Paul Mantee of Robinson Crusoe on Mars fame died November 7. He was 82 years old.
He appeared on many television shows, including Mission: Impossible, The Streets of San Francisco, The A-Team and LA Law.
Mantee also authored two novels, In Search of the Perfect Ravioli (Ballantine Books, 1991) and Bruno of Hollywood (Ballantine Books, 1994).
And he may have gotten his most fame from being one of the squad room detectives on CAGNEY AND LACEY…
(Also worth mentioning: Shame on me, but I never saw …ON MARS uncut until a few years ago. As many of you know, there are some absolutely stunning moments and visuals. …And I don’t think it’s usually perceived, as I kinda think, as part of that OUTER LIMITS era (but in glorious color!), and, in fact, kind of a link between that period of celluloid science fiction, and Kubrick and Clarke’s 2001 (which, amazingly, began filming much earlier than folks generally realize, in 1965!).
And far more worthwhile to note that the late science fiction/fantasy film journalist Steve Swires once mentioned, after rprofiling Mantee, that he was an absolute, delightful, gentleman.