John Kerr (actor)
John Grinham Kerr, was an American actor and lawyer. Kerr's parents, British-born Geoffrey Kerr and American-born June Walker, were both stage and film actors, his grandfather was Frederick Kerr, a British trans-Atlantic character actor in the period 1880–1930, he grew up in the New York City area, went to Phillips Exeter Academy in New England. For some time he pursued graduate studies in the Russian Institute of Columbia University, he made his Broadway debut in 1953 in Mary Coyle Chase's Bernardine, a high-school comedy for which he won a Theatre World Award. In 1953-54, he received critical acclaim as a troubled prep school student in Robert Anderson's play Tea and Sympathy. In 1954, he won a Tony Award for his performance, he starred in the film version in 1956. Kerr's first television acting role was in 1954 on NBC's Justice as a basketball player who believes that gamblers have ruined his success on the court, his mother appeared with him on the series, which focuses on the cases of attorneys with the Legal Aid Society of New York.
He made The Cobweb for MGM, who liked his work so much they co-starred him with Leslie Caron in Gaby, the third remake of Waterloo Bridge, which, in its original pre-Code 1931 version, featured John's grandfather, actor Frederick Kerr. Kerr starred with Deborah Kerr in Tea and Sympathy in 1956. In a publicized decision in 1956, Kerr declined to play the role of Charles Lindbergh in The Spirit of St. Louis because he did not respect Lindbergh's early support of the Nazi regime in Germany prior to America's entry into World War II. "I don't admire the ideals of the hero", Mr. Kerr told The New York Post; the part went to James Stewart. Kerr had a major role in the film version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific, playing Lt. Joe Cable, the newly arrived marine about to be sent on a dangerous spy mission. In The Crowded Sky, Kerr played a pilot who helps the Captain steer a crippled airliner back to earth. Another film appearance was in Roger Corman's the Pendulum. In 1963, Kerr had a continuing role on Trial, playing Assistant DA Barry Pine.
During the 1960s, Kerr guest starred on several TV series including The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Rawhide and Adam-12. He had a regular role on the ABC-TV primetime TV series, Peyton Place, playing District Attorney John Fowler during the 1965-66 season. In 1964-65 he appeared as guest star on several episodes of Twelve O'Clock High. In the 1970s, Kerr had a recurring role as prosecutor Gerald O'Brien on The Streets of San Francisco and he made guest appearances in several other TV programs including The Mod Squad, Columbo, McMillan and Wife, Barnaby Jones and The Feather and Father Gang. Kerr's last acting appearance was a minor role in The Park Is Mine, a made-for-TV movie starring Tommy Lee Jones. Kerr took an interest in film directing, worked as an apprentice with Leo Penn, directing episodes of the television series Run for Your Life — but Kerr was disenchanted by the mundane aspects of the work, applied to and was accepted at UCLA Law School, he graduated from law school, passed the California bar in 1970.
He pursued a full-time career as a Beverly Hills lawyer, but still accepted occasional small roles in a variety of television productions over the years. He retired from legal practice in 2000, he married Priscilla Smith in 1952. He married Barbara Chu in 1979. On February 2, 2013, Kerr died of heart failure at Huntington Hospital in California, he is survived by his wife Barbara Chu. He was his ashes given to his widow. Obituary - Variety John Kerr on IMDb John Kerr at the Internet Broadway Database John Kerr at the Internet Off-Broadway Database John Kerr at Find a Grave
Martin Sam Milner was an American film, stage and television actor. Milner is known for his performances on two television series: Route 66, which aired on CBS from 1960 to 1964, Adam-12, which aired on NBC from 1968 to 1975. Milner was born on December 28, 1931 in Detroit, the son of Mildred, a Paramount Theater circuit dancer, Sam Gordon Milner, who worked as a construction hand and a film distributor, his father was a Polish Jewish immigrant. The family left Detroit when he was a young child and moved before settling in Seattle, Washington, by the time he was nine. There he became involved in acting, first in school, in a children's theater group at the Cornish Playhouse; when Milner was a teenager, he moved with his family to Los Angeles where his parents hired an acting coach and an agent for him. Milner had his first screen test and began his film career with his debut in the film Life with Father in the role of John Day, the second oldest son of Clarence Day played by William Powell. Less than two weeks after filming for that film ended in August 1946, Milner contracted poliomyelitis.
