Not too many people remember Michael Sarrazin, who died Sunday of cancer, but in my salad days he was one of my favorite movie actors. Tall and lanky with large blue eyes and lots of long brown hair, he was usually cast as a soulful drifter. In his time, he played opposite some of the biggest names in Hollywood: Paul Newman, Henry Fonda, Jane Fonda, George C. Scott, James Caan, and Barbara Streisand. His star dimmed in the materialistic eighties, which seemed not to have a place for soulful drifters. Following is a sampling of his movies.
- The Flim-Flam Man (1967). Mordecai Jones (George C. Scott) takes a young army deserter under his wing.
- Journey to Shiloh (1968). Miller Nalls is one of seven young men who ride off from Texas to fight in the Civil War.
- They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969). During the Depression Robert and Gloria (Jane Fonda) enter a grueling dance marathon.
- Sometimes a Great Notion (1970). Based on a Ken Kesey novel, this movie presents an Oregon family trying to keep their family logging business afloat.
- The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972). A western farce about a self-appointed frontier judge (Paul Newman).
- Harry in Your Pocket (1973). A professional pickpocket (James Coburn) teaches Ray how to pick pockets as part of a team.
- For Pete's Sake (1974). Brooklyn housewife (Barbara Streisand) decides to work as a prostitute to supplement her husband Pete's income.
- The Resurrection of Peter Proud (1975). A college professor begins having visions of a former life and is mysteriously drawn to a place he's never visited before--in this life.
- The Gumball Rally (1976). His last big movie is a fast, funny cross-country automobile road race.