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The Persuaders! 40th Anniversary Blu-ray Edition in HD        Video        2011

 

To mark

the 40th anniversary of THE PERSUADERS (PG),

Network has commissioned

a High Definition digital restoration of all 24 episodes

for a new Blu-ray edition of the series

with brand new special features

 

YouTube > NetworkDVD

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eS90FYxM4LA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Andrew Leo Fincher        USA

 

 

Anglonautes > Arts > Movies > David Fincher

 

http://www.npr.org/2017/10/12/
557328890/fbi-profilers-pursue-serial-killers-and-their-motives-in-mindhunter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Cleese        UK

 

 

http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/video/2015/sep/17/
john-cleese-in-at-last-the-1948-show-video

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bill Cosby        USA

 

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2017/06/12/
532242734/when-what-was-good-for-bill-cosby-was-good-for-black-america

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2014/09/19/
349847465/examining-bill-cosbys-legacy-as-the-cosby-show-turns-30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Kenneth Williams    USA    1966-2021

 

As Omar Little on “The Wire,”

David Simon’s five-season epic on HBO

that explored

the gritty underworld of corruption,

drugs and the police in Baltimore,

Mr. Williams played

perhaps the most memorable character

in a series many consider

among the best shows

in television history.

 

As a swaggering lone wolf

in a story largely defined

by continuing battles

between the police

and various crime bosses and crews,

Omar was one of prime-time’s

pre-eminent antiheroes

in a TV era defined by them.

 

He was also gay and openly so

in the homophobic, coldblooded

world of murder and drugs,

a groundbreaking portrayal

of Black masculinity on television.

 

“I saw a lot of homophobia

in my community,”

Mr. Williams told

The New York Times in 2019.

 

“Omar definitely helped

soften the blow of homophobia

in my community,

and it opened up a dialogue,

definitely.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/06/
arts/michael-k-williams-dead.html

 

 

https://www.npr.org/2021/09/06/
1034655290/michael-williams-omar-the-wire-hbo-dies-at-age-54

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/06/
arts/michael-k-williams-dead.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eddie Asner    USA    1929-2021

 

burly character actor

who won seven Emmy Awards

— five of them

for playing the same character,

the gruff but lovable newsman Lou Grant,

introduced on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”

— and later starred in film hits

like “Up” and “Elf” —

(...)

Mr. Asner also served

as president of the Screen Actors Guild

from 1981 to 1985

and was active in political causes

both within and beyond

the entertainment industry.

 

The issues he supported over the years

included unionism (in particular

the air traffic controllers’ strike of 1981)

and animal rights;

 

those he protested against

included the American military presence

in El Salvador.

https://www.npr.org/2021/08/29/
1032229523/ed-asner-award-winning-actor-who-played-lou-grant-dies-at-91

 

 

https://www.npr.org/2021/08/29/
1032229523/ed-asner-award-winning-actor-who-played-lou-grant-dies-at-91

 

https://www.npr.org/2021/08/29/
1032229523/ed-asner-award-winning-actor-who-played-lou-grant-dies-at-91

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gavin MacLeod (born Allan George See)    USA    1931-2021

 

Gavin MacLeod (...)

tasted stardom

after years as a journeyman actor

when he landed roles on two

of the most successful television

series of the 1970s and ’80s

— as the news writer Murray Slaughter

on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”

and Capt. Merrill Stubing

on “The Love Boat” —

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/29/
arts/television/gavin-macleod-dead.html

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/29/
arts/television/gavin-macleod-dead.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Conrad (born Conrad Robert Falk)        USA        1935-2020

 

Mr. Conrad,

known for tough guy roles,

played a secret agent

in a mid-1960s television series

that transplanted

James Bond-style plots

into an Old West setting.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/08/
arts/robert-conrad-dead.html

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/08/
arts/robert-conrad-dead.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Margaret Ann Lipton        USA        1946-2019

 

angel-faced actress who starred

in “The Mod Squad” and made

a television comeback

in the “Twin Peaks” series

 

(...)


She was 22

when she achieved instant stardom

on the ABC police drama

“The Mod Squad” (1968-73),

one of the first prime-time series

to acknowledge the existence

of the hippie counterculture

and an early example

of multiracial casting.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/12/
obituaries/peggy-lipton-mod-squad-dead.html

 

 

https://www.npr.org/2019/05/12/
722590154/peggy-lipton-star-of-the-mod-squad-and-twin-peaks-dies-at-72

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/12/
obituaries/peggy-lipton-mod-squad-dead.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Annie Jeffreys Carmichael        USA        1923-2017

 

sophisticated blond

actress and singer

who played a glamorous ghost

in the 1950s television series

“Topper”

 

(...)

 

“Topper,” seen on CBS

from 1953 to 1955,

was based on the 1937 film

of the same name

starring Cary Grant

and Constance Bennett

as a young couple,

George and Marion Kerby,

who die in an accident

and come back

to haunt their old house,

now occupied

by a stodgy banker,

just for fun.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/28/
obituaries/anne-jeffreys-glamorous-ghost-of-50s-tv-is-dead-at-94.html

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/28/
obituaries/anne-jeffreys-glamorous-ghost-of-50s-tv-is-dead-at-94.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ty Hardin (born Orison Whipple Hungerford Jr.)        USA        1930-2017

 

 

 

 Ty Hardin was best known

for his role as the gunslinger Bronco Layne.

 

Photograph:

Credit Warner Bros.

 

Ty Hardin, Star of ‘Bronco’ Western, Dies at 87

NYT

AUG. 6, 2017

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/06/
arts/television/ty-hardin-dead.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ty Hardin (...)

roamed the West

searching for adventure

in the television series

“Bronco”

in the late 1950s

and early ’60s

 

(...)

 

In a television landscape

crowded with gunslingers

like Sugarfoot, Cheyenne,

Lucas McCain (the Rifleman)

and Bret Maverick,

Mr. Hardin carved a niche

playing Bronco Layne,

a soft-spoken loner

slow to anger

but quick on the draw

and skilled in the saddle.

 

“There ain’t a horse

that he can’t handle,

that’s how he got his name,”

a line in the show’s

theme song went.

 

First introduced

on the series “Cheyenne” in 1958,

Bronco, formerly a captain

in the Confederate Army,

held various jobs as he traveled

— Army scout, deputy sheriff,

wagon-train master,

undercover post-office agent

and miner among them —

and encountered colorful

historical characters

along the way,

notably Billy the Kid,

Wild Bill Hicko

and Jesse James

(played by James Coburn).

