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Philip McKeon, ‘Alice’ Star, Dies at 55

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Philip McKeon, ‘Alice’ Star, Dies at 55
Alice” star Philip McKeon has died at the age of 55, according to a representative.

McKeon died on Tuesday after a long battle with an unspecified illness.

“We are all beyond heartbroken and devastated over Phil’s passing,” family spokesperson Jeff Ballard said in a statement. “His wonderful sense of humor, kindness and loyalty will be remembered by all who crossed his path in life.”

McKeon, who was the older brother of “Facts of Life” star Nancy McKeon, was best known for co-starring alongside Linda Lavin in the CBS comedy “Alice,” from 1976 to 1985. He went on to make appearances on shows including “CHiPs,” “Fantasy Island” and “The Love Boat.”
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‘Alice’ Child Star Philip McKeon Dies at 55

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‘Alice’ Child Star Philip McKeon Dies at 55
Philip McKeon, known for playing the son of Linda Lavin’s titular character in the classic CBS sitcom “Alice,” has died. He was 55.

The actor died Tuesday morning in Texas following a longtime illness, family spokesman Jeff Ballard confirmed to Variety.

“We are all beyond heartbroken and devasted over Phil’s passing,” said Ballard. “His wonderful sense of humor, kindness and loyalty will be remembered by all who crossed his path in life.”

McKeon played the role of Tommy Hyatt on “Alice” from 1976 to 1985. Following that, he appeared in several other TV shows including the NBC crime drama “CHiPs,” and a pair of ABC series, “Fantasy Island” and “The Love Boat,” in 1984. On the film side, McKeon appeared mostly in horror pics, among them “Return to Horror High” and “Ghoulies 4.”

His most recent credit was as a co-producer on the 2005 psychological thriller feature “The Jacket,” which starred Adrien Brody and Keira Knightley,
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Robert Walker Jr. Dies: ‘Star Trek’ Actor And Son Of Hollywood Stars Was 79

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Robert Walker Jr. Dies:  ‘Star Trek’ Actor And Son Of Hollywood Stars Was 79
Robert Walker Jr., best known for a classic early Star Trek episode and as the son of Hollywood stars Robert Walker and Jennifer Jones, died Thursday in Malibu, according to family members. He was 79.

The New York native portrayed the twitchy, callow title character in “Charlie X,” the second episode of Star Trek’s pioneering first season in 1966, and also handled the title role of the notable 1960s feature films Ensign Pulver and Young Billy Young.

For Ensign Pulver, the comedic 1964 naval drama, Walker inherited a role that had earned Jack Lemmon an Oscar for best supporting actor for Mister Roberts (1955). In the 1969 gunfighter tale Young Billy Young, Walker was the volatile outlaw who finds a mentor in Robert Mitchum in film that also featured Angie Dickinson and David Carradine. That same year Walker and his wife, Ellie Wood, appeared together in the milestone counter-culture epic Easy Rider.

Walker’s
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John J. McMahon, Founding President of Carson Productions, Dies at 89

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John J. McMahon, the former president of Carson Productions Group and Wilshire Court Productions, died Monday at his Brentwood, Calif. home after a battle with advanced prostate cancer. He was 89.

A longtime network executive, McMahon served as senior V.P. of programming and talent for NBC where he’s credited for his involvement in shows including “The Rockford Files,” “CHiPs,” “Little House on the Prairie,” “Chico and the Man,” “Police Woman,” “Sanford and Son” and “Facts of Life.”

His friend Johnny Carson hired him as president of Carson Productions in 1980, where he oversaw “TV’s Bloopers and Practical Jokes,” “John and Yoko: A Love Story” and the Academy Award nominated film “The Big Chill.”

Born in Chicago in 1930, McMahon attended the U. of Wisconsin for a year before being drafted into the Us Armed Services during the Korean War, for which he earned two Bronze Stars. After finishing his term of service,
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Mortal Kombat Reboot Casts Sonya Blade and Kano

Matthew Byrd Aug 26, 2019

Sonya Blade, Kano, and a mysterious lead character appear to have all been cast in the Mortal Kombat reboot.

