The Gong Show MovieThe film shows a fictional week in the life of Chuck Barris as the host and creator of The Gong Show as he and his girlfriend seek relief from his show and its zany would-be contestants.Genre: ComedyCountry: United StatesDuration: 89 minQuality: HDRelease: 1980IMDb: 4.1
Critic Reviews of "The Gong Show Movie"
Creative LoafingApril 09, 2016
Following Chuck Barris around as he deals with folks clamoring to be on the show, it's less A Hard Day's Night and more a hard day's watch.
eFilmCritic.comNovember 18, 2003
A fascinating public act of career seppuku.
Film ThreatNovember 18, 2003
A therapeutic guilty pleasure.
Gallery of "The Gong Show Movie"
Soundtracks of "The Gong Show Movie"
Actors of "The Gong Show Movie"
Robin AltmanBirth date: 8 May 1952, USADescription: Robin Altman was born on May 8, 1952 in the USA. She is an actress, known for The Gong Show Movie (1980). She was previously married to Chuck Barris.
Brian O'MullinBirth date: 8 May 1952, USADescription: Brian O'Mullin is an actor, known for The Gong Show Movie (1980), Herowork (1977) and The Big Rip-Off (1975).
Jack BernardiBirth date: 18 February 1909, New York City, New York, USADescription: Jack Bernardi was born on February 18, 1909 in New York City, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for Shampoo (1975), The Sunshine Boys (1975) and Foxy Brown (1974). He died on March 23, 1994 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
SatisfactionBirth date: 18 February 1909, New York City, New York, USADescription: Satisfaction is an actress, known for The Gong Show Movie (1980) and Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo (1984).
William TregoeBirth date: 26 August 1921, New York, USADescription: William Tregoe was born on August 26, 1921 in New York, USA as William Levin Tregoe. He is known for his work on Airplane! (1980), Runaway Train (1985) and The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977). He died on April 17, 1989 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Harvey AlpertBirth date: 26 August 1921, New York, USADescription: Harvey Alpert is an actor, known for The Gong Show Movie (1980).
Mabel KingBirth date: 25 December 1932, Charleston, South Carolina, USADescription: Actress who is best known for the role of Mama on the 1970's sitcom What's Happening!!! She also appeared in the movie The Jerk, with Steve Martin, and The Wiz, with Michael Jackson. Before What's Happening, she starred in the Broadway version of The Wiz, as the Wicked Witch of the West.
Lillie SheltonBirth date: 31 October 1896Description: Lillie Shelton was born on October 31, 1896. She was an actress, known for The Gong Show Movie (1980), They Call Me Bruce? (1982) and The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo (1979). She died on October 21, 1984 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
James B. DouglasBirth date: 1928, Cape Town, South AfricaDescription: James B. Douglas was born in 1928 in Cape Town, South Africa. He was an actor, known for Men with Brooms (2002), The Changeling (1980) and Million Dollar Babies (1994). He died on December 29, 2009 in Stratford, Ontario, Canada.
Harvey LembeckBirth date: 15 April 1923, Brooklyn, New York, USADescription: Harvey Lembeck was born on April 15, 1923 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for The Phil Silvers Show (1955), Stalag 17 (1953) and The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964). He was married to Caroline Dubs. He died on January 5, 1982 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Ed MarinaroBirth date: 31 March 1950, New York City, New York, USADescription: Ed Marinaro was born on March 31, 1950 in New York City, New York, USA as Edward Francis Marinaro. He is an actor, known for Hill Street Blues (1981), Sisters (1991) and Blue Mountain State (2010). He has been married to Tracy York since December 31, 2001. They have one child.
Murray LangstonBirth date: 1945, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaDescription: Murray Langston was born in 1945 in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. He is an actor and writer, known for The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour (1971), Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002) and The Unknown Comedy Show (1987).
Melvin PresarBirth date: 1945, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaDescription: Melvin Presar was an actor, known for The Gong Show Movie (1980). He died on January 27, 2014 in California, USA.