He recovered within a year and had bit parts in two more films before graduating from North Hollywood High School in 1949. He landed a minor role in the film Sands of Iwo Jima starring John Wayne. Milner attended the University of Southern California, he dropped out after a year in the fall of 1950 to concentrate on acting. He made his first television appearance in 1950 as a guest star in episode 28 titled "Pay Dirt" on The Lone Ranger; that same year, he began a recurring role as "Drexel Potter" on the ABC sitcom The Stu Erwin Show. He had several more roles, both minor and major, in war films in the 1950s, including another John Wayne picture called Operation Pacific and Mister Roberts with Henry Fonda, James Cagney and Jack Lemmon. On the set of Halls of Montezuma, he befriended actor Jack Webb. Soon thereafter, he began intermittent work on Webb's radio series Dragnet. In 1952, Milner began a two-year stint in the United States Army, he was assigned to Special Services at Fort Ord on California's Monterey Bay Peninsula, where he directed training films.
He emceed and performed in skits in a touring unit show to entertain the soldiers. Milner was encouraged by fellow soldier David Janssen to pursue an acting career when his time in the Army ended, he served at Ft Ord at the same time as future actors Clint Eastwood and Richard Long. While in the Army, Milner continued working for Jack Webb, playing "Officer Bill Lockwood" and other characters on the Dragnet radio series on weekends, he appeared on six episodes of Webb's Dragnet television series between 1952–1955. After his military service ended, Milner had a recurring role on The Life of Riley from 1953 to 1958, he made guest appearances on numerous television shows including episodes of The Bigelow Theatre, The Great Gildersleeve, TV Reader's Digest, Science Fiction Theatre, Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse, NBC Matinee Theater, The West Point Story, The Twilight Zone, Rawhide. Milner was under contract at Burt Lancaster’s production company, Hecht-Lancaster, he acted in films, the most notable of which are The Long Gray Line, Mister Roberts, Gunfight at the O.
K. Corral, as jazz guitarist Steve Dallas in Sweet Smell of Success, Marjorie Morningstar, Compulsion and 13 Ghosts, he was one of the stars of Valley of the Dolls, based on the Jacqueline Susann best-seller. In 1960, Milner won the role of Tod Stiles on the CBS television series, Route 66, which ran from 1960 to 1964. Created by Stirling Silliphant, Route 66 is about two regular but distinctly different young men in a car touring the United States. After the sudden death of his father left him penniless, Milner's character, travels across the United States in a Chevrolet Corvette, taking a variety of odd jobs along the way and getting involved in other people's problems. Tod's traveling partner on his escapades is his friend Buz Murdock, a former employee of his father's. During the series' third season, Milner got a new co-star, Glenn Corbett, brought in to replace Maharis - Tod's new traveling partner was Lincoln "Linc" Case, an Army veteran who had a dark past, Corbett remained in the role for the remaining season and a half.
Route 66 was a different sort of television program, as the travels of Tod and his traveling partners were shot on location. Thus, Milner spent nearly four years traveling the country for the series, sometimes taking his wife and children along. Milner appeared on Broadway once in a short-lived comedy, The Ninety Day Mistress, in 1967, opposite Dyan Cannon. Milner and Webb had a long-established working relationship by the time it came to cast Adam-12. Milner appeared in numerous episodes of both the radio and television versions of the seminal Jack Webb series Dragnet. Milner had worked with Webb in the films Halls of Montezuma and Pete Kelly's Blues; this led to the role. In 1968, Milner returned to television as seven-year LAPD veteran uniform patrol Officer Peter Joseph "Pete" Malloy in the Webb-produced police drama, Adam-12. Kent McCord played his partner, rookie Officer James A. "Jim" Reed. The NBC series ran from 1968 to 1975. Like Webb's Dragnet, it was based on real Los Angeles Police Department cases.
Milner was Webb's choice for "cop behind the wheel" Pete Malloy in part because his relative youth and prior acting credits and because of his on-camera driving experience from his days on Route 66. He guest starred in three epi
Ross Martin was an American radio, stage and television actor. Martin was known for portraying Artemus Gordon on the CBS Western series The Wild Wild West, which aired from 1965 to 1969, he was the voice of Doctor Paul Williams in 1972's Sealab 2020, additional characters in 1973's Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kids, additional character voices in 1978's Jana of the Jungle. Martin was born to a Polish Jewish family in Poland, he and his parents emigrated to New York City. Recorded as Izak and Sara Rosenblat and infant son Marcus, they boarded the steamship New Rochelle at Danzig, a Free City under the League of Nations; as they were steerage passengers, they were obliged to go to Ellis Island to undergo U. S. Immigrant Inspection, they settled in The Bronx. Martin spoke Polish and some Russian before learning English and added French and Italian to his repertoire. Martin attended City College of New York, he earned a law degree from George Washington University. Despite academic training in business and law, Martin chose a career in acting.
