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Saturday, March 16, 2013

No kidding, Phillies’ Dugan has famous father

And You Don’t Mess with the Johan! (well…maybe now you can)

Hollywood was never in the cards for Philadelphia Phillies prospect Kelly Dugan.

The son of famous movie producer Dennis Dugan, who brought to the screen the Adam Sandler comedies Big Daddy, Happy Gilmour, and many more, didn’t want to live in the shadow of his father.

So he’s pursuing another form of entertainment — professional baseball, where the Philadelphia prospect learned to understand quickly that hitting a 99 mph fastball is just as complicated as writing good comedy.

“I think just like great comedians have to work on their craft, it’s the same thing with anything else and it translates to baseball where you have to be disciplined,” the outfielder said on a sunny afternoon outside of the Phillies minor league complex during a recent spring training session.

“Comedy is really hard, you have to really work on it to be good and same thing goes for baseball.”

The sport has been ingrained in Dugan since his father handed down his love of the game to him at a young age.

“I love the process of baseball and the fact that it’s a job that you can go out here and get better every day at,” Dugan said. “Continuing to be able to work on your craft like that is something that I like to do.”

And that’s exactly what the 6-foot-3, 195 pounder has been able to do.

Repoz Posted: March 16, 2013 at 08:44 PM | 31 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Ray (RDP) Posted: March 16, 2013 at 09:00 PM (#4389643)
No mention of the elder Dugan's 1976 Columbo appearance.

For shame.

Granted the episode sucked.
   2. OsunaSakata Posted: March 16, 2013 at 09:22 PM (#4389646)
Nats prospect Lucas Giolito is the son of Rick Giolito and Lindsay Frost, both actors. Pete LaCock was the son of game show host Peter Marshall.
   3. silhouetted by the sea Posted: March 16, 2013 at 09:36 PM (#4389651)
I'm confused. Why would an article that mentions Adam Sandler use the term "writing good comedy"?
   4. JJ1986 Posted: March 16, 2013 at 09:50 PM (#4389656)
Nats prospect Lucas Giolito is the son of Rick Giolito and Lindsay Frost, both actors.


His grandfather was someone on Seinfeld - I think Susan's father who had an affair with John Cheever.
   5. The Yankee Clapper Posted: March 16, 2013 at 10:00 PM (#4389662)
The son of famous movie producer Dennis Dugan . . .

Never heard of him. Famous isn't synonymous with wealthy or successful.
   6. Ray (RDP) Posted: March 16, 2013 at 10:08 PM (#4389665)
Lindsay Frost was born in 1962.

According to imdb "Her husband Zach is 29 years her junior."
   7. puck Posted: March 16, 2013 at 10:11 PM (#4389666)
Maybe he's Jimmie Dugan's grandson.
   8. Howie Menckel Posted: March 16, 2013 at 10:21 PM (#4389669)
odd

"Dennis Dugan, nicknamed “The Duge,” was once married to Joyce Van Patten, the sister of actor Dick Van Patten."

he's 66, but he married 1000-yr-old Dick's sister?
ok, looked it up, she's 79

is that right?
#protocougar

fwiw, Dennis Dugan appeared on lots of 1980s crime shows. "famous" is always a complicated word

   9. Ray (RDP) Posted: March 16, 2013 at 10:24 PM (#4389672)
I caught the Van Patten note also and had a similar reaction.
   10. Rob_Wood Posted: March 16, 2013 at 10:40 PM (#4389678)
He was terrible (imo) in several Rockford Files.

OMG, I just looked him up and he was in Hill Street Blues too.
   11. JJ1986 Posted: March 16, 2013 at 10:43 PM (#4389680)
Lindsay Frost was born in 1962.

According to imdb "Her husband Zach is 29 years her junior."


That's odd. Rick Giolito's twitter says "husband to Lindsay Frost".
   12. AndrewJ Posted: March 16, 2013 at 10:48 PM (#4389682)
At least Dennis didn't direct Sandler's "That's My Boy." Abraham Zapurder directed funnier movies than that.

"Dennis Dugan, nicknamed “The Duge,” was once married to Joyce Van Patten, the sister of actor Dick Van Patten."

Joyce was also once married to Martin Balsam, who was briefly the father-in-law of George Clooney, whose cousin Miguel Ferrer is married to Debby Boone. I'm telling you, Kelly Dugan is the center of the universe.
   13. Ray (RDP) Posted: March 16, 2013 at 10:51 PM (#4389683)
That's odd. Rick Giolito's twitter says "husband to Lindsay Frost".


Well, clearly we need to go to Wikipedia to resolve this factual issue:

"She is married to actor Rick Giolito."

Lol.

Seriously, imdb has very detailed information for it to be wrong:

Spouse
Zach Ashby (2 January 2013 - present)
Rick Giolito (22 September 1980 - 20 June 2004) (divorced) 2 children


Along with the note that "Her husband Zach is 29 years her junior."

The problem is that if you google ["lindsasy frost" "zach ashby"] exactly one page comes up: the imdb one. Yeah, they might want to fact check themselves.

