Eddie Barth dead at 78 – Goodbye Myron Fowler

Remember Myron Fowler who owned the other detective agency – across the street?


Voiceover artist known for 1980s Miller Lite commercials
By Mike Barnes, June 4, 2010
Eddie Barth, a veteran actor and voiceover artist known as „Mr. Gravel“ for his raspy timbre, died May 28 at his home in Los Angeles of heart failure. He was 78.

Barth appeared in 38 episodes of „Simon & Simon,“ the 1981-89 CBS series that starred Gerald McRaney and Jameson Parker as brothers and owners of a private detective agency. Barth played Myron Fowler, the owner of Peerless Detectives, a rival agency.

The Philadelphia native closed the classic Miller Lite beer commercials (Tastes Great … Less Filling) of the 1980s with the line, „Lite Beer from Miller; everything you want from a beer and less.“

Barth also did voice work on „Osmosis Jones“ (2001), „Babe: Pig in the City“ (1998) and „Superman: The Animated Series.“

He played a police lieutenant on CBS series „Shaft,“ an 1973 offshoot of the movie, and had regular roles on „Murder, She Wrote,“ „Civil Wars,“ „Night Court“ and „Stone.“

Survivors include his wife Sally, his son Victor, his grandson Tommy and his daughter-in-law Annie.

No services are planned. The family asks that donations in his name be made to the Actors Fund, the American Heart Assn. or any children’s charity.

The character Myron Fowler wasn´t easy to love. 😉 Most of the times he acted more like an opponent to Rick and AJ, but sure there were times when he helped them out!


RIP Eddie Barth.

Where are they now? – Jeannie Wilson

Isn´t it nice to see what the cast is doing now? The White Rock Lake Weekly had a longer article about Jeannie Wilson who played „Janet Fowler“ during the first 2 seasons – read about her here:


Last weekend, Wilson and Lucarelli premiered their feature film, Disrupt/Dismantle, at Colorado’s Vail Film Festival to enthusiastic audiences. The film focuses on the Los Angeles Police Department’s elite undercover narcotics division, and the challenges its officers face trying to take down a powerful drug cartel while balancing their commitment to family. Wilson is associate producer and fills the role of Detective Stern, while the film is co-produced, co-directed and co-written by Lucarelli and his partner, Troy Price, and stars Lucarelli.

Excerpts, here:

Remember this sweet Muffin? ;)

This is from the episode „The Dead Letter File“ wherein Cecily Adams (February 6, 1958 – March 3, 2004) plays Muffin Goldstein, for a few seconds at least. 😉



You might recognize her as Jim Beaver´s wife, not only from his book Life´s THAT Way but from her work as a casting director or her appearance in several roles, like „Ishka“ in Star Trek.

When I read about Cecily´s role in Simon & Simon, I was interested to learn what her part was. LOL, it was only one line, but I´m sure everyone envies her because of those cool glasses!

Small, small world – her husband Jim played along with Gerald McRaney in DEADWOOD!

If you want to learn more about and FROM this great man, I recommend to read Jim Beaver´s book and follow him on Twitter (jumblejim) – it´s a joy! 🙂