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Bryan Cranston on His Early Roles, Dealing With Rejection and His ‘Erasable Mind(5/26/19) (variety.com/) Following his 2014 Tony Award for best actor as President Lyndon B. Johnson in Robert Schenkkan’s play “All the Way,” Bryan Cranston is looking to add to his trophy collection this year with his performance as Howard Beale in “Network.” The deranged anchorman — who’s famously “mad as hell and not going to take this anymore” — is the latest in a string of iconic roles for the actor, best known for playing chemistry teacher-turned-drug lord Walter White in the AMC series “Breaking Bad” (earning him a Golden Globe and four acting Emmys along the way). On a more lighthearted note, Cranston starred as goofy father Hal in Fox family sitcom “Malcolm in the Middle.” He was first mentioned in Variety in an announcement on Jan. 13, 1982, when he signed with Leonard Grant & Associates for personal management.
Did you have any train-wreck auditions early in your career?
I was 22 years old, and the character was a cocky Southerner. I thought, “I’m just gonna go in character.” The casting director held out his hand, and I pretended I didn’t see it. I crossed my legs and put my boots on top of his desk. At that point he was done with me, and he was right because I was acting like an idiot. He goes, “Get your feet off my desk.” I had a moment of “Are you really this character, or are you going to acquiesce?” I just smirked. He said it again, and I realized we were done. The whole character dropped, and I took my feet off his desk. I said, “It wouldn’t really matter if we read the scene, would it?” He said no, and I left and apologized.
How did you deal with rejection?
I had an epiphany 10 years after that. It changed my life as an actor. I used to think that an audition was a job interview, but I realized I was giving up my power because I was going into an office wanting something from them. Whenever you want something from anyone, you have relinquished your power. Holding on to power in an audition is essential for an actor. You have to be able to do exactly what you want because that’s what’s required of you to impress someone with your uniqueness and what you could bring to a character. I was going in there to present an idea, an option for them. An audition became another opportunity for me to act.
What did you learn from your first major role?
I accepted a role on a soap opera called “Loving” on ABC in 1983. The challenge on a soap opera is how to be authentic with basically no rehearsal. You learn your lines the night before. With that kind of turnover, how do you get to a place that feels honest? That was hard for me. I think soap operas are unfairly judged as less valued acting experiences. They are indeed extremely challenging. It felt like I crossed a threshold from that point on.
Is there a line of dialogue that always sticks with you?
It’s funny; I have an erasable mind. Once I finish something, it pretty much goes. The line from “Breaking Bad” is pretty iconic. “You think you know me. You think that I’m the one who’s in danger. No, I am the danger.” I can’t remember it. Fans quote it back to me, but I don’t know it. They’re shocked. Some have said they’ve watched “Breaking Bad” six times all the way through, and that’s five more than I have.
Kip Niven Dies: ‘Magnum Force’ Rogue Cop & Actor In ‘Alice’, ‘The Waltons’ & Sensurround Films Was 73(5/9/19) Kip Niven (John Neale, Loving/Nat, OLTL), a veteran character actor whose career ranged from early-’70s TV and the first two Sensurround films to regional theater and starring in 2014’s Jayhawkers, has died. He was 73. Local media outlets in his native Kansas City, MO, said Niven died Monday of a heart attack.
Born on May 27, 1945, he got his start with guest roles in such 1970s TV dramas as Night Gallery, Escape and Emergency! before landing a key role in the first Dirty Harry sequel. In 1973’s Magnum Force, Niven played “Red” Astrachan, one of the vigilante rookie cops who terrorize San Francisco’s underworld — and eventually Clint Eastwood, who eventually gets his revenge. Astrachan’s comrades were played by future stars Robert Urich, Tim Matheson and David Soul.
After that, Niven would appear in dozens of TV shows and more than a dozen features including Earthquake (1974) and Midway (1976), the first two movies released in the Sensurround format that made theater seats shake at key moments. He had a key, if brief and ill-fated, role in Earthquake as a scientist who predicts that the Big One will hit Los Angeles within days.
As the “disaster movie” trend swept through Hollywood in the mid-’70s, Niven also would appear in Airport 1975 and The Hindenburg (1977),
He also continued to work on the small screen, appearing in multiple telefilms, miniseries including Blind Ambition and Once an Eagle and such drama series as Marcus Welby, M.D., S.W.A.T. and The Bionic Woman. He also did an arc as Rev. Tom Marshall on The Waltons and returned for the first two post-series telepics.
Niven also did a stint on the long-running CBS sitcom Alice, whose star Linda Lavin he married in 1982. Niven’s character had a key role in the two-part series finale as a country singer who whisks Lavin’s Alice away to Nashville to follow her musical dream.
Niven worked mostly in TV during the 1980s, guesting on shows including Falcon Crest, Hart to Hart, CHiPs, Simon & Simon, T.J. Hooker, Knight Rider, Kate & Allie and Spenser: For Hire and some 1990s series including Law & Order and Walker, Texas Ranger, along with multiple telefilms.
Among his other film credtis are Swashbuckler (1976), Damnation Alley (1977) and playing a masked homicidal maniac in the 1980 slasher pic New Year’s Evil.
He would go on to appear in indie films and shorts through 2018, with his last major as playing legendary University of Kansas basketball coach Forrest “Phog” Allen in Jayhawkers.
Niven also was a regular on the Kansas City theater circuit, where he found the Equity Actors’ Readers’ Theatre.
Luke Perry buried in eco-friendly mushroom 'suit'(5/4/19) Luke Perry was buried in a special eco-friendly suit made from mushrooms, his daughter has revealed.
The Riverdale star passed away on March 4 at the age of 52 following a massive stroke.
And now Luke’s daughter Sophie has revealed that her father – who was passionate about environmental causes – had seen the biodegradable suit months before his death, and requested that he be buried in it when the time came.
“Any explanation i give will not do justice to the genius that is the mushroom burial suit, but it is essentially an eco friendly burial option via mushrooms,” Sophie, 18, wrote on Instagram.
“My dad discovered it, and was more excited by this than I have ever seen him,” she continued. “He was buried in this suit, one of his final wishes. They are truly a beautiful thing for this beautiful planet, and I want to share it with all of you.”
Mushroom suits cost around US$1,500 each and include a button-up fabric with a hood and face cover, according to Coeio.com, the company that designs the special burial outfit.
The suit uses mushrooms and other microorganisms to speed up the decomposition process, while also neutralizing toxins found in the body and transferring the nutrients to plant life.
Earlier this week, Sophie announced she was officially opening her first preschool in Malawi, Africa, which would be named after her late father.