They even have Rick Giolito's marriage information as:

Spouse
Lindsay Frost
(? - present)

Since imdb contradicts itself, I suspect they're wrong -- well, they have to be wrong since both items can't be simultaneously right. But I mean wrong on the central issue of whether Lindsay Frost is married to this Zach Ashby clown. Clearly someone gave them bum information. Not that it affects my life any, so I don't know why I just spent 10 minutes on it :-)
   14. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: March 16, 2013 at 10:59 PM (#4389685)
So this has nothing to do with "Max Dugan Returns", the movie that made Charlie Lau a star?
   15. Pat Rapper's Delight Posted: March 16, 2013 at 11:02 PM (#4389686)
I was hoping he was Hacksaw's kid.
   16. Ray (RDP) Posted: March 16, 2013 at 11:06 PM (#4389687)
That would be two g's.
   17. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: March 17, 2013 at 12:08 AM (#4389699)
Pete LaCock was the son of game show host Peter Marshall.

I think I would chose to go by my father's name, if I had that last name.
   18. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: March 17, 2013 at 12:12 AM (#4389702)
Abraham Zapurder directed funnier movies than that.

consider that stolen
   19. Gonfalon B. Posted: March 17, 2013 at 12:38 AM (#4389710)
At least Dennis didn't direct Sandler's "That's My Boy." Abraham Zapruder directed funnier movies than that.

That probably wouldn't make a good double feature with Adam Sandler's "Bulletproof."
   20. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: March 17, 2013 at 02:09 AM (#4389732)
“Comedy is really hard, you have to really work on it to be good and same thing goes for baseball.”

This statement from Dennis Dugan of all people is ridiculous. Early in his career he directed a comedy called "Brain Donors" which seems like a lot of effort and creativity went into it, and it was a big flop. Since then he has had massive success with lazy and formulaic comedies starring the same people doing the same shtick over and over again.
   21. bobm Posted: March 17, 2013 at 02:18 AM (#4389734)
[20] Since then he has had massive success with lazy and formulaic comedies starring the same people doing the same shtick over and over again

Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.

- H. L. Mencken
   22. TerpNats Posted: March 17, 2013 at 09:41 AM (#4389767)
Why would an article that mentions Adam Sandler use the term "writing good comedy"?
Yes, I could easily envision Ben Hecht, Norman Krasna, Preston Sturges or Billy Wilder writing films for Adam Sandler -- if they were really desperate.
   23. The District Attorney Posted: March 17, 2013 at 09:42 AM (#4389768)
I was hoping he was Hacksaw's kid.
I was hoping he was Dum Dum's kid.
   24. michaelplank has knowledgeable eyes Posted: March 17, 2013 at 10:43 AM (#4389787)
Miguel Ferrer is married to Debby Boone


Wha!? Miss "You Light Up My Life" (and offspring of Pat) is married to Albert from Twin Peaks?

[checks Wikipedia]...

Boone married Gabriel Ferrer on September 1, 1979.


Whew, that was a close one!
   25. OsunaSakata Posted: March 17, 2013 at 11:24 AM (#4389821)
Pete LaCock was the son of game show host Peter Marshall.


I think I would chose to go by my father's name, if I had that last name.


LaCock was his father's birth last name. Peter Marshall was from Huntington, West Virginia, home of Marshall University. I probably would have chosen Marshall myself.
   26. Howie Menckel Posted: March 17, 2013 at 12:15 PM (#4389867)

Or Huntington.

   27. cardsfanboy Posted: March 17, 2013 at 12:58 PM (#4389889)
Why would an article that mentions Adam Sandler use the term "writing good comedy"?


Because he's actually funny(up until he stopped being funny). I just don't get the Sandler hatred. Billy Madison, Waterboy and Happy Gilmore were instant classics. His romantic comedies weren't bad (Yes I like 50 First Dates) Of course being a comedic actor he's going to have as many misses as hits, that's just the nature of the entertainment. In comparison to other big names of his era (The craptacular Ben Stiller) he produces a lot more highly enjoyable stuff. Obviously comedy is subjective and many people feel that appealing to a large portion of the population means that someone isn't actually funny, but for normal people, Sandler produced a lot of enjoyable movies.
   28. Bruce Markusen Posted: March 17, 2013 at 01:22 PM (#4389898)
Dugan made a couple of notable appearances on M*A*S*H. He played an enlisted man who agreed to become marries to an older Korean bride in exchange for a sizeable payment of cash from Dr. Pack (the one with the Parker Brothers diploma). And then toward the end of the series, he appeared as Colonel Potter's unfaithful son-in-law. I thought he was pretty good in those roles.
   29. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: March 17, 2013 at 01:32 PM (#4389902)
Richie Brockelman, Private Eye. I actually saw one episode of this.
   30. Greg K Posted: March 17, 2013 at 01:37 PM (#4389907)
#27, I thought Funny People wasn't bad either. Though was he only involved in that as an actor?

Agree with everything else you say. I would guess the "up until he stopped being funny" is the crux of it. He's made some truly awful movies recently and I suspect when people rag on Sandler it's implicit that they ragging on the last ten years or so of Sandler. Or maybe I'm trying too hard to create an interpretation that refrains from condemning Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore.
   31. cardsfanboy Posted: March 17, 2013 at 01:50 PM (#4389917)
He's made some truly awful movies recently and I suspect when people rag on Sandler it's implicit that they ragging on the last ten years or so of Sandler


I support that opinion. He hasn't really produced anything funny in a while, and in fact have produced movies that are 100% non-appealing(I have never met or even heard of someone who saw a preview for Jack and Jill, and say "I want to see that") but comedic misses are going to happen. Not many comedic actors have as many all time hits that he has either. 20 years from now, those movies I mentioned earlier will still be played on whatever tv medium we have to play classic movies and will be looked at in the same way that Animal House or Caddyshack are remembered.

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