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2018 Obituaries - MAKE IT STOP!!!


2018 Obituaries

MARK TENSER (Crown International Pictures Executive: This is a big loss to the filmmaking community, so I'll let the Hollywood Reporter take over the rest of the obituary: Mark Tenser, the savvy movie executive who transformed Crown International Pictures from an unremarkable independent film company into an exploitation powerhouse in the 1970s and '80s, has died. Tenser died on New Year's Day, his company announced. He was still serving asMark Tenser president and CEO of Crown at the time of his death and did not want his age to be revealed. His wife, Marilyn Tenser, who survives him, worked alongside him for more than four decades and produced several of Crown's most notable releases. After Tenser took the reins in 1973, Crown targeted the underserved teen market that the Hollywood major studios had cast aside with movies that revolved around cars, young men and women and lighthearted sex. The low-budget flicks also played well at the drive-in. Crown was named Motion Picture Company of the Year by the National Association of Theatre Owners in 1976. That year, it distributed the "teensploitation" classic THE POM POM GIRLS [1976]; produced for less than $1 million, it brought in more than four times that, making it one of the highest-grossing non-Hollywood films of the year. "Sex can be treated from the standpoint of young people with fun," Tenser once said. Other films distributed by Crown in an era before the explosion of home video included the action comedy SUPERCHICK [1973]; WELCOME HOME, BROTHER CHARLES [a.k.a. SOUL VENGEANCE - 1975], a blaxploitation pic; the martial arts film DEATH MACHINES [1977]; THE VAN [1977], which cashed in on the customized van craze [and featured Danny DeVito]; VAN NUYS BLVD. [1979], about cruising around Los Angeles; COACH [1978], a basketball movie starring Cathy Lee Crosby; and the darker-than-expected MALIBU HIGH [1979]. Tenser was instrumental in directing the specialized ad campaigns for his movies, and he helped place Crown in the pantheon of successful indie film outfits alongside the likes of American International Pictures and New World Pictures. Crown had been founded in 1959 by former RKO Pictures executive Newton "Red" Jacobs, who was behind the release of such titles as BLOODLUST [1959], FIRST SPACESHIP ON VENUS [1960], AS NATURE INTENDED [1961], THE DEVIL'S HAND [1961], DANGEROUS CHARTER [1962], VARAN THE UNBELIEVABLE [1962], SECRET FILE HOLLYWOOD [1962], CARNIVAL OF CRIME [1962], STAKEOUT! [1962], TERRIFIED [1963], ESCAPE FROM HELL ISLAND [1963], THE SKYDIVERS [1963; Crown's first in-house production], THE CREEPING TERROR [1964], VENGEANCE [1964], MONDO BALORDO [1964], INDIAN PAINT [1965], ORGY OF THE DEAD [1965], GUILT [1965], THE FOUNTAIN OF LOVE [1966], CATALINA CAPER [1967], THE HOSTAGE [1967], HELL ON WHEELS [1967], ROAD TO NASHVILLE [1967], THE WILD REBELS [1967], AFRICAN SAFARI [1968], TERROR IN THE JUNGLE [1968], SINGLE ROOM FURNISHED [1968], THE HELLCATS [1968], THE WILD PUSSYCAT [1969; a rare X-Rated feature for Crown], THE BABYSITTER [1969], THE SIDEHACKERS [1969], NIGHTMARE IN WAX [1969], THE FANTASTIC PLASTIC MACHINE [1969],  Al Adamson's BLOOD OF DRACULA'S CASTLE [1969], WEEKEND WITH THE BABYSITTER [1970], and MADMEN OF MANDORAS [1963] a film that, with material added later, became known as THEY SAVED HITLER'S BRAIN [1968]. Crown began producing its own films in earnest during the early '70s, and Tenser was promoted from Executive VP to Company President in 1973 when Jacobs moved up to chairman of the board. Meanwhile, his wife — Jacobs' daughter — became a vice president. [She was the one who came up with the idea and the marketing for THE POM Mark TenserPOM GIRLS.] Crown remained prolific in the 1980s with releases like THE HEARSE [1980] with Trish Van Devere, THE BEACH GIRLS [1982], MY TUTOR [1983], WEEKEND PASS [1984], TOMBOY [1985], CAVEGIRL [1985], MY CHAUFFEUR [1986], HUNK [1987], DEATHROW GAMESHOW [1987] and MY MOM'S A WEREWOLF [1989]. Raised in Long Branch, New Jersey, Tenser excelled at throwing the javelin and discus in high school and played football on the varsity team. He graduated with a degree in business administration from the University of Miami in Florida, then came to California to work with his father in sales. Tenser's first job at Crown was as a distribution manager, and his credits as a producer included COACH and THE HEARSE. He was an active member of the executive branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Survivors also include his sister, Dorothy, and several nieces, nephews and godchildren. A funeral is set for noon on Sunday at Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary in Los Angeles. In lieu of flowers, his family asks that donations be made to the N.P. "Red" Jacobs-Mark Tenser Memorial Scholarship Fund of Variety the Children’s Charity in Southern California. Other Crown International releases under Tenser's rein included: PICKUP - 1970; CINDY & DONNA -1970; BLOOD MANIA - 1970; WILD RIDERS - 1971; THE NAKED COUNTESS - 1971; NOON SUNDAY - 1971; CHAIN GANG WOMEN - 1971; POINT OF TERROR - 1971; THE PINK ANGELS - 1971; THE YOUNG GRADUATES - 1971; LITTLE LAURA & BIG JOHN - 1972; BLUE MONEY - 1972; STANLEY - 1972; THE STEPMOTHER - 1972; SANTEE - 1973; HORROR HIGH - 1973; KUNG FU MAMA - 1973; THE TEACHER - 1974; THE SISTER-IN-LAW - 1974; POLICEWOMEN - 1974; TRIP WITH THE TEACHER - 1974; BEST FRIENDS - 1975; THE SPECIALIST - 1975; LAS VEGAS LADY - 1975; SATAN'S SLAVE - 1976; DEATH RIDERS - 1976; HUSTLER SQUAD - 1976; LAND OF THE MINOTAUR - 1976; THE CRATER LAKE MONSTER - 1977; .357 MAGNUM - 1977; MALIBU BEACH - 1978; FRENCH QUARTER - 1978; SEXTETTE - 1978; DRACULA'S DOG - 1978; TERROR - 1978; BURNOUT - 1979; BUDO: THE ART OF KILLING - 1979; DON'T ANSWER THE PHONE - 1980; THE KIDNAPPING OF THE PRESIDENT - 1980; MCVICAR - 1980; GALAXINA - 1980; SEPARATE WAYS - 1981; AMERICANA - 1981; THE LAST CHASE - 1981; THE HIGH COUNTRY - 1981; IMPROPER CHANNELS - 1981; DOUBLE EXPOSURE - 1982; STACY'S KNIGHTS - 1983; FLESHBURN - 1983; YELLOW HAIR AND THE FORTRESS OF GOLD - 1984; KILL POINT - 1984; 9 DEATHS OF THE NINJA - 1985; HOT TARGET - 1985; SCORPION - 1986; LOW BLOW - 1986; THE PATRIOT - 1986;  JOCKS - 1986; LURKERS - 1987; THE VIRGIN QUEEN OF ST. FRANCIS HIGH - 1987; PRIME EVIL - 1988 NIGHT CLUB - 1989; CLICK: THE CALENDAR GIRL KILLER - 1990 TOP COP - 1990; BRAIN TWISTERS - 1991; LENA'S HOLIDAY - 1991; HOUSEWIFE FROM HELL - 1993; ALMOST HOLLYWOOD - 1994; GATOR KING - 1996. Tenser was a shrewd businessman, making sure that Crown still owned the licenses to most of their releases and selling those licenses to VHS & DVD companies, making Crown a small fortune [Some titles being released on DVD over twenty times!]. NOTE: Additional titles and links added by your humble editor.) - 01/01/18
Frank Buxton (Actor/TV Director/Writer/Producer: Frank Buxton was a voice actor [best known for voicing the character Batfink in a series of animated TV shorts, directed by Hal Seeger] who turned to directing episodes of '70s Television. Besides the series of Batfink shorts, Mr. Buxton acted in: ARMSTRONG CIRCLE THEATRE - 1959 [TV]; GET THE MESSAGE - 1964 [TV]; THE ODD COUPLE - 1974 [TV]; OVERBOARD - 1987 [Theatrical Film};  BEACHES - 1988 [TheatricalFrank Buxton Film]; GARFIELD AND FRIENDS - 1989 {TV; Voice only]; CHIP 'N' DALE RESCUE RANGERS - 1989 [TV; Voice only]; THE BAKERY - 1990 [TV Movie]; DARK AVENGER - 1990 [TV Movie]; FRANKIE AND JOHNNY - 1991 [Theatrical Film]; FACE OF A STRANGER - 1991 [TV Movie]; WITH A VENGEANCE - 1992 [TV Movie]; ROOMMATES - 1994 [TV Movie]; THE FUGITIVE - 2000 [TV]; THE DIARY OF ELLEN RIMBAUR - 2003 [TV Movie]; GRASSROOTS - 2012 [Theatrical Film]; TWO FRIENDS - 2013 [Short; his final acting role]. As a Director/Writer/Producer, Frank Buxton helmed episodes of these TV Series, Films or Specials [as Director, unless otherwise specified]: WHAT'S UP TIGER LILY? - 1966 [Theatrical Film; Writer only]; CHILDREN'S LETTERS TO GOD - 1969 [TV Short; also Producer]; HOT DOG - 1970 [TV; Also Producer]; LOVE, AMERICAN STYLE - 1972 [also Writer; also Story Consultant on 1 episode in 1973]; ME AND THE CHIMP - 1972 [TV; Story Consultant only]; THE BOB NEWHART SHOW - 1973 [TV; Writer only]; THE ODD COUPLE - 1973-1975 [9 episodes; also Wrote 5 episodes and Produced 7 episodes]; HAPPY DAYS - 1974-1976 [3 episodes; also Wrote 3 episodes]; ONE DAY AT A TIME - 1976 [Writer only]; MORK & MINDY - 1981 [4 episodes]; THIS IS YOUR LIFE 39TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL - 1981 [TV Special; Writer only]; NO MAN'S VALLEY - 1981 [TV Short; Writer only]; EMO PHILIPS LIVE - 1987 [TV Special; Producer only]; LIVE FROM PLANET EARTH - 1987 [TV Special]. Frank Buxton passed away due to heart problems and was 87 years-old.) - 01/02/18
JERRY VAN DYKE (Actor/Comedian: Many people will recognize Jerry as the younger brother of Dick Van Dyke or his four-time Emmy®-nominated role as "Assistant Coach Luther Horatio Van Dam" on the sitcom COACH [1989-1997], but I remember Jerry as the star Jerry Van Dyke on COACHof the insane sitcom MY MOTHER THE CAR [1065-1966]. Jerry started out as a stand-up comedian, entertaining troops when he joined the Air Force in 1952. He then began his stand-up career by appearing in dives and strip clubs in The Southern U.S., where his banjo playing became as well-known as his comedy. He then became part of the Playboy circuit and made a few appearances on THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW before becomeing a regular on THE JUDY GARLAND SHOW [1963-1964], where he played his goofy self. He also appeared a few times on his brother's hit TV series and , in one of the worst blunders of his life, turned down the lead role on GILLIGAN'S ISLAND [1964-1967; He took one look at the script for the pilot episode and said, "It was the worst thing I have ever read in my life."]. Besides MY MOTHER THE CAR [in which he had to bear the awful critics of a dead mother communicating with her son by ways of a talking car!], Jerry appeared in two other failed TV series and appeared in some films that should interest fans of this site. Jerry's credits included [TV Series unless marked with a TF for Theatrical film]: G.E. TRUE - 1962; THE COURTSHIP OF EDDIE'S FATHER - 1963; PALM SPRINGS WEEKEND - 1963 [TF]; MCLINTOCK! - 1963 [TF]; THE JUDY GARLAND SHOW - 1963-1964 [9 episodes]; PERRY MASON - 1964; THE CARA WILLIAMS SHOW - 1964; THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW - 1962-1965 [4 episodes]; THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW - 1965; LOVE AND KISSES - 1965 [TF]; MY MOTHER THE CAR - 1965-1966 [Series Regular; 30 episodes]; THAT GIRL - 1967; VACATION PLAYHOUSE - 1967; ACCIDENTAL FAMILY - 1967-1968 [Series Regular; 16 episodes]; GOOD MORNING, WORLD - 1968; GOMER PYLE: USMC - 1968; ANGEL IN MY POCKET - 1969 [TF]; HEADMASTER - 1970 [Series Regular; 13 episodes]; LOVE, AMERICAN STYLE - 1970-1971 [3 episodes]; THE NEW DICK VAN DYKE SHOW - 1973; MARY TYLER MOORE - 1972-1973; THE AMAZING COSMIC AWARENESS OF DUFFY MOON - 1976 [An ABC AFTERSCHOOL SPECIAL]; 13 QUEENS BOULEVARD  - 1979 [Series Regular; 9 episodes]; HOUSE CALLS - 1980; FANTASY ISLAND - 1978-1981; THE LOVE BOAT - 1982; NEWHART - 1983 [he originally appeared as "George Utley', but the character was essayed by the late Tom Poston after that]; FRESNO - 1986 [TV mini-series]; LETHAL VICTIMS - 1987 [TF; a.k.a. W.A.R.: WOMEN AGAINST RAPE];  RUN IF YOU CAN - 1988 [TF; one hell of a weird film!]; COMING OF AGE - 1988; CHARLES IN CHARGE - 1988; TO GRANDMOTHER'S HOUSE WE GO - 1992 [TV Movie]; THE DREW CAREY SHOW - 1997; GRACE UNDER FIRE - 1997; COACH - 1989-1997 [Series Regular; 199 episodes!; Nominated 4 times, in 1990, 1991, 1992 & 1994 for an Emmy Award® for Outstanding Supporting Actor in aJerry Van Dyke Comedy Series]; ANNABELLE'S WISH - 1997 [TV Movie]; MERRY CHRISTMAS, GEORGE BAILEY - 1997 [TV Movie]; TEEN ANGEL - 1998 [Series Semi-Regular; 6 episodes]; YOU WISH - 1997-1998 [Series Semi-Regular; 9 episodes]; THE NEW ADDAMS FAMILY - 1998; DIAGNOSIS MURDER - 1999; THE DISTRICT - 2004; THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW REVISITED - 2004 [TV Movie]; COMMITTED - 2005; YES, DEAR - 2001-2005 [7 episodes]; MY NAME IS EARL - 2008; MOON RING - 2010 [TF]; RAISING HOPE - 2011; THE MILLERS - 2013; THE MIDDLE - 2010-2015 [8 episodes; his final acting appearance]. Jerry Van Dyke appeared on many nighttime entertainment shows, including over 20 appearances on THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON. Jerry also had his share of tragedies in his life. His daughter, actress Kelly Van Dyke, took her own life in 1991 [She was a known drug abuser and her career led her down to appearing in porn films]. Jerry Van Dyke died of undisclosed causes [Jerry's wife, Shirley, said they were involved in a car accident over 2 years ago and Jerry's health had deteriorated since] and was 86 years-old.) - 01/05/18
GRETA THYSSEN (Actress: Probably best known to readers of this site for her role as the panther woman in the ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU rip-off, TERROR IS A MAN [1959], Greta Thyssen [real name: Greta Thysegen] hasn't acted for over Greta Thyssen50 years. She was a former Miss Denmark [crowned in 1952] and acted in a few films that readers of this site will be interested in. Her credits included [Theatrical Film unless otherwise specified]: OP OG NED LANGS KYSTEN - 1950; BUS STOP - 1956 [Marilyn Monroe's body double]; ACCUSED OF MURDER - 1956; SCHLITZ PLAYHOUSE - 1956 [TV]; THE ADVENTURES OF HIRAM HOLLIDAY - 1956 [TV]; TELEPHONE TIME - 1957 [TV]; DRAGNET - 1957 [TV]; PERRY MASON - 1957 [TV]; QUIZ WHIZZ - 1958 [TV]; THE BEAST OF BUDAPEST - 1958; PIES AND GUYS - 1958 [A Three Stooges Short]; FRONTIER DOCTOR - 1958 [TV]; SAPPY BULL FIGHTERS - 1959 [A Three Stooges Short]; TERROR IS A MAN - 1959; SHADOWS - 1959; CATCH ME IF YOU CAN - 1959; M SQUAD - 1960 [TV]; BACHELOR FATHER - 1960 [TV]; LOCK UP - 1960 [TV]; THREE BLONDES IN HIS LIFE - 1961; MICHAEL SHAYNE - 1961 [TV]; JOURNEY TO THE SEVENTH PLANET - 1961; THE DOUBLE-BARRELLED DETECTIVE STORY - 1965; COTTONPICKIN' CHICKENPICKERS 1967 [Her final acting role]. Greta Thyssen attempted to follow the footsteps of reigning platinum blonde sex symbols Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield by forging a movie career for herself, but she failed. When she quit film acting, she appeared in a few risqué stage plays until the early-70s. Greta Thyssen passed away from complications of pneumonia and was 84 years-old.) - 01/06/18
