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George Dickerson, ‘Blue Velvet’ Actor, Dies at 81

George Dickerson, ‘Blue Velvet’ Actor, Dies at 81
Actor George Dickerson, who played police detective John Williams in David Lynch’s “Blue Velvet,” has died, his son Dome Karukoski announced in a Facebook post. He was 81.

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.
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Original Trailers for Evilspeak and Final Exam

Scream Factory’s May releases include 80′s cult classics Evilspeak and Final Exam, and they’ve released the original theatrical trailers for both titles.

“This May, Scream Factory™ invites loyal fans and horror movie enthusiasts to combat the stress associated with long office hours and final exams with a double dose of 80s high-camp horror romps when Eric Weston’s Evilspeak, starring Clint Howard (Rock ‘n’ Roll High School), R.G. Armstrong (Children of the Corn), Joseph Cortese (Death Collector), Claude Earl Jones (Dark Night of the Scarecrow), Haywood Nelson (What’s Happening!), Don Stark (That ‘70s Show), Charles Tyner (Father Murphy), Lenny Montana (The Godfather), Richard Moll (Night Court), and Jimmy Huston’s Final Exam, starring Cecile Bagdadi, Joel S. Rice (Bounty Hunters), arrive on Blu-ray™ for the first time on May 13, 2014. Each movie collection boasts anamorphic widescreen movie presentation and insightful bonus content. Evilspeak and Final Exam Blu-ray™ editions
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Scream Factory Reveals Full Details on Evilspeak and Final Exam Blu-ray Releases

A double dose of 1981 horror flicks will usher us into the summer, courtesy of our friends over at Scream Factory. Read on for full details about both releases, which put Evilspeak and Final Exam on Blu-ray for the very first time!

From the Press Release

This May, Scream Factory™ invites loyal fans and horror movie enthusiasts to combat the stress associated with long office hours and final exams with a double dose of 80s high-camp horror romps.

Eric Weston’s Evilspeak, starring Clint Howard (Rock ‘n’ Roll High School), R.G. Armstrong (Children of the Corn), Joseph Cortese (Death Collector), Claude Earl Jones (Dark Night of the Scarecrow), Haywood Nelson ("What’s Happening!"), Don Stark ("That ‘70s Show"), Charles Tyner (Father Murphy), Lenny Montana (The Godfather), Richard Moll ("Night Court"), and Jimmy Huston’s Final Exam, starring Cecile Bagdadi, Joel S. Rice (Bounty Hunters), arrive on Blu-ray™ for the first time
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Evilspeak and Final Exam Blu-ray Release Details

Scream Factory officially announced a May release for 80′s cult classics Evilspeak and Final Exam, and we have a look at the official cover art, along with the list of bonus features:

This May, Scream Factory™ invites loyal fans and horror movie enthusiasts to combat the stress associated with long office hours and final exams with a double dose of 80s high-camp horror romps when Eric Weston’s Evilspeak, starring Clint Howard (Rock ‘n’ Roll High School), R.G. Armstrong (Children of the Corn), Joseph Cortese (Death Collector), Claude Earl Jones (Dark Night of the Scarecrow), Haywood Nelson (What’s Happening!), Don Stark (That ‘70s Show), Charles Tyner (Father Murphy), Lenny Montana (The Godfather), Richard Moll (Night Court), and Jimmy Huston’s Final Exam, starring Cecile Bagdadi, Joel S. Rice (Bounty Hunters), arrive on Blu-ray™ for the first time on May 13, 2014. Each movie collection boasts anamorphic widescreen movie presentation and insightful bonus content.
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Kellie Martin Tells Miley Cyrus to Go to College

Former child star Kellie Martin has warned Miley Cyrus to finish her schooling - so she'll have something to fall back on if her showbiz career dries up. Martin began acting at the age of seven in U.S. series "Father Murphy" and went on to star in a string of movies and TV shows, including "ER" and "Life Goes On".

And she has advised "Hannah Montana" star Cyrus to make sure she completes her education as her singing and acting roles might not last for ever. Martin says, "I would tell Miley to go to college. I really think that saved me... I went to Yale. It's really, really important to get an education because when all of this is gone, then at least you have your education. Then you can do whatever it is you want to do. If tomorrow I decided to stop being an actor I
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Martin Warns Cyrus To Stick With School

Martin Warns Cyrus To Stick With School
Former child star Kellie Martin has warned Miley Cyrus to finish her schooling - so she'll have something to fall back on if her showbiz career dries up.

