A roundup of TV people from in front of the camera and behind the scenes who have passed away.
- Will Schaefer: He wrote background music for a number of TV shows over the years, including The Flintstones, I Dream of Jeannie, Hogan's Heroes, The Jetsons, The Tonight Show, Disneyland, The Super Friends, The Phil Silvers Show, Barnaby Jones, and The Flying Nun. He also did music for over 700 commercials (!). He died of cancer near Palm Springs, CA at age 78.
I think most readers are going to be stunned that this guy was still alive in 2007.
Lane was one of the most famous character actors in TV history, appearing on such programs as Petticoat Junction (where he was a regular), I Love Lucy, Dark Shadows, L.A. Law, St. Elsewhere, Little House on the Prairie, The Odd Couple, and...oh, way too many to list here. He was also in the films It's A Wonderful Life, The Road To Singapore, 42nd Street, Mr. Smith Goes To Washington, It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, and many others. His career spanned over 60 years, his last role as the narrator in the short film The Night Before Christmas in 2006.
Lane passed away quietly on Tuesday in Santa Monica, CA.
This Sunday marks the 95th birthday of legendary comedienne Lucille Ball, and her hometown of Jamestown, NY is having a three day celebration. Not only was Jamestown the birthplace of Lucy, there is also a Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center in the city.
Organizers expect thousands of Lucy fans from around the world to attend, and special guests include writers from the show and actors who appeared on the show too.
Another guest is actually older than Lucy would have been if she was still alive. Charles Lane, an actor you'll immediately know from his face and his resume, is 101, and he'll be attending the party as well.
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