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|Also Known As:||Died:||January 17, 2003|
|Born:||November 30, 1926||Cause of Death:||pancreatic cancer|
|Birth Place:||Los Angeles, California, USA||Profession:||Cast ...|
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A feisty senior citizen (Harold Gould) who refuses to abide by the rules in a stodgy retirement home leads a revolt against the dour head of the house (Tyne Daly). Originally, this one was called "Never Too Young," and its title song was sung by an uncredited Fred Astaire. Then it was retitled "Darn
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Based on the true story of Gisella Perl, a Hungarian-Jewish gynecologist sent to Auschwitz and forced to participate in medical experiments for Nazi doctor Josef Mengele during World War II. The story begins in America, after the war, as she is interviewed by the INS to gain citizenship and to hopef
Mike Lewis is an awkward, misanthropic 16-year-old who tunes out his parents and his problems by turning up the volume of his headphones or by zoning out in front of his computer. Outside his bedroom door, his parents are arguing again. Sandy and Ron need some time together to repair their strained
Television movie about the 1981 attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan and the backstage battle for control of the White House in his absence. The story focuses on the attempts of Reagan's cabinet members to control the press, the Soviets and each other in the chaotic 24 hours after the
Television movie based on the series "Murder, She Wrote," which was broadcast on CBS from 1986 - 1996. While Jessica Fletcher is giving a lecture at a writers' conference, another guest lecturer -- Yuri Malenkovich, the author of a non-fiction book about the KGB -- is murdered.<P>While at the writer
Superstar violinist Ryan Harrison, "The Lord of the Violin" is at the height of his career when he enters into a brief but sizzling affair with wealthy socialite Lauren Goodhue. following a tryst with her, Harrison stumbles upon the body of Lauren''s recently murdered, very wealthy portable tycoon-husband, Hibbing Goodhue. Fleeing the murder scene is a one-armed, one-legged, one-eyed killer, who briefly tussles with Ryan. The hapless Harrison is soon arrested, wrongfully accused, found guilty and sentenced to death. A fortunate bus/train accident accidentally frees the fugitive, who sets out to catch the killer and clear his name, all the while evading capture by the determined U.S. Marshal Fergus Falls.
Isaiah returns to his family after an abrupt departure seven years earlier. Although his mother and brother welcome him, his father and former girlfriend Susan are not as forgiving. Isaiah learns that he has a son by Susan and that his mother is dying of cancer. His mother's final request to die pea
A woman, who is determined to prove her father innocent of the murder of her mother, discovers hidden family secrets. Inspired by actual events.
Adaptation of Jules Verne's novel "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea." A young scientist escapes his overbearing father by setting sail in search of the cause of some recent ship sinkings. His crew is attacked by what appears to be a giant beast, but it turns out to be a submarine, the Nautilus, with Cap
Drama about parents whose persistent search for their daughter after she is car-jacked and kidnapped saves her life. Inspired by actual events.
David Corelli is an ambitious assistant district attorney in San Francisco. While attending a black tie affair as the guest of his college friends Matt Gavin, a prominent lawyer, and his wife Trina Gavin, a clinical psychologist, David is called to the scene of a murder: the San Francisco home of a
The daughter of a wealthy family's chauffeur leaves for Paris an ordinary girl, but returns a beautiful woman, much to the delight of the wealthy family's two sons.
A sexy young woman from the wrong side of the tracks brings excitement and romance into the life of a crippled man. When his disapproving, wealthy grandfather threatens to cut him off, however, decisions lead to murder. Based on a true story.
One of a series of television movies depicting the exploits of police detective Frank Janek. Janek attempts to solve the murders of six people living in a Manhattan apartment building owned by a famous Broadway producer/director.
A street-wise detective becomes the prime suspect in his friend's murder.
One of a series of television movies depicting the exploits of police detective Frank Janek. Janek tries to find a serial killer who glues his victims' eyes and mouths shut and leaves flowers beside the corpses.
Based on the true story of Gregory Kingsley, a 12-year-old boy who successfully sued to divorce himself from his biological parents.
One of a series of television movies depicting the exploits of police detective Frank Janek. A series of murders by lethal injection occur in New York's Grand Central Station.
Married cattle ranchers struggle to keep their marriage afloat after a power company offers to buy their land.
A television movie sequel. Detective Frank Janek and his Internal Affairs squad clash with a special task force while investigating a grissly mass murder in which a victim is one of Janek's former partners, a once highly regarded officer now suspected of unlawful activities.
