BartCop Entertainment Archives - Friday, 26 June, 2015


26 June, 2015

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Gail Collins: Poking the Republican Pyramid (NY Times)
In Florida, when Jeb Bush was governor, he came up with a plan for biotech corridors that would spawn tens of thousands of jobs, transforming the state just the way Disney World did in the 1970s, except possibly without any pirates. Reuters studied the results and estimated that Florida state and local governments had anted up $1.32 billion and generated 1,365 jobs, or $1 million per new employee.

Paul Krugman: The Persistence of ACA Denialism (NY Times Blog)
Anyway, the latest line I've been hearing is that the decline in uninsurance isn't really about the ACA, it's just the improving economy. Now, the same people who say such things tend to deny that the economy is really improving, too - Obamacare was supposed to be a job killer, so it must be killing jobs. But never mind.

Paul Krugman: Most of the Way with Obamacare (NY Times Blog)
As we wait for King v Burwell - just how far are Republicans on the court willing to destroy the institution's reputation on behalf of their party? - one question I found myself wondering about was how much of its original goal Obamacare has achieved. We know that the number of uninsured has dropped sharply; we also know that there are still a lot of uninsured. So how are we doing?

Jeremy Khan: Krugman Battles the Austerians (Bloomberg)
Check out the illustrations.

Amelia Gentleman: "'He was a victim of welfare reform': the artistic legacy of Mark Wood"(Guardian)
In 2013, 44-year-old Wood starved to death after his benefits were cut. Now, an exhibition of his art, poetry and music has opened to show that those who do not fit neatly into society's rigid systems can still bring positive change.

Pachycephalosaurus: Jurassic World's 'racist' dinosaur (Guardian)
It's pachycephalosaurus, not 'pakisaurus', but that hasn't stopped some people taking offence at the tiny-brained lizard with the thick, scaly head.

Cezary Jan Strusiewicz, Cristian "Smear" Gheorghiu: 5 Reasons Graffiti Art Is Even Crazier Than You Think (Cracked)
Public opinion on graffiti is split. Some say that it's a legitimate form of modern art, while others see it more as elaborate property damage.

Tom Danehy: Tom explains why he doesn't support the $15 an hour wage increase for fast-food workers-except of course, Tom's favorite, Popeye's Chicken (Tucson Weekly)
Only really greedy rich people who believe that there should be no minimum wage whatsoever would try to pull off such a stunt. It's actually quite brilliant in a really sinister way.

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What was the name of this TV series?

      Kolchak: The Night Stalker                                                      Source

Kolchak: The Night Stalker is an American television series that aired on ABC during the 1974-1975 season. It featured a fictional Chicago newspaper reporter-Carl Kolchak, played by Darren McGavin-who investigated mysterious crimes with unlikely causes, particularly those that law enforcement authorities would not follow up. These often involved thesupernatural or even science fiction, including fantastic creatures.

The series was preceded by two television movies, The Night Stalker (1972) and The Night Strangler (1973). Although the series only lasted a single season, it remains popular in syndication. It is often cited as the inspiration for the popular series The X-Files. Following the success of The X-Files, the franchise was resurrected in 2005 in a second television serieswith a new cast and characters, as well as subsequent in novels and comic books.

Though Kolchak was short-lived as a series, its impact on popular culture has been substantial In particular the series has been described as a predecessor to The X-Files (1993-2002). The X-Files creator, Chris Carter, has acknowledged that the show had influenced him greatly in his own work. In one interview when mentioned that the majority of the viewing public considered the success of The X-Files series as being inspired by other such past shows such as The Twilight Zone or The Outer Limits, Carter mentions that while those shows were indeed an influence on Files, it was only about ten-percent, with another thirty-percent coming from the Kolchak series, with the rest derived as being based upon original 'pure inspiration'. Carter paid tribute to Kolchak in a number of ways in the show. A character named "Richard Matheson", named for the screenwriter of the pilot films, appeared in several episodes. Carter also wanted McGavin to appear as Kolchak in one or more episodes of The X-Files, but McGavin was unwilling to reprise the character for the show. He did eventually appear in several episodes as Arthur Dales, a retired FBI agent described as the "father of the X-Files".        Source

