Wednesday, December 11, 2013

RIP Louis Waldon

The New York Times

December 10, 2013
Louis Waldon, Actor in Warhol Films, Dies at 78

Louis Waldon, an actor who appeared in several Andy Warhol films including
"Lonesome Cowboys" and "Blue Movie," which the authorities seized for obscenity
shortly after it was released, died on Friday in Los Angeles. He was 78.

The cause was complications of strokes, JoAnne Maite, a friend, said.

Mr. Waldon was a rare Warhol Superstar, as members of his stock company were
known, because he had acting experience. Warhol recruited him after seeing him
in Edward Albee's "Ballad of the Sad Cafe" on Broadway in the early 1960s.

Mr. Waldon appeared with the actress Viva in the Warhol films "The Nude
Restaurant" (1967), a series of random conversations carried on between
almost-naked waiters, waitresses and restaurant patrons; and "Lonesome Cowboys"
(1968), a homoerotic Western.

"Blue Movie," which included scenes of Mr. Waldon and Viva having sex, appeared
briefly at the Andy Warhol Garrick Theater in 1969 before censors removed it and
fined the theater's manager. A program note said it was "about the Vietnam war
and what we can do about it."

In a review in The New York Times, Vincent Canby wrote: "It opens with a medium
close-up of Viva, looking rather more fit than usual (and sometimes even
beautiful), and Louis Waldon, a pleasant, stocky, 30-ish man, fully clothed,
wrestling on a bed. Without too much hesitation they make love, then talk a
great deal, have some hamburgers, talk, take a shower - all of which, of course,
dramatizes what we can do about Vietnam."

Louis Willard Waldon was born on Dec. 16, 1934, in Modesto, Calif. He graduated
from Modesto High School and took drama classes in junior college.

In 1962 he appeared in the Off Broadway opening of Arthur L. Kopit's play, "Oh
Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feeling So Sad." In 1968
he appeared in the Warhol films "Flesh" and "San Diego Surf," then moved to
Europe to act in movies.

Mr. Waldon is survived by two sons, Scott and Barry; a daughter, Janet
Patterson; two sisters, Shirley Anderson and JoAnne Lewis; five grandchildren;
and three great-grandchildren.

Many former Superstars contend that Warhol did not compensate them adequately.
Mr. Waldon found a way to profit from his association with Warhol by making and
selling silk screens of Warhol's classic images.

Warhol would have understood, Mr. Waldon told The Los Angeles Times in 2002.

"He certainly wouldn't stand in your way," he said. "If you could make any money
on your own with Andy, he never said a word."

Born: 12/16/1934, Modesto, California, U.S.A.
Died: 12/6/2013, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Lous Waldon's westerns - actor:
The Double Barrelled Detective Story - 1965 (Shadbelly Higgins)
Lonesome Cowboys - 1968 (Mickey)

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