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David Rintoul

David Rintoul

David Rintoul (born David Wilson; 29 November 1948) is a Scottish stage and television actor. Rintoul was born in Aberdeen, Scotland. He studied at the University of Edinburgh, and won a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

Rintoul has worked extensively in theatre with companies including the Royal National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company.  His appearances have included Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s DreamHenry IVAs You Like It, and the title role in Macbeth. Other stage appearances include George Bernard Shaw’s Candida and Funny Girl. In 2010 he played Charles Dickens in Andersen’s English, the new play by Sebastian Barry.

His film credits include the title role in Legend of the Werewolf (1975), A.D. (1985), Unrelated (2007) and Is Anybody There? (2008). In 2010, he starred in the film The Ghost Writerwith Pierce Brosnan and Ewan McGregor.

In 1980, he played the role of Mr Darcy in a BBC television adaptation by Fay Weldon of Pride and Prejudice. From 1993 to 1996 he played Doctor Finlay in the television series of the same name. His other television appearances include Prince RegentTaggartHornblower and the Agatha Christie’s Poirot film, The Mysterious Affair at Styles. He voices three characters, Granddad Dog, Mr. Bull and Dr. Brown Bear, in the popular children’s series Peppa Pig. He also voiced the knight ‘Sir Boris’ in the 1999 animation The Big Knights and the arch villain Cut Throat Jake in the newer version of Captain Pugwash. He played the role of Noah in the 2013 History Channel‘s The Bible. In 2016 he portrayed Aerys Targaryen in the HBO series Game of Thrones in Season 6.

Rintoul has narrated many audiobooks, including Frederick Forsyth‘s The Day of the Jackal and J. G. Ballard‘s Millennium People. In 1986, he recorded unabridged readings of all of Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels and short stories for Chivers Audio Books (with the exception of The Spy Who Loved Me, which has a first person female narrator). He also later recorded Nobody Lives Forever and Licence to Kill, written by John Gardner. Whilst reading the prose with his usual speaking voice, Rintoul speaks Bond’s dialogue with a mild Scottishaccent. He also narrated Robert Harris‘s Dictator, the final volume of his Cicero trilogy. Rintoul took over this role from Bill Wallis, who had read the previous two books, Imperium and Lustrum, but died two years before Dictator’s publication. He has narrated two young people’s books, The Boggart (2009) and The Boggart and the Monster (2013) written by Susan Cooper. In 2016 Rintoul narrated Philippe Sands‘ East West Street – the Origins of “Genocide” and “Crimes Against Humanity, and in 2018 he narrated Dorothy Dunnett’s novel of Macbeth King Hereafter.

Rintoul is married to actress Vivien Heilbron. A friend and University of Edinburgh classmate of Ian Charleson, Rintoul contributed a chapter to the 1990 book, For Ian Charleson: A Tribute. His brother, Dougie Wilson, is stage manager and £250,000 winner on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. His sister Dorothy is married to the artist Alain Senez.


Ving Rhames

Ving Rhames

Irving Rameses Rhames (born May 12, 1959) is an American stage and screen actor. He is best known for his starring role as Luther Stickell in the Mission: Impossible film series and his supporting role as gang kingpin Marsellus Wallace in Pulp Fiction. He also appeared in Jacob’s Ladder (1990), Dave (1993), Striptease (1996), Don King: Only in America (1997), Rosewood (1997), Con Air (1997), Bringing Out the Dead (1999), Baby Boy (2001), Dawn of the Dead (2004), Day of the Dead (2008), Piranha 3D (2010), and Father Figures (2017). He voiced Cobra Bubbles in the animated film Lilo & Stitch (2002). Rhames is a Golden Globe Award winner, as well as an Emmy Awardand Screen Actors Guild Award nominee.

Rhames was born on May 12, 1959 in HarlemNew York City, the son of Reather, a homemaker, and Ernest Rhames, an auto mechanic.  His parents were raised as sharecroppers in South Carolina. He was named after NBC journalist Irving R. Levine.

