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Interview Done By Mike Wilkerson

Mike: Please introduce yourself?
Mr. Kline:I’m Richard Kline. aka Larry 
Dallas. aka Larry Dalliapolis. I am NOT Greek.
 
Mike: How did you get into show business?
Mr. Kline:I received a BA in Speech at Queens College, NY and  Masters Degree at Northwestern University.
After NU, I went to an open call for The American Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, CT. I received my equity card for that company but was drafted into the US Army out of rehearsal. After the army, I became a member of the Lincoln Center Repertory Company and appeared in four shows.
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Mike: How did you get the part of Larry Dallas on Three’s Company?
Mr. Kline:I auditioned for a one-time guest spot.
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Mike: Tell the readers about your first time on the set of Three’s Company?
Mr. Kline: It was April of 1977. ABC-TV was doing a tryout of  TC for 6 episodes. I was in the fourth one. Nobody knew who any of the regulars were at the time because the show obviously hadn’t be around that long. From the get go, things were loose and funny and friendly. I immediately felt at home and John and I kinda clicked.
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Mike: Was that the first time you had met John Ritter?
Mr. Kline:yes.
 
Mike: What did you think of the cast of Three’s Company?
Mr. Kline:Everybody was welcoming and friendly. On the night we shot the show, I remember Norman Fell coming up to me and unsolicited he said “they’re gonna have you back.” And they did.
 
Mike: Take me through the first season of Three’s Company. Did you all think it would go 8 seasons and have 2 spin offs?
Mr. Kline: It was an instant hit. It was in that block of shows that included Happy Days and Laverne and Shirley. I don’t think any of us consciously thought it would have THAT much longevity but we did think it would stay on top for a while.
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Mike: How was it working with John Ritter?
Mr. Kline:Simply the best. I learned much from watching him work, just as I learned a lot from observing Bea Arthur when I had a 3-show arc on Maude. His physicality and her timing were a Phd course in comedy.
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Mike: Tell the readers a story about John Ritter on the set of Three’s Company?
Mr. Kline:As you know, my character was ALWAYS  ringing the doorbell, and either one of the girls or Jack would answer. John would occasionally come up with zany bits after opening the door (during camera blocking). Like, he’d either have his pants down to his ankles, or he scream “LARRY!” in a Jerry Lewis voice. All determined to crack me up…which of course it did.
 
Mike: Do you remember the day and what you were doing when you had got the news John Ritter had passed away?
Mr. Kline: My wife awakened me in the morning–she had been on the computer–and told me the news. I was devastated. And then the phones started ringing off the hook with friends and/or media wanting quotes.
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Mike: How was it working with Joyce Dewitt?
Mr. Kline:Joyce was a doll. I knew she was a university trained actress and she was always exploring ways to make her “Janet” real and believable.
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Mike: How was it working with Suzanne Somers?
Mr. Kline: Suzanne was funny on and off screen.
 
Mike: When all the stuff happened with Suzanne Somers did the cast think Three’s Company was over?
Mr. Kline: Personally, I had some uncertainty where the show would be headed and who they would get to replace her. But the show’s overwhelming strength was John and so it proved to not be as catastrophic as some might have thought.
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Mike: How was it working with Don Knotts?
Mr. Kline: When I heard that Don had been hired to do the new landlord role, I was thrilled. A five time Emmy winner joins our show?? Always was a fan. Don and I spent a lot of time together, including a trip to Vegas in which neither of us got arrested. Fun times.
 
Mike: When you look back over the 8 years what do you remember most?
Mr. Kline: the “family’ that was part of making the show–which includes the crew , everyone associated with the show.
 
Mike: Why did Three’s Company even get cancelled?
Mr. Kline:John wanted to go out a winner, not floundering at the bottom of the ratings pile. Plus it was thought that a spin-off would inject new life into the franchise.
 
Mike: Now that Three’s Company is in syndication did you think it would be so popular 40 plus years later?
Mr. Kline: I still can’t believe it.
 
Mike: After all three shows were cancelled did the cast ever get back together one last time?
Mr. Kline: there were no reunions on or off camera.
 
