Actor-writer Craig Chester shares some of his late friend Jack Larson’s memories of Montgomery Clift
I’m friends with actor-writer Craig Chester (Adam & Steve) on Facebook and was struck by this post he wrote today about his friend Jack Larson who died over the weekend.
Larson was 87 when he died and accomplished much during his career but is best known for the six seasons he spent playing Jimmy Olsen on TV’s The Adventures of Superman in the 1950s.
Here’s what Craig wrote about Mr. Larson:
Reeling from the passing of Jack Larson. I’ve spent the last decade becoming extremely close to him and I truly believed he would live to be a hundred. Our episode of “Unfictional” about Montgomery Clift aired earlier this year and Jack was particularly open and vulnerable in what would be his last public record. I have so many transcripts and interviews with Jack over the last ten years but what he said on this episode has stayed with me since his passing on Sunday, his parting words to all of us:
“Monty had a letter from Thornton Wilder that he carried around. And Monty had a rather large wallet, was an Italian wallet, and he had this letter in the wallet. And the letter was an answer to a question that Monty had asked Thornton Wilder as a young man. “Is there a God?” And Thornton Wilder said he would have to think about that, and would respond to Monty’s question “Is there a God”. And so he wrote this letter to Monty: “Dear Monty,” and Monty loved this letter which is now a bit tattered, had it folded up in his wallet, it was one of the things I inherited. And Thornton Wilder’s answer was a full page, handwritten. “There is a bridge between life and death, and that bridge is love. And as long as you remember the people you love, and as long as they remember you, as long as you’re in their lives with love, there is that bridge, and though they die as long as you love them, they’re with you. And that is the bridge between life and death.” And Thornton Wilder didn’t answer the question “Is there a God” to Monty, he answered the question, there is something beyond death. And that’s love.”