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Ryan's Hope, General Hospital: Veteran Soap Writer Claire Labine Dies at 82

Beloved and acclaimed soap opera writer, Claire Labine, passed away last week, at the age of 82. Labine got her start in another genre of daytime TV, writing for the children's program, Captain Kangaroo from 1966 to 1968. The nine-time Emmy winner went on to create Ryan's Hope with Paul Avila Mayer. The soap ran for 13 years on ABC. The network eventually cancelled it, in January of 1989.Labine and Mayer first worked together in 1973 on the daytime drama, Where the Heart Is. CBS cancelled it after four years, in 1973. The network then named her co-head writer on Love of Life, which ran from 1951 to 1980. In 1993, Labine took the reins of ABC's General Hospital. She gave fans the Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Brenda (Vanessa Marcil) super-couple, as well
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Claire Labine Dies: Veteran Soaps Writer-Creator Was 82

Claire Labine Dies: Veteran Soaps Writer-Creator Was 82
Claire Labine, a nine-time daytime Emmy winner who created Ryan's Hope for ABC and wrote for numerous other soaps over her career died this week from undisclosed causes. She was 82. An alum of the University of Kentucky and Columbia University's School of Dramatic Arts, Labine began her writing career in the 1960s with a stint on Captain Kangaroo. After being fired two years into the job, she moved into Soaps, writing for CBS’s Where The Heart Is where, within 2 years…
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The Golden Girls, Benson: Writer Tom Whedon Dies at 83

TV writer and producer, Tom Whedon, father of TV and screenwriter Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Angel, Firefly, Marvel's The Avengers), musician and writer Jed Whedon (Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog), and writer Zack Whedon (Deadwood, Halt and Catch Fire), died on March 23, 2016, at the age of 83. Jed announced the news late yesterday, on Instagram.

A producer on It's a Living, Benson, Maggie, The Golden Girls, and The Sinbad Show , Mr. Whedon's TV series writing credits includes those shows and many more. His professional career began on the Captain Kangaroo TV show, in the 1950s. Other TV credits include Music Scene, The Dick Cavett Show, The Electric Company (on which he was head writer), All's Fair, United States, The Two of Us, and the children's series, Between the Lions, for which he was nominated for a Daytime Emmy.

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Tom Whedon Dies: TV Writer-Producer On Sitcoms & Kids Shows Was 83

Tom Whedon, an Emmy-winning writer-producer on such popular TV shows as The Golden Girls, Benson and Alice and the father of filmmaker Joss Whedon, died Thursday. He was 83. His son Jed Whedon, co-creator and co-showrunner of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., announced the news in an Instagram post but offered no details. A New York native and the son of TV writer John Whedon, Tom Whedon got his start writing for the beloved children’s series Captain Kangaroo in 1955 and…
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Tom Whedon, TV Writer-Producer and Father of Joss Whedon, Dies at 83

Tom Whedon, a veteran TV writer and producer who worked on shows including The Golden Girls and Captain Kangaroo, died Thursday at 83, his son Jed announced. Whedon was father to five sons, including Avengers director and Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. writer-producer Jed, Halt and Catch Fire writer Zack Whedon, Samuel and Matthew. "We said goodbye to our dad yesterday," Jed, 41, wrote on Instagram Friday. "He passed away in relative peace surrounded by his wife, all five of his boys and their loved ones. He gave us the gift of his warmth and humor. We miss him terribly.
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Tom Whedon, TV Writer-Producer and Father of Joss Whedon, Dies at 83

Tom Whedon, a veteran TV writer and producer who worked on shows including The Golden Girls and Captain Kangaroo, died Thursday at 83, his son Jed announced. Whedon was father to five sons, including Avengers director and Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. writer-producer Jed, Halt and Catch Fire writer Zack Whedon, Samuel and Matthew. "We said goodbye to our dad yesterday," Jed, 41, wrote on Instagram Friday. "He passed away in relative peace surrounded by his wife, all five of his boys and their loved ones. He gave us the gift of his warmth and humor. We miss him terribly.
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Writer Tom Whedon, Father of Scribes Joss, Jed and Zack Whedon, Dies at 83

Writer Tom Whedon, Father of Scribes Joss, Jed and Zack Whedon, Dies at 83
Tom Whedon, a writer and father of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” creator Joss Whedon and scribes Jed Whedon and Zack Whedon, died Wednesday. He was 83.

