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Kumar Pallana dies at 94; character actor discovered by Wes Anderson
Kumar Pallana dies at 94; character actor discovered by Wes Anderson

Before Wes Anderson directed his first feature film, he'd hang out at an eclectic coffee shop in Dallas where he met a 70-something yoga teacher — Kumar Pallana — who was like a one-man Ed Sullivan variety show. To entertain customers in the cafe owned by his son, Pallana would juggle, do magic tricks and perform a vaudeville staple: plate spinning. Anderson and his buddy, actor-writer Owen Wilson, made Pallana an offer. "They said they were shooting a movie and 'Are you interested in being in it?'" said Pallana in a 2004 Times interview. "I said 'yes.' They were nice kids." The movie was "Bottle Rocket," which launched...

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