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Roger Smith, ‘77 Sunset Strip’ Star and Ann-Margret’s Husband, Dies at 84

Roger Smith, ‘77 Sunset Strip’ Star and Ann-Margret’s Husband, Dies at 84
Roger Smith, who starred in the series “77 Sunset Strip” and was married to actress Ann-Margret, died Sunday in Sherman Oaks. He was 84.

The handsome leading man retired from acting after being diagnosed with myasthenia gravis in 1980. After that, he managed his wife’s career and produced several of her TV specials. The couple had celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on May 8.

On “77 Sunset Strip,” Smith played detective Jeff Spencer, who partnered with Efrem Zimbalist Jr. as his partner. The show ran from 1958 to 1964, though Smith left in 1963. His Spencer character made appearances on other detective shows of the period including “Surfside 6” and “Hawaiian Eye.”

After “77 Sunset Strip” ended its run, Smith had the title role in the comedy series “Mr. Roberts,” adapted from the movie about a World War II Navy lieutenant.

He also appeared in movies including “Man of a Thousand Faces,” “No Time to Be Young” and “Auntie Mame.”

He
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Fanatic Feed: TV's Green Hornet Dies, Luke Cage Renewed & More

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The news today includes some premiere dates, a renewal, and an announcement of an awards host.

But first, a bit of sad news. 

TV's Green Hornet, Van Williams, died at the age of 82.

The short-lived series aired as a companion to Batman in the 1960s. One of the things that made the series memorable was hailed martial artist Bruce Lee playing the manservant, Kato, to Britt Reid, the editor/publisher who masqueraded as the Green Hornet.

Before joining The Green Hornet, Williams played private eyes on Bourbon Street Beat and Surfside 6.

Williams retired from acting altogether in 1982 after guest starring roles in such shows as The Rockford Files and The Streets of San Francisco.

He's survived by his wife of 57 years, Vicki, and three daughters, Nina, Tia and Britt.

Just 12 weeks before the Oscars telecast, Jimmy Kimmel has been chosen to host the 2017 Academy Awards presentation on ABC.

Kimmel
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Van Williams, Star of The Green Hornet, Dies at 82: Report

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Van Williams, Star of The Green Hornet, Dies at 82: Report
Van Williams, star of the 1960s action sci-fi series The Green Hornet, has died, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 82.

Born Van Zandt Jarvis Williams on Feb. 27, 1934 in Forth Worth, Texas, the actor passed away Nov. 29 of kidney failure in Scottsdale, Arizona where he lived with his wife of 57 years, Vicki Flaxman Richards.

Williams grew up on a ranch outside Fort Worth and later studied animal husbandry and business at Texas Christian University. When he and his father wrangled over ranch policy, Van lit out for the wide open spaces of Hawaii in 1956. It was there, while working as
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Van Williams, TV’s Green Hornet, Dies at 82

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Van Williams, TV’s Green Hornet, Dies at 82
Van Williams, who played the title character in the 1960s TV series “The Green Hornet,” has died at age 82, according to media reports. The actor died of renal failure in Scottsdale, Ariz., on November 28. Before his career-defining role as the fedora-wearing playboy superhero, the handsome 6-footer starred as bachelor private eye Kenny Madison on “Bourbon Street Beat.” He then reprised the same role for “Surfside 6.” The actor would eventually hang it up as the 1970s gave way to the ’80s. Also Read: Andrew Sachs, 'Fawlty Towers' Star, Dies at 86 (Report) “The Green Hornet” was launched as a companion series to “Batman.
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‘Green Hornet’ Star Van Williams Dies at 82

‘Green Hornet’ Star Van Williams Dies at 82
Van Williams, star of the 1966 TV show “The Green Hornet,” died last Monday in Scottsdale, Ariz., of renal failure. He was 82.

“He had a wonderful, caring, and kind heart,” his wife of 57 years, Vicki Williams, told Variety. “He was a wonderful husband, he was a fabulous father, and a devoted grandfather.”

Williams was a diving instructor in Hawaii when he was discovered in 1957 by producer Mike Todd, who was married to Elizabeth Taylor at the time. Williams was persuaded to come to Hollywood and try his hand at acting, and earned his big break on the ABC private detective show “Bourbon Street Beat.” He played Ken Madison, a character he later recycled for another detective show, “Surfside 6.”

In 1966, Williams signed a deal with 20th Century Fox to star in “The Green Hornet” as both the titular masked crusader and his newspaper editor alter ego, Britt Reid. He was ably supported by his martial arts master sidekick
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Van Williams, TV's Green Hornet, Dies at 82

Van Williams, who portrayed the masked crime-fighter The Green Hornet in a memorable but short-lived companion TV series to Batman in the 1960s, has died. He was 82.

The actor, who earlier played bachelor private eye Kenny Madison on two Warner Bros. Television detective series, Bourbon Street Beat and Surfside 6, died Nov. 29 of kidney failure at his home in Scottsdale, Ariz., his wife of 57 years, Vicki, told The Hollywood Reporter. He had just one kidney since he was 25, she said.