B&B’s Rena Sofer To Re-Wed(4/30/19) Rena Sofer (Quinn, B&B et al) and Sandford Bookstaver are tying the knot — again! The pair first wed in 2003 then quietly split and reconciled. “I have spent almost 19 years of my life with you and am so happy to spend the rest of my remaining years on this earth by your side,” Sofer posted on Instagram today. “While I don’t recommend divorce as a marriage counseling tool, it sure worked for us!” For the rest of the post, click here. Best wishes to the happy couple!
Luke Perry's Life Celebration from Hollywood Set for April(3/30/19) Luke Perry's getting a proper sendoff from Hollywood ... with a celebration of his extraordinary life.
TMZ's obtained the invitation that's been sent to those who worked with Luke during his Hollywood career ... a list boasting hundreds of names. We're told the invitation's gone out to those who worked with him on "Beverly Hills, 90210," "Riverdale" and various other projects.
Our sources say the invite's not limited to stars and execs who run Tinseltown. We're told crew members -- from camera guys and makeup artists to hairstylists and wardrobe folks -- are included on the guest list. The private event is set for April 13 at the Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank.
As we first reported ... Luke's ashes were spread around the place he most cherished ... the Tennessee farm where he lived on and off over the last 20-plus years. TMZ broke the story ... Luke died suddenly this month after suffering a massive stroke.
His death sent shock waves across the world. Luke was an adoring father and was revered just as much in Hollywood, which is why it wants to unite one last time in his honor.
Brian Austin Green reveals ‘90210’ cast reunited in honor of Luke Perry(3/22/19) Luke Perry will always be remembered by his on-screen family.
Brian Austin Green revealed on his podcast that the cast of “Beverly Hills, 90210” recently reunited in honor of the late star.
“[I saw] people I hadn’t seen in at least 18 years, at least,” Green shared. “It was very mixed emotions because you were happy to see everybody and you felt like, ‘God, it’s been so long’ … but what a horrible reason to have to see everybody again.”
The bittersweet reunion took place at Gabrielle Carteris’ house. Green, 45, didn’t say which cast members attended Carteris’ gathering.
“It was definitely interesting. It had its fun, funny, like, laugh times and then it had its moments of … I don’t fully know what to say,” he continued. “I totally don’t believe it. I don’t fully believe Luke is gone. Luke has been in my life a long time and we had a really special relationship, and I’m learning now that Luke really had a special relationship with everyone. … He was a great human being.”
Green previously revealed on his podcast that after he heard news of Perry’s passing, he texted the late “Riverdale” star.
“I texted him after he passed, knowing obviously that he can’t text me back but on some level, hoping that he would text me back, or that he was out there somewhere,” Green, who starred as David Silver alongside Perry’s Dylan McKay on the long-running series, explained.
“And I know he is. I know he’s looking down and I know he’s smiling.”
Perry died on March 4 after suffering a massive stroke. He was 52.
Luke Perry Was Cremated and Ashes Scattered On Tennessee Farm(3/15/19) Luke Perry was cremated and his remains were scattered on the place he most cherished ... his Tennessee farm.
Family sources tell us Luke's ashes now lay in the town of Vanleer, TN, where Luke had 380 acres. The "Beverly Hills, 90210" actor purchased the land in the '90s. He lived there on and off over the past 20-plus years.
TMZ broke the story ... Luke's death certificate lists his official cause of death as "ischemic cerebrovascular accident" -- doc talk for having a stroke. The cert revealed his body had been taken to Dickson, TN to a funeral home, but it was not more specific.
Vanleer is just over 13 miles away from Dickson, so it sounds like his family received Luke's ashes in Dickson and drove them north to the farm.
As for Luke's connection to the farm ... he bought it in 1995 during the '90210' run. He had just starred in the movie "8 Seconds" where he played a young rodeo champ and developed an interest in cattle raising. That's when he purchased the farm.
Our sources say a private ceremony for friends and family will be held for Luke in a few weeks.
Luke was supposed to get married to his fiancee, Wendy Madison Bauer, later this summer. The date had been set for August 17, 2019, in LA.
He was 52.
NBC TO Air Luke Perry's Classic SNL 3/9/19(3/9/19) 10:00 PM - March 9 - NBC SNL Vintage - The late Luke Perry hosts this Season 18 episode, which originally aired on Feb. 6, 1993; Mick Jagger performs.
Dishing with Digest - 3/8/19 - Bryan R. Dattilo(3/8/19) Bryan R. Dattilo On DAYS Ins And Outs (Listen / download)
Bryan R. Dattilo looks back on 25 years as DAYS's Lucas, his comings and goings from the show, his recent fitness kick and more with Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. Plus, we talk about the late Luke Perry, who got his start on soaps.
Jason Priestley pays tribute to ‘bright light’ Luke Perry(3/8/19) Jason Priestley has finally added his tribute to late Beverly Hills, 90210 castmate Luke Perry, revealing it took him “a couple of days” to figure out what to say.
The pair’s former castmates, Ian Ziering, Shannen Doherty, Jennie Garth, and Gabrielle Carteris, all offered up their fond farewells to the late actor hours after his death on Monday, but it has taken Priestley a little longer to find the right words.
“It’s taken me a couple of days to figure out how to write this …,” he wrote on Instagram early on Thursday. “My dear friend of 29 years, Luke Perry, was one of those truly special people who really cared ….
“Luke was not only a star, he was an incredibly bright light that was extinguished far too soon … and that is why I, and so many others, are in so much pain today … If you had the good fortune to know Luke, or to have ever crossed his path, I know you are sad today as well.”
Priestley, who shared two photos of the old friends – one a throwback and the other a more recent picture, added: “The candle that burns twice as bright only burns for half as long … you burned oh, so brightly Luke … Goodnight Sweet Prince.”
Perry died with his fiancee Wendy Madison Bauer, his ex-wife, Rachel Sharp, and their children at his side, five days after suffering a stroke at his home in Sherman Oaks, California.
His 21-year-old son, Jack, paid tribute to his dad via Instagram on Wednesday, writing: “He loved (and) supported me in everything, and inspired me to be the best that I could possibly be. I’ve learned so much from you, and my heart is broken thinking about everything you won’t be here for. I’ll miss you every day that I walk this earth. I’ll do whatever I can to carry on your legacy and make you proud. I love you Dad.”
Meanwhile, Tiffani Thiessen, who also starred opposite Perry on 90201, has offered up her tribute, calling the actor “the definition of a gentleman.”
She took to Instagram on Thursday and wrote: “My heart has been weighing heavy. The loss of a man who started as my co-star but quickly became my friend.”
Thiessen became the love interest for Perry’s bad boy heartthrob Dylan McKay on the show.
“He welcomed me on my very first day of #90210 with open arms. A day that was not an easy one for me,” she added. “I was coming in to a show, a family really, that had been together for over 4 years. But this man took me under his wing and made me feel at home … He was sincere, sweet, warm, kind, professional and funny as all heck.”
