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On 6/13/2021 at 6:00 PM, Bastet said:

Ned Beatty died today at 83 (at home, of natural causes).  Despite the memorable movie roles I've seen him play (including his film debut in Deliverance), I most associate him with being Dan's dad, Ed Conner, on Roseanne.

R.I.P. to Ned Beatty.  For whatever reason, the way he said "Mr. Luthor" in Superman still makes me laugh.    

Tributes to Mr. Beatty's Otis from comic book fans.

https://comicbook.com/dc/news/ned-beatty-movies-superman-otis/

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Deliverance was one heckuva good movie.  If you haven't seen it, it is worth watching.  If it is on cable, I will watch it.

I do wonder if Dueling Banjos will be playing at Ned's funeral. 

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On 6/13/2021 at 5:59 PM, legaleagle53 said:

Sigh. My youth just keeps on dying, little by little. Ned Beatty dead at 83.

Oh, my -- I somehow missed this news until just now.  As the article states:

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On television, Beatty was at his best as Det. Stanley “The Big Man” Bolander on NBC’s Homicide: Life on the Street 

Time to pull out the DVDs and salute both Ned Beatty and Yaphet Kotto.  😪

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14 minutes ago, icemiser69 said:

Deliverance was one heckuva good movie.  If you haven't seen it, it is worth watching.  If it is on cable, I will watch it.

I do wonder if Dueling Banjos will be playing at Ned's funeral. 

Yes, that would be most fitting if Dueling Banjos would be playing at his funeral.

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 In much the same way that the late Ted Knight provided the needed lemon to make the lemonade in Mary Tyler Moore, Frank Bonner did the same as  the incompetent, skeevy sales director Herb Tarlek in WKRP in Cincinatti. He also became a prolific director as well as actor over the years. He was 79. RIP, Mr. Bonner. 

https://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/news/frank-bonner-wkrp-in-cincinnati-star-dies-at-79/ar-AAL9BAd

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There was a great episode where they tried to give Herb a makeover. I think it was Jennifer had him  wear a sharper more fashionable Armani kind of suit and chic haircut but the potential sponsor, a down home,  salt of the earth type thought he looked TOO sophisticated that he couldnt relate to him and turned him down. Jennifer later admitted Herb knew his clientele better than she did and his old way of wearing loud, tacky outfits suited his job more.

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That was the same episode Venus tried to change who he was because some guy from Jet magazine was coming to interview him. (and the guy turned out to be white.) And the guy told him that nobody at the magazine was dressed like Venus was, and he pointed at Herb in his new threads and said, "Yeah, they're all dressed like that guy."

Frank Bonner was hilarious, but he also nailed the serious stuff too, like when his drinking got out of hand, or anything with his family. R.I.P.

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I was only ever a casual WKRP viewer, so unfortunately I most associate him with the (blessedly short) recurring role of the annoying neighbor Buck on Scarecrow & Mrs. King.  But he did a great job in the little I saw of WKRP; like Herb Edelman as Stan on The Golden Girls, there has to be a special something about the performance for a role like that to work over any length of time.

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Though Herb Tarlek was my least favorite character on WKRP in Cincinnati, Frank Bonner played the skeevy jerkass with guts and gusto, and I respect that. RIP, Mr. Bonner.

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I also just remembered he was on that short-lived Growing Pains spinoff "Just the Ten of Us" from 1988. It was about the Mike Seaver's gym teacher Coach Lubbuck and his wife and ten* kids moving out west where he became the coach of a Catholic school. Bonner played the principal, a priest. Heather Langenkamp(Nancy from A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET) played the eldest daughter.

*Make that 8 kids. With the parents that's 10.

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8 hours ago, VCRTracking said:

I also just remembered he was on that short-lived Growing Pains spinoff "Just the Ten of Us" from 1988. It was about the Mike Seaver's gym teacher Coach Lubbuck and his wife and ten kids moving out west where he became the coach of a Catholic school. Bonner played the principal, a priest. Heather Langenkamp(Nancy from A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET) played the eldest daughter.

I loved that show.

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On 6/17/2021 at 5:22 PM, andromeda331 said:

Frank Bonner did a great job playing Herb. RIP 

He really, really did.  He played that role so well.  That was a great show with an amazing cast.

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NPR's Fresh Air recently rebroadcast part of a 1995 interview with Clarence Williams III.  It's the first 20 minutes or so here.  It was a treat to hear him sounding so jovial and animated, as that's not what I associate with his characters! RIP, Clarence -- and your legendary 'fro!  😉

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2 hours ago, MissAlmond said:

I wondered when someone was going to post about this. Her Romulan Commander was to me one of the most memorable of Trek "villains" -- and the only one I truly felt sorry for in the end. She was not only used by Spock and the Federation, she was also personally and publicly humiliated by them in front of her own crew. When her first response was to slap Spock in anger upon learning of his "betrayal" of her, I could see that she wasn't only angry, she was also deeply hurt because she really had been attracted to him. It was a powerful, emotional performance by Ms. Linville, and it's so cool that her daughter has carried on her legacy by playing a Romulan Commander herself in the franchise. Rest in peace, Ms. Linville!

