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Harrigan And Son ran from October 1960 until September 1961 on ABC.

James Harrigan, Sr ( Pat O'Brien), had been practicing law, as a criminal attorney since before his son was born. Now his boy, James Harrigan, Jr( Roger Perry), had just graduated from Harvard Law School and joined the firm as a junior partner. Junior's problem was that he tried to do everything by the book and was constantly at odds with his father who was not above playing angles that would help his case. The 2 lawyers had secretaries that matched their styles completely. Senior had fiery, flip, effervescent Gypsy ( Georgine Darcy), and Junior had sedate, efficient Miss Claridge( Helen Kleeb later to play Miss Maime on The Waltons).

Here is Pat O'Brien's Obituary from The Washington Post

Beloved Actor Pat O'Brien Dies of Heart Attack
By Eve Zibart October 16, 1983

Actor Pat O'Brien, whose film portrayals of gruff, heart-of-gold Irish cops and priests were so popular that lesser character actors became known as the "Pat O'Brien type," died early yesterday of a massive heart attack in a Santa Monica Hospital. He was 83.

In the 1930s and '40s, O'Brien starred in more than 100 films. As "Knute Rockne--All American," O'Brien shared one of Hollywood's most famous scenes with Ronald Reagan, who, as dying Notre Dame halfback George Gipp, begged O'Brien to "win one for the Gipper."

In fact, it was O'Brien, already an established star in 1939, who suggested to studio head Jack Warner that he give the young Reagan a screen test as Gipp.

"Ronnie always says I got him his first job," O'Brien said a few years ago, when he was working the Manassas Hayloft Dinner Theater and Reagan was working the White House. In Reagan's first year as president, he and O'Brien appeared together at Notre Dame to receive honorary degrees.

According to his daughter Brigid, O'Brien entered St. John's Hospital Tuesday for minor prostate surgery. "He came through beautifully. He was resting comfortably, then he had a heart attack. It's a blessing, really."

She said that President Reagan had phoned the hospital several times and that Nancy Reagan had sent O'Brien "a massive box" of roses. "The president has been very loyal," she said. (According to a White House spokesman, the Reagans, who are at Camp David, "are deeply saddened" by O'Brien's death.)

Although O'Brien never won an Academy Award, he was one of Hollywood's most famous Irishmen. His roles as the sturdy, straightforward Roman Catholic priest, especially in such films as "Fighting Father Dunne" and "The Fighting 69th", put him in Hollywood's hagiography alongside Spencer Tracy ("Boys Town") and Bing Crosby ("The Bells of St. Mary's").

His most memorable role in Roman Catholic collar was in "Angels With Dirty Faces," which costarred his longtime friend James Cagney. As boyhood pals who grew up on opposite sides of the law, priest O'Brien and gangster Cagney meet for the last time as Cagney prepares to walk "the last mile" to the electric chair. O'Brien persuades Cagney to pretend to be a coward so that the Dead End Kids, who idol-worship Cagney, will be disillusioned.

William Patrick O'Brien, born Nov. 11, 1899 in Milwaukee, made his debut at age five as a Christmas pageant lamb and won his spurs as a bit player in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show.

At Marquette, where he split his time between acting and athletics, he was captain of the varsity football team; ironically, in his final appearance, he ran 67 yards for a touchdown through the Notre Dame team he would "coach" on film 20 years later.

He made his film debut in 1931 for director Howard Hughes as Hildy Johnson, the scrappy Chicago reporter star of "The Front Page." His most recent film appearance, again with Cagney, was in the 1981 film of E.L. Doctorow's "Ragtime." Cagney was persuaded to return from 20 years' retirement to play New York police commissioner Rhinelander Waldo; O'Brien played Harry Thaw's attorney and his wife, Eloise McGovern, played Thaw's mother.