Thanks to a new report from The Hollywood Reporter, we now know who is going to play Sonya Blade and Kano in the Mortal Kombat reboot movie. 

It seems that Jessica McNamee is currently in negotiations to play Sonya. While the 33-year-old McNamee has only started to receive larger roles over the last couple of years, she certainly looks the part and has showcased that she may have what it takes to play this iconic Mortal Kombat character. 

Joining McNamee will be joined by Josh Lawson who has reportedly already closed his deal to play Kano in the upcoming film. Lawson's filmography is a tad more obscure, but you may know him from Anchorman 2 or the TV series Superstore. Again, he certainly seems to look the part. 

Perhaps most interesting of all,
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Happy Birthday to The Bold & The Beautiful Star John McCook — Relive His Television Career in Pictures!

Best wishes to veteran actor John McCook, who is celebrating his birthday today! Join us in celebrating this great talent with a look back at his amazing career! (Photo Credit: Cliff Lipson/CBS) Best known to daytime audiences for his work on B&b since the soap’s debut in 1987, the actor also appeared as Lance Prentiss on The Young & The Restless from 1976 to 1980. In addition, McCook has also guest-starred on numerous primetime series like The Love Boat, CHiPS, Three's Company, Diff’Rent Strokes and Dynasty. For his work on B&b, he has been nominated twice for the Outstanding Lead Actor Daytime Emmy Award, in 2001 and 2012. Check out the gallery below for a look back at McCook's impressive television resume, including his roles in daytime, primetime, and even game shows! While Eric has had more than his fair share of wives on the soap, in real life, McCook has
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Suspect in Hollywood Producer’s 1985 Murder Arrested in North Carolina

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A suspect has been arrested in connection with the 1985 murder of Hollywood TV director and producer Barry Crane, who was found strangled and bludgeoned to death and wrapped in bedding on the floor if his townhouse’s underground garage in Studio City.

Edwin Jerry Hiatt II was arrested in North Carolina and is being held on $2 million bond. He will be extradited to Los Angeles this weekend.

Crane, who was 57 at the time of his death, was also a world-class bridge player, having earned numerous national and international titles and winning the game’s highest honor, the McKenny Trophy, six times.

He was a producer on TV’s “Mission: Impossible,” “Police Story,” “The Incredible Hulk” and “CHiPs.”

An Associated Press report from the time of the murder stated that Crane’s late-model white Cadillac was missing from the garage, though police said they were not certain whether it’d been stolen or was being serviced.
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Suspect Arrested In 1985 Killing Of TV Director Barry Crane After Lapd Investigation

The FBI has arrested the main suspect in the death TV director Barry Crane, a killing that had gone unsolved for decades. Edwin Hiatt was taken into custody today in North Carolina and is awaiting extradition to California.

Crane, whose dozens of TV directing credits included multiple episodes of Mission Impossible, The Six Million Dollar Man and Wonder Woman, was killed in his North Hollywood home on July 5, 1985. His strangled and bludgeoned body found by a housekeeper in the garage of his luxury townhouse.

The case had gone unsolved for decades when in 2006, and again last year, a detective from the Lapd’s Robbery Homicide Division requested that evidence found at the scene of the crime be retested. In July, that evidence turned up a forensic match to Hiatt, who resided in North Carolina.

On March 8, detectives traveled to North Carolina to question Hiatt. During the interview, police say, he admitted to killing Crane.
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Kip Niven Dies: ‘Magnum Force’ Rogue Cop & Actor In ‘Alice’, ‘The Waltons’ & Sensurround Films Was 73

Kip Niven Dies: ‘Magnum Force’ Rogue Cop & Actor In ‘Alice’, ‘The Waltons’ & Sensurround Films Was 73
Kip Niven, a veteran character actor whose career ranged from early-’70s TV and the first two Sensurround films to regional theater and starring in 2014’s Jayhawkers, has died. He was 73. Local media outlets in his native Kansas City, Mo, said Niven died Monday of a heart attack.

