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#21 Richard Kimble

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Posted 20 February 2017 - 12:09 PM

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The IMDb MB had enjoyed a mostly well-behaved childhood, but became far more difficult to handle around 20o7 after being introduced to video games and the subgroup that plays them. A later interest in political matters would unfortunately develop into a pathological obsession, ultimately contributing to its premature demise.

 

The forum is survived by thousands of devoted users.

 

The IMDb MB asked that it be remembered as a place where movie lovers were able to exchange information and ideas, and that memorials in its name NOT be posted on Facebook or Twitter.


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Posted 19 February 2017 - 12:20 PM

Sometimes I don't know what's worse, somebody dying suddenly or somebody dying a slow, lingering death such as Bruce Lansbury.  Mission Impossible and The Wild, Wild West were two of my favorite TV shows to watch when I was a kid.



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Posted 17 February 2017 - 09:37 PM

I grew up seeing his name on TV credits, but never knew he and Angela were related

 

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Bruce Lansbury, the veteran TV producer and writer known for his work on The Wild Wild West, Wonder Woman and Murder, She Wrote, which starred his older sister, Angela Lansbury, has died. He was 87.

 

The London-born Lansbury died Monday in La Quinta, Calif., after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease, his daughter, Felicia Lansbury Meyer, told The Hollywood Reporter.

 

His survivors also include his twin brother, Edgar Lansbury; he produced the popular 1970s Broadway revival of Gypsy that starred their sister and worked on films including The Wild Party (1975), directed by James Ivory.

 

Lansbury also served as vp creative affairs for Paramount Television starting in the late 1960s, supervising such series as The Brady Bunch; Happy Days; The Odd Couple; Love, American Style; and Petrocelli.

 

Lansbury demonstrated a flair for sci-fi and fantasy at points during his career, especially early on.

 

He joined CBS' The Wild Wild West before its second season and assumed control of the futuristic Western in the summer of 1966 when the show's creator, Michael Garrison, died from injuries suffered in a fall in his home. Lansbury went on to produce 69 episodes of Wild Wild West before it was canceled in 1969 amid an outcry over violence on television.

 

Lansbury then guided 43 installments of CBS' Mission: Impossible (1969-72), 38 episodes of ABC-CBS' Wonder Woman (1977-79), 20 of NBC's Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979-80) and 21 of NBC's Knight Rider (1985-86).

 

He also created the short-lived 1973-74 CBS series The Magician, starring Bill Bixby; wrote for NBC's The Powers of Matthew Star; and produced the 1987 telefilm The Return of the Six-Million-Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman and episodes of the 1977 NBC drama The Fantastic J

 

Lansbury joined CBS' Murder, She Wrote at the start of the series' ninth season in 1992 and served as supervising producer on 88 episodes over four years, through the show's conclusion in May 1996. He also wrote 15 episodes.

 

Lansbury was the son of Irish-born stage actress Moyna Macgill and Edgar Lansbury, a politician and timber merchant. His grandfather was George Lansbury, a former Labor Party leader in England and a member of Parliament.

 

With the outbreak of World War II, he came to New York with his sister, brother and mother. The family then settled in Los Angeles in the mid-1940s, and he served in the U.S. Army and graduated from UCLA.

 

Lansbury began his career in the business at WABC-TV in Los Angeles and then worked in program development at CBS in Los Angeles and New York.

 

He married Mary Hassalevris in 1951 and remained with her until her 1996 death. In 1998, he married Gail England, and she survives him.

 

His other survivors include his other daughter Christiane; grandchildren Alexandra, Michael, Audrey and William; great-grandsons Theo and Luc; and his wife's children Danielle and Jordan and her grandsons Robert and Jake.

 

Still going strong, Angela Lansbury, 91, solved 12 seasons' worth of crimes as the novelist/amateur sleuth Jessica Fletcher on Murder, She Wrote. She also has won five Tony Awards and was nominated for three Academy Awards during her illustrious career.


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Posted 17 February 2017 - 04:08 PM

Pro wrestler George "The Animal" Steele has gone to the great wrestling ring in the sky. Turnbuckles across the country are sighing in relief.

 

Steele portrayed famed thespian Tor Johnson in Ed Wood.

 

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Posted 13 February 2017 - 02:40 AM

"Professor" Irwin Corey has died at the ripe old age of 102. A stand-up comedian, improvisational actor, and leftist activist, he appeared in many films and television shows.

 

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I was working at a San Francisco TV station in 1968. We did an interview with the Professor who was appearing at a club in the city. They showed us to his dressing room and we knocked on the door and he said come in. Well, I walked in with my camera and the host and an assistant. The Professor was standing there in his under wear ironing his pants. He wanted to do the interview in his underwear, but the host thought we should do it with pants on. I agreed with Irwin, but he put on his pants and invited us to watch his act.We accepted and then he said during his act he ask the audience if they have any questions and he gave us each a question to ask him. My question was "Tell me Professor, do you believe in sex before the wedding"? His answer was "There's nothing wrong with sex before the wedding as long as you don't block the aisles"...


