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Dearly Departed Podcast

Hollywood's dark side from historian Scott Michaels & filmmaker Mike Dorsey


Episode 34 - Helter Skelter
On the anniversary of the infamous Tate-LaBianca murders at the hands of the Manson Family in 1969, we revisit the landmark made-for-TV movie "Helter Skelter" (1976) based on the bestselling true crime book by Manson prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi.
111:25 08/08/2022
Episode 33 - Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
Grab your golden ticket and join our tour of the iconic 1971 film “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” starring Gene Wilder.
125:27 05/23/2022
Episode 32 - Bewitched
Take a magical ride through the legendary sitcom "Bewitched," and the tales of stars Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, Agnes Moorehead, Dick Sargent, and more! 
122:24 03/13/2022
Episode 31 - Classic Christmas Songs We Love and Hate
We take a holly, jolly trip through classic Christmas recordings from favorites like Bing Crosby, Andy Williams, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, and more!
111:49 12/25/2021
Episode 30 - Universal Monsters
This episode is ALIVE! ALIVE! as we discuss Universal's classic monsters from the 1930s, including Dracula, Frankenstein, the Wolf Man, and more! Hollywood figures include Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Elsa Lanchester, Charles Laughton, James Whale, and other legends.
104:14 11/15/2021
Episode 29 - Tod Browning’s Freaks
"Gooble gobble, one of us!" We accept you into the fascinating world of 1932's Freaks, an MGM film so controversial that it was banned in the UK for three decades.
108:44 08/30/2021
Episode 28 - The Towering Inferno
We brave the dangers of The Towering Inferno and the real-life fates of its stars, including Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, Fred Astaire, and William Holden!
90:19 06/29/2021
Episode 27 - Star Wars
The Force is with us as we blast our way through the original Star Wars film and the fates of its iconic actors!
115:55 05/08/2021
Episode 26 - I Love Lucy
We dish on one of the most iconic and groundbreaking TV sitcoms of all time, starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, and William Frawley!
89:37 03/02/2021
Episode 25 - Christmas at Pee-wee's Playhouse
Celebrate the holidays with us as we dive into the 1988 classic TV special Christmas at Pee-wee's Playhouse and its MANY celebrity guest appearances, including Little Richard, Charo, Magic Johnson, Grace Jones, Oprah, Whoopi Goldberg, k.d. lang, Dinah Shore, Joan Rivers, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Cher, Annette Funicello, Frankie Avalon, and the Del Rubio Triplets!
103:09 12/24/2020
Episode 24 - The Wizard of Oz
"Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!" On this Election Day in the US, we escape to Oz and explore the fates of the actors from the most watched film of all time, 1939's The Wizard of Oz. 
118:32 11/04/2020
Episode 23 - Jaws
You're gonna need a bigger boat as we dive into Jaws in our biggest episode yet! We also discuss the passing of Chadwick Boseman, Olivia de Havilland, Wilford Brimley, and more. And Scott talks about meeting Roy Scheider himself!
127:25 09/04/2020
Episode 22 - Grease
What better time to talk about "Grease" than on a summer night? Scott and Mike also discuss Carl Reiner, Naya Rivera, some recent shocking news related to the LaBianca family, and more!
102:53 07/21/2020
Episode 21 - Sunset Blvd.
We pull off into the wrong driveway with Scott's favorite movie, Sunset Blvd. (aka Sunset Boulevard)! We also discuss Little Richard, Fred Willard, Jerry Stiller, Roy Horn of Siegfried & Roy, the allegedly haunted Ozzie and Harriet house, and more.
113:54 05/25/2020
Episode 20 - James Bond
We're on the hunt for James Bond and the fate of the films' many actors spanning more than five decades! Also discussed: Brian Dennehy, John Prine, Jan and Dean, and more.Also, check out the video version of this episode on YouTube at "DearlyDepartedOnline": please support us on Patreon:
92:08 04/23/2020
Episode 19 - Diff’rent Strokes
"What you talkin' 'bout, Willis?" We're talkin' 'bout the classic '80s sitcom Diff'rent Strokes and some of the most troubled child stars in TV history.Relive the last days of Gary Coleman and Dana Plato, and find out what happened to the rest of the cast. We also talk about Kenny Rogers, Crocodile Dundee, Doris Day, and more!And as a Dearly Departed Pod FIRST, you will be able watch video of this episode on YouTube at "DearlyDepartedOnline": takes Diff'rent Strokes to move the world... And it took technology to make this show while socially distanced during the coronavirus pandemic. No podcast hosts were harmed during the production of this episode as we produced it remotely from our individual homes. So stay home, wash your hands, and listen to the Dearly Departed Podcast!
88:16 04/06/2020
Episode 18 - Saturday Night Live (SNL)
In this episode, we "improv" our way through 45 years of Saturday Night Live and the deaths of John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Chris Farley and Phil Hartman. We also talk about Kobe Bryant, Kirk Douglas, Ron Jeremy, Scott's trip to the Oscars, and more! 
