Classic TV Roll Call

Breaking news this Black Friday: Brady mom Florence Henderson has passed away at age 82. Sadly, we have lost a long list of classic TV friends since our last posting…

  • Director Norman Abbott, who worked on shows like Get Smart, The Jack Benny Program, Leave It To Beaver, The Munsters and Sanford and Son
  • Actor Eddie Applegate, Patty’s boyfriend Richard on The Patty Duke Show
  • Actress Patricia Barry, who guested on such classics as Gunsmoke, Perry Mason and The Twilight Zone. She was a regular on daytime dramas All My Children, Days of Our Lives and Guiding Light
  • Longtime CBS executive Mike Dann, who was VP of programming from 1963-70
  • Actress Gloria DeHaven, who guested on classics including Flipper, Mannix, The Rifleman and Wagon Train. She was a regular on daytime soaps As The World Turns and Ryan’s Hope
  • Actress Ronnie Claire Edwards, best known for her role as Corabeth Walton Godsey on The Waltons
  • Actress Tammy Grimes, who guested on Burke’s Law, Route 66 and The Virginian. She starred in her own self-titled sitcom in 1966
  • Actress Ann Morgan Guilbert, Millie Helper on The Dick Van Dyke Show
  • Actress Florence Henderson, who played mother Carol Brady on the iconic sitcom The Brady Bunch and it’s numerous sequels
  • Actor Steven Hill, Dan Briggs on Mission: Impossible and D.A. Adam Schiff on Law & Order
  • Actress Beth Howland, Vera on the 1970s-80s sitcom Alice
  • Character actor David Huddleston, who guested on such classics as Adam-12, Bewitched, Cannon and The Mary Tyler Moore Show. He later played Kevin Arnold’s grandfather on The Wonder Years
  • Actor Barry Jenner, who appeared on 1970s daytime dramas Another World and Somerset. He guested on shows like Barnaby Jones and Hart to Hart
  • Writer Austin Kalish, who teamed with his wife Irma to write episodes of such classic series as All in the Family, Family Affair, The Facts of Life, F Troop, Gilligan’s Island, Good Times, Maude and My Three Sons
  • Local news executive Melvin Kampmann, creator of Action News
  • Actor Marvin Kaplan, best known as the voice of Choo-Choo on the classic cartoon Top Cat and Henry the telephone lineman on Alice
  • Musician Julius La Rosa, best remembered for being fired on-air by Arthur Godfrey
  • Actor Dan Marshall, Dan Erickson on Irwin Allen’s Land of the Giants
  • Veteran producer-actor Garry Marshall, creator of Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley. He was also the brother of actress Penny Marshall
  • Director Leslie Martinson, who worked on such classics as Batman, CHiPs, Mannix and Mission: Impossible
  • Actor John McMartin, who guested on such shows as Cannon, Hawaii Five-0, Marcus Welby M.D. and The Partridge Family
  • Longtime Philadelphia children’s TV host W. Carter Merbreier, who played Captain Noah on WFIL/WPVI from 1967-1994
  • 2’9″ tall actor Michu Meszaros, who worked on H.R. Pufnstuf and later ALF
  • Writer-producer Agnes Nixon, best known for creating the ABC daytime dramas All My Children, Loving and One Life to Live
  • Actress Noel Neill, Lois Lane on Seasons 2-6 of the classic 1950s series Adventures of Superman
  • Actor Hugh O’Brian, best known for playing the title role on the early western series The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp
  • Veteran character actor Jack Riley, who guested on such shows as Barney Miller, Gomer Pyle USMC and Hogan’s Heroes. His best-known role was neurotic patient Elliot Carlin on The Bob Newhart Show
  • Actress Doris Roberts, who guested on classic series like Alice, Barney Miller, Ben Casey and The Naked City. She was a regular on the ABC sitcom Angie but achieved her greatest success as Marie Barone on the long-running sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond
  • Veteran newsman Morley Safer, who worked on the CBS newsmagazine 60 Minutes from 1970-2016
  • Legendary character actor William Schallert, who appeared on countless classics like The Dick Van Dyke Show, Hawaii Five-0, Leave It To Beaver and Perry Mason. In his later years, his work included My Name Is Earl and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. His best known role was as Martin Lane, Patty’s dad on The Patty Duke Show. Three of that show’s cast members have passed away in 2016, including Duke, Schallert and Eddie Applegate (see above)
  • Broadway and film actress Madeleine Sherwood, known to classic TV fans as Reverend Mother Placido on The Flying Nun
  • Production executive Robert E. Short, who worked on numerous classic series including Another World, Car 54 Where Are You?, The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Rifleman
  • Actor James Stacy, who guested on shows like Combat!, Gunsmoke and Perry Mason. He starred in the late 60s western series Lancer. Sadly, he lost his left arm and leg in a 1973 motorcycle accident.
  • Actor Robert Vaughn, best known as suave spy Napoleon Solo in the 1960s series The Man from U.N.C.L.E
  • Voice actress Janet Waldo, the voice of classic cartoon characters Judy Jetson and Josie of Josie & The Pussycats
  • Actor Alan Young, Wilbur on the talking horse comedy Mister Ed
  • Local horror movie host John Zacherle, who appeared on Shock Theater and Chiller Theatre in Philadelphia and New York

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