Who played ‘The Men­tal­ist’?


Q: We have been so stumped for months. Who played “The Men­tal­ist”?

A: Si­mon Baker played Pa­trick Jane, the crime-solv­ing “men­tal­ist” on the CBS drama from 2008 to 2015. You may also re­mem­ber the Australian Baker from movies such as “The Devil Wears Prada” and “Mar­gin Call.”

Q: Could the boy who played Chip on “My Three Sons” be Bud on “JAG”? Sure looks like him. Who played the other two sons? Are they still act­ing?

A: Pa­trick Laby­orteaux, who played Bud on “JAG” (and has oc­ca­sion­ally reprised the role on “NCIS”) was not even born when “My Three Sons” pre­miered on ABC in 1960. Stan­ley Liv­ingston played the orig­i­nal youngest son, Chip Dou­glas. Tim Con­si­dine, then known mainly for his work in Dis­ney pro­duc­tions such as “Spin and Marty,” played old­est son Mike. An­other Dis­ney vet­eran, for­mer Mouseke­teer Don Grady, was mid­dle son Rob­bie. Fred MacMur­ray was their fa­ther, Steve Dou­glas.

When the se­ries moved from ABC to CBS af­ter five years on the air, Mike mar­ried and left the show. But the show still had three sons, with Steve adopt­ing an or­phan named Ernie, played by Barry Liv­ingston, Stan­ley’s younger brother. Barry is the only one of the “sons” still act­ing, for ex­am­ple on the shows “The Orville,” “Bosch” and “Angie Tribeca.” Con­si­dine has focused on writ­ing and pho­tog­ra­phy, es­pe­cially about au­to­mo­tive top­ics. Stan­ley Liv­ingston has been a pro­ducer and di­rec­tor but is now re­port­edly re­tired.

Grady focused on mu­sic, in­clud­ing as com­poser of Phil Don­ahue’s theme song, be­fore his death from cancer in 2012.

Q: I re­mem­ber a show from the early ’70s called “The Corner Bar.” It was very funny. Can you give me any info? Where can I watch or pur­chase a DVD of the se­ries?

A: The com­edy aired briefly on ABC in the sum­mer of 1972 and again in the sum­mer of 1973. It focused on the pa­trons of a New York City bar that was run by Harry Grant (Gabriel Dell) dur­ing the 1972 run and a hus­band and wife played by Eu­gene Roche and Anne Meara in 1973. Among the other char­ac­ters was Peter Panama (Vin­cent Schi­avelli), who was the first openly gay reg­u­lar char­ac­ter on a TV se­ries, though one ac­cused of fit­ting neg­a­tive stereo­types. I have not found it on any plat­form or for­mat.

Q: Hav­ing re­cently seen an Ab­bott and Costello movie, I was re­minded of a TV movie about their re­la­tion­ship. It was sev­eral years ago and starred Buddy Hack­ett, but I am un­sure of the other ac­tors. I have found no men­tion of it any­where. Do you know any­thing about this movie?

A: “Bud and Lou” starred Har­vey Kor­man as Bud Ab­bott and Buddy Hack­ett as Lou Costello. It orig­i­nally aired in 1978. It has been re­leased on DVD, al­though you are prob­a­bly bet­ter off watch­ing the real Bud and Lou in their movies and shows.

Q: What hap­pened to the David Gideon char­ac­ter played by Karl Held on the old “Perry Ma­son” show? I liked the char­ac­ter.

A: Ac­cord­ing to MeTV, which airs re­peats of the Ray­mond Burr ver­sion of “Ma­son,” the law stu­dent David Gideon was just an un­nec­es­sary ad­di­tion to the cast. “The writ­ers never gave him a com­pelling rea­son to ex­ist,” the net­work’s web­site says. “He wasn’t an orig­i­nal char­ac­ter, and he didn’t add mean­ing­fully to the plots, apart from oc­ca­sion­ally pro­vid­ing in­sights that it turns out Perry was, of course, al­ready wise to.” Af­ter less than a dozen ap­pear­ances in 1961-62, he de­parted the show and, ac­cord­ing to MeTV, was nei­ther seen nor men­tioned again.

Do you have a ques­tion or com­ment about en­ter­tain­ment past, present and fu­ture? Write to Rich Heldenfels, P.O. Box 417, Mo­gadore, OH 44260, or bren­[email protected] Let­ters may be edited. In­di­vid­ual replies are not guar­an­teed.


Si­mon Baker was the tit­u­lar char­ac­ter in “The Men­tal­ist.”

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