In honor of Woody Strode’s birthday (July 25, 1914), here is a repost of the intro as well as the interview I did with him back in the 90s. Sadly, it turned out to be his last. On a positive note not mentined before, director Budd Boetticher heard I had spoken with Woody and asked if I would give him Strode’s phone number as the two old friends had been out of touch for several years. With Strode’s permission I gladly obliged and the two of them reconnected before they both passed on.
I have often said that the best part of my job is talking to people who’s work I have long admired about the work I’ve long admired. One of the best examples of this was the interview I did with Woody Strode for Lee Marvin Point Blank way back in 1994. He welcomed me into his Glendora home, spending the day remembering his friendship with Marvin and telling wonderful anecdotes about his illustrious career. I knew he wasn’t feeling well that day as he was dying of cancer at the time. In fact he passed away a few months after our talk. He never let on about his obvious discomfort and was so informative, FilmFax agreed to publish my talk with him in their Feb. 1999 issue. It is below for your perusal. Enjoy!