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Why Rita Moreno Thanked ‘Rockford’ Writer Juanita Bartlett in Her 1978 Emmy Win

9 June 2016 9:45 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

By the time she won her first Emmy in 1977 for “The Muppet Show,” Rita Moreno already had an Oscar, Tony and Grammy. That officially made her an Egot winner — long before “30 Rock” popularized the phrase. She broke more Emmy ground in 1983 as the first Latina nominated for lead actress in a comedy [for “9 to 5”]. This season Moreno guest-starred on “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Grace and Frankie” and multiple episodes of “Jane the Virgin.”

You won your first Emmy for “The Muppet Show” but couldn’t attend.

I was doing “Scapino” playing a male role in Milwaukee, Wis. What was fun about that is that the award actually happened during intermission. I had the TV on my dressing room, I yelled up and down. The management told the audience, so when I came on stage they whooped. It was pretty marvelous.

Then you won the next year, too, for “The Rockford Files.”

I was thrilled. »

- Geoff Berkshire

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Series Mania: David Chase – ‘The Sopranos’ Was a Middle Finger at the TV Establishment’

17 April 2016 6:19 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Paris — The head of the jury at the 7th Series Mania, “The Sopranos” showrunner David Chase took to the stage for an extended interview, reflecting on a long and varied career that very nearly took some very different turns. Beginning with his childhood in New Jersey, he revealed that his youth was vital to his later career as a writer, but not for the reasons many expected. “We were one of the last families to get a television set,” he said. “My father didn’t want to do it. He thought I would spend all my time watching television. Which is what I did do once we got the television. He said he was going to put a lock on it, and he never did do that. But I did watch quite a bit on it.”

Describing post-war New Jersey as “sauvage,” painting a picture of an outgoing, outdoorsy child, »

- Damon Wise

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Actress Margaret Blye, Star of the Original ‘The Italian Job,’ Dies at 73

29 March 2016 10:56 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Actress Margaret “Maggie” Blye, who starred in the original “The Italian Job,” died on March 24 in West Hollywood, Calif., after a two-year battle with cancer. She was 73.

Blye starred in many films and worked with some of the best in Hollywood: the Oscar-nominated film “Summer and Smoke,” starring Laurence Harvey and Geraldine Page, in which she played Dusty; “Hombre” with Paul Newman, Diane Cilento, Barbara Rush, and Richard Boone; “Hard Times” with Charles Bronson and James Coburn; “Waterhole #3” with Carroll O’Connor and James Coburn; “Diamonds for Breakfast” with Marcello Mastroianni; and “Ash Wednesday,” in which she portrayed Kate Sawyer, the daughter of Elizabeth Taylor’s Barbara Sawyer.

In 1969 Maggie starred as Lorna with Michael Caine and Noel Coward in the original version of “The Italian Job.” Subsequent film credits included “The Sporting Club”; “The Final Chapter: Walking Tall”; “Little Darlings,” with Tatum O’Neal and Kristy McNichol; “The Entity »

- Carmel Dagan

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Actress Margaret Blye, Star of the Original ‘The Italian Job,’ Dies at 73

29 March 2016 10:56 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Actress Margaret “Maggie” Blye, who starred in the original “The Italian Job,” died on March 24 in West Hollywood, Calif., after a two-year battle with cancer. She was 73.

Blye starred in many films and worked with some of the best in Hollywood: the Oscar-nominated film “Summer and Smoke,” starring Laurence Harvey and Geraldine Page, in which she played Dusty; “Hombre” with Paul Newman, Diane Cilento, Barbara Rush, and Richard Boone; “Hard Times” with Charles Bronson and James Coburn; “Waterhole #3” with Carroll O’Connor and James Coburn; “Diamonds for Breakfast” with Marcello Mastroianni; and “Ash Wednesday,” in which she portrayed Kate Sawyer, the daughter of Elizabeth Taylor’s Barbara Sawyer.