115:18 02/24/2020
Episode 17 - February 2020 Mini Episode
In this “mini episode” we talk about Liberace, Anna Nicole Smith, Dollywood, The Beatles and more! Also, we just launched on, so please go to to SUPPORT THIS PODCAST! You can sign up for as little as just $2 per month. Mini-episodes like this one will only be available to our patrons there from now on, so please sign up to keep getting every episode of the Dearly Departed Podcast.
34:43 01/30/2020
Episode 16 - Woodstock
We remember to avoid the brown acid as we dance through the history of Woodstock! Also discussed: Rush drummer Neil Peart, Buck Henry, The Beatles, Brittany Murphy, Nashville and Dollywood, famous LA houses, Tupac, and more. And we got our first sponsor!
93:57 01/17/2020
Episode 15 - January 2020 Mini Episode
It's the premiere of our first "mini episode" which focuses on historical deaths-of-the-month, starting with January! We discuss New Years, old celebrity-owned restaurants, the band Type O Negative, Cher, The Kennedys, Coco Chanel, David Bowie, and more.
25:08 01/06/2020
Episode 14 - It's a Wonderful Life
Another episode of the Dearly Departed Podcast gets its wings as the hosts reveal the fates of the cast of the holiday film classic It's a Wonderful Life, with stories about stars Jimmy Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, director Frank Capra, and more! They also discuss legendary producer Robert Evans, Hollywood street performers like the late Christopher Dennis (aka "Hollywood Boulevard Superman"), and other recent Hollywood-related news.
78:26 12/17/2019
Episode 13 - Poltergeist
It's a spooky Halloween special as we dig up stories about the Poltergeist franchise and the tragic early deaths of some of its stars, including the murder of Dominique Dunne and death of child actor Heather O'Rourke. We also tell some of our personal ghost stories and share some of host Scott Michaels' ghostly "EVP" recordings.
103:34 10/28/2019
Episode 12 - Batman
SOCK! POW! ZOK! We take on the Dynamic Duo and the original Batman television series from the 1960s, and the fates of its many cast members, including Adam West, Frank Gorshin, Burgess Meredith, Cesar Romero, Julie Newmar, and Vincent Price! We also discuss the passing of Cars frontman Ric Ocasek and singer Eddie Money, host Scott Michaels' days of prank-calling celebrities, and more. Co-host Mike Dorsey with Burt Ward (Robin) at a martial arts event at Hollywood Park in 2012Envelope from Cesar Romero to host Scott Micheals with Oprah invitation included to keep an enclosed photo from bending Thank you note from Vincent Price to Scott
97:27 09/21/2019
Episode 11 - Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood
We creepy crawl into Quentin Tarantino's epic Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and host Scott Michaels' credited contributions to the film as a historical consultant. Hear fun behind-the-scenes stories about the film from both hosts, and explore the connections to their 2009 documentary The Six Degrees of Helter Skelter. Also discussed: Peter Fonda, Easy Rider, and more!***SPOILER ALERT!*** We talk openly about Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, so if you haven't seen the film yet, DO NOT listen to this episode until you have! Dearly Departed podcast host Scott Michaels with Quentin Tarantino at the former home of Manson victim Jay SebringScott in front of the Nicole Brown Simpson murder crime scene, which spawned hate mailARTICLE: The Hollywood Ripper is convicted of murder and attempted murderARTICLE: Body of man missing for 10 years found behind grocery store coolers
98:01 08/18/2019
Episode 10 - The Poseidon Adventure
We "dive" into the iconic disaster film The Poseidon Adventure and the true fate of its cast. We also discuss the new Tarantino film, ALF's Max Wright, and other odd news of the day!VIDEO: Host Mike Dorsey’s video of the 4th of July earthquake in Southern California LISTING: The LaBianca house is for saleARTICLE: Former Mouseketeer Dennis Day’s handyman arrested in his deathARTICLE: Holocaust survivor run over by lady in Valley Village, CAARTICLE: Man pulled over with rattlesnake, uranium and open bottle of whiskeyARTICLE: Woman killed by steel strawVIDEO: Teaser for the Judy Garland biopic JudyARTICLE: Max Wright tabloid scandalVIDEO: Trailer for The Poseidon AdventureARTICLE: Story about Shelley Winters auditioningVIDEO: Watch Mike's short documentary Happy for FREE on VimeoVIDEO: Scott's "Goddess Bunny" videoRoddy McDowall's Powder Room Display(Photos: Scott Michaels)Memorial for Shelley Winters at Silver Spoon(Photos: Scott Michaels)
92:35 07/16/2019
Episode 9 - The Beverly Hillbillies
