Stage, film, TV actor and director Tony Mockus, recent recipient of the Chicago Drama Leagues 2006 Crystal Award, is the featured speaker for the 11th annual January Life Breakfast, Friday, Jan. 19, at Giovannis, 610 N. Bell School Rd., Rockford.
Mockus has enjoyed a career that began with national tours of Mr. Roberts, No Time for Sergeants and Auntie Mame, and has extended to Viennas English Theatre, Switzerland and Israel, while permitting him to live a faith and family-centered life in Chicago. Upon returning from Korea, where he was severely wounded, Mockus established himself as a leading man to visiting stars in the then-flourishing commercial theaters, working with such gifted actors as Tony Randall, Kathryn Crosby, Forrest Tucker, Barbara Rush and Cloris Leachman.
The emerging nonprofit theaters created new opportunities in both acting and directing. In 1977, Mockus was commissioned to create an elaborate production of A Christmas Carol for the Goodman Theatre. A perennial success, he continued to guide the production through 1983.
Film and television performances include The Untouchables, F.I.S.T., The Awakening Land, Highway to Heaven, Caddyshack II, Cross of Fire, Where Pigeons Go to Die, Bad Boys and Backdraft.
Mockus has enjoyed projects for National Public Radio, the Shaw Society, Pacific Garden Missions