Thursday, January 8, 2015

RIP Terry Becker

In Memory of
Solomon Becker
August 5, 1921 - December 30, 2014

Terry Becker was a film and television actor, Emmy-winning director and producer. He is best known for his role as Chief Francis Ethelbert Sharkey in seasons 2 through 4 of the television series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. Becker took the role after the death of actor Henry Kulky, who had played the submarine's Chief (Curly Jones) during the first season of the series. Terry Becker also made two guest appearances on Perry Mason. In 1958 he played murder victim Philip Larkin in "The Case of the Prodigal Parent", and in 1960 he played Prosecuting Attorney Everett Ransome in "The Case of the Violent Village."
Becker's work behind the camera began with the TV series "Room 222," on which he was associate producer. He also directed eight episodes of the series. Becker went on to directing assignments on many other TV series, including Mission: Impossible, M*A*S*HLove, American StyleThe Brady Bunchand others, plus a motion picture, The Thirsty Dead, which he also produced. In 1973, he partnered with actor Carroll O'Connor to form O'Connor-Becker Productions. In 1983, the partnership split up and Becker continued producing as a solo producer under his own Becker Productions and Becker Enterprises banners.
Solomon "Terry" Becker of Los Angeles, California, passed away Tuesday, December 30, 2014 (8 Tevet 5775), at 93. Mr. Becker is survived by his beloved wife, Erlinda Becker; his children, Joseph (Anathea) Becker and Anna Becker; his grandchildren, Savannah, Jack and James; and his brother, Sidney (Geneva) Becker. Services will be private.
Services are under the direction of Groman Eden Mortuary.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Mr. Becker's memory to the Weizmann Institute of
Science of Rehovot, Israel.
Services are under the direction of Groman Eden Mortuary.
BECKER, Terry (Solomon Becker)
Born: 8/5/1921, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 12/30/2014 Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Terry Becker’s westerns – producer, actor:
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1956 (Emmett)
The Fiend Who Walked the West – 1958 (Lew Lane)
Cimarron Strip (TV) – 1959 (Ezekial Mulligan)
Rawhide (TV) – 1959, 1964 (Seth Warner, Burt)
Wanted: Dead or Alive (TV) – 1960 (Deputy Fred Kimball)
Bonanza (TV) – 1962 (Shukie)
The Magnificent Stranger – 1966 (Burt)
Riding the Pony Express (TV) – 1980 [producer]

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