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24 producer and longtime CBS executive Norman S. Powell has died, age 86.  Powell was the son of actress Joan Blondell and Oscar-nominated cinematographer George Barnes, later adopted by Blondell's second husband actor Dick Powell.

https://deadline.com/2021/06/norman-s-powell-dead-cbs-exec-who-produced-24-was-86-1234779183/

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/tv/tv-news/norman-s-powell-producer-cbs-executive-1234971699/

 

 

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I also remember her from that Twilight Zone episode set at the end of the Civil War and all the ghosts of the dead soldiers were walking by her house.

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I enjoy watching a lot of old 70s dramas and she (LInville) was in a bunch of them as a guest star. 

Hawaii Five-O (the original not the craptacular remake).

Columbo

Kojak

The Streets of San Francisco

Barnaby Jones

And many, many, more.

On 6/18/2021 at 4:37 AM, andromeda331 said:

I loved that show.

I did as well.

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27 minutes ago, icemiser69 said:

I enjoy watching a lot of old 70s dramas and she (LInville) was in a bunch of them as a guest star. 

Hawaii Five-O (the original not the craptacular remake).

Columbo

Kojak

The Streets of San Francisco

Barnaby Jones

And many, many, more.

I did as well.

She was great in one of the Hong Kong I SPY episodes as an old flame of Robert Culp's.

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But wait. There’s more. Sadly. “John McAfee, software pioneer turned fugitive, dead at 75” By Barbara Ortutay (June 24, 2021) AP News apnews.com/article/john-mcafee-europe-fugitives-software-science-fe748982c673aa33196d4368669f2074

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…a father who “beat him mercilessly” and killed himself with McAfee’s shotgun when the boy was 15…   
…McAfee took out a pistol to illustrate a point.

“‘Let’s do this one more time,’ he says, and puts it to his head,” Davies wrote. “Another round of Russian roulette. Just as before, he pulls the trigger repeatedly, the cylinder rotates, the hammer comes down, and nothing happens. ‘It is a real gun. It has a real bullet in one chamber,’ he says. And yet, he points out, my assumptions have somehow proven faulty. I’m missing something.”   

 

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The Daytime Emmy's 2021 In Memoriam.

AND the later apology for their misidentification of actress Marguerite Ray.

 

I will repost the updated In Memoriam after the Daytime Emmy's re-edits the segment.  

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I liked that memoriam - they gave us full-screen shots of the people and only showed the singer during the breaks.  I hate it when they don't give us a chance to see the people and read their names!

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Just now, MissAlmond said:

Gotta admit, I loved that show's theme song.  

I remember they actually played that song at one of my middle school dances once. 

Why, I don't really know :p. But it was fun to dance to, yes!

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2021 Special Daytime Emmy Awards In Memoriam tribute to Regis Philbin, Larry King and Alex Trebek,

 

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On 6/27/2021 at 4:40 PM, MissAlmond said:

2021 Special Daytime Emmy Awards In Memoriam tribute to Regis Philbin, Larry King and Alex Trebek,

 

Nice of them to acknowledge Mr. Trebek. He had been the   one of three of the individuals honored (IMO)who had  been intelligent, likable and deep-  which is a better average than    zero out of three, I suppose (yeah, boo me)! 

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4 hours ago, dalek said:

John Sacret Young, best known as the writer and producer of the tv show China Beach, has died.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/25/arts/television/john-sacret-young-dead.html

China Beach never got huge ratings, but it had a great cast, and the later seasons, which were set in the present and featured flashbacks to Vietnam were very well done.

My mom and I loved that show. 

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46 minutes ago, MissAlmond said:

I loved Joe Martin! Even when I was wee,  I thought his character was one of the best and good guys. Just like John Beradino as Steve Hardy on General Hospital.

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1 hour ago, MissAlmond said:

Oh, no not Dr. Joe Martin! I always liked that character. Ray did a good job playing him. RIP Ray MacDonnell.

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Aww man! RIP Stuart! You were great as Alan Q! Aaah, I'll always miss the glory days of soaps.

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4 hours ago, giovannif7 said:

😥😥😥

 

Stuart Damon RIP.jpg

Aw, I remember him from the not-Brandy version Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella! RIP

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5 hours ago, Popples said:

Soap operas are taking another hit

 

Now, this one really hurts. I remember him from both shows.  Thank you and RIP, Stuart!

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