Lord Bowler, R.I.P.

My friend John McNamara emailed me a few weeks ago to give me the news. Julius Carry had died of pancreatic cancer. Julius was 56 years old. In the early 1990s I was five years beyond the one film I’d written and had produced. It was a lean time. Then I got a call that two producers, Carlton Cuse and Jeffrey Boam, were looking for a little help in scripting a western tv series for the then-fledgling Fox Broadcasting Network. Carlton and Jeffrey gave me the concept, the setting, and the names of the characters. Brisco County, Jr., Socrates Poole, John Bly and Lord Bowler. We worked out the story and I wrote the pilot. Fox approved and we made the series “The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.” It was an adventure for me as well. It started my tv career. Working with Bruce Campbell was a trip. But working with Julius was something special. Julius was a big man. Intimidating at first glance. But the actor I knew was one of the funniest, kindest and quick-to-laugh men I’ve ever met. His character alongside Bruce’s Brisco was designed to be insecure, violent, sensitive, full of bluster, bravado, irrational fears and untapped courage. It was a tough thing to embody that character and to also be the comedy relief to Bruce’s deadpan (and very funny) straight man. But Julius did it terrifically well. Miss you, Bowler.