Randall was first, and correct, with:
   I think the MOVIE was called "The Night Stalker"

  and the TV series was called "Kolchak: The Night Stalker"

  both starred Darren McGavin

  who was PERFECT as Kolchak.
  I was a big fan - but I think the writers kind of ran out of ideas after a while.
  The original idea - "this nut thinks he's a vampire!"
  ...turns out - he really IS a vampire!
  ...was a terrific plot and a fun idea for a TV movie, but...
  I mean - how many different ways can you write the same story, right?

Alan J wrote:
   Kolchak: The Night Stalker.

mj said:
   One of my all time favorites
  A supernatural anthology loosely tied around the exploits of Darren McGavin's Karl Kolchak. The Night Stalker.

Lois Of Oregon replied:
   That is the beautiful and talented Darren McGavin starring in the wonderful but short lived "Night Stalker" series, to which "X Files" owes so much.
  Spent WAY too much time watching Shane Dawson Videos on You Tube tonight. I may have created a monster with this new internet connection! Oh well, might as well have as much fun as I can, what with planet X about to smash into the earth shortly, and temps in the triple figures expected to start tomorrow.

Adam answered:
   Damn, that was just on the tip of my tongue, and took a deep Google search-
  Kolchak-The Night Stalker.

John I from Hawai'i says,
   "Kolchak, the night stalker"

Kevin K in Washington, DC responded:
   It was "Kolchak: The Night Stalker", or just "Night Stalker" for short.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
   Kolchak, the night stalker

Michelle answered:
   "Kolchak, The Night Stalker"

Ding Dong Daddy Dale of Passion Springs of Diamonds, Norcali responded:
   "Kolchak: The Night Stalker" was the program and "A Christmas Story" is the picture show that hurls Darren McGavin into Dale's Hall of Distinction and Notoriety. Two of the unparalleled classical role representations of Amerikana Erectus.

  Just hit 100°~Trying to stay cool, Fuckin A, I yam always chill
  On a Heater Dale of DS, Norhotcali

MAM   , wrote:
   "Kolchak: The Night Stalker" ~ Aired on ABC during the 1974-1975 season. It featured a fictional Chicago newspaper reporter-Carl Kolchak, played by Darren McGavin as he encounters nightmarish monsters in the shape of vampires, werewolves, aliens and demons, all of which are real and alive - or undead - and causing mayhem and murder in 1970s America.

DJ Useo replied:
   Kolchak: The Night Stalker is the correct answer.
  I'd like to see a modern version of this classic show.
  One in which Kolchak hunts down corrupt politicians who vote for traitorous trade deals.
  I've got a pretty good idea what Bartcop would've said about it.

Joe S     said:
   Kolchak, The Night Stalker. I remember it well. I loved it, Carla hated it. I didn't get to watch it as much as I would have liked. I tried to convince Carla the series was based on true stories, she didn't buy it.

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Tonight, Friday:

CBS begins the night with a FRESH 'The Briefcase', followed by a RERUN 'Hawaii Five-0', then a RERUN 'Blue Bloods'.
The programming geniuses at CBS are filling Dave's hour with reruns of 'Elementary'.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE (from 5/20/15) are Halle Berry and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

NBC starts the night with a RERUN 'America's Got Talent', followed by 'Dateline'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Benicio Del Toro, Taylor Kitsch, and Penn & Teller.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 6/17/15) are Mindy Kaling, Adam Scott, Tove Lo, and Chad Smith.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 5/12/15) are Flula Borg, Borns, and Ori Menashe.

ABC opens the night with a RERUN 'Shark Tank', followed by 'What Would You Do?', then '20/20'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 6/18/15) are Jack Black, Jeffrey Tambor, and Fifth Harmony featuring Kid Ink.

The CW fills the night with 'The Last Ship'.

Faux fills the night with LIVE 'MLB Baseball', then pads the left coast with local crap.

MY all old 'Criminal Minds' all night.

A&E has all old 'Criminal Minds' all night.

