Tinseltown Talks

The Charm of Bob Newhart

By Nick Thomas ~ Known for his gentle satire, basset-hound eyes, and witty routines, former Chicago accountant-turned-comedian Bob Newhart turned 90 this month, on September 5 (see www.bobnewhartofficial.com site). Newhart suspected he lacked the temperament to remain in the accounting profession back in the mid-1950s when his attitude towards taxation arithmetic could be summed up

David Hedison’s Hollywood ‘Voyage’

By Nick Thomas | Recognized widely as Captain Lee Crane in Irwin Allen’s 1960’s sci-fi adventure TV series “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea,” David Hedison, 92, died on July 18. Hedison’s acting credits extended back long before and lasted well after his underwater voyages, and he shared some stories from this Hollywood career in 2016.

An Ernie Kovacs Centennial

By Nick Thomas ~ Photo courtesy of Josh Mills.    Opening last summer in Jamestown, New York, the National Comedy Center will launch an exhibition honoring comedian Ernie Kovacs beginning with a Festival on August 7-11 (see www.comedycenter.org). “It’s the centennial of Ernie’s birth this year, so a great time to recognize this influential comedian,” said

Comedian Rich Little Still Impresses

By Nick Thomas ~ When veteran comedian and impressionist Rich Little appeared in a Las Vegas courtroom during the swearing-in ceremony for his U.S. citizenship in 2010, the Canadian native granted the presiding judge an unusual request. “He wanted me to say the Pledge of Allegiance as John Wayne, so I did!” recalled Little from

Terry Moore as Valentino’s Lady in Black

By Nick Thomas ~ Since her first film role in 1940, Terry Moore has appeared on the Big Screen in each of the subsequent eight decades. Recently celebrating her 90th birthday, the actress plays a lead role in the Vladislav Kozlov-directed period drama about silent film superstar Rudolph Valentino – Hollywood’s first male sex symbol.

Congratsamundo to Happy Days’ Anson Williams for Saving Lives

By Nick Thomas ~ As one of the most popular television shows in the late 70s to early 80s, “Happy Days” helped propel many cast regulars into the production side of show business. Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Don Most, and Anson Williams all achieved recognition behind the camera as producers, directors, and/or writers. Williams played

At 80, Judy Collins is Still a Vocal Force

By Nick Thomas ~ Whether singing her own words or those of others, the sublime vocal talent of pop/folk singer Judy Collins has been drawing audiences for over 50 years. But it almost never happened. “I contracted polio as a child and later tuberculosis when I was in my early 20s,” recalled Collins from her

Michael Dante: From Actor to Author

By Nick Thomas ~ It’s not uncommon for actors to find a second career away from the camera after spending years in front of it.  In Michael Dante’s case, that new vocation has been writing, beginning with his 2014 award-winning autobiography “From Hollywood to Michael Dante Way” (see www.michaeldanteway.com). “I received the Ella Dickey Literacy Award

Don Collier Still Living the Western Life

A staple on the old TV westerns, Don Collier got his first break as a lead actor in the short-lived series “Outlaws” in the early 1960s. “I interviewed for the role in December 1959 and they called me back for three weeks the following January/February when we shot the pilot,” recalled Collier. “NBC wanted a

Carl Reiner: Keeping Busy Keeps You Going

Turning 97 in March, Carl Reiner shows no sign of slowing down. “I wake up with ideas!” the veteran actor, writer, director, and producer said from Los Angeles. One of those ideas was to colorize episodes of his crown television jewel, “The Dick Van Dyke Show.”  Two color episodes were produced in 2017 and last year

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