Wes Anderson Collaborator Kumar Pallana: 1918-2013
Kumar Pallana, the Dallas-area spice seller who was one of director Wes Anderson’s favorite character actors, has passed away at age 94, the A.V. Club reports.
Pallana made his big-screen debut in Anderson’s Bottle Rocket after the director and actor Owen Wilson began patronizing his son Dipak’s coffee shop Cosmic Cup, where he sold Indian spices and food. Taken with Pallana’s off-kilter charm, Anderson — who would often go to Cosmic Cup during their free time to play card games and chess — insisted on recruiting him to the be part of Bottle Rocket.
Anderson was so impressed with Pallana’s Bottle Rocket performance as Wilson’s bumbling-but-lovable partner in crime that he cast him regularly in other films — including The Royal Tenanbaums and Rushmore.The actor first immigrated to the U.S. in the 1950s as a traveling performer known as Kumar of India who specialized in spinning plates as well as magic tricks, swordplay and juggling. Pallana went on to have key roles in big Hollywood features, such as The Terminal and Another Earth.
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