By Nick Thomas ~ When Universal Pictures assembled the cast of the popular TV series “The Munsters” for its 1966 big-screen adaption, “Munster, Go Home!,” another actress replaced Pat Priest as Marilyn Munster. “I was devastated not to be in the film,” said Priest, from her home near Boise, Idaho. Priest continued: “We were on
By Nick Thomas ~ Originally airing on NBC from 1962 to 1971 and currently rerunning on several cable networks (INSP and Starz), the enduring popularity of the “The Virginian” doesn’t surprise 85-year-old James Drury who starred throughout the series in the title role (see www.thevirginian.net). “It still holds up,” said Drury from his home in Houston.
By Nick Thomas ~ Toasting the New Year with a glass of wine on December 31 is a tradition for many. But unlike most year-end revelers, actress Donna Mills can welcome the New Year with a bottle of wine from her own vineyard. Schlepping up a hillside harvesting grapes probably wasn’t an activity soap vixen
By Nick Thomas ~ The Critters are back and meaner than ever. Fortunately, Dee Wallace has also returned to take aim at the miniature alien monsters in “Critters Attack!” Released straight to Blu-ray, DVD, and digitally over the summer, the film had its television premiere on the Syfy Channel in October. Wallace starred in the
By Nick Thomas ~ Above photo: Bela Lugosi in “Dracula” ~ Béla Ferenc Dezső Blaskó was a veteran more than 170 stage plays and several silent films in his native Hungary when forced to flee to Germany in 1919 for political reasons. Known under the stage name Arisztid Olt, the 6’ 1” actor with piercing
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
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
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