TV Obits: DoQui, Lopez, Browning, Taylor, Kleiner, Leavitt
by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 20th 2008 3:01PM
A roundup of TV people from in front of the camera and behind the scenes who have passed away.
- Robert DoQui: He was a veteran character actor who appeared in a ton of TV shows over the years, including ER, The Outer Limits, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Party of Five, The Practice, NYPD Blue, Picket Fences, Happy Days, I Dream of Jeannie, Gunsmoke, Cagney and Lacey, Hill Street Blues, Knot's Landing, and others. He was also in three of the Robocop movies and also the films Nashville, Short Cuts, and Cloak and Dagger. He died at age 74 in Los Angeles.
- Perry Lopez: He was a veteran character actor who appeared on many TV shows over the years, including Star Trek, Charlie's Angels, Mission: Impossible, The Time Tunnel, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Tarzan, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Wild, Wild West, Wagon Train, The Naked City, The Rifleman, and dozens of others. He also appeared in the movies Chinatown, The Two Jakes, The Rare Breed, and Creature From The Black Lagoon. He died of lung cancer at age 78 in Beverly Hills.
- Harry Kleiner: He was a writer who wrote for several TV shows, including The Virginian and Bob Hope Presents The Chrysler Theater, as well as the movies Fantastic Voyage, Bullitt, Le Mans, House of Bamboo, Fallen Angel, and Red Heat. Kleiner actually died back in October but the WGA confirmed the death last week.
- Ron Leavitt: He was the co-creator/producer of Married...with Children and the underrated Unhappily Ever After. He also wrote and produced for other shows, including It's Your Move, Laverne & Shirley, The Jeffersons, and The Bad News Bears, and wrote for Happy Days and Silver Spoons. He died of lung cancer at age 60 in Los Angeles.
- Kirk Browning: He directed several arts shows and other TV shows over the years, including Live From Lincoln Center, The Frank Sinatra Show, Great Performances, Death of a Salesman, Our Town, The Grapes of Wrath, Tosca, Big Blonde, The Taming of the Shrew, Damn Yankees, NBC Television Opera Theater, Producer's Showcase, and many others. He died of a heart attack at age 86 in Manhattan.
- Paul Louis Taylor: He was a director for several CBS news shows, including Face the Nation and Nightwatch with Charlie Rose. He died of a heart attack at age 66 in Silver Spring, MD.