Born on May 27, 1945, he got his start with guest roles in such 1970s TV dramas as Night Gallery, Escape and Emergency! before landing a key role in the first Dirty Harry sequel. In 1973’s Magnum Force, Niven played “Red” Astrachan, one of the vigilante rookie cops who terrorize San Francisco’s underworld — and eventually Clint Eastwood, who eventually gets his revenge. Astrachan’s comrades were played by future stars Robert Urich, Tim Matheson and David Soul.

After that, Niven would appear in dozens of TV shows and more than a dozen features including Earthquake (1974) and Midway (1976), the first two movies released in
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Ken Kercheval Dies: ‘Dallas’ Actor Was 83

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Ken Kercheval Dies: ‘Dallas’ Actor Was 83
Actor Ken Kercheval, best known as Texas businessman Cliff Barnes on the CBS series Dallas, has died. A cause of death is not known, but a spokesperson at the Frist Funeral Home in the actor’s hometown of Clinton, Indiana, told Deadline that Kercheval died Sunday. He was 83.

Kercheval’s character was a signature presence on Dallas — along with his bitter rival J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman), Barnes was the only character to appear in all 14 seasons (1978-1991) of the soapy saga about Texas crude and crude Texans. The character was originally modeled on Robert F. Kennedy but that template didn’t hold for long. Instead Barnes was defined by his family’s rivalry with the Ewings and his character was spun in varied directions as needed — his job title, for instance, changed a dozen times over the course of the series.

Kercheval was also in the 1986 prequel Dallas: The Early Years, a TV movie that fleshed out the franchise’s central conflict, the rivalry between the two oil industry families. Kercheval also returned to the character for the 1996 television movie Dallas: J.R. Returns and then again for three seasons (2012-2014) of a Dallas revival, which presented the career-bouncing Barnes as a casino industry player.

Dallas also gave Kercheval a chance to experiment with job directions himself: He went behind the camera to direct an episode of the series in each of its final two seasons.

Kercheval was born July 15, 1935, in Wolcottville, Ind., and raised in nearby Clinton. A music and drama major at Indiana University he later studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York. Kercheval began his professional acting career on the stage, making his Broadway debut in the 1962 play Something About A Soldier. He went on to appear Off-Broadway in 1972’s Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill revue. His other theatre credits include The Apple Tree, Cabaret (replacing Bert Convy as Cliff), and Here’s Where I Belong. He also appeared as the title character in the original Broadway production of Fiddler on the Roof, co-starring with Herschel Bernardi, Maria Karnilova, Julia Migenes, Leonard Frey, and Pia Zadora.

It was television, however, where Kercheval became a face familiar to millions. His credits included appearances on E.R., L.A. Law,, Murder She Wrote, CHiPs, Highway to Heaven, Kojak, The Love Boat, Matlock, and Starsky & Hutch. His film credits include Network, The Seven-Ups and F.I.S.T. in the 1970s.
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Ken Kercheval, Cliff Barnes on ‘Dallas,’ Dies at 83

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Ken Kercheval, Cliff Barnes on ‘Dallas,’ Dies at 83
Ken Kercheval, who played oil tycoon Cliff Barnes, the rival of Larry Hagman’s J.R. Ewing on “Dallas,” has died. He was 83.

A spokeswoman at Frist Funeral Home in Kercheval’s hometown of Clinton, Ind., confirmed his death on Wednesday to Variety, but did not provide additional information.

Kercheval and Hagman were the only two stars who appeared on CBS’ soap opera “Dallas” for its entire 14-season run between 1978 to 1991. Kercheval was a recurring character for the first two seasons, but was then upped to a regular in the 1979-1980 season. He reprised his role in the 1996 “Dallas” reunion, the 2004 CBS reunion special and the 2012-2014 TNT revival. He was among five series stars who directed episodes, taking the helm for two episodes for Seasons 13-14.

