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Offline Gomer Says Hey

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RIP Mary Grace Canfield
« on: February 18, 2014, 01:38:50 pm »
I just learned about this today by accident when I was doing some research about GREEN ACRES, but Mary Grace Canfield (Ralph) died today of lung cancer.

I have to say, even though she'll always be "Ralph" to me, she was certainly among the legions of character actors who you always saw in a different role on a different show all the time back in those old days... I remember when she temporarily filled in for Gladys on BEWITCHED as Abner's sister (since Alice Pearce had passed away before that particular season was over, and Gladys hadn't been recast yet). And of course, let us not forget that episode of TAGS, where she was Thelma Lou's (or was it Helen's? I forget) dateless cousin, whom everybody tried to hook up with Gomer.
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Offline Barney Fife

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Re: RIP Mary Grace Canfield
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2014, 03:15:21 pm »
Whoa...not Mary Grace....all the good actors are dying this year.PSH,Shirley Temple,Ralph Waite,and now her....
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Offline Gomer Says Hey

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Re: RIP Mary Grace Canfield
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2014, 05:47:11 pm »
Yeah, I was surprised Frank Cady passed away a couple of years ago, he seemed to live a really long and good life. Matter of fact, I recently learned that he was actually the original choice to play Otis, but when he tested for the part, he decided to act differently from the kind of stereotypical town drunks you saw on TV, which apparently wasn't what the producers were wanting, so he didn't get the part (of course, he showed up later as Mt. Pilot's town drunk when Otis "ran away from home").

Now Tom Lester (Eb) is the only GREEN ACRES castmember left now. :(