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A Heartbreaking Loss – Dixie Carter: 1939-2010

Posted in Breaking News! on April 11, 2010 by hollywoodshow

Designing Women actress Dixie Carter, who used her charm and stately beauty in a host of roles on Broadway and television, died of endometrial cancer Saturday morning in Houston, Texas at age 70.  “This has been a terrible blow to our family,” husband Hal Holbrook said in a written statement. “We would appreciate everyone understanding that this is a private family tragedy.”  

A native of Tennessee, Carter was most famous for playing quick-witted Southerner ‘Julia Sugarbaker’ for seven years on Designing Women, the CBS sitcom that ran from 1986 to 1993.

She was nominated for an Emmy in 2007 for her seven-episode guest stint on the ABC hit Desperate Housewives.  Carter’s other credits include roles on the series Family Law and Different Strokes.   She had been married to Hal Holbrook since 1984.

We would like to extend our prayers and sincerest condolences to Hal Holbrook, her daughters, and co-workers.  Dixie was an amazing woman who lived her life with the dignity and grace of a Southern Belle.  She will be greatly missed.

When You Wish Upon A Star… Eddie Carroll: 1933-2010

Posted in Breaking News! on April 11, 2010 by hollywoodshow

Eddie Carroll, an actor who for decades gave voice to ‘Jiminy Cricket’ in Disney projects and impersonated Jack Benny in a noted one-man stage show, has died. He was 76.

Carroll died Tuesday from a brain tumor at the Motion Picture and Television Fund Hospital in Los Angeles, said his wife, Carolyn.

“He was so proud to do both roles,” his wife said. “He just admired the whole fantasy of ‘Jiminy Cricket’, and he loved the man … who was Jack Benny.”

In 1973, Carroll became the second actor to voice the cricket, who was the title character’s conscience in the 1940 animated film Pinocchio.

A Childhood Favorite Passes Away: Meinhardt Raabe – 1915-2010

Posted in Breaking News! on April 10, 2010 by hollywoodshow

Countless generations have viewed the MGM Classic musical The Wizard of Oz, and it is with sadness that we add Meinhardt Raabe to the list of those whose passing we announce.  Best known for his role as ‘The Coroner’ who proclaimed the ‘Wicked Witch of the East’ dead, Meinhardt was loved by hundreds of thousands of people.  He passed away yesterday morning in a Florida hospital at age 94. 

Meinhardt appeared at several Hollywood Shows over the years, and never tired of repeating the lines that made him famous.  “As coroner I must aver, I thoroughly examined her, And she’s not only merely dead, she’s really most sincerely dead.” 

Now it is our turn to add a few thoughts of our own.  “As an actor, we’ll remember you, and as a person, we will treasure you, for you’re not only merely in our hearts, you’re truly part of our hearts.”  Farewell, Mr. Raabe.  May there be a yellow brick road be waiting for you in Heaven.

“Dynasty” Fans Mourning The Loss Of Another Cast Member – Christopher Cazenove 1944-2010

Posted in Breaking News! on April 7, 2010 by hollywoodshow

The British actor Christopher Cazenove died today after contracting septicaemia. He was 66.

Cazenove, who was best known for playing the role of Ben Carrington in the 1980s TV soap opera Dynasty, had been in a coma since collapsing at home in February after a trip to California during which he had complained of migraines.  His family, who had been at his bedside at St Thomas’ Hospital in London, said in a statement that he had fought a “valiant battle” against his illness.

The Winchester-born and Eton and Oxford-educated actor’s film career began in 1970 with an uncredited role in Julius Caesar. He went on to several parts in British TV, most notably in The Duchess of Duke Street. More recently he appeared in A Fine Romance and Judge John Deed. He played Henry Higgins in Trevor Nunn’s stage production of My Fair Lady.

He had been married to the actress Angharad Rees; they divorced in 1994. In 1999 his elder son died at 25 in a car crash. Cazenove had been with his partner Isabel Davis since 2003.

In a statement released through Lesley Duff, his agent for the past 12 years, Ms Davis and his family said: “Christopher died peacefully on April 7 surrounded by his loved ones having contracted septicaemia at the end of February.  Despite a valiant fight and the untiring efforts of the wonderful team at St Thomas’s, he was overwhelmed.  All who knew and loved him will be devastated by the loss of this incredible man who touched so many lives.”

Hollywood Loses Another Legend – John Forsythe – 1918-2010

Posted in Breaking News! on April 2, 2010 by hollywoodshow

The entertainment community has lost a true gentleman, and it is with unbelievable sadness that I post this announcement of John Forsythe’s death.  John was an amazing man with tremendous humor, incredible understanding, and a gift for acting that through roles in Charlie’s Angels and as ‘Blake Carrington’ in Dynasty, will go down in the pages of Hollywood history as being nearly unparalleled. 

