Let’s face it, folks, the past two years have been horrible for losing great artists, especially for those of us who are into the fringe arts. Damiano, Lux Interior, Bill Landis, Ron Asheton, Brian “Smerdley” Shane, Jack Wrangler, Sky Saxon, Erica Boyer, Juliet Anderson and now Jamie Gillis.
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I do have friends who were lucky enough to know the man proper and had the chance to work with him on various levels and all of them only had great things to say. The detail that sticks out the most for me was being told that Gillis was the kind of guy that could talk you out of jumping off a building in less than five minutes-calmly, coolly and with a sensitive type of logic. Others spoke of his intellect, humor, no bullshit approach to life and a love of the arts.
Stereotypes are for the unimaginative and uninformed and someone like Jamie Gillis broke any stereotype one could have about an actor in fringe cinema. Period.
Wherever he is, I certainly hope he realizes what a talent and star he truly was.