TV Obits: Furth, Rigby, Stulla, Krupnick, Boghossian
by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 17th 2008 12:05PM
A roundup of TV people from in front of the camera and behind the scenes who have passed away.
- George Furth: He was a veteran character actor who appeared in tons of TV shows over the years, including L.A. Law, All in the Family, Murder, She Wrote, Happy Days, The Odd Couple, Bonanza, Green Acres, Adam-12, Night Gallery, I Dream of Jeannie, The Monkees, The Good Guys, That Girl, Batman, F Troop, McHale's Navy, The Defenders, The Nanny, and Wings, as well as movies such as Blazing Saddles, Shampoo, Airport '77, The Boston Strangler, Bulworth, and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. He was also an acclaimed playwright, writing the play Twigs and collaborating with Stephen Sondheim on Company, Merrily We Roll Along, and Getting Away with Murder. He died at age 75.
- Terence Rigby: The actor appeared in many TV shows and minseries over the years, including Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, The Saint, Softly, Softly, Doctors, Heartbeat, Holby City, Midsomer Murders, Lovejoy, Crossroads, The Beiderbecke Affair, Edward & Mrs. Simpson, and Callan, as well as movies like Get Carter, The Dogs of War, Lace, Elizabeth, and Tomorrow Never Dies. He died of lung cancer at age 71.
- Bill Stulla: He was the host of the children's show Cartoon Express in Los Angeles from 1954 to 1966, known as "Engineer Bill" to viewers. He died at age 97.
- Jerry Krupnick: He was a journalist who was one of the first to write about television regularly. He started working for The Star-Ledger in NJ in the early 50s and continued until 1998. He was also Sunday Editor for the newspaper for many years and started one of the first Sunday TV sections in the country. He died of congestive heart failure at age 82.
- Sam Boghossian: He was a violinist who played on several TV shows, including The Carol Burnett Show, Bonanza, and The Andy Williams Show, and also played with Frank Sinatra, The Beach Boys, Ella Fitzgerald, Barbra Streisand, Nat King Cole, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and many other musicians. He died at age 88.