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Gary Collins, a legendary TV actor and host, died early this morning in Biloxi, Ms at the age of 74.Harrison County Deputy Coroner Brian Switzer tells TMZ he passed of natural causes just before 1:00 Am at Biloxi Regional Medical Center.Collins' resumé is a mile long ... having appeared on episodes of such hit shows as "Fantasy Island," "Charlie's Angels," "Alice," "The Love Boat," "Police Story" ... the list goes on. Collins was also known for »
- TMZ Staff
Angie Dickinson has the credentials to read television's female law enforcers their rights, having been one of the earliest.
The veteran actress went from star of such movies as the original "Ocean's 11" and "The Killers" to home-screen staple in "Police Woman," NBC's "Police Story" spinoff that ran four seasons (1974-78). The show came at a time when women typically weren't drama-series leads ... and when told that other actresses cite her as someone who opened gates for them, Dickinson replies to Zap2it, "It's nice to be a standard bearer."
Ironically, she might not have been the performer who would become Sgt. Suzanne "Pepper" Anderson. "I happen to know that they wanted Karen Black for the 'Police Story' episode," Dickinson reports, "and as we were shooting that, they said, 'This could make a series.' They didn't have a separate series in mind at all when we started. »
American actress Zina Bethune has died at the age of 66 following a hit-and-run horror in Los Angeles.
The screen and stage star, who appeared in Martin Scorsese's first feature film Who's That Knocking At My Door, died in the early hours of Monday morning after she was struck by two vehicles while trying to help an injured animal.
Bethune had pulled her car over in Forest Lawn Drive and was crossing the road to help the stricken creature when the first vehicle struck her, catapulting her body onto the opposite carriageway.
The actress was then struck by a second car, which dragged her body 600 feet (182 metres). Cops believe the driver of the second vehicle failed to stop after the accident.
Bethune was a talented dancer who performed for the New York City Ballet before moving into acting. She enjoyed roles in various U.S TV dramas including The Guiding Light, The Nurses, Police Story, Planet of the Apes, Route 66, and CHiPs. »
Veteran actor James Farentino died as a result of a broken hip, a Los Angeles coroner has ruled.
Farentino, who enjoyed recurring roles in some of America's biggest TV shows, was suspected to have died of heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on 24 January, but the star's cause of death has now been listed as "sequelae of right hip fracture" - an injury he sustained after falling out of bed at his California home in December, according to TMZ.com.
The exact nature of the hip complication has not been listed.
The fractured hip wasn't 73-year-old Farentino's only health problem - he also suffered from heart disease, diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a condition which makes it difficult to breathe.
Like the double-wide premiere for HBO's Boardwalk Empire, the pilot for the network's new horse-racing series Luck—first broadcast December 11th, and then re-run this past Sunday—represents a meeting of two distinctive authorial voices. In the case of the Boardwalk Empire pilot—a high-water mark of style and efficiency that the frequently-frustrating series has never managed to live up to, aside from a couple of episodes neatly directed by Carpenterite horror specialist Brad Anderson—it was episode director / series executive producer Martin Scorsese and episode writer / series creator Terrence Winter; in the case of Luck, it's episode director / series executive producer Michael Mann and episode writer / series creator David Milch.
The interplay of low-lifes and big spenders in Luck's pilot is distinctly Milch's. It's clear from the episode's structure alone—a lot of jargony horse-racing intrigue spinning around a story about four track regulars who finally win it »
Greek director Theo Angelopoulos died Tuesday after being hit by a motorcycle, police told the Assoicated Press. He was 76. He had been shooting his latest film in Athens just blocks away from where the accident happened. Angelopoulos' deliberate and episodic style made him an arthouse favorite, earning him the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival for 1995's "Ulysses' Gaze." To his fans, he was a consummate filmmaker with a masterful command of the long-shot, but to his detractors he favored an overly ponderous style. Also read: James Farentino, Actor in 'Police Story,' »
- Brent Lang
His was an extremely familiar face to TV watchers in the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. James Farentino had a handful of interesting big screen credits, most notably the lead in Dan O’Bannon’s cult shocker Dead And Buried (1981) and the odd WWII sci-fier The Final Countdown (1980). Farentino was married to Michelle Lee and Elizabeth Ashley but in 1992 was criminally charged with stalking Frank Sinatra’s daughter (never a good idea). A dependable actor, James Farentino died of heart failure yesterday in Los Angeles.
From The Los Angeles Times:
Actor James Farentino, whose private life was sometimes as dramatic as the roles he played in theater and on television, died Tuesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 73 and had suffered from a lengthy illness, said family spokesman Bob Palmer.
Best known for his TV work, Farentino was one of the last contract performers with Universal Studios in the 1960s. »
- Tom Stockman
James Farentino, whose acting career was briefly derailed by allegations he stalked Frank Sinatra's youngest daughter, has died at 73, the Los Angeles Times reported. Farentino, one of the last contract performers with Universal Studios in the 1960s, had recurring appearances on shows including "The Bold Ones: The Lawyers," "Dynasty," "Blue Thunder" and "Police Story." Film roles included "The Pad and How to Use It" (1966), for which he won a Golden Globe for most promising newcomer, "Me, Natalie" (1969) and "The Final Countdown" (1980). He was married four times, and had a »
- Tim Molloy
James Farentino has passed away at Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Hospital after a long illness, a family spokesman says. He was 73 years old.
Farentino burst onto the acting scene in the 1960s, earning a Golden Globe award for Most Promising Newcomer for the movie "The Pad and How to Use It." He later earned an Emmy nomination for his portrayal of Simon Peter in the NBC miniseries "Jesus of Nazareth."
Farentino went on to have recurring TV roles on "The Bold Ones: The Lawyers," "Police Story," "Dynasty" and "Blue Thunder." In recent years, he played George Clooney's estranged father Ray Ross on "ER" (pictured above).
He was also famously married to four different Hollywood actresses - Elizabeth Ashley of "Evening Shade" and "Treme," Michele Lee of "Knots Landing," Debrah Farentino of "Eli Stone" and "Eureka" and Stella Farentino of "The Late Show with Craig Kilborn." Farentino is survived by a son, »
9 items from 2012