John Agar
American actor
John Agar
John George Agar was an American actor. He starred alongside John Wayne in the films Sands of Iwo Jima, Fort Apache and She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, but was later relegated to B movies, such as Tarantula, The Mole People, The Brain from Planet Arous, Flesh and the Spur, and Hand of Death. He also starred with Lucille Ball in the 1951 movie The Magic Carpet.
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Some Mind-Boggling Film Factoids!
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Vampire Barnabas Collins was swatting at a fly in an episode of "Dark Shadows." Jack Palance's face was resculpted after being battered in the ring! Wires moving the creature are visible in "The Brain From Planet Arous." -The Gothic horror soap opera, "Dark Shadows"(1966-71), was filmed "live on tape" with no retakes allowed despite the fact that the episodes were not aired for 7 to 10 days after taping. Hence, flubbed lines, camera boom shadows, and other mistakes were never re-shot or edited out. Two such glaring errors involved star Jonathan Frid who portrayed vampire Barnabas Collins: on one occasion, he was seen on screen dressed in civilian clothes carrying his costume as the credits were rolling! On another occasion, he was filmed swatting at a fly as he endeavored to deliver his lines! Ruehl Fact: In early 1967, Frid was all packed and ready to move from New York City to California to become a drama professor when his agent called and persuaded him to accept the role of Ba ...
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Shirley Temple -- the Good Ship Lollipop Has Lost Its Compass
Huffington Post - about 3 years
"Love is like a brick. You can build a house or you can sink a dead body," said Lady Gaga. •CAROLE Radziwill chose this quote to open her new novel, The Widow's Guide to Sex & Dating, coming from Henry Holt. Whether you think of Carole Radziwill as one of the popular villains of TVs The Real Housewives of New York, or as a social hold-over's tenuous connection with the Kennedy dynasty -- this lady can write and she is witty and funny. And she did it all by herself. The Housewives is Bravo's reality TV show and the Kennedy reference occurs because Carole was wed to the late Anthony Radziwill, the son of Lee Bouvier Radziwill, Jackie's younger sister. Anthony, a beloved young man who worked in television, was John Kennedy Jr.'s favorite first cousin and he succumbed all too early to cancer, not long after John went missing in a small airplane that went down near Martha's Vineyard. These young folks were awash in tragedy. The young widowed Carole later wrote a ...
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Curls and dimples: Shirley Temple dies at 85
Seattle Pi - about 3 years
Dimpled, precocious and oh-so-adorable, she was America's top box office draw during Hollywood's golden age, and her image was free of the scandals that have plagued Cyrus, Lindsay Lohan and so many other child stars — parental feuds, drugs, alcohol. Temple remains such a symbol of innocence that kids still know the drink named for her: a sweet, nonalcoholic cocktail of ginger ale and grenadine, topped with a maraschino cherry. Retired from acting at 21, she went on to hold several diplomatic posts in Republican administrations, including ambassador to Czechoslovakia during the sudden collapse of communism in 1989. Known for a remarkable ability to cry on cue, she won a special Academy Award at age 6 — and was presented with a miniature Oscar statuette — for her "outstanding contribution to screen entertainment." When the spirit of the people is lower than at any other time during this Depression, it is a splendid thing that for just 15 cents, an American can go to a movie and look ...
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Dr. Franklin Ruehl, Ph.D.: More Flubs in Sci-Fi Horror Productions
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Flubs are endemic to movies and television programs of all ilks! Some are continuity errors caused by multiple shooting days. Some are so-called "revealing" mistakes where background props, crew members' hands, and the like are visible. Others are simple errors made by actors scrambling their lines. And, yet others are inconsistencies in fact and logic. Herewith are some intriguing examples from entries in the sci-fi/horror genre. Terror Is a Man (1959) On a remote island off of the coast of South America (actually filmed in the Philippines ), a surgeon, Dr.Charles Girard (Francis Lederer) is transforming a panther into a man through a series of intricate operations. An alert at the beginning of the film warned viewers that there would be a very horrific surgical scene, with a buzzer sounding for those with weak stomachs. But, when that alarm went off, all that was depicted was the doctor cutting into what appeared to be nothing more than a piece of foam rubber, one ...
