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Slideshow: 15 Portraits from ‘The Hollywood Show,’ in Chicagoland on March 23 & 24, 2019

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Chicago – The TV, movie and entertainment world is coming back to Chicagoland with The Hollywood Show on March 23rd and 24th, 2019, at the Hyatt Rosemont/Chicago O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont, Ill. The event gives fans and admirers an opportunity to meet and get pictures with celebrities and take advantage of vendors offering show business memorabilia.

Prominent film actor John Cusack will make his first Chicago appearance at The Hollywood Show (Saturday the 23rd only). For nostalgists, Russ Tamblyn and George Chakiris of “West Side Story” (1961) are appearing. This year’s show will also focus on some of the biggest TV shows in history, as Richard Thomas (John-Boy from “The Waltons”), Loretta Swit (M*A*S*H), Shirley Jones (“The Partridge Family”) and Dawn Wells (Gilligan’s Island) are set to appear. Also in attendance
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Jed Allan Dead at 84

Jed Allan, known for his roles on soap operas Days of our Lives and Santa Barbara, died Saturday in Palm Desert, CA. He was 84.

His son Rick Brown wrote on Facebook, "so sorry to post the very sad news of my father's passing tonight. He died peacefully and was surrounded by his family and loved so much by us and so many others."

Allan spent many years working on daytime dramas, starting with the role of Ace Hubbard on Love of Life in 1964. He then played Paul Britton on The Secret storm from 1964-1965. He joined Days of our Lives in 1971 as attorney Don Craig, and played the role until April 17, 1985.

"My fondest memory is of the time when Marlena and I got together when she first came on the show," Allan said of his Days experience. "We had a great rapport and great comedy sense. Those five years were quite wonderful,
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Nathaniel Taylor Dies: "Sanford And Son" Sidekick Rollo Was 80

Nathaniel Taylor Dies:
Nathaniel Taylor, the actor best known for playing smooth-talking sidekick Rollo Lawson on 1970s sitcom Sanford and Son, died Feb. 27 at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center after suffering a heart attack. He was 80.

His death was announced on social media by his friend, the music promoter Alonzo Williams. According to Williams, the actor was hospitalized on Feb. 23 after suffering a heart attack.

Although Taylor had a few small guest roles on television in the early ’70s – credited as Jita Hadi on The Bold Ones and The Bill Cosby Show – it was his recurring role on the 1972-77 Sanford and Son that brought lasting fame among the show’s still-considerable fan base. His Rollo, a streetwise character typically dressed in the snazziest of hip clothes, was the best friend of Demond Wilson’s Lamont Sanford and forever the target of often-justified scorn and mistrust of Redd Foxx’s Fred Sanford.
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Nathaniel Taylor, Rollo Lawson on ‘Sanford and Son,’ Dies at 80

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Nathaniel Taylor, Rollo Lawson on ‘Sanford and Son,’ Dies at 80
Nathaniel Taylor, the actor who played Rollo Lawson on the 1970s sitcom “Sanford and Son,” died Feb. 27 at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center after suffering a heart attack. He was 80.

As part of the recurring cast on “Sanford and Son,” Taylor appeared in 32 episodes from 1972 through 1977. Taylor’s character, Rollo Lawson, was Lamont Sanford’s best friend and often a target of Fred Sanford’s ire, who believed Rollo was a criminal since he had spent time in jail. Taylor went on to have a role as part of the main cast in season one of the short-lived “Sanford and Son” spinoff “Sanford,” which aired from March 1980 to June 1981.

Taylor also appeared in “Sanford and Son” star Redd Foxx’s eponymous sitcom, “The Redd Foxx Show,” as the first version of Jim-Jam. The series was canceled after 12 episodes due to low ratings.

