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Dec 05 2016
Van Williams, THE GREEN HORNET & SURFSIDE 6 Heartthrob, Dies @ 82 Comments (0)

16040856688_f8ccc6c83e_bOne of the screen's most unforgettable stunners, Van Williams: February 27, 1934-November 28, 2016

Van Williams, best-known to TV audiences as The Green Hornet in the 1966-1967 series of the same name as well as on Vanwilliams6 Batman during the same time period, died November 28 of kidney failure at his Arizona home. He was 82.

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Williams, easily one of the most stunning men ever to grace the TV screen, got his start when Elizabeth Taylor and her husband, producer Mike Todd, spotted him running a skin-diving outfit in Hawaii in the '50s.

Thanks to his looks, Williams quickly knocked down episodic television roles, notching a big break as one of the leads of Surfside 6 (1960-1962), along with similarly attractive stars like Diane McBain (the sole surviving cast member of that series), Lee Patterson, Margarita Sierra and Troy Donahue. He continued the role a couple of times on 77 Sunset Strip in 1961 and 1963.

A64895fd710550324c9dc705a4c61005I mean, this translates across the ages ...

Following his Green Hornet splash, Williams had only a couple more memorable parts, including as the star of the short-lived series Westwind (1975) and in episodes of How the West Was Won in 1978. 


A close friend of his Green Hornet co-star (pictured) Bruce Lee's, Williams chose Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993) as his last appearance on film; he played the director of The Green Hornet. Williams was the last surviving member of the original Green Hornet cast.

My experience meeting Williams, here!

In his later years, the pinup-turned-businessman attended autograph shows in spite of fragile health and was quite friendly to his fans.

S-l1600Van Williams studies a film script, missed the memo on wearing shirts

After the jump, check out a fun interview with Williams from 1990 ...

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Dec 04 2016
6-PACK — Too Sexy For This Platform + SUPERNATURAL Childbirth + Lister Lust + Trump's Special Snowflakes + Trump's Twit Fits + Living/Dead Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2016-12-04 at 2.32.18 PMMykki Blanco scared YouTube's Powers That Be. (Video still via Mykki Blanco)

WIDGETVia Towleroad: The Mykki Blanco video initially banned by YouTube for a male underwear bulge:

WIDGETHOT DADDY: Jensen Ackles' baby batter is potent.

WIDGETLee Faircloth's Matt Lister images are peen-spirational. (And beautiful, coincidentally.)

Matt-lister-51(Image by Lee Faircloth)

WIDGETJoy Reid on the bizarre trend of Trump voters — whose candidate won — moaning about being victims of discrimination.

Maxresdefault“No, I mean — what does 'ironic' mean?” Rhoda Gemignani asked on Seinfeld in '92. (Video still via NBC)

WIDGETDonald Trump has not mastered irony:

WIDGETThe Return of the Living Dead (1985) character actor Don Calfa dies @ 76.

Return4Don Calfa: December 1, 1939-December 1, 2016 (Image via Orion)

Dec 03 2016
Alice Drummond, Character Actress, Dies @ 88 Comments (0)

Alice_01Alice Drummond — May 21, 1928-November 30, 2016 — as seen in the original Ghostbusters (Image via Columbia)

Alice Drummond, perhaps most famous as the first person onscreen in Ghostbusters (1984) — she played a timid librarian — has died at 88.

Sadly, her death was caused by a serious fall, which occurred in her Bronx home.

S-l1600Drummond in Awakenings with Robin Williams, who preceded her in death by over two years (Image via Columbia)

Drummond worked steadily until about five years ago, making a slew of episodic-TV appearances. Other films in which the highly recognizable thesp made her mark include Awakenings (1990), the gay comedy Jeffrey (1995), the even gayer comedy To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything Julie Newmar (1995), the gayest of all comedy In & Out (1997) and Doubt (2008).

Drummond is survived by no immediate family.

Dec 02 2016
I Can't Believe He Ate That Whole Thing: Milt Moss Dies @ 93 Comments (0)

If you are of a certain age, you will remember the catchphrase, “I can't believe I ate that whole thing” (often repeated with a “the” instead of a “that”). 

The ad, a '70s classic for Alka-Seltzer by Howie Cohen and Bob Pasqualina, starred comic actor Milt Moss, whose performance helped make it one of TV's all-time most memorable pitches.

