You Take The Good, You Take The Bad, You Take ‘Em Both And There You Have Charlotte Rae Has Died

Charlotte Rae

Charlotte Rae, right, first met RECOiL writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio, left, in the early 1950’s when the two performed as a comedy duo “The Circled Squares.” Their act contained humorous observations about married life and was performed exclusively during the short run of the Standard Oil Variety Hour.

Los Angeles—Actress Charlotte Rae, best known for guiding the diets and young minds of seven, then four, girls as school dietician and later house mom and small business owner Edna Garrett on the classic NBC sitcom “The Facts of Life,” has died. She was 92. 

On the big screen, Rae appeared in such films as “The Tangerine Bear: Home in Time for Christmas,” “Thunder in Paradise,” “RECOiL” and “Hello Down There.”

Besides playing Edna Garrett on both “The Facts of Life” and first on “Diff’rent Strokes,” Rae was also in the television shows “St. Elsewhere,” “The Paul Lynde Show,” “Barney Miller” and “Car 54 Where Are You?”

She is survived by two sons.

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.


Butterfly, Bee Impersonator Muhammad Ali Dies At 74

Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali, right, first met RECOiL writer/director Brian DiMaio, center, when DiMaio was a young sports reporter.

Scottsdale, AZ—Muhammad Ali, who gained worldwide attention for winning the gold medal in boxing in Rome at the 1960 Summer Olympics, died Friday from septic shock after a decades-long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was 74.

Born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. in Louisville, KY in 1942, he made his amateur boxing debut in 1954. After winning the gold medal, Ali changed his name, but largely stayed away from the ring for the rest of his life, save for fighting Superman in 1978, a bout memorialized by DC Comics. Ali won that match by technical knockout.

Ali appeared in such famous films as “Freedom Road,” “RECOiL,” “Requiem for a Heavyweight” and “The Greatest.”

He appeared on the small screen in such TV shows as “Diff’rent Strokes,” “Vega$” and “Touched by an Angel.”

He is survived by his wife, Lonnie and nine children.

“Whatchu Talkin’ ‘Bout, Mr. D?” Conrad Bain Has Died

Conrad Bain

Aspiring actor Brian DiMaio was an original cast member of Diff’rent Strokes. Unfortunately, he was cut from the cast immediately after this promotional photo was taken and never appeared in the pilot and subsequent series.

Livermore, CA-Canadian actor Conrad Bain, best known for his role as Philip Drummond on the 1980s TV show “Diff’rent Strokes,” has died. He was 89.

We can all agree we’d be much better off if we lived our lives how Mr. Bain taught us to. His philosophy can best be summed up thusly:

Now, the world don’t move to the beat of just one drum,
What might be right for you, may not be right for some.
A man is born, he’s a man of means.
Then along come two, they got nothing but their jeans.

But they got, Diff’rent Strokes.
It takes, Diff’rent Strokes.
It takes, Diff’rent Strokes to move the world.

Everybody’s got a special kind of story
Everybody finds a way to shine,

It don’t matter that you got not a lot
So what,
They’ll have theirs, and you’ll have yours, and I’ll have mine.
And together we’ll be fine….

Because it takes, Diff’rent Strokes to move the world.
Yes it does.
It takes, Diff’rent Strokes to move the world.

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No More “Glory Days;” Clarence Clemons Of The E Street Band Dies

Clarence Clemons

Brian DiMaio sits in with Clarence Clemons and the rest of the band on the set of RECOiL.

Clarence Clemons, the saxophone player in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, died Saturday. He was 69.

His death came a week after he suffered a stroke, and was confirmed by a spokeswoman for Springsteen.

Clemons played in The E Street Band since it formed in 1972, complementing Springsteen’s electric guitar and driving rhythms in classics like “Born to Run” and “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out.”
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