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Richard Erdman, Actor in ‘Community,’ ‘Twilight Zone,’ Dies at 93

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Richard Erdman, Actor in ‘Community,’ ‘Twilight Zone,’ Dies at 93
Character actor Richard Erdman, known to contemporary audiences as perpetual student Leonard on “Community,” who also had significant roles for more than seven decades in movies and TV shows such as “The Twilight Zone” and “Stalag 17,” has died. He was 93.

His friend, film historian Alan K. Rode, reported his death on Twitter.

On “Community,” Erdman was one of a group of elderly students, known as the “Hipsters” for their hip replacements, who was often told to “Shut up, Leonard!”

“Community” star Joel McHale paid tribute to Erdman on Twitter. “Such a good & funny man. We’ll miss you ‘Leonard,'” he said.

Fellow “Community” actor Yvette Nicole Brown also took to Twitter, writing, “I knew the day we’d have to say goodbye to this lovely man would come sooner than any of us were ready. But knowing that doesn’t make it any easier. #RichardErdman was Joy walking.
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'Beverly Hills, 90210' & Soap Star Jed Allan Dead at 84

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'Beverly Hills, 90210' & Soap Star Jed Allan Dead at 84
Jed Allan -- another member of the "Beverly Hills, 90210" family and a soap opera legend -- has died, according to his son. Rick Brown posted the sad news on Jed Allan's official Facebook fan page Saturday, saying Jed passed away peacefully while surrounded by family. He added, "Thank you for all who are part of this wonderful tribute to my dad on Facebook."  Jed played Rush Sanders on '90210' -- the father of Ian Ziering's Steve Sanders.
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Louisa Moritz, Actress and Bill Cosby Accuser, Dies at 72

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Louisa Moritz, Actress and Bill Cosby Accuser, Dies at 72
Louisa Moritz, an actress and one of the numerous women who accused scandal-plagued comedian Bill Cosby of sexual misconduct, has died of natural causes, a representative said Wednesday. Moritz was 72.

Born in Havana, Cuba in 1946, Moritz made her film debut in 1970’s “The Man From O.R.G.Y.,” portraying prostitute Carmela. Moritz mined similar territory in 1975’s “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” as the hooker Rose.

Moritz’s other credits include “Cheech & Chong’s Up in Smoke,” “Death Race 2000” and “The Last American Virgin.”

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On the small screen, Moritz appeared on programs including “Love, American Style,” “Ironside” and “Chico and the Man.”

At the time of her death, Moritz was working on two books, one about Cuban cooking and the other about how to get out of traffic tickets.

In
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Kaye Ballard, Star of ‘The Mothers-in-Law,’ Dies at 93

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Kaye Ballard, Star of ‘The Mothers-in-Law,’ Dies at 93
Singer-comedienne Kaye Ballard, who starred alongside Eve Arden in the 1960s sitcom “The Mothers-in-Law” and was among the stars of the 1976 feature based on Terrence McNally’s farce “The Ritz,” died Monday in Rancho Mirage, Calif. She was 93.

She had recently attended a screening of a documentary about her life, “Kaye Ballard: The Show Goes On,” at the Palm Springs Film Festival, according to the Desert Sun, and became ill soon after.

Ballard’s career spanned stage and screen, and she was a star on Broadway when she was paired with Arden as neighbors whose kids get married on “The Mothers-in-Law,” which ran on NBC from 1967-69 and later in syndication.

On the show Ballard played Katherine “Kaye” Josephina Buell, the overly emotional wife of Roger Buell (played by Roger C. Carmel) and overprotective mother of Jerry Buell (Jerry Fogel). She was an unenthusiastic housewife, frequently spoke in Italian, and
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Legendary Multi-Instrumentalist Roy Clark Dies at 85

Tony Sokol Nov 15, 2018

Roy Clark was an ambassador for country music, but his fingers fiddled in many genres.

Roy Clark could make music out of anything with strings. Guitars, banjoes, mandolins and fiddles, which he could play masterpiece classics on in a whim, were easy pickings for him. He made them scream Hee Haw, which was the name of the show he is best known for. The musical pioneer was the first country artist to play at the Montreux Jazz Festival, and one of the first American artists to perform in the Soviet Union. Country Music Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry member Clark died Thursday at his home in Tulsa, Okla., of complications from pneumonia at the age of 85, according to Variety. .

CBS cancelled Hee Haw after two years, from 1969 to 1971, but Clark and Owens were familiar faces in syndication from 1971 to 1992. Clark was born in Meherrin,
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Roy Clark, Hee Haw Host, Dead at 85

Roy Clark, Hee Haw Host, Dead at 85
Roy Clark, best known to TV audiences as co-host of the long-running country music variety series Hee Haw, has died at the age of 85.

According to Variety, Clark passed away in his Tulsa, Okla. home following complications from pneumonia. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, as well as his four children and five grandchildren.

Clark served as co-host of Hee Haw in all three of its incarnations; the series began on CBS in 1969, then transitioned to first-run syndication in 1971, where it ran through 1993. A short-lived revival then aired on the now-defunct Tnn from 1996-1997.

Prior to Hee Haw, Clark
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I Dream of Jeannie Star Bill Daily Dead at 91; Barbara Eden Pays Tribute

I Dream of Jeannie Star Bill Daily Dead at 91; Barbara Eden Pays Tribute
Bill Daily, best known to TV audiences for his role as Major Roger Healey in I Dream of Jeannie, has died at the age of 91, Variety reports.