AMC offers the movie 'Annie', followed by the movie 'Madeline', then the movie 'Annie'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    Cash in the Attic - Season 18 - Ep 39 - Andrews NEW
 [7:00AM]    Cash in the Attic - Season 18 - Ep 40 - Griffith NEW
 [8:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares UK - Season 3 - Ep 2 - The Fenwick Arms
 [9:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 5 - Ep 15 - Zocalo
 [10:00AM]    Atlantis - Season 2 - Ep 4 - The Marriage of Two Minds
 [11:00AM]    Atlantis - Season 2 - Ep 5 - The Day Of The Dead
 [12:00PM]    Atlantis - Season 2 - Ep 6 - The Grey Sisters
 [1:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 7 - Unification (Part 1)
 [2:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 8 - Unification (Part 2)
 [3:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 9 - A Matter of Time
 [4:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 10 - New Ground
 [5:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 11 - Hero Worship
 [6:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 12 - Violations
 [7:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 13 - The Masterpiece Society
 [8:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 14 - Conundrum
 [9:00PM]    The Professional
 [11:30PM]    The Professional
 [2:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 9 - A Matter of Time
 [3:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 10 - New Ground
 [4:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 11 - Hero Worship
 [5:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 12 - Violations    (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has the movie 'Hitch', followed by 5+ hours of 'TBA' (To Be Announced).

Comedy Central has 'Workaholics', another 'Workaholics', 'Key & Peele', another 'Key & Peele', 'Futurama', another 'Futurama', 'South Park', and another 'South Park'.

FX has the movie 'Ted', followed by the movie 'Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl'.

History has 'Ancient Aliens', another 'Ancient Aliens', followed by a FRESH 'Ancient Aliens: The Ultimate Evidence', then a FRESH 'Hangar 1: The UFO Files'.

IFC  -   
 [8:30AM]    STARSKY & HUTCH
 [3:30PM]    STARSKY & HUTCH
 [11:15PM]    TRANSPORTER 3

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    Waking Ned Devine
 [8:00AM]    Midnight Run
 [10:45AM]    The Graduate
 [1:00PM]    Love Actually
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-Censure
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-Kids
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-Armed Forces
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-For Love or Money
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-Soldier of Fortune
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-Possession
 [10:00PM]    Law & Order-Formerly Famous
 [11:00PM]    Law & Order-Myth of Fingerprints
 [12:00AM]    Law & Order-The Fire This Time
 [1:00AM]    Law & Order-Hubris
 [2:00AM]    Eden Lake
 [4:00AM]    Chloe    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'Babylon AD', followed by a FRESH 'Defiance', then a FRESH 'Killjoys', followed by a FRESH 'Dark Matter'.

 [6:00 AM]      The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
 [8:00 AM]      They Won't Believe Me (1947)
 [9:45 AM]      Woman On The Beach, The (1947)
 [11:00 AM]      Lady in the Lake (1947)
 [1:00 PM]      Out of the Past (1947)
 [2:45 PM]      Possessed (1947)
 [4:45 PM]      Act Of Violence (1948)
 [6:30 PM]      The Set-Up (1949)
 [8:00 PM]      The Mask Of Dimitrios (1944)
 [9:45 PM]      Berlin Express (1948)
 [11:30 PM]      The Stranger (1946)
 [1:15 AM]      The Third Man (1949)
 [3:00 AM]      Point Blank (1967)
 [4:45 AM]      The Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Story (1950)     (ALL TIMES EST)

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 [6:00 AM]      Mission To Moscow (1943)
 [8:15 AM]      The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (1954)
 [10:00 AM]      Batman and Robin: Batman Takes Over (1949)
 [10:30 AM]      Safari Drums (1953)
 [12:00 PM]      The Man in the Iron Mask (1939)
 [2:00 PM]      Judgment At Nuremberg (1961)
 [5:15 PM]      Bound For Glory (1976)
 [8:00 PM]      The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)
 [10:00 PM]      The Moon and Sixpence (1942)
 [11:45 PM]      Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951)
 [2:00 AM]      Twice Upon A Time (1983)
 [3:15 AM]      Zotz! (1962)
 [4:45 AM]      A Day in the Death of Donny B. (1969)
 [4:45 AM]      Age 13 (1955)
 [4:45 AM]      Gang Boy (1959)     (ALL TIMES EST)