She added: “Luke, our world has a hole in it now that you aren’t here. But heaven definitely gained you as an angel.”
DAYS’s Josh Taylor Remembers Luke Perry(3/7/19) Before playing DAYS’s Roman, Josh Taylor portrayed Jack McCay, father to Dylan, on BEVERLY HILLS, 90210. In an exclusive interview with Digest, Taylor recalls working with the late Luke Perry. “I’m still kind of stunned, actually,” says the actor of Perry’s untimely death. “People do recover from strokes and that was my hope since he was so young. I have extraordinarily fond feelings for Luke and extraordinary memories. I remember we just hit it off from the get-go. I remember we were sitting at the table at lunch and somebody commented how much our mannerisms and our style were quite a bit alike. And then we’re sitting there and both of us are doing something with our hands and Luke said, ‘God, we even move our hands the same way.’ But, the bottom line is, we just hit it off right away. It’s not like we’ve kept in touch all the years, but we got close and we’d run into each other and it was always a neat thing. But when you start thinking about those times, obviously, it affects me. It comes out of nowhere. I was thinking the best way I could put it is Luke was for real. He was that guy. He was a good man. Luke Perry was a damn good actor. He did have that kind of James Dean thing about him. But as cool as Dylan McKay was, Luke Perry was even cooler.”
Shannen Doherty Says Luke Perry's 'Biggest Accomplishment' Was His Children: 'They Were His Heart'(3/5/19) Shannen Doherty is devastated over the loss of her castmate and friend Luke Perry.
“I am in shock. Heartbroken. Devastated by the loss of my friend. I have so many memories with Luke that make me smile and that are forever imprinted on my heart and mind,” Doherty, 47, exclusively tells PEOPLE about Perry, who died Monday at age 52 after suffering a massive stroke days earlier.
Doherty starred alongside Perry on Beverly Hills, 90210 for years — the actress as Brenda Walsh and Perry as Dylan McKay (he appeared from 1990-95 and again in 1998 until 2000).
Although the costars drifted apart when the show went off the air, they reconnected after Doherty went public with her breast cancer diagnosis in 2015.Shannen Doherty and Luke Perry
“Luke was a smart, quiet, humble and complex man with a heart of gold and never-ending well of integrity and love. Luke reached out to me during my cancer journey and we picked right back up, albeit older and wiser, but that connection remained in tact,” says Doherty, who opened up about being in remission in September.
Although the duo wasn’t signed on to return for the upcoming Beverly Hills, 90210 reboot alongside their original castmates, both Doherty and Perry hoped to work together again on “something special and meaningful” for fans.
“There is a special kind of love one has for each other when you are experiencing the journey we did on 90210 and of course life in general. Luke and I were working on show ideas for us. We wanted to work with each other again and create something special and meaningful for our fans at this stage in our lives,” shares Doherty. “I will miss him everyday. Every minute. Every second.”
During their time spent together, Doherty remembers how often and fondly Perry spoke of his two children — son Jack, 21, and daughter Sophie, 18 — who he shared with ex Rachel “Minnie” Sharp.
“Luke loved his family. He raved about his kids and how proud he was of them. He showed me videos of the often,” says Doherty. “They were his heart and for him, his biggest accomplishment.”
Just weeks before his death, Doherty met up for lunch with her longtime friend and his dog, Penny, which will stand as one of her lasting memories with Perry.
“A couple of weeks ago in February, Luke and I met up for lunch. He chose the restaurant based on who would allow his dog,” says Doherty.
“I walked in and there he was, smiling, with his dog Penny and her bed under the booth, happy as can be,” she the actress. “I will never forget — and will miss — Luke looking at me with that smile of his saying … Shan.”
On Feb. 27, Perry was hospitalized after suffering a stroke and paramedics were dispatched to his home in Sherman Oaks, California. A source told PEOPLE he never regained consciousness.
The actor remained under observation for five days, but died on Monday, March 4.
“Actor Luke Perry, 52, passed away today after suffering a massive stroke,” read a statement from Perry’s rep.
“He was surrounded by his children Jack and Sophie, fiancé Wendy Madison Bauer, ex-wife Minnie Sharp, mother Ann Bennett, step-father Steve Bennett, brother Tom Perry, sister Amy Coder, and other close family and friends,” continued the statement. “The family appreciates the outpouring of support and prayers that have been extended to Luke from around the world, and respectfully request privacy in this time of great mourning. No further details will be released at this time.”
Following news of his death, numerous 90210 cast members expressed their condolences in statements and on social media.
In an exclusive statement to PEOPLE, Tori Spelling wrote, “I’m in utter shock and heartbroken. I’m saddened for his kids whom he adored beyond words. He was so proud of Jack and Sophie. Luke was one of the kindest and most humble human beings I’ve ever known. I’m grateful for the years of friendship we had. He truly was family to me, a protector and a brother. I’m so sorry for the loss that everyone is experiencing.”
Jennie Garth also released an exclusive statement to PEOPLE: “My heart is broken. He meant so much to so many. Such a very special person. I share my deep sadness with his family and all who loved him. Such a terrible loss.”
Ian Ziering, who was the first 90210 star to pay tribute, tweeted, “Dearest Luke, I will forever bask in the loving memories we’ve shared over the last thirty years. May your journey forward be enriched by the magnificent souls who have passed before you, just like you have done here, for those you leave behind.”
In lieu of flowers, the Perry family asks that donations be made to Fight Colorectal Cancerthis link opens in a new tab and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospitalthis link opens in a new tab.
Luke Perry Dies: ‘Riverdale’ & ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ Star Was 52(3/5/19) (deadline.com) Riverdale and Beverly Hills, 90210 star Luke Perry died today after suffering a massive stroke last week. He was 52.
Perry had been hospitalized since Wednesday.
His children Jack and Sophie, fiancé Wendy Madison Bauer, ex-wife Minnie Sharp, mother Ann Bennett, step-father Steve Bennett, brother Tom Perry, sister Amy Coder, and other close family and friends. The family appreciates the outpouring of support and prayers that have been extended to Luke from around the world, and respectfully request privacy in this time of great mourning. No further details will be released at this time.”
Perry had starred as Archie’s dad, Fred Andrews, on the CW’s Riverdale. He began his career in the early 1980s, including an arc on the soap opera Another World, and would become a household name on Fox’s Beverly Hills, 90210, starring as Dylan McCay from 1990-95 and again from 1998-2000.
He once said of his Dylan role: “I’m going to be linked with him until I die, but that’s actually just fine. I created Dylan McKay. He’s mine.”
