Thursday, October 26, 2023

"Lost in Space" Actor Mark Goddard 1936-2023 Memorial Video

Mark Goddard (born Charles Harvey Goddard; July 24, 1936 – October 10, 2023) was an American actor who starred in a number of television programs. He is probably best known for portraying Major Don West in the CBS series Lost in Space (1965–1968). 

In 1959, after just three weeks in Hollywood, he landed a role in the CBS Four Star Television series Johnny Ringo, playing the character of Cully, the deputy to Don Durant's character of Ringo.

He also played Detective Sgt. Chris Ballard, in The Detectives, starring Robert Taylor, a hit series which ran on ABC and NBC from 1958 to 1961; Goddard was signed for a role lasting three years (64 episodes).

Goddard's next role was Major Don West on Lost in Space (1965–1968). A blossoming romance initially existed between West and Judy, the elder daughter of the Robinson family, but by the middle of the second season, West maintained an adversarial relationship with the hapless, sociopathic Dr. Zachary Smith.

In 1970, Goddard co-starred with Kent McCord and Martin Milner in an episode of Adam-12, in which he plays a friend of Pete Malloy (Milner), who is killed in the line of duty. The episode was titled "Elegy for a Pig" (so titled and announced by Jack Webb himself).

In 2009, he released an autobiographical memoir To Space and Back: A Memoir.

Mark Goddard died from pulmonary fibrosis in Hingham, Massachusetts, on October 10, 2023, at the age of 87.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2023

"Adventures of Superman" Actress Phyllis Coates 1927-2023 Memorial Video

Phyllis Coates (born Gypsie Ann Evarts Stell; January 15, 1927 – October 11, 2023) was an American actress, with a career spanning over fifty years. She was best known for her portrayal of reporter Lois Lane in the 1951 film Superman and the Mole Men and in the first season of the television series Adventures of Superman.

Coates freelanced steadily, appearing in numerous low-budget features, many of them westerns, as well as serials and a steady stream of TV appearances, both as a regular in several series and as a guest cast member in others.

Coates played Lois Lane in the first season of Adventures of Superman. Noel Neill, who had played Lois Lane in two Columbia Superman serials, in 1948 and 1950, replaced Coates, who was not available for the second season. With the death of Noel Neill on July 3, 2016, Coates became the last surviving regular cast member from the Adventures of Superman TV series until her own death on October 11, 2023.

Phyllis Coates died at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills. She was 96.

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Sunday, October 22, 2023

"Rocky" Actor Burt Young 1940-2023 Memorial Video

Gerald Tommaso DeLouise (April 30, 1940 – October 8, 2023), known professionally as Burt Young, was an American actor, author, and painter. He played Rocky Balboa's brother-in-law and best friend Paulie Pennino in the Rocky film series, his performance in the first installment of which earned him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Young also appeared in such films as Chinatown (1974), The Gambler (1974), The Killer Elite (1975), Convoy (1978), Uncle Joe Shannon (1978), Once Upon a Time in America (1984), The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984), A Summer to Remember (1985), Back to School (1986), Last Exit to Brooklyn (1990), Mickey Blue Eyes (1999), Transamerica (2005), Win Win (2011), and Bottom of the 9th (2019).

Burt Young died in Los Angeles on October 8, 2023, at the age of 83.

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Thursday, October 19, 2023

"The Hustler" Actress Piper Laurie 1932-2023 Memorial Video

Piper Laurie (born Rosetta Jacobs; January 22, 1932 – October 14, 2023) was an American actress. She is known for her roles in the films The Hustler (1961), Carrie (1976), Children of a Lesser God (1986), Other People's Money (1991), Trauma (1993), and The Faculty (1998). Her television work includes the miniseries The Thorn Birds (1983) and Twin Peaks (1990-91).

She received various accolades, including a Primetime Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award, in addition to nominations for three Academy Awards and a BAFTA Award. 

Laurie was also a sculptor who worked in marble and clay.

Piper Laurie died in Los Angeles on October 14, 2023, at the age of 91, having been unwell for some time.

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