Michael Blodgett

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Michael Blodgett
Born(1939-09-26)September 26, 1939
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
DiedNovember 14, 2007(2007-11-14) (aged 68)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Other namesMike Blodgett
OccupationActor, Novelist, Screenwriter
Spouse(s)Lynn Hammerlund (m. 1957–1960)
Sandra Kirchner (m. 1961–1977)
Lanetta Wahlgren (m. 1984–1995)
Meredith Baxter (m. 1995–2000)
 
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Michael Blodgett
Born(1939-09-26)September 26, 1939
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
DiedNovember 14, 2007(2007-11-14) (aged 68)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Other namesMike Blodgett
OccupationActor, Novelist, Screenwriter
Spouse(s)Lynn Hammerlund (m. 1957–1960)
Sandra Kirchner (m. 1961–1977)
Lanetta Wahlgren (m. 1984–1995)
Meredith Baxter (m. 1995–2000)

Michael Blodgett (September 26, 1939 – November 14, 2007) was an American actor, novelist, and screenwriter. Of his many film and television appearances he is best known for his performance as gigolo Lance Rocke in Russ Meyer's 1970 cult classic Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. He retired from acting in the late 1970s and began a writing career.

Early life and career[edit source | edit]

Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Blodgett attended the University of Minnesota before moving to Los Angeles to act. Once in Los Angeles, he earned a degree in political science from Cal State Los Angeles and attended Loyola Law School for one year before turning his attention to acting.[1] In the summer of 1967, Blodgett served as emcee of Groovy, a beach-party dance show for teens on Los Angeles' KHJ-TV.[2] In 1968, Blodgett moved to KTTV, where he hosted a 90-minute Saturday night talk show, The Michael Blodgett Show.[1]

After his role in Beyond the Valley of the Dolls in 1970, Blodgett appeared in the Western There Was a Crooked Man..., opposite Kirk Douglas and Henry Fonda, and then The Velvet Vampire (1971). Throughout the 1970s, Blodgett appeared in films and guest starring roles in television series including Barnaby Jones and The Secrets of Isis. Having become dissatisfied with the type of roles he was being offered, Blodgett made his last film appearance in 1978's Disco Fever and then shifted his focus to writing novels and screenplays. He would make a cameo appearance in the 1988 adaptation of his novel Hero and the Terror, and he also contributed to interview segments in the documentary Above, Beneath and Beyond the Valley, which was featured on the 2006 DVD release of Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.

In 1982, Blodgett released his first novel, Captain Blood, followed by his second novel Hero and the Terror, that same year. His third novel, The White Raven, was released in 1986 and was later adapted into a 1998 film starring Ron Silver. With his writing partner Dennis Shryack, Blodgett penned the screenplays for Rent-A-Cop (1987) starring Burt Reynolds, Turner & Hooch (1989) starring Tom Hanks, and Run (1991) starring Patrick Dempsey.

Personal life and death[edit source | edit]

Blodgett was married four times and had three daughters. He died at his home in Los Angeles of an apparent heart attack.[1]

Filmography[edit source | edit]

Film
YearFilmRoleNotes
1965A Swingin' SummerBeach bumCredited as Mike Blodgett
196740 Guns to Apache PassMike Malone
The TripLover
Catalina CaperBob DraperCredited as Mike Blodgett
1970Beyond the Valley of the DollsLance Rocke
There Was a Crooked Man...Coy Cavendish
1971The Velvet VampireLee Ritter
1972The Carey TreatmentRoger Hudson
1974The Ultimate ThrillTomAlternative title: The Ultimate Chase
1978Disco FeverTommy Aspen
1987Rent-A-Cop
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Co-screenwriter
1988Hero and the Terror
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Co-screenwriter
1989Turner & Hooch
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Co-screenwriter
1991Run
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Co-screenwriter
1998The White Raven
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Screenwriter
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1961MacbethMalcolmTelevision movie
1964McHale's NavyBoy on the park bench1 episode
The Alfred Hitchcock HourDancer - Apollo1 episode
1965Never Too YoungTadUnknown episodes
1966The MunstersJim1 episode
Man in the Square SuitGary YoungTelevision movie
Meet Me in St. LouisJohn TruittTelevision movie
1967Daniel BooneSam Linn2 episodes
BonanzaBilly Slater1 episode
1970Family AffairMike West2 episodes
To Rome With LoveHank Martin1 episode
Night GalleryJohn Michael Fearing1 episode
1971IronsideMatthew Roberts1 episode
Marcus Welby, M.D.Vince Kolski1 episode
1973Barnaby JonesKirk1 episode
1975Barbary CoastWhiting1 episode
1976Electra Woman and Dyna GirlKing Alex X of Tourembourg2 episodes
The Secret of IsisRick Mason's Double2 episodes
1992Revenge on the Highway
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Television movie
Writer, co-producer

Novels[edit source | edit]

References[edit source | edit]

  1. ^ a b c Nol, Claire (2007-11-27). "Michael Blodgett, 68; actor went on to write books and screenplays". articles.latimes.com. Retrieved 2008-10-04. 
  2. ^ Austen, Jake (2005). TV-a-Go-Go: Rock on TV from American Bandstand to American Idol. Chicago Review Press. p. 44. ISBN 1-55652-572-9. 

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