A little while ago I came across an interesting discovery and decided to share it with those who would be as interested in it as I! I stumbled upon this fascinating find from the Music Choice Channel one day.
It’s safe to say the majority of Michael Jackson fans are familiar with his acting career from works like ‘ The Jackson Five’ to ‘Ben’ to ‘Miss Castaway’, but I’m willing to bet some, if not most, are unfamiliar about his 1991 made for TV flick ‘Switched At Birth.’
Some other time ago, I found out about another forgotten TV appearance on the ‘ABC Afterschool Specials’. Michael played in ‘Daddy Can’t Read ‘ and also played as himself in this. Unfortunately, since I cannot find clips for either of these, I have no idea how he connects with the storyline, and the only info I’ve been able to come across entails him playing as himself.
Full Plot Summary:
Teenager Alison Watson is helping to promote a campaign to fight adult illiteracy in her town. Mr. Ruigh is teaching classes, and all the students are women. Alison’s father Bill Watson works at a factory which will soon modernize, and workers will need to read and use computers on the job. Bill doesn’t want his daughter pitching the literacy program to his workers, because he fears they will be targets of layoffs if supervisors realize they are illiterate. Written by Ken Miller
Attatched to that summary was the email address of the writer. I’m guessing this person gave their email out for a reason, so why not ask him for a link to the video, or whatever information he happens to have regarding this jewel of a find. firstname.lastname@example.org
While researching on the subject of Michael’s little known roles in little remembered movies, I came across a 1972 TV special titled ‘Free To Be You and Me’ by Marlo Thomas & Friends. I found out that not only is Michael listed as apart of the cast, but it also includes Dionne Warwick, Harry Belafonte. and Diana Ross.
Free To Be You And Me was a project of the Ms. Foundation for Women, which of whom first introduced a storybook and later a CD with the same title.
Here’s a link to the whole history of the soundtrack: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_to_Be%E2%80%A6_You_and_Me
And strictly for your entertainment, a clip of a fourteen-year- old Michael’s performance! Enjoy!
I’m aware that telling you about the previous two programs teases you to know end, and I feel your pain. If I do run across something else, I will let you know and update the post a.s.a.p!
BTW: Here’s a link to MJ’s full filmography (It’s a bit outdated): http://www.filmreference.com/film/21/Michael-Jackson.html