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November 13, 2013
Paul Mantee Actor known for 'Robinson Crusoe on Mars' Paul Mantee, 82, a veteran actor who starred in the 1964 science-fiction adventure film "Robinson Crusoe on Mars" and had a regular role as Detective Al Corassa on the 1980s TV series "Cagney and Lacey" before turning to fiction writing, died Nov. 7 at a rehabilitation center in Canoga Park, according to his wife, Suzy Davis Mantee. The longtime Malibu resident had non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He was born Paul Marianetti on Jan. 9, 1931, in San Francisco and as a teenager worked as a busboy in his family's Italian restaurant before becoming interested in acting.
November 6, 2013 |
Dick Butkus is ducking me. Won't return my calls, my e-mails. Butkus. The name's Lithuanian, you know - a verb, a proper noun, an act of war. You don't say it, you bark it. Like a big, flatulent truck backfiring up a hill. "But-cuss," the man himself says on his answering machine. One word, But-cuss, then a beeeeep, as if he's verbally rung your bell. He was always, even when things were going very well, frosted about mundane things, no patience with life's little inanities, which is how he probably now regards me. Back in the '60s, Butkus invented the concussion.
November 4, 2013 |
Lucille Ball took Robert Osborne under her wing more than 50 years ago when the Turner Classic Movies host was a fledgling young actor in Hollywood. The legendary "I Love Lucy'" star ended up changing the course of Osborne's life. Osborne's acting career was slowly building in the late 1950s. He was under contract to Ball and Desi Arnaz's Desilu Productions and had guest-star roles on TV series. He even appeared on the pilot episode of "The Beverly Hillbillies. " But one day, Ball took the native of Colfax, Wash., aside and told him, "you could be an actor, and I think you could be a success at it," recalled Osborne, 81. "But it's not going to make you happy.
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November 3, 2013 |
Those pressed to defend John Wayne's legacy in Newport Beach are quick to point to the evidence that his name still stands strong in the seaside town: He's buried here, his old boat still bobs in the water, and the county airport is named in his memory. But Wayne's burial place remained unmarked for nearly 20 years. His boat has been sold off. And the airport has been a source of annoyance to his old neighbors for decades. Now another, smaller piece of Wayne's legacy is being erased in the city where he once lived and partied.
November 2, 2013 |
It's not as if Ender Wiggin has all that much riding on his shoulders. He just must single-handedly save the planet in a war against aliens and then become a moral compass for mankind. All before he's old enough to have a beer. Orson Scott Card's futuristic novel "Ender's Game" demands a lot of its central character, which presented filmmaker Gavin Hood with a vast challenge when casting his lead in his big-screen adaptation of the book, opening in theaters this weekend. "He had to be young enough to be a boy at the start of the story and old enough at the end of the story to become a man," Hood said of his ideal Ender.
November 1, 2013 |
Josh Brolin is a little tired of being thought of as a "man's man" type of actor. But he scaled Mt. Shasta anyway. The performer, who has embodied a swaggering masculinity in such movies as "No Country for Old Men" and "True Grit," says that he's growing weary of the macho tag. "It was fun at first and then it just got to be a little too much of - " he pauses as he contemplates the right word, then settles on an "rrrrr" cave man growl....