Family Affair

September 12th Celebrates Family Affair

Who remembers the television series called Family Affair?

Family Affair is an American sitcom that aired on CBS from September 12, 1966 to September 9, 1971. The series explored the trials of well-to-do civil engineer and bachelor Bill Davis (Brian Keith) as he attempted to raise his brother’s orphaned children in his luxury New York City apartment.

Davis’ traditional English butler played by (Sebastian Cabot), also had adjustments to make as he became saddled with the responsibility of caring for 15-year-old Cissy (Kathy Garver) and the 6-year-old twins, Jody (Johnny Whitaker) and Buffy (Anissa Jones).

Today’s YouTube video presentation brought to you by user name, zabadasidit, introducing the theme song from Family Affair.

Where are the cast of character of that show today?

Brian Keith, who played Uncle Bill, suffered from emphysema and lung cancer despite having quit smoking 10 years earlier (he appeared in an endorsement campaign for Camel cigarettes in 1955).

On June 24, 1997, he was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his Malibu home in California at age 76, two months after his daughter Daisy committed suicide. It was also reported that he had financial problems and suffered from depression throughout his final days.

Sebastian Cabot, who played Mr. French, lived in his final years in Deep Cove, in the Victoria suburb of North Saanich, British Columbia in Canada. Cabot died on August 22, 1977 in a Victoria hospital, after suffering his second stroke in three years at age 59. He was cremated and his ashes were buried in Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery.

Kathy Graver who played Cissy, was discovered by Hollywood’s legendary Cecil B. DeMille was one of the first to recognize Kathy’s distinct talents. Originally hired for a small part in the epic motion picture “The Ten Commandments,” obviously, Kathy doesn’t suffer from the sometimes-exaggerated maladies common to former child actors. “The hardest thing is being accepted as someone who has depth,” she says. “Fortunately my parents stressed education and normalcy all through my childhood and during my Family Affair days. In learning to think and work independently, I firmly believe in hoisting one’s own sails.

Mary Anissa Jones who played Buffy, shortly before noon on August 28, 1976, after partying all night in the beach town of Oceanside, California, with her new boyfriend Allan “Butch” Koven and others, Jones was found dead in a bedroom of a house belonging to the father of a 14-year-old friend named Helen Hennessy.

The coroner’s report listed her death as a drug overdose, later ruling it accidental, cocaine, PCP, Quaaludes, and Seconal were found in her body during an autopsy toxicology examination, she was eighteen years old when she died.

Johnny Whitaker, who played Jody, started an actor’s tool kit class for children, teens and young adults. Johnny’s classes can also be used to help your organization with fundraisers and corporate “team building skills” it is not only fun and entertaining, but educational as well.

Family Affair had innocents to the show I thought, as we remember how on September 12, 1966 aired on CBS today on today’s days to remember.

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell

J.D Mitchell Design Studio


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