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November 15, 1990
Will Kuluva, a stage actor who made his Broadway debut in the Al Jolson musical "Hold On to Your Hats" in 1940 and then was seen through many of the putative Golden Years of TV in such classic series as "Naked City," "Philco Playhouse," "The Untouchables" and "The Defenders," has died while on vacation in the Caribbean, it was learned Tuesday. He was stricken with an embolism Nov. 6 while on a cruise ship, said Frank Tobin, a spokesman.
October 1, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Shimon Wincelberg, 80, a television writer and Broadway playwright, died at a Los Angeles nursing home Wednesday after a long illness, said publicist Fred Stuart. Wincelberg wrote nearly 100 scripts for television series that included "Naked City," "Mannix," "Police Woman," "Star Trek," "Gunsmoke," "Have Gun, Will Travel," "Lost in Space" and, more recently, "Law & Order."
May 28, 2006
Thank you for recognizing the contribution of my grandfather, William H. Daniels, on the front page of your Hollywood commemorative section [May 21] and the caption inside that described him as an "unsung hero." Daniels was director of photography on most of Garbo's U.S. films. Plus Erich von Stroheim's "Foolish Wives" and "Greed," "Dinner at Eight," "Winchester '73," "Ocean's Eleven," "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" and "Valley of the Dolls" -- where, reportedly, director Mark Robson wanted a cinematographer who could replicate the '30s glamour look and was told, "Bill Daniels was doing it in the '30s."
April 9, 2012
The track record of transforming a hit movie into a TV series has been decidedly mixed. For every "MASH," "Alice," "Lassie" or "The Naked City," there have been countless disappointments including "The Planet of the Apes" and the recent "The Firm. " On Tuesday, Warner Home Video is releasing another short-lived small screen adaptation of a big screen blockbuster, "Logan's Run," based on the 1976 sci-fi thriller starring Michael York. The TV series, which aired on CBS from fall 1977 until early 1978, starred Gregory Harrison; Heather Menzies from "The Sound of Music" costarred.
August 23, 1991
Sy Salkowitz, 65, former president of 20th Century Fox Television, died at his Rancho Santa Fe home on Thursday. The Philadelphia native began his television and screen writing career in 1956 on the Erroll Flynn Theatre. Salkowitz wrote more than 350 episodes for such series as "Naked City," "Mission Impossible," "Perry Mason," "Police Story," "The Untouchables," "The Virginian" and "Ironsides."
Gerald Gordon, a popular Emmy Award-winning soap opera star who portrayed a high-strung neurosurgeon on "The Doctors" and "General Hospital," has died. He was 67. Gordon, also a character in such prime-time fare as "The Twilight Zone" and "Law & Order," died Friday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after a long illness. Known for his rugged good looks, Gordon dominated soap opera magazine covers from the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s.
September 25, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Actress Louise Platt, 88, the last surviving passenger aboard the overland stage in "Stagecoach," the classic 1939 John Ford western, died of undisclosed causes Sept. 6 at a hospital in Greenport, N.Y. Platt played Lucy Mallory, the pregnant wife of a cavalry officer, on the Lordsburg-bound coach driven by Andy Devine. Her fellow passengers included John Wayne, Claire Trevor, Thomas Mitchell, Donald Meek, John Carradine and Berton Churchill.
November 10, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Jerry Sohl, 88, a novelist and scriptwriter, probably best known for his science fiction work, died Monday at a hospital in Thousand Oaks. The cause of death was not announced, but Sohl had been in declining health for some time. Born in Los Angeles, Sohl grew up in Chicago and dropped out of college for a career in the newspaper business. He worked as a photographer, police reporter, critic and reviewer for several Midwest papers after World War II.
August 3, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Jane Hoffman, 93, a Broadway and off-Broadway actress known for her work in Edward Albee plays, died July 26 in a hospital in Woodland Hills of natural causes. She had lived in Manhattan until moving to Los Angeles recently. A native of Seattle, Hoffman earned a bachelor's degree at UC Berkeley and studied at the Actors Studio and with private coaches in New York City.
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