A TRIBUTE TO GENE OKERLUND

Gene Okerlund

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Birth name Eugene Arthur Okerlund
Born (1942-12-19)December 19, 1942
Sisseton, South Dakota, United States[1]
Died January 2, 2019(2019-01-02) (aged 76)
Sarasota, Florida, United States
Alma mater University of Nebraska
Spouse(s)
Jeanne Okerlund (m. 1964)
Children 2; including Todd
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Gene Okerlund
Billed height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[2]
Billed weight 213 lb (97 kg)[2]
Debut 1970

Eugene Arthur Okerlund (December 19, 1942 – January 2, 2019)[3] also known by his ring name “Mean” Gene Okerlund, was an American professional wrestling interviewer, announcer and wrestler. He was best known for his work in the World Wrestling Federation and World Championship Wrestling. Gene was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006 by Hulk Hogan. He was signed to a lifetime contract with WWE and worked for promotional programs, mostly WWE Network programming and occasionally TV.

Professional career[edit]

Early career[edit]

After studying broadcast journalism, Okerlund landed a job as a disc jockey at KOIL, a popular radio station in Omaha, Nebraska. Okerlund would later move to Minneapolis working for a local television station working in the front office.[4]

American Wrestling Association (1970–1984)[edit]

Okerlund left the radio industry for a position at the American Wrestling Association (AWA) in 1970, where he occasionally filled in for ailing ring announcer and interviewer Marty O’Neill, eventually becoming O’Neill’s permanent replacement by the end of the decade.

World Wrestling Federation (1984–1993)[edit]

He would stay with the AWA until the end of 1983, when he was one of many AWA personnel to join the expanding World Wrestling Federation (WWF). He would stay with the WWF for nine years as their top interviewer, and was host of such WWF shows as All-American Wrestling and Tuesday Night Titans.

In 1984, Okerlund and Hulk Hogan faced Mr. Fuji and George Steele in Minneapolis. He was supposed to stay on the apron and let Hogan fight, but when Hogan gave him a high five, the referee mistook it for a tag. Okerlund had to go in, but before his opponent touched him, he quickly got out of the way and tagged Hogan back in. The result: Okerlund pinned Mr. Fuji for the victory.

On March 31, 1985 Okerlund became the first person to sing the National Anthem at WrestleMania doing so at WrestleMania I.

On November 12, 1985, Okerlund, along with Hulk Hogan, Bobby Heenan, Ricky Steamboat, Davey Boy Smith, Corporal Kirchner, Dynamite Kid and Big John Studd, appeared on The A-Team.

Okerlund was also part of one of the most infamous bloopers in pro wrestling history at WWF SummerSlam 1989. Okerlund was set to interview WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion “Ravishing” Rick Rude and Rude’s manager Bobby Heenan prior to Rude’s title defense against The Ultimate Warrior when the SummerSlam backdrop fell backwards. The shot of the SummerSlam backdrop falling can be seen in the video induction of Mean Gene at the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006. Okerlund then turned around and said, “Fuck it,” along with some other words with no audio. The cameras then cut away to a live shot of the crowd, with play-by-play announcer Tony Schiavone and color commentator Jesse Ventura attempting to restore order. After a short while, Okerlund’s interview with Rude and Heenan went as planned. According to a shoot interview with Okerlund, conducted by RF Video, the SummerSlam 1989 blooper was actually taped beforehand. Okerlund explained that the wrong tape was aired during the live broadcast. Meanwhile, a frantic Vince McMahon was on a headset instructing Jesse Ventura to cover for Okerlund. Ventura instead made fun of Okerlund’s on-air gaffe and jokingly regarded Okerlund as a “troublemaker.”

Okerlund also made another unscripted gaffe when on live TV near the end of the 1992 Royal Rumble PPV he, while doing his interview, famously turned towards someone off-camera and said “Put that cigarette out!”, then went right on with his announcement.

