|Dandy Don brightened ‘MNF’, TV movies|
|Wednesday, January 12, 2011|
Dear Ken: I read where Dandy Don Meredith, the Dallas Cowboys quarterback of the 1960s before Roger Staubach and later a TV sports commentator with Howard Cosell on “Monday Night Football,” died in December. Didn’t he make some TV movies? Can you refresh my memory on a few of those?
Meredith, who was born in Mount Vernon, Texas, was the Cowboys starting quarterback from 1962-1968. He partnered with Cosell and Frank Gifford when “MNF” debuted in 1970 and was the light-hearted partner of the trio. He often sang, “Turn out the lights, the party’s over,” once the outcome of the game was obvious. He had a recurring role as a detective on “Police Story” in the early 1970s. He worked in the TV movies “Terror on the 40th Floor,” “Sky Heist,” “Banjo Hackett: Roamin’ Free,” “Mayday at 40,000 Feet,” “Kate Bliss and the Ticker Tape Kid,” “The Night the City Screamed,” “Terror Among Us” and “Wyatt Earp: Return to Tombstone.” He voiced himself in a 1999 episode of “King of the Hill” and made his final appearance in the 2002 movie “Three Days of Rain.” He also made commercials for Lipton Iced Tea. Meredith died Dec. 5 at 72 after suffering a brain hemorrhage in Santa Fe, N.M. His son, Michael Meredith, 43, is in show biz as a director and writer.
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