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September 19, 2012 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
You may not recognize the name, but few wouldn't recognize Ed Lauter's face. The tall, athletic character actor has been in a head-spinning number of movies and TV series over the last four decades. The 73-year-old has had television guest spots that go back to 1971's "Mannix," "Miami Vice" in the '80s, "The X-Files" in the '90s and, more currently, "Grey's Anatomy" and "Shameless. " He's made an impression on the big screen too, appearing in Alfred Hitchcock's last film, 1976's "Family Plot," Robert Aldrich's 1974 football movie "The Longest Yard" (and its 2005 remake)
August 21, 2012 | By Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times
Fred Davis always loved putting on a show. As a boy, he recruited his siblings and neighbor kids to perform in the plays he wrote and staged in the family den and, sometimes, in nursing homes around Tulsa, Okla. Davis wanted to be an actor, but his middling talent and the sudden death of his father when he was a teenager changed those plans. He inherited his dad's public relations firm, grew up and became a successful commercial ad man before moving into politics, largely by happenstance.
August 20, 2012 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
In the role that won him an Emmy Award for best actor in a comedy series, William Windom played John Monroe, a writer-cartoonist for a New York magazine who harnessed an active fantasy life to escape the doldrums of his middle-class Connecticut existence. Based on the work of American humorist James Thurber, "My World and Welcome to It" survived only one season on NBC. But for Windom, the program marked the start of a long-term relationship with Thurber's whimsical Americana. The actor subsequently developed a one-man show based on Thurber's writings that he toured across the United States.
August 2, 2012
John Finnegan Character actor appeared regularly on 'Columbo' John Finnegan, 85, a character actor who portrayed a scout in the 1984 baseball film "The Natural" and regularly appeared on television's "Columbo," died Sunday at his Palm Desert home from pneumonia and complications of old age, said his wife, Carolynn. At the Actors Studio in his native New York City he became friends with John Cassavetes and Peter Falk, two connections that helped Finnegan when he moved to Los Angeles in the early 1950s.
August 1, 2012
R.G. Armstrong Actor a favorite of Peckinpah R.G. Armstrong, 95, a veteran character actor who started his career in the 1950s on Broadway, segued to television, then solidified his standing as a favorite of filmmakers Sam Peckinpah and Warren Beatty, died Friday at his home in Studio City of natural causes, said his daughter Daryl Armstrong. Robert Golden Armstrong was born April 7, 1917, in Birmingham, Ala., and graduated from the University of North Carolina. After college he studied at the Actors Studio in New York and was cast in Elia Kazan's original 1955 Broadway staging of Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
June 27, 2012
Richard Lynch, 72, a veteran actor with platinum hair and a scarred face who played villainous characters in such films as "Bad Dreams" and "The Sword and the Sorcerer," died June 19 after suffering a heart attack, his family announced. A resident of the San Bernardino County community of Yucca Valley, Lynch appeared in dozens of horror and science-fiction films in a career spanning four decades. He played a school principal in director Rob Zombie's 2007 "Halloween" remake. His most recent role was in Zombie's "The Lords of Salem," which has not yet been released.
June 20, 2012 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
Susan Tyrrell, an eccentric, husky-voiced character actress best known for her Oscar-nominated supporting role as a blowsy barfly in director John Huston's 1972 movie "Fat City," has died. She was 67. Tyrrell died Saturday at her home in Austin, Texas, according to the Travis County medical examiner. The cause of death was not yet known. The actress, whose many film credits included "Islands in the Stream" (1977), "Angel" (1984) and "Cry-Baby" (1990), already had played a number of colorful character roles on stage in New York before being cast in "Fat City," a boxing drama starring Stacy Keach and Jeff Bridges.
June 11, 2012
Frank Cady Character actor was on 'Green Acres' Frank Cady, 96, a character actor who played Hooterville general store proprietor Sam Drucker on the TV sitcoms "Green Acres" and "Petticoat Junction," died Friday at his home in Wilsonville, Ore., said his daughter, Catherine Turk. No specific cause was given. Like Mr. Haney, Eb Dawson, Hank Kimball and Arnold the Pig, Cady's Sam Drucker was a supporting cast member on "Green Acres" to lawyer Oliver Wendell Douglas and his socialite wife Lisa, played by Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor, who had ditched the high life in New York City for the charms of a farm in Hooterville.
June 6, 2012 | By Robert Lloyd
On AMC's "Mad Men" Sunday night, Jared Harris made his second exit from a television series this season. The first, a few weeks back, was from Fox's "Fringe,"where his David Robert Jones -- suddenly revealed to be not the brainy mastermind behind the show's collapsing universes but only a pawn (or a bishop, according to the script) in William Bell's (Leonard Nimoy) twisted game -- literally crumbled to dust on a Boston rooftop. His departure from "Mad Men" was not exactly a surprise, given his character's season-long struggle to get out from under a financial misjudgment and ethical blooper; certainly, from the time Don Draper required Lane Pryce's resignation for forging his signature on a check, his fate was all but a fait accompli.
May 7, 2012 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
George Lindsey, the Southern-born character actor who played dim hayseed Goober Pyle, the genial gas station auto mechanic on "The Andy Griffith Show" and "Mayberry R.F.D.," died early Sunday morning. He was 83. Lindsey, who later was a regular on the long-running country music comedy show "Hee Haw," died at a healthcare center in Nashville after a brief illness, said his manager and booking agent, Carrie Moore-Reed. "George Lindsey was my friend," Andy Griffith said in a statement.
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