I used to LOVE What's my line. He was so funny.
Cablejockey, you're right. A certain age group knew and loved him.
I used to LOVE What's my line. He was so funny.
Cablejockey, you're right. A certain age group knew and loved him.
Que me amat, amet et canem meum
(Who loves me will love my dog also)
Anyone else remember the brou-ha-ha that was stirred up when he ended an epsiode of his tv show by asking all the kiddies to open mommy's purse and send him all the pictures of presidents? There was never an address given and it was clearly a joke, but boy did people get stirred up over it.
Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
-- Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759
Florimel, I read about that in some article today. It did certainly cause a lot of tail wagging, it seems.
Soupy was certainly an icon back in the day in NY.
To Thine Own Self Be True
ABC World News Now (their overnight news) did a great tribute to him that included a long interview with Barry who used to play the theme song on this show on the accordian. Apparently Barry worked with Soupy and was friends with him for a long time.
I'm sure ABC will have the tribute posted under the World News Now on their website.
I think Soupy fans will find it worthwhile since it goes all the way back to his beginnings in showbiz.
I am in that "certain age group" and I remember watching him many years ago.
I will have pie in his honor.
All magic comes with a price - Rumpelstiltskin
Dapper TV hero Gene Barry stage star dies at 90
I loved Bat Masterson as a kid. I had a Bat Masterson walking cane that had a derringer hidden in it. You tapped the cane and it fired a bullet. RIP Bat.
By BOB THOMAS, Associated Press Writer Bob Thomas, Associated Press Writer – Fri Dec 11, 9:54 am ET
LOS ANGELES – Always dapper, Gene Barry overcame his reluctance to take the starring role in the TV series "Bat Masterson" when he found out the Western lawman had worn a derby and carried a gold-handled cane in real life.
"I went over to the wardrobe department, picked out a brocaded vest, looked in the mirror, and there was this elegant gentleman," Barry recalled in 1999. "I said, 'Hey, that's Bat! That's me!'"
Barry, who also played other well-dressed men of action in the television series "Burke's Law" and "The Name of the Game," died of undetermined causes Wednesday, his son Frederic James Barry said. He died at age 90 at a rest home in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Woodland Hills, the son said Thursday.
Barry essentially played the same character in all three series, which spanned the 1950s to the 1970s. Always fashionably dressed, the tall, handsome actor with the commanding voice dominated his scenes as he bested the bad guys in each show.
In the first of the three, he was Masterson, a frontier dandy who rarely resorted to gunplay, choosing instead to beat his rivals senseless with a gold-handled cane.
He landed the part in 1958, but had been reluctant to take the TV role because his movie career appeared to be on the rise. He had starred in the science-fiction classic "War of the Worlds" in 1953 and opposite Clark Gable in "Soldier of Fortune" in 1955.
After two decades as a TV star, Barry found himself typecast as a television actor and never returned to prominence in films. Instead, he stayed active with stage appearances and dozens of TV guest appearances.
He sang in such musicals as "Kismet" and "Destry Rides Again," and created the Broadway role of Georges, the gay night club owner in Jerry Herman's hit musical "La Cage aux Folles." That role brought him a Tony nomination in 1984.
Before landing the Masterson role, Barry appeared in the final season of Eve Arden's hit sitcom "Our Miss Brooks" — as a P.E. teacher who pines for Miss Brooks.
After "Bat Masterson" ended its run on NBC in 1961, Barry moved to ABC to star as an LA detective in "Burke's Law," which lasted until 1966. The show was revived on CBS nearly 30 years later with Barry again in the lead. It lasted only one season.
"The Name of the Game" (1968-1972) offered an innovation: three suave actors — Barry, Robert Stack and Anthony Franciosa — alternating weekly in their own self-contained adventures. The only connective element: All were part of an investigative magazine of which Barry was the flamboyant owner.
When the series ended, Barry filmed a syndicated show, "The Adventurer," in England.
He was born Eugene Klass in New York City in 1919, and he met his wife, Betty Claire Kalb, when both were performing in the city. They were married 58 years, until her death in 2003.
In addition to Frederic, survivors include another son, Michael, and daughter Elizabeth.
The article I read said he died at age 90, and that the cause of death was unknown. Try "built-in obsolescence". He was a cutie!
"...each affects the other, and the other affects the next, and the world is full of stories, but the stories are all one." - Mitch Albom, one helluva writer.
When you throw a rock into a pack of dogs, you know which one you hit by the one that yelps!
The Bengal's Chris Henry passed away after falling off the back of a moving pickup truck. no matter what the story, I feel so sorry for his fiance and small children. What a shame.
Police: Bengals WR Henry dead at 26 - NFL News - FOX Sports on MSN
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry died early Thursday morning, according to a report on the Charlotte Observer Web site.
Police said Henry, who suffered severe injuries when he "came out" of the back of a pickup truck during a domestic dispute in northern Charlotte, died at 6:36 a.m. at Carolinas Medical Center.
A cause of death has not been released.
On Wednesday, Henry was found in the road about eight miles north of downtown Charlotte "apparently suffering life-threatening injuries," according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police. Henry was transported to Carolinas Medical Center, the local trauma unit.
