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Richard Erdman Dies: Veteran Character Actor In Film, TV Was 93

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Richard Erdman Dies: Veteran Character Actor In Film, TV Was 93
Richard Erdman, a film and TV actor who made a long career as an affable sidekick and character actor, has died. He was 93 and no cause of death was given.

An Oklahoma native, Erdman was the consummate secondary player. His venues ranged from the original Twilight Zone, where he played a man with a timepiece that could freeze the world, to Fred Zinneman’s The Men, where he played an easy-going paralyzed veteran who helps Marlon Brando adjust to life as a paraplegic.

Other notable roles by Erdman included his stint as an alcoholic ex-Marine in Cry Danger, and Billy Wilder’s Stalag 17, where he played a barracks chief.

Erdman moved to Los Angeles in 1941, enrolling in Hollywood High School. He was offered a Warner Bros. contract and appeared in Mr. Skeffington and later as Scooper Nolan in Janie (1944). He made 30 films at Warners, including an appearance in The Time of Your Life
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The Shape Of Water review

Guillermo del Toro's back with a superb horror romance starring Sally Hawkins. Here's our review of The Shape Of Water...

Director Guillermo del Toro applies his off-kilter sensibility to this horror romance, which reads like an idiosyncratic collision of Edward Scissorhands, Amelie and The Creature From The Black Lagoon. Like del Toro’s Spanish-language, out-and-out classics, Pan’s Labyrinth and The Devil’s Backbone, The Shape Of Water is a fairytale studded with sharp barbs of horror - and a timely underlying theme about ‘forbidden’ love.

Sally Hawkins stars as Eliza, a mute, lonely woman whose only close friend is the eccentric neighbour in the next apartment - Giles (Richard Jenkins), a gay commercial illustrator who, like Eliza, lives alone. Each day, Eliza wakes up, puts some eggs on the boil, has a bath, enthusiastically pleasures herself, and then heads off to work on the bus.

Eliza does the
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Martin Ransohoff obituary

Producer whose hirings and firings resulted in a string of hit TV shows and films of the 1960s and 70s

Martin Ransohoff, who has died aged 90, was a hands-on film producer, who had to fire directors and actors from time to time. These cruel-to-be-kind executive decisions were justified by his having a string of hits in the 1960s and 70s. Ransohoff is also remembered for having discovered the actor Sharon Tate, whom he introduced to her future husband, the director Roman Polanski.

Tate was 20 and had previously worked in television and magazine advertisements when she met Ransohoff, the chairman of the production company Filmways in 1963. Although she had no acting experience, Ransohoff signed her to a seven-year contract, taking three years to groom her for stardom. In the meantime, he gave her small parts in his company’s television productions of Mister Ed and The Beverly Hillbillies, and walk-on roles
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Martin Ransohoff obituary

Producer whose hirings and firings resulted in a string of hit TV shows and films of the 1960s and 70s

Martin Ransohoff, who has died aged 90, was a hands-on film producer, who had to fire directors and actors from time to time. These cruel-to-be-kind executive decisions were justified by his having a string of hits in the 1960s and 70s. Ransohoff is also remembered for having discovered the actor Sharon Tate, whom he introduced to her future husband, the director Roman Polanski.

Tate was 20 and had previously worked in television and magazine advertisements when she met Ransohoff, the chairman of the production company Filmways in 1963. Although she had no acting experience, Ransohoff signed her to a seven-year contract, taking three years to groom her for stardom. In the meantime, he gave her small parts in his company’s television productions of Mister Ed and The Beverly Hillbillies, and walk-on roles
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Everything to Know About Sharon Tate, the Pregnant Actress Killed by Charles Manson’s Followers

Everything to Know About Sharon Tate, the Pregnant Actress Killed by Charles Manson’s Followers
Sharon Tate was 26 in 1969 and about to begin a new chapter of her life: The successful actress was married to director Roman Polanski and eight-and-a-half months pregnant with their first child.

But that was all cut short when Sharon was killed — along with Jay Sebring, Abigail Folger, Wojciech Frykowski and Steven Parent — in a horrific stabbing at her Los Angeles-area home by followers of cult leader Charles Manson.