Martin began acting at the age of seven in U.S. series Father Murphy and went on to star in a string of movies and TV shows, including ER and Life Goes On.

And she has advised Hannah Montana star Cyrus to make sure she completes her education as her singing and acting roles might not last for ever.

Martin says, "I would tell Miley to go to college. I really think that saved me... I went to Yale. It's really, really important to get an education because when all of this is gone, then at least you have your education. Then you can do whatever it is you want to do. If tomorrow I decided to stop being an actor I could go do a lot of other things.

"Knowing that makes me a whole person and have confidence in who I am as a whole person as opposed to confidence in who I am as just an actor... She's actually wildly talented, little Miley Cyrus, and she has a sweet family. If she went to college, she'd be totally set. She'd be set forever."

Little House On The Prairie Star Olsen Dead At 69

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Little House On The Prairie Star Olsen Dead At 69
Little House On The Prairie regular and Father Murphy star Merlin Olsen has lost his battle with cancer. He was 69.

A former American football star, Olsen was inducted into the sport's Hall of Fame in 1982 after playing for the Los Angeles Rams, where he was part of the Fearsome Foursome, a formidable defensive force in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

He started his acting career in The Undefeated in 1969 and went on to appear on TV shows like Walking Tall, Kung Fu and Petticoat Junction, while still playing with the Rams.

But he really made his mark as Jonathan Garvey in episodes of Little House on the Prairie between 1977 and 1981. That led to lead roles in Father Murphy in the early 1980s and Aaron's Way in 1988 and 1989.

Olsen was also a respected sports broadcaster in America.

'Little House on the Prairie's' Merlin Olsen dies at 69 of mesothelioma

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NFL Hall of Famer and actor of "Little House on the Prairie" fame, Merlin Olsen, has died at his Utah home of cancer. He was 69.

Olsen had undergone several rounds of chemotherapy after being diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2009.

When Olsen's former "Little House" co-star, Melissa Gilbert (@MelissaEGilbert) heard of his death, she tweeted:

"Just heard about the passing of Merlin Olsen. I an so sad. My heart go out to his dear family. He was one of the sweetest, kindest, men I have ever known. The personification of the Gentle Giant. Forever now, a guardian angel."

Before Olsen graced the small screen as the likeable Jonathan Garvey in "Little House" and later in "Father Murphy," he was known more for striking fear in his opponents on the football field. The original "Fearsome Foursome" -- including Olsen, Deacon Jones, Rosey Grier and Lamar Lundy -- were responsible for helping popularize defensive
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Merlin Olsen: A Tribute To A Man And His Beard

Early Thursday (March 11) morning, Merlin Olsen, Hall of Fame tackle for the Los Angeles Rams/"Little House on the Prairie" sidekick/Ftd flowers pitchman/facial-hair pioneer/best dude named Merlin since, well, the original Merlin, died at a hospital in Duarte, California. He was 69 years old.

Born in Utah, Olsen starred as a defensive tackle at Utah State University, and was drafted by both the NFL and its upstart rival league, the Afl. He ended up signing with the NFL's Los Angeles Rams, where he would anchor one of the all-time great defensive fronts, the so-called "Fearsome Foursome." After an illustrious 15-year career, he retired and worked as a color commentator, and began a memorable run as Michael Landon's sidekick on "Little House on the Prairie." That led to other TV work, including a stint as a pitchman for Ftd Florists (here he is rocking a pith helmet and
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Merlin Olsen, Who Went From NFL to 'Little House on the Prairie,' Dies

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Merlin Olsen, Who Went From NFL to 'Little House on the Prairie,' Dies
By Lisa Horowitz

Merlin Olsen, who transitioned from a Hall of Fame career in the NFL to starring in TV series including "Father Murphy," died of cancer Thursday at a Southern California hospital. He was 69.

Olsen was diagnosed with mesothelioma last year and had undergone several rounds of chemotherapy.

Olsen gained fame as a member of the Los Angeles Rams' "Fearsome Foursome." Along with Deacon Jones, Lamar Lunc...
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Merlin Olsen Dead at 69

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Merlin Olsen Dead at 69
On January 1 we reported that former football star and actor Merlin Olsen was suing NBC Universal, NBC Studios, and 20th Century Fox for exposing him to asbestos over the years. Now comes word that Olsen has died of mesothelioma in California.