Mike: Did you keep anything from the set of Three’s Company that you have today?
Mr. Kline: no
 
I could go on and on about Three’s Company as my wife Hope and I watch it every night before bed. I think our DVR has 45 episodes on it as we speak.
 
Mike: What did you do when Three’s Company went off the air?
Mr. Kline:I was immediately cast in a pilot “His and Hers” with Shelly Fabares, for CBS. It was not picked up.
 
Mike: What was your favorite game show to do? And why?
Mr. Kline: 25,000 Pyramid because I liked the speed and the word association qualities of the show.Annnd, I was always a fan of Dick Clark. I watched American Bandstand as a kid religiously
 
Mike: How can fans reach out to you to say hi or maybe buy a signed 8×10?
Mr. Kline: I have a website; www.richardkline.net and there are a variety of photos to be purchased.
 
Mike: Will you be doing any conventions in 2017?
Mr. Kline: There is one scheduled for April in Texas, in a suburb of Dallas.
 
Mike: What else does 2017 hold for you?
Mr. Kline: I am doing a play at UCPAC in New Jersey in January. Hopefully, I will recur again on Bluebloods and The Americans- shows I’ve appeared on twice
 
Mike: What would you like to say in closing? My favorite comment from fans of the show has always been “Thanks for the laughs.” Lord knows we need a few.
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Let me say first it has been a honor to be able to send you these questions today. You are true TV Legend/ICON and I will never forget what you and the rest of the gang from Three’s Company did for TV.
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Interview Done By Mike Wilkerson

MW: Tell the Blastzone Online readers how they would know you?
LS: How’s it goin? Online Readers may know me from The Walking Dead in episode 2 JSS playing a wolf.
MW: How did you get cast as a “Shaved Head Wolf” on The Walking Dead season 6?
LS: I originally auditioned for the show several times through the course of two years. I would always get close to to being cast and Id find out it went another way. I got cast as the “Shaved head Wolf” because I stayed on castings radar and I finally got lucky. Maybe they got tired of of seeing my audition tapes and gave in (laughs).
MW: What did you think when you got the call?
LS: When I finally got the call I thought it was a joke. My agents Tay Smith and Chris Young have been with me from the beginning. They called and I had to sit down. They told me the stunt coordinator would call and then it all became very real. It was a dream really.
MW: How was it working with The Walking Dead cast?
LS: Working with the walking dead cast was like working with the best of the best. The Director Jen Lynch was truly one of the best directors you could ever work with. Her excitement on set gave everyone life! Lennie James and Seth Gilliam were incredible. It was like taking a masters class in acting on the worlds biggest stage.
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MW: Give me a story from The Walking Dead set?
LS: While on set I got clocked in the ear really good by Lennie James stick on one of the takes. I could hear out of it for a good minute or so. It was so hot outside they literally kept putting ice bags over my head and neck to keep me from passing out shooting this epic fight scene.
MW: How hard was it to keep it quite before your episode?
LS: It was unbelievable how hard it was to keep quite about being on the show. I literally had to trick my myself into thinking it never happened. I failed at that though. When Sept/Oct came I had to at least post a trailer of the new season. I think someone may have recognized me getting my head knocked around a bit by Lennie James! I made no comment (laughs).
MW: If you were asked would you come back as a walker?
LS: I would absolutely come back as a walker. People never saw me completely die from the shot maybe there’s a chance.
MW: Who would you want to kill you?
LS: If someone were to take me out Id like it to be Rick Grimes. Andrew Lincoln has done a magnificent job making this show what it is. To go head to head with him would be incredible.
MW: How can Walking Dead fans reach out to you?
LS: Walking Dead fans can reach out to me by my Twitter handle LaBrandon_Shead and IG LaBrandon Shead.
MW: What else do you got going on?
LS: I’m currently trying to stay busy. I have a couple films releasing next year one called Triple 9 starring Casey Affleck and Woody Harrelson along with Norman Reedus. I also have a hbo film starring Kerry Washington I was lucky enough to be apart of. Some of my good friends have a film called Dealer coming out Im really excited about that will turn some heads. Look out for the film Redman Aswell it already won best picture in Ireland at the yellow fever festival.
MW: What would you like to say in closing?
LS: In closing Id like to say never give up on your dream. I failed so many times in this career just keep pushing and things will eventually fall your way. There’s no time limit on your dream.
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Interview By Mike Wilkerson

