Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Searching for Michael Nirenberg

I rewatched Searching for Bobby Fischer last night. It's a superb film about kids playing chess. It's like the Rocky of kid chess films.

The villain of the film was a little kid played by Michael Nirenberg. He was great in the film. Looked a little like Elijah Wood:

According to IMDB he has one other film credit.

Find a grave has a page for him:

Many pages on the internet list him as having died of cancer in 1996.

IMDb also has another person same name, born on the same day who is a documentary director.
Her confirmed on twitter that it isn't the same guy.

However, it also brings to question the birth date. It says this actor was born in 1978. That would have made him a teenager playing a 9 year old. Which doesn't add up at all.

So, the birth date of the director is probably incorrectly listed as the actor's birth date.

In the IMDB message boards we have the following:
Someone claiming to be his brother, saying he was born on Aug. 3rd 1983. He also claims he is now a chef:

A poster claimed to be his mother and says he is alive.

Someone in the comments of this blog:
Posted this:
"Max Pomeranc and Michael Nirenberg actually went to high school together! I was in Michael’s year (2001) at the Bronx High School of Science, and Max was a year behind us. I’m Facebook friends with Mike, so I can tell you he’s very much alive!"

If that's true then he is a chef:

"Bruce" the Shark dead at 44

 Shark starred in the 1975 film Jaws 
Bruce clowns around on set with unknown crew member.

(AP) Bruce, the ferocious looking shark who starred in the Universal movie “Jaws,” has died of unknown causes.

Bruce’s death Tuesday came six months after the shark had made a rare appearance at the Universal Studios party for Superbowl 50. He died in his sleep at his San Diego home, Universal said.

“Jaws,” released in 1977, showcased Bruce's ability to bite things and look ferocious, however off camera Bruce was different than his screen alter ego. "He was a sweetheart. He always enjoyed making others happy, even if he knew he was going to eat them." friend Kevin Clarkson said.

Starting his career very young, some say Bruce became a household name after them film. However, Universal Studios CEO Ted Innis disagrees "I've never seen a household named Bruce." he said shaking his head.

Bruce declined to appear in the sequel, Jaws 2, because he wanted more money than Michael J Fox.

"I thought it was a legitimate request," Bruce said in an 1992 interview, "Fox was just a kid at the time and didn't have that much money."

The studio refused and instead cast Jeffrey Weissman as Jaws and made him hang upside down for all his scenes. "I don't know what we were thinking," said a remorseful Ted Innis, "By the way, how did you get my phone number?"