Obituaries of Strange Paradise Cast & Crew

Jack Creley  | Paisley Maxwell Glen | William Glenn  | Steve Krantz  | Ian Martin | Ron Sproat

Jack Creley
March 10, 2004
How can one reduce a long, eventful life into a few words? Consummate actor, devoted partner, loyal friend. Survivor, clown, and wise man. Generous, non-judgmental, unpretentious; worldly, grounded, giving. He was beautifully complex, his own special creation. From the day he was born until the end, Creley knew adversity and overcame it. Wounded in war and elsewhere, he always soldiered on. And this is what made him the man he was. He was content. And he is missed. Love, David, friends, and peers.

Paisley Maxwell Glen
from Toronto Star, August 2010

Paisley Maxwell Glen passed peacefully from this world to the next on August 9, 2010, following a brief illness, which she bore with fortitude. Paisley was the only child of the late John Craig and Florence Winnifred Maxwell of Orillia, beloved wife and soul mate of the late Donald G.G.Glen and cherished mother of Cameron, Toronto, Keilder (Jennifer Cooper), Etobicoke, his sons Jesse, Graeme, McCauley (and their mother Bonnie Walker Glen), Burlington, Fraser (Jill Marchand), North Battleford, SK and their daughters Gabrielle Marchand, North Battleford and Ceilidh Hemmati (Navid), Edmonton, AB, and Gillian Glen (Jerry Tupis) and their children Emily and Glendan, Priceville, ON. She is also survived by her brother-in-law John Glen (Rosemary), Middlesex, UK, sister- in-law Ruth Olsburgh Glen, London, UK and nephews David Glen, Rio de Janeiro and Douglas Glen, London, UK and their families. She was predeceased by her brothers-in-law Robert and Charles Glen. Paisley will also be missed by her friends, the Baha'i Community, and her neighbours in Brampton. Born Elinor Paisley Maxwell, on March 13, 1931, in Toronto, she moved with her parents in 1932 to Orillia, where they established Maxwell's Drug Store. She attended public school in Orillia, Alma College in St. Thomas, McMaster University and Lorne Greene School of Broadcasting. She was a member of ACTRA, working in theatre, on radio and television from the late 1940s until the early 1970s. It was at the CBC, in 1952, where Paisley and Donald first met. Together, they made homes in Toronto, New Jersey, Thornhill, Rio de Janeiro and finally, Brampton. She was a gifted writer and artistic talent. Her inquisitive mind and searching soul led to her membership in the Baha'i Faith in 1956. When Donald was diagnosed with A.L.S. (Lou Gehrig's Disease), Paisley typically researched everything she could, became a loving caregiver and worked tirelessly for the A.L.S. Society in Brampton. She read extensively and was comfortable speaking to anyone on a variety of subjects. Our family wishes to thank the staff of Brampton Civic Hospital, who so capably cared for our mother in the oncology, acute care and palliative care units and also extend a special thank you to her neighbours, Parm and Summer, for their support. A Baha'i service celebrating Paisley's life will be held on Friday, August 13, at 11 a.m., at Ward Funeral Home, 52 Main St. South, Brampton, ON (905-451-2124, The service will be followed immediately by a reception in Brampton, and then interment at Maple Cemetery, Maple, ON. Friends wishing to share their memories will be given an opportunity to do so during the service. A visitation will be held on Thursday, 7-9 p.m., at the Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Cancer, A.L.S., Alzheimer Societies or the charity of your choice in Paisley's memory would be greatly appreciated.

William 'Bill' Glenn
from The Malibu Times, published July 18, 2007
Director William "Bill" Glenn, who was instrumental in the launch of the Bell-Phillip Television soap operas, "The Bold and the Beautiful" and "The Young and the Restless," died at his home in Palm Springs on June 11. He was 74. Born in 1933 in Ottawa, Canada, Glenn started acting in his teens and joined the Canadian Repertory Theater before directing children's shows for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He also directed and produced a variety of dramas, documentaries and special events for CBS, the National Film Board of Canada, Crawley Film and TV Ontario, Canada's education Channel. As a part of Canada's Centennial Celebration, he produced and directed a Command Performance for the Royal Family, an outdoor extravaganza with a cast of 800. After moving to the United States, Glenn continued to direct a multitude of programs including a revival of the series "You Are There" with Walter Cronkite, "The ABC Mystery Series," "The Adams Chronicles" for PBS, "Behind the Scenes" for CBS and a special variety show featuring major Hollywood celebrities called "100 Bicentennial Minutes." Daytime television became a permanent home to Glenn when William J. Bell, who co-created "The Young and the Restless" and "The Bold and the Beautiful" with his wife Lee Phillip Bell, hired him to launch the start of both shows. Glenn directed episodes one through five of "The Bold and the Beautiful" in March 1987 and stayed with the show in the capacity of senior director and executive in charge of production through 1988. Glenn's other daytime directing credits include "Capitol," "Santa Barbara" and "One Life to Live." Additionally, Glenn created "Romance Theater" and served as executive producer. Glenn is survived by his cousin Eleanor Glenn and other family in Ottawa as well as a host of close friends. He was the godfather to Kirsten Pedersen and Chase and Cassidy Freeman. A memorial service is scheduled for Sunday 3 p.m. at BeauRivage Restaurant.

