Monday, June 19, 2017

R.I.P. Stephen Furst, St. Elsewhere's Dr. Elliott Axelrod

St. Elsewhere alum and Animal House actor Stephen Furst has passed away at age 63.

Sad to report the passing of Stephen Furst, who joined St. Elsewhere in season two as a recurring character, playing a medical student, and then joined the main cast for season three onwards. The cause of death is reported as complications from diabetes.

Furst is probably best known for his pre-St. Elsewhere role as the naive fraternity pledge Flounder in the great college movie, National Lampoon's Animal House. He later appeared on Babylon 5 in the 90s, and worked extensively as a voice-over actor.

Here are a couple of news stories from elsewhere on the web:

Animal House actor, Stephen Furst, dead at 63

R.I.P. Stephen Furst, from Animal House and St. Elsewhere

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Monday, October 10, 2016

My videos are gone!

You may have noticed--the YouTube channel that once supported this website has been terminated. Busted for copyright violation. So any post that contains a video that's not working has been affected by this development.

One hopeful note out of this--rather than originating from the previous owners, Fox Home Entertainment, these violation notices were filed by Warner Bros. Entertainment. I can only hope they were going after these videos because WB is planning some sort of full-series DVD release sometime soon.

By the way--I'm moving on to other things and no longer have the time/energy to create content for this website. If anyone is interested in taking it over, contact me through the contact form.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

R.I.P. Sagan Lewis, St. Elsewhere's Dr. Jacqueline Wade

The actress and wife of showrunner Tom Fontana passed away from cancer at age 63 on August 7.

The St. Elsewhere Experience is saddened to report the passing of actress Sagan Lewis, who played Dr. Jacqueline Wade on St. Elsewhere on all six seasons of the show.

Jackie and Sagan were personal favourites of mine. I love that they expanded her role over the course of the series. I also once found a discussion thread somewhere where two women discovered they were both named Sagan after Sagan Lewis. I wonder how many more there are?

Lewis was 63, and last year re-married her ex, St. Elsewhere writer/producer/showrunner Tom Fontana. Our prayers are with her family and friends at this time of mourning.

Variety - Sagan Lewis, 'St. Elsewhere' actress, Dies at 63

Entertainment Weekly - Sagan Lewis, St. Elsewhere star, dies at 63

Saturday, January 30, 2016

R.I.P. Karen Landry, St. Elsewhere's Myra White

The St. Elsewhere Experience marks the passing of actress Karen Landry, who played Myra, the long-suffering wife of the troubled Dr. Peter White.

The St. Elsewhere Experience would like to pay tribute to a great actress who left this realm on New Year's Eve. Karen Landry, who played recurring character Myra White on the first three seasons of St. Elsewhere, passed away from cancer at age 65.

Landry, a beloved fixture in the Minneapolis-St. Paul theatre scene for decades, performed through her illness, portraying a music researcher pursuing an ambitious Beethoven project despite a diagnosis of a terminal illness in 33 Variations in October 2014. She only revealed her real-life diagnosis to a few cast members.

Landry is survived by her two daughters, and her husband, actor Chris Mulkey.

These articles paint a great portrait of her. I didn't know much about her before reading these. I'm glad to have read them and learned about her.

Obituary: Before death, life imitated art for actress Karen Landry -

Minneapolis-bred actor Karen Landry dies at 65 at her Los Angeles home - StarTribune

She brought a great sensitivity and strength to the role of Myra, and I especially liked it when she stood up to her difficult husband. Here's a great clip featuring Karen Landry, as Myra is about to give birth after her husband's death.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Happy birthday, Norman Lloyd!

The St. Elsewhere Experience wishes Hollywood legend and St. Elsewhere star Norman Lloyd a happy birthday.

The St. Elsewhere Experience is pleased to extend the warmest of birthday greetings to the man who gave life to Dr. Daniel Auschlander--the great Norman Lloyd. We've been blessed to have Norman with us for the past 101 years.

Also, check out Norman Lloyd on upstaging Orson Welles and playing tennis with Chaplin.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

St. Elsewhere star Norman Lloyd featured in Trainwreck

St. Elsewhere star and Hollywood legend Norman Lloyd shows off his considerable comedic talents in his latest film role in Trainwreck.

Trainwreck's Judd Apatow, Norman Lloyd, and Amy Schumer
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Should've had this post up almost a month ago, but it's never too late to celebrate the great Norman Lloyd, who, at the age of 99, experienced his first taste of improvisational comedy film-making in Judd Apatow's Trainwreck, starring Amy Schumer.

St. Elsewhere fans know how funny Norman Lloyd can be from his role as Dr. Daniel Auschlander, the liver specialist and Chief of Services who was originally slated to die of cancer after four episodes, but experienced "the longest remission in television history" and survived six seasons until he succumbed from a stroke in the series finale.

