June 25, 1987
Second Stringers Hoping
For Their Own Success
NEW YORK (AP)
plays Mary Anne, the wide-eyed ditzy blonde who trades goo-goo
eyes with Balki Bartkomous on "Perfect
Strangers." She gave up a budding career as a private
investigator to become an actress.
Valentine plays Nick, Mallory's monosyllabic boy friend on
"Family Ties." He was hit by a truck in New York
City six years ago and has an artificial hip that leaves him
with a slight limp. He's already shot a pilot for a
possible spinoff from "Family Ties."
Valentine are among those taken-for-granted players who populate
the background on popular network shows. Both are hoping
to parlay their small but choice roles into bigger and better
NBC has been
talking spinoff with Valentine since last year, after he
completed his first season on "Family Ties" in the
recurring role of Nick, a Rambo-esque conceptual artist whose
potential for joining the family as son-in-law is a recurring
nightmare for the Keaton family.
"All the Way Home," was completed, but Herschel
Bernardi, who was to have played Nick's grandfather, died.
visiting here recently, was hoping to try again with a new
premise in which Nick moves back to New York and goes to work in
an East Village bookstore run by a wealthy, intellectual older
moves back to New York to further his art career,"
Valentine said. "Which I always thought was
interesting, a guy with aspirations of art going to Columbus, O
(where the fictional Keatons live.) That was a little
obscure to me."
said he was headed back to Los Angeles to say yea or nay on the
casting of the pilot, a decision that could make or break some
struggling colleague's career.
glad I'm on this side of the table now instead of that side of
the table," Valentine said.
A NEW York
native, Valentine worked on stage before moving to Los Angeles
two years ago. He said he was amazed at the effect
"Family Ties" has had on his career. He's
already done one movie, a campy horror flick called "My
spinoff was not on the NBC schedule, but it could turn up later
as a replacement series. In the meantime, Valentine is
slated to appear in 15 of the 22 episodes a year of "Family
supposed to have only one appearance on "Perfect
Strangers" but now has a five-year contract. She
plays one of the stewardesses who lives in the same building as
Balki and his cousin, Larry.
descendent of the McCoys, as in the Hatfields and the McCoys,
left the University of Maryland for the bright lights of New
tough, and after a series of odd jobs, she said, she answered a
classified ad -- "Wanted: Real-Life 'Charlie's
THE AD was
for a detective agency that specialized in missing
persons. The owner of the agency liked to hire actresses
for undercover work.
assignment, Arthur said, she posed as a high-school student to
learn the location of a runaway.
worst part was the homework," she said. "What
I'd do was go back to the office and say, 'OK, who's good in
after three years to pursue acting again, landing some
guest-starring roles on television and a small part in the movie
"About Last Night."
she's happy with her supporting role on "Perfect
Strangers" for now.
realize I could do a lead role in a sitcom," she
said. "But what I'm learning from these two guys
(lead actors Bronson Pinchot and Mark Linn-Baker), when the time
comes when I do have my own sitcom, I'll be more prepared.
I'll be able to make it a hit. I know what the formula is