#1 - This one begins with a popular and omnipresent disc jockey turned television personality, whose professional moniker took its lead from one of Universal Studios' famous monsters. Next to him is the man who took over the role of Steven Carrington on Dynasty after Al Corley departed early on.
#2 - The first gal is from the prime-time hit Falcon Crest, on which she played Melissa Agretti, locking horns with the matriarchal figure played by the show's star Jane Wyman. Next to her is an actress for whom I really should leave you "clueless."
#3 - The lady on the left is probably a toughie, even if her face may be familiar. She appeared on many, many 1970s and '80s television shows (including the prime-time soap Paper Dolls, which is why she's here) and in movies (like Slap Shot, 1978, and Ice Castles, 1978) as well. The gent ought to be well known to most movie fans unless you've been living under a rock for quite a few decades, though he's better known to today's youth for screwing up the finale of an awards ceremony not too long ago.
#4 - The curvaceous blonde on the left was a musical comedy movie actress, notorious as being the longtime mistress of Bob Hope. Hint: Her first name is the same as another wildly famous blonde bombshell. On the right is the English hunk who slid into the role of California-bred Miles Colby on The Colbys.
#5 - The man on the left had a busy, lengthy career as a character actor in movies and on two hit TV series (Dragnet and M*A*S*H.) The gal on the left made several attempts at prime-time soaps from Flamingo Road to Paper Dolls to Falcon Crest, but never gained the long-term foothold that other stalwarts found in the genre.
#6 - The lady on the left (a cast member of our beloved The Poseidon Adventure, 1972) was an integral part of Dynasty before leaving to pursue other, mostly less successful, ventures. Her counterpart is a character performer who spent years in movies and TV (with series like Mission: Impossible and Space: 1999 on his resume) before becoming a late-in-life Oscar-winner.
#7 - The first pink pussycat played accused "Pollyanna" Karen Fairgate for all of Knots Landing's lengthy run. The second was an accomplished and versatile actress who scored a big hit as Damian's mom in The Omen (1976), but was later taken far too early by illness.
#8 - The gal on the left made a far bigger impression in the daytime soap world as part of a super (and I mean SUPER) couple than she did during her brief stab at prime-time success on Bare Essence. The gentleman next to her is a hard one, though he is known. The Czech-born actor's career stemmed from Louise Brooks' silent classic Pandora's Box (1929) to a successful stage and film career in the U.S. Much to his dismay, his 1958 turkey The Return of Dracula was one of the movie's he's most remembered for. He likely would have preferred Midnight (1939) or The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1944) as an epitaph.
#9 - I'd say this one is likely the hardest of all, but not impossible if you're an all-around movie and TV buff. The lady was a highly promising young actress in movies like Pride and Prejudice (1940), Blossoms in the Dust (1945) and The Valley of Decision (1945), all of which also starred Greer Garson. Then it all came crashing down when she was blacklisted by the House UnAmerican Activities Commission. To her right is one of Knots Landing's more deplorable bad guys. As Peter Hollister, he was bedding both a mother and her daughter and wound up with a pointy desk accessory driven through his chest!
#10 - The hirsute hunk on the left was Mark Jennings of Dynasty, a tennis pro who also bedded a mother and daughter (Alexis and Fallon) and was also murdered, but not for that transgression. The equally hairy - at least on top!) guy on the right was a flavor of the month (perhaps February?) who eked out a fairly lengthy career, but is still most likely known for playing Justine Bateman's boyfriend for several seasons of Family Ties.
#11 - We all should know the pretty blonde songbird on the left, who occasionally made a movie or worked on television. Her counterpart was the leading man of Dynasty, taking over at the eleventh hour for a fired George Peppard.
#12 - How much more of a clue can I give you about the man on the left other than that he was self-proclaimed "The Greatest?" And, though the pronunciation may be ever so slightly different, the spelling is the same for the first name of his ladyfriend next door. She too took a bit of a pummeling from fans, critics and the producers of Dynasty during her stay there, culminating in a christening of fake blood all over her as a means of telling her she was fired...
And now, on to the answers!
|#1 - "Wolfman Jack Coleman" - The raspy-voiced DJ Wolfman Jack died of a heart attack at fifty-seven. Jack Coleman went on to success with the TV series Heroes, looking quite a bit different than he did as Steven.|
|#2 - "Ana Alicia Silverstone" - Ana Alicia left acting in the mid-1990s to raise her family. Alicia Silverstone - of Clueless (1995) fame - is now starring on American Woman, the series devised by Kyle Richards, loosely based on her upbringing.|
|#3 - "Jennifer Warren Beatty" - Jennifer Warren exited the realm of acting for the most part in the 1990s and turned to the field of directing. Warren Beatty, the star of many, many films from Bonnie and Clyde (1967) to Shampoo (1975) was part of Oscar-gate a while back when he helped to announce the wrong Best Picture winner.|
|Mr. Beatty in pajamas for a costume test during Splendor in the Grass (1961) and in Italian makeup for The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone that same year. The bathing suit shot is from an early TV appearance of his.|
|In 1985, between Grease 2 and The Colbys, Caulifield appeared nude on stage opposite Elizabeth Wilson and Jessica Tandy in the play Salonika. You can read more about that here.|
|In 2012, in his early-fifties, he was still delivering the goods in the stage play Euripedes as Menelaos the King of Sparta, wearing only some torn fabric.|
|This is the way Block looked when he assayed the role of Craig on ATWT. His dynamic, creative acting led me to return to the show after having abandoned it for a while.|
|During this period, the aforementioned John James turned up on the show as well, this time playing a doctor with a murderous side.|
|Ali passed away at age seventy-four after a bout with Parkinson's disease. (By the way, I didn't blur the above-left shot of him back when he was known as Cassius Clay and I couldn't find another version of it, though I tried.)|