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Whatever Became of...? Ninth Series

by Richard Lamparski

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If you have read any of Richard Lamparski’s other “Whatever Became Of”’s, you know what you are in for here; lots of short biographies of stars of yesteryear, many of whom I had never heard of, with an update on what they were doing when Lamparski interviewed them in the 1980s (a surprising number were in real estate). There were some interesting tidbits, such as learning about Dayton Allen, the man behind the voice of Deputy Dawg, who was apparently most known for his catchphrase “Why Not” (I’m guessing it sounded much funnier in the 1950s) and the Dolly Sisters

And then there is Lawrence Tierney, the late actor who was in the news a decade or so ago for pulling a knife on Jerry Seinfeld. This wasn’t a once off, as to quote Lamparski:

“He has been arrested for breaking the jaw of a college student, tearing a public phone off a wall, shoplifting, trespassing, assaulting actress Jean Wallace, striking a nightclub pianist, hitting a waiter in the face with a sugar bowl, tearing off a friend’s neck brace and then throwing a drink in his face, drunk driving, contempt of court attempting to choke a cabdriver, breaking and entering, punching a security guard who attempted to prevent him from crashing the party Elizabeth Taylor was giving for the Moisyev dancers, attacking a TV cameraman, kicking a collie and its owner, assault with a deadly weapon, and fighting with a professional boxer at Fifty-third Street and Broadway. At one time a dishevelled, barefoot and belligerent Larry sought sanctuary in a Roman Cathlolic Church and had to be removed in a straitjacket”

I wouldn’t be surprised if there were more charges against Tierney but Lamparski just became weary of writing more down. ( )
  MiaCulpa | Jul 28, 2016 |
  leslie440 | Jan 3, 2012 |
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The comedian whose phrase "Why not?" swept the nation in the late fifties was born in New York City on September 24, 1919.
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