2018-11-04 22:51:02 UTC
Several Facebook sources - including former "Donna Reed Show" co-star Paul Petersen - are reporting the death of Eddie Foy III, longtime casting director, producer, and member of an illustrious show business family.
Probably most famous for discovering the future Oscar winner Sally Field and casting her as "Gidget."
Eddie Foy III
Mr. Foy has been a casting director for 42 years with Columbia Pictures/Screen Gems, 20th Century Fox, the Disney Channel and Dick Clark Productions. He was Director of Casting for ABC and Vice President of Casting for NBC. His Credits include The Donna Reed Show, I Dream of Jeannie, The Poesidean Adventure, Mork and Mindy, The Monkees, Happy Days, Roots I and II, Shogun, Barney Miller, Happy Days, The Emmy Awards, and has been the Talent Producer for The Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon the past 35 years. He is currently the expert "on air" Casting Executive for the hit biographical series 90 Days in Hollywood. His most recent honor was his unanimous selection by the Academy of Television Arts and Science, Archives Division, as Outstanding Casting Director of the last 42 years for his contributions to the Advancement of Television Casting.
"Bring Me A Star I Don't Know" - Eddie Foy III
Eddie Foy III, after the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences named him the most influential casting director in the history of television, talks about his career as a casting director.
Eddie Foy III on casting Barbara Eden in I Dream of Jeannie
In his five-hour Archive interview, Eddie Foy III reminisces about his unique celebrity-filled childhood and his early years in the entertainment industry as an actor. He speaks in-depth about his experiences on many classic television programs and telefilms including: The Donna Reed Show, Gidget, I Dream of Jeannie, The Monkees, That Girl, My World and Welcome to It, M*A*S*H, Mork & Mindy, Soap, Cheers, Love Boat, Barney Miller, Breaking Up is Hard to Do, and the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethons. He also imparts his advice to aspiring casting directors ("find a person to study with") as well as to actors ("respect your talent"). Henry Colman conducted the interview on October 30, 2003 in Corona, CA.