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2020 Fictitious Athlete Hall of Fame - Round 2

Dave Stoller

Dave Stoller
  • TV Show/Movie Appeared: Breaking Away (1979)
  • Actor/Actress: Dennis Christopher
  • Played For:: The Cutters
  • Why you should vote:: This was the focal character in one of the better sports films ever.
  • Why you should not vote:: Cycling is not a very popular sport….thanks Lance Armstrong!
  • : Funny how Dennis Christopher was nominated for the Most Promising Newcomer in the Golden Globes, though his co-stars (Dennis Quaid, Daniel Stern and Jackie Earle Haley) would all go on to have far more successful careers in Hollywood. Despite that fact, “Breaking Away” was the coming of age story of Dave Stoller (Christopher) and his attempt to find a better life for himself via cycling, and by proxy European culture. It is the often told story of the common vs. the elite, and an inspirational one at that with Stoller winning a cycling competition on behalf of the “Cutters” (the term used to slam those who worked the quarry, and thus the ‘common man’) and rode his team to victory. It is a simple story, but these are often the ones that work best, and it was considered one of the better sports films ever. Christopher may not have come close to a role like this again, but is he alone in that? Not at all!

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