He was partners in a comedy team with Bernie West for several years appeared on many radio and live TV broadcasts before making his Broadway debut in Hazel Flagg in 1953. Martin's first film was the George Pal 1955 production Conquest of Space, followed by a brief but memorable appearance in The Colossus of New York, as the scientist father of Charles Herbert. In 1959, Martin appeared in the episode "Echo" on Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond, he appeared in two 1959 episodes of David Janssen's crime drama series, Richard Diamond, Private Detective. Soon after, he caught the eye of Blake Edwards, who cast him in a number of varied roles, he was a regular on Stump the Stars from 1962-1963. After his performance in The Great Race, CBS cast Martin in what was to become his most famous role, Secret Service agent Artemus Gordon in The Wild Wild West, opposite Robert Conrad; the Artemus Gordon character was a master gadgeteer and disguise artist, these attributes fitted Martin perfectly. Martin himself created most of his disguises for the show, most of the cast had no idea what he would look like until seeing him during the shooting of the episode.
The recent DVD release of the first season of the series includes a discovered pre-production sketch Martin had made of his first make-up design for the pilot episode. Another episode revealed another of Martin's talents: he was a concert-trained violinist. In 1968, Martin broke his leg and suffered a near-fatal heart attack, forcing The Wild Wild West to replace him with other actors, including Charles Aidman, William Schallert and Alan Hale, Jr for nine episodes, he was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, for the fourth and final season of The Wild Wild West. The series was cancelled in 1969 in the midst of a national controversy over violence on television. After The Wild, Wild West ended, Martin continued his career in various guest roles on television and in roles in television films. In 1970, Martin portrayed Alexander Hamilton in the NBC television special Swing Out, Sweet Land, hosted by John Wayne, he appeared in a 1970 episode of The Immortal. The following year, Martin tried his hand at directing.
He guest starred in the 1971 episode of Columbo entitled "Suitable For Framing", as a murderous art critic and a 1971 episode of Love, American Style, which he directed. Martin directed another episode of the series in 1973; that same year, he appeared as the famed Asian detective Charlie Chan in The Return of Charlie Chan. He made a guest appearance on Barnaby Jones in 1974, lent his voice to an episode of Wait Till Your Father Gets Home that year. In 1976, Martin returned to the stage as John Adams in a touring production of the musical 1776. In 1978, he did more voice work for the animated series Jana of the Jungle, he reprised the role of Artemus Gordon in two Wild, Wild West television movies: The Wild Wild West Revisited in 1979 and More Wild Wild West in 1980. He had a four-episode recurring role as kumu mobster Tony Alika on Hawaii Five-O from 1978-79. In 1980 Martin appeared in the third season of The Love Boat as Tom Thorton. Martin's final role was in the 1983 television movie I Married Wyatt Earp.
The film aired two years after his death. Martin married his first wife, Muriel Weiss, in 1941, they had a daughter, Phyllis Rosenblatt. Weiss died from cancer in 1965. In 1967, Martin married Olavee Lucile Parsons and adopted her two children, Rebecca Schacht and George Martin. Martin and Parsons remained married until Martin's death in 1981, she died in 2002. On July 3, 1981, Martin suffered a fatal heart attack after a game of tennis at a club in Ramona, California, he is interred in Mount Sinai Memorial Park Cemetery in California. Ross Martin on IMDb Ross Martin at the Internet Broadway Database Ross Martin at Find a Grave Fan site for The Wild Wild West Biography of Ross Martin at wildwildwest.org Ross Martin Remembered -- a tribute site
Richard Norman Anderson was an American film and television actor. Among his best-known roles was his portrayal of Oscar Goldman, the boss of Steve Austin and Jaime Sommers in both The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman television series between 1974 and 1978 and their subsequent television movies: The Return of the Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman, Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman and Bionic Ever After?. Anderson was born in New Jersey, the son of Olga and Harry Anderson, he appeared in high school plays after moving to Los Angeles. Anderson served a seventeen month tour of duty during World War II in the United States Army. Before Anderson began his career in 1950 as a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer contract player, he studied at the Actors' Laboratory Theatre, which led to work in radio and stock theater, his many films at MGM included The Magnificent Yankee as Reynolds, The Student Prince as Lucas, Forbidden Planet, as Chief Engineer Quinn. Among his films were the World War I drama Paths of Glory directed by Stanley Kubrick, in which Anderson played the prosecuting attorney.
