“`Clifton James had a knack for playing sheriffs on screen, with memorable performances in Silver Streak; and, in two James Bond movies: The Man with the Golden Gun and Live and Let Die. He also had a notable role, playing Charles Comiskey, in the baseball flick, Eight Men Out.
“`In the 1930s, James got work with the Civilian Conservation Corps, and then entered World War II in 1942 as a soldier with the Army in the South Pacific, receiving two Purple Hearts, Bronze Star, and a Silver Star.
“`A graduate of the Actor’s Studio, James was cast in popular films, including Will Penny, Experiment in Terror, David and Lisa, Cool Hand Luke, The Reivers, The Last Detail, The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training, Superman II, The Untouchables, and The Bonfire of the Vanities (OK…. the latter film was not popular). On television, Clifton had a recurring part on Lewis & Clark. He also guest-starred in a few episodes of The A-Team, appeared on Gunsmoke, and the daytime soap opera, All My Children.
“`A wonderful character actor, Clifton James (above) was 96.
“`Every year, hundreds of thousands of people make the trek up to the Hollywood Sign. But, one of its most popular access routes is about to be closed to the public.
“`The most-traversed street to the Hollywood Sign was up a road in Beachwood; much to the chagrin of neighboring residents. After years of strife between residents, tourists, and City Hall, the Beachwood path will be shut down, this month. That decision comes as the result of a court battle between the city and commercial stable that leases land.
“`Now, there’s a $100,000 plan to evaluate a different trail to the Hollywood Sign; one that goes through Griffith Park. So, what’s next for the fate of the Hollywood Sign, and the people that travel to Los Angeles to see it?
Until next time> “never forget”