Some of you might remember me mentioning real life inspirations for some of my characters, others might not, but anyone who has read the Diversion series probably will not be surprised to learn:
Actor Brian Dennehy was my inspiration for Walter Smith, the Director of the Southeastern Narcotics Bureau's Department of Diversion Prevention and Control. And Bo and Lucky's Boss.
Tall, imposing when he wants to be, your favorite uncle when it suits the occasion, Mt. Walter is the glue that holds the department together. Rational, fair, wise, dependable. Everything that a mentor should be. Even in the early days when I first began the series, I had the actor's image firmly in mind.
This week I was sorry to learn that actor Brian Dennehy has passed from this world. My favortie movie of his is Foreign Affairs, with lovely actress Joanne Woodward, an opposites attract movie from 1993 that has a pretty decent message.
Time to get the popcorn and tissues and rewatch an old favorite.