A big-screen cameo and real-life remembrances for an Upstate surgeon

A still from the independent film "The Lennon Report," about the death of former Beatle John Lennon.

A still from the independent film “The Lennon Report,” about the death of former Beatle John Lennon. (FRANCISCO PRODUCTIONS)

In an indie movie appearing at film festivals, actor Evan Jonigkeit plays the role of David Halleran, MD, a young medical resident at midtown Manhattan’s Roosevelt Hospital on the night of Dec. 8, 1980, when police brought in a victim of four gunshots.

David Halleran, MD

David Halleran, MD

While Halleran and others worked to save the man’s life, someone looked through his wallet for identification. The driver’s license read: John Lennon.

Halleran is now a colorectal surgeon at Upstate and former president of the Onondaga County Medical Society. The movie, called “The Lennon Report,” was filmed last year in New York City, and Halleran has a cameo.

hloa-art2fall2015coverHear an interview with Halleran about that night. This article appears in the fall 2015 issue of Upstate Health magazine.

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