"I'm in love with a mermaid!" read the opening line of Leonard Maltin's original review for Splash. And with the delightful Darryl Hannah in the lead, who could fault Maltin for his public declaration of ardor? The story begins in 1959, when a young ... Read More
The iconic role of mermaid Madison is still the one Hannah's best-known for, even 30 years later. She'd previously played robot Pris in “Blade Runner,” and went on to star in “Legal Eagles,” “Wall Street,” “Roxanne” and “Steel Magnolias.” Quentin Tarantino cast her as eye-patch-wearing assassin Elle Driver in his “Kill Bill” films. Her most recent movie, “The Hot Flashes,” came out last year.
Hanks has said he was the 11th actor offered the lead role of Allen Bauer, after Bill Murray, Dudley Moore and other more established comedians had turned it down. While it was a hit, it was four more years before he landed another career-making film, “Big,” for which he received his first Oscar nomination. He went on to win two Best Actor Oscars back-to-back in the '90s and is still one of Hollywood's most beloved stars, despite the conspicuous Oscar snubs for 2013's “Captain Phillips” and “Saving Mr. Banks.”
A Second City TV alum (like John Candy), Levy might be best-known today as Jason Biggs's dad in the “American Pie” films. In “Splash,” he was the scientist obsessed with exposing Madison as a mermaid. He was one of the co-writers of the Grammy-winning song from “A Mighty Wind.” He also co-wrote the film, as well as “Waiting for Guffman.”
The larger-than-life comedian, who played Allen's dirty-minded older brother, Freddie, is sadly no longer with us. He died in 1994 at age 43 of a heart attack. Of course, he lives on in comedy classics including “Planes, Trains and Automobiles,” “Spaceballs,” and “Cool Runnings.” One of his more serious turns was in Oliver Stone's “JFK,” where he played an attorney.
Howard is director Ron Howard's dad, who regularly appears in his films, among them, “Angels & Demons,” “Frost/Nixon” and “A Beautiful Mind.” Here he was cast as a dissatisfied client of Hanks. He's specialized in playing reverends, including in “Independence Day” and “Apollo 13.” Most recently, he played Uncle Ray in “Nebraska” and an engineer in “The Lone Ranger.”
This former “Tonight Show” regular (during the era of its original host, Jack Paar), played Tom Hanks's eccentric assistant, Mrs. Stimler. She was the only one of the cast to appear in the 1998 sequel, “Splash, Too.” You might also recognize her from “Grease” or as the title character's mother in the '70s series “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.” She died in 2008 at age 93.
The screenwriting duo is also responsible for “Night Shift,” “Gung Ho,” “Parenthood,” “A League of Their Own,” “City Slickers” and “Edtv” and “Tooth Fairy.” In “Splash,” Ganz has a cameo as the tour guide at the Statue of Liberty and Mandel is the ice skating rental guy who tackles Tom Hanks.
In 1984, the former child actor was still establishing his credibility as a director. “Splash” was the third theatrical film he'd directed and the next year he had an even bigger hit with “Cocoon,” which also netted a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Don Ameche. Howard's films include “Apollo 13,” “The Da Vinci Code,” and most recently, “Rush.” He received a Best Director Oscar for 2001's “A Beautiful Mind.”
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