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‘Land Of The Misplaced’ Star & ‘Sleeper’ Actor Was 86


Spencer Milligan, who starred within the Nineteen Seventies Saturday morning sequence Land of the Misplaced from Sid & Marty Krofft and was an everyday visitor star on TV into the late Eighties, has died. He was 86.

An obituary on the Huehns Funeral House web site stated he died April 16 however didn’t present particulars.

Born on September 10, 1937, in Oak Park, IL, Milligan was lively in native theater throughout the Nineteen Sixties earlier than serving a tour within the Military. His display screen profession started with a small as a head-change specialist in Woody Allen‘s futuristic 1973 comedy, through which the filmmaker starred with Diane Keaton. He additionally appeared within the 1974 options The Man from Clover Grove and The Photographer, serving as an affiliate producer on the latter.

The next yr, Milligan was solid as Rick Marshall within the Krofft brothers’ hybrid live-action/stop-motion sci-fi/journey sequence Land of the Misplaced. It centered on Rick and his children Will and Holly (Wesley Eure and Kathy Coleman), who’re plunged into an alternate world dominated by dinosaurs. The trio explores this unusual new land as they battle to outlive and discover a method again to the world they knew.

Milligan starred within the present’s first two seasons from 1974-76 earlier than his character accidently escapes the Land of the Misplaced, sans children. The sequence went on for yet another season with a brand new grownup star. Identified for its campy, low-budget model, the present has gone on to cult standing. It spawned a Nineties revival sequence led by Timothy Bottoms that aired on ABC and later Nickelodeon and a Razzie-winning 2009 function that starred Will Ferrell, Danny McBride and Anna Friel.

Milligan continued to work recurrently in TV for the subsequent decade, guested on such well-liked sequence as Gunsmoke, Baretta, McCloud, The Bionic Lady, Alice, The Dukes of Hazzard, Vega$, Hardcastle & McCormick and Quincy, M.E. He had a seven-episode arc as Ray Gibbons on Basic Hospital in 1987.

He additionally starred as a New York Jets quarterback accused of killing his sister’s attacker within the 1976 TV film The Keegans and appeared in early-Eighties telepics Terror Amongst Us and Alcatraz: The Complete Surprising Story.

After his TV profession, Milligan taught courses and directed stage performs in his adopted hometown of Sturgeon Bay, WI.

He’s survived by his spouse, Kerry Milligan, and godchildren Andee Solis, Hilary Williams and Spencer Williams. The household asks that donations in his identify be made to Leisure Neighborhood Fund (fka The Actor’s Fund).  

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