Flynn Robinson, 72, a flashy guard who was a member of the 1971-72 Lakers team that brought Los Angeles its first
His scoring binges with the championship team earned him the nickname "Instant Offense" from longtime Lakers announcer Chick Hearn. Robinson led the Lakers reserves in scoring during the 1971-72 season, averaging 9.9 points in 15.7 minutes per game.
The team also set an NBA record that season by winning 33 consecutive games. His teammates included Wilt Chamberlain,
In 2008, Robinson told The Times that Jack Kent Cooke, who then owned the Lakers, hadn't shown the team enough appreciation. "We won 33 games in a row and he gave us a $5 pen set," said Robinson, a longtime resident of Los Angeles.
Flynn James Robinson was born April 28, 1941, in Elgin, Ill., into a large family.
At one time, he was the most prolific scorer in University of Wyoming basketball history, collecting 2,049 points and averaging 27 points per game during his senior season.
During an NBA career that lasted eight seasons, Robinson played with the Lakers for parts of two seasons. He was an All-Star with the
Robinson also played with the Cincinnati Royals,
Starred in 1970s 'S.W.A.T.' TV show
Actor Steve Forrest, 87, best known for starring as Lt. Dan "Hondo" Harrelson in the 1970s television series "S.W.A.T.," died Saturday at his Thousand Oaks home, his family announced.
As the tough-yet-tender leader of a Special Weapons and Tactics force in Southern California, Forrest was often shown reining in the firepower of his junior officers. His character's signature phrase was "let's roll!"
A spinoff of the series "The Rookies," "S.W.A.T." debuted on
He was born William Forrest Andrews on Sept. 25, 1925, in Huntsville, Texas, the youngest of 13 children of a Baptist minister and his wife.
While Forrest served in the Army during World War II, his brother Dana Andrews was starring in 1944's "Laura" and other films. When Forrest visited his brother, he decided to stay in Hollywood, but only considered acting as a career after enrolling at UCLA, according to the All Movie Internet database.
In 1950, he received a bachelor's degree in theater arts from the school, where he met his future wife, Christine. The couple had three sons.
As a stagehand at the La Jolla Playhouse, Forrest caught the attention of actor Gregory Peck, who cast him in a production and got him a screen test. He was soon under contract at MGM. A small but flashy part in the 1952 film "The Bad and the Beautiful" led to other roles.
In a career that spanned 60 years, Forrest often played the villain. He appeared in many TV westerns, including
In later years, Forrest spoofed his tough-guy image in the 1980s films "Spies Like Us" and "Amazon Women on the Moon." His final screen credit was a 2003 cameo in the feature film version of "S.W.A.T."
Mack Emerman, 89, founder of
The Criteria studio, which he opened in 1959 in North Miami, has been operated by the Hit Factory since 1999. About 250 gold or platinum singles and albums were recorded at Criteria, which became known as Atlantic Records South when Emerman formed an alliance with label co-chairman Jerry Wexler and producer Tom Dowd.
The records include "Layla" by Clapton's group Derek and the Dominos, James Brown's "I Feel Good," "Eat a Peach" by the Allman Brothers Band and portions of huge 1970s hits such as
"I used to see 'recorded at the Hit Factory Miami' written in the back of some of my favorite CDs," singer Nelly Furtado said in 2008. "When I finally cut an album there, I understood why. The whole building has this creative magic."
Maxwell Louis Emerman was born in 1923 in Erie, Pa., and began playing jazz trumpet while attending Duke University. With his wife and two daughters, he came to
With a loan from his father, he built Criteria, regarded as Miami's first world-class recording studio. Other musicians who recorded there included Black Sabbath,
Times staff and wire reports