Today I learned new UK assistant basketball coach Barry Rohrssen is a former actor and film producer with four acting roles in his filmography, according to the Barry Rohrssen IMDB page. One of those films, Glengarry Glen Ross, grossed over $2.1 million dollars in its opening weekend back in 1992. It went on to earn $10.7 million dollars, coming up just shy of its $12 million budget.
The movie depicts two days in the lives of four real estate agents and the conflict that arises when a sales trainer is sent to the office from corporate, and it has a superb cast alongside Rohrssen, one that includes several Hollywood legends back in their younger days. Ever heard of Al Pacino, Kevin Spacey, Jack Lemmon, Alec Baldwin, Ed Harris, Alan Arkin, Bruce Altman, or Jonathan Pryce? They’re all in it. And Pacino is as loud as always.
Rohrssen plays a much smaller role in the adaption of the Tony-winning play, which explains why he began his basketball coaching career one year later. I suppose he saw the talent around him on the Glengarry Glen Ross set and thought it’d be best to try another field: coaching basketball. He took his first assistant coaching job at St. Francis in New York in 1993, the beginning of a long career that has him coaching at the University of Kentucky over two decades later.
I set aside two hours of my Tuesday afternoon to watch the movie, not knowing how small Rohrssen’s role would be at the time. It wasn’t until about halfway through that I first saw Rohrssen as the “Assistant Detective,” a role with zero speaking lines, unbeknownst to me when I thought it’d be a good idea to watch it for KSR.
A brief rundown of his performance:
Barry Rohrssen in Glengarry Glen Ross
Character: “Assistant Detective”
On-Screen Time: Approx. 19 seconds
Favorite Quote: N/A
Best Scene: Door slam
KSR Popcorn-Rating: (5/5)
Because I’m a good friend and website editor, I took every scene with our man Slice and combined them in the YouTube video below. I think you’ll notice one common theme in his scenes: Whenever he appears, someone slams a door…
Tune in next week when we review Rohrssen’s role as Vic in the 2011 romantic comedy A Novel Romance.