Steve GarveyBirth date: 22 December 1948, Tampa, Florida, USADescription: One of the most dependable Major League baseball players in the 70s & 80s, Garvey was also a pretty good football player in his college days at Michigan State. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers and began playing for them in 1969, but had to wait more than four years before becoming a regular player. Garvey astounded the baseball world in 1974 when he was selected to start at first base for the National League as a write-in candidate. Garvey then became a yearly All-Star and helped the Dodgers to four NL pennants and one World Championship in 1981. Garvey was traded to the San Diego Padres in 1983, and helped lead them to the NL Championship the next season. He had 200 hits in a season six times, had 1308 career RBIs and was a career .294 hitter. A sure baseball Hall of Famer, Garvey has indicated he would like to pursue a career in politics.
Jamie FarrBirth date: 1 July 1934, Toledo, Ohio, USADescription: Jamie Farr was born on July 1, 1934 in Toledo, Ohio, USA as Jameel Joseph Farah. He is an actor, known for M*A*S*H (1972), Port Charles (1997) and Scrooged (1988). He has been married to Joy Ann Richards since February 16, 1963. They have two children.
Patrick CranshawBirth date: 17 June 1919, Bartlesville, Oklahoma, USADescription: Patrick Cranshaw was born on June 17, 1919 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, USA as Joseph Patrick Cranshaw. He was an actor, known for Best in Show (2000), Old School (2003) and The Hudsucker Proxy (1994). He was married to Afyphee Shaw. He died on December 28, 2005 in Fort Worth, Texas, USA.
Cathleen CordellBirth date: 21 May 1915, Brooklyn, New York, USADescription: Cathleen Cordell was born on May 21, 1915 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. She was an actress, known for The Return of the Living Dead (1985), Gaslight (1940) and Major Barbara (1941). She died on August 19, 1997 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
James WinburnBirth date: 21 May 1915, Brooklyn, New York, USADescription: James Winburn is known for his work on Halloween (1978), Glory (1989) and Escape from New York (1981).
Bella BruckBirth date: 11 December 1911, The Bronx, New York City, New York, USADescription: Bella Bruck was born on December 11, 1911 in The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA as Bella G. Solomon. She was an actress, known for Last of the Red Hot Lovers (1972), Alligator (1980) and Divorce American Style (1967). She was married to James Melvin Jones. She died on April 5, 1982 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Starr HesterBirth date: 11 December 1911, The Bronx, New York City, New York, USADescription: Starr Hester is an actress, known for The Gong Show Movie (1980), Shi fu chu ma (1979) and The Fall Guy (1981).
David SheinerBirth date: 13 January 1928, New York City, New York, USADescription: David Sheiner, the television actor, was born on January 13, 1928 in New York City. He made his TV debut in 1952 on Tom Corbett, Space Cadet (1950) and appeared sporadically on TV during the 1950s as he established himself. In 1955, Sheiner made his Broadway debut in "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter" (1958), appearing first as a hotel bellboy and then replacing Orson Bean in a lead role.His career picked up in the 1960s, and he was a frequent guest on numerous TV series in featured roles throughout the '60s, '70s and '80s. He also appeared in movies, most notably as Oscar and Felix's poker buddy Roy in The Odd Couple (1968). In 1988, Sheiner retired from acting.
Mae E. CampbellBirth date: 19 March 1947, St. Louis, Missouri, USADescription: Mae E. Campbell was born on March 19, 1947 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. She is an actress, known for Airplane! (1980), Chained Heat (1983) and Miracles (1986).
Kate HowardBirth date: 19 March 1947, St. Louis, Missouri, USADescription: Kate Howard is an actress, known for The Great Muppet Caper (1981), The Bourne Identity (1988) and The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982).
Milton DeluggBirth date: 2 December 1918, Los Angeles, California, USADescription: Composer, songwriter ("Orange-Colored Sky"), "Just Another Polka", "Hoop Dee Doo"), accordionist and pianist, conductor and author, educated at UCLA and a student of Tibor Serly. He began as a staff musician with a Hollywood radio station, and with film studios. During World War II, he served in the Radio Production Unit of the United States Army Air Force. He arranged and conducted the Abe Burrows radio show, and later, Joseph Levine films and recordings, night club revues and Broadway shows. Joining ASCAP in 1949, he collaborated musically with his wife Anne Delugg, Bob Hilliard, Sammy Gallop, William Stein, and Allan Roberts. His other popular-song and instrumental compositions include "Shanghai", "Sailor Boys Have Talk to Me in English", "My Lady Loves to Dance", "Be My Life's Companion", "Wrong Wrong Wrong", "Roller Coaster" ("What's My Line" theme), "The Little White Horse", "The Big Beat", "Honolulu", and "Gee I'm Glad I Married You".
