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Where Are They Now - Friday, April 13, 2018

Hello fans,

Thanks to you all for the Celebrity Suggestions. Just remember to suggest living celebrities, an individual celebrity, not a cast of an entire series or show, please.

Today's suggestion comes from reader Barbara W. Barbara said that she would be interested to see what Ron Ely has been doing lately. Thanks Barbara for your suggestion. Such a stellar choice.

Let's checking on actor Ron Ely. You might remember him from the 1966 NBC series Tarzan. He made quite a name for himself as Tarzan and then as Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze in the 1975 cult movie. He's still in the game at age 79.

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See if you know if the following celebrities have had a visit from the "Grim Reaper":

June Lockhart: Starred as the mom, Maureen Robinson, in the TV series "Lost in Space", she also played a mom on the series "Lassie"

Diane Ladd: She has appeared in many movies, including "Rambling Rose" and "Wild at Heart", she played Flo in the movie "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore"

Franco Nero: He's appeared in "Force 10 from Navarrone" and many other movies

(Answer at the bottom)


Ron Ely

Learn More About Ron Ely on Celebrity Nooz

BIRTH DATE: June 21, 1938 in Hereford, Texas, USA

BIRTH NAME: Ronald Pierce Ely

CLAIM TO FAME: Ron Ely is an American actor and novelist best known for having portrayed the titular role on the 1966 NBC series Tarzan and for playing the lead in the film Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze.

FAMILY LIFE: Ely has been married twice. First to Cathy Ely from 1959 to 1961, and then to former Miss Florida, Valerie Lundeen since 1984. They have three children, Kirsten, Kaitland, and Cameron.

INFO: Won many of his screen roles due to his height (6'4") and athletic build.

Hosted a game show in the early 1980s called Face the Music (1979). A delightful trademark of his performance was his tendency to preface a statement to the contestants with the introductory identifier, "Contestants!"

Ely is also a published writer and has authored two mystery novels featuring private eye Jake Sands: Night Shadows (1994) and East Beach (1995).

TRIVIA: Attended The University of Texas at Austin in mid-1950s and was in ROTC.

Dated Ursula Andress in 1963/64.

Arguably the 15th screen Tarzan.

During his time on Tarzan, Ely did virtually all of his stunts, and suffered two dozen major injuries in the process, including two broken shoulders and various lion bites.

WHERE IS HE NOW: Ely has been cast as Ares in the upcoming film Mesopotamia (2018), which is currently in pre-production.


2014 Expecting Amish (TV Movie)...Elder Miller

2001 Sheena (TV Series)...Bixby
- The Feral King

1993-1996 Renegade (TV Series)...Gen. Howard Bird / Reverend McClain
- Hard Evidence (1996) ... Gen. Howard Bird
- White Picket Fences (1993) ... Reverend McClain

1994 Hawkeye (TV Series)...Harry March
- Out of the Past (1994) ... Harry March

1993 L.A. Law (TV Series)
- Book of Renovation, Chapter 1 (1993)

1992 The Hat Squad (TV Series)...Carl Strong
- Family Business

1992 Tarzan (TV Series)...Gordon Shaw
- Tarzan, the Hunted (1992) ... Gordon Shaw

1991 Superboy (TV Series)...Superman
- The Road to Hell: Part 2

1959-1987 Sea Hunt (TV Series)...Mike Nelson
- Toxic Waste (1987) ... Mike Nelson
- Murder at Sixty Feet (1959) ... Mike Nelson

1986 Blacke's Magic (TV Series)...Garth Maxwell
- Ten Tons of Trouble

1979-1984 Fantasy Island (TV Series)...Fred Spenser / Burt Hunter / Kevin Lansing / ...
- Goin' on Home/Ambitious Lady (1984) ... Fred Spenser
- Eternal Flame/A Date with Burt (1983) ... Burt Hunter
- The Case Against Mr. Roarke/Save Sherlock Holmes (1982) ... Kevin Lansing
- My Fair Pharaoh/The Power (1980) ... Eric Williams / Marc Anthony
- The Red Baron/Young at Heart (1979) ... Baron Manfred von Richthofen

