Monday, June 7, 2010

Chris Noth: the Cary Grant of our time

I hate to dwell on Sex & the City 2. It isn’t a particularly good movie. But any S&TC project is an event and I have been captivated by the entire series...In any case this is NOT about S&TC 2. It’s about S&TC 2 star Chris Noth.....This man, quite simply, doesn’t get the recognition he deserves. True, he has starred in Law & Order, several smaller H’wood movies and in theatrical productions. But his character – at least as presented in S&TC – is a knockout and worthy of higher things. I’ve always thought Noth (rhymes with both but true pronunciation is ‘note’ as his ancestry is from France’s Alsace-Lorraine) is the Cary Grant of our time. He’s debonair, handsome, has class & style, can call up a thousand thoughts with a slight facial expression, is of good humour, and seems genuinely kind. In other words he has a magnetic persona, the kind of star you can’t take your eyes off of, not just because of his good looks but because of his entire personality......I was lucky to have had a chance to speak to him a couple of years back, and half-joked “you’re the Cary Grant of our time.” He chuckled but I could tell he appreciated the comment.....A few notes about him: born in Madison, Wi. in 1954 (same year as me!), son of  CBS News correspondent Jeanne Parr, graduate of Yale School of Drama. Of course he has a strong local Windsor connection, engaged (not married - thanks Anonymous) to Tara Wilson, whom he met working in his Manhattan bar The Cutting Room. Wilson is from Windsor. The two opened Once Upon a Tea Cup in Windsor, a novel idea for a tea room for busy moms and kids, which unfortunately closed and re-opened in – ay! - London, Ontario.

2 comments:

  1. You are so right on! If you could give anymore nuances about what it was like to talk to him I would love to hear it. How did you arrange it?

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  2. Totally UNDERRATED actor. IMO he was far and away the best and most powerful character ever in the Law and Order universe and that's saying something.

    AND incredibly handsome - looking great for his age as well.

    Also he's the best thing about SATC2 / And so intriguing and interesting on The Good Wife

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