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/06/
arts/television/ty-hardin-dead.html

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/06/
arts/television/ty-hardin-dead.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Timothy Sydney Robert Hardy        UK        1925-2017

 

Actor who starred on TV

in All Creatures Great and Small

and became associated

with the role

of Winston Churchill

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2017/aug/03/
robert-hardy-obituary

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2017/aug/03/
robert-hardy-obituary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roger George Moore        UK        1927-2017

 

https://www.theguardian.com/film/roger-moore

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/may/23/
sir-roger-moore-obituary-james-bond

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/23/
movies/roger-moore-was-the-best-bond-because-he-was-the-gen-x-bond.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/23/
movies/roger-moore-dead-james-bond.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/23/
movies/one-line-reviews-of-roger-moores-james-bond-movies.html

https://www.theguardian.com/film/gallery/2017/may/23/
bond-actor-roger-moore-a-life-in-pictures

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/may/23/
a-force-of-nature-tributes-pour-in-for-bond-and-the-saint-actor-roger-moore

https://www.theguardian.com/film/filmblog/2017/may/23/
roger-moore-the-modest-self-deprecating-007-peter-bradshaw

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/may/23/
sir-roger-moore-obituary-james-bond

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/may/23/
roger-moore-saint-persuader-and-the-suavest-james-bond-dies-aged-89

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donald James Marshall        USA        1936-2016

 

one of the first black actors

to have a starring role

on an American network

television series,

as a spaceship’s efficient,

levelheaded first officer

stranded

on a mysterious planet

on “Land of the Giants”

 

(...)

 

“Land of the Giants,”

which ran

from 1968 to 1970

on ABC,

was a science-fiction adventure

about the passengers and crew

of a small suborbital aircraft

that crash-lands on a planet

inhabited by humanoids 70 feet tall

and house cats the size of King Kong.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/03/
arts/television/don-marshall-who-made-casting-history-in-land-of-the-giants-is-dead-at-80.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/03/
arts/television/don-marshall-who-made-casting-history-in-land-of-the-giants-
is-dead-at-80.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Agnes Nixon (born Agnes Eckhardt)        USA        1922-2016

 

celebrated creator and writer

of television soap operas,

who introduced uterine cancer,

venereal diseases, child abuse, AIDS

and other societal terrors

into the weekday fantasy worlds

of millions of daytime viewers

 

(...)

 

 

In a career

that paralleled the rise,

enormous popularity

and gradual decline

of soap operas

in the last half

of the 20th century,

Ms. Nixon fashioned

many of television’s

most popular daytime shows,

drawing on a rich imagination

to find the great and small

human dramas

lurking just below

the surface of American life.

https://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/29/
arts/television/agnes-nixon-who-injected-social-ills-into-soap-operas-dies-at-93.html

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/29/
arts/television/agnes-nixon-who-injected-social-ills-into-soap-operas-dies-at-93.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steven Hill (born Solomon Krakowsky)        USA        1922-2016

 

Steven Hill (..)

originated imposing lead roles

on two notable television series,

“Mission: Impossible” in the 1960s

and “Law & Order” in the 1990s

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/24/
arts/television/steven-hill-trailblazing-tv-star-dies-at-94.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/24/
arts/television/steven-hill-trailblazing-tv-star-dies-at-94.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth Howland        USA        1941-2016

 

Beth Howland (...)

made high anxiety an art form

as the ditsy, accident-prone

waitress Vera Louise Gorman

on the 1970s and ’80s

sitcom “Alice”

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/25/
arts/television/beth-howland-accident-prone-waitress-from-the-sitcom-alice-dies-at-74.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/25/
arts/television/beth-howland-accident-prone-waitress-from-the-sitcom-alice-
dies-at-74.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ronald Balfour Corbett        UK        1930-2016

 

 

 

Ronnie Corbett, right, with Ronnie Barker in 1977.

 

Photograph: Rex/Shutterstock

 

Ronnie Corbett obituary

The Guardian

Thursday 31 March 2016    13.45 BST

Last modified on Friday 1 April 2016    12.17 BST

http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2016/mar/31/ronnie-corbett-obituary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

actor and comedian

who became a national treasure

as partner to Ronnie Barker

in The Two Ronnies

http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2016/mar/31/ronnie-corbett-obituary

 

 

http://www.theguardian.com/culture/ronnie-corbett

 

http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2016/mar/31/
ronnie-corbett-obituary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

James Wilkes Noble        USA        1922-2016

 

actor

best known for his role

as the absent-minded governor

on the hit 1980s sitcom

“Benson”

 

(...)

 

From 1979 to 1986,

Mr. Noble

played Eugene Gatling,

the well-meaning

but somewhat

bumbling governor

of an unnamed state,

on the ABC series

“Benson.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/29/
arts/television/james-noble-absent-minded-governor-on-benson-dies-at-94.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/29/
arts/television/james-noble-absent-minded-governor-on-benson-dies-at-94.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earl Henry Hamner Jr.        USA        1923-2016

 

Earl Hamner Jr. (...)

drew on warm memories

of his Depression childhood

in the Blue Ridge

Mountains of Virginia

to create

the enormously popular

1970s television series

“The Waltons”

 

(...)

 

Mr. Hamner was a novelist

and television writer

with eight episodes

of “The Twilight Zone”

to his credit when,

in 1971,

he took an incident

from his novel

of a decade earlier,

“Spencer’s Mountain,”

and rewrote it

as a television special.

 

“The Homecoming:

A Christmas Story,”

about a close-knit

mountain family

waiting for the arrival

of their father

on Christmas Eve in 1933,

drew strong ratings,

and CBS picked it up

as a series,

“The Waltons,”

with Mr. Hamner credited

as creator

and executive producer.

 

Because it was scheduled

in the same time slot

as “The Flip Wilson Show”

on NBC,

many CBS executives

predicted a quick death,

but viewers loved the clan

— John-Boy,

played by Richard Thomas,

was based on Mr. Hamner —

and its simple values

of hard work and family unity.

 

Mr. Hamner wrote only

a few episodes of the series

but was closely involved

in creative decisions

and provided

the voice-over narration

that began and ended

each show.

 

“The Waltons,”

first broadcast

in September 1972,

won six Emmy Awards

for its first season.

 

It ran for nine years

and more than 200 episodes,

carrying the family’s story

forward from 1933 to 1946.