In 1969 Maggie starred as Lorna with Michael Caine and Noel Coward in the original version of “The Italian Job.” Subsequent film credits included “The Sporting Club”; “The Final Chapter: Walking Tall”; “Little Darlings,” with Tatum O’Neal and Kristy McNichol; “The Entity »

- Carmel Dagan

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Howard Berk, Writer for TV, Movies, Dies at 91

28 March 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Howard Berk, a novelist, producer and screenwriter, died in Los Angeles on March 27 of natural causes. He was 91.

Berk’s credits included numerous episodes of television series including “Columbo,” “Mission: Impossible,” The Rockford Files” and “McMillan & Wife,” and several feature films, including the Arthur Penn-directed “Target” (1985), starring Gene Hackman and Matt Dillon.

Berk most recently wrote two episodes of CBS’ “The New Mike Hammer,” starring Stacy Keach, in the mid-’80s.

A longtime Distinguished Writer in Residence and professor at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia (where he studied journalism as a young man), Berk most recently published an essay entitled “My Lunch With Hemingway” on the National Geographic website in which he recounted a fateful meeting with Ernest Hemingway in 1950s Cuba.

He also wrote four novels.

Berk is survived by his son, Peter; brother Robert; and two grandchildren.

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- Carmel Dagan

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Howard Berk, Writer for TV, Movies, Dies at 91

28 March 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Howard Berk, a novelist, producer and screenwriter, died in Los Angeles on March 27 of natural causes. He was 91.

Berk’s credits included numerous episodes of television series including “Columbo,” “Mission: Impossible,” The Rockford Files” and “McMillan & Wife,” and several feature films, including the Arthur Penn-directed “Target” (1985), starring Gene Hackman and Matt Dillon.

Berk most recently wrote two episodes of CBS’ “The New Mike Hammer,” starring Stacy Keach, in the mid-’80s.

A longtime Distinguished Writer in Residence and professor at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia (where he studied journalism as a young man), Berk most recently published an essay entitled “My Lunch With Hemingway” on the National Geographic website in which he recounted a fateful meeting with Ernest Hemingway in 1950s Cuba.

He also wrote four novels.

Berk is survived by his son, Peter; brother Robert; and two grandchildren.

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- Carmel Dagan

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Rita Gam, Former Starlet and Ex-Wife of Sidney Lumet, Dies at 88

22 March 2016 3:49 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Rita Gam, a ’50s film star and founding member of The Actor’s Studio, died Tuesday of respiratory failure in Los Angeles. She was 88. Gam’s credits include “Night People” and “Shoot Out” alongside Gregory Peck, “Hannibal” with Victor Mature and appearances on “The Rockford Files.” Later in life, Gam produced a series on the global film business and a PBS travel show called “World of Beauty.” Gam was the ex-wife of legendary director Sidney Lumet (“12 Angry Men,” “Dog Day Afternoon”), and a close confidant to the late Grace Kelly, for whom she stood as bridesmaid during the “High Society” actress’ 1956 wedding to Prince. »

- Matt Donnelly

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The Rockford Files: Actor Joe Santos Dies at 84; Farewell, Lt. Becker

18 March 2016 4:07 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Actor Joe Santos, Lieutenant Dennis Becker on The Rockford Files, has died at the age of 84. TMZ reports his son Perry said Santos had a heart attack on Wednesday, March 16, at his Los Angeles home. According to the report, he was placed on life support, but passed this morning, March 18, at a Santa Monica hospital.

In addition to NBC's The Rockford Files TV series and subsequent TV movies with the late James Garner, Santos recurred on The Sopranos, Magnum, P.I., Hardcastle and McCormick, and had guest roles on a laundry list of shows. He was a series regular on the a.k.a. Pablo TV series, starring Paul Rodriguez, which was cancelled by ABC after only six episodes aired. He was often cast as a cop.

