December 1, 2011
Alan Sues, a flamboyant and wacky
member of the comic ensemble
that made "Rowan & Martin’s
Laugh-In" a big hit for NBC in the
late 1960s, died Thursday at his
home in West Hollywood of an
apparent heart attack. He was 85.
Sues was a regular on the comedy-
variety show from 1968 until 1971,
playing such characters as Uncle Al
the Kiddies' Pal, a hung-over
children’s entertainer, and Big Al,
an effeminate sportscaster. He left
"Laugh-In" before its final season.
December 7, 2011
Emmy-winning character actor Harry
Morgan, whose portrayal of the fatherly
Col. Potter on television's "M*A*S*H"
highlighted a show business career that
included nine other TV series, 50 films and
the Broadway stage, has died. He was 96.
His daughter-in-law, Beth Morgan, told
The Associated Press the actor died at his
home in Brentwood after having
"He was side-splittingly funny, a very gent
and loving father-in-law," Beth Morgan
said. "He was very humble about having
such a successful career."
Morgan appeared in mostly supporting
roles on the big screen, playing opposite
such stars as Henry Fonda, John Wayne,
James Garner, Elvis Presley and Dan
On television, he was more the comedic
co-star, including roles on "December
Bride," its spin-off "Pete and Gladys," as
Sgt. Joe Friday's loyal partner in later
"Dragnet" episodes and on CBS-TV's
long-running "M*A*S*H" series, for which
he earned an Emmy award in 1980.
December 1, 2011
Character actor, Bill McKinney,
whose most famous role was the
sadistic mountain man in the movie
Deliverance. McKinney was also
recognizable for his performances
in seven Clint Eastwood films,
most notably as Union cavalry
commander Captain "Redlegs"
Terrill in The Outlaw Josey Wales.
December 6, 2011
Singer Dobie Gray, who had an
enormous hit with 1973's "Drift
Away," has died at age 71.
According to Gray's site, he was
born into a sharecropping family in
Texas in 1940 and grew up
surrounded by music. He later
moved to Los Angeles and for a time
worked with Sonny Bono, then A&R
manager for Specialty Records. He
also worked as an actor.
Gray's other songs included "Look at
Me," "The 'In' Crowd," and "Loving
Arms," but nothing hit as big as the
wonderfully wistful "Drift Away,"
which sold over a million copies.
December 16, 2011
Veteran film and television actor Dan
Frazer, best known for his role as
Captain Frank McNeil on the 1970s
television series "Kojak," has died in New
York. He was 90.
Frazer's daughter, Susanna Frazer, said
Sunday her father died of cardiac arrest
Dec. 16 at his home in Manhattan. She
described him as a "very truthful,
Frazer started playing character roles in
various television series and films in the
1950s. His films include "Cleopatra
Jones," "Take the Money and Run"
"Gideon's Trumpet" and "Deconstructing
Harry." Besides "Kojak," Frazer's
television appearances include "Car 54,
Where Are You," "Route 66," "Barney
Miller" and "Law & Order."
December 16, 2011
Character actor Robert Easton, best-known to
Star Trek fans for his role as the Klingon judge
in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, died.
Easton was eighty-one, and died of natural
causes at his home in Toluca Lake, California.
Known as the “Henry Higgins of Hollywood,”
Easton was both an actor and a dialect coach to
other actors, coaching actors such as Forest
Whitaker, Ben Kingsley, Arnold Schwarzenegger,
Liam Neeson, Charlton Heston and Robert Duvall.
“He was a wonderful man, a very unique
personality, and a master at his craft,” said
Duvall. Easton had helped Duvall to sound
authentic when Duvall played Robert E. Lee in
Gods and Generals. “They said, ‘We want
Virginia accents.’ Bob said, ‘Which one? There
are twelve distinct accents, from the Piedmont
to the ocean.’ He knew them all.”