Saturday, November 10, 2018

Happy 104th Birthday, Norman Lloyd!

The St. Elsewhere Experience is delighted to extend belated birthday greetings to living legend Norman Lloyd, St. Elsewhere's Dr. Daniel Auschlander, who turned 104 years old this past Thursday, November 8.

Apparently, Lloyd was the target of a recent internet death hoax, as reported by MediaMass. We are happy to report that he is alive and well.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

St. Elsewhere Complete Series Available on Hulu

Finally, something resembling an official release of seasons two through six of St. Elsewhere.

A big thanks to John DiMaggio for this tip--evidently, video streaming platform Hulu is now carrying the complete series of St. Elsewhere.

I live in Canada and can't access Hulu, so if anyone cares to leave comments as to the quality and completeness of the episodes, that would be awesome. In particular, I'm wondering if the episodes are the full 48-minute episodes, and if the background music is still intact.

Here's a news clip from 2017 about the deal between Hulu and 20th Century Fox Television Distribution. This is the first bit of movement on releasing St. Elsewhere since the first season DVD came out over a decade ago.

Update, November 10: Good news! According to our commenters, the episodes are full-length, and the original background music (soundalikes of pop songs, that is) has been preserved, which wasn't the case with the season one DVD release.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Norman Lloyd at the World Series

St. Elsewhere veteran and Hollywood living legend Norman Lloyd attended the World Series in Los Angeles--91 years after his first. And he just turned 103.

Sorry to miss the day itself, but happy belated birthday greetings to Norman LloydSt. Elsewhere's Dr. Daniel Auschlander. He celebrated his 103rd birthday on Wednesday.

Before that, Lloyd made headlines when he attended game two of the World Series, where his beloved Los Angeles Dodgers hosted the Houston Astros (who eventually prevailed in seven games). Here's the story from ESPN:

A boy's return to the World Series 91 years later

Lloyd was raised in Brooklyn, and became a Dodgers fan after his first trip to Ebbets Field in 1927. But the year before, he watched Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and the New York Yankees beat the St. Louis Cardinals in game one of the 1926 World Series, a few weeks shy of his 12th birthday.

In Keith Olbermann's ESPN profile linked above, Lloyd is quoted from an earlier interview where he discussed being a Dodgers fan. "They were awful, but I loved them. I have ever since. After all, they followed me to Los Angeles after I moved here."

People Magazine picked up the story as well.

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.

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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