Airplane!

“And Leon’s getting laaaarger!!”

In a cast filled with big names, like Lloyd Bridges and Robert Stack, it’s the odd guy in the background who steals the show.

Stephen Stucker was a character actor who died in 1986, one of the first movie stars to publicly acknowledge having AIDS.

Given free reign to make up his own lines by the film’s writers, he is a whirlwind of weirdness.

Verbally slicin’ ‘n dicin’ fashion choices, or reenacting The Wizard of Oz for his own amusement, Stucker is the real MVP, the tart cherry on top of a classic comedy sundae.

 

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