Frank Alesia, American actor (Pajama Party, Riot on Sunset Strip, C’mon, Let’s Live a Little), died from natural causes he was , 65.
Frank Alesia was an American actor and television director died from natural causes he was , 65.. Alesia was best known for his work in the beach party film genre during the 1960s, including Pajama Party in 1964 and Riot on Sunset Strip in 1967. He later directed episodes of the American childrens’ show, Captain Kangaroo, and other television series.
(January 4, 1944 – February 27, 2011)
Alesia, who was born in Chicago, Illinois, moved from Chicago to Los Angeles in 1964. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Alesia became one of the last character actors in the film industry to work under the studio system, which was declining at the time. He appeared in several beach party films of the 1960s, including Pajama Party, Bikini Beach, which starred Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello, Riot on Sunset Strip and Beach Blanket Bingo. His television credits as an actor also included appearances in The Flying Nun, The Odd Couple, Gomer Pyle, That Girl, Room 222 and Laverne & Shirley.
Alesia later directed episodes of Captain Kangaroo, which earned him a Daytime Emmy nomination in 1979. He also joined the crew of Laverne & Shirley beginning in 1980 as both a screenwriter and television director. Ultimately, Alesia directed three episodes of Laverne & Shirley, wrote one episode, and served as an executive consultant for eight episodes of the show.
Alesia left the entertainment industry. He raced and bred thoroughbred horses during his later life.
Frank Alesia died of natural causes at his home in Carlsbad, California, on February 27, 2011, at the age of 65. He was survived by his wife, Sharon, and two children, Dore and Eden Alpert.
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