Whedon’s death was confirmed in an Instagram post on Thursday by Jed Whedon.

“We said goodbye to our dad yesterday. He passed away in relative peace surrounded by his wife, all five of his boys and their loved ones. He gave us the gift of his warmth and humor. We miss him terribly.

Love you dad,” Jed Whedon posted, along with a picture of his father.

Tom Whedon worked as a writer-producer on such 1970s and ’80s sitcoms as “Benson,” “Alice,” “The Golden Girls” and “It’s a Living.” He also wrote for “The Dick Cavett Show” and children’s programs including “The Electric Company” and “Captain Kangaroo.”

Tom Whedon’s father, John Whedon, was also a TV writer who worked on “The Donna Reed Show,
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TV Producer David Kennedy, a Former Agent, Dies Suddenly at 73

TV Producer David Kennedy, a Former Agent, Dies Suddenly at 73
David Kennedy, the former entertainment talent agent and an award-winning television producer, died suddenly on June 14 in Los Angeles due to complications from knee replacement surgery.

For the past two years, the 73-year-old Kennedy had been developing numerous television projects for FX Networks under a first-look deal with FX Productions, an agreement that was recently renewed for another two years prior to his death. Among the projects were “How to Survive a Plague,” which he was developing with David France, along with David Siegel and Scott McGehee, based on France’s award-winning documentary of the same name. He was also developing “A Perfect Terrorist,” based on the “Frontline” episode of the same name from Wgbh and ProPublica, with producers David Fanning, Joshua Goldin, Rachel Abramowitz and Sebastian Rotella.

Kennedy was also executive producer of the movie “Dark Shadows,” starring Johnny Depp. Kennedy had a close relationship with Depp’s company
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TV Producer David Kennedy, a Former Agent, Dies Suddenly at 73

TV Producer David Kennedy, a Former Agent, Dies Suddenly at 73
David Kennedy, the former entertainment talent agent and an award-winning television producer, died suddenly on June 14 in Los Angeles due to complications from knee replacement surgery.

For the past two years, the 73-year-old Kennedy had been developing numerous television projects for FX Networks under a first-look deal with FX Productions, an agreement that was recently renewed for another two years prior to his death. Among the projects were “How to Survive a Plague,” which he was developing with David France, along with David Siegel and Scott McGehee, based on France’s award-winning documentary of the same name. He was also developing “A Perfect Terrorist,” based on the “Frontline” episode of the same name from Wgbh and ProPublica, with producers David Fanning, Joshua Goldin, Rachel Abramowitz and Sebastian Rotella.

Kennedy was also executive producer of the movie “Dark Shadows,” starring Johnny Depp. Kennedy had a close relationship with Depp’s company
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Remembrances 2013

A look back and a final farewell to the notable entertainment celebrities who died in 2013. Cosmo Allegretti (b. 1927) (actor) Allegretti was an actor and puppeteer on Captain Kangaroo, working his way up from set painter. He made and voiced puppets, including Bunny Rabbit and Mr. Moose, and also played Dancing Bear in a full costume. Patty Andrews (b. 1918) (singer) As part of the famed and influential Andrews Sisters singing group, Patty Andrews contributed as a mezzo-soprano to the trio’s close harmony popularity during the swing era and beyond. Patty and her sisters began their fame with hits in … Continue reading →

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Kumar Pallana, of The Terminal and The Royal Tennenbaums, Dies at 94

