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obitoftheday:

Obit of the Day: Designer of Hollywood’s Great Cars

In 1966 Dean Jeffries was contacted by the producers of television show The Monkees. They wanted a distinctive car for the four young men who comprised the TV-created music group, The Monkees, to use as their ride on the show. In just ten days Mr. Jefferies had carved up a Pontiac GTO to create The Monkeemobile. 

It was that artistry that made Mr. Jeffries famous. He would be called upon time and again to design unique vehicles for TV and film. For the short-lived Green Hornet TV series he modified a 1964 Chrysler Imperial to create the Hornet’s famous “Black Beauty.” (The car cost $50,000 to design including 30 coats of “metal flake, pure black green pearl of essence lacquer hand-rubbed to a high gloss”.) In 1971, he created the MoonBuggy driven by Sean Connery in the Bond film, Diamonds are Forever.

A race car enthusiast, Mr. Jeffries would also paint cars for the Indianapolis 500. At the start of one race 22 of the 33 cars at the line were painted by Mr. Jeffries.

It was this love of cars that brought Mr. Jeffries together with James Dean in 1955. Both men were in their 20s when Dean asked Jeffries to paint his Porsche 550 Spyder. He did, and added “Little Bastard” on the trunk. About a month later, Mr. Dean died in the same car at the age of 24.

Dean Jeffries, who would also work as a stunt driver on films including The Blues BrothersThe Fugitive, and Die Hard: With a Vengeance, died May 5, 2013 at the age of 80.

Sources: LA Times, deanjeffries.com, greenhornet.wikia.com, and IMDB.com

Images:

Top, The Monkeemobile, courtesy of cartechbooks.com

Middle: “The Black Beauty” with “Kato” (Bruce Lee) and “The Green Hornet” (Van Williams)

Bottom, James Dean and his Porsche 550 Spyder courtesy of silodrome.com

interweber:

The Only GIF. 

interweber:

The Only GIF. 

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huffposttv:

Brilliant.

AHHHHH!! So good SO. GOOD.

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frenchtwist:

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Twin Peaks, The Path to the Black Lodge, 1991

frenchtwist:

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Twin Peaks, The Path to the Black Lodge, 1991

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comedycentral:

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huffposttv:

One of my favorites scenes of “King of the Hill”/TV.

huffposttv:

WHY THE RETURN OF “ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT” WILL CHANGE TV
The return of “Arrested Development” on Netflix will be revolutionary, according to David Cross.
“I think when it’s over, [fans are] gonna be aching,” Cross told The Hollywood Reporter about the series. “Particularly, this last, fourth season, what Mitch [Hurwtiz, “Arrested Development” creator] did and how he’s able to tell the story through the Netflix model — I think it’s going to redefine what television can be and stories can be and how they’re presented. And I really think it’s gonna be historical in a sense; that we’re gonna look back on it in 10, 20, 30 years, and it will be a very important thing that Mitch and Netflix have done.”

huffposttv:

WHY THE RETURN OF “ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT” WILL CHANGE TV

The return of “Arrested Development” on Netflix will be revolutionary, according to David Cross.

“I think when it’s over, [fans are] gonna be aching,” Cross told The Hollywood Reporter about the series. “Particularly, this last, fourth season, what Mitch [Hurwtiz, “Arrested Development” creator] did and how he’s able to tell the story through the Netflix model — I think it’s going to redefine what television can be and stories can be and how they’re presented. And I really think it’s gonna be historical in a sense; that we’re gonna look back on it in 10, 20, 30 years, and it will be a very important thing that Mitch and Netflix have done.”

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comedycentral:

Happy Martin Luther King Jr Day!

comedycentral:

Happy Martin Luther King Jr Day!