Sep. 20th, 1943
Ranger, Texas, USA
Ted Neeley's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles1973 - Jesus Christ Superstar
Guest TV Roles
Scenes from a middle class
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- The tour bus seen in the opening and closing sequences of _Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)_ (qv) was loaned to the production by Neeley and his rock band.
- He was able to play Jesus throughout his career; in 1975, he appeared in a show with both Carl Anderson and Yvonnie Eliman reprising their roles. In 1992, Neeley and Anderson appeared in the AD Tour. Originally it was supposed to last a year; instead, it went until 1997, touring for five years and grossing over 100 million dollars.
- For _Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)_ (qv), he did an unexpectedly thorough job of reenacting Jesus' bull-in-a-china-shop rampage through the Temple's "unclean" flea-market...so thorough indeed, that director 'Norman Jewison' (qv) managed only two takes of this scene before running out of unbroken props. Fortunately, Jewison got everything right within the first two tries.
- The "39 Lashes" scene in _Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)_ (qv) was so realistic that his mother walked out on it. Mrs. Neeley had never laid a hand on young Ted in an anything-but-affectionate manner, and could not bear the sight of her son being tortured by anyone else...even though she knew it was "play-acted".
- March 9, 2004 Ted sang the soliloquy Why Must I die? from the Garden of Gethsemane scene in J C Superstar at the memorial service for Carl Anderson (Judas, JCS).
- He almost missed out on being cast in _Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)_ (qv). After inviting director 'Norman Jewison' (qv) to see him in a matinee performance of the Who's "Tommy", he was injured during a show just prior to the one Jewison had bought a ticket to see. He recovered in time for the next show; immediately following this, he drove from Los Angeles to Jewison's hotel in Palm Springs...dressed up as "Jesus Christ." (Norman was leaving for Israel soon thereafter, to shoot the movie.) Not only did Jewison accept his explanation and apology, he gave him the title role in said film.
- He met his wife on the set of "Jesus Christ Superstar"; she is one of the dancers in Simon Zealot scene
- Made his debut as a camera operator during the filming of one of the more memorable scenes in _Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)_ (qv): that in which "Judas Iscariot" is chased down a sand dune by five tanks. (The scene, incidentally, is meant to illustrate the desperation and personal conflict which drove Judas to consult the priests about betraying Jesus.)
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