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Alan Alda Talks First Emmy Win, ‘Horace and Pete’ and Doing Cartwheels at 80

15 June 2016 10:15 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

With 34 nominations and six wins, Alan Alda is an Emmy institution. He even won an Intl. Emmy in 2012. His first win came in 1974 for his iconic role as “Hawkeye” Pierce in “Mash” — when he triumphed over “Kojak” star Telly Savalas in an “Actor of the Year” showdown for a “Super Emmy” pitting the drama series winner against the comedy series champ. (The first, and last, time the Emmys ever tried that.) This year, Alda is in the running as part of the ensemble cast of Louis C.K.’s drama “Horace and Pete.”

After so many awards, what’s your best advice on giving a speech?

The only thing you have to be careful of is not to say “I thoroughly agree with you.” You can’t let that creep in. It is hard. The show business awards are different from most other awards. In most other awards they actually expect you to say something that’s worth listening to and they give you more than 30 seconds. The hard part is to think of something short enough to say that expresses something you mean.

Do any Emmy wins stand out more than the others?

The writing one meant so much. I wanted to be a writer and a good writer since I was 8 years old. To get an Emmy for writing meant so much that that was really spontaneous when I did the cartwheel on the way to the stage. I guess it’s stuck in my mind because, I’m 80 now, but a couple of months after my 80th birthday, I was on the beach in the Virgin Islands and I said, “I’m gonna see if I can still do a cartwheel.”

How did it go?

It doesn’t look a lot like a cartwheel, but it technically was a real cartwheel. I landed on my feet, staggered around a bit and pumped the air as if I had done something spectacular.

Has anything changed for you about going to award shows over the years?

I don’t think there’s been any change except as my grandchildren have got older they’re always rooting for me to get an Emmy or an Oscar nomination so they can come. They want to walk the red carpet with me. They were very funny when I was nominated for an Oscar [for “The Aviator”], they were doing the interviews instead of me.

What’s the best part of being recognized with something like an Emmy?

It can help the project you’re doing. I hope [“Horace and Pete”] gets nominations and wins some Emmys because I think it’s such a powerful piece of work that it would really benefit from attention being drawn to it by an Emmy or two. Of course, you can’t take it too seriously, because I think it’s true the day after an award show it’s very hard to remember who won, except the person who has the trophy to remind him or her. Still, it’s a wonderful thing. When I think of the surprise I felt the first time and I think of the amazement I felt as I got more. You can’t not feel terrific about it.

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‘Rocky’ Actor Tony Burton Dies at 78

26 February 2016 10:48 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tony Burton, best know for his role as Rocky Balboa and Apollo Creed’s trainer in the “Rocky” films, died on Thursday night. He was 78.

His cause of death has not been disclosed, but his sister, Loretta Kelly, told the Michigan news site MLive that he had been hospitalized several times in the last year.

Burton played Tony “Duke” Evers alongside Sylvester Stallone and Carl Weathers in the franchise’s first six films. He retired from acting in 2007, the year after his final “Rocky” movie, “Rocky Balboa,” was released.

Weathers confirmed Burton’s death Thursday night on Twitter.

“Sad news. Rip Tony Burton. His intensity and talent helped make the Rocky movies successful,” he wrote.

@E_Woodyard @TheSlyStallone Sad news. Rip Tony Burton. His intensity and talent helped make the Rocky movies successful. #BePeace

Carl Weathers (@TheCarlWeathers) February 26, 2016

MGM, the studio behind the “Rocky” films, also paid tribute to Burton, »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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Rip Tony Burton: ‘Rocky’ actor passes away aged 78

26 February 2016 7:51 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Tony Burton, the actor who starred in six of the Rocky movies opposite Sylvester Stallone, has died at the age of 78. The cause of Burton’s death isn’t known.

As well as the Rocky films, Burton also had roles in The A-Team, NYPD Blue, Kojak, The Shining, Stir Crazy and Twin Peaks.

Burton played the role Tony “Duke” Evers, who trained both Rocky and Apollo Creed.

