Saturday, April 3, 2010

Thursday Night TV In 1959

RIP John Forsythe. I don't remember watching Bachelor Father or much of anything but "You Bet Your Life" or "Untouchables" on this night
ABC: The Gale Storm Show, The Donna Reed Show, The Real McCoys, The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom, The Untouchables, Take a Good Look
CBS: Douglas Edwards with the News, To Tell the Truth, The Betty Hutton Show, Johnny Ringo, Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater, Playhouse 90/The Big Party
NBC: Law of the Plainsman, Bat Masterson, Johnny Staccato, Bachelor Father, The Ford Show starring Tennessee Ernie Ford, You Bet Your Life, The Lawless Years.
as for John Forsythe who passed away at 92 this week:
Father: Samuel Jeremiah Freund, Mother: Blanche Materson Freund
John Lincoln Freund - better known as John Forsythe (born January 29, 1918), was an American stage, television and film actor. Forsythe starred in three television series, spanning three decades, as single playboy father Bentley Gregg in the 1950s sitcom Bachelor Father [1957–1962); as the unseen millionaire Charles Townsend on the popular 1970s crime drama Charlie's Angels (1976–1981), and as ruthless and beloved patriarch Blake Carrington on the popular 1980s soap opera Dynasty (1981–1989). He's also well-known for hosting World of Survival during the 1970s. Forsythe appeared each year to read children's fiction during the annual Christmas program near his retirement home at the rural resort community of Solvang, California, north of Los Angeles. Forsythe, the oldest of three children, was born in Penns Grove, New Jersey to a factory worker, and was raised in Brooklyn, New York where his father worked as a Wall Street businessman during the Great Depression of 1929. At only 16 years of age Forsythe graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn and began attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 1936 at age 18, he took a job as the announcer at Ebbets Field Stadium in Brooklyn, New York, confirming a childhood love of baseball.

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