Meet Actor / Comedian Conner Radliff!
Do you know Conner? He’s been in some great TV shows and movies in this 20+ year career, but he’s now an acclaimed Podcast Host – all because he was fired from this HBO mini-series!
He Was Fired For Having “Dead Eyes!”
In the year 2000, aspiring Actor Conner Ratliff was cast in HBO’s critically-acclaimed TV mini-series “Band Of Brothers.”
Then Tom Hanks fired him for having “dead eyes!”
From this, a terrifically insightful, candid, and hilariously funny podcast was born!
Twenty years later, Ratliff launched a podcast that begins with the question: why did Tom Hanks think he had “dead eyes”?
If you think it’s a “one note” story, you are wrong – it’s so terrific that the podcast has now gone three seasons!
Among the guests on the show are Actors Seth Rogan and Ron Livingston – one of whom was actually in the scene that Conner got fired from!
Seth takes part after hearing the podcast and sending Ratliff a tweet telling him how much he enjoyed the show – and Livingston did the same, offering to come on since he was in the scene that Radliff was fired from!
Rogan tells a painfully hilarious story of a very high profile firing he endured as well!
The Actor/ Comedian also enlights Singer Aimee Mann – he explains how her music helped him handle the devastating disappointment of his firing!
Jon Hamm is an early guest as well and reveals a wily connection to Conner, as well as stories of his own about being fired!
So, where does the show go? Well, it goes in so many entertaining directions, I won’t give away the journey except to say that once Tom’s son Colin Hanks takes part, you are literally rooting for Conner to have his mystery solved!
And He Does – Because “Nicest Man In Hollywood” Tom Hanks Came On The Podcast!
I was thrilled to hear that Tom Hanks agreed to come onto season 3 of the podcast, which is underway now!
The episode just premiered this week, but PLEASE start from season one – it’s wildly entertaining, and as someone who has worked in the entertainment industry my entire career, it so illuminating about what it takes to survive in it!
Bravo to Conner for an entertaining, candid and enlightening podcast – and bravo to Tom Hanks for appearing on the podcast and talking for over an hour!
I’m a huge fan of the Actor, and can’t wait for his summer musical all about Elvis Presley!
Click here for the trailer!
I wonder if we’ll see “the King” in Seattle – that’s right, Elvis made a movie in my hometown!
That’s right: Elvis was “Singing and Swinging!”
“It Happened At The World’s Fair” captured Seattle at a groundbreaking time – click here to see why:
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