In television, Atkins reprised his role of Commander Diehl for a series of Rockford Files movies during the 1990s.[5]. Tom Adkins is caught … TOM ATKINS as The Chief – (My Bloody Valentine, Lethal Weapon) IMDB Handsome, rugged, versatile and charismatic character actor Tom Atkins was born on November 13, 1935 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. "[3], Atkins has continued to act in both the thriller and police procedural genre. The director Fred Dekker was very young and very talented and he went on to do Monster Squad afterwards. Handsome, rugged, versatile and charismatic character actor Tom Atkins was born on November 13, 1935 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. WATCHUNG – Tom Atkins, the former Municipal Manager of Scotch Plains, has come out of retirement to accept a part-time position as Administrator in Watchung. Tom is survived by his wife of 63 years, Linda Holman Atkins, his daughter Mindy Atkins Wickersham and husband Andy Wickersham of Kansas City, his son Scott Atkins and wife Fran Mehrle Atkins of Columbia, and grandchildren, Thomas I (“TI”) Atkins and wife Avery, Andrew F. (“Drew”) Atkins, Paul M. Atkins, Jake A. Wickersham, Chloe Rose Wickersham, niece Meredith Meyers, and nephew, … Mel Gibson was lovely. Rhett mentions his wife and daughters in his song "Life Changes" and they appear in the music video with him. Tom Atkins was an actor who had a successful Hollywood career. Born Dec. 24, 1933 to Thomas Edward Atkins, Jr. (“Country Atkins”) and Ruby Schuermann Atkins, Tom … Tom served in the United States Army and retired after achieving the rank of Major. During his childhood, he was a huge fan of science fiction and horror films. Tom Atkins has been married twice. Handsome, rugged, versatile and charismatic character actor Tom Atkins was born on November 13, 1935 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. No one has ever hired me to play a brain surgeon, though I have played a couple of docs. Atkins is a frequent player in shows in the Pittsburgh theatre scene, most famously in the one-man show The Chief at Pittsburgh Public Theater, in which he depicted the late founder of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Art Rooney. In 1991, Tom and his wife Linda founded the Louisville law firm of Atkins & Atkins. My father worked for J&L Steel. Director: Austin Jennings | Stars: John Bloom, Diana Prince, Tom Atkins, Yuki Nakamura Tom Atkins: My wife and I have baskets of candy to hand out to the kids and the house is all lit up and I have big silhouettes in the windows of a witch, Wolfman, and Frankenstein. Talking of his experience working on his first feature film – and with Sinatra – Atkins says: "It was great! He is survived by : his brother Jerry Dwain; his children, Jeanne, Tom Jr. (June Atkins) and Josephine "Josie" Atkins of Omaha, NE. Tom Atkins (born November 13, 1935) is an American character actor. Thomas E. (“Tom”) Atkins III passed away Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at the age of 86. Atkins initially became an avid horror film fan in his childhood days; Howard Hawks' immortal classic The Thing from Another World (1951) made an especially strong impression on him as a kid. Tom Atkins: Yeah. [1] During his childhood, Atkins was a fan of horror and science fiction, one of his best loved films being the Howard Hawks classic The Thing from Another World. Among the television series Tom has done guest spots on are Oz (1997), Xena: Warrior Princess (1995), Walker, Texas Ranger (1993), The Equalizer (1985), Spenser: For Hire (1985), The Fall Guy (1981), Lou Grant (1977), Baretta (1975) and M*A*S*H (1972). Outside of his film and television work, Atkins has had a long and distinguished stage career. Well, I grew up in Pittsburgh. He was once again excellent as the similarly burnt-out Lt. Frank McCrae in the fine Maniac Cop (1988) and impressive as the guilt-ridden heroin smuggler Michael Hunsaker in the exciting blockbuster Lethal Weapon (1987). His father worked in a Steel Mill in Pennsylvania and Atkins assumed that he would follow in his father's footsteps. He is well known to movie goers for his role as Michael Hunsaker in the Richard Donner film Lethal Weapon (1987), which stars Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, and Gary Busey. He tells Classic-Horror magazine "It was the most fun film I've ever worked on. They would divorce four years later. It was intimidating and frightening and scary but Frank was great. We were a blue collar family. He initially had no desire to be an actor. Thomas Rhett's wife, Lauren Akins, has had his attention since they were both just kids in school together. Read all about Tom Atkins with TVGuide.com's exclusive biography including their list of awards, celeb facts and more at TVGuide.com He appeared on Broadway in David Storey's The