TV Obits: Wyler, Frazier, Philippe
by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 8th 2007 1:06PM
A roundup of TV people from in front of the camera and behind the scenes who have passed away.
- Gretchen Wyler: She was a veteran TV, Broadway, and film actress and animal rights activist. On TV she had regular stints on Dallas and On Our Own, and guest starred on many series: MacGyver, Charlie's Angels, Judging Amy, Providence, Designing Woman, Who's The Boss, Falcon Crest, Remington Steele, Benson, St. Elsewhere, The Wonderful World of Disney, Hart to Hart, Naked City, and a ton more. The show I'll always remember her for is Friends. In the episode where Monica and Phoebe catered a funeral, she was the widow who wouldn't pay them and sang a song. She died at age 75 of complications from breast cancer.
- Harry Frazier: Though the actor was a veteran of the stage, appearing in such productions as Henry IV, A Midsummer Night's Dreams, and The Tempest, he played the role of Santa Claus in many TV shows and movies, because of his size and white beard. He played Santa on Cheers, Night Court, Knot's Landing, and several Christmas TV movies. He died of diabetes at age 77.
- Andre Philippe: Besides being a World World II veteran, Philippe made appearances on several TV shows, including Magnum, P.I., Get Smart, The Wild, Wild West, Charlie's Angels, Medical Center, The Monkees, Combat, Bonanza, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Hawaiian Eye, Surfside 6, The F.B.I., and That Girl. He was also in the movies Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice, Harry & Tonto, and Down and Out in Beverly Hills. He died of congestive heart failure at age 79.