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    Stanley Kallis, TV Producer of ‘Hawaii Five-O,’ ‘Mission: Impossible,’ Dies at 88

    Television producer and writer Stanley Kallis, who worked on shows including “Hawaii Five-O” and “Mission: Impossible,” died at his home in Laguna Beach, Calif. on Jan. 28.

    He helped develop the concept for “Hawaii 5-0” for CBS with writer Leonard Freeman, then moved to producing “Mission: Impossible” with Peter Graves and Martin Landau before returning to “Hawaii 5-0” as executive producer.

    His next show as producer was “Police Story,” created by Joseph Wambaugh, which won the Emmy for drama series in 1976. In the late 70s, Kallis produced “Washington Behind Closed Doors,” a mini-series for ABC that won seven Emmy nominations.

    During the 1980s, he produced projects including “The Manions of America,” “Amber Waves,” “Two of a Kind,” “Columbo” and “The Glitter Dome,” also based on a Wambaugh novel.

    Kallis moved to Hollywood when his father Mischa Kallis became art director for Paramount Studios. After graduating UCLA, he became an assistant film editor.

    With backing from his father and brother, he wrote and produced three B-movies that led to a TV series, “The Law and Mr. Jones,” starring James Whitmore. His first TV writing credit came on “Wagon Train” in 1959. He wrote and produced for the “Dick Powell Anthology” as well as “The Danny Thomas Hour.”
     
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    Hal Moore - Wikipedia

    Lt. General Hal Moore, author of We Were Soldiers Once, And Young (filmed in 2002 as We Were Soldiers starring Mel Gibson as Moore), detailing the Battle of the Ia Drang Valley (the United States' first large-unit battle of the Vietnam War), has died, two days short of his 95th birthday.
     
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    I grew up seeing his name on TV credits, but never knew he and Angela were related

    Bruce Lansbury, TV Producer and Brother of Angela Lansbury, Dies at 87

    Bruce Lansbury, the veteran TV producer and writer known for his work on The Wild Wild West, Wonder Woman and Murder, She Wrote, which starred his older sister, Angela Lansbury, has died. He was 87.

    The London-born Lansbury died Monday in La Quinta, Calif., after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease, his daughter, Felicia Lansbury Meyer, told The Hollywood Reporter.

    His survivors also include his twin brother, Edgar Lansbury; he produced the popular 1970s Broadway revival of Gypsy that starred their sister and worked on films including The Wild Party (1975), directed by James Ivory.

    Lansbury also served as vp creative affairs for Paramount Television starting in the late 1960s, supervising such series as The Brady Bunch; Happy Days; The Odd Couple; Love, American Style; and Petrocelli.

    Lansbury demonstrated a flair for sci-fi and fantasy at points during his career, especially early on.

    He joined CBS' The Wild Wild West before its second season and assumed control of the futuristic Western in the summer of 1966 when the show's creator, Michael Garrison, died from injuries suffered in a fall in his home. Lansbury went on to produce 69 episodes of Wild Wild West before it was canceled in 1969 amid an outcry over violence on television.

    Lansbury then guided 43 installments of CBS' Mission: Impossible (1969-72), 38 episodes of ABC-CBS' Wonder Woman (1977-79), 20 of NBC's Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979-80) and 21 of NBC's Knight Rider (1985-86).

    He also created the short-lived 1973-74 CBS series The Magician, starring Bill Bixby; wrote for NBC's The Powers of Matthew Star; and produced the 1987 telefilm The Return of the Six-Million-Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman and episodes of the 1977 NBC drama The Fantastic J

    Lansbury joined CBS' Murder, She Wrote at the start of the series' ninth season in 1992 and served as supervising producer on 88 episodes over four years, through the show's conclusion in May 1996. He also wrote 15 episodes.

    Lansbury was the son of Irish-born stage actress Moyna Macgill and Edgar Lansbury, a politician and timber merchant. His grandfather was George Lansbury, a former Labor Party leader in England and a member of Parliament.

    With the outbreak of World War II, he came to New York with his sister, brother and mother. The family then settled in Los Angeles in the mid-1940s, and he served in the U.S. Army and graduated from UCLA.

