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Legendary Hollywood agent and talent manager Budd Burton Moss and longtime television director Howard Storm will join us this week as we continue to commemorate the forty-fifth anniversary of the premiere of Happy Days with a special tribute to producer Garry Marshall.
Budd Moss has not only represented many of the brightest stars in film, television and sports over the past six decades, he had a hand in casting in many of the most iconic comedy and dramatic series in TV history—one of which was Happy Days. Budd’s book Hollywood: Sometimes the Reality is Better Than the Dream is a thoroughly entertaining account of his career in Hollywood, including his efforts on behalf of Rita Hayworth, Jack Valenti, Tom Bosley, John James and Hunter Tylo. Larry King says that Budd’s book provides “a wonderful and unique look at a part of the Golden Age in Hollywood, TV and films that will never be repeated!” while the late Jack Valenti himself once described Budd as a man “never gives up and is always moving forward,” both of which are indispensable traits to a successful agent.
Howard Storm began in the entertainment industry as a stand-up comedian in New York, appearing on The Merv Griffin Show, The Dick Cavett Show, and The Tonight Show. His first work in film came in 1969, when he acted in and served as the assistant to director Woody Allen in Take the Money and Run. After working on Allen’s next two films, Bananas and Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* But Were Afraid to Ask, Storm came to Hollywood, where he wrote episodes of such top shows as The Partridge Family, All in the Family, The Bob Newhart Show, and Happy Days before segueing into directing. His many credits as a TV director include episodes of such popular shows as Laverne & Shirley, Everybody Loves Raymond, Kenan and Kel, Fish, Daddy Dearest, Rhoda, ALF, Angie, and nearly sixty episodes of Mork & Mindy. Howard Storm and Budd Moss will join us in our second hour.
Budd Moss and Howard Storm will be among the honorees as this year’s annual Beverly Hills Theatre Guild luncheon, which will take place on Sunday, Mar. 17 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. The theme of this year’s luncheon will be “The Hollywood Renaissance,” while the highlight of the program will be a tribute to the films and television series of Garry Marshall. Proceeds from the luncheon will help the Beverly Hills Theatre Guild fund their annual national playwriting competitions. For more information, call (310) 765-1605 or go to BeverlyHillsTheatreGuild.com.
This week’s program will also include a conversation with singer/actress Jodi Benson. Jodi received a Tony Award nomination for her starring role in the Broadway production of Crazy for You, while her animation voice credits include the voice of Barbie in the Toy Story films, her signature role as Ariel in Walt Disney Pictures’ The Little Mermaid—a role for which she was named an official Disney Legend—and, more recently, Ralph Breaks the Internet. The Little Mermaid has been reissued on Bluray and is now available in a new 30th Anniversary Walt Disney Signature Collection Edition. Jodi Benson will join us in our second hour.
Also this week: We will mark the recent passing of Morgan Woodward, the durable character actor whose career spanned more than five decades and encompassed more than 250 film and television roles, including nineteen episodes of Gunsmoke, twelve episodes of Wagon Train, and two episodes of the original Star Trek. Morgan’s many motion picture roles included Boss Godfrey, aka The Man with No Eyes, in Cool Hand Luke, while fans of the original Dallas knew him as Punk Anderson.
Morgan Woodward passed away on Friday, Feb. 22 at the age of ninety-three. You might recall that Morgan made two appearances on TV Confidential, including a wide-ranging conversation that originally aired in September 2012 that covered such topics as Cool Hand Luke, Star Trek, Dallas, his early background with Disney, his long association with Westerns, and the pivotal assist that Aaron Spelling gave Morgan very early in his acting career. We’ll replay that conversation with Morgan Woodward in our first hour.
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