DONNELLY RHODES (Actor: Instantly recognizable character actor, best known for his role as "Dutch Leitner" on the sitcom SOAP - 1977-1981; and, more recently, his role as "Dr. Sherman Cottle" on the reboot of BATTLESTAR GALACTICA - 2004-2009. He was mainly a TV actor, but ventured out once in a while to appear in Theatrical Films. His credits included [TV Series unless marked with a TF for Theatrical Film]: REPRISAL! - 1956 [TF]; THE 27TH DAY - 1957 [TF]; MAN WITH A CAMERA - 1960; MAVERICK - 1960; CHEYENNE - 1960;Donnelly Rhodes on THE ALFRED HITCHCOCK HOUR (1964) BONANZA - 1960; TWO FACES WEST - 1960; TALLAHASSEE 7000 - 1961; MR. ED - 1961; HAZEL - 1961; PLAYDATE - 1962; SHOESTRING THEATRE - 1962-1963 [3 episodes]; WAGON TRAIN - 1965; THE ALFRED HITCHCOCK HOUR - 1964-1965; DR. KILDARE - 1965; THEATRE 625 - 1965; CONVOY - 1965; THE VIRGINIAN - 1965; LAREDO - 1965-1966; THE ROAD WEST - 1966; RUN FOR YOUR LIFE -1966; GUNFIGHT IN ABILENE - 1967 [TF]; THE GIRL FROM U.N.C.L.E. - 1967; BOB HOPE PRESENTS THE CHRYSLER THEATRE - 1965-1967 [3 episodes]; DUNDEE AND CULHANE - 1967; MANNIX - 1967; TARZAN - 1967; CUSTER - 1967; IRONSIDE - 1967; IT TAKES A THIEF - 1968; CIMARRON STRIP - 1968; THE SMUGGLERS - 1968 [TV Movie]; THE WILD WILD WEST - 1967-1969; BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID - 1969 [TF]; CHANGE OF MIND - 1969 [TF]; HERE COME THE BRIDES - 1969; THE MANIPULATORS - 1970; FAMOUS JURY TRIALS - 1971; O'HARA, U.S. TREASURY - 1972; MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - 1968-1972 [3 episodes]; MARCUS WELBY, M.D. - 1973; THE NEPTUNE FACTOR - 1973 [TF]; INSIGHT - 1968-1973; THE NEW PERRY MASON - 1973; THE HARD PART BEGINS - 1973 [TF]; THE STARLOST - 1973; THE COLLABORATORS - 1973; POLICE STORY - 1974; RUN, JOE, RUN - 1974; FOR THE RECORD - 1976; OUR MAN FLINT: DEAD ON TARGET - 1976 [TV Movie]; GLORY DAYS - 1976 [TF]; SWITCH - 1976; SIDESTREET - 1976-1977 [3 episodes]; WONDER WOMAN - 1979; THE CHISHOLMS - 1980 [TV mini-series]; BIZARRE - 1980; THE LITTLEST HOBO - 1980; SOAP - 1978-1981 [38 episodes]; IT'S A LIVING - 1981; THE FACTS OF LIFE - 1982; REPORT TO MURPHY - 1982 [5 episodes]; CHEERS - 1982; TAXI - 1982; MAGNUM, P.I. - 1983; IT TAKES TWO - 1983; GIMME A BREAK! - 1983; HILL STREET BLUES - 1982-1983 [3 episodes]; AMANDA'S - 1983; ALICE - 1984; FLIGHT 90: DISASTER ON THE POTOMAC - 1984 [TV Movie]; REEL HORROR - 1985 [TF; Executive Producer only] DEADLY NIGHTMARES - 1985; DOUBLE TROUBLE - 1984-1985 [9 episodes]; DALTON: CODE OF VENGEANCE II - 1986 [TV Movie]; CODE OF VENGEANCE - 1986; THE GOLDEN GIRLS - 1987; AIRWOLF - 1987; AFTER THE PROMISE - 1987 [TV Movie]; EMPTY NEST - 1988; THE PENTHOUSE - 1989 [TV Movie]; BORDERTOWN - 1989; DANGER BAY - 1985-1990 [TV Series Regular; 122 episodes; Nominated for a Gemini Award® in 1988 for Best Performance by a Lead Actor in a Continuing Dramatic Role]; SHOWDOWN AT WILLIAMS CREEK - 1991 [TF]; THE HEIGHTS - 1992 [Series Regular; 12 episodes]; BABY TALK - 1992; STREET LEGAL - 1991-1992 [Series Regular; 10 episodes]; DIRTY WORK - 1992 [TV Movie]; MURDER, SHE WROTE - 1988-1993 [3 episodes]; BEYOND OBSESSION - 1994 [TV Movie]; GUITARMAN - 1994 [TV Movie]; WHEN THE VOWS BREAK - 1995 [TV Movie]; SHADOW OF A DOUBT - 1995 [TV Movie]; MADISON - 1996; PROFIT - 1996; THE X-FILES - 1994-1996; TWO - 1996-1997; THE OUTER LIMITS - 1996-1997; THE STEPSISTER - 1997 [TV Movie]; VIPER - 1997; THE SENTINEL - 1997; DEAD MAN'S GUN - 1997; CONVICTIONS - 1997 [TV Movie]; INDEFENSIBLE: THE TRUTH ABOUT EDWARD BRANNIGAN - 1997 [TV Movie]; THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS - 1998 [Voice only]; THE CROW: STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN - 1998; MILLENNIUM - 1997-1998; BIG AND HAIRY - 1998 [TV Movie]; EYES OF A COWBOY - 1998; ROSWELL: THE ALIENS ATTACK - 1999 [TV Movie]; A MURDER ON SHADOW MOUNTAIN - 1999 [TV Movie]; HOPE ISLAND - 1999; MIRACLE ON THE 17TH GREEN - 1999 [TV movie]; CALL OF THE WILD - 2000; PERSONALLY YOURS - 2000 [TV Movie]; THE WEDDING DRESS - 2001 [TV Movie]; TOUCHED BY A KILLER - 2001 [TF]; SNOW DOGS - 2002 [TF]; PRESSURE - 2002 [TF]; THE CHRIS ISAAK SHOW - 2002; AMERICAN DREAMS - 2002; TOM STONE - 2003; THE DEAD ZONE - 2003; A TALE OF TWO WIVES - 2003 [TV Movie]; CENTURY CITY - 2004; PROOF OF THE MAN - 2004 [TV mini-series]; LIFE AS WE KNOW IT - 2004-2005 [3 episodes]; DA VINCI'S INQUEST - 1998-2005 [Series Regular; 91 episodes; Directed 1 episode in 2001; Won a Gemini Award® in 2002 for Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Donnelly Rhodes on BATTLESTAR GALACTICA (2007)Dramatic Role and was nominated 2 more times, in 1999 & 2000 ]; THE COLLECTOR - 2006; BROKEN TRAIL - 2006 [TV mini-series]; WHISTLER - 2006; PAST TENSE - 2006 [TV Movie]; THREE MOONS OVER MILFORD - 2006; PSYCH - 2007; BEYOND LOCH NESS - 2008 [a.k.a. LOCH NESS TERROR; TV Movie]; THE L WORD - 2008; SMALLVILLE - 2008; RIDDLES OF THE SPHINX - 2008 [TV Movie] GYM TEACHER: THE MOVIE - 2008 [TV Movie]; BATTLESTAR GALACTICA - 2004-2009 [36 episodes]; DAMAGE - 2009 [TF]; ALWAYS A BRIDESMAID - 2010 [4 episodes]; HUMAN TARGET - 2010; GOBLIN - 2010 [TV Movie]; RAMONA AND BEEZUS - 2010 [TF]; HUNT TO KILL - 2010 [TF]; TRON: LEGACY - 2010 [TF]; IRON GOLEM - 2011 [a.k.a. METAL SHIFTERS; TV Movie]; MARLEY & ME: THE PUPPY YEARS - 2011 [DTV]; HEARTLAND - 2011; BARRICADE - 2012 [TF]; THE 12 DISASTERS OF CHRISTMAS - 2012 [TV Movie]; ARCTIC AIR - 2013; MR. HOCKEY: THE GORDIE HOWE STORY - 2013 [TV Movie]; SUPERNATURAL - 2005-2013; CODED - 2015; THE ROMEO SECTION - 2015-2016; THE FLASH - 2016; LEGENDS OF TOMORROW - 2016 [His last acting role]. As you can read, Donnelly Rhodes was very prolific on Television. Donnelly Rhodes passed away due to complications from cancer and was 80 years-old.) - 01/08/18
TERENCE MARSH (Production Designer/Art Director: Multiple Academy Award®-winning and nominated Art Director and Production Designer, mainly on British films. His films as a Production Designer/Art Director included [All theatrical films unless otherwise specified]: TO PARIS WITH LOVE - 1955; AS LONG AS THEY'RE HAPPY - 1955; A TOWN LIKE ALICE - 1956; TRIPLE DECEPTION - 1956; THE PRINCE AND THE SHOWGIRL - 1957; MIRACLE IN SOHO - 1957; THE LEAGUE OF GENTLEMEN - 1960; THE SINGER NOT THE SONG - 1961; A COMING-OUT PARTYTerence Marsh - 1961; IN SEARCH OF THE CASTAWAYS - 1962; LAWRENCE OF ARABIA - 1962; OF HUMAN BONDAGE - 1964; THE WILD AFFAIR - 1965; DOCTOR ZHIVAGO - 1965 [Academy Award® winner for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration]; A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS - 1966; OLIVER! - 1968 [Academy Award® winner for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration]; THE LOOKING GLASS WAR - 1970; PERFECT FRIDAY - 1970; SCROOGE - 1970 [Academy Award® nominee for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration]; MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS - 1971 [Academy Award® nominee for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration]; THE PUBLIC EYE - 1972; A TOUCH OF CLASS - 1973; THE MACKINTOSH MAN - 1973; THE GLASS MENAGERIE - 1973 [TV Movie]; JUGGERNAUT - 1974; THE ABDICATION - 1974; GREAT EXPECTATIONS - 1974 [TV Movie]; ROYAL FLASH - 1975; THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES' SMARTER BROTHER - 1975; A BRIDGE TOO FAR - 1977; THE WORLD'S GREATEST LOVER - 1977 [also Co-Producer]; MAGIC - 1978; THE FRISCO KID - 1979; SUNDAY LOVERS - 1980; SPHINX - 1981; ABSENCE OF MALICE - 1981; TO BE OR NOT TO BE - 1983; FINDERS KEEPERS - 1984 [also Producer]; MIRACLES - 1986; HAUNTED HONEYMOON - 1986; SPACEBALLS - 1987; BERT RIGBY, YOU'RE A FOOL - 1989; THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER - 1990; HAVANA - 1990; BASIC INSTINCT - 1992; CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER - 1994; THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION - 1994; FORGET PARIS - 1995; EXECUTIVE DECISION - 1996; FALLEN - 1998; THE GREEN MILE - 1999; RUSH HOUR 2 (2001; His final screen credit]. Terence Marsh also won the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Art Directors Guild® in 2010 and was nominated several times for a BAFTA Award®. Terence Marsh died of complications from cancer and was 86 years-old.) - 01/09/18
HUGH WILSON (Director/Writer/Producer: Hugh Wilson was the creator of the cult TV Series WKRP IN CINCINATTI [1978-1982] and director of the film POLICE ACADEMY [1984], which went on to be part of a successful franchise, spawning 6 sequels and a TV Series [none of which Wilson was involved with]. His credits included [TV Series unless marked with a TF for Theatrical Film]: THE BAGEL REPORT - 1972 [TF; Director/Producer/Editor & Writer]; THE Hugh WilsonBOB NEWHART SHOW - 1976 [Writer of 3 episodes]; THE CHOPPED LIVER BROTHERS - 1977 [TV Movie; Director/Writer]; THE TONY RANDALL SHOW - 1976-1978 [Director of 4 episodes; Producer of 22 episodes; Writer of 6 episodes]; WKRP IN CINCINATTI - 1978-1982 [Creator of 86 episodes; Director of 2 episodes; Producer of 27 episodes; Writer of 14 episodes; Also wrote the opening theme song; Nominated for three Emmy Awards®, in 1980, 1981 & 1982, for Outstanding Comedy Series]; STROKER ACE - 1983 [TF; Writer only]; POLICE ACADEMY - 1984 [TF; Director & Writer]; RUSTLERS' RHAPSODY - 1985 [TF; Director & Writer]; BURGLAR - 1987 [Director & Writer]; FRANK'S PLACE - 1987-1988 [Director of 7 episodes; Producer of 22 episodes; Writer of 8 episodes; Nominated for an Emmy Award® in 1988 for Outstanding Comedy Series & Won an Emmy Award in 1988 for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series]; THE FAMOUS TEDDY Z - 1989-1990 [Creator of 20 episodes; Director of 3 episodes; Producer of 1 episode; Writer of 4 episodes; Nominated for 2 Emmy Awards® in 1990 for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series & Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series]; SUNDAY IN PARIS - 1991 [TV Short; Director & Executive Producer]; THE NEW WKRP IN CINCINATTI - 1991-1993 [Creator of 16 episodes]; GUARDING TESS - 1994 [TF; Director & Writer]; THE FIRST WIVES CLUB - 1996 [TF; Director only]; DOWN PERISCOPE - 1996 [TF; Writer only]; ROUGH RIDERS - 1997 [TV mini-series; Writer only]; SOUTHIE - 1998 [TF; Producer only]; BLAST FROM THE PAST - 1999 [TF; Director/Producer & Writer]; DUDLEY DO-RIGHT - 1999 [TF; Director/ Executive Producer & Writer]; THE CONTENDER - 2000 [TV Movie; Director & Producer]; MICKEY - 2004 [TF; Director only]; KEEPERS OF THE FLAME - 2012 [Video Documentary Short; Writer only; His final credit]. Hugh Wilson also appeared in cameo roles in most of the films and TV Series he directed [Called "Pulling a Hitchcock"]. Hugh Wilson passed away of a long illness and was 74 years-old.) - 01/14/18
SPANKY MANIKAN (Actor: Anyone who reads my reviews for FilipinoSpanky Manikan action films knows who Spanky Manikan is. He played secondary roles in many action films made in the Philippines and was a frequent actor on Filipino TV. Most of the films he has done are not available in the U.S, so I will list the ones he appeared in that were. His credits included [all Theatrical Films]: MANILA IN THE CLAWS OF LIGHT - 1975; P.O.W.: THE ESCAPE [a.k.a. ATTACK FORCE 'NAM - 1986]; SAIGON COMMANDOS - 1988; ABOVE THE WAR - 1989; CRUEL HORIZON - 1989; FATAL VACATION - 1989; BEHIND ENEMY LINES - 1997; BULLET - 1999; DEATHROW - 2000; AMOK - 2011. Many Filipinos will remember Manikan for portraying "Stanley King" on the TV soap opera THE TWO OF US - 2009 [177 episodes] and as "Don Hernando" on the TV Series MIDNIGHT PHANTOM - 2010 [24 episodes]. Spanky Manikan's death was not reported in any American newspapers. Spanky Manikan passed away from lung cancer and was 75 years-old.) - 01/14/18
PETER WYNGARDE (Actor: Peter Wyngarde was a well-known Actor, best known for his roles in the films THE INNOCENTS [1961] and NIGHT OF THE EAGLE [a.k.a. BURN, WITCH, BURN - 1962]. Although best remembered for his roles in those films, he was actually a British TV star, Peter Wyngard as "Jason King".appearing in many famous British Television Series, especially as flamboyant Investigator "Jason King" in DEPARTMENT S [1969-1970] and JASON KING [1971-1972]. His credits Included [TV Series unless marked with a TF for Theatrical Film]: DICK BARTON STRIKES BACK - 1949 [TF]; THE DYBBUK - 1952 [TV Movie]; LIEBELEI - 1954 [TV Movie]; STAGE BY STAGE - 1954; TERMINUS - 1955; JESUS OF NAZARETH - 1956 [TV mini-series]; ALEXANDER THE GREAT - 1956 [TF]; THE GAMBLER - 1956 [TV Movie]; NOM-DE-PLUME - 1956 [3 episodes]; ASSIGNMENT FOREIGN LEGION - 1956; SWORD OF FREEDOM - 1957; THE WIDOWS OF JAFFA - 1957 [TV Movie]; JACK HYLTON'S MONDAY SHOW - 1957; OVERSEAS PRESS CLUB-EXCLUSIVE! - 1957; A TALE OF TWO CITIES - 1957 [TV mini-series]; ORDEAL BY FIRE - 1957 [TV Movie]; ITV TELEVISION PLAYHOUSE - 1957; ENGLISH FAMILY ROBINSON - 1957 [TV mini-series]; GENERAL ELECTRIC THEATER - 1958; TELEVISION WORLD THEATRE - 1958; THE ADVENTURES OF BEN GUNN - 1958 [6 episodes]; BBC SUNDAY-NIGHT THEATRE - 1950-1958 [8 episodes]; EPILOGUE TO CAPRICORN - 1959 [3 episodes]; ON TRIAL - 1960; THE SIEGE OF SIDNEY STREET - 1960 [TF]; ONE STEP BEYOND - 1961; THE INNOCENTS - 1961 [TF]; BURN, WITCH, BURN - 1962 [TF; a.k.a. NIGHT OF THE EAGLE]; BBC SUNDAY-NIGHT PLAY - 1962; ARMCHAIR THEATRE - 1958-1962; OUT OF THIS WORLD - 1962; ABOUT RELIGION - 1962; RUPERT OF HENTZAU - 1964 {TV Series Star; 6 episodes]; R3 - 1965; SHERLOCK HOLMES - 1965; THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF GALLEGHER: A CASE OF MURDER  - 1965 [TV Movie]; THE MAN IN ROOM 17 - 1966; LUCY IN LONDON - 1966 [TV Movie]; THE BARON - 1966; TURN OUT THE LIGHTS - 1967; ITV PLAY OF THEPeter Wyngarde in 2015 WEEK - 1955-1967 [11 episodes]; THE AVENGERS - 1966-1967; THE SAINT - 1966-1967; LOVE STORY - 1967; I SPY - 1967; THE REVENUE MEN - 1967; MOGUL - 1967; THE PRISONER - 1967 [Portrayed "Number Two"]; THE CHAMPIONS - 1968; DEPARTMENT S - 1969-1970 [Series Star; 28 episodes]; JASON KING - 1971-1972 [Series Star; played the same character as in DEPARTMENT S; 24 episodes]; HIMMEL, SCHEICH UND WOLKENBRUCH - 1979 [TF]; FLASH GORDON - 1980 [TF; portrayed metal-skinned villain "Klytus"]; CROWN COURT - 1980; DOCTOR WHO - 1984 [4 episodes]; AND THE WALL CAME TUMBLING DOWN - 1984 [TV Movie]; THE TWO RONNIES - 1984; BULMAN - 1985; THE COMIC STRIP PRESENTS... - 1988; TANK MALLING - 1989 [TF]; THE LENNY HENRY SHOW - 1994; THE MEMOIRS OF SHERLOCK HOLMES - 1994 [His last credit as an actor]. Peter Wyngarde loved acting on Stage more than he did on TV, which accounts for the long gaps in his filmic resumé. Peter Wyngarde died peacefully in his sleep and was 90 years-old.) - 01/15/18