Daily passed away on Sept. 4 in Santa Fe, N.M. He is survived by his son, J. Patrick Daily. A cause of death has not been disclosed.

The actor, whose earliest credits include episodes of Bewitched and My Mother the Car, was cast as Jeannie‘s Major Healey in 1965 and appeared in all five seasons, as well as follow-up TV-movies I Dream of Jeannie… Fifteen Years Later (1985) and I Still Dream of Jeannie
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Bill Daily, Major Healey in ‘I Dream of Jeannie,’ Dies at 91

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Bill Daily, Major Healey in ‘I Dream of Jeannie,’ Dies at 91
Bill Daily, the affable TV actor who starred as Major Roger Healey in “I Dream of Jeannie” as well as on “The Bob Newhart Show,” died Sept. 4 in Santa Fe, N.M., his son J. Patrick Daily confirmed. He was 91.

“He loved every sunset, he loved every meal — he just decided to be happy about everything,” said his son.

The longtime New Mexico resident was a staple on series of the 1960s through 1980s, notably as Bob Newhart’s daffy neighbor, airline pilot Howard Borden, on CBS’ “The Bob Newhart Show” sitcom from 1972 to 1978. In the 1980s, he appeared as psychiatrist Dr. Larry Dykstra on NBC’s “Alf.”

Newhart remembered his co-star from their early days in the Chicago comedy scene in the 1950s.

“I called him our bullpen man. Whenever we were having trouble with a script on the show, we’d have Bill make an appearance,” Newhart said.
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The Facts of Life's Charlotte Rae Dead at 92, Remembered by Costars

The Facts of Life's Charlotte Rae Dead at 92, Remembered by Costars
Charlotte Rae, best known for her role as Mrs. Garrett on both Diff’rent Strokes and its spinoff The Facts of Life, has died at the age of 92. Rae was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer seven years ago, and in April 2017, she revealed that she had bone cancer.

Rae’s first major TV role came when she was cast in the recurring role of Sylvia Schnauser on Car 54, Where Are You? back in 1962. She later appeared in episodes of All in the Family, Barney Miller, Good Times, The Partridge Family, The Defenders, Sesame Street and Love, American Style. She also had
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Roger Perry, ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Harrigan and Son’ Actor, Dies at 85

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Roger Perry, ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Harrigan and Son’ Actor, Dies at 85
Actor Roger Perry died Thursday at his home in Indian Wells. Calif., after a battle with prostate cancer. He was 85.

Perry compiled dozens of feature, television, and stage credits during a long career that began when he was discovered by Lucille Ball, who put the young actor under contract to Desilu Studios. He co-starred with Pat O’Brien in the 1960 ABC series “Harrigan and Son,” and co-starred with Chuck Connors and Ben Gazzara in the 90-minute drama “Arrest & Trial” (1963-64).

Perry was a guest star on the “Star Trek” TV series in a memorable first-season episode in 1967, “Tomorrow Is Yesterday,” playing Captain John Christopher. He appeared on “Love, American Style,” “Ironside,” “The F.B.I.,” “Hawaii Five-0,” “Barnaby Jones,” “The Bob Newhart Show,” “Quincy,” “CHiPs,” “The Fall Guy,” and many more before becoming a regular on programs such as “The Facts of Life” and “Falcon Crest.”

His movie credits included “Follow the Boys” (1963) with Connie Francis,
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It Came From The Tube: Something Evil (1972)

While some directors learned their craft through thrift bare independent features, others came up through the TV divisions of studios; one such fellow, Steven Spielberg, would go on to have a fairly successful career with big screen projects. Before he would make that leap however, he started with episodic shows, and then onto TV films like Something Evil (1972), a fun ride that shows the kid knows his way around a camera. I’m glad things turned out okay for him.

Originally airing on January 21st as part of the CBS Friday Night Movies, Something Evil had the ABC Friday night juggernaut of The Odd Couple/Love, American Style to contend with, and posted Something Lesser in the ratings. Too bad, because even though Something Evil’s material, from the title on down, is paper thin, Spielberg whips up one hell of a wallpaper.

Crack open your faux TV Guide and
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Garry Marshall Reflects on 'The Odd Couple' in a Recovered Interview (Exclusive)

The loss of writer/producer/occasional actor Garry Marshall in 2016 was something felt by anyone who is or ever has been a fan of Classic TV. Think about it: He got his start as a writer for Tonight Starring Jack Parr, but made the shift to writing sitcoms like Make Room for Daddy, Gomer Pyle: Usmc, The Lucy Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, and Love, American Style. Then he began creating or co-creating his own shows, some of which didn’t work (Hey, Landlord; Me and the Chimp, Blansky’s Beauties, Joanie Loves Chachi), and a lot that did. In terms of the latter, there was Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, Mork & Mindy, and, of course, The Odd Couple. In their time, Happy Days, Laverne & Shirely, and Mork & Mindy were huge, while The Odd Couple — based on Neil Simon’s play of the same name — struggled to
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Obit: 'Laugh-In's' Henry Gibson Dies at 73

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Obit: 'Laugh-In's' Henry Gibson Dies at 73
Henry Gibson, who came to fame on "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" and went on to act in several Robert Altman films, has died at age 73.   The character actor had recurring roles on the TV series "Boston Legal" and "King of the Hill," and was a regular on "Love, American Style."   For Altman, Gibson had prominent roles in "Nashville" and "The Long Goodbye." He played an bumbling...
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