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Q: What happened to Jack on “MacGyver”? He has only been on a few times this year.
A: George Eads, who plays Jack Dalton on the CBS reboot of the vintage ABC series, has reportedly asked out of his contract with the action drama and will depart early this year. (He is in a photo from CBS for the Feb. 1 episode.) The series is set in Atlanta, and he is said to want to spend more time with his daughter in Los Angeles.
And, according to the Hollywood Reporter, Eads “had an altercation in October and stormed off the show’s Atlanta set despite having several hours of production remaining for the day.” You may recall that Eads also had problems when he was on “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” including a suspension and a later-rescinded firing during his 15 seasons on the series.
Q: I always liked Burt Reynolds. I saw all his movies and remember him on “Gunsmoke.” Did he leave a will? What can you tell us about his son Quinton?
A: Reynolds, who died in September at 82, did leave a will. TMZ, which obtained a copy, noted that Quinton was left out of the will “but not because [Burt] wanted to disinherit him.” Instead, Burt long ago created a trust for Quinton and put his own assets in the trust, with Quinton to continue to benefit from it. “This is typically done to avoid estate taxes,” TMZ said.
Quinton, 30, is the son of Burt and his then-wife, Loni Anderson. The Internet Movie Database has dozens of credits for him on movie camera crews, but he appears to have led a quiet, out-of-the-spotlight life. Heavy.com noted that he does not even appear to have “public-facing social media accounts.”
Q: Back in the 1950s, there was a special shown on TV at the same time “Frosty the Snowman” and “Rudolph” aired. It was a pleasant little show called “Suzy Snowflake.” Why is it never shown any more?
A: It may seem late for this season, but it’s Christmas all year round in my mailbag, along with info on annual airings of “Suzy.” Some background: “Suzy Snowflake” was originally a pop song by Sid Tepper and Roy C. Bennett, songwriters who in their long careers also wrote pop songs such as “Red Roses for a Blue Lady,” dozens of tunes for Elvis Presley and the holiday perennial “Nuttin’ for Christmas.”
“Suzy Snowflake” was a hit for Rosemary Clooney in the early ’50s. The song then inspired an animated short (about 2½ minutes) that began airing on TV in Chicago’s WGN in 1953. That version’s music came from Norma Zimmer and the Norman Luboff Choir. The black-and-white short has aired annually in Chicago, packaged with another holiday piece, “Hardrock, Coco and Joe: The Three Little Dwarfs” and an early “Frosty the Snowman” cartoon (not the famous one from 1969). A Youngstown TV station also replays “Suzy” annually. And you can find “Suzy,” “Hardrock” and this “Frosty” version on YouTube; there have also been DVD releases.
Q: Years ago, I saw a movie I can’t remember the name of. It is from the ’70s or ’80s and involves a young man who kills a boy. His mother hides him behind a false wall; she dies and a new family moves in, but the man is still living behind the wall. Is it available in any format?
A: First, the title: This appears to be “Bad Ronald,” a 1974 TV movie starring Scott Jacoby and Kim Hunter. Andrew Peter Martin wrote the script, based on a novel by John Holbrook Vance; Buzz Kulik directed. It has been released on DVD and Blu-ray; I found it for sale in both formats on Amazon.com.
Rich Heldenfels has retired from the Beacon Journal but continues to answer your questions about entertainment past, present and future. Write to Rich Heldenfels, P.O. Box 417, Mogadore, OH 44260, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Letters may be edited. Individual replies are not guaranteed.