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« on: June 14, 2012, 12:57:57 PM »

...anyone know "anything" about whatever happened to him?
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« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2012, 05:59:52 PM »

His imdb page has very little, but shows 22 titles he was in, with the last one in 1993...and a link to a discussion board on him where someone asks the same question and remarks how hard it is to find info on him, citing a rumor that he died in 1993, backed up by the fact that that was when his last role is listed.

Seems like there were some comments about him in the commentary to Sudden Impact on the DVD, but can't recall anything specific or if they mentioned what he might be doing...

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0236985/
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« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2012, 07:16:21 PM »

I do remeber him when he appeared in the T.V. series Hunter way back in the 80's. Since then? Don't know...
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« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2012, 07:47:16 PM »

There WAS a Wikipedia page for him, but it has been deleted, evidently because Drake was considered "Non-notable," and also because the article was poorly sourced. For what it's worth, the article (which can still be found quoted on other sites) stated that he "died 1 November 1993 Jackson, Mississippi."

Here's the deletion log:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Paul_Drake_(actor)

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« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2012, 06:21:19 AM »

...well, death would certainly explain his absense.  I'd sure like to know what it was like for Eastwood to work with him, because, like Scorpio in the first one, this guy just seems so real and twisted.  I actually emailed Russ McCubbin (sp) when his web site's contact still worked, to ask him a couple questions a bout Sudden Impact, but never heard back.  A few weeks ago, I tried again (after about 5 years) and though his site's up, the email came back to me.  The kid in me (I'm 46) would always like to know if Eastwood could really have handled both guys in the fish market scene, like that.  I know Eastwood worked out, but ol' Russ was/is listed as 6'5, and was no rail.  A couple of pics have the two men looking close to height, but other shots make Eastwood a good 2 or 3 inches shorter.  I'm 6'0, and have know 6'5 guys who are stocky.  They're monsters.  Back to Drake, did I read he was born in '62??  He "couldn't" have been only in his early 20's in that movie (playing older, or he'd have been 10 when the attack occurred), could he??
   And finally, as I cover the gambut here, back to Eastwood's workouts, isn't there a workout scene in Tightrope?  I thought it showed him benching or something (which I've read he could do 300).
   Thanks for the Drake info.  And by the way, I've seen that woman who plays the town tramp in other things, even as a judge.  I can NOT get her portrayal out of my head, however.  I think I've met people like her character. 
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« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2014, 05:46:41 PM »

...as of a couple months ago, there was suddenly a link on IMDB to some place where Paul Drake teaches a form of martial arts.  There was/is a photo of him, although a bit blurry.  I emailed a couple questions about the making of Sudden Impact, just for fun, but never heard back.  Indeed, it appears he's alive and well.   
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« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2014, 08:12:19 PM »

^^ Well, that is interesting. It appears the Wikipedia article was indeed poorly sourced.

http://www.mountainrivertaichi.com/about.html



See also http://mountainvalleytreatment.org/2012/09/from-hollywood-to-mountain-valley-with-paul-drake/

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Two afternoons a week, the Mountain Valley residents and staff learn the ancient art of Tai Chi Chuan from master instructor, Sifu Paul Drake. The majority of Paul’s students are surprised to learn that this mild-mannered gentleman, now in his 60′s, was once a movie star! The year was 1983, and Paul was featured in Sudden Impact, the fourth installment in Clint Eastwood’s series in which he portrays the iconic character, Detective Harry Callahan, a.k.a., Dirty Harry. Seemingly out of character to those of us who know him today, Paul played “Mick” – the villain at the climax of the film who Harry eliminates with his .357 Magnum from atop the roller coaster, and is subsequently impaled on the unicorn. Thanks to Clint Eastwood, with a little help from Paul Drake, millions of cinema lovers are familiar with the expression, “Go ahead, make my day.” And thanks to Paul Drake, with a little help from the Residential Faculty, MVTC residents are suddenly impacted by Tai Chi Chuan!

Assuming the above information is correct, the IMDb (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0236985/bio) does indeed have his birthdate wrong. If he had been born on "3 December 1962," he would be just 51 now, not "in his 60's," as it says above. Perhaps it's a typo for 1952?
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« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2014, 11:50:03 PM »

^^ Well, that is interesting. It appears the Wikipedia article was indeed poorly sourced.

http://www.mountainrivertaichi.com/about.html



See also http://mountainvalleytreatment.org/2012/09/from-hollywood-to-mountain-valley-with-paul-drake/

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Assuming the above information is correct, the IMDb (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0236985/bio) does indeed have his birthdate wrong. If he had been born on "3 December 1962," he would be just 51 now, not "in his 60's," as it says above. Perhaps it's a typo for 1952?


Well, Harry used his Automag 44 in that scene. Dont remember the stats at this moment, but the Automag had maybe TWICE the muzzle energy of a 357. Or maybe THRICE.

The Keystone Kops packed 357s in Magnum Force and Harry borrowed one in the Annual Cop Shooting Contest in Magnum Force.

The chief male villain AND the chief female villain in Sudden Impact both were really good examples of convincing acting. First class mean jerks.

An ongoing Eastwood shtick in those earlier decades was an amazing physicality, whereby the Eastwood character was capable of exerting much more than normal strength, like a typical chimpanzee has the strength of 2 or 3 humans each outweighing the chimp by a factor of 2 or 3. I have never found out whether he actually had vastly superior strength or whether it was the stuntman that made Eastwood look so good. 
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« Reply #8 on: March 29, 2014, 04:01:21 AM »

I always thought that original birthdate would have made Drake way too young in Sudden Impact.  Regarding Eastwood's physical strength, that was one of my questions (sort of) for Drake, asking about the choreography of his action/fight scenes with Eastwood, and how they played out.  I think Eastwood was in shape, for sure, but every article about his workout routine is always vague, meaning it might say he could once bench over 300lbs, but it doesn't say what routine got him there, or if it was a Smith machine or regular bench.  I "did" read, once, that Eastwood (at least at one point) would do 4 sets of 20 reps of barbell curls, starting at 50 pounds, and going up to 80.  I have issues with regular curls, so I tried the routine with reverse grip barbell curls. I got like 20, 20, 15 and 9.  If he did 4 sets of 20, increasing 10 lbs each time, the guy was tough.
Back to Drake.   He and that main villain lady, in my opinion, are astoundingly good at acting, because every time I watch the movie they seem like they could be real creeps from any small town.  I was relieved when I saw her as a judge on some show, years later, but would love to see Paul Drake do some sort of interview on how he portrayed Mick, his thoughts on Eastwood, and why he left acting.
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« Reply #9 on: January 12, 2016, 09:07:39 PM »

Here's a picture from the Mountain River Acadamy of T’ai Chi Ch’uan Facebook page of a younger Drake (1989) that looks more like the Mick we know:


https://www.facebook.com/mountainrivertaichi/


Does anyone want to go on a retreat with "Mick"?

http://www.mountainrivertaichi.com/retreats.html

That would be interesting!

And if you're in the Plymouth, NH area, you could meet here:  http://www.mountainrivertaichi.com/classes.html

Just pretend to be more interested in T'ai Chi than Mick and Harry Callahan.
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« Reply #10 on: January 13, 2016, 09:06:52 PM »

That would be cool!
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