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April 24, 2014

Jim’s Attic: Theater of the Stars Handprints Part Two

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Theater of the Stars Handprints Part Two
By Jim Korkis

In the last installment of my guest blog, I listed some of the handprints that are installed in the forecourt of the Theater of the Stars on Sunset Boulevard at Disney Hollywood Studios.

Listed here are the remainder of those blocks in chronological order. The undated blocks are listed at the end.

These performers had many triumphs in their varied careers but for the sake of space, I have listed their most prominent credit which is usually television related.

Meshach Taylor 10/4/91
Anthony Bouvier, the assistant at at the fictitious Sugarbaker interior design firm in Atlanta, Georgia in the CBS sitcom Designing Women (1986-1993).


Tim Conway 11/26/1991

American comedian known for his many different characters on The Carol Burnett Show (1975-1978) as well as his appearances in Disney live action comedies like The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975).

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June Lockhart 11/26/91
Mother in the television series Lassie (1959-1964) and mother Dr. Maureen Robinson in television series Lost in Space (1965-1968).

Vanna White 3/24/92
Hostess on the game show Wheel of Fortune since 1982.

Woody Harrleson 4/6/92
Bartender Woody Boyd in the sitcom Cheers! (1985-1993) although modern audiences probably think of him as Haymitch Abernathy, the District 12 mentor of Katniss, in The Hunger Games (2012).

Ben Vereen 11/3/92
Popular actor, singer and dancer who was nominated for an Emmy for his role as Chicken George in Alex Haley's landmark TV miniseries Roots (1977).

Alex Trebek 11/15/92
Block says "Who is"..Alex Trebek?
Host of the syndicated game show Jeopardy! since 1984.

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Fess Parker 11/29/92
Davy Crockett (1954-1955) for the original Disney weekly television show and Daniel Boone in the NBC television series Daniel Boone (1964-1970).

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Valerie Harper and Cristina 12/4/92
Rhoda Morgenstern in the television series The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970-1974) and its spin-off, Rhoda (1974-1978). Cristina is her adopted daughter.


Howard Hesseman 9/17/93

By his handprints he placed the letter "L" with an arrow pointing to his left hand and an "R" pointing toward his right hand.
Disc Jockey Johnny Fever on the sitcom WKRP in Cincinatti (1978-1982) and teacher Charlie Moore on Head of the Class (1986-1990).

Peter Graves 10/2/93
James Phelps, the gruff director of the Impossible Missions Force on the TV show Mission: Impossible (1967-1973, 1988-1990) and as Captain Clarence Oveur in Airplane! (1980).

The following blocks are undated and are listed alphabetically:

Steve Allen
American television personality, musician/composer and author.

Morey Amsterdam
Buddy Sorrell, the comedy writer, on CBS sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961-1966).

Imogene Coca
American comic actress who worked extensively with legendary Sid Caesar and appeared frequently as a television guest star. She was the irritating Aunt Edna in the comedy film National Lampoon's Vacation (1983).

Florence Henderson
Mother Carol Brady on the ABC sitcom The Brady Bunch (1969-1974).

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Jayne Meadows
American actress and wife of comedian Steve Allen. Meadows older sister Audrey played Jackie Gleason's wife on the sitcom The Honeymooners.

In the early years of Disney MGM Studios, there were imprinted blocks made for the forecourt of the Chinese Theater but never installed because of the expense of tearing up the existing concrete, putting in and securing the new block. Those unused blocks were stored backstage but I have no idea where they are today.

In early December 2013, the Disney Company filed paperwork with Orange County to expand the Theater of the Stars, prompting many rumors about what might be planned for the area.

RELATED INFORMATION AND LINKS
Disney Historian Jim Korkis goes up into his imaginary attic to rummage around his archives and often stumbles across an unusual story about Walt Disney World. Those who have met me know that I take real joy in talking about Walt Disney.

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Check out Jim's other "From the Attic" Blogs

Full features from the Walt Disney World Chronicles series by Jim Korkis can be found in the AllEars® Archives: http://allears.net/ae/archives.htm

Jim Korkis

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jim Korkis is an internationally respected Disney Historian who has written hundreds of articles about all things Disney for more than three decades. As a former Walt Disney World cast member, his skills and historical knowledge were utilized by Disney Entertainment, Imagineering, Disney Design Group, Yellow Shoes Marketing, Disney Cruise Line, Disney Feature Animation Florida, Disney Institute, WDW Travel Company, Disney Vacation Club and many other departments.