Carl Weathers, who appeared in the first four Rocky films as Apollo Creed, tweeted: “Sad news. Rip Tony Burton. His intensity and talent helped make the Rocky movies successful.”

Rest In Peace Duke.

The post Rip Tony Burton: ‘Rocky’ actor passes away aged 78 appeared first on The Hollywood News. »

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John Sarno, Acting Teacher and Actor, Dies at 75

16 February 2016 2:15 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

John Anthony Sarno, a noted acting teacher in Hollywood and New York whose students included Margaret Avery, Daryl Hannah, Tracy Britton, Oliver Stone and Annie Potts, died December 25 after a battle with cancer. He was 75.

Before becoming an acting teacher, Sarno had a lengthy acting career himself and studied under and lived with his mentor, actor and legendary acting teacher Lee Strasberg.

Sarno performed on Broadway, acting as Billy Bibbit in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” He moved from New York to Los Angeles to star in his breakthrough role, Jerry Griffith, in the film “The Seven Minutes,” directed by Russ Meyer. Sarno drew a Golden Globe Award nomination for most promising newcomer for his performance.

During the 1970s and ’80s Sarno made guest appearances on TV shows including “Baretta,” “Medical Center” and “Kojak,” later guesting on “NYPD Blue” in 1997.

He appeared in the 2007 film “Zodiac” and »

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John Sarno, Acting Teacher and Actor, Dies at 75

16 February 2016 2:15 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

John Anthony Sarno, a noted acting teacher in Hollywood and New York, died December 25 after a battle with cancer. He was 75.

Before becoming an acting teacher, Sarno had a lengthy acting career himself and studied under and lived with his mentor, actor and legendary acting teacher Lee Strasberg.

Sarno preformed on Broadway, acting as Billy Bibbit in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” He moved from New York to Los Angeles to star in his breakthrough role, Jerry Griffith, in the film “The Seven Minutes,” directed by Russ Meyer. Sarno drew a Golden Globe Award nomination for most promising newcomer for his performance.

During the 1970s and ’80s Sarno made guest appearances on TV shows including “Baretta,” “Medical Center” and “Kojak,” later guesting on “NYPD Blue” in 1997.

He appeared in the 2007 film “Zodiac” and this past year was cast in the film “Monday at 11:01 A.M.,” which »

- Variety Staff

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Actor Herb Braha Dies at 69

10 February 2016 10:59 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Actor Herb Braha (aka Herb Simon) died of congestive heart failure in Los Angeles on Saturday, February 6. He was 69.

He was part of the original Off Broadway cast of the long-running hit musical “Godspell” before eventually branching out into TV and films. On the small screen, he was a guest star on shows including “Kojak,” “The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries,” “Soap,” “Remington Steele,” “Happy Days” and “Charlie’s Angels.”

On the big screen he was perhaps best known for his roles in “Child’s Play,” “The Howling,” “The Ski Bum” (1971) with Charlotte Rampling and “Rock ‘n’ Roll High,” in which he played the Ramones’ agent.

In recent years, Braha founded “Richard the Thread,” a successful fabric house that supplied material for opera, stage play and film productions, including the “Pirates of

the Caribbean” and “Iron Man” franchises.

Born in Hyannis, Massachussets, Braha spent his formative years in Miami, deciding »

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Actor Herb Braha Dies at 69

10 February 2016 10:59 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Actor Herb Braha (aka Herb Simon) died of congestive heart failure in Los Angeles on Saturday, February 6. He was 69.

He was part of the original Off Broadway cast of the long-running hit musical “Godspell” before eventually branching out into TV and films. On the small screen, he was a guest star on shows including “Kojak,” “The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries,” “Soap,” “Remington Steele,” “Happy Days” and “Charlie’s Angels.”

On the big screen he was perhaps best known for his roles in “Child’s Play,” “The Howling,” “The Ski Bum” (1971) with Charlotte Rampling and “Rock ‘n’ Roll High,” in which he played the Ramones’ agent.