The character wasn’t in the Beverly Hills, 90210 pilot. In a 2015 interview with the Television Academy Foundation, series creator Darren Star recalled: “After the first episode, we got together as a writing staff and we were sort of missing a ‘bad boy,’ in a way, so we created Dylan. When [Perry] came in to read for Dylan, we loved him, and [EP Aaron Spelling] loved him. And I think it’s very well known that Aaron went out of pocket to hire him as a series regular, and the network wasn’t necessarily onboard with adding a series regular. … Aaron knew we needed this kind of character on the show, and of course Luke was fantastic.”
While starring on 90210, Perry won a supporting role in the original film version of Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He also starred in the 1992 feature Terminal Bliss and was a series regular on the lottery-themed 2000 NBC drama Windfall.
Born on October 11, 1966, in Mansfield, OH, his other early film credits included 8 Seconds, Normal Life opposite Ashley Judd and the Rodney King drama Riot. His other TV credits included an arc as the ill-fated Reverend Jeremiah Cloutier on HBO prison drama Oz, and the post-apocalyptic 2002-04 Showtime drama Jeremiah.
Perry also worked as a voice actor in such series as The Incredible Hilk, The Legend of Calamity Jane, Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm and Biker Mice from Mars. He also guested as himself in the 1993 The Simposons episode “Krusty Gets Kancelled.”
He played Brad Majors on Broadway in the 2000 revival of The Rocky Horror Show and recently filmed a role in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
It was just last week that Fox announced it had closed a deal for a reboot of Beverly Hills 90210. Titled 90210, the show from CBS TV Studios received a six-episode order to air this summer. Original cast members Jason Priestley, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Gabrielle Carteris, Brian Austin Green and Tori Spelling had signed to return to the reboot, but Perry had not.
Luke Perry Dead at 52: Riverdale EPs and The CW Salute 'Generous' 'Father Figure and Mentor to Young Cast'(3/5/19) Luke Perry was remembered by Riverdale‘s producers and The CW as a “consummate professional with a giant heart,” in the wake of the TV vet’s death on Monday.
Perry died on March 4, just days after suffering a massive stroke and being hospitalized. At the time of his passing, he was surrounded by fiancee Wendy Madison Bauer, ex-wife Minnie Sharp, and children Jack and Sophie, among other family members and friends.
A joint statement from Riverdale EPs Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Greg berlanti, Sarah Schecther and Jon Goldwater, Warner Bros. TV and The CW reads: “We are deeply saddened to learn today about the passing of Luke Perry. A beloved member of the Riverdale, Warner Bros. and CW family, Luke was everything you would hope he would be: an incredibly caring, consummate professional with a giant heart, and a true friend to all.
“A father figure and mentor to the show’s young cast, Luke was incredibly generous, and he infused the set with love and kindness. Our thoughts are with Luke’s family during this most difficult time.”
Production on Riverdale was shut down for the day, after the news broke.
Perry suffered his stroke on Feb. 27, the same day that Fox announced it was reviving Beverly Hills, 90210 via a six-episode, Curb Your Enthusiasm-esque mockumentary starring original cast members Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Jason Priestly, Brian Austin Green, Tori Spelling and Gabrielle Carteris. Though Perry’s Riverdale gig would have kept him from participating in the project full-time, Spelling had expressed confidence, prior to the revival’s official announcement, that Perry would have done “as many [episodes] as he can do.”
Luke Perry, 'Beverly Hills, 90210' and 'Riverdale' Star, Dead at 52(3/4/19) (etonline.com) Luke Perry, best known for his roles on Beverly Hills, 90210 and Riverdale, has died. He was 52.
His rep confirmed his death on Monday.
"Actor Luke Perry, 52, passed away today after suffering a massive stroke," the statement reads. "He was surrounded by his children Jack and Sophie, fiancé Wendy Madison Bauer, ex-wife Minnie Sharp, mother Ann Bennett, step-father Steve Bennett, brother Tom Perry, sister Amy Coder, and other close family and friends. The family appreciates the outpouring of support and prayers that have been extended to Luke from around the world, and respectfully request privacy in this time of great mourning. No further details will be released at this time."
A source tells ET that Perry’s daughter Sophie was in Africa on a humanitarian mission at the time of his stroke. According to the source, she was able to fly back to be by her father’s side during his last days.
Perry was hospitalized on Feb. 27 after suffering a massive stroke at his home in Sherman Oaks, California. His former 90210 cast members, Ian Ziering and Shannen Doherty, took to social media to show their support for Perry, whose health emergency coincided with an announcement about a 90210 reboot that was to feature the original cast members.
At Sunday's The Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation's Compassion Project Gala in Los Angeles, Doherty spoke with ET about Perry. "I can't talk about it here 'cause I will literally start crying but I love him and he knows I love him," she said.
"It's Luke, and he's my Dylan," she continued, referring to their iconic 90210 characters.
In 2017, Perry dished to ET about the possibility of a cast reunion.
“I think everybody’s interested in doing it,” he said at the time. “We know we’d have a lot of fun getting back together. We just want it to be good.”
Perry was born in Mansfield, Ohio, on Oct. 11, 1966, and grew up in nearby Fredericktown.
Not long after graduating from high school, Perry moved to Los Angeles to pursue his acting career but he wasn’t an immediate success. After more than 200 auditions, he finally landed a TV commercial and was cast in the Twisted Sister music video for “Be Chrool to You Scuel” in 1985. He went on to land roles on the soap operas Loving and Another World before scoring his big break as bad boy Dylan McKay on Beverly Hills, 90210.
The hit show turned Perry into a certified ‘90s teen heartthrob, which translated into his first movie role in 1992's Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He also appeared in the films Terminal Bliss and 8 Seconds.
In 1995, Perry announced a short-lived departure from 90210, to take on more serious gigs. After appearing in a few more films, including Normal Life and The Fifth Element, he returned back to the zip code that made him famous. The original installment of 90210 aired for 10 seasons before coming to an end in 2000.
Perry, meanwhile, didn’t want to get typecast as his 90210 character. He starred in multiple projects including the HBO prison drama Oz, as well as Windfall, Jeremiah, The Sandlot: Heading Home and more. He also made several guest appearances on hit shows like Will & Grace, Spin City, What I Like About You, Family Guy, Law & Order: SVU and Criminal Minds.
Perry married Rachel Sharp in 1993. They were together for a decade and welcomed two children, 21-year-old Jack and 18-year-old Sophie, before splitting in 2003.
In 2017, Perry returned to series television landing the role as Fred Andrews (Archie’s father) on Riverdale. He spoke with ET about the “21st century” take on the classic comic book, and the similarities between him and the character.
“I think in some ways this character is the closest thing to me that I’ve ever played because he’s a guy that loves his kid. That’s really all he’s about,” the father of two said before adding. “That’s what I’m about.”
