Thursday, October 22, 2015

A parade of passings

Death has been busy this week.

Star Trek devotees will remember Bruce Hyde as Lt. Kevin Riley, who was showcased in at least one episode. Such a small role, but enough to merit a headline upon his passing at 74 earlier this week.

74 was the same age at the end of the road for musician Cory Wells, best known for co-founding Three Dog Night with Danny Hutton and Chuck Negron in the late 60's, but before that, he fronted the short-lived group, The Enemys, whose biggest claim to fame, it seems, was a guest shot on The Beverly Hillbillies, of all places........

While we're on the country tip, we also bid farewell to Petticoat Junction's Pat Woodell at 70. Pat played Bobbie Jo Bradley, but seemed to fall off the radar after Junction signed off in 1970. Actor-turned-talent agent Marty Ingels rounds out the list, having passed at 79. Ingels co-starred in 1962's I'm Dickens, He's Fenster, with John Astin, a short-lived series we recently reviewed. Unable to land another starring gig, Ingels turned to animation, and signed with Hanna-Barbera in 1969 as the voice of Autocat, who was forever chasing Motormouse on The Cattanooga Cats. We have a Motormouse & Autocat short up at Saturday Morning Archives to honor Ingels, who later gave voice to video game icon Pac-Man in 1982, all the while married to actress Shirley Jones (ex-The Partridge Family).

Rest in peace.

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