Mark Z. StevensBirth date: 2 December 1918, Los Angeles, California, USADescription: Mark Z. Stevens is known for his work on The Gong Show Movie (1980), Beat the Clock (1979) and The Gong Show (1976).
Ray NeapolitanBirth date: 2 December 1918, Los Angeles, California, USADescription: Ray Neapolitan is known for his work on Welcome to L.A. (1976), The Gong Show (1976) and The Gong Show Movie (1980).
Bill NealeBirth date: 2 December 1918, Los Angeles, California, USADescription: Bill Neale is an actor, known for The Gong Show Movie (1980) and The Gong Show (1976).
Norman BlankenshipBirth date: 20 March 1941, Oklahoma, USADescription: Norman Blankenship was born on March 20, 1941 in Oklahoma, USA. He is known for his work on Thief (1981), The Stunt Man (1980) and The Sword and the Sorcerer (1982). He died on February 25, 1997 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Donna GarrettBirth date: 17 November 1942, Santa Ana, California, USADescription: Donna Garrett was born on November 17, 1942 in Santa Ana, California, USA as Donna Lee Funk. She is known for her work on Ghostbusters II (1989), TRON (1982) and Kindergarten Cop (1990). She has been married to Ralph Garrett since September 29, 1964.
Phillip SimmsBirth date: 7 December 1948, USADescription: Phillip Simms was born on December 7, 1948 in the USA. He is an actor, known for Can't Buy Me Love (1987), Mr. Mom (1983) and American Pop (1981).
Vincent SchiavelliBirth date: 11 November 1948, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USADescription: Vincent Schiavelli, selected in 1997 by Vanity Fair as one of the best character actors in America, had made over 120 film and television appearances. He studied acting at NYU's Theatre Program. Aside from his acting career, Vincent was the author of three cookbooks, and has written numerous articles on food for magazines and newspapers. In 2001, he received the James Beard Journalism Award.
Pat McCormickBirth date: 30 June 1927, Lakewood, Ohio, USADescription: Veteran comic Pat McCormick was one of those second tier funnymen whose career enjoy great longevity on the stand-up and TV variety circuits, but fell just short of making it to the all-stars. As a gag writer, however, he reigned supreme. Pat was born on June 30, 1927, in Lakewood Ohio. Already a king-sized presence in high school, he proved himself a championship hurdler. Shortly after World War II he entered the Army. Discharged in 1948, he had initial designs on a law career but dropped out of Harvard Law School to work in advertising in New York City. On the sly he started writing comedy material for stand-up artists and for TV, forming a duo comedy act in the process with comedian-turned writer Marc London, whom he had known from his days at Harvard. In the meantime Pat began writing special material for the likes of Phyllis Diller, Jonathan Winters and Henny Youngman.Pat's big break came when he was hired by Jack Paar to write for his family talk show. This created a chain reaction as his expertise for offbeat, often warped humor was utilized by Merv Griffin, Red Skelton, Danny Kaye, Lucille Ball, Bette Midler and notably by Johnny Carson for 12 years on his "Tonight Show." Pat also wrote for such TV shows as "Candid Camera" and "Get Smart." In the 60s, at age 40+, he finally started appearing before the camera. He earned a job as announcer and regular straight man for Don Rickles on his short-lived TV variety show in 1968 and then became a regular on The New Bill Cosby Show (1972). Known for his towering but harmless girth, walrus-styled mustache and balding, combed-over hair style, Pat became a standard fixture on the talk show circuit and the ever-popular Friars Club roasts shown sporadically featuring contemporary comrades Jackie Gayle, Shelley Berman, Slappy White and Shecky Greene. His voice became a well-oiled instrument in hundreds of radio ads and commercials, many of which he wrote.As for film, the 6'7", 270 pound comedian was best known for playing Big Enos Burdette alongside Burt Reynolds in Smokey and the Bandit (1977) and its 1980 and 1983 sequels. He was also utilized by esteemed director Robert Altman in a couple of his films, portraying hefty President Grover Cleveland in Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson (1976) and Dina Merrill's moneybags husband in A Wedding (1978). He added to the innocuous fun in such popcorn movies as The Shaggy D.A. (1976), Scavenger Hunt (1979), The Gong Show Movie (1980), Under the Rainbow (1981) in which he also wrote the screenplay, Doin' Time (1985), Rented Lips (1988), and, his last, Ted & Venus (1991). On TV, besides the various variety and talk shows he frequented, he appeared as an actor in the sitcoms "Sanford and Son," "Laverne & Shirley," "The Golden Girls" and "Grace Under Fire," among others.Following a massive stroke in 1998 which rendered him speechless and paralyzed, Pat was placed in permanent care at the Motion Picture & Television Hospital in Woodland Hills, California. He passed away there on July 29, 2005, and was survived by son Ben and a grandson.
