Friday, June 27, 2014

I've Got Til 5! - The Cast of Major League

I didn't write a post for this column last week, so to make up for it I'm giving you an extra long version of I've Got Til 5!. And for that post I think I came up with a pretty cool subject.

If you haven't seen the movie Major League I have one thing to say...

"Why the hell not?!?!"

That was the situation my girlfriend was in until a few nights ago. I guess that was partially my fault, since... as a baseball fan... I should have made sure she'd seen this masterpiece of cinema. I mean, it has everything... comedy, drama, great acting, original story, and it's about baseball. The Yankees are the villains in this movie, even though it came out in 1989 and that season the Bombers finished the season 14.5 games behind the American League East Champion Toronto Blue Jays (note: the Indians were 16 games out of 1st). And you know what? That's okay with me. As you all should know... I've come to embrace the "Evil Empire" moniker.

While watching the movie I started to wonder what happened to the actors after Major League came out, and after taking a look decided to share some things with you.

Jake Taylor - Tom Berenger

Along with the "not horrible" Major League II, Berenger was in the very cool movie Training Day. He also had small parts in Born on the Fourth of July, Cheers, Inception, and other movies and TV shows I've never heard of or know little about. I should note that his knees seemed to be okay in these other acting appearances.

Tom Berenger has actually been married four times, and has a total of six children.

Ricky Vaughn - Charlie Sheen

Other than the Charlie Harper character (he should have worn an Indians jersey with the number "99" on the back instead of the bowling shirt), best known from the TV show Two and a Half Men, he's done little since leaving Spin City in 2002 (note: I loved that show). After Major League Sheen did play Aramis in the 1993 version of The Three Muskateers (love) and worked with his brother in a little movie called Men At Work.

I think you guys have seen or read about the exploits of the man with tiger's blood running through his veins.

Roger Dorn - Corbin Bernsen

Corbin Bernsen was a busy man after Major League, acting in 174 more TV shows and movies (five of them have yet to be released). Unfortunately, except for the Major League sequels, none of the TV shows or movies he was in stands out. Even with all that work, he didn't risk injury or the displacement of his house.

Bernsen has over 8,000 snow globes, giving him one of the largest snow globe collections in the world.

Rachel Phelps - Margaret Whitton

Other than Major League II, I haven't heard of any of the other movies and TV shows she's acted in. But due to her exploits as the owner of the Indians I don't think many places were willing to give her a job.

But it doesn't matter how successful her acting career has been, because she's a Yankees fan!

Lou Brown - James Gammon

James Gammon made appearances in Grey's Anatomy, Monk, Crossing Jordan, Nash Bridges, Point Break, Natural Born Killers (thumbs up), and Wyatt Earp (thumbs up). Sam Shepard, best known for his Academy Award-winning portrayal of Chuck Yeager in the film The Right Stuff, considered Gammon one of the best actors alive.

Sadly, the former Indians manager passed away in July of 2010.

Rest In Peace, Mr. Gammon.

Lynn Wells - Rene Russo

I don't know how she could have thought about marrying that lawyer over Jack freakin' Taylor, but she did make some good decisions by appearing in movies like Thor 1 & 2, Lethal Weapon 3 & 4, Ransom, and Tin Cup (big thumbs up).

She currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.

Willie Mays Hayes - Wesley Snipes

Along with having been the star of the Blade series, Snipes will be in the new The Expendables movie coming out later this year. He probably didn't take any steroids for the roll, but his character Bobby Rayburn in the movie The Fan (with Robert De Niro) reminded me of Barry Bonds. Snipes acted in a number of good movies, along with To Wong Foo: Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar, Murder at 1600, US Marshalls, Demolition Man, Rising Sun, White Men Can't Jump, and the list goes on.

Snipes' apartment was destroyed by the collapse of the World Trade Center's Twin Towers during the September 11 attacks. Luckily, he was on the West Coast at the time.

Charlie Donovan - Charles Cyphers

Charlie Cypers may not have acted in any big movies since Major League, but he's appeared in JAG, ER, Seinfeld, The George Wendt Show, The George Carlin Show, Murder She Wrote, and Jake and the Fatman.

Eddie Harris - Chelcie Ross

Chelcie Ross probably didn't need any Crisco, Bardol, Vagisil, or snot for any of his acting performances after Major League. I don't know many of the shows or movies he was in after Major League, but his performance as Senator Baynard in The Last Boy Scout was pretty darn good, and I'm a big fan of that flick.

Ross actually served in Vietnam as an officer in the Air Force.

Pedro Cerrano - Dennis Haysbert

While he did make some acting appearances in shows and movies like 24 and Mr. Baseball, a lot of the work Haysbert has done since Major League was in voice-acting, including doing so in video games like Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow, Call of Duty: Finest Hour, and 24: The Game. And he's got six more acting roles coming up .

Even though Haysbert was offered numerous athletic scholarships, he chose to pursue acting.

Pepper Leach - Andy Romano

Romano may not have been in any blockbusters since he was an assistant coach for the Indians in Major League, but he was in the movie Pump Up the Volume, and that's pretty damn cool.

Harry Doyle - Bob Uecker

If you loved his commentary for the Indians then you can still hear Mr. Uecker announcing Milwaukee Brewers games on the radio on WTMJ. He was actually inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame in 2011.

Bob hosted two different general sports shows called Bob Uecker's Wacky World of Sports (later became The Lighter Side of Sports with Mike Golic) and Bob Uecker's War of the Stars. He even made a few appearances in the WWF, including being the ring announcer for Hulk Hogan vs. Andre The Giant at Wrestlemania 3 in front of over 93,000 fans at the Pontiac Silverdome in Michigan.

But I'll always remember his role in the show Mr. Belvedere, and it's theme song will run through my head...

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