In addition to his work in the “Sanford” universe,
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David Huddleston, The Big Lebowski Star, Passes Away at 85

David Huddleston, The Big Lebowski Star, Passes Away at 85
The Hollywood community is in mourning once again, as a great character actor has passed away. David Huddleston, best known as the title character in the Coen Brothers' classic The Big Lebowski, died at the age of 85. The actor's wife, Sarah Koeppe, confirmed that her husband died on Tuesday in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He had passed from advanced heart and kidney disease.

The Los Angeles Times confirmed the actor's death with his wife. David Huddleston was born September 17, 1930 in Vinton, Virginia, which is part of the Blue Mountains region. He would act in local community productions before he attended the Fork Military Academy in Fork Union, Virginia. He served four years in the U.S. Air Force as an aircraft engine mechanic, and when his service had ended, he went to New York to study acting on the G.I. Bill.

He trained at the American Academy of Dramatic
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Newswire: R.I.P. David Huddleston of The Big Lebowski and Blazing Saddles

As confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter, actor David Huddleston—probably best known for playing the actual Big Lebowski in the classic Coen Brothers film—has died. According to a statement from his family, he had been suffering from heart and kidney disease. Huddleston was 85.

Born in Virginia in 1930, Huddleston initially seemed set up for a career in the military. He attended the Fork Union Military Academy and became an officer in the Air Force, but he officially entered the world of acting after attending the historic American Academy Of Dramatic Arts. Most of Huddleston’s first acting roles were bit parts on TV shows, including Harrigan And Son, Adam-12, Then Came Bronson, Bewitched, and McMillan & Wife. His first big role in the movies came in 1972’s Bad Company, which starred a young Jeff Bridges—who Huddleston would memorably run into again later in his career.

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A Tribute To Martin Milner By John M. Whalen

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Milner as Officer Pete Malloy of the Los Angeles Police Department in the TV series "Adam-12" which ran between 1968-1975.

Actor Martin Milner passed away on September 6 at the age of 83. Milner had many TV series and feature film credits (including "Sweet Smell of Success", "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral" and "Valley of the Dolls"). However, he is primarily remembered for starring in two iconic television series of the 1960s: "Route 66" and "Adam-12". Novelist and Cinema Retro contributing writer John M. Whalen provides some reflections on Milner's career. Click here to read and make sure you follow the link to his 2001 interview with Milner for the Outre web site. 
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Martin Milner, star of 60s series Route 66 and Adam-12, dies aged 83

Clean-cut actor shot to fame in Jack Kerouac-inspired TV drama in which two young men cruised the famous highway in a convertible

Martin Milner, whose wholesome good looks helped make him the star of two hugely popular 1960s TV series, Route 66 and Adam-12, has died. He was 83.

Fellow Adam-12 actor Kent McCord said Milner died on Sunday near the La Costa neighborhood of Carlsbad, California.

Related: Route 66: ghost towns

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Martin Milner, Star of ‘Adam-12’ and ‘Route 66,’ Dead at 83

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Martin Milner, Star of ‘Adam-12’ and ‘Route 66,’ Dead at 83
Martin Milner, the actor known for his roles on the TV series “Route 66” and “Adam-12,” passed away Sunday. He was 83. Milner was born in Detroit in 1931, but moved with his family to Los Angeles, where he quickly took up acting. His first part was the role of John Day in 1947’s “Life With Father,” according to his official IMDb page. Milner appeared in various roles across film and television before landing the part of Stephen Banner on several episodes of the popular police drama “Dragnet.” Also Read: Curt Hecht, Weather Channel Executive, Dead at 47 His big break, however, came.
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Martin Milner, Star of Cop Drama Adam-12, Dead at 83

Martin Milner, Star of Cop Drama Adam-12, Dead at 83
Martin Milner, a veteran actor known for work on TV dramas such as Adam-12 and Route 66, has died, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department confirms to People. Milner died at his home in L.A. Sunday at the age of 83.

