Sunday, August 12, 2007


One of my daily habits online is to peruse the obituaries listed in the New York Times, looking for the names of people who might have made a great contribution to Toobworld, either as characters or behind the scenes.

While I was on vacation, two names jumped out at me, but it turned out that they were not the people I thought they were:

Russell Johnson, Who Transformed the Sound in Concert Halls, Dies at 83

Larry Mathews, a 24-Hour Hairdresser, Dies at 86

Just seeing the names, I thought Russell Johnson was the actor who played the Professor on 'Gilligan's Island'. His character's real name was Roy Hinckley, and it's the Toobworld contention that he was the father of Ralphy Hinckley, aka 'The Greatest American Hero'.

As for Larry Matthews, the listed age alone disqualified him as being the Larry Matthews who played Richard ROSEBUD Petrie on 'The Dick Van Dyke Show'. Richie was last seen in a quick cameo at the beginning of the reunion special from a few years ago, and no way did he look anything like an 86 year old.

Whether he looked like a hairdresser, well, that's not for me to guess.

Just sayin', is all.....

Toby OB

1 comment:

Bonnie Vent said...

Hey Toby,

I am glad that you caught that they were not the Classic TV actors you thought they were.

BTW...Larry Mathews went back to his real name which is Mazzeo.

Here is a link to some other VERY ALIVE Classic TV Stars.

Genesis Creations Entertainment

Bonnie Vent