He is the author of three new books, available in both paperback and Kindle versions on Amazon.com:
The Book of Mouse: A Celebration of Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse
Who's Afraid of the Song of the South AND

"The REVISED Vault of Walt":


April 23, 2014

Jim’s Attic: Theater of the Stars Handprints Part One

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Theater of the Stars Handprints Part One
By Jim Korkis

Most Disney fans are aware that the handprints in the forecourt of the Chinese Theater at Disney Hollywood Studios are real. Between 1989 and 1995, some well-known entertainment celebrities placed their hand and foot prints into the wet concrete blocks.

Many of those blocks were not installed but stored backstage. In addition, depending upon the willingness of the participants, a duplicate or two were made in case of damage to the original.

When Sunset Boulevard opened in July 1994, a new Theater of the Stars (designed to be reminiscent of the fabled Hollywood Bowl) was opened. In the forecourt entrance to the 1,500 seat theater, some of those previously unused blocks were placed in that location.

Originally, the theater was located on Hollywood Boulevard at approximately the area where Sunset Boulevard begins today from May 1, 1989 to May 2, 1993. The overwhelming popularity of the park dedicated to the Hollywood that Never Was but Always Will Be resulted in immediate plans for an expansion.

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Without fanfare, in a effort to enhance the re-location of the theater, the Walt Disney World Imagineers decided that they would use some of the celebrity imprinted blocks that were in storage and the most logical place was the new Theater of the Stars.

Here is a chronological listing of all of those blocks. Some blocks were undated. Many of these entertainers had long and varied careers with many triumphs. Because of space, I have limited the identifications to their best known credit which in most cases was television oriented.

Sherman Hemsley 5/23/89
George Jefferson on the CBS television series All in the Family (1973-1974) and The Jeffersons (1975-1985)

Loretta Swit 5/28/89
Major Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan on M*A*S*H (1972-1983).

Martin Mull 6/7/89
Block includes a caricature of his face
Leon Carp, Roseanne Conner's boss (and later business partner), on the TV series Roseanne (1991-1997).

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James Doohan 7/3/89
Block says "Beam Me Up".
Montgomery "Scotty" Scott, Chief Engineer of the starship the U.S.S. Enterprise, in the original television series and original film series Star Trek (1966-1991).

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John Astin 8/26/89

Gomez Addams on The Addams Family (1964-1966)

Bob Denver 10/15/89

Block also includes the name "Gilligan"
The hapless shipwrecked sailor Gilligan on Gilligan's Island (1964-1967)

McLean Stevenson 12/19/89
Lt. Colonel Henry Blake on the TV series M*A*S*H.

Howie Mandel 2/2/90
Judge on America's Got Talent starting in 2010.

Lou Ferrigno 4/18/90
The green monster known as the Hulk in the television series The Incredible Hulk (1977-1982) and as himself in the sitcom The King of Queens (2000-2007).

Monty Hall 6/14/90
Block says "Let's Make a Deal"
Developer, producer and host of tv game show Let's Make a Deal (1963-1991)

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Tom Poston 6/24/90
He placed an extra upside down hand in between his two hand prints
George Utley, bumbling country handyman of the Stratford Inn, on sitcom Newhart (1982-1990). He was nominated three times for an Emmy for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series for this role.

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David Leisure 7/7/90
Charley Dietz in the sitcom Empty Nest (1988 - 1995) and fictional (and "lying") automotive commerical "pitch man" Joe Isuzu.

Charlotte Rae 8/28/90
Edna Garrett, the housemother of Eastland boarding school, in the sitcom The Facts of Life (1979-1988)

George Wendt 8/31/90
Norm Peterson on the television show Cheers (1982-1993)

In Part Two, I will document the remaining blocks and why you might consider taking a look at them soon to photograph them or to place your hands in the prints and see how you measure up before they fade away.

RELATED INFORMATION AND LINKS
Disney Historian Jim Korkis goes up into his imaginary attic to rummage around his archives and often stumbles across an unusual story about Walt Disney World. Those who have met me know that I take real joy in talking about Walt Disney.

====================
Check out Jim's other "From the Attic" Blogs

Full features from the Walt Disney World Chronicles series by Jim Korkis can be found in the AllEars® Archives: http://allears.net/ae/archives.htm

Jim Korkis

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jim Korkis is an internationally respected Disney Historian who has written hundreds of articles about all things Disney for more than three decades. As a former Walt Disney World cast member, his skills and historical knowledge were utilized by Disney Entertainment, Imagineering, Disney Design Group, Yellow Shoes Marketing, Disney Cruise Line, Disney Feature Animation Florida, Disney Institute, WDW Travel Company, Disney Vacation Club and many other departments.

He is the author of three new books, available in both paperback and Kindle versions on Amazon.com:
The Book of Mouse: A Celebration of Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse
Who's Afraid of the Song of the South
"The REVISED Vault of Walt":


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