Tom Moore dead at 88
EmptyTom Moore, who helped the fledgling ABC Television Network become a competitive rival of CBS and NBC in the 1960s, died March 31 in Palm Springs of congestive heart failure. He was 88.
He was head of programming at ABC from 1958-62 and network president from 1963-68.
"Probably his greatest legacy is that he changed the whole basis on which television time is sold, and thus, how television is programd," TV historian Tim Brooks told the Los Angeles Times. "ABC basically introduced us to the concept of demographics. And ever since, we in the TV industry have been appealing to 18- to 49-year-old viewers."
Moore also was instrumental in developing the ABC Sports division, which won several Emmys for "ABC's Wide World of Sports" and Olympics coverage. He hired sports producer Roone Arledge, who would become a legend, and helped create "Monday Night Football."
Among the shows that ABC broadcast during Moore's leadership were "77 Sunset Strip," "The Untouchables," "Peyton Place" and "My Three Sons."
Danny Barcelona, a drummer who traveled the world with Louis Armstrong and His All-Stars and played on such Armstrong recordings as "Hello, Dolly!" and "It's a Wonderful World," died April 1 of cancer in a nursing facility near his home in Monterey Park, Calif. He was 77.
Barcelona was born in Hawaii and was affectionately called "the little Hawaiian boy" by Armstrong. Recommended by Trummy Young, he joined Pops' All-Stars in 1958 and traveled worldwide with the band, playing on more than 130 recording sessions and soundtracks with Armstrong.
John Flynn, director of such cult films as "Out for Justice," "Lock Up," "Brainscan," "Rolling Thunder" and "The Outfit," died April 4 in Pacific Palisades, Calif. He was 75.
Flynn's most famous movie is "Thunder," written by Paul Schrader, in which William Devane plays a Vietnam vet who comes home to a hero's welcome but becomes embittered after being maimed in a robbery and goes on a rampage.
"The Outfit" was based on Richard Stark's novel. In it, Robert Duvall gets fed up and persuades all his friends to rob Outfit-run businesses at the same time.
Ronnie Shedlo, whose boyhood admiration of Erroll Flynn opened the way for a career as an independent film producer, died April 2 in London. He was 67.
At age 16, Shedlo rang Flynn's doorbell unannounced. Impressed by the boy's knowledge and dedication, Flynn employed him as secretary, dialogue coach and general factotum, a position he retained until Flynn's untimely death three years later.
Shedlo made his first film as a producer in Britain, "The Whisperers" (1966), which gained an Oscar nomination for Edith Evans. Returning to the U.S., he worked in television and in 1981 produced "Back Roads," directed by Martin Ritt with Sally Field. Chancing upon a script by Christopher Hampton titled "Carrington," based on Michael Holroyd's groundbreaking 1967-68 biography of Lytton Strachey, he eventually made a film of the title. Starring Emma Thompson and Jonathan Pryce, the picture opened at the Festival de Cannes in 1995, when it won the Special Jury Prize and the actor prize for Pryce.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. today at Mount Sinai/Forest Lawn cemetery in Burbank for filmmaker Burt Topper. He died April 5 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.