Hey pallies, 'nother person who was priviledged to know and work with our Dino has passed from this life....writer and composer Edward J. Lakso. Mr. Lakso got to work with our Dino on those fabulous episodes of "Charlies' Angels' that our great man starred in 1978.
With all due respect to Mr. Lakso and his family, I am so thrilled to learn that Mr. Lakso was listenin' to our Dino sing "Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime" at the time of his passin'. I thinks that this is so great of his widow, Lee Travis, to share this detail with the world....what could be more wonderful then to be listenin' to our Dino sings his stellar classic as one finishes the journey of life. Truly such a comfort to knows that our Dino loves us.
Thanks to Mike Barnes of the "Hollywood Reporter" for sharin' this Dinostory with us...certain to bring more pallies to know, love, and honor our Dino. To checks this out in it's original format, just clicks on the tagg of this Dinogram.
You just never ever know where our Dino is goin' to turn up next...our Dino is certainly the man for all times, all places, and all occasions..... Dinorespectfully, DMP
Writer, composer Edward J. Lakso dies
Writer, producer, composer and lyricist was 76
By Mike Barnes
May 28, 2009, 05:11 PM ET
Edward J. Lakso, a prolific writer, producer, composer and lyricist in Hollywood for almost four decades, died May 23 at his Beverly Hills home of complications of Parkinson's disease. He was 76.
Lakso created more than 400 hours of television and mentored the likes of Gene Levitt, E. Jack Neuman and Aaron Spelling. For the ABC series "Charlie's Angels," which ran 1976-81, Lakso wrote 25 episodes, produced 28 and wrote music for two.
His wife, Lee Travis, said Lakso passed away as a recording of Dean Martin's "Everybody Loves Somebody" played. Lakso got to know Martin when he guest starred on the 1978 season-opener of "Charlie's Angels."
Lakso also penned 33 episodes of 1960s series "Combat!" and wrote for "The Rockford Files," "Star Trek," "Adventures in Paradise," "Mannix," "The Rat Patrol" and "The Big Valley" among many other shows.
Lakso, who sang opera and played jazz piano, wrote, directed and composed music for "43: The Richard Petty Story," a 1974 film that starred the stock car driver as himself.
Lakso's career gained momentum with "The Immoral Mr. Teas" (1959), a witty romp that he wrote with director and soft porn king Russ Meyer. Lakso contributed original music and songs for that film.
Prodded by a teacher at UCLA, Lakso wrote a script for the 1959 film "Operation Dames," then took a role when one of the actors was a no-show. He also wrote and directed 1973's "Brother on the Run" (also known as "Boots Turner"), an early blaxploitation film.