Martin Milner, 83; ‘Route 66,’ ‘Adam-12’ star

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Authorities provide description of child found dismembered in lagoon.

Hamm and Westfeldt released a statement Monday through publicist Annett Wolf that “with great sadness” they were separating after 18 years. A child actor born in Detroit, Milner made numerous early film and TV appearances before starring in the 1960 series Route 66, named for the iconic U.S. highway.Milner, who began his career as a teenager, became famous in 1960 alongside co-star George Maharis in the TV drama Route 66, which found two restless young men roaming the highway that the author John Steinbeck had dubbed “the Mother Road” in a Corvette convertible.

Martin Milner, a onetime teen actor in films such as “Life With Father” whose wholesome good looks later helped make him the star of two hugely popular 1960s TV series, “Route 66” and “Adam-12,” died Sept. 6 at his home in Carlsbad, Calif.The child whose dismembered body was found in the Garfield Park lagoon was most likely African-American and between 2 and 3 years old, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

The couple, who never married, said they would “continue to be supportive of each other in every way possible.” The statement first appeared on the web site of People magazine. Earlier this year, the “Mad Men” actor completed treatment for alcohol addiction and praised Westfeldt, an actress and filmmaker, for her support, Wolf said at the time. Route 66 went off the air in 1964 and Milner soon found himself behind the wheel of another vehicle — a Los Angeles police patrol car in the hit series, Adam 12. Serious guy Martin Milner is letting his hair down for his latest role as Harris, a socialist bookshop owner on the ABC series “Life Goes On.” Literally. “My hair is halfway down my back,” Milner said, laughing. “I am not doing the next three shows so I am getting my hair cut.

Unlike the glamorous and exciting lives of TV private eyes, Adam 12 showed that most police cases are mundane and the work routine, but still compelling. The series was said to have been inspired by Jack Kerouac’s novel On the Road and featured weekly guest stars including Robert Redford, Alan Alda and Gene Hackman in some of their earliest roles. He was 83. “Adam-12” co-star Kent McCord, who spoke to Milner’s children, said Milner died Sunday near the La Costa neighborhood of Carlsbad, Calif. Since bypassed in favor of bigger, faster interstates, the highway stretched unbroken from Chicago to the Pacific during the show’s heyday and was venerated as a driving force behind the country’s 20th-century, westward migration. I drive into town and work one or two days.” Milner was just 14 when he made his film debut as the middle son of William Powell and Irene Dunne in the 1947 comedy “Life With Father.” “I was never a child star,” he said. “I was just somebody who got two or three jobs before I was a young adult.” “No one wanted to hire me,” he said. “They could hire an 18-year-old and not have all the child-labor regulations.” At 17, Milner started lying about his age and began working steadily until he was drafted into the Army in 1952.

But ironically, the action often took place off the highway. “The problem was that once you get into Oklahoma and Texas on the route, the scenery is flat and boring,” Milner recounted in a 1997 interview. “Pictorially it just wasn’t very interesting.” Maharis, who became ill with hepatitis and missed part of the third season, left Route 66 at the end of that year amid rumors of a contract dispute. He said he had no idea “Route” would become a cult series. “We knew it was a quality piece of work,” Milner said. “We didn’t know this sort of cult thing would happen.

I guess if you live long enough, you become nostalgia.” Milner recently saw some of the old episodes of “Route 66.” A fan from Kentucky sent him all 116 episodes on tape for him to copy. “Some of them … Early film roles included “The Sands of Iwo Jima,” ‘’Marjorie Morningstar” and (as Marty Milner) “Sweet Smell of Success.” But USA Today reports that after her viral video “Dear Fat People” received outcry from online commenters and leaders in the body acceptance community, her YouTube and Google+ channels were temporarily disabled Sunday. “We literally broke the Internet… With comedy. #censorship” Arbour tweeted after her account was taken down. (It has since been reinstated.) The video remained posted at Facebook, where it has more than 18 million views and 175,000 likes. I was lucky to have him in my life.” LAPD’s chief, Charlie Beck, said that Milner’s “depiction of a professional and tough yet compassionate cop” led to his own decision to apply to the department.

Milner had met Webb years before Route 66 when both were appearing in the feature film Halls of Montezuma, and Webb had hired him for an early radio version of Dragnet. Whitney Way Thore, star of TLC’s My Big Fat Fabulous Life, took issue with the video and posted a response of her own, which has gained about 50,000 views. “Fat shaming is a thing. When Milner was in the army at northern California’s Fort Ord, he would sometimes visit Los Angeles and look Webb up. “Even though there wasn’t a part for me in Dragnet that week,” he recalled in 1989, “Jack would write one in so I could collect $125.” Before and after Route 66 and Adam-12, Milner appeared in numerous TV guest roles and in films. It is the really nasty spawn of a larger parent problem called body shaming, which I’m fairly certain everybody on the planet, especially women, have experienced,” Thore says.

Filmmaker Tyler Perry has donated $200,000 to help build a home for a group of Tanzanian children with albinism who were mutilated for their body parts. Perry donated after watching a special featuring Elissa Montanti, a Staten Island woman who runs the nonprofit Global Medical Relief Fund for children affected by war and natural disasters. He recovered and enrolled in theatre arts at the University of Southern California but dropped out after a year to devote himself to his acting career. Others films were Louisa, Our Very Own, Operation Pacific, Battle Zone, My Wife’s Best Friend, Springfield Rifle, The Long Gray Line, Mister Roberts, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral” (1957) as a younger brother of lawman Wyatt Earp (played by Burt Lancaster) and “Marjorie Morningstar” (1958) as a playwright friend of Natalie Wood.

In an interview with Turin daily La Stampa, Bono said the photos of drowned 2-year-old Syrian refugee Aylan on a Turkish beach — and pictures of German children offering their toys to Syrian refugees — “will remain in the history of Europe.” In the black-and-white image, Smith wears a ring with the silhouette of an octopus — which just so happens to be the logo for Spectre, a diabolical crime syndicate in Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels that was last seen onscreen in 1971’s “Diamonds are Forever.” According to HitFix, the theme song for the upcoming “Spectre” is set to make its debut today. Summer blockbusters gave way to the small and highly targeted over a sleepy Labor Day weekend at the box office, with the the faith-based “War Room” leading the pack. The Associated Press reports Sony’s “War Room” fought its way to first place in its second weekend in release, earning $12.6 million across the four-day holiday weekend, according to Rentrak estimates on Monday. Milner continued to appear periodically in TV shows such as “Murder, She Wrote,” “MacGyver” and “Diagnosis Murder” as well as the “Columbo” detective series starring Peter Falk.

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