'Riverdale' Star Luke Perry Suffers 'Massive' Stroke, Sedated in Hospital(2/28/19) Updates: 12:25 PM PT -- Although a family member says Luke was placed in a coma, his rep says he is not. We're told he is sedated.
12:07 PM PT -- Sources connected to Luke tell TMZ doctors have placed him in a medically induced coma. The stroke, we're told, was "massive." When paramedics arrived at his home he was responsive and talking but his condition deteriorated and he was rushed to the hospital.
8:38 AM PT -- A rep for Luke tells TMZ ... he is currently under observation at the hospital.Luke Perry suffered a massive stroke Wednesday, and is currently hospitalized ... TMZ has learned.
Paramedics responded to Luke's home in Sherman Oaks around 9:40 AM. We know the call came into the fire department for someone suffering a stroke, and Luke was transported to a nearby hospital. It's unclear what his condition is right now.
The 52-year-old who stars as Archie's dad, Fred Andrews, on "Riverdale" ... had been shooting episodes recently in L.A. on the Warner Bros. lot.
Luke's medical crisis coincidentally struck on the very same day Fox announced it will reboot "Beverly Hills, 90210" -- the show on which he shot to fame, playing Dylan McKay in the 90s.
While his former costars -- Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Jason Priestly, Brian Austin Green, Tori Spelling and Gabrielle Carteris -- will be on the revived series, Luke has not signed on to the project.
Luke Perry Suffers Stroke — Report(2/28/19) Luke Perry reportedly suffered a major stroke Wednesday morning at his home in Los Angeles, according to TMZ. In a statement, a rep for the actor confirms, “Mr. Perry is currently under observation at the hospital.” His condition remains unclear.
The 52-year-old Beverly Hills, 90210 vet currently portrays Archie’s dad, Fred Andrews, on The CW’s Riverdale.
Perry’s apparent medical crisis occurred the same day Fox announced it was reviving 90210 via a Curb Your Enthusiasm-esque mockumentary starring original cast members Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Jason Priestly, Brian Austin Green, Tori Spelling and Gabrielle Carteris. Although Perry’s series-regular Riverdale gig precluded him participating in the project full-time, Spelling — who serves as one of the quasi-revival’s executive producers — expressed confidence that he would “do as many [episodes] as he can do.”
Additional TV credits for Perry include guest stints on Criminal Minds, Major Crimes, Community, Body of Proof and Will & Grace. He also appeared in the original 1992 film version of Buffy The Vampire Slayer.
Rena Sofer Announces Reunion With Ex(2/15/19) In a Valentine’s Day post, Rena Sofer (Quinn, B&B) announced that she and ex-hubby Sanford Bookstaver are back together. “Sometimes you are lucky enough to find the man of your dreams early in your life… and sometimes you divorce the man of your dreams after 13 years of marriage…,” she wrote. “Then… sometimes you are DOUBLY lucky enough to find the man of your dreams all over again!!! Realizing the love of my life has been there, all the time, for the last 18 years is the best gift I could have ever hoped to receive. @sbookstaver will you be my valentine? FOREVER?? #loml #happyvalentinesday.” Bookstaver tweeted, “This woman @rena.sofer is the love of my life! It’s been a long journey together, and I couldn’t be happier that we have found each other again. Here’s to a long and beautiful life together forever. Happy Valentine’s Day! #valentinesday#love #forever.”
Melissa Leo, Jessica Collins, thirtysomething Alums and More Join Netflix's Dolly Parton Anthology(2/12/19) Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings will get a tug from Bellamy Young (Scandal) and Sarah Shahi (Person of Interest), among many other TV stars, later this year.
Netflix’s Parton-centric anthology series — which will use music from the country legend’s songbook to inspire the plot of each episode — has recruited more than a dozen actors to appear in newly announced standalone installments.
The roster also includes thirtysomething alumni Patricia Wettig and Timothy Busfield (who will reunite in the episode titled “Sugar Hill”), The Practice‘s Camryn Manheim, The Americans‘ Holly Taylor and Oscar winner Melissa Leo.
Though character details have not been revealed for the new cast members, Netflix has provided episode titles and synopses, which you can view below.
“Down From Dover”
“Two Doors Down”
Previously announced stars include Once Upon a Time‘s Ginnifer Goodwin (in an episode based on “These Old Bones”) and Grease: Live‘s Julianne Hough, who will fill the title role in an episode inspired by “Jolene.”
Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings will premiere sometime in 2019.
Bryan Cranston to Star in Showtime Limited Series From Good Wife Creators(2/1/19) Bryan Cranston is headed back to the small screen in a big way. The Breaking Bad vet has signed on to star in Your Honor, a Showtime Limited series exec produced by Good Wife/Good Fight creators Robert and Michelle King, TVLine has learned.
Written by The Night Of‘s Peter Moffat (who also serves as showrunner and EP), Your Honor is a New Orleans-set legal thriller that finds Cranston playing a respected judge whose son is involved in a hit-and-run. The crisis leads to “a high-stakes game of lies, deceit and impossible choices,” per the official logline.
“Peter, Michelle and Robert have crafted an original thriller with gut-wrenching suspense, raw emotion and moral complexity,” Gary Levine, Showtime’s President of Entertainment, said in a statement. “And we are simply ecstatic that Bryan Cranston, one of the planet’s finest actors, shares our enthusiasm and has agreed to play the lead.”
Production begins later this year.
A First Look at Rebecca Budig's New Role on L.A.'S FINEST!(1/8/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) (Photo1, Photo2) It’s unlikely you’ll see it her alter ego of Quinn Forrester sporting it on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL, but Rena Sofer just got a new tattoo with a very special meaning. Shortly after the New Year, the actress teased fans with a shot of her getting the ink on her left forearm. “I’ll show it when it’s healed!” she promised. “48 hours!”
Once her arm was healed, Sofer shared a shot of the image that was designed by her daughter, artist Rosabel Rosalind Kurth, and then transformed into skin art by Los Angeles-based tattoo artist Daniel Winter. And each part of the detailed design carries a special meaning for the actress and mother. “I am the queen bee,” she explained. “And the MRA in my scepter are for my girls. The shoes show while I can be a woman in every sense of the word, I’ll also protect my family with everything I have. The crown says what I am: MAMA.”
Sofer has other tattoos that she has gotten over the years, but this one is extra-special and one that took extra planning. “I’ve thought about this for years so it wasn’t a snap decision, and while I’ve had many tattoos in my life, this is my most meaningful,” she expressed. “Thank you, Rosabel, for the amazing art, and Daniel Winter for the amazing work.”
Rosabel really is a very talented artist, and Winter did an incredible job translating it into a tattoo for Sofer. Of course, now we can’t help but wonder what kind of tattoos Quinn might get for herself!
