I am so happy that I just have to share my joy.

My boyfriend, significant other, partner -- I hate the term "boyfriend" at my age -- had an acting part in the movie "The Color of Money" in 1986 with Paul Newman and Tom Cruise. In fact, Paul Newman received his first Academy Award for playing Fast Eddie Nelson in this movie.

How my boyfriend got the part was that he's a well-known professional pool player: Wikipedia article of Keith McCready

During the U.S. Open 9-Ball Championship in 1985, Martin Scorsese came to Norfolk seeking pool players to play roles in his movie. One evening, my boyfriend was engaged in a game of stakes, and the whole place surrounded his table. He likes to yack it up with the audience a la Minnesota Fats when he's playing pool, and the more engaged the audience, the better he plays pool. Martin loved him and wanted him to play Grady Seasons in the movie. Here's a short YouTube clip of him in that role: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vOdhQHC4BQ

Today, Keith and I are just trying to live happily ever after, without being as involved in the pool world. A couple of weeks ago, the phone rang, and Keith answered it. I heard him say to the caller several times, "Are you sure this isn't a prank?" This made my ears perk, and then I spoke to the guy on the phone.

It turns out that the Screen Actors Guild has been searching for Keith since 1987 to send him residuals from his role in the movie. We had to fax SAG some identification proof and tax information. We are -- I mean Keith is -- LOL -- receiving over a big chunk of cheese, 22 years of residuals for his part in the movie. Now that they found him, he will continue to get his residuals.

I'm on CLOUD NINE right now, giddy with happiness. I just want to scream it from the mountaintops, but I figured this forum would be a better option. It's not enough to retire on, but it sure will make a difference in our comfort level today. :-)

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Comment by Cynthia M. Cathcart on November 29, 2009 at 23:04
Hey, Jen. Happy (belated) Thanksgiving and praise God for that blessing; He always shows up at the right time!!! Cynthia
Comment by Cheri Allan on November 29, 2009 at 16:05
Wow, that's really cool! I loved that movie!!
Comment by Cheri Allan on November 29, 2009 at 16:05
Wow, that's really neat! I loved that movie!!
Comment by C Cipolla on November 29, 2009 at 12:25
Cool! It's nice to hear the good news...
Comment by sabrina d'emidio on November 26, 2009 at 18:36
Wow! What a really cool story! Thanks for sharing your excellent news with us and Happy Thanksgiving.
Comment by Jennie Ann on November 26, 2009 at 1:29
Thanks to all for the good words. We're still giddy, running to the front door every time the bell rings. The check is now en route, according to Screen Actors Guild, and Keith will have to sign for the check with proper ID.

Please Mr. Postman, look and see
If there's a letter, oh, yeah, for me,
I've been waiting a long, long time
Since I've heard from that SAG of mine.

You gotta wait a minute, wait a minute
You gotta wait a minute, wait a minute
You gotta wait a minute, wait a minute
You gotta check it and see, one more time for me

Deliver the letter, the sooner the better.

Here's a cute shot of Keith McCready with two lady pros, Julie Kelly and Karen Corr, both originally from Ireland and now living in the States competing on the WPBA (lady's pro tour). I call it "Irish Eyes are Smiling."

Comment by Jena Macato on November 25, 2009 at 16:31
Totally cool for you both!
Comment by Valencia Caston Simmons on November 25, 2009 at 14:49
AWESOME! Now that is something to be thankful for! Congrats to you both.
Comment by Glen Warner on November 25, 2009 at 12:27
Jennie --

Wow, that is good news!

Too bad my brief movie role wasn't a speaking one; they don't pay residuals to extras! :o(

Here's my brief appearance (in the background!) in The Hunt for Red October</>

Comment by Deborah M. on November 25, 2009 at 11:30
What a great story! I wonder how they finally found him. Yippee for the two of you! Go spend a little of it!

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