The new movie TRON: Legacy is about to be released, so I thought we should look at the original, TRON (1982). Both are from Walt Disney Pictures, of course.
Jeff Bridges (b. 1949) and Bruce Boxleitner (b. 1950) reprise their roles from 28 years ago. They were in their thirties when they made the first one, and they are still playing computer games! I wonder if the younger stars discussed the fact that many weren't even born when the original was released.
Back to 1982. Barnard Hughes (1915 - 2006) appears in TRON and 94 other titles on IMDb. He also had quite a long stage career. He started in film in the 1954 movie, Playgirl with Shelley Winters (1920 - 2006). In 1961 he was in The Young Doctors, with Dick Clark (b. 1929).
Other highlights in Hughes' career include Midnight Cowboy (1969); his own TV series called "Doc" in the mid 1970s; Oh, God! in 1977; Da in 1988, based on the play in which he also starred; Doc Hollywood (1991); and Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993).
David Warner (b. 1941) also had a bit part. He made 195 movies and TV shows in the past 48 years. Look for him in:
Tom Jones - 1963
The Omen - 1976
The Thirty Nine Steps (remake 1978)
Time Bandits - 1981
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier - 1989
Star Trek IV: The Undiscovered Country - 1991
And he appears in large parts in the two top money making films of all time, Titanic (1997) and Avatar (2004). Quite a career, and a very important supporting actor. He has such a forceful personality, at least on screen.
Now for the bad news. TRON is available at Amazon, but the DVD is $84. The funny thing is the VHS tape is listed at $129! You really should see the original before seeing the remake. Then you get the full picture. Maybe other sites, like Movies Unlimited or half.com have better deals, or you can get it from Netflix.
BTW, make sure you check out the Movie Fanfare blog. They just posted another of my previous blog posts. I am very happy they enjoy my stuff! This one is on Robby the Robot.