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Subject: Speaking of "Barney Miller", it always tripped me out the Jack Soo was only ONE year younger than Abe Vgoda! -Jack Soo would have been 100 years old on October 28! -Here's more on Soo's end. ...

A heavy smoker (even on the show) esophageal cancer killed Soo, 61, in January 1979.
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Date Posted: Tuesday, October 10, 03:40:45pm
In reply to: Actress 's message, "Archive: Doris Belack, Oct. 4, 2011" on Wednesday, October 04, 04:19:56pm

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Soo was diagnosed with esophageal cancer during Barney Miller's fifth season (197879). The cancer spread quickly, and Soo died on January 11, 1979, at age 61, at the University of California at Los Angeles Medical Center (now the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center). His last appearance on the show was in the episode entitled "The Vandal," which aired on November 9, 1978.

Because his character (and Soo himself) was so beloved, producers created a special retrospective episode showing clips of his best moments, which aired at the end of the season. The most poignant moment of the show came at the end, when the cast members raised their coffee cups in a final farewell toast to the late actor.

Soo's last words (and the last words in the episode "The Vandal") came after being given a truly thankless chore by Captain Miller (which Nick always seemed to be the beneficiary of in the series), Barney senses Nick's desire to complain and invites him to do so. On the wall, in the background during the entire episode is a spray-painted obscenity aimed at Captain Miller courtesy of the vandal (and which everyone feels the need to comment on during the episode). Nick, having been given the open invitation by Barney for a retort, glances at the obscenity on the wall and then simply says to Barney, "I have nothing to add". ...

Fascinating documentary on Jack Soo ("You Don't Know Jack"!) ...

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I wonder why they didn't bring back Vigoda to replace Soo after he died? His spin off show had been cancelled by then (NT)Did he burn too many bridges?Tuesday, October 10, 03:46:50pm

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