quote:Originally posted by SWW72 from FL: Although not a main character, another impactful death on All in the Family was when Beverly, the female impersonator, was killed.
Can't believe I forgot James Evans from Good Times. The way that the notification of his death was mixed in with he congratulatory telegrams added to the shock.
Another vote for Jack Soo's (detective Yemana) death on Barney Miller. I don't think that they ever acknowledged the character's death but shortly after he died they had an episode dedicated to the actor.
"Damn, Damn, Damn!" In the immortal words of Esther Rolle:
quote:Originally posted by Shaving Weezie Jefferson:
quote:Originally posted by Billy Burgess:
quote:Originally posted by Shaving Weezie Jefferson: Maureen Bauer on Guiding Light
Deaths on daytime TV often seemed a dime-a-dozen, especially on a show like Edge of Night, which was mostl mystery-based, and would every so often have a long-running, beloved character like Adam Drake, played by Donald May, become a murder victim. And of course, the "character returns from the dead" trope has been trotted out so much that few deaths appear permanent.
The loss of Maureen Bauer, last played by the amazing Ellen Parker, was a really hard one to take. At that point Mo, as she was called, was essentially the matriarch of what was left of the once-dominant Bauer family on the show. You pretty much knew Mo wasn't coming back, unless it was in flashback or as a ghost (which may have happened. But I think the loss of Maureen was something from which the show never quite recovered (as good as Kim Zimmer was as Reva Shayne Lewis, I think Ellen Parker was on an entirely different level). Killing Maureen off was one of daytime TV's biggest mistakes.
Kim Zimmer was always too over-the-top (like Susan Lucci). Ellen Parker is as real as they get. Not a false note in her.
A friend and I are collaborating on a screenplay in which we have a character (seen only in flashback) that resembles Maureen Bauer, especially as played by Ellen Parker. Its a loving, caring character that we describe as "average-looking (though that might be underestimating Ms. Parker, but stunning when you get to know her, which describes Ellen Parker's Maureen to a T. Beauty is always in the eye of beholder. Ellen Parker was a true beauty.
quote:Originally posted by steuben: Does Hannah Bakers death from 13 reasons why count?
That was very difficult to watch.
I agree. I was crying like a baby! I thought at first they were going to cut away (no pun intended, honestly) to another scene right before she did it, but nope! We had to watch it play out and it was excruciating to watch. I couldn't stop thinking about it for days.
Another one was the death of Lt. Dan Muldoon (played by John McIntire) on the first season of Naked City. The character's death plus James Franciscus' (as Detective Jimmy Halloran) desire to move to LA led to the transition to a one-hour series with a different cast (and a very unique series for the time).
McIntire himself came in to at least a couple of series as replacements, playing Chris Hale, who took as wagonmaster from Major Adams (Ward Bond, who had passed away) on Wagon Train, and Clay Grainger, the brother of John Grainger, played by Charles Bickford, on The Virginian.
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