Patty AndrewsBirth date: 16 February 1918, Mound, Minnesota, USADescription: She was born in Mound, Minnesota on 16 February 1918, the daughter of Peter Andreos (changed to 'Andrews' upon arriving in the US) and Olga Sollie. Her real name was Patricia Marie (Patty nickname). Her father was a Greek Catholic immigrant and her mother a Lutheran from Norway who ran the pure food café, a Greek café in Minneapolis which was located adjacent to the Orpheum Theater. Her sisters were Lavern Sophie born July 6, 1911, died 1967 (cancer); Maxene Angelyn born Jan. 3, 1916, died October 1995 of a heart attack while on vacation at Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Peter Andrews did not think it honorable to have his daughters in show business and decided they should go back to school and become secretaries. Maxine was only four when she first appeared on her first radio broadcast in Minneapolis. By the time she was six she was entertaining at veterans hospitals, for the Mayor of Minneapolis and at Daughters of American Revolution luncheons. Laverne started the trio of sisters and they appeared in kiddie revues on local radio stations and at the Orpheum in their hometown of Minneapolis. It was there they were discovered by Larry Rich, who offered them a job with his traveling revue. Patty was only ten at the time. They began their career in New York city with Jack Belasco's orchestra and later with Ted Mack making the Vaudeville circuit. In 1937 they were heard by recording executive, Dave Kapp and they began a long association with a string of hits. In 1953, the group broke up with Laverne going to New York to study dramatics. Laverne became a career housewife and Patti stayed in show business as a single after their hopes and ambitions clashed with one another. In 1956 they regrouped and sang in Las Vegas at the Flamingo Hotel along with a host of TV offers and a new Capitol recording contract. Their first major hit was "Bei Mir Bist Du Schon", was very well liked by Nazi Germany, until the discovery that the songwriters were a Jewish race. Other top hits included "Don't Fence Me In", "Apple Blossom Time", "Rum and Coca Cola", and "I Can Dream, Can't I?", in 1937.
Jaye P. MorganBirth date: 3 December 1931, Mancos, Colorado, USADescription: Sassy, dusky-voiced entertainer Jaye P. Morgan was not always so sassy, but today this is for which she is fondly remembered. She was born Mary Margaret Morgan in 1931 and began performing at an early age for family and friends. She eagerly entertained at school assemblies and, when she graduated from Verdugo Hills High School (California) in 1949, left to seek her fame and fortune on the cabaret circuit. She quickly got a regular singing gig with the Frank De Vol Orchestra and was soon charting her recordings. She first hit big with "Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries" in 1951. Other hits to follow were "The Longest Walk" and "That's All I Want from You". The now-popular song stylist soon took to TV, making her debut as a regular vocalist on Stop the Music (1949). She was a consistent guest performer on all the best variety showcases, including Perry Como and Ed Sullivan's shows, and in 1956 even managed to hostess her own variety program, The Jaye P. Morgan Show (1956), accompanied by her singing siblings "The Morgan Brothers (Duke, Bob, Charlie and Dick). She maintained a very proper, wholesome image, as expected, during these vital years. In the 60s, Jaye P. took a long sabbatical from the industry to regroup, with only occasional night club appearances to show for it. But, she came back swinging in the next decade, reinventing herself to a whole new generation. The new package was hipper, fresher, saucier, sexier, funnier and definitely crazier. She focused this time as an actress and comedienne. Wild-and-crazy producer Chuck Barris took a huge liking to this racy new package and made her household name all over again with his cult TV program The Gong Show (1976) and their zany offshoots. Jaye P. let it all hang out this time and Barris' shows were the perfect formats for her to pull out all the stops. Now in her 70s, she has lost little of her zing. Her last appearance was a cameo in George Clooney's film Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002), an off-centered semi-biopic about Barris. Jaye P. Morgan...one of a kind and one heck of a dame. She definitely did it her way.
