December 11, 1998 |
Pity the poor Hollywood agent. In the '80s and early '90s, talent agents ruled the industry. Movie studios and television networks found themselves beholden to International Creative Management, the Creative Artists Agency and the time-tested William Morris Agency, the "big three" agencies that had a lock on most A-list stars. Agents made big money for both their clients and themselves, charging the TV networks, for example, huge so-called packaging fees to assemble talent for shows.
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December 7, 2011 |
Emmy Award-winning actor Harry Morgan, who played the crusty yet sympathetic Col. Sherman T. Potter in the sitcom "MASH" and the hard-nosed LAPD Officer Bill Gannon in the television drama "Dragnet," died Wednesday. He was 96. Morgan died at his home in Brentwood after a bout with pneumonia, his daughter-in-law, Beth Morgan, told the Associated Press. Morgan's eight - year run on "MASH," the pinnacle of his seven-decade acting career, began when he was 60 and had already appeared on the Broadway stage, in dozens of television shows and more than 50 films.
November 11, 2011 |
Hollywood hyphenate Alan Alda adds playwriting to his credits with the opening of "Radiance: The Passion of Marie Curie," which runs through Dec. 11 at the Geffen Playhouse. Alda, 75, also appears on-screen as a Wall Street swindler in the Eddie Murphy-Ben Stiller caper comedy "Tower Heist. " Tell me about your fascination with Marie Curie. What led me to write a play about her was I realized from reading what a dramatic and important life she led. But what kept me writing about her is how much of a hero she's become to me – a personal hero – because she never let any obstacle stop her, and she had many, many obstacles, as a woman, as a scientist, as a foreigner in the country in which she worked.
March 14, 1999 |
Arriving for a Thursday night performance of "Art," Marshall Klieman visibly brightens at the apparition looming outside the James Doolittle Theatre. "Alan Alda, my goodness!" Klieman says. "It's good to see you. Clara, come and say hello to Mr. Alda." Smiling his thin-lipped grin, his azure eyes sparkling beneath their signature sleepy lids, the apparition hugs the couple for a photo-op, during which Clara Klieman gets wise.
March 19, 2002 |
Alan Alda just does it. Tennis. Golf. Basketball. Apnea. Apnea? That's what the French call the sport of holding one's breath under water. And Alda does it. For one minute and 45 seconds, which is pretty good after just a little training but doesn't begin to compare with the seven minutes the champion breath-holders can manage. Thanks to science and technology, those times are becoming longer. And that's where Alda comes in, as host of tonight's "Scientific American Frontiers" (10 p.m.
March 2, 1990 |
The actor on stage moves with familiar gestures. He speaks with all the same intonations that television and movie audiences have come to know over the years. Alan Alda's style is unmistakable. But the actor on stage is not Alan Alda. It is his half-brother, Antony. Antony is only 33 and has long hair, yet he looks a great deal like his better-known sibling. He moves and talks in remarkably similar fashion to Alan. "What is it, 23 pairs of chromosomes?" Antony says.