I was sad to hear Maury Chaykin passed away yesterday (on his birthday) from kidney disease. Odds are you knew his face, if not his name. Over the years the actor has appeared in a number of films (War Games, Twins, Millenium, The Pianist, My Cousin Vinny, If Looks Could Kill, The Mask of Zorro, Entrapment, and Blindness – just to name a few).
I’ll always remember him best for his role as the great detective Nero Wolfe in A&E’s A Nero Wolfe Mystery. From the comfort of his New York brownstone the detective (created by Rex Stout), with the help of his assistant Archie Goodwin (Timothy Hutton), solved cases which confounded the police (while he was not indulging in cuisine, fine wine, beer, and his love of orchids). The entire series is available on DVD and I would heartily recommend it to those who enjoy old-fashioned whodunits.
G’night Maury Chaykin, and thanks for the memories.