Dancer Gene Kelly said yesterday, "I admired him very much and loved him very dearly. The last time I saw him was on St. Patrick's Day. We honored him at a gala at the Beverly Hilton. I will say a prayer for him."

In the past 30 years, O'Brien and McGovern had spent most of their time in road companies and summer stock. Despite his fame in the '30s and '40s, after 1950, O'Brien found the studio gates mysteriously shut to him.

He and McGovern had two sons and two daughters, including actress Brigid, who often toured with her parents. He never smoked, "but I have a drop of the creature every night before dinner--and maybe a drop afterward. No liquor for the 40 days and 40 nights of Lent--that way you'll find out whether it's got you or you've got it."

O'Brien had suffered for some years from a duodenal ulcer and arthritis, and had a pacemaker to control an irregular heartbeat.

Last June, appearing with McGovern at a San Antonio dinner theater in "On Golden Pond," O'Brien collapsed from the bleeding ulcer. In February, he checked into a New Orleans hospital after becoming ill during a performance of "On Golden Pond." Doctors said then that O'Brien was suffering from exhaustion and a virus.

Helen Kleeb's Obituary

Helen Kleeb

Eccentric Miss Mamie in 'The Waltons'

Monday, 12 January 2004

Helen Kleeb, actress: born South Bend, Washington 6 January 1907; married first 1937 John Prendergast (died 1950; one son), secondly Elmer Garrison (died 2004); died Los Angeles 28 December 2003.

Gentility and grace from a bygone age were the abiding qualities represented by the eccentric Baldwin sisters, Miss Mamie and Miss Emily, in the wholesome, heartwarming family television drama The Waltons, which has remained a children's favourite on both sides of the Atlantic for more than 30 years.

Helen Kleeb was 65 when she landed the role of the older sister, Miss Mamie, and became used to younger cast members being overprotective towards her. "I know I am fragile because everyone is constantly telling me so," she said. "They also frequently warn me not to fall down."

The American series, about a hillfolk family who operate a sawmill in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia during the Depression, was based on Earl Hamner Jnr's 1960 novel Spencer's Mountain, a fictionalised account of his childhood. Hamner, who narrated the screen adventures, explained how he created the satellite characters of Miss Mamie and Miss Emily:

Down on Route 6 between Esmont and Scottsville lived two ladies who made an elixir they referred to as their Papa's recipe. They were proud of their product and, whenever anyone would sample it, they would lean over, watch them and wait anxiously for a reaction. Was it smooth enough? Had it been a good batch? And was the recipe machine working? I wasn't old enough to sample the recipe, but my father and uncles stopped there quite often and they seemed to find the recipe much to their satisfaction.

Born in South Bend, Washington, in 1907, Helen Kleeb began her professional career on stage in Portland, Oregon, at the age of 21, by acting with the Henry Duffy Players for five years. In 1933, as theatre roles dried up during the Depression, she found radio work in Portland and, after marrying four years later, in San Francisco.

The death of her first husband in 1950 led Kleeb to Los Angeles and a screen career. As well as taking bit-parts in many films, she established herself as a character actress in classic American television series such as Dragnet (1952, 1953, 1958), I Love Lucy (1955) and Gunsmoke (1956, 1958, 1964), before landing a regular, supporting role as Miss Claridge in the law-firm sitcom Harrigan and Son (1960).

Guest-starring roles continued in what amounts to a roll-call of Golden Age television, including The Andy Griffith Show (1962), The Twilight Zone (1963), The Beverly Hillbillies (1964), The Munsters (1965, 1966), Perry Mason (1966), Dr Kildare (1966) and Bewitched (1966), until she was cast as Miss Mamie Baldwin in the Emmy-winning series The Waltons (1972-81).

Kleeb and Mary Jackson took over the roles of Miss Mamie and Miss Emily from Josephine Hutchinson and Dorothy Stickney, who had played them in the pilot television film, The Homecoming: a Christmas story (1971). They continued in the one-off sequels A Wedding on Walton's Mountain (1982), A Day for Thanks on Walton's Mountain (1982), A Walton Thanksgiving Reunion (1993), A Walton Wedding (1995) and A Walton Easter (1997).

