As he was battling for his final breaths, former Bewitched star Dick York was in the midst of another passionate fight - one to help the homeless. To honor his heroic and compassionate efforts, Gama Productions is dedicating its upcoming film project, Prince of Paupers, to Yorkâ€™s memory.
Prince of the Paupers is the biopic of superstar Latin newscaster Guillermo Descalzi, whose fall from grace led him from a place in the spotlight - where he interviewed U.S. presidents and world leaders - to homelessness on the streets of Washington, D.C. Descalziâ€™s triumphant return to television is chronicled in this moving tale, based on his autobiography "Prince of Paupers"
A portion of the filmâ€™s proceeds will be donated to the Dick York Memorial Fund, which is managed by Second Harvest, the nationâ€™s leading food bank. The project has also been given a great deal of support from the Breadline of St. Francis of Assisi in New York City and the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney Australia.
â€œWe felt such a connection between the stories of these two extraordinary men that we were moved to honor both in a way that was meaningful," says Fernando Rojas, the filmâ€™s producer and champion. â€œWe are grateful for the opportunity to support the powerful work of Mr. York, and to exemplify the triumphant spirit of Mr. Descalzi."
Prince of Paupers is being co-produced with the Audit Trail, Inc., whose past projects include the Oscar-winning film Monster, the critically acclaimed Six Feet Under and the recent Kevin Costner release The Upside of Anger.