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Billy Jack Star Tom Laughlin Dies at 82

Actor Tom Laughlin, best known for writing, directing, producing and starring in the Billy Jack films, died Thursday at his home in Thousand Oaks, Calif., according to a post on the Billy Jack website. He was 82.

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Billy Jack Star Tom Laughlin Dies at 82

Actor Tom Laughlin, best known for writing, directing, producing and starring in the Billy Jack films, died Thursday at his home in Thousand Oaks, Calif., according to a post on the Billy Jack website. He was 82.

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Here's an argument you can ...

Question: Here's an argument you can settle. I know that for a while hick sitcoms were huge on TV, but I had an argument with a friend about the trend. Wouldn't you say it was The Andy Griffith Show that started them all? Thank you for your help. I know you won't let me down.


Answer: The Andy Griffith Show is the show that's remembered for breaking the rural-comedy trend wide open after it debuted in 1960, Randall, but the comedy that defied the experts who thought folks in the big markets didn't want to watch their country-folk cousins came along three years earlier: The Real McCoys, which was a runaway hit for ABC before jumping to CBS for a final season in 1962.

Funny thing was, the champions of hayseed humor weren't from anywhere near the territory. Irving Pi read more

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Premiered: 1954, on CBS
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Premise: CBS's golden-age anthology series began its four-year run with `The Long Goodbye,' an adaptation of the Raymond Chandler whodunit with Dick Powell as PI Philip Marlowe (a role he had played in 1940s movies). A bit of 007 trivia: the first screen appearance of Ian Fleming's James Bond was in a 1954 `Climax' version of `Casino Royale' that starred Barry Nelson.

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