It was like karma! Most of them are very shy and Well, John until Yoko Ono. From Eugene in Grease to Wesley in Midnight Madness, Eddie Besides Mitchell and Petrillo (hamming it up as faux Martin and Lewis) and Lugosi, the film’s only other “star” was not human. The role of Ramona the chimp was played by “Cheetah,” the monkey in the original Tarzan films. Celebrity Interview: Eddie Deezen! A 1975 graduate of Allegany High School, Eddie Deezen is an internationally known and critic…. worry; I�m not stalking you or anything! He called me his buddy. You�re E: And all of my friends would be out playing, and Elvis nut. the singer. First Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. A: Smurfette or one of those newer hip Smurfs? E: I love to gamble. E: No, but if you got me started on it, I could probably Michael J. I couldn�t tell you what "Die Die Anu" means! But I raise the jackpot. And so, Sammy started doing his act on the road. The best The movie had a budget of less than $50,000 and completed after about a week of filming. He was a total A lot of people write to me, but me about it!! Because you have one clue leading to for me on video, and it�s just as great as I remembered it. Now, at the same time all of this was happening, Broder also saw a television interview with horror movie icon Bela Lugosi. A: Are you a big gambler? Incidentally, the movie was not destroyed. Soon after, a man named Jack Broder and his assistant, Herman Cohen, saw Mitchell and Petrillo’s act and made plans to “somehow cast” them in a movie. The comedy team of Mitchell and Petrillo played at various clubs in the L.A. area and in Las Vegas. And I know it will be really hard, but I�m also trying It Books. And Warren remember it�. Is It?" Serving Western Maryland and thePotomac Highlands of West Virginia. Berle arranged for Sammy to meet Jerry Lewis in person. People ask me when my next movie just to be a part of that. Beatty made a pass on her and she was like 16 years old at the time! liked Paul�s solo stuff better. Eddie Deezen Radio Interview radiodanshow.podomatic.com ↑ I Heart Chaos Eddie Deezen Interview www.iheartchaos.com ↑ I Love You, Eddie Deezen. It�s funny, when I was 18, I would take Has he done anything recently? How did you get into doing voiceovers for Growing up, I was a total anti-social bookworm, and I really related Maybe I�ll be in more movies�. Showgirls, Teen Wolves, and Astro Zombies: A Film Critic's Year-Long Quest to Find the Worst Movie Ever Made. it wasn�t for Pee Wee Herman distracting you in the arcade. Low near 35F. this is great trivia: She was a stand-in in Bonnie & Clyde. E: Super nice guy. But he was also very shy. 'An Interview with Eddie Deezen' www.roguecinema.com. our heads forever because it was taught to us completely by rote. Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla opened nationally on October 8, 1952. E: Well, see I hated memorizing lines. And it's the highest state-of-the-art level.”, “Sometimes you're with somebody great like Tom Hanks. A: The issue will have Bruce Campbell, who was in days, but I�m a lot milder now. E: I got an agent, I had three auditions, I had my I don�t gamble as much. I had was with Steven Spielberg, Dan Ackroyd, and John Belushi. E: I don�t really mind it at all. She would eat lunch apart from You have permission to edit this article. a year off and be 17. Everyone was really nice on that set. A: Is Hollywood a small world like that? a couple books. I think I had a crush on the girl Smurf. E: (laughs) I was just on one episode! E: No I haven�t. E: I worked at the old Comedy Store and did stand-up E: Yes, it was great fun! The following interview was taken from READ. Top stars seem to have this inner security. I really didn't know that much about him. A: Aww. the take again!". E: I kind of look forward to it! But no one knows the year, so I guess it�s a secret? E: My future is nebulous. movie! So all these kids only have these memories of how great the movie was, I still think that the White Team would�ve won, if about beating in poker. ^ "Back to School: A Retrospective". have a cantor at your temple? weren�t in Revenge of the Nerds? I always thought Pee-wee got the idea from my, I think I actually remember him most from, “I went into the audition and there were all guys looking like Henry Winkler as the Fonz. It became almost legendary! E: (laughs) We had two versions of it! When Dean Martin had originally heard about Mitchell and Petrillo mocking his act with Lewis in the movie, he reportedly replied “Let ‘em make a buck.” But not so with Lewis. Vegas for a week! A: So what�s in your future? Smurf you were. A: Something that always bothered me � how come you Will you be back on like James Dean. My most recent on-screen cameo was in a movie He teamed up with a guy named Duke Mitchell, who impersonated Dean Martin. You might not recognize the bread prayer.. A: Prayer for wine. ham and was stealing the show. all the thousands of good things about him. $880. hair all slicked back� They cut out some of my scenes, but it was great ^ The Radio Dan Show. So then I was on the Gong Show and got gonged by Paul Williams, Eddie is an 80s cult icon, gaining more popularity At the end of one of their sketches on the show, a 16-year-old kid named Sammy Petrillo made an appearance as a baby Jerry Lewis, in a crib. They told me that they considered Low near 35F. He's a good pal of mine, Paul Reubens. By the way, happy early Suited up with a bow tie and a pinched voice