BRADFORD DILLMAN (Actor: Bradford Dillman was one of those '60s & '70s actors that would show up on nearly every television series and TV Movies that I loved [I believe that he alone was responsible for the rating successes of horror and thriller-themed Bradford Dillman in THE MEPHISTO WALTZ (1971)Movies Of The Week]. His death comes as a shock to me because I thought he passed away a long time ago. He appeared in many films that would be of interest to readers of this site. Dillman's credits included [TV Series unless marked with a TF for Theatrical Film]: PONDS THEATER - 1955; KRAFT THEATRE - 1953-1956 [4 episodes]; THERE SHALL BE NO NIGHT - 1957 [TV Movie]; OMNIBUS - 1957; CLIMAX! - 1957; MATINEE THEATRE - 1957; A CERTAIN SMILE - 1958 [TF]; IN LOVE AND WAR - 1958 [TF; Won a Golden Globe® for Most Promising Newcomer - Male]; COMPULSION - 1959 [TF; Cannes Film Festival Award® for Best Actor, which he shared with Orson Welles and Dean Stockwell]; CRACK IN THE MIRROR - 1960 [TF; His second film to star Orson Welles]; CIRCLE OF DECEPTION - 1960 [TF]; SANCTUARY - 1961 [TF]; FRANCIS OF ASSISI - 1961 [TF]; THE ELEVENTH HOUR - 1962; NAKED CITY - 1963; ALCOA PREMIERE - 1962-1963 [Emmy Award® nominee for Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for For playing "Charlie Pont". For episode "The Voice of Charlie Pont".]; KRAFT MYSTERY THEATER - 1963; MONSTROSITY - 1963 [TF: Narrator; Voice only; a.k.a. THE ATOMIC BRAIN]; ESPIONAGE - 1963; THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH - 1963; KRAFT SUSPENSE THEATRE - 1963; WAGON TRAIN - 1963; THE DOCTORS AND THE NURSES - 1964; BEN CASEY - 1964; BREAKING POINT - 1965; THE ALFRED HITCHCOCK HOUR - 1963-1964; PROFILES IN COURAGE - 1965; A RAGE TO LIVE - 1965 [TF]; INSIGHT - 1966; DR. KILDARE - 1964-1966 [7 episodes]; 12 O'CLOCK HIGH - 1966; THE PLAINSMAN - 1966 [TF]; COURT MARTIAL - 1965-1966 [Series Regular; 26 episodes]; HAWK - 1966; SHANE - 1966; BOB HOPE PRESENTS CHRYSLER THEATRE - 1966-1967; THE FELONY SQUAD - 1967; MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. - 1967; THE BIG VALLEY - 1966-1967; THE WILD WILD WEST - 1967; JUDD FOR THE DEFENSE - 1968; THE DANNY THOMAS HOUR - 1968; JIGSAW - 1968 [TF]; THE NAME OF THE GAME - 1968; FEAR NO EVIL - 1969 [TV Movie; The first MFTV film that I can remember that actually scared me.]; THE BRIDGE AT REMAGEN - 1969 [TF]; THE BOLD ONES: THE NEW DOCTORS - 1969; MARCUS WELBY, M.D. - 1969; BLACK WATER GOLD - 1970 [TV Movie]; SUPPOSE THEY GAVE A WAR AND NOBODY CAME? - 1970 [TF]; DAN AUGUST - 1970; IRONSIDE - 1970; THE VIRGINIAN - 1963-1971; LONGSTREET - 1971; BROTHER JOHN - 1971 [TF]; THE MEPHISTO WALTZ - 1971 [TF; The masked dog scared the crap outta me!]; ESCAPE FROM THE PLANET OF THE APES - 1971 [TF; his turn as good guy "Dr. Lewis Dixon" made this film memorable, especially when he kisses female ape Zira {Kim Hunter} on the lips!]; FIVE DESPERATE WOMEN - 1971 [TV Movie]; THE F.B.I. - 1966-1971 [7 episodes]; THE RESURRECTION OF ZACHARY WHEELER - 1971 [One of the first theatrical films to be shot on videotape and then transferred to film]; REVENGE! - 1971 [TV Movie]; BONANZA - 1971; NIGHT GALLERY - [The classic segment "Pickman's Model" - 1971]; MISSION IMPOSSIBLE - 1968-1972; ALIAS SMITH AND JONES - 1972; MARY TYLER MOORE - 1972; THE EYES OF CHARLES SAND -Bradford Dillman in ESCAPE FROM THE PLANET OF THE APES (1971) 1972 [TV Movie]; THE DELPHI BUREAU - 1972; THE SIXTH SENSE - 1972; MOD SQUAD - 1972; MOON OF THE WOLF - 1972 [TV Movie]; COLUMBO - 1972; MCCLOUD - 1973; DELIVER US FROM EVIL - 1973 [TV Movie]; THE WAY WE WERE - 1973 [TF]; THE ICEMAN COMETH - 1973 [TF]; MEDICAL CENTER - 1970-1973 [3 episodes]; MURDER OR MERCY - 1974 [TV Movie]; THE LAST BRIDE OF SALEM - 1974 [Afternoon TV Movie; Won a Daytime Emmy Award® for Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Special]; CHOSEN SURVIVORS - 1974 [TF; The film that made me take notice of Dillman as a great actor, even though the film was humdrum]; 99 AND 44/100% DEAD - 1974 [TF]; A BLACK RIBBON FOR DEBORAH - 1974 [TF]; GOLD - 1974 [TF]; THE DISAPPEARANCE OF FLIGHT 412 - 1974 [TV Movie]; THE MANHUNTER - 1975; CANNON - 1972-1975; ADVENTURES OF THE QUEEN - 1975 [TV Movie]; THE LEGENDARY CURSE OF THE HOPE DIAMOND - 1975 [TV Movie]; FORCE FIVE - 1975 [TV Movie]; BUG - 1975 [TF; a horror flick about giant intelligent bugs that can cause fires; Doesn't get the recognition it deserves]; MEDICAL STORY - 1975; THREE FOR THE ROAD - 1975; STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO - 1975; DEATH IN DEEP WATER - 1975 [TV Movie; Part of ABC's THRILLER Series: Videotaped movies shown during the late night]; LOOK BACK IN HAPPINESS - 1975 [TV Movie; Part of ABC's THRILLER Series: Videotaped movies shown during the late night]; PLEASE CALL IT MURDER - 1975 [TV Movie; Part Of ABC's WIDE WORLD MYSTERY, a series of videotaped movies shown at late night]; DEMON, DEMON - 1975 [TV Movie; Part Of ABC's WIDE WORLD MYSTERY, a series of videotaped movies shown at late night]; MASTERMIND - 1976 [TF]; WIDOW - 1976 [TV Movie]; BRONK - 1976; WONDER WOMAN - 1976; STREET KILLING - 1976 [TV Movie]; KINGSTON CONFIDENTIAL - 1976; THE ENFORCER - 1976 [When Dirty Harry says to Capt. McKay {Dillman} "Your mouthwash ain't makin' it.", I dare you not to laugh!]; ONE AWAY - 1976 [TF]; THE HOSTAGE HEART - 1977 [TV Movie]; THE LINCOLN CONSPIRACY - 1977 [TF]; THE AMSTERDAM KILL - 1977 [TF]; BARNABY JONES - 1973-1978 [7 episodes]; THE DARK SECRET OF HARVEST HOME - 1978 [TV mini-series]; THE SWARM - 1978 [TF]; PIRANHA - 1978 [TF; Dillman will be forever remembered for his role in this entertaining horror film]; SWORD OF JUSTICE - 1978; LOVE AND BULLETS - 1979 [TF]; JENNIFER: A WOMAN'S STORY - 1979 [TV Movie]; HOW THE WEST WAS WON - 1979; GUYANA: CULT OF THE DAMNED - 1979 [TF; about as sleazy as a film can be]; BEFORE AND AFTER - 1979 [TV Movie]; THE INCREDIBLE HULK - 1979; THE MEMORY OF EVA RYKER - 1980 [TV Movie] TOURIST - 1980 [TV Movie]; RUNNING SCARED - 1980 [TF]; FANTASY ISLAND - 1980; CHARLIE'S ANGELS - 1980; KING'S CROSSING - 1982 [Series Regular; 10 episodes]; THE LEGEND OF WALKS FAR WOMAN - 1982 [TV Movie]; MATT HOUSTON - 1982; FALCON CREST - 1982-1983 [10 episodes]; THE LOVE BOAT - 1983; SUDDEN IMPACT - 1983 [Another Dirty Harry Film, but Dillman plays a different character]; HOT PURSUIT - 1984; DYNASTY - 1984; TREASURE OF THE AMAZON - 1985 [TF]; HOTEL - 1984-1985; COVENANT - 1985 [TV Movie] MAN OUTSIDE - 1987 [TF]; LORDS OF THE DEEP - 1989 [TF]; HEROES STAND ALONE - 1989 [TF]; CHRISTINE CROMWELL - 1989; THE HEART OF JUSTICE - 1992 [TV Movie]; MURDER SHE WROTE - 1985-1995 [8 episodes; His final acting Bradford Dillmanrole]. As you can see by his filmography, Bradford Dillman appeared in many films that will bring back fond memories to Baby Boomers. He could do anything from comedy to drama. I always liked him on TV because he had an intensity like no other actor on ther small screen. Here's what Dillman said about his career as an actor: "I'm not bitter, though. I've had a wonderful life. I married the most beautiful woman in the world. Together we raised six children, each remarkable in his or her own way and every one a responsible citizen. I was fortunate to work in a profession where I looked forward to going to work every day. I was rewarded with modest success. The work sent me to places all over the world I'd never been able to afford visiting otherwise. I keep busy and I'm happy. And there are a few good films out there that I might be remembered for. I like as great a variety as possible, hopefully to avoid getting stuck in one kind of character, having to do it over and over again. I seek to challenge myself as an actor -- and at the same time support my family." When Dillman quit acting, he became an author of several books and even was a talent scout for the San Francisco 49ers Football team! Thanks for all the pleasant memories, Mr. Dillman. You were definitely one of a kind. Bradford Dillman died due to complications of pneumonia and was 87 years-old.) - 01/16/18
DOROTHY MALONE Actress: Dorothy Malone [real name: Dorothy Eloise Maloney] was a talented Academy Award®-winning [Best Supporting Actress for WRITTEN ON THE WIND - 1956] actress who was loved by nearly everyone she worked with. She was a classic Golden age film actress who had no problem adjusting to TV Series work and worked constantly in both mediums. Her credits included [Theatrical Film unless marked with a TV for TV Series]: CONVICTED WOMAN - 1940; GILDERSLEEVE ON BROADWAY - 1943; THE FALCON AND THE CO-EDS - 1943; HIGHER AND HIGHER - 1943; SEVEN DAYS ASHORE - 1944; SHOW BUSINESS - 1944; STEP LIVELY - 1944; YOUTH RUNS WILD - 1944; ONE MYSTERIOUS NIGHT - 1944; HOLLYWOODDorothy Malone CANTEEN - 1944; TOO YOUNG TO KNOW - 1945; FRONTIER DAYS - 1945 [Short]; JANE GETS MARRIED - 1946; NIGHT AND DAY - 1946; THE BIG SLEEP - 1946; TO THE VICTOR - 1948; TWO GUYS FROM TEXAS - 1948; ONE SUNDAY AFTERNOON - 1948; FLAXY MARTIN - 1949; SOUTH OF ST. LOUIS - 1949; COLORADO TERRITORY - 1949; THE NEVADAN - 1950; CONVICTED - 1950; THE KILLER THAT STALKED NEW YORK - 1950; MRS. O'MALLEY AND MR. MALONE - 1950; SADDLE LEGION - 1951; THE BUSHWACKERS - 1951; THE PHILCO-GOODYEAR TELEVISION PLAYHOUSE - 1951 [TV]; KRAFT THEATRE - 1951 [TV]; TORPEDO ALLEY - 1952; SCARED STIFF - 1953; LAW AND ORDER - 1953; THE DOCTOR - 1953 [TV]; THE REVLON MIRROR THEATRE - 1953 [TV]; JACK SLADE - 1953; OMNIBUS - 1953 [TV]; LOOPHOLE - 1954; FOUR STAR PLAYHOUSE - 1953-1954 [TV]; THE LONE GUN - 1954; PUSHOVER - 1954; SECURITY RISK - 1954; PRIVATE HELL 36 - 1954; YOUNG AT HEART - 1954; BATTLE CRY - 1955; FIRESIDE THEATRE - 1954-1955 [TV; 3 episodes]; THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS - 1955; FIVE GUNS WEST - 1955; TALL MAN RIDING - 1955; SINCERELY YOURS - 1955; ARTISTS AND MODELS - 1955; LUX VIDEO THEATRE - 1955; THE CHRISTOPHERS - 1955 [TV]; AT GUNPOINT - 1955; THE LORETTA YOUNG SHOW - 1956 [TV]; APPOINTMENT WITH ADVENTURE - 1956 [TV]; TENSION AT TABLE ROCK - 1956; PILLARS IN THE SKY - 1956; WRITTEN ON THE WIND - 1956 [Academy Award®-winner for Best Supporting Actress]; MAN OF A THOUSAND FACES - 1957; TIP ON A DEAD JOCKEY - 1957; QUANTEZ - 1957; THE TARNISHED ANGELS - 1957; TOO MUCH, TOO SOON - 1958; CIMARRON CITY - 1958 [TV]; WARLOCK - 1959; ALCOA THEATRE - 1960 [TV]; THE LAST VOYAGE - 1960; ROUTE 66 - 1961 [TV]; THE LAST SUNSET - 1961; CHECKMATE - 1961 [TV]; DEATH VALLEY DAYS - 1961 [TV]; THE DICK POWELL THEATRE - 1961 [TV]; DR. KILDARE - 1962 [TV]; GENERAL ELECTRIC THEATER - 1955-1962 [TV; 3 episodes]; THE UNTOUCHABLES - 1962 [TV]; BEACH PARTY - 1963; THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH - 1964 [TV]; ARREST AND TRIAL - 1964 [TV]; FATE IS THE HUNTER - 1964; INSIGHT - 1966 [TV]; PEYTON PLACE - 1964-1968 [TV; Series Regular; 430 episodes]; CARNAL CIRCUIT - 1969; THE PIGEON - 1969 [TV Movie]; THE BOLD ONES: THE NEW DOCTORS - 1972 [TV]; IRONSIDE - 1973 [TV]; THE MAN WHO WOULD NOT DIE - 1975; ABDUCTION - 1975; ELLERY QUEEN - 1976 [TV]; RICH MAN, POOR MAN - 1976 [TV mini-series]; POLICE WOMAN - 1976 [TV]; THE STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO - 1976; LITTLE LADIES OF THE NIGHT - 1977 [TV Movie]; THE NOVEMBER PLAN - 1977 [TV Movie]; MURDER IN PEYTON PLACE - 1977 [TV Movie] GOLDEN RENDEZVOUS - 1977; THE HARDY BOYS/NANCY DREW MYSTERIES - 1978 [TV]; HIGH HOPES - 1978 [TV]; FLYING HIGH - 1978 [TV]; VEGA$ - 1978 [TV]; KATIE: PORTRAIT OF A CENTERFOLD - 1978 [TV Movie]; GOOD LUCK, MISS WYCKOFF - 1979; WINTER KILLS - 1979; GREATEST HEROES OF THE BIBLE - 1979 [TV]; THE DAY TIME ENDED - 1979; CONDOMINIUM - 1980 [TV mini-series]; THE LITTLEST HOBO - 1980 [TV]; OFF Dorothy MaloneYOUR ROCKER - 1982 [TV Movie]; MATT HOUSTON - 1982 [TV]; THE BEING - 1983; HE'S NOT YOUR SON - 1984 [TV Movie]; PEYTON PLACE: THE NEXT GENERATION - 1985 [TV Movie]; REST IN PIECES - 1987; BASIC INSTINCT - 1992 [Her final acting role]. The only time Dorothy Malone was ornery was during her stay on PEYTON PLACE.She often complained that her character on the series was not given enough to do, and that Mia Farrow's character was monopolizing the story lines. She was quoted as saying, "I live much more drama and tragedy in my own life than I ever do on 'Peyton Place'!" She was written out of the show in 1968 and sued 20th Century Fox for breach of contract. The case was settled out of court. This coming after, in 1965, while working on PEYTON PLACE, she suffered a near-fatal illness that included a pulmonary embolism, blood clots on both lungs, an enlarged heart and pneumonia. Upon fully recuperating, she returned to the series after being temporarily replaced by Lola Albright. Dorothy Malone received a Star on The Walk Of Fame On February 8, 1960 at 1716 Vine Street. Dorothy Malone passed away of natural causes and was 93 years-old.) - 01/19/18
CONNIE SAWYER (Actress: Connie Sawyer [Real name: Rosie Cohen] is known for her roles as mothers and grandmothers, but her real claim to fame was that she acted well into her century mark, appearing in films and TV series until she was 102 years-old! Her credits as an actress included [TV Series unless marked with a TF for Theatrical Film]: THE ARROW SHOW - 1948; TEXACO STAR THEATRE - 1949; THE COLGATE COMEDY HOUR - 1950; THE SATURDAY NIGHT REVUE WITH JACK CARTER - 1951; ARMSTRONG CIRCLE THEATRE - 1953; THE JACKIE GLEASON SHOW - 1954; STUDIO ONE IN HOLLYWOOD - 1954; A HOLE IN THE HEAD - 1959 [TF];Connie Sawyer on V (1984) GUESTWARD HO! - 1960; THE DONNA REED SHOW - 1961; PETER LOVES MARY - 1961; ADA - 1961 [TF]; DOCTOR KILDARE - 1962; STONEY BURKE - 1963; MCGHEE - 1965 [TV Movie]; PLEASE DONT EAT THE DAISIES - 1965; THE FUGITIVE - 1966; THE LAST OF THE SECRET AGENTS? - 1966 [TF]; FOR PETE'S SAKE - 1966 [TF]; CBS PLAYHOUSE - 1967; LOVE ON A ROOFTOP - 1967; THE RED SKELTON SHOW - 1967; THE WAY WEST - 1967 [TF]; A BELL FOR ADANO - 1967 [TV Movie]; THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW - 1968; BONANZA - 1969; TRUE GRIT - 1969 [TF]; BOB & CAROL & TED & ALICE - 1969 [TF]; MY WORLD AND WELCOME TO IT - 1969; ROOM 222 - 1970; ALLAN - 1971 [TV Movie]; ALL IN THE FAMILY - 1971; FIVE DESPERATE WOMEN - 1971 [TV Movie]; EVIL ROY SLADE - 1972 [TV Movie]; THE F.B.I. - 1965-1972 [4 episodes]; THE STRANGERS IN 7A - 1972 [TV Movie]; THE ROOKIES - 1972; DOC ELLIOTT - 1973; THE BAIT - 1973 [TV Movie]; GOOD TIMES - 1974; MCMILLAN & WIFE - 1973-1974; THE MAN IN THE GLASS BOOTH - 1975 [TF]; BARBARY COAST - 1975; MARY TYLER MOORE - 1975; MARY HARTMAN, MARY HARTMAN - 1976; DELVECCHIO - 1976; THE STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO - 1976; LITTLE LADIES OF THE NIGHT - 1977 [TV Movie]; KOJAK - 1974-1977; OH, GOD! - 1977 [TF}; BIG HAWAII - 1977; LOU GRANT - 1977; THE ROCKFORD FILES - 1978; THE PRESIDENT'S MISTRESS - 1978 [TV Movie]; STARSKY & HUTCH - 1977-1978; FOUL PLAY - 1978 [TF]; WELCOME BACK, KOTTER - 1978; FAST BREAK - 1979 [TF]; FAMILY - 1977-1979; HAWAII FIVE-O - 1974-1979; ...AND JUSTICE FOR ALL - 1979 [TF]; ARCHIE BUNKER'S PLACE - 1979 [Portrayed Martin Balsam's mother even though she was only seven years older than him in real life!]; BARNABY JONES - 1980; THE JOKE'S ON MR. LITTLE - 1982 [An Afternoon TV Special]; DYNASTY - 1982; LAVERNE & SHIRLEY - 1983; LEGMEN - 1984; FLIGHT 90: DISASTER ON THE POTOMAC - 1984 [TV Movie]; THE ROSEBUD BEACH HOTEL - 1984 [TF]; SILVER SPOONS - 1984; V - 1984; DO YOU REMEMBER LOVE - 1985 [TV Movie]; HOT CHILI - 1985 [TF]; 227- 1985; HILL STREET BLUES 1984-1986; MATLOCK - 1987; NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN - 1987 [TF]; WEBSTER - 1988; FAR FROM HOME - 1989 [TF]; WHEN HARRY MET SALLY... - 1989 [TF]; THE PEOPLE NEXT DOOR - 1989; THE END OF INNOCENCE - 1990 [TF]; TRUE COLORS - 1990; IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT - 1990; THE BONFIRE OF THE VANITIES - 1990 [TF]; BLUE DESERT - 1991 [TF]; JAKE AND THE FATMAN - 1991; THE NEW WKRP IN CINCINATTI - 1991; MURDER, SHE WROTE - 1986-1991; SOMETHING TO LIVE FOR: THE ALISON GERTZ STORY - 1992 [TV Movie]; DREAM ON - 1992; MAJORITY RULE - 1992 [TV Movie]; NURSES - 1992; THE OPPOSITE SEX AND HOW TO LIVE WITH THEM - 1992 [TF]; MURPHY BROWN - 1994; ROSEANNE AND TOM: BEHIND THE SCENES - 1994 [TV Movie]; DUMB AND DUMBER - 1994 [TF]; THE JEFF FOXWORTHY SHOW - 1995; GET SMART - 1995; ABANDONED AND DECEIVED - 1995 [TV Movie]; SCORPION SPRING - 1995 [TF]; HOME IMPROVEMENT - 1995; IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE II - 1995 [TV Movie]; DAVE'S WORLD - 1996; Connie SawyerUNHAPPILY EVER AFTER - 1996; SEINFELD - 1997; VERONICA'S CLOSET - 1998; OUT OF SIGHT - 1998 [TF]; SLIDERS - 1998; STYLE & SUBSTANCE - 1998; WHERE'S MARLOWE? - 1998 [TF]; BOY MEETS WORLD - 1998; L.A. DOCTORS - 1998; BECKER - 1999 [3 episodes]; WILL & GRACE - 2000; THAT '70S SHOW - 2000; THE MICHAEL RICHARDS SHOW - 2000; THE BEAST - 2001; THE TRIP - 2002 [TF]; BRAM AND ALICE - 2002; STARING AT THE SUN - 2002 [Short]; VIEW FROM THE TOP - 2003 [TF]; GIRLFRIENDS - 2003; SOMETHING'S GOTTA GIVE - 2003 [TF]; 8 SIMPLE RULES - 2003; PROMISED LAND - 2004 [TF]; SIGNIFICANT OTHERS - 2004; COMPLETE GUIDE TO GUYS - 2005 [TF]; RELATIVE STRANGERS - 2006 [TF]; ER - 1999-2006; NED'S DECLASSIFIED SCHOOL SURVIVAL GUIDE - 2007; HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER - 2007; KISS THE BRIDE - 2007 [TF]; TELL ME YOU LOVE ME - 2007; PINEAPPLE EXPRESS - 2008 [TF; portrayed James Franco's grandmother]; CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION - 2008; WORST WEEK - 2008; THE OFFICE - 2009; HAWTHORNE - 2009; WATCH OUT FOR SLICK - 2010 [TF]; UP ALL NIGHT - 2011; 2 BROKE GIRLS - 2012; NCIS: LOS ANGELES - 2013; NEW GIRL - 2014; LOVESICK - 2014 [TF]; RAY DONOVAN - 2013-2014; ENTANGLEMENT - 2014 [Short; Her final acting role at the unbelievable age of 102!]. Connie Sawyer was the oldest working member of the Screen Actors Guild and the Academy. She died peacefully in her sleep of natural causes at the Woodland Hills, California Motion Picture & Telivision Country House [a community for retired performers] and was an unbelievable 105 years-old.) - 01/22/18
