Gandolfini, Monteith, Stapleton, Winters and Goldberg To Receive Special Tributes at Emmys

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Tributes will come in addition to traditional In Memoriam segment

James Gandolfini, Cory Monteith, Jean Stapleton, Jonathan Winters and Gary David Goldberg will receive special tributes during CBS’ broadcast of the Primetime Emmys on Sept. 22.

Each of the tributes, which will come in addition to the traditional In Memoriam segment, will be delivered by a colleague who had a close relationship with them.

For Gandolfini, it will be “The Sopranos” co-star Edie Falco. Former “Family Ties” star Michael J. Fox will pay tribute to Goldberg, the show’s exec producer. “All in the Family” co-star Rob Reiner will honor Stapleton, Jane Lynch of “Glee” will remember Monteith and Robin Williams will be the one for his former “Mork and Mindy” mate Winters.

“The In Memoriam is a very emotional and evocative segment for the Emmys, or any annual awards program,” said Primetime Emmys exec producer Ken Ehrlich.  “These five individuals brought us such great entertainment and joy, so having their close friends share personal remembrances is something that will be very meaningful for television audiences across the country and across the generations.

“And, our traditional In Memoriam segment will be presented in a unique new format that will give added importance to an already much anticipated segment of the Emmy show.”

Ehrlich was one of the first producers to enhance the In Memoriam feature when he added a live musical component during the Grammys 10 years ago.  Following the traditional remembrance segment, he produced a live performance of The Clash’s “London Calling” with Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Dave Grohl and others in tribute to Joe Strummer, who died earlier that year.

At the Sept. 15 Creative Arts Emmy ceremony, the following were honored in the In Memoriam segment, in addition to Stapleton and Winters: Leslie Frankehiemer, Grady Hunt, Billy Barnes, David Ellis, Malachi Throne, Fran Bascom, Dann Cahn, Don Payne, Stanley Karnow, Nicole De Francesco, Norval D. Crutcher, Mike Vendrell, Eileen Brennan, Carl Young, Paul Samaras, Tim Samaras, Gerry Anderson, Rosemary Welden, Barry L. Gold, Andy Williams, William Cartwright, Charles Lisanby, Hector R. Figueroa, Frank Comstock, Charles L. Campbell, Lucille Bliss, Adam Strange, Bruce Solberg, Jim Mees, Bonnie Allen, Frank Morriss, Ken Johnson, Darren Rydstrom, Jim Gross, Fred Waugh, Bret T. Mardock, Robert Linden, Charles Durning and Ray Dolby.

Dolby then received a special tribute from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

At last year’s Emmys, Andy Griffith received an extended tribute from the Academy.

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  1. Tim says:

    I agree with Randall, why honor someone who D.O. and not someone who should be honored for their work in the industry like Jack Klugman, or Larry Hagman, or Bonnie Franklin. Why give credit to someone who got wasted & died from drugs? Come on people, why not wake up & give acknowledgement & tribute to those who you just ignore?! Guess they think potheads are more important to remember.

  2. How about changing Cory Monteith with either Larry Hagman,Bonnie Franklin or even Jack Klugman,they more extended careers then Monteith.

    • Pam Morales says:

      Absolutely. A special honor to Cory is unwarranted…he died of a drug overdose…what kind of example is TV sending to kids these days. Pick someone else to give the special honor…Larry Hagman would be much import appropriate!!

  3. Comes A Time says:

    I don’t know how they could ignore Larry Hagman? Its’s almost as disappointing as Andy Griffith’s was last year but at least he was somewhat included & mentioned. Larry was still on tv acting & they ignore him. He was on tv for how many years & no disrespect but Larrys career & history should be acknowledged if Corey’s is. Unreal & very disappointed!!!

  4. Goodbyenoway says:

    No Larry Hagman? Star of 2 iconic TV series. Bigger star than any of those people. What are they thinking?

    • Daven says:

      Please find a way to protest the exclusion of Larry Hagman to AEG Ehrlich or any of the producers. They need to know who really deserves a special tribute.

  5. Angela says:

    Surprised and sad that they would put Cory on a huge pedestal and ignore his drug issue. He was only “known” for the last 4 years. The Emmy Committee should recognize actors that have played more than 1 role and didn’t die due to drugs. bad role model. So basically the Emmys are sayin its ok to die from a drug overdose cuz we will make you even more famous. sad.

  6. adam says:

    its pretty disgusting that they would include cory monteith in this “tribute”, i hope the emmy committee that decided this all od on drugs.

  7. I sure hope Dennis Farina will be recognized. He deserves as much as the folks on the list.

  8. Tom K says:

    What about Larry Hagman?? He was one of the biggest stars on TV in the 80’s. JR Ewing is one of the most iconic characters of all time.

  9. cadavra says:

    We of a certain age would have included Richard Matheson, but hey, we’re old, and nobody cares about that ancient black-and-white crap.

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