World Championship Wrestling (1993–2001)[edit]

Okerlund appeared at SummerSlam 1993 and made his final WWF appearance on the September 18, 1993 edition of Superstars. He then left the WWF entirely when his contract expired. He stated in an RF shoot interview, that although he probably could’ve re-negotiated a new contract, he was never actually offered one, thus opting to become an interviewer for World Championship Wrestling (WCW). He claimed at the time of his hiring with WCW that he had not been on speaking terms with McMahon for the past few years he was working in the WWF.

He debuted on the November 6, 1993 edition of WCW Saturday Night. Three years later, his contract expired with WCW and he was off television for two months in the fall of 1996. His final appearance was at WCW Fall Brawl on September 15, 1996.

Okerlund had reached out to the WWF once again to be re-hired, but he was immediately rejected. Mike Tenay took over Special Interviews and the Pay Per View Reports. Okerlund signed a new contract with WCW and returned on the November 11, 1996 edition of WCW Monday Nitro. After that, he was with WCW until it was sold on March 26, 2001 to the WWF.

During an interview with Booker T, Stevie Ray, and Sister Sherri at Spring Stampede (1997), Okerlund was involved in another infamous botch when Booker T accidentally shouted out during an interview: “Hulk Hogan, we comin’ for you, nigga!” (with Booker T noticeably immediately regretting his use of the epithet and Sherri trying to hold back laughter after the error).[5]

Always considered a neutral commentator throughout his career, he was given a “dirty old man” gimmick by Vince Russo in WCW, where he would stare at the breasts of the women he interviewed and make inappropriate, lustful comments toward WCW interviewer/announcer Pamela Paulshock.

Okerlund wrestled twice in WCW. The first was in mid-2000 when he and Buff Bagwell faced Chris Kanyon and fellow announcer Mark Madden, with Bagwell and Okerlund winning. However, Madden wanted Okerlund back in the ring the next week in a one on one match-up. The two did wrestle again and Okerlund won the match with the assistance of Pamela Paulshock.

Return to the WWF/WWE (2001–2019)[edit]

Gene in the Hall of Fame

Shortly before WWF’s purchase of WCW in 2001, Okerlund rejoined his old promotion (renamed WWE in 2002). His first assignment back with WWF was the Gimmick Battle Royal during WrestleMania X-Seven on April 1, 2001, along with Bobby “The Brain” Heenan. He would go on to host WWE Confidential in 2002, which lasted for two years.

Gene also hosted WWE Madison Square Garden Classics, a weekly series, airing on the MSG Network, featuring classic WWE matches that took place at Madison Square Garden from the last four decades. He’s also the host for the WWE Classics On Demand Hall of Fame section, which takes a look at a different WWE Hall of Famer each month.

Okerlund was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on April 1, 2006[6] by Hulk Hogan.[7] During his acceptance speech, he quoted a Bobby Knight speech and requested to be buried face down upon his death so his critics can “Kiss my ass”.

In June 2008, Okerlund began hosting WWE Vintage Collection, a program which showcases archive footage from the extensive WWE video library.

On April 4, 2009, the night before WrestleMania XXV, Okerlund inducted longtime WWE ring announcer Howard Finkel into the WWE Hall of Fame.

Okerlund conducted the interviews on the three-hour “Old School” episode of Raw on November 15, 2010, where he interviewed John Cena, Randy Orton, members of The Nexus and Mae Young in similar fashion as to how interviews were done in the 1980s. Okerlund also appeared in a few Old School merchandising segments, promoting WWE’s new Old School merchandise line.

Okerlund made an appearance at Wrestlemania XXVII in a segment with The Rock and Pee-wee Herman.[8]

On April 10, 2012, during the WWE Smackdown: Blast from the Past, Okerlund teamed with World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus, in a winning effort, against the team of Daniel Bryan and Alberto Del Rio.

On the December 17, 2012 edition of WWE Raw, Gene Okerlund appeared alongside Jim Ross and Ricky The Dragon Steamboat to announce the winner of the Slammy Award for Match of the Year.

On March 4, 2013, Okerlund appeared at the second Old School Raw for Mae Young’s 90th birthday party which was interrupted later by CM Punk.

On January 7, 2014, Okerlund made an appearance at the third Old School Raw, in which he made references to the premium rate “wrestling hotlines” of the 1980s and 1990s.