    Lansbury began his career in the business at WABC-TV in Los Angeles and then worked in program development at CBS in Los Angeles and New York.

    He married Mary Hassalevris in 1951 and remained with her until her 1996 death. In 1998, he married Gail England, and she survives him.

    His other survivors include his other daughter Christiane; grandchildren Alexandra, Michael, Audrey and William; great-grandsons Theo and Luc; and his wife's children Danielle and Jordan and her grandsons Robert and Jake.

    Still going strong, Angela Lansbury, 91, solved 12 seasons' worth of crimes as the novelist/amateur sleuth Jessica Fletcher on Murder, She Wrote. She also has won five Tony Awards and was nominated for three Academy Awards during her illustrious career.​
     
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    'One of the fathers of American film criticism': Time critic Richard Schickel dies at 84

    Richard Schickel, whose erudite prose and piercing critiques made him one of America’s most important film critics in an era when ciinema became increasingly ingrained in the cultural consciousness, died Saturday in Los Angeles from complications after a series of strokes, his family said. He was 84.

    In a career spanning five decades, thousands of reviews and dozens of books, Schickel chronicled Hollywood’s changing landscape, from the days when studios reigned with stars such as Katharine Hepburn to the rise of independent directors who summoned a new wave of realism that distilled the yearnings of a turbulent nation. A reviewer for Time magazine, Schickel had a legion of followers; he could be incisive and at times bruising in praising or panning a film.

    “He was one of the fathers of American film criticism,” said his daughter Erika Schickel, a writer. “He had a singular voice. When he wrote or spoke, he had an old-fashioned way of turning a phrase. He was blunt and succinct both on the page and in life.”

    In his 2015 memoir “Keepers: The Greatest Films — and Personal Favorites — of a Moviegoing Lifetime,” Richard Schickel wrote: “I just like to be there in the dark watching something — almost anything, if truth be known. In this habit — I don’t know if it is amiable or a mild, chronic illness — I have been indulged by wives, girlfriends, just plain friends and children. Of course, a lot of the time I’m alone, unashamedly killing an evening, no questions asked.”

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    Born in Milwaukee in 1933, Schickel estimated that he had seen 22,590 movies in his lifetime. The first was Walt Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” in 1938. He won a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1964 and lectured at USC and Yale University.

    He is survived by daughters Erika and Jessica; step-daughter Ali Rubinstein; and grandchildren. ​
     
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    IMDb Message Boards - IMDb

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    The IMDb Message Boards passed away Sunday night, February 19, 2017. The forum had learned of its terminal condition a few weeks earlier.

    The IMDb MB had enjoyed a mostly well-behaved childhood, but became far more difficult to handle around 20o7 after being introduced to video games and the subgroup that plays them. A later interest in political matters would unfortunately develop into a pathological obsession, ultimately contributing to its premature demise.

    The forum is survived by thousands of devoted users.

    The IMDb MB asked that it be remembered as a place where movie lovers were able to exchange information and ideas, and that memorials in its name NOT be posted on Facebook or Twitter.
     
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    Miriam Colon, Latina Film and Theater Pioneer Known for ‘Scarface,’ Dies at 80

    Puerto Rican actress Miriam Colon, best known for playing Al Pacino’s mother in the 1983 film “Scarface,” has died. She as 80.

    Her husband told the AP that Colon died on Friday following medical complications from a pulmonary infection.

    While perhaps best known for appearing in Brian De Palma and Oliver Stone star-studded remake of the 1932 gangster film, Colon made her mark on the entertainment community through various film and television roles, as well as founding the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater in New York.

    Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, Colon began acting in high school and local plays until 1953 when she became the first Puerto Rican to enroll in the famed Actors Studio, founded by Elia Kazan.

    During her early career, Colon appeared in television shows including “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” and westerns such as “Gunsmoke,” and “Bonanza.” With several Broadway credits to her name, in the late 1960s she founded the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater in Manhattan. Over the course of her decades-long career, Colon collected over 100 acting credits in film and television.​

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    Jack H. Harris, Producer of Cult Horror Classic 'The Blob,' Dies at 98

    Jack H. Harris, who produced the low-budget 1958 horror classic The Blob, died Tuesday. He was 98.

