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Newton family and friends standing on their front porch

(top row) Doc Harlan, Wood, Evan, & Ponder Blue
(bottom row) Molly, Ava, Frieda, & Herman

TRIVIA NOTE:  The Colonial Revival home with a charming broad porch seen as the Newton home is actually a private residence built in 1883 and known as the Wilson-Mehaffy House after its former owners William Wilson and Tom Mehaffy who owned the property from the turn of the century through the 1940s. It is located at 2102 Louisiana Street (at 22nd) in Little Rock, Arkansas.

The house was purchased in 1974 by Townsend Wolfe, director of the Arkansas Art Center and his wife Jane, a guidance counselor for the Episcopalian dioceses.

Some of the exterior locations shots for the series were taken in the real-life city of Evening Shade, Arkansas in Sharp County but most of them were filmed in the towns of Little Rock and Fayetteville.

Michael Jeter who played Herman Stiles on EVENING SHADE died March 30, 2003. He was found dead Sunday in his Hollywood Hills home by his life partner, Sean Blue. In a 1997 interview for Entertainment Tonight, Jeter disclosed that he was HIV-positive.

Born on Aug. 26, 1952, in Lawrenceburg, Tenn., Jeter earned fame as The Other Mr. Noodles on PBS's SESAME STREET (a role he inherited from Bill Irwin a.k.a. "Mr. Noodles"); a 1990 Tony Award for his role of Otto Kringelein in the musical Grand Hotel, and a supporting actor Emmy for his role as assistant football coach Stiles on the EVENING SHADE series. He died at the age of 50.


Burt Reynolds as Wood Newton
Marilu Henner as .Ava Evans Newton
Melissa Renée Martin as Molly Newton
Jacob Parker as Will Newton
Jay R. Ferguson as Taylor Newton
Elizabeth Ashley as Freida Evans
Ossie Davis as Ponder Blue
Charlie Dell as Nub Oliver
Charles Durning as Doctor Harlan Elldridge
Linda Gehringer as Fontana Beausoleil
Burton Gilliam as Virgil
Ann Hearn as Margaret Fouch
Hal Holbrook as Evan Evans
Candace Hutson as Molly Newton
Michael Jeter as Herman Stiles
Brian Keith as Briggs Stiles
Alexa Vega as Emily Newton
Ann Wedgeworth as Merleen Elldridge

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