“There’s Almost Nothing Like It, When You Get To Do Both. It’s The Ultimate Self-Expression:” A TDQ Q&A With Actor-Musician Aylam Orian

Aylam Orian

Aylam Orian is Cleveland born, Israel raised, and a student of many arts. Aylam has worked behind the scenes, in front of the scenes and, likely, to either side of them. He also is a musician in two musical groups.

This week’s TDQ Q&A is with Aylam Orian. Aylam spoke to us about his work on the latest Stargate series Stargate Origins, his inspirations in entertainment and his work in not one, but two bands. Here is our TDQ Q&A with Aylam Orian:

The Daily Quarterly: What made you want to get into show business?

Aylam Orian: It was a process. I always loved the arts, and loved watching TV shows and films growing up, but I never thought about entering show business as a career and profession. But then while being a psychology student in college, I started working as an usher in an art house cinema, and got to see films in a different way, as an art form, which made me want to learn it myself. So I quit psychology and switched to film school, and liked it so much that I’ve been in this business ever since. Behind the cameras at first, but after trying being in front of them, there was no going back.

TDQ: Who was your favorite actor growing up?

AO: I didn’t have one favorite, but I liked Lee Majors, who played Steve Austin, The Six Million Dollar Man. I liked Jack Lord from Hawaii Five-O, and I liked this British actor, Roy Marsden, who played Detective Dalgliesh in a series of British TV crime shows. Oh, and Christopher Plummer in The Sound of Music!

TDQ: What was your favorite TV show growing up?

AO: Since I grew up on American TV shows (even though I didn’t grow up in the US), I had many favorites, like Steve Austin and Hawaii Five-O as mentioned, or Kojak, Starsky & Hutch, The High Chaparral, The Love Boat, Little House on the Prairie, The Muppets, and many more. But I think my favorite was this puppets scf-fi British show called Thunderbirds, about a family of super heroes who operate all kinds of awesome space crafts in their rescue missions.

Aylam Orian has got range.

Aylam Orian has got range. From a Rabbi in the sitcom 30 Rock to a Stargate hungry Nazi in Stargate Origins.

TDQ: Who are your influences?

AO: In my profession, acting, my influences are great working actors and directors, who have given us some of the most iconic works of art in the film (and now TV too) medium, such as French director François Truffaut, Swedish director Ingmar Bergman, British Director Stephen Frears, American director David Lynch, and actors Peter Sellers (The Pink Panther), Jean Reno (Léon: The Professional), Mads Mikkelsen (Open Hearts), Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight (Midnight Cowboy), Al Pacino (Scent of a Woman), Daniel Day Lewis (Phantom Thread) and Live Schreiber (Ray Donovan), to name a few.

TDQ: What was the best advice you ever got?

AO: It’s not an advice that I’ve gotten personally, but one that I heard, said by Steve Martin actually: “whatever makes you unique as a performer – do it! And know that there’s room for you!”

TDQ: What was the worst advice you ever got?

AO: “Don’t move to Los Angeles, you’re too old.”

Stargate Origins - Connor Trinneer, Ellie Gall and Aylam Orian (photo by Joe Adams)

Aylam Orian on the set of Stargate Origins with cast memebers Connor Trinneer and Ellie Gall. (photo by Joe Adams)

TDQ: Tell us about your role on the latest Stargate installment, Stargate Origins

AO: I play the show’s villain, Dr. Wilhelm Brücke, a high-ranking Nazi officer, who is an expert in the occult and the paranormal, and who is obsessed with the Stargate and tries to harness its power for his own megalomaniac plan. I am butting heads throughout the show with the “good guys” – Catherine Langford and her father Professor Paul Langford (from the original Stargate movie!), who are trying to save the Stargate, and the world, from me!

TDQ: You’re also a musician, playing guitar in the bands The Historians and The Ellermans. How does working in front of a camera compare to writing and performing your own music?

AO: Well the performing part in both of them is kinda the same. It’s you standing there in front of an audience or a camera, and giving your version of something that you, or someone else wrote. You are bringing something to life, giving it interpretation, in the moment, using your instrument, be it your body or a musical instrument attached to your body. But the writing-your-own-material part is of course an extra level of excitement! There’s almost nothing like it, when you get to do both. It’s the ultimate self-expression.

