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Personality Test: Ron Marnich

| Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, 9:30 p.m.
Ron Marnich plays Jimmy Beaumont in “Since I Don’t Have You.” Credit: Ron & Michelle Vezzani/ Winter Morning Pictures
Actor Gary Oldman poses for portrait at the Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon in Beverly Hills, Calif., Monday, Feb. 6, 2012. The 84th Academy Awards will be held Feb. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles) ITALY OUT

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

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.

Pick one:

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:

Eggs Benedict

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

Pick one:

A. Pirates

B. Penguins

C. Steelers

D. Other

E. I hate sports

B: Penguins. Love the sport

My favorite Pittsburgh athlete:

Mario Lemieux

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:

Neil Diamond

Favorite Pittsburgh-area landmark:

Mt. Washington

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:

A pilot

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:

“The Terminator”

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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