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Ever since C. S. Forester's fictional hero Horatio Hornblower began to delight audiences, there has been speculation that his adventures were based on the career of a real naval officer. Several names were suggested, but the general conclusion was that Hornblower was a composite character. In this thoroughly researched book the author argues convincingly that Forester's model was Adm. James Gordon, a flesh-and-blood hero of Nelson's navy.

Gordon entered the Royal Navy as a semi-literate eleven-year-old and rose to become Admiral of the Fleet. He took part in major sea battles, frigate actions, single-ship duels, and operations far behind enemy lines. It was the fire of Gordon's ships against Fort McHenry that inspired the American national anthem. When he died, after more than 75 years of service in the navy, The Times called him "the last of Nelson's captains".

To support his claim, Bryan Perrett points to The Commodore and Hornblower's venture into the Baltic to harass the seaward flank of Napoleon's army during its retreat from Moscow as a remarkable parallel to Gordon's invasion up the Chesapeake in 1814 and his return down the Potomac with 21 prizes. He explains that Forester lived in the United States at the time he wrote The Commodore and fearful of offending his American readers, studiously obscured the identity of the real Hornblower. In telling the largely unknown story of Admiral Gordon's active service career, the book will be appreciated not only by the thousands of fans who have enjoyed the adventures of Hornblower, but also by those interested in the naval warfare of the Napoleonic period. Listeners who enjoy biography will find that they have the added bonus of an absorbing literary and historical detective story.

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A scholar is hired by a practitioner of the dark arts to decipher a very special passage from the dread Necronomicon.... Adapted from the short story by Clark Ashton Smith.

SUSPENSE is a revival of 'radio's outstanding theatre of thrills', which ran from 1942-1962. Featuring a mix of original scripts and adaptations of pulp-era short fiction, all performed by our crack company of Hollywood talent, this new version of an old classic is well-calculated to keep you in...SUSPENSE!

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  • Review of The Unexpected Man @ the Two Roads Theatre

    06/04/15 ,via noho arts district

    While travelling on a train a woman (Sasha Higgins) finds herself, by chance, in a compartment sitting opposite novelist (Ron Bottitta). Not a novelist but “The” Novelist! She is one of his most devoted readers and admirers. Herein begins the plot

  • Episode Title: (#SG102) "Stronger Together"

    10/17/15 ,via The Futon Critic

    [NOTE: The following article is a press release issued by the aforementioned network and/or company. Any errors, typos, etc. are attributed to the original author. The release is reproduced solely for the dissemination of the enclosed information.] 


  • Ron's Grilled Shrimp

    cilantro, parsley, basil, garlic, shrimp, lemon juice, lime juice, olive oil, black pepper, red pepper, red wine vinegar, salt


  • Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon

    Jeff Milne. 2009. ISBN: 9780615285214,061528521X.

    This is an in depth reference work devoted to the movie trivia game Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. It is far better and more complete than the terrible, short book by the games creators, which was mostly pictures and empty space on the page.

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  • Supergirl’ Episode Guide (Nov. 2): Kara Helps Capture an Escapee From the Kryptonian Prison

    11/03/15 ,via Television Impulse

    “Stronger Together” (11/02/15) – When Kara’s attempts to help National City don’t go according to plan, she must put aside the doubts that she – and the city’s media – has about her abilities in order to capture an escapee from the ...

  • New Supergirl Episode 2,Season 1 Official Spoilers,Synopsis Released By CBS

    10/26/15 ,via Hollywood Hills

    Guest stars include: Peter Facinelli (Maxwell Lord), Justice Leak (Thief), Rich Ceraulo (Agent Hartmann), Preston James Hillier (Fire Chief), Justin Chu Cary (Guard #1), Frank Pacheco (Guard #2), Ron Bottitta (Doctor), Jay Jackson (Male Newscaster), Mike ...

  • The Trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s CRIMSON PEAK is Here!

    02/16/15 ,via Nuke The Fridge

    Ron Bottitta, Sofia Wells, Peter Spence, Amanda Smith, Martin Julien and Matia Jackett. Guillermo del Toro, Matthew Robbins and Lucinda Coxon wrote the screenplay. Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Guillermo del Toro and Callum Greene are producers, while Jillian ...


Ron Bottitta - IMDb

Ron Bottitta: Thor: The Dark World. Ron is the second most famous actor to come from Claygate, England. The most famous is still currently Terry Jones, and third ...

Ron Bottitta - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Ron Bottitta; Born (1960-12-25) 25 December 1960 (age 54) London, England: Ron Bottitta (born 25 December 1960) is a British actor appearing in theatre and minor ...

Ron Bottitta - Biography - IMDb

Ron is the second most famous actor to come from Claygate, England. The most famous is still currently Terry Jones, and third place is still held by ...

Ron Bottitta (@RBottitta) | Twitter

The latest Tweets from Ron Bottitta (@RBottitta): ".@ActorsEquity Hoping the result of the LA membership vote is made public #AEAVoteNo #Pro99 #transparency"

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Ron Bottitta Biography & TV / Movie Credits

Ron Bottitta Biography & TV / Movie Credits

Ron Bottitta, Laemmle Sunset

Ron Bottitta, Laemmle Sunset

  • A Christmas Carol 2009 Movie
  • The Hard Corps 2006
  • Alec Stockwell
  • Doug Jones Actor
  • Katherine Herzer
  • Togo Igawa
  • Takato Yonemoto
  • Tanroh Ishida