Home-grown talent

Consumers frequently are encouraged to eat local by supporting independent restaurants, particularly those that use local ingredients.

The shop local movement has Small Business Saturday as part of the holiday gift-buying season.

In that spirit, let’s use these stay-at-home days to watch local.

Many careers in the arts and entertainment got their starts in the Mahoning Valley, both in front of the camera and behind it.

Here are a few of the actors and directors with local ties and some of their projects available on the various streaming services:

l Ed O’Neill — The final episode of “Modern Family,” the ABC sitcom starring this Youngstown native, will air on Wednesday. That doesn’t mean O’Neill will be disappearing from the airwaves.

“Modern Family” still will be on in syndication, and the series also is available on Hulu, as is “Married … with Children,” another long-running sitcom that launched O’Neill’s career.

“Little Giants,” a 1994 family comedy with O’Neill in a leading role, can be watched for free (with commercials) on IMDb.TV, and Amazon Prime has the HBO series “John from Cincinnati,” with O’Neill in all 10 episodes.

On Netflix he can be heard as part of the voice cast in “Ralph Breaks the Internet” and seen in the 2017 indie “Sun Dogs.”

l Austin Pendleton — The Warren native is revered in the theater for his work as an actor, director, teacher and playwright, but he also has nearly 150 film and television credits.

The best place to start for Amazon Prime members is the 19-minute documentary “Starring Austin Pendleton,” in which Meryl Streep, Ethan Hawke and Philip Seymour Hoffman are among those singing his praises.

Many of his best-known screen roles (“Catch-22,” “What’s Up, Doc?,” “The Front Page”) aren’t available on the streaming services, but Amazon Prime has a few other intriguing choices. “Raising Flagg” has Pendleton playing opposite Alan Arkin as battling neighbors, and the actor who primarily has played meek, nervous characters on screen is cast as a drug kingpin in “Bad City.”

l Chris Columbus — The John F. Kennedy High School graduate who grew up in Champion has been responsible for some of the biggest hits of the last 35 years. He wrote “Gremlins” and “The Goonies,” he directed “Home Alone,” “Mrs. Doubtfire” and the first two “Harry Potter” films and he was a producer on Oscar nominee “The Help.”

“Mrs. Doubtfire” is on Hulu; however, Columbus’ other hits only are available for rental or purchase.

Those who actually want to see the filmmaker can watch Netflix’s “The Movies That Made Us.” One episode of the series is devoted to “Home Alone,” and Columbus shares stories about the making of the comedy hit.

“Young Sherlock Holmes,” which Columbus wrote, and “Stepmom,” a tearjerker starring Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon that Columbus directed, are available on Amazon Prime. The Hugh Grant / Julianne Moore comedy “Nine Months” currently is on HBO Go.

l Jim Cummings — This Ursuline High School graduate isn’t a household name, but he’s one of the top-grossing actors in box-office history. He probably is best known for doing the voice of Winnie the Pooh in various animated features as well as the 2018 film “Christopher Robin,” but Cummings’ name can be found in the credits for “Aladdin,” “The Lion King” and other Disney favorites.

For those who have a Disney Plus account and are watching something animated, there’s a good chance Cummings is one of the voices. The man’s IMDb page lists 550 credits.

“Christopher Robin” currently is on Netflix along with “Disney’s The Princess and the Frog” and “Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius.”

l Dominic Sena — This Niles native got his start directing music videos and went on to work with many of the biggest names in Hollywood. His greatest commercial successes, “Gone in 60 Seconds” and “Swordfish,” can be rented online but aren’t available on the streaming services. However, “Kalifornia,” which many would argue is his best film and stars Brad Pitt, can be seen with Amazon Prime. “Season of the Witch,” his most recent directing effort, is available on Netflix.

l Jeff Schaffer — The Howland native is a director and executive producer on “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” which just wrapped its 10th season on HBO (it can be watched on demand or with HBO Go). He also is co-creator of the FXX series “Dave,” which debuted last month.

“The League,” another series Schaffer created that ran for seven seasons on FX, is available on Hulu, which also is home to “Seinfeld,” where Schaffer worked as a writer and executive producer for several seasons.

l Elizabeth Hartman — This Youngstown-born actor received an Academy Award nomination and won a Golden Globe for her screen debut in 1965’s “A Patch of Blue.” It’s only available for purchase / rental, as are the 1971 Clint Eastwood Western “The Beguiled” and the ’70s cult hit “Walking Tall.”

l Victor Slezak — Like Austin Pendleton, this Youngstown-born actor hasn’t had a lot of starring roles in film and television, but he’s worked steadily with 86 credits on his IMDb page. He played Ulysses S. Grant in six episodes of the AMC series “Hell on Wheels,” which is available on Netflix, and a five-episode arc on “Treme,” on HBO Go or Amazon Prime. And Slezak and Pendleton both have roles in “The Notorious Bettie Page,” currently on Hulu.

l Dana DeLorenzo — The Boardman actor was one of the stars of “Ash vs. the Evil Dead,” which ran for three seasons on Starz and now is available on Netflix. She also appears in the series “Perpetual Grace, LTD” on EPIX, where it’s available on demand.

l Joe Flynn — Hulu has the 1960s sitcom “McHale’s Navy,” where this Youngstown native played McHale’s nemesis, Capt. Binghampton.

l Catherine Bach — Hulu also has the “The Dukes of Hazzard” to enjoy this Warren native and her Daisy Dukes as she get into various scrapes with those Duke boys.

l Ray Mancini — Amazon Prime has the excellent documentary “The Good Son,” which looks at the life of the Youngstown boxer, his father’s legacy and the impact the death of boxer Duk Koo Kim had on him personally and professionally.

Mancini also dabbled in acting himself, and the comedy “The Search for One-Eyed Jimmy” also is on Amazon Prime.


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