EXPIRED: 10/27/11 – T. Max Graham, 70, was a Hollywood actor who shunned Hollywood. His acting career began in San Francisco under his real name, Neil Moran, with “Angel Unchained,” the same biker flick that started Tyne Daly’s career. Then he got a bit part in the TV cop show “Adam-12”. Next up he played the factory owner in David Lynch’s cult classic Eraserhead. But then it took an even weirder turn where he played a cop who arrested a stripper played by Vanna White in “Gypsy Angels” and Jackie Gleason’s bartender in “Sting II” and in a bit part in “Cosby.”
After realizing he would always be a small fish in a big pond, he moved to Kansas City, Missouri and became a big fish in a small pond. His local theatre work there made him a star. And when big Hollywood productions came through to film this or that, he was nearly always cast. For example, he played the always hungry preacher in Ang Lee’s “Ride with the Devil” and the character of Jake in a bizarre little movie called “Bonnie & Clyde vs Dracula”.
But he was very tuned into his adopted home of Kansas City where he was such a local draw that just having him cast in a play would sell out shows at the New Theatre, Tiffany’s Attic and the Waldo Astoria.