A television movie sequel to the CBS miniseries "Doubletake" and "Internal Affairs." Richard Crenna reprises his role as Lieutenant Frank Janek, the skilled New York City detective who leads an investigation into the death of a recently-appointed black Police Commissioner and another similar murder
A television movie based on a true story. A group of Americans risk their lives to take 500 Vietnamese civilians to safety aboard the last commercial flight out of Saigon at the end of the Vietnam War in 1975.
Toward the end of a 90-day shift, a small deep-sea mining crew excavating silver and other precious metals 16,000 feet underwater stumbles upon Leviathan, a scuttled Russian ship. They bring back a watertight safe and open, unknowingly letting loose a Pandora''s box of mutant genes. The crew members subsequently get killed off one by one, begging the question, will anyone survive?
A movie, based on the non-fiction book "Two of a Kind: The Hillside Stranglers," about the police investigation that led to the arrest and conviction of Kenneth Bianchi and his cousin, Angelo Buono, who murdered ten young women near Los Angeles between October 1977 and February 1978. The story is to
Two people find a million dollars in cash and try to live it up while dodging a gang of thugs in hot pursuit. Sylvia and Bert both work for the same stingy boss. When he dies suddenly at the office, leaving a million dollars in untraceable bills, they agree to divide the loot and go their separate w
Unfolding at a Buddhist monastery in Thailand, the story revolves around Rambo going to the aid of his friend Colonel Trautman who asks his assistance with a dangerous mission.
A television movie about a mother who starts a crusade to re-educate the community to the truth about kids, like her own, who have Down's Syndrome, a cause of mental retardation. One of the writers, Emily Perl Kingsley, is the mother of a Down's Syndome child, and the film is based on her story.
An adaptation for television of Neil Simon's comedy about three different couples who occupy the same suite in New York's Plaza Hotel. Carol Burnett portrays the female lead in all three segments of the play, each of whom spars in her own distinctively humorous way with one of a trio of wayward men.
A sequel to the 1973-77 NBC series "Police Story." The film involves the personal and professional lives of a group of metropolitan police detectives in pursuit of a serial killer terrorizing a large city.
The history of the Directors Guild of America is recounted. Begun in the years when people in the United States were fighting for unions, the guild was initially not recognized by the movie studios. The organization was started by twelve men and evolved fairly peacefully until 1950 when president Jo
The sordid true tale of a Tufts University professor who becomes obsessed with a prostitute and is driven to murder, as recounted in Russell M. Glitman's book, is enacted by Richard Crenna, at the head of a lengthy Canadian cast. Tufts officials doubtless were unnerved to discover that in this rathe
A television movie based on the true story of a lawyer's three-year legal investigation into the shooting death of a hospital worker by police officers. The drama explores the issue of when does a police force cross the boundary and violate an individual's civil rights.
Rambo is pulled from a federal prison to lead a mission into Vietnam to rescue surviving POW's from the Vietnam War.
A working-class guy saves up the money and hauls his family to Florida for a vacation in a rented house, but once there things don''t go as planned.
Richard Crenna won the Emmy Award as Outstanding Actor for his performance as a macho police officer forced to reexamine his own cynical attitute toward sexually assaulted women when he himself is raped by a pair of burly cop-haters. Co-star Meredith Baxter had a relatively small role as a rape coun
In the early 60s a Brooklyn teenager gets a job waiting on the rich and the "shady" rich at a nearby beach club and comes of age in the process.
What happens when a wealthy businessman, torn between his loving wife and his spirited young mistress (and with children by both), drops dead, forcing the two women ultimately to confront one another is the thrust of this romantic triangle drama.
A soft-spoken Vietnam vet drifts into a small town looking for no trouble, but finds it in the form of a psychotic local sheriff who finds pleasure in hating him for no reason. After being locked up in the local jail, he escapes into the nearby forest where he becomes a one-man army bent on revenge
Chronicling various personal stories surrounding the 1929 stock market crash, this adaptation of the best-seller by Gordon Thomas and Max Morgan-Witts had a curious TV history. Originally announced in 1978 as a four-hour movie to be called "The Day America Died", with a stellar cast of TV personalit
The landmark court battle waged by a real-life quadriplegic for the custody of his children is recounted in this drama. Ray Sharkey is Carney, who was injured in an accident during weekend maneuvers with the Army Reserve, and Richard Crenna his attorney, Mason Rose, himself a pariplegic. Curiously,
A femme fatale seduces a Florida lawyer and convinces him to kill her husband.
