which actor made his film debut at age 10 kicking elvis presley in the shin

which actor made his film debut at age 10 kicking elvis presley in the shin

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which actor made his film debut at age 10 kicking elvis presley in the shin

When she brushes off his advances, Mike hires a passing boy to kick him in the shin for a quarter, giving him an excuse to get examined by her and spend some time together. The boy, who goes uncredited, was a 10-year-old Kurt Russell in his feature film debut.

73 things you (maybe) didn’t know about Elvis

On the 16th August 1977, The King passed away. 

So today, MusicRadar is bowing a head to The King with a factathon: 73 things you (maybe) didn’t know about Elvis.

73 things you didn’t know about Elvis

1. The King Of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s full name is Elvis Aaron Presley, although for many years Elvis assumed his middle name was spelt Aron (that’s what it says on his birth certificate, after all).

2. It wasn’t until Elvis sought to officially change it to the more traditional spelling that he learnt that, despite the document, state records did indeed already have him registered as Elvis Aaron.

3. When Elvis was at Humes High School, he was on the boxing team. His favourite class was wood shop.

4. Elvis’s first guitar cost $7.75 (plus 2% sales tax) from his home town’s Tupelo Hardware Company. His mother, Gladys, helped him buy it for his 11th birthday.

5. Starting on what would have been his 75th birthday, 14 six-foot public art replicas of Elvis’s first acoustic went go on display outside the store as part of the 75th birthday celebrations.

6. Apparently, though, Elvis would have preferred a 22. cal rifle.

7. The gun obsession did continue, however. Elvis had a collection of 40 weapons (including sub-machine guns) and was honoured with a Smith & Wesson signature revolver (the TCB Tribute) in 2007.

8. As a youngster, Elvis idolized gospel group The Statesmen. According to Elvis’s back-up singer Joe Moscheo, Elvis’s dance moves were inspired by James ‘Big Chief’ Wetherington (The Statesmen’s bass singer), who was famous for his leg twitching.

9. Splash it all over! Elvis’s favourite aftershave was Brut.

10. Elvis’s first recording at Sun Records was self-funded in August 1953. He cut a two-sided acetate: My Happiness and That’s When Your Heartaches Begin.

gift for his mother

11. Elvis claims the record was a gift for his mother (bless). Cynics say he chose Sun Records in the hope of being discovered (far cheaper, amateur recording facilities were available nearby).

12. In 1954 Elvis auditioned for a place in gospel quartet The Songfellows. The band rejected him because “he did not demonstrate an ear for harmony at the time.”

13. Sun Records boss Sam Phillips’s first session with Elvis later that year spawned a cover of Arthur Crudup’s That’s All Right Mama. The recording was picked up by Memphis radio DJ Dewey Phillips who, following a flood of listener calls demanding to know who the singer was, played it repeatedly for two hours.

14. The following week, Sun received an unprecedented 6,000 single pre-orders. That’s All Right Mama eventually went on to sell 20,000 copies.

15. Like all good guitar gods, Elvis owned a chimpanzee. His name was Scatter.

16. Elvis’s television debut was on Louisiana Hayride. Filmed in Shreveport, Louisiana, he appeared on 5 March 1955.

17. Prefer a different nickname to The King or the Hillbilly Cat? In September 1955, Country Song Roundup magazine was the first to feature Elvis, tagging him a “folk music fireball.”

music by Lou Handman

18. Are You Lonesome Tonight? was written in 1926 (music by Lou Handman, lyrics by Roy Turk). Of the many versions recorded, one of the first versions to feature the ‘spoken word bit’ was Al Jolson’s (recorded in 1950). Like Jolson, Elvis took his ‘speech’ from Jaques speech on Act II Scene VII of As You Like It.

19. Elvis is responsible for the best-selling single of both the 1950s (Hound Dog/Don’t Be Cruel (1956)) and the 1960s (It’s Now Or Never (1960)).

20. Elvis shared a birthday with David Bowie and Doors guitarist Robby Krieger (both fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members) as well as legendary promoter Bill Graham.

21. During his two-year stint as a Private in the US Army in 1958, Elvis donated all his pay to charity.

22. Elvis also supplied the base with numerous television sets and brought an extra set of clothes (supplies were meagre) for each of his fellow privates.

23. Elvis was a black belt in karate – he was introduced to martial arts while in the army.

24. Unfortunately, he was also introduced to amphetamines.

25. Elvis is a direct descendant of Abraham Lincoln’s great-great grandfather, Isaiah Harrison.

which actor made his film debut at age 10 kicking elvis presley in the shin
which actor made his film debut at age 10 kicking elvis presley in the shin

The star was 20 years-old

26. In 1955, RCA acquired Elvis’s Sun Records contract for $40,000. The star was 20 years-old (and so legally still a minor) so it was his father, Vernon Presley, who signed on the dotted line.

27. Another deal was struck with Hill And Range Publishing whereby the company’s songwriters had to give up to a third of their royalties in exchange for the kudos of having a song recorded by The King. Because of this, Elvis was given several false co-writing credits.

28. In fact, Elvis recorded more than 600 songs without writing any of them.

29. Being The King, Elvis rightfully had an entourage (aka the Memphis Mafia). Elvis gave each member a gold ring inscribed with a thunderbolt and the letters TCB (Take Care Of Business).

30. The Memphis Mafia loved their matching rings – but not as much as Elvis who was buried in his!

which actor made his film debut at age 10 kicking elvis presley in the shin
which actor made his film debut at age 10 kicking elvis presley in the shin

roomful of flowers to Ann-Margret

31. From the time they met right up until his death, Elvis always sent a roomful of flowers to Ann-Margret whenever she opened up a show in Las Vegas.

32. Elvis was a Deputy Sheriff in Shelby County, Tennessee.

33. Elvis purchased over 100 Cadillacs in his lifetime, many bought as gifts for friends and family. The very first Cadillac he ever bought was pink, and was purchased as a gift for his mother.

34. Elvis met with Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant and John Paul Jones in 1973. Plant was so awestruck at meeting his idol that he could barely speak whilst a similarly-awestruck Jones could only make small talk, commenting on Elvis’s beautiful watch.

Elvis instantly traded said $5000 gold and diamond watch for Jones’ $10 Mickey Mouse watch. This broke the ice with all of them, and they became good friends.

The Great Food Almanac

35. According to Irena Chalmers’s The Great Food Almanac, the last food that Elvis ate was four scoops of ice cream and six chocolate chip cookies.

36. Charles Bronson starred alongside Elvis in Kid Galahad (1962). It was rumoured that the two didn’t hit it off.

37. Elvis’s first onscreen kiss came courtesy of Jana Lund in Loving You.

38. The self-titled debut LP, Elvis Presley, was the first rock ‘n’ roll album to make it to the top of the Billboard charts in the US.

39. Elvis’s debut was also the first million-selling record in the genre, spending ten weeks at number one in 1956.

40. Elvis is a honorary Member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity.

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