People: Aug. 7, 2000

WHAT'S RUSSIAN FOR POINTS ON THE BACK END?

In America we know GARY HOUSTON as "Irate Customer" from Fargo or perhaps "Government Agent in Bar" from Hoffa. Or we don't. But in Russia the Chicago-based character actor is nothing less than the new Lee Marvin. As "American" in the recently released Brother II--Russia's biggest domestically produced box-office hit this year (and sequel to the summer 1997 hit Brother)--Houston plays a corrupt ice hockey agent/Mob boss who embodies all the evils of the capitalist Red, White and Blue. "News to me," says Houston of his megahuge status in Murmansk. "I haven't seen...

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