Anderson played Ricardo Del Amo in the second season of Zorro, a friend and rival of Diego de la Vega. He was the object of the unrequited love of Clara Varner in The Long, Hot Summer and a suspicious military officer in Seven Days in May. In the 1960s, Anderson made appearances in 23 episodes of Perry Mason during the series' final season as Police Lieutenant Steve Drumm, replacing the character of Lt. Tragg, played by Ray Collins, who died in 1965. Before he became a Perry Mason regular, he made guest appearances in two episodes: as defendant Edward Lewis in "The Case of the Accosted Accountant", Jason Foster in "The Case of the Paper Bullets", he appeared on The Untouchables, Stagecoach West, The Rifleman, Daniel Boone, The Eleventh Hour, Combat!, Twelve O'Clock High, I Spy, The Man from U. N. C. L. E; the Fugitive, The Wild, Wild West, The Green Hornet, The Invaders, The Big Valley. In 1961–62, Anderson co-starred with Marilyn Maxwell in an ABC production of Bus Stop, he guest-starred in the last episode of season 1 of Mission: Impossible as Judge Wilson Chase.
In 1965, he played Judge Lander, who clashes over courtroom fairness and frontier justice with a young woman, Kate Melville, the daughter of a sheriff, Will Melville, in the episode "Kate Melville and the Law" of the syndicated series, Death Valley Days. In 1970-71, Anderson starred as Chief George Untermeyer in the Burt Reynolds series Dan August. Anderson first appeared as Oscar Goldman in the second episode of The Six Million Dollar Man, he would portray the character through the series' end in 1978 as well as on the spinoff series The Bionic Woman for its entire run from 1976 to 1978. In addition, Anderson guest-starred on other TV series in the 1970s, including Hawaii Five-O, Ironside and The Love Boat, he appeared in The Night Strangler as the villain, Dr. Richard Malcolm. Anderson was just as busy in the 1980s on Charlie's Angels, Matt Houston, Knight Rider, Remington Steele, Cover Up, The A-Team, The Fall Guy, Simon & Simon, Murder, She Wrote, he played murderer Ken Braddock in the first two-hour episode of the revived Perry Mason, starring Raymond Burr, titled "Perry Mason Returns", Anderson had a recurring role as Senator Buck Fallmont on Dynasty from 1986-87.
He portrayed President Lyndon B. Johnson in the 1987 miniseries, Hoover vs; the Kennedys. In the 1990s, he served as narrator and a recurring guest star for Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, he served as a commercial spokesperson for the Shell Oil Company in the United States, known as The Shell Answer Man. "The Shell Answer Man" appeared in commercials from 1976-82. Anderson was married to Carole Lee Ladd and Katharine Thalberg, with both marriages ending in divorce, he had three daughters with Thalberg. In 2007, Anderson was honored with a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars. Anderson died on August 31, 2017 from natural causes in Beverly Hills, twenty-three days after his 91st birthday, he was survived by his three daughters Ashley Anderson, Brooke Anderson, Deva Anderson. Richard Anderson on IMDb Richard Anderson at the TCM Movie Database Richard Anderson at AllMovie Richard Anderson at the Internet Broadway Database Interview, The Spectrum, August 13, 2015 An hour-long video interview with Retro Rewind covering his career
Steven Allan Spielberg is an American filmmaker. He is considered one of the founding pioneers of the New Hollywood era and one of the most popular directors and producers in film history. Spielberg started in Hollywood directing television and several minor theatrical releases, he became a household name as the director of Jaws, critically and commercially successful and is considered the first summer blockbuster. His subsequent releases focused on science fiction and adventure films, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the Indiana Jones series, E. T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park are seen as archetypes of modern Hollywood escapist filmmaking. Spielberg transitioned into addressing serious issues in his work with The Color Purple, Empire of the Sun, Schindler's List and Saving Private Ryan, he has adhered to this practice during the 21st century, with Munich, Bridge of Spies, The Post. He co-founded Amblin Entertainment and DreamWorks Studios, where he has served as a producer for several successful films, including the Gremlins, Back to the Future, Men in Black, the Transformers series.
