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Star File:  Blackthorne, Nathan

Nathan Blackthorne

(1945   -          )

Birthplace:  Windsor, KS

 

Bio:

A true rags to riches story.  Nathan Blackthorne left his smalltown home in Kansas for Hollywood at the young age of seventeen.  Homeless and peniless for a time, he eventually rose to the occasion and became the most sought after leading man in Hollywood, thanks to influences by film moguls such as Jonas Lamont.  A brief marriage to Lamont's daughter, Jacqueline, catapuled him to fame in the late sixties.  By the late seventies he added several directorial credits to his resume, and began splitting his time equally between in front of the camera, and behind it.  In 1979 he met horror scream queen Alex Reynolds and took her under his wing, and made no secret of their love affair.  That year's "Serendipity Express", which Blackthorne directed and co-starred in with Reynolds, became a blockbuster hit and earned record amounts at the box office. When Blackthorne's aspiring nephew, James, arrived in Hollywood and took up with Reynolds, any romantic links with Nathan Blackthorne ceased.  Several films later, personality conflicts between Reynolds and Nathan Blackthorne halted any further pairings.  A much publicized trial in which Blackthorne was accused of several counts of statutory rape, ruined the actor/director's career and prompted a startling confession by Reynolds on the witness stand.  While the jury was deliberating, Blackthorne secretly fled the country and retreated to Paris, where no extradition agreement exists with the United States.  The District Attorney of Los Angeles county has never dropped the warrant for Blackthorne's arrest, preventing him from returning to the United States without immense legal ramifications.  Recent developments have Blackthorne returning the the country, arrested, and released on bond pending a re-trial since no verdict was ever read in the original case.  An attempt at re-introducing him as star of a new Sunset Studios film, Donnie & Johnny, was squashed when he returned to Paris and arrested for crimes he committed in that country.  He served three years of a seven year sentence, then given a humanitarian release after the death of his daughter Sierra Merteuil.   Upon his release, he was offered the lead in the remake of the 1968 blockbuster The Benefactor.  The notariety he received from the success of the role prompted a new era in his career as an actor/director.  Currently, he's married to Jacqueline Lamont again, though some speculate the marriage is in name only.

       

       Filmography:

Night Screams (1963) as "Edward"

Genre:  Thriller

Director:  Robert Wylan

Studio:  Double Strike

Reviews say:  "...introducing Nathan Blackthorne should have happened in the first reel...."

The Emporer's Clothes (1964) as "Rog"

Genre:  War

Director:  Ronald Sutton

Studio:  Universal

Reviews say:  "...ambitious attempt at a WWII film..."

Hathaway House (1964) as "Hal Jennings"

Genre:  Drama

Director:  Ronald Sutton

Studio:  Universal

Reviews say:  "...dark and disturbing..."

The Organization (1965) as "Troy Bauer"

Genre:  Drama

Director:  Jonas Lamont

Co-Stars:  Jack Fortuno

Studio:  Lamont 3

Reviews say:  "...mesmerizing..."

Right and Wrong (1966) as "Andrews"

Genre:  Drama

Director:  Jonas Lamont

Studio:  Lamont 3

Reviews say:  "...hightly engrossing..."

The Benefactor (1968) as "Norton"

Genre:  Drama

Director:  Jonas Lamont

Studio:  Lamont 3

Reviews say:  "...Blackthorne gives a stellar performance..."

Stockholm Syndrome (1970) as "Alvar McGinnis"

Genre:  War

Director:  Jonas Lamont

Studio:  Lamont 3

Reviews say:  "...another chilling performance by Blackthorne..."

Hazelfield Park (1972) as "Andy"

Genre:  War

Director:  Jonas Lamont

Studio:  Lamont 3

Reviews say:  "...another war epic that defies the anarchist state of the country..."

In the Dawn (1973) as "Sgt. Magnum"

Genre:  War

Director:  Jonas Lamont

Studio:  Lamont 3

Reviews say:  "...the only thing different about this film is it's better than its predecessor..."

Harvard (1974) as "Jason O'Connor"

Genre:  Comedy

Director:  Jonas Lamont

Studio:  Lamont 3

Reviews say:  "...Blackthorne is NOT a comedic actor..."

Letter to God (1976) as "Richie Deloitte"

Genre: Comedy

Director:  Jonas Lamont

Studio:  Lamont 3

Reviews say:  "...brings to mind the senibility of 'The Benefactor' with a few screwball antics thrown in for good measure..."

On the Way Down (1978) as "Franklin"

Genre:  Drama

Director:  Jonas Lamont

Studio:  Lamont 3

Reviews say:  "...the chemistry between Blackthorne and the camera is undeniable..."

Serendipity Express (1979) as "Calvin Boyd"

Genre:  Comedy

Director:  Nathan Blackthorne

Co-Stars:  Alex Reynolds

Studio:  Jaguar Studios

Reviews say:  "...excellent screwball antics..."

The Tempest (1979) - Director

Genre:  Drama

Director:  Nathan Blackthorne

Studio:  Universal

Reviews say:  "...beautifully acted...a true pro..."

Roundabout (1980) as "Marcus Crosby"

Genre:  Drama

Director:  Jonas Lamont

Co-Stars:  Alex Reynolds

Studio:  Lamont 3

Reviews say:  "...Reynolds has found her niche..."

Love Nest (1980) as "Henry Fortune"

Genre:  Comedy

Director:  Jonas Lamont

Co-Stars:  Alex Reynolds

Studio:  Lamont 3

Reviews say:  "...Blackthorne and Reynolds at their best..."

Happy Neighbors (1981) as "Manny Pettibone"

Genre:  Comedy/Drama

Director: Jonas Lamont

Co-Stars:  Suzanne Rogers

Studio:  Lamont 3

Reviews say:  "...Disturbing role for the legendary Blackthrone..."

Cannons Fire (1982) as "Marvin Penn-Taylor"

Genre:  Drama

Director: Jonas Lamont

Co-Stars:  Alex Reynolds

Studio:  Lamont 3

Reviews say:  "...Reynolds casts away doubts of her dynamic screen presence..."

 

 Daylight in St. Thomas (1984) as "Sam Watertown"

Genre:  Drama

Director:  Nathan Blackthorne

Co-Stars:  Alex Reynolds

Studio:  Sunset Studios

Reviews say:  "...Blackthorne triumphs in double duty as lead actor and director..."

 

Donnie & Johnny (2007) as "Johnny Black"

Genre:  Drama

Director:  Eric Autumn

Co-Stars:  Victor Distefano

Studio:  Sunset Studios

 

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The Benefactor (2012) as "Norton"

Genre:  Science Fiction

Director:  Keaton Hartley

Co-Stars:  Cecily Davidson

Studio:  Sunset Studios

 

 

 

 

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