Great stuff!!! You could start your own thread! Story time with Uncle Guido!
Seriously, if ya got more, spill it!
Lol...ok. Kind of like a Chowd TMZ of the 70's?
Gabe Kaplan didn't stand out as a cheap guy. Many of the "Stars" pinched pennies, ordered the specials, and tipped marginally. Most of the actors in Summer Stock in the day were on the north side of their careers, or weren't big names to begin with. Lots of soap stars, sitcom stars, or older movie stars. Welcome Back Kotter, for instance, had just ended it's run when Gabe starred in Groucho. A role he was really excellent playing. In addition to Mr. Kottah, I waited on Horshack (total ass) who starred in a very unfunny comedy, and Epstein ( a pretty decent regular guy), who actually headlined a bad musical.
The casts were required to show up at the restaurant on opening night for an after show party. Sometimes, that's the only time we'd see them. Others would eat there every night, and you kind of got to know them. Tony Perkins and his new wife, Berry Berenson were prepping a show for Broadway so they spent 3 weeks. I waited on them a dozen times at least. I once asked him why he always took such creepy roles. He glared at me, the veins popping out of his neck and forehead. He started shaking ever so slightly while staring me down. Freaked the crap out of me. The guy could act. On opening night, his wife's sister, model Marissa Berenson, made a big splash by arriving in grassy parking lot in a helicopter. He was skinny as hell, almost emaciated. A few years later on he died of AIDS.
Ted Knight was the most generous tipper I ever had and once treated his whole cast and crew (about 40 people) to 2 pound baked stuffed lobsters. A very big deal for us at the time.
John Boy Walton told us he wanted "Potato Skins" and explained what they were. They hadn't hit any menus on the east coast yet, so we thought he was nuts. ''You just want the SKIN"?
The entire cast of Godspell partied at my house, (we had a piano). It went until 4 in the morning and was by far the best party of my life. Great music, some recreational drugs, and a BJ by Mary Magdelen that I'll never forget.
Classiest actors: Hume Cronin and Jessica Tandy. Real stars, too.
Biggest Drunk: Cloris Leachman. Damn she looked rugged then, can't imagine her in person now. She hit on most of the young waiters and no one would touch that.
Quietest: Gary Berghoff (Radar) Clearly self conscious about his hand. very understated personality.
Loudest: Jon Waters, a local PTown resident was a total wacko, but hilarious. The guy was just nuts and his entourage was, let's call it, "colorful".
That's enough for now. I could go on for hours. I spent 4 summers there and there were 14 shows per summer.
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