One of the most popular shows of the 1980s was Magnum P.I. starring Tom Selleck in the role of Thomas Sullivan Magnum, a private detective who lived in a guest house on a 200 acre beach front estate (called Robin’s Nest) owned by Robin Masters, a successful author who is never seen on the series, but whose voice had been heard several times (provided by Orson Welles). The series ran on CBS from 1980-1988 and made Selleck into a heart throb and teen idol. He had a variety of poster poses on the market and the poster highlighted in this post is from 1982 and is from C/C Sales.
1979 poster of Bo Derek, the woman who dethroned Farrah Fawcett as premere sex symbol for the late 70s and into the 80s. This is a Bo Derek Inc, Standford Blum Enterprises poster release. This is one of at least four posters of Bo on the market here in the US (I don’t know how many posters, if any, were released into foreign markets). Although, I am not sure, I suspect, highly, that this photo was taken by Bo’s hubby, John.
A very lovely pose of Debby released in 1978 by Star City, Inc. Debby gained fame for her song You Light Up My Life which hit #1 on the Billboard charts in 1977 and stayed there for 10 weeks straight. The song was the used in the film of the same name, starring Didi Conn who lip-synched the song, which, in the film was performed by Kacey Cisyk and not Debby.
Catherine Bach made a name for herself by starring as Daisy Duke in the CBS series The Dukes of Hazzard that aired from 1979 to 1985. Shown here, in this 1979 Western Graphics poster release, as her alter-ego, Daisy, it is easy to see how this poster, reportedly, sold 5 million copies. For being such a popular female teen idol, the lovely Catherine had few posters releases.
A Starmakers poster from 1983 shows a rather sexy pose of Misty. She spent 19 years making us laugh with her work on the country music comedy show Hee Haw. Misty has starred in over 200 TV shows, 10 films (playing Marilyn Monroe in at least two of them), posed for a Playboy pictorial (November 1976) and has even added directing and writing to her career which has spanned an incredible 50 years!
For being so popular in teen magazines, these two actors had very little in the way of a “poster life”. There is at least one poster of Paul Michael (released by Pro Arts, I think) but none of David Soul, that I can think of right off hand. Anyway, Bi Rite released this pose in 1976 (there is a collage poster from the series available, but it is almost as difficult to find as this poster), showing not just Glaser and Soul, but the famous Ford Gran Torino driven by Starsky. Reportedly, Paul Michael hated the car because he didn’t believe that an undercover cop would drive something that would stand, out so easily, in a crowd. He had a point, don’t ya think?
Here it is, the last day of 2017, and today’s poster offering in this 1979 Pro Arts (14-680) release of Robin Williams as his character Mork. This is just one of several solo poster poses of Robin.
Robin started his career in entertainment as a stand-up comic in Los Angeles California during the mid 1970s. In 1978, Happy Days producer, Gary Marshall,cast him as Mork, an alien from the planet Ork, in the episode My Favorite Orkan from season five of the series. His appearance was popular enough for a return visit to the series in season six (Mork Returns) and of course, eventually, the show would give birth to Mork and Mindy, a comedy sitcom starring Robin and Pam Dawber.
He eventually made it to the big screen, with his first starring role as Popeye from 1980. While receiving mostly positive reviews, the film performed poorly at the box office. But, bigger and better things were in the works for Robin who went on to star in many critical and financially successful films over the years. In 1997, he won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Good Will Hunting.
Sadly, Robin died, at age 63, on August 11, 2014.