Gene PattonBirth date: 25 April 1932, Berkeley, California, USADescription: Gene Patton was born on April 25, 1932 in Berkeley, California, USA as Eugene Sidney Patton. He is known for his work on Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002), The Gong Show (1976) and My Tutor (1983). He was married to Doris M. Prince and Carol Larson. He died on March 9, 2015 in Pasadena, California.
Gary Mule DeerBirth date: 25 April 1932, Berkeley, California, USADescription: Gary Mule Deer was born in Deadwood, South Dakota, USA. He is an actor, known for Annie Hall (1977), Hee Haw (1969) and Up in Smoke (1978).
Rip TaylorBirth date: 13 January 1934, Washington, District of Columbia, USADescription: The nicknames, "The Prince of Pandemonium", "The Master of Mayhem" and "King of Camp and Confetti", are but a few valid applications that have been thrust upon zany comedian Rip Taylor, whose unique blend of burlesque and self-deprecating humor has entertained audiences for over four decades. A clever, quicksilver comic, he has headlined the top showrooms of Las Vegas, appeared on scores of television shows, starred in various musical stage slapsticks and even toyed with dramatic material over the years.Born Charles Elmer Taylor under quieter and more normal circumstances in Washington, D.C., on January 13, 1934, the raucous Rip began it all tossing out one-liners in nightclubs and had his first big break on Ed Sullivan's Toast of the Town (1948) TV show in 1964. The tacky costumes, ridiculous props, handlebar mustache, wacky wigs and manic confetti-tossing didn't take long to follow as professional trademarks, and they soon made their way into the 1970s pop culture. Frequently appearing on television, he appeared in everything from variety shows to talk shows (Merv Griffin and David Letterman) to sitcoms like The Monkees (1966). He was the gag man who delightfully wrangled out of every groan-inducing one-liner there was, eventually finding the perfect avenue for his brand of insanity via producer Chuck Barris and his syndicated TV shows of the 1970s and 1980s. Rip became a favorite panelist judge, along with Jaye P. Morgan, on Barris' The Gong Show (1976), and later served as host of the equally tacky The $1.98 Beauty Show (1978).A mainstay in Las Vegas, whether as ringleader of a topless chorus line or opening act to a major entertainer, Rip also slayed 'em on Broadway ("Sugar Babies") and has demonstrated a fine singing instrument in musicals including "Anything Goes", "Oliver!" (as "Fagan"), "Peter Pan" (as "Captain Hook") and in a 1999 production of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" (as "Pseudolus"). On the more serious side, he played Demi Moore's crusty boss in Indecent Proposal (1993) and showed up sans confetti as Kate Hudson's father in the Rob Reiner feature, Alex & Emma (2003). For the most part, however, Rip has continued on his merry way in such campy film nonsense as Barris' The Gong Show Movie (1980); the "Exorcist" spoof, Repossessed (1990), with Linda Blair and Leslie Nielsen; the foreign-made Il silenzio dei prosciutti (1994) ["The Silence of the Hams"] and Jackass: The Movie (2002).Beginning in the early 1960s, when he first provided additional voices for The Jetsons (1962), Rip has continued making voice-over work a viable means of income. His voice can be heard in such animated films as DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp (1990), Tom and Jerry: The Movie (1992) and Scooby-Doo and the Monster of Mexico (2003). Rip was nominated for an Emmy award for voicing the role of "Uncle Fester" in the TV cartoon series, The Addams Family (1992).
Darvy TraylorBirth date: 13 January 1934, Washington, District of Columbia, USADescription: Darvy Traylor is an actor, known for The Gong Show Movie (1980).
Ron CarrBirth date: July1937, Romford, Essex, England, UKDescription: Ron Carr was born in July 1937 in Romford, Essex, England. He is a producer and production manager, known for The Boys from Brazil (1978), All Quiet on the Western Front (1979) and Murphy's War (1971).
