5 items from 2015
Paul Napier, an actor and originator of the Mr. Goodwrench character for General Motors’ ad campaign, died Saturday. He was 84. A cause of death was not announced. During a decades-long career, Napier appeared in more than 400 commercials and numerous TV shows, including Kojak, Dynasty, Knots Landing, L.A. Law, Coach and most recently Seaquest Dsv (1994). He was tapped to portray the original Mr. Goodwrench for Gm in 1977. His film work includes Old Grace, The Secret Life… »
Napier broke into show business as a hockey announcer in Rochester, N.Y., and a broadcaster for Wbbf radio. He moved to California in 1960.
Napier was also active in the Screen Actors Guild, serving 26 times as a member of a negotiating committee on national contracts, and he chaired the L.A. representatives committee in the commercials contract bargaining in 2009.
Napier was also one of the founding members and producers of the SAG Awards show and served on the awards committee for two decades.
He served on the AFTRA board for almost three decades. Napier was also a »
- Dave McNary
This is not your Affleck’s Daredevil.
Netflix today unveiled the first teaser video for its upcoming Marvel’s Daredevil series — starring Boardwalk Empire‘s Charlie Cox as the blind superhero last played by Ben Affleck in 2003’s big-screen adaptation.
Better still, the end of the video suggests an additional teaser trailer coming to the Internet on Wednesday, Feb. 4!
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According to Karukoski, Dickerson died Jan. 10 after battling a long illness. He was living in New York.
Dickerson, who was also known for a recurring role as Police Commander Swanson on the first season of NBC’s “Hill Street Blues,” starred alongside Kyle MacLachlan in “Blue Velvet.” MacLachlan played a college student who brought a severed ear to Dickerson’s character. Laura Dern played Detective John Williams’ daughter in the crime drama.
Before acting, Dickerson has a versatile writing career, working as a poet, magazine writer, playwright and editor. He also served as a speechwriter for U.S. Congressman Robert Steele, and as a United Nations diplomat in Lebanon.
After a bout of writers block, Dickerson turned to acting, first having roles in off-Broadway plays. »
- Alex Stedman
Stephen King’s 2014 novel Mr. Mercedes is heading to the small screen, with Variety reporting that David E. Kelley (L.A. Law, Boston Legal) is writing a limited series based upon the book, with Jack Bender set to direct.
“This is an amazing opportunity to adapt a script from material penned by one of the world’s most acclaimed and accomplished authors,” said Kelley. ” Mr. Mercedes is a great story that will translate beautifully to the screen if I don’t mess it up.”
Mr. Mercedes centred on a a retired cop looking to bring down a psychotic mass murderer who kills his victims by ploughing into them in a Mercedes.
- Gary Collinson
5 items from 2015
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