John Forsythe passed away at his home last night at 92.  He’d been battling cancer for the past several years, but had been in remission until it unfortunately returned last year.  He had also been battling pneumonia, which is what finally ended his life. 

On behalf of everyone at The Hollywood Show, our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Nicole, daughters Page and Brooke, his countless friends and co-workers. 

On a personal note, I had the great privilege of having several conversations with John while working on assorted projects over the past decade, and this post, although I knew it would be one that would eventually be done, is without a doubt one that I wish we could have not needed for a few more years.  Rest in peace, dear friend.  You will be incredibly missed… JM

Robert Culp – 1930-2010

Posted in Breaking News! on March 24, 2010 by hollywoodshow

We are deeply saddened to report that actor Robert Culp died this morning outside his home in Hollywood.   Culp teamed with Bill Cosby in the racially groundbreaking TV series I Spy, The Greatest American Hero and was Bob in the critically acclaimed sex comedy Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, died Wednesday after collapsing outside his Hollywood home, his manager said. Culp was 79. 

Culp also had starring roles in such films as The Castaway Cowboy, Golden Girl, Turk 182! and Big Bad Mama II.

His teaming with Cosby, however, was likely his best remembered role.

Cosby won Emmys for actor in a leading role all three years that I Spy aired, and Culp, who was nominated for the same award each year, said he was never jealous.  “I was the proudest man around,” he said in a 1977 interview.

He remained active in movies and TV. Among his notable later performances was as a U.S. president in 1993’s The Pelican Brief. More recently, he had a recurring role as Patricia Heaton’s father in the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond and appeared in such shows as Robot Chicken, Chicago Hope and an episode of Cosby.

Our thoughts and prayers go to his family, and our deepest condolences go to series co-stars Bill Cosby, William Katt, and Connie Sellecca.  He was an amazing man with a wonderful sense of humor and a love of the acting profession.  He’ll be greatly missed.

Fess Parker – 1924-2010

Posted in Breaking News! on March 18, 2010 by hollywoodshow

Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone star-turned-developer and vintner Fess Parker has died. He was 85.

Family spokeswoman Sao Anash says Parker died Thursday morning of natural causes at his Santa Ynez home near the Fess Parker Winery. His death comes on the 84th birthday of his wife of 50 years, Marcella.

Our condolences to his family and friends.  He will be greatly missed.

Wanna Win A Brand New Boat?

Posted in Breaking News! on March 16, 2010 by hollywoodshow

Now here’s something that doesn’t come along every day!  Former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher and country music artist Jim Wise has just released his first book titled Catfish.  As an exclusive promotion for the book’s release, Jim is going to give away a brand new Bass Tracker Boat!

He’ll be appearing at the April show to sign copies of Catfish as well as his CDs, but you can get entered early.  Just go to Jim’s website at to purchase a copy of Catfish and follow the instructions to register for the boat.  He’ll be giving it away at The Hollywood Show’s October event.  Good luck!

Peter Graves – 1926-2010

Posted in Breaking News! on March 14, 2010 by hollywoodshow

Peter Graves, best known for his portrayal of Jim Phelps, leader of a gang of special agents who battled evil conspirators in the series Mission: Impossible, died Sunday of an apparent heart attack outside his Los Angeles home, about a week shy of his 84th birthday.

Normally cast as a hero, he turned in an unforgettable performance early in his career as the treacherous Nazi spy in Billy Wilder’s 1953 prisoner-of-war drama Stalag 17.  He also masterfully lampooned his straight-arrow image when he portrayed bumbling airline pilot Clarence Oveur in the 1980 disaster movie spoof Airplane!  Graves appeared in dozens of films and a handful of television shows in a career of nearly 60 years.

Our condolences go out tonight to his wife, children, family, friends, and co-workers.

Merlin Olsen – 1941-2010

Posted in Breaking News! on March 11, 2010 by hollywoodshow

Pro Football Hall of Famer and television actor Merlin Olsen died of cancer last night in a Los Angeles hospital at age 69.

On the football field, Olsen, along with Deacon Jones, Lamar Lundy and Rosey Grier were the Rams’ “Fearsome Foursome” defensive line known for either stopping or knocking backward whatever offenses it faced. The Rams set an NFL record for the fewest yards allowed during a 14-game season in 1968.  Olsen was rookie of the year for the Rams in 1962 and is still the Rams’ all-time leader in career tackles with 915. He was named to 14 consecutive Pro Bowls, a string that started his rookie year.

Following his retirement, Olsen established himself as a television actor with a role on Little House on the Prairie, then starring in his own series, Father Murphy, from 1981 to 1983 and the short-lived Aaron’s Way in 1988.

Our thoughts are with Mr. Olsen’s family, friends, co-workers, and teammates.