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Denise Nickerson is the latest 'Willy Wonka' child star to mourn Gene Wilder

30 August 2016 11:38 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Yesterday I posted a tweet from Julie Dawn Cole (a.k.a. Veruca Salt) in which the Willy Wonka star expressed her sadness at the passing of former co-star Gene Wilder, who died yesterday at the age of 83 (read Drew's remembrance here). Now, Denise Nickerson, whose gum-snapping character Violet Beauregarde famously transformed into a human blueberry in the 1971 classic, has posted her own tribute, which she signed "Love, Violet": Rip Gene. You were so talented and kindhearted. You will be sorely missed by so many. All of us have lost Our Willy Wonka. Love, Violet — Denise Nickerson (@deniseviolet71) August 30, 2016   Nickerson, who was just 14 when Willy Wonka debuted, racked up a number of roles in the wake of the film's release, including a regular stint on the '70s variety series The Electric Company and as a beauty pageant contestant in Michael Ritchie's 1975 film Smile. She retired from acting »

- Chris Eggertsen

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Interview: Actor Paul Dooley of ‘Breaking Away,’ ‘Sixteen Candles’

21 July 2016 10:25 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – If there ever was a quintessential “Dad” in movies of the last generation, it would have to be Paul Dooley. The comedian and character actor is best known for portraying the patriarch in “Breaking Away” (1979) and “Sixteen Candles” (1984), but was also in director’s Robert Altman’s ‘ensemble’ and has had a stellar career.

The former “Paul Brown” was born in West Virginia, and studied acting at West Virginia University, before heading to New York City and a new career as Paul Dooley. He did stage work, stand-up comedy and the New York City version of The Second City (story below), before getting his big break in the original stage version of “The Odd Couple” in 1965, directed by the legendary Mike Nichols. While working the stage, he appeared in a number of commercials, eventually moving to Los Angeles to “be where the action is.”

The Dad: Paul Dooley, with Dennis Christopher, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Matthew Broderick: ‘Morgan Freeman Doesn’t Sound Like God, God Sounds Like Morgan Freeman’

26 April 2016 9:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Morgan Freeman was hailed as a cinematic icon and the inspiration for President Barack Obama’s political career at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Chaplin Award ceremony on Monday.

The gathering, a champagne soaked affair that brought out one percenters, cinephiles, and A-list talents such as Helen Mirren and Matthew Broderick, veered briefly away from film projects and into the current political landscape.

In toasting the Oscar-winner, Robert De Niro joked that Freeman’s deft handling of an asteroid on a collision course with earth inspired the current resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to seek higher office.

“In 1998 he played President Beck in the movie ‘Deep Impact.’ Morgan’s movie performance was an inspiration for the young Barack Obama,” De Niro joked to the audience. “According to reports, after seeing the film Barack turned to his friends in Kenya and said I want to be president, too. If only I had a birth certificate. »

- Katie Van-Syckle

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Rita Moreno Continues to Build on Her Prized Legacy

21 April 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It’s fitting that “Remember Me” is the name of Rita Moreno’s new road-trip comedy. Since her 1950 film debut (as Rosita Moreno) in “So Young, So Bad,” the Emmy-, Tony-, Grammy- and Oscar-winning actress has created many unforgettable characters — the loose-lipped Zelda Zanders in “Singing in the Rain,” the firebrand Anita in “West Side Story,” the zany Googie Gomez in “The Ritz” and the compassionate Sister Reimondo in “Oz,” to name a few — more than earning her a Legend Award at this year’s Newport Beach Film Festival.

She’s received so many honors, in fact, she “stopped counting — I think now they’re saying, ‘Quick, let’s get her before she kicks the bucket!’” the 84-year-old says with a hearty laugh. After the radiant star sang youthfully during her 2014 SAG Life Achievement Award speech, that seems like a lifetime away. “(SAG) said ‘You have one minute,’” she recalls. »

- Gregg Goldstein

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The Golden Girls, Benson: Writer Tom Whedon Dies at 83

25 March 2016 8:35 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

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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- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Tom Whedon, TV Writer-Producer and Father of Joss Whedon, Dies at 83

25 March 2016 11:30 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

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. »

- Aaron Couch

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Tom Whedon, TV Writer-Producer and Father of Joss Whedon, Dies at 83

25 March 2016 11:30 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

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. »

- Aaron Couch

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Writer Tom Whedon, Father of Scribes Joss, Jed and Zack Whedon, Dies at 83

25 March 2016 11:27 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

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, »

- Variety Staff

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Tom Whedon, TV Writer and Joss Whedon’s Father, Dies at 83

25 March 2016 11:26 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Tom Whedon, father of “The Avengers” director Joss Whedon, died on Tuesday at the age of 83. According to an Instagram post from his son Jed Whedon, who currently serves as showrunner on ABC’s “Marvel’s Agents of Shield,” Whedon passed away “in relative peace” surrounded by family. Whedon himself was an accomplished television writer and producer, having worked on series including “The Dick Cavett Show,” “Benson” and “The Golden Girls.” He also served as head writer on the children’s series “The Electric Company.” Also Read: J.J. Abrams, Joss Whedon, Francis Ford Coppola Highlight Tribeca Film Festival Panels Whedon »

- Reid Nakamura

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