In recent years, Braha founded “Richard the Thread,” a successful fabric house that supplied material for opera, stage play and film productions, including the “Pirates of

the Caribbean” and “Iron Man” franchises.

Born in Hyannis, Massachussets, Braha spent his formative years in Miami, deciding »

- Variety Staff

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'Godfather' Star Abe Vigoda Passes Away at Age 94

26 January 2016 12:41 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

While we aren't even one month into 2016, the entertainment industry has already lost several notable icons. Today, Variety reports that beloved character actor Abe Vigoda passed away in his New Jersey home at the age of 94. The news was confirmed by his daughter, Carol Vigoda Fuchs, who revealed he passed from natural causes.

Abe Vigoda was born February 24, 1921 in New York City, to Lena (Moses) and Samuel Vigoda, both Russian Jewish immigrants. His father was a tailor on the Lower East Side. The actor made his first stage appearance at the age of 17 and performed n small theater shows for over 20 years. He had roles in notable off-Broadway productions such as "Richard III" in 1960 and 1961, "The Cherry Orchard" in 1962-63, "A Darker Flower" in 1963 and "The Cat and the Canary" in 1965. The actor made his Broadway debut with a role in a revival of "The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul »

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Abe Vigoda, 'Godfather' and 'Barney Miller' Star, Dies at 94

26 January 2016 11:50 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Abe Vigoda, a veteran character actor best known for roles in "The Godfather" and sitcom "Barney Miller," has died. He was 94.

Vigoda, who passed away in New Jersey of natural causes, became known for his signature hangdog appearance, and was the repeated target of death hoaxes frequently touting his demise. That odd occurrence became a running joke throughout the latter half of his career.

The then-middle-aged actor was all but unknown when he landed the role of Tessio in 1972's "The Godfather," a part he reprised as part of a flashback in "The Godfather Part II" in 1974. He went on to appear in film such as "The Don Is Dead," "Newman's Law," "The Cheap Detective," "Joe Versus the Volcano," and "Jury Duty."

But television took up much of the rest of Vigoda's career, where he shone as always-on-the-verge-of-retiring Detective Phil Fish on beloved comedy series "Barney Miller." The character »

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Abe Vigoda, ‘Barney Miller’ and ‘Godfather’ Actor, Dies at 94

26 January 2016 11:19 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Actor Abe Vigoda, best known for his roles as mobster Tessio in “The Godfather” and as Detective Sgt. Fish in TV’s “Barney Miller” and a spinoff series in which he starred, has died. He was 94 and died in New Jersey of natural causes, his daughter, Carol Vigoda Fuchs told the Associated Press.

The tall character actor with the characteristically slouched shoulders and hangdog face became something of a pop culture figure due to repeated false reports of his demise, which became the subject of jokes. Reflecting his somewhat odd celebrity was the existence of a punk rock band named Abe Vigoda; his recurring appearances in the late 2000s on “Late Night With Conan O’Brien”; and the existence of a website named Isabevigodadead.com, which for years consisted simply of a blank page with the word No.

Vigoda made his feature debut in a bit part in Marcel Carne »

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Abe Vigoda, ‘Barney Miller’ and ‘Godfather’ Actor, Dies at 94

26 January 2016 11:19 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Actor Abe Vigoda, best known for his roles as mobster Tessio in “The Godfather” and as Detective Sgt. Fish in TV’s “Barney Miller” and a spinoff series in which he starred, has died. He was 94 and died in New Jersey of natural causes, his daughter, Carol Vigoda Fuchs told the Associated Press.

The tall character actor with the characteristically slouched shoulders and hangdog face became something of a pop culture figure due to repeated false reports of his demise, which became the subject of jokes. Reflecting his somewhat odd celebrity was the existence of a punk rock band named Abe Vigoda; his recurring appearances in the late 2000s on “Late Night With Conan O’Brien”; and the existence of a website named Isabevigodadead.com, which for years consisted simply of a blank page with the word No.

Vigoda made his feature debut in a bit part in Marcel Carne »

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