TV Stars I’d Like To Meet

… Though some of them have already passed away

By Jeff Salter

This week we’re discussing favorite TV actors and/or actresses we really wish we could meet.  I can think of many, and only a few are still alive.

Red Skelton

Red was a favorite not only of me, but of my wife’s family… because he was from the same Indiana city which my mother-in-law was tied to. I loved his TV show and thought he was great in the movies I’ve seen. You never know what a celebrity’s “real” life is like, but Red seemed sincere, genuine, and down to earth.  I think he’d have few pretenses and would be very interesting to speak with.

Carol Burnett

In every way other than the Indiana connection, I think Carol would be interesting and enjoyable to interact with.  She’s never impressed me as a snob. I used to love the part of her show when she’d bring up the house lights and interact with some of the audience.  I really enjoyed her long running TV show and some of those skits were timeless.  Some entertainers are just plain funny and some merely have good writers.  I think Carol was / is both.
Here’s a very recent article about Carol’s ability to relate to audiences:

Tim Conway

Though Tim was not in every Burnett skit, of course, he made funnier each one he was in. And he was also terrific in several films.  Tim had — or has… if he’s still living — the ability to take fairly ordinary skit material and make it hilarious. So funny, in fact, that his frequent co-star Harvey Korman often cracked up along with the audience.
Here’s one example, though Harvey is not present. Of all people, it’s Dick Van Dyke who’s at the far right on the couch:

Andy Griffith

I think I would have enjoyed hanging out with Andy just because he seemed like a really decent guy. Talented? Yes, of course. He could sing and play, he did terrific comedy and also played dramatic roles. But I knew him best as Sheriff Taylor in Mayberry.  And having Andy in charge of Mayberry made me want to live there. I can’t picture a mugging or other violent crime in that town. And the Sheriff would always have few moments to speak with you, and would always offer encouragement and/or compassion.  Chances are, if you got into trouble, he’d sooner give you a talking-to than toss you in jail with Otis.

What about You?

Which TV folks would YOU like to hang out with? Why?



About Jeff Salter

Currently writing romantic comedy, screwball comedy, and romantic suspense. Fourteen completed novels and four completed novellas. Working with three royalty publishers: Clean Reads, Dingbat Publishing, & TouchPoint Press/Romance. "Cowboy Out of Time" -- Apr. 2019 /// "Double Down Trouble" -- June 2018 /// "Not Easy Being Android" -- Feb. 2018 /// "Size Matters" -- Oct. 2016 /// "The Duchess of Earl" -- Jul. 2016 /// "Stuck on Cloud Eight" -- Nov. 2015 /// "Pleased to Meet Me" (novella) -- Oct. 2015 /// "One Simple Favor" (novella) -- May 2015 /// "The Ghostess & MISTER Muir" -- Oct. 2014 /// "Scratching the Seven-Month Itch" -- Sept. 2014 /// "Hid Wounded Reb" -- Aug. 2014 /// "Don't Bet On It" (novella) -- April 2014 /// "Curing the Uncommon Man-Cold -- Dec. 2013 /// "Echo Taps" (novella) -- June 2013 /// "Called To Arms Again" -- (a tribute to the greatest generation) -- May 2013 /// "Rescued By That New Guy in Town" -- Oct. 2012 /// "The Overnighter's Secrets" -- May 2012 /// Co-authored two non-fiction books about librarianship (with a royalty publisher), a chapter in another book, and an article in a specialty encyclopedia. Plus several library-related articles and reviews. Also published some 120 poems, about 150 bylined newspaper articles, and some 100 bylined photos. Worked about 30 years in librarianship. Formerly newspaper editor and photo-journalist. Decorated veteran of U.S. Air Force (including a remote ‘tour’ of duty in the Arctic … at Thule AB in N.W. Greenland). Married; father of two; grandfather of six.
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15 Responses to TV Stars I’d Like To Meet

  1. loved knowing yours, even though i will sheepishly admit i dont know anyone of them!


    • jeff7salter says:

      many are accessible on youtube clips, and you won’t have to suffer thru the commercials.
      Thanks for visiting today,, Sharmishtha


  2. Iris B says:

    Oh yes, Andy Griffith … he played the lawyer right. I loved that program and his sneaky smile. Yes, I could imagine him to be a great chit-chatter 🙂


    • jeff7salter says:

      Yes, Iris. He later played Matlock the kindly but crafty lawyer. I did not see nearly as many episodes of that show as of the one set in Mayberry. But I liked the ones I saw.


  3. I don’t know if you are aware that Harvey Korman and Tim Conway were cousins….and best friends. I once saw Tim talking about them both going through painful divorces,(are there really HAPPY ones?), and having a heartbreaking conversation, when one realized that they were dressed as a bunny, and something else fuzzy, for a skit. Tim used to hang out with Bob Newhart.Id’ love to be a fly on the wall!


    • jeff7salter says:

      No, I did not realize they were kin. Seems to me it would be difficult to work with relatives… but apparently some can do it well.


  4. jbrayweber says:

    I LOVE Carol Burnett, Tim Conway, Harvey Korman, and the entire cast of the Carol Burnett Show. I was just a kid when her show was popular but watching the show is a great memory. One of my favorite skits was Went With the Wind.

    I’d to meet Johnny Depp. Hey…he was on TV once – 21 Jump Street. 😀


  5. Excellent choices!! And now I know why you’ve been on a Carol Burnett kick! LOL. My dad laughs every time I sneeze, because it sounds like the Tim Conway Elephant skit…


    • jeff7salter says:

      In this clip of Tim, his sneeze totally cracked up the rest of them.
      Notice that DVD, who is a very funny entertainer himself, just sat there and could barely breathe.


  6. Graziela says:

    I would LOVE to meet Tina Fey. She is hilarious and reminds me of Carol Burnett in a lot of ways. She just has a natural talent at being funny and is also an excellent writer.


    • jeff7salter says:

      I’ve only seen her in those bits she did in the 2008 election, when she impersonated Sarah Palin. She nailed it.


  7. pjharjo says:

    Since we’re delving into the past with your blog, Jeff, I’ll venture to say It would have been cool to hang with the “Rat Pack.”


    • jeff7salter says:

      I liked Sinatra okay, and Joey Bishop was okay, but I didn’t care for Sammie Davis Jr. and wasn’t a fan of the actor who married the Kennedy relative.


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