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Blind Items Revealed #17 - Reader Blind

February 13, 2021

The death of this character actor a number of decades ago always seemed suspicious. Why would he engage in that activity when he was wearing a cast for one thing.

The actor was in both film and TV primarily in comedies where he usually played a blowhard or other ineffectual manager/boss.  His most famous role was in a popular TV series that also starred an Academy Award winner.

There are two competing theories as to who might be responsible for his death....

1.) The actor had been blackmailed in the years before his death. He was married and had a family but also liked having sex with men.  He frequented a nightclub where other gay TV actors hung out most notably these two camp comic actors who were on two different game shows.  However, the blackmail ring which targeted other stars had already been closed down by the cops before his death so their role seems unlikely.

2.) The actor had led a group of other actors publicly in complaining about certain financial matters.  Right before he died, he had said in an interview he had shocking information to share which he never got a chance to.  A source had given him info that showed just how deeply involved in Hollywood organized crime was.  Several of the major studios at the time were just fronts for money laundering and other illegal activities.  Most likely this was the reason the actor was murdered.  

 Joe Flynn - McHale's Navy, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Nelson Reilly, Paul Lynde

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