    Harris died of natural causes at his home in Beverly Hills, his daughter, Lynda Resnick, announced.

    Paramount's The Blob, directed by Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr., starred Steve McQueen in his big-screen debut. In the film, an oozing, amoeba-like alien crashes on Earth in a meteorite, then expands as it sucks up people and menaces a small town in Pennsylvania.

    The movie, made for just $110,000, caught on with audiences and grossed more than $3 million.​
     
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    Jimmy Breslin, chronicler of wise guys and underdogs, dies at age of 87

    The author-columnist Jimmy Breslin, a Pulitzer prize-winning chronicler of wise guys and underdogs who became the brash embodiment of the old-time, street smart New Yorker, died on Sunday. He was 87.

    Breslin died at his Manhattan home of complications from pneumonia, his stepdaughter, Emily Eldridge, said.

    Breslin was a fixture for decades in New York journalism, notably with the New York Daily News. It was Breslin, a rumpled bed of a reporter, who mounted a quixotic political campaign for citywide office in the 60s; who became the Son of Sam’s regular correspondent in the 70s; who exposed the city’s worst corruption scandal in decades in the 80s; who was pulled from a car and stripped to his underwear by Brooklyn rioters in the 90s.

    With his uncombed mop of hair and sneering Queens accent, he was like a character right out of his own work, and didn’t mind telling you.

    “I’m the best person ever to have a column in this business,” he once boasted. “There’s never been anybody in my league.”

    With typical disregard for authority, Breslin once took out a newspaper ad to “fire” ABC when it aired his short-lived TV show in a lousy time slot. The same year, he captured the 1986 Pulitzer for commentary and the George Polk award for metropolitan reporting. More than 20 years earlier, with Gay Talese and Tom Wolfe, he had helped create “New Journalism” – a more literary approach to news reporting.

    He was an acclaimed author, too, moving easily between genres. The Gang that Couldn’t Shoot Straight was his comic chronicle of the Brooklyn mob; Damon Runyon: A Life was an account of his spiritual predecessor; I Want to Thank My Brain for Remembering Me was a memoir.

    Breslin was to Queens Boulevard what Runyon was to Broadway – columnist, confessor and town crier, from the Pastrami King to Red McGuire’s saloon. He reveled in the borough, even as he moved far beyond it.
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    Lawrence Montaigne, 'Star Trek' Actor Who Nearly Replaced Leonard Nimoy, Dies at 86

    Lawrence Montaigne, who played a Romulan and then a Vulcan on episodes of the original Star Trek and at one point was lined up to replace Leonard Nimoy on the series, has died. He was 86.

    Montaigne, who also appeared in the Steve McQueen war classic The Great Escape (1963) and on TV's Batman as a robot controlled by the Joker, died Friday, his daughter, Jessica, reported on Facebook.

    Montaigne portrayed Decius on "Balance of Terror," the first-season, December 1966 episode that introduced the Romulan race — he has a memorable line, "Permit me the glory of the kill" — then played the Vulcan character Stonn on the second-season opener, "Amok Time," in September 1967.

    In a 2012 interview with the website StarTrek.com, the actor said that between the first and second seasons of the NBC show, Nimoy was in talks to join the CBS crime drama Mission: Impossible and producers wanted Montaigne to replace him (perhaps as Spock or as another character) if indeed he departed.

    "They did the contracts and the whole thing, but there was a stipulation in the contract that said if Leonard comes back, then the whole thing is over," he recalled. "I was going on the assumption that I was going to play Spock when my agent called and said, 'Leonard is coming back to do the show. He's in and you're out.'

    "A week or two later, they called me to do this role of Stonn, who was a Vulcan. It all boiled down to the fact that Leonard and I looked alike to a great extent. I guess that's what they were looking for with Stonn."

    In the StarTrek.com interview, Montaigne said that after Nimoy returned, "I moved on. This was the 1960s, and I was doing a whole bunch of shows and films and having the time of my life. So, when Spock didn't happen, it really didn't change my life in any way."

