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.

Nan Martin – 1928-2010

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

Nan Martin, who played Ali MacGraw’s snobbish mother in the 1969 film Goodbye, Columbus and the lively ‘Mrs. Louder’ on The Drew Carey Show, died Thursday, March 4th of complications from emphysema at her Malibu home. She was 82.
Other film appearances included roles in Toys in the AtticFor the Love of IvyThe Other Side of the Mountain, Doctor Detroit, and A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, in which she played ‘Freddy Krueger’s’ mother.

In addition to the 1995-2004 sitcom Drew Carey, Martin was a TV movie of the week regular during the 1970s and appeared on such shows as The Twilight Zone, The Fugitive, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Nip/Tuck, The Practice, ER, Chicago Hope, Suddenly Susan, and The Golden Girls.

Martin is survived by her husband, California architect Harry Gesner, and two sons: musician and writer Casey Dolan, and actor-producer Zen Gesner.

RIP Corey Haim 1971-2010

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

80s teen heartthrob Corey Haim collapsed at his home and was pronounced dead early this morning in Burbank, California.  According to his mother, the 38-year-old actor had been experiencing flu-like symptoms for the past several days and was taking an array of over-the-counter and prescription medications. 

Corey Haim was best known for The Lost Boys, as well as his roles in Firstborn, Lucas, License To Drive, and Dream A Little Dream

Our thoughts and deepest condolences go out to Corey’s mother Judith, his friends, family, and co-workers. 

The Stars Just Keep Coming!

Posted in Breaking News! on March 5, 2010 by hollywoodshow

Here’s a quick update on the celebrities confirmed for The Hollywood Show’s April 24th and 25th event.  Joining us for the weekend are: Barbara Moore, Bo Hopkins, Bobby Burgess, Brian Peck, Candy Clark, Cubby O’Brien, Diane Franklin, Doreen Tracey, Fred Williamson, Henry Hill, James MacArthur, Jewel Staite, Jim Wise, Joanna Pacula, Joe Dellesandro, Joe Lando, Kelly LeBrock, Kevin McCarthy, Kimmy Robertson, Kitten Nativadad, Lawrence Monoson, Louise Robey, Lynne Marie Stewart, Mike Connors, Nicolas Hammond, Paul Lemat, Perry King, Rachel Luttrel, Robert Picardo (Saturday Only), Sean Young (Saturday Only), Stella Stevens, Steven R. Stevens, Tom Lester, Tommy Cole, Tommy Kirk, Torri Higginson, and Winifred Friedman.

More celebrities will be announced in the coming days, so check back to see who’s next!

To The Osmond Family…

Posted in Breaking News! on February 28, 2010 by hollywoodshow

Words cannot express how incredibly stunned and sorry we were to have heard of Michael’s tragic death.  Two weeks ago, no one could have ever imagined that we would now be sending condolences to your family in regard to such a beautiful young man whose entire life was still before him. 

We realize that you’re going to receive thousands of notes and well wishes, but please know that if there is anything at all any of us can do to help you in this time of tragedy, all you ever have to do is ask. 

Marie, Michael, and the entire Osmond family will be our thoughts and prayers.

Paging Dr. Quinn Fans…

Posted in Breaking News! on February 27, 2010 by hollywoodshow

Fans of Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman start making plans to join us at The Hollywood Show’s April event.  Joe Lando has just been confirmed for the weekend! 

Before anyone starts sending messages about the guest list, yes, we do know that we need to try getting Jane Seymour to appear too, and we’re already working on doing exactly that. 

We’ll keep you updated on any progress and look forward to seeing you April 24th and 25th!

A Tragic End To A Desperate Search

Posted in Breaking News! on February 26, 2010 by hollywoodshow

Actor Andrew Koenig, who had been missing since February 14, committed suicide, his father told reporters after his son’s body was found Thursday in a park in Vancouver, British Columbia.  “My son took his own life,” Walter Koenig said at a news conference in the park. The body of the former “Growing Pains” star was found by several friends who conducted their own search of Stanley Park, where Andrew Koenig liked to walk, his father said.

Koenig, 41, was reported missing by his parents after he did not board a flight to Los Angeles from Vancouver last week. Walter Koenig — himself an actor, known for his role as Pavel Chekov in the “Star Trek” series — flew to Vancouver with his wife, Judy, on Tuesday to help with the search.

Koenig fell in love with Vancouver in 1988 when he first visited to film an episode of the TV show “21 Jump Street,” his father said. Koenig appeared in 25 episodes of “Growing Pains” from 1985 to 1989, playing Richard “Boner” Stabone.  He performed at The Improv and had roles in movies that included “NonSeNse,” “InAlienable,” “The Theory of Everything” and “Batman: Dead End.” He also acted on television in “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” “G.I. Joe,” “My Two Dads,” “21 Jump Street,” “My Sister Sam” and “Adam-12,” the Web site said, and edited, directed, produced and wrote a number of films.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Andrew’s family and friends.

Announcing April’s First Cast Reunion

Posted in Breaking News! on February 19, 2010 by hollywoodshow

The Hollywood Show proudly announces the first cast reunion planned for our April event is

Cast members currently confirmed are Robert Picardo (Saturday only), Rachel Luttrel, Jewel Staite, and Torri Higginson.  More cast members will be announced as they are confirmed.

Also currently on the roster of those attending are Barbara Moore, Kitten Nativadad, Diane Franklin, Louise Robey, and Tom Lester.

Farewell To A Legend…

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

Hollywood is bidding farewell to another of our beloved legends.  Kathryn Grayson died in her sleep Wednesday at her home in Los Angeles at age 88. 

Grayson’s youthful ambition was to sing opera, but she wasn’t able to accomplish that dream until after her movie career ended. While still a teenager, she was placed under contract at MGM at a time when the studio was assembling a stable of musical talent that would dominate the era of great musicals.

She played the title role in Andy Hardy’s Private Secretary and sang Strauss’s Voices of Spring. Mayer was convinced that he had a future star.  She was cast in three minor films, including a musical with Abbot and Costello, then played Gene Kelly’s girlfriend in a wartime revue that included major MGM stars, Thousands Cheer.

Anchors Aweigh, a 1945 hit with Kelly and Frank Sinatra, confirmed her star status. Her bell-like soprano made her the ideal co-star with Hollywood’s full-voiced male singers in operettas and other musicals. She starred in Showboat and Kiss Me Kate with Howard Keel, two with Mario Lanza, one with Gordon MacRae.

Other musicals included Two Sisters from Boston, Ziegfeld Follies, Till the Clouds Roll By, That Midnight Kiss, The Toast of New Orleans, Lovely to Look At, The Desert Song and So This Is Love.