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Posted 11 February 2017 - 04:17 PM

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Lt. General Hal Moore, author of We Were Soldiers Once, And Young (filmed in 2002 as We Were Soldiers starring Mel Gibson as Moore), detailingthe  Battle of the Ia Drang Valley (the United States' first large-unit battle of the Vietnam War), has died, two days short of his 95th birthday.


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Posted 11 February 2017 - 03:16 PM

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Television producer and writer Stanley Kallis, who worked on shows including “Hawaii Five-O” and “Mission: Impossible,” died at his home in Laguna Beach, Calif. on Jan. 28.

 

He helped develop the concept for “Hawaii 5-0” for CBS with writer Leonard Freeman, then moved to producing “Mission: Impossible” with Peter Graves and Martin Landau before returning to “Hawaii 5-0” as executive producer.

 

His next show as producer was “Police Story,” created by Joseph Wambaugh, which won the Emmy for drama series in 1976. In the late 70s, Kallis produced  “Washington Behind Closed Doors,” a mini-series for ABC that won seven Emmy nominations.

 

During the 1980s, he produced projects including “The Manions of America,” “Amber Waves,” “Two of a Kind,” “Columbo” and “The Glitter Dome,” also based on a Wambaugh novel.

 

Kallis moved to Hollywood when his father Mischa Kallis became art director for Paramount Studios. After graduating UCLA, he became an assistant film editor.

 

With backing from his father and brother, he wrote and produced three B-movies that led to a TV series, “The Law and Mr. Jones,” starring James Whitmore. His first TV writing credit came on “Wagon Train” in 1959. He wrote and produced for the “Dick Powell Anthology” as well as “The Danny Thomas Hour.”


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Posted 11 February 2017 - 01:14 AM

Nicenice visual accents, Richard Kimble!

I'm so glad that Prof. Irwin Corey lived to be a ripe 102. :D 



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Posted 09 February 2017 - 02:14 AM

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Alan Simpson of writing duo Galton and Simpson has died at the age of 87, his manager has said.
 
The pair created sitcoms including Hancock's Half Hour and Steptoe and Son.
 
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Alan Simpson and Ray Galton met at Milford Sanatorium in Surrey as teenagers, having both been diagnosed with tuberculosis, and started writing for the hospital's radio station.
 
They went on to write television, film and stage scripts for stars including Peter Sellers, Leonard Rossiter and Frankie Howerd.
 
Galton and Simpson are credited with bringing social realism to British comedy.
 
Hancock's Half Hour started as a radio show in 1954, before transferring to television. It was aired on the BBC from 1956 to 1960.
 
Their biggest TV hit however was Steptoe and Son, about father-and-son rag and bone team Harold and Albert, and their lives in a squalid home. [This show was the basis for Sanford & Son - RK]
 
It ran for 12 years, from 1962 to 1974, reaching an audience of 28 million.
 
This episode is considered a landmark of British TV comedy:
 

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Posted 08 February 2017 - 12:20 PM

This is a sad loss for me.  I grew up loving Battlestar Galactica and Richard Hatch.  From personal experience,  he was an incredibly warm and down to earth person.   RIP ... you will be missed. :(

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Richard Hatch, who was best known for his role as Captain Apollo in “Battlestar Galactica,” died Tuesday. He was 71.

 

Hatch got his start with the Los Angeles Repertory Theater as well as shows in Chicago and off Broadway before moving to the silver screen, where he debuted in 1971 on “All My Children.” His first major role came in “The Streets of San Francisco” as Inspector Dan Robbins in 1976, the final season of the detective show.

 

But his most famous part was Captain Apollo in the 1978 “Battlestar Galactica” TV show, a role for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe.

 

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Posted 08 February 2017 - 12:59 AM

 

Alec McCowen, who played the detective in Hitchcock's Frenzy and the nephew in Travels With My Aunt, has died at the age of 91

 

 

Alec McCowen was also known to James Bond fans for playing gadget-master Q in the non-canon 1983 outing Never Say Never Again.

 

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Posted 08 February 2017 - 12:35 AM

https://www.theguard...ccowen-obituary

 

Alec McCowen, who played the detective in Hitchcock's Frenzy and the nephew in Travels With My Aunt, has died at the age of 91


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Posted 07 February 2017 - 11:39 PM

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Richard Hatch, who was best known for his role as Captain Apollo in “Battlestar Galactica,” died Tuesday. He was 71.

