May 20, 1927 – July 18, 2019
David Hedison an American film, television, and stage actor has passed away at the age of 92. He was billed as Al Hedison in his early film work. In 1959, when he was cast in the role of Victor Sebastian in the short-lived espionage television series "Five Fingers", NBC insisted that he change his name. He proposed that he use his middle name and he was billed as David Hedison from then on. He was known for his role as Captain Lee Crane in Irwin Allen's television series "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" and as CIA agent Felix Leiter in two James Bond films, "Live and Let Die" and "License to Kill".
Mr. Hedison was a guest of the Memphis Film Festival in 2003. He was very cordial and well-received. Condolences go out to his family and friends.
Robert Leroy Diamond “Bobby Diamond”
August 23, 1943 – May 15, 2019
Bobby Diamond, child actor who was well-known for playing Joey Clark Newton on "Fury", has passed away at the age of 75 years of age. Mr. Diamond was a guest of the Memphis Film Festival in 2011.
On the show "Fury", Diamond's character, Joey, had run afoul of the law, befriended a handsome wild black stallion, and lived on the Broken Wheel Ranch in California with his widowed and adopted father, Jim Newton, portrayed by Peter Graves. Newton's wife and son had been killed by a drunk driver.
Joey called Jim by his first name but in time looked upon him as a father. Character actor William Fawcett played the housekeeper and top ranch hand, Pete Wilkey.
Cast as friends of Joey are Roger Mobley (see above with Bobby in picture above) as Homer "Packy" Lambert, who appeared in forty-one episodes from 1958 to 1960, and Jimmy Baird (he is also in picture above with Bobby) as Rodney "Pee Wee" Jenkins from 1957 to 1958.
Diamond played the recurring role of "Buddy" in the NBC sitcom, "The Nanette Fabray Show". He was strongly considered for the role of Robbie on "My Three Sons" but was cast in 1962–1963 as Dobie Gillis's cousin, Duncan "Dunky" Gillis, for seven episodes of the final season of CBS's "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis". He also appeared in "The Twilight Zone", "The Andy Griffith Show" and "The Rebel".
In an attempt to graduate to more mature and serious roles, as well as break onto the silver screen, Diamond starred in the film "Airborne" as Eddie Slocom, a naive country boy who wants to join the US 82nd Airborne Division. Airborne was his only lead role in a film; his only other film appearances were in supporting roles in the Patty Duke vehicle "Billie" and the 1981 slasher film "Scream".
Over the years, Diamond appeared in dozens of television series, including "The Fugitive", "The Loretta Young Show", "Angel" and "Father Knows Best". He also appeared in episodes of "Wagon Train", "Mister Ed" and "Mr. Novak".
Between 1965 and 1967, Diamond guest starred with Robert Bray, in the lead role of Forest Ranger Corey Stuart, in three episodes of "Lassie". Diamond's last role was in 1990 in Gary Cole's "Midnight Caller".
On October 21, 2000, Diamond was among the honorees at Iverson's Movie Ranch near Chatsworth in the San Fernando Valley, where he left his signature, handprints, and bootprints in the courtyard. Iverson's is dedicated to preserving the history of film and television westerns.
This page is to honor the passings of our favorite stars of stage, screen and television. Some of the stars we have had the honor of their presence at our festival.
Some of these stars were behind the scenes as well as in front of the camera. They will be missed.
(Please note: Passings are changed month to month.)