RIP Glen Campbell

(Pictured above: Glen Campbell and Kim Darby in ‘Norwood,’ screenshot from a YouTube video)

Glen Campbell, who died yesterday at 81, was not only a renowned recording artist but also a TV and movie star. Just two years ago, he received an Oscar nomination for the song “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me, a 2014 documentary centering on his struggles with the Alzheimer’s disease that eventually led to his death. Netflix subscribers can stream the film now. The following scene features the touching Oscar-nominated song:

For one of Campbell’s classic songs, here’s “Wichita Lineman” as seen on The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, his 1969-1972 CBS variety series:

You can watch binge-watch eight entire episodes of The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour for free right now at Shout Factory TV. Guests include Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Dionne Warwick, the Monkees, Neil Diamond and John Wayne.

Speaking of Wayne, Campbell co-starred with him in the original version of True Grit (1969). Wayne won the Best Actor Oscar for his role, and — according to famed western writer Larry McMurtry — Campbell played his character better than Matt Damon in the Coen Brothers’ 2010 remake. For $2.99, you can judge Campbell’s most famous acting role for yourself via YouTube, Google Play, Vudu, PlayStation or Microsoft.  In this scene, Campbell’s character La Boeuf meets Kim Darby’s Mattie Ross for the first time:

How does a novice actor follow up co-starring with John Wayne? In Campbell’s case, by co-starring with Joe Namath! The New York Times called Campbell a “pleasant, natural actor,” while Namath received a Golden Globe nomination as “Most Promising Newcomer – Male.” The movie, 1970’s Norwood, follows in its entirety. Once again, Kim Darby is the female co-star.


About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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