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Most fans and collectors of vintage action figures have a soft spot for the toys turned out by Mego Corporation in the '70s. Their 8” action figure collections included classic monsters, Marvel and DC superheroes, and TV & movie characters based on everything from The Wizard of Oz to Charlie's Angels and Planet of the Apes. While Mego rode off into toy history in the early '80s (and we let out a collective sigh of mourning), custom artisans have taken it upon themselves to resurrect that company's style, from figure designs and costumes to the vintage box art. One of the new players in the retro-figure game is Thailand-based outfit Distinctive Dummies, who create limited-edition series of 8” retro-style horror movie figures, in addition to their original 12” figure line. Distinctive's limited editions include incredible likenesses of Vincent Price's characters in The Abominable Dr. Phibes and House on Haunted Hill (including »
- Gregory Burkart
London, January 27: American actor Eric Lawson, who portrayed the rugged Marlboro man in cigarette advertisements, has died from lung disease.
Lawson, who appeared in print Marlboro adverts between 1978 and 1981, has passed away after suffering from respiratory failure due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (Copd), Sky News reported.
'The Malboro Man' campaign was used to promote the tobacco giant's products, after it was originally conceived to popularize filtered cigarettes, which were considered feminine. (Ani) »
- Leon David
Eric Lawson, a working actor who portrayed the Marlboro Man in cigarette ads during the late 1970s, has died. He was 72. Lawson's wife, Susan Lawson, said Sunday that her husband died Jan. 10 at his California home. The cause was respiratory failure due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or Copd. The ruggedly handsome Lawson portrayed the smoking cowboy in Marlboro print ads from 1978 to 1981. He also had bit parts in such TV shows as Baretta and Charlie's Angels before injuries sustained on the set of a Western film ended his acting career. A smoker since age 14, Lawson later appeared in an »
- Associated Press
Joseph Ruskin, an actor known for roles on film and television, died on Saturday (Dec. 28). He was 89, according to the Screen Actors' Guild.
Ruskin's almost 60-year career began with TV roles -- mostly in westerns -- in the 1950s. Over the years, the character actor appeared in a wide variety of roles, some of them even in the same show. Ruskin appeared on such programs as "Peter Gunn," "The Twilight Zone," "The Untouchables," "Mister Ed," "Get Smart," "Charlie's Angels" and more.
One of Ruskin's earliest notable roles was as Galt in the original "Star Trek" series -- the actor later had the notable distinction of appearing in a "Star Trek" movie as well as two of the show's later spinoffs, "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" and "Star Trek: Voyager." Ruskin played the role of Alain Christophe in three episodes of "Alias" in 2002, a departure from earlier roles in which he »
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