Sunday, June 18, 2006

A Christmas Carol 391224 -Lionel

Lionel was a radio tradition and staple. His portrayal of Dickens’ Scrooge on Christmas Eve lasted from 1934 until his last Christmas in1953. He only missed one year, 1936, the year his beloved wife lay dying. That year, John filled in. Lionel also guested on practically every show he could.. Lionel was one of Hollywood’s great character actors. Like his younger brother, he also had a substance abuse problem. Lionel’s substance, however, was cocaine, not alcohol. Unlike John, Lionel never worked under the influence. When Lionel died, he was the Grand Old Man of both Hollywood and MGM..


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