With the WGA strike finally ending, we celebrate the scribe tribe's return by saluting screenwriter characters in movies, from ''Sunset Boulevard'' to ''Leaving Las Vegas'' to ''Hannah and Her Sisters'' and more
THE WRITER: Mel Miller
PLAYED BY: Walter Matthau
IN: A Face in the Crowd (1957)
Written by Budd Schulberg, Face is mainly the story of an egomaniacal entertainer: Loud, abrasive country performer and TV/radio personality Larry ''Lonesome'' Rhodes (Andy Griffith, in a nasty, edgy performance that will make you forget his aw-shucks TV characters). What makes it fit our writers'-story gallery? A terrific supporting performance by a youngish Walter Matthau as Mel Miller, the nerdy, bespectacled script ace who helps create the Rhodes persona and then watches it self-destruct.
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