Archive for September 25th, 2014

SITCOM DEBUTED ON THIS DAY IN 1962

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Original television run on CBS: September 26, 1962  – March 23, 1971


The Beverly Hillbillies
was one of the earliest farce comedy series on
American television. It ranked among the top twenty most watched TV 
programs for eight of its nine seasons, twice ranking as the number one
series of the year.  

 
The show’s theme song, "The Ballad of Jed Clampett", was written by
producer and writer Paul Henning and originally performed by bluegrass
artists Flatt and Scruggs. It was sung by Jerry Scoggins (below) with
backing by Flatt and Scruggs. 

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Jerry Scoggins (September 30, 1911 – December 7, 2004) 

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Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs

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MECHANICAL TOYS FROM LUPOR

1949 LUPOR ROAD MASTER

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VERSATILE ACTOR HAS DIED AT 98

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Don Keefer  'Banacek' (1972)
Donald H. "Don" Keefer

(August 18, 1916 – September 7, 2014)

Keefer, a versatile character actor for six decades who
starred in the original 1949 Broadway production of Death
of a Salesman
and made an indelible impression as “a bad
man, a very bad man” on The Twilight Zone, died September
7 of natural causes in his Sherman Oaks home.  

Don Keefer’s longest-lasting roles were in ten episodes each
of the CBS series, Gunsmoke, starring James Arness, and
Angel
, a 1960-1961 sitcom featuring French-American actress
Annie Fargé.

Original air date: November 3, 1961


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Don Keefer from the 1997 Jim Carrey  film, “Liar Liar”

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MARK HAMILL IS 63 TODAY

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Mark Hamill as  Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy

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Mark Richard Hamill was born in Oakland, California, and raised in 
Virginia.

Besides his best known portrayal in the Original Star Wars trilogy, Hamill
also did voice acting as The Joker in Batman, the Animated TV series,
from 1992 to 1995 on Fox.

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