Monday, February 28, 2005

‘Deadwood’ Star: ‘Elvis Was My Teacher’

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Elvis Presley was a great singer, but he was also a great teacher to actor William Sanderson, who plays hotel owner E.B. Farnum on the HBO series, Deadwood.

Sanderson grew up in Memphis and spent many hours sneaking into amusement parks and movie theaters that were rented out by Presley to avoid crowds.

Despite that, Sanderson says the King “always treated his fans with respect and was very polite,” something that he says he remembered when he became famous on Newhart as the backwoods bumpkin “Larry,” who had two brothers named “Darryl.”

Presley influenced Sanderson in other ways too – he joined the Army a few years after the King and also learned how to act watching his movies.

In his words, “He could have been a great actor if he wanted to.”

But while Presley made an impact on Sanderson, it didn’t exactly please Sanderson’s dad. As he puts it, “My father used to say, ‘I wish you’d quit having self- destructive heroes.’”

Deadwood has its season premiere on Sunday (Mar. 6).

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