TV Obits: Knievel, Tolkin, Mercer
by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 1st 2007 11:20AM
A roundup of TV people from in front of the camera and behind the scenes who have passed away.
- Evel Knievel: He was the most famous motorcycle stunt artist, and he seemed to be on ABC's Wide World of Sports every other week in the 70s. His most famous jumps were his Caesar's Palace jump and his Snake River Canyon jump in a rocket. Though he made more than he missed. He died of complications from diabetes and pulmonary fibrosis at age 69. Oddly, just two days ago he settled a lawsuit with Kanye West.
- Mel Tolkin: He was best known as the head writer for the classic Sid Caesar variety show Your Show of Shows in the 50s. He also wrote for All in the Family, The Danny Kaye Show, Sanford, and was a producer on the Tony Randall comedy Love, Sidney. He also wrote material for Jerry Lewis, Danny Thomas, and Bob Hope. He died of heart failure in L.A. at age 94.
- Pauline Mercer: She started as a volunteer at Boston's WGBH in 1955 and then worked there full-time for the next 38 years. She worked on Masterpiece Theatre and Mystery! and was a producer for Elliot Norton Reviews. She died in Massachusetts at age 89.