Manson, whose name became synonymous with evil after his arrest in connection with the 1969 murders of Tate and eight others, died of natural causes on Sunday night. He was 83 and serving a
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30 Years of Trash: The true story behind The Garbage Pail Kids Movie

On its 30th anniversary, Luke Owen revisits The Garbage Pail Kids Movie

“This is it. The worst. The absolute worst. No story, no character, no plot, just pain. Pure concentrated pain. There has never been anything this bad in the history of man. It should be studied, it should be analysed. It is pure evil. I don’t know whether to give it to a doctor to examine or a priest to exorcise. It is remarkable. Absolutely remarkable. Even the closing credits hurt. Everything about this movie is plain horrendous.” – Doug “Nostalgia Critic” Walker

They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. During the late 1960s, Art Spiegelman tried this theory when he worked on revival of a series of gum card stickers called Wacky Packages, which parodied all kinds of consumer products from food to floorwax, and the novelty lasted deep into 1970s. By the mid-1980s,
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Joe Fleishaker, 500-Pound ‘Toxic Avenger’ Actor, Dies at 62

Joe Fleishaker, 500-Pound ‘Toxic Avenger’ Actor, Dies at 62
Joe Fleishaker, an actor who weighed in at 500-pounds and became Troma Entertainment’s biggest action star, has died. He was 62. He passed away Monday at the Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York. Fleishaker made his name starring in the cult “Toxic Avenger” franchise, along with films including “Poultrygeist,” “Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D.,” “Terror Firmer” and “Tromeo and Juliet.” Also Read: Alan Young, Star of 'Mister Ed,' Dies at 96 The cause of death has not yet been determined, but the Brooklyn native suffered from morbid obesity and congestive heart failure, and his family suspects it was a heart attack.
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Mister Ed, DuckTales: Alan Young Dies at 96

Actor Alan Young has died at the age of 96. Born Angus Young, on November 19, 1919, Young is perhaps best known as Wilbur Post, from the Mister Ed TV show, which began in syndication and was picked up by CBS. Young also provided the voice for Scrooge McDuck on the DuckTales TV show and other Disney properties.

Mr. Young's other TV series work includes House of Mouse, The Ren & Stimpy Show, The Smurfs, Coming of Age, Alvin & the Chipmunks, The Dukes, The Incredible Hulk, and Battle of the Planets.

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Alan Young obituary

Actor who starred alongside Mister Ed, the talking horse, in the TV sitcom

To be remembered principally for playing straight man to a talking horse may not seem the greatest of show-business legacies, but it was one that Alan Young, who has died aged 96, was very happy to live with. For five years, between 1961 and 1966, Young starred in the extremely popular television sitcom Mister Ed opposite the titular horse. Part of the jaunty opening jingle ran: “A horse is a horse, of course, of course / And no one can talk to a horse of course / That is, of course, unless the horse is the famous Mister Ed.”

The programme’s unvarying format was established in the first episode, in which an absent-minded architect, Wilbur Post (Young), and his wife, Carol (Connie Hines), buy a home in the country. The previous tenants have left their horse behind. Carol wants to get rid of it,
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Mr Ed's straight man Alan Young dies aged 96

English-born, Canadian-educated actor’s children were with him when he died peacefully of natural causes

Actor-comedian Alan Young, who played the amiable straight man to a talking horse in the 1960s sitcom Mister Ed, has died, a spokeswoman for the Motion Picture and Television Home said on Friday. He was 96.

The English-born, Canadian-educated Young died Thursday, according to Jaime Larkin, spokeswoman for the retirement community where Young had lived for four years. His children were with him when he died peacefully of natural causes, she said.

Related: Mister Ed makes hay with Hollywood remake

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Mister Ed Star Alan Young Dead at 96

Mister Ed Star Alan Young Dead at 96
Comedic actor Alan Young, who for six seasons starred opposite a talking horse in the classic ’60s sitcom Mister Ed, died Tuesday of natural causes. He was 96.

On Mister Ed, which ran on CBS from 1961-1966, Young portrayed architect Wilbur Post. Prior to that he was best known for headlining CBS’ The Alan Young Show, which netted him a Best Actor Emmy.

His other TV credits included guest appearances on The Love Boat, Murder She Wrote, St. Elsewhere, Party of Five and ER. On the big screen, he co-starred in such films as Gentlemen Marry Brunettes, Tom Thumb, The Time Machine
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Alan Young -- Wilbur from 'Mr. Ed' ... Dead

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Alan Young, the actor who played Wilbur on "Mister Ed" ... has died. The character, whom the horse, of course, of course, called "Wilburrrrrrrrrr" ... became one of the most popular on TV from 1961 - 1965.   As you know, Mr. Ed would only speak to Wilbur, and they kept their secret throughout the run of the series. As you know, no one can talk to a horse, of course, that is, of course, unless the horse is the famous Mr.
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Alan Young Dies: ‘Mister Ed’ Star & Scrooge McDuck Voice Actor Was 96

Alan Young, the Canadian-English actor best known as Wilbur on CBS’ 1960s talking-horse sitcom Mister Ed who also provided the voice of Disney’s Scrooge McDuck for more than three decades, died Thursday. He was 96. He had been living at the Motion Picture and Television Fund campus in Woodland Hills. Born in 1919 in North Shields, Northumberland, England, his family moved to Edinburgh, Scotland, when he was a small child and shortly after to Vancouver, B.C.. After an…
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Alan Young Dies: ‘Mister Ed’ Star & Scrooge McDuck Voice Actor Was 96

