I know CNN's John King and Playgirl model John King are not the same John King, but... There is a slight resemblance. Both were born in the early 60's, making about in their late 20's when one of them posed for playgirl in 1991.
CNN's John King's nose is a bit more pronounced, but when I was comparing both side by side, there was enough of a resemblance, with lips and eyes, ears and facial structure, I had to take a close look. I will have to try to dig up a recent image of Playgirl's John King to see how he looks today.
In the meantime, check out more of Playgirl's John King in my previous FH post HERE:
Every time I catch a piece of 1988's Mystic Pizza on TV, I end up doing a post. I love the 80's romantic comedy and all of it's male co-stars. My last viewing was a few years ago which led to a 2013 post about actor Adam Storke. (HERE:) Storke, along with Vincent D'Onofrio and William R. Moses played the romantic interests of leads Annabeth Gish, Lili Taylor and Julia Roberts.
Below: with Annabeth Gish in Mystic Pizza (1988)
This past viewing, my old crush on William (Billy) R. Moses was reignited. I have been watching William on TV since I was a kid on shows like Falcon Crest and Melrose Place through Perry Mason and his speedo wearing days on Battle of the Network Stars. William continues to be a busy actor with recent appearances on Homeland, Mad Men, Grey's Anatomy and a small role in last seasons American Horror Story.
Below:William with Falcon Crest parents Susan Sullivan and Robert Foxworth
I have feature William previous in my Blast From The Past section, (HERE:) and tried to find some new images and new material for this piece. I especially enjoyed looking through the old Battle 'speedo parades', check out the video below.
William with Perry Mason co-stars Raymond Burr and Barbara Hale
Fantasy Island (1981)
With Rue McClanahan and Al Molinaro
Battle of the Network Stars
Speedo parade along with John James, Michael J. Fox. Richard Dean Anderson and more 80's TV hunks
I don't usually like feature images of naked men without their face showing. I strive when I can to ensure men that I profile are seen as talented and skilled human beings, and the models are more than just a collection of body parts. I like to get their stories. But.... when North Carolina photographer Calder Van Goghsent on this series of shots of Rush Firestone however, I knew an exception was definitely required.
I made the exception for two reasons. First off, I love how Calder so magnificently captured Rush and his incredible physique. Calder is certainly no stranger to capturing great bodies. Many of you may remember my earlier pieces featuring Calder's superb work with the incredibly popular model Julian. (The Backyard | Bath Time) The two stories featuring Calder's shots of Julian remain two of the sites most popular posts.
The second reason was all about story, and although Rush was adamant I not share specific details, he was incredibly open with sharing stories that even without seeing his face, provided a great glimpse into his life and the man beyond the body. First off you should know, Rush is not a model.
Although we don't get to see his face, initially, that was the only part of Rush's body that was supposed to be photographed. Rush, (not his real name) is actually a friend of Calder's, who had just come out of five year relationship. Not eager to hit the bars, clubs and dating scene, Rush asked his photographer friend about taking some head shots for an on-line dating profile. As you can see... the shoot took on a life of it's own.
It was not planned. Rush is public defender in a fairly small city and is very careful with with what he shares on-line. So careful in fact, that after a few days, he took down the profile, and the images, so that they would not be seen by any other lawyers, judges or clients. The country's courtrooms are not exactly filled with GQ type faces and bodies. Being young and good looking already brings on a fare share of attention for Rush, something not always helpful in his job.
No matter what he wears in the courtroom, there isn't a pair of Brooks Brothers wool and mohair dress pants out there, able to camouflage Rush's beautiful backside. In fact, Rush's rump has been the focus of a few embarrassing moments in court. Several times he had heard comments about his butt while standing giving an argument. Once, when bending down to pick up his dropped pen, there was even a whistle. The judge just glared at the snickers that followed as Rush did his best to continue on.
Regardless of the occasional issue with his job, Rush would not change a thing. Being a defender is a stressful profession, and nightly work outs at the gym is his most effective method of dealing with stress. It is clear from Calder's images, that Rush rarely skips a 'leg day'. As a public defender, Rush often meets his clients at their lowest point, and not taking work home is a must. The gym Rush goes to also served another purpose, as the place me met the person he is currently dating.
Now before you all go out and commit a crime in order to meet and hire Rush, be warned. As good as he is, He can't always control the outcome of an extended trial. if you get a hard judge, he can't guarantee that you won't end up with a stiff sentence. (End of groan worthy legal puns)