 

It lived on

for decades thereafter

in several specials

that reassembled

most of the original cast,

including

“A Walton Wedding”

(1995)

and “A Walton Easter”

(1997).

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/26/
arts/television/earl-hamner-jr-who-created-the-waltons-dies-at-92.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/26/
arts/television/earl-hamner-jr-who-created-the-waltons-dies-at-92.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peter Brown (born Pierre Lind de Lappe)        USA        1935-2016

 

Peter Brown (...)

had starring roles

in two television westerns

in the 1950s and ’60s

and later acted in soap operas

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/27/
arts/television/peter-brown-actor-in-westerns-and-soaps-dies-at-80.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/27/
arts/television/peter-brown-actor-in-westerns-and-soaps-dies-at-80.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Smyrl        USA        1935-2016

 

actor best known

for his role

as Mr. Handford,

the retired firefighter

who ran Hooper’s Store,

on the long-running

PBS children’s show

“Sesame Street”

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/26/
arts/television/david-smyrl-dies-at-80-played-mr-handford-on-sesame-street.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/26/
arts/television/david-smyrl-dies-at-80-played-mr-handford-on-sesame-street.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leonard James Schleifer        USA        1920-2016

 

versatile television director

whose career spanned

the industry’s first four decades

and reflected the evolution

of television programming

 

(...)

 

Mr. Sheldon

directed episodes

of some 100 series

in virtually every genre,

including classic episodes

of “The Twilight Zone”

(among them

“I Sing the Body Electric”

and “A Penny for Your Thoughts”),

44 episodes

of the hit series

“The Millionaire”

and a full season

of “The Bing Crosby Show,”

a short-lived family sitcom.

 

The series

he worked on

ranged from

“Death Valley Days”

to “The Patty Duke Show.”

 

In 1967 alone,

he directed episodes

of “Ironside,”

“The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,”

“Petticoat Junction,”

“My Three Sons,”

“That Girl,”

“The Fugitive”

and “Walt Disney’s

Wonderful World of Color.”

 

His first credited

directing job

was for “Mr. Peepers”

(1952),

starring Wally Cox,

for which Mr. Sheldon

hired a young unknown,

Tony Randall.

 

His last was an episode

of “Sledge Hammer!”

(1986),

a police-show parody

on ABC.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/18/
arts/television/james-sheldon-director-whose-career-reflected-tvs-evolution-dies-at-95.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/18/
arts/television/james-sheldon-director-
whose-career-reflected-tvs-evolution-dies-at-95.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joe Santos        USA        1931-2016

 

sturdily built,

unpretentious character actor

who had a memorable role

as the overworked detective

Dennis Becker

on the popular 1970s drama

“The Rockford Files”

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/19/arts/television/joe-santos-a-mainstay-of-the-rockford-files-dies-at-84.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/19/
arts/television/joe-santos-a-mainstay-of-the-rockford-files-dies-at-84.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Larry Richard Drake        USA        1949-2016

 

longtime actor best known

for his Emmy-winning role

as a developmentally

disabled character

on the television drama

“L.A. Law”

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/19/
arts/television/larry-drake-lovable-clerk-on-la-law-dies-at-67.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/19/
arts/television/larry-drake-lovable-clerk-on-la-law-dies-at-67.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meade Howard Horton Jr.        USA        1924-2016

 

ruggedly

handsome actor

who found

television stardom in 1957

as the scout

Flint McCullough

on “Wagon Train”

but who resisted

being typecast in westerns

as he pursued

a parallel career

as a singer

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/15/
arts/television/robert-horton-handsome-scout-on-wagon-train-dies-at-91.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/15/
arts/television/robert-horton-handsome-scout-on-wagon-train-dies-at-91.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

George Gaynes (born George Jongejans in Helsinki, Finland)        USA        1917-2016

 

George Gaynes (...)

played

a grouchy foster parent

on the 1980s sitcom

“Punky Brewster,”

the beleaguered commandant

in seven “Police Academy” films

and a soap opera star

with a crush

on Dustin Hoffman in drag

in the Hollywood hit

“Tootsie”

 

(...)

 

With his baritone voice,

chiseled good looks

and versatility

as a character actor and singer,

Mr. Gaynes appeared in hundreds

of episodes of sitcoms and dramas

on television,

35 Hollywood

and made-for-TV films,

and many plays,

musical comedies

and operas

in New York

and Europe.

 

Critics often applauded

his work in supporting roles,

and his face became familiar

to millions of Americans.

 

But he never achieved

leading man stardom.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/17/
arts/television/george-gaynes-a-versatile-character-actor-dies-at-98.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/17/
arts/television/george-gaynes-a-versatile-character-actor-dies-at-98.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Catherine Elizabeth Coulson        USA        1943-2015

 

classically trained actress

who won fans on television

as the enigmatic Log Lady

in the cult series “Twin Peaks”

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/30/
arts/television/catherine-coulson-log-lady-of-twin-peaks-dies-at-71.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/30/
arts/television/catherine-coulson-log-lady-of-twin-peaks-dies-at-71.html

http://www.npr.org/2015/09/30/
444660078/catherine-coulson-the-quirky-log-lady-of-twin-peaks-dies-at-71

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Martin Sam Milner        USA        1931-2015

 

actor who broke out

of supporting movie roles

as the quintessential

clean-cut young man

to achieve

television stardom

as one of two road-hungry

bachelors in “Route 66”

and later as a veteran

police officer

in “Adam-12”

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/08/
arts/television/martin-milner-dies-at-83-actor-made-his-name-on-route-66.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/08/
arts/television/martin-milner-dies-at-83-actor-made-his-name-on-route-66.html

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/09/07/
438353111/martin-milner-star-of-adam-12-and-route-66-dies-at-83

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Joyce Audrey Botterill        UK        1939-2015

 

sprightly British

actress and comedian

who rocketed

to pop culture fame

as the “sock it to me” girl

on “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In,”

a landmark

of television zaniness,

before her career

was derailed

by drug arrests

and a near-fatal

automobile accident

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/08/
arts/judy-carne-sock-it-to-me-girl-on-laugh-in-dies-at-76.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/08/
arts/judy-carne-sock-it-to-me-girl-on-laugh-in-dies-at-76.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melody Patricia Patterson        USA        1949-2015

 

winsome actress

best known

for playing Wrangler Jane

on the sitcom “F Troop”

in the 1960s

 

(...)

