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The year now ending marks another 12-month period of losing talents who have given television viewers entertainment or information ... and some of those passings, even more sadly, came as major and untimely shocks. Zap2it remembers:
James Gandolfini: He projected so much older as mobster Tony Soprano, many were surprised to learn the three-time Emmy winner only was in his 30s and 40s when he played the part.
Jonathan Winters: The improvisation genius who inspired his »
So scary! The ‘Malcolm in the Middle’ star revealed on Nov. 25 that he had just suffered his second mini-stroke and that he was ‘miserable!’
Almost exactly a year ago, Frankie Muniz experienced a mini-stroke. Now, at 27, he’s hoping that after two, he will never have another.
Frankie Muniz Suffers Mini-Stroke
How scary! We’re so glad to hear that Frankie is okay after suffering not one, but two mini-strokes. He shared the bad news on Twitter:
Almost a year to the day, I experienced another mini stroke. Hopefully that will be the last. Miserable.
— Frankie Muniz (@frankiemuniz) November 25, 2013
Transient ischemic attack is the formal name for a “mini-stroke,” which happens when blood stops flowing to the brain, temporarily.
Frankie’s First Mini-Stroke Felt Like ‘Getting Stabbed In The Head’
“I felt like I was getting stabbed in the head – the worst headache you could ever think of. I couldn’t see anything, »
- Emily Longeretta
Sunday night's Emmy Awards telecast tried to do something a little different by singling out five stars who had recently passed away and independently eulogizing them with anecdotes from their respective former co-stars and friends. The choice courted controversy from the start, especially with Glee's Cory Monteith being one of the stars chosen to be remembered, since many believed that more established stars -- such as Dallas and I Dream of Jeannie favorite Larry Hagman -- were passed over. Et exclusively sat down with Hagman's son, Preston Hagman, to get his take on the matter, and he declared, "If you're going to respect and recognize them, then do it correctly."
Pics: Hit or Miss Fashions of the Emmys
The stars remembered with a special moment on last night's telecast were James Gandolfini, Jonathan Winters, Jean Stapleton, Family Ties creator Gary David Goldberg, and Monteith. Other stars fondly remembered in the In Memoriam montage included Hagman, [link »
In a year that found a lot of unexpected upsets, Breaking Bad, Modern Family and Behind the Candelabra were the big winners at The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards Sunday night, airing live from the Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Read on for the recap…
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Pics: Hit or Miss Fashions of the Emmys
A true victory for a series in its final season, AMC's Breaking Bad was named Outstanding Drama over Mad Men, Game of Thrones, House of Cards, Homeland and Downton Abbey. Show creator Vince Gilligan gasped, "I did not see this coming. I thought it was going to be House of Cards..." Meanwhile, HBO's Behind the Candelabra was named Outstanding Movie or Miniseries. The Liberace biopic earned its star Michael Douglas his first Emmy in the title role and also gave director Steven Soderbergh his first shiny lady. Upon winning »
Special tributes during the Primetime Emmys to Cory Monteith, James Gandolfini, Jean Stapleton, Jonathan Winters and Gary David Goldberg, each of whom passed away in the past year, came as leadouts to commercials, beginning nearly 30 minutes into the ceremony.
“I’m here to say that all that warmth and that charm, that open-hearted quality we loved him for, was no act,” Lynch said, adding that his death was a reminder of the “painful” effects of addiction.
“For a generation that loved Cory so, this gifted and wonderful young man was worthy of your love,” Lynch said.
“His portrayal of Tony Soprano had such depth and dimension that a lot of people had trouble believing that’s not really who he was,” Falco said. “Jim was quite different. »
- Jon Weisman
Todd Bridges rose to fame on the hit show "Diff'rent Strokes," but his life spiraled out of control after the show went off the air in the mid-'80s. In 2010, Bridges appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" to open up about some of his darkest days, including his battle with addiction, his numerous arrests, and the sexual abuse he suffered as a child.
"Oprah: Where Are The Now?" cameras recently caught up with Bridges, who says he's been sober for 20 years. A father of two, he says his relationship with his children is modeled after the close bond he had with his TV dad, actor Conrad Bain. "Conrad Bain was like my real father, I looked at him that way," Bridges says. "He was a great man."