Kleeb's many feature-film appearances included parts in The Manchurian Candidate (alongside Frank Sinatra, 1962) and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (starring Burt Reynolds and Dolly Parton, 1982).

Anthony Hayward

Here is Georgine Darcy's Obituary from the LA Times

Georgine Darcy, 68; 'Miss Torso' in Hitchcock's 'Rear Window'
July 21, 2004|Myrna Oliver | Times Staff Writer

Georgine Darcy, who played the across-the-courtyard dancer dubbed "Miss Torso" by wheelchair-bound voyeur James Stewart in Alfred Hitchcock's classic 1954 thriller "Rear Window," has died. She was 68.

Darcy died of natural causes on Sunday at her home in Malibu, said her friend and attorney Bill Swearinger.

The former ballerina, who never viewed herself as an actress, was one of the last surviving members of a stellar cast that included Stewart, Grace Kelly, Thelma Ritter, Wendell Corey and Raymond Burr.

Darcy was 17 when she was chosen for the film. Hitchcock hired her based on a publicity photo of her with a green feather boa and dressed in a black leotard that emphasized her voluptuous figure.

In the film, restored and reissued in 2000, Stewart plays a professional photographer sidelined with a broken leg who observes his neighbors through a telephoto lens and solves a murder. Kelly, as his classy girlfriend, frowns on his delight in the constantly gyrating Miss Torso.

When Darcy met Hitchcock, she had no idea who the legendary director was. He suggested she get an agent, but she didn't and consequently was paid only $350 for the role that would make her a pinup.

After the film was completed, Hitchcock suggested, "If you go to Europe and study Chekov, I could make a big star out of you." But she didn't follow that advice either.

"Well, what a crazy suggestion! I assumed he was just teasing," she told director Malcolm Venville earlier this year for a documentary to be introduced at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in Scotland.

While "Rear Window" was greeted as a Hitchcock masterpiece and Darcy's role memorable, she was not impressed. Recalling the premiere for Venville, she said: "I was never an exhibitionist. I'd never seen myself so big as I was on that screen, and I was terrified."

Although detractors claimed Hitchcock manipulated women, Darcy told Venville: "He was incredibly gentle and quiet. People may think him ferocious, but to me he was a big old penguin."

Born in Brooklyn, Darcy was urged by her mother to become a stripper. Instead she chose ballet, and acted sporadically. She married twice -- once at 19 and for the last 30 years to actor Byron Palmer, who is her only survivor.

Other than "Rear Window," Darcy's most memorable role was as the irreverent secretary Gypsy on the 1960-61 television series "Harrigan and Son," featuring Pat O'Brien as her attorney boss.

She also appeared in the films "Don't Knock the Twist" in 1962, "Women and Bloody Terror" in 1969 and "The Delta Factor" in 1970, and in guest roles on television's "M Squad," "Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse" and "Mannix."

Darcy conceded in 2000 that she could no longer button the pink shorts with the 21-inch waistband that she wore in "Rear Window." She could, however, still get them on and had never deteriorated to Thelma Ritter's sardonic prediction from the movie that Miss Torso would end up "old, fat and alcoholic."

Swearinger said that services would be private and that Darcy had suggested memorial donations be sent to Guide Dogs for the Blind in Yorktown Heights, N.Y.; Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah; or Dogs for the Deaf Inc. in Central Point, Ore.

Here is Roger Perry's Obituary from the Hollywood Reporter (7/13/18)

Roger Perry, Actor on 'Star Trek,' 'The Munsters' and 'The Facts of Life,' Dies at 85

Roger Perry, the veteran character actor who guest-starred on a memorable episode of the original Star Trek and portrayed Eastland headmaster Charles Parker on The Facts of Life, has died. He was 85.

