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    mishers

    [1]Jun 12, 2007
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    I was shocked to find out that in the sixth season Kinch is no longer there. Does anyone know why he was off the show?
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    dougalderman

    [2]Jun 12, 2007
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    mishers wrote:
    I was shocked to find out that in the sixth season Kinch is no longer there. Does anyone know why he was off the show?

    It was never mentioned on- or off-screen, and information today is sketchy at best. There was, it seems, a theory regarding Ivan Dixon's contractual agreement, but I haven't been able to verify this.

    Dixon went on to begin a directorial career after "Hogan's Heroes," spanning the years from 1971-1993, and acted throughout much of it.

    Kenneth Washington (Baker) had, in my opinion, little of Kinchloe's chemistry with the other prisoners, but served to fill the missing-prisoner role for the truncated sixth season.

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    mishers

    [3]Jun 18, 2007
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    Okay. Since I bought the sixth season, i've noticed that it has lost its "charm" or cleverness. Seasons 1-3 were slapstick comedy, however they were clever in the way things happened. Seasons 4-5 began to lose this, and when season six came along it was all but gone.I found that I just wasn't laughing at it as much as I used to. The sixth season has become "slip on the banana peal" in a way, the comedy isn't nearly as clever. Anyways, just a thought.
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    Mad_Buck

    [4]Jun 18, 2007
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    When a series begins most actors sign contracts for a five year run. Ivan Dixon decided to leave the series at the end of his contract in order to pursue other projects specifically directing.
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    butteryellow

    [5]Jun 18, 2007
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    I don't know where I heard this, and it's been years and years, like back in the 70's, but I had also heard Ivan Dixon had some medical problems--if you listen to his voice in later acting, it's so low as to be almost abnormal ('Car Wash' is a good example) so I don't know if he had some type of throat surgery. I'm sure you're right, it was contractually related, but the medical thing was something else I'd heard.
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    Mad_Buck

    [6]Oct 10, 2007
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    butteryellow wrote:
    I don't know where I heard this, and it's been years and years, like back in the 70's, but I had also heard Ivan Dixon had some medical problems--if you listen to his voice in later acting, it's so low as to be almost abnormal ('Car Wash' is a good example) so I don't know if he had some type of throat surgery. I'm sure you're right, it was contractually related, but the medical thing was something else I'd heard.

    It might have been a combination of both since Ivan Dixon spent very little time in front of the cameras after he departed the show but he was a very prolific director throughout the 70's and early 80's. Dixon was one of the primary directors of The Waltons among other shows.

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