Charlie Kiker from Texarkana, TX


Aside from watch TCM, what do you do?

I'm a Registered Nurse working in Radiology and Nuclear Medicine where I assist the physicians performing cardiac and radiological procedures.

Photography is a passion of mine -- I photograph with a large format wooden camera (4x5 inch negative) using Black & White film that I develop and print.  (My love of Black and White extends to movies and TCM.)

I read and collect books and autographs. I'm working on a book about the problems faced by newly-graduated physicians and nurses due to their lack of training and experience in treating patients.


What’s your favorite movie snack?

Hot buttered popcorn and ice-cold Coca-Cola.


What’s your favorite part of TCM?

Watching the wonderful movies TCM shows. I scour the TCM listings daily to see what's on and will DVR them frequently.

Ben Mankiewicz has become a favorite, but I miss The Master, Mr. Robert Osborne.


What’s your favorite movie genre?

I don't limit myself: Westerns, Film Noir, Mysteries (Agatha Christie, Sherlock Holmes) and historical Period Films.


Who’s your favorite actor or actress or filmmaker of all time? And why?

He was not the most polished actor, and he could be stubborn, but John Wayne had versatility and made his characters believable on the silver screen. Wayne was an original who could evoke both comedy and drama in his performances. 

I grew up watching John Wayne films and it seemed like every comedian did an imitation of him.  Wayne was a film icon and even if he was not your favorite actor, you had to respect him as an actor and person. And what you saw was what you got. From what I've read about Wayne from his costars and friends, he was not afraid to allow other actors to take over the scene and shine if the film would be the better for it. Wayne would give actors in a financial pinch a part in a film and he was extremely loyal. Once he was your friend, he was your friend for life.


Who would you be thrilled to meet, and what would you say?

John Wayne; I would say, "Howdy Mr. Wayne. I'm extremely proud to finally meet you. Now let's go have some tequila and allow me to interview you and take your portrait."


What do you collect?

Movie DVDs, photographic signed books, leather-bound classics, fountain pens, flasks, sterling silver objects, and silver coins.


If you had to pick just one, what would be your favorite movie?

The Searchers.


Thank you Charlie!  For being in our Member Spotlight, we're sending you American Titan, Marc Eliot's remarkable biography of John Wayne.  If you love Duke, you'll look this book.

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