Holy Bad News: Adam West Dies At 88

Adam West

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.

Los Angeles—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, 

Former Miss Hungary Zsa Zsa Gabor Dies At 99

Zsa Zsa Gabor

Zsa Zsa Gabor, left, first met RECOiL writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio, right, in the early 1950’s when he coached her in chess. DiMaio quietly stepped down as chess coach when he realized he was not a self-taught chess prodigy but, rather, Zsa Zsa’s competitors were just letting her win.

Los Angeles—Actress, socialite and former Miss Hungary 1936 Zsa Zsa Gabor, who was likely the first person who was known as famous for being famous, died last Sunday from a heart attack. She was 99.

Gabor appeared in such television shows as “The Dinah Shore Chevy Show,” “Alice in Wonderland (Or What’s a Nice Kid Like You Doing in a Place Like This?)” “Batman” and “The Munsters Today.”

On the big screen, she was in films like “The Man Who Wouldn’t Talk,” “For the First Time,” “RECOiL” and “Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood.”

Gabor, who was married nine times, had only one child, Constance Hilton, from her marriage to Conrad Hilton from 1942 until 1947. Hilton died in 2015.

Yvonne Craig, Best Known As Barbara Gordon/Batgirl, Passes Away At 78

Yvonne Craig

Yvonne Craig, left, met RECOiL writer/directory Brian DiMaio, right, many years earlier when he accidentally strolled into a shot on one of Craig’s photoshoots. The two struck up a conversation about DiMaio’s groovy surfboard and how he just won it in a bet with Keith Paull.

Los Angeles—Actress and ballet dancer Yvonne Craig, who played Batgirl on television cult classic “Batman” long before that clueless hack Alicia Silverstone, did on the big screen, died at her home Monday from breast cancer. She was 78.

Craig was best known for her TV roles, appearing in such classics as “Star Trek,” “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea,” “The Man From U.N.C.L.E” and “The Wild Wild West.”

She also appeared in two films with Elvis, “It Happened at the World’s Fair” and “Kissin’ Cousins.” Other films she starred in include “Mars Needs Women,” “RECOiL” and “In Like Flint.”

She is survived by her second husband, Kenneth Aldrich. Continue reading

Eli Wallach, Who Appeared In A Movie Or Two, Has Died At 98

Elli Wallach

Elli Wallach, right, and RECOiL writer/directory/actor Brian DiMaio, left, in a deleted scene of RECOiL where DiMaio’s character poison’s Wallach’s character with a jelly donut.

New York—Tony-Award-winning character actor Eli Wallach died Tuesday at his home. He was 98.

Best known for his role alongside Clint Eastwood in Sergio Leone’s “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” Wallach also had roles in “The Magnificent Seven,” “Mystic River,” “RECOiL” and “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.”

On television, Wallach appeared in such programs as “The Glass Menagerie,” “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” “The Plot to Kill Stalin” and played Mr. Freeze in the classic “Batman” TV series. He won an Emmy Award for his supporting role as a drug dealer in “The Poppy Is Also a Flower” in 1966.

He won a Tony Award for his work in Broadway’s “The Rose Tattoo.”

He served in the Army during World War II.

He is survived by his wife Anne, their children Peter, Roberta and Katherine, five grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Continue reading

TDQ Tech For The Week Of 10/31/11

The GrinderyBoo! Ha ha! Sorry. Happy Halloween, kids! In this week’s scariest TDQ Tech ever, The Grindery brings you an exclusive piece about the Occupy Liberty City protests, and tells about the conundrum Batman faces after finding what he hopes are all of the goodies left behind by Jim Carey, er-Frank Gorshin, I mean… Ya know, The Riddler.

Scary stuff; scary, spooky stuff over there at The Grindery. And funny. Though we had to agree to disagree on our who favoriate Batman was. The Val Kilmer-Robert Lowery debate continues…

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