By Christian Wilkinson
HE’s Troy McClure and you might remember him from The Simpsons, but did you know that the fictional washed-up actor is actually based on US actors Doug McClure and Troy Donohue?
Troy McClure actually hasn’t appeared in any new episodes since voice actor Phil Hartman was murdered in his sleep by his model wife Brynn on May 28, 1998, though the power of repeats has kept the character alive.
Hartman also voiced incompetent lawyer character Lionel Hutz, who was also retired and replaced by stressed-out white-collar worker Gil, himself based on Jack Lemmon’s character Shelley Levene in 1992 real estate drama Glengarry Glen Ross.
Here's Hartman's CV: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0367005/.
Doug McClure (1935-1995) was a blonde leading man whose boyish features kept him playing characters in their 20s well into his late 40s.
Married five times, McClure appeared in more than 500 productions (counting individual television episodes) and gained his own star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame shortly before he died.
You can check out his career at http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0565982/.
Another blonde, Troy Donahue (1936-2001) was a teen pin-up boy of the late 50s and early 60s but his career declined to the point where by the early 80s, he was (reportedly) living on a park bench in New York’s Central Park.
By the late 80s, Donahue was getting plenty of work again, albeit in low-grade made-for-video films thanks to the VCR revolution.
He was referenced in the song Look At Me I'm Sandra Dee from 1978's Grease. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001148/.
Here’s Troy McClure’s fictional CV according to the television show (not the comic books) The Simpsons. Many of the film titles are spoofs of real titles.
Such feature films as….
Dial M for Murderousness
The Verdict was Mail Fraud
The President’s Neck is Missing
Here Comes the Coast Guard
Suddenly Last Supper
David vs. Super Goliath
Space Mutants VII: Cry of the Space Mutant
The Greatest Story Ever Hulaed
Give My Remains to Broadway
The Wackiest Covered Wagon in the West
Christmas Ape Goes to Summer Camp
Look Who’s Still Oinking
Muppets Go Medieval
The Contrabulous Fabtraption of Professor Horatio Hufnagle
Meet Joe Blow
The Erotic Adventures of Hercules
Hitler Doesn’t Live Here Anymore
Calling All Quakers
P is for Psycho
The Revenge of Abe Lincoln
Today We Kill, Tomorrow We Die
They Came to Burgle Carnegie Hall
Preacher With a Shovel
Leper in the Backfield
Gladys the Groovy Mule
The Boatjacking of Supership 79
Hydro: The Man With the Hydraulic Arms
Good-Time Slim, Uncle Doobie, and the Great 'Frisco Freak-Out
Such documentaries and teaching films as....
Alice’s Adventures Through the Windshield Glass
The Decapitation of Larry Leadfoot
Lead Paint: Delicious but Deadly
Here Comes the Metric System!
Designated Drivers: The Lifesaving Nerds
Locker Room Towel Fights: The Blinding of Larry Driscoll
Man Versus Nature: The Road To Victory
Fuzzy Bunny’s Guide to You-Know-What
Phoney Tornado Alerts Reduce Readiness
Birds: Our Fine Feathered Colleagues
Alice Doesn’t Live Anymore
Firecrackers: The Silent Killer
Two Minus Three Equals Negative Fun
Meat and You: Partners in Freedom
Such television shows as….
Five Fabulous Weeks of the Chevy Chase Show
I Can’t Believe They Invented It!
Troy and Company's Summertime Smile Factory
Son of Sanford and Son
Alien Nose Job
Buck Henderson, Union Buster
Such self-help videos as…
Get Confident, Stupid!
Smoke Yourself Thin
Dig Your Own Grave and Save
The Half-Assed Approach to Foundation Repair
Mothballing your Battleship
Such telethons as….
Out with Gout ‘88
Let’s Save Tony Orlando’s House
Such stage musicals as….
Stop the Planet of the Apes! I Want to Get Off!
Such celebrity funerals as…
Andre the Giant, We Hardly Knew Ye
Shemp Howard: Today We Mourn a Stooge.
Such dates as….
Last night’s dinner.