He fought a mobster on the set of a movie while cameras were rolling. The mobster pulled a gun on the actor because the actor was having se.x with the mobster’s actress girlfriend. The actress has one of the greatest discovery stories ever and was an Academy Award winner/nominee. Oh, and the daughter of the actress ended up killing the mobster.
My Mom was a big shot at the Plaza Hotel in the 60s-70’s and met all the stars who stayed there. My Mom didn’t much care for movies or movie stars. There was no one she was awestruck by, except maybe Gregory Peck. But, she was very much aware that her 12 year old daughter was obsessed with old movies, and permanent A+ actor & permanent A+ Actor in particular. So, when she heard that this Permanent A list film star was staying at the Plaza, she told me.
It was the part of a lifetime. Every actress in the world wanted to nab the role. It was a franchise when there were not that many franchises to go around back in the early days of Hollywood. Our actress was probably A list during the franchise. Prior to that, she did this and that but never was a huge star. When she landed the role in the franchise, the movies had been going on for years.