In The Green Hornet, an adaptation of the radio serial that debuted in the...
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Cynthia Lynn, Hogan's Heroes Actress, Dies

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Cynthia Lynn, Hogan's Heroes Actress, Dies
Cynthia Lynn, one of the last surviving cast members of the 1965-71 sitcom Hogan's Heroes, died Monday in Los Angeles after suffering from hepatitis, reports Variety. She was 76. Born Zinta Valda Zimilis, in Riga, Latvia - she came to the U.S. with her family after World War II - the attractive blonde played Colonel Klink’s secretary Fraulein Helga, with the braided hair, during the first season before making appearances later in the series' run. Other shows on which she appeared included Surfside 6, Dr. Kildare, Mission: Impossible, The Odd Couple and The Six Million Dollar Man. Her last
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Hogan’s Heroes Star Cynthia Lynn Dies at 76

Hogan’s Heroes Star Cynthia Lynn Dies at 76
Cynthia Lynn, who played Colonel Klink’s secretary Fraulein Helga on “Hogan’s Heroes” during the first season, died Monday in Los Angeles. She was 76 and had been suffering from hepatitis. She was among the last surviving cast members of the 1960s military comedy.

Born Zinta Valda Zimilis, in Riga, Latvia, she last acted in 1975 in an episode of “Harry O.”

She also appeared in “Gidget Grows Up,” “Mission: Impossible,” “The Odd Couple,” “Love American Style” and “The Six Million Dollar Man.”

Before “Hogan’s Heroes,” she appeared on “Surfside 6″ and “Dr. Kildare.” In 1964, she appeared in Marlon Brando starrer “Bedtime Story.”

After Marlon Brando died, her daughter Lisa came forward and said Brando was her father. She said her mother had met him on the set of “Bedtime Story.”

Lisa Brando posted on Facebook: “Just wanted to thank you all so much for all your prayers and support during this difficult time.
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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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Chad Everett Leaves Behind Memorable TV Legacy With Our Favorite Shows

Chad Everett Leaves Behind Memorable TV Legacy With Our Favorite Shows

It was very sad hearing that Chad Everett had passed away from cancer, and more than a little surprising.  I don't keep up on the health of celebrities so this may not be news, but it turns out that Everett had been battling Lung Cancer for a year and a half.   During that time Everett had filmed an episode of Castle, appearing as Jerry Maddox in "The Blue Butterfly", and 14 episodes of Chemistry. Yes, Chad really was that tough.

Everett had a ton of memorable screen time under his belt, but my personal favorite will always be his turn as  Dean Winchester in the Supernatural episode "The Curious Case of Dean Winchester".  Everett nailed the lingo and mannerisms of Jensen Ackles with memorable, and very funny, perfection.

His long running television career includes appearances in Maverick, Bronco, 77 Sunset Strip,
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Chad Everett Dies of Lung Cancer

Chad Everett Dies of Lung Cancer
Chad Everett, the classically handsome actor remembered for playing thoracic surgeon Dr. Joe Gannon on the 11969-76 CBS drama Medical Center, died Tuesday at his Los Angeles home, reports the Los Angeles Times. He was 75 and had battled lung cancer the past year and a half, one of his daughters told the Associated Press. Though the surgeon's scrubs fit him like a glove, Everett also had TV roles on The Love Boat, Murder, She Wrote, Melrose Place, Cold Case, Supernatural and, most recently, the series Castle. His movies included The Singing Nun, Return of the Gunfighter, Airplane II: The Sequel,
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DVD Review: "My Blood Runs Cold" (1964) Starring Troy Donohue And Joey Heatherton; Warner Archive DVD

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By Tom Lisanti

I admit it. I am a Troy Donahue fan. There I said it. Not surprising since I love and have been writing about Sixties starlets for over ten years. If there ever was a male version of a starlet, it was Troy. I purchased the DVD box set Warner Bros. Romance Classics Collection featuring four of his early Sixties movies and recently viewed My Blood Runs Cold (1964) from Warner Bros Archive as a DVD-on-Demand. The pairing of Troy Donahue as a loon and Joey Heatherton as the blonde he desires in this suspense film didn’t burn up the silver screens across the country and left most critics cold, but the coupling of America’s favorite bland blonde boy with the Ann-Margret wannabe made for bad cinema you just got to love.

By 1964 Troy Donahue had reached super stardom and was one of the most popular young actors at the time,
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Voice Of “Lost In Space” Dick Tufeld Passes Away

Voice Of “Lost In Space” Dick Tufeld Passes Away
Dick Tufeld, announcer and voice actor perhaps most well known as the vocal cords behind the Robot in Lost In Space, has passed away. Tufeld was a survivor of cancer, and suffered from Parkinson’s disease. He was 85 years old.

Tufeld’s notable contributions include: The Amazing Mr. Malone, Falstaff’S Fables, Space Patrol, Three Star Final, Zorro, Walt Disney’S Wonderful World Of Color, Surfside 6, The Hollywood Palace, The Julie Andrews Hour, Time Tunnel, and Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea.
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