William Schallert was a talented and prolific actor on television and in film for more than 60 years. He is best known as Patty Duke’s father in the “Patty Duke Show”. He was also president of the Screen Actor’s Guild. He passed away at age 93 over the weekend.
Garry Shandling passed away at age 66 on March 24th. He was a talented comedy writer before he became known as a great standup comedian. He guest hosted for Johnny Carson on “The Tonight Show”. He had 2 successful comedy series, “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show” and “The Larry Sanders Show”. This is his first appearance on the “Tonight Show” in 1981.
Ken Howard was a talented actor who appeared on Broadway, Television and Film. He was also the President of the Screen Actors Guild and was instrumental in improving the benefits and pensions of his fellow actors and actresses. He passed away at age 71 earlier this week.
Joe Garagiola passed away at age 90 earlier this week. He was one of the first professional athletes to go into broadcasting and became one of the most versatile broadcasters in the industry. In addition to calling baseball games, he co-hosted the “Today Show” on NBC, hosted game shows, hosted the “Westminster Dog Show” and “Orange Bowl Parade”. The interview above is a portion of a conversation I had with Joe on WSRQ radio several years ago.
Bob Elliott was a talented comedian, broadcaster and writer and one-half of the classic comedy/broadcast team of Bob and Ray. He passed away at age 92 today. Here is one of Bob and Ray’s classic comedy routines, the Slow Talkers of America.
Actor Abe Vigoda passed away in his sleep yesterday at age 94. He is best remembered for his role as Det. Fish on “Barney Miller” and on his own series “Fish” in the 1970’s. He was also in “The Godfather”. He was a fine actor who had a long and successful career on stage as well as television and films.
Jim Simpson was one of the great sportscasters in the history of television and radio. He passed away at age 88 on Wednesday. Here’s a few minutes of his call of the famous “Holy Roller” play in the Oakland Raiders/San Diego Chargers game on NBC-TV.