Cedar Rapids Gazette, October 11, 1974, Page 34

Cedar Rapids Gazette

October 11, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - October 11, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa \ y-A » Carney Attempting To Change His Image ,-**> J* 'WM**,(fr Tilt CMsr R.PM, Gtitttt: Frt , Ort. „. ,,74 I, 1 By Bvt ShaHntt NEW YORK (AP) - Irish Art Carney, television heavy * weight of the ’50s. has changed his image. He was Jackie Gleason's brash, wisecracking sidekick in “The Honeymoorier*”, Ed Norton, the self-styled “underground sanitation expert." Today he is a little heavier, a little older, with a neatly trimmed mustache and curly white sideburns For the first time in a career that started in 1937, Carney has a starring role in a movie. The 55-year-old actor is aged subtly with makeup to play a 72-year-old retired teacher who is alive and fighting — and living. “Harry and Tonto” is the film. Carney plays Harry. His costar is a big ginger cat named “Tonto”, his closest friend and companion Carney, no cat lover, says the friendship worked better than he expected. Irish, Superstition “A movie lead is a new ball game,” he added. “I’m so Irish, so superstitious. With a stage play or television, you know the next day what people think. But I have a good feeling and if I feel this good about doing my job, certainly something good is going to come out of it.” Carney's great comic creation, Ed Norton, made him a household face. But he says he always thought of himself as an actor playing a comedy role, not a comic. He started working in clubs as a mimic at $50 a week, says he was no good at it, and eventually used his mimicry talents in radio. Then came television, legitimate theater and now a leading film role. “At first I turned this script down. I worried about the plot. I thought it was a nice portrait but too old for me. I hate to use that worn-out word insecurity, but . . Carney harumphs. Agt Character It was his agent and friend Bill McCaffrey who kept after him. Carney was doing summer stock in Maine when Paul Mazursky, producer-director and co-writer of “Harry and Tonto”, showed up to talk about the script. “He had some ideas and we talked We decided Harry wasn't a doddering old man, agreed that I wouldn’t have to change my voice, talked about ways of aging the character . . . and I thought I d do it.” Carney’s indomitable Harry finds his New York apartment torn down in urban renewal, his friends dying. Carried by police out of the soon to be TERRACE ROOM nm Aitutii iud AdriftJ dt*6Aplt£V 4S Noon Buffet (Soup, Sondwich, Solod Sweets) 111)0 - 7 p.m. Monday thru Friday Evening Dining 5-9 p.m. Mon.-Thvrs. 5-10 p.m. Fri. A Sat. PARK FREE While dining at the Terrace Room pork your car for two hours in short term parking PRH. direct ly across from the mow entrance. Well gladly validate your parking ticket. TERRACE ROOM Municipal Airport 315-7711 demolished building, Harry turns down offers of homes with his three children Independently, he and Tonto make their way across the country. Their odyssey is no "road” picture, but a string of real people with i^al problems, hopes and dreams. “I think Harry is a man with a lot of drive, not maudlin or weak At the end of the picture, I think you know he’s a mart who’s going to go on,” Carney said. Wark with Mazirsky Carney, youngest of six boys in a Mt. Vernon, N. Y., family, is somewhere between anxiety and joy worrying about the film "lf I do more picture work — and I hope to — I’d like to work with Mazursky. Since we finished the film, I worked in another with Burt Reynolds It was different, harder, not to be ‘on’ all the time. Mazursky s spoiled me." The limp which Carney says was “perfect for Harry,” came built-in, as did the hearing aid. Carney was wounded in France during World war II. Returning to the states, he got a job in radio. His favorite subject as a mimic was Franklin D. Roosevelt. Then he was approached for the Gleason show, continued it until 1957 and returned to it in 19M when the show was done in Miami. Live television is what Carney says he most enjoys doing, altfiough he has starred on Broadway in "The Odd Couple” and "The Prisoner of Second Avenue”. Back ta Theater His current schedule includes work on a television movie with Lucille Ball. After that, ifs back to the theater "We’re going to try to put together Ah, Wilderness’. It’s a family type comedy, a delightful play My good friend Jose Quintero is anxious to do it — he directed me in 'Our Town’. We’ll break it in at the Kennedy Center in Washington.” Show business, Carney says, is not a business in which he is happy all the time. But it is his vocation, his avocation, his everything "What makes it so fascinating. what makes me tick with it, is the uncertainty of it. You can be way down in the depths, saying, ‘Oh, I wish I was doing something else.’ Then a new script, a new part and, WHOOM! You’re up there again. “I've been through all those phases And, after all. I’m not trained to do anything else.” Art Carney Carney lives in New York City in a posh condominium. His first marriage ended in divorce, but he often sees his three children His second wife, Barbara, has two children in whom he delights "At times I think I’m adjusted to life in the city,” he said. “I’ve only lived here since Barbara and I were married Before that I lived in the suburbs But there are good and bad points about the city. "New England is for me, from Connecticut on up. I prefer it to the Midwest. I want to see lots of trees, hills and changes of season.” Carney has had drinking problems and has been involved with Alcoholics Anonymous — “but so often I wasn't really anonymous.” TONIGHT AT 6:00 A 9:15 393-84 39 PLAZA LINDALE PLAZA THE DAY THE EARTH WAS TURNED INTO A CEMETERY! RAVENOUS MOLDERS CONTROLLED BY A TERROR OUT IN SPACE...    , COMMANDED TO ANNIHILATE THE WORLD) PLUS TONIGHT ONLY AT 7:30 SNEAK PREVIEW High country adventure WALT DISNEY NU WH TYM PATRICK WAYNE JOHN HMH TECHICOU*- I by * FN* VIST* D'ST«|»I -IO*, CO INC c I*7* *•>' 0«n*y P-oAucfco'w DOUBLE BARGAIN COME AT 6:00 ar 7:30 AND SEE BOTH PICTURES! DAVID V PICKER paw*, RICHARD HARRIS OMAR SHARIF ‘JUGGERNAUT’ »RICHARD LESTER - „* DAVIO HEMMINGS • ANTHONY HOPKINS • SHIRLEY KNIGHT LAST WEEKEND OPEN MILT AT 1:00P.M. [POTT/?? = STARTS TONIGHTS: 362-3269 PARAMOUNT DOWNTOWN TONIGHT I SATURDAY MIDNIGHT ONLY! 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