Changing Room, for which he received the 1973 Drama Desk Award for Most Promising Performer. In 1993, the firm won the Louisville Bar Association pro bono award for exemplary work on death penalty cases. He appeared in two films directed by John Carpenter: the 1980 ghost story The Fog and the 1981 science fiction thriller Escape from New York. - IMDb Mini Biography By: It was a pure giggle from beginning to end. [2004]. Also at the Public, he played the title role in Macbeth, opposite Jean Smart as Lady Macbeth and Keith Fowler as Macduff. A Memorial and Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, March 14, 2020, at 11 AM at St Margaret's Episcopal Church, 114 N … He then enlisted in the United States Navyand "noticed that the officers lived great, but that was only bec… The director Fred Dekker was very young and very talented and he went on to do The Monster Squad afterwards. Is a frequent player in shows at the Pittsburgh Public Theater, most famously in the one-man show "The Chief", in which he depicts the late founder of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Currently lives in Peters Township, Washington County, Pennsylvania. His next role (this time a leading role) was the third instalment of the Halloween franchise, the Carpenter-produced Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982). His off-Broadway credits include "Vikings", "Long Days Journey Into Night", "Whistle in the Dark" and "Nobody Hears a Broken Drum". Thomas “Tom” Melvin Atkins Sr. was born August 3, 1946, and entered into his eternal home with his Savior on January 13, 2020, at Good Samaritan Society-Hastings Village in Hastings, Atkins made his film debut as a rookie police officer in the Frank Sinatra private eye-outing The Detective (1968); it was the first of many police officer roles he has played throughout the years. "Exclusive: Tom Atkins is BACK and Ready to Drive Angry", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Tom_Atkins_(actor)&oldid=997449231, Articles with short description added by PearBOT 5, Short description is different from Wikidata, Wikipedia articles with SNAC-ID identifiers, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, (segments "Prologue" / "Epilogue"), Uncredited, (segment "The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar"), This page was last edited on 31 December 2020, at 15:27. Joe S. Wagner July 8, 1953 - Jan. 8, 2021 MERRILLVILLE, IN - Joe S. Wagner, age 67, of Merrillville, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family, Friday, January 8, 2021. [4], He completed further work with George A. Romero, appearing in three of the director's projects: the anthology Creepshow (1982), written by Stephen King; the anthology Two Evil Eyes (1990), based on tales by Edgar Allan Poe; and Bruiser (2000). Learn more about Lauren here! Atkins initially became an avid horror film fan in his childhood days; Howard Hawks' immortal classic The Thing from Another World (1951) made an especially strong impression on him as a kid. Tom Atkins joined the JET Pinpoint Weather team of meteorologists in January 1995 as a weekend meteorologist and now anchors the weathercast on the … Aikens married business partner Laura Vänninen in 1997, but the marriage broke down in 2004, a year after they opened their first Chelsea restaurant Tom Aikens.In June 2007, he married publicist and former chef Amber Nuttall, third daughter of … It was a pure giggle from beginning to end. Frank Cole on Harry O Father: George C. Atkins Mother: Dorothy E. Williams Wife: Garn Stephens Wife: Janis Lee Rodgers (m. 15-Mar-1986, one child) University: Duquesne University Gamma Phi Fraternity [2] He initially had no desire to be an actor. Fallows, Tom, Tom Atkins Interview (Night of the Creeps), Classic-Horror Web Zine 14 October 2009. Publicity Listings Tom Atkins: We met at that screening, and I went with my wife from California, which we're no longer together, and a friend of hers, they kept leaning over and … Tom Atkins. Country music star Thomas Rhett’s wife, Lauren Gregory Akins, first crossed his path in the the first grade. The couple has been happily in a marital relationship for over three decades. It was the most fun film I've ever worked on. But I think, View agent, publicist, legal and company contact details on IMDbPro. Atkins. Tom appeared in two films for director John Carpenter: he is very likable as Nick Castle in the spooky ghost film The Fog (1980) and solid as Rehme in the fantastic futuristic sci-fi/action cult film Escape from New York (1981). He got married to his long-time girlfriend, Victoria Pratt, on Saturday, Oct. 12 in New Orleans. I made a few other films in New York in the late 60's, early 70's. [7], Atkins' first wife was actress Garn Stephens, who appeared in Halloween III: Season of the Witch. Tom Atkins, in his suit and ready for