He entered New York’s High School of Performing Arts, where he discovered his love of acting. After high school, he studied drama at SUNY Purchase, where fellow acting student Stanley Tucci gave him his nickname “Ving”. Rhames later transferred to the Juilliard School‘s Drama Division (Group 12: 1979–1983) where he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1983.

Rhames first appeared on Broadway in the play The Boys of Winter in 1984. He started out in film in Wes Craven‘s The People Under the Stairs (1991) as Leroy, he watched over Kevin Kline as Secret Service agent Duane Stevensen in Dave (1993), and he played Marsellus Wallace in Pulp Fiction (1994).

Rhames played Dr. Peter Benton’s brother-in-law on the TV medical drama ER, a recurring role he filled for three seasons. He played ace computer hacker Luther Stickell opposite Tom Cruise in Brian De Palma‘s Mission: Impossible (1996). In 1997 Rhames portrayed the character of Nathan ‘Diamond Dog’ Jones in the popular film Con Air. and Muki in the Ice Cube film Dangerous Ground.

Rhames won a Golden Globe in 1998 for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film in HBO‘s Don King: Only in America. At the ceremony he gave his award to fellow nominee Jack Lemmon, saying, “I feel that being an artist is about giving, and I’d like to give this to you.” Lemmon was clearly touched by the gesture as was the celebrity audience who gave Lemmon a standing ovation. Lemmon, who tried unsuccessfully to give the award back to Rhames, said it was “one of the nicest, sweetest moments I’ve ever known in my life.” The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced later that they would have a duplicate award prepared for Rhames. That moment was #98 on E!’s 101 Awesome Moments in Entertainment. The New York Times lauded Rhames for the act, writing that in doing so he “demonstrated his capacity for abundant generosity.”

Rhames appeared in Striptease (1996) as the wisecracking bodyguard Shad, Bringing Out the Dead (1999), then reprised his Luther Stickell role for Mission: Impossible 2 (2000). He played Johnnie Cochran in American Tragedy (2000), the ex-con boyfriend of Jodie’s mother in the John Singleton film Baby Boy, portrayed a gay drag queen in the television movie Holiday Heart, contributed his voice for the character of Cobra Bubbles in Lilo & Stitch (2002) and the subsequent TV series, and played a stoic cop fighting zombie hordes in Dawn of the Dead (2004) and Day of the Dead (2008) remakes. Rhames has also appeared in a series of television commercials for RadioShack, usually performing with Vanessa L. Williams.

In March 2005, Rhames played the lead role on a new Kojak series, on the USA Network cable channel (and on ITV4 in the UK). The bald head, lollipops, and “Who loves ya, baby?” catchphrase remained intact, but little else remained from the Savalas original.

Rhames voiced the part of Tobias Jones in the computer game Driver 3.

Reprising his Luther role, Rhames co-starred in Mission: Impossible III (2006), had a cameo appearance in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011), and played a major role in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015) and Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018), the fifth and sixth films, respectively.[10] He is the only actor besides Tom Cruise to appear in all six Mission: Impossible films. It was announced that he would have a role in the Aquaman-based show Mercy Reef, however due to the integration of The WB and UPN for the new network, CWMercy Reef was not picked up. Rhames played a homosexual, possibly also homicidal, firefighter who comes out of the closet in I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry. He narrates the BET television series American Gangster.

In the 2008 film Saving God, he played an ex-con who is released from prison a changed man looking to take over his father’s former church congregation in a deteriorating neighborhood. Rhames stars in Phantom Punch, a biopic of boxer Sonny Liston released directly to DVD as well as The Tournament portraying a fighter out to win a no-rules tournament.

Rhames makes an appearance in Ludacris‘s song “Southern Gangstas” on his album Theater of the Mind. Rappers Playaz Circle and Rick Ross are also featured on the track.

He filmed the movie The Red Canvas with Ernie Reyes, Jr. and UFC lightweight contender Gray Maynard and Randy Couture.

In 2015, he filmed a series of commercials for The ADT Corporation.

Rhames is one of the narrators for UFC.

Rhames narrated the team introductions for the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI in February 2017.

