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Rowan
Oct 21, 2017

As for you, Troy Donahue

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So when it came to casting Archangel Michael as the Ultimate Sunny Southern California Guy, there was really just one guy. Before there was Robert "Hubble" Redford, there was Troy Donahue.

 

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