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December 10, 1996
Howard Rollins, who was dropped from the popular television series "In the Heat of the Night" because of drug problems, has died. He was 46. Rollins died Sunday in St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital in New York. The hospital gave no details about the cause of death, but a publicist for series co-star Carroll O'Connor said Monday that Rollins died of complications from lymphoma.
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December 10, 1996
Howard Rollins, who was dropped from the popular television series "In the Heat of the Night" because of drug problems, has died. He was 46. Rollins died Sunday in St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital in New York. The hospital gave no details about the cause of death, but a publicist for series co-star Carroll O'Connor said Monday that Rollins died of complications from lymphoma.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 17, 1990 | RICK DU BROW
Carroll O'Connor is sitting at a corner table in his Beverly Hills restaurant, contemplating the past year. He's never been through anything like it. "No, I certainly haven't," he says, shaking his head. A year ago this month, O'Connor underwent heart bypass surgery at an Atlanta hospital, a short drive from the Covington, Ga., set of his NBC series, "In the Heat of the Night."
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April 15, 1993 | SHAUNA SNOW, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
More 'Heat': CBS has renewed Carroll O'Connor's "In the Heat of the Night" for a second season, which will be the series' seventh overall (it debuted on NBC in 1988). But co-star Howard Rollins, whose problems with drug addiction are well known, has reportedly been written out of the first few episodes--a result of a Georgia warrant that seeks Rollins' arrest for alleged parole violations.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 15, 1993 | SHAUNA SNOW, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
More 'Heat': CBS has renewed Carroll O'Connor's "In the Heat of the Night" for a second season, which will be the series' seventh overall (it debuted on NBC in 1988). But co-star Howard Rollins, whose problems with drug addiction are well known, has reportedly been written out of the first few episodes--a result of a Georgia warrant that seeks Rollins' arrest for alleged parole violations.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 11, 1989
Howard Rollins, co-star of the NBC police series "In the Heat of the Night," was released from an Atlanta hospital Friday after passing a stress test for chest pains he suffered on the set of the show, MGM/UA Television announced. The studio released a statement from Crawford Long Hospital saying that there was no evidence of coronary artery blockage.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 22, 1988 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Charges of speeding, driving while intoxicated and cocaine possession will be filed by a Louisiana prosecutor against actor Howard Rollins, despite recent reports to the contrary. East Baton Rouge Parish assistant district attorney Glen Lorio said Wednesday that "there is not any basis for dropping charges," but added that Rollins' completion of a substance-abuse program at the noted Hazelden Center in Minnesota "will probably get him in good shape if he pleads guilty."
ENTERTAINMENT
December 13, 1989 | RICK DU BROW, TIMES TELEVISION WRITER
Howard Rollins, co-star of the NBC police series "In the Heat of the Night," has missed three episodes of the show because of health problems and MGM-TV is allowing him to decide his future with the show, according to studio representatives. Rollins, who stars with Carroll O'Connor in the one-hour series, is back home in Covington, Ga., where the show is filmed, after admitting himself to a rehabilitation center, said David Gerber, president of MGM-TV, which produces the show for NBC.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Howard Rollins, co-star of NBC's "In the Heat of the Night," said his addictions to drugs and alcohol drove him to consider suicide three days before Christmas. The actor, who portrays Detective Virgil Tibbs, said an inner voice was telling him: "Just go ahead and kill me. I'm sick of it. I'll never straighten out my life, I'll never have the career I want. "How can I talk about a career when I can't even stop using drugs? Why can't I just take a gun to my head and be out of this misery?"
ENTERTAINMENT
December 20, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
Carroll O'Connor, executive producer and star of the NBC series "In the Heat of the Night," says he will take legal action against the tabloid that published a story saying that he has fired co-star Howard Rollins. "The article published in the Dec. 26, 1989, edition of the National Enquirer is totally unfounded and deliberately false," said O'Connor. "I am going to sue this strange pathogenic publication for its malicious statements."
ENTERTAINMENT
September 11, 1990 | RICK DU BROW
You have to hand it to Carroll O'Connor and Howard Rollins of NBC's "In the Heat of the Night" for hanging tough despite personal crises. During a tense period in which Rollins battled admitted addiction problems and O'Connor had heart bypass surgery, they've somehow clawed and scratched to stay on top. And it's paid off, with O'Connor, who's also co-executive producer of the series, publicly standing by Rollins. In last week's Nielsen ratings, their police show was No.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 17, 1990 | RICK DU BROW
Carroll O'Connor is sitting at a corner table in his Beverly Hills restaurant, contemplating the past year. He's never been through anything like it. "No, I certainly haven't," he says, shaking his head. A year ago this month, O'Connor underwent heart bypass surgery at an Atlanta hospital, a short drive from the Covington, Ga., set of his NBC series, "In the Heat of the Night."
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Howard Rollins, co-star of NBC's "In the Heat of the Night," said his addictions to drugs and alcohol drove him to consider suicide three days before Christmas. The actor, who portrays Detective Virgil Tibbs, said an inner voice was telling him: "Just go ahead and kill me. I'm sick of it. I'll never straighten out my life, I'll never have the career I want. "How can I talk about a career when I can't even stop using drugs? Why can't I just take a gun to my head and be out of this misery?"
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December 21, 1989 | CLAUDIA PUIG, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Ill Rollins Takes Time Off From Series: Howard Rollins, co-star of the NBC series "In the Heat of the Night," has taken time off because of illness. Carroll O'Connor, the show's executive producer and star, denying a National Enquirer report that claimed he had fired Rollins, said that Rollins entered a hospital several weeks ago after having chest pains. Although the tests showed he had no coronary problems, the actor decided to take some time off, he said.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 20, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
Carroll O'Connor, executive producer and star of the NBC series "In the Heat of the Night," says he will take legal action against the tabloid that published a story saying that he has fired co-star Howard Rollins. "The article published in the Dec. 26, 1989, edition of the National Enquirer is totally unfounded and deliberately false," said O'Connor. "I am going to sue this strange pathogenic publication for its malicious statements."
ENTERTAINMENT
December 13, 1989 | RICK DU BROW, TIMES TELEVISION WRITER
Howard Rollins, co-star of the NBC police series "In the Heat of the Night," has missed three episodes of the show because of health problems and MGM-TV is allowing him to decide his future with the show, according to studio representatives. Rollins, who stars with Carroll O'Connor in the one-hour series, is back home in Covington, Ga., where the show is filmed, after admitting himself to a rehabilitation center, said David Gerber, president of MGM-TV, which produces the show for NBC.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 11, 1989
Howard Rollins, co-star of the NBC police series "In the Heat of the Night," was released from an Atlanta hospital Friday after passing a stress test for chest pains he suffered on the set of the show, MGM/UA Television announced. The studio released a statement from Crawford Long Hospital saying that there was no evidence of coronary artery blockage.
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