Alan Young Dies: ‘Mister Ed’ Star & Scrooge McDuck Voice Actor Was 96
Alan Young, the Canadian-English actor best known as Wilbur on CBS’ 1960s talking-horse sitcom Mister Ed who also provided the voice of Disney’s Scrooge McDuck for more than three decades, died Thursday. He was 96. He had been living at the Motion Picture and Television Fund campus in Woodland Hills. Born in 1919 in North Shields, Northumberland, England, his family moved to Edinburgh, Scotland, when he was a small child and shortly after to Vancouver, B.C.. After an…
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Alan Young, Star of Mister Ed, Dies at 96

Alan Young, Star of Mister Ed, Dies at 96
Alan Young, a veteran actor who played Wilbur Post on the hit sitcom Mister Ed, died Thursday at the Motion Picture and Television Home in Woodland Hills, Calif. He was 96. Young died peacefully in his sleep of natural causes, surrounded by his adult children, according to the Motion Picture & Television Fund, which announced his passing. Young starred on the CBS comedy for five seasons from 1961-66, playing the married architect who owned a talking horse named Mr. Ed (voiced by Allan "Rocky" Lane). In 1995, Young opened up to People about his time on the show and working with his equine costar,
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Alan Young, Star of Mister Ed, Dies at 96

Alan Young, Star of Mister Ed, Dies at 96
Alan Young, a veteran actor who played Wilbur Post on the hit sitcom Mister Ed, died Thursday at the Motion Picture and Television Home in Woodland Hills, Calif. He was 96.

Young died peacefully in his sleep of natural causes, surrounded by his adult children, according to the Motion Picture & Television Fund, which announced his passing.

Young starred on the CBS comedy for five seasons from 1961–66, playing the married architect who owned a talking horse named Mr. Ed (voiced by Allan "Rocky" Lane).

In 1995, Young opened up to People about his time on the show and working with his equine costar,
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Alan Young, Star of Mister Ed, Dies at 96

Alan Young, Star of Mister Ed, Dies at 96
Alan Young, a veteran actor who played Wilbur Post on the hit sitcom Mister Ed, died Thursday at the Motion Picture and Television Home in Woodland Hills, Calif. He was 96. Young died peacefully in his sleep of natural causes, surrounded by his adult children, according to the Motion Picture & Television Fund, which announced his passing. Young starred on the CBS comedy for five seasons from 1961-66, playing the married architect who owned a talking horse named Mr. Ed (voiced by Allan "Rocky" Lane). In 1995, Young opened up to People about his time on the show and working with his equine costar,
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Alan Young, Star of Mister Ed, Dies at 96

Alan Young, Star of Mister Ed, Dies at 96
Alan Young, a veteran actor who played Wilbur Post on the hit sitcom Mister Ed, died Thursday at the Motion Picture and Television Home in Woodland Hills, Calif. He was 96. Young died peacefully in his sleep of natural causes, surrounded by his adult children, according to the Motion Picture & Television Fund, which announced his passing. Young starred on the CBS comedy for five seasons from 1961-66, playing the married architect who owned a talking horse named Mr. Ed (voiced by Allan "Rocky" Lane). In 1995, Young opened up to People about his time on the show and working with his equine costar,
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Alan Young, Star of ‘Mister Ed,’ Dies at 96

Alan Young, Star of ‘Mister Ed,’ Dies at 96
Alan Young, who starred as Wilbur Post on the 1960s TV series “Mister Ed,” died Thursday, a spokesperson for the actor told TheWrap. He was 96. Young also voiced the character Scrooge McDuck in numerous Disney films and TV series. Born in North Shields, Northumberland, England, Young and his family moved to Edinburgh, Scotland, and later to Canada. After a stint in the Royal Canadian Navy, Young landed his own radio series on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Also Read: Guy Clark, Grammy-Winning Singer-Songwriter, Dies at 74 After moving to the U.S., he starred on NBC’s “The Alan Young Show.” Young gained his greatest fame,
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“The Beverly Hillbillies” Star Donna Douglas Passes Away at 81

Marking one of the first celebrity deaths of 2015, Donna Douglas died in her Louisiana home on Thursday (January 1). According to reports, the beloved “Beverly Hillbillies” actress’ cause of death has not been disclosed. She was 81.

Ms. Douglas is best-known for her role as Elly May Clampett, though she also starred on shows like “The Twilight Zone,” “Mister Ed” and “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.”

In addition to her acting gigs, Donna also made headlines for unsuccessfully suing Disney, Whoopi Goldberg and Bette Midler for $200 on grounds that they stole her idea for “Sister Act.” She also won a settlement with Mattel after they used her “Beverly Hillbillies” name and likeness for a Barbie doll.
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