Allene Simmons, who appeared in several films and TV shows in the 1980s, died on February 2, 2012, at the age of 54. Simmons was best known for her roles in Porky’s, Time Walker, and The Malibu Bikini Shop.
From Boom Operator to Actress
Simmons was born on November 24, 1957, in the USA. She started her career as a boom operator for sound recordings of films shot in the United States and Europe. She later decided to pursue acting and landed her first film role in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Wrong Man in 1955, although she was uncredited. She went on to appear in many films, such as Jamboree, Captain Newman, M.D., and Star Trek: The Motion Picture. She also worked steadily on television, guest starring in many western, drama, and sci-fi shows, such as Laramie, Rawhide, The Rifleman, Gunsmoke, The Virginian, Perry Mason, The Fugitive, The Time Tunnel, Star Trek, and The Invaders.
Simmons gained fame for her roles in the comedy films Porky’s, Time Walker, and The Malibu Bikini Shop. She played Jackie, one of the girls who prank the boys at the titular strip club in Porky’s, which was a huge box office hit in 1981. She also played a nurse in Time Walker, a sci-fi horror film about an ancient mummy that comes to life in a university.
A Voice in the Anime Industry
Simmons also pursued her passion for voice acting and joined the anime dubbing company Funimation in 2003. She voiced many memorable characters in various anime shows, such as King Bradley in Fullmetal Alchemist, Sengoku in One Piece, Sebas Tian in Overlord, and Mr. Iwamoto in Yu Yu Hakusho.
A Life Cut Short
Simmons was married to her husband, Bruce, for 37 years. They had two children and four grandchildren. Simmons was a devoted family man, who enjoyed spending time with her loved ones.
Simmons’ death has saddened her fans, colleagues, and friends, who have expressed their condolences and tributes on social media. Many of her fellow actors, directors, and voice actors have shared their memories and appreciation of Simmons, highlighting her talent, professionalism, and kindness. Simmons was a respected and admired artist, who always gave her best and supported others.
Allene Simmons’ cause of death may have taken her away from us, but her legacy lives on in her work. She has left a lasting impression on the film, television, and anime industry, and the fans, who will always remember her for her versatile roles and performances. She was a true professional, a talented artist, and a wonderful person. Rest in peace, Allene Simmons.