Since 2015 Rhames’s deep voice has provided the narration for numerous Arby’s commercials, with the catchline “Arby’s, we have the meats!”


Gregory Rozakis.

Gregory Rozakis

Gregory Rozakis. Obituary.

Gregory Rozakis (January 30, 1943 — August 24, 1989) was a playwright and actor who died of AIDS
in Brooklyn. He was 46 years old.

Born and raised in Park Slope, Brooklyn, Rozakis graduated from Erasmus Hall High School, Brooklyn in 1961, and was a schoolmate of Barbra Streisand..

Rozakis played a leading role as Hohannes Gardashian, the Armenian in Elia Kazan’s America America (1963) and was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture.

Rozakis also played Charlie Chaplin in the Cotton Club (1984) and had roles in Royal Hunt of the Sun (1968) and Death Wish (1974). He made his Broadway debut as Kim Stanley’s son in William Inge’s Natural Affection.

Rozakis’ play, Chalk Marks on a Brick Wall, which he also acted in, was produced off-Broadway when he was only 18. It was also featured on TV by CBS. Another play he wrote, The Class, was also produced off-Broadway.

Rozakis guest starred in numerous TV series, such as Charlie’s Angels, Kojak, Starsky and Hutch and Baretta.


Lionel Stander

Lionel Stander

Lionel Stander was born in The BronxNew York CityNew York, to RussianJewish immigrants, the first of three children.

According to newspaper interviews with Stander, as a teenager he appeared in the silent film Men of Steel (1926), perhaps as an extra, since he is not listed in the credits.

During his one year at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he appeared in the student productions The Muse of the Unpublished Writer,[1] and  The Muse and the Movies: A Comedy of Greenwich Village.


Stander’s acting career began in 1928, as Cop and First Fairy in Him by E. E. Cummings, at the Provincetown Playhouse. He claimed that he got the roles because one of them required shooting craps, which he did well, and a friend in the company volunteered him. He appeared in a series of short-lived plays through the early 1930s, including The House Beautiful, which Dorothy Parker famously derided as “the play lousy”.[citation needed]

Early film roles[edit]

In 1932, Stander landed his first credited film role in the WarnerVitaphone short feature In the Dough (1932), with Fatty Arbuckle and Shemp Howard. He made several other shorts, the last being The Old Grey Mayor (1935) with Bob Hope in 1935. That same year, he was cast in a feature, Ben Hecht‘s The Scoundrel (1935), with Noël Coward. He moved to Hollywood and signed a contract with Columbia Pictures. Stander was in a string of films over the next three years, appearing most notably in Frank Capra’s Mr. Deeds Goes to Town(1936) with Gary CooperMeet Nero Wolfe (1936) playing Archie GoodwinThe League of Frightened Men (1937), and A Star Is Born (1937) with Janet Gaynor and Fredric March.[citation needed]

Radio roles[edit]

Stander’s distinctive rumbling voice, tough-guy demeanor, and talent with accents made him a popular radio actor. In the 1930s and 1940s, he was on The Eddie Cantor ShowBing Crosby‘s KMH show, the Lux Radio Theater production of A Star Is BornThe Fred Allen Show,[2] the Mayor of the Town series with Lionel Barrymore and Agnes MooreheadKraft Music Hall on NBCStage Door Canteen on CBS, the Lincoln Highway Radio Show on NBC, and The Jack Paar Show, among others.

In 1941, he starred in a short-lived radio show called The Life of Riley on CBS, no relation to the radio, film, and television character later made famous by William Bendix. Stander played the role of Spider Schultz in both Harold Lloyd‘s film The Milky Way (1936) and its remake ten years later, The Kid from Brooklyn (1946), starring Danny Kaye. He was a regular on Danny Kaye’s zany comedy-variety radio show on CBS (1946–1947), playing himself as “just the elevator operator” amidst the antics of Kaye, future Our Miss Brooks star Eve Arden, and bandleader Harry James.[citation needed]

Also during the 1940s, he played several characters on The Woody Woodpecker and Andy Panda animated theatrical shorts, produced by Walter Lantz. For Woody Woodpecker, he provided the voice of Buzz Buzzard, but was blacklisted from the Lantz studio in 1951 and was replaced by Dal McKennon.