Olsen was someone who had successful careers in both sports and acting. TV drama fans will remember him from his roles in 'Little House on the Prairie' (he played Jonathan Garvey) and 'Father Murphy' (as the title character) and football fans will remember his long pro football career playing for The Los Angeles Rams. He was the 1962 Rookie of the Year and retired in 1976 after being named to the Pro Bowl fourteen times. He also had a career as a sports commentator and analyst.

Olsen had roles in other TV shows and movies as well, including 'Aaron's Way,' 'Fathers and Sons,' 'Kung Fu,
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Little House, Father Murphy Star Merlin Olsen Dead

Little House, Father Murphy Star Merlin Olsen Dead
Merlin Olsen, the NFL Hall of Famer-turned-small-screen star, has died at his Utah home of cancer. He was 69. Best known for the hit series Little House on the Prairie and Father Murphy, Olsen was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2009 and had undergone several rounds of chemotherapy. "Just heard about the passing of Merlin Olsen. I am so sad," tweeted Little House star Melissa Gilbert. "My heart go out to his dear family. He was one of the sweetest, kindest, men I have ever known. The personification of the Gentle Giant. Forever now, a guardian angel." Before becoming Gilbert's "Gentle Giant," Olsen terrorized opposing teams as one of the "Fearsome Foursome" during his...
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Merlin Olsen, actor and football star, dies

Merlin Olsen, actor and football star, dies
Merlin Olsen, a bearded, gentle-giant Pro Football Hall of Famer who went on to a successful TV career as an actor, announcer, host and pitchman, died Thursday of cancer near Los Angeles. He was 69.

He was diagnosed last year with mesothelioma, a cancer of the lung lining.

Olsen played his entire 15-year career with the Los Angeles Rams, who drafted the All-American defensive lineman from Utah State with the third overall pick in 1962. A member of the defensive line known as the Fearsome Foursome -- with Rosey Grier, Deacon Jones and Lamar Lundy -- that helped glamorize defensive players, he was named rookie of the year, went to 14 consecutive Pro Bowls, was voted NFL Mvp in 1974 and remains the franchise leader in tackles with 915.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday lauded Olsen as an "extraordinary person, friend and football player."

"He cared deeply about people, especially those that shared the game of football with him,
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Right Now on TV Squad

Right Now on TV Squad
Our brothers and sisters over at TV Squad have busted through the boob tube and brought with them the following juicy bits of must-see eye candy.

Merlin Olsen, former star of Little House on the Prairie and Father Murphy, is undergoing chemotherapy for cancer and is suing NBC for exposing him to asbestos. For those of us jonesing for new episodes of Lost, check out this contest, the winners of which will get to see a sneak preview of the season premiere. Check out this look at the top ten cooking shows of all time, and I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who remembers The Galloping Gourmet. Over the long history of BBC's Dr. Who the good Doctor has regenerated several times, allowing the show a handy plot device for changing its lead actor. BBC News has an article online in which several current cast members are interviewed about the phenomenon.
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Merlin Olsen suing NBC

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Merlin Olsen suing NBC
Merlin Olsen, who was a football player and then went on to become a sportscaster for NBC and an actor on such TV shows as Little House on the Prairie and Father Murphy, is suing NBC Studios, NBC Universal, and 20th Century Fox for exposing him to asbestos. Olsen was diagnosed with mesothelioma last year and is undergoing chemotherapy.

But the lawsuit doesn't stop there. Because he was exposed to asbestos at a job when he was around 11 years old and also exposed when he was an adult while working at a job involving drywall, Olsen is also suing Sherwin-Williams and Lennox Industries.

Hmmm, I have zero legal training (unless you count watching L.A. Law reruns as legal training), but I wonder if the fact that Olsen says that he was exposed to asbestos when he was younger will affect the lawsuit? Maybe he would have more luck suing the earlier companies rather than NBC?
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Actor Sandeen Dies

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Veteran actor Darrell Sandeen has died, aged 78.

Sandeen passed away in Los Angeles on 26 January after he suffered a brain haemorrhage following a serious fall.

The actor starred in a string of Hollywood movies, including L.A. Confidential, Blazing Saddles and, most recently, 2009 comedy Satin.

His TV credits include appearances on Big Love, Bonanza, Father Murphy and Route 66.

Sandeen also found success on Broadway, with roles in productions of Young Abe Lincoln, Here's Love and A Joyful Noise.

He is survived by his wife Linda, a son and a brother.

A memorial service will be held on 28 February in Studio City, California.

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