 

On “F Troop,”

a comedy set

in the Old West

that ran on ABC

from 1965 to 1967,

Ms. Patterson played

a feisty postmistress

and storekeeper

for a squadron of scheming

incompetents at Fort Courage,

a fictional Army outpost.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/28/
arts/television/melody-patterson-66-wrangler-jane-on-f-troop.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/28/
arts/television/melody-patterson-66-wrangler-jane-on-f-troop.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alan David Yorkin / Bud Yorkin        USA        1926-2015

 

Bud Yorkin,

who broke into television

as a repairman

and less than a decade later

teamed with

the producer Norman Lear

to create pioneering,

provocative

and singularly successful

satirical series

including

“All in the Family”

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/19/
arts/television/bud-yorkin-writer-and-producer-of-all-in-the-family-dies-at-89.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/19/
arts/television/bud-yorkin-writer-and-producer-of-all-in-the-family-dies-at-89.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Richard Leland Bare        USA        1913-2015

 

director whose career

began

during World War II

and who became

a Hollywood mainstay

in the early days

of television

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/13/
arts/richard-l-bare-director-of-green-acres-dies-at-101.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/13/
arts/richard-l-bare-director-of-green-acres-dies-at-101.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Richard Allen Dysart        USA        1929-2015

 

character actor

who specialized

in lawyers,

doctors

and other authority figures

— most notably

Leland McKenzie,

the founding partner

of the law firm

McKenzie, Brackman,

Chaney & Kuzak,

on the soapy-serious

prime-time drama

“L.A. Law” —

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/10/
arts/television/richard-dysart-emmy-winning-actor-on-la-law-dies-at-86.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/10/
arts/television/richard-dysart-emmy-winning-actor-on-la-law-dies-at-86.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Geoffrey Bond Lewis        1935-2015

 

actor who appeared

alongside Clint Eastwood

in a string of films

in the 1970s and ’80s

 

(...)

 

Mr. Lewis

was an Eastwood regular,

starting as a tough guy

in “High Plains Drifter” (1973).

 

He went on to appear

in “Thunderbolt and Lightfoot” (1974),

“Every Which Way but Loose” (1978),

“Bronco Billy” (1980),

“Any Which Way You Can” (1980)

and “Pink Cadillac” (1989),

often playing a sidekick

or a lighter comedic role.

 

He and Mr. Eastwood

last worked together

on “Midnight in the Garden

of Good and Evil” in 1997.

 

Mr. Lewis

also had hundreds

of other film

and television roles.

 

He appeared

on television series

like “Falcon Crest,”

“Magnum P.I.”

and “My Name Is Earl,”

and in action movies

like “10 to Midnight,”

gangster films

like “Dillinger,”

horror pictures

like Rob Zombie’s

“The Devil’s Rejects”

and westerns like

“My Name Is Nobody”

and

“They Died With Their Boots On.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/10/
movies/geoffrey-lewis-actor-in-clint-eastwood-films-dies-at-79.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/10/
movies/geoffrey-lewis-actor-in-clint-eastwood-films-dies-at-79.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

James Best (born Jewel Franklin Guy)        USA        1926-2015

 

 

 

James Best as Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane, with his dog, Flash.

 

CBS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

James Best (...)

played the oafish sheriff

Rosco P. Coltrane

on the hit television comedy

“The Dukes of Hazzard ”

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/08/
arts/television/james-best-bumbling-sheriff-of-the-dukes-of-hazzard-dies-at-88.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/08/
arts/television/james-best-bumbling-sheriff-of-the-dukes-of-hazzard-dies-at-88.html

http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2015/apr/08/
james-best-dukes-of-hazzard-actor-dies-aged-88

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donna Douglas (born Doris Smith)        USA        1932-2015

 

 

 

From left: Donna Douglas,

Buddy Ebsen, Irene Ryan and Max Baer Jr., in 1963

on the popular show “The Beverly Hillbillies.”

CBS

 

Donna Douglas, the Fairest ‘Beverly Hillbilly,’ Dies at 82

NYT

JAN. 2, 2015

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/03/arts/television/donna-douglas-the-fairest-beverly-hillbilly-dies-at-82.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donna Douglas (...)

played the shapely,

blue-eyed daughter

of the suddenly

wealthy mountaineer

Jed Clampett

on “The Beverly Hillbillies,”

the wildly popular

television sitcom

of a half-century ago

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/03/
arts/television/donna-douglas-the-fairest-beverly-hillbilly-dies-at-82.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/03/
arts/television/donna-douglas-the-fairest-beverly-hillbilly-dies-at-82.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Theodore Jonas Flicker        USA        1930-2014

 

writer and director

who led an influential

improvisational

theater troupe

in New York

in the 1960s,

wrote and directed

the comic film

“The President’s Analyst”

and helped create

the sitcom

“Barney Miller”

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/18/arts/television/theodore-j-flicker-sitcom-creator-dies-at-84.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/18/
arts/television/theodore-j-flicker-sitcom-creator-dies-at-84.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ann Bradford Davis        USA        1926-2014

 

comic actress

best known as the wistful,

wisecracking live-in maid

on the long-running

ABC sitcom

“The Brady Bunch”

 

(...)

 

From 1969 to 1974,

Ms. Davis played

the eternally good-natured,

reliably self-deprecating

Alice Nelson,

who kept house for

and dispensed

cornball advice

to a wholesome blended

California family of eight

on one of the perkiest

prime-time series of its era.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/02/arts/television/ann-b-davis-the-maid-on-the-brady-bunch-dies-at-88.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/02/
arts/television/ann-b-davis-the-maid-on-the-brady-bunch-dies-at-88.html

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/02/
brady-bunch-actor-ann-b-davis-dies-in-texas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kate O’Mara (born Frances Meredith Carroll)        1939-2014

 

British actress

who played the scheming sister

of Joan Collins’s character

on the 1980s

prime-time soap opera

“Dynasty”

and another scheming sister

on the BBC sitcom

“Absolutely Fabulous”

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/31/arts/television/kate-omara-played-caress-on-dynasty-dies-at-74.html?hpw&rref=obituaries

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/31/arts/television/
kate-omara-played-caress-on-dynasty-dies-at-74.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

James Rebhorn        USA        1948-2014

 

character actor

who appeared in dozens

of popular movies

and television shows

and recently starred

on the Showtime hit

“Homeland”

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/24/movies/james-rebhorn-character-actor-dies-at-65.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/24/movies/
james-rebhorn-character-actor-dies-at-65.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

James Ellis        1931-2014

 

