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  • "So sad to hear of Al's passing. I recall with great..."
    - Jerry Salzer
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    - Dan Markim
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    - Drew Pantello
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With great sadness we mourn the death of Alfred Markim, on November 24, 2015. With great joy we celebrate his full, successful life. Devoted son, brother, cherished husband, father, grandfather; Al was a pioneering TV actor, award-winning producer, visionary video executive. His legacy will survive him for decades. Al is perhaps best known as Astro, in the classic 1950s TV serial Tom Corbett, Space Cadet. Born in 1927 in Wilkes Barre, PA, Al served in the Army witnessing the Nuremberg trials. He later pursued acting, including stage and screen such as; TV's "Love of Life"; "La Ronde" at The Circle In The Square Theatre off- Broadway, and often co- hosted Jerry Lewis' Muscular Dystrophy Telethons. Al produced award-nominated movies including "The Fool Killer," and "The Pawnbroker," and was Executive Producer of the classic "Boys of Summer". Al was a pioneer who brought movies into home theaters. In 1968, he co- founded Teletronics and thereafter entered a partnership with Sony, creating the world's first and largest videocassette duplicating center (later Video Corporation of America sold to Ronald Perlman's McAndrew's Forbes and merged into Technicolor). He was Chairman of the International Tape Association and was inducted into the Video Hall of Fame in 1996. In retirement, he was President of his community's HOA; produced Second Half Strategies, a cable TV show; co- acted in local productions with his actress wife Sondra; and loved poker and the New York Yankees. In addition to Sondra, his soulmate of 53 years, Al leaves behind children Nancy (Fred), Dan (Sue), Gary (Nancy), Nina (John), and Carla (Gregg), 11 adoring grandchildren, and one greatgrandchild to be. Though he is gone, his light remains within all of us. In lieu of flowers: The Jewish Home Foundation 201-784-1414, or donate.DoctorsWithoutBorde Services by Moritz Funeral Home, Tappan, NY 845-359-0890.

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Published in The New York Times on Nov. 27, 2015
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