Okerlund inducted Mr. T into the WWE Hall of Fame on April 6, 2014.

From April to June 2014, Okerlund was a regular cast member on the WWE Network original reality show Legends’ House.

In November 2016, Okerlund became the narrator for the WWE Network original animated series WWE Story Time.

On January 22, 2018, Okerlund made his last appearance on WWE TV, appearing on the 25th anniversary episode of Raw to interview AJ Styles.

Other media[edit]

Okerlund was one of the professional wrestling legends on the WWE Network’s show “Legends House”.[9]

Okerlund appeared as a “Celebrity Prognosticator” on ESPN Radio‘s The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz on November 27, 2013.[10]

In 2018, Okerlund appeared in a Mountain Dew Kickstart commercial featuring Kevin Hart who during the commercial semi-impersonated Randy Savage.

Personal life[edit]

Forming a band in his high school days, “Gene Carroll & The Shades” were based out of Sisseton, South Dakota, recording a single in 1959 “Red Devil / Do You Remember” (M&L 1001). A second single was released in 1962 “Is It Ever Gonna Happen / Holly” (Wausau C-1100) as “Gene Carroll”. They played parties throughout the Midwest and the Dakotas, and in 2009 were inducted into the South Dakota Rock and Roll Music Association’s Hall of Fame.[11]

In his AWA days, Okerlund was given the nickname “Mean Gene” by Jesse “The Body” Ventura – an irony, considering that throughout the years many wrestlers and promotion staff considered Okerlund the friendliest person in the game. Okerlund was close friends with Hulk Hogan, The Iron Sheik and the late Bobby Heenan. Okerlund served as best man at the Iron Sheik’s wedding.

His name has been associated with fast food concept, Mean Gene’s Burgers, the brainchild of food-distributor Orion Food Systems (headed by two of Okerlund’s nephews), which appeared on college campuses including Duke University and West Virginia University, as well as Mean Gene’s Pizza, a chain of pizzerias located within bowling alleys. Mean Genes’s Burgers locations are also located at select overseas US Navy base eatery locations (e.g. United States Fleet Activities Yokosuka). These are owned by Hot Stuff Foods, which was headed by two of his nephews. Early in 2006, Okerlund and Hot Stuff split. Okerlund and one of the nephews were planning to start their own food company on the brands, but Hot Stuff sued, claiming they had “Mean Gene” trademarked. Okerlund lost, with the judge saying that Okerlund can’t use the name “Mean Gene” for his new food company. Okerlund succeeded in canceling the trademark registrations held by Orion, but remains enjoined from competing with Orion.

Okerlund had been married to his wife Jeanne since March 27, 1964 and had two grown children. Gene’s son Todd starred on the University of Minnesota ice hockey team from 1983 to 1987. Todd played on the 1988 United States Olympics team that competed in Calgary. He played four games with the NHL‘s New York Islanders. A chronic knee injury ultimately forced his early retirement.

Okerlund (who was a heavy drinker for the majority of his adult life) had two kidney transplants, his first in 1995 and his second in 2004, one of which he received from his wife.

Okerlund was a resident of Osprey, Florida.

Death[edit]

Okerlund died on the morning of January 2, 2019, at the age of 76 in a Sarasota, Florida hospital. This was later confirmed on WWE social media and its official website later that day revealing no apparent cause of death. [12][13]

Awards and accomplishments[edit]

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ATRIBUTE TO DARYL DRAGON

Daryl Dragon

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Daryl Dragon
Captain & Tennille

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Background information
Birth name Daryl Frank Dragon
Also known as
  • Captain
Born (1942-08-27) August 27, 1942 (age 76)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation(s)
Instruments
Years active 1959–2013
Labels A&M, Casablanca
Associated acts

Daryl Frank Dragon (August 27, 1942 – January 2, 2019) was an American musician and songwriter, known as Captain from the pop musical duo Captain & Tennille, with his former wife, Toni Tennille.[1]

Career[edit]

Dragon was born into a musical family, and is the son of conductor, composer, and arranger Carmen Dragon, and the elder brother of Dennis Dragon, a member of the 1960s pop combo The Dragons and the 1980s surf band the Surf Punks. His godfather was actor and comedian Danny Thomas.

