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Irish Actor Davis Dies

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Actor Charles Davis has died at the age of 84.

The Irish-born star passed away on 12 December following a suspected heart attack in Thousand Oaks, California.

Davis began his career on stage in his native Ireland, but was whisked off to New York City when he was spotted by the producers of hit Broadway musical Finian's Rainbow.

The actor subsequently moved to Hollywood and landed roles in 22 movies, including 1953's The Desert Rats with Richard Burton, The Wreck of the Mary Deare in 1959 with Gary Cooper and Charlton Heston, and 1968's Star! with Julie Andrews.

Davis also appeared on more than 100 TV shows throughout his career, including The Twilight Zone, Perry Mason, and Alfred Hitchcock Presents, as well as clocking up more than 1,000 appearances on Broadway.

In the 1950s he became co-owner of the Hollywood School of Drama and The Hollywood Repertory Theater with actor Dan O'Herlihy, and later went on to expand his resume with roles as a writer, director and film producer. He wrote and directed films including Kennedy's Ireland, Thunder Run and The Violent Ones, before he quit the movie business in 1984 to run for Congress, winning the Democratic primary but losing the general election.

In his later years, Davis taught acting classes at the Actors and Singers Studio in Thousand Oaks, which he co-founded with his daughter, singer/actress Maripat Davis.

Davis is survived by his wife of 59 years, actress Marilyn O'Connor, his daughter and a son.

Our Favorite Summers: 1986

The summer of 1986 is memorable to me as a time of intense highs, and sad, sorry lows. The highs: Hands Across America, the reopening of the refurbished Statue of Liberty, Greg LeMond winning the Tour de France, and the videos for Madonna's "Papa Don't Preach" and Peter Gabriel's "Sledgehammer." Intel introduced the 386 processor. Gas was 89 cents a gallon, and Pee-Wee's Playhouse made for great, hungover Saturday morning TV.

The lows: Ronald Reagan was President. Peter Cetera, Klymaxx and Survivor got seemingly endless radio play. Kids were entranced with those creepy Cabbage Patch Kids, and that even creepier Teddy Ruxpin. Ronald Reagan was President. Benny Goodman, Vincente Minnelli and Ted Knight died. And Ronald Reagan was President.

Summer movies ran a similar gamut, from the resplendent to the abysmal. To wit:

May 23: Memorial Day weekend, not yet considered a tentpole release date, kicked off the summer with the dreadful Sylvester Stallone action flick Cobra,
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