8 items from 2014
Actor Leslie Carlson has died, aged 81.
He passed away from cancer at his Toronto home on May 3.
Michael Des Barres played master assassin Murdoc for several years on "MacGyver," but now he's afraid for real because of threats to kill him and his family.Des Barres began receiving messages on Facebook last November from a fan who claimed to be sick. Des Barres engaged in "short positive responses wishing her well" ... but the messages got disturbing ... this according to a search warrant obtained by TMZ.The docs also show that Des Barres »
- TMZ Staff
Jean-Claude Van Damme starred in the original Timecop, which was released in 1994, centering on a law enforcement agency that regulates time travel. The actor portrayed an officer who tangles with a corrupt politician (Ron Silver), trying to use time travel to further his career. Mia Sara, Bruce McGill and Gloria Reuben co-starred in the film.
The reboot is said to be more of a "gritty and grounded" crime tale, with the sci-fi elements pushed to the background. The project has drawn comparisons to Rian Johnson's 2012 time travel feature Looper, although this reboot will be much larger in scale. The story debuted as a three-part tale in the Dark Horse Comics anthology series, which spawned the original Timecop, a short-lived 1997 Timecop TV series, »
Richard Dean Anderson built some crazy things during his run as "MacGyver," but there was one invention that he says he'll always remember above the rest. Our photog caught up with Anderson yesterday in Malibu, where he said he thinks most of the MacGyver inventions on the show would work in real life ... except for the explosives, because they purposely left out ingredients on those.But as for his Favorite contraption of all, watch the »
- TMZ Staff
Bole directed 25 episodes of “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” seven of “Deep Space Nine” and 10 of “Voyager.” The Bolians, a race of aliens introduced in “Tng” episode “Conspiracy,” were named for him.
Bole was a member of the Directors Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild. He maintained strong ties with the stunt community, including close friendships with Ronnie Rondell, Roy Snuffy Harrison and the late Hal Needham.
Born in San Francisco, Bole grew up in the San Fernando Valley, Calif., where he played in the backlots of studios, »
- Variety Staff
Actor Russell Johnson, best known for playing The Professor on Gilligan’s Island, has died. He was 89. His longtime agent Mike Eisenstadt told Deadline that Johnson died this morning of natural causes at his home in Washington state. The Pennsylvania native had dozens of TV and film credits during his decades-long career, but it was as Professor Roy Hinkley in 1960s sitcom Gilligan’s Island for which he is best remembered. Johnson appeared on the show all three seasons it aired on CBS (1964-67). He reprised the role in The Castaways On Gilligan’s Island TV movie in 1979. Deadline recently reported that Warner Bros was planning a feature film based on the series. Russell’s Hollywood career began in the early 1950s, with early roles mainly in westerns including 1953′s The Stand At Apache River and Tumbleweed and sci-fi pics such as It Came from Outer Space (1953), This Island Earth »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
The man whose 100-plus film and TV credits include voicing Yukon Cornelius in the holiday TV classic Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer and playing the train conductor in Best Picture Oscar winner The Sting died Monday in Los Angeles. Larry D. Mann was 91. The Toronto native got his start on Canadian TV and went on to appear on classic shows ranging from Howdy Doody to MacGyver. In between, his dozens of TV appearances included 77 Sunset Strip, The Big Valley, Ben Casey, My Favorite Martian, Get Smart, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Hogan’s Heroes, Bewitched, Green Acres, Gunsmoke, Quincy M.E., The Dukes Of Hazzard and recurring as a judge on Hill Street Blues. His big-screen credits include The Quick And The Dead, Robin And The 7 Hoods, The Singing Nun, In The Heat Of The Night and The Octogon. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Mann also did voice work for animated shows, including 1964′s “Rudolph.”
Mann’s last role before retirement was playing a talent agent in the 1991 TV show “Homefront.”
Larry D. Mann was a disc jockey in Toronto before becoming an actor, and he later appeared in a series of high-profile commercials for Bell Canada. His brother was the late actor Paul Mann, who appeared in Elia Kazan’s “America and America” and in the film version of “Fiddler on the Roof.”
Survivors include a son, Richard.
- Associated Press
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