EZRA SWERDLOW (Producer: Ezra Swerdlow was a Producer on some good theatrical films and an Emmy Award® winner on one great Pay Cable film, many of them for Woody Allen. His credits as a Producer included [Theatrical Film unless marked with a TV for Television Ezra SwerdlowSeries]: RADIO DAYS - 1987 [also First Assistant Director]; SPACEBALLS - 1987; THE JANUARY MAN - 1989; EVERYBODY WINS - 1990; LIFE STINKS - 1991; ALIEN 3 - 1992; THE GOOD SON - 1992; WAITING TO EXHALE - 1995 [also bit Actor]; THE FIRST WIVES CLUB - 1996; COP LAND - 1997; WAG THE DOG - 1997; RETURN TO PARADISE - 1998; WHITEBOYZ - 1999; TWILIGHT: LOS ANGELES - 2000; THE HUNTRESS - 2000 [TV]; BROOKLYN BABYLON - 2001; EASTER - 2002; HEAD OF STATE - 2003; ALL FALLS DOWN - 2004 [Video Short; also First Assistant Director]; SECRET WINDOW - 2004; LITTLE MANHATTAN - 2005; INVINCIBLE - 2006; ENCHANTED - 2007; GHOST TOWN - 2008; ZOMBIELAND - 2009; WHEN IN ROME - 2010; TOO BIG TO FAIL - 2011 [Pay Cable Movie; Emmy Award®-winner for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie]; THE SMURFS - 2011; 21 JUMP STREET - 2012; THE SMURFS 2 - 2013; THE EQUALIZER - 2014; SOUTHPAW - 2015; LEWIS AND CLARK - 2015 [TV mini-series; His last credit as a Producer]. Swerdlow was also a Unit Production Manager on the films: STARDUST MEMORIES - 1980; ARTHUR - 1981; THE KING OF COMEDY - 1982; ZELIG - 1983; BROADWAY DANNY ROSE - 1984; THE MUPPETS TAKE MANHATTAN - 1984; HANNAH AND HER SISTERS - 1986; and HEARTBURN - 1986. He was also Location Manager on TOOTSIE - 1982. Ezra Swerdlow passed away from complications of pancreatic cancer and ALS and was 64 years-old.) - 01/23/18
ROBERT DOWDELL (Actor: Many of us Baby Boomers know that Robery Dowdell portrayed "Lt. Cmdr. Chip Morton" on the TV Series VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA [1964 - 1968], but he was also a versatile actor on many TV Series and in some Theatrical Films. His creditsRobert Dowdell included [TV Series unless marked with a TF for Theatrical Film]: STUDIO ONE IN HOLLYWOOD - 1956; DEADLINE - 1959; THE FIFTH COLUMN - 1960 [TV Movie]; BUIC-ELECTRA PLAYHOUSE - 1960; MOMENT OF FEAR - 1960; SURFSIDE 6 - 1962; STONEY BURKE - 1962-1963 [Series Regular; 32 episodes]; VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA - 1964-1968 [Series Regular; 109 episodes]; LAND OF THE GIANTS - 1969; MACHO CALLAHAN - 1970 [TF]; MEN AT LAW - 1970; CITY BENEATH THE SEA - 1971 [TV Movie]; O'HARA, U.S. TREASURY - 1971; TERROR IN THE SKY - 1971 [TV Movie]; MCMILLAN & WIFE - 1972; THE F.B.I. - 1972; ADAM-12 - 1971-1972 [3 episodes]; S.W.A.T. - 1975; MOST WANTED - 1977; 240-ROBERT - 1979; BUCK ROGERS IN THE 25TH CENTURY - 1979; CHiPS - 1979; HART TO HART - 1982; FAME - 1983; THE INITIATION - 1983 [TF]; THE MASTER - 1984; V- 1985; DYNASTY - 1985; CAPITOL - 1984-1986 [3 episodes]; OUTRAGE! - 1986 [TV Movie]; HOTEL - 1986; ASSASSINATION - 1987 [TF]; MAX HEADROOM - 1987; WICKED STEPMOTHER - 1989 [TF]; SKIN DEEP - 1989 [TF]; FREDDY'S NIGHTMARES - 1990; HUNTER - 1991; EDGAR ALLAN POE: TERROR OF THE SOUL - 1995 [A PBS AMERICAN MASTERS documentary; his final acting credit]. Robert Dowdell passed away of natural causes and was 85 years-old.) - 01/23/18
JACK KETCHUM (Writer: Jack Ketchum [real name: Dallas William Mayr Jr.] was an exceptional writer of fiction, many of his tales crossed over into the horror or thriller genres. Stephen King Jack Ketchumwas a big fan of his writing and some of his novels and short stories were turned into some good-to-great films in the New Millennium, getting to the point of Ketchum even appearing as a bit actor in some of his filmic adaptations. Films that Jack Ketchum wrote the source novels to or provided the screenplay to included: THE LOST - 2006 [also bit actor]; THE GIRL NEXT DOOR - 2007 [also bit actor]; RED - 2008 [One of the best films about animal abuse and a man's love for his dog; also bit actor]; OFFSPRING - 2009 [also bit actor]; THE WOMAN - 2011; MAIL ORDER - 2011 [Short]; OLIVIA - 2013 [Short]; XX- 2017. Ketchum also acted in the film HEADER - 2006 and got a "Special Thanks" on the film TALES OF HALLOWEEN - 2014. Ketchum's novels always have a grisly twist to them and can be contributed to what Ketchum describes: "People 'scare me'. And what they do to one another, just for fun sometimes, is appalling. There was a guy not too long ago, a guy and a woman, whose dog wouldn't obey. So they tied him behind the car, and dragged him at thirty miles an hour until the dog was a bloody mess. So that's scary to me". Jack Ketchum died of cancer and was just 71 years-old.) - 01/24/18
JERRY BUTLER (Actor: Jerry Butler (real name: Paul David Siederman) was an actor in over 400 porno films, most of them from 1981 to 1993. He really had acting ability, which led him to appear in some non-porn films, but, like most porn actors and actresses during that time, heJerry Butler was never given a chance to shine and had to go back to appearing in X-Rated fare. Rather than list every porn film he appeared in [my arms would fall off typing them!], I will list his non-porn films. They included: BASKET CASE - 1982; PREPPIES - 1984 [using the pseudonym "Paul Sutton"]; EVILS OF THE NIGHT - 1984 [using his real name]; DERANGED - 1987 [probably his best non-porn film. It was directed by Chuck Vincent, who made many porn films with Butler. Unfortunately, it was the last of Jerry's non-porn films.]. Jerry Butler was married to Lisa Loring [Wednesday Addams on the ADDAMS FAMILY TV Series] from 1987 to 1992. When he retired from acting, Butler became a cab and ambulette driver. Butler also released the notorious book, "Raw Talent", which ruffled more than a few feathers in the Porn Industry and may be why he had to retire from acting. Jerry Butler died of undisclosed causes and was 58 years-old.) - 01/27/18
MARK SALLING (Actor: Mark Salling is best known for his role as "Noah 'Puck' Puckerman" on the TV Series GLEE [2009-2015]. He was raised in a strict Christian home and his cause of death may have been a suicide [no comment]. His short list of credits included: CHILDREN OF THE CORN IV: THE GATHERING - 2006 [DTV]; WALKER, TEXAS RANGER - 1999 [TV Series]; THE GRAVEYARD - 2006 [DTV]; ROCKY ROAD - 2014 [TV Movie]; GLEE ENCORE - 2011 [DTV]; GLEE -Mark Salling on GLEE (2009 - 2015) 2009-2015 [TV Series; 99 episodes; His final acting role]. Salling also released a music album titled "Pipe Dreams", which took him 8 years to write the songs. Salling definitely had a dark side. On December 29, 2015 Salling was arrested in connection with possession of child pornography. He was booked in downtown Los Angeles. Police obtained a warrant to search his house in Sunland, California where officers found 50,000 child porn images on his computer and a USB thumb drive. This was not his first brush with the law. He paid an ex-girlfriend $2.7 million for knocking her to the ground after she confronted him with a charge of sexual battery. So much for the Christian upbringing. To further add salt to the religious wound, he lied about his age when he auditioned for GLEE. He told Producer Ryan Murphy that he was 19 when he was actually 26. Murphy called him out on his lie, but Salling was relieved to find out that his role was meant for an older actor. His death may be due to the fact that he was typecast as the mohawk-headed Puck and he was just a month away from being sentenced to prison [4 - 7 years and register as a sex offender] for child porn possession. Mark Salling's cause of death was not made available at the time of his demise [Friends of the actor say it was suicide, but not the way he committed it. NOTE: He hanged himself.]. He was just 35 years-old.) - 01/30/18
JOHN MAHONEY (Actor: Most people know John Mahoney from his role as Kelsey Grammer's father in the hit series FRASIER [1993 - 2004], but I remenber him for his roles in films. He was the type of actor who improved every film he was in. What amazes me is that he never started acting until he was nearly forty years-old [Mahoney had taught English at Western Illinois University in the early 1970s.]. Mr. Mahoney's credits included [TV Series unless marked with a TF for Theatrical Film]: HUDSON TAYLOR - 1981 [TF]; WILL: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF G. GORDON LIDDY - 1982 [TV Movie]; CHICAGO STORY - 1982; MISSIONJohn Mahoney HILL - 1982 [TF]; THROUGH NAKED EYES - 1983 [TV Movie]; FIRST STEPS - 1985 [TV Movie]; LADY BLUE - 1985; CODE OF SILENCE - 1985 [TF; the first time I noticed Mahoney; as the representative of the crime-fighting robot "Prowler", which Chuck Norris used to lay waste to the bad guy's hideout]; TRAPPED IN SILENCE - 1986 [TV Movie]; THE MANHATTAN PROJECT - 1986 [TF]; STREETS OF GOLD - 1986 [TF]; THE CHRISTMAS GIFT - 1986 [TV Movie]; TIN MEN - 1987 [TF]; THE HUSTLER OF MONEY - 1987 [TV Movie]; SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE - 1987; AMERICAN PLAYHOUSE - 1987; SUSPECT - 1987 [TF]; MOONSTRUCK - 1987 [TF]; FRANTIC - 1988 [TF]; BETRAYED - 1988 [TF]; EIGHT MEN OUT - 1988 [TF]; FAVORITE SON - 1988 [TV mini-series]; SAY ANYTHING... - 1989 [TF; Mahoney was fantastic in this]; DINNER AT EIGHT - 1989 [TV Movie]; THE IMAGE - 1990 [TV Movie]; H.E.L.P. - 1990 [Mahoney had the lead in this failed TV Series; 6 episodes]; LOVE HURTS - 1990 [TF]; THE RUSSIA HOUSE - 1990 [TF]; THE 10 MILLION DOLLAR GETAWAY - 1991 [TV Movie]; BARTON FINK - 1991 [TF]; ARTICLE 99 - 1992 [TF]; THE HUMAN FACTOR - 1992 [Another lead in a failed TV Series; 5 episodes]; THE SECRET PASSION OF ROBERT CLAYTON - 1992 [TV Movie]; THE WATER ENGINE - 1992 [TV Movie]; SCREENPLAY - 1992; CHEERS - 1992 [although he did not play Frasier Crane's father in this episode, it did lead the makers of FRASIER to hire him to play that role]; UNNATURAL PURSUITS - 1992; IN THE LINE OF FIRE - 1993 [TF]; STRIKING DISTANCE - 1993 [although this film garnered many bad reviews, I always liked it]; THE HUDSUCKER PROXY - 1994 [TF]; REALITY BITES - 1994 [TF]; A HARD RAIN - 1994 [Short]; THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT - 1995 [TF]; BIOGRAPHY - 1995 [Narrator of the Al Capone episode]; 3RD ROCK FROM THE SUN - 1996; PRIMAL FEAR - 1996 [TF; Edward Norton's film debut]; SHE'S THE ONE - 1996; MARIETTE IN ECSTASY - 1996 [TF]; TRACEY TAKES ON... - 1997; NOTHING SACRED - 1998; ANTZ - 1998 [Voice only]; THE IRON GIANT - 1999 [Voice only]; THE BROKEN HEARTS CLUB: A ROMANTIC COMEDY - 2000 [TF]; BECKER - 2000; TEACHER'S PET - 2000; ALMOST SALINAS - 2001 [TF]; ATLANTIS: THE LOST EMPIRE - 2001 [Voice only]; ATLANTIS: MILO'S RETURN - 2003 [DTV; Voice only]; GARY THE RAT - 2003; FRASIER - 1993 - 2004 [263 episodes; although he was nominated multiple times for an Emmy Award® and Golden Globe® for his role as Martin Crane, he only won a Screen Actor Guild {SAG} Award® in 2000 for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series]; FATHERS AND SONS - 2005 [TV Movie]; KRONK'S NEW GROOVE - 2005 [DTV; Voice only]; ER - John Mahoney in THE BROKEN HEARTS CLUB: A ROMANTIC COMEDY (2000)2006; MOBSTERS - 2007; DAN IN REAL LIFE - 2007 [TF]; THE SIMPSONS - 2007 [Voice only]; IN TREATMENT - 2009 [HBO Series; Mahoney was fantastic as a patient visiting Dr. Paul Weston {Gabriel Byrne} in this heartbreaking series. It should have had a longer life]; TIRED OF BEING FUNNY - 2009 [Short]; BURN NOTICE - 2009-2010; FLIPPED - 2010 [TF]; $#*! MY DAD SAYS - 2010; HOT IN CLEVELAND - 2011-2014 [6 episodes]; FOYLE'S WAR - 2015 [His final acting credit]. John Mahoney was born in Blackpool, England and came to America to visit his "War Bride" sister. He won his U.S. citizenship after serving a stint in the U.S. Army. He made Chicago his home [it is where he passed away] and won the prestigious Chicago Film Critics Association Awards® in 1998 for his continued committment to Chicago. After FRASIER, Mahoney concentrated mainly on Stage work in  Chicago's Steppenwolf Theater and even appeared on Broadway in 2007 in a revival of "Prelude To A Kiss". He also won a Tony Award® for Best Featured Actor in a Play in 1986 for his Broadway debut as Artie, a zookeeper with songwriting ambitions, in John Guare’s “The House of Blue Leaves.” It shocks me that we lost such a vibrant, excellent actor who could do no wrong. I dare you to show me any role he played in which he wasn't 100% committed. John Mahoney passed away from undisclosed causes and was 77 years-old. Goodbye, my friend.) - 02/04/18
