Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Noir's Goon Squad: Ted de Corsia

above: de Corsia as a crooked cop in Kubrick's THE KILLING

Sometimes I think Ted de Corsia is my favorite actor. He was good in everything. More to the point, I just smile whenever he shows up onscreen. In noir, he mostly played scumbags. One thing all his characters had in common was an almost pathological narcissism--Ted always knew what he wanted, and he wanted it now, consequences be damned. He was a man with a plan, but the plan was always halfassed and based entirely on a comically  inflated sense of his own abilities. I'd estimate that he spent roughly two-thirds of his career being gunned down by various leading men.

Check out my new essay on Terrible Ted over at Criminal Element

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