DCS: patricia blair

 And I assure you that if you take one more step you'll be harmed very much indeed.

Teenage Patsy Lou Blake did some modeling in her hometown of Dallas, Texas for the Conover Agency. She was spotted by a scout from Warner Brothers Pictures and, soon young Pasty, now using the more sophisticated-sounding name “Patricia Blair,” was cast in the war drama Jump Into Hell in 1955. She had roles in several more films until she landed a small regular role in the TV western Yancy Derringer starring Jock Mahoney. Patricia played “Goldy,” one of the hostesses at Madame Francine gambling club. Later, Patricia appeared in 22 episodes of the popular Western The Rifleman as feisty hotel owner “Lou Mallory,” a potential love interest for series star Chuck Connors. In her debut episode, she duped a group of local farmers out of their land with insider knowledge of a railroad coming into the town of North Fork. Patricia made guest appearances in several episodic television shows, including Perry Mason, The Bob Cummings Show, The Virginian and Bonanza.

In the early 60s, Patricia planned on moving to New York, when screenwriter Gordon Chase helped her get the female lead in the series Daniel Boone. She starred opposite Fess Parker as “Rebecca Boone,” Daniel’s wife and mother to son Israel and daughter Jemima. When the series ended in 1970, Patricia made a handful of guest shots on various TV dramas and until she bid farewell to her show business career.

In the 70s, she began a lucrative and fulfilling second career producing corporate trade shows in New York and New Jersey. She happily stayed out of the spotlight until her death in 2013 at the age of 80.

But there is another part of the story….

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DCS: inge landgut

Just you wait, it won't be long. The man in black will soon be here. With his cleaver's blade so true. He'll make mincemeat out of YOU!

By the time Inge Landgut was cast by Fritz Lang in the 1931 classic M, she was already known in her native Germany, as “The German Shirley Temple.” Inge played Elsie Beckmann, a victim of child murderer Hans Beckert, as played by Peter Lorre. The film was a hit and Inge continued her career well into adulthood. She, however, took a different show business path and became an in-demand voice-over actress. In addition to works produced in Germany, Inge often was the German voice for American actresses for film’s overseas releases. In her career, she provided the German dialogue for Shelley Winters, Hermione Baddeley, and Lois Maxwell (“Miss Moneypenny” in the James Bond film series). On German television, she voiced Barbara Bel Geddes’ “Miss Ellie” on Dallas and she was the long-time voice of “Wilma Flintstone.”

Inge remained active until her death in West Berlin in 1986 at the age of 63.

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DCS: noel neill

Maybe I will, Lois. Maybe I will.

During World War II, Noel Neill was one of the most popular pin-up models, second only to Betty Grable. She was a regular player at Monogram Pictures, movie studio known for producing low-budget pictures. Noel was featured in “wayward teen” films, as well as Westerns and one of the last Charlie Chan mysteries. She also sang with Bob Crosby’s Orchestra and performed at the Del Mar Turf Club, owned by Bob’s brother Bing.

In 1948, Noel starred as reporter “Lois Lane” opposite Kirk Alyn in a Superman serial. In 1951, the TV series Adventures of Superman debuted with George reeves in the title role and Phyllis Coates taking the role of Lois Lane. When the second season began production, Phyllis Coates had committed to another project, so producers signed Noel to reprise her film role as the spunky Daily Planet reporter. She stayed with the series for its entire six season run. George Reeves’ untimely death canceled the show’s seventh season, although there were tentative plans to continue, focusing on the adventures of Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen.

Unlike her predecessor Coates, Noel embraced the role of Lois Lane and her association with Superman. She appeared in the 1978 big-screen version of Superman, as well as cameos in episodes of Smallville and Lois and Clark. She returned to the big screen in Superman Returns in 2006.

Noel made appearances at the annual Superman Festival in Metropolis, Illinois. She was often asked “Why don’t you know that Clark Kent was Superman, just wearing a pair of those darn eyeglasses?” Her regular reply was: “I don’t want to lose my job!”

Noel died in July 2016 at the age of 95.

 

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DCS: richard bright

Then with a profound and deeply willed desire to believe, to be heard, as she had done every day since the murder of Carlo Rizzi, she said the necessary prayers for the soul of Michael Corleone.

Richard Bright began his career in the 1960s in live television and on the stage. It was during a stage production in San Francisco that the  28 year old actor and his female co-star were arrested for speaking obscenities and simulating sex acts. With guidance and assistance from the ACLU, a charges were dismissed when First Amendment Freedom of speech rights were cited. The case set a precedent for actors’rights.

In the 70s, Richard took roles in a number of popular film, including Panic in Needle Park in 1971 and The Getaway in 1972. He also landed the role for which he is best remembered, Al Neri, the cop turned hit man in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather. His face was the final screen image at the conclusion of The Godfather. Richard was one of only five actors to appear in all three Godfather films.

He was an in-demand character actor thought the 80s and 90s, with parts in Looking for Mr. Goodbar, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, Marathon Man and the big-screen adaptation of the Broadway musical Hair. He also appeared on television on Law & Order, Oz, The Sopranos as well as a recurring role on the soap opera One Life to Live.

On February 18, 2006, Richard was waiting to cross a street in Manhattan’s busy Upper West Side. He was struck and killed by the rear wheel of a turning tour bus. The bus driver was unaware of the accident until he arrived at the Port Authority depot. Although the driver’s operator license was suspended, no criminal charges were filed.

Richard Bright was 68.

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DCS: zurlon tipton

bang bang my baby shot me down

Zurlon Tipton was a running back for Central Michigan University. Although he was not picked in the 2014 NFL Draft, he was signed by the Indianapolis Colts. He was waived in September 2014, but re-signed to the team’s practice squad. He eventually made the active roster and scored his first touchdown in a game against the Dallas Cowboys on a 1-yard pass. He played in the 2014 playoffs, but was waived again in September 2015, but re-signed (again) to the practice squad on September 17, 2015.  On November 26, 2015, Zurlon was again waived. Once again, he was re-signed by the Colts on November 30, only to be waived again one month later.

On Christmas Day 2015, just four days after he was released by the Colts for the last time, Zurlon was arrested and charged with criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon, after firing a single shot from his AR-15 rifle into his girlfriend’s house. He was released on $3,000 bond.

On June 28, 2016, Zurlon was removing a bag containing two guns from his car when he accidentally shot himself in the stomach. He was taken to the hospital in good condition but died soon afterward. He was 26 years old.

 

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