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Turk’s biggest film news is the April 22 & 23, 2006, release of his feature documentary, Nobelity, which looks at the world’s most pressing problems through the eyes of Nobel laureates. To learn more, click here.


In 2006, Turk will also be seen in Rick Linklater’s film noir classic, Scanner Darkly, in Mike Judge’s new comedy, Idiocracy, and in the big screen adaptation of the classic children’s book, How to Eat Fried Worms.



     May, 2006 will also see the release of Turk’s latest book, written with his old friend Willie Nelson. It’s called
The Tao of Willie - A Guide to the Happiness in Your Heart. Check it out at Amazon.com or at a bookstore near you.

2005 was a busy year for Turk who has several current and upcoming film roles. In Friday Night Lights, a critical and box office hit, Turk plays TV sportscaster Skip Baldwin.


In Fall, 2005, St. Martin’s Press re-ssued Turk’s classic coming-of-age golf novel, Fast Greens, as well as a new paperback edition of Turk’s latest non-fiction golf book, The Old Man and the Tee.

And congratulations to the winners of The Old Man and the Tee essay contest. The grand prize winner was Derrick Morris of Americus, Georgia. Courtesy of American Airlines, Turnberry Resort and Callaway Golf, Derrick and his son Ethan enjoyed the golf trip of a lifetime to Turnberry Resort Scotland, where they teed it up with Turk on one of the most beautiful days of the year.

The other winners,  Richard Spencer and Linda Larison, had memorable trips to Barton Creek Resort in Austin, Texas.

Thanks to everyone for their wonderful entries, and for helping spread the word about The Old Man and the Tee.



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Turk in The Alamo

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Alamo defender Isaac Millsap

 

Disney’s epic film, The Alamo, starring Billy Bob Thornton as Davy Crockett and Dennis Quaid as Sam Houston was released in December 2003. Directed by John Lee Hancock, and the most expensive Western ever filmed, The Alamo also features a number of Texas actors, including Turk Pipkin in the role of Isaac Millsap, the leader of the Gonzales reinforcements, a company of men who rode to the defense of the trapped Alamo defenders, and who became known as the Immortal 32 for the valiant sacrifice.

“My weeks on the set of The Alamo comprised the greatest single thrill of my life,” says Turk. “I’m just a big kid from Texas who used to wear a coonskin cap and play at defending the Alamo. To get to play even a small part in what will likely be the most inspiring and historically accurate version the primal story of Texas is as good as it gets.”

“The Alamo - don’t miss it!”



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The Old Man & the Tee  

The Old Man & the Tee, was published in mid-2004 by St. Martin’s Press. The book tells the story of Turk's attempt to take ten strokes his my game in a year by working with some of the most brilliant instructors and players in golf, including David Leadbetter, Dave Pelz and Ben Crenshaw.

To improve his putting game, Turk even went so far as to enlist the support of Putting Greens Direct, a national installer of artificial putting greens who built a backyard putting green in Turk’s yard. “Since the green went in, I’ve never putter better in my life,” says Turk. “I can’t recommend these things highly enough.”

click here to read the full story on Turk’s green

click here to go directly to the web-site of Putting Greens Direct


From October 8 to 12, 2001, Turk was the daily diarist on Slate.com, a gig that put him in the footsteps of Benazir Bhutto, Beck, Bill Gates, and U.S. Poet Laureate, Robert Pinksy. Read the diaries.


HBO’s The Sopranos

Turk can be seen as a recurring character in the third season of HBO's hit series, "The Sopranos."

Turk and Aida
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Turk (Aaron Arkaway) with Aida Turturro (Janice Parvati Soprano)
For her wonderful work in the third season of The Sopranos, including of course her scenes with Turk, Aida received an Emmy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actress.

In October, 2000, after moderating a panel at the Austin Film Festival with Sopranos creator and Executive Producer David Chase, Turk was asked to send a videotape audition the show. Two days later he was cast as Aaron Arkaway, the born-again, narcoleptic hippie boyfriend of Tony Soprano’s sister, Janice.

Though the part was intended to be a one-time appearance, Turk was invited back twice more in the third season. Watch for him in episode 34, ("He is Risen"), episode 35 (The Tell Tale Moozadell"), and episode 36 ("To Save Us All From Satan’s Power")

The Sopranos official web-site is: www.hbo.com/sopranos


Going to California, on Showtime

Feature Film Writer and Producer Scott Rosenberg has a new series on Showtime that’s receiving rave reviews as the show to beat for the Fall, 2001 television season. Sometimes called "Route 66 for the MTV generation," the show’s main character two small town guys from Massachusetts who are driving around the country in an old ’68 Buick Wildcat and meeting all kinds of strange and interesting people.

This time Turk is not in the cast, but is working as a writer for the show. Watch for his upcoming episode, "Waiting for Gordo."

Check it out at: www.sho.com/g2c


Waiting For Guffman on DVD

You can catch Turk (juggling ping pong balls from his mouth!) in the really hilarious feature film, "Waiting for Guffman," written and directed by the really hilarious Chris Guest. It’s now out on DVD; check it out, we can all use a good laugh.

 

 

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