Laura Wright Thanks Fans for Their Love as She Mourns Her Parents(1/7/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) The end of 2018 was challenging for GENERAL HOSPITAL star Laura Wright (Carly), but she’s determined to start 2019 on a positive note and also thank her loyal fans for their unwavering support as she mourned the loss of her parents. “I wanna thank you all for your condolences,” she posted to Instagram. “It’s been an interesting couple months (I refuse to use a negative label). Honestly, I’m just grateful. Taking deep breaths and being present. And I’m excited for what 2019 has to bring!” She also included the hashtags: “#lifeisbeautiful, #grateful, #itsuptoyou, #itsreallyuptoyou, and #2019Baby.”
GH fans have been flooding Wright’s social media accounts with heartfelt messages of love and support both when she lost her mother back in October of 2018 and again when her father passed away in December. The actress traveled home to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, with boyfriend Wes Ramsey (Peter) to join her family and friends in memorializing both Betty and Rector Sisk.
Our thoughts continue to go out to Wright and her entire family during this difficult time.
Wes Ramsey Expresses His Deep Love for Laura Wright(1/3/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) As 2019 began, GENERAL HOSPITAL star Wes Ramsey (Peter) shared a beautifully heartfelt message to his love, Laura Wright (Carly). “As I close out this powerful calendar year,” he posted to Instagram, “I’m reflecting continually on — and humbly moved by — the grace with which this strong woman moves through the world. We’ve been blessed with so much this year, yet she has lost so much more.”
Ramsey is referring to Wright having lost her beloved mother back in October, followed by the death of her father at the end of December. But throughout any hardships, the actress has remained grateful for the good things in her life, and it’s an attitude he is hoping to emulate himself. “Her unplanned, unprepared stoicism in spite of such loss is revering to my heart and inspiring to my spirit,” Ramsey declared. “She’s a tour de force — paving the road in spite of the path or its forced directions. I know this because I, too, am on that path. Her path. I am here to vouch that the road is smooth and placed with both intention and foundation, no matter the obstacle.
“So as I close out this year — one of the best of my life,” Ramsey concluded, “I’ve never thought less about my worried self and been more honored by this magical angel as her laughter (my distraction) keeps my dreams not just afloat, but out in front. I’m proud of you. I admire you. I thank you for letting me walk with you.”
For her part, Wright is also grateful to have Ramsey by her side. “I’ve had a beautiful January 1,” she shared on her own Instagram. “Reflection, tears, and gratitude for this view. I wrapped myself in love and memories and took deep breaths (and a quick dip in the hot tub), staying quiet with my thoughts on this new day. Thank you, Wes, for being by my side.”
The love these two share is an inspiration to everyone. All the best for a happy 2019 for the both of them!
Laura Wright Mourns the Death of Her Father(12/31/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Please join us in sending love to GENERAL HOSPITAL star Laura Wright (Carly), who is mourning the death of her father, Rector Sisk. She shared the heartbreaking news on Instagram with a series of photos of her dad with her mother, Betty, who passed away just two months earlier in October. “Together is a beautiful place to be,” Wright said of her parents’ passing. “RIP, Dad. I love you.” Her father was 75.
Wright, who began her daytime career as Aly on LOVING and THE CITY before playing Cassie on GUIDING LIGHT and then joining the cast of GH, has always enjoyed a warm, loving family. She has two children, Lauren, and John, and a brother, Jeffrey Sisk. Now her parents, Rector and Betty, are reunited in heaven to watch over all of them. Our thoughts are with Wright and her entire family during this difficult time.
Eliza Dushku Fires Back at Bull Co-star Michael Weatherly, Details 'Cruel' and 'Aggressive' Harassment on Set(12/23/18) Eliza Dushku has broken her silence about her run on CBS’ Bull, a job she says featured “one of the most cruel, most aggressive humiliations I have ever experienced” and from which she was fired after speaking up about lewd comments made by her co-star, Michael Weatherly.
In an op-ed published in Wednesday’s Boston Globe, the Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum outlines in great detail the atmosphere on the CBS procedural that led to her lodging a formal complaint — and then being fired not long afterward. Dushku, who says she was brought onto the show to become a series regular, later was awarded a $9.5 million settlement by the network.
News of the settlement broke in a New York Times article earlier in December. Dushku declined to be interviewed for that piece, she writes, “because I wanted to honor the terms of my settlement with the network. I was under the impression that Weatherly and [Bull showrunner Glen Gordon] Caron would also not respond per our settlement. Instead, all commented to the Times in what amounted to more deflection, denial, and spin.”
Last week, Weatherly’s former NCIS colleagues Pauley Perrette and Sasha Alexander jumped to defend him, pledging their support for him on social media. “This man… I love, respect, trust, and I KNOW. TWO decades of friendship and respect,” Perrette tweeted with a photo of her and Weatherly. “The best. I love you @M_Weatherly. Always and forever.”
Per the Times story, Weatherly would say things like, “Here comes legs” when Dushku arrived on set for a scene, that he joked about having a threesome with her and that he once responded to her flubbing a line by saying he’d bend her over his knee and spank her. Dushku adds that her former co-star also routinely mocked previous sexual harassment training and rallied the crew against her, humiliating her publicly during an end-of-season wrap party.
Dushku writes that, after she approached Weatherly directly and asked for his help in de-sexualizing the atmosphere on set, he texted Caron and asked that she be written off the show, adding that she had a “humor deficit.”
About that, she writes:
For the record, I grew up in Boston with three older brothers and have generally been considered a tomboy. I made a name for myself playing a badass vampire slayer turned tough LA cheerleader; I have worked with numerous leading men, including Robert DeNiro, Leonardo DiCaprio, even CBS’s own David Boreanaz. I can handle a locker room. I have been on Howard Stern and was hired by Kevin Smith for a film where I wore a black leather cat suit and played a member of an international diamond-thief-gang-ring. I do not want to hear that I have a “humor deficit” or can’t take a joke. I did not over-react. I took a job and, because I did not want to be harassed, I was fired.
Dushku adds that top CBS executives had no idea that she would be fired and were shocked when they heard about the move from her management team. (Ahead of Season 3, Caron told TVLine: “I think what we all realized was… the only way to have kept her character in the show, because she is a lawyer, was if her law firm bought Bull’s company, and then you’re really changing the DNA of the whole show… There was no way to keep that sort of ‘duet’ working.”)
“I think what we all realized was… the only way to have kept her character in the show, because she is a lawyer, was if her law firm bought Bull’s company, and then you’re really changing the DNA of the whole show,” Caron answered. “There was no way to keep that sort of ‘duet’ working.”
She goes on to say that in addition to the settlement, “I wanted a culture change” at the network. To that end, a condition of her agreement was that CBS assign someone trained in sexual harassment compliance to oversee Weatherly and the show; she also required a meeting with Steven Spielberg, head of Amblin Television, which co-produces the drama.