Perry died Thursday night at his home in Indian Wells, California, after a battle with prostate cancer, his daughter, Dana Perry McNerney, told The Hollywood Reporter.

Survivors also include his wife since 2002, actress Joyce Bulifant, perhaps best known for playing the wife of Murray Slaughter (Gavin MacLeod) on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Perry earlier was married to Laugh-In star Jo Anne Worley from 1975 until their divorce in 2000.

A contract player at Desilu Studios who was discovered by Lucille Ball, Perry starred on a pair of ABC dramas in the 1960s that lasted just a season. He portrayed the son of Pat O'Brien on Harrigan and Son (their characters were lawyers in their own firm) and was a cop alongside Ben Gazzara and Chuck Connors on Arrest and Trial, a 90-minute program that was a forerunner to Law & Order.

And on a 1965 episode of CBS' The Munsters, Perry played a young man with admirable intentions who's out to rescue the beautiful niece Marilyn (Pat Priest) from a band of ghouls, but they are, of course, members of her loving family.

On the big screen, Perry appeared in not one but two Count Yorga movies; was a doctor in the infamous Ray Milland-Rosey Grier classic The Thing With Two Heads (1972); and played the father of Linda Blair's flautist character in the musical drama Roller Boogie (1979).

On the first-season Star Trek episode "Tomorrow Is Yesterday," which debuted in January 1967, Perry starred as Captain John Christopher, an U.S. Air Force pilot in the 1960s who is suddenly transported aboard the Enterprise in the future.

After seeing the episode in recent years, Perry thought that "maybe I could have done more at that particular moment with that particular scene," he said in a 2012 interview on

"I say that because one minute he's in a fighter plane and the next moment he's in this strange situation where he's in this room with these different people. It's such a momentous moment for him that I think I should have tried some different things."

Perry joined NBC's The Facts of Life in 1981 at the start of its third season after John Lawlor, who played Steven Bradley, the former headmaster at the Eastland boarding school for girls, exited the series.

Born on May 7, 1933, in Davenport, Iowa, the blue-eyed Perry made his onscreen debut in 1959 on an installment of Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse, then appeared in such films as The Flying Fontaines (1959), Connie Francis' Follow the Boys (1963) and Heaven With a Gun (1969), starring Glenn Ford.

His TV résumé also included a recurring role as John Costello on Falcon Crest and stints on Nanny and the Professor; Ironside; The F.B.I.; The Bob Newhart Show; Love, American Style; The Bionic Woman; and Barnaby Jones.

Perry also was a composer and songwriter. Barbra Streisand sang his song "A Kid Again" during her first TV special, 1965's My Name Is Barbra, and he composed the scores for L.A. theater productions of Make a Promise, Keep a Promise and a musical version of George Bernard Shaw's You Never Can Tell, in which he also starred with Bulifant.

The couple also starred on stage in The First Hundred Years (produced by John Forsythe); in Hanging by a Thread, with Patty Duke; and in The Happiness Bench, with Mariette Hartley.

Regarding The Thing With Two Heads, Perry said he went to see it at a theater on Hollywood Boulevard when it first came out.

"They had a sneak preview on a Friday night," he recalled. "I went down there and the place was packed. They showed the thing and everybody just laughed and laughed. It was a great comedy. They released it as some kind of a horror film, but it wasn't."

He and Worley appeared as a couple of such game shows as Tattletales and It's Your Bet.

Bulifant earlier was married to actors James MacArthur (Hawaii Five-O) and Edward Mallory (Days of Our Lives) and Bewitched and Our Miss Brooks producer William Asher.

In addition to his daughter and his wife, survivors also include his brother, Nick; son Christopher; stepchildren Charlie (and his wife, Jenny), Mary and John; grandson Parker; and step-grandchildren Riley, Ford, Daisy and Evan.

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