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Stephen J. Cannell: 1941-2010. I don’t want my kids to become Hollywood brats, the TV titan told us

Yet another major Hollywood talent has left us, this one a rare commodity in that town: A down-to-earth family man who, despite his nine-figure fortune, raised his children to be humble, hard-working people.

Prolific TV writer-producer Stephen J. Cannell passed away at his home in Pasadena, Calif., Thursday from complications associated with melanoma. He was 69 years old.

CAPTION: "They're just cogs in the wheel and working very hard and it's working for them," Stephen (above) told us of his beloved children.

"They're just cogs in the wheel and working very hard and it's working for them," Stephen (above) told us of his three beloved children.

During a career that spanned four decades, Stephen created, produced, wrote and often acted in a slew of popular TV series, including Adam-12, Baretta, The Rockford Files, The A-Team, Wiseguy and 21 Jump Street.

His writing credits exceed 450 TV episodes, while his producing and executive producing credits exceed 1,500.

In 1995, Stephen founded his own studio, and five years later began writing novels. Among his most popular books were those featuring the character of Shane Scully, an LAPD detective.

Most recently, Stephen played himself on the hit ABC series Castle. It was on the occasion of one of those cameos that he chatted with our TV Talk host, Shaun Daily.

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Lou Diamond Phillips: I’m Badder than John Wayne

Don’t dare compare Lou Diamond Phillips to late leading men of the 20th century – lest he let you know in no uncertain terms that he’s no watered down version of them.

Interviewed on TV Talk, the actor – who also appears on tonight’s season debut of NBC’s I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! – discusses his starring role in the upcoming Hallmark Channel remake of the 1947 John Wayne flick Angel and the Badman,  in which the Duke plays a reforming bad guy.

Lou: That’s Double Duke to you.

Lou: That’s Double Duke to you.

When host Shaun Daily asks, “How was it stepping into John Wayne’s shoes,” Lou replies:

“You know, I’m the idiot who followed Yul Brenner into The King and I – but got nominated for a Tony for it.

“And last year I toured with Camelot, as King Arthur. So I was following Richard Burton and Richard Harris.

“I’m not daunted too much by the legends who came before me. As an actor, you hope to bring something different to it,” continues Lou, 47, who first made a name for himself on the big screen as Ritchie Valens in 1987’s La Bamba.

“I’m very different from John Wayne or Richard Burton or Yule Brenner, for that matter. So whatever I do is sort of automatically going to be a re-imagining of the role.

 CAPTION: John in the vintage "Angel," with co-star Gail Russell

John in the vintage flick, with co-star Gail Russell.

“The very first thing I said to Terry Ingram, the director of Angel and the Badman – after having seen a little bit of the John Wayne film – was and I had no fear that I was gonna start talkin’ like this,” add Lou, breaking into his best Duke imper-sonation.

“I basically said, He’s John Wayne, man. He wasn’t that bad.

“He wasn’t the kind of guy that you’re really worried about killing you, you know?

“You knew that John Wayne was gonna be OK with you at the end of the day. So I said, ‘Let’s get this guy a little darkness. Let’s make him a little tougher.’”

Angel and the Badman debuts July 5 on the Hallmark Channel.

To hear Lou’s full interview, click here.