I've always liked Richard Jaekel too. He got the part in Guadalcanal Diary because there were very few actors of the proper age that hadn't been drafted and he was too young to draft. Prior to that he had no acting aspirations.Originally posted by Iron Mike USMC
As good as it could be for a 1960's "fill-em-with stars-action-war-movie".
Richard Jaekel was fun as Pvt. Omar Greco, the acrobat.
Anyone know that his first role was in Guadalcanal Diary, Pvt. Johnny 'Chicken' Anderson. He was 16/17 when he played his part. Further, it apparently took longer to film the movie than it did to fight the battle.
other Richard Jaekel war movies of note:
Battleground (1949), Pvt. Bettis
Sands of Iwo Jima (1949), Pfc. Frank Flynn
Naked and the Dead, The (1958), Gallagher
Dirty Dozen, The (1967), Sgt. Clyde Bowren (head MP)
He was in over 70 films, about 20 to 25% war films, manyof them average to forgetable.
He also served in the navy from 1944 to 1948.