(James Ellis) played Bert Lynch

in BBC police drama Z-Cars

and appeared in shows ranging

from Doctor Who to Nightingales

http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2014/mar/09/james-ellis

 

 

http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2014/mar/09/
james-ellis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ralph Harold Waite        USA        1928-2014

 

multifaceted actor

who became etched

in the American imagination

as the craggy-faced,

big-hearted patriarch

of a rustic, Depression-era clan

in the popular 1970s

television series,

“The Waltons”

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/15/arts/television/ralph-waite-patriarch-in-tv-series-the-waltons-dies-at-85.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/15/
arts/television/ralph-waite-patriarch-in-tv-series-the-waltons-dies-at-85.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Joseph Madden        USA        1931-2014

 

comic actor

who played

the child-hating agent

on the hit 1970s sitcom

“The Partridge Family”

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/17/
arts/television/dave-madden-of-the-partridge-family-dies-at-82.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/17/
arts/television/dave-madden-of-the-partridge-family-dies-at-82.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

James Avery        USA        1945-2013

 

James Avery (...)

played Will Smith’s

pompous

but well-meaning uncle

on the popular 1990s sitcom

“The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/02/arts/television/james-avery-fresh-prince-actor-dies-at-68.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/02/
arts/television/james-avery-fresh-prince-actor-dies-at-68.html

http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2014/jan/01/
actor-james-avery-fresh-prince-dies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lewis Collins        1946-2013

 

Lewis Collins (...)

played Bodie

in all 57

of the show's episodes

from 1977 and 1983

 

(...)

 

During that time he formed

one half of Britain's

answer to Starsky and Hutch,

a crime-fighting duo

called Bodie and Doyle

who worked for a shadowy

criminal intelligence agency, CI5,

headed by Gordon Jackson's

strait-laced George Cowley.

 

At its height,

The Professionals was watched

by 12 million viewers a week,

and Collins became a heart-throb.

He was even considered

to replace Roger Moore

as James Bond.

http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2013/nov/28/lewis-collins

 

 

http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2013/nov/28/
lewis-collins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anthony Peter Musante        USA        1936-2013

 

rugged-looking

American actor

who was seen on television,

in films and on stage

in the United States

and Europe for over 50 years

but who was probably

best known for a TV series

he left after one season

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/28/
arts/tony-musante-actor-known-for-role-in-toma-dies-at-77.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/28/
arts/tony-musante-actor-known-for-role-in-toma-dies-at-77.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lisa Robin Kelly        USA        1970 (?)-2013

 

actress best known

for her recurring role

on the hit sitcom

“That ’70s Show”

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/16/arts/television/lisa-robin-kelly-actress-dies-at-43.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/16/
arts/television/lisa-robin-kelly-actress-dies-at-43.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Verla Eileen Regina Brennen        USA        1932-2013

 

smoky-voiced actress

who had worked

in show business

for more than 20 years

before gaining

her widest attention

as a gleefully tough

Army captain

in both the film

and television versions

of “Private Benjamin”

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/31/
movies/eileen-brennan-of-private-benjamin-dies-at-80.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/31/
movies/eileen-brennan-of-private-benjamin-dies-at-80.html

 

http://www.theguardian.com/film/2013/jul/31/
eileen-brennan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dennis Farina        USA        1944-2013

 

Dennis Farina (...)

spent 20 years

as a police officer

in Chicago

before he began

patrolling Hollywood

as a character actor,

starring as a detective

on the television shows

“Law & Order”

and “Crime Story”

and sometimes

crossing into crime,

as he did in the movie

“Get Shorty”

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/23/
arts/television/dennis-farina-detective-in-life-and-tv-dies-at-69.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/23/
arts/television/dennis-farina-detective-in-life-and-tv-dies-at-69.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gary David Goldberg        USA        1944-2013

 

writer and producer

who created

warmhearted television shows,

most notably “Family Ties,”

a leading comedy of the 1980s

that propelled Michael J. Fox

to stardom

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/25/
arts/television/gary-david-goldberg-creator-of-family-ties-dies-at-68.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/25/
arts/television/gary-david-goldberg-creator-of-family-ties-dies-at-68.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jean Stapleton (born Jeanne Murray)        USA        1923-2013

 

character actress

whose portrayal

of a slow-witted, big-hearted

and submissive

— up to a point — housewife

on the groundbreaking series

“All in the Family” made her,

along with Mary Tyler Moore

and Bea Arthur,

not only one of the foremost women

in television comedy in the 1970s

but a symbol of emergent feminism

in American popular culture

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/02/
arts/television/jean-stapleton-who-played-archies-better-angel-dies-at-90.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/02/
arts/television/jean-stapleton-who-played-archies-better-angel-dies-at-90.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jane Nebel Henson        USA        1934-2013

 

former wife

of Muppets creator

Jim Henson

who was influential

in the creation

of the popular U.S. TV

puppet program

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2013/04/02/arts/02reuters-janehenson.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2013/04/02/
arts/02reuters-janehenson.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bonnie Gail Franklin        USA        1944-2013

 

Bonnie Franklin ('s)

portrayal

of a pert but determined

Ann Romano

on the television show

“One Day at a Time”

in the 1970s and ’80s

spun laughter

out of the tribulations

of a divorced woman

juggling parenting, career,

love life and feminist convictions

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/02/arts/television/bonnie-franklin-actress-dies-at-69.html

 

 

http://movies.nytimes.com/person/24784/Bonnie-Franklin

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/02/
arts/television/bonnie-franklin-actress-dies-at-69.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Raymond Patrick Cusick        1928-2013

 

The iconic shape of the Daleks

– the most enduring villains

from the BBC's

long-running television

science-fiction series

Doctor Who –

came from the imagination

of the designer

Raymond Cusick (...).

