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.
Bradford Dillman, star of Irwin Allen's The Swarm, passed away on 16th January 2018 at the age of 87. He was so much fun in the role of Major Baker in The Swarm, and it is worth giving the movie another view to enjoy his performance. He also appeared in two of Irwin Allen's television movies, namely Adventures of the Queen and The Memory of Eva Ryker. For sci-fi fans, he is also fondly remembered for his role in the movie Escape from the Planet of the Apes. Bradford had a long and illustrious acting career, winning a Golden Globe and two Emmy awards.
Robert Colbert and Lee Meriwether attended the Love Letters To Lee Meriwether premiere at Theatre West on 10th February 2018 in Los Angeles, California.