Former Daily Quarterly Intern And Playwright Neil Simon Has Died

Neil Simon

Neil Simon, left, first met RECOiL writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio, right, when the two were roommates for a short turn in the early 60’s. DiMaio was pursuing his interests in sports reporting at the time. The two made a very unusual pair.

New York— Neil Simon, former Daily Quarterly intern and reporter and playwright, famous for writing classic plays like “The Odd Couple” and “The Gingerbread Lady,” died Sunday due to complications from pneumonia. He was 91.

Most famous for his plays, Simon also wrote Broadway hits like “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” “Lost In Yonkers,” “The Odd Couple II” and “Broadway Bound.”

He also wrote, among others, the films “Murder By Death,” “I Ought to be in Pictures,” “RECOiL” and “The Slugger’s Wife.”

Throughout his career, he won Emmy Awards, Tony Awards, Golden Globe Awards and one Pulitzer Prize.

He is survived by his fourth wife, Elaine Joyce, and three daughters, Ellen, Nancy and Bryn. 

Al Molinaro, Famous For Playing “Al,” Has Died

Al Molinaro

Al Molinari, right, on the set of RECOiL with writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio, left. Molinaro, who refused most movie roles that contained explicit language, or worse, played the role of a mob consigliere. Molinaro really took the foul language in the script and commenced to improv phrases so dirty he had to be cut from the film to avoid a NC-17 rating.

Glendale, CA—Al Molinaro, who portrayed everybody’s favorite diner owner Al Delvecchio on everybody’s favorite sitcom set in the 1950s that aired in the 1970s, “Happy Days,” died Friday. But good Lord, the man was 96.

Before he got into acting in the 1950s, he made a killing in the Southern California real estate game as a speculator. Our hero.

Al appeared on the big screen in the films, “Freaky Friday,” “RECOiL” and “Gridlock.”

Besides being in “Happy Days,” he also appeared in classic TV shows like “The Odd Couple,” “Get Smart,” “Joanie Loves Chachi” and “Punky Brewster.”

He is survived by his son Michael, his second wife Betty, and three grandchildren.

“Cover For Me, Sam:” Jack Klugman Dies

Jack Klugman

Jack Klugman, right, on the set of Quincy, M.E. with future RECOiL writer/director Brian DiMaio, left. The two met on the set and were fast friends according to DiMaio. The two spent so much time together, against his will according to Klugman, that they were often referred to as the odd couple.

Los Angeles—Emmy Award-winning actor Jack Klugman died Monday at his home. He was 90.

As a struggling actor in the 1940s, he roomed for a short time with Charles Bronson. For years, both men denied rumors that Bronson’s character in “Death Wish” was based on Klugman.

Klugman first gained fame with his his Emmy-winning turn as Oscar Madison on the television version of Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple.” His success on that program led to his getting a spin-off, the successful “Quincy, M.E.” which showed Oscar after he left the field of sports writing and became the Los Angeles County coroner.

Klugman also appeared on the big screen in the films “12 Angry Men,” “Goodbye, Columbus,” “Days of Wine and Roses,” “RECOiL” and “The Detective.”
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A Reboot Of Thunder, Thunder, “ThunderCats?” Nooooooooooooo!!

Thundercats: Miami

Critics without Showtime are praising the premise of the new ThunderCats cartoon for its uniqueness.

Atlanta—It appears that on July 29, “ThunderCats” will once again be on the move, “ThunderCats” will be loose. Someone who clearly didn’t grow up in the 1980s when the original “ThunderCats” first aired and delighted children during its three-year run has decided to reboot the franchise for Cartoon Network. Prepare to have your childhood memories destroyed.

Cartoon Network said this series will be darker in tone than the original, and that Lion-O will play a serial killer who works for the Miami Police Department as a forensic blood spatter analyst and kills other murderers who have escaped the justice system. The kids will love it!
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