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Monday, 20 July 2020


Available for freelance writing commissions on a variety of subjects including family history, nostalgic Belfast and its famous people, shops, shoppers & shopping (40 years in retailing), the golden age of Hollywood (including westerns) and humorous pieces on life's weird and wonderful. Op-eds, columns, non-fiction book reviews too. & @JoeCushnan

I have a portfolio of features, reviews, poetry and short fiction published in all sorts of places - Belfast Telegraph, Tribune, Ireland's Own, Dalhousie Review, Fairlight Books, Reader's Digest, Reality, Lapwing Poetry, Ink, Sweat & Tears, Spillwords, Dear Reader, Amethyst Review, to name a selection.  Oh, and the odd BBC radio contribution. I wrote a book on retailing, on dealing with job losses and a biography of Stephen Boyd.

This is a series of very short items that have nothing to do with the current news agenda.  Swift diversions for a moment or two.

Apropos of Nothing #91 – 20 July 1948

Today I salute American stage and screen actor Muse Watson who was born on 20 July, 1948.

On stage, he appeared in Hamlet, Man of La Mancha and A Streetcar Named Desire.

On the big screen his credits include Sommersby (1993), Assassins (1995), I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997), I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998) and Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999).

He has guest-starred in many television shows, and I want to highlight two of my all-time favourites.  He put his stamp on Prison Break, appearing in nineteen episodes as Charles Westmoreland.

In NCIS, he played former agent Mike Franks in twenty-three episodes.

Both of these performances linger long in the memory because Muse Watson has that kind of grizzled (compliment) look that draws you to watch him every time.  He commands every scene he is in.

Such is his popularity that fans from all over the world were and still are perplexed that the Franks character was killed off.  He was a strong contributor to NCIS’s success story and there was much, much more potential for the character to enhance storylines.

Happy birthday, Muse Watson, and long may you entertain us.

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