Kumar Pallana, of The Terminal and The Royal Tennenbaums, Dies at 94
Kumar Pallana, an Indian character actor with small parts in movies such as The Terminal and The Royal Tennenbaums, died suddenly Oct. 10 at the home he shared with his son in Oakland, Calif. He was 94. "He lived life to the fullest," said his daughter Sandhya Pallana of Dallas, who confirmed the death to the Associated Press. "It was really wonderful how well he was received and how well he was liked and that people appreciated his unique and creative style." Pallana was a yoga instructor living in Dallas in the mid-1990s when he met Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson,
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Kumar Pallana obituary

Indian-born actor who brought his ingenuous charm to the hit films of Wes Anderson

Some film-makers have lucky-mascot actors who are occasionally to be spotted in small roles in their movies – for instance Dick Miller in the work of Joe Dante or Jack Nance returning repeatedly to David Lynch. It's a film geeks' in-joke, a cinephiles' game of Where's Wally? For Wes Anderson, one of the most original Us film-makers to emerge in the last 20 years, that position was filled on four occasions by the delightful and guileless Kumar Pallana, who has died aged 94.

Pallana appeared in Anderson's first three, reputation-forging movies. He played the useless safecracker Kumar in the director's 1996 debut, Bottle Rocket ("Man, I blew it," he sighs memorably as the police close in. "I blew it, man.") He was the school caretaker Mr Littlejeans in Rushmore (1998), Anderson's masterpiece. And he took his most prominent role as Pagoda,
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Kumar Pallana, star in Wes Anderson films, dies at 94

Kumar Pallana, star in Wes Anderson films, dies at 94
Kumar Pallana, who stole many a scene as an actor in Wes Anderson’s films, died Thursday at the age of 94, according to a post on his son’s Facebook page.

A frequent supporting player in Anderson’s films, Pallana appeared in small but memorable parts as Kumar in Bottle Rocket, Mr. LittleJeans in Rushmore, Pagoda in The Royal Tenenbaums, and as the Old Man in The Darjeeling Limited. The director met Pallana as a customer at a coffee shop owned by Pallana’s son, called Cosmic Cup in Dallas, and first cast him in 1996′s Bottle Rocket. Pallana went
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'Royal Tenenbaums' Star Kumar Pallana Dead at 94

Actor and frequent Wes Anderson collaborator Kumar Pallana has died at the age of 94.

Anderson, who discovered Pallana at a diner that he and confederate Owen Wilson frequented, cast him in his feature film debut "Bottle Rocket" (Pallana was 80 at the time). Pallana would follow up that performance as the groundskeeper Mr. LittleJeans in "Rushmore" and Gene Hackman's sidekick and spy Pagoda in "The Royal Tenenbaums." He later had a brief role in Anderson's "The Darjeeling Limited."

As the Av Club notes, Pallana was born in colonial India and first made a name for himself as a vaudevillian known as Kumar of India, appearing on "Captain Kangaroo" in 1961 (he was spinning plates, of course). By the time Anderson rediscovered Pallana he was working in his son's coffee shop in Dallas, Texas.

Outside of the Wes Anderson universe, Pallana starred in Steven Spielberg's "The Terminal" and gave a wonderfully
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Captain Kangaroo Actor Cosmo Allegretti Dies at 86

While it's been a long time since any of us have seen or heard Captain Kangaroo, one of the voices for show, Cosmo Allegretti, died at 86. He was the voice for characters like Grandfather Clock and Dancing Bear. Allegretti died a few weeks ago at his home in Arizona from emphysema according to his […]

Captain Kangaroo Actor Cosmo Allegretti Dies at 86
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'Captain Kangaroo' actor Cosmo Allegretti dies at 86

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Cosmo Allegretti, the man who created Dancing Bear on "Captain Kangaroo" has died at 86.

Allegretti, a set painter who became a puppeteer and voice artist on the classic kid's TV show, passed away from emphysema on July 26 according to Upi, though his death wasn't widely reported until Wednesday (Aug. 7).

