Archive for the ‘Actors’ Category

In Loving Memory – Deanna Lund, Our Valerie in Giantland

25th June 2018

Deanna Lund - Our Valerie in Giantland

It is heartbreaking to have to write the following words and to let you know that on Friday 22nd June 2018, our dear and beautiful friend Deanna Lund passed away. Our hearts go out to all her family and friends at this very sad time. We have promised that we will help to preserve her legacy through her website and beyond and friends and fans around the world are welcome to contribute through the Irwin Allen News Network (IANN) site.

The Land of the Giants cast have all been like family for everyone who has travelled in time with them over the past 50 years. In this 50th Anniversary year of Land of the Giants, this is an even greater loss as we all try to commemorate the show which brought us this inspiring actress, Deanna Lund.

Deanna’s long term fan organisation Friends of Deanna Lund, run by Dr. Fred Eichelman, has prepared a special obituary in Deanna’s memory for her website.

Deanna Lund Obituary

Valerie in Giantland

21st February 2018

Valerie in Giantland: Valerie Ames Scott's Diary

Deanna Lund’s fan organisation Friends of Deanna Lund has just updated her 1992 novel Valerie in Giantland: Valerie Ames Scott’s Diary as part of the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Land of the Giants. The revised book features a new colour cover and an epilogue chapter. Copies are available through Friends of Deanna Lund, at signings and through Amazon.

Robert Dowdell

25th January 2018

Robert Dowdell as Lt. Commander Chip Morton in the classic TV series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

A very, very sad start to the new year with the passing on Tuesday 23rd January 2018 of one of the most popular stars of Irwin Allen’s television productions, Robert Dowdell, who was best known for his role of Lt. Commander Chip Morton in Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. Much loved around the globe, Chip was often the straight guy to several other comedic characters in the show, and he played the role superbly. Irwin Allen also featured Robert in two of his made for television movies, City Beneath the Sea (1971) and Outrage (1986). He will be sorely missed by his legion of fans and will live on through his work and the love that engendered. Our thoughts at this time are with all of his family, friends, and fans.

Facebook notice from Robert’s cousin

Francine York Memorial Celebration

29th March 2017

A memorial to celebrate the life of actress Francine York (who passed away in January) is being held on Sunday 23rd April 2017 at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood LA. If you would like to attend, please click the image below for a PDF flyer containing details of the event.

Francine York Memorial Celebration Flyer

Click here or on image above for PDF of Francine’s Memorial Flyer

Francine York Memorial Celebration

Lawrence Montaigne

29th March 2017

Lawrence Montaigne in City Beneath the Sea Presentation reel

Lawrence Montaigne, a guest in several Irwin Allen TV episodes, passed away on 17th March 2017 at the age of 86. Irwin Allen fans will know him from The Time Tunnel episodes Massacre (as Yellow Elk, 1966) and Idol of Death (as Captain Alvarado, 1967) as well as Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea episode Man-Beast (as Dr. Braddock, 1968) . He also appeared as Dr. Aquila in the City Beneath the Sea presentation reel in 1969. We understand that he has recently been working on revising his autobiography for Jacobs Brown Press based upon his book “A Vulcan Odyssey.”

Hollywood Reporter Obituary

Don Marshall

1st November 2016

Don Marshall in Land of the Giants

We learned today via Celeste Yarnall of the very sad news that actor Don Marshall passed away on Sunday evening at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.  Don had been due to attend a Land of the Giants reunion at Campbell Con over the weekend, but had to pull out due to a serious health issue, and this sudden news has been very shocking for fans around the world.  We will pay tribute in the coming hours and days on the IANN Giants page and Giants Log site.

Don Marshall in Land of the Giants

Don Marshall at the 2011 recording of the Land of the Giants commentary for the British DVD release (photo courtesy of Stefan Arngrim)

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