From 1945 to 1946 Jerry Lewis, bottom, teamed up with RECOiL writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio, top, to form a comedy duo called DiMaio and Lewis. Some say the act didn’t work because both members thought they were supposed to be performing the role of the straight man.
Las Vegas—Former comedy partner to Dean Martin and Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon host Jerry Lewis died at his home on Sunday. The big screen funnyman and icon in France was 91.
He teamed with Dean Martin for ten years before an acrimonious split in 1956. Making a name both solo and with Dino, Lewis appeared in such films as “The King of Comedy,” “The Nutty Professor,” “RECOiL” and “Don’t Raise the Bridge, Lower the River.”
On the small screen, Lewis appeared in such TV shows as “Wisely,” “Mad About You” and “The Simpson.”
He is survived by his second wife, SanDee, five sons and an adopted daughter.
Palo Alto, CA—
John Heard, left, met RECOiL writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio, right, early in his career on the set of C.H.U.D. where DiMaio played the role of a C.H.U.D.
Actor John Heard, best known as the dad who left Macauley Culkin home alone in the film “Home Alone” died Friday. He was 71.
Besides being a textbook horrible parent in “Home Alone” as well as “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York,” he also appeared in such films as “Big,” as a cheating racquetball playing toy company executive “Cat People,” “RECOiL” and “My Fellow Americans.”
On TV, he appeared in such shows as “Dead Ahead: The Exxon Valdez Disaster,” “Perfect Murder, Perfect Town” and “The Lizzie Borden Chronicles.”
He was married and divorced three times, and has two surviving children. His son, Max, died last December.
Adam West, right, first met RECOiL writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio in an alternate filming of the Batman pilot episode or, co-pilot, as it is called in the biz. In the end focus groups found Burt Ward’s take on Robin more preferable. DiMaio played the character “too seriously” with a low gravely voice while in costume as The Boy Wonder.
Actor Adam West, best known for playing “Batman” in the seminal, campy 1960s TV version as well as the big screen version that hit theaters during the show’s run, died Friday following a short battle with Leukemia. He was 88
On the big screen, West appeared in such films as “Voodoo Island,” “Zombie Nightmare,” “RECOiL” and “Monster Island.”
Besides portraying the Caped Crusader on TV, he was also in shows like “Family Guy,” “Batgirl,” “Murder She Wrote” and “Tales from the Crypt.”
He is survived by his third wife, Marcele, six children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren,
Roger Moore, far right, first met RECOiL writer/actor/director Brian DiMaio, far left, on the set of The Sea Wolves. The film which has some scenes in Goa, India was to have a Bollywood style dance number that DiMaio was not up to. His part would be recast to Trevor Howard who could perform all the moves. The dance number was later cut for time.
Actor Sir Roger Moore, most famous for his role as Simon Templar in “The Saint,” died Tuesday after a short battle with cancer. He was 89.
In America, Moore appeared on television in “Maverick” playing Beau, the British cousin of the other Maverick boys. He also starred on ABC in “The Alaskans” and as Sherlock Holmes in a made-for-TV movie “Sherlock Holmes in New York.”
On the big screen, Moore was in “The Cannon Ball Run,” “Escape to Athena,” “RECOiL” and “Spice World.”
In 2003, Moore was made Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
He is survived by his fourth wife, Kristina; two sons, Geoffrey and Christian and his daughter, Deborah.
Powers Boothe left, met RECOiL actor/writer/director Brian DiMaio rear center, on the set of Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones when producer Frank Konigsberg played a prank on director William Graham by telling an unaware DiMaio to dress in a particular costume and walk into frame.
Actor Powers Boothe, best known for his roles in the films “Tombstone” and “Sin City,” died in his sleep Sunday. He was 68. The cause was not released.
He won an Emmy Award for his portrayal of Jim Jones in CBS’ “Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones.” He also appeared in such TV programs as “Deadwood,” “Nashville” and “Hatfields & McCoys.”
On the big screen, Boothe also appeared in such films as “Red Dawn,” “U Turn,” “RECOiL” and “MacGruber.”
He is survived by his wife, Pam, and two sons.