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Here’s what the 6 Damien Trotter actors have been up to from EastEnders role to Hollywood movie – My Blog

In 1991, Del Boy and his partner Raquel Turner (Tessa Peake Jones) welcomed the newest Trotter into the world as baby Damien was born and luckily, the doting parents didn’t name their sprog ‘Rodney, after Dave’ as Trigger suggested.Hooky dealer Del (David Jason) always looked at his son like a chip off the old block and a complete angel, but in Rodney’s (Nicholas Lyndhurst) eyes, his nephew was the Antichrist. Although teenage Damien became a savior to his uncle Rodney after he placed Cassandra’s birth control pills inside Uncle Albert’s urn and the pair consequently became parents to baby Joan in the final Only Fools and Horses episode in 2003.

In the space of 12 years, there were six actors who played the role of Damien Trotter, and it’s no surprise some of them went to star in popular TV shows and movies. So, here’s a look at actors who played the descendant of Peckham’s finest wheeler-dealer and what they have been up to since appearing on the show.READ MORE: Gwyneth Strong is worlds away from Cassandra Trotter in EastEnders
Patrick McManus, Robert Liddement and Grant Stevens
Del Boy with Raquel, Rodney and baby Damien

Del Boy and Raquel have baby Damien together (Image: BBC)Damien Trotter was born in 1991 during the episode Three Men, A Woman And A Baby, and was first played by actor Patrick McManus.

However, during the Miami Twice we see Damien get christened at the beginning of the episode and he is now played by Grant Stevens.One year later, the Mother Nature’s Son Christmas special aired on TV, and this time around Damien was portrayed by Robert Liddement.
However, since their appearances on the hit show, not much else is known about either Patrick, Grant or Robert, which is no surprise considering they were small babies at the height of their fame.
Grant Stevens as baby Damien Trotter in Miami TwiceGrant Stevens as baby Damien Trotter in Miami Twice (Image: BBC)Douglas Hodge
Douglas Hodge as Damien Trotter in Only Fools and Horses in the futureDouglas Hodge as Damien Trotter in Only Fools and Horses (Image: BBC)The Heroes and Villains episode aired in 1996 and opens with Rodney’s futuristic dream where his ‘evil’ nephew Damien is head of the very powerful Trotters Independent Traders, who rule the Western world.This particular scene is set in the year 2026 and Damien is now declaring war on China from their headquarters Trotters Towers.Rodney, on the other hand, is a washed-up messenger whilst Uncle Albert’s body has been preserved and all he can say is his trademark phrase “During the war…” on an annoying constant loop.Baddie adult Damien is played by actor Douglas Hodge who is a Hollywood movie star. The 62-year-old has also starred in some of television’s hottest shows including London’s Burning (1988), Spooks (2005), Skins (2010), Outnumbered (2010), and Black Mirror (2017) – to name a few.
Douglas Hodge attends the 28th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at Barker Hangar on February 27, 2022 in Santa Monica, CaliforniaTV and movie actor Douglas Hodge pictured earlier this year (Image: WireImage)Douglas kicked off his very successful acting career in 1985 when he appeared in the series Smith & Jones before starring as Geoffrey in Sorry! a year later.He’s also played many movie roles during his successful acting career, including Dan in The Descent Part 2 (2009), Sir Robert Loxley in Robin Hood (2010), and Paul Burrell in Diana (2013).In 2019 Douglas played Alfred Pennyworth in Joker, which also starred Joaquin Phoenix and Robert De Niro. The same year, he also starred in Gemini Man which stars Will Smith in the lead role.Most recently Douglas starred as Simon in the flick A Grand Romantic Gesture.Jamie Smith
Jamie Smith as Damien in Only Fools and HorsesJamie Smith as Damien in Only Fools and Horses (Image: BBC)Actor Jamie Smith portrayed Damien between 1993 and 1996 as he starred in the episodes: Heroes and Villains, Modern Men and Time On Our Hands.In Heroes and Villians, Damien famously asks Rodney if he ‘wants to play war’ as Rodney looks at him shell-shocked. Sadly little is known about the whereabouts of the young actor nearly 30 years after finding fame on the BBC sitcom.Ben Smith
Del Boy and Damien Trotter in Monte CarloDel Boy and Damien Trotter in Monte Carlo (Image: Mark Boudillon/BBC)The last actor to take on the role of ‘devil child’ Damien was Ben Smith.In 2001, Only Fools and Horses made an epic comeback after five years for three legendary Christmas specials. Actor Ben Smith took on the role of Damien Trotter in the episodes that followed the Trotters after they had become millionaires.Since appearing in Only Fools, Ben has enjoyed a successful career in acting and now looks completely different from his days in Peckham.Born in North London, the 32-year-old actor has appeared in many popular television shows including Teachers, The Bill, Help! I’m a Teenage Outlaw, Misfits, Doctor Who, Holby City, and Goodnight Mister Tom.
Ben Smith as Tegs in EastEnders in 2018Ben Smith as Tegs in EastEnders in 2018 (Image: BBC)He also played Reece Keys in the movie Passer By alongside the actor James Nesbitt. In 2008, Ben played Tegs Teague in EastEnders as the main leader of a gang called “the E20” who stole from the market, harassed Dot Branning, and tried to verbally abuse Shirley Carter.During four episodes Tegs wreaked havoc in Albert Square and eventually stabbed Jay Brown before getting arrested. He was a right git, as Del Boy would say! In 2015, Ben appeared in an episode of Manchester crime drama No Offence, as well as playing a soldier in the TV short Native.He also starred in the movie Come Out of the Woods in 2017 which follows three brothers struggling in Scotland.Most recently Ben played the role of Robbie Lennox in the series Resistance (2019) which is the sequel series to the 2016 Rebellion, and set during the 1916 Easter Rising.
Ben Smith as Robbie Lennox and Aoife Duffin as Eithne in the RTE drama series ResistanceBen Smith as Robbie Lennox and Aoife Duffin as Eithne in the RTE drama series Resistance (Image: RTE)Resistance, a glossy RTE television drama that blends real and fictional characters, has shone a contemporary light on the guerrilla campaign led by Michael Collins that helped overthrow British rule in what became the Republic of Ireland a century ago.Other notable TV and movie appearances include Silent Witness (2007), Nowhere Boy (2009), Whitechapel (2012), Scott & Bailey (2013), and many more.

