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 Posted:   Mar 29, 2020 - 11:56 AM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

I just watched the season 3 Miami Vice episode Down For The Count and realized Larry Zito got killed. He wanted out of the series, even though he had earned 200 000 dollars during 1986.

I wonder if John Diehl ever regretted it. Did he ever have main roles in his career?

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 30, 2020 - 4:00 AM   
 By:   lars.blondeel   (Member)

He had a few supporting roles, i remember 'Falling Down', 'Stargate', a few cop movies. Respect for leaving the series a the high point. It got a bit silly in seasons 4 & 5

 
 Posted:   Mar 31, 2020 - 2:54 PM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

Yes, I remember that Falling Down scene. Can't find it on youtube. Didn't realize that was Diehl.

 
 Posted:   Mar 31, 2020 - 5:15 PM   
 By:   Scott McOldsmith   (Member)



I wonder if John Diehl ever regretted it. Did he ever have main roles in his career?


From his Wikipedia page:

Diehl moved into a basement apartment in Greenwich Village in New York, and despite a drastic reduction in his income, he declined television roles, and chose instead to continue working in film while pursuing a serious stage career.[citation needed] He subsequently appeared in The Hanoi Hilton (1987), a film about the experiences of American prisoners of war in Hanoi in the 1960s/70s, and Alex Cox's Walker (1987), which was shot in Nicaragua during the Contra War. In late 1988, Diehl relocated to Los Angeles after he was cast in Sam Shepard’s A Lie of the Mind at the Mark Taper Forum.[citation needed]

He continued to work in theater in New York, however, and frequently returned to the stage there, most notably for a Shepherd play at the Public Theater with Shepard in residence at the Signature, and Mednick’s Joe And Betty, which was produced twice on Theater Row in New York.[7][8][9]

In 1997, Diehl reprised his role in Action at the Public Theater, and in 2005 he worked once again with Padua Playwrights, appearing in two plays in Mednick's Gary Trilogy. Among others, his theater credits include Life of Mine, (with Holly Hunter) at the Mark Taper Forum, Samuel Beckett's Endgame and Happy Days, one of three plays which Diehl directed.[10]

He has appeared in more than 140 films, including Joysticks (1983), Angel (1984), City Limits (1984), Madhouse (1990), The Dark Side of the Moon (1990), Kickboxer 2 (1991), Mikey (1992), Mo' Money (1992), Gettsyburg (1993), The Client (1994), Stargate (1994), The New Age (1994), Mind Ripper (1995), A Time to Kill (1996), Pearl Harbor (2001), and Road to Nowhere (2010).

He played G. Gordon Liddy in Oliver Stone's Nixon (1995), the mercenary Cooper in Jurassic Park III (2001), and in recurring roles on The Shield, Friday Night Lights, The West Wing and The John Larroquette Show. In 2000, he appeared in Failsafe, which aired live on television. Between 2002-04, he portrayed General Motors' Harley Earl in a series of 11 television commercials for Buick. The commercials were directed by Tony Scott, who had previously directed films including Top Gun and Crimson Tide.[11][12]

In 2004, Wim Wenders cast Diehl as the male lead in Land of Plenty, a film about post 9/11 American life. Shot on digital video in 16 days, the film centered on Diehl's character, Paul, a troubled Vietnam veteran, and his niece, played by Michelle Williams. In a New York Times review of the film, A.O. Scott wrote "Mr. Diehl gives a wry, cunning performance, allowing glimmers of Paul's intelligence and decency to shine through even in his moments of high self-delusion."[13]

A member of the Actors Studio since 2004, Diehl won the Los Angeles Times Warren Award in 2012, and in 2014 won the Southampton Film Festival's Lead Actor Award for his role in the short film Kahea.

 
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