Sunday, April 10, 2016

Johnny Handsome: Actor John F. Kearney in the 1970's

This was an interesting find in my seemingly endless stash of forgotten family photos: my first cousin, once removed, the actor John F. Kearney. I thought I'd post these snapshots in honor of National Sibling Day. Technically he's not my sibling; but he's close enough.

Actor John F. Kearney reclines on a Herculon couch at 1776 Sweetwood Drive in Broadmoor, California in the 1970's

I believe these photos were taken at 1776 Sweetwood Drive in Broadmoor, California, sometime around 1976. John definitely belongs in what Jack Donaghy on 30 Rock referred to as the "Smiling Irish Bastard Hall Of Fame." But in a good way, of course.

Actor John F. Kearney smokes a pipe at 1776 Sweetwood Drive in Broadmoor, California in the 1970's.

John has told me, time and again, that he thinks smoking is a dirty habit—and yet, here he is, with a big ol' pipe in his mouth! Oh well, it was the 1970's, after all.

Actor John F. Kearney frowns on a Herculon couch at 1776 Sweetwood Drive in Broadmoor, California in 1976

Speaking of the 1970's. That couch. His collar. Those Erté prints. A few years later, John would star as "Professor Atkinson" in one of the weirdest, tackiest, and most curiously grim 70's horror films ever: the karate-torture-porn "classic" Dr. Jekyll's Dungeon of Death (1979). It's a scary flick, let me tell you. Even scarier than this Herculon couch.

If you're interested, check out this interview with John F. Kearney, courtesy of The Eerie Midnight Detective Agency.

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