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October 14, 2012

HOPKINS: When built, arena must fill gaps

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — It was a small role, but hilarious. His introduction to viewers came on the heels of the infamous beans-around-the-campfire scene. Chained around the neck, he acted like a rabid dog when his “boss” Slim Pickens approached.

He rode into town on a brahman. He KO’d a horse with one punch. He had a sweet tooth, which proved to be his undoing. Moments after talking about the “choo-choo,” he deadpans “Mongo only pawn in game of life.”

When I realized that this was the same man who was the gentle giant in “Webster,” I was floored.

He hadn’t been an active actor in recent years, but he’s still missed.

John J. Hopkins is the managing editor of the Lockport Union-Sun & Journal. His column appears on Sundays. Contact Mr. Hopkins at john.hopkins@lockportjournal.com.

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