Sunday, January 2, 2011



You never see TV actors celebrated in the memorial segment on the Oscars, or movie folks during the Emmy awards tribute. In that way, this list is also exclusive - these are the people who passed away in 2010 who made an impact on the TV Universe in some way. So there will be omissions of some people you might be looking for. And I may have missed quite a few, especially from outside the United States, I apologize to the memories of those I've left out.

I couldn't have done this alone; it would never have been possible had it not been for the information I would glean from my blogmates Bill Crider and Ivan G. Schreve and from the Boot Hill blog, which was instrumental in adding many of the foreign entries.

Because there are so many, I'll be splitting the list into several Inner Toob entries for today.

Ladies and gentlemen, if you'll kindly doff your caps.....

Robert B. Parker ('Spenser: For Hire', 'Hawk', 'Jesse Stone')

Bart Andrews (TV trivia books, "I Love Lucy" expert)

Paul Quarrington ('Missing')

Ralph McInerny ('Father Dowling Mysteries')

Barry Blitzer ('The Phil Silvers Show', 'Gomer Pyle', 'McHale's Navy' 'Get Smart')

Aleen Leslie ('A Date With Judy' - died 3 days short of her 102nd b'day)

Dick Francis (horse racing thrillers that became TV mysteries)

Eric Freiwald ('Lassie')

Joe Cook ('The Flintstones' pilot)

John Mosely (CBS Evening News writer)

Ira Skutch ('Philco Playhouse', Goodson-Todman game shows)

David Mills ('NYPD Blue', 'Picket Fences', 'ER', 'The Wire', 'Treme')

Allan Manings ('One Day At A Time', 'Leave It To Beaver')

Robert J. Serling ("The President's Plane Is Missing", Rod's older brother)

Martin Cohan (co-creator of 'Who's the Boss', writer of 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show', 'The Bob Newhart Show', 'Silver Spoons', 'Diff'rent Strokes')

Steven Perry ('Thundercats')

Arthur Herzog III (author of "The Swarm', portrayed in "First You Cry")

Willard Rogers (writer for 'Palmerston, USA')

Bernard West (Emmy for "The Bunkers and the Swingers" episode of 'All In The Family', created the character of 'Maude')

Tom Mankiewicz, (screenwriter)

Edward Kean (primary writer for 'Howdy Doody')

Jackson Gillis ('Columbo', 'Superman', 'Lassie')

William W. "Bill" Norton ('The Big Valley')

Monica Johnson, ('The Mary Tyler Moore Show', 'Laverrne & Shirley')

Coleman Jacoby (created Jackie Gleason characters)

Johnny Dankworth ('The Avengers' and 'Tomorrow's World' themes)

Richard DeIvy ('Fat Albert And The Cosby Kids' music, drummer for BelAires)

Nathan Scott ('Dragnet' and 'Lassie' 'Have Gun-Will Travel,' 'Rawhide,' 'The Twilight Zone,' 'The Untouchables' and 'Wagon Train.' )

Dave Fisher (of The Highwaymen, TV music for shows such as 'The Fall Guy', 'BJ and The Bear', '1st & Ten' and 'The Highwayman'}

Allyn Ferguson ('Charlie's Angels', 'Barney Miller')

Jack Parnell ('The Muppet Show' bandleader)

Chris Dedrick (composer, "Streets of Laredo")

Geoffrey Burgon ('Brideshead Revisited')

As Red Skelton would say, Good night and may God bless.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Kudos for mentioning Jack LeMaire. He was a great character actor on TV shows and did many commercials on TV as well.