Thank the higher powers that be that there are active performers who hold no fear of being typecast. Sylvester Stallone is going to smash someone’s face during a big budget actioner, Adam Sandler is going to reach for laughs in another family-friendly comedy, and Tony Todd… well, Tony Todd is going to do his best to shock the hell out of viewers in the latest chiller to smack the big screen (Final Destination 5 anyone?).
Tony is, unquestionably fearless of potential industry branding. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Tony on a few occaons, and this man oozes that trademark dark-yet-suave persona he brings to film, and it really lends to his overall endearing charm. I think Tony may believe life is an actual horror film that demands he never break general character; Throw a few drinks in a man with that kind of demeanor and you’re in for a lot of wild tales and pasonate reminiscing. Believe me: I’ve witnessed the magic first hand.
I believe it requires an unparalleled pride in one’s craft to never completely separate work from pleasure: Even a man who loves his job has a few rough days. But you’d argue that point after chatting with Mr. Todd, who relishes his public role.
And good for him, why not live it up to the fullest? The man has been afforded opportunities that some actors only dream of, and he’s made the best of every break. Tony’s carved out iconic status in his depiction of the immensely popular Candyman. He’s landed recurring roles in one of today’s most prosperous horror franchises, Final Destination.
Tony’s worked with legendary directors like Michael Bay and Mick Garris, oppote some insanely talented peers like Sean Connery, Ed Harris and Virginia Madsen, and found himself surrounded by some of the finest special effects men in the industry, including Greg Nicotero, Tom Savini and Robert Kurtzman. That’s a monstrously successful career in my humble opinion.
Having touched down on some of Tony’s history, it’s time to get right down to buness, and let you the fans and followers know what five characters have truly defined the prolific thespian’s legacy.
No matter how you shake a stick at it, Tony Todd has done some wonderful things for lovers of the macabre. He’s built a masve fanbase as a result of his unquestionable pason for the genre. The fact that he’s established monumental characters, and rejuvenated preexisting icons speaks further testament to Mr. Todd’s brilliance. Cheers to you Tony, I’m hoping to bump into you again before too long!