Category Archives: 80’s Television

80’s movie director John Hughes honored at Oscars

The Oscars took a moment for a tribute to the late John Hughes Sunday night. Hughes’ tribute was introduced by Matthew Broderick and Molly Ringwald.

The montage of great Hughes moments was followed by a handful of his most famous leading actors talking about the writing and directing legend.

On stage were actors and actresses who played roles in Hughe’s movies, some of which are considered members of the 80’s brat pack: Anthony Michael Hall, Macaulay Culkin, Jon Cryer, Ally Sheedy and Judd Nelson, and each told a Hughes anecdote. Hughes’ family was in the audience and stood to thunderous applause.

Ringwald told the audience that at 16, “Hughes saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself.” Broderick continued that a day doesn’t go by that someone doesn’t tap him on the shoulder and ask “Hey Ferris, is this your day off?”

The moving montage showed key sequences from comedies that Hughes had written and directed, including ‘Sixteen Candles,’ ‘The Breakfast Club,’ ‘National Lampoon’s Vacation,’ ‘Some Kind of Wonderful,’ ‘Pretty in Pink,’ ‘Home Alone‘ and ‘Planes, Trains and Automobiles.’

On this day, John Belushi was found dead March 5, 1982

John Belushi 1982 (Rolling Stone magazine)
John Belushi 1982 (Rolling Stone magazine)

On March 5, 1982, Belushi was found dead in his room at Bungalow #3 of the Chateau Marmont on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, California.  The cause of death was a speed-ball, a combined injection of cocaine and heroin.

On the night of his death, he was visited separately by friends Robin Williams (at the height of his own drug exploits) and Robert De Niro, each of whom left the premises, leaving Belushi in the company of assorted others, including Cathy Smith. His death was investigated by forensic pathologist Dr. Ryan Norris among others, and while the findings were disputed, it was officially ruled a rug-related accident.

Belushi and his friend Dan Aykroyd were slated to present the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects at the 54th Academy Awards, an event held less than four weeks after his death. Aykroyd presented the award alone, commenting on the stage “My partner would have loved to have been here to present this award, given that he was something of a visual effect himself.”

Missing actor Andrew Koenig’s body found in Vancouver park

Andrew Koenig
Andrew Koenig

A sad ending to a search for actor Andrew Koenig who has been missing since February 14. His father told reporters he committed suicide after his son’s body was found Thursday in a park in Vancouver, British Columbia.

“My son took his own life,” Walter Koenig said at a news conference in the park.

The body of the former “Growing Pains” star was found by several friends who conducted their own search of Stanley Park, where Andrew Koenig liked to walk, his father said.

Andrew Koenig’s father, Walter Koenig also an actor, known for his role as Pavel Chekov in the “Star Trek” series, flew to Vancouver with his wife, Judy, on Tuesday to help with the search.

“He was obviously in a lot of pain,” Walter Koenig said. The Koenigs said they received a letter from their son last week in which he wrote in a “despondent tone.” He had stopped taking medication for depression about a year ago, his father said.

Unknown to his parents at the time, Andrew Koenig sold or gave away many of his possessions and moved out of his apartment in Venice, California, before traveling to Canada, the family said.

Walter Koenig asked others who may be considering suicide “before you make that final decision, check it out again, and talk to someone.”

“If you’re one of those people who can’t handle it anymore, you know, if you can learn anything from this, there are people out there who really care,” he said. “You may not think so and ultimately it may not be enough, but there are people who really care.”

Koenig appeared in 25 episodes of “Growing Pains” from 1985 – 1989, playing Richard “Boner” Stabone, according to a filmography posted on the Internet Movie Database Web site. He also appeared in episodes of several other television shows.

He was described as “a gifted and passionate multitalented young man” on his father’s Web site.

Ex-‘Growing Pains’ actor Andrew Koenig missing

Andrew Koenig
Andrew Koenig, August 17, 1968 – February 2010

Andrew Koenig a.k.a. Richard “Boner” Stabone on the 80’s TV show Growing Pains is reportedly missing. Vancouver police are asking for public assistance in locating the actor who has been missing since February 14, 2010.

Koenig, 41 was supposed to return home to Venice, California last Tuesday after visiting friends in Vancouver, police said in a statement Sunday. Vancouver police also mentioned in their statement that “Andrew has recently been despondent and his family and friends are concerned for his well-being.”

Andrew Koenig was described as being 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighing 135 pounds, with brown shoulder-length hair and brown eyes, authorities said. Anyone with information on his whereabouts was asked to notify police.

According to IMDb (The Internet Movie Database) Andrew Koenig played Richard ‘Boner’ Stabone in 25 episodes on Growing Pains between 1985-1989. Koenig has acted in a few other TV serials in the 1980’s such as “My Sister Sam” (1 episode ‘Go Crazy’, 1987), “21 Jump Street” (1 episode, ‘Champagne High’ 1988), and “My Two Dads” (1 episode, ‘You Can Count on Me’ 1989).