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I remember seeing Tin Men in the theater many years ago and liking it but I honestly didn’t remember it being this funny. Then again, when I saw it in the theater back in 1987, I was a 23-year-old kid who’d never been married or had children and who just recently had become part of […]

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Ron Glass died over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend at the age of 71. He was best known for his luminous portrayal of Det. Sgt. Ron Harris of the 12th Precinct on the classic 1970s/1980s ABC sitcom, Barney Miller. He was also known for his role in the Sci-fi cult hit Firefly as Shepherd Book. Glass […]

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This one truly hurts. Actor Abe Vigoda who became a cult figure in the last 30 years because of an erroneous report of his death in People magazine in 1982 has indeed died. His daughter reported that Vigoda, who would have been 95 in February, died peacefully in her home in Woodland Park,┬áNew Jersey on […]

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Or is it vice versa? Whichever it is, I love them both. I am a HUGE fan of “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” It is in my Top 5 favorite TV shows of all-time along with “The Andy Griffith Show,” “Barney Miller,” “The Rockford Files” and the five spot which is left open for whatever […]

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As Virgil Solozzo might have said, Abe Vigoda is STILL ALIVE! Happy Birthday Fish!! You are remembered with great fondness and affection from all of us who love/loved all the members of the ol’ 1-2.

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I was just reading Ken Levine’s blog and he had written a post about a recent trip he was forced to make to the DMV, as in Department of Motor Vehicles. At the end of the story, he posted this hilarious clip from the old sitcom “Taxi” (1978-1983). As I watched it, I thought to […]

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Last week I had the pleasure of having lunch with my friend Ken Tigar, a wonderful stage and screen actor known for roles on TV in shows as diverse as “The Good Wife,” “L.A. Heat,” “Growing Pains,” and my favorite, “Barney Miller.” Ken has also appeared in films and done a good deal of stage […]

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Today is my birthday. A rather substantial one in fact. In honor of that, I thought I’d take a quick trip around YouTube and pick some of my all time favorite moments from some of my all time favorite TV shows. I’ll start now and I may add to these as the day goes on […]

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Dear Mr. Van Dyke: To paraphrase a corny old song, “where do I begin, to tell the story of how much you’ve meant to me?” I just finished reading your memoir entitled “My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business.” As cute as the title is, whatever luck you’ve had would have meant very […]

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In just less than three hours, my pal Sal Viscuso will be seen in this week’s episode of “The Mentalist” on CBS. He plays a character named Walter playing chess in the park in the opening scene of the show. Sal spent a few memorable years with regular gigs on “Soap” and “M*A*S*H.” He also […]

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