Michael Weatherly's NCIS Co-Stars Defend Him in Wake of Bull Scandal: His Heart Is 'As Big As They Come'(12/16/18) In the wake of recent reports that Bull star Michael Weatherly made lewd comments to co-star Eliza Dushku on set, two of Weatherly’s former NCIS castmates are coming to his defense.
According to a Dec. 13 report by The New York Times, Dushku was poised to become a series regular on Bull after joining the CBS drama late in Season 1 as defense attorney J.P. Nunnelly. But Dushku said that Weatherly repeatedly made demeaning and crude comments about her during her time on the show, and when she lodged a formal complaint with the network, she was written off the show and later given a $9.5 million settlement by CBS.
Dushku claims that Weatherly made remarks about her appearance, said in front of the cast and crew that he would bend her over his leg and spank her, and suggested she wanted to have a threesome with him and a male crew member.
In separate tweets on Saturday, Pauley Perrette and Sasha Alexander — both of whom co-starred with Weatherly on NCIS — pledged their support for the actor.
“This man… I love, respect, trust, and I KNOW. TWO decades of friendship and respect,” Perrette wrote alongside a photo of her and Weatherly. “The best. I love you @M_Weatherly. Always and forever.”
Alexander echoed the sentiment, writing, “I have been in trenches w/ my friend @M_Weatherly. Always laughs, true friend & [a heart] as big as they come.”
In a statement to the Times, Weatherly apologized for his behavior, acknowledging that “what I said was both not funny and not appropriate, and I am sorry and regret the pain this caused Eliza.” But despite Dushku’s account that she was written off the show shortly after confronting Weatherly about his behavior, Weatherly denied having anything to do with her character being written out.
Bull Bombshell: Eliza Dushku Written Off After Complaining About Co-Star Michael Weatherly's Lewd Comments, Handed Multi-Million Dollar Settlement(12/14/18) CBS’ Bull is having some legal issues of his own.
According to a report by the New York Times, actress Eliza Dushku, who joined the cast of the CBS legal drama late in Season 1 as defense attorney J.P. Nunnelly, lodged a formal complaint with the network after being on the receiving end of several lewd comments made by series star Michael Weatherly. Dushku was poised to become a series regular, but soon after voicing her concerns, she was written off the show, and later given a $9.5 million settlement by the network as compensation.
CBS confirmed the settlement, which stemmed from a series of on-set incidents alleged by Dushku. She claims that Weatherly made demeaning comments about her appearance, saying “Here comes legs” when she arrived on set, said he would bend her over his leg and spank her in front of the cast and crew, and suggested she wanted to have a threesome with him and a male crew member. Dushku felt “disgusted and violated” following the incidents, according to interview notes from an internal CBS investigation.
Dushku confronted Weatherly about his behavior, and days later, was informed her character was being written out. Dushku entered into mediation with the network, which ultimately led to the $9.5 million settlement — the equivalent of what Dushku would’ve earned had she remained a full-time cast member for four more seasons.
Weatherly apologized in a statement to the Times: “During the course of taping our show, I made some jokes mocking some lines in the script. When Eliza told me that she wasn’t comfortable with my language and attempt at humor, I was mortified to have offended her and immediately apologized. After reflecting on this further, I better understand that what I said was both not funny and not appropriate, and I am sorry and regret the pain this caused Eliza.”
But he denies having anything to do with Dushku being written off the show: “It’s my recollection that I didn’t tell anyone how they should do their job regarding the hiring or firing of anybody.”
Facebook Q&A: Maurice Benard & Laura Wright(12/14/18) Facebook Q&A: Maurice Benard & Laura Wright: Video.
GH’s Laura Wright In Lifetime Movie(12/7/18) Laura Wright (Carly, GH) will be starring in the Lifetime film STALKED BY MY PATIENT, which airs December 14 at 8 p.m. ET. Two of her co-stars in the film are familiar faces to Port Charles fans, Bree Williamson (ex-Claudette, GH) and Eddie Matos (ex-Ricky, PORT CHARLES). Wright posted the news on Instagram.
Dishing with Digest 12/7/18 - Rena Sofer(12/7/18) B&B's Rena Sofer Gets Personal (Listen / download)
B&B's Rena Sofer talks about playing B&B's Quinn, her early soap roots on LOVING and GH, her prime-time past, some changes in her personal life and much more with Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also examine how it plays out when actors reclaim their roles, and discuss soaps' most romantic moments.
First Lady of the United States Drama Produced By Michael Weatherly & Eric Christian Olsen In Works At CBS(11/18/18) Bull star Michael Weatherly and NCIS: Los Angeles co-star Eric Christian Olsen have teamed up to produce First Lady, a provocative drama, which has been put in development at CBS.
Written/executive produced by Jessica Grasl (Designated Survivor), First Lady centers around the beloved First Lady of the United States, who, determined to reclaim her life, does the unthinkable – she divorces her husband while he’s still in office and uses her prominence to become an advocate for truth and justice by revitalizing her career as an investigative journalist.
Weatherly executive produces via his Solar Drive Productions, with the company’s Head of Development Tiffany Grant as co-executive producer. Olsen and Kate Schumaecker executive produce via Olsen’s Cloud Nine Productions. CBS TV Studios, where Weatherly and Olsen are under deals, is the studio.
Friends Weatherly and Olsen used to be cast mates in the NCIS CBS/CBS Studios franchise as Weatherly co-starred on the mothership series for many years. Weatherly also guest starred alongside Olsen in an episode of NCIS: Los Angeles as part of a crossover. The duo’s bromance was on full display when they appeared on CBS’ The Talk together to promote the crossover. (you can watch the clip below)
This development season, Weatherly also re-teamed with fellow NCIS alum Cote de Pablo to produce MIA, a detective drama, which also is in development at CBS.
First Lady is Olsen’s third project as a producer bought by CBS this season. He also has medical drama Nurses, based on the Finnish series, and multi-camera comedy Life Lessons, based on a Canadian digital series.
Grasl’s credits include co-executive producer on Season 2 of Designated Survivor, supervising producer on Shades of Blue, producer on Proof and co-producer on White Collar.
CBS already has a DC drama about a female top government official with Madam Secretary.
Former Pittsburgher, 'Bold and the Beautiful' soap star, Rena Sofer discusses impact of synagogue shooting(11/11/18) (triblive.com/) Just past 8 a.m. Oct. 27, Emmy-winning actress Rena Sofer was driving home in Southern California after dropping off her daughter when she received a shocking call from a friend.
“He basically said, ‘Are you OK?’ I said, ‘I’m fine, why?’” recalled Sofer, known for her role as the intense and enigmatic Quinn Fuller Forrester, a jewelry designer, on the CBS soap opera “The Bold and the Beautiful.”
The friend broke the horrific news.
Back in Pittsburgh, where Sofer spent many of her formative years as part of the local Jewish community, a gunman stormed into Tree of Life synagogue and murdered 11 people in a hate crime – the worst attack on Jews in American history.
“When we hear about these shootings and we hear about these mass murders going on, we feel humanity,” Sofer said. “When you all of a sudden hear about it in your home, it becomes deeper and a lot more of an intense feeling.”
Sofer – daughter of the late Martin Sofer, a Conservative rabbi - was born in California. When her parents divorced, Rena Sofer moved with her father and brother, David, to Teaneck, N.J., in 1970; when she was 5, they moved to Western Pennsylvania. They lived in Ambridge, Beaver County; there, Rabbi Sofer led Beth Samuels Jewish Center, after the Aliquippa Jewish Center merged into the congregation.
Every day, the rabbi drove his kids into Squirrel Hill, where Rena attended Hillel Academy of Pittsburgh and Yeshiva Achei Tmimim Schools. She lived here through the end of seventh grade, when her family moved back to New Jersey. A New York agent discovered Sofer when she was a teenager, and she worked in modeling before turning to acting.
The daytime TV veteran won a Best Supporting Actress Daytime Emmy in 1995 for her former role as Lois Cerullo on “General Hospital.”
Memories of her long-ago childhood in Pittsburgh may have grown fuzzy, but Sofer maintains a soft spot and strong fondness for the region. Sofer no longer has family here, but she has friends who still have family living in the region. Pittsburgh often has been called one of the safest cities in America, she said, and that makes the Squirrel Hill shooting even more shocking.
“The thing about Pittsburgh is, I got to grow up in a place when I could run outside as a child, go to a park, and go run a few blocks down the street,” said Sofer, who has appeared in many primetime shows, including “NCIS” and “Ghost Whisperer.”
“For that kind of violence to happen in that kind of community is so repelling for the people in Pittsburgh,” said Sofer, who also has acted in movies including “Keeping the Faith” and “Traffic.” “Those people are about safety and about goodness and about community.”
One of the most poignant things about the shooting, many say, is that some Jewish medical professionals treated gunman Robert Bowers at Allegheny General Hospital. Nurse Ari Mahler wrote a public Facebook post about how he treated Bowers like any other patient, even as he yelled “Death to All Jews!” The post went viral and has more than 265,000 likes.
The medical team’s actions show what Judaism is all about, Sofer said.
“Jewish people throughout history have been persecuted … and face constant hatred and attacks,” she said. “Yet, we’ve always strived to be part of society.”
Jewish law is “very, very clear that you do everything you possibly can to save a human life. … The only time you don’t is when your life is in danger,” Sofer said. “The saving of anyone else’s life becomes more important than religion, than politics, than anything else.”
Sofer’s Jewish faith remains a big part of her life; her younger daughter, Avalon, just had her bat mitzvah at their synagogue in the Los Angeles area. Her older daughter, Rosabel, is in Vienna on a Fulbright Scholarship; she is studying anti-Semitic art.
Rabbi Sofer, who died in 2011 at age 86, attended Yeshiva University in New York and earned doctoral degrees in Jewish history and the Hebrew language. He served in the Israeli War of Independence in 1948. Rena Sofer’s father was quiet and private, and not a very political person – but, she said he would have mourned deeply after the shooting if he were alive.
“He gave himself for his community,” she said. “Beyond that … I would hope that maybe (the shooting) would have impassioned him to be more of an activist in his community as opposed to just a spiritual leader.”
One of Sofer’s favorite poems – “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” by John Donne – describes her feelings about the Pittsburgh tragedy. The verses – including “No man is an island, entire of himself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main” - remind us that we are all connected as human beings, she said.
The American gun-violence epidemic is out of control, and elected officials must do something to reduce it, said Sofer, who criticized President Trump for nationalist rhetoric that divides people. Nobody wants to take all guns, but we need more restrictive gun laws to, for instance, make it harder for dangerous people to get weapons, she said.
“I feel like the thing that I’m taking the most from Pittsburgh is … it’s incredibly clear that we in this country are in a place where it’s in our hands,” Sofer said. “We have the power to be able to stand up and say no.”
Hopefully, the Pittsburgh synagogue tragedy teaches us “that we are all Americans, and we have to be there for each other,” she said. “It’s OK to have different ideals … but it’s not OK to destroy each other and kill each other.”
Laura Wright Mourns the Loss of Her Mother(10/25/18) Please join us in sending love to GENERAL HOSPITAL star Laura Wright (Carly), who is mourning the death of her mother, Betty. She broke the sad news on Instagram with a photo of her hand holding her mother’s in the hospital. “This beautiful hand right here has given so much love,” she shared. “Held many tiny fingers… cooked countless meals… washed loads of clothes… held five grandchildren… I’ll miss you my beautiful Momma. You get to rest now. I love you.”
Back in July, Wright shared a lovely photo of her mother who suffered from breathing problems. “I have to post this beautiful picture of my mom just taken,” the proud daughter declared. “My mom has emphysema and struggles every day to breathe — to walk through the house. Just to walk outside to the car is extremely difficult for her and some days it’s emotionally very difficult… and frustrating to say the least for my mom. But when the days are good, and this day looks like a good day, we need to celebrate and share! You look beautiful, Mom! I love you!”
Betty was an absolutely lovely woman and our thoughts are with her friends and family during this difficult time.
Molly Shannon, Glynn Turman, Debbi Morgan Join Marlon Wayans’ Netflix Comedy ‘Sextuplets’(10/23/18) Molly Shannon (Private Life, SNL), Glynn Turman (Queen Sugar, How To Get Away With Murder), Michael Ian Black (Insatiable, Wet Hot American Summer) and Debbi Morgan (Power, The Defenders) are set for supporting roles as production on the Netflix original film Sextuplets is currently underway. Starring Marlon Wayans and Bresha Webb, the comedy will get a global release on the streaming platform next year.
Michael Tiddes (A Haunted House) is at the helm, directing from a script by Mike Glock, Rick Alvarez, and Wayans. The plot centers on Alan (Wayans), a man embarking on a personal journey to meet his birth mother before the arrival of his first child. When Alan meets his brother, Russell, he discovers that he was born a sextuplet and decides to seek out his four other siblings (all played by Wayans).
Wayans and Alvarez are producing the pic, which is shooting in Atlanta, with Nathan Reimann.
Shannon is repped by Framework Entertainment and UTA; Turman by Marni Rosenzweig at The Rosenzweig Group and SMS Talent; Black by UTA and Schachter Entertainment; Morgan by PH Entertainment Group.
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