Now, at age 100, the press is celebrating that a) this centenarian is still working, and b) there's someone making movies in Hollywood who worked with Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, and Charlie Chaplin, and who still turns in a great interview. Lloyd has a well-deserved reputation as one of Hollywood's greatest storytellers, and as evidenced by this clip from an interview with DP/30, he's as sharp as ever. And he still plays tennis twice a week.

Accordingly, the story of Lloyd has made its way around the Internet. Check out this selection of features about the St. Elsewhere star and his role in Trainwreck:

Norman Lloyd on 'Trainwreck,' Hitchcock, Welles and 100 years -

TV and Film Legend Norman Lloyd On His Latest Film “Trainwreck” -

“Trainwreck”: Brilliant Comedy Features Veteran Actor Norman Lloyd, Age 100 - Showbiz 411

Trainwreck’s 100-Year-Old Co-Star - AdWeek FishbowlNY

Meet Hollywood’s Oldest Working Actor - The Daily Beast

‘Trainwreck’ Review: Amy Schumer Shoots And Scores In Winning Romantic Comedy - Deadline

Norman Lloyd on 'Trainwreck', Hitchcock, Welles and 100 Years - Hitchcock's Vertigo

Friday, June 26, 2015

Ray Charles on St. Elsewhere

Music legend Ray Charles made a guest appearance as a blind homeless man on a fifth-season episode of St. Elsewhere.

Ever wondered what Ray Charles looked like without
his shades on?
The sixteenth episode of season five of St. Elsewhere, "Jose, Can You See?", is the "eye" episode. Dr. Jacqueline Wade (Sagan Lewis) suffers abrasions on her corneas from her new contact lenses; Dr. Elliott Axelrod (Stephen Furst), Dr. Daniel Auschlander (Norman Lloyd), and Dr. Donald Westphall (Ed Flanders) try on each other's glasses during an elevator ride; Daniel Auschlander's long lost love Margaret Ryan (Geraldine Fitzgerald) is admitted to St. Eligius with a eye-related ailment; and Dr. Carol Novino (Cindy Pickett) and Dr. Philip Chandler (Denzel Washington) clashing over blind, homeless patient Arthur Tibbetts, played by music legend Ray Charles.

Arthur Tibbetts is "minding his own P's and Q's" in an alley when a pair of thugs begin harassing him. After stealing his hat, they assault him, stabbing him in the abdomen and breaking a bottle over his head. He enters St. Eligius's ER, where he is treated by Drs. Novino and Chandler.

X-rays reveal that Tibbetts is sufficiently well to be released. Novino is moved by his plight, and wants to admit Tibbetts to get him off the street for the night. Chandler, a stickler for policy, and mindful of the hospital's budget crisis, insists that the patient be released. Novino then takes it upon herself to play "musical beds" until Chandler goes over her head to Westphall.

Before he is released, Tibbetts has a nice moment in the hospital lounge with fellow patient Margaret Ryan, reminiscing about the past. Naturally, you can't have Ray Charles on your show without having him play the piano, so he performs a rendition of the Carole King classic, "You've Got a Friend".

Check out Ray Charles on St. Elsewhere:

Guest appearances by famous musicians seemed to be all the rage at the time. Three weeks after this episode aired, Frank Sinatra guest-starred as a retired cop on Magnum, P.I.. A year earlier, Frank Zappa appeared on an episode of Miami Vice as a drug lord.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

More Nudity on St. Elsewhere

In the episode "Girls Just Want To Have Fun", St. Elsewhere producers slipped a scantily-clad extra passed the network censors.

St. Elsewhere pushed the envelope on September 30, 1987 when Dr. Donald Westphall tendered his resignation by mooning boss, Dr. John Gideon (Ronny Cox), and actor Ed Flanders bared his backside for the most flagrant display of nudity on network television to that date. But it turns out that this was not their first foray into exposed buttocks.

Thank you to a sharp-eyed anonymous commenter who spotted this cheeky detail thrown into the third season's "Girls Just Want To Have Fun", originally aired November 28, 1984. At about eight and a half minutes in, Dr. Mark Craig (William Daniels) is engaged in another conflict with Assistant to the Chief of Services Joan Halloran (Nancy Stafford) when a female extra emerges from a room into the hallway.

Her hospital gown isn't quite fastened all the way, and for a few frames, her bare butt can be seen, tan lines and all:

About five minutes later, bone marrow donor Herschel Millstein (Bill Macy) is explaining to visiting specialist Dr. Christine Holtz (Caroline McWilliams) why there's such bad blood between him and his brother when the brazen blonde makes another appearance:

As the actors exit screen right, the young woman's assets are still on display:

Indeed, girls just want to have fun, sometimes by letting it all hang out.

Here are the clips: