'Miracle' actor Michael Mantenuto was found dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound this week.
It's been an unhappy week for the family of former Disney star and ex-serviceman Michael Mantenuto, an actor who died earlier this week at the age of just 35 after shooting himself in his car near his home in Washington. He leaves behind a devastated family.
Michael Mantenuto starred in 2004's 'Miracle'
Mantenuto was best known for playing 80s Olympics ice hockey star Jack O'Callahan in the 2004 Disney film 'Miracle' starring Kurt Russell. He was also a hockey player in real life, playing for the University of Maine and the University of Massachusetts Boston. Following his brief sporting and film career, he joined the US Army Special Forces as a Special forces communications sergeant.
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Could it be that Disney, the studio that holds the trademark on triteness, has developed a true flair for non-patronizing, fact-based feel-good sports movies?
By all rights of Hollywood true-storydom, the Mouse House's 2002 film "The Rookie" -- based on the late-blooming career of Tampa Bay Devil Rays relief pitcher Jim Morris -- should have been stale, pedestrian junk. Yet director John Lee Hancock brilliantly balanced easy-going sentimentality and cinematic luster to produce one of the best baseball movies of all time.
Now comes "Miracle," a rousing and satisfying (if more perfunctory and less masterful) chronicle of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team -- a band of unknown young scrubs who captured America's imagination and pride by beating the unbeatable Russians (and later winning the gold medal) at the Lake Placid games.
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