Steve Krantz
from New York Times, published January 12, 2007
Steve Krantz, a producer and writer who pushed his wife, Judith, into starting her first novel at 48, then turned her signature “sex and shopping” best sellers into television mini-series, died on Jan. 4 in Los Angeles. He was 83. The cause was complications of pneumonia, said John Tellem, a family spokesman. Mr. Krantz wrote comedy for Milton Berle; worked on the “Tonight Show” with Steve Allen; adapted bingo for television; and produced “Fritz the Cat,” the first X-rated full-length animated film. His other movies included “Cooley High,” which inspired the ABC sitcom “What’s Happening?” He wrote two steamy novels of his own, one of which, “Laurel Canyon” (1979), was a drama of depravity in Hollywood’s high circles that made best-seller lists. But his best-known achievement grew out of the Fourth of July weekend of 1953, when Mr. Krantz met Judith Tarcher at a party organized by Barbara Walters, a high-school friend of Ms. Tarcher. Neither then suspected that the future Ms. Krantz would go on to write novels that would sell more than 80 million copies in more than 50 languages. Nor that the books would be copyrighted not in her name, as is customary, but by Steve Krantz Productions. Nor that Mr. Krantz would make opulent mini-series based on them. In 1986 The New York Times called the couple “a cottage industry.” But their initial meeting flickered with the all-too-human emotions of a Judith Krantz novel. “We flirted outrageously,” he said in an interview with The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles in 2000. “I fell in love with him the moment I saw him,” Ms. Krantz said in an interview with The Los Angeles Times in 1990. She wore a headdress of white lilacs and hyacinths when she married Mr. Krantz on Feb. 19, 1954. They had two sons, Tony and Nicholas, both of whom now live in Los Angeles. Mr. Krantz is survived by them, Ms. Krantz, two grandchildren and his sister, Sunny Onish of Manhattan. Mr. Krantz was long the family’s breadwinner. Ms. Krantz chipped in with freelance articles, the best known being “The Myth of the Multiple Orgasm” for Cosmopolitan. His many entertainment projects included shepherding creative development for Columbia Pictures Television, where he was midwife to “Hazel” and “Dennis the Menace.” Later, through his own company, he bought rights to the Marvel Super Heroes and made cartoons of them. Ms. Krantz began writing fiction only after Mr. Krantz kept insisting that she was a natural storyteller. She told The Los Angeles Times that she wrote her first novel, “Scruples,” the lusty tale of a Beverly Hills boutique, to prove to Mr. Krantz that she could not write fiction. She quickly found the opposite: “Halfway through the first chapter, I felt I was flying without wings,” she said. Stephen Falk Krantz was born in Brooklyn on May 20, 1923, attended Manual Training High School there and graduated from Columbia University. He served in the Army Air Forces in the Pacific during World War II as a second lieutenant. He was a producer and writer for WNEW radio in New York before moving to NBC as program director. A production of his own company was the first televised bingo game in the 1950s, with Monty Hall as host. His “Fritz the Cat” (1972), about R. Crumb’s sex-obsessed cartoon cat, was the first independent animated film to earn gross revenues of more than $100 million. After “Fritz,” directed by Ralph Bakshi, came “Heavy Traffic” and “The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat,” which was the United States entry at the Cannes Film Festival in 1974. His stalwart promotion of his wife emerged in his dislike of the word “trashy” to describe her work. Mr. Krantz told The New York Times that its use showed “an incredible poverty of language.” As alternatives, he suggested “delectable” and “smoldering.” Strongly, but less frequently, he spoke up for himself. “Early on,” he told The Times in 1986, “I found it very important to make the point that I had been a millionaire for many years before ‘Scruples.’ ”