When “Dallas” viewers asked him when Cliff was “finally going to get J.R.,” Kercheval always answered: “This Friday night!”

In the 1960s,
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Denise DuBarry Hay Dies: Coachella Valley Film Advocate Was 63

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Denise DuBarry Hay, a staunch advocate of the film industry in the Coachella Valley, died Saturday at UCLA Medical Center after battling a deadly fungus. She was 63 and her death was confirmed by her husband, Bill Hay.

DuBarry Hay began her career as an actress, apppearing in the TV series Black Sheep Squadron and CHiPs, as well as the film “Being There.”

But the business world was calling, and in 1990 she co-founded Thane International, a global direct response company, with husband, Bill Hay. The company was formed after Denise produced an infomercial in 1987 for a video, “Play the Piano Overnight.” The video became the basis for an “Overnight Music” series for Thane.

After selling Thane International, the Hays started Kaswit, Inc., an incubator for home and health products, including the book “Don Sullivan’s Secrets to Training the Perfect Dog” and training accessories.

In 1998, she was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year,
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Denise DuBarry, Producer and 'Black Sheep Squadron' Actress, Dies at 63

Denise DuBarry, Producer and 'Black Sheep Squadron' Actress, Dies at 63
Denise DuBarry, an actress and producer who was president of Palm Springs Women in Film and Television, died Saturday at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles after battling a deadly fungus, her husband told the Desert Sun newspaper. She was 63.

DuBarry appeared in Hal Ashby's Being There (1979), The Devil and Max Devlin (1981) and Monster in the Closet (1986); had a recurring role as nurse Samantha Greene Moore on Robert Conrad's Black Sheep Squadron; and showed up on the soap opera Days of Our Lives, CHiPs and The Love Boat.

A resident of La Quinta, DuBarry recently produced two films, Do It or Die (2017) ...
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New Scooby-Doo Movie Gets Zac Efron and Amanda Seyfried as Fred and Daphne

New Scooby-Doo Movie Gets Zac Efron and Amanda Seyfried as Fred and Daphne
We have our new Fred and Daphne in the upcoming Scooby-Doo movie. Warner Bros. is currently trying to make use of their Hanna-Barbera characters, which they haven't been doing a ton with in recent years, in the hopes of generating some nostalgia-fueled business at the box office. That all starts with a new animated Scooby-Doo movie and they're bringing aboard quite a bit of star power in order to drum up interested. Case in point, Zac Efron and Amanda Seyfried have been cast as Fred and Daphne, respectively.

According to a new report, Zac Efron has signed on to voice Fred Jones, with Amanda Seyfried on board to voice Daphne Blake. They join an already star-studded cast, which includes Will Forte as Shaggy, Gina Rodriguez as Velma, Tracy Morgan as Captain Caveman and the legendary Frank Welker will reprise his voice as the titular talking dog. Welker also voiced Fred
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Celebrating the 80th anniversary of 1939, the greatest year ever for film: ‘Gone with the Wind,’ ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and more

Celebrating the 80th anniversary of 1939, the greatest year ever for film: ‘Gone with the Wind,’ ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and more
I was recently challenged to list my top 10 favorite movies of all time, which proved an impossible task; however, I can easily name my favorite Decade for filmmaking: the 1930s. Movies truly evolved during this decade, with the final one of 1939 becoming the greatest year ever for films: “Gone with the Wind,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “Stagecoach,” “Ninotchka,” “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” “Wuthering Heights” and so many more! Since that special year is celebrating its 80th anniversary, let’s take a look back.

