Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Tennessee Shakespeare Festival: Jerry Winsett chats with BRBTV

You've seen Jerry Winsett in a lot of places. You've seen him on some great classic TV shows such as "Mr. Belvedere," "Coach," "Life Goes On" and "It's Garry Shandling's Show." You've also seen him in a rather famous TV commercial, the keystone of the Dunkin Donuts' "Time to make the doughnuts" campaign. He was the guy making the doughnuts who's falling asleep then slapped back awake with a handful of flour.

BRBTV continues its weeklong coverage of this year's Tennessee Shakespeare Festival, which just wrapped up on Sunday, with a look at this seasoned actor and his career.

On the big screen, Winsett has been featured in such films as "Radio Days," "The Chosen," "One Crazy Summer," "The Sicks O'Clock News," "Ragtime," "Almost An Angel," "Tax Season," "Sunset Strip," "Paulie," "Preppies" and "Bastard Out of Carolina." He portrayed Merton the Farmer in the film "Torque," produced by the same production team that brought us "Fast and Furious" and "XXX." But besides that nice screen career, Winsett has done a whole lot on stage.

Winsett portrayed two characters in the festival's production of "The Comedy of Errors." He was the incarcerated Aegeon, and he was a special "surprise" character, shown in the photos here!

Winsett, who's been with the Tennessee Shakespeare Festival since its beginning in 2008, sat down to chat with BRBTV just before showtime on Sunday, July 3. Here's Part 1 of our interview, and we'll be highlighting the second half later this week.

Photos by Billie Rae Bates / BRBTV; copying with credit is OK -- a link would be grand!

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