Undercover Justice Department agent Richard Crenna fingers syndicate czar Mel Ferrer and is forced into the government's witness protection program to escape mob vengeance when Ferrer's successor, Don Murray, puts out a contract on his life. Eli Wallach is a vintner who takes in Murray and his famil
A recounting of the ordeals and conflicts faced by the Mayflower's crew and passengers, with Anthony Hopkins and Richard Crenna representing the opposing outlooks. Originally titled "The Voyage of the Mayflower," it covers much of the same ground as the 1952 theatrical movie, "Plymouth Adventure," w
A teenage girl (Hank) tries to save a herd of wild horses from a local gang intending on capturing and selling them for dogmeat. Unfortunately the nearest Federal land where the horses will be safe lies one hundred and fifty miles away, over badlands and a mountain range. Based on the novel "The Wild Horse Killers".
A chiller involving a suburban family which falls under the spell of a dog imbued with the spirit of the devil.
A fiery comet is hurtling toward Phoenix, Arizona, and an astronomer''s desperate warnings fall on deaf ears among city officials in this lengthy disaster tale highlighted by some striking special effects and miniature work. Publicity releases for this movie insisted that a record (for a TV film) 5,700 extras were used in the exodus sequences and that the miniature work was the most extensive ever created for television. Emmy Award nominations went to this film for Special Effects and Sound Editing.
A dramatization of the true story of NBC news correspondent Betty Rollin and her experience with a mastectomy that shook her emotions, her marriage and her outlook on life. Fredric March's widow, Florence Eldridge, made a rare acting appearance as Rollin's mother in one of the only jobs she has ever
Richard Crenna fra First Blood har hovedrollen i denne grøsseren fra 1978. Et gammelt "kråkeslott" har stått tomt i mange år, og ingen i distriktet så mye som tør å nærme seg det. Uvitende om husets rykte leier Crenna og hans kone huset for sommeren. Sammen med noen venner begynner de å sette huset i stand igjen, men de får bittert erfare hvilke krefter som hersker der. Når fellen slår igjen og huset nådeløst fanger sine inntrengere, er det som om alle er utlevert til de onde kreftene som hersker i natten.
A small-town college professor's wife discovers that he is having an affair with one of his students, and he is forced to resolve a crisis in his once orderly life. Barbara Turner's adaptation of Alison Lurie's book won her an Emmy Award nomination.
A U.S. Marshall tries to bring in a captured outlaw during a treacherous train ride.
A drama about an abandoned young girl, raised in the hill country of Indiana by an eccentric bootlegging old crone, who becomes the ward of a childless couple.
A thriller involving a murder witness who, unable to convince police that the killer is in the apartment across the courtyard from his, realizes that he is the sniper's next target.
Loosely based on the Clark Gable/Lana Turner/Claire Trevor 1941 movie (at least the character names of the principals match), this light-hearted Western follows the exploits of two hapless con-men operating in the boom towns of the Old West.
Jonathan is sick and tired of the boring life in his sea-gull clan. He rather experiments with new, always more daring flying techniques. Since he doesn't fit in, the elders expel him from the clan. So he sets out to discover the world beyond the horizon in quest for wisdom.
This lean western with overtones of "High Noon" finds a small-town banker pitted against a vicious gang who will stop at nothing to steal the $200,000 in his vault.
A TV remake of Billy Wilder's film classic (1944) about a scheming wife who inveigles an insurance agent into helping her bump off her husband and of the dogged investigator, the agent's boss, who stalks them after deciding that the man's death was not accidental.
A bank robbery in small town ends with one of the robbers being wounded.
A win-or-else coach, hired to whip a small college football team into shape, finds himself in trouble with professional gamblers who plan to set the odds of the squad's success.
A young soldier's resilience is tested and his loyalties divided when he joins the French Foreign Legion during the Algerian uprising against France.
A suave professional burglar wants to break with his criminal past but is forced to pull one last job to make good on a gambling debt. Winner of the 1971 Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America as the Best TV Suspense Film, and nominated for an Emmy as Best Written Original Drama of 1971.
An outlaw tries to avoid both his friend, the marshal, and a sadistic bounty hunter in order to hijack a mule train loaded with two million dollars in gold. Based on the novel by Louis L''Armour.