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The film industry was still in its youth as the decade rolled in with “talking pictures” becoming the new standard. Besides mastering the technical aspects of that, they were still learning how to develop a story, how to act for the camera as opposed to stage acting, and how to engineer special effects. At the same time,
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'Beverly Hills, 90210' & Soap Star Jed Allan Dead at 84

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'Beverly Hills, 90210' & Soap Star Jed Allan Dead at 84
Jed Allan -- another member of the "Beverly Hills, 90210" family and a soap opera legend -- has died, according to his son. Rick Brown posted the sad news on Jed Allan's official Facebook fan page Saturday, saying Jed passed away peacefully while surrounded by family. He added, "Thank you for all who are part of this wonderful tribute to my dad on Facebook."  Jed played Rush Sanders on '90210' -- the father of Ian Ziering's Steve Sanders.
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Jed Allan, ‘Days of Our Lives’ and ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ Actor, Dies at 84

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Jed Allan, ‘Days of Our Lives’ and ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ Actor, Dies at 84
Soap opera veteran Jed Allan, best known for playing Don Craig on “Days of Our Lives,” C.C. Capwell on “Santa Barbara” and Rush Sanders on “Beverly Hills, 90210,” died Saturday. He was 84.

“So sorry to post the very sad news of my fathers [sic] passing tonight,” Allan’s son Rick posted on Facebook Saturday night. “He died peacefully and was surrounded by his family and loved so much by us and so many others. Thank you for all who are part of this wonderful tribute to my dad on Facebook.”

Allan’s connection to the daytime drama genre began in the ’60s on the long-gone soaps “Love of Life” and “Secret Storm.” But it wasn’t until he joined “Days of Our Lives” in 1971 as attorney Don Craig and was romantically teamed up with Deidre Hall’s Dr. Marlena Evans that he became a daytime superstar. He remained on the show for 14 years,
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'Stargate' Actor Carmen Argenziano Dead at 75

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'Stargate' Actor Carmen Argenziano Dead at 75
Carmen Argenziano -- who's perhaps best known from "Stargate Sg-1" -- has died ... TMZ has learned.  Argenziano passed away Sunday, according to his personal appearance agency, Event Horizon Talent. His agent, who books him for conventions, confirms to TMZ that Argenziano had, in fact, died ... but the circumstances of his death remain unclear for now.  The Pennsylvania-born actor has starred in tons of TV shows and movies over the course of his 5-decade career, including "The Rockford Files,
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'F Troop' and 'Mama's Family' Star Ken Berry Dead at 85, Battled Heart Ailments

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'F Troop' and 'Mama's Family' Star Ken Berry Dead at 85, Battled Heart Ailments
11:53 Am Pt -- Ken's ex-wife, Jackie, tells us he had been battling heart issues for several months, and had stint surgery in October. But she adds, his heart illness continued to worsen in recent weeks, and he'd been in and out of the hospital. Jackie says their daughter, Jennifer, Ken's partner Susie and herself were all by his side until the end. She adds, Susie had been with Ken for 26 years and encouraged him through his ailment.
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Ken Berry, Star of ‘Mayberry, Rfd’ and ‘Mama’s Family,’ Dies at 85

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Ken Berry, Star of ‘Mayberry, Rfd’ and ‘Mama’s Family,’ Dies at 85
Ken Berry, the veteran comic actor who starred in such 1960s, ’70s and ’80s sitcoms as “F-Troop,” “Mayberry, Rfd” and the “Carol Burnett Show” spinoff “Mama’s Family,” died Saturday at the age of 85.

His ex-wife Jackie Joseph-Lawrence reported the news, “with very deep sorrow,” on her Facebook page. “F-Troop” co-star Larry Storch also shared the news on his own Facebook page, adding, “Goodnight Captain. We miss you already.”

The Illinois native known for his aw-shucks charm also made memorable appearances in Disney films such as “Herbie Rides Again” and “The Cat From Outer Space.”

Also Read: Carol Burnett Disses Modern Broadcast TV: 'There Are Just Too Many Cooks Now'

After serving in the U.S. Army under Sgt. Leonard Nimoy, mostly entertaining the troops, Berry landed a spot on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” He became a contract player for Universal Studios, appearing predominantly in musical films, and then transitioned to TV.
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