TV Obits: MacKay, Cohen, Crane, Theobald
by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 27th 2008 1:23PM
A roundup of TV people from in front of the camera and behind the scenes who have passed away.
- Jeff MacKay: He was a veteran character actor who you know as Mac from Magnum, P.I. and his role as Bud's father on JAG. He was also a regular on Tales of the Gold Monkey and Baa Baa Black Sheep and appeared on other shows such as Diagnosis: Murder, Outlaws, Airwolf, The Greatest American Hero, Hardcastle and McCormack, and the original Battlestar Galactica. He also appeared in such movies as All The President's Men and The Wild, Wild West Revisited. He died of liver failure at age 60.
- Ruth Cohen: Variety says she appeared in more episodes of Seinfeld than anyone besides the regular cast, and I couldn't figure out who they were talking about. But Cohen played Ruthie, the cashier at Monk's, the restaurant the gang hung out in. She also appeared in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and The Golden Girls, among other shows and movies. She died of a heart attack at age 78.
- Fred Crane: He's best known for his role as one of Scarlett O'Hara's boyfriends in Gone with the Wind, but he also appeared in many TV shows, including Peyton Place, Lawman, Hawaiian Eye, Surfside 6, and General Hospital. He died at age 90.
- Geoff Theobald: He directed several game shows over the years, including Let's Make A Deal, Lingo (80s version), Pitfall, and Windfall. He died at age 74.