Famed Actor David McCallum Will Be Official Host of the 2018 Normandie-World War II International Film Festival and Band of Brothers Actors Reunion in Normandy, France
McCallum Currently Stars in CBS’ NCIS and During His long career has appeared in many movies and TV Shows including: The Great Escape, Man from U.N.C.L.E. and Colditz
Washington, DC/Kingston, RI-January 25, 2018- Actor David McCallum, best known for his roles in NCIS, The Great Escape and Man from U.N.C.L.E. has accepted an invitation to be the official host of the 2018 Normandie-World War II International Film Festival and Band of Brothers Actors Reunion in Normandy, France from June 1-4, 2018. All proceeds raised from the film festival and actor’s reunion benefit the educational mission of the non-profit World War II Foundation.
McCallum will appear at the opening events of the film festival and actors reunion on June 1st and 2nd, including a special VIP reception and public event at the Utah Beach Museum on June 1st. McCallum will also take part in a question and answer session with actors from the Band of Brothers television series on June 2nd in Carentan, in which the cast will talk about episodes 2 and 3 of Band of Brothers, Day of Days and Carentan, which focus on the Normandy invasion. McCallum will speak about the behind the scenes making of the famous World War II film, The Great Escape in which he played the character Ashley-Pitt. Steve McQueen led the all-star cast.
“It’s an honor to have David joining us in Normandy and accepting the title as official host of the events in France,” said Tim Gray, Founder of the World War II Foundation. “David is regarded as one of the finest actors of his generation and has played some iconic roles in the movies and on television,” Gray continued.
“I think festival fans and also those in attendance in Normandy to meet the Band of Brothers actors will enjoy meeting David and listening to his stories about the making of The Great Escape, which is one of the iconic movies made on the topic of World War II,” Gray said.
“We hope people will continue to buy tickets to the events surrounding the festival and reunion to help support the work of the non-profit World War II Foundation,” Gray continued. To date, the foundation has produced 20 award-winning documentary films on the personal stories of the WWII generation, which are all donated to American Public Television in the United States, as well as schools and libraries, so future generations never forget the sacrifices made by those who fought and survived during World War II.
Narrators of past WWII Foundation films include: Tom Selleck, Matthew Broderick, Dan Aykroyd, Damian Lewis, Bill Belichick, Kyle Chandler, Jason Beghe, Tim McCarver, Dale Dye, and in the future, Gary Sinise, David McCallum, Donnie Wahlberg, Gen. David Petraeus and Jon Seda
The World War II Foundation also raised all the money for and dedicated on June 6, 2012, the Richard D. Winters Leadership Monument in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, France, recognizing leadership by American junior officers on D-Day.
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Newport Daily News/November 2017
‘Journey Home’ tells story of USS Arizona survivor’s posthumous return to Pearl Harbor
By Laura Damon | Newport Daily News Staff writer
Haerry, of West Warwick, was one of 335 survivors out of the 1,512 officers, sailors and Marines of the USS Arizona when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. He died in September 2016 at the age of 94 and was one of the last USS Arizona survivors.
A new documentary about his family’s 5,200-mile journey to place his ashes aboard the battleship, honoring Haerry’s final wish, will be shown in a “sneak peek” to Rhode Islanders on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Jane Pickens Theater, 49 Touro St.
The film, “Journey Home to the USS Arizona,” won’t make its official world premiere until Dec. 3; PBS will air the documentary later this month. The one-hour film is narrated by actor Matthew Broderick.
The event will include speaker David Kohnen, director of the John B. Hattendorf Center for Maritime Historical Research at the Naval War College, and a question-and-answer segment with Haerry’s granddaughter, Jessica Marino, who made the journey to Pearl Harbor with her grandfather’s ashes.
“Journey Home to the USS Arizona” is the 19th documentary film from the South Kingstown-based nonprofit World War II Foundation, produced in cooperation with Tim Gray Media.
When asked how the latest documentary manifested, Tim Gray, a South County native and founder of the World War II Foundation, said Haerry was interviewed for the foundation’s earlier film, “Remember Pearl Harbor.”
That 84-minute film, which premiered last November, is narrated by Tom Selleck and features interviews with more than 35 World War II veterans and Hawaiian citizens.
When Haerry passed away and Gray learned he wanted his ashes returned to the USS Arizona, “we felt as though that would be a very compelling documentary,” he said.
“The interesting thing about Ray is his son tried to get him to go back to Pearl Harbor,” Gray said, but Haerry refused. Nineteen years old at the time of the attack, he carried memories too painful to allow him to return to Honolulu; yet Haerry’s dying wish was to have his ashes returned there.
“That’s where he wanted to spend eternity,” Gray said. “With his shipmates … there’s that bond there that I don’t think people knew.”
The remains of more than 900 sailors killed on Dec. 7, 1941, are still inside the ship. Of those who survived the attack, Haerry was the 42nd who asked to be returned to the ship to be laid to rest. Only five other survivors are still alive.
After Gray earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Rhode Island in 1989, he worked as a television sportscaster for about 15 years. He wanted to create documentaries on World War II and the World War II Foundation was born; he began work on the first documentary in 2006.
Whether in Europe or the Pacific, “we shoot all the films on location,” Gray said. “We film in the places where the actual events took place.”
Gray produces, writes and directs the documentaries. To fund the projects, he fields donations. “You reach out to as many people as you possibly can and hope they have an interest in honoring that generation,” he said. “Nine out of 10 say no but you just hope you come across someone who understands what you’re trying to do.”
Gray has recruited Selleck and Bill Belichick to narrate past films. “I target people who, first of all, I like their voices, and second of all, who have an interest in World War II,” Gray said. All narrators have had some connection to the war or the military. “Most of these guys say yes right away,” he said.
Gray said World War II documentaries help to keep the stories of veterans preserved for future generations. In the next 15 years, all the World War II veterans will likely be gone. Documentaries help ensure there’s a record of what those veterans did “in helping to save the world.”
“They (documentaries) really preserve the legacy of what that generation accomplished,” Gray said. “We are who we are today because of what they did.”
As for the decision to premiere the latest documentary in Newport: “He (Haerry) had ties to Newport after the war,” Gray said. “We wanted to premiere in Newport because after the war Ray taught in Newport,” through the Naval War College.
Gray said Saturday’s event will honor the legacy of the Navy in Newport and Rhode Island.
“It’s not a war film,” Gray said. “It’s a film about a journey, a family’s journey.”
Tickets cost $10. For more information, visit JanePickens.com or call 846-5474.