Dragon’s familiar image and stage name came from his time as a keyboard player with The Beach Boys from 1967 to 1972. Beach Boys lead singer Mike Love gave him the nickname “Captain”, and it stuck; Dragon began wearing a nautical captain‘s hat to go along with the name. As Captain in Captain & Tennille, Dragon was frequently silent and a man of very few words, playing a foil to his outgoing, vivacious wife, Toni Tennille.

Music work outside Captain & Tennille[edit]

In 1962, Dragon became a member of the band Charles Wright and the Wright Sounds, a group which included future Watts Band member John Raynford.

In 1968, Dragon and his brother Dennis formed a studio band called The Mission, which produced a one-off single on the small Bet Records label: “Calmilly”/”Galing Made It”. The songs later appeared on a joint album in 1971 titled Me and My Brother (aided by another brother, Doug, who sang the vocals), which was released on CD in 2005.

On the double LP “The Visit” by Bob Smith, released in 1970, Dragon is credited as Captain Keyboard. Dragon also made significant contributions with keyboarding and musical scoring on the Beach Boys’ 1972 release Carl and the Passions – “So Tough”, co-writing the track “Cuddle Up” with Dennis Wilson; also, Dragon’s orchestrations on the tracks “Make It Good” and “Cuddle Up” translated the melodic ideas that Dennis Wilson was seeking. Dragon also arranged the coda on “Don’t Go Near The Water” from The Beach Boys’ 1971 release Surf’s Up.

Dragon contributed vibes and melodica in the song “Wind ’n’ Sea” by the band Farm, a group put together by Dennis and Doug for the soundtrack to The Innermost Limits of Pure Fun, a surf film directed by George Greenough. He also did session work with Dennis for the Go for It soundtrack and, in the early 1980s, with the rock band Survivor. In 1981, Dragon contributed to CarpentersMade In America album, programming synthesizers on “(Want You) Back In My Life Again”.[2] In 1996, Dragon played keyboard on a number of tracks on the self-titled album by pop punk band Size 14.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Neurological condition[edit]

In late 2009, Toni Tennille announced her husband had developed familial tremor. According to Tennille, his condition was neither debilitating nor terminal.[3] Rather, his noticeable tremor was exacerbated by stress and anxiety. Subsequently, the tremor condition limited most of Dragon’s public appearances. As of November 2009, Dragon was under a physician’s care to determine the best method of treatment.[4]

In September 2010, Tennille publicly clarified her husband’s condition as “a neurological condition (later confirmed to be Essential tremor), which causes him to have tremors”.[5][6] Tennille indicated the condition was debilitating to Dragon’s abilities as a musician.[citation needed]

Divorce[edit]

Tennille filed for divorce from Dragon in the State of Arizona on January 16, 2014, after 39 years of marriage. Dragon stated he was unaware of this until he was served with the divorce papers.[7]

Dragon, contacted by TMZ on January 22, 2014, stated “I don’t know why Toni filed for divorce.”[8]

On January 23, 2014, The Washington Post reported health insurance related to health issues might be the reason for the divorce, as both issues had been referenced in divorce documents filed with the courts. Tennille had reported on her blog in 2010 her husband’s neurological condition was characterized by such extreme tremors he could no longer play keyboards.[9]

The divorce was finalized in July 2014. Regarding his ex-wife’s new memoirs, Dragon stated “No, I haven’t read it.” In an exclusive interview with Radar in his Arizona home on March 17, 2016, Dragon, responding to the book by his ex-wife, would comment only “I was drugged (at the time of his divorce), that’s all I can tell you.”[10]

On a segment on the April 12, 2016 broadcast of the American television program Today, Tennille confirmed her divorce from Dragon was finalized, and stated that the reason for the divorce was Dragon’s “inability to be affectionate”.[11] Tennille later said that Dragon had reacted positively to the Today segment and told her; “I saw you on The Today Show. I was proud of you.”[12]

In an interview published in a February 2017 issue of People, Dragon stated he was making great progress and feeling like himself again, after corrections were made in the dosage of medications he was taking, which were causing side effects. Dragon stated his ex-wife had flown to Arizona and had been a help in his improvement.[13]

