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RIP: Zalman King (1942-2012)

by  |  February 3rd, 2012  |  News

Zalman King on set with Matt George!

We here at ABM are sad to report on the passing of Golden Globe nominated B-Movie legend Zalman King (Red Shoe Diaries)…

Foreign born Actor/Filmmaker Zalman King, who passed away today at the age of 69 after a long battle with cancer,was probably most well known for the artistically erotic nature of some of the movies that he created, such as,‘ Red Shoe Diaries’ (1992), ‘Wild Orchid’ (1989), etc…

But there was so much more to the man as well!

Starting out in in the industry back in the 1960s, Mr. King would act in such classic TV series and movies, such as playing ‘Fish’ on an episode of ‘The Alfred Hitchcock Hour’ titled, ‘Memo From Purgatory’ in 1964, or as ‘Harker’ in the 1966 TV movie, ‘Iron Men’.

Mr. King would go on to continue his acting career for most of the rest of his life, having appearing in such movies as ‘The Ski Bum’ (1971), Roger Coreman’s ‘Galaxy Of Terror’ (1981) and Saint Francis (2007), and on such hit TV series as Bonanza, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Gunsmoke, Adam-12, and on Charlie’s Angels!

Zalman King in a still photo from Roger Corman's 'Galaxy Of Terror'

But it wasn’t until the 1980s, when Mr. King began to start doing the work that would make him legend! Starting with having both written and helped produce Roadie in 1980, Mr. King would go on to either write, direct or produce such classics as, 9 1/2 weeks (which King both wrote and produced), ‘Wild Orchid’s 1 & 2’ (which he either wrote or directed), and then the TV movie,‘Red Shoe Diaries’ which he would probably become most well known for!

Here is what Charlie Sheen had to say, on Twitter, about the passing of his friend, Zalman King, “the world lost a brilliant and noble soul today. My dear friend of 40 years, Zalman King, just lost his battle with cancer. Fought like a recon marine til the bitter end. Say a prayer for his amazing wife Pat and their lovely daughters. Safe travels my friend. C”.

Charlie Sheen Twitter Zalman King

For more information on the work of Zalman King, please enjoy this little cross section of his career:

Blue Sunshine (1978) – The cult classic is streaming on NetFlix right now…

Here is the trailer for the first movie Mr. King ever wrote, Roadie (1980):

And the trailer for the first movie that Mr. King ever directed, Two Moon Junction (1988):

And lastly is the movie that made him a legend in the B-Movie field, the title sequence for Red Shoe Diaries (1992):


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