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Seth MacFarlane attends the world premiere of "Ted 2" at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Wednesday, June 24, 2015, in New York.
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Univision Dropping

Miss USA

A Univision network is dropping the Miss USA pageant and the company says it will cut all business ties with Donald Trump (R-Hell Toupee) in a spiraling controversy over comments the Republican presidential candidate made recently about Mexican immigrants.

Univision said Thursday it would pull the plug on its Spanish-language coverage of the pageant July 12 by its UniMas network. It also has severed its business relationship with the Miss Universe Organization, which produces the Miss USA pageant, due to what it called "insulting remarks about Mexican immigrants" by Trump, a part owner of Miss Universe.

During his presidential campaign kickoff speech last week, Trump portrayed immigrants from Mexico as "bringing drugs, they're bringing crime, they're rapists, and some, I assume, are good people." He also called for building a wall along the southern border of the U.S. The remarks drew condemnation from the Mexican government as "biased and absurd."

NBC is scheduled to go forward with its own pageant coverage, as it has done since 2003. But in a statement Thursday, the network sought to separate itself from Trump's remarks.

Miss USA


Ron Jeremy attends the world premiere of "Unity"at the DGA Theater on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 in Los Angeles.
Photo by Paul A. Heber


Poll Highlights

Race Dilemma

Republican presidential contenders face a dilemma when talking about racial issues after last week's racially motivated murders at a South Carolina church, as a new poll shows many Republican primary voters are less likely to see the topic as important.

While more than three-quarters of Americans believe race relations must be addressed in the United States, a smaller majority of only about 65 percent of likely Republican primary voters agree, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll found.

One-third of likely Republican primary voters see race relations as unimportant to some degree, compared to only 9 percent of likely Democratic voters who feel that way.

The findings illustrate the Republican Party's challenge in trying to expand its appeal among minorities - crucial if the party is to win the presidency - and could help explain the largely muted response to the Charleston shootings by the party's 2016 presidential contenders.

Race Dilemma


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Sparks Twitter War With Neil Young

Donald T-rump

First Neil Young took Donald Trump to task for using one of his hits without permission during his campaign announcement, and now the presidential candidate is fighting back, attacking both the Canadian's songwriting skills and his integrity.

"@Neilyoung's song, "Rockin' In The Free World" was just one of 10 songs used as background music. Didn't love it anyway," Trump tweeted on Wednesday.

He also posted a photo of himself shaking hands with Young, with the scathing caption: "For the nonbeliever, here is a photo of @Neilyoung in my office and his $$ request - total hypocrite."

The standoff between the pair began with Young's outrage over Trump's unauthorized use of his 1989 anthem. "Donald Trump was not authorized to use 'Rockin' In The Free World' in his presidential candidacy announcement," Young's management company told TheWrap in a statement earlier this month.

Donald T-rump


U.S actor Jack Black performs a kick at a photocall for Kung Fu Panda 3 at a central London location, Thursday, June 25, 2015.
Photo by Jonathan Short


Evading Restitution

US Museums

U.S. museums are increasingly evading the restitution of Nazi-looted art by using legal tactics to avoid resolving the cases on their merits, according to a report by the World Jewish Restitution Organization released Thursday.

The tactic is a trend that has grown in recent years, it said.

The technical defence approach by museums also likely is a deterrent to claimants coming forward because they face an expensive and protracted legal struggle, according to the report.

It cites five museum cases in which the courts sided with the institutions, which won their cases resorting to legal technicalities such as statute of limitations. A sixth case involving a disputed Camille Pissarro painting donated to the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma in 2000 is pending.

The report also shows that other countries have taken a different approach to settling claims of stolen Nazi-era art, establishing tribunals or special venues where these issues can be heard based on the merits, not on technical grounds.