    In The Great Escape, directed by John Sturges, Montaigne played the Canadian P.O.W. Haynes, one of the prisoners who doesn't get out alive.

    Born in Brooklyn and raised in Rome, Montaigne early in his career appeared on Broadway, worked as a stuntman fencer in Scaramouche (1952) and danced in The Band Wagon (1953), starring Fred Astaire.

    On ABC's Batman, he played Mr. Glee, a lifelike robot who becomes a bank teller at the behest of the felonious funnyman the Joker (Cesar Romero). Montaigne appeared often on television, with roles on such shows as The Outer Limits, Burke's Law, Hogan's Heroes, Dr. Kildare, The Time Tunnel, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The F.B.I. and McCloud.

    His body of film work also includes Tobruk (1967), The Power (1968), The Psycho Lover (1970) and Escape to Witch Mountain (1975).

    Montaigne wrote novels as well as an autobiography, 2006's A Vulcan Odyssey.

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    Lola Albright, the charming actress with the smoky voice who sang and starred on TV's Peter Gunn and was spurned by the back-stabbing Kirk Douglas in the classic 1949 boxing drama Champion, has died. She was 92.

    Albright died Thursday in the Toluca Lake enclave of Los Angeles, the Akron Beacon-Journal reported. She was born and raised in the Ohio city.

    Albright was perhaps best known for playing the sultry singer Edie Hart, the girlfriend of private eye Craig Stevens, on all three seasons of the Blake Edwards NBC-ABC series Peter Gunn. She received an Emmy Award nomination in 1959 for her work.

    While the series was on the air, Albright released the album Dreamsville, backed by Henry Mancini’s orchestra (he, of course, composed the theme song for Peter Gunn), in 1959. She had done an album two years earlier, Lola Wants You.

    On the big screen, the blue-eyed blonde was memorable in a leading role as an aging burlesque stripper who seduces a teenager (Scott Marlowe) in A Cold Wind in August (1961), and she received the best actress award at the Berlin Film Festival for portraying Tuesday Weld's suicidal mother in Lord Love a Duck (1966).

    In Champion, an adaptation of a Ring Lardner story, Albright played the spoiled Palmer Harris, the wife of a manipulating boxing manager, who falls for fighter "Midge" Kelly (the Oscar-nominated Douglas). The manager offers Kelly a bigger percentage of the gate to leave his wife alone, which the boxer agrees to, leaving Palmer devastated.

    Albright also appeared on the big screen in Tulsa (1949), The Good Humor Man (1950) — opposite her future husband, Jack Carson — The Killer That Stalked New York (1950), Frank Sinatra's The Tender Trap (1955), The Impossible Years (1968), Elvis Presley's Kid Galahad (1962), Joy House (1964), Douglas' The Way West (1967) and Where Were You When the Lights Went Out? (1968).

    She stepped in for Dorothy Malone, who had suffered a pulmonary embolism, to play Constance for several episodes of ABC's Peyton Place in 1965-66.

    Albright was born on July 20, 1924, in Akron. She graduated from West High School in 1942, worked as a receptionist at radio stations and was discovered by a talent scout while she was modeling in Chicago.

    Albright made her big-screen debut in The Unfinished Dance (1947), starring the youngster Margaret O'Brien, and appeared in two Judy Garland movies, The Pirate and Easter Parade, the following year.

    Albright played Bob Cummings' love interest on his 1955-57 NBC-CBS comedy and guest-starred on such shows as Lux Video Theatre, Panic!, The Beverly Hillbillies, Branded, Burke's Law, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Columbo and Airwolf.

    Albright was married to Carson from 1952-58 and then to Bill Chadney, who played her pianist at the bar called Mother's on Peter Gunn, from 1961-71. (Chadney also owned L.A. restaurant-clubs that bore his name). Both marriages ended in divorce.

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    Jean Rouverol, Blacklisted Screenwriter, Dies at 100

    Jean Rouverol, who played W.C. Fields' daughter in It's a Gift and then became a screenwriter who was blacklisted in Hollywood and driven with her husband to self-exile in Mexico, has died. She was 100.