Strongly of communist ideology and pro-labor, Stander espoused a variety of social and political causes, and was a founding member of the Screen Actors Guild. At a SAG meeting held during a 1937 studio technicians’ strike, he told the assemblage of 2000 members: “With the eyes of the whole world on this meeting, will it not give the Guild a black eye if its members continue to cross picket lines?” (The NYT reported: “Cheers mingled with boos greeted the question.”) Stander also supported the Conference of Studio Unions in its fight against the Mob-influenced International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE). Also in 1937, Ivan F. Cox, a deposed officer of the San Francisco longshoremen’s union, sued Stander and a host of others, including union leader Harry Bridges, actors Fredric MarchFranchot ToneMary AstorJames CagneyJean Muir, and director William Dieterle. The charge, according to Time magazine, was “conspiring to propagate Communism on the Pacific Coast, causing Mr. Cox to lose his job”.[citation needed]

In 1938, Columbia Pictures head Harry Cohn allegedly called Stander “a Red son of a bitch” and threatened a US$100,000 fine against any studio that renewed his contract. Despite critical acclaim for his performances, Stander’s film work dropped off drastically. After appearing in 15 films in 1935 and 1936, he was in only six in 1937 and 1938. This was followed by just six films from 1939 through 1943, none made by major studios, the most notable being Guadalcanal Diary (1943).[citation needed]

Stander was among the first group of Hollywood actors to be subpoenaed before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in 1940 for supposed Communist activities. At a grand jury hearing in Los Angeles in August 1940—the transcript of which was shortly released to the press—John R. Leech, the self-described former “chief functionary” of the Communist Party in Los Angeles, named Stander as a CP member, along with more than 15 other Hollywood notables, including Franchot ToneHumphrey BogartJames CagneyClifford Odets and Budd Schulberg. Stander subsequently forced himself into the grand jury hearing, and the district attorney cleared him of the allegations.

Stander appeared in no films between 1944 and 1945. Then, with HUAC’s attentions focused elsewhere due to World War II, he played in a number of mostly second-rate pictures from independent studios through the late 1940s. These include Ben Hecht’s Specter of the Rose (1946); the Preston Sturges comedy The Sin of Harold Diddlebock (1947) with Harold Lloyd; and Trouble Makers (1948) with The Bowery Boys. One classic emerged from this period of his career, the Preston Sturges comedy Unfaithfully Yours (1948) with Rex Harrison.

In March 1951, actor Larry Parks, after pleading with HUAC investigators not to force him to “crawl through the mud” as an informer, named several people as Communists in a “closed-door session”, which made the newspapers two days later. He testified that he knew Stander, but did not recall attending any CP meetings with him.

After that, Stander was blacklisted from TV and radio. He continued to act in theater roles, and played Ludlow Lowell in the 1952-53 revival of Pal Joey on Broadway and on tour.

Two years passed before Stander was issued the requested subpoena. Finally, in May 1953, he testified at a HUAC hearing in New York, where he made front-page headlines nationwide by being uproariously uncooperative, memorialized in the Eric Bentley play, Are You Now or Have You Ever Been. The New York Times headline was “Stander Lectures House Red Inquiry.”

An excerpt from that statement was engraved in stone for “The First Amendment Blacklist Memorial” by Jenny Holzer at the University of Southern California.

Other notable statements during Stander’s 1953 HUAC testimony:

Stander was blacklisted from the late 1940s until 1965; perhaps the longest period.

After that, Stander’s acting career went into a free fall. He worked as a stockbroker on Wall Street, a journeyman stage actor, a corporate spokesman—even a New Orleans Mardi Grasking. He didn’t return to Broadway until 1961 (and then only briefly in a flop) and to film in 1963, in the low-budget The Moving Finger (although he did provide, uncredited, the voice-over narration for the 1961 noir thriller Blast of Silence.)