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- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Joe Santos, ‘The Rockford Files’ Actor, Dies at 84

18 March 2016 12:26 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Joe Santos, known as Lt. Dennis Becker on “The Rockford Files,” died Friday morning at the age of 84, according to multiple reports.

TMZ reports that Santos suffered a heart attack Wednesday at his Los Angeles home, according to his son, Perry Santos. He was put on life support at a hospital in Santa Monica, where he passed away.

The actor played Becker, a frustrated Los Angeles policeman, on the NBC show for eight years, appearing in 112 episodes. Santos received an Emmy nomination for his work in 1979 for outstanding supporting actor in a drama series.

Santos built a career around playing in police-themed shows including “Magnum P.I.” and “Police Story.” Taking a break from being the good policeman everyone loved in “The Rockford Files,” he played a bad guy on “The Sopranos.”

Santos’ big screen appearances included roles in the 1971 film “Panic in Needle Park,” where he starred opposite Al Pacino, »

- Lamarco McClendon

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Rockford Files Star Joe Santos Dies at 84

18 March 2016 11:50 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Joe Santos, who starred as Lt. Dennis Becker in The Rockford Files, has died, his agent confirmed to People. He was 84. His son Perry told TMZ that his father suffered a heart attack at home in Los Angeles Wednesday and died Friday morning in a Santa Monica hospital, where he had been on life support. Santos earned an Emmy nomination for his work on NBC's The Rockford Files, where he appeared in 112 episodes from 1974-1980, with his character Lt. Dennis Becker serving as the friend to private investigator Jim Rockford (James Garner). He was known for playing cops on other shows such as Magnum, »

- Aaron Couch

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Rockford Files Star Joe Santos Dies at 84

18 March 2016 11:50 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Joe Santos, who starred as Lt. Dennis Becker in The Rockford Files, has died, his agent confirmed to People. He was 84. His son Perry told TMZ that his father suffered a heart attack at home in Los Angeles Wednesday and died Friday morning in a Santa Monica hospital, where he had been on life support. Santos earned an Emmy nomination for his work on NBC's The Rockford Files, where he appeared in 112 episodes from 1974-1980, with his character Lt. Dennis Becker serving as the friend to private investigator Jim Rockford (James Garner). He was known for playing cops on other shows such as Magnum, »

- Aaron Couch

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Joe Santos Dies: ‘The Rockford Files’ Actor Was 84

18 March 2016 10:55 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Joe Santos, best known for his role as Lt. Dennis Becker on The Rockford Files, has died. His rep confirmed the death to Deadline, but the cause is not known. He was 84. Over a career that spanned some 40 years, the Brooklyn, NY-born Santos is best known for his police lieutenant roles in 1970s series The Rockford Files and 1980s Hardcastle and McCormick. His role as Lt. Dennis Becker on The Rockford Files earned him a supporting actor Emmy nomination in 1979. His most… »

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Joe Santos, ‘The Rockford Files’ Actor, Dies at 84

18 March 2016 10:27 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Joe Santos, who starred as Lt. Dennis Becker on James Garner’s “The Rockford Files,” has died at the age of 84. According to TMZ, Santos’ son told the outlet that his father had a heart attack at his home in Los Angeles Wednesday and was put on life support. He subsequently passed away Friday morning in Santa Monica. Santos was nominated for an Emmy in 1979 for his work in “The Rockford Files.” He also starred in “Magnum, P.I.,” “Miami Vice,” “Quantum Leap” and “MacGyver.” Also Read: Larry Drake, Star of 'La Law' and 'Darkman,' Dies at 66 Most recently, »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Rockford Files' Joe Santos Dead at 84

18 March 2016 9:26 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Joe Santos, best known for playing The Rockford Files‘ Lt. Dennis Becker, died Friday. He was 84.

According to TMZ, which first reported the death, Santos suffered a heart attack on Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles. He was placed on life support, then died Friday morning in a hospital in Santa Monica.