 

The famous domed silhouette,

with three protuberances

– eyestalk, sucker arm and gun –

and distinctive spherical

skirt decorations,

has retained its shape even

into the current incarnation

of the show.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv-and-radio/2013/feb/24/raymond-cusick

 

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv-and-radio/2013/feb/24/
raymond-cusick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conrad Stafford Bain        USA        1923-2013

 

accomplished

stage and film actor

who was best known

for a late-career role on television

as the white adoptive father

of two poor black boys

on the long-running comedy

“Diff’rent Strokes”

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/17/
arts/television/conrad-bain-actor-on-diffrent-strokes-dies-at-89.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/17/
arts/television/conrad-bain-actor-on-diffrent-strokes-dies-at-89.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jack Klugman        USA        1922-2012

 

rubber-mugged

character actor

who leapt

to television stardom

in the 1970s

as the slovenly sportswriter

Oscar Madison

on “The Odd Couple”

and as the crusading

forensic pathologist

of “Quincy, M.E.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/25/
arts/television/jack-klugman-stage-and-screen-actor-is-dead-at-90.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/25/
arts/television/jack-klugman-stage-and-screen-actor-is-dead-at-90.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Larry Hagman        USA        1931-2012

 

Larry Hagman's portrayal

of one of television’s

most beloved villains,

J.R. Ewing,

led the CBS series “Dallas”

to enormous world popularity

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/25/
arts/television/larry-hagman-who-played-jr-ewing-on-dallas-dies-at-81.html

 

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv-and-radio/2012/nov/24/larry-hagman-obituary-jr-dallas

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/us-news-blog/2012/nov/24/larry-hagman-dallas-jr

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/24/larry-hagman-dallas-dies-jr

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/25/arts/television/
larry-hagman-who-played-jr-ewing-on-dallas-dies-at-81.html
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clive Robert Benjamin Dunn        1920-2012

 

Had it not been

for his short stature

and elf-like face,

the actor Clive Dunn (...)

would have liked

to play juvenile lead parts.

 

But his loss

was the audience's

– especially

the television audience's –

gain.

 

Though he was master

of all sorts of old-man parts,

he will be remembered

with most affection

as Lance Corporal Jones

in the BBC television send-up

of life in the wartime Home Guard,

Dad's Army (1968-77)

http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv-and-radio/2012/nov/07/clive-dunn

 

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv-and-radio/2012/nov/07/clive-dunn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Digby Wolfe        USA        1929-2012

 

writer and actor

whose acerbic wit,

absurdist sensibility

and political edge

helped shape

“Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In,”

the zany collage

of televised comedy

that captured

the tumultuousness

of the 1960s

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/09/
arts/television/digby-wolfe-actor-and-laugh-in-writer-dies-at-82.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/09/
arts/television/digby-wolfe-actor-and-laugh-in-writer-dies-at-82.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paul Bogart        USA        1919-2012

 

puppeteer who bumbled

into the new medium

of television in 1950

and rose to be

an Emmy-winning director

known for popular shows like

“All in the Family”

and “The Defenders”

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/18/
arts/television/paul-bogart-tv-director-dies-at-92.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/18/
arts/television/paul-bogart-tv-director-dies-at-92.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Philip Madoc        1934-2012

 

The actor Philip Madoc (...)

became one of Wales's

best-known faces

through playing

villains and officers

on television

for half a century.

 

His rich, sonorous voice

was heard

to marvellous effect

when he took

the role of King Lear

in a 2007 BBC radio broadcast:

it was as ideal

for Shakespeare

as it was

for light comedy

or reciting the prose

of Dylan Thomas,

at which he was masterly.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv-and-radio/2012/mar/05/philip-madoc

 

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv-and-radio/2012/mar/05/
philip-madoc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phillip Bruns        USA        1931-2012

 

familiar-face character actor

best known on television

as the cigar-chomping hard-hat dad

on the 1970s soap-opera parody

“Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman”

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/16/
arts/television/phil-bruns-dad-on-mary-hartman-mary-hartman-dies-at-80.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/16/
arts/television/phil-bruns-dad-on-mary-hartman-mary-hartman-dies-at-80.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Hegyes        USA        1951-2012

 

Robert Hegyes played Juan Epstein,

the Sweathog

voted Most Likely to Take a Life,

on the 1970s sitcom

“Welcome Back, Kotter”

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/28/
arts/television/robert-hegyes-60-of-welcome-back-kotter-is-dead.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/28/
arts/television/robert-hegyes-60-of-welcome-back-kotter-is-dead.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Betty (Elizabeth Mary) Driver, actor and singer        1920-2011

 

Betty Driver (...)

was a gutsy

and durable comic actor

who meant one thing

to young audiences

and quite another to those

who could remember

the second world war

and the years immediately

after it.

 

To the youthful,

she will be remembered

as Betty Turpin

(later Betty Williams),

the barmaid,

shoulder to cry on

and wife of the policeman

Cyril Turpin

in Granada television's

Coronation Street,

whose cast she joined in 1969.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv-and-radio/2011/oct/15/betty-driver

 

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv-and-radio/2011/oct/15/betty-driver

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daniel Thomas Frazer        USA        1921-2011

 

character actor

whose Hell’s Kitchen upbringing

prepared him for a long run of roles

as a blue-collar type or a cop,

most notably as the beleaguered

supervising officer

Capt. Frank McNeil on “Kojak”

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/20/
arts/television/dan-frazer-fretful-supervisor-on-kojak-dies-at-90.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/20/
arts/television/dan-frazer-fretful-supervisor-on-kojak-dies-at-90.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alan Grigsby Sues        USA        1926-2011

 

His father raised racehorses,

requiring him to move

the family frequently,

uprooting Alan and his brother, John,

from one school after another.

 

Alan Sues served in the Army

in Europe during World War II.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/03/
arts/television/alan-sues-a-laugh-in-cast-mainstay-dies-at-85.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/03/
arts/television/alan-sues-a-laugh-in-cast-mainstay-dies-at-85.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hal Kanter        USA        1918-2011

 

Emmy-winning

comedy writer,

director and producer

known for creating “Julia,”

the first television series to center

on the life of a black

professional woman

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/09/
arts/television/hal-kanter-a-creator-of-julia-series-on-tv-dies-at-92.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/09/
arts/television/hal-kanter-a-creator-of-julia-series-on-tv-dies-at-92.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charles Samuel Dubronevski        USA        1919-2011

 

Charles S. Dubin's career

as a daring director

in television’s early years

stalled after he refused

to answer questions

before Congress

about Communist involvement,

then robustly rebounded

as he went on

to direct more episodes

of “M*A*S*H”

than anyone else

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/10/
arts/television/charles-s-dubin-television-director-is-dead-at-92.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/10/
arts/television/charles-s-dubin-television-director-is-dead-at-92.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sherwood Charles Schwartz        USA        1916-2011

 

Sherwood Schwartz

created

“Gilligan’s Island”

and “The Brady Bunch,”

two of the most

affectionately ridiculed

and enduring television sitcoms

of the 1960s and ’70s

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/13/
arts/television/sherwood-schwartz-dies-at-94-created-gilligans-island.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/13/
arts/television/sherwood-schwartz-dies-at-94-created-gilligans-island.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Sullivan        1946-2011