The Bait BrothersBirth date: July1937, Romford, Essex, England, UKDescription: The Bait Brothers is an actor, known for Melvin and Howard (1980), The Gong Show Movie (1980) and Lunch Wagon (1981).
Roosevelt GrierBirth date: 14 July 1932, Linden, New Jersey, USADescription: Former star player with the Los Angeles Rams during the 1960s, this impressively built African-American athlete broke into acting via appearances in TV shows including The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964), The Wild Wild West (1965) and I Dream of Jeannie (1965).Grier received positive reviews for his role in the TV movie The Desperate Mission (1969) and then landed a recurring role alongside Fess Parker in the hugely popular children's TV series Daniel Boone (1964). This led to a short-lived stint as host of his own variety show The Rosey Grier Show (1968) which only ran the one season. He kept busy with work in other TV shows and appeared in several feature films including Skyjacked (1972), The Thing with Two Heads (1972) and Timber Tramps (1975).He continued to turn up in a handful of minor roles throughout the 1970s, but arguably did not possess the acting skill of other prominent African-American athletes-turned-actors such as Fred Williamson, Jim Brown and Jim Kelly.He became an ordained minister in 1983, and has continued to champion the causes of those less fortunate, and to guide inner city teens from poor backgrounds.
Ed HollandBirth date: 14 July 1932, Linden, New Jersey, USADescription: Ed Holland is an actor, known for The Gong Show Movie (1980).
Pat FranciscoBirth date: 14 July 1932, Linden, New Jersey, USADescription: Pat Francisco is an actress, known for The Gong Show Movie (1980).
Merry Kay CoteBirth date: 14 July 1932, Linden, New Jersey, USADescription: Merry Kay Cote is an actress, known for The Gong Show Movie (1980).
Della BarrisBirth date: 24 December 1962Description: Della Barris was born on December 24, 1962 as Della C. Barris. She was an actress, known for The Gong Show (1976) and The Gong Show Movie (1980). She died on July 28, 1998 in Brentwood, California, USA.
Bill BridgesBirth date: 24 December 1962Description: Bill Bridges is an actor, known for The Gong Show Movie (1980).
Rod HaaseBirth date: 24 December 1962Description: Rod Haase is an actor, known for History of the World: Part I (1981), Candy Stripe Nurses (1974) and Griffin and Phoenix (1976).
Augie TribachBirth date: 24 December 1962Description: Augie Tribach is an actor, known for The Alien Encounters (1979), Ground Zero (1973) and Captive (1980).
John Monks Jr.Birth date: 24 February 1910, Pleasantville, New York, USADescription: John Monks Jr. was born on February 24, 1910 in Pleasantville, New York, USA. He was a writer and actor, known for The House on 92nd Street (1945), 13 Rue Madeleine (1946) and Strike Up the Band (1940). He died on December 10, 2004 in Pacific Palisades, California, USA.
Nora DenneyBirth date: 3 September 1927, Kansas City, Missouri, USADescription: Nora Denney was born on September 3, 1927 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA as Dolores Teachenor. She was an actress, known for Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971), Splash (1984) and Truman (1995). She was married to Alan Denney. She died on November 20, 2005 in Crestline, California, USA.
