Now, don’t tell us you don’t remember him. Ned…Ryerson. “Needlenose Ned?” “Ned the Head?” He did the “whistling belly button” trick at the Case Western High talent show? Got the shingles real bad senior year, almost didn’t graduate?
Sure, most people think of February 2nd as Groundhog Day, but can any true movie fan resist thinking of prolific character actor Stephen Tobolowsky’s performance as the small-town insurance salesman and former high school acquaintance of TV weatherman Phil Connors (Bill Murray), who just can’t help running into him on the streets of Punxsutawney time and again in the 1993 comedy Groundhog Day? Here’s to you, “Needlenose” Ned Ryerson. Bing!