The death of former child actor Jackie Cooper ( not to be confused with the , somewhat less fortunate as an adult and , infamously , ripped off by his parents Jackie Coogan ) inspires me to start a " Celebrity Deaths - That , Um , Don't Have The Most Obvious Connectuions To Our Beloved Genre , As Those Folks Will Tend To Get A Solo Thread , Admittedly..." omnibus thread .

  Directly , Cooper played Perry White in the Salkind/Reeve series of Superman movies , and , as per Wikipedia , about the last thing he did in the directing of episodic TV series that occupied much of his later working years were episodes of the Salkind Superboy series...

  Cooper also starred in the CBS series Hennessy ( Probably the subject of a couple Dell FOUR COLOR COMICS issues anyway , wasn't it ????????? ) , enthused over by our Cmdr. Benson , and another B&W-era series , The People's Choice .

  In pre-TV days movies with ____ ____ made them something of a team

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Viva el Puerco!

His breakout role was on Sanford and Son as Julio Fuentes.

It's amazing that Gregory Sierra is so well remembered for three fairly short runs: only 12 episodes of Sanford and Son, 35 of Barney Miller in its first and second seasons, and 12 episodes of Soap.

A pair of losses in the television industry, behind-the-scenes talents that gave us some of the greatest programs ever.

Jamie Tarses, the first woman to run a major network entertainment division. From CNN: "Jamie Tarses, Trailblazing TV Executive, Dead at 56"

Allan Burns, who is immortal just for creating The Mary Tyler Moore Show. But his resume includes more than that: Animation for the Jay Ward Studios (Rocky and Bullwinkle, Dudley Do-Right, George of the Jungle). Story editor for Get Smart. Writer and producer for Room 222. Creating The Munsters ... and, um, My Mother the Car. (Hey, all of them can't be winners.) He even created Cap'n Crunch! From Deadline: "Allan Burns Dies: Co-Creator of ‘The Munsters’ and 'Mary Tyler Moore Show' Was 85"

ClarkKent_DC said:

From Variety"David Lander, Squiggy in ‘Laverne & Shirley,’ Dies at 73"

As noted over here, David Lander had multiple sclerosis for many years, and it finally did him in.

Michael McKean posts a wonderful tribute to his long friendship with David Lander: "D.L. AND THE MALT SHOP BOYS"

ClarkKent_DC said:

A pair of losses in the television industry, behind-the-scenes talents that gave us some of the greatest programs ever.

Jamie Tarses, the first woman to run a major network entertainment division. From CNN: "Jamie Tarses, Trailblazing TV Executive, Dead at 56"

More about Jamie Tarses:

From Variety"Jamie Tarses Remembered by Industry Leaders as ‘Truly Gifted’ With a Passion for TV"

Here's the New York Times Magazine profile that put the skids to her career at ABC: "Jamie Tarses' Fall, As Scheduled"

I didn't realize that Amanda Plummer was his daughter. I've always enjoyed her character actor work.

I actually remember him best from playing Mike Wallace in The Insider, the true story about how CBS backed down on a 60 Minutes expose of the tobacco industry because there were higher-level interests at the network. 

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