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Vanishing TV Character - Thorny Thornberry The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet ran for 435 episodes over an amazing 14 seasons on ABC from 1952 to 1966--a record for a non-animated sitcom that still stands today. From 1952 to 1957 Don DeFore played the Nelsons' good-natured next-door neighbor "Thorny" Thornberry in 96 episodes. (Whatever Thorny's real first name was, it was never mentioned). Thorny often exchanged playful barbs with Ozzie Nelson and gave him ill-timed advice. Sometimes he got caught up in whatever amusing complications befell the Nelson patriarch and his family. DeFore was nominated for an Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in 1955 and was generally a popular part of the program. However, the show began to focus on different neighbors in the late 1950s (primarily Joe and Mary Jane Randolph and Doc Williams). Thorny, despite his popularity, just vanished without any explanation. DeFore later had a starring role in the 1960s sitcom Hazel in which he played Hazel's employer George Baxter.
Tags: Thorny  Thornberry  Ozzie  and  Harriet  neighbor 
Added: 14th November 2014
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Posted By: Lava1964
Ozzie and Harriet Openings Final Season The 1965-66 season was the last for The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. It began on radio in 1949 and moved to television in 1952. It ran for a remarkable 14 seasons. It remains the longest running non-animated sitcom in American history. Here are two slightly different opening to episodes from that final season--when the show was finally broadcast in color.
Tags: Ozzie  and  Harriet  openings  1965  color 
Added: 6th September 2015
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Posted By: Lava1964
Ozzie Nelson Orchestra from Honeymoon Lodge Before The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet Ozzie had his big band!
Tags: Ozzie  Nelson  Orchestra  from  Honeymoon  Lodge  1943    The  Adventures  of  Ozzie  and  Harriet  Harriet  Nelson 
Added: 16th November 2015
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Posted By: Cathy
Troubled Life of James Stacy Actor James Stacy first gained fame as Fred, a peripheral college-age character on The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet, from 1958 through 1965. He became well known for the Bonanza-like western series Lancer, portraying hot-headed eldest son Johnny Lancer from 1968 to 1970. Stacy was involved in a major motorcycle mishap in November 1973. A drunk driver named Carter Gordon rammed his car into Stacy's motorbike on a Los Angeles road, killing Stacy's passenger (actress/girlfriend Claire Cox) and seriously injuring the actor. Stacy lost his left arm and leg. Stacy's ex-wife (Connie Stevens) organized a lavish benefit to help offset his medical and rehabilitation costs. Frank Sinatra and Barbra Streisand both performed at the function which raised $118,000. Stacy later won a seven-figure judgment against the Chopping Block Bar, a Beverly Hills tavern that had served the drunk driver. For a while Stacy returned to acting in roles specially designed to showcase his disability, such as playing a double-amputee Vietnam War veteran in the made-for-TV movie Just a Little Inconvenience. He also appeared on Highway to Heaven. However, Stacy became a pariah in 1995 when he pleaded no contest to molesting an 11-year-old neighbor girl in California. He fled to Hawaii to avoid sentencing and unsuccessfully tried to commit suicide by jumping off a cliff. Stacy likely would have been given no jail time for his crime based on his disability, but his post-arrest behavior and reports of him stalking two other young girls eventually got him a six-year prison sentence. Stacy died suddenly in 2016 in his doctor's office from anaphylactic shock after he had a severely adverse reaction to an injection of antibiotics. Stacy was 79 years old.
Tags: James  Stacy  actor  troubled  life  amputee 
Added: 15th June 2017
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Posted By: Lava1964

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