US Museums


Wake-up Call


Website Wins Lawsuit


A federal judge has ordered the FBI to turn over evidence related to professional wrestler Hulk Hogan's sex tape.

Gawker sued the FBI after it refused a Freedom of Information Act request for the evidence, which could find its way into Hogan's invasion of privacy suit against the gossip site.

Hogan sued Gawker after it published parts of the sex tape in 2012.

According to documents, Hogan's lawyer contacted the FBI. The U.S. attorney's office decided not to prosecute anyone, but the FBI accumulated lots of evidence related to the tape.

In 2013, Gawker filed a FOIA request with the FBI for the evidence and planned to use it in its defence against Hogan.



David LaChapelle, left, and Pamela Anderson attend the world premiere of "Unity" at the DGA Theater on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 in Los Angeles.
Photo by Paul A. Hebert


Jury Finds Fraud

'Gay Conversion' Therapy

A nonprofit organization that claimed it could turn gay men straight violated New Jersey's Consumer Fraud Act, a jury concluded Thursday in a civil trial that an attorney for the plaintiffs called "a momentous event" for LGBT rights.

The jury said that Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing, co-founder Arthur Goldberg and counselor Alan Downing made misrepresentations and engaged in unconscionable business practices.

Three men and two parents were awarded about $72,000 in damages. The judge will rule later on their request to revoke the company's license, plaintiffs' attorneys said.

Attorneys for the plaintiffs argued during the trial that the group, known by the acronym JONAH, claimed a success rate that wasn't backed up by actual statistics and used therapy methods that had no scientific basis, including having one client beat a pillow, meant to represent his mother, with a tennis racket.

But Goldberg acknowledged during cross-examination that the group claimed a "success" rate of 65 to 75 percent to turn gay men to straight even though it didn't keep its own statistics and relied on anecdotal evidence from counselors.

'Gay Conversion' Therapy


The life-size wax figure of Edith Piaf stands during its presentation at the entrance of the Olympia music hall in Paris, France, Thursday, June 25, 2015. The Grevin Museum was founded in 1882 and is one of the oldest wax museums in Europe.
Photo by Kamil Zihnioglu


Sentenced To Jail

Dustin Diamond

Dustin Diamond, who played the nerdy Screech in the early 1990s U.S. television sitcom "Saved by the Bell," was sentenced on Thursday to four months in jail for a Christmas night barroom stabbing in a Milwaukee suburb.

Jurors convicted Diamond, 38, on May 29 of carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct in the incident in which he was accused of stabbing a man with a switchblade knife. He was acquitted of a charge of felony recklessly endangering public safety.

Diamond's fiancée, Amanda Schutz, 27, was accused of pushing a woman who was harassing her and Diamond on Christmas night at the Grand Avenue Saloon in Port Washington, Wisconsin, north of Milwaukee.

Police said Diamond stabbed a man with a switchblade knife during the ensuing fight, causing a non-life-threatening wound. Diamond said he pulled the knife to defend himself and Schutz.

District Attorney Adam Gerol said that the Diamond and his girlfriend instigated the fight, which was a "mere dust-up" before Diamond pulled out the switchblade.

Dustin Diamond


An Indian worker dries vermicelli, used to make a traditional sweet dish popular during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, in Hyderabad, India, Thursday, June 25, 2015. Muslims throughout the world are marking the month of Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar during which devotees fast from dawn till dusk.
Photo by Mahesh Kumar A.


Widespread Drought


The worst drought in five years is creeping across the Caribbean, prompting officials around the region to brace for a bone dry summer.

From Puerto Rico to Cuba to the eastern Caribbean island of St. Lucia, crops are withering, reservoirs are drying up and cattle are dying while forecasters worry that the situation could only grow worse in the coming months.

Thanks to El Nino, a warming of the tropical Pacific that affects global weather, forecasters expect the hurricane season that began in June to be quieter than normal, with a shorter period of rains. That means less water to help refill Puerto Rico's thirsty Carraizo and La Plata reservoirs as well as the La Plata river in the central island community of Naranjito. A tropical disturbance that hit the U.S. territory on Monday did not fill up those reservoirs as officials had anticipated.

