8th January 2015
It is with deep sadness that we have learned from his family that our dear friend Terry Becker, Chief Francis Ethelbert Sharkey from Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea passed away on Tuesday 30th December 2014.
We are so glad that Terry and his wife Linda were able to attend and enjoy the Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea 50th Anniversary Reunion in October 2014, and that attending fans were able to enjoy Terry’s wonderful and mischievious sense of humour. We have much to remember Terry by, with his outstanding attendance at the 1998 VIP convention in Sheffield England, and so many fun appearances in Irwin Allen’s Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.
We want to echo Allan Hunt’s words of warmth when remembering Terry, saying “The Chief lived a long and active life for all of us to admire and appreciate. It was an honor to know and work with him. On Voyage he was a friend and supportive co-worker, as was Del Monroe, rest him.”
After some private grieving time and a family service on 5th January, his family have created a very special online memorial where you can leave messages of condolence. Our love and heartfelt sympathies goes to everyone who knew and worked with Terry over his long and illustrious life.
Solomon “Terry” Becker Memorial
The Hollywood Reporter
28th October 2014
No sooner have we celebrated the 50th Anniversary of television’s Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, than we are starting to plan for the 50th Anniversary of Lost in Space next year. The year of celebrations begins with a Lost in Space cast reunion at The Hollywood Show being held at The Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel, 5400 West Century Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045, USA from 23-25 January 2015. Scheduled to attend are June Lockhart, Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Angela Cartwright, Bill Mumy, Francine York and Lou Wagner.
20th October 2014
Derrik Lewis, Allan Hunt, David Hedison and Terry Becker at The Hollywood Show
14th September 2014
On Sunday 14th September 2014, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea celebrates the 50th Golden Anniversary of the first broadcast in 1964. In honour of this very special occasion, we have created a commemorative banner, remembering in particular the crew who “sailed” on the Seaview. Celebrations for the 50th anniversary will continue for the rest of the year including a special reunion of remaining crew members at the Hollywood Show in LA in October.
9th September 2014
The Hollywood Show on 17-19 October 2014 includes a 50th Anniversary Reunion for Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. Stars of the series David Hedison, Allan Hunt and Terry Becker are scheduled to attend. The event is being held at The Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel, 5400 West Century Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045, USA.
Hollywood Show Website
1st July 2014
It is with immense sadness that we have learned that our longtime friend and star of Land of the Giants, Don Matheson has passed away. Our thoughts at this time are with Deanna Lund, his daughter Michele, and all of his family and friends. Don participated in a wonderful Land of the Giants reunion with us in July 1991 and his sparkling sense of humour shone through as he recalled their times together in the sixties with his fellow cast mates. Since then he has been a popular guest at events and a couple of years ago he participated in the amazing commentary the cast of Land of the Giants did for the British Land of the Giants DVD release. If you have any messages of sympathy that you would like us to pass to his family and to share with fellow fans, please email us at our contact email address.
29th December 2013
Our friends in Japan have an exciting range of new Irwin Allen collectible auctions on Ebay which end in the early hours of Sunday 5th January 2014 (GMT). Click here or on the above image to see the items being auctioned.
If you are planning on auctioning any unusual, original, or rare Irwin Allen toys or collectibles at an online auction house or eBay and would like IANN to publicise your auction, please feel free to email over some pictures and descriptions with auction estimates, time, date and location details. Please let us know the name to credit with each photo (can be full name, nickname, initials etc).
Irwin Allen Related Auctions
18th November 2013
It is with great sadness that we have learned of the passing of Mrs. Sheila Allen (Irwin Allen’s wife and ambassador for his legacy). She was a familiar face in so many of Irwin Allen’s productions and a dear friend and supporter of our work. Our heartfelt thoughts go to her family and friends.
We’re also going through a close family bereavement (which is why things have been relatively quiet here for a while), and this news has just left us stunned. We will be paying tribute to Sheila over time, not the least by ensuring that her work and contributions both to Irwin Allen’s productions and fandom are never forgotten.
If you would like to pay tribute to Sheila here on the IANN site, please send your messages of condolence via the IANN Contact Page.