resort lodge empire in Vermont after the family step matriarch had passed on. The legend lives on without the airing of the family's dirty laundry at

My what a bunch of memories you have stirred up here!


May 24, 2007 2:59 AM  
Blogger The Other Andrew said...

I passed comedian Dylan Moran in Newtown a couple of weekends ago, about the closest brush with fame I've had for a while! (He's shorter than I expected, but had the expected degree of rumpledness about him.)

May 24, 2007 9:55 AM  
Blogger Monty said...

I must confess to being a SOM tragic! I must start frequenting the 378! :-)

May 24, 2007 10:25 AM  
Blogger nash said...

Hi Wayward Son,
Maybe that's my problem - it's been far too long since I've had a romp in the hay. You stirred up a memory for me - also in front of a window at the helm of the Jupiter 2. For some reason we never got very far without being caught up and tossed around in a meteor storm. Oh the pain...

Hi The Other Andrew,
But are you a SoM fan? Will you be humming a few of your favourite things in the middle of our trash fest?

Hi Monty,
Well, this is the place for such a confession. You'd love the sing-a-long show though I don't think it's been on for a couple of years

May 24, 2007 2:47 PM  
Blogger The Other Andrew said...

I'm no SoM tragic, but I did enjoy screaming out "Maria, what is it you c*nt face!?" at that sing a long with SoM thingy. (Do you know the scene?)

Ah. The juvenile jokes are always the best, right?

May 24, 2007 4:27 PM  
Blogger nash said...

c*nt beat 'em!

I don't know the scene, but I'm beginning to warm to the sing-a-long show...

May 24, 2007 4:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Sydney and Nth Fitzroy may have their celebs wandering the street, but don't forget in Thornbury they may be only next door!!!!

A flibbertajjibet, A will of a wisp, Barsony50

May 24, 2007 9:44 PM  
Blogger nash said...

Oh it's good to see we've come full circle... the celeb next door in Thornbury that barsony50 refers to actually hosted the first version of the SoM sing-a-long show. How's that for a coincidence file?

May 24, 2007 9:58 PM  
Blogger DENYS said...

What is the SoM singalong show.

Was PrimeTime set in a tv channel like The Box.

May 24, 2007 10:03 PM  
Blogger nash said...

I've never been to the Sing-a-Long show, but it's a screening of the film where the audience members participate (kinda like the Rocky Horror Show, I guess). The Other Andrew sounds like he can help out here

And yes, Prime Time was about a show like A Current Affair or 60 Minutes. Did you watch it?

May 24, 2007 10:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Nash,
Did you know that I too have seen Nicholas Hammond but in our dear ol' neck of the woods - Acland Street. I was also amazed at my ability to recognize him - but my first thought was of him in "Spiderman" (thankyou therin of andor for bringing that up). So you have seen Nicholas, I have seen Nicholas, I needed more. So I clicked the Nicholas Hammond link and found that he was in a movie based on Shirley Temple (it also starred Colin Friels). I found this intriguing - I wonder if Miss Litzi had a chuckle...

May 24, 2007 10:29 PM  
Blogger nash said...

Oh Sheila, when I saw Nicholas Hammond on the bus I was curious to know what you'd have to say about it and now I discover you've already seen him!

I've seen that Shirley Temple biopic (it was filmed in Australia) and screened on Foxtel. I only added that link yesterday so I'm not sure if our friend Miss Litzi has checked it out yet...

May 24, 2007 10:38 PM  
Blogger Miss Litzi said...

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May 25, 2007 5:22 AM  
Blogger Miss Litzi said...

Hi Nash! Hi Sheila!
Nope, I had no idea there was a biopic on Shirley Temple. Was it rather sappy? I wonder why they filmed it in Australia, when Mrs. Black has resided in the San Francisco Bay Area for the better part of her life. Do you know who played her daughter Susan (the one I was in school with)?? Lindsay Lohan???? “On the Good Ship, Lollypop”…

Nash, I’m having a “duh moment”…where’s the link you were referring to? Maybe I need to change my contact lenses or get a frontal lobotomy. However, I did a Google Search and discovered “Child Star: The Shirley Temple Story” (2001) is available on DVD; perhaps I’ll see if the local Hollywood Video or Blockbuster has it in stock. It’s a movie I’m definitely interested in viewing.