MICKEY JONES (Actor: Mickey Jones was a great character actor; you may not know his name, but you will recognize his face. He has been acting on TV and in films since the early-1970's, usually in roles as a good-old Southern boy or a redneck. His credits included [Theatrical Film unless marked with a TV for TV Series]: ROLLIN' ON THE RIVER - 1971 [TV]; THE DREAM MAKERS - 1975 [TV Movie]; THE ROCKFORD FILES - 1977 [TV]; SEE HOW SHE RUNS - 1978 [TV Movie]; LACY AND THE MISSISSIPPI QUEEN - 1978 [TV Movie]; GOOBER AND THE TRUCKERS' PARADISE - 1978 [TV Movie]; CHARLIE'S ANGELS - 1979 [TV]; THE DUKES OF HAZZARD - 1979 [TV]; GALACTICA 1980 - 1980 [TV]; TOM HORN - 1980; STIR CRAZY - 1980; CHiPS - 1980 [TV]; FLO - 1980-1981 [TV; 9 episodes as "Chester"]; CONQUEST OF THE EARTH - 1981 [TV Movie]; STANDMickey Jone as "Pete Bilker" on HOME IMPROVEMENT. BY YOUR MAN - 1981 [TV Movie]; THE INCREDIBLE HULK - 1978-1981 [TV; 3 episodes]; NORMA RAE - 1981 [TV Movie]; HART TO HART - 1981 [TV]; M*A*S*H - 1981 [TV]; FLAMINGO ROAD - 1981 [TV]; FATHER MURPHY - 1982 [TV]; MAKING LOVE - 1982; SIMON & SIMON - 1982 [TV]; WRONG IS RIGHT - 1982; THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS - 1982; MADAME'S PLACE - 1982 [TV]; JOHNNY BELINDA - 1982 [TV Movie]; HEAR NO EVIL - 1982 [TV Movie]; LIVING PROOF: THE HANK WILLIAMS JR. STORY - 1983 [TV Movie]; CHINA LAKE - 1983 [Short]; NATION LAMPOON'S VACATION - 1983; AFTERMASH - 1983 [TV]; AUTOMAN - 1983 [TV]; DEAD WRONG: THE JOHN EVANS STORY - 1984 [A CBS Schoolbreak Special]; THE MASTER - 1984 [TV]; GONE ARE THE DAYES - 1984 [TV Movie]; V: THE FINAL BATTLE - 1984 [TV mini-series]; HARDCASTLE AND MCCORMICK - 1984 [TV]; JESSIE - 1984 [TV]; GIMME A BREAK! - 1984 [TV]; T.J. HOOKER - 1982-1984 [TV]; STARMAN - 1984; V - 1984-1985 [TV; 3 episodes]; ALICE - 1985 [TV]; THE A-TEAM - 1983-1985 [TV]; MISFITS OF SCIENCE - 1985 [TV]; SAVAGE DAWN - 1985; THE COLBYS - 1986; HUNTER'S BLOOD - 1986; WELCOME TO 18 - 1986; ALF - 1986-1987; EXTREME PREJUDICE - 1987; THROB - 1987 [TV]; NADINE - 1987; TALKING WALLS - 1987; GUNSMOKE: RETURN TO DODGE - 1987 [TV Movie]; GREAT PERFORMANCES - 1987 [TV]; THE COUCH TRIP - 1988; PROBE - 1988 [TV]; SCANDAL IN A SMALL TOWN - 1988 [TV Movie]; IT TAKES TWO - 1988; SANTA BARBARA - 1988 [TV]; SOMETHING IS OUT THERE - 1988 [TV mini-series]; IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT - 1989 [TV]; DEAD BANG - 1989 [I love this movie!]; HOMER AND EDDIE - 1989; LIFE GOES ON - 1989 [TV]; 21 JUMP STREET - 1989 [TV]; SYDNEY - 1990 [TV]; TOTAL RECALL - 1990; GET A LIFE - 1991 [TV]; DUTCH - 1991; PYRATES - 1991; MATLOCK - 1992 [TV]; OUT ON A LIMB - 1992; BAYWATCH - 1990-1992 [TV; 3 episodes]; A PASSION FOR MURDER - 1992; EVENING SHADE - 1993 [TV]; NIGHT TRAP - 1993; THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES - 1993; FORCED TO KILL - 1994; STEP BY STEP - 1993-1994 [TV]; NORTHERN EXPOSURE - 1992-1994 [TV]; SAVED BY THE BELL: WEDDING IN LAS VEGAS - 1994 [TV Movie]; HEARTS AFIRE - 1994 [TV]; DROP ZONE - 1994; SHERMAN OAKS - 1995 [TV]; BOLT - 1995 [MFHV]; MISERY LOVES COMPANY - 1995 [TV]; IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE II - 1996 [TV Movie]; MARRIED WITH CHILDREN - 1996 [TV]; THE SUNCHASER - 1996; DON'T LOOK BACK - 1996 [TV Movie]; TIN CUP - 1996; SLING BLADE - 1996; BEYOND BELIEF: FACT OR FICTION - 1997 [TV]; THE FANATICS - 1997; MY MOTHER DREAMS THE SATAN'S DISCIPLES IN NEW YORK - 1998 [Short]; THE JAMIE FOXX SHOW - 1998 [TV]; RINGMASTER - 1998; BOY MEETS WORLD - 1996-1999 [TV]; MARTIAL LAW - 1999 [TV]; TRACEY TAKES ON... - 1999 [TV]; HOME IMPROVEMENT - 1991-1999 [TV; Semi-recurring role as "Pete Bilker"; 13 episodes]; THE LAST BEST SUNDAY - 1999; GRIZZLY ADAMS AND THE LEGEND OF DARK MOUNTAIN - 1999; VICE - 2000; THE LAST REAL COWBOYS - 2000 [Short]; A VIEW FROM THE SWING - 2000; NEVER LOOK BACK - 2000; JAG - 2001 [TV]; LIZZY Mickey JonesMCGUIRE - 2002 [TV]; THE DISTRICT - 2002; JANE WHITE IS SICK & TWISTED - 2002; SHATTERED LIES - 2002; PROVIDENCE - 2002 [TV]; SON OF THE BEACH - 2000-2002 [TV]; THE FIGHTING TEMPTATIONS - 2003; TRUE LEGENDS OF THE WEST - 2003; IOWA - 2005; COLLIER & CO. - 2006; PENNY DREADFUL - 2006; SIMPLE THINGS - 2007; ENTOURAGE - 2007 [TV]; REVAMPED - 2007 [DTV]; BONES - 2009 [TV]; NECROSIS - 2009 [a.k.a. BLOOD SNOW; ICE OF THE DEAD]; WORLD'S END - 2010; EAGLEHEART - 2012 [TV]; BORN WILD - 2012 [a.k.a. THRIFTSTORE COWBOY]; WORKAHOLICS - 2013 [TV]; IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA - 2013 [TV]; DEADTIME STORIES - 2013 [TV]; JUSTIFIED - 2011-2014 [TV; Semi-recurring role as "Rodney 'Hot Rod' Dunham"; 8 episodes]; GROWING UP FISHER - 2014 [TV]; NEWSREADERS - 2015 [TV; His final acting role]. Before he got into acting, Mickey Jones was a drummer for such singers as Trini Lopez, Johnny Rivers and Kenny Rogers And The First Edition. He had 17 gold records to his name. His biggest claim to fame as a musician was when he was a drummer for Bob Dylan's 1966 tour when Dylan turned to the electric guitar and caused all kinds of controversy. People said Dylan sold out, but we all know how it turned out. You can hear Mickey Jones play drums on Dylan's record " Live At Royal Albert Hall''. Mickey Jones died after a long illness and was 76 years-old.) - 02/07/18
JOHN GAVIN (Actor: Gavin [real name: Juan Vincent Apablasa] was a handsome actor best known for his role as "Sam Loomis" on Alfred Hitchcock's PSYCHO [1960]. he retired from acting in the early-1980s and went on a much different path. His credits included [TV Series unless marked with a TF for Theatrical Film]: RAW EDGE - 1956 [Tf]; BEHIND THE HIGH WALL - 1956 [TF]; FOUR GIRLS IN TOWN - 1957 [TF]; QUANTEZ - 1957 [TF]; A TIME TO LOVE AND A TIME TO DIE - 1958 [TF]; IMITATION OF LIFE - 1959 [TF]; A BREATH OF SCANDAL - 1960 [TF]; PSYCHO - 1960 [TF];John Gavin SPARTACUS - 1960 [TF; portrayed Julius Caesar]; MIDNIGHT LACE - 1960 [TF]; INSIGHT - 1960; ROMANOFF AND JULIET - 1961 [TF]; TAMMY TELL ME TRUE - 1961 [TF}; BACK STREET - 1961 [TF]; ALCOA PREMIERE - 1962; DESTRY - 1964 [TV Series Regular; 13 episodes]; THE VIRGINIAN - 1962; KRAFT SUSPENSE THEATRE - 1962; THE ALFRED HITCHCOCK HOUR - 1963-1965; CONVOY - 1965 [TV Series Regular; 13 episodes]; PEDRO PARAMO - 1967 [TF]; THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE - 1967 [TF]; OSS 117: MURDER FOR SALE - 1968 [TF]; THE MADWOMAN OF CHAILOTT - 1969 [TF]; CUTTER'S TRAIL - 1970 [TV Movie]; PUSSYCAT, PUSSYCAT, I LOVE YOU - 1970 [TF]; THE DORIS DAY SHOW - 1971; MANNIX - 1973; KEEP IT IN THE FAMILY - 1973 [TF]; NEFERTITI Y AQUENATOS - 1973 [Mexican Short]; HARD DAY AT BLUE NOSE - 1974 [An ABC Wide World Mystery late night movie]; THE LIVES OF JENNY DOLAN - 1975 [TV Movie]; MEDICAL CENTER - 1976; HOUSE OF SHADOWS - 1976 [TF]; THE LOVE BOAT - 1977; DOCTORS' PRIVATE LIVES - 1978 [TV Movie]; JENNIFER - 1978 [TF]; FLYING HIGH - 1978; THE NEW ADVENTURES OF HEIDI - 1978 [TV Movie]; DOCTORS' PRIVATE LIVES - 1979 [TV mini-series; follows the TV Movie of the same name]; SOFIA LOREN: HER OWN STORY - 1980 [TV Movie; Portrayed Cary Grant]; HART TO HART - 1980; FANTASY ISLAND - 1978-1981 [His final acting role]. In 1981, Gavin was appointed Ambassador to Mexico by President Reagan, serving until June 10, 1986 [Gavin had Mexican, Chilean, and Spanish ancestry]. Gavin also was a member of the Congressional Policy Advisory Board as a defense and foreign policy expert. Gavin served as founding Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Century Council from May 1991 until December 1994 [a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting alcohol abuse]. Gavin was signed under contract to portray James Bond in DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER [1971], but Sean Connery returned one final time. Think of the possibilities if he didn't. He also had a fine baritone voice and toured in the '70s in the summer stock productions of The Fantasticks and Seesaw. John Gavin died of undisclosed causes and was 86 years-old.) - 02/09/18
PIER PAOLO CAPPONI (Actor: Mr. Capponi was a well-respected movie and TV actor who appeared in some excellent Italian crime and gaillo films. He usually portrayed police Pier Paolo Capponiinspectors or detectives and sometimes used the Anglicized names "Norman Clark" and "Paul Carey". His credits included [I am just going to list his theatrical movies since his TV work was never aired in the U.S.]: THE KILLER LACKS A NAME - 1966; HALF A MAN - 1966; ENTER INSPECTOR MAIGRET - 1966; KING OF HEARTS - 1966; AVENGER X - 1967; BLACK JESUS - 1968; THE FALLING MAN - 1968; COMMANDOS - 1968; BANDITS IN ROME - 1968; THE LADY OF MONZA - 1969; THE WILDCAT - 1969; NAKED VIOLENCE - 1969; KILL THE FATTED CALF AND ROAST IT - 1970; BLACK LEMONS - 1970; MANY WARS AGO - 1970; DEFEAT THE MAFIA - 1970; FORBIDDEN PHOTOS OF A LADY ABOVE SUSPICION - 1970; A SEASON IN HELL - 1971; THE CAT O'NINE TAILS - 1971; SERGEANT KLEMS - 1971; FLIC STORY - 1972; SEVEN BLOOD-STAINED ORCHIDS - 1972; VALERIE INSIDE OUTSIDE - 1972; THE NUN AND THE DEVIL - 1973; THE BOSS - 1973; DIARY OF AN ITALIAN - 1973; THREE CHEERS FOR US - 1974; THE LAST DESPERATE HOURS - 1974; THE CASTRO'S ABBESS - 1974; BLOOD AND DIAMONDS - 1977; ANTONIO GRAMSKI: THE DAYS IN PRISON - 1977; STANDARD - 1978. During the latter part of his career, Capponi mainly acted in Italian TV Movies, mini-series and TV Series. Pier Paolo Capponi passed away from a long illness and was 79 years-old.) - 02/15/18
LEWIS GILBERT (Director/Screenwriter: Lewis Gilbert was an Oscar-nominated driector and BAFTA Award-winning Producer who is best known for directing the James Bond FilmsYOU ONLY LIVE TWICE [1967], THE SPY WHO LOVED ME [1977] and MOONRAKER [1979]. His credits as a director included [all Theatrical Films]: THE LITTLE BALLERINA - 1947 [also Screenplay]; ONCE A SINNER - 1950; SCARLET THREAD - 1951; WALL OF DEATH - 1951; THE HUNDRED HOUR HUNT - 1952; TIME, GENTLEMEN, PLEASE! - 1952; THE SLASHER - 1953 [also Screenplay]; JOHNNY ON THE RUN - 1953 [also Producer]; BREAK TO FREEDOM - 1953; THE GOOD DIE YOUNG - 1954 [also Screenplay]; HARMONY LANE - 1954 [Short]; THE SEA SHALL NOT HAVE THEM - 1954 [also Screenplay]; CAST A DARK SHADOW - 1955; REACH FOR THE SKY -Lewis gilbert 1956 [also Screenplay; BAFTA Award® nominee for Best British Screenplay]; PARADISE LAGOON - 1957 [also Screenplay]; CARVE HER NAME WITH PRIDE - 1958 [also Screenplay]; A CRY FROM THE STREETS - 1958; FERRY TO HONG KONG - 1959 [also Screenplay]; SINK THE BISMARCK! - 1960; SKYWATCH - 1960 [also Producer]; LOSS OF INNOCENCE - 1961; DAMN THE DEFIANT! - 1962; THE 7TH DAWN - 1964; ALFIE - 1966 [also Producer; Academy Award® & Golden Globe® nominations for Best Director; BAFTA Award® nominee for Best British Film]; YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE - 1967; THE ADVENTURERS - 1970 [also Screenplay & Producer]; FRIENDS - 1971 [also Screenplay & Producer]; PAUL AND MICHELLE - 1975 [also Screenplay & Producer]; OPERATION: DAYBREAK - 1975; SEVEN NIGHTS IN JAPAN - 1976 [also Producer]; THE SPY WHO LOVED ME - 1977; MOONRAKER - 1979 [also Bit Actor]; EDUCATING RITA - 1983 [also Producer; BAFTA Award® winner for Best Film]; NOT QUITE PARADISE - 1985 [also Producer]; SHIRLEY VALENTINE - 1989 [also Producer; BAFTA Award® nominee for Best Film]; STEPPING OUT - 1991 [also Producer]; HAUNTED - 1995 [also Screenplay & Producer]; BEFORE YOU GO - 2002 [His last film credit]. Mr. Gilbert's credits as a sceenwriter also included: MARRY ME - 1949; and EMERGENCY - 1962. Lewis Gilbert also Acted in the following films: DICK TURPIN - 1934; GOOD MORNING, BOYS - 1937; THE DIVORCE OF LADY X - 1938; OVER THE MOON - 1939; ROOM FOR TWO - 1940. Mr. Gilbert was awarded the CBE [Commander of the Order of the British Empire] in the 1997 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to the film industry. Here is what he had to say in 1983 about the Bond films, his other films and how they compare: "In the Bond films characterizations are non-existent. Nobody's worried about what Bond did as a child or how his mother treated him--we don't even know if he had a mother! That's not what the Bond films are about. They're all action and fun. But with a film like EDUCATING RITA, it's you and the actors and the words. It depends on the characterizations and the interplay. You don't get to rely on exciting ploys--like a bomb going off. Instead, you rely on two people talking, so those people better be saying the right things at the right time." Lewis Gilbert passed away of natural causes and was 97 years-old.) - 02/23/18
DAVID OGDEN STIERS (Actor: Mr. Stiers is best known for playing Major Charles Winchester on M*A*S*H from 1977 to 1983, but I remember him better for portraying Reverend Purdy on the TV Series THE DEAD ZONE [2002 - 2007]. Kids will instantly remember David Ogden Stiers on M*A*S*Hhim as the voice of Dr. Jumba Jookiba on the animated series LILO & STITCH: THE SERIES [2003 - 2006]. During the latter part of his career, he became a popular voiceover artist, doing voices for many Disney animated movies, TV series and Made for Home Video [MFHV] movies]. He was also an actor in many of Woody Allen's films. No matter what he did, David Ogden Stiers always brought professionalism with him and I was shocked to hear of his death. His credits included [TV Series unless marked with a TF for Theatrical Film]: THX 1138 - 1971 [TF; Voice only]; DRIVE, HE SAID - 1971 [TF]; KOJAK - 1975; DOC - 1976 [7 episodes]; THE NEW LORENZO MUSIC SHOW - 1976 [TV Special]; CHARLIE'S ANGELS - 1976; PHYLLIS - 1976; MARY TYLER MOORE - 1976-1977 [3 episodes]; RHODA - 1976-1977; THE TONY RANDALL SHOW - 1977; A CIRCLE OF CHILDREN - 1977 [TV Movie]; OH, GOD! - 1977 [TF]; A LOVE AFFAIR: THE ELEANOR AND LOU GEHRIG STORY - 1977 [TV Movie]; THE CHEAP DETECTIVE - 1978 [TF]; SERGEANT MATLOVICH VS. THE U.S. AIR FORCE - 1978 [TV Movie]; MAGIC - 1978 [TF]; THE PAPER CHASE - 1978; $WEEPSTAKE$ - 1979; BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO - 1979 [TV Movie]; THE OLDEST LIVING GRADUATE - 1980 [TV Movie]; FATHER DAMIEN: THE LEPER PRIEST - 1980 [TV Movie]; HARRY'S WAR - 1981 [TF]; ME AND MR. STENNER - 1981 [A CBS Afternoon Playhouse Special]; THE DAY THE BUBBLE BURST - 1982 [TV Movie]; M*A*S*H - 1977-1983 [131 episodes; Directed 2 episodes. Nominated for an Emmy Award® in 1981 & 1982 for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Variety or Music Series ]; THE INNOCENTS ABROAD - 1983 [An Episode of Great Performances]; ANATOMY OF AN ILLNESS - 1984 [TV Movie]; THE FIRST OLYMPICS: ATHENS 1896 - 1984 [TV mini-series; Nominated for an Emmy Award® for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Special]; THE BAD SEED - 1985 [TV Movie]; THE MAN WITH ONE RED SHOE - 1985 [TF]; BETTER OFF DEAD... - 1985 [TF]; CREATOR - 1985 [TF]; NORTH AND SOUTH - 1985 [6 episodes]; MRS. DELAFIELD WANTS TO MARRY - 1986 [TV Movie]; NORTH AND SOUTH, BOOK II - 1986 [TV mini-series]; PERRY MASON: THE CASE OF THE NOTORIOUS NUN - 1986 [TV Movie]; PERRY MASON: THE CASE OF THE SHOOTING STAR - 1986 [TV Movie]; J. EDGAR HOOVER - 1987 [TV Movie]; THE ALAMO: THIRTEEN DAYS TO GLORY - 1987 [TV Movie]; PERRY MASON: THE CASE OF THE LOST LOVE - 1987 [TV Movie]; THE INNOCENTS ABROAD - 1987 [An episode of American Playhouse]; PERRY MASON: THE CASE OF THE SINISTER SPIRIT - 1987 [TV Movie]; PERRY MASON: THE CASE OF THE MURDERED MADAM - 1987 [TV Movie]; PERRY MASON: THE CASE OF THE SCANDALOUS SCOUNDREL - 1987 [TV Movie]; PERRY MASON: THE CASE OF THE AVENGING ACE - 1988 [TV Movie]; PERRY MASON: THE CASE OF THE LADY IN THE LAKE - 1988 [TV Movie]; ANOTHER WOMAN - 1988 [TF]; ALF - 1988; MATLOCK - 1987-1988 [3 episodes]; THE ACCIDENTAL TOURIST - 1988 [TF]; DAY ONE - 1989 [TV Movie]; THE RAY BRADBURY THEATER - 1989; THE FINAL DAYS - 1989 [TV Movie]; FINAL NOTICE - 1989 [TV Movie]; AMERICAN EYES - 1990 [A CBS Schoolbreak Special]; THEDavid Ogden stiers on JUNGLE 2 JUNGLE (1997) KISSING PLACE - 1990 [TV Movie]; HOW TO MURDER A MILLIONAIRE - 1990 [TV Movie]; WINGS - 1990; MARRIED PEOPLE - 1990; STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - 1991; DOC HOLLYWOOD - 1991 [TF]; BEAUTY AND THE BEAST - 1991 [TF: Voice only as Narrator]; WIFE, MOTHER, MURDERER - 1991 [TV Movie]; SHADOWS AND FOG - 1991 [TF]; THE LAST OF HIS TRIBE - 1992 [TV Movie]; PORCO ROSSO - 1992 [TF; Voice only in the American Version]; MASTERGATE - 1992 [TV Movie]; JACK'S PLACE - 1993; WITHOUT A KISS GOODBYE - 1993 [TV Movie]; TAKING LIBERTY - 1993 [TF]; IRON WILL - 1994 [TF]; PAST TENSE - 1994 [TV Movie]; THE BOYS ARE BACK - 1994; BAD COMPANY - 1995 [TF]; NAPOLEAN - 1995 [TF; Voice only]; POCAHONTAS - 1995 [TF; Voice only]; MIGHTY APHRODITE - 1995 [TF]; STEAL BIG STEAL LITTLE - 1995 [TF]; CYBILL - 1996; POLTERGEIST: THE LEGACY - 1996; MURDER, SHE WROTE - 1986-1996 [3 episodes]; THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME - 1996 [TF; Voice only]; EVERYONE SAYS I LOVE YOU - 1996 [TF]; TO FACE HER PAST - 1996 [TV Movie]; JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA - 1997 [TV Movie]; MEET WALLY SPARKS - 1997 [TF]; DR. QUINN, MEDICINE WOMAN - 1997; JUNGLE 2 JUNGLE - 1997 [TF]; 101 DALMATIONS: THE SERIES - 1998; BELLE'S MAGICAL WORLD - 1998 [MFHV; Voice only]; KRIPPENDORF'S TRIBE - 1998 [TF]; TWO GUYS, A GIRL AND A PIZZA PLACE - [13 episodes]; POCAHONTAS 2: JOURNEY TO A NEW WORLD - 1998 [MFHV; Voice only]; ALLY MCBEAL - 1998; THE PRACTICE - 1999; THE OUTER LIMITS - 1999 ["The Shroud"]; MY NEIGHBORS THE YAMADAS - 1999 [TF; Voice only English Version]; BELLE'S TALES OF