Kenneth Mars, who played Otto Manküsser in Malcolm in the Middle, has died at the age of 75 at his home in Grenada Hills. According to the Washington Examiner, a statement from his family said he died of pancreatic cancer on Saturday 12th February 2011.
We of course know Kenneth as Otto, Francis’ boss at the ranch (‘The Grotto’) in seasons 4 and 5 of Malcolm in the Middle, where he played alongside Meagan Fay as Otto’s wife Gretchen. Mars also played in Mel Brooks’ films The Producers and Young Frankenstein, where he developed his style for his somewhat over-the-top German accent. He also made appearances in LA Law and Diagnosis Murder and provided many voices for animations on TV and on film, including The Little Mermaid and The Land Before Time.
Kenneth Mars — 1935 – 2011
Mars is survived by his two daughters, Susannah Mars Johnson and Rebecca Mars Tipton and has six grandchildren.
Just last week, Frankie Muniz (Malcolm) took part in the Phoenix Suns Celebrity Shootout 2011. It’s not the first time Frankie has participated in a celebrity basketball event for charity — he in fact participated in the very same event last year, as well as having previously taken part in a similar celebrity basketball game way back in 2004.
For viewers in the UK, the first season of Malcolm in the Middle is now airing on FIVER. Most recently the show has only aired on Sky to subscription viewers, so its transmission on a free-to-air channel means that anyone in the UK with Freeview, Freesat and other non-subscription services can catch the show.
The Pilot episode of Season 1 aired yesterday, while episode 2 (Red Dress) airs tonight, Tuesday 4th January 2011 at 6:30pm on FIVER.
Unfortunately, it appears that the show is not included on the Demand Five video-on-demand service, so set your video recorders!
FIVER is available on Freeview Channel 30, Sky Channel 176 and Virgin Media Channel 151.
Back on the 13th March 2010, our friends at Malcolm France had a live video chat with Bryan Cranston (Hal). The chat was hosted by Antoine of Malcolm France and followed a similar questions and answers format to our chats with Bryan and Chris Masterson (Francis).
The chat lasted for more than two hours as Bryan answered questions on Malcolm in the Middle, his new show Breaking Bad and many other topics.
A full video recording of the chat is available below.
No stranger to award nominations (or wins!) now, Bryan Cranston was recently announced as a nominee for the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series.
For this award, he is up against Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson in Boardwalk Empire, Michael C. Hall as Dexter‘s title character, Jon Hamm as Don Draper in Mad Men and Hugh Laurie’s Dr. House.
The award ceremony for the SAG Awards will be live across the US on Sunday, January 30th 2011 at 8 p.m. (ET), 7 p.m. (CT), 6 p.m. (MT) and 5 p.m. (PT) and it will be broadcast on TNT and TBS.
Unfortunately, we have just missed the auction for a Breaking Bad DVD, autographed by Bryan Cranston and the rest of the cast, but there are still more items up for auction, including clothing worn by none other than Justin Bieber, shirts from Jerry Lewis and stuffed bears signed by young celebrities.
You can bid on any of these items to support the charities, or if celebrity clothing is not your thing, you can still make a donation to their cause.
The Los Angeles Times is reportin that Justin Berfield (Reese) has sold his Calabasas house for $2.5 million. He bought the house from Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey in 2006, tried to put it on the market in August 2009 after slashing the price by half a million from the price he originally paid for it to $3.4 million.
Clearly it has lost even more value since then, selling at $2.5m, and securing a sale has obviously been very difficult. The house itself features 6,483 square feet of space, a home theatre, bar, four sun decks, five bathrooms and even a dedicated wine cellar.
Update: Actor Justin Berfield, the wise-aleck sibling Reese on “Malcolm in the Middle,” has sold a Calabasas house he bought for $3.75 million four years ago for $2.1 million, the Multiple Listing Service shows.
The Mediterranean home, on a half-acre in a gated community, had been listed as “approved for short sale at $2.5 million.” The 6,483-square-foot house has travertine floors, a home theater, a wine cellar, a bar, four sun decks, five bedrooms and seven bathrooms. A soundproof room can be used as a recording studio. The grounds include an infinity pool, an outdoor dining area and a built-in barbecue.
Berfield, 24, bought the house in 2006 from Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey. Since playing Malcolm’s second-oldest brother from 2000 to 2006, he has become a producer of films and shows such as “Sons of Tuscon” (2010).
Sue Walsmith and Melinda Feldman at Ewing & Associates, Sotheby’s International Realty, handled both sides of the transaction, according to the MLS.
Bradley Whitford’s 18-year marriage to Jane Kaczmarek is officially over – the former couple’s divorce has been finalised.
The West Wing star and the Malcolm In The Middle actress filed for a legal separation over the summer and their union was officially dissolved this week.
The former couple split their assets evenly and will share custody of their three children, according to TMZ.com.
In an interview with the San Jose Mercury News, which was published earlier this month, Kaczmarek admitted she has a new boyfriend and is looking forward to moving on with her life.
She said, “The good thing is you realise you have the chance to completely redefine yourself and start your life over, whether you want to or not. That has also, in a funny way, reinvigorated my desire to act again…
“I now have a house, my children, and I’m dating a nice fellow… My kids have a great dad… Brad was the love of my life. We were happy for a long, long time. I don’t know. Things evolve, right?”
Whitford did of course star in The West Wing, but also made a guest appearance on Malcolm in the Middle in the episode Company Picnic in Season 3.
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