Death[edit]

Dragon died on January 2, 2019 from renal failure.[14
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Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album RIAA Certification US 200 Label
1975 Love Will Keep Us Together Gold 2 A&M
1976 Por Amor Viviremos D A&M
Song of Joy Platinum 9 A&M
1977 Come In from the Rain Gold 18 A&M
Greatest Hits Gold 55 A&M
1978 Dream 131 A&M
1979 Make Your Move A Gold 23 Casablanca
1980 Keeping Our Love Warm Casablanca
20 Greatest Hits Music for Pleasure
1981 Scrapbook Spectrum
1982 More Than Dancing B Wizard
1993 A&M Gold Series: Captain & Tennille A&M
1995 Twenty Years of Romance E Nouveau
1997 Captain & Tennille E Arcade
1998 A&M Digitally Remastered Best A&M
2001 Ultimate Collection Hip-O
2002 More Than Dancing … Much More C Raven
2005 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Captain & Tennille Universal
Songs of Joy: The Complete Captain & Tennille Collection R2 Entertainment
Saving Up Christmas – Tahoe Snow (CD Single) R2 Entertainment
2007 The Secret of Christmas RetroActive
2013 ICON Universal Music

(A) Also charted at No. 33 UK

(B) Australian release only

(C) Worldwide re-release of 1982 Australian album with bonus tracks

(D) Spanish Version of Love Will Keep Us Together (1975 LP)

(E) Re-Recorded Songs and Cover Versions

Singles[edit]

Year Single US US
AC
US
Country
US
R&B
Canada RPM 100 Canada AC UK AU RIAA Certification
1975 Love Will Keep Us Together 1 1 1 1 32 1 Gold
“Por Amor Viviremos” 49
The Way I Want to Touch You 4 1 4 1 28 9 Gold
1976 Lonely Night (Angel Face) 3 1 1 1 9 Gold
Shop Around 4 1 4 1 37 Gold
Muskrat Love 4 1 1 3 65 Gold
1977 Can’t Stop Dancin’ 13 12 11 10 67
“Come in From the Rain” 61 8 6
“Circles” 9 17
1978 I’m on My Way 74 6 97 13
“You Never Done It Like That” 10 14 17 36 63 51
“You Need a Woman Tonight” 40 17 9 87
1979 Do That to Me One More Time 1 4 58 4 1 7 3 Gold
“Love On A Shoestring” 55
“Happy Together (A Fantasy)” 53 27
1980 “This Is Not The First Time” 106
“Keeping Our Love Warm”
2007 I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas
It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

DVDs[edit]

  • The Ultimate Collection (2005)
  • The Christmas Show (2007)
  • Captain & Tennille in New Orleans (2007)
  • Captain & Tennille in Hawaii (2007)
  • Songbook (2007)

 

A TRIBUTE TO BOB EINSTEIN

Bob Einstein

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Bob Einstein
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Einstein (left), Steve Franken, and Robert Hogan in an unsold television pilot, 1970
Born
Stewart Robert Einstein

(1942-11-20)November 20, 1942

Died January 2, 2019(2019-01-02) (aged 76)

Cause of death Cancer
Nationality American
Occupation Actor, comedy writer, producer
Years active 1968–2018
Notable work
Super Dave Osborne
Parent(s) Harry Einstein
Thelma Leeds
Relatives Albert Brooks (brother)
Charles Einstein (half-brother)

Stewart Robert “Bob” Einstein (November 20, 1942 – January 2, 2019) was an American actor, comedy writer and producer, who was best known for creating and performing the satirical stuntman character Super Dave Osborne. Einstein was also known for his roles as Marty Funkhouser in Curb Your Enthusiasm and Larry Middleman on Arrested Development.

Einstein got his start as a writer on several television variety shows, including The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour and The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour. Einstein won two Emmy Awards as a writer and was nominated four other times. He also won a CableACE Award for acting as Super Dave, along with five other nominations.

Einstein was the older brother of fellow actor and comedian Albert Brooks.