Life improved for Stander when he moved to London in 1964 to act in Bertolt Brecht‘s Saint Joan of the Stockyards, directed by Tony Richardson, for whom he’d acted on Broadway, along with Christopher Plummer, in a 1963 production of Brecht’s The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui. In 1965, he was featured in the film Promise Her Anything. That same year Richardson cast him in the black comedy about the funeral industry, The Loved One, based on the novel by Evelyn Waugh, with an all-star cast including Jonathan WintersRobert MorseLiberaceRod SteigerPaul Williams and many others. In 1966, Roman Polanski cast Stander in his only starring role, as the thug Dickie in Cul-de-sac, opposite Françoise Dorléac and Donald Pleasence.

Stander stayed in Europe and eventually settled in Rome, where he appeared in many spaghetti Westerns, most notably playing a bartender named Max in Sergio Leone‘s Once Upon a Time in the West. He played the role of the villainous mob boss in Fernando Di Leo‘s 1972 poliziottescho thriller Caliber 9. In Rome he connected with Robert Wagner, who cast him in an episode of It Takes a Thief that was shot there. Stander’s few English-language films in the 1970s include The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight with Robert De Niro and Jerry OrbachSteven Spielberg’s 1941, and Martin Scorsese‘s New York, New York, which also starred De Niro and Liza Minnelli.

Stander played a supporting role in the TV film Revenge Is My Destiny with Chris Robinson. He played a lounge comic modeled after the real-life Las Vegas comic Joe E. Lewis, who used to begin his act by announcing “Post Time” as he sipped his ever-present drink.

After 15 years abroad, Stander moved back to the U.S. for the role he is now most famous for: Max, the loyal butler, cook, and chauffeur to the wealthy, amateur detectives played by Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers on the 1979–1984 television series Hart to Hart (and a subsequent series of Hart to Hart made-for-television films). In 1982, Stander won a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film.

In 1986, he became the voice of Kup in The Transformers: The Movie. In 1991 he was a guest star in the television series Dream On, playing Uncle Pat in the episode “Toby or Not Toby”. His final theatrical film role was as a dying hospital patient in The Last Good Time (1994), with Armin Mueller-Stahl and Olivia d’Abo, directed by Bob Balaban


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Peter Straker

Peter Straker

Peter Straker. Wikipedia.

Peter Straker (born 7 November 1943) is a Jamaican born singer and actor, best known for appearances in Doctor Who (in the 1979 serial Destiny of the Daleks) and the 1985 ITVseries Connie.

He first shot to fame in 1968 when he starred as Hud in the original London production of Hair. Straker has starred in countless West End productions since, including Pete Townshend‘s Tommy, Ken Hill’s The Original Phantom of the OperaHot StuffBlues in the NightThe Rocky Horror ShowThe Rat PackOne Love and Holding On; both with Ruby Turner. His classical roles include Cassius in Julius Caesar at Bristol Old Vic, and Lucio in Measure for Measure at the National Theatre.

In 1972 he had a minor hit with a song, based on Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring by J.S.Bach & adapted by the song writing duo of Ken Howard & Alan Blaikley, who also produced the 45. It was titled “The Spirit is Willing” and the record label quotes the artist as Peter Straker – The Hands of Dr. Teleny. Released on RCA it entered the charts on 19 February 1972, had a chart life of 4 weeks & peaked at No.40.

Straker also originated the title role of Nosferatu in the British premiere production of Bernard J. Taylor‘s musical at the Eastbourne Hippodrome in 1995.

Recently he reprised his role in The Wiz with Birmingham Rep, and starred in The Hackney Empire’s Cinderella, The Landor Theatre’s The Glorious One’s and returned to the Edinburgh Festival with a brand new musical show, Peter Straker’s Brel which later played at the St James Theatre in London. More recently, Straker has performed in The Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, in a concert performance of Piaf with The Matthew Jones Orchestra.

He most recently was announced to be returning to the Who’s musical Tommy, which began a UK Tour in 2017.

It has been announced that Cherry Red Records division, ‘Strike Force Entertainment’, is due to release Remastered editions of Strakers’ solo albums, for the very first time, in early 2020.


Tony Musante

Tony Musante

Tony Musante. Obituary in “Los Angeles Times” in 2013.

