Larry Hankin: An Animated Short – “Sometimes Jones and the Magic Credit Card”

By on September 25, 2015

“Once upon a time there was a boy named Lawrence Bartholomew Pittsburgh, who never got along with his father, so on his fifteenth birthday, he ran away to San Francisco, and he lived on Market Street with all the other runaways and hookers and bikers, and pimps, and street freaks and old timers. He became a back alley street thief, and he changed his name to Sometimes Jones.”


“Now Sometimes Jones was tall and thin and homely, he had big ears and a big nose, but he was also very smart, so smart that he seemed stupid, but actually he was just waiting to make his move. And then when he did move he moved so fast you didn’t see him, and even if you did see him he did it so well, you thought, ‘hmm, that’s gotta be wrong.'”

“Now Sometimes Jones also had a good black hat, and he was a real good pickpocket. As a matter of fact, the word on the street was Sometimes Jones was the best pickpocket in downtown San Francisco. The word was, if Sometimes Jones got close enough to touch you, your wallet was gone.”


About Larry Hankin

Larry Hankin is a writer, performer, director, producer and Oscar-nominee - and one of Hollywood’s most recognizable faces in the world of character actors. A graduate of “Second City”, an original member of “The Committee”, Larry has gone on to play roles in such diverse projects as “Laverne and Shirley”; Charlie Butz in "Escape From Alcatraz": the convict Clint Eastwood left behind. He stole the raisins on "Seinfeld"; he was Mr. Heckles, The downstairs neighbor on "FRIENDS"; on "Breaking Bad", Larry was the junkyard owner who destroyed the "Meth" Winebego and supplied the huge electro-magnet this season.   Larry's been seen in over 120 other TV shows and movies along the way, including Michael Bey’s: "Pain & Gain" with Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson (“In the film, my character ultimately gets the crap beat out of him by Dwayne Johnson, and I consider it a milestone and an honor in my acting career”, Larry was quoted as saying). But comedic storytelling is where his heart lies: all along, Larry's also been writing short, satiric fables which he‘s been turning into film shorts (30, at present), then directing and starring in them as “Emmett Deemus”, an old, street savvy homeless poet. In Larry’s first film short: “Solly’s Diner,” he introduced his younger, comedic street character, “Sometimes Jones” to audiences here and abroad and was nominated for an Academy Award.   Larry's written and starred over 30 of his own shorts – including Larry's second incarnation of his Sometimes Jones character: Emmett Deemus: basically Don Quixote on a motorcycle: a heroicly inclined, odd elderly biker on a battered old motorcycle with a sidecar: ”The Outlaw Emmett Deemus”. At present, Larry's writing a feature and TV series for Emmett. -xxx-