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An irreverent journey through the dark side of Hollywood history with historian Scott Michaels (Hollywood’s Dearly Departed Tours) and filmmaker Mike Dorsey (The Six Degrees of Helter Skelter, Murder Rap: Inside the Biggie and Tupac Murders).
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We brave the dangers of The Towering Inferno and the real-life fates of its stars, including Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, Fred Astaire, and William Holden!
Episode 27 - Star Wars

Episode 27 - Star Wars

2021-05-0801:55:38

The Force is with us as we blast our way through the original Star Wars film and the fates of its iconic actors!
Episode 26 - I Love Lucy

Episode 26 - I Love Lucy

2021-03-0201:29:24

We dish on one of the most iconic and groundbreaking TV sitcoms of all time, starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, and William Frawley!
Celebrate the holidays with us as we dive into the 1988 classic TV special Christmas at Pee-wee's Playhouse and its MANY celebrity guest appearances, including Little Richard, Charo, Magic Johnson, Grace Jones, Oprah, Whoopi Goldberg, k.d. lang, Dinah Shore, Joan Rivers, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Cher, Annette Funicello, Frankie Avalon, and the Del Rubio Triplets!
"Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!" On this Election Day in the US, we escape to Oz and explore the fates of the actors from the most watched film of all time, 1939's The Wizard of Oz. 
Episode 23 - Jaws

Episode 23 - Jaws

2020-09-0402:07:071

You're gonna need a bigger boat as we dive into Jaws in our biggest episode yet! We also discuss the passing of Chadwick Boseman, Olivia de Havilland, Wilford Brimley, and more. And Scott talks about meeting Roy Scheider himself!
Episode 22 - Grease

Episode 22 - Grease

2020-07-2101:42:382

What better time to talk about "Grease" than on a summer night? Scott and Mike also discuss Carl Reiner, Naya Rivera, some recent shocking news related to the LaBianca family, and more!
Episode 21 - Sunset Blvd.

Episode 21 - Sunset Blvd.

2020-05-2501:53:372

We pull off into the wrong driveway with Scott's favorite movie, Sunset Blvd. (aka Sunset Boulevard)! We also discuss Little Richard, Fred Willard, Jerry Stiller, Roy Horn of Siegfried & Roy, the allegedly haunted Ozzie and Harriet house, and more.
Episode 20 - James Bond

Episode 20 - James Bond

2020-04-2301:31:542

We're on the hunt for James Bond and the fate of the films' many actors spanning more than five decades! Also discussed: Brian Dennehy, John Prine, Jan and Dean, and more. Also, check out the video version of this episode on YouTube at "DearlyDepartedOnline": https://www.youtube.com/user/DearlyDepartedOnline And please support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/dearlydepartedpod
"What you talkin' 'bout, Willis?" We're talkin' 'bout the classic '80s sitcom Diff'rent Strokes and some of the most troubled child stars in TV history. Relive the last days of Gary Coleman and Dana Plato, and find out what happened to the rest of the cast. We also talk about Kenny Rogers, Crocodile Dundee, Doris Day, and more! And as a Dearly Departed Pod FIRST, you will be able watch video of this episode on YouTube at "DearlyDepartedOnline": https://www.youtube.com/user/DearlyDepartedOnline It takes Diff'rent Strokes to move the world... And it took technology to make this show while socially distanced during the coronavirus pandemic. No podcast hosts were harmed during the production of this episode as we produced it remotely from our individual homes. So stay home, wash your hands, and listen to the Dearly Departed Podcast!
In this episode, we "improv" our way through 45 years of Saturday Night Live and the deaths of John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Chris Farley and Phil Hartman. We also talk about Kobe Bryant, Kirk Douglas, Ron Jeremy, Scott's trip to the Oscars, and more! 
In this “mini episode” we talk about Liberace, Anna Nicole Smith, Dollywood, The Beatles and more! Also, we just launched on Patreon.com, so please go to patreon.com/dearlydepartedpod to SUPPORT THIS PODCAST! You can sign up for as little as just $2 per month. Mini-episodes like this one will only be available to our patrons there from now on, so please sign up to keep getting every episode of the Dearly Departed Podcast.
Episode 16 - Woodstock

Episode 16 - Woodstock

2020-01-1701:33:431

We remember to avoid the brown acid as we dance through the history of Woodstock! Also discussed: Rush drummer Neil Peart, Buck Henry, The Beatles, Brittany Murphy, Nashville and Dollywood, famous LA houses, Tupac, and more. And we got our first sponsor!
It's the premiere of our first "mini episode" which focuses on historical deaths-of-the-month, starting with January! We discuss New Years, old celebrity-owned restaurants, the band Type O Negative, Cher, The Kennedys, Coco Chanel, David Bowie, and more.
Another episode of the Dearly Departed Podcast gets its wings as the hosts reveal the fates of the cast of the holiday film classic It's a Wonderful Life, with stories about stars Jimmy Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, director Frank Capra, and more! They also discuss legendary producer Robert Evans, Hollywood street performers like the late Christopher Dennis (aka "Hollywood Boulevard Superman"), and other recent Hollywood-related news.
Episode 13 - Poltergeist

