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Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2013 7:01 p.m. PST

You are on your honor on this. you can't look it up. you have to know the answer first.
In The Great Escape, the few Yanks celebrate July 4th by buying up all the potatoes in Stalag Luft 3G and making moonshine.
They parade around as The Spirit of '76.
The trio is composed of Steve McQueen (Hilts), James Garner (Hendley) and … the other guy.
Who is the "other guy" actor?

Remember. You are not allowed to Google or use IMDB to "research" it.
You are on your hono(u)r to know his name without using some cheap internet tricks to show off.

hindsTMP Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2013 7:20 p.m. PST

And you carry this information around in your head??


Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2013 7:28 p.m. PST

I don't. I'm asking.
There are those who know the names of ALL of the Magnificent 7.

I am asking anyone who honestly knows, without cheating.

Personal logo Der Alte Fritz Sponsoring Member of TMP21 Jun 2013 7:51 p.m. PST

Was it Ives? The little guy tat went wire crazy?

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2013 7:55 p.m. PST

No, this was one of the only 3 Americans. Ives was a Scot.

charared Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2013 8:20 p.m. PST

Character was a "tanker" if I remember (probably incorrectly!)…

C'mon… WHO!

jpattern221 Jun 2013 8:20 p.m. PST

Yeah, I can picture him, but I can't recall the name of the character or actor.

TBeyer Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2013 8:25 p.m. PST

Was it Charles Bronson? He is about the only other 'American' I can think of – although in the movie didn't he play a soldier of Polish descent?

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2013 8:39 p.m. PST

No. He plays an actual Polish soldier. He must be in a British unit, since I doubt the Germans would bother to throw an obvious Polish troublemaker in a simple POW camp.

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2013 8:44 p.m. PST

I should point out that James Garner's character is an American, serving in the RAF.

Fatman Inactive Member21 Jun 2013 8:58 p.m. PST

Can't remember the characters name but the actor was the late Jud Taylor.


Fatman Inactive Member21 Jun 2013 9:00 p.m. PST

And yes I do carry all this crap around in my head ask my long suffering family


SECURITY MINISTER CRITTER Inactive Member21 Jun 2013 9:12 p.m. PST

I sure don't remember.

Personal logo Patrick R Supporting Member of TMP22 Jun 2013 6:32 a.m. PST

I can vaguely picture him, scruffy guy, comforter cap, but it's been aeons since I last saw the Great Escape.

vojvoda Inactive Member22 Jun 2013 8:38 a.m. PST

Looked a little like the guy (Anthony Perkins) from Psycho. But do not know him or remember any other movie he was in.

James Mattes

A sea that raged no more22 Jun 2013 10:59 a.m. PST

Is it you, sir? Are you being coy?

(The film was made over 80 years ago and is never shown on UK TV. It's an unfair question. Huh!)

Militia Pete Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member22 Jun 2013 2:01 p.m. PST

No name actor!

vojvoda Inactive Member22 Jun 2013 3:54 p.m. PST

The Great Escape is only 50 years old and widely available on DVD.

James Mattes

Fatman Inactive Member24 Jun 2013 2:47 a.m. PST

By the way do I win anything?


He was actually better known as a TV director including Star Trek OS

ubercommando Inactive Member24 Jun 2013 7:10 a.m. PST

Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Robert Vaughan, Horst Bucholz AND Brad Dexter (the one everyone forgets about).

Sorry, can't help with the 3rd American.

cwbuff Inactive Member25 Jun 2013 6:44 a.m. PST

Brad Dexter? Just a guess without going to IMDB. I shall now go there.

cwbuff Inactive Member25 Jun 2013 6:48 a.m. PST

Nope. But I shall not ruin the quiz.

Oberst Radl Inactive Member25 Jun 2013 8:13 a.m. PST

No, but to quote Harry Connick, Jr. in Memphis Belle, "Ah, I can see that guy's face."

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