work, enjoys some time with his daughter, Mindy Atkins Wickersham, in the early 1970s at their home. Alumnus of the AADA (American Academy of Dramatic Arts), Class of 1967. Tom attended Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and was a member of the Gamma Phi Fraternity. Tom Atkins (10.1.20) - son of Patricia Atkins Pat Barton (6.8.20) - sister of Lenni McCauley (John) Mr. Arthur H. Brown, Jr. (11.11.20) - parishioner, husband of Dorothy, father of Marty (Allison) and Peter (Pam), grandfather of Jones, Dorn, Ashley, McKain, Cecelia, and Mary Rutledge. "[3], Atkins began his career in stage plays both on-and-off Broadway, before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film and television. Mid-1970s ad for news anchors Tom Atkins, Carole Wilson and Steve Douglas. His first wife was actress Garn Stephens who was his costar in Halloween III: Season of the Witch. and so, after leaving the Navy, Atkins signed up for college where he met a girl who was involved in a theatre group. He also included them in his video for "Look What God Gave Her". Atkins has appeared in numerous films including The Fog (1980), The Ninth Configuration (1980), Escape from New York (1981), Creepshow (1982), Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982), Night of the Creeps (1986), Lethal Weapon (1987), Maniac Cop (1988), Two Evil Eyes (1990), Bob Roberts (1992), Striking Distance (1993), and Drive Angry (2011). He was the star of A Musical Christmas Carol at the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, portraying the character of Ebenezer Scrooge. Atkins was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the son of Dorothy E. (née Williams) and George C. Atkins. Atkins died on June 27, 2008 from complications from Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Personal life. Jimmy Garner is a very gracious guy, as he was then and he is still today. "The Lightkeeper's Wife is a beautiful, stirring novel full of captivating mystery and clear-eyed emotion. Country star Trace Adkins is now officially off the market. Tom is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Shonda; parents, Thomas and Virginia Atkins; children, Emily, T.J., and Lacy; sister, Kate Dyson and many treasured family members and friends. James Thomas Atkins, MD, (Tom), 94, of Inverness, Florida, passed away on Monday, February 24, 2020, 11:30 AM, at home with his wife at his side. Tom attended Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and was a member of the Gamma Phi Fraternity. He was born July 8, 195 © Shelley Mays/The Tennessean Lauren Akins stands in her backyard in Nashville on Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. He then enlisted in the United States Navy and "noticed that the officers lived great, but that was only because they had gone to college,"[3] The luminous characters are beacons that guide the reader through a narrative as thrilling, expansive, and dangerous as the sea at night." "[3], After many appearances in TV series and movies, including notably as Lt. Alex Diel, a disagreeable police officer who in seasons 1 and 2 of The Rockford Files dislikes the titular character portrayed by James Garner, Atkins began working within the horror and science fiction genres. Graduated from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Born: 13-Nov-1935 Birthplace: Pittsburgh, PA Gender: Male Race or Ethnicity: White Sexual orientation: Straight Occupation: Actor Nationality: United States Executive summary: Sgt. Akins, the wife of Thomas Rhett, has written a book called "Live in Love." I've played a lot of cops and a few bad guys. Following the couple's divorce, he married Janis Lee Rodgers on March 15, 1986, with whom he has one child, Taylor. He was very easy to work with. The Unknown Soldier and His Wife (Jul 06, 1967 - Nov 12, 1967) Performer: Tom Atkins. There are no details about Atkins' first marriage and divorce. He made for a touchingly flawed hero as Dr. Daniel Challis in the unjustly maligned Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982).Tom gave a smack dead-on-the-money terrific performance as weary, cynical and suicidal Detective Ray Cameron in the delightful Night of the Creeps (1986) (this movie is Tom's personal favorite among all the horror films he has acted in). He says: "I was in my 20s already when I got interested in acting and I liked it a lot. After his first divorce, he started dating Janis Lee Rodgers, and after a few years of relationship, they got married on March 15, 1986. What you see is what you get. I think he wrote a terrific film that was kind of a big put-on of '50s horror. Joan Bumstead (4.29.20) - parishioner and wife of John Bumstead Tom Atkins resides in Peters Township, Washington County, Pennsylvania. And that's the kind of actor I am. On July 23, 2019, Rhett announced that he and his wife were