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May 25, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Service Reports
Vic Tayback, the actor who portrayed loudmouth diner owner and fry cook Mel Sharples on the long-running television series "Alice," died early today in his sleep of a heart attack. He was 60. Fred Amsel, Tayback's friend and agent for 20 years, said Tayback was rushed to Glendale Adventist Hospital following the heart attack at about 1 a.m., but could not be revived.
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June 25, 2012
The track record of adapting hit films into TV series has been spotty at best. For every small screen success such as CBS' "MASH," there have been such turkeys as the recent NBC series "The Firm. " The stars aligned for CBS in 1976 with the sitcom "Alice," a warmly funny adaptation of Martin Scorsese's 1974 "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore," for which Ellen Burstyn won the Oscar as a widower with a young son who ends up working at a greasy spoon named Mel's. Warner Archive just released the first season on DVD. Linda Lavin was perfectly cast as Alice, as were Polly Holliday and Beth Howland as waitresses Flo and Vera.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 7, 1990 | JANICE ARKATOV
Vic Tayback moves further away from the all-American Mel of "Alice's" with his role as the Lebanese immigrant Youssef Joseph in S.K. Hershewe's comedy, "An Oasis in Manhattan," opening Jan. 19 at the Venture Theatre in Burbank. "The 'oasis' is Youssef's household," explained Tayback, "and he runs it like a dictator. He loves the United States--he voted for Eisenhower, Nixon and Reagan--and thinks that freedom, education and democracy are a good idea.
NEWS
May 26, 1990 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Vic Tayback, the actor best known for his role as the gruff diner owner and short-order cook Mel Sharples on the long-running television series "Alice," died early Friday of a heart attack. He was 60. Tayback was pronounced dead at 1:56 a.m. at Glendale Adventist Medical Center, where he was taken after his wife called paramedics. She said he had climbed out of bed, taken a few steps and collapsed.
NEWS
May 26, 1990 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Vic Tayback, the actor best known for his role as the gruff diner owner and short-order cook Mel Sharples on the long-running television series "Alice," died early Friday of a heart attack. He was 60. Tayback was pronounced dead at 1:56 a.m. at Glendale Adventist Medical Center, where he was taken after his wife called paramedics. She said he had climbed out of bed, taken a few steps and collapsed.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 18, 1985
Vic Tayback will replace Jack Klugman in "Twelve Angry Men" at the new Henry Fonda Theatre. Klugman left the cast last week after having a polyp removed from his throat. Best known for his role as Mel on "Alice," Tayback is a co-founder of Company of Angels and a member of the Actors Studio. Opening night remains Feb. 26.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 25, 2012
The track record of adapting hit films into TV series has been spotty at best. For every small screen success such as CBS' "MASH," there have been such turkeys as the recent NBC series "The Firm. " The stars aligned for CBS in 1976 with the sitcom "Alice," a warmly funny adaptation of Martin Scorsese's 1974 "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore," for which Ellen Burstyn won the Oscar as a widower with a young son who ends up working at a greasy spoon named Mel's. Warner Archive just released the first season on DVD. Linda Lavin was perfectly cast as Alice, as were Polly Holliday and Beth Howland as waitresses Flo and Vera.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 25, 1991 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Horseplayer" (selected theaters) is the L.A. minimalist movie at its best, a dry, deadpan psychological thriller that makes a virtue of its near no-budget. Kurt Voss, who co-wrote the witty road adventure "Delusion" and was one of the writer-directors of "Border Radio," is as unapologetic and resourceful a director as Edgar Ulmer when it comes to shooting an entire movie in primarily three settings.
NEWS
May 25, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Service Reports
Vic Tayback, the actor who portrayed loudmouth diner owner and fry cook Mel Sharples on the long-running television series "Alice," died early today in his sleep of a heart attack. He was 60. Fred Amsel, Tayback's friend and agent for 20 years, said Tayback was rushed to Glendale Adventist Hospital following the heart attack at about 1 a.m., but could not be revived.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 7, 1990 | JANICE ARKATOV
Vic Tayback moves further away from the all-American Mel of "Alice's" with his role as the Lebanese immigrant Youssef Joseph in S.K. Hershewe's comedy, "An Oasis in Manhattan," opening Jan. 19 at the Venture Theatre in Burbank. "The 'oasis' is Youssef's household," explained Tayback, "and he runs it like a dictator. He loves the United States--he voted for Eisenhower, Nixon and Reagan--and thinks that freedom, education and democracy are a good idea.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 18, 1985
Vic Tayback will replace Jack Klugman in "Twelve Angry Men" at the new Henry Fonda Theatre. Klugman left the cast last week after having a polyp removed from his throat. Best known for his role as Mel on "Alice," Tayback is a co-founder of Company of Angels and a member of the Actors Studio. Opening night remains Feb. 26.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 27, 1987 | LEE MARGULIES, Times Staff Writer
Historical footnote: "The Love Boat" sets sail on its final cruise tonight (barring future reunions, of course, which, come to think of it, seem inevitable--like revisitations of seasickness). You thought "The Love Boat" had already left? Wishful thinking! While it's true that ABC did bid it bon voyage as a weekly series last year, the network also ordered three two-hour installments as specials for this season. The third one airs tonight (9-11 p.m., Channels 7, 3, 10 and 42).
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