Tony RandallBirth date: 26 February 1920, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USADescription: Tony Randall was born on February 26, 1920 in Tulsa, Oklahoma as Aryeh Leonard Rosenberg. He attended Tulsa Central High School and later Northwestern University and New York City's Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre. After graduating, he starred in two plays: George Bernard Shaw's 'Candida' alongside 'Jane Cowl' and 'Emyln Williams'' 'The Corn Is Green' alongside Ethel Barrymore. After four years with the United States Army Signal Corps in World War II, Randall found work at Montgomery County's Olney Theatre before heading back to New York City to continue his acting career.During the 1940s, Randall appeared mostly in supporting roles in Broadway plays. He was given his first leading role in 1955 with 'Inherit the Wind'. Randall managed to nab a Tony Award nomination for his starring role in 1958's 'Oh, Captain!', although the play itself bombed.His first role in a feature film came about in 1957, playing a supporting character in the Ginger Rogers vehicle Oh, Men! Oh, Women! (1957). The same year, he received a Golden Globe nomination for his role as the titular writer for television advertising in the satirical comedy Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957). Randall also lent his support to the three famous Doris Day-Rock Hudson pairings Pillow Talk (1959), Lover Come Back (1961), and Send Me No Flowers (1964), securing Golden Globe nominations for the former two. Randall worked quite prolifically throughout the 1960s; notable roles include a public relations employee in the Marilyn Monroe romantic musical Let's Make Love (1960), seven quite different characters in the oddball 7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964), iconic detective Hercule Poirot in The Alphabet Murders (1965), an architect who inadvertently releases a djinn in the fantasy The Brass Bottle (1964), and a man who lives in an underwater house with his family in the adventure Hello Down There (1969).Randall's first major television role was as a history teacher on Mister Peepers (1952); he joined the cast in 1955. After the series ended, he had numerous guest spots on such shows as The United States Steel Hour (1953), The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1962), Love, American Style (1969), and Here's Lucy (1968). He wouldn't return to TV in a major role until 1970, when he played sardonic neat freak Felix Unger in ABC's The Odd Couple (1970) opposite Jack Klugman. He earned Emmy nominations for each season, finally winning in 1975 for its last. He later starred in The Tony Randall Show (1976) as a Philadelphia judge, and Love, Sidney (1981) as a gay artist. The former earned him one Golden Globe nomination and the latter earned him two. He reunited with Jack Klugman for the 1993 TV movie The Odd Couple: Together Again (1993).Both during and after his stints on TV, Randall had small roles in a few well-known films such as Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask (1972), The King of Comedy (1982), My Little Pony: The Movie (1986), and Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990). He continued to guest-star on television shows, but would never return to the small screen as a leading man. He also continued to work on-stage, albeit infrequently.Randall passed away in his sleep on May 17, 2004 of pneumonia he had contracted following coronary bypass surgery in December 2003. He is survived by his wife, Heather Harlan, whom he wed in 1995, and their two children. Randall had previously been married to Florence Gibbs from 1938 until her death in 1992.
Cloyce MorrowBirth date: 26 February 1920, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USADescription: Cloyce Morrow is an actress, known for Can't Buy Me Love (1987), Christmas on Division Street (1991) and Fluppy Dogs (1986).
Cynthia SzigetiBirth date: 26 October 1949Description: Cynthia Szigeti was born on October 26, 1949 as Cynthia Carol Szigeti. She was an actress, known for National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985), Repo Man (1984) and Hunk (1987). She died on August 10, 2016 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Suzanne KentBirth date: 26 October 1949Description: Suzanne Kent is an actress and director, known for History of the World: Part I (1981), Honey I Blew Up the Kid (1992) and White Fang (1991). She has been married to David Rosenberg since October 17, 1982. They have two children.
Phil HartmanBirth date: 24 September 1948, Brantford, Ontario, CanadaDescription: Phil Hartman was born Philip Edward Hartmann on September 24, 1948, in Brantford, Ontario, Canada. His surname was originally "Hartmann", but he later dropped the second "n". He was one of eight children of Doris Marguerite (Wardell) and Rupert Loebig Hartmann, a salesman. He was of German, Irish, and English descent. The family moved to the United States when Phil was around ten, and he spent the majority of his childhood in Connecticut and Southern California. He later obtained his American citizenship in the early 1990s. He often would visit his homeland of Canada throughout his career, and the City of Brantford even erected a plaque on the Walk of Fame in the town in honor of Phil's career and memory. The Humber College Comedy: Writing & Performance program in Toronto, Ontario, also has an award in Phil's memory that is given out to their Post-Graduate