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Ernest has given commencement addresses, hosted awards shows, been a frequent presenter (and occasional recipient) and spoken to audiences of all ages, seniors for whom ON GOLDEN POND and THE WEST SIDE WALTZ and THE LIES BOYS TELL have lasting meaning, to Boys and Girls Clubs, where kids are starry-eyed over the Oscar Ernest often takes with him. He never fails to fill a room with laughter or to leave his audiences feeling inspired, invigorated and wanting more. A natural presence in front of a crowd, large or small, Ernest has a unique talent for tailoring his remarks to the event and making each person feel as if Ernest is speaking to him or her. Frequently Ernest will show clips from his many films and regale audiences with his inexhaustible supply of stories he’s collected from more than 45 years of working with some of Hollywood’s greatest legends. Often it’s in the Q&As that follow an Ernest Thompson speech where his wit and heartfelt emotion truly shine; like all exceptional speakers, and teachers, Ernest is also a listener and excels at making each person’s question feel important. If you haven’t heard him speak, you should.

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Ernest Thompson Speaking at an event


La Mama, New York, NY
A staged reading of Karen Black’s powerful play, starring Ms. Black, Gail Brown, Barbara Haas, Eric Sutton and Kat Yew