Tag Archives: TV

Nehemiah Persoff, ‘Some Like It Hot’ & ‘Yentl’ Actor, Dies @ 102

The man whose character was the subject of Barbra Streisand's plaintive ballad "Papa Can You Hear Me" has died at 102. In "Judgment Night," a classic Twilight Zone episode (Image via video still) Nehemiah Persoff, a veteran character actor with well over 200 performances to his name, died Tuesday, April 5, 2022. The charter member…
Read more

Estelle Harris, Mrs. Costanza & Mrs. Potato Head, Dies @ 93

Estelle Harris, Mrs. Costanza on Seinfeld, has died at 93. The mother of all mothers (Image via NBC) ExtraTV reports she died in Palm Desert, California, of natural causes. She was with her son, Glen Harris, who said, "Her kindness, passion, sensitivity, humor, empathy and love were practically unrivaled, and she will be terribly missed…
Read more

Barrie Youngfellow of ‘It’s a Living’ Dies @ 75

From L-R: Youngfellow (bottom) with her It's a Living castmates, on Three's Company with John Ritter & in The Scarlett O'Hara Wars (Images via ABC) One of my favorite-ever TV theme songs has to be the one for It's a Living/Making a Living — it's so ebullient, so Broadway. "Life's not the French Riviera!" it shouts,…
Read more

Scoey Mitchell, Comic Trailblazer, Dies @ 92

Years ago, I started to write an oral history of Tattletales, a game show I believe bridged the gap between average game shows and reality TV. One of the survivors of that show was Scoey Mitchell, who also appeared on Match Game. I was heartened that he was still living. Guessing his wife's answer on…
Read more

William Hurt, Oscar Winner, Dies @ 71

William Hurt, an Oscar winner who was one of the most successful leading men of the '80s, has died at 71. Kiss, before dying (Image via Island Alive) His death, reportedly from natural causes, comes about three years after he confirmed he had terminal prostate cancer that had spread. Will, the actor's son, said in a…
Read more

Johnny Brown from ‘Good Times’ Dies @ 84

Johnny Brown, who played the perennial punching bag Bookman on the classic Norman Lear (b. 1922) sitcom Good Times, died March 2 at 84. It was the best of times, it was the Good of Times (Image via CBS) His Broadway actress daughter Sharon Catherine Brown, 60, announced his passing in an anguished Instagram post on Friday:…
Read more