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November 24, 2002 | Myrna Oliver, Times Staff Writer
Parley Baer, a durable character actor whose six-decade career encompassed more than 60 motion pictures, 1,600 television shows and an amazing 15,000 radio programs including the original version of "Gunsmoke," has died. He was 88. The actor, who worked steadily from the early 1930s to the mid-1990s, died Friday at the Motion Picture and Television Hospital in Woodland Hills of complications from a stroke suffered Nov. 11.
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 8, 2000 | STEVE CARNEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Four decades after he was last paid to say them, George Walsh still rattles off thewords in the steady, measured tone once familiar to listeners nationwide: "Around Dodge City and in the territory out West, there's just one way to handle the killers and the spoilers, and that's with a U.S. marshal and the smell of 'Gunsmoke.' " At that point the music swelled, a shot rang out and ricocheted, and the radio show that gained even more fame later on TV was on the air for another week.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 27, 1990 | RICK DU BROW
TV or not TV. . . . INSIDE MOVES: On NBC, a shark finishes off a star of "Baywatch" this Friday. At ABC, the signing of Victoria Principal for two series robs CBS of a top headliner. At CBS, Valerie Bertinelli tries a comedy series to get the network back on track. Separate moves, but all part of midseason network strategy to win the upper hand. So was NBC's Saturday "Hunter" episode in which the police partners played by Fred Dryer and Stepfanie Kramer finally went to bed with each other.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 15, 1997 | SHAUNA SNOW
MOVIES Back to Square One: Looks like Madonna might not get to play Tina Modotti after all. The singer-actress had signed a deal in February to follow up her big-screen turn as "Evita" by portraying Modotti--the Italian-born actress and photographer who became well-known in the 1930s for her political activism in Mexico.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 19, 1992 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
Critics of a proposed CBS sitcom version of "Driving Miss Daisy" saw nothing funny about its attempt to find humor in the segregated South of the early 1950s, where whites treated African-Americans largely like chattel. Four decades later, is there anything funny about African-American life in a New York ghetto where a drug dealer gets away with menacing an earnest counselor at a youth center because the young man disciplined the criminal's little brother? We're about to find out.
SPORTS
January 25, 1995 | PETE THOMAS
Anglers aboard the Royal Polaris probably didn't sleep much the last two days. And they probably won't get much rest in the next few. Tuna the size of buffalo will see to that. The long-range fishing boat from Fisherman's Landing in San Diego was the first out of the gate after Mexico announced last Friday that it would issue permits to fish the Revillagigedo Islands, after all.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 29, 1990 | GREG BRAXTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Several radio buffs who already feel that not enough respect and attention is paid to old-time radio now fear that their wishes to save what they call a valuable historic radio resource is falling on deaf ears.
NEWS
April 16, 1992 | BILL LOCEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
You remember the State Department, don't you? It's all those serious types in expensive suits eager to maintain the worldwide balance of power by selling guns and bombs to other countries. Pssst, say buddy, wanna buy a tank, a fighter plane, some rocket launchers, a bit of nerve gas, or maybe a zydeco band? Spoiling their image of Realpolitik hardball players, the State Department occasionally gets involved in rock 'n' roll. Your tax dollars at work? How about your tax dollars at a dance?
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