Bain passed away in January 2013, which was difficult for Bridges. "I talked to him all the time," he says. "When he passed away, »
- Lynn Okura
The cast of "Diff'rent Strokes" may have lived a life of luxury on screen, but many of them fell on hard times after the show.Dana Plato, who played Kimberly Drummond, struggled with sobriety in her adult life and committed suicide in 1999 at age 34. Gary Coleman, who played Arnold Jackson, faced numerous health, financial and domestic issues. He died at the age of 42 from head injuries sustained in a fall. Even Conrad Bain, who portrayed patriarch Phillip Drummond, passed away earlier this year.Of the TV family, only Todd Bridges is still alive, but his fate was almost the same as his costars. During his twenties, he battled a crack cocaine addiction which lead to legal issues when he was tried for attempted murder of a Los Angeles area drug dealer. Following multiple arrests, numerous rehab attempts, Todd confessed on the "The Oprah Winfrey Show" to pimping and drug dealing. »
- tooFab Staff
She died Friday at her home in Los Angeles due to complications from pancreatic cancer, family members said. She was 69. Her family had announced she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in September.
Franklin was a veteran stage and television performer before One Day At a Time made her a star.
- Associated Press
Every year it's one of the more reliably ridiculous award show controversies: Who didn't make the cut for In Memoriam?
When it comes to the Oscars, these "snubs" are particularly sensitive given the prestige and viewership of the show, and the fact that the montage inevitably leaves out names and faces of recognizable stars -- usually those known far more for their work in television than their work in film, which is the medium that the Academy Awards actually celebrate.
However, the Academy is hip to the annual controversy and this year produced a supplemental slideshow on their website featuring 114 names and photos of entertainers and film craftspeople who passed away in the past year.
Among the late greats included in the slideshow but not on the »
Features, Interviews and Reviews The World's Most Manliest Man Movies by Evan Saathoff Listen: On 'The Dirties' Being the Most Accurate Portrayal of School Violence We've Ever Seen by Erik Davis Why Alex Pettyfer Could Hurt ‘Divergent’ by Perri Nemiroff Listen: 'The Dirties' Director and Star Matthew Johnson on Winning Slamdance, School Violence and More by Erik Davis 'The Dark Knight Returns' vs. 'The Dark Knight Rises': Which Has the Better Ending for Batman? by Chris Clow Remembering Conrad Bain, Michael Winner and More Reel-Important People We Lost This Month by Christopher Campbell Bad Romance: Which Monster Makes the Least-Bad Boyfriend? by Amy Nicholson Watch: The Schmoes...
- Peter Hall
Reel Important People is a monthly column that highlights those individuals in or related to the movies who have left us in recent weeks. Below you'll find names big and small and from all areas of the industry, though each was significant to the movies in their own way. Conrad Bain (1923-2013) - Actor best known for his TV roles as Phillip Drummond on Diff'rent Strokes and Dr. Arthur Harmon on Maude. He also appears in the films Bananas, Postcards from the Edge, Coogan's Bluff and C.H.O.M.P.S. (see him in the trailer below). He died on January 14. (Deadline) Sir Richard Rodney Bennett (1936-2012) - Composer nominated three times for the Oscar for his scores to Far from the Maddening Crowd, Nicholas and Alexandra and Murder on the Orient Express...
- Christopher Campbell
The ensemble casts of Argo and Downton Abbey upset the competition at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Sunday night at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. In the ceremony honoring the year's best performances in film and television, other unexpected and/or well-deserved wins went to Daniel Day-Lewis, Jennifer Lawrence, Bryan Cranston, Tina Fey, Anne Hathaway and Claire Danes. Read on for the recap…
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The Best Ensembles
The night's top award, Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, went to the 13 actors of Argo, with a stunned Ben Affleck excitedly making sure he thanked his wife Jennifer Garner and studio, Warner Bros. in the middle of lauding the many speaking roles required for his film: "They wanted to kill it to make the movie better," he said, declaring of the win, "I am really amazed and stunned." The true-life Iran hostage tale beat out Lincoln »
Actor Conrad Bain has died at the age of 89. According to his daughter Jennifer, he passed away from natural causes on Monday in Livermore, CA. He was three weeks shy of his 90th birthday.
Bain was born and Canada, served in the Canadian Army during World War II, and began his career on Broadway.
He appeared on many shows on television but was best known for playing Phillip Drummond on Diff'rent Strokes. A wealthy resident of Park Avenue, Mister Drummond adopts two African American boys from Harlem (Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges) after the death of their mother, Drummond's former housekeeper.