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Rin Tin Tin

When I was very young, my grandfather kept a Rin Tin Tin figurine sitting on his desk. I wanted desperately to play with it, and even more desperately I wanted to have a German shepherd dog of my own, a dog just like the star of “The Adventures of Rin-Tin-Tin”, which debuted on television in 1954. I knew nothing about Rin Tin Tin other than that he was the perfect dog, and that he was a character on television.

When by chance I learned that Rin Tin Tin was a real dog, not just a television character—a real dog with a real life that was extraordinary—I was drawn into the story and eventually to the idea of writing this book. After digging through hundreds of pages of archives and files and photographs, I came to understand that this was not just a story about a dog, or even the many different dogs who make up the Rin Tin Tin legacy; this is a story about a beloved icon who has played a role in decades of American popular culture.

“‘He believed the dog was immortal.’ So begins Susan Orlean’s sweeping, powerfully moving story of Rin Tin Tin’s journey from orphaned puppy to movie star and international icon. From the moment in 1918 when Corporal Lee Duncan discovers Rin Tin Tin on a World War I battlefield, he recognizes something in the pup that he needs to share with the world. Rin Tin Tin’s improbable introduction to Hollywood leads to the dog’s first blockbuster film and over time, the many radio programs, movies, and television shows that follow. The canine hero’s legacy is cemented by Duncan and a small group of others who devote their lives to keeping him and his descendants alive.

“At its heart, Rin Tin Tin is a poignant exploration of the enduring bond between humans and animals. But it is also a richly textured history of twentieth-century entertainment and entrepreneurship and the changing role of dogs in the American family and society. Almost ten years in the making, Susan Orlean’s first original book since The Orchid Thief is a tour de force of history, human interest, and masterful storytelling—the ultimate must—read for anyone who loves great dogs or great yarns.”

Publishers Weekly
“Stirring … A tale of passion and dedication overcoming adversity … Even readers coming to Rin Tin Tin for the first time will find it difficult to refrain from joining Duncan in his hope that Rin Tin Tin’s legacy will ‘go on forever.’”

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“[Orlean] combines all her skills and passions in this astonishing story … A terrific dog’s tale that will make readers sit up and beg for more.”

Walter Isaacson, author of Benjamin Franklin and Einstein

“Rin Tin Tin was more than a dog. He embodied the core paradoxes of the American ideal: He was a loner who was also a faithful companion, a brave fighter who was also vulnerable. I was astonished to learn from this delightful book that he has existed for eleven generations over a century. By chronicling his amazing ups and downs, Susan Orlean has produced a hugely entertaining and unforgettable reading experience.”

Ann Patchett, author of State of Wonder and Bel Canto
“Not only does Susan Orlean give us a fascinating and big-hearted account of all the many incarnations of Rin Tin Tin, she shows us the ever-changing role of American dogs in times of war and peace. This book is for anyone who has ever had a dog or loved a dog or watched a dog on television or thought their dog could be a movie star. In short— everyone.”

Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
“I adored this book. It weaves history, war, show business, humanity, wit, and grace into an incredible story about America, the human-animal bond, and the countless ways we would be lost without dogs by our sides, on our screens, and in our books. This is the story Susan Orlean was born to tell—it’s filled with amazing characters, reporting, and writing.”