Thanks to both of you for telling me about it….

May 25, 2007 6:16 AM  
Anonymous Pr Aran said...


Congratulations for your blog that's very sympathetic!
I'm the Professor Aran, and I create a lot of genepixelics creatures.
You can visit my blog (and write a comment)
See you soon!

Pr Aran

May 25, 2007 8:16 AM  
Blogger Miss Litzi said...

Hi Nash,

May 25, 2007 10:32 AM  
Blogger marc said...

1. Don't you think you could have told us which kid Nicholas played? HELLOOOO!!

2. I LOVE The Sound of Music, above and beyond everything for:
a. The Baroness/Eleanor Parker, as in the immortal line "I do have the finest courturier in Vienna"
b. The Reverend Mother, for a wise bit of philosophy I have lived by for years: "I always keep faith in my doubts, Sister Margareta"

And really, the lyrics to "How do you solve a problem like Maria" are very inventive.

So there, you heretics and infidels. Nash, i don't know if I can ever look at you in the eyes again, you, you, HATER

May 25, 2007 11:13 AM  
Blogger IAN said...

the 389 is nice bus too

May 25, 2007 12:00 PM  
Blogger nash said...

Hi Miss Litzi,
The link I was referring to was the one linking Nicholas Hammond to imdb, so no wonder you couldn't find it! My apologies for any frustration you encountered... The Shirley Temple biopic was filmed here because it can be cheaper to use Aussie production facilities. There have been many US productions made here in recent years such as The Matrix trilogy and at least one of the Mission:Impossible flicks (not to mention a 'Dynasty' behind-the-scenes telemovie)

Bonjour pr aran,
Nobody's ever called 'drift' sympathetic before. I'm not sure what to think. I have visited your blog and yes, it's true, you do create a lot of kooky creatures. Thanks for dropping by

Oh Marc,
Don't you realise by now that I'm Nash the Lazy Blogger? I did actually say who he played in one of my earlier comments. Plus you can check the link I finally got around to adding! I can't spoon feed all you lovely readers

Now if all you fanatics were genuine you'd already bloody well know that Nicholas Hammond played FRIEDRICH VON TRAPP. Remember him? He's the eldest boy in die lederhose

Hi Ian,
Yes it is, you never know who might be on it

May 25, 2007 12:02 PM  
Blogger Miss Litzi said...

Hi Nash,
Crikey! I just took at look at the “kooky” creations (your words) of Pr Aran. They remind me of something from Monty Python’s Flying Circus.

Is everything in the United States outsourced to other countries? What are they’re doing in La-La-Land if they’re making movies all over the globe?

May 25, 2007 1:26 PM  
Blogger marc said...

I hear down in Australia we've outsourced all of our sympathetic bio writing as well as has been celebrity bus-watching

May 26, 2007 5:27 AM  
Blogger nash said...

Best you git yourself down here and find out fer yourself Mr Olmsted

Yes Miss Litxi,
Strange indeed, most peculiar. I had to stop looking coz they were beginning to freak me ouy

May 26, 2007 8:06 AM  
Blogger Miss Litzi said...

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May 27, 2007 7:02 AM  
Blogger Miss Litzi said...

Hi Nash,
This has nothing whatsoever to do with your sighting of Nicholas Hammond but I thought it might possibly be of interest to you. I just purchased an oil painting by “J. Vander” portraying Darlinghurst, Sydney and dated 1991. It’s a lovely picture of several buildings that remind me of the architecture in The French Quarter of New Orleans.

The deleted comment above was mine. I Googled Darlinghurst and discovered that it’s similar to the Castro District in San Francisco. From what I could tell, it sounds like a marvelous place to visit. It appears to be a beautiful area…

May 27, 2007 8:08 AM  
Blogger nash said...

Hi Miss Litzi,
I'd love to see that painting. There's some beautiful architecture around here. I took photos last weekend, but I'm having problems uploading them. Stay tuned...

May 27, 2007 10:25 AM  
Blogger Miss Litzi said...

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May 27, 2007 10:41 AM  
Blogger Miss Litzi said...

Hi Nash,
The picture is up on my site right doesn't do the painting justice, but you'll get the idea.

May 27, 2007 10:57 AM  

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