Tony Musante, 77, a versatile actor who worked on stage and in film and television but was best known for his starring role on the 1973 TV police drama “Toma,” died Tuesday of complications from surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, according to his wife of 51 years, Jane.

When Musante was approached to play a New Jersey detective in “Toma,” he agreed — but only for one season. So despite good reviews and ratings, in 1974 he walked away from a regular TV job. “I didn’t want to play the same character for five years,” he told the Associated Press a few years later.

The producers retooled “Toma” and cast a different actor, Robert Blake, in a new series called “Baretta,” which was an immediate success. But Musante insisted that he hadn’t missed out on anything.

“I’ve had the opportunity to do several plays, feature films and TV shows that I couldn’t have done were I still doing ‘Toma,’

Musante appeared on Broadway in “P.S. Your Cat Is Dead” (1975) and “The Lady From Dubuque” (1980). He had notable guest roles on TV series including “Medical Story,” “Police Story” and “Oz” and in TV movies including “Judgment: The Court Martial of Lt. William Calley” (1975) and “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do” (1979). He also acted in such diverse films as “The Pope of Greenwich Village” (1984) and “We Own the Night” (2007).

Born in Bridgeport, Conn., on June 30, 1936, Musante graduated in 1958 with a degree in psychology from Oberlin College in Ohio. He began acting in regional theater and off-Broadway before breaking into television in the early 1960s.

Times staff reports



Ed Nelson

Ed Nelson

Ed Nelson. Wikipedia.

Nelson was raised in North Carolina after having been born in New OrleansLouisiana. He was educated at Edwards Military Institute and Camp Lejeune High School, playing football and basketball at the latter school.

He began acting while attending Tulane University in New Orleans. He left college after two years to study at the New York School of Radio and Television Technique. He served with the United States Navy as a radioman on the light cruiser USS Dayton. He took a position as a director at WDSU-TV in New Orleans. By 1956, acting became his central focus, and he moved to the Los Angeles area.

Early in his career Nelson did stunt work for B-movie producer Roger Corman on the films Swamp Women (1956), Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957), Rock All Night (1957), Carnival Rock (1957), Night of the Blood Beast (1958), The Cry Baby Killer (1958), Teenage Cave Man (1958), and A Bucket of Blood (1959). Also in 1958 he acted in and produced actor-director Bruno VeSota’s science fiction horror filmThe Brain Eaters, which Roger Corman executive produced. That same year he was cast as the lead in Devil’s Partner, though the film was not released until 1962. He also appeared in the 1960 thriller Valley of the Redwoods and the 1963 comedy drama Soldier in the Rain, starring Steve McQueen and Jackie Gleason.

Nelson’s television career featured many guest starring roles, such as the talented but arrogant Dr. Wade Parsons in the 1962 episode “Doctor on Horseback” of the NBC western series, The Tall Man, starring Barry Sullivan as Sheriff Pat Garrett and Clu Gulager as Billy the Kid. In the story line Dr. Parsons works to save the life of a pregnant young woman who attempts suicide when her husband deserts her.

Nelson was cast in episodes of such other westerns as MaverickWagon TrainBlack SaddleHave Gun – Will TravelThe Rebel (five times), Johnny RingoGunsmokeRawhideTombstone TerritoryLaramieBonanzaStoney BurkeThe DakotasThe Rifleman and Redigo. He appeared on drama and adventure series too, such as Combat!The FugitiveThe Twilight ZoneFlightThe Silent ServiceThe Outer LimitsHarbor CommandTightropeThe Blue Angels (as the arrogant flight instructor Lieutenant Dayl Martin in “The Jarheads”), Coronado 9The Eleventh HourThriller, and Channing, an ABC drama that romanticizes college life. He guest starred on Mission: Impossible and Jackie Cooper CBS military sitcom/drama, Hennesey.

He made two guest appearances on CBS’s Perry Mason, both times as the defendant; in 1961, he played Ward Nichols in “The Case of the Left-Handed Liar,” and in 1964, he played Dirk Blake, father of the title character, in “The Case of the Missing Button”.

