For the most part I remember reading each of these in the newspaper at the time. Did so many actors, and other people in show business, who died of AIDS have their families, and managers etc, go to such extremes to cover up the real cause of their deaths? Take a look at When I saw that movie for the first time--I was about 14 or so--I remember having crush on him, and then when he has that scene where he's in bed with the cute blonde Bobby Phillips, my heart nearly exploded. When I watch musicals of the 60's and 70's, or old television variety shows with bunches of male dancers - I'm always sad that probably most of them died of AIDS in the first wave. He was rumored to have had a relationship with Frank Langella. McLinden was part inspiration for the lead character in "It's a Sin," from the pen of Russell T. Davies. It was sad. Whenever I watch the movie version of "The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas" , I.wonder how many of those beautiful talented dancers in the football team locker room number are still with us. Bill Beyers, famous for 1980s daytime drama "Capitol", died at only 37 of AIDS in 1992. Hello. We'll always have Janet Jackson. Merrell Jackson, who also starred in the movie version (sang a beautiful rendition of "All Good Gifts") died at 38 in 1991; cause of death was never disclosed. But at the end of the day, his immune system was compromised.". Speaking of, how is Hal Rubenstein still alive? I haven't read about the dust thing. Warren Stevens provided the voice of the unseen Bracken. Ray Sharkey continued to have sex with and infect women with HIV after he was diagnosed. Not an actor, but director Colin Higgins, who directed 9 to 5 (which I'm watching right now) and Foul Play. Born Dennis Posa in Long Island, our struggling auteur co-opted the name Wade Nichols in the mid-70's when he started doing skinflicks, initially gay and then seguing exclusively into straight porn. The late 70's early 80's were the height of whoredome with the bath houses filled to capacity. I wonder if Lypsinka did this as a tribute to Swen Swenson, although she's lip syncing to a female singer who I cannot identify. I remember seeing Leonard Frey on the First Ave bus years ago, when my neighborhood was scuzzy. All those plays that won't get written now. Ron Vawter - Supporting actor in films and member of the Wooster group. He told people he was on a microbiotic diet and that his weight loss was was the result of hard work. Official Sites. Even before he died, when it was obvious he was ill, he never said anything about his illness. He tries to restrain his gayness but it makes him seem even faggier. Learn How rich is He in this year and how He spends money? At the time of his death he survived by his large extended friends and family. Either the family was in full denial or they were trying to cover it up. I think Terrance Stamp, Hugo Weaving and Guy Pearce are living with aids, which is a much better outcome. By 26 May 2022 usc marshall drop in advising 26 May 2022 usc marshall drop in advising Please complete the process by verifying your email address. Irving Allen Lee, Joel Crothers, and Dennis Parker; all of The Edge of Night. Date of death: 23 February 1991, Died Place: United States: Nationality: United States: Light-skinned black actor -- I think his first name may have been Ray? Shame about drag queen Craig "Outrageous" Russell, Larry Kert, with Liza in "New York New York". I. Otherwise, you'll just have to find some other site Wow, thank you, r166. also know about his Social media accounts i.e. Kenny Everett. He was a very sexy man. He had no money at his death, so she didn't get anything. Some might say r160 that marriage to Anna Massey would turn anyone gay - but she was a revered actress who played lots of old boots and evil spinsters. [7], He joined the Goodman Theatre's touring company later in 1971, appearing in the children's musical comedy The Magic Isle. At the time of his death he survived by his large extended friends and family. The trouble was that he would leave the office about 4 and have a couple at the VFW, a couple at the Legion, a couple at the country club and so on, so that by the time he rolled home about 7:30 he was flying high. Anyway, most of these people (Southerns, Mid-Westerns) just COULDN'T" WAIT to see Disney's musical, "Alladin". Such Darwinism. I was an active member of our alumni association and he passed shortly before a reunion. He died in 1996 from AIDS related Lymphoma. I loved her. So handsome. After filming the movie in New York, he joined the Chicago stage cast in November 1972. I went with this very smart theater friend of mine who leaned over and whispered after the big opening number where you meet all the characters, "The whole house will come down when the little dying Jewish man does his big "To Life!" [quote]Tom Villard--You may remember him from 2 GG episodes (one where they are on vacation) or the movies One Crazy Summer and My Girl. He auditioned for the Chicago production of "Godspell" in May 1972, but was cast in the movie version instead. It's even been posted as FACT on some legitimate sites I've seen. In 1979, Parker/Nichols became a regular cast member on 'The Edge of Night', appearing for five years as Police Chief, Derek Mallory. I can't remember where i posted them. Interestingly, Richard Lester had cast a different boy as Bobby, but several people (probably RW included) told him that the kid wasn't pretty enough, so Lester fired the poor guy and found someone better looking. I'm not denying the publicist downplayed the cause of death, though. He was a serious actor but suddenly disappeared in 1988. - Susan Brooks. People have all kinds of different personal relationships. Dennis Stewart 1994- Craterface in Grease. This thread makes me so sad. . they still claim he only died of pneumonia and the dust from shooting out in the dessert, total croak of crap. [14] He was also a painter.