Early life and family[edit]

Einstein was born in 1942 in Los Angeles, to a Jewish family.[1][2] His parents were the comic Harry Einstein, best known for playing the character Parkyakarkus on radio and in the movies, and the actress-singer Thelma Leeds. His younger brother is comedian and writer Albert Brooks (born Albert Lawrence Einstein), and his older brother, Cliff Einstein, is a retired advertising executive in Los Angeles.

Entertainment career[edit]

Einstein got his start writing for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour for which he won an Emmy Award. The writing team also included Steve Martin and Murray Roman.[3] He also appeared on the show as Officer Judy.

Super Dave Osborne[edit]

Einstein created the goofy stuntman Super Dave Osborne character, who first made an appearance on The John Byner Comedy Hour, a 1972 television series. The character later became a regular on the 1980 television series Bizarre, also hosted by Byner, and was a frequent guest on Late Night with David Letterman. In 1987, Einstein got his own variety show named Super Dave, which ran from 1987 to 1991 on the Global Television Network in Canada (where the show was produced at the network’s Toronto studio) and Showtime in the United States. In 1992, an animated series Super Dave: Daredevil for Hire aired on Fox. Einstein later extended the “Super Dave” franchise by starring in the 2000 movie, The Extreme Adventures of Super Dave.

On the November 12, 2009, airing of TNA Impact!, he was the booker of the night. He made Super Dave’s Spike Tacular, a four-episode sketch series on Spike TV reprising his Super Dave character, once again engaging in outrageous stunts.

Other roles[edit]

Einstein has had recurring roles as Marty Funkhouser in Curb Your Enthusiasm and Larry Middleman in the third season of Arrested Development. He was also featured on the Comedy Central show Crank Yankers as obnoxious district selectman Tony Deloge. Einstein was also on The Man Show where he did Century Club with Adam and Jimmy. In Ocean’s Thirteen he played Linus Caldwell (Matt Damon)’s father, Robert “Bobby” Caldwell, a master robber and con artist whose day job is an FBI agent.

Einstein appeared on the second season of Anger Management as Charlie Goodson’s very angry neighbor, and his character in the show instantly got an unflattering nickname based on a feminine hygiene product.

Einstein has voiced two characters from The Life & Times of Tim, playing the Elephant Trainer in Tim & the Elephant in the second season, and the bookie in Pray for the Jets in the third.[4][5]

Einstein was the first comedian to appear twice on Jerry Seinfeld‘s Web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.[6]

Einstein was a frequent guest on the popular sports talk radio program The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz. Einstein called in as a “Celebrity Prognosticator” to give his thoughts on sports and various other topics. However, Einstein had refused to participate later on due to the show’s mysterious bad luck with losing guests to death, shortly after appearing on the program.[citation needed]

Death[edit]

Einstein died on January 2, 2019, shortly after being diagnosed with leukemia.[7]

CLAIRE LEIBOWITZ KING

SARA JACKSON

Sara Anne Jackson is an American actress and philanthropist born in Tucson, Arizona. She is eldest of four. Sara got her first taste of acting at the age of 7 when she got the lead role in Christmas play at her church playing a mouse named Charity. Sara continued to be involved in theatre throughout her adolescence. In 2008 she graduated from Pusch
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Actress (21 credits)
  Grief (post-production)
Funeral Guest
 2018 Blood Widow (completed)
Keller’s Mother
 2018 When I Sing (completed)
Music Student
 2013/III Cycles (Short) (completed)
 2018 Revenge of Zoe
Jen
 2018 Good Cop Mom Cop (Short)
CSI Tech
 2018 Dark Was The Night (Short)
Lana Mendel
 2017/II Change of Heart (Short)
Penny
 2017/II Forget Me Not (Short)
Wife
 2017 One Night in October
Britnee
 2016 2016! (Short)
Donna Drumpf
 2016 Lucky U Ranch
Truck Stop Waitress
 2015 Snaps of Death (Short)
She who was a Peace Maker
 2015 Date of the Dead
Samantha
 2015 Between the Trees (Short)
Alive
 2013/I Road Trip
Kim
 2013 Ted Finds Love (Short)
Lisa
 2013 Lonesome Town (Video short)
Mother

Poppy Drayton

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Poppy Drayton

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Poppy Drayton
Born
Poppy Gabriella Drayton

(1991-06-07) 7 June 1991 (age 27)

Surrey, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 2012–present

Poppy Gabriella Drayton (born 7 June[1] 1991[2]) is a British actress. She is known for playing Elizabeth Thatcher in the feature-length Hallmark Channel television pilot of When Calls the Heart, and for playing Amberle Elessedil in the MTV fantasy drama series The Shannara Chronicles.