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Dan Persons: Mighty Movie's Temple of Bad: Invisible Invaders
Huffington Post - over 4 years
This is an episode of Temple of Bad that includes several firsts. It's our first discussion of a black-and-white film. It's our first discussion of a film that has such a ridiculously short running time. It's our first film starring John Carradine, and our first film starring the oh-so-dreamy John Agar. Unfortunately, it's also our first episode in which I wasn't able to participate. So this time around, Invisible Invaders -- a late '50s exercise in science fiction paranoia that sees Earth being invaded by aliens who not only are, duh, invisible, but can manipulate the dead as their puppets -- is discussed by Andrea Lipinski, Kevin Lauderdale, and pop culture fiend/bad movie aficionado Orenthal Hawkins. Will this fearless trio be able to wrangle some sense out of this cinematic classic? Will they be swayed by their love of Geiger counters, theremins, fishing-line invisibility effects and the manliest, most square-jawed acting this side of The Sands of Iwo Jima, or will they ...
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Conundrums of science: What is it for?
The Economist - over 4 years
Science in the Twentieth Century and Beyond. By Jon Agar. Polity; 614 pages; $35 and £30. Buy from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.ukSCIENCE works with problems by making them into manageable, manipulable abstractions. Jon Agar’s ambitious new book sets out to synthesise the insights of many recent historians of science. These might be anything from a field biologist’s notes of lemming populations on Spitzbergen to a physicist’s creation of muon tracks in a cloud chamber, or from a set of equations in the mathematical imagination to a vast computer model of the world’s climate.Doing science is making these abstractions. The history of science is understanding how particular abstractions come to be accepted as the right way of producing solutions—and how problems get chosen in the first place. Sometimes the problems are those of the people paying for the science; sometimes...
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Grandville police: burglars stole tv, laptop while victims slept - The Grand Rapids Press - MLive.com
Google News - over 5 years
By John Agar | The Grand Rapids Press GRANDVILLE – Police say burglars broke into a house while the residents slept and stole a 40-inch flat-screen television, a laptop and other others. The burglary occurred on 44th Street SW sometime after midnight
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Missing 4-year-old Wayland girl safe - hiding in neighbor's van - MLive.com
Google News - over 5 years
By John Agar | The Grand Rapids Press WAYLAND TOWNSHIP – After an exhaustive search for a missing 4-year-old girl, she was found safe this afternoon in Grand Rapids after she hid in the back of a neighbor's minivan. The neighbor did not realize the
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Update: One dead in Lowell crash, others injured - The Grand Rapids Press - MLive.com
Google News - over 5 years
By John Agar | The Grand Rapids Press Katie Greene/The Grand Rapids PressRescue workers tend to a fatal crash near Lowell at Alden Nash Avenue and Segwun Avenue. LOWELL TOWNSHIP - One person was reported killed and two others seriously injured in a
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Allendale man sentenced to federal prison in Nigerian check scheme - MLive.com
Google News - over 5 years
By John Agar | The Grand Rapids Press GRAND RAPIDS – An Allendale man has been sentenced to 27 months in federal prison for taking part in a Nigerian check-fraud scheme. Mark Kidd, 52, cashed counterfeit checks at area banks beginning in 2004 until
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Benton Harbor pharmacist who shot at robbers sues Walgreens for firing - Kalamazoo Gazette - MLive.com
Google News - over 5 years
By John Agar | The Grand Rapids Press AP FileFile photo of Walgreens in Illinois GRAND RAPIDS – GRAND RAPIDS – After he foiled a robbery by pulling a handgun out of his pocket, Benton Harbor pharmacist Jeremy Hoven said he was fired from his job at
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Hastings police: burglar caught, cooking a burger - The Grand Rapids Press - MLive.com
Google News - over 5 years
By John Agar | The Grand Rapids Press HASTINGS – A burglar at Hastings Country Club couldn't crack the safe. So he fired up the grill, fried a hamburger and fixed himself a cocktail. Hastings police responded early this morning after the burglar called
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Betty Ford procession: Why public turned out to watch motorcade - MLive.com
