Category Archives: Television

Robert Temple Ayres, 98, created the burning map of the TV show ‘Bonanza’

CHERRY VALLEY, Calif. – As a set illustrator for Hollywood studios, Robert Temple Ayres created his most famous work at Paramount in 1959. Officially called “Map to Illustrate the Ponderosa in Nevada,” it was conjured up just so it could

Robert Temple Ayres, 98, created the burning map of the TV show ‘Bonanza’

CHERRY VALLEY, Calif. – As a set illustrator for Hollywood studios, Robert Temple Ayres created his most famous work at Paramount in 1959. Officially called “Map to Illustrate the Ponderosa in Nevada,” it was conjured up just so it could

Pearl Harbor survivor Linda Beech, 86, starred in the ‘I Love Lucy’ of Japan in 1950s

HAWAII – Linda Beech was a globe-trotting correspondent for the Chicago Daily News who wound up as the madcap star of a late-1950s TV show dubbed the “I Love Lucy” of Japan. Mrs. Beech starred in “Blue Eyes Tokyo Diary,”

Pearl Harbor survivor Linda Beech, 86, starred in the ‘I Love Lucy’ of Japan in 1950s

HAWAII – Linda Beech was a globe-trotting correspondent for the Chicago Daily News who wound up as the madcap star of a late-1950s TV show dubbed the “I Love Lucy” of Japan. Mrs. Beech starred in “Blue Eyes Tokyo Diary,”

Jenny Tomasin, 73, clumsy maid in ‘Upstairs, Downstairs,’ was forevermore typecast as ‘the help’

(My parents, as I recall, were among the millions of Americans who loved this show.) LONDON – The role of Ruby Finch, the dim-witted, put-upon scullery maid in Upstairs, Downstairs forever dreaming of running away with Rudolph Valentino, brought Jenny

Jenny Tomasin, 73, clumsy maid in ‘Upstairs, Downstairs,’ was forevermore typecast as ‘the help’

(My parents, as I recall, were among the millions of Americans who loved this show.) LONDON – The role of Ruby Finch, the dim-witted, put-upon scullery maid in Upstairs, Downstairs forever dreaming of running away with Rudolph Valentino, brought Jenny

TV director John Rich, 86, hit gold with ‘All in the Family’ and ‘Mary Tyler Moore’

(From The Los Angeles Times on Jan. 31, 2012.) LOS ANGELES – As a top television comedy director who won an Emmy directing “The Dick Van Dyke Show”in the early 1960s, John Rich was faced with a tough choice in

TV director John Rich, 86, hit gold with ‘All in the Family’ and ‘Mary Tyler Moore’

(From The Los Angeles Times on Jan. 31, 2012.) LOS ANGELES – As a top television comedy director who won an Emmy directing “The Dick Van Dyke Show”in the early 1960s, John Rich was faced with a tough choice in

‘All My Children’ actress Andrea ‘Moar’ Schenck, 55, drowns off coast of Cancun

MINNEAPOLIS – Andrea Schenck, a cast member of “All My Children” in the early 1980s who left television acting and married a prominent Minneapolis doctor, drowned while vacationing in Mexico. Schenck was relaxing in the water off the coast of

‘All My Children’ actress Andrea ‘Moar’ Schenck, 55, drowns off coast of Cancun

MINNEAPOLIS – Andrea Schenck, a cast member of “All My Children” in the early 1980s who left television acting and married a prominent Minneapolis doctor, drowned while vacationing in Mexico. Schenck was relaxing in the water off the coast of

Robert Hegyes, 60, played ‘Epstein’ on ’70s TV show ‘Welcome Back Kotter’

METUCHEN, N.J. – Robert Hegyes, the Jersey-born actor who played Jewish Puerto Rican wheeler-dealer Juan Luis Pedro Phillipo de Huevos Epstein on the 1970s classic “Welcome Back Kotter,” died from an apparent heart attack after suffering chest pains at his

Robert Hegyes, 60, played ‘Epstein’ on ’70s TV show ‘Welcome Back Kotter’

METUCHEN, N.J. – Robert Hegyes, the Jersey-born actor who played Jewish Puerto Rican wheeler-dealer Juan Luis Pedro Phillipo de Huevos Epstein on the 1970s classic “Welcome Back Kotter,” died from an apparent heart attack after suffering chest pains at his

‘Danger, Will Robinson!’ – Dick Tufeld, who voiced Robot in ‘Lost in Space,’ dies at 85

(Editor’s note: Maybe it’s because the character Will Robinson and I were about the same age, but I always felt a little bit of love when Dick Tufeld’s Robot voice in “Lost in Space” said “Danger, Will Robinson!” STUDIO CITY,

‘Danger, Will Robinson!’ – Dick Tufeld, who voiced Robot in ‘Lost in Space,’ dies at 85

(Editor’s note: Maybe it’s because the character Will Robinson and I were about the same age, but I always felt a little bit of love when Dick Tufeld’s Robot voice in “Lost in Space” said “Danger, Will Robinson!” STUDIO CITY,