Two Monkees Down, Two To Go: Peter Tork Has Died

Peter Tork
Peter Tork, right, seen with Monkees collaborator and RECOiL writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio, left. DiMaio, who is often referred to as “The Fifth Monkee”, was the original Monkees rhythm guitar player before going on to quietly manage the band for a while.

Mansfield, CT-Peter Tork, who played the slow-witted, zany Monkee on TV from 1966 to 1968, died Thursday due to complications from adenoid cystic carcinoma. He was 77.

Born Peter Thorkelson in 1942, Tork joined the Monkees TV show, but was the first to leave the band over creative differences with management in 1968. A proficient musician, would go on to work with numerous other artists and bands before joining a Monkees reunion tour in 1986 with former Monkees mates Peter Dolenz and Davy Jones.

He also appeared on such TV shows as “Boy Meets World,” “7th Heaven” and “The King of Queens.”

He was in such bigscreen fare as “I Filmed Your Death,” “Wonderwall,” “RECOiL” and the classic Monkees film “Head.”

He is survived by his fourth wife, Pamela, and three children, Hallie, Ivan and Erica.

“I Loved The Creativity And Imagination That Acting And Performing Gave To Me:” A TDQ Q&A With Actress And Writer Maitland Ward

Maitland Ward

Maitland Ward has us considering declaring our independence, if you know what we mean! No. Just kidding. We love our wives.

This week, The Daily Quarterly caught up with actress, writer and fashionista Maitland Ward. She spoke to us about her roles on “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “Boy Meets World” as well as her screenplays and how she became a redhead. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with Maitland Ward:

The Daily Quarterly: Who was your favorite actress growing up?

Maitland Ward: Linda Carter. I wanted to be Wonder Woman. I still do.

TDQ: What was your favorite TV show growing up?

MW: “Three’s Company.” I watched reruns religiously. Also, shows like “Family Ties” and “Cosby” were great. I think the family sitcom is sorely lacking today. The ’80s and ’90s had some really great shows. I mean, “Mr. Belvedere!”

Maitland Ward

Rumor has it that Maitland Ward is contracted by the United States government to wear red, white, and blue to invoke feelings of patriotism in the populace.

TDQ: What was your favorite CBS daytime soap growing up?

MW: My mom was a big fan of “As The World Turns” and I would watch it during the summer and on school breaks. I loved Lily (Martha Byrne). She was the teen queen! I nearly died when I met her at a soap function after I started “The Bold and the Beautiful” and she told me she was a huge fan of mine! It’s funny, I was actually home sick the day the first “Bold and Beautiful” aired and got to watch. Who would’ve thought that I would star on it years later!

TDQ: What made you want to be in show business?

MW: I’ve always loved to perform. Since birth. At 4 years old I was organizing the neighbor kids to put on a play of “Star Wars.” Of course I was Leia. My springer spaniel was Chewie. It was epic. I loved the creativity and imagination that acting and performing gave to me. I think that’s why I’ve gravitated to writing now, too. I can create my own characters and worlds. It’s just fun. Like playtime for adults.

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

MW: Go to college. No matter what happens in Hollywood, get your education.  And also, floss. That’s a good one.

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

MW: Don’t worry that black hair dye will come out easy! Funny thing about that is, that’s the reason I originally became a redhead. I was working on a TV movie where they had to dye my hair and after, it wouldn’t come out all the way. It stayed this reddish color. Everyone was like, “hey that looks good on you.” So, I ended up keeping it and 6 months later I got “Boy Meets World.” So maybe not such bad advice.

TDQ: Who are your influences in the entertainment industry?

MW: Kristin Wiig is a genius. Love her style of comedy and everything she’s created for herself. And I just love Christina Hendricks. Not just because she’s a gorgeous redhead, but she’s a gutsy, talented actress. And one of the nicest people I’ve met.

Maitland Ward

This picture of Maitland Ward didn’t originally have a 4th of July theme but our graphics department insisted they could make it work. I think they succeeded.

TDQ: You got your start on the soap opera “The Bold and the Beautiful.” What was the most important thing you learned about show business being on that show?

MW: People on soaps are the hardest working people in the industry! I would have to memorize like 30-40 pages of dialogue a day (and go to school, by the way). Sometimes right on the spot. You have to be on your game at all times. Also, it was a wonderfully safe and loving environment for a young girl like me to start in. Everyone watched out for me and made sure I was protected from a lot of bad things in the industry. Some of my best friends in the world come from that show. It was definitely a special time in my life. I grew up there. They even got me ready for my prom!

TDQ: Now that Disney has begun airing the “Boy Meets World” sequel series “Girl Meets World,” when we can we expect to see you on the show reprising your role of Rachel McGuire?

MW: They’re definitely going to weave old cast back in. At the start they’ll focus on the young kids to establish an audience for the show. Then, it will be fun for BMW fans to see what happened to their favorite characters along the way.

TDQ: What other projects do you have lined up?

MW: I took a self-imposed break from the industry in 2007. I got married, moved to Manhattan, did theatre, went to NYU… It was a great time in my life to explore. I got into writing and when I returned to LA I studied screenwriting at UCLA and now have two completed screenplays (and a third nearly done) that I’m working on packaging. They are female-driven broad comedies. Very “Bridesmaids” style. I wrote characters I would want to play.

TDQ: If you had to choose between starring in a sitcom or a TV drama or only being a movie star, which would you pick?

MW: I love comedy. I’d say either a great sitcom or a funny movie. Hopefully my movie.

TDQ: Where do you see yourself in five years?

MW: Producing films that I’ve written. I’d love to have a female-driven production company where I produce scripts of talented women writers. Having a baby maybe. Just doing what makes me happy and makes me laugh. That’s my favorite thing to do- laugh.

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