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.

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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 www.wisecountry.com 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.

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.