Come and listen to our story 'bout a man named Jed... We talk The Beverly Hillbillies and the cast's fate! We also discuss OJ Simpson, the Oklahoma City bombing, LA's famous Formosa Cafe, Gloria Vanderbilt, and more!ARTICLE: The massive fire at Universal and the scandal brewing from itTWITTER: OJ Simpson's Twitter accountWATCH: Two audio recordings of the OKC bombing explosionHost Scott Michaels' photos of the OKC bombing siteARTICLE: Is LAX’s Theme Building coming back to life as part of an on-airport hotel?Scott's photo of the Beverly Hillbillies house, also known as ChartwellNancy Kulp's "interesting" photo spreadScott with Louis Nye, who was Sonny Drysdale on The Beverly Hillbillies and Zombo on The MunstersScott with Buddy Ebsen aka JebScott with Max Baer Jr. aka Jethro
74:09 06/19/2019
Episode 8 - Phil Spector and Robert Blake
We talk about music producer Phil Spector, actor Robert Blake, and the murders of Lana Clarkson and Bonny Lee Bakley! We also discuss Doris Day and her son Terry Melcher, Tarantino's new film, and more.WATCH: Host Mike Dorsey's Tupac and Biggie documentary Murder Rap on Amazon Prime (it's also on iTunes and other sites)Host Scott Michaels with the late Anthony BourdainWATCH: The Albert Dekker scene from Scott and Mike's first documentary, Dearly Departed Vol. 1WATCH: The official trailer for Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in HollywoodWATCH: The famous Tim Conway Dentist and Elephant Story sketchesARTICLE: Tarantino, Pitt and DiCaprio in Esquire WATCH: Mike Dorsey's short documentary Happy (FREE!) about WWII flying ace and Hollywood assistant director Larry "Happy" PowellLISTEN: Bonny Lee Bakley's Just A Fan "70s Stalker Pop"Bonny Lee Bakley crime scene (via Getty and TMZ)WATCH: Lana Clarkson as Little Richard Phil Spector's Pyrenees Castle, scene of Lana Clarkson's murder (credit: Jeremy Spann, courtesy of Ladd Jackson/Hilton & Hyland, via Curbed)Lana Clarkson murder scene (via Getty Images)WATCH: The trailer for TNT's James Dean film starring James FrancoREAD: Virginia Graham's "Manson, Sinatra and Me"
66:39 05/23/2019
Episode 7 - Ramones
We're all revved up and ready to go as we talk about the Ramones! Scott and Mike also have updates on Luke Perry and former Disney Mouseketeer Dennis Day, and talk about 80s action sports movies, Wes Anderson, Nipsey Hussle, CBGB, and more!The poster for David Winters' Thrashin' (1986) starring Josh Brolin. It's "totally insane"!Listen: Scott's favorite Ramones song, I Just Want To Have Something To DoDearly Departed Podcast host Scott Michaels with C.J. Ramone (left) and Tommy Ramone (right)Scott's Ramones ticket from the roller rink show in DetroitScott's Ramones graffitiThe paparazzi photo of Jack Osbourne with Mike partially in the shot :)
79:20 04/27/2019
Episode 6 - Gilligan's Island
We take a fateful trip to Gilligan's Island and talk about the real life fates of the show's creator and 7 main "castaways." We also talk Scott Walker, Bea Arthur, and more!Dearly Departed Podcast host Scott Michaels' photo of Sherwood Schwartz's grave markerScott Walker (Dezo Hoffman/REX/Shutterstock)Watch: Tribute to Richard Erdman's "Leonard" character on CommunityArticle: Deputy Digby Rowe tackles Charles Manson in courtBuy: The Gilligan's Island DVD set (it's also on Amazon Prime)Watch: The original Gilligan's Island intro from the pilot before the show was changedArticle: Read about Newton Minow's famous "Television and the Public Interest" speechWatch: The Howells' last TV appearance together for Orville Redenbacher's PopcornWatch: Russell Johnson (The Professor) talks about his Gilligan's Island castmates Alan Hale's Lobster Barrel restaurant, circa 1985 (Flickr)Scott Michaels with members of the Gilligan's Island cast, including Alan Hale Jr., Bob Denver, and Dawn WellsScott Michaels with Sherwood Schwartz
64:21 03/28/2019
Episode 5 - Rebel Without a Cause
We talk the deaths of Rebel Without a Cause's James Dean, Sal Mineo, and Natalie Wood. And we also discuss Luke Perry, Jan-Michael Vincent, Brody Stevens, Karl Lagerfeld, The Black Dahlia, and more!Scott's The Monkees drum head denying the Manson rumorVideo: Comedian Brody Stevens on "The Meltdown"Video: Brody Stevens "The Half Hour" on Comedy CentralLink: Read about the Magic Castle Suicide - "He hung himself, and the great irony is that he was really good at rope magic."Link: "Family searching for original Mickey Mouse Club Mouseketeer Dennis Day"Video: Rebel Without a Cause official trailerLast photo of James Dean before leaving the LA area in his Porsche 550 Spyder on the day he died (Corbis)Scott Michaels with producer Lloyd Adams and Dearly Departed Podcast co-host Mike Dorsey following James Dean's last driveLink: Information on the Remembering James Dean Festival in Fairmount, Indiana.Video: One of the last interviews with Sal Mineo, on the set of P.S. Your Cat is Dead.Sal Mineo's apartment in West HollywoodSal Mineo murder sceneLink: "Cracking the Case of Murdered Actor Sal Mineo" - James EllroyVideo: Sal Mineo's "Start Movin'"Video: Lana Wood confronts Robert Wagner about her sister's deathBuy: Black Dahlia, Red Rose by Piu Eatwell
77:45 03/17/2019