Ian Martin
from The New York Times, published July 31, 1981
Ian Martin, an actor who appeared in seven Broadway shows and on 700 television programs, died of a heart ailment in Doctors Hospital last Saturday. He was 69 years old. Mr. Martin, who lived in New York and Westport, Conn., began his acting career in plays by Shakespeare and George Bernard Shaw. He appeared in the lead role in ''Finian's Rainbow'' for a year on Broadway. Daytime television viewers saw him as Mr. Higbee in ''Search for Tomorrow.'' In recent yeaars, he was chief writer of ''The Nurses.'' Mr. Martin was born in Glasgow, the son of George Martin, a composer, and Violet Robertson, an English actress. A child actor in Scotland, he came to the United States in 1928, graduated from Harvard College, and then entered radio as an actor, announcer and writer. He was first married to the late Inga Martin, an actress. He is survived by his wife, Joen, an actress; two sons, Toby and Christopher; two daughters, Jolie Stopanoff and Liz Martin, and three grandchildren.

Ron Sproat
from Variety, published November 16, 2009
Ron Sproat, who wrote hundreds of episodes of the serial "Dark Shadows" in the 1960s, died of a heart attack in his Manhattan apartment on Nov. 6. He was 77. Sproat wrote for "Dark Shadows" starting at the series' creation in 1966, continuing for three years as the creator of characters including vampire Barnabas Collins. Sproat graduated from Hamilton College, the U. of Michigan and the Yale School of Drama. After college, he began his career in TV, writing for the anthology series "United States Steel Hour" and "General Motors Presents." He later worked on TV shows such as "Love of Life," "The Secret Storm," "The Doctors," "Where the Heart Is" and "Strange Paradise." Under his mentor, Charles L. Jackson, Sproat wrote his first plays for TV "Rachel's Summer" and "The Great Gold Mountain," which were both based on Jackson's books. Sproat later joined the BMI Musical Theater Workshop and wrote librettos for the musicals "Back Home," "Abie's Island Rose" and "Ravenswood." His works were performed at the Paper Mill Playhouse, The New Hope Peforming Arts Festival, The Spirit of Broadway Theatre, The York Theatre and Musical Mondays Theatre Lab. He also contributed articles to New York magazine and Paris Match. Sproat is survived by his partner, Frank Evans, and a sister.

Ron Sproat, Librettist and Soap Writer, Dies at 77
By Kenneth Jones, from, published November 17, 2009
Ron Sproat, a television and stage writer who created the character of Barnabas Collins, the reluctant vampire, on ABC's "Dark Shadows," died of a heart attack in his Manhattan apartment on Nov. 6. He was 77. He is a graduate of Hamilton College, the University of Michigan (where he was an Avery Hopwood Award winner) and The Yale School of Drama, where he studied with John Gassner. His classmates at Yale included playwrights A.R. Gurney, Romulus Linney and novelist Joseph Caldwell. Mr. Sproat's TV career began at the tail end of the golden age of television when he wrote for the "United States Steel Hour" and "General Motors Presents." His early television plays included "Rachel's Summer" with Martha Scott and Patty MacCormack and "The Great Gold Mountain" with Polly Bergen and Ed Begley. Both were based on works by Charles L. Jackson, author of "The Lost Weekend," who was a mentor to Sproat. "Professor Cliffside," seen on the CBC, featured theatre matinee idol, Dennis King, in one of his final appearances. In addition to "Dark Shadows," he wrote for "Love of Life," "The Secret Storm," "The Doctors," "Where the Heart Is," "Flame in the Wind," "Never Too Young," "Capitol" and "Strange Paradise." He was an uncredited writer for the film, "House of Dark Shadows," which he helped develop during his three years as head writer of the television series. After joining the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop, where he studied with Lehman Engel, he wrote librettos for the musicals Back Home, performed regionally and at the 2007 New York Musical Theatre Festival and Abie's Island Rose, seen at Jewish Repertory in 2000 and at the Hollywood Playhouse in Florida, where it was named one of the Best Ten Plays of the year by The Palm Beach Post columnist Hap Erstein. He also wrote the libretto for a Ravenswood, a musical à clef about a soap opera featuring a vampire as protagonist. Ravenswood was performed at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and at the Greenwich House Theatre in New York , directed by Michael Rupert. His work was also seen at Paper Mill Playhouse, The New Hope Performing Arts Festival, The Spirit of Broadway Theatre in Norwich, CT , The York Theatre and Musical Mondays Theatre Lab. He contributed articles to New York Magazine and Paris Match. Mr. Sproat is survived by Frank Evans, his frequent musical collaborator and partner of 40 years, his sister, author and illustrator Kay Chorao, three nephews, teacher Jamie Chorao , artist Peter Chorao, novelist Ian Chorao , two grandnephews and two grandnieces.


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