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Former child actor Teddy Rooney has died. He was 66. Rooney's sister, Kelly, confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that her brother died on Saturday in a convalescent home in Southern California after a long illness. Teddy was one of late actor Mickey Rooney's nine children. His mother was model and actress Martha Vickers, who was married to Mickey from 1949 - 1951 as his third of eight wives. Rooney acted alongside his mother on an episode of Playhouse 90 in 1957. In addition, he was featured in his father's film Andy Hardy Comes Home in 1958 and General Electric Theater in 1960. Among Rooney's most »
- Karen Mizoguchi
The story of one or more drifters terrorizing any and all that come across their path is a narrative that’s become something of a cliche in the world of thriller/horror cinema. However, something that is entirely and in many ways iconic in its singularity is the on-screen presence of legendary character actor Warren Oates.
The subject of a new retrospective in New York, Oates’ career began in the late 50s doing regional theater in Louisville, after a run in the Us Marines. Moving into TV acting and ultimately the world of TV Westerns, Oates’ career was full of various guest roles on some of TV’s greatest series, only to meet his cinematic soul mate, Sam Peckinpah, while working on one of those very shows, The Rifleman. However, his first big screen starring role came in the intense, creepy and deeply unsettling lo-fi thriller, Private Property.
Itself the subject of reappraisal, »
- Joshua Brunsting
Take a look @ footage from the classic 1950's CBS TV western series "The Rifleman", originally developed by Sam Peckinpah, gaining a new generation of fans for 6' 6" actor Chuck Connors as 'Lucas McCain' and Johnny Crawford as his son 'Mark', airing every Saturday morning on AMC. But one big question always remains: just how many bad guys did McCain kill in total throughout the series entire 5 year run ?
Peckinpah, developed, wrote and directed many of the best episodes from the first season, basing characters and situations on real-life scenarios from his childhood growing up on a ranch.
His insistence on violent realism and complex characterizations, as well as his refusal to sugarcoat the lessons he felt the Rifleman's son needed to learn about life, soon put him at odds with producers at Four Star and he left the show...
...to create another TV series "The Westerner", followed by »
- Michael Stevens
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