Uh oh! Is this 2/3 of another CDT (Celebrity Death Trifecta)? Earlier this week, Steve Goddard blogged about the passing of veteran actor Kevin McCarthy. Last night, I was saddened to hear that actor Harold Gould died. You may remember him as Miles on The Golden Girls. Do you remember Kid Twist from The Sting? That was Harold. But, there was ONE character more famous than ANY other. And, he passed on it!
(Courtesy of Michael A. Smith – MovieHole)
Harold Gould, a multiple Emmy Award nominated actor whose career spanned six decades, passed away this past weekend after a long battle with prostate cancer. He was 86.
Best remembered for his television work on both “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “Rhoda,” Gould appeared in several popular shows over his career, from “The Donna Reed Show” to “Nip/Tuck,” with roles in such programs as “Route 66,” “The Twilight Zone,” “Hazel,” “The Virginian,” “The Fugitive,” “Gunsmoke,” “The Golden Girls” and “Judging Amy” in between. He also appeared in several films, including “Harper” with Paul Newman and “Inside Daisy Clover” with Robert Redford. He re-teamed with both stars when he played Kid Twist in the Oscar winning Best Picture “The Sting,”
But Gould’s best known role was one he didn’t end up playing. He was cast as Howard Cunningham in a 1950s themed pilot which Garry Marshall filmed for ABC. When the show wasn’t picked up by the network, Gould moved on to the “Mary Tyler Moore Show.” After the release and success of the film “American Graffiti,” ABC sought to capitalize on the craze and aired the pilot as an episode of “Love, American Style” entitled “Love and the Happy Days.” The character was re-cast with Tom Bosley and “Happy Days” went on to become one of the most popular and loved television series of all time. And even though Mr. Gould never got to work with Fonzie, he did co-star with Henry Winkler in the film “My One and Only.”