Milner made his big-screen debut in 1947's Life With Father, in which he played John Day, son to William Powell's fiery patriarch Clarence Day. He went on to appear in John Wayne's Sands of Iwo Jima in 1949 and Operation Pacific in 1951, before transitioning to TV with several appearances in the classic police procedural Dragnet beginning
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Martin Milner, Star of Adam-12 and Route 66, Dead at 83

Martin Milner, Star of Adam-12 and Route 66, Dead at 83
Veteran TV actor Martin Milner, best known for his starring roles in Adam-12 and Route 66, has died. He was 83.

After launching his career in such war-themed films Sands Of Iwo Jima (1949), Operation Pacific (1951) and Halls Of Montezuma (1951), Milner began his gradual transition to the small screen with a recurring role in Dragnet and guest stints on Wagon Train and The Twilight Zone.

In 1960, he scored his big break opposite George Maharis in Route 66, which ran for four seasons and nearly 120 episodes on CBS. He followed that up with a co-starring role NBC’s long-running cop drama Adam-12.

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Martin Milner Dies: ‘Adam-12’ & ‘Route 66’ Star Was 83

Updated below with a tribute from Milner’s Adam-12 costar and longtime friend, Kent McCord. Martin Milner, the veteran actor best known for starring in the popular TV dramas Adam-12 and Route 66, has died. He was 83. The Los Angeles Police Department’s communications office confirmed his death in an Instagram post referring to his Adam-12 character that reads, “Pete Malloy, you are end of watch”: Milner began his career in late 1940s, appearing in war films including the…
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Game of Thrones Adds Freddie Stroma to Season 6 as [Spoiler]'s Sibling

Game of Thrones Adds Freddie Stroma to Season 6 as [Spoiler]'s Sibling
Game of Thrones is often surreal. Its latest casting is UnREAL.

Freddie Stroma, who played lovable lothario Adam on the Lifetime summer drama, has been chosen to play Samwell Tarly’s brother, Dickon, in the HBO series’ sixth season, TVLine has confirmed.

RelatedReport: Game of Thrones Snags Borgias Vet for Pivotal Season 6 Role

BuzzFeed first reported the casting.

Dickon is Sam’s more physically gifted younger brother who, since Sam pledged himself to the Night’s Watch, is poised to inherit the family estate.

In addition to playing the bachelor at the center of Everlasting, the reality dating show at UnREAL‘s core,
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F Troop's Melody Patterson Dead at 66, Played 'Wrangler Jane'

F Troop's Melody Patterson Dead at 66, Played 'Wrangler Jane'
Melody Patterson, who played “Wrangler Jane” Angelica Thrift on the Old West comedy F Troop, died on Friday at age 66.

Patterson’s passing was reported by the official Facebook page for F Troop costar Larry Storch.

Running for two seasons on ABC (from 1965-67), F Troop followed the post-American Civil War antics at the remote Army outpost Fort Courage. Patterson’s Wrangler Jane was the tomboyish, shopkeeper and sharpshooter girlfriend of Captain Wilton Parmenter (played by Ken Berry).

The actress’ TV credits also included appearances on The Monkees, Green Acres, Adam-12 and the original Hawaii Five-0.

Here, an atypically dressy
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'Heathers': 25 Things You Didn't Know About the Darkly Comic Teen Classic

It's not that hard to believe that it's been 25 years since the release of "Heathers," on March 31, 1989.

Really, the movie seems like an artifact from a different era, one paradoxically bolder than our own. It's hard to imagine a movie getting made today that makes fun of teen suicide, schoolhouse violence, and the public grieving process that follows both. "Heathers"'s gleefully gruesome satire made stars out of Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, and Shannen Doherty, launched the careers of screenwriter Daniel Waters and director Michael Lehmann, and created the mold for subversive schoolgirl comedies to come, from "Clueless" to "Mean Girls."

