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HOTCHKA Daily News - July 8, 2022


Larry Storch, best known to classic TV fans as Corporal Agarn on 1960s sitcom F-Troop, has died at the age of 99. New York City born Storch began his Hollywood career in the 1951 film The Prince Who Was a Thief, which starred Tony Curtis and Piper Laurie. His last credit was the voice of Willie in 2010's animated series Medium Rare. Children of the mid-1970s also know Storch from his Saturday morning series The Ghost Busters with his F-Troop co-star Forrest Tucker. Storch's numerous TV credits spanning a 60 year career include Shower of Stars, The Phil Silvers Show, The Ed Sullivan Show, Car 54, Where Are You?, The Greatest Show On Earth, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Gilligan's Island, I Dream of Jeannie, The Mothers-In-Law, Garrison's Gorillas, Get Smart, He & She, That Girl, Gomer Pyle USMC, The Queen and I, The Flying Nun, The Name of the Game, My World and Welcome To It, The Debbie Reynolds Show, The Doris Day Show, The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour, Alias Smith and Jones, All in the Family, The New Temperatures Rising Show, Emergency!, Love, American Style, Mannix, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Columbo, McCloud, Phyllis, CPO Sharkey, The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries, The Love Boat, CHiPs, Fantasy Island, Harper Valley P.T.A., Trapper John, M.D., The Fall Guy, Knight Rider, Married... with Children, and Days of Our Lives. Storch was a prolific voice over actor with credits that include Koko the Clown, Underdog, Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales, The Batman/Superman Hour (as the Joker), The Pink Panther Show, Lancelor Link: Secret Chimp, Groovie Goolies (Drac), Scooby-Doo Meets Batman (Joker), Sabrina the Teenage Witch (Drac), The New Scooby-Doo Movies (Joker), The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie, The Brady Kids, The New Archie/Sabrina Hour, Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo, Mork & Mindy/Laverne & Shirley/Fonz Hour, Foofur, and Garfield and Friends. Film credits include an uncredited role in Stalag 17, Captain Newman, M.D., Sex and the Single Girl, The Great Race, The Great Bank Robbery, Airport 1975, The Happy Hooker Goes to Washington, Without Warning, Blake Edwards' S.O.B., Sweet Sixteen, A Fine Mess, The Silence of the Hams, Funny Valentine and Bittersweet Place. Storch also appeared on Broadway in Porgy and Bess (1983), Arsenic and Old Lace (1986), Annie Get Your Gun (1999) and Sly Fox (2004).

Lenny von Dolen, an actor best known for his role as Harold Smith on Twin Peaks and in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, has died at 63 following a long illness, according to his manager. Born in Georgia and raised in Texas, von Dolen made his screen debut in the 1981 TV movie Kent State, and followed that up with his feature film debut Electric Dreams (1983) opposite Virginia Madsen in her second film. Von Dolen continued to work in film and TV over the next 40 years with TV credits that include Miami Vice, American Playhouse ('Under the Biltmore Clock'), ABC Afterschool Specials ('Don't Touch'), Tales from the Darkside, The Equalizer, thirtysomething, The Young Riders, Grand, The Flash, Picket Fences, Walker, Texas Ranger, The Lazarus Man, Chicago Hope, The Pretender, CSI: Miami, Ghost Whisperer, Criminal Minds, Psych, and The Orville. Film credits include Billy Galvin, Dracula's Widow, Cold Heaven, Leaving Normal, Jennifer 8, Bird of Prey, Home Alone 3, Teeth, World's End, For the Weekend, and a final project yet to be released, Sallywood, with Sally Kirkland, Keith Carradine and Jennifer Tilly. Theatre was von Dolen's first love with roles in Asian Shade, The Team, Twister, Vanishing Act and The Maderati, He starred in Cloud 9 for nine months, directed by Tommy Tune, appeared in The Roundabout Theater’s revival of Desire Under the Elms opposite Kathy Baker, and continued to appear in regional theatres around the country.

Character actor Gregory Itzin, who earned a well-deserved Emmy nomination for his role as President Logan on two seasons of 24, has died at 74 due to complications following emergency surgery. Itzin was also nominated for a Tony Award for his work in 1993's The Kentucky Cycle. Itzin began his TV career with an uncredited role in the TV miniseries Backstairs at the White House, with credited roles in Mork & Mindy, Charlie's Angels, Fame, Lou Grant, American Playhouse ('Miss Lonelyhearts'), Voyagers!, Falcon Crest, Santa Barbara, Scsrecrow and Mrs. King, Dallas, Tales from the Darkside, Hunter, Hotel, The A-Team, MacGyver, St. Elsewhere, Max Headroom, 21 Jump Street, A Year in the Life, Knots Landing, The Nutt House, Murphy Brown, Anything But Love, Head of the Class, Coach, Jake and the Fatman, Night Court, Homefront, Eerie, Indiana, Empty Nest, Beverly Hills 90210, Matlock, Major Dad, Quantum Leap, L.A. Law, Dave's World, Picket Fences, Something Wilder, Murder, She Wrote, ER, Chicago Hope, Arli$$, Diagnosis Murder, Murder One, The Pretender, Millennium, Suddenly Susan, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, The Closer, Caroline in the City, Party of Five, Early Edition, It's Like, You Know..., Family Law, Profiler, Bull, Star Trek: Voyager, The Michael Richards Show, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Strip Mall, Wolf Lake, Philly, The West Wing, For the People, Firefly, NYPD Blue, Without a Trace, The Practice, Friends, The O.C., Crossing Jordan, Judging Amy, Star Trek: Enterprise, Boston Legal, Robot Chicken, Medium, Hannah Montana, Big Love, Desperate Housewives, The Mentalist, Once Upon a Time, Covert Affairs, Mob City, Hawaii Five-O, Code Black, The Resident and NCIS. Film credits include Airplane!, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Airplane II: The Sequel, Teen Wolf, The Fabulous Baker Boys, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, What's Cooking?, Evolution, Original Sin, Life or Something Like It, Igby Goes Down, Adaptation., I Know Who Killed Me, Law Abiding Citizen, The Ides of March, and Lincoln.

Tony Sirico, best known as Paulie Walnuts on The Sopranos, has died at the age of 79. Sirico's TV credits include Kojak, Police Squad!, Miami Vice, Perfect Witness (TV movie), In the Shadow of a Killer (TV movie), Gotti (TV movie), Cosby, Witness to the Mob (TV movie), Fairly OddParents (voice), A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa (TV movie), Chuck, Medium, Jersey Shore Shark Attack (TV movie), Lilyhammer, The Grinder, Family Guy (voice), and American Dad! (voice). Film credits include Defiance, So Fine, The Pick-Up Artist, Hello Again, Goodfellas. 29th Street, Innocent Blood, Romeo is Bleeding, Bullets Over Broadway, Mighty Aphrodite, Dead Presidents, Everyone Says I Love You, Cop Land, Deconstructing Harry, Celebrity, Mickey Blue Eyes, It Had to Be You, and Wonder Wheel.

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