Skip E. Lowe, who hosted a public access cable show focused on Hollywood and inspired Martin Short to create the character Jiminy Glick, has died.
Variety reports that Lowe died Monday in Hollywood at 85 after suffering from respiratory ailments including emphysema.
His program “Skip E. Lowe Looks at Hollywood” started in 1978 and ran for 35 years, featuring 6,000 interviews with guests including Bette Davis, Orson Welles, Mickey Rooney and Lynn Redgrave, the story notes.
The late actor Dom DeLuise said of Lowe that “doing his show is like no other. I always felt like I was being interviewed by a pixie, some magical person.”
Martin Short once said that his Jiminy Glick included “a little bit of Skip E. Lowe,” as Glick “talks to people, but he gets confused with tremendous enthusiasm.”
Short portrayed the character on “The Martin Short Show,” a syndicated talk show that aired from 1999-2000, and subsequently on the TV series “Primetime Glick” from 2001-2003 and in the 2004 feature film “Jiminy Glick in Lalawood,” along with appearances on Broadway and on “Saturday Night Live.”
Here’s a clip of Lowe interviewing Tony Curtis: