Saturday, August 29, 2009

Mon Sep 03, 2009


Grady Demond Wilson (born October 13, 1946) is an American actor, now a minister. He was best known for his role opposite Redd Foxx as Fred Sanford's long-suffering son, Lamont Sanford, in the 1970s NBC-TV sitcom Sanford and Son. The New York City-raised Wilson was called to audition for Sanford and Son and won the role of Lamont Sanford. Wilson played Lamont through the run of the series, and in fact became the de facto star when Redd Foxx walked off the show in 1974 and his character was written out for the rest of the season. Foxx returned the following year and the pair worked together until the show's cancellation in 1977. Another interesting fact about the show is that the character played by Whitman Mayo was named Grady Wilson. Grady Demond Wilson is Demond Wilson's birth name. He would later bow out of the 1980 short-lived series revival. He did not attend Redd Foxx's funeral in 1991 due to other commitments. Both on- and off- the set, Demond shared a close bond with Foxx, during the show's six season run.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Thu Aug 27, 2009


Marion Ross (born October 25, 1928) is a Golden Globe-nominated American actress, best known for her role as, "Marion Cunningham," on the TV series Happy Days from 1974 to 1984. Born Marian Ross in Watertown, Minnesota, she lived in Waconia and then moved to Willmar and eventually to Albert Lea, Minnesota. At the age of 13, she changed the spelling of her name from "Marian" to "Marion" because she thought it would look better on a marquee. After completing her sophomore year in high school, she moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota, and worked as an au pair while studying drama at the MacPhail Center for the Arts, and attending Southwest High School. A year later, her family moved to San Diego, California. She graduated from Point Loma High School in San Diego. Ross enrolled in San Diego State University, where she was named the school's most outstanding actress. After graduation in 1950, she performed in summer theater in La Jolla, California. The director was impressed by her talent, and recommended that she try for work in films. Ross made her 1953 film debut in Forever Female, starring Ginger Rogers and William Holden. She found steady work in film, appearing in The Glenn Miller Story (1954), Sabrina (1954), Teacher's Pet (1957), and Operation Petticoat (1959). Her career on television also began in 1953, when she played the Irish maid on the series Life With Father for two years. Her list of credits spans the history of classic TV, from The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, The Barbara Stanwyck Show, The Brothers Brannagan (two episodes as Diane Warren), The Eleventh Hour, The Brady Bunch, Love Boat and Night Court. In the 1961-1962 season, she played Gertrude Berg's 33-year-old daughter, Susan Green, in CBS's sitcom Mrs. G. Goes to College. Ross' most famous role was in the long-running series Happy Days from 1974 to 1984, in which she played Marion Cunningham, mother of Ritchie, Chuck and Joanie. She later starred in the short-lived but critically acclaimed drama Brooklyn Bridge, which ran on CBS in the early 1990s. She also played a part in CBS' Touched by an Angel as a homeless lady who talked about the JFK conspiracy, and was in the final two episodes that closed out the series. In 1996, Ross starred as Rosie Dunlop opposite Shirley MacLaine in the Terms of Endearment sequel, The Evening Star. Ross has acted on Broadway and on film, but she prefers doing TV. In recent years, she played recurring roles as Drew Carey's mother on The Drew Carey Show as evil Bernice Forman on That '70s Show and as Lorelai "Trix" Gilmore and Marylin on Gilmore Girls. She also frequently appears on Hollywood Squares, and did voiceover work as "Grandma SquarePants" on SpongeBob SquarePants. In an episode of the ABC drama Brothers & Sisters that aired on January 21, 2007, she guest-starred as Ida, the not-so-loving mother of Nora and Saul, making an unwelcome visit to celebrate a milestone in her daughter's life. Ross lives in Los Angeles, California with actor Paul Michael. Her two adult children also work in entertainment: Jim Meskimen's credits include How the Grinch Stole Christmas and appearances on Whose Line Is It Anyway?, and Ellen Plummer was a writer/producer on Friends. On Saturday, June 7, 2008, the Albert Lea Civic Theater in Albert Lea, Minnesota changed its name to the Marion Ross Performing Arts Center.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Thu Aug 20, 2009


Will Hutchins (born May 5, 1932) is an American actor most noted for playing the lead role of the young lawyer Tom Brewster in the Warner Brothers Western television series Sugarfoot on ABC from 1957-1961. Hutch, as he prefers to be known, was born in Los Angeles, California, and attended Pomona College in Claremont, where he majored in Greek drama. He also studied at the University of California at Los Angeles, where he took cinema classes. He served two years in the U.S. Army as a cryptographer in Paris, France. In 1966-1967, he costarred with Sandy Baron in an NBC sitcom Hey, Landlord set in a New York City apartment building. The program followed Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color, but it failed to attract a sustaining audience against CBS's The Ed Sullivan Show and ABC's The F.B.I. with Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., his former Warner Brothers colleague.

other major appearances:
1966, Spinout (film). Hutch co-starred as Lt. Richards with racecar driver/singer Elvis Presley.
1966, The Shooting (film). Monte Hellman's Western with Jack Nicholson and Warren Oates.
1967, Clambake (film). Hutch co-stars alongside Elvis Presley, Shelley Fabares, and Bill Bixby.
1968-1969, starred as Dagwood Bumstead in a TV version of the comic strip Blondie.
1970, Shangani Patrol (film). Co-starred as the American Scout Frederick Burnham in a film based on the actual events of the Shangani Patrol, shot on location in Rhodesia.
1976, The Quest in a short-live NBC western starring Kurt Russell and Tim Matheson
1998, Gunfighter (film). A modern Western directed by Christopher Coppola. Also stars: Robert Carradine, Clu Gulager, and Martin Sheen.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Thu Aug 13, 2009


Dan Haggerty is best known for portraying Grizzly in the title role of the Sun classic feature, "The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams." From this feature film evolved the NBC television series, and Dan became famous to millions of nature-loving movie-goers for his popular portrayal of John Grizzly Adams. Dan has proven to be a durable and versatile journeyman actor starring in multiple films each year. Dan's preference in movie-making is to do outdoor films designed to entertain the entire family, although his versatility as an actor is evident in other feature film roles as a psychologist, a biker, or as in a recent film, a detective.

"Grizzly Adams" was Haggerty's first starring role in a film, followed by the title role of Jacob Fremont in Sun's "The Adventure of Frontier Fremont." Haggerty excels in animal pictures because of his natural ability to handle all types of animals, which enables him to do scenes that other actors would find impossible.

Haggerty began acting as a Siberian Tiger trapper in "When the North Wind Blows" and has accumulated quite a list of screen credits including "Grassland," "Wild Country," "Tender Warrior," "Easy Rider," "King Chilling," "Spirit of the Eagle," and "Ordinary Killer."

Haggerty, a former animal trainer, stunt expert and animal handler for a "Tarzan" feature and the "Tarzan" TV series, directed white tigers, wolverines, eagles and wild boar in "When the North Wind Blows" and worked with bears, foxes and hawks in "My Side of the Mountain."

In "The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams," one of Haggerty's co-stars was a 500-pound grizzly bear named Ben. The true life Adams and his bear lived in the mid-1800's and accompanied each other through the trials and adventures of the western mountain wilderness. Haggerty's knowledge of the outdoors and the animals he works with on camera makes him a modern-day Grizzly Adams.

That, in turn, led to the film, "The Capture of Grizzly Adams" which stars Haggerty as the legendary mountain-man who risks his freedom to return to civilization and prevent authorities from sending his daughter (Sydney Penny) to an orphanage. The world premiere aired on NBC.

The multi-talented Haggerty also starred in the lead role in "Condominium," which also stars Barbara Eden, Ralph Bellamy and Stewart Whitman. Haggerty played a hydraulics expert trying to warn residents that their Florida condos are about to be demolished in a forthcoming hurricane. In "Abducted," he is a Vietnam vet who is a psychologist dealing with nightmares of his fellow veterans. Dan co-starred in "Harder than Diamonds," "The Chilling," and he cameos as an attorney in "Terror Night" with Alan Hale Jr. and Aldo Ray. Dan has also done several "voice-overs" and can also be seen in music videos by Hank Williams, Jr. and Rogues of the Empire. Recently, he stars as a detective in "An Ordinary Killer

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Thu Aug 06, 2009

Roland Kickinger (born March 30, 1969) is an Austrian-born bodybuilder and actor from Vienna. He has appeared in numerous bodybuilding competitions, fitness magazines and training videos. In his acting career, he is perhaps best known for his regular role as Chip Rommel in the television series Son of the Beach. He also played another Austrian bodybuilder, Arnold Schwarzenegger, in the 2005 TV movie See Arnold Run. He starred in a minor role in the 2008 film Street Warrior. He appeared in Disaster Movie as the Hulk, released in 2008, and in the recently released Terminator Salvation, as a prototype of the T-800 made famous by Schwarzenegger. Furthermore, he will appear in the Tamil film Peranmai.He's rumoured to be favourite for the role of Conan in the remake due out in 2010.