Dyan Cannon, Richard Crenna, Gene Hackman, Carroll O''Connor, Rachel Roberts, Janice Rule, Diana Sands, Cara Williams, Richard Anderson, Ralph Bellamy, John Colicos, Scott Brady. Frank G. Slaughter''s best selling novel of infidelity in the hospital ward becomes an enjoyably lurid soap opera sparked by the performances of Cara Williams as an alcoholic, Janice Rule as a drug-addicted housewife, and Dyan Cannon as a sexually voracious maneater
Bitter over his wife's death due to what he believes was army negligence, Capt. Viktor Kaleb deserts the cavalry and disappears into the southwestern wasteland. But when marauding Apaches set up a stronghold just out of the cavalry's reach in Mexico, Kaleb is given amnesty in exchange for leading a small band of especially trained soldiers to wipe out the Indian stronghold.
A young boy adjusts to moving to a new town, as the experiences and people he meets mature him unexpectedly.
Three U.S. astronauts face a slow death when their rockets fail during a space voyage.
Gertrude Lawrence rises to stage stardom at the cost of happiness.
A blind woman fights against drug smugglers who''ve invaded her home.
A naval engineer stationed in 1926 China defies local authorities to rescue a group of missionaries.
A young fashion designer is transformed by her first trip to Paris.
A former Notre Dame football star crash lands over a mythical Arabian country while on spy mission to the USSR. He is then forced by the football-obsessed king of that country to coach their football team and falls in love with an American reporter covering stories there.
A high school teacher has to rescue the professor she loves from his grasping mother.
The Baxters are a typical happy American family trying to live on too little money. Mrs. Polly Baxter acquires two mysterious trees that got into a nursery shipment by mistake. Guess what: they turn out to be money trees! After initial problems, Polly decides to spend the money. But there's one logical consequence of money grown on trees that no one's considered.
The story, set in San Francisco, depicts the adventures of Allison Sidney Harrison, a high school student who teams with her wealthy private detective father, David Harrison, to solve crimes. In the pilot episode, Allison and David team to solve the murder of a beautiful woman (Valerie Parker) in wh
The story of Del Parsons, a constantly-on-the-road country and western singer-musician, who is forced by the death of his wife to settle down and raise his three estranged children. In the pilot, set in California, Del struggles to adjust to his new responsibilities and begin his new business -- co
The silly comings and goings of Snowy, B.J., and Beverly, three fun-loving high school girls. The pilot episode focuses on the girls, members of the cheerleading team, as they perform embarrassing pledge week antics for a sorority house they hope to join.
At the reading of a will, Tillie Meeks, a Southern girl, and Maggie Feeney, her distant cousin, a showgirl, inherit a New York townhouse, a large sum of money, and Cap'n Ahab, a ninety-seven-year-old parrot. The would-be series was to relate their misadventures as they attempt to keep their newfoun
A musical tribute to the World War II generation, the 60th anniversary of Pearl Harbor and a 10th anniversary salute to the veterans of Desert Storm. The concert also honors former P.O.W.s of the Korean War and those who served in Vietnam.
Coverage of the American Veteran Awards presentation.
Special celebrating the 50th anniversary of the television series "I Love Lucy," starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. The program takes an in-depth look at the show's stars, its creation and its impact on television. Highlights include stories from original "I Love Lucy" writers Madelyn Pugh Davis,
Reveals how plants disperse their seeds with the assistance of humans and other animals.
Guest artists perform with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductor Erich Kunzel live from the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building.
Profile of actor Steve McQueen, from reform-school teen to box-office star, from his three marriages, drug use and obsession with race cars to his death from cancer in 1980.
Reality-based program focusing on three unsolved homicides from police departments around the country. Actual detectives are followed as they investigate their most perplexing cases, giving viewers the opportunity to explore the entire police files on each case by downloading the materials on their
Documentary exploring America's love affair with the automobile and how it has changed our lives. Uses archival footage, photographs, film clips, personal archives, and interviews.
Two-part documentary exploring the history and future of Las Vegas, Nevada. Part 1, entitled "Gamble on the Desert," chronicles the early history of Las Vegas. Part 2, "House of Cards," picks up in the late 1950's and traces the decline and subsequent rebirth of the downtown area.
Documentary exploring the legend of Atlantis. The mystery of its people and their life is examined by underwater researchers, archaeologists and mythologists. Advanced digital imagery recreates what Atlantis might have been and where it might be located today.
A documentary focusing on Indian monsoons, the annual storms that occur after several months of sweltering heat, and which are characterized by blackened skies, torrential rains, lightning, thunder and winds.