comedy students.Phil originally studied Graphic Design at California State University. He began to work part time as a graphic artist, designing album covers for such bands as Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young (see Crosby Stills Nash & Young) and Poco. In 1975, alongside doing album work, Phil joined the California comedy troupe, The Groundlings. While in The Groundlings, Phil worked with Paul Reubens and Jon Lovitz, who became good friends of his until his death. Phil and Paul created the character Pee Wee Herman together, and Phil even had a role on Pee-wee's Playhouse (1986) as pirate Captin' Carl.In 1986, Phil joined the cast of Saturday Night Live (1975) and was on the show for a record of 8 seasons (which was later broken by Tim Meadows). Phil played a wide range of characters including: Frank Sinatra, Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, Ed McMahon, Barbara Bush, and many others. He was known to help out other writers who wanted to get their sketches read and onto the show. He held Saturday Night Live (1975) together during his 8-year reign, thus the nickname he garnered while on the show, "The Glue." Phil was also known for his voice work on commercials and cartoons. He was probably most well known for the voices of Troy McClure and Lionel Hutz on the animated comedy The Simpsons (1989). He also provided other minor voices for The Simpsons (1989). Phil left Saturday Night Live (1975) in 1994, and in 1995, was cast in the critically acclaimed NBC show NewsRadio (1995) as arrogant radio show host Bill McNeal.After Phil's death, Phil's good friend Jon Lovitz attempted to fill the void as Max Lewis on NewsRadio (1995), but the struggling show's ratings dropped, and the show later fizzled out and ended in 1999. Phil had an interesting career in movies, mostly playing supporting characters. He was the lead in Houseguest (1995) and was also in Greedy (1994), Jingle All the Way (1996), Sgt. Bilko (1996), and his last live action film, Small Soldiers (1998). His last role was the English language dub of Majo no takkyûbin (1989), as the quick-witted cat Jiji, which featured Small Soldiers co-star Kirsten Dunst in the lead voice role.On May 28th, 1998, Phil was shot to death while sleeping in his Encino, California home by his wife, Brynn Hartman. Brynn left the house and later came back with a friend to show him Phil's body. When her friend went to call 911, Brynn locked herself in the bedroom with Phil's lifeless body and shot herself. It was later discovered by the coroner that Brynn had alcohol, cocaine, and the antidepressant, Zoloft, in her system. They leave behind two children, Sean Edward (b. 1988) and Birgen (b. 1992). Phil and Brynn's bodies were cremated and spread upon Catalina Island, just off the coast of California, on June 4, 1998. Phil had specifically stated in his will that he wanted the ashes spread on Catalina Island because it was his favorite holiday getaway as he was an avid boater, surfer and general lover of the sea.Phil was a very caring and sensitive person and was described as "very sweet and kind of quiet."
The Vatican 4Birth date: 24 September 1948, Brantford, Ontario, CanadaDescription: The Vatican 4 is an actor, known for The Gong Show Movie (1980).
Betsy Lynn ThompsonBirth date: 15 April 1958, Oxnard, California, USADescription: Betsy Lynn Thompson was born on April 15, 1958 in Oxnard, California, USA. She is an actress, known for Midnight Madness (1980), Hamburger: The Motion Picture (1986) and The Gong Show Movie (1980).
Carol Gwynn ThompsonBirth date: 15 April 1958, Oxnard, California, USADescription: Carol Gwynn Thompson was born on April 15, 1958 in Oxnard, California, USA. She is an actress, known for Midnight Madness (1980), Hamburger: The Motion Picture (1986) and Junior High School (1978).
Kurt AbellBirth date: 15 April 1958, Oxnard, California, USADescription: Kurt Abell is an actor, known for The Gong Show Movie (1980).
Barry CutlerBirth date: 15 April 1958, Oxnard, California, USADescription: Barry Cutler is an actor, known for Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo (1999), Days of Our Lives (1965) and Laserblast (1978).
Chuck BarrisBirth date: 3 June 1929, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USADescription: Chuck Barris was born on June 3, 1929 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Charles Hirsch Barris. He was a producer, known for The Gong Show (1976), Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002) and X: First Class (2011). He was married to Mary Clagett Kane, Robin Altman and Lynne Frances Levy. He died on March 21, 2017 in Palisades, New York, USA.
Directors of "The Gong Show Movie"
Chuck BarrisBirth date: 3 June 1929, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USADescription: Chuck Barris was born on June 3, 1929 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Charles Hirsch Barris. He was a producer, known for The Gong Show (1976...
Creators of "The Gong Show Movie"
Chuck BarrisBirth date: 3 June 1929, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USADescription: Chuck Barris was born on June 3, 1929 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Charles Hirsch Barris. He was a producer, known for The Gong Show (1976...
Robert Downey Sr.Birth date: 24 June 1935, USADescription: Robert Downey Sr. served in the army, played minor-league baseball, was a Golden Gloves champion and off-off Broadway playwright, all before he was...