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1950’s Television Star And Legendary Male Sex Symbol Hugh O’Brian Passes Away At 91

1950's Television Star And Legendary Male Sex Symbol Hugh O'Brian Passes Away At 91

Actor Hugh O’Brian, best known for his portrayal of the title role in the 1950’s TV Western “The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp,” has died. He was 91.

O’Brian born Hugh Charles Krampe in Rochester, New York, son of Hugh John Krampe, a United States Marine Corps officer, and Edith Lillian (Marks) Krampe. His paternal grandparents were German immigrants; his mother was half German-Jewish and half English and Scots ancestry.  O’Brian dropped out of the University of Cincinnati after one semester to enlist in the United States Marine Corps during World War II. At seventeen, he became the youngest Marine drill instructor.

After World War II, O’Brian moved to Los Angeles to study at UCLA. He was discovered on the stage by Ida Lupino,who signed him to Never Fear, a film she was directing, which led O’Brian to a contract with Universal Pictures.

O’Brian was chosen to portray legendary lawman Wyatt Earp on the ABC western series The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, which debuted in 1955. It soon became one of the top-rated shows on television. During its six-year run, Wyatt Earp consistently placed in the top ten in the United States. At the time he was one of television’s great male sex symbols.  Decades later, O’Brian reprised the role in two episodes of the television series Guns of Paradise (1990), TV-movie The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw (1991) and the independent film Wyatt Earp: Return to Tombstone (1994), the latter mixing new footage and colorized archival sequences from the original series.

O’Brien also made a number of motion pictures,(In many of which he had his shirt off)  among them Rocketship X-M (1950), The Lawless Breed (1953), There’s No Business Like Show Business (1954), White Feather(1955), Come Fly with Me (1963), Love Has Many Faces (1965), In Harm’s Way (1965), Ten Little Indians (1965), and Ambush Bay (1966) (In many of which he had his shirt off)

Hugh O’Brian dedicated much of his life to the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY), a non-profit youth leadership development program for high school scholars. HOBY sponsors 10,000 high school sophomores annually through its over 70 leadership programs in all 50 states and 20 countries. Since its inception in 1958, over 435,000 young people have participated in HOBY-related programs.

O’Brian died peacefully in his Beverly Hills home on Monday, according to the statement from his foundation.

 

 

 

Hugh O'Brian naked

Hugh O'Brain naked

 

 

Iconic Gay Character Actor, Comedian and Activist Taylor Negron Passes Away At 57

Taylor Negron

 

Actor, comedian, and activist Taylor Negron has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 57.

Negron who played Rodney Dangerfield’s future son-in-law Julio in “Easy Money”, the villainous Milo in “The Last Boy Scout” and Chevy Chase’s traveling companion Fausto in “Nothing But Trouble”, among many other movie roles including the classic Fast Times At Ridgemont High also appeared on over 40 shows of all sorts from “Seinfeld” to “That’s So Raven”. An a accomplished painter as well,  Negron started his performing career as a supermarket clown. A go go boy and Lucille Ball’s assistant.

Cousin Chuck Negron, the former lead singer for 1970s band Three Dog Night, announced his death.

“I want to inform you that my cousin Taylor Negron just passed away,” he said in a YouTube video posted Saturday. “His mother, his brother, Alex, and my brother, Rene, and his wife … were all there with him. May he rest in peace.”

Taylor was also a fixture in the Los Angeles comedy scene, appearing at Un-Cabaret (where he is considered one of the monologue’s shows original members), The Moth and Comedy Central Stage’s Sit-n-Spin among many other shows. He also performed in fellow comedians’ projects such as Melinda Hill’s web series Romantic Encounters. Negron won best award for the series from LA webfest.

In the video below  Taylor Negron reads his homage to legendary comedian Lucille Ball @ Gay Pride Week Queer Apple Fundraiser Extravaganza for the It Gets Better Project.

Rest In Peace Taylor.

Legendary Porn Actor Harry Reems of Deep Throat Fame, Dead at 65 – Video

Harry Reems, a former adult film star who is best remembered for tickling the tonsils of Linda Lovelace in the 1972 classic porn film Deep Throat passed away yesterday at the George E. Wahlen VA Medical Center in Salt Lake City, UT  at the age of 65 from pancreatic cancer.

Reems, born Herbert Streicher,  appeared in more than 100 pornographic films, in the 70’s and 80’s  including “Forced Entry” and “The Devil in Miss Jones.”

