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FMC Commercial, no. 1

Daniel Redd

Sound | 1983

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  •  The Furadan Man sets up his presentation for the annual growers’ meeting 
  •  According to Benny Barrett, who plays the Furadan Man, all of the actors who appear in this commercial came from the stable of talent agent Joy Wyse. At the front table are actors Don Wyse (cowboy hat), Rose Pearson, and Jerry Russell (baseball cap). Russell was an active member of the Fort Worth theater community, founding the Stage West Theatre in 1979. His daughter, Wendy Davis, served in the Texas Senate 2009 to 2015 and unsuccessfully ran for governor in 2014. Russell died in 2013.  
  •  The show begins 
  •  The Furadan Man salvages the evening 
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In this television advertisement for FMC Corporation’s Furadan, an insecticide, the Furadan Man (played by Benny Barrett) attends an agricultural meeting to pitch the benefits of the product. Furadan was the market name for the insecticide carbofuran. In 2008, the United States Environmental Protection Agency implemented bans against carbofuran due to the risks associated with its usage. Bert Rodriguez’s Dallas-based production company, Visual Presentations, produced the commercial. Rodriguez was also the producer of the Clio-Award-winning Old Home Bread commercials that introduced the world to C. W. McCall.