expecting their third daughter, … Akins is also parent to two children, country music singer Thomas Rhett, 29, and Kasey Lee Akins, 27, with his ex-wife, Paige Braswell. Tom Atkins, Internet Movie Database, [accessed] April 14, 2011. Atkins had a nice small role as a disapproving and overbearing father in the wrap-around segments of the immensely enjoyable fright feature anthology Creepshow (1982). In 2009, he had a supporting role as a retired sheriff in the remake My Bloody Valentine 3D[6] and co-starred with Nicolas Cage in Todd Farmer's Drive Angry, in 2011; both films are directed by Patrick Lussier. He then hosts Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989), reads more fan theories about Michael Meyers, and receives an irate phone call from Tom Atkins. I think he wrote a terrific film that was kind of a big put-on of 50s horror. [3] His first movie role was in The Detective, which starred Frank Sinatra. He shares a child, a son Taylor Atkins with his second wife, Rodgers. Joe Bob singles out directors who should be forced to apologize for making terrible big-budgeted films. Atkins was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the son of Dorothy E. (née Williams) and George C. When we open the door to trick-or-treats we usually try to wear those clear, translucent masks. He is also a familiar face to mainstream viewers, often playing police officers and tough authority figures. Handsome, rugged, versatile and charismatic character actor Tom Atkins was born on November 13, 1935 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. During his childhood, Atkins was a fan of horror and science fiction, one of his best loved films being the Howard Hawks classic The Thing from Another World. He has acted on Broadway in the plays "The Changing Room" (Tom won a 1973 Drama Desk Award for Most Promising Performer), "Keep It in the Family" and "The Unknown Soldier and His Wife". He didn't like to do a lot of takes. woodyanders, Other Works Atkins, Tom, The Internet Movie Database, [accessed] 17 April 2011. Founded in 1925 by Tom’s grandparents, T. E. Atkins, Sr and his wife, Elsie, the company would grow and thrive to later to become known as Atkins Building Services and Products, Inc. Tom led a long and influential life in Columbia and Boone County and was considered a pillar of this community. Atkins and his wife separated in 1984. But if you take a look at Trace's Instagram, you'll notice that another familiar face was present for the ceremony. [5], He portrayed Detective Ray Cameron in the 1986 cult horror film Night of the Creeps, a role Atkins calls his very favorite. In 1993 he took a role in Striking Distance (1993) alongside Bruce Willis, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Tom Sizemore. |  Keep It In the Family (Sep 27, 1967 - Sep 30, 1967) Performer: Tom Atkins [Arthur] PlayComedyOriginal. James Thomas Atkins, MD, (Tom), 94, of Inverness, Florida, passed away on Monday, February 24, 2020, 11:30 AM, at home with his wife at his side.A Memorial and Celebration of Life service will be held Most Promising Performer. Tom frequently acts in plays held at the Pittsburgh Public Theater; he has garnered plenty of accolades for his outstanding portrayal of Pittsburgh Steelers founder Art Rooney in the acclaimed one-man show "The Chief". [8], Tom Atkins at the 2007 Monstermania convention. Performer: Tom Atkins [Ensemble] PlayRevival. |  Adkins Spent Time in Political Writing & Real-Estate Investing. You know, they just don't make big movie stars the way they used to, maybe because the system has changed, the studio system, but it's sad to see people like Jimmy Stewart go, all the giants of the past. March 28, 1932 - June 2, 2016. Sergeant - Replacement; PlayOriginal. And I had great lines in that movie! Leave a message of condolence. Atkins's career in acting began with his roles in various films like "The Detective" (1968), "Where's Poppa?" Atkins had a recurring part as Lt. Alex Diehl on the television series The Rockford Files (1974); he reprised this character in several spin-off made-for-TV movies. But then it's not like we were doing Shakespeare. He is primarily known for his work in the horror and thriller film genres, having worked with writers and directors such as Shane Black, William Peter Blatty, John Carpenter, Fred Dekker, Richard Donner, Stephen King, and George A. Romero. Sure, Akins … Atkins initially became an avid horror film fan in his childhood days; Howard Hawks' immortal classic The Thing from Another World (1951) made an especially strong impression on him as a kid. He was on the edge of both scenes that I had with Danny Glover. Drama Desk Award. Official Sites. His father worked in a Steel Mill in Pennsylvania and Atkins assumed that he would follow in his father's footsteps. 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