Episode 13 - Poltergeist

2019-10-2801:43:183

It's a spooky Halloween special as we dig up stories about the Poltergeist franchise and the tragic early deaths of some of its stars, including the murder of Dominique Dunne and death of child actor Heather O'Rourke. We also tell some of our personal ghost stories and share some of host Scott Michaels' ghostly "EVP" recordings.
Episode 12 - Batman

Episode 12 - Batman

2019-09-2101:37:123

SOCK! POW! ZOK! We take on the Dynamic Duo and the original Batman television series from the 1960s, and the fates of its many cast members, including Adam West, Frank Gorshin, Burgess Meredith, Cesar Romero, Julie Newmar, and Vincent Price! We also discuss the passing of Cars frontman Ric Ocasek and singer Eddie Money, host Scott Michaels' days of prank-calling celebrities, and more. Co-host Mike Dorsey with Burt Ward (Robin) at a martial arts event at Hollywood Park in 2012Envelope from Cesar Romero to host Scott Micheals with Oprah invitation included to keep an enclosed photo from bending Thank you note from Vincent Price to Scott
We creepy crawl into Quentin Tarantino's epic Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and host Scott Michaels' credited contributions to the film as a historical consultant. Hear fun behind-the-scenes stories about the film from both hosts, and explore the connections to their 2009 documentary The Six Degrees of Helter Skelter. Also discussed: Peter Fonda, Easy Rider, and more! ***SPOILER ALERT!*** We talk openly about Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, so if you haven't seen the film yet, DO NOT listen to this episode until you have!   Dearly Departed podcast host Scott Michaels with Quentin Tarantino at the former home of Manson victim Jay Sebring Scott in front of the Nicole Brown Simpson murder crime scene, which spawned hate mail ARTICLE: The Hollywood Ripper is convicted of murder and attempted murder ARTICLE: Body of man missing for 10 years found behind grocery store coolers
We "dive" into the iconic disaster film The Poseidon Adventure and the true fate of its cast. We also discuss the new Tarantino film, ALF's Max Wright, and other odd news of the day! VIDEO: Host Mike Dorsey’s video of the 4th of July earthquake in Southern California LISTING: The LaBianca house is for sale ARTICLE: Former Mouseketeer Dennis Day’s handyman arrested in his death ARTICLE: Holocaust survivor run over by lady in Valley Village, CA ARTICLE: Man pulled over with rattlesnake, uranium and open bottle of whiskey ARTICLE: Woman killed by steel straw VIDEO: Teaser for the Judy Garland biopic Judy ARTICLE: Max Wright tabloid scandal VIDEO: Trailer for The Poseidon Adventure ARTICLE: Story about Shelley Winters auditioning VIDEO: Watch Mike's short documentary Happy for FREE on Vimeo VIDEO: Scott's "Goddess Bunny" video Roddy McDowall's Powder Room Display (Photos: Scott Michaels) Memorial for Shelley Winters at Silver Spoon (Photos: Scott Michaels)
Come and listen to our story 'bout a man named Jed... We talk The Beverly Hillbillies and the cast's fate! We also discuss OJ Simpson, the Oklahoma City bombing, LA's famous Formosa Cafe, Gloria Vanderbilt, and more! ARTICLE: The massive fire at Universal and the scandal brewing from it TWITTER: OJ Simpson's Twitter account WATCH: Two audio recordings of the OKC bombing explosion Host Scott Michaels' photos of the OKC bombing site ARTICLE: Is LAX’s Theme Building coming back to life as part of an on-airport hotel? Scott's photo of the Beverly Hillbillies house, also known as Chartwell Nancy Kulp's "interesting" photo spread Scott with Louis Nye, who was Sonny Drysdale on The Beverly Hillbillies and Zombo on The Munsters Scott with Buddy Ebsen aka Jeb Scott with Max Baer Jr. aka Jethro
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ElizaBeth Marshall-Smith

JAWS!..... Wilfred Brimley😢

Sep 11th
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ElizaBeth Marshall-Smith

Rage against the plastic 😂 straw Nazis..... Scott-Dude! Love from Texas, keep'um com'in!!!!

Oct 2nd
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ElizaBeth Marshall-Smith

I'm here listening to you guys, while I sew. Where do I start!?! The rapport between you two is SO awesome. I grew up in L A in the 70's ( very nostalgic! ), Love cemeteries, Hollywood BEFORE the 2000's..... GREATNESS, thank you!!!!

Sep 21st
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Felicia DeLappi

I was going to but Death Girl's book, but I'm not now. I've also unfollowed her. I thought there was something about her that didn't feel quite right, now I know what it is. She's a bitch.

Feb 11th
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