You won't believe it, but Milt Moss was recently still alive. Sadly, he has died at 93. He was truly born to plop-plop, fizz-fizz.

Related: In February of this year, Prince spaghetti ad mama Mary Fiumara also passed away, she at 88.

Nov 30 2016
'80s Singing Star Colonel Abrams Dies Homeless In NYC Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2016-11-30 at 12.10.51 PMColonel Abrams: May 25, 1949 - November 24, 2016. Scan of my original 7" single (Image via MCA)

Another '80s singer has died unexpectedly — Colonel Abrams, who snagged four #1 dance hits, died homeless in NYC on Thanksgiving. He was 67.

Of Abrams's death, following a battle with diabetes and other conditions, legendary DJ Jellybean Benitez wrote:

It's a sad day for the House Music community.

House music — all night long.

6-PACK — Hillary Honors Katy + Trump's Goldman Sachs Hires + Scalia Rightly Remembered + RIP Misterrrr Graaaaant Tinker + Anthony Michael Hall Gets Detention + You'll Keal Over At The Sight Of Thomas! Comments (0)

WIDGETHillary Clinton made a surprise appearance at a UNICEF event to honor Katy Perry.

WIDGETAfter all the B.S. about Hillary's Goldman Sachs speeches, how many of its veterans will be in Trump's Cabinet?

WIDGETBarney Frank tartly links the late SCOTUS Justice Scalia to “fag”-burning, not flag-burning.

WIDGETGrant Tinker — TV titan, co-founder of MTM Enterprises, ex-husband of Mary Tyler Moore — dies @ 90.

WIDGETAnthony Michael Hall charged with felony battery, but no one's ass cheeks were taped together.

WIDGETThomas Keal, just hanging out: 


Good morning ☕️🗞 it's already Wednesday this weeks flying by for me, are you having a good week?

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Nov 28 2016
6-PACK — Miami Rhapsody + Cruz Down For The Count + Indian Pride + Gaga's Tears + Holocaust On Ice + RIP Fritz Weaver Comments (0)

Renato-freitas-by-ruben-de-pena-5Renato Freitas (Image by Rubén de Peña)

WIDGETBeautiful Renato Freitas takes Miami.

WIDGETOut boxer Orlando Cruz loses title fight, earns homophobic tweets from boxing pros.

WIDGETA report from LGBTQ Pride in Delhi, India.

WIDGETLONELY NEAR THE TOP: Lady Gaga gets misty over the isolation of stardom.

WIDGETWife of Putin aid performs Holocaust-themed dance on ice-skating reality TV show in Russia.

WIDGETSci fi and Holocaust (1978) actor Fritz Weaver, Tony winner, dies @ 90.

Tumblr_n7lmsqRq4d1tf9yp3o1_400Weaver in “Third from the Sun,” a powerful Twilight Zone episode from 1960 (GIF via CBS)

Nov 26 2016
Ron Glass, Flamboyant Det. Harris On BARNEY MILLER, Dies @ 71 Comments (0)

Barney-miller-dvd-review-cast-photoGlass is in the middle/back (Image via ABC)

Ron Glass, known for his 164 episodes of Barney Miller, on which he played funky (and I thought sexy) Det. Harris, has died of respiratory failure, TMZ and Extra report.

With the actor's passing—which falls in the same year that his much-older castmate Abe Vigoda died—there are now only two remaining core actors from Barney Miller: “Barn” himself, Hal Linden (85); and “Wojo,” Max Gail (73).

The amazing Barbara Barrie, who played “Mrs. Miller,” is also with us (85), as are a number of tangential cast members, such as Gregory Sierra (better remembered as Sanford & Son's “Julio,” 79), Paul Lichtman (78), Milt Kogan (80), Linda Lavin (she was a detective in the early seasons, 79), June Gable (better known as “Joey”'s agent from Friends, 71), Mari Gorman (72), Dino Natali (85) and Paul Lieber (probably in his early 70s). Quite a few other familiar faces from the show are alive.

Other prominent cast members to die: Jack Soo (1979), James Gregory (2002), Florence Stanley (2003), Ron Carey (2007), Steve Landesberg (2010) and George Murdock (2012).