    A native of St. Louis, Rouverol married Butler in 1940, and he joined the American Communist Party three years later. She then co-wrote the screenplay for So Young So Bad (1950), starring Paul Henreid.

    Rouverol received Daytime Emmy nominations in 1976 and 1978 for her work on CBS' The Guiding Light, wrote for other soap operas like Search for Tomorrow and As the World Turns and provided the story for a 1974 episode of Little House on the Prairie.​

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    IMHO This Sporting Life is the best film ever made about a pro athlete

    David Storey: Booker Prize-winning author dies at 83 - BBC News

    This Sporting Life author David Storey has died at the age of 83.

    His much-lauded 1960 debut novel was based on his experiences as a professional rugby league player and was made into a film three years later.

    Storey went on to win the 1976 Booker Prize for family drama Saville.

    A spokesman for his four children said: "Dad died peacefully with his family around him. He gave and inspired great love, drew us out and showed us how the world really is."

    Richard Harris and Rachel Roberts were both nominated for Oscars for starring in the big screen version of This Sporting Life.

    Storey's other novels included Flight Into Camden and Passmore and the plays The Restoration of Arnold Middleton, The Contractor, Home and The Changing Room.

    Storey's play Home was made into a film starring Sir John Gielgud and Sir Ralph Richardson, while In Celebration was filmed with Alan Bates and Brian Cox.​
     
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    McCallum is on the original NCIS not the spinoff and is still on every episode; he hasn't retired or stopped.

    I saw him in person when he was age 80 and he looked very good and could have passed for someone in their 60s. Great actor and by all accounts, one of the good guys in Hollywood. Heck, he even let Charlie Bronson steal his wife after the Great Escape.
     
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    That's good news-- and thank you for the correction. I don't watch the show, but articles last fall (such as this one) indicated he was leaving the series due to health concerns.
    http://www.morningledger.com/ncis-season-14-cast-david-mccallum/13109624/
     
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    Hi Wes, yeah those type of articles make the rounds every year but are usually speculation. Having said that I wouldn't be surprised if he does hang it up after this year or go part time. There are too many cast members on the show now and his appearances (and those of Abby, etc) are now glorified cameos. I might be wrong but I think I read that he and Mark Harmon are the only two cast members to appear in every episode going back to the JAG days. This doesn't count cross over episodes.

    Incidentally when I saw him in person was at a Great Escape revival. He gave a nice talk and signed autographs for two hours. I remember him asking for prayers for his good friend Jim Garner who was quite ill and noting that the two of them and Richard Attenborough were the only major cast members alive. As you noted, now it is just him.
     
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    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/07/arts/television/chelsea-brown-dead-laugh-in-cast-member.html

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    Chelsea Brown, an actress and dancer remembered as a cast member on “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In” in the late 1960s and as Rosey Grier’s love interest in the memorably strange 1972 low-budget horror film “The Thing With Two Heads,” died on March 27 in Chicago. She was 74.

    Ms. Brown joined the frenetic sketch show “Laugh-In” in 1968, appearing with performers like Ruth Buzzi, Jo Ann Worley and Alan Sues and dancing in a bikini alongside a similarly clad Goldie Hawn.

    George Schlatter, “Laugh-In’s” executive producer, said in an interview on Friday that he had met Ms. Brown when she auditioned for an NBC special called “Soul,” which starred black performers including Redd Foxx. He was so impressed with Ms. Brown, he said, that he cast her for the second season of “Laugh-In.”

    “The fact that she was black was incidental,” he said. “The fact that she was cute and funny and sexy was what hit me right away.”

    Ms. Brown’s race did sometimes come up in sketches, Mr. Schlatter said. He recalled one: “We had her playing chess with Arte Johnson, and he said: ‘Hey, Chelsea, here’s how it goes. White men move first.’ And she said, ‘It figures.’ ”​
     
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    ‘General Hospital’ Actor Peter Hansen Dies at 95

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    Peter Hansen, best known for his long run as lawyer and volunteer addiction counselor Lee Baldwin on the ABC soap opera “General Hospital,” has died. He was 95.

