Subj: Request For Information Update
Date: 98-01-09 01:05:39 EST
I was hoping you could update a page: E! Online - Fact Sheet - Sam Melville (http://www.eonline.com./Facts/People/0,12,10645,00.html)
I was surprised at how little information you have listed for him. He's done a lot more than just "Roughnecks", "Twice Dead" and "The Assassin"!
Sam was a friend of mine and a very kind and wonderful man. He deserves better coverage!
Let me help you with what I know:
Sam was born August 20, 1936 in Fillmore, Utah and passed away at his Hollywood Hills (CA) home on March 9, 1989. The cause of death was heart failure. He was 52.
Services were held March 15 at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, Carmen Dragon played the harp at the funeral. Many celebrities attended, including his former "Rookies" (an Aaron Spelling Prod.) co-star Kate Jackson (Charlie's Angels). Sam played "Mike Danko" (a rookie cop) and Kate played "Jill" (Mike's wife, a nurse). The Rookies ran from Sept. 1972 ---June 1976.
Earlier, Sam had been a regular guest star in the old "Gunsmoke" series, in '66 he was on "Hogan's Heroes".. In films he had been seen as Dave in 1968's "The Thomas Crown Affair". He played Bear in "Big Wednesday".
A few of his other television guest appearances were on Fantasy Island, The A-Team and, he was reunited with Kate Jackson, as the ex-husband of her character, Amanda King, on "Scarecrow and Mrs. King (1983-87). His last films were "Fists of Steel" and "Assassination With Cause" (possibly this was changed to "The Assassin").
His survivors include his wife, Annie, with whom he had a popular local rock band "Alias" (Annie's other band, "Stroxx" was a winner on several episodes of "Star Search" and she now works as a script supervisor for TV and Movies), his mother, and two sisters.
It's been 9 years since his death and he is still dearly missed, and thought of often by those who knew him.
Please feel free to use this info! I'm sure there's more credits to his career, if someone, with the resources to research this, would do so. I have an article from the L.A. Times that can verify the majority of this information and the rest is from my own knowledge of his life and career.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.
IMDb did a lot better than E! Online: http://us.imdb.com/Name?Melville,+Sam