FRIENDSHIP - 1999 [MFHV; Voice only]; THE ANGRY BEAVERS - 1999 [Voice only]; THE STAND-IN - 1999 [TF]; THE WILD THORNBERRYS - 2000 [Voice only]; BULL - 2000 [4 episodes]; THE TROUBLE WITH NORMAL - 2000; LOVE & MONEY - 1999-2000 [13 episodes]; FOOD FOR THOUGHT - 2001 [TV Movie]; TOMCATS - 2001 [TF]; MURDER, SHE WROTE: THE LAST FREE MAN - 2001 [TV Movie]; ATLANTIS: THE LOST EMPIRE - 2001 [TF; Voice only]; SPIRITED AWAY - 2001 [TF: Voice only American version]; THE CURSE OF THE JADE SCORPION - 2001 [TF]; MICKEY'S MAGICAL CRISTMAS: SNOWED IN AT THE HOUSE OF MOUSE - 2001 [MFHF; Voice only]; THE MAJESTIC - 2001 [TF]; JUSTICE LEAGUE - 2002 [Voice only]; TEACHER'S PET - 2000-2002 [Voice only; 12 episodes; Nominated for an Annie Award® for Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Male Performer in an Animated Television Production]; LILO & STITCH - 2002 [TF; Voice only]; ARLI$$ - 2002; HOUSE OF MOUSE - 2001-2002 [Voice only; 3 episodes]; THE DEAD ZONE - 2002 [MFHV]; TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL - 2003; FRASIER - 2003; STITCH! THE MOVIE [MFHV; Voice only]; BATMAN: MYSTERY OF THE BATWOMAN - 2003 [MFHV; Voice of The Penguin]; TEACHER'S PET - 2004 [TF; Voice only]; STATIC SHOCK - 2004 [Voice only]; WINNIE THE POOH: SPRINGTIME WITH ROO - 2004 [MFHV; Voice only]; CABLE BEACH - 2004 TV Movie]; AMERICAN DRAGON: JAKE LONG - 2005 [Voice only]; NOVA - 2005 [Voice only as narrator]; LILO AND STITCH 2: STITCH HAS A GLITCH - 2005 [MFHV: Voice Only]; POOH'S David Ogden Stiers in 2016HEFFALUMP HALLOWEEN MOVIE - 2005 [MFHV; Voice only]; HOODWINKED! - 2005 [TF; Voice only]; WORST WEEK OF MY LIFE - 2006; JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED - 2006 [Voice only]; LEROY & STITCH - 2006 [MFHV; Voice only]; LADY IN THE WATER - 2006 [TF; Voice only as Narrator]; LILO & STITCH: THE SERIES - 2003-2006 [Voice only; 66 episodes]; AMERICAN EXPERIENCE - 1995 - 2007 [TV Documentary series; Narrator of 26 episodes]; THE DEAD ZONE - 2002-2007 [40 episodes]; STARGATE: ATLANTIS - 2006-2007 [3 episodes]; TOGETHER AGAIN FOR THE FIRST TIME - 2008 [MFHV]; NOT DEAD YET - 2009 [TF]; HOODWINKED TOO! HOOD VS. EVIL - 2011 [TF; Voice only]; LEVERAGE - 2011; RIZZOLI & ISLES - 2015; REGULAR SHOW - 2011-2016 [Voice only; 18 episodes]; NED STRYKER AND THE TYRANT OF TIME - 2017 [TF]; THE JONESES UNPLUGGED - 2017 [TV Movie; His last credit]. Mr Stiers also did the voices to many of Disney's video games. If, when watching M*A*S*H [His acting mentor was the late Harry Morgan], you thought Major Charles Emerson Winchester had a voice fit for Shakespeare, it was because Mr. Stiers joined the company of the Santa Clara Shakespeare Festival and, for seven years, played such characters as King Lear and Richard III. He had conducted 70 orchestras in over 100 appearances. He was a resident conductor of the Newport Symphony Orchestra in Newport, Oregon [his hometown]. David Ogden Stiers died of bladder cancer and was 75 years-old.) - 03/03/18
FRANK DOUBLEDAY (Actor; Doubleday is instantly recognizable as a villain in two of John Carpenter's films, as the head "White Warrior" in ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 [1976] and "Romero" in ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK [1981]. Doubleday also appeared in many other films andFrank Doubleday as "Romero" in ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK (1981) TV Series familiar to fans of this site His credits included [Theatrical Films unless marked with a TV for TV Series]: LUCAS TANNER - 1975 [TV]; POLICE STORY - 1975 [TV]; THE FIRST NUDIE MUSICAL - 1976; DELVECCHIO - 1976 [TV]; ALEX & THE GYPSEY - 1976; THE QUEST - 1976 [TV]; ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 - 1976; STARSKY AND HUTCH - 1977 [TV]; ABAR - 1977; A KILLING AFFAIR - 1977 [TV Movie]; WONDER WOMAN - 1978 [TV]; THE BIG FIX - 1978; CHARLIE'S ANGELS - 1978 [TV]; BUTCH AND SUNDANCE: THE EARLY YEARS - 1979; THE INCREDIBLE HULK - 1981 [TV]; ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK - 1981; ARCHIE BUNKER'S PLACE - 1981; CHiPS - 1981-1982; THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO - 1982; HILL STREET BLUES - 1983 [TV]; AVENGING ANGEL - 1985; T.J. HOOKER - 1983-1985; SPACE RAGE - 1985; NOMADS - 1986; STINGRAY - 1986 [TV]; SLEDGE HAMMER! - 1986 [TV]; AMAZING STORIES - 1987 [TV]; BROADCAST NEWS - 1987; OUR HOUSE - 1988 [TV]; L.A. BOUNTY - 1989; DOLLMAN - 1991; SHAKESPEARE'S PLAN 12 FROM OUTER SPACE - 1991; BEYOND BELIEF: FACT OR FICTION? - 1997 [TV; his final acting credit]. Frank Doubleday was married to actress Christina Hart [WOMEN AND BLOODY TERROR - 1970] and passed away of esophageal cancer. Frank Doubleday was 73 years-old.) - 03/03/18
STEVEN BOCHCO (Producer/Writer: I will always be indebted to Steven Bochco for creating the groundbreaking TV Series HILL STREET BLUES, L.A. LAW and NYPD BLUE. These series were important in the development of other adult series in the '80s & '90s. Unlike other series that contained adult content, Bochco refused to create series for Pay Cable, instead, he tried to push the boundaries on Network TV and, in most cases, succeeded.Steven Bochco Bochco stayed on TV, only veering out to theatrical films two times early in his career. His credits as a writer/producer/creator included [TV Series unless marked with a TF for Theatrical Film]: THE COUNTERFEIT KILLER - 1968 [TF; Writer]; THE NAME OF THE GAME - 1970 [Writer only; Story Editor - 8 episodes]; SILENT RUNNING - 1972 [TF; Writer];  BANACEK - 1972 [Producer]; LIEUTENANT SCHUSTER'S WIFE - 1972 [TV Movie; Writer/Producer]; THE BOLD ONES: THE NEW DOCTORS - 1969-1973 [Creator - 45 episodes]; GRIFF - 1973 [Writer/Producer]; DOUBLE INDEMNITY - 1973 [TV Movie; Writer]; THE INVISIBLE MAN - 1975 [Writer/Producer/Creator; 13 episodes]; RICHIE BROCKELMAN: THE MISSING 24 HOURS - 1976 [TV Movie; Writer/Producer]; GEMINI MAN - 1976 [TV mini-series; Creator]; RIDING WITH DEATH - 1976 [TV Movie; edited footage from the previously mentioned GEMINI MAN and footage from the film COLOSSUS: THE FORBIN PROJECT made this TV film, which remains famous cdue to the lampooning it took on MST3000); DELVECCHIO - 1976-1977; Writer - 8 episodes; Producer - 2 epoisodes]; MCMILLAN & WIFE - 1974-1977 [Writer; 3 episodes; Executive Story Consultant - 17 episodes]; RICHIE BROCKELMAN, PRIVATE EYE - 1978 [Writer/Producer; 5 episodes]; OPERATING ROOM - 1978 [TV Movie; Writer/Co-Executive Producer]; Paris - 1979 [Executive Producer - 1 episode; Creator - 13 episodes; Writer - 3 episodes];  THE WHITE SHADOW - 1979 [Writer; 1 episode]; TURNABOUT - 1979 [Writer; 7 episodes]; VAMPIRE - 1979 [TV Movie; Writer/Executive Producer]; EVERY STRAY DOG AND KID - 1981 [TV Movie; Executive Producer]; BAY CITY BLUES - 1983 [Executive Producer - 2 episodes; Creator - 8 episodes; Writer - 1 episode]; THE TWILIGHT ZONE - 1986 [Writer - episode "Quarantine"]; HILL STREET BLUES - 1981-1987 [Creator - 144 episodes; Writer - 24 episodes; Executive Producer - 98 episodes; Bit Actor in one episode in 1981]; HOOPERMAN - 1987- 1989 [Creator - 42 episodes; Writer - 11 episodes; Producer - 1 episode]; COP ROCK - 1990 [Creator - 11 episodes; Writer - 7 episodes; Executive Producer - 11 episodes]; COLUMBO - 1971-1990 [Writer - 7 episodes; Story Editor - 7 episodes]; L.A. LAW: 100TH EPISODE CELEBRATION - 1991 [TV Movie; Creator]; CIVIL WARS - 1991-1993 [Creator - 36 episodes; Executive Producer - 18 episodes; Writer - 1 episode]; DOOGIE HOWSER M.D. - 1989-1993 [Creator - 97 episodes; Executive Producer - 51 episodes; Writer - 1 episode]; L.A. LAW - 1986-1994 [Creator - 171 episodes; Executive Producer - 68 episodes; Writer - 16 episodes; Executive Consultant - 104 episodes]; THE BYRDS OF PARADISE - 1994 [Executive Producer - 12 episodes]; CAPITOL CRITTERS - 1992-1995 [Creator - 13 episodes; Producer - 13 episodes]; PUBLIC MORALS - 1996 [Creator/Executive Producer - 13 episodes]; MURDER ONE: DIARY OF A SERIAL KILLER - 1997 [TV mini-series; Writer/Executive Producer]; MURDER ONE - 1995 - 1997 [Creator/Executive Producer - 41 episodes; Writer - 24 episodes]; TOTAL SECURITY - 1997 [Creator/Executive Producer]; BROOKLYN SOUTH - 1997-1998 [Creator/Executive Producer - 22 episodes; Writer - 10 episodes]; CITY OF ANGELS - 2000 [Creator/Executive Producer - 24 episodes; Writer - 3 episodes; also Writer of the Theme Song]; L.A. LAW: THE MOVIE - 2002 [TV Movie; Writer]; PHILLY - 2001-2002 [Creator/Executive Producer - 22 episodes; Writer - 14 episodes]; NYPD 2069 - 2004 [TV Movie; Writer'Producer]; NYPD BLUE - 1993-2005 [Creator/Executive Producer - 261 episodes; writer - 32 episodes]; BLIND JUSTICE - 2005 [Creator/Executive Producer - 13 episodes; Writer - 1 episode]; OVER THERE - 2005 [Creator/Executive Producer - 12 episodes]; COMMANDER IN CHIEF - 2005-2006 [Writer - 5 episodes; Executive Producer - 2 episodes]; HOLLIS & RAE - 2006 [TV Movie; Executive Producer]; RAISING THE BAR - 2008-2009 [Creator - 24 episodes; Executive Producer - 15 Steven Bochcoepisodes; Writer - 1 episode]; MURDER IN THE FIRST - 2014-2016 [Creator/Executive Producer - 32 episodes; Writer - 11 episodes; his final credit]. In 2003, Mr. Bochco also wrote the novel "Death By Hollywood". Barbara Bosson (Bochco's wife from 1970 - 1998), Michael Tucker, Bruce Weitz and Charles Haid were classmates of Bochco's at Carnagie Tech and they would all star in one of Bochco's most successful series; Bosson, Weitz and Haid in HILL STREET BLUES and Tucker in L.A. LAW. Here's what Bochco had to say about those two series: "To me, Los Angeles was the total antithesis of that fictional city in which HILL STREET BLUES took place. I wanted L.A. LAW to be the polar opposite thematically. One show at its core was about despair and the inevitable failure of a kind of system. At the other end, I got L.A. and the land of dreams and wealthy, young, upwardly mobile attorneys who drive Porsches. It's the same legal system, yet these people are masters of the universe." In 1985, he was fired from MTM Enterprises for his inability to bring in HILL STREET BLUES on-time and on-budget. To a Baby Boomer like myself, Bochco was one of the most important voices of our generation. He will be missed. Steven Bochco died of complications from leukemia and was 74 years-old.) - 04/01/18
MILOS FORMAN (Director/Writer/Producer: Multiple Academy Award®-winning director [born Jan Tomas Forman] who made some memorable films. His credits included [All are Films]: MAGIC LANTERN II - 1960 [Documentary; also Writer]; IF ONLY THEY AIN'T HAD THEM BANDS - 1964 [Documentary Short; also Writer]; AUDITION - 1964 [Documentary; also writer]; BLACK PETER -Milos Forman 1964 [also Writer]; THE LOVES OF A BLONDE - 1965 [also Writer]; A WELL PAID WALK - 1966 [TV Movie]; THE FIREMAN'S BALL - 1967 [also Writer]; TAKING OFF - 1971 [also Writer]; I MISS SONIA HENIE - 1971 [Short]; VISIONS OF EIGHT - 1973 [Documentary]; ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST - 1975 [Academy Award®, Golden Globe® & BAFTA Award® winner for Best Director]; HAIR - 1979; RAGTIME - 1981; AMADEUS - 1984 [Academy Award® & Golden Globe® winner for Best Director]; VALMONT - 1989 [also Writer]; THE PEOPLE VS. LARRY FLYNT - 1996 [Academy Award® nominee for Best Director; Golden Globe® winner for Best Director]; MAN ON THE MOON - 1999; GOYA'S GHOSTS - 2006 [also Writer]; SEMAFOR: GREATEST HITS 2 - 2007 [Long-Form Music Video]; A WALK WORTHWHILE - 2009 [His last directorial effort]. Forman also wrote LEAVE IT TO ME - 1955; CUBS - 1958; & THE NAIL CLIPPERS - 1969 [Short]. Milos Forman died of undisclosed causes and was 86 years-old.) 04/13/18
R. LEE ERMEY (Actor: This one came as a shock to me because I was just watching him on TV in an episode of LAW & ORDER: SVU and he impressed in his role of a grimy rapist. Ermey came to international fame due to his role as the drill sergeant in Stanley Kubrick's FULL METAL JACKET [1987] and then his career took off, as he appeared in all manner of films and TV Series. And he was usually excellent in roles as an authority figure or one of the meanest bad guys. He cemented his place in horror films by playing the bad Sheriff Hoyt in the remake of THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE [2003] and its sequel and kids knew his voice as Army Sarge in the TOY STORY films and TV Specials. His credits includedR. Lee Ermey [Theatrical films unless marked with a TV for TV Series]: THE BOYS IN COMPANY C - 1978; APOCALYPSE NOW - 1979; UP FROM THE DEPTHS - 1979; PURPLE HEARTS - 1984; FULL METAL JACKET - 1987 [Golden Globe® nominee for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture; Boston Society of Film Critics Awards® winner for Best Supporting Actor; "Kubrick's films have life - they just never die."]; MIAMI VICE - 1987 [TV]; MISSISSIPPI BURNING - 1988; THE SIEGE OF FIREBASE GLORIA - 1989; FLETCH LIVES - 1989; CHINA BEACH - 1989 [TV]; DEMONSTONE - 1990; THE RIFT - 1990; THE TAKE - 1990 [TV Movie]; I'M DANGEROUS TONIGHT - 1990 [TV Movie]; KID - 1990; 83 HOURS 'TIL DAWN - 1990 [TV Movie]; THE TERROR WITHIN II - 1991; TOY SOLDIERS - 1991; TRU IDENTITY - 1991; HUMAN TARGET - 1992 [TV]; CIVIL WARS - 1992 [TV]; STREET JUSTICE - 1992 [TV]; HEXED - 1993; SOMMERSBY - 1993; BODY SNATCHERS - 1993; THE ADVENTURES OF BRISCO COUNTY JR. - 1993 [TV]; FRENCH SILK - 1994 [TV Movie]; CHAIN OF COMMAND - 1994; ON DEADLY GROUND - 1994; RISE AND WALK: THE DENNIS BYRD STORY - 1994 [TV Movie]; NAKED GUN 33 1/3: THE FINAL INSULT - 1994; LOVE IS A GUN - 1994; TALES FROM THE CRYPT - 1994 [TV]; MURDER IN THE FIRST - 1995; SAVATE - 1995 {MFHV]; SWEET JUSTICE - 1995; BEST OF THE BEST 3: NO TURNING BACK - 1995; SE7EN - 1995; LEAVING LAS VEGAS - 1995; SPACE: ABOVE AND BEYOND - 1995 [TV]; UNDER THE HULA MOON - 1995; TOY STORY - 1995 [Voice only]; THE X-FILES - 1995 [TV]; DEAD MAN WALKING - 1995; HIGH INCIDENT - 1996 [TV]; SOUL OF THE GAME - 1996 [TV Movie]; THE FRIGHTENERS - 1996; ROUGH RIDERS - 1997 [TV mini-series]; PREFONTAINE - 1997; DEAD MEN CAN'T DANCE - 1997; WEAPONS OF MASS DISTRACTION - 1997 [TV Movie]; PROMISED LAND - 1997 [TV]; SWITCHBACK - 1997; THE ANGRY BEAVERS - 1997 [TV; Voice only]; STARSHIP TROOPERS - 1997 [Voice only]; THE SENDER - 1998; GUNSHY - 1998; ALL DOGS GO TO HEAVEN: THE SERIES - 1998 [TV; Voice only]; MAXIMUM BOB - 1998 [TV]; YOU KNOW MY NAME - 1999 [TV Movie]; CRACKER: MIND OVER MURDER - 1997-1999 [Series Semi-regular; 13 episodes]; LIFE - 1999; AVALANCHE - 1999; THE APARTMENT COMPLEX - 1999 [TV Movie]; TOY STORY 2 [1999 [Voice only]; THE CHAOS FACTOR - 2000; SKIPPED PARTS - 2000; ROUGHNECKS: THE STARSHIP TROOPER CHRONICLES - 1999-2000 [TV; 4 episodes; Voice only]; BUZZ LIGHTYEAR OF STAR COMMAND: THE ADVENTURE BEGINS - 2000 [MFHV; Voice only]; ACTION - 1999-2000 [TV; 4 episodes]; JERICHO - 2000; SAVING SILVERMAN - 2001; RECESS: SCHOOL'S OUT - 2001 [Voice only]; BIG GUY AND RUSTY THE BOY ROBOT - 1999-2001 [TV; 26 episodes; Voice only]; THE DISTRICT - 2001 [TV]; MEGIDDO: THE OMEGA CODE 2 - 2001; SCENES OF THE CRIME - 2001; TAKING SIDES - 2001; ON THE BORDERLINE - 2001; THIS WEEK IN HISTORY - 2001 [TV]; THE SALTON SEA - 2002 [My favorite Ermey performance]; SCRUBS - 2002 [TV]; FRANK MCKLUSKY, C.I. - 2002; INVADER ZIM - 2002 [TV; Voice only]; BIRDSEYE - 2002; WILLARD - 2003 [Ermey took the Ernest Borgnine role and made it his own]; ROCKET POWER - 2003 [TV; Voice only]; FILLMORE! - 2003 [TV; Voice only]; THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE - 2003 [Not as good as the original, although Ermey turned in a performance which scared the hell out of audiences]; KIM POSSIBLE - 2003 [TV]; Y.M.I. - 2004; THE GRIM ADVENTURES OF R. Lee ErmeyBILLY & MANDY - 2004 [TV; Voice only]; FATHER OF THE PRIDE - 2004 [TV; Voice only]; MY LIFE AS A TEENAGE ROBOT - 2005 [TV; Voice only]; MAN OF THE HOUSE - 2005; X-MEN: THE LAST STAND - 2005 [Voice only]; SHARK BAIT - 2006 [Voice only] THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE BEGINNING - 2006 [this film made no sense because we already knew how it was going to end!]; SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS - 2006 [TV; Voice only]; MAIL CALL - 2002-2007 [TV; 71 episodes]; SOLSTICE - 2008; HOUSE - 2005-2008 [TV; Played Hugh Laurie's father]; ELEVENTH HOUR - 2008 [TV]; TOY STORY 3 - 2010 [Voice only]; LAW AND ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT - 2010 [TV; his role as "Walter Burlock" made your skin crawl]; BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD - 2009-2011 [TV; Voice only; 4 episodes]; FAMILY GUY - 2001-2011 [TV; Voice only]; THE WATCH - 2012; SOMEONE PICKED THE WRONG GIRL - 2013 [Streaming Short]; KUND FU PANDA: LEGENDS OF AWESOMENESS - 2012-2015 [TV; Voice only; 3 episodes]; THE SIMPSONS - 1995-2015 [TV; Voice only; His final role]. Ermey also supplied the voices to many video games, including TOY STORY games and THE CALL OF DUTY series. Mr. Ermey earned the knickname "The Gunny" due to the 11 years he spent in the U.S. Marines. He retired from the Marines due to injuries he recieved in Vietnam. He was later bestowed the honorary rank of Gunnery Sergeant by the Marines. R. LEE ERMEY died of complications from pneumonia and was 74 years-old. "It's been a pretty fun ride, to tell you the truth.") - 04/15/18