Police said a dispute began at a home just before noon and Henry jumped into the bed of the pickup truck as his unidentified fiancee was driving away from the residence.
"The domestic situation continued between the operator and Mr. Henry," the police said in a statement. "At some point while she was driving, Mr. Henry came out of the back of the vehicle."
Fey wouldn't name the woman and said no charges would be filed on Wednesday.
Henry was found on a residential street about a half mile away from the home when police were called to the scene after a medic report that a man was down.
A woman who identified herself as the fiancee's mother but declined to give her name told the Charlotte Observer that Henry and his fiancee had been staying at her house while he was on injured reserve and they were making plans for their wedding.
She said she wasn't home at the time of the dispute and wasn't sure exactly what happened, but she said her daughter is at Henry's bedside at the hospital.
Henry was engaged to Loleini Tonga, and the couple has been raising three children.
Neighbor Karen Clanton said the Tonga family lives in the house where the police say the incident began, adding that she didn't witness it and that "they're nice folks."
Henry broke his left forearm during a win over Baltimore on Nov. 8, had surgery and was placed on season-ending injured reserve. Charlotte is home to his fiancee's parents, the Bengals said.
Brown said Rusty Guy, the Bengals' director of security, will travel to Charlotte this morning to assist Henry's family.
Henry was in the final year of his contract with the Bengals, who let him go after his fifth arrest following the 2007 season. Owner Mike Brown then brought him back a few months later, signing him to a two-year deal. Henry had stayed out of trouble since his return, turning into a feel-good story that got fans rooting for him.
“Chris is Chris. He’s personable with his guys, but quiet,” left tackle Andrew Whitworth said on the Bengals' Web site Wednesday. “You could tell he missed being out there with us. He was supportive. He’s a big part of what we are. I really admire how he carries himself, how he's changed his life, and how he's made his career his passion. That’s what this team has done. He's one of the guys that has helped give this team that attitude. We’re worried about him and praying for him.”
In an interview with The Cincinnati Enquirer in October, Henry credited his fiancee for helping him straighten out his life, saying, "She's been a big help. She's been right here with me and going through things and helping out on my side. We have the kids, and she has my back with everything I've needed."
From the start, his career has been sidetracked by off-the-field problems.
Henry repeatedly got in trouble at West Virginia, where former Mountaineers coach Rich Rodriguez told him that he was an embarrassment to himself and the program.
Most teams shied away from Henry in the 2005 draft. Cincinnati was the only one that brought him in for a visit, and warned him that he had to stay out of trouble if he was going to make it in the NFL. Then, the Bengals drafted him in the third round.
His ability to run past defenders made him an integral part of the Bengals' run to the playoffs in 2005. He caught Carson Palmer's only pass in a playoff loss to Pittsburgh — both of them were hurt on the play.
His rookie season also marked the beginning of his problems in the NFL. He was arrested for marijuana possession in December 2005, and again on a weapons charge a month later in Florida. He was arrested four times in all, drawing repeated suspensions - two games in 2006, the first half of the 2007 season — for violating the league's conduct policy.
When he was arrested for a fifth time after the 2007 season, the Bengals released Henry. Over the objection of coach Marvin Lewis, Brown changed his mind and gave Henry another chance, offering a two-year contract before the 2008 season began.
After serving a four-game suspension to start the 2008 season, he returned and caught 19 passes in the last 12 games, becoming an afterthought in the offense. He spent the offseason getting in shape and working out so he could become a top receiver again. He impressed coaches and teammates with his newfound determination to resurrect his career.
Before the start of the season, he got a tattoo that said "Blessed" below his left ear, a reminder that he's gotten plenty of extra chances.
"I don't live the way I did in the past," Henry said, in an interview with The Associated Press during training camp. "I kind of plan my days out and take it one day at a time and stay away from the wrong people. I'm not partying anymore. I'm just focused on football right now and my family. I don't associate with the same people. I've completely changed everything."
A thigh injury limited him early in the season. He had 12 catches for 236 yards and a pair of touchdowns before he broke his arm.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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That's a real shame. We have a law here that forbids people from letting children ride in the back of pick-ups just for that very reason.
Oscar winner Jennifer Jones dead at 90 - Yahoo! NewsOscar winner Jennifer Jones dead at 90
By BOB THOMAS, Associated Press Writer Bob Thomas, Associated Press Writer – 20 mins ago
LOS ANGELES – A publicist says Jennifer Jones, who was nominated for Academy Awards five times and won for her portrayal of a saintly nun in "The Song of Bernadette," has died at age 90.
Leslie Denk, spokeswoman for the Norton Simon Museum, says Jones died Thursday at her home in Malibu. Her only son, Robert Walker, was at her side.
Jones, the widow of museum founder Norton Simon, was deeply involved in overseeing the Simon during her later years.
She was one of Hollywood's biggest stars in the 1940s and '50s, appearing in such films as "Duel in the Sun," "Love is a Many-Splendored Thing" and "The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit."
My parents went to see The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit on their first date, so I've always had a soft spot for Jennifer Jones. RIP, Ms. Jones
Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.' - Isaac Asimov
I was thinking of the immortal words of Socrates, who said, "... I drank what?"