 

John Sullivan

created the sitcoms

Only Fools and Horses,

Citizen Smith and Roger Roger

 

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/apr/23/
john-sullivan-only-fools-and-horses-dies

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv-and-radio/2011/apr/23/
only-fools-writer-john-sullivan-dies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Madelyn Pugh        USA        1921-2011

 

with her writing partners

for the classic sitcom

“I Love Lucy“

she concocted zany scenes

in which the harebrained Lucy

dangles from a hotel balcony,

poses as a sculpture

or stomps and wrestles

in a vat full of grapes

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/22/
arts/television/madelyn-pugh-davis-writer-for-i-love-lucy-dies-at-90.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/22/
arts/television/madelyn-pugh-davis-writer-for-i-love-lucy-dies-at-90.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sol Saks        USA        1910-2011

 

he wrote

the first episode

of “Bewitched,”

the popular sitcom

about a suburban

housewife skilled

in the uses

of enchantment

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/22/
arts/television/sol-saks-writer-of-bewitched-pilot-dies-at-100.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/22/
arts/television/sol-saks-writer-of-bewitched-pilot-dies-at-100.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frank Deasy, TV scriptwriter        1960-2009

 

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv-and-radio/2009/sep/20/
frank-deasy-obituary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Troy Kennedy Martin    1932-2009

 

TV and film scriptwriter

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/media/organgrinder/2009/sep/16/
television-bbc

 

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2009/sep/16/
troy-kennedy-martin-dies 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

screenwriter > Peter Bowker

 

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2009/jul/21/
desperate-romantics-bbc-drama

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stephen J. Cannell        USA        1941-2010

 

Stephen J. Cannell

was one of television’s

most prolific writers

and series creators.

His work encompassed

the “The Rockford Files”

and “Wiseguy”

to “The A-Team”

and “The Greatest

American Hero”

 

For 30 years,

beginning

in the early 1970s

and extending

through the 1990s,

television viewers

could hardly go a week

without running

into a show written

by Mr. Cannell.

 

His writing credits

include more

than 1,000 episodes

of various series,

primarily crime dramas,

and he is listed

as the creator

of almost 20 series

— some long-running hits

like “The Rockford Files,”

and “The Commish,”

others quick flame-outs

like “Booker. ”

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/02/arts/television/02cannell.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/02/
arts/television/02cannell.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jackson Clark Gillis, prolific writer of TV drama        USA        1916-2010

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/29/
arts/television/29gillis.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harold Vernon Goldstein        1923-2010

 

a widely recognizable

character actor

in film and television

who specialized,

especially late in his career,

in playing suave, well-dressed

gentlemen in popular sitcoms

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/14/arts/14gould.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/14/
arts/14gould.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paul Abbott, creator of Shameless and State of Play

 

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010/aug/28/paul-abbott-uk-tv-drama

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mary Fickett        USA        1928-2011

 

Mary Fickett acted

in theater, film

and prime-time television

before becoming

a legend among followers

of the daytime drama

“All My Children”

as Ruth Martin,

a nurse unafraid

to speak her mind

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/13/
arts/television/mary-fickett-a-pillar-of-all-my-children-dies-at-83.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/13/
arts/television/mary-fickett-a-pillar-of-all-my-children-dies-at-83.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Margaret Tyzack        UK        1931-2011

 

a stalwart British actress

who won myriad awards

for her stage performances,

including a Tony,

but who was best known

in the United States

for her roles

in the public television series

“The Forsyte Saga”

and “I, Claudius”

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/28/arts/margaret-tyzack-british-actress-dies-at-79.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/28/
arts/margaret-tyzack-british-actress-dies-at-79.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peter Michael Falk        USA        1927-2011

 

Peter Falk

marshaled actorly tics,

prop room appurtenances

and his own physical

idiosyncrasies

to personify Columbo,

one of the most

famous and beloved

fictional detectives

in television history

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/25/arts/television/peter-falk-columbo-actor-dies-at-83.html

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2011/oct/19/
alex-zane-on-columbo

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/25/
arts/television/peter-falk-columbo-actor-dies-at-83.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alan Frederick Plater        1935-2010

 

Playwright and author of TV dramas

including The Beiderbecke Affair

and Fortunes of War

 

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/stage/2010/jun/25/alan-plater-obituary

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010/jun/25/alan-plater-tributes

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010/jun/25/alan-plater-dies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Allan Manings

 

writer and creator

of television shows        USA        1924-2010

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/23/
arts/television/23manings.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barbara Ann McNeese        1930-2011

an actress with a familiar if not famous face

on television for half a century,

who appeared on nearly 80 television series

that spanned much of the medium’s history

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/20/arts/television/barbara-stuart-tv-actress-is-dead-at-81.html

 

 

 

 

Elisabeth Sladen            1948-2011

a favourite companion of BBC television's great time traveller, Doctor Who

http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv-and-radio/2011/apr/20/doctor-who-fantasy

 

 

 

 

Michael Tolan (born Seymour Tuchow)        1925-2011

actor who became a recurring presence on television in the 1960s and ’70s
after walking away from film and Broadway but who returned to the stage
to help found the American Place Theater, a successful Off Broadway house

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/04/arts/television/04tolan.html

 

 

 

 

 

Charles Edward Sellier Jr.        1943-2011

producer and director of family-friendly films and television shows
and creator of the popular 1970s NBC series “The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams”

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/04/arts/television/04seiller.html

 

 

 

 

Donald Kirshner        1934-2011

music publisher of Brill Building hits
like “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” and “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin,’ ”
who later served as a deadpan Ed Sullivan for Kiss, the Ramones and others
with his 1970s television show, “Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert”

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/19/arts/music/19kirshner.html

 

 

 

 

Albert Franklin Rucker Jr. / Clay Cole        USA        1938-2010

his dance program “The Clay Cole Show”
had a loyal following among adolescent television viewers in the New York area in the 1960s
and gave many groups, including the Rolling Stones, early exposure on American television

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/24/arts/television/24cole.html

 

 

 

 

Lamont Johnson Jr.        USA        1922-2010

 

Emmy-winning television director
known for bringing an understated touch to delicate subjects.

(...)

Mr. Johnson, the director of more than 150 television shows, miniseries and movies of the week,
received 11 Emmy nominations during his 45-year directing career.

