Thursday, April 18, 2024

Emmy Awards Leave Tom Wilkinson, Ryan O’Neal, David Soul, Richard Moll, Ray Stevenson Out of In Memoriam Segment


UPDATED The only point these days of watching In Memoriam segment is to see who was left out.

Tonight at the Emmys fans noticed the omission of Tom Wilkinson, Ryan O’Neal, David Soul, and Ray Stevenson.

Wilkinson won an Emmy in 2008 and had three other nominations.

O’Neal was a huge TV star in the mid 60s in “Peyton Place” before moving to films in 1970.

David Soul was the co-star of a beloved series, “Starsky and Hutch,” in the 1970s.

Stevenson was just in a Star Wars TV series, and had dozens of other roles.

Also missing was Richard Moll, long time star from “Night Court,” dead a longer time than Adan Canto, whose picture kicked off the In Memoriam segment.

Comedian Shecky Greene didn’t make the cut, too. He was on every TV variety show of the 60s, especially “Ed Sullivan.” And of course all the soap actors who died were cut, especially Bill Hayes, 98, who logged 53 years on “Days of Our Lives” and Jacklyn Zeman, who spent 45 years on “General Hospital.”

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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