Kumar Pallana video tribute, featuring Wes Anderson: Actor remembered with USA Film Festival montage.
A Video Tribute to Kumar Pallana, Featuring Wes Anderson
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Nov. 11 2013 3:01 PM

A Video Tribute to Kumar Pallana

Kumar Pallana—actor, plate-spinner, and favorite supporting player in several Wes Anderson films—died at 94 last month. Pallana lived a long, adventurous life, migrating from India and performing as Kumar of India in the 1950s and ’60s, before his rediscovery by Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson in the ’90s.

At a USA Film Festival event a few nights ago, friends and family gathered to remember Pallana, playing a montage highlighting his acting, juggling, and great laugh. After the montage, Anderson appeared in a short, sincere video message, calling Pallana “one of the funniest people I’ve ever met” and “one of the few people I would actually say is genuinely wise.” You can watch the full tribute, via the Dallas Morning News and Indiewire, above.

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Forrest Wickman is a Slate senior editor. He writes and edits for Slate’s culture blog, Brow Beat.

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