Tim has moved away from the LA area and is enjoying life.
Rozane's September 24th (1997) phone interview with Tim Donnelly
I called Tim at 8am (Dennis said this was the best time to catch him) and woke him up!! I was so embarrassed and felt horrible and said I would hang up and call him back later and Tim insisted that I stay on the line. Not wanting to argue with him, I did.
Tim was born September 3, 1944 in Los Angeles, California. He attended Van Nuys Jr. High with Tom Selleck and Jon Peters. Then went on to attend Van Nuys High School and Norte Dame High School.
For those of you who watch Dragnet you can see him in two episodes from 1969 and 1970. In the 1970 one, "D.H.Q.-Night School" he guest stars along with Marco Lopez.
Tim's favorite Emergency! episode to do was "Firehouse Quintet" [the basketball one]. When asked about Henry, he replied that Henry was a very slobbery, smelly and shedding dog and was going to be fired from the show until he offered to do scenes with him. Awwww, what a hero in my opinion....he saved Henry!
After Emergency! he did a couple of movies. The Toolbox Murders (1978) and The Clonus Horror (1979). He produced three plays along with John Cassavetes in the Hollywood area and did a couple of Vega$ episodes in the early 1980's. He then left for northern California to get involved in the pearl business. Tim is now living in the Los Angeles area and has a daughter who just started college.
Good luck Tim on the movie you and Dennis are now working on!! And thanks for talking to me even though I woke you up!!
On January 16, 1998, Jane and I flew to Los Angeles for the Hollywood Collector's show. The show was on the 17th and 18th at the Beverly Garland Hotel.
On Saturday, the 17th, we went down and got in line for the Hollywood Collector's Show, not knowing that since we were with the hotel we could have just walked right up front and got our passes and gotten in that way. Oh well, was fun to stand in line and watch the cars and stars go by. When we finally got in we went looking for Tim and found him with his back turned setting up some things at his table. Jane said "There he is" and he turned around and said "THERE YOU TWO ARE!! You know, I saw you two in line out there and just somehow knew it was you guys!" What a great welcome and made us both feel so special. We stayed and talked with him for awhile and then moved on so others could go up and see him. Tim told us too that Dennis was in there looking for us. A little while later I felt a tap on my shoulder and turned and heard this guy say "Rozane? It's me...Dennis!" It was so wonderful to finally meet him too. We walked back over to where Tim was and there was Jim Page standing there talking to him. What a sight to see the three of them together. We knew there was no way Tim was going to be able to leave for lunch, so we made plans to have dinner with him later, and left with Jim and Dennis for lunch. Jim took us to Universal City. He and Dennis had not seen each other for 20 years so they had some catching up to do and it was great to be a part of them seeing each other again.
At 5pm when the show ended for that day we left with Tim for dinner. Went to Mel's (just like in "American Graffiti") and then over to Burger King for the chocolate pies they have. We highly recommend them! Tim has a great sense of humor and being with him was so much fun. We met him again for breakfast the next morning before he had to go back into the show area. Tim got his buddy, Biff Manard, to take some pictures of us outside and then we went in and said our goodbyes.
The whole weekend was like a dream and it will stay with me forever.
Note: Read more about Tim's brother Dennis and the rest of his family.
copyright 1997 by Rozane
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