Well today is the Fourth of July and we celebrate with barbecues, fireworks, and concerts. Chitownstarconnections would also like to do a tribute to the actors and actresses who have played the Chief Executive on the big and small screens. We might even surprise you with what we have found.
The most famous portrayal of the President is Martin Sheen’s Josiah Bartlett on The West Wing. Bartlett showed that the Chief Executive had a human side and a business side. It was created by the producer of HBO’s new drama,”The Newsroom” , Aaron Sorkin .
Steppenwolf founder and CSI-NY actor Gary Sinise played Harry S Truman in the HBO movie “Truman”
John Travolta put down his dancing shoes to portray an unnamed Presidential candidate that is believed to be Bill Clinton in “Primary Colors” His opponent was none other than old JR , himself, Larry Hagman.
Ken Kercheval of “Dallas” fame played the Prez twice. Once was as James Madison in “The Adams Chronicles” and the second time was on the final episode of “Dallas” . As the angel was showing JR what life would be like without him , Cliff became vice president and then President of the US.
Robin Williams said “BULLY” as Teddy Roosevelt in the “Night at the Museum” series.
Morgan Freeman was a President who prepared mankind for the worst in “Deep Impact”
Kelsey Grammer had politics in his blood. Currently he plays the mayor of Chicago on Starz’”Boss” Here he is the Chief Executive in “Swing Vote”
Mark Harmon of “NCIS” fame also played the President in “Chasing Liberty” Chicago native and Piven grad , Jeremy Piven ,also played in the movie as a Secret Service man.
William DeVane was a long running character on “Knots Landing” with political aspirations. Here he played John F Kennedy in “The Missiles of October” about the Cuban missile crisis.
Long before he was opening brains and breaking hearts on “Grey’s Anatomy”, Patrick Dempsey played JFK as well in “JFK Reckless Youth”
Warrior and executive Dwight D Eisenhower was portrayed by tv fave and star of “Blue Bloods” Tom Selleck
A new side was shown of the Chief Executive , a romantic figure in “The American President” . Michael Douglas played the title role .
Jack Nicholson showed the President’s funny side in “Mars Attacks” His President had to deal with terrorizing aliens.
Josh Brolin stands out as the former President, George W Bush, in “W”
Bill Pullman played the President in “Independence Day”
Hal Holbrook , television and theatre actor portrayed the sixteenth President , Abraham Lincoln . He is also known for portraying Mark Twain.
Harrison Ford takes command in “Air Force One”
Geena Davis played the”Commander in Chief” on the recent ABC series of the same name
Chris Rock plays the “Head of State”
Enjoy your holiday from Chitownstarconnections. Gonna eat me some barbecue. LOL