In 1979, Santos was nominated for an Emmy for his portrayal of Rockford Files‘ Becker, a role he inhabited for six seasons and several subsequent TV movies. His TV work also included Hill Street Blues, Hardcastle and McCormack, Magnum, P.I. and The Sopranos.

He is survived by a daughter and two sons. »

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'The Rockford Files' Actor Joe Santos Dead at 84

18 March 2016 8:40 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Joe Santos, who played Lt. Dennis Becker on "The Rockford Files" has died. Joe's son, Perry, tells TMZ, Joe had a heart attack at his L.A. home Wednesday and was put on life support. He passed away Friday morning in a Santa Monica hospital. Joe's career spanned more than 40 years and he was nominated for an Emmy in 1979 for his work on "The Rockford Files." He also had roles on "Magnum, P.I." and "The Sopranos. »

- TMZ Staff

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Richard Davalos, ‘East of Eden’ Actor, Dies at 85

9 March 2016 10:10 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Actor Richard Davalos, who played James Dean’s brother Aron in Elia Kazan’s 1955 film “East of Eden,” died Tuesday at St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, Calif. He was 85.

Davalos approached stardom in the ’50s and ’60s with roles in “East of Eden” and as convict Blind Dick in 1967 classic “Cool Hand Luke,” starring Paul Newman. While working on “East of Eden,” Davalos and Dean roomed together in a Burbank apartment. His other credits include “I Died a Thousand Times” (1955), “All the Young Men” (1960), “The Cabinet of Caligari” (1962), “Pit Stop” (1969), “Kelly’s Heroes” (1970), “Brother, Cry for Me” (also 1970), “Hot Stuff” (1979), “Death Hunt” (1981), “Something Wicked This Way Comes” (1983) and his final screen credit, 2008’s “Ninja Cheerleaders.”

The actor also had an active career in television. He starred with Darryl Hickman in NBC’s brief series “The Americans” in 1961 and guested on shows including “Bonanza,” “Hawaiian Eye,” “77 Sunset Strip,” “Perry Mason, »

- Jacob Bryant

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The 20 Best Detective Movies of All Time

16 February 2016 2:00 AM, PST | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

From a pop culture perspective, private detectives stand for all that’s memorable about film noir. The indifference, the wittiness, and the moral ambiguity that define each urban knight has since become the stuff of parodied legend. We’re talking about the mediators between the crooks and the cops, the embodiment of back alley grayness that’s so tough to pin down. P.I.’s could cooperate with the law if needed, but they could just as soon do business with the bad guys for the right price. To a certain extent, that is – shamus work has always attracted the ignored and the ethical. The Wild West has mythical men with no name, The Asphalt Jungle has names with investigating licenses attached to them. Instead of a poncho and a ten gallon hat, they’re provided a fedora and trench coat.

The archetype has undergone many faces throughout Hollywood’s history, »

- Danilo Castro

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Abe Vigoda: 13 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Godfather,’ ‘Barney Miller’ Actor

26 January 2016 8:49 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Before there was Tessio, before there was Fish, Abe Vigoda made his name on the stage.

In the 1950s and ‘60s, the actor who died Tuesday at 94 did everything from Shakespeare to musical comedies, from Broadway to Baltimore, from New Haven to San Francisco. His movie career took off after “The Godfather” in 1972, but he was still playing heavies on “Hawaii Five-0” and “The Rockford Files” after the first “Barney Miller” pilot aired in 1974.

Vigoda was such a fan favorite as “Barney Miller’s” Det. Fish that producers quickly ginned up a spinoff after the show’s first season. But behind the scenes, Vigoda and producers tussled publicly over money matters, a spat that played out in the pages of Variety like so many salary fights before and since.

Here are 13 things you didn’t know about Abe Vigoda:

Vigoda’s first appearance in Variety came in the April 26, 1950, weekly edition, »

- Cynthia Littleton

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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 »

- MovieWeb

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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 »

- Katie Roberts

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