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He was even more than what he represented — Hollywood — and even more than what he was, which was, of course, a star. He was, pardon the term, an existentialist, as unflinching in his estimation of himself as he was in his estimation of others, as he was in his conversations with me. He took himself seriously, but as a comic character. As an actor, he was never quite as convincing in heroic roles as he was when he revealed an element of cowardice, and so he was, to my mind, brave.