The series ran for seven seasons on NBC (1978-1985) and one season on ABC (1985-1986). In 1996, Bain and Coleman reprised their roles for the series finale of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
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American actor who tackled taboo subjects in the sitcom Diff'rent Strokes
The actor Conrad Bain, who has died aged 89, found fame in middle age in the sitcom Diff'rent Strokes (1978-86). As Phillip Drummond, a white millionaire who fosters, then adopts, two orphaned black brothers, Bain was the straight man to the diminutive, wisecracking Gary Coleman, who played Arnold, the younger of the two boys. When his one-time housekeeper dies, the kindly widower Drummond takes Arnold and his brother, Willis (Todd Bridges), from their Harlem ghetto to his luxury Manhattan penthouse and brings them up with his daughter, Kimberly (Dana Plato).
Diff'rent Strokes tackled racial issues with humour and was courageous in confronting taboo subjects such as drugs, bulimia, sexual assault and paedophilia. The sitcom was devised as a vehicle for both Coleman, who had been spotted in television commercials, and Bain, following his co-starring role in the series Maude (1972-78) as Dr Arthur Harmon, »
- Anthony Hayward
The original advice columnist who counseled millions of readers through her syndicated "Dear Abby" column has died. Pauline Phillips, aka Abigail Van Buren, died Wednesday at 94, according to TMZ. No cause of death was provided, but Phillips had struggled with Alzheimer's disease since 2002, the year she stopped writing the column. Her daughter Jeanne Phillips took it over and continues to write it. Story: 'Diff'rent Strokes' Dad Conrad Bain Dies at 89 Phillips founded the "Dear Abby" column in 1956 under the pen name Abigail Van Buren, a pseudonym derived from the Bible (Abigail) and the eighth president of the
- Joshua Stecker
Diff'rent Strokes star Todd Bridges has paid tribute to Conrad Bain, who passed away earlier this week at the age of 89. Bridges appeared as Willis, the adopted son of Bain's character Mr Drummond, in the legendary NBC comedy. He has now told The Hollywood Reporter that discovering Bain had passed away led to "one of the most heart-wrenching days" he had experienced. "That Conrad's not going to be around anymore to talk to," he said. "Whenever I needed advice, I'd call Conrad." (more) »
- By Catriona Wightman
It's been a tough ride for many of the castmembers of Diff'rent strokes over the years. Nearly all of its child stars, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges and Dana Plato suffered various substance abuse and emotional problems, with Plato actually ending up dying young. But their father figure didn't have quite as rough of a go. [...]
TV Line has visited the set of Glee, and has news about our favorite couples. As for Britianna, well, there are going to be a lot of angry lesbians out there. And when it comes to Klaine, Darren Criss says that he and Kurt do "suss out" their relationship, but there's a new love interest for Kurt, and Blaine "strikes [up] a new relationship, not a romantic relationship – or maybe it is – with somebody who’s already been around, who is now more involved in Blaine’s life. They’ve kind of taken a new step in their relationship.” Clear as mud?
John Mulholland, editor of the British Observer, has released a statement about that horrible transphobic article over the weekend. "We have decided to withdraw from publication the Julie Burchill comment piece 'Transsexuals should cut it out'. The piece was an attempt to explore contentious issues within what had become a highly-charged debate. »
Archer returns tonight and in my house
so does the question, "They've got cell phones and Soviets? What year is this?"
Vampire Diaries producer Julie Plec tells EW that spin-off series The Originals has been discussed for about two years, which I guess explains why the Originals stuck around long past their expiration date. Plec also says that Daniel Gillies would always be welcome on the spin-off, but that's up to Gillies.
This is turning out to be a week of the axe falling on cable shows. Yesterday it was bad news for Drop Dead Diva now, Syfy has cancelled Alphas.
Taking a cue from The Killing, TNT has ordered a pilot from Steven Bochco that will follow a murder investigation over a season. This isn't the first time Bochco has tried to tell a season-long story, in 1995 critics tried to convince viewers to pick up Murder One, which »
Conrad Bain, who starred as Phil Drummond, the rich white businessman who adopts Harlem kids Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges on the popular sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes," has died. He was 89. He starred in many movies during his career and made TV appearances on such shows as "The Facts of Life," "The Love Boat," "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air." In other news, John McTiernan (Die Hard, Predator, The Hunt for Red October, The Thomas Crown Affair) has been sentenced to serve one year in prison for his role in the Anthony Pellicano wiretapping scandal. He actually filed a guilty plea two years ago, but has spent the last two years attempting to reverse it. On Monday, the Supreme Court decided not to hear his appeal, which means that his prison sentence will remain. McTiernan was charged with two counts of making false statements to the FBI in 2006 and one count of »
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