He transitioned into producing several games within the video-game industry. Spielberg is one of the American film industry's most critically successful filmmakers, with praise for his directing talent and versatility, he has won the Academy Award for Best Director twice; some of his movies are among the highest-grossing movies of all-time, while his total work makes him the highest-grossing film director in history. His net worth is estimated to be more than $3 billion. Spielberg was born on December 1946 in Cincinnati, Ohio, his mother, was a restaurateur and concert pianist, his father, Arnold Spielberg, was an electrical engineer involved in the development of computers. His family was Orthodox Jewish. Spielberg's paternal grandparents were Jewish Ukrainian immigrants who settled in Cincinnati in the 1900s. In 1950, his family moved to Haddon Township, New Jersey, when his father took a job with RCA. Three years the family moved to Phoenix, Arizona. Spielberg attended Hebrew school from 1953 in classes taught by Rabbi Albert L. Lewis.
As a child, Spielberg faced difficulty reconciling being an Orthodox Jew with the perception of him by other children he played with. "It isn't something I enjoy admitting," he once said, "but when I was seven, nine years old, God forgive me, I was embarrassed because we were Orthodox Jews. I was embarrassed by the outward perception of my parents' Jewish practices. I was never ashamed to be Jewish, but I was uneasy at times." Spielberg said he suffered from acts of anti-Semitic prejudice and bullying: "In high school, I got smacked and kicked around. Two bloody noses, it was horrible." At age 12, he made his first home movie: a train wreck involving his toy Lionel trains. Throughout his early teens, after entering high school, Spielberg continued to make amateur 8 mm "adventure" films. In 1958, he became a Boy Scout and fulfilled a requirement for the photography merit badge by making a nine-minute 8 mm film entitled The Last Gunfight. Years Spielberg recalled to a magazine interviewer, "My dad's still-camera was broken, so I asked the scoutmaster if I could tell a story with my father's movie camera.
He said yes, I got an idea to do a Western. I got my merit badge; that was how it all started." At age 13, while living in Phoenix, Spielberg won a prize for a 40-minute war film he titled Escape to Nowhere... using a cast composed of other high school friends. That motivated him to make 15 more amateur 8 mm films; some of the films he cited as early influences that he grew up watching include the Godzilla kaiju film King of the Monsters, which he called "the most masterful of all the dinosaur movies because it made you believe it was happening", as well as titles such as Captains Courageous and Lawrence of Arabia. In 1963, at age 16, Spielberg wrote and directed his first independent film, a 140-minute science fiction adventure called Firelight, which would inspire Close Encounters; the film was made for $500, most of which came from his father, was shown in a local cinema for one evening, which earned back its cost. After attending Arcadia High School in Phoenix for three years, his family next moved to Saratoga, where he graduated from Saratoga High School in 1965.
He attained the rank of Eagle Scout. His parents divorced while he was still in school, soon after he graduated Spielberg moved to Los Angeles, staying with his father, his long-term goal was to become a film director. His three sisters and mother remained in Saratoga. In Los Angeles, he applied to the University of Southern California's film school, but was turned down because of his "C" grade average, he applied and was admitted to California State University, Long Beach, where he became a brother of Theta Chi Fraternity. While still a student, he was offered a small unpaid intern job at Universal Studios with the editing department, he was given the opportunity to make a short film for theatrical release, the 26-minute, 35 mm, Amblin', which he wrote and directed. Studio vice president Sidney Sheinberg was impressed by the film, which had won a number of awards, offered Spielberg a seven-year directing contract, it made him the youngest director to be signed for a long-term deal with a major Hollywood studio.
