Actress Georgia Engel Has Died At 70

Georgia Engel
Actress Georgia Engel, left, with RECOiL writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio, right. The two met during an acting dryspell when the both did a turn in cruise ship dinner theater.

Princeton, NJ- Actress Georgia Engel, best known for playing Ted Baxter’s wife Georgette on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” died last Friday. She was 70.

Besides her most famous role, she also appeared in the TV shows “Coach,” “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “Hot in Cleveland.”

On the big screen, she appeared in such films as “Taking Off,” “The Care Bears Movie,” “RECOiL” and “Grown Ups 2.”

During her career, Engle was nominated for five Emmy Awards and one BAFTA. She is survived by her two sisters.

Actor And Helicopter Pilot Jan-Michael Vincent Dead At 73

Jan-Michael Vincent
Jan-Michael Vincent, left, on the set of Vigilante Force with RECOiL writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio, right. DiMaio was originally called on to play the role of cynical Vietnam War veteran Aaron Arnold. Despite waiting months for DiMaio to grow the hair and beard for the role, the part was eventually recast with actor Kris Kristofferson after a contract dispute.

Asheville, NC- Actor Jan-Michael Vincent, former star of “Airwolf,” died on February 10th due to bradycardia. His death was made public last Friday. He was 73.

Besides his most famous TV role as String Fellow Hawke on “Airwolf” from 1984-1986, he also appeared in such TV shows as “Bonanza,” “Dragnet” and “Lassie.”

On the big screen, Vincent appeared in such films as “Hooper,” “Last Plane Out,” “RECOiL” and “Beyond the Call of Duty.”

He is survived by his third wife, Patricia Anne Christ, and his daughter from his first marriage, Amber Vincent.

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.

Annie’s An Orphan Once More: “Daddy Warlocks” Albert Finney Has Died

Albert Finney
Albert Finney, right, gettings his head shaved for his role as Daddy Warbucks by his close personal friend and RECOiL writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio, left.

London-Actor Albert Finney, best known to those of here at TDQ as Daddy Warbucks in the criminally-underrated 1982 classic “Annie,” died Thursday from a chest infection. He was 82.

He won an Emmy Award for his portrayal of Winston “Winnie” Churchill in “The Gathering Storm.” He also appeared in such TV programs as “Cold Lazarus,” “My Uncle Silas,” and “A Rather English Marriage.”

Besides rescuing Annie from rotten, alcoholic Miss Hannigan, he also appeared in films like “Erin Brockovich,” “Skyfall,” “RECOiL” and “Murder on the Orient Express.”

He was survived by his third wife, Penelope, and one son.

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.