PAMELA GIDLEY (Actress: Pretty actress who made a few memorable films that readers of this site should check out. Her credits included [Theatrical Film unless marked with a TV for Television Series]: THRASHIN' - 1986; MACGYVER - 1986 [TV]; DUDES - 1987; CHERRY 2000 - 1987; CRIME STORY - 1987 [TV]; THE BLUE IGUANA - 1988; PERMANENT RECORD - 1988; TOUR OF DUTY - 1987-1988 [TV; 3 episodes]; GLORY DAYS - 1988 [TV Movie]; BLUE BAYOU - 1990 [TV Movie]; THE LAST OF THE FINEST - 1990; DISTURBED - 1990; HIGHWAY TO HELL - 1991; LIEBESTRAUM - 1991; TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME - 1992; LOVE IS LIKE THAT - 1992; ANGEL STREET - 1992 {TV; 8 episodes]; ANGEL STREET - 1992 [TV Movie]; PAPER HEARTS - 1993; FREEFALL - 1994; S.F.W. - 1994; THE CREW - 1994; STRANGE LUCK - 1995-1996 [TVB Semi-Regular; 17 episodes]; THE LITTLE DEATH - 1996; ABERRATION - 1997; KISS & TELL - 1997; BOMBSHELL - 1997; THE MAZE - 1997; MAFIA! - 1998; THE TREAT - 1998; MAN MADE - 1998 [TV Movie]; LIAR'S POKER - 1999; THE PRETENDER - 1997-2000 [TV; 17 episodes]; THE LITTLE VAMPIRE - 2000; GOODBYE, CASANOVA - 2000; TRUE BLUE - 2001; PUZZLED - 2001; LUSTER _ 2002; LANDSPEED - 2002; CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION - 2000-2002 [TV; 5 episodes]; SKIN - 2003-2004 [TV; 5 episodes]; CAKE BOY - 2005 [DTV]; THE CLOSER - 2006 [TV]; TWIN PEAKS: THE MISSING PIECES - 2014 [Cable; her last acting role]. After high school, Miss Gidley moved to New York and was discovered by a modeling agent while walking down a Manhattan street and soon afterwards, she won the Wilhemina Modeling Agency's "Most Beautiful Girl In The World" contest on March 12, 1985 in Sydney, Australia. She was married to actor James Lew from 2005 - 2008. Miss Gidley thought to have quit Hollywood six years ago to care for her sick brother. Pamela died peacefully in her sleep at the age of 52. No cause of death was given.) - 04/16/18
ROBERT MANDAN (Actor: Mr. Mandan was a character actor who found fame in his role of "Chester Tate" on the sitcom SOAP [1977 - 1981]. Mainly a TV actor, Mandan did appear in a few Theatrical Films. His credits included [TV Series unless marked with a TF for Theatrical Film]: Robert MandanFROM THESE ROOTS - 1968; KRAFT THEATRE - 1958; JACKIE GLEASON: AMERICAN SCENE MAGAZINE - 1962-1963 [3 episodes]; ARMSTRONG CIRCLE THEATRE - 1958-1963; THE DOCTORS - 1963 [6 episodes]; THE EDGE OF NIGHT - 1963; THE DEFENDERS - 1964; HAWK - 1966; SEARCH FOR TOMORROW - 1966-1970; SANFORD AND SON - 1972 [The first episode]; THE F.B.I. - 1972; LONGSTREET - 1972; O'HARA, U.S. TREASURY - 1971-1972; THE CAREY TREATMENT - 1872 [TF]; THE STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO - 1972; MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - 1971-1972; HICKEY & BOGGS - 1972 [TF]; THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAGEDY - 1972 [TV Movie]; MANNIX - 1971-1972; THE HEIST - 1972 [TV Movie]; THE NORLISS TAPES - 1973 [TV Movie]; APPLAUSE - 1973 [TV Movie]; THE MAGICIAN - 1973; CIRCLE OF FEAR - 1972-1973; INSIGHT - 1973; THE NEW PERRY MASON - 1973; ALL IN THE FAMILY - 1973; LOVE STORY - 1974; THE MANHUNTER - 1974; CANNON - 1972-1974 [3 episodes]; PANIC ON THE 5:22 - 1974 [TV Movie]; PETROCELLI - 1975; CARIBE - 1975 [Series Regular; 13 episodes]; KOJAK - 1975; BARNEY MILLER - 1975; MAUDE - 1972-1975 [3 episodes]; ONE DAY AT A TIME - 1976; MEDICAL STORY - 1976; DOC - 1976; THE ROCKFORD FILES - 1976; SARA - 1976; MARCUS WELBY, M.D. - 1972-1976; THE TONY RANDALL SHOW - 1976; MOST WANTED - 1976; PHYLLIS - 1977; DELVECCHIO - 1977; POLICE STORY - 1976-1977; HUNTER - 1977; MACARTHUR - 1977 [TF]; KINGSTON: CONFIDENTIAL - 1976-1977; BARNABY JONES - 1975-1977; VEGA$ - 1978; YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU - 1979 [TV Movie]; GREATEST HEROES OF THE BIBLE - 1979; CHiPS - 1979-1980; GOLDIE AND THE BOXER GO TO HOLLYWOOD - 1981 [TV Movie]; SOAP - 1977-1981 [77 episodes]; RETURN OF THE REBELS - 1981 [TV Movie]; MR. MERLIN - 1981; FANTASY ISLAND - 1980-1982; TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT - 1982; THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS - 1982 [TF]; ZAPPED! - 1982 [TF]; IN LOVE WITH AN OLDER WOMAN - 1982 [TV Movie]; PRIVATE BENJAMIN - 1982-1983 [Series Regular; 20 episodes]; FOR MEMBERS ONLY - 1983 [TV Movie]; TRAPPER JOHN, M.D. - 1983; THREE'S COMPANY - 1984 [3 episodes]; THREE'S A CROWD - 1985-1985 [Series Regular; 21 episodes]; THE FACTS OF LIFE - 1986; HIGHWAY TO HEAVEN - 1986; PERRY MASON: THE CASE OF THE L(ST LOVE - 1987 [TV Movie]; MATLOCK - 1987; THE LOVE BOAT - 1978-1987 [6 episodes]; STINGRAY - 1987; YOU ARE THE JURY - 1987; HOTEL - 1987; DOLLY - 1987; FOOFUR - 1987 [Voice only; 13 episodes]; MURDER, SHE WROTE - 1989; MAMA'S FAMILY - 1989; THE GOLDEN GIRLS - 1990; MY TWO DADS - 1990; SANTA BARBARA - 1990-1991 [13 episodes]; THE NEW WKRP IN CINCINNATI - 1991; PACIFIC STATION - 1992; WHO'S THE BOSS? - 1991-1992; INTRUDERS - 1992; THE NUTT HOUSE - 1992 [TF]; DELTA - 1993; STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE - 1993; MARRIED WITH CHILDREN - 1994; LAST RESORT - 1994 [MFHV]; SISTERS - 1994; BURKE'S LAW - 1995; LIGHTS, CAMERA, MAGIC - 1995 [TV Movie];Robert Mandan FAST TRACK - 1995 [TV Movie]; DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE: LEGACY OF FEAR - 1996 [TV Movie]; SHERMAN OAKS - 1995-1997; THE MATCHMAKER - 1997; DAYS OF OUR LIVES - 1998; WEIRD SCIENCE - 1998; BEHIND THE PASSION - 1999 [TV Movie]; FAMILY LAW - 2000; JUDGING AMY - 2001; TEDDY BEARS' PICNIC - 2002 [TF]; ER - 2002; GENERAL HOSPITAL - 2006; HUNTER AND PRAYER - 2010 [Short]; OUR MAN IN MADRAS - 2014 [Short; his final acting role]. Mr Mandan was also active on the stage. He made his Broadway debut in 1956 in "Speaking of Murder", directed by Delbert Mann, and he worked with Lauren Bacall in the original 1970 production of the Betty Comden-Adolph Green musical "Applause". He also starred on stage as Davies in Harold Pinter's "The Caretaker" at the Zephyr Theatre in Los Angeles, receiving Ovation and LA Weekly awards® for that performance. He also starred in "AfterPlay", a play written by Anne Meara in Los Angeles. Robert Mandan died of undisclosed causes after a long illness and was 86 years-old.) - 04/29/18
MARGOT KIDDER (Actress: Kidder was a multiple award-winning influential Canadian actress [born Margaret Ruth Kidder] in her early career, appearing in two of the best horror films of the '70s, SISTERS [1972] and BLACK CHRISTMAS [1974], as well as THE REINCARNATION OF PETER PROUD [1975] and THE AMITYVILLE HORROR [1979]. Her role as Lois Lane in the SUPERMAN films cemented her career as a great actress, but something happened in the late-'90s. She became extremely paranoid, cutting her hair off with a razor blade and telling police she was stalked and attacked. She ended up in a mental institution andMargot Kidder never really recovered after that. She once said, "Nudity in the flesh doesn't bother me. But having my mind uncovered - that scares the hell out of me." No one knows why she snapped [some think it was because her career was on the wane], but we always have her films to remind us what she did best: Act. Her credits included [Theatrical films unless marked with a TV for TV Series]: WOJECK - 1968 [TV]; FESTIVAL - 1969 [TV]; THE BEST DAMN FIDDLER FROM CALABOGIE TO KALADAR - 1969; CORWIN - 1969 [TV]; MCQUEEN - 1969 [TV]; GAILY, GAILY - 1969; MOD SQUAD - 1970 [TV]; QUACKSER FORTUNE HAS A COUSIN IN THE BRONX - 1970; ADVENTURES IN RAINBOW COUNTRY - 1969-1970 [TV]; THE MANIPULATORS - 1971 [TV]; SUDDENLY SINGLE - 1971 [TV Movie]; NICHOLS - 1970-1971 [TV Series Regular; 24 episodes] THE BOUNTY MAN - 1972 [TV Movie]; BANACEK - 1972 [TV]; SISTERS - 1972; THE SUICIDE CLUB - 1973 [TV movie; part of ABC TV's WIDE WORLD OF MYSTERY Late night films]; HARRY O - 1973 {TV]; BARNABY JONES - 1973 [TV]; HONKY TONK - 1974 [TV Movie]; A QUIET DAY IN BELFAST - 1974 [ Canadian Films Etrog Award® winner for Best Performance by a Lead Actress]; THE DION BROTHERS - 1974; BLACK CHRISTMAS - 1974; THE GREAT WALDO PEPPER - 1975; BARETTA - 1975 [TV]; THE REINCARNATION OF PETER PROUD - 1975; 92 IN THE SHADE - 1975; SWITCH - 1976 [TV]; SUPERMAN - 1978 [Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Saturn Award® winner for Best Actress]; SHOOT THE SUN DOWN - 1979; THE AMITYVILLE HORROR - 1979; WILLIE & PHIL - 1980; SUPERMAN II - 1980; HEARTACHES - 1981 [Genie Award® winner for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role]; SOME KIND OF HERO - 1982; BUS STOP - 1982 [TV Movie]; MISS RIGHT - 1982; TRENCHCOAT - 1983; SUPERMAN III - 1983; PYGMALIAN - 1983 [TV Movie]; LOUISIANA - 1984 [TV Movie]; THE GLITTER DOME - 1984; LITTLE TREASURE - 1985; DEADLY NIGHTMARES - 1985 [TV]; PICKING UP THE PIECES - 1985 [TV Movie]; GOBOTS: BATTLE OF THE ROCK LORDS - 1986 [Voice only]; VANISHING ACT - 1986 [TV Movie]; KEEPING TRACK - 1986; SHELL GAME - 1987 [TV; 6 episodes]; SUPERMAN IV: THE QUEST FOR PEACE - 1987; THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF OZ - 1987 [MFHV; Voice only]; THE MARVELOUS LAND OF OZ - 1987 [MFHV; Voice only]; THE EMERALD CITY OF OZ - 1987 [MFHV; Voice only]; OZMA OF OZ - 1987 [MFHV; Voice only]; BODY OF EVIDENCE - 1988 [TV Movie]; MOB STORY - 1989; WHITE ROOM - 1990; DELIRIOUS - 1991; TO CATCH A KILLER - 1992 [TV Movie]; TALES FROM THE CRYPT [Cable Series; "Curiosity Killed" - 1992]; AARON SENT ME - 1992; STREET LEGAL - 1992-1993 [TV]; MURDER, SHE WROTE - 1993 [TV]; THE NEW ADVENTURES OF THE BLACK STALLION - 1993 [TV]; LA FLORIDA - 1993; ONE WOMAN'S COURAGE - 1994 [TV Movie]; MAVERICK - 1994; WINDRUNNER - 1994; THE PORNOGRAPHER - 1994; BEANSTALK - 1994; BURKE'S LAW - 1995 [TV]; YOUNG IVANHOE - 1995 [TV Movie]; BLOODKNOT - 1995 [TV Movie]; CAPTAIN PLANET AND THE PLANETEERS - 1993-1996 [TV; Voice only; 17 episodes]; PHANTOM 2040 - 1994-1996 [TV; Voice only; 34 episodes]; HENRY & VERLIN - 1996; NEVER MET PICASSO - 1996; BOSTON COMMON - 1996-1997 [TV; 6 episodes]; THE PLANET OF JUNIOR BROWN - 1997; THE HUNGER - 1997 [Cable Series]; SHADOW ZONE: MY TEACHER ATE MY HOMEWORK - 1997; AAAAHH!!! REAL MONSTERS! - 1997 {TV; Voice only]; SILENT CRADLE - 1997; TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL - 1998 [TV]; THE TEDDY BEARS' SCARE - 1998 [TV Movie; Voice only]; THE HI-LINE - 1999; THE CLOWN AT MIDNIGHT - 1999; CRY RAPE - 1999 [TV Movie]; THE PSI FACTOR: CHRONICLES OF THE PARANORMAL - 1999 [TV]; LA FEMME NIKITA - 1999 [TV]; THE ANNIHILATION OF FISH - 1999; THE INDUSTRY - 1999 [TV]; NIGHTMARE MAN - 1999; TRIBULATION - 2000; COMMON GROUND - 2000 [TV Movie]; SOMEONE IS WATCHING - 2000 [TV Movie]; AMAZON - 2000 [TV]; THE OUTER LIMITS - 2000 [TV]; THE SECRET ADVENTURES OF JULES VERNE - 2000 [TV]; MENTORS - 2000 [TV]; LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT - 2001 [TV]; EARTH: FINAL CONFLICT - 2001 [TV]; ANGEL BLADE - 2002; CRIME AND PUNISHMENT - 2002; SOCIETY'S CHILD - 2002 [TV Movfie]; I'LL BE SEEING YOU - 2004 [TV Movie]; DEATH 4 TOLD - 2004 [ShockerFest Horror Genre Award® winner for Best Actrss]; SMALLVILLE - 2004 [TV]; CHICKS WITH STICKS - 2004; THE LAST SIGN - 2005; COOL MONEY - 2005 [TV Movie]; Margot Kidder in THE AMITYVILLE HORROR (1979)ROBSON ARMS - 2005 [TV; 3 episodes]; THE L WORD - 2006 [Cable Series]; SOLICE - 2006 [Short]; BROTHERS & SISTERS - 2007 [TV]; LOVE AT FIRST KILL - 2008; ON THE OTHER HAND, DEATH - 2008; A SINGLE WOMAN - 2008; UNIVERSAL SIGNS - 2008; HALLOWEEN II - 2009; SOMETHING EVIL COMES - 2009 [TV Movie] SERVITUDE - 2011; REDEMPTION: FOR ROBBING THE DEAD - 2011; SARINA'S SONG - 2011 [Short]; 3 OF A KIND - 2012; HENRi - 2012 [Short]; MATT'S CHANCE - 2013; REAL GANGSTERS - 2013; PRIDE OF LIONS - 2014; R.L. STINE'S THE HAUNTING HOUR - 2014 [TV; Daytime Emmy Award® winner for Outstanding Performer in a Children's or Pre-School Children's Series]; THE BIG FAT STONE - 2014; NO DEPOSIT - 2015; THE RED MAPLE LEAF - 2016; THE NEIGHBORHOOD - 2017 [Her final acting role]. After living in the US for 34 years, she became a US citizen in August of 2005 so she could vote against US President George W. Bush as part of her protest against the war in Iraq. She was an outspoken supporter of liberal causes, both in the United States and her native Canada. Margot Kidder died peacefully in her sleep of undisclosed causes and was 69 years-old.) - 05/13/18
