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December 18, 1996
Larry Gates, 81, a character actor on stage, screen and television for half a century. Born in St. Paul, Minn., Gates studied chemical engineering at the University of Minnesota but was bitten by the acting bug while working in student productions. He won a position in the Barter Theater in Abingdon, Va., and then made his debut in New York in 1939 in the play "Speak of the Devil."
June 26, 1994 | Kevin Thomas
Luchino Visconti's sumptuous 1963 film of the Giuseppe di Lampedusa novel is set against Italy's turbulent 1860s, and compares with "Gone With the Wind" as an evocation of an aristocracy crumbling in war. It has battle scenes, a grand ball and a pragmatic survivor as a protagonist. A glorious triumph of personal expression, it is an example of the historical epic as an art film.
May 1, 2007 | Valerie J. Nelson, Times Staff Writer
Dabbs Greer, a character actor who often was cast as television's everyman, and who was best known for playing the Rev. Robert Alden on "Little House on the Prairie," has died. He was 90. Greer, who had been battling kidney and heart disease, died Saturday at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, said his neighbor Bill Klukken. His career spanned more than a half-century and included roles in almost 100 films and about 600 television episodes.
November 24, 1985
Beale seemed to label conservatives as mentally ill, i.e., "paranoid," by citing a number of current and not-so-current movies. Beale stated that "the current paranoid movement is almost exclusively conservative, even reactionary in nature." Does that mean that the people who liked "Testament," "On the Beach" and "Dr. Strangelove" were conservative hawks? That the fans of "2001," "WarGames" and "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" were reactionaries? And were the kids who flocked to see "War of the Worlds," "The Thing" and "The Road Warrior" really part of a movement?
February 2, 1997 | Kevin Thomas
With its steamy seductions, jinxed murder plots and inexorable fate at a California truck stop, the James M. Cain novel influenced Italian neo-realism--Luchino Visconti filmed as "Ossessione" in 1942--and in this 1946 version became a key film in postwar Hollywood film noir. Directed by Tay Garnett, it remains one of Lana Turner's (right) very best films. Dressed always in white, most memorably in a two-piece bathing suit, Turner plays the glamorous, bored wife of much-older Cecil Kellaway.
May 4, 2008 | Susan King
Director M. Night Shyamalan, whose "The Sixth Sense" stamped him as the master of the story twist, recalls two years ago when he was in Spain on a promotional tour for "Lady in the Water" and someone asked him what his next project would be. "I said it is going to be a 90-minute paranoia movie, and that is what it ended up being," he says.
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