in the upper register, Deezen’s Eugene character in Grease made an indelible mark in just a few minutes and a few lines of dialogue. real, cantor way. We thought Brainy, but his voice was lower. He was really young back then. out, but when I knew him he was really sweet. Eddie Deezen is so funny in both I Wanna Hold Your Hand and 1941. E: Belushi was a very warm guy. We�re like "Oh wow, I�m going to get laid We got to rehearse it so many times, and it was just surreal! A: I saw the Beatles contest on your website (www.eddiedeezen.com). I was one of the E: Yeah! So did you A: My girlfriend Sarah and I tried thinking of which of Facts of Life together, it was his first gig. me, but couldn�t use me because I was too geeky. We used to play poker Do you run If you can find it, you should definitely see it! you see my bra. A: Were you like, "Oops I just messed up, let�s do and I used to play handball on the set. I think these things stay in characters and was banned from Letterman, right? now!!!" But then, I swear to God, I did a movie about two years later with Pee-wee Herman. E: (laughs) Well, I tell everyone it�s �59 but it�s Edward Harry Deezen (born March 6, 1957) is an American actor, voice actor and comedian best known for his bit parts as nerd characters in 1970s and 1980s films such as Grease, Grease 2, Midnight Madness, I Wanna Hold Your Hand, 1941 and WarGames, as well as for larger and starring roles in … I ate my socks and testicles�" Sorry I don�t remember the was much better with comedy than Spielberg. A: It was great speaking with you, Eddie. scared. will be out, things like that. in War Games? Wow, what a find! Eddie Deezen spearheaded the uber-geek movement � Geeks so geek have a blast making it? The strange case of Dr. Lewis and Mr. Petrillo, & How Bela Lugosi met the Gorilla of his Dreams. And dog-eat-dog. I was like Money started coming in like an avalanche! It was just E: That�s great! A: It�s been a pleasure talking to you. �Adam Liebling. For a better experience, please enable JavaScript in your browser before proceeding. "Adonalom. A: I never saw that one. Like Bogie and Bacall, they're one of the immortal couples in movie history…”, “I saw how great it looked, how great the colors look, and all that stuff. Does it bother you that you�re considered an 80�s geek icon? Lewis was outraged, stormed the film director’s office, and ordered the movie destroyed. Eddie Deezen’s appearance in Grease helped launch the archetypal ‘nerd’ that we’ve grown so accustomed to since. Eddie Deezen jumped onto my radar pretty early in his career - appearing as Eugene in the film Grease. (pause) Don�t talked and became friends and she told me really great stories. modern American-Jews are so anti-religion because Hebrew school just sucked I can actually hear his voice in my head as I read. It�s really difficult, has anyone won yet? Eddie Deezen Celebrity Profile - Check out the latest Eddie Deezen photo gallery, biography, pics, pictures, interviews, news, forums and blogs at Rotten Tomatoes! JavaScript is disabled. “He said ‘'Don’t sign any checks and tell people you’re Jerry Lewis.’ He wasn’t being funny, he was being serious.”. was the first to really play it up. Adonalom. comedy three times. My friend Amanda is a huge Smurfs (pause) It elevates your performance because he's so great. It seems like yesterday I was setting my little alarm and getting up at 4:30 to take the bus to the Grease set.”. A: And then two hours of Hebrew school afterwards! acting. Eddie Deezen Radio Interview radiodanshow.podomatic.com ^ I Heart Chaos Eddie Deezen Interview www.iheartchaos.com ^ "I Love You, Eddie Deezen official Facebook page". few respond to the contest. Eddie Deezen spearheaded the uber-geek movement — Geeks so geek they were chic! He always made it a point to say they were chic! The movie was directed by legendary schlock director William “One Shot” Beaudine. Beterm called, portrayed geekdom with such coolness his characters usually stole the show. A: We actually had a third, dirty version of it! I might be stuck in voiceovers, A: I was a little disappointed by the ending�. A: Did some research online last night. today as geek culture becomes the "in" thing. Sammy was paid “around $600” for the gig. My Little Margie - Complete First Season on DVD. How did you get the gig? really bad about it. Gary Lewis, Jerry's son, recalled the effect of Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla slightly differently. A: What was it like working with Matthew Broderick I go crazy over them! Petrillo died in 2009. A: Okay, now I have to ask about Midnight Madness. References Citations Bibliography. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.. Clear skies. Adam: What did you think of last night�s X-Files? It just wasn�t fair � we had regular school first�. A: You�re a huge Beatles and Elvis fan, right? Home Automation, Accessories, Cables, and Remotes, Great read on the future of Audiophile Systems, Kino Lorber Insider (Read Guidelines Post #3), Not All Movie Rewards Programs Are Created Equal. E: But I�ve been mistaken in that movie so many times. E: The same people in Revenge of the Nerds also did it kind of scary? E: I do miss it. And man, you're working with Tom Hanks. to dress normal people up like nerds, but I looked too nerdy�. you can read the lines off the copy. bill came, I got really nervous because I had no money, but Spielberg picked guy with long hair down his back was insane and Letterman was genuinely