He subsequently dropped out of college to begin pro
Columbo is an American television series starring Peter Falk as Columbo, a homicide detective with the Los Angeles Police Department. The character and show, created by Richard Levinson and William Link, popularized the inverted detective story format, which begins by showing the commission of the crime and its perpetrator. Columbo is a shrewd but inelegant blue-collar homicide detective whose trademarks include his rumpled beige raincoat, unassuming demeanor, frequent cigar smoking, his suspects are affluent members of high society who try to cover their tracks. Dismissive of Columbo's circumstantial speech and apparent ineptitude, they become unsettled as his pestering behavior leads him to tease out incriminating evidence, his relentless approach leads to self-incrimination or an outright confession by the suspect. Episodes of Columbo are between 70 and 98 minutes long, have been broadcast in 44 countries; the 1971 episode "Murder by the Book", directed by Steven Spielberg, was ranked No. 16 on TV Guide's 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time and in 1999, the magazine ranked Lt. Columbo No. 7 on its 50 Greatest TV Characters of All Time list.
In 2012, the program was chosen as the third-best cop or legal show on Best in TV: The Greatest TV Shows of Our Time. In 2013, TV Guide included it in its list of The 60 Greatest Dramas of All Time and ranked it at #33 on its list of the 60 Best Series. In 2013, the Writers Guild of America ranked it No. 57 in the list of 101 Best Written TV Series. After two pilot episodes, the show aired on NBC from 1971 to 1978 as one of the rotating programs of The NBC Mystery Movie. Columbo aired less on ABC beginning in 1989 under the umbrella of The ABC Mystery Movie; the last film was broadcast in 2003 as part of ABC Thursday Night at the Movies. In every episode the audience sees the crime unfold at the beginning and knows the identity of the culprit an affluent member of society. Once Columbo enters the story, viewers watch him solve the case by sifting through the contradictions between the truth and the version presented to him by the killer; this style of mystery is sometimes referred to as a "howcatchem", in contrast to the traditional whodunit.
In structural analysis terms, the majority of the narrative is therefore dénouement, a feature reserved for the end of a story. Episodes tend to be driven by their characters, the audience observing the criminal's reactions to Columbo's intrusive presence; the explanation for the crime and its method having played out as part of the narrative, most of the stories end with the criminal's reaction at being found out. In some cases, the killer's arrogance and dismissive attitude allow Columbo to manipulate his suspects into self-incrimination. While the details, the motivation, of the murderers' actions are shown to the viewer, Columbo's true thoughts and intentions are never revealed until close to the end of the episode. Columbo maintains a friendly relationship with the murderer until the end; the point at which the detective first begins to suspect the murderer is not revealed, although it is fairly early on. In some instances, such as Ruth Gordon's avenging elderly mystery writer in "Try and Catch Me", Janet Leigh's terminally ill and deluded actress in "Forgotten Lady", Donald Pleasence's elegant vintner in "Any Old Port in a Storm", Johnny Cash's enserfed singer in "Swan Song", the killer is more sympathetic than the victim.
Each case is concluded in a similar style, with Columbo dropping any pretense of uncertainty and sharing details of his conclusion of the killer's guilt. Following the killer's reaction, the episode ends with the killer confessing or submitting to arrest. There are few attempts to provide a twist in the tale. One convoluted exception is "Last Salute to the Commodore", where Robert Vaughn is seen elaborately disposing of a body, but is proved to have been covering for his alcoholic wife, whom he mistakenly thought to be the murderer; the character of Columbo was created by the writing team of Richard Levinson and William Link, who said that Columbo was inspired by Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment character Porfiry Petrovich as well as G. K. Chesterton's humble cleric-detective Father Brown. Other sources claim Columbo's character is influenced by Inspector Fichet from the French suspense-thriller film Les Diaboliques; the character first appeared in a 1960 episode of the television-anthology series The Chevy Mystery Show, titled "Enough Rope".
This was adapted by Levinson and Link from their short story "May I Come In", published as "Dear Corpus Delicti" in an issue of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine. The short story did not include Columbo as a character; the first actor to portray Columbo, character actor Bert Freed, was a stocky character actor with a thatch of grey hair. Freed's Columbo wore a rumpled suit and smoked a cigar, but he otherwise had few of the other now-familiar Columbo mannerisms. However, the character is still recognizably Columbo, uses some of the same methods of misdirecting and distracting his suspects. During the course of the show, the frightened murderer brings pressure from the district attorney's office to have Columbo taken off the case, but the detective fights back with his own contacts. Although Freed received third billing, he wound up with alm
Norman Lloyd is an American actor and director with a career in entertainment spanning over nine decades. He has worked in every major facet of the industry including theatre, radio and film, with a career that started in 1923 and his last film to date Trainwreck in 2015. In the 1930s, he apprenticed with Eva Le Gallienne's Civic Repertory Theatre and worked with such influential groups as the Federal Theatre Project's Living Newspaper unit, the Mercury Theatre and the Group Theatre. Lloyd's long professional association with Alfred Hitchcock began with his performance portraying a Nazi agent in the 1942 film Saboteur, he appeared in Spellbound, went on to produce Hitchcock's long-running anthology television series, Alfred Hitchcock Presents. Lloyd produced episodic television throughout the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s; as an actor, he has appeared in over 60 films and television shows, with his roles including Bodalink in Limelight, Mr. Nolan in Dead Poets Society and Mr. Letterblair in The Age of Innocence.
