Listen to Garrison’s interviews with actors Laurene Landon:
and Mel Novak:
Beautiful, talented, spunky and at times outrageous actress Laurene Landon often portrays tough, two-fisted no-nonsense action heroines with a winning blend of fiery aplomb and cheerful good humor. She played one of two female wrestlers managed by Peter Falk in Robert Aldrich’s uproariously funny comedy “All the Marbles” the hilarious flight attendant in “Airplane II: The Sequel,” the rugged warrior woman in “Hundra” and police woman Teresa Mallory in “Maniac Cop.”
Mel Novak is an American award winning character actor who is best known for villainous roles in Black Belt Jones,Bruce Lees Game of Death and Chuck Norris An Eye for An Eye. Novak made his film debut in 1974, appearing in Truck Turner and Black Belt Jones, the former starring Isaac Hayes, the latter Jim Kelly. Subsequent parts in The Ultimate Warrior (1975) starring Yul Brynner, Cat in the Cage (1978), starring Sybil Danning, and others followed. One of his more high-profile parts from the 70’s was as the hitman Stick in Game of Death (1978), directed by Robert Clouse.
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