TV Obits: Gerber, Garcia, Symonds
by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 31st 2007 2:01PM
A roundup of TV people from in front of the camera and behind the scenes who have passed away.
- Roy Gerber: Gerber was not only a veteran talent manager and agent who worked with several celebs, including The Beatles, The Rat Pack, Vic Damone, Shirley Jones, Sid Caesar, Arsenio Hall, and Tom Jones, he was also the model for the Oscar Madison character in The Odd Couple. He was the roommate of Neil Simon's brother Danny in the 1960s after he separated from his wife. He died of a brain tumor in Beverly Hills at age 82.
- Robert Symonds: He was a veteran TV, film, and theater actor who was a semi-regular on such shows as Dynasty and Family and guest starred on many shows, including ER, Alias, Cold Case, Star Trek: DS9, Quantum Leap, thirtysomething, Cheers, Riptide, The Paper Chase, and many others. His films included The Exorcist, Crimewave, and Catch Me If You Can. He died of prostate cancer in Los Angeles at age 80.
- David Garcia: He was a longtime TV and radio journalist who was known as "Earthman" for his many years of environmental reporting. He died of liver failure in Palm Desert, CA at age 63.