Personality Test: Ron Marnich
By William Loeffler
Published: Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, 9:30 p.m.
Actor Ron Marnich was a stand-in for Robert Downey Jr. in “Wonder Boys,” the film adaptation of Michael Chabon's novel that was shot here. Marnich of McKees Rocks also appeared in the low-budget drama “Pain Within,” in which he plays an adult who was abused as a child.
Marnich has his biggest role to date as a young Jimmy Beaumont in “Since I Don't Have You,” which has its Pittsburgh premiere next month.
The film was written and co-directed by Gavin Rapp of Aspinwall. Rapp's mother, Janet Vogel, sang with Jimmy Beaumont and the Skyliners. Their 1958 hit, “Since I Don't Have You,” charted nationally and brought the group instant fame. Rapp was 13 when his mother committed suicide.
The film is a retelling of Vogel's life, seen through the eyes of her young son. It will have a limited public screening Oct. 25 at SouthSide Works. Tickets can be purchased at wintermorningpictures.com.
The star who would play me in the movie version of my life and why:
Gary Oldman, because I like the way he delves into a role.
A. Go Gos
B. Goo-Goo Dolls
C. Lady Gaga
D. Yo Gabba Gabba
A: Love the Go Gos
The piece of memorabilia from my childhood I wish I still had:
My blue Garelli Moped
I never travel without my:
The superpower I wish I had in real life and why:
Speed travel at the click of my fingers ... because I don't like waiting to get somewhere.
App I wish I could invent:
A protective force field/shield
Favorite brunch food:
My favorite reality show:
I'm not into anybody else's reality.
TV marathon I could watch all day and why:
“Seinfield,” because they are so funny and cleverly written
E. I hate sports
B: Penguins. Love the sport
My favorite Pittsburgh athlete:
The oldest thing in my refrigerator is:
Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
Favorite lunchtime spot:
Mario's in Beaver
Top thing on my “Bucket List”:
Go snow skiing out West
In five years, I'd like to:
Be the new host of “Wheel of Fortune”
My favorite thing about Pittsburgh is:
How beautiful it looks at night
I'm deathly afraid of:
Three people I'd love to have dinner with:
Jesus, Ronald Reagan, Mother Teresa
My favorite sandwich, plus fixings:
Rowdy's Buffalo Chicken
One word my mother would use to describe me:
When I was 10, I wanted to be:
A pro baseball player
If I was auditioning for “American Idol,” my song would be:
The first band I saw in concert (when and where):
The Commodores, with Luther Vandross as opening act, at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh
The best concert I've ever seen:
Favorite Pittsburgh-area landmark:
Favorite guilty pleasure:
Bryer's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream
Saturday mornings, you'll find me:
If I'm lucky, sleeping in — then, making my famous omelets
Best new gadget I've tried recently:
My iPod Nano
In high school, I was:
A pretty darn good baseball player
The most famous person I ever became friends with:
Robert Downey Jr., but only for a brief time while on the set of “Wonder Boys”
My most treasured fashion accessory is:
My wedding ring
What you'll always find in my glove compartment:
A pocket knife and flashlight
If I wasn't an actor, I'd be:
The last book I read:
“The Harbinger” by Jonathan Cahn
My favorite Pittsburgh pizza:
Pascarellis in McKees Rocks
Movie I could watch every time it appears on cable:
My childhood nickname was:
The movie that always makes me cry:
“Planes, Trains and Automobiles”
My favorite “bad” movie is:
“Dumb and Dumber”
My first job:
My worst job:
My favorite cable channel:
The song that always gets me out on the dance floor:
“OMG” by Usher
Life would be better without:
People being able to harm each other
People would be surprised to know that I:
Have a degree in guidance counseling, but never used it
My most embarrassing junk food:
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