1983 Hotel (TV Series)...Evan Paige
- Charades

1983 Matt Houston (TV Series)...Winston Fowler
- A Deadly Parlay

1980-1983 The Love Boat (TV Series)...Ted Cole / Jim / Steve Swaggart / ...
- The Captain's Crush/Out of My Hair/Off-Course Romance (1983) ... Ted Cole
- New York, A.C./Live It Up/All's Fair in Love and War (1982) ... Jim
- She Stole His Heart/Return of the Captain's Brother/Swag and Mag (1980) ... Steve Swaggart / Darryl Brewster

1981 The Seal (TV Movie)

1979 Face the Music (TV Series)...Host

1978 Wonder Woman (TV Series)...Bill Michaels
- The Deadly Sting

1978 Slavers...Steven Hamilton

1976 MitGift...Dr. Kurt Jahn

1975 Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze...Clark Savage Jr. aka Doc

1974 Marcus Welby, M.D. (TV Series)...Ben Brecht
- To Father a Child

1972 Alleluja & Sartana Are Sons... Sons of God

1972 Der Schrei der schwarzen Wölfe...Bill Robinson

1971 Ironside (TV Series)...Scott Bradley
- A Killing at the Track (1971) ... Scott Bradley

1969 The Courtship of Eddie's Father (TV Series)...Ronald
- Pain (1969) ... Ronald

1966-1968 Tarzan (TV Series)...Tarzan
All 57 episodes

1966 Once Before I Die...Soldier (as Ronald Ely)

1966 The Night of the Grizzly...Tad Curry

1962 Thriller (TV Series)...Lt. Mike Hudson
- Waxworks

1961 The Aquanauts (TV Series)...Mike Madison
18 episodes

1960 The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (TV Series)...Arleigh Smith
- The Posse

1959 The Millionaire (TV Series)...Jim Phillips
- Millionaire Sergeant Matthew Brogan

1959 How to Marry a Millionaire (TV Series)...Philip Jackson
- The Method

1959 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)...Buddy
- The Second Happiest Day

1959 Steve Canyon (TV Series)...Pete Randall
- The Sergeant

1959 Father Knows Best (TV Series)...Jerry Preston
- Crisis Over a Kiss

1959 The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker...Wilbur Fielding

1959 The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (TV Series)...Dobie's Older Brother
- Pilot (uncredited)

1958 The Fiend Who Walked the West...Deputy Jim Dyer

1958 South Pacific...Navigator (as Ronald Ely)

To see Then & Now pictures of Ron Ely, visit: Celebrity Nooz


--Answers to DEAD OR ALIVE--

June Lockhart - ALIVE
Born: 06/25/1925

Diane Ladd - ALIVE
Born: 11/29/1932

Franco Nero - ALIVE
Born: 11/23/1941



Li Tian, 79, Chinese scientist.
Timmy Matley, 36, Irish singer (The Overtones), skin cancer.
Polixeni Papapetrou, 57, Australian photographer, breast cancer.
Mitzi Shore, 87, American comedy club owner (The Comedy Store), Parkinson's disease.
Zola Skweyiya, 75, South African politician.

F'Murr, 72, French comics artist (Le Génie des alpages).
Viliam Karmažin (cs), 95, Slovak composer and conductor, Guinness World Records-holder as longest-career conductor.
John Lambie, 77, Scottish football player (Falkirk, St Johnstone) and manager (Partick Thistle).
Li Dawei, 47, Chinese director.
Li Yaowen, 99, Chinese politician, general and diplomat.
Jean Marzollo, 75, American children's author (I Spy).
Fergie McCormick, 78, New Zealand rugby union player (Canterbury, national team), throat cancer.
Vasilis Priovolos (el), 100, Greek World War II partisan (ELAS) and Civil War combatant (DSE).
Yvonne Staples, 80, American Hall of Fame soul singer (The Staple Singers), colorectal cancer.
Sauro Tomà, 92 Italian football player (Torino F.C.).
Wu Nansheng, 95, Chinese politician.

Felix Chen, 75, Taiwanese conductor.
Edelgard Huber von Gersdorff, 112, German supercentenarian.
Peter Grünberg, 78, German physicist, co-discoverer of giant magnetoresistance, Nobel Prize laureate (2007).
Jigjidiin Mönkhbat, 76, Mongolian wrestler, Olympic silver medalist (1968).
Ira Philip, 92, Bermudian writer and politician.
Irma Rapuzzi, 107, French politician.
Silviniaco Conti, 12, French racehorse, team chasing accident.

