From Bill Crider’s Pop Culture Magazine comes news of the passing of actor Robert Ginty, who succumbed to cancer at the age of 60. Ginty is best-remembered for the two “Exterminator” films he made in 1980 and 1984—but to my television-obsessed soul, he won’t be forgotten for his role as Lieutenant T.J. Wiley on Baa Baa Black Sheep/Black Sheep Squadron (1976-78) and law student Thomas Craig Anderson in the critically acclaimed first season of TV’s The Paper Chase (1978-79). His other television credits include appearances on The Rockford Files, Police Woman, CHiPs, The Love Boat, Falcon Crest and
R.I.P, Robert—you will be missed.
While I’m on this particularly grim subject, here’s an interesting AP article on the notables we lost during the summer of 2009, or what my friend Jaime Weinman tagged (tongue-in-cheek, of course) “the war on celebrities.”