MW: So Scott Tassone AKA Scott TheMover Tassone it was announced that you were to be on the upcoming show Deal Hunters and Then It Was Announced that you would not be on it what happen?
ST: AHH Well that’s a funny complicated question. I approached Lori & Brandon Bernier about trying to get as many cast members from Storage Hunters that we could and re-making an auction show. We got Cam, Dan D., PaPa Bear & The 3 of us it was to be set and an equal share project. Why I guess I’m just that stupid!! I’m laugh now because I think way back why I had to file suit against A lot of the cast from Storage Hunters for slander and defamation that was settled in court but left my wife and I broke and out of work, I guess with what I’m about to say a lot makes sense!! Some might know this and some don’t – In 2008 I was in the mortgage business life was good until mortgage bubble busted. I received a call saying not to send out funds that would have cost people their homes and I did it anyway because I could not see those families’ out in the street for The Big Banks and Wall Streets Greed and demise. Ref The Movie The Big Short I was the little fish that took the brunt of the storm for the big guys I was hit with 9 felonies that after fighting in court for 3 years I took a plea deal of 60 Days House arrest and 3 Years’ Probation. That ended years ago I’ve not had even a traffic tick since then and have done more good for my community then bad. Yes going broke did leave some losing money who enjoy slamming me on the net. I worked hard for redemption I take pride in learning what the word integrity means and how to apply it in my life. So with that said why I’m not on the show is Lori & Brandon Bernier I guess have lead a perfect life because they can’t get past my past my past even after I passed TRU TVs Background check and countless others prior to our project. Then to find out that Brandon had told me that Joey Olson was a LAPD and he is a Civil Servant & that Critter Miller was on Sons of Anarchy prior and that was a lie too. So because in my life I had a league issue and I owe a wing not money that I will never pay because of the slander he has done against my name I feel we are even. So I Walked I don’t want to be around people who don’t know the word redemption and that start out by lying to us all and bringing in their personal friends to make the table uneven for the old cast with our permission.
 
 
MW: Wow Scott That’s a lot What’s Next for you?
ST: Well with some great friends in the business and some Key Members of the cast The Show will go on Without Lori & Brandon Bernier You will see Cam, T Money and I Hope Jessie will sign on we are reaching out to him now & Desert Dan. And there are a few others that I am going to make offers too as well. As for the name of the show I can’t say just yet but you can expect to see it worldwide mid-March
 
 
MW: Scott I just don’t know what more to say?
ST: I know that they will all block me now I ask you all to share this post so the TRUTH is out about me and the haters can go away and the rest can come for the fun ride!! This is about me and what happen on this show. And when my X Chrissy reads this she is going to say I told you SO!!!!! THOSE PEOPLE ARE BAD!!! She was right Again!!!! They were the reason she didn’t want our daughter to film. MY X Supports my daughter and her love of the arts and her ability’s as a child in business she is a tough kid and can hold her own against anyone
 
So See You Real SOOOON Scott Tassone AKA Scott TheMover Tassone

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Abraham CharlesAbeVigoda (/vˈɡdə/; February 24, 1921 – January 26, 2016) was an American film and television actor. He was known for a number of roles, especially his portrayals of Salvatore Tessio in the Francis Ford Coppola film The Godfather, and for his portrayal of Detective Sgt. Phil Fish on the television sitcom series Barney Miller from 1975 to 1977 and its spinoff show Fish in 1978, both on ABC.

After mistaken reports of his death in 1982 and 1987, Vigoda was the subject of several running gags as to whether he was dead or alive. He died on January 26, 2016, at his daughter’s home in Woodland Park, New Jersey.