JOSEPH CAMPANELLA (Actor: Emmy® nominated rugged actor who was a familiar face on TV and in Films during the '60s through the'90s. His credits included [TV Series unless marked with a TF for Theatrical Film]: SUSPENSE - 1952; STUDIO ONE IN HOLLYWOOD - 1952-1955; ROBERT MONTGOMERY PRESENTS - 1955-1957 [3 episodes]; THE UNITED STATES STEEL HOUR - 1957; DECOY - 1958; KRAFT THEATRE - 1956-1958; OMNIBUS - 1958; ARMSTRONG CIRCLE THEATRE - 1959; NEW YORK CONFIDENTIAL - 1959; STARTIME - 1960; MURDER, INC. - 1960; NAKED CITY - 1961-1962 [3 episodes]; ALCOA PREMIERE - 1962; THE UNTOUCHABLES - Joseph Campanella in BEN (1972)1962; ROUTE 66 - 1962-1963; THE DOCTORS - 1963; EASSIDE/WESTSIDE - 1963; BOB HOPE PRESENTS CHRYSLER THEATRE - 1963; ESPIONAGE - 1964; THE ELEVENTH HOUR - 1964; THE LIEUTENANT - 1964; COMBAT! - 1963-1964; SUSPENSE - 1964; THE YOUNG LOVERS - 1964; FOR THE PEOPLE - 1965; THE DOCTORS AND THE NURSES - 1962-1965 (Recurring Regular; 31 episodes]; SHANE - 1966; 12 O'CLOCK HIGH - 1966; THE ROAD WEST - 1966; RUN FOR YOUR LIFE - 1967; THE BIG VALLEY - 1966-1967; THE WILD WILD WEST - 1967; THE INVADERS - 1967; CAPTAIN NICE - 1967; THE ST. VALENTINE'S DAY MASSACRE - 1967 [TF]; THE FUGITIVE - 1964-1967 [4 episodes]; MISSION IMPOSSIBLE - 1967-1968; THE VIRGINIAN - 1963-1968 [4 episodes]; ANY SECOND NOW - 1969 [TV Movie]; THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING - 1969 [TV Movie]; THE DORIS DAY SHOW - 1969; INSIGHT - 1967-1969 [4 episodes]; LANCER - 1969; PARIS 7000 - 1970; BRACKEN'S WORLD - 1970; A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER - 1970 [TV Movie]; THE NAME OF THE GAME - 1968-1970; ALIAS SMITH AND JONES - 1971; NIGHT GALLERY - ["The Nature Of The Enemy" - 1970; "Miss Lovecraft Sent Me" - 1971]; MURDER ONCE REMOVED - 1971 [TV Movie]; MARCUS WELBY, M.D. _ 1970-1971 [3 episodes]; AND THEN THEY FORGOT GOD - 1971 [TV Movie]; THE SIXTH SENSE - 1972; THE BOLD ONES: THE LAWYERS - 1969-1972 [Series Regular; 26 episodes]; OWEN MARSHALL, COUNSELOR AT LAW - 1971-1972; SILENT RUNNING - 1972 [TF; Voice only}; BEN - 1972 [TF]; THE F.B.I. - 1966-1972 [3 episodes]; MANNIX - 1967-1972 [Series Semi-Regular; 25 episodes; Emmy® Nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Drama]; GUNSMOKE - 1968-1972; MARY TYLER MOORE - 1973; YOU'LL NEVER SEE ME AGAIN - 1973 [TV Movie]; HONOR THY FATHER - 1973 [TV Movie]; ASSIGNMENT: VIENNA - 1973; DRIVE HARD, DRIVE FAST - 1973 [TV Movie]; THE ROOKIES - 1973; THE PRESIDENT'S PLANE IS MISSING - 1973 [TV Movie]; THINGS I NEVER SAID - 1973 [An ABC Afterschool Special]; TENAFLY - 1974; THE MAGICIAN - 1974; SKYWAY TO DEATH - 1974 [TV Movie]; UNWED FATHER - 1974 [TV Movie]; POLICE STORY - 1974; PETROCELLI - 1974; TERROR ON THE 40TH FLOOR - 1974 [TV Movie]; HIT LADY - 1974 [TV Movie]; LOVE CHILD - 1974 [TF]; MCCLOUD - 1974; IRONSIDE - 1969-1975 [4 episodes]; MEDICAL CENTER - 1973-1975; KHAN! - 1975; JOURNEY FROM DARKNESS - 1975 [TV Movie]; SKY HEIST - 1975 [TV Movie]; BARBARY COAST - 1975; MATT HELM - 1975; THE PEOPLE'S LAWYER - 1975 [TV Movie]; POLICE WOMAN - 1976; THE ROCKFORD FILES - 1976; CHILD ABUSE - 1976; FRIDAY NIGHT BURN - 1976; MISSION TO GLORY: A TRUE STORY - 1977 [TF]; FANTASY ISLAND - 1978; RING OF PASSION - 1978 [TV Movie]; WHAT REALLY HAPPENED TO THE CLASS OF '65? - 1978; PEARL - 1978 [ TV mini-series]; GREATEST HEROES OF THE BIBLE - 1978; METEOR - 1979 [TF]; THE PLUTONIUM INCIDENT - 1980 [TV Movie]; DEFIANCE - 1980 [TF]; VEGA$ - 1978 -1980; HANGAR 18 - 1980 [TF]; EARTHBOUND - 1981 [TF]; THE BRADY BRIDES - 1981; JESSICA NOVAK - 1981; TRAPPER JOHN, M.D. - 1981; MY BODY, MY CHILD - 1982 [TV Movie]; ONE DAY AT A TIME - 1976-1982 [8 episodes]; QUINCY M.E. - 1977-1982 [4 episodes]; THE COMIC BOOK KIDS - 1982; MATT HOUSTON - 1983; VELKI TRANSPORT - 1983 [TF; one of the last movies of that kind made in former Yugoslavia]; THIS IS YOUR LIFE - 1983; AIRWOLF - 1984; HOTEL - 1985; CRAZY LIKE A FOX - 1986; THE LOVE BOAT - 1986; THE COLBYS - 1985-1986 [8 episodes]; MURDER, SHE WROTE - 1985-1987; THE GOLDEN GIRLS - 1987; STEELE JUSTICE - 1987 [TF]; MAMA'S FAMILY - 1987-1988 [3 episodes]; THE GAME - 1988 [TF]; REAL TO REEL - 1989; DALLAS - 1988-1989 [3 episodes]; 21 JUMP STREET - 1989; SUPERBOY - 1989; BEAUTY AND THE BEAST - 1988-1989 [3 episodes]; GUNS OF PARADISE - 1990; NO RETREAT, NO SURRENDER 3: BLOOD BROTHERS - 1990 [TF]; BODY CHEMISTRY - 1990 [TF]; DOWN THE DRAIN - 1990 [TF]; A SHOW OF FORCE - 1990 [TF]; CLUB FED - 1990 [TF]; OVER MY DEAD BODY - 1990; LAST CALL - 1991 [TF]; KNOTS LANDING - 1989-1991 [3 episodes]; THE EVERLASTING ADVENTURE SERIES - 1991; CAFE ROMEO - 1991 [TF]; P.S.I. LUV YOU - 1991; MEMORIES OF MIDNIGHT - 1991 [TV Movie]; ORIGINAL INTENT - 1993 [MFHV]; TERROR ON TRACK 9 -1992 [TV Movie]; DARK JUSTICE - 1992; SPACE CASE - 1992 [TF]; PAUPER'S DREAM - 1992 [TV Movie]; DEAD GIRLS DON'T TANGO - 1992 [TF]; BAYWATCH - 1993; MAGIC KID - 1993 [MFHV];BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES - 1993 [Voice only]; LOIS & CLARK: THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN - 1993; THE FORCE WITHIN - 1993 [TF]; SAVE ME - 1994 [TF]; RENEGADE - 1994; THE ROCKFORD FILES: I STILL LOVE L.A. - 1994 [TV Movie]; TOO BAD ABOUT JACK - 1994 [TF]; HOLOGRAM MAN - 1995 [MFHV]; WALKER, TEXAS RANGER - 1996; CHARLIE GRACE - 1996; THE GLASS CAGE - 1996 [TF]; ROAD ROVERS - 1996-1997 [VoiceJoseph Campanella only; 13 episodes]; PACIFIC BLUE - 1996-1997 [3 episodes]; JAMES DEAN: RACE WITH DESTINY - 1997 [TF]; TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL - 1997; DUST - 1997 [TF]; SPIDER-MAN - 1994-1997 [Voice only; 20 episodes]; L.A. HEAT - 1997; THE RIGHT WAY - 1998 [TF]; EARLY EDITION - 1999; THE GREAT BUILDERS OF EGYPT - 1999 [TV Movie]; MELROSE PLACE - 1999 [3 episodes; GOOD VS EVIL - 1999; GRIZZLY ADAMS AND THE LEGEND OF DARK MOUNTAIN - 1999 [TF]; WHO IS THIS JESUS? - 2000 [TV Movie]; BIOGRAPHY - 2001; THE APOSTLE PAUL: THE MAN WHO TURNED THE WORLD UPSIDE DOWN - 2001 [TV Movie]; STAR TREK: VOYAGER - 2001; THAT'S LIFE - 2000-2001 [Series Regular; 11 episodes]; THE PRACTICE - 1998-2001 [5 episodes]; THE DIVISION - 2002; THE GLOW - 2002 [TV Movie]; THE GUARDIAN - 2003; COLD CASE - 2004; THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL - 1996-2005 [97 episodes]; THE SHOWDOWN - 2006 [Short]; THE DUKES - 2007 [TF]; THE LEGEND OF GOD'S GUN - 2007 [TF]; CHRISTMAS AT CADILLAC JACK'S - 2007 [TV Movie]; CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION - 2008; FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE - 2008 [TF]; LOST DREAM - 2009 [TF; His final acting credit]. Mr. Campanella was also nominated for an Emmy Award® in 1989 for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his role of "Harper Deveraux" on the Soap Opera DAYS OF OUR LIVES. He also was a popular Narrator for PBS. Received a 1962 Tony nomination as Best Supporting or Featured Actor [Dramatic] for his performance in "A Gift of Time", which was written and directed by Garson Kanin, and which starred Henry Fonda and Olivia de Havilland. Joseph Campanella died of natural causes and was 93 years-old] - 05/16/18
CLINT WALKER (Actor: Mr. Walker was an accomplished actor who is credited with starting the TV Western craze, starring in the popular CHEYENNE in 1955 and lasting until 1962. He opened the door to long-running TV Westerns such as GUNSMOKE and BONANZA. After his series was over, Walker starred in THE DIRTY DOZEN [1967] and several theatrical Westerns before starring in some of the better-known TV Movies during the '70s. His credits included [Theatrical Films unless marked with a TV for TV Series]: JUNGLE GENTS - 1954; THE TEN COMMANDMENTS - 1956; THE TRAVELLERS - 1957; FORT DOBBS - 1958; YELLOWSTONE KELLY - 1959; MAVERICK - 1960 [TV]; REQUIEM TO MASSACRE - 1960; GOLD OF THE SEVEN SAINTS - 1961; CHEYENNE - 1955-1962 [TV; 108 episodes]; 77 SUNSET STRIP - 1963 [TV]; KRAFT SUSPENSE THEATRE - 1964 [TV]; SEND ME NO FLOWERS - 1964; NONE BUT THE BRAVE - 1965; THE LUCY SHOW - 1965-1966 [TV]; THE NIGHT OF THE GRIZZLY - 1966; MAYA - 1966; THE DIRTY DOZEN - 1967; MORE DEAD THAN ALIVE - 1967; SAM WHISKEY - 1969; THE GREAT BANK ROBBERY - 1969; THE PHYNX - 1970; YUMA - 1971 [TV Movie]; HARDCASE - 1972 [TV Movie]; THE BOUNTY MAN - 1972 [TV Movie]; PANCHO VILLA - 1972; SCREAM OF THE WOLF - 1974 [TV Movie]; KILLDOZER - 1974 [TV Movie]; KODIAK - 1974 [TV Series Regular; 13 episodes]; BAKER'S HAWK - 1976; SNOWBEAST - 1977 [TV Movie]; THE WHITE BUFFALO - 1977 [One of my favorite Westerns]; DEADLY HARVEST - 1977; CENTENNIAL - 1978 [TV mini-series]; MYSTERIOUS ISLAND OF BEAUTIFUL WOMEN - 1979 [TV Movie]; HYSTERICAL - 1983; THE LOVE BOAT - 1983 [TV]; THE SERPENT WARRIORS - 1985; THE ALL AMERICAN COWBOY - 1985 [TV Movie]; THE GAMBLER RETURNS: LUCK OF THE DRAW - 1991 [TV Movie]; SWEATING BULLETS - 1993 [TV]; KUNG FU: THE LEGEND CONTINUES - 1995 [TV]; SMALL SOLDIERS - 1998 [Voice only. His last acting role]. In 1971, Walker was involved in a freak accident at Mammoth Mountain, CA, when the tip of a ski pole pierced his heart. He made an amazing recovery and was back at work filming in Spain [YUMA] two months later. Mr. Walker received a Star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame at 1505 Vine Street on February 08, 1960. He also received a Golden Boot Award® in 1997 for his contributions to the Western genre. Clint Walker died of natural causes and was 90 years-old.) - 05/21/18
HARLAN ELLISON (Writer: Ellison was a world-class writer of science fiction and fantasy. He was also a world-class litigator, who would sue anyone who dared to show a germ of an idea that came close to one of his stories (I have read people saying, after hearing about his death, that he would sue any writer who died after him, for copying him!). Still Ellison did Harlan Ellisonturn out some excellent stories that were adapted for the small and big screens. His credits as a writer included [TV Series unless marked with a TF for Theatrical Film]: ROUTE 66 - 1963; RIPCORD - 1963; BURKE'S LAW - 1963-1964 [3 episodes]; VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA - 1964; THE OUTER LIMITS ["Demon With A Glass Hand" - 1964; "Soldier" - 1964]; THE ALFRED HITCHCOCK HOUR - 1964; HISTORIAS PARA NO DORMIR - 1966; THE OSCAR - 1966 [TF]; THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. - 1966-1967; STAR TREK ["The City On The Edge Of Forever" - 1967]; CIMARRON STRIP - 1968; THE FLYING NUN - 1968; THE YOUNG LAWYERS - 1971; CIRCLE OF FEAR - 1973; THE STARLOST - 1973-1974 [Creator; 16 episodes; One of TV's most boring Sci-Fi Series of all time!]; A BOY AND HIS DOG - 1975 [TF]; LOGAN'S RUN - 1977; JACKPOT - 1980 [TF]; THE STARLOST: THE BEGINNING - 1980 [TV Movie of edited together episodes of the most boring Sci-Fi Series of all time]; THE STARLOST: DECEPTION - 1980 [TV Movie of edited together episodes of the most boring Sci-Fi Series of all time]; TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE - 1985; THE TWILIGHT ZONE - 1985-1989 [Writer of 5 episodes; Creative Consultant on 24 episodes]; TRY A DULL KNIFE - 1992 [TF]; THE HUNGER - 1998; SILVER SURFER - 1998; BABYLON 5 - 1998 [Conceptual Consultant on 110 episodes; Writer of 1 episode; Actor on 3 episodes]; THE OUTER LIMITS ["The Human Operators" - 1999; "Human Trials" - 2002]; MASTERS OF SCIENCE FICTION - 2007; A BOY AND HIS DOG - 2019 [TF; In Pre-Production at the time of his passing]. He is famous for his hot temper and outspoken nature, which has led to more then his share of high-profile feuds. The most famous of them was with Star Trek [1966] creator Gene Roddenberry, who had Ellison's famous television script [Star Trek: The City on the Edge of Forever {1967}] heavily rewritten to fit with Roddenberry's more utopian ideas of the future. Roddenberry would not allow him to put his pseudonym "Cordwainer Bird" on the project. To add insult to injury, for the rest of his life Roddenberry took credit for having "saved" the story, which is consistently ranked as the best of the series by critics and fans and as one of TV's 100 greatest moments by "TV Guide". Following a lawsuit, his name was added to the credits of the movie THE TERMINATOR [1984]. He claimed that the time travel and indestructible robot components inHarlan Ellison the movie were ripped off by James Cameron and never credited to him. Cameron, in turn, denies having ever been influenced by Ellison's work. However, Cameron's producers said that if he would lose the lawsuit, he himself would be responsible for the financial losses, giving Cameron no other choice than to begrudgingly settle the case out of court. Stephen King, in "Danse Macabre" describes the scene in the pitching sessions for STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE [1979] where an executive kept rejecting ideas, saying, "No, we've got to think big!" Ellison tired of this and said, "How about this? The Enterprise travels light years out of the galaxy, breaks through the wall of the Universe, and there in front of them is the massive face of God. How's that?" The executive fidgeted for a moment then said, "No, that's still not big enough. We need an idea that's big." Ellison said, "Screw this. I'm a writer. I don't know what the hell you are". This is what Ellison said about the people who made him famous: "This town is filled with weasels and wormers and people who will stab you in the front if they can't reach your back." Harlan Ellison died of undisclosed causes and was 84 years-old.) - 06/28/18
TAB HUNTER (Actor: During the 1950's Tab Hunter [born Arthur Kelm] was a teen idol, dubbed "The Sigh Guy" by his Hollywood agents and the studio system. He was also a singer, whose song "Young Love" was a Top 10 hit. Unfortunately, his good looks and talent never came to fruition in A-List films [he was not popular with the critics], but, fortunately for Tab Hunterus, he used his talent in some memorable genre films, from thrillers, horror to exploitation films, many of them during the latter half of his career. His credits included (Theatrical Films unless marked with a TV for Television Series): THE LAWLESS - 1952; ISLAND OF DESIRE - 1952; GUN BELT - 1953; THE STEEL LADY - 1953; RETURN TO TREASURE ISLAND - 1954; TRACK OF THE CAT - 1954; BATTLE CRY - 1955; THE FORD TELEVISION THEATRE - 1955 [TV]; THE SEA CHASE - 1955; THE BURNING HILLS - 1956; THE GIRL HE LEFT BEHIND - 1956; CONFLICT - 1956 [TV]; CLIMAX! - 1955-1957 [TV]; HANS BRINKER AND THE SILVER SKATES - 1958 [TV Movie]; PLAYHOUSE 90 - 1956-1958 [TV]; LAYFAYETTE ESCADRILLE - 1958; GUNMAN'S WALK - 1958; DAMN YANKEES - 1958; MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS - 1959 [TV Movie]; THAT KIND OF WOMAN - 1959; THEY CAME TO CORDURA - 1959; GENERAL ELECTRIC THEATER - 1959 [TV]; THE TAB HUNTER SHOW - 1960-1961 [Series Regular; Also Producer; 32 episodes]; THE PLEASURE OF HIS COMPANY - 1961; THE GOLDEN ARROW - 1962; SAINTS AND SINNERS - 1962 [TV]; COMBAT! - 1962 [TV]; OPERATION BIKINI - 1963; BURKE'S LAW - 1964 [TV]; RIDE THE WILD SURF - 1964; MAN WITH TWO FACES - 1964; CITY IN THE SEA - 1965; THE LOVED ONE - 1965; BIRDS DO IT - 1966; THE CUPS OF SAN SEBASTIAN - 1967; HOSTILE GUNS - 1967; VENGEANCE IS MY FORGIVENESS - 1968; THE LAST CHANCE - 1968; BRIDGE OVER THE ELBE - 1969; THE VIRGINIAN - 1970 [TV]; SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT - 1970 [TV]; HACKSAW - 1971 [TV Movie]; CANON - 1972 [TV]; SWEET KILL [a.k.a. THE AROUSERS] - 1972; THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JUDGE ROY BEAN - 1972; OWEN MARSHALL, COUNSELOR AT LAW - 1972 [TV]; CIRCLE OF FEAR - 1973 [TV]; THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN - 1975 [TV]; TIMBER TRAMPS - 1975; ELLERY QUEEN - 1976Tab Hunter In POLYESTER - 1981 [TV]; MARY HARTMAN, MARY HARTMAN - 1976 [TV]; MCMILLAN & WIFE - 1976 [TV]; WON TON TON: THE DOG WHO SAVED HOLLYWOOD - 1976; FOREVER FERNWOOD - 1977 [TV]; THE LOVE BOAT - 1977 [TV]; POLICE WOMAN - 1978 [TV]; HAWAII FIVE-O - 1978 [TV]; KATIE: PORTRAIT OF A CENTERFOLD - 1978 [TV Movie]; $WEEPSTAKE$ - 1979 [TV]; THE KID FROM LEFT FIELD - 1979 [TV Movie]; CHARLIE'S ANGELS - 1980 [TV]; POLYESTER - 1981; STRIKE FORCE - 1981 [TV]; PANDEMONIUM - 1982; GREASE 2 - 1982; BENSON - 1982 [TV]; AND THEY'RE OFF - 1982; THE FALL GUY - 1984 [TV]; MASQUERADE - 1984 [TV]; LUST IN THE DUST - 1985 [also Producer]; CAMERON'S CLOSET - 1988; OUT OF THE DARK - 1988; GROTESQUE - 1988; DARK HORSE - 1992 [also Producer & Story Writer]; RON RUSSELL'S SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT - 2009 [TV; His last screen appearance]. Tab Hunter worked as a film producer at age 70+ in Southern California. Tab also "came out" with a tell-all memoir on his Hollywood years in October of 2005. His long-time partner was film producer Allan Glaser. Tab Hunter died of cardiac arrest and was 86 years-old.) - 07/08/18


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