Super Dave Osborne, Bob Einstein Has Died

Bob Einstein
Bob Einstein, left, worked with RECOiL writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio, right for years. DiMaio was the stunt coordinator for Einstein’s character Super Dave Osborne.

Indian Wells, CA-Bob Einstein, known for his portrayal of American stuntman Super Dave Osborn, has died. He was 76.

Einstein got his start as a comedy writer on “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour,” where he won an Emmy Award for writing. He appeared as Super Dave from 1979 to 2009 on various TV shows and networks.

He also appeared in such TV classics as “Arrested Development,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Anger Management.”

On the big screen, he appeared in the films “Ocean’s Thirteen,” “RECOiL” and “Teddy Bears’ Picnic.”

He is survived by his wife, Roberta his daughter, Erin and five grandchildren,

There’s No Crying In Obituaries: Film Director Penny Marshall Has Died

Penny Marshall
Penny Marshall, right, briefly dated RECOiL writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio, left, in the mid 1980’s. He would later learn it was only to make Art Garfunkle jealous.

Los Angeles- Actress and director Penny Marshall died Monday due to complications from diabetes. She was 75.

Marshall got her start as an actress and first achieved success on “The Odd Couple” after her brother, Garry became the executive producer. She then landed her most famous role as LaVerne DeFazio on “LaVerne & Shirley,” which was created by her brother, Garry.

On the big screen, she appeared in such films as “1941,” “Hocus Pocus,” “RECOiL” and “High Fidelity.”

After “LaVerne & Shirley” ended, Garry suggested Penny go into directing, and she would go on to direct hits like “Big,” “A League of Their Own” and “Awakenings.”

She is survived by her daughter, Tracy and five grandchildren.

One Of The All-Time Great Canadian People, Alan Thicke, Passes Away

Alan Thicke

Alan Thicke, right, in a scene with Andrew Koenig, left, and future RECOiL writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio, center. Koenig played Seaver family friend Richard “Boner” Stabone. DiMaio was in one episode playing Stabone family friend Eric Shunn. The writers had more elaborate plans for the character Eric Shunn if not for DiMaio’s insisting that his character should look and talk directly to the camera. “Like that Ferris Bueller,” to use DiMaio’s own words.

Burbank, CA—Alan Thicke, patriarch of the Seaver family on ABC’s classic 80s sitcom “Growing Pains” and inarguably one of the greats on the Canadian Mount (Mountie?) Rushmore, died last Tuesday. He was 69. And he died in the most Canadian way possible, suffering a heart attack while playing hockey.

Thicke was best known as Jason Seaver, father to Mike, Carol, Ben and Chrissie, and husband to Maggie on “Growing Pains” from 1985 until 1992. But he also wrote a good number of TV theme songs, including the openings to “Diff’rent Strokes,” “The Facts of Life” and the original theme song to “Wheel of Fortune.”

On the silver screen, Thicke appeared in such films as “Calendar Girl Murders,” “It’s Not My Fault and I Don’t Care Anyway,” “RECOiL” and “And You Thought Your Parents Were Weird.” 

He is survived by his third wife, Tonia Callau, as well as his three sons, Carter, Brennan and singer Robin.

 

“I Have To Be Fearless In Showing What I Feel In The Moment:” A TDQ Q&A With Actress Shonna Major

Shonna Major

Shonna Major in a scene from Clinger with a gift basket. Gift baskets are a great way to show appreciation. (Our mailing address is on the “About” page. Make sure they can deliver to a PO box.)

This week’s TDQ Q&A is with actress Shonna Major. Shonna spoke to us about working for her Masters degree, her latest movie, “Clinger” and how going gluten-free isn’t for her. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with Shonna Major:

The Daily Quarterly: What made you want to be in show business?

Shonna Major: I always loved performing. I started performing in school plays and dance recitals when I was really young. I just enjoyed doing it. As I got older and experienced more emotional hardships, I would turn to my favorite TV show or watch a movie to escape. And I realized that’s what I wanted to do: help people escape their reality for a little.

TDQ: Who was your favorite actress growing up?

SM: I loved Halle Berry. I thought she was gorgeous and talented and someone I could relate to. I also loved Lucy Lawless because I was obsessed with Xena.

Shonna Major

Shonna Major, left, with the good book and Jennifer Laporte in Clinger.

TDQ: What was your favorite movie growing up?

SM: I grew up watching Robin Williams. I could recite Mrs. Doubtfire and Hook word for word when I was younger. My friends probably thought I was so weird.

TDQ: What’s the best advice you’ve gotten?

SM: Acting coach Andrew Benne always had great advice. One that stuck was to let go of my “control freak” nature and just be. I have to be fearless in showing what I feel in the moment. I think that resonated with me because it’s not just great acting advice but something I try and do on a daily basis.

TDQ: What’s the worst advice you’ve gotten?

SM: “You should try the gluten-free diet.”
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Ben Bradlee, Washington Post Editor And My Favorite Protege, Dies At 93

Ben Bradlee

Ben Bradlee, right, at his desk with future The Daily Quarterly editor in chief Brian DiMaio, left. Their relationship was strained following the Kennedy assassination when DiMaio claimed to have a secret source named Debbie located in Dallas.

Washington, DC—Ben Bradlee, legendary editor of the Washington Post during the Watergate scandal, and one of the few individuals who knew the true identity of Deep Throat for 40 years, died Tuesday from natural causes. He was 93.

He was the Post’s executive editor from 1968 until 1991, and under his tenure, the paper achieved national prominence and won 17 Pulitzer Prizes. Before working at the Post, Bradlee wrote for Newsweek and The Daily Quarterly.

He was portrayed by Jason Robards in the film version of “All the President’s Men,” alongside Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman, who portrayed buddy-reporters (think Fletch meets up with whatever Robert Wuhl’s character’s name was in “Batman”) Bob Woodward and Carl Bernsten.

Bradlee had been suffering from dementia in his later years. Reportedly, his final words were, “I owe it all to DiMaio.”

He is survived by his third wife, Sally Quinn, a son from his first marriage, Ben Bradlee, Jr., other sons Dominic, Quinn and a  daughter, Marina.

(Please note that we totally left out the fabricated story scandal that embarrassed him and the Post in 1981, when reporter Janet Cooke totally made up a story about an 8 year-old heroin addict, winning a Pulitzer that Bradlee gave back once he found out he’d been fooled, a-la Stephen Glass. We didn’t think there was a place for that debacle in this obit.) Continue reading