Documentary special tracing the legend of the Bermuda Triangle and the theories used to explain the strange phenomena occurring in this area of the Atlantic Ocean, where hundreds of ships and airplanes and more than 1,000 people have disappeared.
A five-part, 10-hour documentary depicting the "Wild West." Uses still photographs and voice-over narration.
A mock documentary that follows the making of "Hot Shots! Part Deux," chronicling the mounting pressures on director Jim Abrahams as he attempts to finish the follow-up to the 1991 movie "Hot Shots!" In addition to clips from "Hot Shots! Part Deux," the special spoofs traditional behind-the-scenes s
A documentary focusing on the killer whale. The program also examines the controversy about the capture of the whales and their quality of life in aquariums.
A documentary on former President Jimmy Carter.
A presentation of "The Infinite Voyage" series of documentaries. Travels to new zoos that are engaged in the fight for the survival of endangered species and the study of animal behavior patterns.
A special in which celebrities with no prior professional circus experience perform circus feats.
A documentary featuring a career profile of Mort Sahl, one of the most influential forces in contemporary stand-up humor. The film traces Sahl's 35-year career as America's leading political satirist from the days of Eisenhower, Nixon, and McCarthy and through the Bush administration.
A live telecast of the 47th annual Golden Globe Awards presented by the the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for achievement in film and television.
An awards ceremony honoring America's favorite performers in the fields of television, motion pictures, and music hosted by John Denver.
A documentary that examines the progressive deterioration of the Everglades due to encroachment by human beings upon the resources that wildlife needs for survival.
The exploits of John Greyson Davis, a journalist, and Claudia London, a photographer, who, besides being lovers, also make up a world-renowned photojournalism team. In the pilot episode, London and Davis comb New York City seeking "The Bachelor Killer."
A documentary that examines the progressive deterioration of the Everglades due to encroachment by human beings upon the resources that wildlife needs for survival.
An animated special that presents highlights of the life of Daniel Boone, the famous American trailblazer -- from his early childhood years in North Carolina, his love affair with Rebecca Bryan, their courtship, marriage and family life, his work in settling the Kentucky region, and his exploits dur
Hit numbers from Broadway are restaged via four plays: "Finian's Rainbow" (1947), "South Pacific" (1949), "Sweet Charity" (1966) and "Lady in the Dark" (1941).
The pilot story, set in the small town of Strawee, Arkansas in the '30s, follows the experiences of Joshua Torrance, a doctor whose practice is jeopardized by his opposition to racism as he attempts to treat blacks as equals.
The Columbia Broadcasting System celebrates its first fifty years of radio and television broadcasting.
An hour of music, songs, and comedy with actress-comedienne Lily Tomlin in her first TV special.
Cast (TV Mini-Series)
A two-part miniseries based on purportedly true cases. A hospital psychiatrist is drawn into the world of UFO abductions when he tries to help two women unravel the mysteries surrounding harrowing events in their lives.
A miniseries about a skilled police detective in a case involving the strange, sadistic murder of a young prostitute who has been killed in exactly the same fashion as a young nightclub singer in Saigon during the Vietnam War. At the same time, the detective attempts to ferret out corruption in the
A five-hour, two-part miniseries, based on Ken Follett's best-seller, that tells the fact-based story of how Texas industrialist, H. Ross Perot, enlisted the aid of legendary ex-Army Colonel Arthur E. "Bull" Simons to lead a daring mission into Iran to rescue two Perot employees held captive after t
A New York cop is challenged by a bizarre double murder in which two women, a prostitute and a prim teacher, are killed on the same night, decapitated, and their heads switched, in this two-part four-hour thriller based on William Bayer's bestseller, "Switch." The book's title also was to have been
An epic miniseries about the making of America -- the most ambitious project ever filmed for television -- this filming of James Michener's 1,100-page saga that spanned the decades from the late eighteenth century to the present ended up as a 26 1/2 hour movie irregularly scheduled over four months
Cast (TV Mini-Series)
Based on the true story of five generations of New York City Irish cops, this miniseries follows a family through their struggles and accomplishments with the New York Police Department.
A two-part miniseries based on the book by Vincent Bugliosi, dramatizing the true story of two very different couples involved in a mysterious double murder on a deserted island off Hawaii and the puzzling, sensational trial that followed.
This promotional short film takes a look at the outfits designed for the motion picture, "Made in Paris" (1966).
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