In Memoriam: How the Emmys Tributes Went

Cory Monteith Emmy Tribute
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'It's Jim, the very dear man, that I will miss most of all,' says Falco

Special tributes during the Primetime Emmys to Cory Monteith, James Gandolfini, Jean Stapleton, Jonathan Winters and Gary David Goldberg, each of whom passed away in the past year, came as leadouts to commercials, beginning nearly 30 minutes into the ceremony.

Jane Lynch presented the tribute to “Glee” co-star Monteith.

“I’m here to say that all that warmth and that charm, that open-hearted quality we loved him for, was no act,” Lynch said, adding that his death was a reminder of the “painful” effects of addiction.

“For a generation that loved Cory so, this gifted and wonderful young man was worthy of your love,” Lynch said.

Edie Falco, co-star of Gandolfini on “The Sopranos,” grew emotional during her concluding tribute.

“His portrayal of Tony Soprano had such depth and dimension that a lot of people had trouble believing that’s not really who he was,” Falco said. “Jim was quite different. Jim had tremendous warmth and heart.

“One got the feeling Jim was not comfortable with all the attention he got, in part because he said it every chance he got. He was far more interested in turning it onto people he considered more worthy,” such as war veterans. “It’s Jim, the very dear man, that I will miss most of all,” Falco concluded.

The tributes began with Robin Williams speaking of his one-time “Mork & Mindy” co-star, Winters.

“His riffs on our show were like epic movie categories,” Williams said. “Jamming with Jonathan was like dancing with Fred Astaire. … The beauty of Jonathan was that he was a big, brilliant kid who never grew up.”

This year “marked the second time we said goodbye to Edith Bunker,” said Jean Stapleton’s onscreen “All in the Family” son-in-law, Rob Reiner, noting that show creator Norman Lear “decided that the death of Edith would be a dramatic and emotional point of the series.”

Quoting Carroll O’Connor’s Archie Bunker, Reiner said, “You had no right to leave me that way without giving me one more chance to say I love you,”

Michael J. Fox spoke of “Family Ties” and “Spin City” exec producer Goldberg.

“Gary was my mentor, benefactor, second father and beloved friend,” Fox said. “He created not only families we recognized, but symbolized families we wanted to be.”

In another somber point of the show, Don Cheadle manned a segment that devoted time to the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennnedy’s assassination.

Toward the end of the ceremony, the following were acknowledged in the traditional In Memoriam segment: David Frost, Dennis Farina, Annette Funicello, Eydie Gorme, Dale Robertson, Larry Hagman, Leslie Frankenheimer, Conrad Bain, Maxine Stuart, Lee Thompson Young, Preston Davis, Alan Kirschenbaum, James Loper, Lou Myers, Milo O’Shea, Fran Bascom, Lois Smith, Roger Ebert, Emily Squires, Bonnie Dore, Eileen Brennan, Bonnie Franklin, Russell Means, Milt Hoffman, Jack Shea, Jeanne Cooper, Allan Arbus, Henry Bromell (winner of the drama writing Emmy earlier in the evening), David Connell, Charles Durning, Richard Matheson, Harry Carey, Jr., Ken Venturi, Pat Summerall, Steve Sabol, Alex Karras, Jack Klugman, Jenni Rivera, Eddie Michaels, Michael Ansara, Charles Lisanby, Fay Kanin, Emanual Steward, Ray Dolby, Julie Harris, Deborah Raffin, Patti Page and Andy Williams.

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  1. Robyn Flans says:

    I’m just talking about including him in the mass segment.

  2. pm says:

    Those tributes were emotionally felt, but I wished that they would have included Jack Klugman in that segment, even if it would have added a few more minutes to the awards. A lot of those tributes were really from people who are active in new or recent TV shows, such as Jane Lynch of Glee, Michael J Fox, Robin Williams, the woman from the Sopranos and someone else. They have personally been withthese actors and thy mihgt have been the most emotionally affected by those losses.

    • RAD says:

      I agree. I loved Jack Klugman. There should have been at least a few minutes dedicated to him, with clips from Twilight Zone and The Odd Couple to Quincy M.E.

  3. Robyn Flans says:

    I am still stunned that they couldn’t give 20 seconds to Shaughnessy who showed up for 30 years to provide the iconic downbeat to a legendary television show!

  4. Dave Conley says:

    When I heard the director on a morning show say they weren’t honoring Jack Klugman or Larry Hagman in favor of this guy from Glee I didn’t even bother tuning in and from what I’ve heard I didn’t miss a good show

  5. Mellie says:

    The usually are complaints about the IN MEMORIAM…but this year, all the complaints are valid. The fact that they are trying to justify giving a lengthy farewell to a young man who was one ONE ensemble show and made NO impact on the history of television while ignoring two people who made massive impacts…unforgivable. I won’t be watching the Emmys again.

    • pm says:

      Maybe the cast members from the old ’80s Dallas show declined to do a tribute to Larry Hagman when asked by Emmy producers. Sometimes, you can’t track or get anybody to do tributes to very famous stars in their primes.

  6. Todd Klumb says:

    They also forgot Karen Black, a great TV and movie actress.

  7. Jacques Strappe says:

    The Six Feet Under Emmy’s consciously chose to celebrate the death of quality television from decades past. Was a special Cory Montieth tribute really appropriate or even earned compared to the other heavyweight talent being eulogized?

  8. Robyn Flans says:

    They left out Ed Shaughnessy, the drummer who provided the Johnny Carson’s great backbeat for 30 years…

  9. cadavra says:

    And no Elmore Leonard? JUSTIFIED alone would have been reason enough.

  10. anna says:

    What about Jack Klugman? I was offended by the produers of the Emmy’s leaving him out. His son was right and I believe that, they erred. He won three emmy’s and was in television for generations. Cory, great young actor he was, could not hold a candle to Jack Klugman. They should be ashamed.

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