Thursday, September 4, 2014

Remember Actor Dick Kallman?

I was watching the 1960s Batman TV show and enjoyed one of the last episodes that included the Joker and Catwoman. In the episode there was a character called "Little Louis Groovy," a record producer whom they assaulted and stole from. He's a handsome guy and I looked him up on the Internet. What I learned really shocked me for a couple of reasons!
Here's what I found out:
    Dick Kallman (July 7, 1933 – February 22, 1980) was an American actor. Yes, he died at 47 years old!  Kallman was born in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. He starred in the title role of the 1965–1966prime time television sitcom Hank on NBC, and later moved on to stage work with touring companies. He was also a singer and released a 1963 album of pop standards, Hits & the Misses, on EMI.
He also acted in episodes 110 and 111 of Batman.
Kallman, who by the time of his death was an antiques and art dealer, was murdered in his apartment in New York in 1980 during a robbery and he was gay. 
The life and death (murder) of closeted gay actor Dick Kallman
   Dick Kallman was an actor in movies and television in the late 50s and 60s.He was also an accomplished singer who recorded an album of standards for EMI in London, when he was
Dick Kallman
accompanied by orchestras conducted by John Barry and Ennio Morricone. In 1975, he joined a partnership to manufacture women's play clothes and party clothes and also began working as a dealer in antiques, silver, and art.
    Richard Kallman was also a gay man. On February 22, 1980 Richard and his partner Stephen Szladek were murdered in Kallman's Manhattan apartment by three men who gained entrance and stole a lot of valuable art, antiques, and jewelry. It was a well planned and executed heist and it took over a year before the three were caught and even longer for them to be tried, convicted, and given lengthy prison sentences.  27-year-old Charles Lonnie Grosso of Queens was convicted of the killings and was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. None of the paintings, jewelry, and antiques stolen from the apartment were ever recovered.
 YVONNE CRAIG, WHO PLAYED BATGIRL IN THE BATMAN SHOW SAID THIS IN 2010: I loved his performance as Little Louie Groovy in the last season of Batman with Cesar Romero as The Joker and Eartha Kitt as The Catwoman.
by: Yvonne Craig  (SOURCE: http://www.datalounge.com/)
Here's a video of a song he recorded. He really had a good voice! 

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

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We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

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