But the “controversy” of Deep Throat  led the FBI to indict Reems for conspiracy to distribute obscene material across state lines, a charge he was initially convicted of before a higher court overruled the decision and also ruined his acting career.  Reems’s defense claimed that he was the first American actor to be prosecuted by the federal government merely for appearing in a film, and he received considerable support from established Hollywood and New York celebrities during his trial  His successful appeal was handled by attorney Alan Dershowitz who was also Larry Flynts lawyer.

Reems aspired to be an actor in non-pornographic films, and in the late 1970s was cast in his first studio movie, “Grease,” as Coach Calhoun, the Rydell High track coach but was kicked off the project because of his “scandalous past.”

“Acting was my true love, and I buried that possibility by going into adult films,” Reems told Dave Itzkoff for a 2005 New York magazine piece. “The writing was on the wall. There was no place for me in conventional entertainment.”

During the second half of his career, upset by his inability to break through to more traditional acting and low on funds, he turned to alcohol drug abuse and panhandling and began his recovery in 1989. He married and converted to Christianity and  not only got sober but had a second act as a successful real estate broker.

Actor/Comedienne Katt Williams OUTS Jamie Foxx As Being Gay Over “Django Unchained” – Video

Katt Williams Outs Jamie Foxx

Bitter about being passed over for the lead in Django Unchained, Actor/Comedienne Katt Williams took out his frustration on Jamie Foxx during a recent show Los Angeles outing Foxx as gay and criticizing him for playing a gun-wielding slave in the film.

“I can even tell you the name of the dude he f–ked. His name is Marcus ANthony,  he’s the only dude signed to Jamie Foxx’s label.  Dude told me I can bring him  on the stage an air it out.”

William continued bashing  Foxx for even considering the role in the Quentin Tarantino flick.

“FUCK Jamie  Foxx and the Django Unchained check he cashed.  They offered me the script and I said ‘Any ni–a that do this deserves to die.’  And the next thing I heard, Jamie Foxx was in makeup.”

Jamie Foxx has not resounded to Williams accusations.

But rumours have been circulating for years about Foxx being gay.

Zachary Quinto Using Twitter to Promote Advocacy

Zachary Quinto

In the How More Perfect Can He Possibly Be Entertainment News, Heroes and StarTrek star Zachary Quinto, who last year quietly and discreetly came out, has in recent days been using social media to spark advocacy and encourage voters specifically LGBTQ to make sure our voices are heard this November in the upcoming presidential election.

He passionately stated on twitter today that “if you are LGBT or love someone who is this election will define the future. it is our job to stand up against organized discrimination.”  Quinto went on to say “romney intends to be the first president in history to actually draft legislation denying civil rights to americans. this CANNOT stand!” Admittedly, I imagined Quinto reciting the famous lines from Gandalf which makes him even more geekchic, and hot as hell.

This is activism at it’s most savvy and resourceful as Social Media like facebook and twitter were definitely a determinant in the huge Democratic Party win in 2008. And two days ago, Zach has been more assertive asking moose enthusiast Sarah Palin after she showed her support for those cluckers Chick-Fil-A “are you kidding me with those sunglasses in a chick-fil-a picture?! i can’t believe you still take yourself seriously”

Quinto in his spare time has been volunteering to help  for the re-election of President Obama by helping campaigning efforts in Orlando, Fl. He’s also taken a more active role in calling his fans to stand up for equal right by telling a weary fan to “TURN YOUR FEAR INTO ACTION”. Do you see why I swoon for this man so much?!?! To see these gems of wisdom from the geek Adonis and more follow him on twitter at @ZacharyQuinto.

Matt Damon Blasts President Obama For His Lack Of “Balls”

Earlier in the year Hollywood Progressive Democrat Matt Damon, one of Obama’s earliest and loudest public supporters, told Piers Morgan the president “misinterpreted his mandate” by rolling over to banks and extending Bush-era tax cuts.

In the latest issue of Elle magazine Damon vent’s further about Obama’s less than stellar push backs against the GOP and Obama’s lack of leadership.

I’ve talked to a lot of people who worked for Obama at the grassroots level. One of them said to me, ‘Never again. I will never be fooled again by a politician,’ ” Damon says, his disappointment ringing with a now-familiar tone of wounded idealism. “You know, a one-term president with some balls who actually got stuff done would have been, in the long run of the country, much better.” Damon gestures in the direction, just out of sight over the tree line, of the sign-wielding picketers (Occupy Vancover) who are beginning to gather steam. “If the Democrats think that they didn’t have a mandate—people are literally without any focus or leadership, just wandering out into the streets to yell right now because they are so pissed off,” he says. “Imagine if they had a leader.”

Wow when Matt Damon calls you out you are in Sarah Palin and Bush twin territory.