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R.I.P. Henry Polic

12 August 2013 11:55 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Veteran TV actor Henry Polic, who played Jerry Silver on ABC’s Webster and voiced Dr. Jonathan Crane/The Scarecrow on Batman: The Animated Series, has died. He was 68. The longtime character actor, game show personality and host, and stage and TV thesp had fought a long battle with cancer, per his agent Brad Lemack. His first TV credit as the Sheriff of Nottingham in Mel Brooks’ 1975 comedy When Things Were Rotten was another of his career highlights; Polic also earned fame for his appearances on game shows Super Password, The $25,000 Pyramid, and The $100,000 Pyramid and hosted ABC’s Celebrity Double Talk in 1986. Polic played Dracula on the 1976 series Monster Squad and guest starred on shows including Alice, Mork & Mindy, Eight is Enough, Murder She Wrote, Sheena, and Saved By the Bell. His film credits include The Last Remake of Beau Geste, All You Need, Bring Him Home, The Trial of Old Drum, »

- THE DEADLINE TEAM

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Happy 50th Birthday to "Password", The Most Fabulous Game Show Ever

3 January 2013 9:00 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Every year I find myself searching for ways to cope with awful January grimness, and luckily I've found us a kickass anniversary to celebrate: Password debuted in primetime 50 years ago this week, and it remains one of the definitive entertainments in the wide, mysteriously under-respected world of game shows. Like with most great game shows including To Tell the Truth, The Price is Right, and Pyramid, gaming genius Bob Stewart (who passed away this year at age 91) was a critical part of Password's inception. It's a parlor activity of hints and responses, but somehow the suspense of coming up with just the right clue is telegenic enough to endure decades of relevance.

Let's take a look back at multiple versions of this fine show and mutter in our best monotone narration, "The password is... fabulous."

Forget George Burns and Gracie Allen: I prefer the team of Allen Ludden and Betty White! »

- virtel

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