24th February 1932, the birth date of John Vernon, stalwart character actor who appeared in almost 200 films and TV programmes. Bloody hell.

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Where to start? No idea. This is a man who played Tony Stark aka Iron Man in 1966 when Robert Downey Jnr was one year old! It’s so hard to decide what to look at so I’ve selected my favourite 15 films of his, no TV (as Gene Hackman stated in Get Shorty).

So, after quite a few TV appearances John Boorman selected him to play the double – crossing mob middle man Mal Reese, Walker’s (Lee Marvin’) pal who made Angie Dickinson’s flesh crawl and ended up taking a nose dive over the balcony wearing only a sheet in the wonderful Point Blank (1967)

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Point Blank 12

http://www.filmposterart.co.uk/point-blank-16-p.asp

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This site has some incredible behind the scenes shots from Point Blank. Amazing stuff.

http://theeditroomfloor.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/unseen-photos-from-point-blank-part-6.html

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Trailer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cd8-DlfHghg

Topaz (1969) Directed by Alfred Hitchcock.

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Dirty Harry (1971)

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Dirty Harry 1

Vernon was the Mayor of San Francisco.

Trailer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjBNldYiUmg

Fear Is The Key (1972)

Fear is the Key 1 Fear is the Key 2

Charlie Varrick (1973)

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Charlie Varrick 6

http://www.filmposterart.co.uk/charley-varrick-133-p.asp

Trailer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2f85Fb7QBmM

Black Windmill (1974)

Black W 1 Black W 2 Black W 3

The opening 9 minutes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5TtwQ4uzSA

Brannigan (1975)

Brannigan 1

Brannigan 2

The Best Bits

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mdk0xdamuE

Trailer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShTtkSRAurU

The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)

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Josey Wales 4

Trailer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=en9rfsUGDkc

Don’t Piss Down My Back

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfdpcrOgUp4

 

AnimalHouse (1978)

Animal House 1

http://www.filmposterart.co.uk/animal-house-227-p.asp

Clip

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tfK_3XK4CI

Trailer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoS3-yHoaSY

Animal House 3 Animal House 4 Animal House 5 Animal House 2Animal House 6

Airplane 2 (1982)

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The Best bits

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVTmqsS32q8

Chained Heat (1983)

Chained Heat 1 Chained Heat 5 Chained Heat 2 Chained Heat 3 Chained Heat 4

Trailer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-GwUHreqW4

Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)

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Trailer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVQ3AGzeB_0

I’m Gonna Git You Sucka (1988)

Sucka poster Sucka 1 Sucka 2

Trailer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BddDCZwWkw0

Oh, and the reason I called this blog Vernon Drive is that is the name of the road I lived in for the first 12 years of my life.