Friday, April 11, 2008
Actor Stanley Kamel has passed away of a heart attack at the age of 65. He had a lot of roles in a wide variety of shows, from 'Days Of Our Lives', 'Mork & Mindy', 'Star Trek: The Next Generation', and 'Columbo' to 'Murder One'. But he'll probably be best remembered now for the role of Dr. Charles Kroger in 'Monk'. And that's especially due to the fact that he was still playing the role.
Sitting on my desk here in Toobworld Central for weeks now has been a scrap of paper with an idea for a Deep Six list - my top six recurring characters in TV shows. I decided that it should be two lists - one of current characters and one of those from classic TV. But in the beginning, the list began with one character in mind - Dr. Kroger. The idea came to me as I watched one of the final episodes from this latest season of 'Monk'; and I realized how indispensable Kamel was to the show, even if he wasn't in every episode.
And now what shall they do? It's up to the producers and writers, of course. The show is still in production; it's not like a long-cancelled series in which I could theorize a proper tribute to a character who's actor has passed away. But I'm sure it will have to be addressed and I think they'll come up with a fitting memorial to the memory of both Charles Kroger and Stanley Kamel.
May God Bless.....