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Letters: film edits

06 DECEMBER 2018 | GERRY DEVENNEY


The Secret Actuary’s exposé of actuaries in films in the November edition of The Actuary missed a few tricks: more notable instances would be Jack Nicholson’s dour portrayal of an archetypal life office actuary in About Schmidt. In the 80s comedy Fletch I still find it amusing how Chevy Chase seems to think underwriting actuaries really need photographs of the lives they insure. However, the prize must surely go to John McMartin’s hilarious portrayal of a painfully shy actuary in the lift scene with Shirley MacLaine in the 1969 musical Sweet Charity. Perhaps one common thread is that at least these three films made you laugh!

Gerry Devenney

14 November 2018