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. 

Bigamist, Astronaut, Storm Chasing Treasure Hunter Bill Paxton Dies At 61

Bill Paxton

Bill Paxton, left, fist met RECOiL writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio, right while making the film The Lords of Discipline. Paxton played the part of a haze loving cadet sharing his gift.

Actor Bill Paxton’s family announced he died Saturday from a stroke after suffering complications following heart surgery. He was 61.

Paxton was recently starring in the CBS cop drama “Training Day,” based on the Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke film. It is unclear what will become of that program now that he has passed away.

Paxton also appeared in such films as “Weird Science,” “Titanic,” “Twister,” “RECOiL” and “Apollo 13.”

He won an Emmy Award for his role in “Hatfields & McCoys.” He also was on television in such shows as “Miami Vice,” “Big Love” and “A Bright Shining Lie.”

He is survived by two children, James and Lydia, and his wife Louise Newbury.

No More Turning The World On With Her Smile: Mary Tyler Moore Dies At 80

Mary Tyler Moore

Mary Tyler Moore, left, with Dick Van Dyke, right. acted together on The Dick Van Dyke Show from 1961 to 1966. The two had incredible chemistry and Moore won an Emmy award. Unfortunately show creator Carl Reiner stuck to his promise of a five year run for the series.

Greenwich, CT—Mary Tyler Moore, best known for her groundbreaking single woman with a career 1970s sitcom “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” died from cardiopulmonary arrest due to pneumonia Wednesday. She was 80.

First gaining fame for portraying Dick Van Dyke’s hot wife in “The Dick Van Dyke Show” from 1961 to 1965, Moore also appeared in such TV shows as “Ellen,” “The Ellen Show” and “Hot in Cleveland.” She won one Emmy Award for her performance on “Dick Van Dyke” and two more for her work on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.”

On the big screen, Moore appeared in such films as “X-15,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” “RECOiL” and was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in “Ordinary People.”

She is survived by her third husband, Dr. Robert Levine.

Mary Tyler Moore

Mary Tyler Moore, right, met RECOiL writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio, left, soon after the conclusion of The Dick Van Dyke Show. The two produced a pilot but some said the chemistry wasn’t there. The show was never picked up.