Skip E. Lowe, who hosted a public access cable show about Hollywood and inspired Martin Short’s character Jiminy Glick, died Monday in Hollywood. Read on for further details.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lowe is the comic, storyteller and permanent TV host whose program has been airing for more than 35 years, the longest in television history. He is also the man behind the inspiration for the Martin Short,” who died in his home at Kingsley Manor Apartments in Hollywood on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. He was 85, when he continued to suffer from emphysema and other respiratory ailments.
“Skip E. Lowe Looks at Hollywood” was based in L.A. starting in 1978, despite its low-budget production he was nonetheless able to attract celebrities that included–in addition to Welles and Davis– an array of eclectic personalties ranging from Shelley Winters, Eartha Kitt, Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis to Yma Sumac, Anita O’Day, Charles Pierce, Wayland Flowers, Jim Bailey, Martha Raye, Sally Kirkland, Frankie Laine, Patti Page, Kay Starr, Edie Adams, La Vern Baker, Mickey Rooney, Christian Brando, Donald O’Connor, Patty and Maxene Andrews, Margaret Whiting, Kaye Ballard, Pat Boone and Lynn Redgrave, as well as many other actors and singers.
However he never smoked, but blamed years of working as a comic in smoke-infested nightclubs. Lowe had conducted more than 6,000 interviews, often two a week, with guests that included Orson Welles, Bette Davis, Shelley Winters, Cesar Romero, Eartha Kitt, Janet Leigh, Tony Curtis, Patti Page, Mickey Rooney, Pat Boone and Lynn Redgrave. His first sit-down was with movie tough guy Aldo Ray.
“Skip E. has a tremendous respect for talent, no matter what the package comes in,” “He gives voice to people to can’t get on Letterman and Leno every night. His show isn’t about giving a sound bite promoting some current project,” said actress Sally Kirkland told the Los Angeles Times in 2001 about Lowe.
In an appearance on “Late Night with David Letterman,” Short admitted that his Jiminy Glick character was “a little bit of Skip E. Lowe,” explaining that “he talks to people, but he gets confused with tremendous enthusiasm.”
Lowe himself admitted that he invented serious interview shows mentioned Charlie Rose as his favorite.
“I’m like the grandfather of the current crop of serious interview shows,” “I’ve seen myself copied, redone, revamped. Charlie Rose is my favorite, but, honey, you have to understand, I was doing it before him. Of course, he’s much more intelligent than I am and he does his homework more than I do,” Stated Lowe to the L.A. Times in 2001.
May Skip E. Lowe’s soul rest in peace! Our thoughts and prayers go out to family, friends and fans in this difficult time.
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