Leila Abashidze, 88, Georgian actress (Keto and Kote, Meeting in Mountains), film director and screenwriter, stroke.
António Barros, 68, Portuguese footballer (Benfica, national team).
William Sperry Beinecke, 103, American philanthropist.
Nathan Davis, 81, American jazz musician.
Michael Goolaerts, 23, Belgian racing cyclist, cardiac arrest after race crash.
Juraj Herz, 83, Czech film director, actor, writer and scenic designer.
Efraín Jara Idrovo, 92, Ecuadorian writer and existentialist poet, Premio Eugenio Espejo (1999).
Christopher J. Killmurray, 55, American attorney and politician, Mayor of South Brunswick, New Jersey (since 2017).
Viacheslav Koleichuk, 77, Russian sound artist.
Sir Peter Le Cheminant, 97, British air chief marshal, Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey (1980-1985).
André Lerond, 87, French footballer (Lyon).
Chuck McCann, 83, American actor (Far Out Space Nuts) and voice artist (DuckTales, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero), heart failure.
Joe McConnell, 79, American sports announcer (Minnesota Vikings, Indiana Pacers, Chicago White Sox).
John Miles, 74, British racing driver.
Gunnar Persson, 84, Swedish cartoonist.
Guy Playfair, 83, British author and paranormal researcher.
Anzhelika Volchkova (ru), 47, Russian stage actress, Meritorious Artist.

Brigitte Ahrenholz, 65, German rower.
Munin Barua, 72, Indian film director.
Angela Bennie, 73, Australian journalist (The Sydney Morning Herald).
Petr Braiko, 98, Soviet soldier, Hero of the Soviet Union.
Andela Haida, 104, Czech-born British centenarian, Czechoslovak World War II veteran, Medal of Heroism recipient.
Gerd Honsik, 76, Austrian writer and Holocaust denier.
Rathnavali Kekunawela, 87, Sri Lankan actress.
Samuel B. McKinney, 91, American civil rights activist and pastor.
Ángel Peralta Pineda, 92, Spanish rejoneador, heart attack.
Božidar Smiljanic, 81, Croatian actor.

Daniel Akaka, 93, American educator and politician, member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Hawaii's 2nd district (1977-1990) and Senate (1990-2013), organ failure.
Daniel Chavarría, 84, Uruguayan-born Cuban author.
Samba Diop, 18, French footballer.
Dorothy Garlock, 98, American historical romance author.
Darcy Haugan, 42, Canadian hockey coach and general manager (Humboldt Broncos), traffic collision.
Jacques Higelin, 77, French pop singer.
Raj Kishore, 85, Indian actor, heart attack.
Aleksandr Kurlovich, 56, Belarusian weightlifter, Olympic champion (1988, 1992).
Donald McKayle, 87, American dancer and choreographer.
Norman McLeod, 96, New Zealand civil engineer, Commissioner of Works (1973-1981).
Yaser Murtaja, 30, Palestinian journalist, shot.
Pavol Paška, 60, Slovak politician, MP (since 2002), Speaker of the Slovak National Council (2006-2010, 2012-2014).
Edla Van Steen, 81, Brazilian playwright, actress and journalist.

Yuriy Abramochkin, 81, Russian photographer and photojournalist.
Grady Alderman, 79, American football player (Minnesota Vikings).
Maurice Bellet (fr), 94, French philosopher and theologist.
Eric Bristow, 60, English Hall of Fame darts player, world champion (1980, 1981, 1984, 1985, 1986), heart attack.
Lars Hall, 79, Swedish advertiser and art director.
Ajith Kollam, 56, Indian actor, stomach illness.
Branislav Pokrajac, 71, Serbian handball player, Olympic champion (1972).
Frederick D. Reese, 88, American civil rights activist.
Isao Takahata, 82, Japanese film director, producer and screenwriter (Grave of the Fireflies, Only Yesterday, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya), co-founder of Studio Ghibli, lung cancer.
Cecil Taylor, 89, American jazz pianist and poet.
Jaime Thorne Leon, 74, Peruvian politician, Minister of Defense (2010-2011).
Irina Tokmakova, 89, Russian writer.
Raymonde Vergauwen, 90, Belgian swimmer.