Coutland had a rare lead role in Disney’s “The Saga of Andy Burnett” (1957-58).
Jerome “Jerry” Courtland, a character actor who went on to direct episodes of “The Love Boat,” “Dynasty” and “Knots Landing,” died Thursday from heart disease. He was 85.
A family member told SCVNews.com he died peacefully at his home in Santa Clarita. Public records give an address in the Valencia Northbridge community.
Born Courtland Jourolman Jr. in Knoxville, Tenn., on Dec. 27, 1926, he was discovered at age 17 and signed to a 7-year contract with Columbia before joining the Army and serving in the Pacific theater during World War II.
After the war, he starred opposite Shirley Temple in “Kiss and Tell” (Columbia, 1945) before transitioning to television in the 1950s and ’60s. Disney cast him in the lead for the short-lived “Saga of Andy Burnett,” but he spent most of his acting career in guest roles on Westerns shot partially in the Santa Clarita Valley including “The Rifleman,” “Death Valley Days” and “The Virginian.”
In 1968 Courtland made his directorial debut with several episodes of “The Flying Nun.” He made his biggest mark in the 1980s when he hooked up with Aaron Spelling, who had him direct episodes of “Dynasty,” “Fantasy Island,” “The Love Boat” and “The Colbys.”
Courtland co-produced 1977’s partially animated “Pete’s Dragon,” filmed at The Walt Disney Co.’s Golden Oak Ranch in Placerita Canyon.
His last work came in the early 1990s with guest appearances on “L.A. Law” and “Knots Landing.”
He was married three times, the first to actress Polly Bergen and the second to Janet Courtland, with whom he had three sons; two daughters; 11 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He is survived by his third wife, Marlene, and two half sisters, Margaret England and Betty Shattuck. A memorial service is scheduled for March 31.
The Santa Clarita Valley (SCV) Veg Fest, Santa Clarita’s first-ever plant & planet-friendly festival, just announced that the local WiSH Education Foundation will be the beneficiary of the proceeds from this year’s event.
Santa Clarita Artists Association's (SCAA) new exhibit, "Vintage," will run from March 6 - April 12. All are invited to a free reception to meet the artists on Friday, March 6, from 5:00 p.m - 8:00 p.m.
While city and mall officials said as of Tuesday they’ve yet to hear from any members of Santa Clarita Safe and Strong, which was formed to appeal the proposed Patios Connection mall expansion, a lawyer for the group, who’s so far the only member to come forward, contends his numbers are growing.
RIVERSIDE — College of the Canyons won the 16-team Riverside City College Invitational on Monday with a five-man team score of 363, while also seeing a member of its secondary group capture a share of medalist honors.
Trammell Crow Company (TCC) and Clarion Partners, LLC announced Tuesday that construction has been completed on all three buildings in the phase 1A of The Center at Needham Ranch, which is part of the first phase of a larger 252 acre, fully entitled site in Santa Clarita.
Formerly the "Career Fair," the CalArts Opportunities Festival (Opp Fest) now includes employers offering a wide range of professional opportunities for CalArts students and alumnx such as internships, full-time, part-time, freelance, project-based and volunteer opportunities.
The Los Angeles County Office of Education in partnership with the city of Santa Clarita will sponsor the Santa Clarita Hiring Spree and Community Resource Fair 2020 to employ hundreds of members of the Santa Clarita Valley community including; youth, veterans, individual with disabilities, CalWORKS participants and unemployed adults.
LOS ANGELES (CN) – Thousands of mourners gathered at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Monday to commemorate NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his 13-year old daughter Gianna and seven others who were killed when their helicopter crashed in the Santa Monica Mountains last month.
Minimum-security inmate Christian Ledon walked away from Acton Conservation Camp aka CC #11 on Monday morning, and California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and local law enforcement officials are looking for him.
SCV Water requested its customers to refrain from irrigating from February 18-22 to accommodate annual maintenance on infrastructure at Castaic Lake and received an outstanding public response, the agency reported Monday.
California Senator Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita) on Monday announced the introduction of Senate Constitutional Amendment 9, or SCA 9, the "Better Budgeting for a Better Future Act," calling for a two-year budget cycle.
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