By Robert Waldman ,The Afro News Vancouver
Rave notices come about if you put in memorable work. Multi-talented Larry Wilmore has a knack for growing on people minds. So much so that many of his peers in the halls of power in Hollywood have acknowledged his abilities. Now it’s time more mainstream audiences clued in to his immense talents.
Being a family man at 48 with two kids that keep him busy Larry recently clicked in big time with film fans in sophisticated farce Dinner For Schmucks. Reteaming with old pal Steve Carell only goes to show you how television work can springboard one’s career to the silver screen. Long and hard this man has struggled who once upon a time chucked school for fame and fortune performing for the masses. Today that move has paid off in spades.
Once those school days at the California State Polytechnic were put behind him Larry honed his comic and live theatre skills. To this day he still gets a kick out of doing comedy and we’re all better for this. This likeable pro turned casting directors, producers and the masses on big time first with television roles. Whether its performing or creating material behind the scenes this man takes on projects with zeal and always delivers the good. Recognition from one’s peers is the ultimate honour. As a writer already Larry has earned a host of award nominations from the prestigious Writers Guild of America. Constant progress on television saw this cat score a Prime Time Emmy with other nominations coming through including the Humanitas Award. Truth be told it’s those ratings that make the world kick and as an actor Wilmore has been delivering the chuckles for decades.
On stage or screen casting directors know they can count on this workaholic to portray a variety of characters flawlessly. Some of the professions to meet his talents include officers, the medical fraternity, postal, military officials, correspondents and even bus drivers. The common man fits well with this performer. Be it comedy or drama Wilmore comes through in the clutch. Last year on the big screen folks got big laughs from our fearless leader in I Love You, Man. Odds are good that much of his best work was learned on television series such as Sledge Hammer, the PJs, The Office and The Facts of Life. Working with the best is an asset for anyone trying to go far in any business. Writing and producing credits for this gentleman have teamed him with some of the young up and coming would be greats such as stints on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, The Jamie Foxx Show, Whoopi, In Living Color and Teen Angel.
By all means check out this actor’s latest work in the hilarious Dinner with Schmucks and see why so many in the know get a kick out of his schtick!