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Actor’s Missing Dad Takes Center Stage


URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/arts/article/actors_missing_dad_takes_center_stage_20050826

In his raw, autobiographical monologue, "Who Is Floyd Stearn?" actor Michael Raynor struts onstage with a swagger reminiscent of James Caan. Raynor, playing himself, jabs a finger at a faded photograph. The photo was taken on 185th Street in Queens, on his grandmother's lawn. In the photo, an athletic, brawny man embraces a 3-year-old. The man is Raynor's father, Floyd Stearn. The smiling boy is young Michael, who clutches a toy banjo, his blond bangs peeking out from a cowboy hat. Raynor tells the audience that, even at 40, he cannot discuss the photo; should anyone pressure him, he angrily departs. "Every time I see the picture I cry," he adds quietly. "That's why I can't look at it. I see the happiness in my face, and it scares me. I'm hoping it won't go away."

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