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Margaret Sullavan, Tim Holt, and Chales Boyer in "Back Street"

 

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Tim Holt with his sidekick Richard 'Chito' Martin co-starred in 29 westerns together

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Tim Holt in one of his final films "The Monster That Challenged the World" with Audrey Dalton

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Kim, I emailed you some instructions about applying pictures on TCM.

 

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"I'll get you my pretty! ...... and your little dog too!"

 

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In the Spotlight: MARTY FELDMAN

 

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The hilarious Martin Alan "Marty" Feldman was born in London's East End on July 8 1934, the son of Jewish/Russian immigrants.

He had a number of absurd and varied jobs in his youth. These included being a kitchen hand, message boy for an advertising agency, jazz musician in clubs, greyhound racetrack tipster, and an assistant to an Indian fakir in his side-show acts.

Leaving school at 15, he started his show-business career as a trumpet player but soon turned to comedy, notable for his bulging eyes, which were the result of a thyroid condition known as Graves Disease.

 

In 1954, Feldman formed a flourishing writing partnership with Barry Took. For British television, they wrote situation comedies, most notably the ground-breaking BBC radio show "Round the Horne".

The television sketch comedy series "At Last" featured Feldman's first on-screen performances.

 

Marty was co-author, with John Cleese, Graham Chapman and Tim Brooke-Taylor, of the "Four Yorkshiremen" sketch, writers Marty Feldman and Tim Brooke-Taylor being overlooked or forgotten by many people. Feldman was also a writer on The Frost Report with several future members of Monty Python.

Feldman had a series of his own on the BBC called "Marty" in 1968. The Marty series proved popular enough with an international audience to launch a film career. His first feature role was in 1970's "Every Home Should Have One".

He also released one long-playing record called "I Feel a Song Going Off" re-released as "The Crazy World of Marty Feldman".

 

Marty Feldman's performances on American television included "The Dean Martin Show" and "Marty Feldman's Comedy Machine".

He is best remembered for his role as the hunchback Igor in "Young Frankenstein" in which, as usual, many of his lines were improvised. At one point, Dr. Frankenstein (Gene Wilder) scolds Igor with the phrase "Damn your eyes!" Feldman then turns to the camera, points to his already-misaligned eyes, grins and says, "Too late!"

 

Feldman also appeared in "The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother", Mel Brooks' "Silent Movie", "In God We Tru$t", as well as directing and starring in "The Last Remake of Beau Geste". He guest-starred in the "Arabian Nights" episode of "The Muppet Show".

 

Feldman married Lauretta Sullivan in January of 1959. She had proposed to him when he made no move to do so, after nine months of daily dating. They would remain married until his death in 1982.

 

The comedian died from a heart attack (as a result of shellfish food poisoning) in a hotel room in Mexico City, Mexico during the making of the film "Yellowbeard".

 

Mel Brooks on the DVD commentary of "Young Frankenstein", cites a number of factors that may have contributed to Feldman's early death from a heart attack at age 49.

He was a very heavy smoker (smoking four to five, sometimes six packs of cigarettes a day), drank copious amounts of coffee and, although a vegetarian, ate a diet high in eggs and dairy products. The increased stress placed upon his body by the high altitude environment of Mexico City (it is located at an altitude of 2,300m where the air is thinner than at sea level ) may also have been a factor in his sudden death.

 

He is buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Los Angeles, California near his idol, Buster Keaton, in the Garden of Heritage.

 

When presenting the 1976 Live Action Short Oscar, he called the two winning producers to the stage, threw the statue to the floor, then handed a shard of the award to each one. He said, "It said, 'Made in Hong Kong' on the bottom."

 

Quoted: "I am too old to die young, and too young to grow up," We miss ya Marty.

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Igor: My grandfather used to work for your grandfather. Of course the rates have gone up.

 

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