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John Wayne ‘punished’ The Longest Day producer for publicly insulting him – My Blog

John Wayne was famous for his tough guy image on and off screen, mostly being known for playing cowboys and military men.By the early 1960s, Duke was in his fifties, struggling with health problems yet continuing to insist on not only doing his own stunts but also playing characters – including historical figures – he was now much older than.

This was especially the case when he was cast in the 1962 D-Day epic The Longest Day, which was released 61 years ago this week.The World War II film featured an incredible all-star cast including Henry Fonda, Robert Mitchum, Sean Connery and Richard Burton. Yet Wayne’s inclusion proved divisive.Incredibly, former President Dwight D Eisenhower almost played himself, but makeup artists couldn’t make him look as young as he did in 1944. Nevertheless, a set decorator with no acting experience with the spitting image of the Supreme Allied Commander was cast.Awkwardly, the real Ike ended up walking out of The Longest Day after just a few minutes, frustrated with all the inaccuracies. Although Eisenhower was considered too old to play his younger self, that didn’t stop Wayne from being cast as 27-year-old Lt Col Benjamin Vandervoort, who was very disappointed to find out he was being portrayed by the overweight 54-year-old Duke.Originally Charlton Heston, who was only a decade older than the real-life paratrooper, had actively sought the part. However, Wayne’s last-minute decision to take on the role blocked him and it came at a huge price to the film’s producer.The Longest Day producer Darryl F Zanuck had managed to negotiate $25,000 fees from his ensemble cast for what was mostly cameos. However, Wayne demanded $250,000 or he’d refused to appear in the movie – a request that was granted.The reason Duke “punished” the producer with this action was because he’d been quoting in an interview calling the Western legend “poor John Wayne” over 1960’s The Alamo.

That blockbuster was produced, directed and largely funded by the star himself. And Zanuck had said he didn’t think much of actors forming their own production companies, citing Wayne’s as an example. Not only was Wayne’s non-negotiable fee request on The Longest Day an act of revenge, but also was a way of him getting a quick payday after all the money he spent on The Alamo.

Aside from being three decades too old for his role in the World War II blockbuster, Duke’s contract also included a clause that made his casting even more controversial.Alongside his whopping $250,000 fee, Wayne insisted on getting separate billing on The Longest Day from the other actors. However, to his dismay, this was got around by having the other stars billed first followed by “and John Wayne”, meaning that Duke’s name appeared last on the credits.Even so, it was highly controversial even then as the Hollywood star did not serve in World War II, something he tried to redeem across his career by acting in very patriotic movies.

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Injured John Wayne struggled to breathe with oxygen mask on movie with Katharine Hepburn – My Blog

After winning the Best Actor Oscar for 1969’s True Grit, John Wayne returned for a sequel with 1975’s Rooster Cogburn – which celebrates its 48th anniversary this week – alongside Katharine Hepburn.However, Duke had serious health issues going back to when he had a cancerous lung removed a decade prior.Earlier in 1974, Wayne headed to London to shoot cop movie Brannigan, but had a severe bout of pneumonia and was diagnosed with heart problems before production began.During filming, Duke met Hepburn who, despite being just two weeks older than him, had never met the Western star let alone starred in a movie with him. She had been filming 1975’s Love Among the Ruins with Sir Laurence Olivier and despite their political differences greatly admired Wayne.The two stars agreed to make True Grit sequel Rooster Cogburn together later that year, although like Brannigan it would not be an easy production.Alongside pneumonia, Wayne had coughed so hard at one point that he damaged a valve in his heart, an issue that wouldn’t be diagnosed until 1978, a year before he died of cancer.Rooster Cogburn’s filming took place in Oregon and Duke had to rely on his oxygen mask for high altitudes, something he tried to keep hidden from the public. In fact, on another movie, he screamed at a photographer and demanded the film that captured the truth of his ailments; desperate to maintain his macho image.If this wasn’t bad enough, the 67-year-old injured himself on the Rooster Cogburn set while teaching his eight-year-old daughter to play golf. But lucky for him, his character’s eye patch covered the mark.rooster cogburn posterRooster Cogburn poster (Image: GETTY)Dealing with all these physical problems took a toll on Wayne’s patience and he would become seriously frustrated with Rooster Cogburn director Stuart Miller’s insistence on doing multiple takes. In one outburst, Duke ranted: “God damn it Stuart, there’s only so many times we can say these awful lines before they stop making any sense at all.”His co-star Hepburn, who largely respected the actor most of the time, would become bemused by his argumentative nature on set and told him at the wrap party: “I’m glad I didn’t know you when you had two lungs, you must have been a real b*****d. Losing a hip has mellowed me, but you!”

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