He won critical acclaim for “My Sweet Charlie” (1970), a look at tensions in interracial relationships;
“That Certain Summer” (1972), one of television’s first attempts to explore homosexuality;
and “Crisis at Central High” (1981), about the civil rights movement.

His 1975 television movie, “Fear on Trial,” examined the blacklisting of the 1950s,
a subject with which Mr. Johnson identified, having once found himself on such a list.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/27/arts/television/27johnson.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Horace Paul Picerni        1922-2011

 

prolific television and screen actor

best known as Agent Eliot Ness’s right-hand man

in the hit 1960s series “The Untouchables”

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/21/arts/television/21picerni.html

 

 

 

 

Anne Francis (born Ann Marvak)        1930-2011

 

She was best known for her roles

in the 1950s science-fiction film “Forbidden Planet”

and the 1960s television series “Honey West”

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/04/arts/04francis.html

 

 

 

 

James Gordon MacArthur        1937-2010

 

James MacArthur played Danno,

the boyish-looking but hard-driving sidekick

on the long-running television detective show “Hawaii Five-O”

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/29/arts/television/29mccarthur.html

 

 

 

 

Thomas Edward Bosley        1927-2010

Mr. Bosley is probably best known for his decade,
beginning in 1974,
as Howard Cunningham,
the gruff but reliably kind father
of teenage children in 1950s Milwaukee
in the nostalgic situation comedy “Happy Days.”
He also had significant roles on popular crime-solving dramas,
including the title character in “The Father Dowling Mysteries”
and Sheriff Amos Tupper, an ally of the sleuth and mystery writer
Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury),
in “Murder, She Wrote.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/20/arts/television/20bosley.html
http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv-and-radio/2010/oct/20/happy-days-star-tom-bosley-dies

 

 

 

 

Barbara Billingsley (born Barbara Lillian Combes)        1915-2010

as June Cleaver on the television series “Leave It to Beaver” [ 1957-1963 ]
 [ she ] personified a Hollywood postwar family ideal
of the ever-sweet, ever-helpful suburban stay-at-home mom

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/17/arts/television/17billingsley.html

 

 

 

 

Tony Curtis (born Bernard Schwartz)        1925-2010

a classically handsome movie star
who came out of the Hollywood studio system in the 1950s
to find both wide popularity and critical acclaim in dramatic and comic roles alike,
from “The Defiant Ones” to “Some Like It Hot”

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/01/movies/01curtis.html
http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2010/sep/30/tony-curtis-obituary
http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2010/sep/30/tony-curtis-tributes-film-world
http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/filmblog/2010/sep/30/tony-curtis-true-hollywood-star
http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/45555/Some-Like-It-Hot/overview
http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/13109/The-Defiant-Ones/overview

 

 

 

 

Joseph Mantel / Joe Mantell, actor       1915-2010

a familiar figure on television beginning in the 1950s,
appearing in guest roles on numerous series
— dramas including “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” “Wanted: Dead or Alive,”
“The Twilight Zone,” “The Defenders,” “Mission: Impossible” and “Lou Grant”;
and situation comedies like “My Three Sons,” “Maude” and “Barney Miller.”
In the early ’60s he had a regular role on the comedy “Pete and Gladys,”
and in the late ’60s he had a recurring part on the detective drama “Mannix.”

In the movies he appeared in “Onionhead,” with Andy Griffith,
and “The Sad Sack,” with Jerry Lewis.
In “The Birds,” Hitchcock’s classic horror film
about avian madness in a California town,
he played a traveling salesman who advises, “Kill them all!”

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/01/arts/01mantell.html

 

 

 

 

Davy Crockett > Fess Elisha Parker Jr, actor        1924-2010

http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2010/mar/18/fess-parker-obituary

 

 

 

 

Moyra Fraser, actor        1923-2009

On television, she made many appearances in popular sitcoms,
notably as Lady Tapwater in four episodes of Orlando in 1968,
and in The Good Life in the mid-1970s,
but she was best known as Judi Dench's first husband's sister
in Bob Larbey's As Time Goes By;
she was in 14 episodes between 1993 and 2005, her last work in all media.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/stage/2009/dec/15/moyra-fraser-obituary

 

 

 

 

TV actor > Mike Doyle

http://nytimes.com/2009/06/03/arts/television/03doyl.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patrick Joseph McGoohan        actor, writer and director        1928-2009

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2009/jan/14/television2

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/gallery/2009/jan/15
/patr-ck-mcgoohan-the-prisoner-danger-man?picture=341823739

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aaron Spelling        USA        1923-2006

 

one of the most powerful cultural figures of the television age,

whose influence - like his programmes - spread across the globe

(...)

The man behind hits such as Charlie's Angels, Dynasty,

Starsky and Hutch, Hart to Hart,

Fantasy Island and Beverly Hills 90210,

Spelling made it into the Guinness Book of Records

as the 'most prolific TV producer of all time'.

http://www.theguardian.com/media/2006/jun/25/usnews.broadcasting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

William Dennis Weaver        USA        1924-2006

 

Dennis Weaver (s')

portrayal of Deputy

Chester Goode

in the classic television western

"Gunsmoke"

made him the favorite sidekick

of the early television era

 

(...)

 

The lanky Mr. Weaver

became famous

for his limping deputy with a drawl,

the buddy of Marshal Matt Dillon,

a portrayal for which

he won an Emmy in 1959.

 

But he starred

in nine television series.

 

From 1955 to 1964,

he was on "Gunsmoke,"

the longest-running

prime-time drama series

on television.

 

He also starred

in "Gentle Ben,"

from 1967 to 1969,

playing Tom Wedloe,

an Everglades ranger

who adopts a black bear

as a pet.

 

He went from nerd

to sex symbol in "McCloud,"

playing Sam McCloud,

a New Mexico deputy marshal

on loan to the New York City police,

who sometimes rode his horse

through the city streets.

 

"McCloud,"

which was broadcast

from 1970 to 1977,

earned him

two Emmy nominations.

 

Mr. Weaver

also had leading roles

in 40 motion pictures,

including Orson Welles's 1958 film

"Touch of Evil,"

and the 1971 classic "Duel,"

directed by

a young Steven Spielberg,

made for television

but released theatrically

in Europe.

 

In it he played

the prey of a murderous truck,

with an unseen driver.

https://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/28/
arts/dennis-weaver-81-sidekick-on-gunsmoke-dies.html

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/28/
arts/dennis-weaver-81-sidekick-on-gunsmoke-dies.html

 

https://www.nytimes.com/watching/titles/duel - 1971

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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