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RIP Than Wyenn

WyennWOODLAND HILLS, CALIF.–Than Wyenn, a character actor whose long list of film and TV credits ranged from “Imitation of Life” and “Being There” to “Twilight Zone” and “Quincy, M.D.,” died Jan. 30 at the Motion Picture and Television Fund home here. He was 95.
MSTies will remember him as Frank Johnson in the movie in episode 517- BEGINNING OF THE END.

Variety has an obit here.

Thanks to Duane for the heads up.

Also, several folks have alerted us to last week’s passing of poet Rod McKuen. McKuen was never mentioned by name in a host segment (we don’t think), so he’s not a MSTory person, but it’s worth mentioning at his passing that the lyrics to the song “Seasons in the Sun,” which he wrote, were quoted on several occasions on the show.

12 Replies to “RIP Than Wyenn”

  1. Rip McStudly says:

    I want to think that he was mentioned on the show at some point. A commenter on the AV Club obit says he was used in a riff in Radar Secret Service.

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  2. goalieboy82 says:

    off topic (since we dont have a random mst3k topic place here)
    my reaction to this years super bowl halftime show:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_nPp64OrBc

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  3. JC says:

    [hey sampo: “MSTies will remember HIM as Frank Johnson.”]

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  4. dafs says:

    *signs Rest in Peace*

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  5. trickymutha says:

    Wow- he lived a long life. RIP Than.

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  6. Rip McStudly:
    I want to think that he was mentioned on the show at some point. A commenter on the AV Club obit says he was used in a riff in Radar Secret Service.

    In Experiment 520 (Radar Secret Service), Nelson throws down a McKuen reference in the short Last Clear Chance (For Fantastic Savings); on top of the cop’s line “…it seemed only yesterday –”
    ” — I was being spanked by Rod McKuen!”

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  7. JC says:

    HEEEEEYYYYYYYYYY FRAAAAAAAAAAAAANK!!!!!!!

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  8. Sampo says:

    Mike Flugennock: In Experiment 520 (Radar Secret Service), Nelson throws down a McKuen reference in the short Last Clear Chance (For Fantastic Savings); on top of the cop’s line “…it seemed only yesterday –”
    ” — I was being spanked by Rod McKuen!”

    Yeah that was in the theater, which doesn’t count. If we put every single person who was mentioned by name in the theater into MSTory, we’d have to list, well, EVERYBODY. We have, for better or worse, drawn a line at host segments.

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  9. david f white says:

    Ron Mckuen was Mentioned in a riff during a movie segment in Catalina Caper!! ( I believe the third Movie Segment After the First host segment!! !!)

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  10. ck says:

    Perhaps the highlight of BotE was Frank signing:
    “Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!”

    Btw, not only was Peter Graves “somewhat” responsible for the insects killing thousands of people,
    but his atomic experiments led to Frank’s speech disability.

    Well, you hire University of Minnesota agronomist graduates and that kind of thing’s going to happen.

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  11. goalieboy82 says:

    Frank Johnson’s death has to be one of the worse death (signing ahhh)

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  12. goalieboy82 says:

    off topic but we all have played with lego’s when we were kids. now there is this:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/31138618
    there were dr who riffs in mst3k and other mst3k offshoots.

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