In the 1980s, Lloyd gained a new generation of fans for playing Dr. Daniel Auschlander, one of the starring roles on the medical drama St. Elsewhere. Norman Lloyd was born Norman Perlmutter on November 8, 1914, in New Jersey, his family lived in Brooklyn, New York. His father, Max Perlmutter, was an accountant who became a salesman and proprietor of a furniture store, his mother, Sadie Horowitz Perlmutter, was a housewife. She had a good voice and a lifelong interest in the theatre, she took her young son to singing and dancing lessons, he had two younger sisters and Janice. Lloyd became a child performer, appearing at vaudeville benefits and women's clubs, was a professional by the age of nine. Lloyd graduated from high school when he was 15 and began studies at New York University, but left at the end of his sophomore year. "All around me I could see the way. "I just wasn't going to stay in college, paying tuition to get a degree to be a lawyer, when I could see lawyers that had become taxi drivers."
Lloyd's father died in 1945, at age 55, "broken by the world that he was living in."In 1932, at age 17, Lloyd auditioned and became the youngest of the apprentices under the direction of May Sarton at Eva Le Gallienne's Civic Repertory Theatre in New York City. He joined Sarton's Apprentice Theatre in New Hampshire, continuing his studies with her and her associate, Eleanor Flexner; the group rehearsed a total of ten modern European plays and performed at The New School for Social Research and in Boston. Members of the Harvard Dramatic Club saw Lloyd on stage and offered him the lead in a play directed by Joseph Losey, he rejoined Sarton's group. When Sarton was forced to give up her company, Losey suggested that Lloyd audition for a production of André Obey's Noah, it was Lloyd's first Broadway show. Through Losey, Lloyd became involved in the social theatre of the 1930s, beginning with an acting collective called The Theatre of Action; the group was preparing a production of Michael Blankfort's The Crime, directed by Elia Kazan.
One of the company members was actress Peggy Craven. Losey brought Lloyd into the Federal Theatre Project — which Lloyd called "one of the great theaters of all time"— and its Living Newspapers, which dramatized contemporary events, they prepared Ethiopia, about the Italian invasion, deemed too controversial and was terminated. The first completed presentation was Triple-A Plowed Under, followed by Injunction Granted and Power; when Orson Welles and John Houseman left the Federal Theatre Project to form their own independent repertory theatre company, the Mercury Theatre, Lloyd was invited to become a charter member. He played a memorable role in its first stage production, Welles's modern-dress adaptation of Shakespeare's tragedy Julius Caesar — streamlined into an anti-fascist tour- de-force. In a scene that became the fulcrum of the show, Cinna the Poet dies at the hands not of a mob but of a secret police force. Lloyd called it "an extraordinary scene gripped the audience in a way that the show stopped for about three minutes.
The audience stopped it with applause. It showed the audience. During the December 25 performance of Caesar — when the sets and costumes for Shoemaker were ready but no previews had taken place — Welles asked the cast if they cared to present a surprise preview after the show, he invited the audience to stay and watch the set changes, the curtain rose at 1:15 a.m. Lloyd recalled it as "the wildest triumph imaginable; the show was a smash during its run — but never again did we have a performance like that one." Lloyd performed on the first of four releases in the Mercury Text Records series, phonographic recordings of Shakespeare plays adapted for educators by Welles and Roger Hill. The Merchant of Venice features Lloyd in the roles of Launcelot Gobbo. Released on Columbia Masterworks Records in 1939, the recording was reissued on CD in 1998. Lloyd played the role of Johnny Appleseed in Everywhere I Roam, a play by Arnold Sundgaard, developed by the Federal Theatre Project and staged on Broadway by Marc Connelly.
"It was a lovely experience, although the play failed," Lloyd recalled. "For me, it was