July 12, 1997
Franklin M. Heller, 85, director of the popular quiz show "What's My Line," and other television and musical productions. Heller began his career as an actor while studying at the Carnegie Institute of Technology. He appeared in a number of roles at the Old Globe Theater in San Diego before moving to New York in the 1930s and launching a career as a stage manager. During World War II, Heller was an executive producer for USO shows, which provided entertainment for soldiers overseas.
November 5, 1988
Certainly it's nice to see so much recognition being poured upon the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood ("Retrospective Recaps History of 'the Dome,' " by Jack Mathews, Nov. 1). But let's not forget that the Dome was not the first Cinerama theater in California. Rather, that distinction belonged to the Cinerama Theater in San Diego, which was closed and torn down earlier this year. As a longtime employee of that theater, I can only look upon the current events with a bit of regret for what was once the premiere showcase theater in San Diego.
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July 28, 2000
G. Wood, 80, a versatile composer and actor whose roles ranged from a martini-swilling general in "MASH" to Shakespearean characters in San Diego's Old Globe Theater. Wood's studies at Yale Drama School were interrupted by World War II, during which he wrote, produced and performed in Army shows in London. After completing graduate studies at Carnegie Mellon University, he became a cabaret performer in New York with Alice Ghostley.
September 13, 1992 |
If you think you're going nuts around the holidays, blame it on "The Nutcracker." With so many area performances of the Christmas season stalwart, you may find yourself whistling the music from the "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" instead of the latest Top 40 hit. The L.A. Music Center has not yet announced its "Nutcracker" plans--and a return of the Joffrey version is by no means assured. If you haven't got your fill, wait'll next year for the New York City Ballet movie . . .
May 21, 1992 |
"Into The Woods" we go this Saturday at Occidental College's Keck Theater. We know the path, and the woods are only trees and the trees are only wood, so there's nothing to be afraid of, and we know where we're going to end up, right? Not according to Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, who wrote the Broadway hit based on the tales of the Brothers Grimm. It first opened at the Old Globe Theater in San Diego on Dec. 4, 1986, then went on to New York's Martin Beck Theater on Oct.
August 19, 1999 |
Charles Macaulay, an actor and director who was prominent in legitimate theater but is best remembered for his role as a hapless prosecutor facing the perpetually successful Raymond Burr in a number of "Perry Mason" movies, has died. He was 72. Macaulay, a close friend of the late Burr and an administrator of his multimillion-dollar estate, died Friday of metastatic cancer in Healdsburg, Calif. He had been a partner and resident of the Raymond Burr Vineyards in Sonoma County.
April 23, 2006 |
THERE'S the "Salome" everybody is talking about -- you know, the production of the Oscar Wilde play that will open Thursday at the Wadsworth Theatre, starring Al Pacino and directed by Estelle Parsons. It's a staged reading, duplicating a 2003 Broadway production that was developed at the august Actors Studio in New York. Then there's the other "Salome" -- not by Wilde, but definitely something of a theatrical wild card.
December 9, 1988 |
James Ray, who portrayed a mean-spirited redneck in "Roots," an American diplomat in "Winds of War" and hundreds of other roles in a career that dated to the late 1940s, died Saturday at his Los Angeles home of an apparent heart attack. A man of many recognizable faces, Ray, 57, remained a relatively unrecognizable name despite a lengthy theatrical odyssey that began with his stage debut in 1949 as Friar John in a Dallas production of "Romeo and Juliet."
September 4, 1996 |
Charles "Blackie" O'Neal, versatile writer who won the first Christopher Award for his beginning novel "The Three Wishes of Jamie McRuin," has died. He was 92. O'Neal, the father of actor Ryan O'Neal and screenwriter Kevin O'Neal, died Thursday in Los Angeles. "With his novel of an Irish lad who dreamed three wishes and got them all," The Times reported in 1949, "Charles O'Neal won the Christopher Award of $5,000.