TDQ: What project will you be working on next?

AO: Ha, that’s a good question! Still looking for it! Haha… but in August comes out a film I worked on last year, the thriller “Three Seconds” starring Joel Kinnaman, Clive Owen, Rosamund Pike and Common. Should be fun!

TDQ: Where do you see yourself in five years?

AO: In a big mansion in Beverly Hills! Just kidding… I hope to be playing a lead role on a good show, for several seasons, perhaps a show I wrote myself (talking about writing your own material!). That would be very fulfilling and nice!

Follow Aylam on Twitter and check out his website.

Aylam Orian - Thunderbirds

TDQ Pictures is pleased to announce that work has begun on a new live action Thnderbirds series featuring Aylam Orian as pilot Virgil Tracy. The series is caught in a bit of a snag in the early stages of production: Specifically how to hide the wires on the live action marionettes. But as soon as this technical difficulty is overcome and a script is written the series will be forthcoming.

Frasier’s Dad, John Mahoney Dies At 77

John Mahoney

John Mahoney, right, with actor Richard Dreyfus, center, and RECOiL writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio, left. DiMaio played the role of an additional aluminum siding salesman in the film Tin Men but the part was later cut because focus groups felt there were one too many aluminum siding salesmen.

Chicago—Actor John Mahoney, best known as Frasier’s former cop pop Martin Crane on the NBC hit “Frasier” from 1993 to 2004, died Sunday after a battle with cancer. He was 77.

Born in Blackpool, Lancashire, England, Mahoney moved to the United States in the 1950s and got his start as an actor when he joined John Malkovich and Gary Sinise in Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre in 1977. He would go on to win a Tony Award for his role in “The House of Blue Leaves.”

On the big screen, he appeared in such films as “Eight Men Out,” “Say Anything…,” “RECOiL” and “The Manhattan Project.”

Besides “Frasier,” he also appeared in TV shows like “Becker,” “Hot in Cleveland,” “ER” and “3rd Rock From the Sun.”

Mahoney never married or had any children. 

Baby, If You’ve Ever Wondered, Wondered Whatever Became of Hugh Wilson, He Died

Hugh Wilson

Hugh WIlson, left, and the cast of WKRP in Cincinnati. RECOiL writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio was supposed to play the lead role in the series as DJ Jeff Jessica. As luck would have it DiMaio read a Popular Science article just before shooting about the soon to be released Sony Walkman and assumed the cassette tape would mean the down fall of broadcast radio.

Charlottesville, VA— Hugh Wilson, creator of such classic television shows as “WKRP in Cincinnati” and “The Famous Teddy Z,” died on Monday, January 15th, after an illness. He was 84.

Wilson got his start in television writing for “The Bob Newhart Show,” and went on to write for “The Tony Randall Show” and “The Chopped Liver Brothers” before achieving fame with WKRP. He won an Emmy Award for writing on the short-lived CBS sitcom “Frank’s Place” in 1988.

He was also an alumni of the University of Florida School of Journalism, and inspired scores of other Gators to begin websites and aspire to be TV show creators and writers.

On the big screen, he directed and co-wrote “Police Academy,” “Rustlers’ Rhapsody,” “RECOiL” and “Guarding Tess.”

He is survived by his wife, five children and four grandchildren.

“Things take time to develop in this career:” A TDQ Q&A With Actor Donald Paul

Donald Paul

Look to see more of actor Donald Paul in the much anticipated seasons of Atlanta, and Quantico.