Google News - over 5 years
By John Agar | The Grand Rapids Press Adam Bird | The Grand Rapids PressThe funeral procession for former first lady Betty Ford passes onlookers gathered on Pearl Street on Wednesday. GRAND RAPIDS - Nearly two hours before a procession for former first
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Ypsilanti man goes to prison for posing as US Marine, immigration official in ... - MLive.com
Google News - over 5 years
By John Agar | The Grand Rapids Press GRAND RAPIDS – A Vietnamese man was sentenced today to three years in prison for pretending to be a US immigration official to collect cash from immigrants seeking citizenship. De Hieu Tran, 43, was given another
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Rodrick Dantzler's hostages still shaken after Grand Rapids murder spree - The Grand Rapids Press - MLive.com
Google News - over 5 years
By John Agar | The Grand Rapids Press “They're having a real hard time with that,” Sadie Helderman, niece of hostage Steve Helderman, said Monday. Holmes said at this point, she and her friends have decided not to be interviewed
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of John Agar
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2002
    Age 81
    Agar died on April 7, 2002 at Burbank, California of complications from emphysema.
    More Details Hide Details He was buried beside his wife at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, California. He was survived by his three children.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1960
    Age 39
    In 1960 he was again arrested for drunk driving.
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  • 1954
    Age 33
    In 1954 Agar signed a seven year contract with Universal.
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  • 1953
    Age 32
    In 1953 he was arrested for drink driving again and was sentenced to 120 days in prison.
    More Details Hide Details Agar's career suffered in the wake of his divorce, but he developed a niche playing leading men in low-budget science fiction, Western, and horror movies in the 1950s and 1960s. John Wayne gave him several supporting roles in the late 1960s and early 1970s. In later years he worked extensively in television. "I don't resent being identified with B science fiction movies at all," Agar later said. "Why should I? Even though they were not considered top of the line, for those people that like sci-fi, I guess they were fun. My whole feeling about working as an actor is, if I give anybody any enjoyment, I'm doing my job, and that's what counts."
  • TWENTIES
  • 1951
    Age 30
    After his divorce from Temple, Agar remarried in 1951 to model Loretta Barnett Combs (1922–2000). They remained married for 49 years until her death in 2000.
    More Details Hide Details They had two sons, Martin Agar and John G. Agar, III.
    In 1951 Agar was jailed for five months for drunk driving.
    More Details Hide Details He was released after 60 days on probation.
  • 1950
    Age 29
    In 1950 Agar was fined for reckless driving.
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  • 1948
    Age 27
    Agar and Temple had a daughter together, Linda Susan Agar, b. 1948, (who was later known as Susan Black, taking the surname of her stepfather Charles Alden Black). However, the marriage floundered, in part because of Agar's drinking (he had been arrested for drunk driving) and in part because of pressures of their high public profile. Temple sued for divorce on the grounds of mental cruelty in 1949.
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  • 1944
    Age 23
    Agar's sister was a schoolmate of Shirley Temple. In 1944 Agar escorted Temple to a party held by her boss at the time, David O. Selznick. The two fell in love and were married in 1945.
    More Details Hide Details Selznick signed Agar to a five-year acting contract starting at $150 a week, including acting lessons. Agar and Temple worked together in Fort Apache and Adventure in Baltimore. The first of these, where they supported John Wayne, was particularly successful. Agar later reunited with Wayne in two more hits, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon and Sands of Iwo Jima.
  • 1942
    Age 21
    He and his family moved from Chicago to Los Angeles in 1942, after his father’s death.
    More Details Hide Details During World War II he served in the United States Army Air Corps, mostly at the March Field in Riverside, California, serving as a physical fitness instructor. He was a sergeant at the time he left the AAF in 1946.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1921
    Age 0
    Born on January 31, 1921.
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