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Robert Tanella (1950 - December 16, 1992)

Robert Tanella was a costumer for film, stage, and TV, including 10 seasons of Cheers. He died on December 16, 1992, at 42 years old, at his home in Los Angeles of complications from AIDS.

Later he was on the "Cheers" crew and had been with the show for 10 seasons.

His numerous TV credits as a costumer, costume supervisor or costume master included "The Tortellis," "Brothers," "The Two of Us," "The Associates," "CPO Sharkey," "Fun Factory," "The Carol Burnett Show" and "Maggie" and pilots for "Leonard," "You and Me," "Rag Business," "Gung Ho!" and "Highcliffe Manor."

Tanella also worked on TV specials for Bette Midler, Mac Davis, Bing Crosby and Diana Ross, among others.

Feature credits were Warner Bros.' "Personal Best" and "First Family."

Among his Broadway credits were "Mack & Mabel," "The Ritz," "Lorelei," "Jesus Christ, Superstar," and "Bette Midler's Clams on the Half Shell."

Tanella was a 1972 graduate of Fordham University.

His companion of eight years was Mark Gerstner.

Source: http://www.variety.com/article/VR102437?refCatId=25

Further Readings:

Cheers TV Show: A Comprehensive Reference by Dennis Bjorklund
File Size: 1340 KB
Print Length: 557 pages
Publisher: Praetorian Publishing (March 22, 2012)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English
ASIN: B001DW0V30
Amazon Kindle: Cheers TV Show: A Comprehensive Reference

"Cheers TV Show: A Comprehensive Reference" is authored by a sitcom expert who penned the most comprehensive reference book that has ever been written about the show. This definitive guide is the best resource for any fan who is intrigued and enthralled by one of the all-time classic television situation comedies. The contents have been thoroughly researched and all 275 episodes meticulously analyzed to develop an unabridged, credible reference source.

Individual chapters are devoted to biographies of the cast (Ted Danson, Shelley Long, Kirstie Alley, Kelsey Grammar, Woody Harrelson, Rhea Perlman, George Wendt, John Ratzenberger, Bebe Neuwirth, Nicholas Colasanto) and narratives of their respective characters (Sam Malone, Diane Chambers, Rebecca Howe, Frasier Crane, Woody Boyd, Carla Tortelli-LeBec, Norm Peterson, Cliff Clavin, Lilith Sternin-Crane, Coach) to provide a thoughtful examination of their persona.

Additional chapters are committed to a biography of the show from its inception through the series finale, and a narrative of the fictional Cheers bar, including bar regulars and memorable patrons (Robin Colcord, John Hill, Eddie LeBec, Nick Tortelli, Kelly Gaines, Melville’s, Gary’s Olde Towne Tavern, Bull & Finch Pub).

Another section offers a detailed description of each Cheers episode in chronological order based on airing dates from 1982 to 1993. The summaries contain technical credits, episode writers, directors, guest actors (with highlights of significant movie and television credits), and the most humorous episodic quotes.

The final chapter provides a listing of the Emmy nominations and awards earned over the show's eleven-year span of television dominance. In sum, this book is the most extensive analysis of "Cheers" available on the market. No other source is more complete, accurate, or extensive. Photos included.

Dennis Bjorklund is a noted and well-respected television programming authority who has published many small screen books covering some of the best sitcoms in history. In addition to writing books, the Author provides literary contributions to numerous entertainment magazines, and appears on E! Entertainment and Biography Channel as an authoritative expert.

Bjorklund is considered one of the foremost authorities on the television shows Cheers and Seinfeld, and the only person to write thoroughly comprehensive books on these situation comedies. Bjorklund continues to reside in California to remain close to the heart of network television programming.

The Author has written several books on these television shows. Here is the list of available books related to "Cheers" and "Seinfeld":

Toasting Cheers: An Episode Guide to the 1982-1993 Series
Cheers TV Show: A Comprehensive Reference
Cheers Trivia: It’s A Little Known Fact...
Seinfeld Reference: The Complete Encyclopedia
Seinfeld Trivia: Everything About Nothing

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