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Meet Stephen Tobolowsky

I’ve been having great fun recording my podcast Maltin on Movies with Baron Vaughn, but until this week we’ve never had an in-studio guest. We knew that actor and storyteller Stephen Tobolowsky would be a perfect choice; as it turns out, we had such a long and lively discussion that it warranted its own stand-alone episode. If you aren’t already a fan of this talented character actor from his scores of film and television appearances (my favorite remains Ground Hog Day, in which he’s insurance salesman Ned Ryerson), perhaps you’re acquainted with his gifts as a storyteller from his podcast The Tobolowsky Files and his book Dangerous Animals Club.

In any case, that bonus episode of Maltin on Movies with Baron Vaughn debuts today, and it’s free for the asking.

And if you haven’t yet sampled our “regular” show, in which we discuss three movies on a particular theme every week—one good, one bad, and one sleeper—I hope you’ll sample some of our past episodes. Enjoy!

Leonard Maltin is one of the world’s most respected film critics and historians. He is best known for his widely-used reference work Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide and its companion volume Leonard Maltin’s Classic Movie Guide, now in its third edition, as well as his thirty-year run on television’s Entertainment Tonight. He teaches at the USC School of Cinematic Arts and appears regularly on Reelz Channel and Turner Classic Movies. His books include The 151 Best Movies You’ve Never Seen, Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons, The Great Movie Comedians, The Disney Films, The Art of the Cinematographer, Movie Comedy Teams, The Great American Broadcast, and Leonard Maltin’s Movie Encyclopedia. He served two terms as President of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, is a voting member of the National Film Registry, and was appointed by the Librarian of Congress to sit on the Board of Directors of the National Film Preservation Foundation. He hosted and co-produced the popular Walt Disney Treasures DVD series and has appeared on innumerable television programs and documentaries. He has been the recipient of awards from the American Society of Cinematographers, the Telluride Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, and San Diego’s Comic-Con International. Perhaps the pinnacle of his career was his appearance in a now-classic episode of South Park. (Or was it Carmela consulting his Movie Guide on an episode of The Sopranos?) He holds court at leonardmaltin.com. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook; you can also listen to him on his weekly podcast: Maltin on Movies. — [Artwork by Drew Friedman]

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