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July 22, 1999 | KEN WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Between the publication of his first book in 1827 and his death in 1849, Edgar Allan Poe wrote hundreds of short stories, poems, novellas, essays and literary critiques. He virtually invented the detective story, revolutionized the short story, and his theories about the space-time continuum and the expanding and contracting universe predated those of Einstein and Stephen Hawking.
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December 27, 2001 | Robin Rauzi
The actor plays the hobbit Sam in "The Lord of the Rings." Flashback Friday: On a recent Friday we went to the Silent Movie Theater on Fairfax to see, on the recommendation of my father [actor John Astin], a film by Harold Lloyd that he loved when he was a kid. In L.A., one of my favorite things to do is spend time with my dad. We might go to Guido's restaurant on Santa Monica Boulevard, right by Bundy.
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December 27, 2001 | Robin Rauzi
The actor plays the hobbit Sam in "The Lord of the Rings." Flashback Friday: On a recent Friday we went to the Silent Movie Theater on Fairfax to see, on the recommendation of my father [actor John Astin], a film by Harold Lloyd that he loved when he was a kid. In L.A., one of my favorite things to do is spend time with my dad. We might go to Guido's restaurant on Santa Monica Boulevard, right by Bundy.
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July 22, 1999 | KEN WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Between the publication of his first book in 1827 and his death in 1849, Edgar Allan Poe wrote hundreds of short stories, poems, novellas, essays and literary critiques. He virtually invented the detective story, revolutionized the short story, and his theories about the space-time continuum and the expanding and contracting universe predated those of Einstein and Stephen Hawking.
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March 8, 1992 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
ABC canceled "The Addams Family," the sitcom based on popular Charles Addams' cartoons, in 1966. But for John Astin, who played the wacky Addams' patriarch, Gomez, it's almost as if the show never went off the air. "It has been on (in reruns) throughout most of the country," Astin said. "Not a day has gone by that I have been out that someone hasn't talked to me about the show." Astin, 61, is playing another delightfully spooky character on NBC's offbeat fantasy-adventure series "Eerie, Indiana."
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April 10, 1993 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The pallid attempt to revive "Harvey" at La Mirada Theatre is no more solid than the play's own giant white rabbit. Director John Astin was stuck with an unfortunate example of star miscasting--he plays Jimmy Stewart's role himself. Astin as the sweet gentleman whose camaraderie with the invisible bunny Harvey leads to chaos at the local loony bin? No way. With his sharply angled features and a perpetual glint in his eyes, Astin is one of the last actors who should play Elwood P. Dowd.
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September 1, 1998
Funeral services for music arranger and producer Gene Page will be Wednesday at noon at First Congregational Church of Los Angeles, 540 S. Commonwealth Ave. Among the speakers will be actors Sally Kellerman and John Astin, and Carl Anderson will sing. Page died Aug. 24 in Los Angeles at the age of 58.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 1990
. . . "The Killer Tomatoes Strike Back"--third in the series--rolls late this month. This time out, look for the vicious veggies to assist Prof. Gangreen (John Astin) as he attempts to take over the airwaves. . . . Cuddly Comrade: Now in toy stores--wearing a little Soviet sailor suit--is a red teddy bear, licensed by Paramount Pics, called "The Hunt for Red Octo- bear ."
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February 26, 1992 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Lend Me a Lead: Actor John Astin, whom television viewers remember as husband Gomez on TV's "The Addams Family," will take over the role of the opera impresario when "Lend Me a Tenor" moves to the Henry Fonda Theatre. The comedy closes its sold-out run at the Pasadena Playhouse on Sunday, then opens at the Fonda next week, playing March 5-29. Astin, who previously played the impresario role in La Mirada, replaces Paul Dooley, who was injured in a motorcycle accident.
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May 15, 1997
Panelists including WB Entertainment President Garth Ancier, Parents Television Council Executive Director Mark Honig and actors John Astin ("The Addams Family"), Richard Thomas ("The Waltons"), Stephen Collins ("7th Heaven") and Elinor Donahue ("Father Knows Best") will take part in "The Impact of Family Television Through the Decades," an Academy of Television Arts & Sciences symposium taking place Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 1993 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The pallid attempt to revive "Harvey" at La Mirada Theatre is no more solid than the play's own giant white rabbit. Director John Astin was stuck with an unfortunate example of star miscasting--he plays Jimmy Stewart's role himself. Astin as the sweet gentleman whose camaraderie with the invisible bunny Harvey leads to chaos at the local loony bin? No way. With his sharply angled features and a perpetual glint in his eyes, Astin is one of the last actors who should play Elwood P. Dowd.
NEWS
March 8, 1992 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
ABC canceled "The Addams Family," the sitcom based on popular Charles Addams' cartoons, in 1966. But for John Astin, who played the wacky Addams' patriarch, Gomez, it's almost as if the show never went off the air. "It has been on (in reruns) throughout most of the country," Astin said. "Not a day has gone by that I have been out that someone hasn't talked to me about the show." Astin, 61, is playing another delightfully spooky character on NBC's offbeat fantasy-adventure series "Eerie, Indiana."
ENTERTAINMENT
July 22, 1999 | KEN WILLIAMS
TV trivia time: Who were the first TV couple to share the same bed? Ozzie and Harriet, who were allowed to do so by network censors only because they were husband and wife in real life. Now, name the first unmarried actors to do so. Mike and Carol Brady, of "The Brady Bunch." And what was Gomez and Morticia Addams' claim to fame in the annals of TV family-dom? "In our day, there was no married couple on television that [you'd believe] could have actually have had kids!"
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March 9, 1992 | DON SHIRLEY
When an opera star inadvertently pops too many pills and poops out--in the plot of Ken Ludwig's farce, "Lend Me a Tenor"--he's replaced by an amateur. But when "Tenor" moved from the Pasadena Playhouse to the Henry Fonda Theatre shortly after Paul Dooley--who played the opera impresario--was injured in an accident, a seasoned pro was ready.
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