The Caribbean isn't the only area in the Western Hemisphere dealing with extreme water shortages. Brazil has been struggling with its own severe drought that has drained reservoirs serving the metropolis of Sao Paulo.



Dancers of the Friedrichstadt-Palast from the show "THE WYLD" pose during a promotional photocall in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, June 25, 2015. The 10.6 million euro ($13.5 million) show is the largest production budget in the 95-year history of Friedrichstadt-Palast.
Photo by Hannibal Hanschke


Another Abstinence Campaign In Her Future?

Bristol Palin

Bristol Palin, who launched an abstinence campaign after giving birth as an unwed teenage mother, announced Thursday she is pregnant with her second child out-of-wedlock.

The disclosure came a month after her wedding with Medal of Honor winner Dakota Meyer was called off.

Palin, the daughter of 2008 Republican vice-presidential candidate and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, directed Twitter followers and Facebook friends to her blog, where she announced the pregnancy. Her representative, David Martin, and Palin family lawyer John Tiemessen confirmed the blog post.

"I know this has been, and will be, a huge disappointment to my family, to my close friends, and to many of you," the 24-year-old Palin wrote, before asking for privacy for her and her son Tripp.

"I do not want any lectures and I do not want any sympathy," she said.

Bristol Palin



In Memory

Patrick Macnee

Patrick Macnee, the British-born actor best known as dapper secret agent John Steed in the long-running 1960s TV series "The Avengers," has died. He was 93.

Macnee died Thursday of natural causes with his family at his bedside in Rancho Mirage, his son Rupert said in a statement.

The clever spy drama, which began in 1961 in Britain, debuted in the United States in 1966. It ran for eight seasons and continued in syndication for decades afterward.

Macnee's character appeared in all but two episodes, accompanied by a string of beautiful women who were his sidekicks. The most popular was likely Diana Rigg, who played sexy junior agent Emma Peel from 1965 to 1968. Honor Blackman played Catherine Gale from 1962 to 1964, and Linda Thorson was Tara King from 1968 to 1969.

Daniel Patrick Macnee was born Feb. 6, 1922, in London to a pair of eccentrics, and he also attended Eton, although he claimed to have been thrown out for dealing in horse-race bets and pornography. He also served in the military during World War II, captaining torpedo boats that sought to destroy German U-boats in French waters.

Before he left Eton, Macnee had discovered acting. He apprenticed in the British theater, toured in provincial theaters and made his film debut as an extra in the 1938 film "Pygmalion."

At 19, he married Barbara Douglas, and they had two children, Rupert and Jenny.

After the war, Macnee graduated from drama school, but he had trouble finding work, moving to Canada at one point to hunt for acting jobs.

He married actress Kate Woodville in 1965, but they divorced in 1969. His final marriage was to Baba Majos de Nagyzsenye in 1988.

Macnee became an American citizen in 1959 and moved to Palm Springs in 1967, saying the dry desert air benefited his daughter, who suffered from asthma.

Among his films: "Hamlet" (starring Laurence Olivier), "A Christmas Carol," ''Until They Sail," ''Les Girls," ''Young Doctors in Love," ''Sweet 16" and "This Is Spinal Tap." He had a memorable comic turn in the latter film as British entrepreneur Sir Denis Eton-Hogg.

Before "The Avengers," he had appeared in such TV shows as "Twilight Zone," ''Rawhide" and "Playhouse 90," among many others.

But it was "The Avengers" that provided a permanent living for Macnee. He owned 2.5 percent of the profits, and the series continued to play worldwide into the 21st century.

Patrick Macnee



The L'Hermione fires a cannon during a tall ships parade up the Delaware River between Camden, N.J. and Philadelphia, Thursday, June 25, 2015. A tall ship festival is scheduled to be open to the public through Sunday June 28. Organizers say the event on both sides of the river will allow people a close-up view of famed ships such as the French vessel L'Hermione, Brazilian vessel Cisne Branco, Canadian Barque Picton Castle, and Philadelphia's own Gazela.
Photo by Matt Slocum



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