    Hansen died Sunday in Santa Clarita, Calif., according to his family.

    His first run on “General Hospital” spanned 1965-1976, followed by a second between 1977 and 1986. He re-joined the show briefly in 1990, and then again from 1992-2004. His work won him a Daytime Emmy for supporting actor in 1979. In addition to the soap opera mainstay, Hansen also appeared in the spinoff “Port Charles.”

    Outside television, Hansen starred in the 1951 Academy Award-winning sci-fi film “When Worlds Collide” with Barbara Rush and John Hoyt. The year before he was featured in “Branded” with Alan Ladd as the kidnapped son of a rich rancher. In 1952 he played a U.S. cavalry lieutenant in “The Savage” with Charlton Heston.

    He also had guest roles in several television shows including “The Goldbergs,” “Sea Hunt,” “Cheers,” “Science Fiction Theatre,” “Perry Mason,” “The Lone Ranger,” “The Golden Girls,” and “Magnum P.I.” He also had recurring roles on “Gomer Pyle: USMC,” “The Adventures of Jim Bowie,” and “How the West Was Won.”​
     
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    Michael Ballhaus, ‘The Departed’ and ‘Goodfellas’ Cinematographer, Dies at 81

    German cinematographer Michael Ballhaus, who shot Martin Scorsese’s best picture winner “The Departed” and helped numerous Scorsese films achieve their singular visuals, has died at his Berlin apartment after a short illness. He was 81.

    His publicist and the American Society of Cinematographers confirmed his death.

    Ballhaus was nominated three times for the Academy Award for cinematography — in 1987 for “Broadcast News,” in 1989 for “The Fabulous Baker Boys” and in 2002 for Scorsese’s “Gangs of New York.”

    His other credits included five other films for Scorsese — “After Hours,” “The Color of Money,” “The Last Temptation of Christ,” “The Age of Innocence,” and “Goodfellas,” — along with Francis Ford Coppola’s “Bram Stoker’s Dracula,” ”Working Girl,” “Postcards from the Edge,” “Primary Colors,” “What about Bob?” and “Quiz Show.”

    Ballhaus began his career in 1971 with Rainer Werner Fassbinder with “Whity” and he lensed more than a dozen films for the iconic German director including “The Marriage of Marie Braun” and “Lili Marleen.”

    Working with Fassbinder on the film “Martha,” he developed the 360-degree tracking shot that became one of the signature elements of his style. An article on the Goethe Institut website described the distinctive look of a Ballhaus film, “Every film is stylistically innovative; and yet, in every Ballhaus film, we recognize the camera’s mobility, its unique dynamism, and the scene’s polish. It’s said that a Ballhaus film always looks more expensive than it really was.”​

    Michael Ballhaus and Rainer Werner Fassbinder

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    Clifton James, Sheriff in James Bond Films, Dies at 96

    Clifton James, a veteran actor who appeared as Sheriff J.W. Pepper in two James Bond films, died Saturday morning at age 96.

    James died just blocks away from his childhood home, surrounded by friends and family, loved ones told Variety in a statement.

    Clifton was born in 1920, the eldest child of Grace and Harry James, and grew up just outside Portland, Oregon during the heart of the Great Depression.

    According to relatives, he fought for five years on the front lines of the South Pacific, earning two Purple Hearts and a Silver Star for his service during World War II.

    His acting career spanned nearly six decades, and included theater, film, and television. First appearing on stage in “The Time of Your Life,” he would go on to perform in several Broadway shows, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama “All The Way Home.”

    James most famous role came on film. He appeared in two James Bond films opposite Roger Moore: “Live and Let Die” (1973) and “The Man with the Golden Gun” (1974). He portrayed the crowing Louisiana sheriff, J.W. Pepper (pictured). James would play similar Southern lawman in numerous other roles during his career, including “Silver Streak” and “Superman II”

    Among his other film credits included “Cool Hand Luke,” “Eight Men Out” and “The Bonfire of the Vanities.”
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