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Lynda Carter’s 1977 Pro Arts Poster


A rare poster of Lynda from Pro Arts released in 1977 and catalog number 15-525.   I actually have this one in my collection and consider it one of the nicer Pro Arts posters and a really nice photo of Carter as well.

Joe Namath’s 1977 Pro Arts Poster


I remember Joe from the 1970s,  mostly for his work on television doing commercials (he filmed one or two with Farrah Fawcett before she became a star in her own right) as well as making appearances on various TV series.   Of course, his greatest claim to fame is being a football player whose career in the sport began in the early 60s and lasted until his retirement in 1977.

Pro Arts released this pose of Joe in 1977 and as far as I am aware, it is their only Namath release.   In my research for this blog, I have only seen this pose offered for sale on EBay a few times, so perhaps it is one of the rarer posters from Pro Arts?

Randi Oakes 1980 poster


A nice colorful pose of actress and model Randi Oakes was released by C/C sales in 1980.  At least one other poster of Oakes is floating around out there somewhere, and when I can find a good scan, I will post it!  🙂

Oakes, an actress and fashion model made a name for herself working as Officer Bonnie Clark on the NBC television series CHiPS from 1979 to 1982.

While working on the 1979 edition of Battle of the Network Stars, she met actor Gregory Harrison (who was playing for the CBS team). The couple married on December 21, 1980 and chose to keep their marriage a secret for several years.    She left CHiPs in 1982 with some sources stating the reason as being she wanted to devote more time to her marriage.  In 1985, she retired from acting to become a full time mom to the couple’s first child.  She and Harrison have been married for 36 years and have four children.

Brian Kerwin’s Rare 1981 Pro Arts Poster


This 1981 Pro Arts poster is often touted as being one of the rarer posters from the company and it does appear to be only showing up from time to time for sale on Ebay.

I remember Brian best from his work on the series The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo (later changed to just Lobo) which ran on NBC from 1979 to 1981.   The series was a spin-off from the popular series B.J. and the Bear (1979-81) starring teen idol Greg Evigan.  Kerwin began his acting career on stage and eventually moved on to appear in numerous television series and movies as well as feature films.

In February of 2016, Kerwin’s wife, Jeanne, passed away after a three year battle fighting brain cancer. The couple had been married since 1990.

Ms (Sybil) Danning’s 1981 Pro Arts Poster


Danning is an Austrian actress who had the bulk of her popularity in the 70s and 80s working in a series of B-movies.  She moved to Hollywood in 1978 with the intention of getting work there in films and by 1980 she had a starring role in the Roger Corman sci fi click Battle Beyond the Stars which was the beginning of her B-movie career.  Other films soon followed.  In 1990, she took time off from the world of entertainment when she suffered a spinal disc herniation (which had been, initially misdiagnosed as a pulled muscle or damaged nerve) doing a stunt for a film.   The herniation required surgery to repair and Danning spent most of 1990 recuperating.

Danning also posed for a series of sexy posters, the one highlighted in this post is from Pro Arts issued in 1981.  A very colorful poster of a lovely lady, wouldn’t you say?

Teri Copley’s 1985 Starmakers Poster


Teri Copley, probably best known for her role in the short-lived series, We Got It Made (September 8, 1983 to March 10, 1984), had several posters on the market.

She also did a photo shoot for Playboy magazine (November 1990 issue).   In the early 1990’s she became a born again Christian and left the world of entertainment.  In 2005, she wrote and released a book, Conversations Between a Girl and her God which was well received by readers and critics alike.

Casper Van Dien’s 1998 Shirtless Poster


This nice poster of Van Dien is from 1998 and published by Star Makers Rising.

Handsome Van Dien came on the acting scene in the early 90s getting small parts in television and feature films.  From 1993 to 94, he worked on the day time soap One Life to Live as Tyrone “Ty” Moody and then went on to work on Beverly Hills, 90210 as Griffin Stone. But, it was his role as Johnny Rico in the 1997 science fiction feature film, Starship Troopers which is considered his breakthrough role.   Van Dien has worked rather steadily since then in both television and  feature films and even got the chance to wear Tarzan’s loincloth in the feature film Tarzan and the Lost City. You might also remember him as Brom Van Brunt in the Johnny Depp vehicle, Sleepy Hollow.  Of course, you can check out his website to find a much more detailed account of his career, if you so wish.


Angie Dickinson’s 1977 Pro Arts Poster


This lovely poster of Angie Dickinson is from 1977 and is one of two Pro Arts poster releases for Angie and measures 20 x 28.

Dickinson began her career in films and television in the 1950’s and by the time 1959 rolled around she had won, for her role in the Western, Rio Bravo, a Golden Globe for New Star of the Year.  She worked steadily in films having over 50 on her resume. But, it was in 1974 when she assumed her most famous role, that of female cop, Sergeant Leann “Pepper” Anderson in the television series Police Woman that ran on NBC from 1974 to 1978. This was the first successful television series to have a strong female lead. During the run of the series she would receive a Golden Globe Award as well as three Emmy nominations.

Ken Wahl’s 1987 Wiseguy Poster

ken-wahl-wiseguy-poster Handsome Ken Wahl came to viewers attention in the role of  Vinnie Terranova, an FBI operative who worked for the Organized Crime Task Force  on the series Wiseguy that aired on CBS from 1987-1990.

In 1992, Wahl suffered a broken neck and spine injury when he fell down a flight of stairs.  A botched surgery, as he called it, to repair the damage left him in severe pain 24 hours a day.  Doctors refused to give him pain medications, so he took to drinking as pain relief.  This lead to ill health, weight gain and an ever growing dependency on alcohol.  In 1996 he did a reunion TV movie for the Wiseguy series but admitted that it was all he could do to finish the project.   He came to the realization that he simply couldn’t act anymore and quit the business.

In 1987, this cool poster of Ken was released. There is at least one other poster of Wahl as his Wiseguy persona out there somewhere.

Ms. (Kate) Jackson’s 1978 Pro Arts Poster

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This is a rare poster of Kate Jackson from her Charlie’s Angels days.   It is from 1978 and titled Ms. Jackson (14-614) and measures 20x 28.