‘He’s a Good Guy That Alan Blumenfeld’
“He’s a good guy that God,” Sookie says when she and Jackson, loaded down with trash bags full of pot, are intercepted by Rabbi Barrans and Rev. Skinner on the pair’s evening philosophical stroll in the episdoe “Driving Miss Gilmore.”
The same really must be said for Alan Blumenfeld who played Rabbi David Barans, the Talmudic Yin to Rev. Skinner’s Yang. Good is certainly the word I have to apply to anyone who cheerfully answers my endless questions for this book, which he did yesterday morning.
But he’s also prolific. The man has appeared in everything from Friday the 13th Part VI and The Ring to the forthcoming Robert De Niro/Al Pacino movie Righteous Kill (coming Sept. 12). Of course he has also appeared opposite Gilmore Girls alum Milo Ventimiglia (Jess) in both Heroes and this year’s horror flick Pathology. And since 1977, he and wife Katherine James have been teaching attorneys how to better their courtroom presentations through a series of seminars they teach as part of their venture ACT of COMMUNICATION.
Though Rabbi Barans and Rev. Skinner (Jim Jansen) delighted in letting the wind out of Taylor’s sails on occasion, Alan was already friends with Taylor portrayer Mike Winters before he ever set foot on Gilmore Girls. Both men brought years of stage experience to their roles, and it showed in their on camera chemistry.
Yet one of the most fascinating aspects of Alan’s career to me were the appearances he made on The Golden Girls. Before Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino pushed episodic television forward with Gilmore Girls, Susan Harris, the creative force behind Golden Girls and the classic sitcom Soap, did something similar with TV of the ’70s and ’80s. As I’m also working on a book about the history of Soap, I appreciated the opportunity to hear the thoughts of someone who worked for both television innovators to see if there might have been some similarities in their creative processes. And through all of these questions, never once did he eye the clock or suggest I go play in traffic. He’s a good guy that Alan Blumenfeld.