They Influenced a Four-Time Oscar Nominee

Willem Dafoe in American Psycho
Willem Dafoe in American Psycho. Lionsgate.

As young men, they founded a comedy theater in Madison, Wisconsin with their friend Dick Chudnow. They named it Kentucky Fried Theater after the fast food chain.

A young Willem Dafoe was among those who saw an early Kentucky Fried Theater Show in the early 1970s, when his older sister Dee Dee took him to see one at the University of Wisconsin.

“That really made me think, I could be doing this,” he told Esquire in a 2018 profile “You don’t have to be a card-carrying industry person.”

Soon the team moved to Los Angeles and started a new theater.

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