Life and career[edit]

Drayton graduated from the Arts Educational School in Chiswick.[2][3]

In 2013 Drayton was cast in her first major role in the Hallmark Channel television movie pilot for When Calls the Heart, in which she played Elizabeth Thatcher (a role that was taken over by Erin Krakow in the subsequent television series).[4][5] This was followed by a role in the 2013 Downton Abbey Christmas special.[2][3]

The following year Drayton was cast as Amberle Elessedil, one of the lead roles in the MTV fantasy drama series The Shannara Chronicles;[6][7] the series premiered on 5 January 2016. In February 2016 Drayton was cast in the titular role in newly launched MVP Studios’ film The Little Mermaid (originally titled A Little Mermaid), an adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen story.[8][9][10]

Drayton has also done stage work, appearing in The Green Bay Tree at the Jermyn Street Theatre in London in 2014.[11]

Filmography[edit]

Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2012 Emily Emily Short film
2014 Down Dog Amy
2015 Unhallowed Ground Verity Wickes
2015 Writers Retreat Jo
2018 The Little Mermaid Elizabeth [10]
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2013 When Calls the Heart Elizabeth Thatcher Television movie (Hallmark)
2013 Downton Abbey Madeleine Allsopp Episode: “The London Season
2014 Father Brown Selina McKinley Episode: “The Ghost in the Machine”
2014 Midsomer Murders Summer Haleston Episode: “The Killings of Copenhagen”
2014 Plebs Cordelia Episode: “The Phallus”
2016–2017 The Shannara Chronicles Amberle Elessedil Main role (season 1); guest role (season 2)
2018 Home by Spring Loretta Johnson Television movie (Hallmark)
Video game roles
Year Title Role Notes
2017 Dark Souls III Shira, Knight of Filianore

LAURETTA MORRISON

Lauretta Morrison is an actress, known for Happy Places (2016), It Came from Trafalgar (2009) and The In-Between (2016).
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Actress (9 credits)
 2019 Knight’s End (TV Series) (pre-production)

Veritatis (2019) … (rumored)
  Roe v. Wade (filming)
Pro Choice / Life Protestor. (uncredited)
 2016/III The In-Between (Short) (post-production)
Sassy Waitress
 2018 NCIS: New Orleans (TV Series)
Jazmine’s Mom

Sheepdogs (2018) … Jazmine’s Mom
 2018 Green Book
Upscale Hotel Patron (uncredited)
 2017 And Justice for All: Indiana’s Federal Courts (TV Movie documentary)
Spectator (segment “Indianapolis Dynamite Conspiracy”)
 2016 Happy Places (Short)
The Mother
 2009 It Came from Trafalgar
Protesting Sloppy Seconds Fangirl
 2008 Only Fools Rush In… (Video)
Tyler’s mother

JASMINE KNIGHT

Jasmine Knight is a producer and actress, known for Postscript (2016), The Same Circles (2017) and Portmanteau (2017).
Actress (11 credits)
 2018 The White Van
Wife / Starbuck
 2017 The Same Circles
Becca Reed
 2017 Portmanteau
The Girlfriend
 2016/II Double Exposure (Short)
The Holidaymeker
 2016 Substantiation (Short)
The Werewolf
 2016 Murmuration (Short)
The Girlfriend
 2016 Proxemics (Short)
The Girlfriend
 2016 Postscript
Woman / Dead Body with Walkie-Talkie / Woman in Snow / …
 2015 Quenched (Short)
Thirsty Woman in Silver
 2015 No One Here Gets Out Alive (Short)
Dead Woman with Walkie-Talkie
 2015 The Scream of the Butterfly (Short)
Woman