In 1964, Nelson secured his most famous role, portraying Dr. Michael Rossi on the ABC drama Peyton Place, staying with the series during its entire run from 1964 to 1969. Nelson reprised his role in two made-for-TV movies, Murder in Peyton Place and Peyton Place: The Next Generation.

After Peyton Place, Nelson worked in many more productions of all varieties. He teamed with former Peyton Place co-star Percy Rodriguez in a second television series, The Silent Force, which ran for 15 episodes in 1970-1971. He had guest starred with David Janssen in the very first episode of The Fugitive in 1963, and appeared as a different character in the series the next season. Subsequently, Nelson had guest starring roles on many of the popular dramas of the 1970s and 1980s, including Marcus Welby, M.D.CannonO’Hara, U.S. TreasuryNight GalleryBanacekAlias Smith and JonesMod SquadMission: ImpossibleThe Streets of San FranciscoKung FuThe F.B.I. (in 3 different roles), Adam-12IronsidePolice WomanMedical Center (3 roles), The Bionic WomanGibbsvilleMcMillan and WifeDallasThe Rockford Files (2 roles), Barnaby Jones (2 roles), Charlie’s AngelsLou GrantTrapper John, M.D.Vega$ (2 roles), CHiPsQuincy M.E.Matt HoustonThe Fall GuyDynastyCagney & LaceyMacGyverJake and the Fatman (2 roles), and Murder, She Wrote (5 roles).

Nelson appeared in many television movies such as Along Came a Spider (1970), The Screaming Woman (1972), Runaway! (1973), Houston, We’ve Got a Problem (1974), The Missing Are Deadly (1975), Superdome (1978), Doctors’ Private Lives (1978) and Crash (1978), and served as host on a morning talk show,The Ed Nelson Show, that he hosted for three years. During the 1980s, Nelson took on the role of patriarchal Senator Mark Denning in the daytime serial Capitol.  In late 1986, Nelson was upset to discover that the show’s writers had turned his character into a traitor, and quit the show in disgust, last airing in early January 1987, two months prior to the show’s cancellation.

He also continued appearing in theatrical films, such as Airport 1975 (1974), That’s the Way of the World (1975), Acapulco Gold (1976), Midway (1976), For the Love of Benji (1977), Police Academy 3: Back in Training (1986), Brenda Starr (1989), The Boneyard (1991), Who Am I? (1998) and Runaway Jury (2003).

He spent several years playing U.S. President Harry S. Truman onstage, having replaced James Whitmore for the National Tour of “Give ‘Em Hell, Harry”.

While living in Los Angeles, Nelson was an active member of the Screen Actors Guild and was elected to the union board for many years. Nelson was a long-standing member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and maintained a long tradition of participation in voting for the Academy Awards. In the early 1970s, he ran for city council and mayor of San Dimas, California until a Federal Communications Commission ruling said that if he appeared in television programs his political opponents must be given equal time.

In 1999, Nelson returned to Tulane University to finish credits toward his undergraduate degree,  which he completed the following year at age 71. He and his wife, Patsy, enjoyed semi-retirement visiting their six children and fourteen grandchildren. One of his children is actor Christopher S. Nelson.

Until 2005, he had been teaching acting and screenwriting in New Orleans at two local universities there. Hurricane Katrina prompted him to move his family far to the north to Sterlington, Louisiana. At the time of his death, however, he had relocated to Greensboro, North Carolina, where he had been in hospice care. He died at age 85.

Nelson died on August 9, 2014, in Greensboro, North Carolina, from congestive heart failure.  He was 85 years old.


Cat Stevens

Cat Stevens

Cat Stevens. Wikipedia.

Yusuf Islam (born Steven Demetre Georgiou; 21 July 1948), commonly known by his stage name Cat Stevens, and later Yusuf, is a British singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.  His musical style consists of folk, pop, rock, and, in his later career,  Islamic music. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.

