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Fri Oct 18, 2019, 05:05 PM

Bill Macy, a Memorable Sitcom Foil on 'Maude,' Dies at 97

Source: New York Times



Bill Macy, an actor best known for his role as Walter Findlay, Bea Arthur’s harried husband, on the popular 1970s sitcom “Maude,” died on Thursday night at his home in Los Angeles. He was 97. The death was confirmed by his wife, Samantha Harper Macy.

Mr. Macy’s acting career took off after he turned 40 and peaked with his role on “Maude.” He played Walter for the show’s entire run, from 1972 to 1978. “Maude” pushed sitcom boundaries. Its lead character was an outspoken middle-aged feminist whose atypical household consisted of her husband, her daughter from an earlier marriage and the daughter’s son. The show, seen on CBS, addressed complex social issues like abortion, alcoholism and racial and sexual relations. Some episodes generated thousands of complaints. “We took very serious things,” Mr. Macy said in a phone interview for this obituary in 2010. “We didn’t lampoon them, we lived them.”

Mr. Macy’s blue-collar background — he grew up in Brooklyn and had driven a taxi — made him a good fit for the character of Walter, the owner of a struggling appliance store who had some memorable clashes with Maude, an idealistic liberal firebrand. More often than not, Maude had the last word. Fans were sometimes taken aback by Walter’s subordinate position. “People come up to you in the street and say, ‘How can you take that stuff from her?’” Mr. Macy said.

The show began as a spinoff of the pioneering producer Norman Lear’s breakthrough hit series “All in the Family,” in which Ms. Arthur appeared occasionally as a cousin of Edith Bunker’s who stood up to Edith’s bigoted husband, Archie.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/18/arts/television/bill-macy-dead.html



Wow. Didn't realize he was 97 and still around! That was a great show - one of the few "spin offs" of a popular show that itself became successful.

R.I.P.

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Reply Bill Macy, a Memorable Sitcom Foil on 'Maude,' Dies at 97 (Original post)
BumRushDaShow Oct 18 OP
tymorial Oct 18 #1
LenaBaby61 Oct 18 #3
LenaBaby61 Oct 18 #2
alphafemale Oct 18 #4
mucifer Oct 18 #5
BumRushDaShow Oct 19 #6
alphafemale Oct 19 #8
cstanleytech Oct 19 #7
mucifer Oct 19 #9
Warren_Pointe Oct 19 #10

Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Fri Oct 18, 2019, 05:15 PM

1. I love that show. I pop in the DVDs everyone and again.

God'll get you for that walter.

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Response to tymorial (Reply #1)

Fri Oct 18, 2019, 05:37 PM

3. "I love that show. I pop in the DVDs everyone and again."

SAME HERE

I remember watching the abortion episode (Maude's Dilemma 1 & 2), and I remember our nun in middle-school telling us to NOT watch that show because it was sinful.

Well uh, I watched it , and am still watching it almost 50 years later.

As young as 10 years old, I was educated about all things relating to abortion(s) (Mom was an RN). So happy to have had a "progressive" Mom, as it's served me well all of my life.

Anyway ...




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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Fri Oct 18, 2019, 05:20 PM

2. I loved and STILL love Maude & Walter ....

I met Bill Macy as a teen years ago @ Battle of the Network Superstars when I was 15 with a groups of my buddies (I'm 58 now). He gave me and my friends all autographs, and he spoke with us a bit too.

What a kind and funny man. So gracious, asking us all if we REALLY wanted "HIS" autograph? Only met him that brief time, but even as a young teen, I could tell he was a 'genuine' person,, as in good person.

RIP Mr. Macy ....

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Fri Oct 18, 2019, 08:16 PM

4. And "Good Times" was a spin off from Maude.

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Probably the only 3rd generation spin off.

Successful one anyway.

All in the Family also launched The Jeffersons

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Response to alphafemale (Reply #4)

Fri Oct 18, 2019, 08:49 PM

5. actually "Love American Style" spun off "Happy Days" which

spun off "Laverne and Shirley".

Tho I suppose the Happy Days spin off was just from one episode.

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Response to mucifer (Reply #5)

Sat Oct 19, 2019, 03:39 AM

6. And then the other spin off of "Happy Days"

(don't laugh) was the big fail - "Joanie Loves Chachi".

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Response to mucifer (Reply #5)

Sat Oct 19, 2019, 07:23 AM

8. Oh and Mork on Happy Days

Would be hard to explain to kids today.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Sat Oct 19, 2019, 05:11 AM

7. Dang, I enjoyed watching him on Maude.

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Sat Oct 19, 2019, 07:35 AM

9. I watched this show as a kid and Maude and Walter reminded me of my parents

Those two actors were Jewish and my parents were Jewish and my parents looked like them. My mother was louder and more opinionated like Maude. My dad was quieter and sillier. Both my parents were liberals.

I liked that show.

It's sad about Bill Macy.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Sat Oct 19, 2019, 08:00 AM

10. Also in "The Late Show"

with Art Carney and Lily Tomlin.

And who can forget him as Stan Fox in "The Jerk," he made a fortune selling shit like the 'Optigrab'.

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