Christopher Lee 1922 – 2015

Today we learned of the passing last Sunday of Sir Christopher Lee. The legendary horror icon was 93. He and Timothy never made any films together, unfortunately. But there was a period in the mid-1970s where, if you caught him just right, Tim looked an awful lot like Lee.

The Adventure of Caesar's Last Sleep - 1976Ellery Queen, “The Adventure of Caesar’s Last Sleep” (3.14.76)

Angels on Ice - 1977Charlie’s Angels, “Angels on Ice” (9.21.77)

Today is a very sad day. There will never be another quite like Christopher Lee. We here at the TCE wish him peaceful rest.

Christopher Lee

Video of the Week: “The Adventure of Caesar’s Last Sleep”

This week’s video is another one from the archives. It’s the full-length episode of Ellery Queen known as “The Adventure of Caesar’s Last Sleep”. It first aired on March 14, 1976. It’s brought to you by the good folks at Hulu, so I apologize in advance for the ads.

Timothy mostly skulks around throwing dynamite and looking menacing, but of course he does it his way. Enjoy!

Pic of the Day: “The Adventure of Caesar’s Last Sleep” revisited

Our week begins with another look at the Ellery Queen episode “The Adventure of Caesar’s Last Sleep,” first airing on March 14, 1976. Rent-a-hit-man Bonner is on the phone clearing up some details with his latest client.

The Adventure of Caesar's Last Sleep - 1976

Also seen in this episode (no scenes with Timothy, unfortunately) is familiar character player Michael V. Gazzo. Like Tim, he attended drama school after World War II on the G.I. Bill. He first gained success as a Broadway playwright with A Hatful of Rain, which later became a film directed by Fred Zinneman. He enjoyed a forty-year career as a memorable character actor on television and the big screen. He is perhaps best known for his Academy Award-nominated performance as gruff mafioso Frankie Pentangeli in The Godfather: Part II (1974).

Pic of the Day: “The Adventure of Caesar’s Last Sleep” revisited

Let’s kick off the week with another look at Bonner, the dapper freelance hit man of the Ellery Queen episode “The Adventure of Caesar’s Last Sleep”. It was first broadcast on March 14, 1976.

The Adventure of Caesar's Last Sleep - 1976

Is it just me, or does Timothy very much look like Christopher Lee in this shot?

Video of the Week: “The Adventure of Caesar’s Last Sleep”

Our video for this week is the full-length episode of Ellery Queen, “The Adventure of Caesar’s Last Sleep”. It was first broadcast on March 14, 1976. It’s presented by the good folks at Hulu, so I apologize in advance for the ads.

Timothy mostly skulks around throwing dynamite and looking menacing, but of course he does it his way. Enjoy!

Pic of the Day: “The Adventure of Caesar’s Last Sleep” revisited

Better late than never for today’s pic, which is another from the Ellery Queen episode “The Adventure of Caesar’s Last Sleep”. It was first broadcast on March 14, 1976. Timothy gets to skulk around as snazzily dressed freelance hit man Jay Bonner.

The Adventure of Caesar's Last Sleep - 1976

He also played a bad guy named Bonner in The Second Time Around (1961). Character names tend to get recycled a lot in Hollywood, don’t they? Check out the episode right here (sorry about the ads).

Pic of the Day: “Big Jessie” revisited

Ending the work week is another look at Lobo, the scarred henchman of “Big Jessie,” the Cimarron Strip episode that first aired on February 8, 1968. Lobo likes to while away the time throwing knives at things.

Big Jessie - 1968

The star of Cimarron Strip, Stuart Whitman, was a frequent co-star of Tim’s. They both appeared in Convicts 4 (1962), Shock Treatment (1964), Rio Conchos (1964), and the Ellery Queen episode “The Adventure of Caesar’s Last Sleep” (1976). I do believe they were friends off-screen as well.