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December 2, 1991 | CHARLES CHAMPLIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In days when the moguls still walked the Earth, the Hollywood studios were a series of stock companies. Richard Zanuck once boasted that his father, Darryl, could cast any film he wanted to by consulting the list of contract players on a sheet of paper beneath the glass on his desk top. Ralph Bellamy, who died Friday at 87, was one of those expert and versatile players the industry in an earlier day was so expert at finding and keeping busy.
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September 2, 2005 | Carina Chocano, Times Staff Writer
In an essay about character actors of the 1930s and '40s, Luc Sante described Ralph Bellamy as "the other guy, the extra man, the school pal you forgot about until you saw his obituary, and then missed him without knowing why." Asked what his ex-wife's new fiance looked like in "His Girl Friday," Cary Grant cracked, "He looks like Ralph Bellamy." Long after he ceased to be played by Bellamy himself, "the Ralph Bellamy character" has remained a staple of romantic comedies.
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November 30, 1991 | From a Times Staff Writer
Actor Ralph Bellamy, once a portrayer of amiable clods who broke from that stereotype to triumph as Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the play "Sunrise at Campobello," died Friday after a film, stage, radio and television career that lasted more than 60 years. He was 87. Bellamy died at 2:18 a.m. at St. John's Hospital and Health Center, said A. C. Lyles, veteran film producer and a friend of Bellamy's for 53 years.
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February 13, 2000
I enjoyed your article on the making of "Thirteen Days" about the Cuban missile crisis, and am glad a film studio is tackling the difficult subject ("A Test of Wills, Take 2," by Patrick Goldstein, Jan. 30). It should be noted, as well, that this isn't the first time Hollywood has dealt with the event: That would be "The Missiles of October," an acclaimed 1974 TV production that starred William Devane, Martin Sheen, Ralph Bellamy and Howard DaSilva--based in part on the book "Thirteen Days" by Robert Kennedy.
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December 5, 1991 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Bellamy Eulogized: At funeral services Tuesday at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, Ralph Bellamy was praised for his kindness and his skill as an actor over seven decades. Veteran producer A. C. Lyles said to merely call Bellamy an actor was "like saying Joe DiMaggio was an athlete who could also hit baseballs." Actor Frank Maxwell called Bellamy "the only man, the only actor I ever met, who deserved to be and should have been president of the United States."
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February 13, 2000
I enjoyed your article on the making of "Thirteen Days" about the Cuban missile crisis, and am glad a film studio is tackling the difficult subject ("A Test of Wills, Take 2," by Patrick Goldstein, Jan. 30). It should be noted, as well, that this isn't the first time Hollywood has dealt with the event: That would be "The Missiles of October," an acclaimed 1974 TV production that starred William Devane, Martin Sheen, Ralph Bellamy and Howard DaSilva--based in part on the book "Thirteen Days" by Robert Kennedy.
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October 8, 1986 | From United Press International
A Superior Court judge today quashed a prosecution subpoena for 81-year-old actor Ralph Bellamy to testify at the "Twilight Zone" manslaughter trial, calling the subpoena a "fishing expedition." Judge Roger W. Boren ruled that Bellamy was not "personally present on any of the occasions relating to anything . . . in this case (and) does not have any special expertise relating to the issues."
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September 2, 2005 | Carina Chocano, Times Staff Writer
In an essay about character actors of the 1930s and '40s, Luc Sante described Ralph Bellamy as "the other guy, the extra man, the school pal you forgot about until you saw his obituary, and then missed him without knowing why." Asked what his ex-wife's new fiance looked like in "His Girl Friday," Cary Grant cracked, "He looks like Ralph Bellamy." Long after he ceased to be played by Bellamy himself, "the Ralph Bellamy character" has remained a staple of romantic comedies.
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October 9, 1986 | PAUL FELDMAN, Times Staff Writer
The judge in the "Twilight Zone" manslaughter case Wednesday quashed a prosecution subpoena for veteran actor Ralph Bellamy to testify as a trial witness, terming the subpoena "a fishing expedition." Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Roger W. Boren said he would not force Bellamy to testify at the trial of director John Landis and four associates because Bellamy "was not personally present" during the 1982 accident in which actor Vic Morrow and two children died on the film set.
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December 5, 1991 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Bellamy Eulogized: At funeral services Tuesday at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, Ralph Bellamy was praised for his kindness and his skill as an actor over seven decades. Veteran producer A. C. Lyles said to merely call Bellamy an actor was "like saying Joe DiMaggio was an athlete who could also hit baseballs." Actor Frank Maxwell called Bellamy "the only man, the only actor I ever met, who deserved to be and should have been president of the United States."
ENTERTAINMENT
December 2, 1991 | CHARLES CHAMPLIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In days when the moguls still walked the Earth, the Hollywood studios were a series of stock companies. Richard Zanuck once boasted that his father, Darryl, could cast any film he wanted to by consulting the list of contract players on a sheet of paper beneath the glass on his desk top. Ralph Bellamy, who died Friday at 87, was one of those expert and versatile players the industry in an earlier day was so expert at finding and keeping busy.
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November 30, 1991 | From a Times Staff Writer
Actor Ralph Bellamy, once a portrayer of amiable clods who broke from that stereotype to triumph as Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the play "Sunrise at Campobello," died Friday after a film, stage, radio and television career that lasted more than 60 years. He was 87. Bellamy died at 2:18 a.m. at St. John's Hospital and Health Center, said A. C. Lyles, veteran film producer and a friend of Bellamy's for 53 years.
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October 9, 1986 | PAUL FELDMAN, Times Staff Writer
The judge in the "Twilight Zone" manslaughter case Wednesday quashed a prosecution subpoena for veteran actor Ralph Bellamy to testify as a trial witness, terming the subpoena "a fishing expedition." Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Roger W. Boren said he would not force Bellamy to testify at the trial of director John Landis and four associates because Bellamy "was not personally present" during the 1982 accident in which actor Vic Morrow and two children died on the film set.
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October 8, 1986 | From United Press International
A Superior Court judge today quashed a prosecution subpoena for 81-year-old actor Ralph Bellamy to testify at the "Twilight Zone" manslaughter trial, calling the subpoena a "fishing expedition." Judge Roger W. Boren ruled that Bellamy was not "personally present on any of the occasions relating to anything . . . in this case (and) does not have any special expertise relating to the issues."
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August 15, 2000
Q. Los Angeles has been selected as the site for how many Democratic National Conventions? A. Three. Sorry, it's a trick question. Besides the two real conventions now and in 1960, a reenactment of the 1924 convention was shot in the Shrine Auditorium for the movie "Sunrise at Campobello," starring Ralph Bellamy as Franklin D. Roosevelt. The filming took place in 1960 just before the real convention convened. Source: Los Angeles Times archives
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April 5, 1987
. . . Backstage at the Oscars, producer Arnold Kopelson attributed much of "Platoon's" success to teen-agers who like the pic: "They're tired of seeing teen movies. They don't want coming-of-age stories. . . . They want things they can think and talk about." Hmmmm. Kopelson's Film Packages Inc. helped package and produce . . . "Porky's." . . . If the movie academy felt strongly enough about Ralph Bellamy's contributions as an actor to give him an Oscar for his body of work (65 years!
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