TV Obits: Cowan, Howard, Archard, Tyne, McDonough, Gampel
by Bob Sassone, posted May 20th 2008 8:08AM
A roundup of TV people from in front of the camera and behind the scenes who have passed away.
- Warren Cowan: He was a veteran publicist who had an incredible list of clients over the years, including Lucille Ball, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Tony Curtis, Steve McQueen, Natalie Wood, and Joan Crawford. He was the father of journalist Claudia Cowan and stepfather to Melissa and Sara Gilbert. He died of cancer in Los Angeles at age 87.
- Sandy Howard: He was a producer, director, and writer who worked on several TV shows over the years, including The Howdy Doody Show, Captain Kangaroo, Police Station and Mack and Myer For Hire. He also produced such movies as A Man Called Horse, Angel, Deadly Force, Meteor, The Island of Dr. Moreau, and The Devil's Rain. He died in of Alzheimer's Disease and other complications at age 81.
- Bernard Archard: He was a veteran actor who appeared in such TV shows as Doctor Who (70s version), Keeping Up Appearances, Emmerdale Farm, Lytton's Diary, Bergerac, Crown Court, Callan, and The Avengers. He died at age 91.
- George Tyne: He appeared in several TV shows over the years as an actor, including The Dick Van Dyke Show, Mission: Impossible, I Spy, Hogan's Heroes, The Fugitive, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, and F Troop. He also directed tons of shows over the years, including M*A*S*H, The Bob Newhart Show, The Odd Couple, Happy Days, Space Academy, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Brady Bunch, Love, American Style, It Takes A Thief, and The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. He died in March (age unknown).
- Dick McDonough: He directed many TV series over the years, including Death Valley Days, Liar's Club, It Takes Two, Celebrity Sweepstakes, Up To Paar, specials for Bob Hope and Don Rickles, and several All-Star Party specials. He died at age 84.
- Chris Gampel: The actor appeared in several TV shows since the 50s, including Ed, Law and Order: CI, Quincy, M.E., Route 66, The Patty Duke Show, and Studio One. He also appeared in the movies Annie Hall, The Wrong Man, and Death Wish. He died at age 87.