Sunday, July 01, 2018

Blind Item #6 - Reader Blind Item

A tale of two actors with the same interests and problems but with different ways of handling them.

Actor #1, who is deceased, is very well known from two TV shows he starred in.  The first was a sitcom based on a movie and a play and featured him paired up with an actor meant to represent his exact opposite.  The second was a crime drama with a medical theme.  In between the two shows, his gambling, primarily on horse racing, as well as a divorce found him in debt to the wrong people who threatened him with physical harm unless they were paid.  He went to the police who in turn put him touch with the feds.  He wore a wire and the people he owed money to, who were already under investigation, went to jail.

Actor #2, who is still alive, is even more famous than Actor #1.  In fact, he is part of popular culture.  A TV show he starred in was not that successful while running the first time but became huge in syndication leading to movies and other versions of the show set in different time frames with different casts.  He was also in a popular crime drama that ran for several seasons.  Like Actor #1, he liked to play the horses and also had divorces and went into debt to the wrong people.  Unlike Actor #1, he tried to resolve the problem himself.  They bled him dry until they were put away on unrelated charges.  There are allegations the people he owed money to had something to do with the mysterious death of a family member.     

22 comments:

sandybrook said...

The first guy is Jack Krugman teamed in Odd Couple with Tony Randall.

sandybrook said...

The other guy is Shatner

sandybrook said...

*Jack Klugman*

T. W. said...

+1 Sandybrook

T. W. said...
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gauloise said...

and the drowning death of shatners wife

tall, dark, and handsome said...

Jack Klugman - The Odd Couple/ Quincy
William Shatner- Star Trek/ TJ Hooker/Family Member- Nerine Shatner (accidental drowning)

DDonna Tarttty said...

Klugman/Shatner.

Dubious about Shatner's wife. That call he made to 911 is sketchy.

Krab said...

Um, other blinds have alleged Shatner murdered her himself. Can we at least get some stories straight here.

Sara, Making It Work said...

Or..maybe hevdidn't do it, but he knew who did.
That actually seems most likely.

PapayaSF said...
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AbbyRock said...

If I thought or if the mob let me know that they murdered my spouse, I'd probably sound sketchy when I called 911.

Me Again said...

Good job Sandybrook! +1

Unknown said...

First i've heard of Shatner selling off his "rights" for $25k. In fact, I've heard him comment on how much residuals were for him over the years. By his own words, he was flat broke for a couple of years after Star Trek went off the air, so that $25k would have allowed him not live in a camper truck, which he was. Plus, I'm not entirely sure you CAN sell off syndication income.

I've heard lots of good or bad about Shatner over the years, and as widely examined every aspect of that show is, and it's actors, I gotta ask where you got that information from.

Moose Anon said...

Shatner is the second. All is forgiven tho cuz he got Sheryl Crow to sing the haunttingly beautiful song Mrs. Major Tom: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/mrs-major-tom/1168209941?i=1168210014

TheShadowKnows said...

Was star trek not popular during it's run tho?? They made a lot of movies with the early cast so I'd have to assume the show was pretty popular? I mean everything else fits but I'm not sure about that part. Anyone alive around then or any trekkies can confirm/rebuke?

Cee Kay said...

@Unknown You definitely can sell off future residuals. Charlie Sheen did it, and that's why he has nothing coming in these days.

@Shadow No, Star Trek was actually cancelled after three seasons, and it only limped along before that.

PapayaSF said...

@Unknown: Despite my distinct memory of reading that, I have been unable to verify it, so I deleted the comment.

Jean Grey said...

Jerry Orbach ALMOST seemed like a good fit for actor #1.

Cail Corishev said...

@TheShadowKnows, no, Star Trek struggled in its initial run. It only got a third season thanks to a letter-writing campaign, and then was moved to a bad timeslot and canceled after that. The first movie didn't happen until 10 years later, after the show had gained a strong following in syndication, and the success of Star Wars and Close Encounters made Paramount want a sci-fi movie of its own.

M said...

Star Trek was not a hit. It almost got cancelled, but a fan letter campign saved it. The third season was the worst, and they were so cheap, many of the sets were like surreal stage plays.

It became a hit in syndication.

mamabot said...

The second BI is absolutely positively *not* Shatner and his wife.

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