November 11, 1965
‘Black Sheep’ Gives Up Stage (Almost)
Harold P. Warren calls himself the “Black sheep of the family” because he no longer acts—for a living, anyway. Cousins Milton Frome, Eddie Asher, and Bob Seymour remain professional actors.
My Warren has returned to the stage to play Dirk Winston, the Hollywood actor, in Festival Theater’s current hit Comedy, “Mary, Mary,” by Jean Kerr.
He got out of acting as a profession because, as he puts it, “Out of the 100,000 actors in the Screen Members Guild, only 10 per cent make any money at all. It is tough. This was I can pick the spots.”
NOW HE ACTS in occasional local productions, spends the rest of his spare time writing scripts for television and movies, and playing golf. He has written a “horror movie,” and is not writing a parlor comedy.
Warren, as entertainment director for the 18th Corps, U.S. Army, even wrote and produced a musical comedy called “Chaos in Khaki.
AS A RESULT, one song “Fantasy of Love,” was published and recorded.
Warren and his wife, Norma, moved here from Houston in January, although he spent most of his life in New York and Connecticut
In Houston, he played a comic gambler in a television pilot film called “Poker Annie,” was emcee at the 119 Club and at the U.S.O. camp show there for the U.S. Lexington Aircraft carrier. He was on the “TV Dramatic Playhouse,” a two-hour drama produced by CBS, and has played numerous stage roles. He is the manager of American Founders Life Insurance Co. here.
“MOST COMEDIANS are tragedians. I think this is the reason I enjoy legitimate theater so much more than being a comedian.” He said. “Television is difficult in that once you’ve played a part, the public identifies you with it, and directors hesitate to cast you in another role.
So now he acts as a hobby only. He will play Dirk for the two-week run of the play through Nov. 20. Tickets may be purchased at the Festival Theater, 2501 Montana avenue and season tickets are on sale now. Curtain time is 8 P.M. except for the 2 p.m. Sunday matinee at reduced prices.
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