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January 25, 2006

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You know, I think one of the major factors in the famous-sibling relationship is how much the two of them look alike. Talent, too, and name, of course, but I can't help but feel bad for people like Frank Stallone that look like cheap knock-offs of celebrities. Even if Sylvester is not much more talented, he got famous first, and now all most people think about Frank Stallone is that he LOOKS like Sly. Emilio Estevez did a smart thing by not taking the Sheen name -- and he's lucky he doesn't look like a shareware version of Charlie. At least not too much.

Tangent: back in the 1990s, there was a show on (I think) UPN, called "Movie Stars". It was about Harry Hamlin and his wife, both of them A-list celebs raising their kids, and dealing with the mischief of his brother, a screenwriter trying to break into the biz. The show wasn't fantastic, but it did have a geeeeenius stroke: Hamlin's brother's best friends were Frank Stallone, Don Swayze, and Joey Travolta. Played by themselves.

There's a story, perhaps only urban legend, that when Eric Douglas was a standup comic things weren't going well one night. At one point he stopped, looked at one of his hecklers and said, "Hey pal, I'll have you know I am the son of Kirk Douglas!"

To which the heckler stood up and shouted back, "No, I am the son of Kirk Douglas!" and then another heckler stood and said, "NO! I am the son of Kirk Douglas" and so on and so on and so on.

It should be noted that Albert Brooks and Super Dave often talk about their perfectly normal well adjusted brother, the accountant.

There was this one time (that I might have mentioned before) when I insulted the entire family of Baldwin brothers. In front of their mother and sister. It was not a good moment in my life.

As a mother of 2 boys very close in age, I can tell you it is quite a balancing act. They have gone up and down in their relationship through the years...I hope for the best in the future. Great post as always, Danny. Your insights are so much fun to read. Thanks!

brother's in arms....the family dynamic is a powerful one.

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