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Subject: Archive: Vic Tayback, May 25, 1990

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Date Posted: Monday, May 25, 05:05:27pm

GLENDALE, Calif. (AP) - Actor Vic Tayback, who played Mel
the crusty diner owner on the old "Alice" television series, died
at home of a heart attack Friday, his agent said. He was 60.

Tayback, who had a history of heart trouble, including triple
bypass surgery in 1983, died in his sleep at 1 a.m., said
his agent and friend of 20 years, Fred Amsel.

Paramedics took Tayback to Glendale Adventist Hospital but
there was no chance of reviving him, he said.

"He just died in his sleep of a heart attack," said Amsel.
"He was just fine yesterday. He hadn't had any trouble
since the heart surgeries. But he was a smoker, in fact,
he just told me he quit smoking, again."

Although he was best known to TV viewers as the loudmouth
Mel Sharples for nine years, Tayback played supporting roles
in numerous motion pictures including "Papillon," "Bullitt"
and "The Choirboys."

His TV movie credits included "They Call it Murder" in
1971, "The Night the City Screamed" in 1980, "The Jesse
Owens Story" in 1984 and "The Three Kings" in 1987.

The actor attended Glendale Community College and the Frederick A. Speare School of Radio and TV Broadcasting.

Before turning to acting full time, he was a bank teller and a cab driver.

On "Alice," Tayback took a lot of kidding about his cooking
and it became a running gag on the CBS comedy series.

"If I walked into a restaurant, the other diners would
look around and say, `I hope you're not cooking,"' Tayback
said in a 1985 interview.

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With sudden Tayback death, it was sad week in celeb deaths in May 1990 -Sammy Davis Jr., Jim Henson (May 16), Jill Ireland (May 18), Rocky Graziano (May 22). (NT)RIPMonday, May 25, 08:31:45pm

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