His 1967 debut album reached the top 10 in the UK, and its title song “Matthew and Son” reached number 2 on the UK Singles Chart. Stevens’ albums Tea for the Tillerman (1970) and Teaser and the Firecat (1971) were certified triple platinum in the US by the RIAA. His 1972 album Catch Bull at Four spent three weeks at number one on the Billboard 200, and fifteen weeks at number one in the Australian ARIA Charts. He earned two ASCAP songwriting awards in 2005 and 2006 for “The First Cut Is the Deepest“, and the song has been a hit for four artists.[9] His other hit songs include “Father and Son“, “Wild World“, “Moonshadow“, “Peace Train“, and “Morning Has Broken“. In 2007, he received the Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Song Collection from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors.

In December 1977, Stevens converted to Islam  and adopted the name Yusuf Islam the following year. In 1979, he auctioned all of his guitars for charity. He has since bought back at least one of these guitars as a result of the efforts of his son Yoriyos, and left his musical career to devote himself to educational and philanthropic causes in the Muslim community. He was embroiled in a long-running controversy regarding comments he made in 1989 about the death fatwa on author Salman Rushdie. He has received two honorary doctorates and awards for promoting peace from two organisations founded by Mikhail Gorbachev.

In 2006, he returned to pop music – releasing his first new studio album of new pop songs in 28 years, titled An Other Cup. With that release and subsequent ones, he dropped the surname “Islam” from the album cover art – using the stage name Yusuf as a mononym. In 2009, he released the album Roadsinger, and in 2014, he released the album Tell ‘Em I’m Gone, and began his first US tour since 1978. His second North American tour since his resurgence, featuring 12 shows in intimate venues, ran from 12 September to 7 October 2016. In 2017, he released the album The Laughing Apple.


John Quayle

John Quayle

John Quayle. Wikipedia.

John Quayle (born 21 December 1938) is an English actor who is best remembered for his roles in many sitcoms including All Gas and Gaiters,  Terry and JuneSteptoe and Son and The Liver Birds.

Quayle’s first main TV role was that of Jim Hawkins in the 1951 BBC serialisation of Treasure Island alongside Bernard Miles as Long John Silver. He also appeared in a 1952 episode of Billy Bunter of Greyfriars School. In 1953, he played the office boy in the film ‘The Story of Gilbert and Sullivan’. His roles in the 1960s included appearances in The Power Game and No Hiding Place. He also appeared in a 1964 episode of Coronation Street as an army bomb disposal officer.

He appeared in the sitcom All Gas and Gaiters in 1970. Later appearances included Steptoe and SonThe Liver BirdsDoomwatchThe Dick Emery ShowThe Good LifeThe Duchess of Duke StreetHappy Ever AfterRising DampCitizen SmithMind Your LanguageThe Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, and the semi-regular role of Bunny Newbury in Upstairs, Downstairs.

The 1980s saw Quayle play the two roles that he is perhaps the most remembered for. Firstly, he played the Duke of Broughton in the BBC period drama Nanny. Secondly, in 1985 he became the third actor (after Terence Alexander and Tim Barrett) to play the Medfords’ best friend Malcolm in the sitcom Terry and June. He also played a lead role in Yorkshire Television‘s sitcom Farrington of the F.O. alongside Joan Sims and Angela Thorne. Other appearances in the 1980s included roles in Johnny Speight‘s The Nineteenth Hole and Only When I Laugh. In 2006, he appeared in The Line of Beauty as Geoffrey Titchfield.

In recent years Quayle has played Mr Wilcox in Hippies, Anthony Stephens in Coronation Street, as well as roles in The BillMidsomer MurdersMonarch of the Glen, and Lab Rats.

Appearances include Agatha Christie‘s Afternoon at the Seaside, and Light Up The Sky.

Films include Night Train to ParisPrivates on ParadeLongitudeSeeing RedA.K.A., and Fish Tales.

At the time of the filming of series 2 of Farrington, John Quayle and his wife Petronell were using their farmhouse home as an animal sanctuary. They began in 1976 when they adopted two donkeys from the Donkey Sanctuary near Sidmouth in Devon. In 1984 they adopted their third donkey, Jacob. Other animals included a pony, a horse, three pugs and a Russian Blue cat.