"Heathers" wasn't a hit at first, but it eventually became such a huge cult success that it made lunchroom polls and lines like "What's your damage?" into pop-culture fixtures. Still, as many times as you've seen it, there's still much you may not know about "Heathers," from which other
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R.I.P. Carmen Zapata

The veteran character actress and co-founder of the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts in La died Sunday in her Van Nuys home. Carmen Zapata was 86. During a career spanning six decades, she appeared in films including Sister Act and its sequel, dozens of TV shows and on Broadway during the original 1940s run of Oklahoma! She was a regular on the NBC soap Santa Barbara during the 1980s and on the 1976 series Viva Valdez and played the mayor for nine seasons on PBS’ bilingual kids show Villa Alegre. Her long list of TV credits include Bonanza; The Mod Squad; Adam-12; Marcus Welby, M.D.; Love, American Style; The Streets of San Francisco; The White Shadow; Trapper John, M.D.; Married … With Children; and Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. The New York native received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003.
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Oscar-nominated actress Juanita Moore dies at 99

Oscar-nominated actress Juanita Moore dies at 99
Juanita Moore, a groundbreaking actress and an Academy Award nominee for her role as Lana Turner’s black friend in the classic weeper Imitation of Life, has died.

Actor Kirk Kelleykahn, her grandson, said that Moore collapsed and died Wednesday at her home in Los Angeles. She was 99, according to Kelleykahn. Accounts of her age have differed over the years.

Moore was only the fifth black performer to be nominated for an Oscar, receiving the nod for the glossy Douglas Sirk film that became a big hit and later gained a cult following. The 1959 tearjerker, based on a Fannie Hurst
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R.I.P. Karen Black

The Five Easy Pieces Oscar nominee also known for such films Nashville and Alfred Hitchcock’s final pic Family Plot has died at 74. Karen Black recently had turned to crowdfunding to help with her long battle against cancer. Her husband, Stephen Eckelberry, confirmed Black’s death in a Facebook post: “It is with great sadness that I have to report that my wife and best friend, Karen Black has just passed away, only a few minutes ago,” he wrote. “Thank you all for all your prayers and love, they meant so much to her as they did to me.” Black began her acting career in Off-Broadway shows before starring in three short-lived Main Stem productions from 1965-67. She also appeared in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1966 romantic dramedy You’re a Big Boy Now. Several late-’60s TV guest roles on such shows as The Big Valley and Adam-12 led to
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It’s Not TV: HBO, The Company That Changed Television: The Wasteland

The Wasteland:

Television is a gold goose that lays scrambled eggs;

and it is futile and probably fatal to beat it for not laying caviar.

Lee Loevinger

When people argue over the quality of television programming, both sides — it’s addictive crap v. underappreciated populist art — seem to forget one of the essentials about commercial TV. By definition, it is not a public service. It is not commercial TV’s job to enlighten, inform, educate, elevate, inspire, or offer insight. Frankly, it’s not even commercial TV’s job to entertain. Bottom line: its purpose is simply to deliver as many sets of eyes to advertisers as possible. As it happens, it tends to do this by offering various forms of entertainment, and occasionally by offering content that does enlighten, inform, etc., but a cynic would make the point that if TV could do the same job televising fish aimlessly swimming around an aquarium,
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Hollywood! Adapt This: Emergency!

The television landscape is populated with hit medical dramas across the decades, from Dr. Kildare, M*A*S*H and Marcus Welby, M.D., to Grey's Anatomy, House and, of course, ER.  One series that ran alongside M*A*S*H centered on the emergency personnel of Los Angeles County Fire Department's Station 51 and nearby Rampart General Hospital.  It was the first of its kind to feature paramedics responding to emergency calls in addition to the in-hospital staff they handed their patients off to.  It's been more than 40 years since this show debuted and it's time to shine the spotlight on these real-life professionals once again.  Hit the jump for more.  Hollywood!  Adapt this: Emergency! What It's About:  Created and produced by Jack Webb and Robert A. Cinader, the brains behind police series Adam-12 and Dragnet, Emergency! was a one-hour medical drama that featured emergency personnel dealing with multiple incidents throughout their shift.
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