In addition to creating Dancing Bear on "Captain Kangroo," Allegretti voiced several other characters including Mr. Moose and Grandfather Clock. He became a performer by accident, after producers voiced their displeasure with a puppet created for the show and he offered to design a substitution.

"Captain Kangaroo" aired on CBS from 1955 to 1984, with Bob Keeshan as the host and title character. Allegretti was briefly married to Carol Lawrence, a Broadway actress who appeared on TV shows as varied as "Saved by the Bell" and "Sex and the City," during the 1950s.
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Captain Kangaroo Character Cosmo Allegretti Dies; Puppeteer Was Mr. Bunny Rabbit, Grandfather Clock, Dancing Bear & More

Captain Kangaroo Character Cosmo Allegretti Dies; Puppeteer Was Mr. Bunny Rabbit, Grandfather Clock, Dancing Bear & More
So many kids grew up loving Captain Kangaroo—and Gus "Cosmo" Allegretti played a big part in that. The actor and puppeteer, responsible for such characters as Mr. Bunny Rabbit, Grandfather Clock and Dancing Bear on the classic children's show, died July 26 in Arizona. He was 86 and had emphysema, friend and attorney John Munzel told reporters Allegretti was working as a set painter on Captain Kangaroo but ultimately became talent after he volunteered to create a replacement for someone else's puppet. Captain Kangaroo was the longest-running nationally broadcast children's show of its day, airing on CBS from 1955 until 1984 with Bob Keeshan in the title...
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Captain Kangaroo Character Cosmo Allegretti Dies

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Captain Kangaroo Character Cosmo Allegretti Dies
Cosmo Allegretti, who created and voiced puppet characters like Grandfather Clock and Dancing Bear on the children's television show Captain Kangaroo, has died. He was 86. Allegretti, who had homes in Hampton Bays, N.Y., and New River, Ariz., died of emphysema on July 26 in Arizona, his attorney and friend John Munzel said Wednesday.Allegretti had been a puppeteer but was working as a set painter in the early days of Captain Kangaroo. He volunteered to make a replacement when the show was dissatisfied with a puppet created by a professional. He gave life to characters Bunny Rabbit, Mister Moose, Rollo the Hippopotamus,
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‘Electric Company’ Songwriter Elaine Laron Dies at 83

‘Electric Company’ Songwriter Elaine Laron Dies at 83
Elaine Laron, a TV writer and lyricist who worked on “Captain Kangaroo,” “The Electric Company” and “Free To Be You And Me,” died June 6 in Los Angeles of pneumonia. She was 83.

Born in the Bronx in 1930, Laron began her career as a greeting card writer and soon moved into writing lyrics. Her first recorded release was “Those Are The Breaks” by cabaret performer Arthur Siegal in 1954 followed by “Look But Do Not Touch-Cha-Cha” by Isobel Robins featured on the comedy album “The Saint And The Sinner,” also featuring comedian Henry Morgan. Her other recorded works include “The Loving Song” by Nana Mouskouri and the anti-war song “Hell No I Ain’t Gonna Go” by Matt Jones for the song magazine Broadside.

Laron collaborated with composers including Stephen Schwartz (“Godspell”), Charles Strouse (“All In The Family”), Joe Raposo (“Sesame Street”), Ron Dante (“Sugar Sugar”) and Vic Mizzy (“Green Acres,” “The Addams Family
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Captain Kangaroo Artifacts Set to Go on Auction Block

Captain Kangaroo Artifacts Set to Go on Auction Block
He loomed large to generations of young TV watchers - but turns out he was really only a size 40. Artifacts from the Captain Kangaroo show, a CBS morning fixture from 1955 to 1984, are going on the auction block May 21, the Los Angeles-based Nate D. Sanders Auctions announced Monday. The Captain's trademark navy blue jacket jacket with brass buttons, oversized pockets and gray piping is included in a list of more than 500 items to be sold to the highest bidder. Later, once color TV became popular, the Captain donned a red jacket - also for sale. On the show, the soft-spoken Captain with a familiar mustache,
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