[15]. [There is nothing more tedious than a race baiting troll. During the first season, Eleanor Parker received top billing as Sylvia Caldwell, executive secretary to John Bracken, who was sometimes heard but never seen, but Parker left the series after the first 16 episodes, citing the limited nature of her role. She noticed that he spent a lot of time with gay male "friends" but just chalked it up to his being very "gay friendly." I'm shocked that no one's mentioned Legit Actor/Porn Actor/Singer, Dennis Parker aka Wade Nichols yet. For the person upthread who asked about Terry Lester, you were confusing him with the child star of the film "Oliver! He died at 38, not 39. He also did commercials and displayed his fine body in some arty photogs. Do you know something the rest of us don't? [9] He joined the Chicago production in November, but was called back to New York for additional location shots[10] and then continued in the cast until the show's run ended in August 1973. R205- Lenny Baker had to withdraw from the pre-Broadway tryout of McNally's "It's Only A Play" before it played Philadelphia, where it closed. [quote]It's tempting to turn this man's incredible story into a camp snapshot, a tawdry tale of the externalities of showbiz. In his testimony, Michael Jackson's personal physician Conrad Murray said he found the singer in bed and not breathing on the afternoon of June 25, 2009. I had such a mad crush on David Oliver. R90, the guy who played Al was also a longtime Solid Gold dancer who got this young gay hot week after week. I don't know if she tried it herself, but it obviously didn't save her life. Somewhere in my kitchen. ", Paul Reeves, of the West End "Starlight Express.". About 15 years later, I heard Channing say in an interview that all the chorus boys in that show were dead of AIDS. The wife was in complete denial. We are changing the login scheme for contributors for simpler login and to better support using multiple devices. No AIDS, and not gay, although he was very gay friendly. Publicity Listings Ray Sharkey was so gorgeous. The pop legend had been rehearsing past midnight on the night of June 24, 2022 ahead of a series of comeback concerts at the London . The April 26, 1952-born singer and actor (1952-1991) expert was arguably the worlds most influential Merrell Jackson was expert, with a wide-ranging social media outreach. They sang together as the "Soulful Three." . We know that Merrell E Smith had been residing in Jackson, Jackson County, Ohio 45640. He doesn't mention him by name, but calls him a much older, Tony-winning actor in the show. He is the biggest queen I've ever seen. [2] During his senior year he played King Melchior in a school production of the Christmas opera Amahl and the Night Visitors that was shown on local television TV 26,[3] and was an understudy in the Chicago production of the rock musical The Me Nobody Knows. This is quite a revelation because that suicide rumor has been floating around the internet for as long as I can remember. Even more depressing: the thought of the hundreds of actors, writers, comedians, etc. r57, here's another pic of Timothy Patrick Murphy: I had to look up his name admittedly, but Tom Villard - he guested on The Golden Girls last season (he was Dorothy's former student who gave her that high paying job that she quit) and he was also on Pyramid often. He infected comedian Corbett Monica's daughter (Corbett Monica used to tour with Rat Packers as an opening act) and she sued his estate. I was shocked and saddened to see that he died of AIDS at age 52 in 1997. The many people lost to AIDS should never be forgotten. Jonathon Scott Taylor apparently retired from acting took a law degree and is living somewhere in England. David Oliver from Another World and A Year IN the Life died at 30 in 1992. He was Alfonso Ribeiro's dad on the show. who should have been famous if they hadn't been taken from the world prematurely. I've asked about Bert Convy here before. I have always thought that some are immune to the virus. He wanted children, so he convinced himself he was bisexual and married Berry Berenson, whose proper name later became Berry Berenson, Wdow of Anthony Perkins, Who Died on American Airlines Flight 11 in the World Trade Center Attack. I'm lucky to be alive; timing is everything, if I'd been born 5 years earlierwho knows? Nellie's Husband on Little House on the Prairie. 308, he is already mentioned repeatedly up thread [quote] During those hell years I cut out every obit concerning an aids related death. He was an actor, known for Godspell (1973). Not an actor, but I want to add Ricky Wilson of The B-52's. Please click here to update your account with a username and password. Whats Happening and Sanford and Son), -- Larry Riley was in A Soldiers Story and was fired from Knots Landing for having aids, -- Michael Westphal, ATP tennis player (ranked in the top 50), -- Joel Crothers (Somerset, Edge of Night) went to his grave denying he was gay and denying he had aids. If there were more than a few, then I suppose it's a subject for another thread. His name was Tony Fields. [quote]Merritt Buttrick, Kirk's son David in Star Trek II/II, died at age 30 in 1989. Perhaps someone will write a more elaborated biography about this strange character, who appeared on the Merv Griffin Show during the late '70s, and slept with many of the hottest men of the era (you can find some of their comments on YouTube and DiscoMusic.com). Updated: October 8, 2011 . Social Network Born on April 26, 1952, the singer and actor Merrell Jackson was arguably the world's most influential social media star. Two more teens were found guilty on June 12, 2012 of participating in the April 2011 murder of 15-year-old Seath Tyler Jackson (seen here). Here's a clip from the MTM episode. Ron Richardson, of "Big River", as well as Howard Rollins. Another handsome British stage and tv actor Americans might not know was Geoffrey Burridge. Handsome yes, but I didn't realize he was downright HOT on Dark Shadows! They claimed it was from heart failure. Sad to see that Baltimora "Tarzan Boy" and comedian Frank Maya both died of AIDS. As in, right now, my shoulders. I don't remember when it happened. [quote]The most beautiful man in the world in the seventies, Hiram Keller. Our town was rocked when one of the leading businessmen went into rehab, and this was back when rehab was a big deal. Emmy and Tony Winner Jeter was more than semi-famous. He was a drug user and a pussyhound to the infinite power, so it's not clear how he got AIDS (though he claimed it was from sharing needles). That eulogy is not in the play of "THe Normal Heart". A starring role in the short-lived prime-time soap Glitter (1984-85) followed, as did guest spots on The Love Boat and Hotel. He died of AIDS at age 29 in 1989; he claimed to have had an affair with actor Brad Davis, who himself contracted AIDS and committed suicide in 1991. About a dozen men from the original Broadway production of Evita. R295 Is Miss Hal a bottom? He sang "All Good Gifts". He died on 23 February 1991. R207 Why is the post about Raul Julia offensive? It's dangerous." [quote]Lenny Baker had to withdraw from the pre-Broadway tryout of McNally's "It's Only A Play". Later, Warwick played Judi Denchs brother-in-law in the sitcom A Fine Romance (1981-84). One of them was the brilliant one about a gay guy who was under the mistaken impression that Frasier was, too. Peter Coffield who was in a ton of TV series and TV movies in the late 1970s and early 1980s, as well as commercials. His obit at the time mentioned his companion. I loved this song. He appears to have died of AIDS in the mid1980s, and his partner, Gerald Mast, a film historian, died a few years later. I had to move out and move on. In the summer of 1971 he was awarded a scholarship to go to the National Youth Chorus Workshop at Wolf Trap American University Academy for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.,[5] and was one of 25 selected performing arts students who appeared with Lloyd Haynes on the WMAQ-TV musical special The New Performers: Chicagoland '71. This is quite possibly the gayest name ever. December 13, 2002 . The first Chicago stage production opened on Sept. 19, 1972, but Jackson was not in the opening cast. Of the men, Im one of only 3 cast-members who was still alive in the 1990s. He contracted AIDS and died from complications related to the disease shortly afterwards. Antony Hamilton, the hottie who replaced Jon Erik Hexum on "Cover Up". He was really good looking. Hello and thank you for registering. [quote] Cookie Mueller. Trivia (2) He auditioned for the Chicago production of "Godspell" in May 1972, but was c In fact, she went into a funk that some say she never came out of and may account partially for why she divested from her acting career. Choreographers, playwrights, dancers, actors. An incredibly nice man. During those hell years I cut out every obit concerning an aids related death. Hope it gets off the ground this century. Brett was gay after his marriage to Anna Massey. He was linked to actor Jeremy Brett, they may have been a couple. Some people do get brain tumors in their 50s - and its a pretty swift decline. So many talented chorus men from the 80's. [quote] Was Anthony Perkins truly gay or just confused. Oh, that's so sad. He was gay and eccentric. According to Wiki, he died from complications from open heart surgery. Howard Rollins he played Virgil Tibbs in "In The Heat Of The Night" tv series. I used to stick their portraits on the cocktail olive toothpicks. He and his kind are the reason I have not got rid of the mountain of antique porn on VHS. He played "Rooster" - GREAT dancer; great showman. Thanks for that link, r44. r77 This is the first I've heard of it. R267 I don't think so. He played Damien. Gorgeous German hunk Amadeus August - died in 1992 at age 50. Was he on a wire with a harness under his tux? Was it because of subpar acting or clutch-voice? When I called his family to let them know we were going to have a tribute, I was referred to his brother. David Oliver, appeared on "Another World" from 1983 to 1985, then landed a role in the acclaimed mini-series "A Year in the Life" (1986), playing Sarah Jessica Harper's husband, a role he reprised when it was turned into a series for the 1987-88 season. Please click here to get full access and no ads for $1.99 or less per month. Sexy as fuck Terry Lester, the original (and only as far as I'm concerned) Jack in Y&R. Merrell Jackson April 26, 1952 - February 23, 1991 was an actor who played one of the apostles in the film Godspell 1973, He sang "All Good Gifts", Life, Jackson graduated from Chicago's Calumet High School in 1971, where he was a soloist for the a cappella chorus, and had leading roles in two stage productions for which he won the "best actor" award, Fine Romance ( 1981-84 ) floating around the internet for as long as I can.. 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