This week’s TDQ Q&A is with actor Donald Paul. Donald spoke to us about his upcoming work on “Quantico” and “Atlanta,” the influence his family had on his career, and how working with special needs children while he was in college impacted his life and career. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with Donald Paul:
The Daily Quarterly: What made you want to be in show business?
Donald Paul: Growing up, my mother was a Haitian gospel singer that would travel all of south Florida performing in different churches. I would tag along playing the drums for her. That combined with me being in my church’s Christmas play every year, made me realize that I’m comfortable being on stage. I eventually started signing myself up for improv groups in school and, long story short, ended up moving to New York, and here I am today. 
TDQ: Who was your favorite actor growing up?
DP: My favorite actor growing up and still one of my favorites is Jamie Foxx. His versatility is impeccable. Im big into improv and his work on “In Living Color” back in the days was some of my favorites. I played football growing up as well and when I found out he played quarterback for his high school team in Texas, it let me know as a young artist that it is possible to make that transition from sports to acting.
TDQ: What was your favorite TV show growing up?
DP: Um… I watched a lot of TV growing up. Looking back on it I’d have to say “Fresh Prince of Bel Air.” That show did a great job of being both funny and delivering a message. “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” also had Will Smith in it. I love Will Smith’s work.
Donald Paul - The Fresher Prince

It may be too early to announce because it hasn’t been written, or funded, and we haven’t even talked to Donald about it but…Look for Donald in the upcoming TDQ production “The Fresher Prince”. Imagine if The Fresh Prince was James Bond and I think you know where we’re going with this.

TDQ: What was the best advice you ever got?
DP: “What is yours, is yours. What’s meant for you will be for you and no one else.” Which means to me don’t worry about what others have and/or what you don’t have. Just concentrate on what you have and your skills and what’s meant for you will come to you. 
TDQ: What was the worst advice you ever got?
DP: “Have kids really early so you guys can hang out at a bar sooner.” At the time of receiving this advice I was a sophomore in college so I did not take this advice with a grain of salt. I was like, “he might have a point.” But looking back on it I think I made the right decision. 
TDQ: Who are your influences?
DP: My sister and mother hands down were my biggest role models and influencers growing up. Jeannie, my sister and Fleurina, my mother, are the most resilient women you’ll ever meet. They don’t back down to anything and don’t give up on anything. Having them by my side throughout this journey as an actor has been nothing but a gift.
TDQ: You’ve appeared in shows like “Boardwalk Empire,” “Blue Bloods” and “Elementary.” What have you learned about the business from working with experienced actors like Tom Selleck, Steve Buscemi and Lucy Liu?
DP: Working with those actors thought me how to be a real professional and work ethic. It is easy to get lost in the fun within this industry. There was a lot I didn’t know going into the industry or the set life. All I knew was how to act because of all the training prior to getting my break. So being lucky enough to work in that great company of actors was a gift from God.
TDQ: When you were younger, you worked with children with special needs to help pay for college and to study theater. How did that experience help you, whether in acting or just in life in general?
DP: Working with those kids matured me and I felt made me a better human. I wouldn’t be here in this position if it wasn’t for those kids. Most important thing I learned was patience. In this career you must have it. I think it is one of the most important attributes to have as an artist, because things take time to develop in this career.
TDQ: What project are you working on next?
DP: I recently finished filming “Atlanta” on FX, which season 2 is set to premiere March 1st. I am currently working in the season 3 of “Quantico” on ABC. 
TDQ: Where do you see yourself in five years?
DP: In five years I see myself still growing and evolving as an actor. Doing more, working more, and putting my best foot forward in the work that I do. 
Check out Donald’s Facebook page and follow him on Twitter.

Here We Go, 2018: Jerry Van Dyke Has Died At 86

Jerry Van Dyke

Jerry Van Dyke, right, made a two episode appearance on the Dick Van Dyke show in the role of Stacey Petrie, brother of the starring character Rob Petrie. Young actor Brian DiMaio, left, was hired to play Germaine Petrie, an even younger brother because if Dick had a younger brother on the show Jerry insisted he also have younger brother.

Hot Springs, AR—Jerry Van Dyke, the less-talented, but still beloved younger brother of Dick Van Dyke, died Friday at his ranch. He was 86. His wife said he had been in declining health since a car accident two years prior. 

Best known for his role as Assistant Coach Luther Van Dam on ABC’s “Coach” alongside Craig T. Nelson from 1989 to 1997, Van Dyke also appeared on television in shows like “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “That 70s Show” and “The Amazing Cosmic Awareness of Duffy Moon.” 

On the big screen, he appeared in such films as “McLintock,” “Palm Springs Weekend,” “RECOiL” and “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father.”

He is survived by his second wife, Shirley and two children.