Archive for August 19th, 2016

ACTOR JACK RILEY HAS DIED AT 80


John A. "Jack" Riley Jr. (December 30, 1935 – August 19, 2016)

NEW YORK (AP) –  Jack Riley, who played a counseling client on "The Bob
Newhart Show" and also voiced a character on Nickelodeon’s animated
"Rugrats," died Friday. The 80-year-old actor died in Los Angeles, according
to his representative Paul Doherty.

Besides portraying grumpy, self-absorbed Mr. Carlin on the 1970s "Newhart"
sitcom and providing the voice for absent-minded dad Stu Pickles on "Rugrats"
and its spinoff, "All Grown Up!," Riley appeared in the Mel Brooks films "History
of the World: Part I," ”High Anxiety" and "Spaceballs."

In a statement, Newhart said Riley created one of TV’s "most endearing"
situation comedy characters with his Carlin portrayal.


From right: Bob Newhart and Jack Riley

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HIGHLIGHTS OF PAST NEWS EVENTS

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CAMILLE BOHANNON

 


Groucho Marx (Julius Henry Marx)
(October 2, 1890 – August 19, 1977)

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SERIES PREMIERED ON THIS DAY IN 1972

The Midnight Special is a late-night musical variety series that aired on
NBC during the 1970s and early 1980s, created and produced by Burt
Sugarman
. It premiered as a special then began its run as a regular series
on February 2, 1973; its last episode was on May 1, 1981.The 90-minute
program followed the Friday night edition of The Tonight Show Starring
Johnny Carson
.


John Denver was the first host of The Midnight Special.

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