Friday, January 14, 2011
RIP Paul Picerni
He played Agent Lee Hobson from 1960-63 on the ABC gangster series.
Paul Picerni, who played Eliot Ness’ right-hand man on TV’s The Untouchables for three seasons, died Wednesday at his home in Llano, California. He was 88.
The news was announced Friday by author Tom Weaver, who helped Picerni pen his 2007 autobiography, Steps to Stardom.
Picerni portrayed Agent Lee Hobson opposite Robert Stack from 1960-63 on ABC’s The Untouchables, the gangster series set in Prohibition-era Chicago. His extensive TV work also included guest spots on such shows as Dragnet, Batman, Starsky & Hutch, Gunsmoke and Kojak, whose star, Telly Savalas, was his best friend for almost three decades.
The Corona, N.Y., native also played the romantic lead in the horror classic House of Wax (1953) starring Vincent Price as part of a seven-year contract Picerni had at Warner Bros.
A bombardier in World War II — he was on the plane that destroyed the bridge made famous in The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) — Picerni also appeared in supporting roles in the war films Twelve O’Clock High (1949), Breakthrough (1950), Operation Pacific (1951) and To Hell and Back (1955). He also appeared opposite Errol Flynn in Mara Maru (1952).
Picerni served as the halftime master of ceremonies for Los Angeles Rams home games for decades before the NFL team moved to Anaheim after the 1979 season.
PICERNI, Paul (Paul Vincent Picerni)
Born: 12/1/1922, Corona, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 1/12/2011, Llano, California, U.S.A.
Paul Picerni's westerns -actor:
Saddle Tramp - 1950 (Denver)
Fort Worth - 1951 (Joe Castro)
Cattle Town - 1952 (Pepe)
The Charge at Feather River - 1953 (sergeant)
Riding Shotgun - 1954 (Bob Purdee)
The Bounty Hunter - 1954 (Jud)
Stories of the Century (TV) - 1955 (Rube Burrows)
Circus Boy (TV) - 1957 (Julio Gaetano)
Tales of the Texas Rangers (TV) - 1957 (Philip Conzog)
Broken Arrow (TV) - 1957 (Zele)
Boots and Saddles (TV) - 1957, 1958 (Private Grimes)
Colt .45 (TV) - 1957, 1959, 1960 (Quito, Jose, Duke Blain)
Return to Warbow - 1958 (Deputy Sheriff)
26 Men (TV) - 1958 (Ranger Ben Thorpe)
Zorro (TV) - 1958 (Pedro Murrietta)
Maverick (TV) - 1958 (Rene Gireaux)
The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (TV) - 1959 (Jaffar Husein)
The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (TV) - 1959 (Chief Bullhead)
Bonanza (TV) - 1960 (Sanchez)
Rawhide (TV) - 1960 (Bahari)
Sugarfoot (TV) - 1960 (Gian-Paolo)
Shotgun Slade (TV) - 1960 (Quinn)
The Rebel (TV) - 1960 (Clee, Manuel, Lee Ricker)
The Big Valley (TV) - 1966 (Peterson)
The Virginian (TV) - 1967 (Parks)
Gunsmoke (TV) - 1967, 1973, 1974 (William McGee, Ganns, Grimes, Marshal)
The Scalphunters - 1968 (Frank)
Lancer (TV) - 1968 (Provost Marshal)
Landraiders - 1969 (Carney, Arturo)