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Performers' television credits, 1948-2000
Inman, David, 1957-
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Publication Information:
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, 2001.
Physical Description:
3 volumes (ix, 3088 pages) ; 28 cm
v. 1. A-F -- v. 2. G-M -- v. 3. N-Z.



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Performer's Television Credits, 1948-2000 is a three-volume reference work that offers the most complete and comprehensive information on individuals who have appeared in a wide range of television dramas, comedies, films and game and quiz shows.


This enormous, oversize, three-volume reference of performers' television credits (United States) is for serious researchers and writers who cannot afford not to have the most complete information available anywhere. The data begins in 1948, with the advent of serious network television broadcasting, and go through May 31, 2000, the end of the 1999-2000 TV season. Death information is included up to the end of 2000. Included are persons appearing on dramatic and comedy programs, made-for-TV movies and miniseries, game and quiz shows, performance-oriented talk shows and variety shows. For logical reasons, persons who appeared on shows with very little performance activity are excluded (award shows, sporting events, parades, news broadcasts, and reality programming are examples). A performer's birthplace, birth date and date of death are listed (where possible), along with information about his or her best-known television roles, Emmy Awards won, descriptions of memorable career moments, appearances on soap operas, talk, game and variety shows. As a bonus, information is provided on actors' best-known writing, directing and producing credits. The book is published as a set of three volumes. Replacement volumes can be obtained individually under ISBN 0-7864-1172-4 (for Volume 1: A-F), ISBN 0-7864-1173-2 (for Volume 2: G-M) and ISBN 0-7864-1174-0 (for Volume 3: N-Z).

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Booklist Review

Considering the vast number of television programs that have been aired, one can imagine the difficulty of ferreting out the broadcasting history of television performers. This reference work tries to do just that. Inman's database reflects 15 years of compiling data from periodicals, the Internet, program producers and syndicates, and other sources. He begins with 1948 and concludes with the 1999-2000 season. Coverage includes "persons appearing on dramatic and comedy programs, made-for-TV movies and miniseries, game and quiz shows, performance-oriented talk shows and variety shows"; but not sporting events, news shows, and other programs "with very little performance activity." Performers are listed under their most popular name and are generally crossreferenced from a less-well-known name (Cupito, Suzanne SEE Morgan Brittany). In some cases, famous duos are crossreferenced (although Cher is not connected with Sonny Bono). Highprofilers such as Ken Berry, Jimmy Durante, and Connie Stevens are here, but one also finds performers usually associated with the theater (e.g., Theodore Bikel and Lillian Gish) and "live" entertainment (e.g., Don Ho and Beverly Sills), some of whom are sometimes surprisingly prolific in their television appearances. The volume shows the importance and ubiquity of character actors, who are often overlooked in other volumes, such as Joel Brooks, Mitzi Hoag, and Vaughn Taylor, whose credits take up a whole page. Entries are arranged alphabetically, and range from two lines (one appearance in one show) to a page and a half for personalities such as Steve Allen and Milton Berle. Each entry typically includes vital dates, birthplace, general type, or best-known character. Regular appearances are listed first, followed by guest appearances. Each category is arranged chronologically and includes the series name, episode, network, and year. Emmy Awards are noted, and sometimes a brief editorial comment concludes the entry. This work does not capture every single performance (Mel Arrighi and Dennis McNiven are two oversights), but the editor has done a thorough job--exhausting, if not exhaustive. Researchers should welcome having so much data pulled together in a single set. For large collections where comprehensive information on television and performer history is needed.

Library Journal Review

The result of 15 years' research, this is one of the most substantial databases available of broadcast TV credit information. Arranged alphabetically by performer, the entries list credits from 1948, when network TV broadcasting began in earnest, through the end of the 2001-2000 TV season. This work is similar in quality to another recent three-volume McFarland media reference, Harris M. Lentz's Science Fiction, Horror & Fantasy Film and Television Credits (LJ 6/1/01. 2d ed.), but it is much larger in scope. Each entry offers an exhaustive television history of the performer, with additional birth and death information and a brief description of the performer's most famous works. Inman, a syndicated columnist with the Gannet News Service, can be credited with producing one of the finest media reference sets ever published. A superlative work that will be used by researchers for years to come; highly recommended for media and broadcasting libraries but perhaps too exhaustive for smaller and less specific public and academic libraries. David M. Lisa, Wayne P.L., NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Inman offers an alphabetic compilation of performers, listing their appearances in "dramatic and comedy programs, made-for-TV-movies and mini-series, game and quiz shows, performance-oriented talk shows," and variety shows. Additional information, such as vital statistics, real names, character names, episode titles, and career comments, is erratic, and the latter in particular can be questionable (Arnold Stang is not known for his "high-pitched voice," Jonathan Winters can hardly be called "introverted," and what does it mean when Fred Gwynne is described as a "tall and stocky actor"?). Broadcast dates include only the year, which has limitations for talk show appearances. Inman makes no claim to comprehensiveness, and omissions are common, but most peculiar is the omission of entries for the surname "Williams": Robin, Van, Cindy, Andy, etc., are nowhere to be found. There are no indexes, however useful they might be for program titles or character names. Despite its limitations, and though a "People" search in Internet Movie Database can in many ways be superior, there remains nonetheless a measure of value to this work due to the massive amount of information it presents. General readers; upper-division undergraduates through faculty. A. Ellis Northern Kentucky University