 

Hatch got his start with the Los Angeles Repertory Theater as well as shows in Chicago and off Broadway before moving to the silver screen, where he debuted in 1971 on “All My Children.” His first major role came in “The Streets of San Francisco” as Inspector Dan Robbins in 1976, the final season of the detective show.

 

But his most famous part was Captain Apollo in the 1978 “Battlestar Galactica” TV show, a role for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe.

 

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Posted 07 February 2017 - 12:32 AM

One of the great "stream of consciousness" comics, ever. 

 

Always enjoyed seeing him on The Tonight Show and Steve Allen's old syndicated early evening program during the mid/late '60s.

 

(...R.I.P., "Professor")


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Posted 07 February 2017 - 12:06 AM

"Professor" Irwin Corey has died at the ripe old age of 102. A stand-up comedian, improvisational actor, and leftist activist, he appeared in many films and television shows.

 

https://en.wikipedia...iki/Irwin_Corey

 

 

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Posted 30 January 2017 - 08:32 AM

Sound engineer Richard Portman died on January 28, 2017. He was 82. He worked on more than 150 films from the early 1960s to the 2000s, winning an Oscar for his work on THE DEER HUNTER.

 

Portman also received nominations for his work on ten other films: KOTCH (1971), THE GODFATHER (1972), THE CANDIDATE (1972), PAPER MOON (1973), DAY OF THE DOLPHIN (1973), YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (1974), FUNNY LADY (1975), COAL MINER'S DAUGHTER (1980), ON GOLDEN POND (1981) and THE RIVER (1984).

 

USA Today ​remembers Portman here: http://www.usatoday....es-82/97230010/


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Posted 28 January 2017 - 07:17 AM

Death takes a Holiday
 
 
Bob Holiday (November 12, 1932 – January 27, 2017) was an American actor best known for playing Superman in the 1966 Broadway musical It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman! Historically, Holiday was the next "live-action" Superman after George Reeves. Holiday played Superman more than any other actor, having played the role in over 140 performances, as well as several live appearances in character. From 1999 until his death in 2017, he reigned as the eldest surviving, live-action Superman.
 
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Posted 27 January 2017 - 08:19 PM

Mary Webster, Actress in 'Master of the World,' Dies at 81

 

Mary Webster, who starred opposite Jerry Lewis in the comedy The Delicate Delinquent and with Vincent Price in the sci-fi film Master of the World, has died. She was 81.

 

Webster died Monday in Dallas, her Master of the World co-star David Frankham stated on Facebook.

 

In her first big-screen appearance, Webster portrayed Lewis' love interest Patricia in The Delicate Delinquent (1957), notable as the comic actor's first film following his breakup with showbiz partner Dean Martin.  And

in American International Pictures' Master of the World (1961), adapted by Richard Matheson from two Jules Verne novels, Webster is among those in a hot-air balloon who are captured by Price, the deranged captain of a huge airship. (Frankham played Webster's fiance in the film).

 

The actress also appeared in the 1957 features The Tin Star, directed by Anthony Mann and starring Henry Fonda and Anthony Perkins, and Eighteen and Anxious.

 

Later, Webster worked with Jack Klugman in two episodes of CBS' The Twilight Zone: 1960's "A Passage for Trumpet" (she's with Klugman on the rooftop at the end) and 1963's "Death Ship," a space-travel tale penned by Matheson.

 

A native of Chicago who studied at the famed Pasadena Playhouse, Webster appeared opposite Tallulah Bankhead in the 1954-55 Broadway comedy Dear Charles.

 

Her television work also included stints on Father Knows Best, Panic!, Colt .45, The Millionaire, Perry Mason, Route 66 and Dr. Kildare.

 

Survivors include her son Matt.

 

The grim reaper has worked overtime this week.  That other Mary, Mike Connors, Barbara Hale and now Ms. Webster.  Guess who just had her will made today?  Yeah, I'd say my timing was off. 


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Posted 14 January 2017 - 07:43 PM

William Peter Blatty, who won an Oscar for adapting his novel The Exorcist​ to the big screen in 1973, died on January 12, 2017. He was 89.

 

Blatty also wrote screenplays for other films, including the Warren Beatty-Leslie Caron vehicle PROMISE HER ANYTHING (1965), THE NINTH CONFIGURATION (1980) and THE EXORCIST III (1990), the latter two of which he also directed. Blatty is also noted for his three collaborations with writer-director Blake Edwards, on A SHOT IN THE DARK (1964), GUNN (1967) and DARLING LILI (1970).

 

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Posted 14 January 2017 - 05:26 PM

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Dick Gautier, who starred on Broadway in the original production of Bye, Bye Birdie and then famously played Hymie the Robot on the sitcom Get Smart, has died. He was 85.

 

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