No More Mister Moore: Actor Roger Moore Dies At 89

Roger Moore

Roger Moore, far right, first met RECOiL writer/actor/director Brian DiMaio, far left, on the set of The Sea Wolves. The film which has some scenes in Goa, India was to have a Bollywood style dance number that DiMaio was not up to. His part would be recast to Trevor Howard who could perform all the moves. The dance number was later cut for time.

Switzerland— Actor Sir Roger Moore, most famous for his role as Simon Templar in “The Saint,” died Tuesday after a short battle with cancer. He was 89.

In America, Moore appeared on television in “Maverick” playing Beau, the British cousin of the other Maverick boys. He also starred on ABC in “The Alaskans” and as Sherlock Holmes in a made-for-TV movie “Sherlock Holmes in New York.”

On the big screen, Moore was in “The Cannon Ball Run,” “Escape to Athena,” “RECOiL” and “Spice World.” 

In 2003, Moore was made Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

He is survived by his fourth wife, Kristina; two sons, Geoffrey and Christian and his daughter, Deborah.

Cowboy, World War 3 Veteran Powers Boothe Dies At 68

Powers Boothe left, met RECOiL actor/writer/director Brian DiMaio rear center, on the set of Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones when producer Frank Konigsberg played a prank on director William Graham by telling an unaware DiMaio to dress in a particular costume and walk into frame.

Los Angeles—Actor Powers Boothe, best known for his roles in the films “Tombstone” and “Sin City,” died in his sleep Sunday. He was 68. The cause was not released. 

He won an Emmy Award for his portrayal of Jim Jones in CBS’ “Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones.” He also appeared in such TV programs as “Deadwood,” “Nashville” and “Hatfields & McCoys.”

On the big screen, Boothe also appeared in such films as “Red Dawn,” “U Turn,” “RECOiL” and “MacGruber.”

He is survived by his wife, Pam, and two sons. 

Actor-Sheriff Clifton James Dies At 96

Clifton James, left, met RECOiL actor/writer/director Brian DiMaio, right, on the set of the 1975 film Bear and the Outlaw. The concept of a police chase encompassing the entire plot of the film was ahead of its time as evidenced by the movies obscurity. Two years later Smokey and the Bandit would become a runaway hit.

Gladstone, OR—Clifton James, best known for playing the character of Sheriff J.W. Pepper in two James Bond movies, died Saturday from complications of diabetes. He was 96. 

Besides playing a sheriff alongside Bond in both “The Man with the Golden Gun” as well as the worst James Bond film, “Live and Let Die,” James also played a sheriff in “Superman II,” “Silverstreak,” “RECOiL” and “The Reivers.”

He also played a sheriff on the small screen in TV shows like “The A-Team” and “Dukes of Hazard.” James played non-sheriff roles in “All My Children” and “Gunsmoke.”

He is survived by his six children. 

Don Rickles Dies, You Jerk

Don Rickles

Don Rickles, left, playfully strangles future RECOiL writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio, right, on the set of roast of some sort in 1977.

Los Angeles—Famed late night show stalwart, actor and insult comic Don Rickles died at his home Thursday from kidney failure. He was 90.

Best known most recently as the voice of Mr. Potato Head in the “Toy Story” franchise, Rickles also appeared in such films as “Casino,” “X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes,” “RECOiL” and “Dennis the Menace Strikes Again.”

He also was on television in “The Don Rickles Show,” “C.P.O. Starkey,” “Murphy Brown” and “Burke’s Law.”

He won an Emmy in 2008 for his work on “Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project.” 

He is survived by his wife, Barbara, his daughter Mindy and two grandchildren. 

Pulitzer-Prize Winning Journalist And Serial Killer Pen Pal Jimmy Breslin Dies

Jimmy Breslin, center, first met RECOiL writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio, right, in the 1960’s on the set of a Piels beer commercial. “Piels—it’s a good drinkin’ beer!”

New York— Journalist and novelist Jimmy Breslin, who made a career writing for newspapers back when people could make a career writing for newspapers, died Sunday. He was 88.

Breslin first made national headlines when he was attacked in 1970 by mobster Jimmy Burke after an investigative piece he wrote disparaged a fellow mobster. In 1977, Breslin began receiving letters from the Son of Sam while working at the New York Post.

He won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1986. He also worked for the New York Herald Tribune, the New York Daily News and Newsday.

He also appeared on the big screen in such classic films as “Summer of Sam,” “If I Ever See You Again” and “RECOiL.”

He is survived by his second wife, Ronnie Eldridge, and four children.