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Posted By: Golem The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 01/02/15 03:19 AM
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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 01/02/15 03:21 AM
Mario Cuomo, former New York governor, dead at 82

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Ever-eloquent Mario Cuomo, a son of Queens who rode his rhetorical gifts to three terms as New York governor and tantalized Democrats by flirting with a run for President, died Thursday. He was 82.

Cuomo passed away five hours after his oldest son, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, was formally sworn-in to a second term in Manhattan.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 01/02/15 09:01 PM
'Beverly Hillbillies' Actress Donna Douglas Dies at 81

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Donna Douglas, best known for her role as the tomboy, critter-loving Elly May Clampett on the 1960s fish-out-of-water CBS sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies, died on New Year’s Day, according to WAFB Channel 9 in Louisiana, which cited family members. She was 81.

Douglas also co-starred opposite Elvis Presley in the 1966 film Frankie and Johnny (she was Frankie, like Elvis playing a performer on a Mississippi River riverboat) and stood out as the hospitalized woman underneath the bandages in the memorable 1960 Twilight Zone episode "The Eye of the Beholder."

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 01/06/15 08:32 PM
Allie Sherman Dies at 91; Led Giants to Title Games

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Allie Sherman, who possessed a dubious football pedigree as a left-handed quarterback at Brooklyn College but went on to take the New York Giants to National Football League title games in his first three seasons as their coach, died on Saturday at his home in Manhattan. He was 91.

His death was announced by his family.

Sherman's early years as the Giants' coach have long been remembered as a revered time in the franchise's history. His players included quarterbacks Charley Conerly and Y. A. Tittle, backs Alex Webster, Kyle Rote and Frank Gifford and wide receiver Del Shofner, as well as a formidable defensive lineup that included Sam Huff, Andy Robustelli and Roosevelt Grier.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 01/29/15 07:14 PM
Colleen McCullough, Author of 'The Thorn Birds,' Dies at 77

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Colleen McCullough, a former neurophysiological researcher at Yale who, deciding to write novels in her spare time, produced "The Thorn Birds," a multigenerational Australian romance that became an international best seller and inspired a hugely popular television mini-series, died on Thursday on Norfolk Island in the South Pacific, where she had made her home for more than 30 years. She was 77.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 01/30/15 05:13 PM
Rod McKuen, Prolific Poet and Lyricist, Dies at 81

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Rod McKuen, a ubiquitous poet, lyricist and songwriter whose work met with immense commercial success if little critical esteem, died on Thursday in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 81...

Mr. McKuen, whom The St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture described as having been, at his height, "the unofficial poet laureate of America," was the author of dozens of books of poetry, which together sold millions of copies...

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 02/14/15 12:47 AM
Gary Owens, Announcer of ‘Laugh-In’ Fame, Dies at 80

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Radio, TV and voiceover performer Gary Owens died on Feb. 12 at his home in the Encino neighborhood of Los Angeles. Owens, who was 80, had been a diabetic since the age of 8.

Owens was probably best known as the announcer on NBC’s “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In” (1968-73), with his trademark hand-over-the-ear announcing style. On the show, John Wayne once imitated Owens announcing. The phrase Gary created on his KMPC radio show, “Beautiful downtown Burbank,” later became a nightly catchphrase on Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show.”

Owens also lent his voice to more than 3,000 cartoons, providing the voice of “Space Ghost” as well as Blue Falcon, Roger Ramjet, Powdered Toast Man and even Batman.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 02/14/15 02:52 AM
Stan Chambers dies at 91; newsman had six-decade career at KTLA

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When the story broke that a little girl was trapped in a well in San Marino, thousands of Angelenos snapped on their television sets. They kept them on for the next 27 hours.

The year was 1949 — decades before live coverage of car chases, hostage crises and other breaking news became commonplace.

“That was the first time anyone realized that television had this remarkable ability,” Stan Chambers, one of the two reporters on the scene for KTLA-TV Channel 5’s unusual broadcast, recalled years later of his role in TV news history. “It was then that I decided that I really wanted to be in news.”

Chambers, who stayed on the story through its heartbreaking ending to become one of the most enduring and recognizable faces in local television news, died Friday at his home in Holmby Hills, the station announced, without specifying the cause. He was 91.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 02/16/15 09:38 PM
'It's My Party' Singer-Songwriter Lesley Gore Dies at 68

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Singer-songwriter Lesley Gore, who topped the charts in 1963 at age 16 with her epic song of teenage angst, "It's My Party," and followed it up with the hits "Judy's Turn to Cry," and the feminist anthem "You Don't Own Me," died Monday. She was 68.

Gore died of lung cancer at New York University Langone Medical Center in Manhattan, according to her partner of 33 years, Lois Sasson.

"She was a wonderful human being — caring, giving, a great feminist, great woman, great human being, great humanitarian," Sasson, a jewelry designer, told The Associated Press.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 02/16/15 09:44 PM
'Gigi' star Louis Jourdan dies at 93

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Louis Jourdan, the dashingly handsome Frenchman who starred in Gigi, Can-Can, Three Coins in the Fountain and other American movies, has died. He was 93.

Jourdan's biographer, Olivier Minne, said the actor died Saturday at his home in Beverly Hills, likely of natural causes.

"He was the last French actor from the Hollywood golden era," said Minne, who is working on a book and documentary about Jourdan. "Louis was very proud of his career in America."

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 02/27/15 05:05 PM
Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, Influential Ex-President of Notre Dame, Dies at 97

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The Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, the former president of the University of Notre Dame who stood up to both the White House and the Vatican as he transformed Catholic higher education in America and raised a powerful moral voice in national affairs, died late Thursday in South Bend, Ind. He was 97.

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Posted By: Ken Condon Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 02/27/15 05:20 PM
Unfortunately he won’t be entitled to any virgins while he is in heaven. At 97 it’s likely he wouldn’t know the difference anyway.
Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 02/27/15 06:07 PM
This one really hurts. frown

Leonard Nimoy, Spock of ‘Star Trek,’ Dies at 83

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Leonard Nimoy, the sonorous, gaunt-faced actor who won a worshipful global following as Mr. Spock, the resolutely logical human-alien first officer of the Starship Enterprise in the television and movie juggernaut “Star Trek,” died on Friday morning at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles. He was 83.

His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed his death, saying the cause was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Mr. Nimoy announced that he had the disease last year, attributing it to years of smoking, a habit he had given up three decades earlier. He had been hospitalized earlier in the week.

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Posted By: Greger Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 02/27/15 06:24 PM
Requiescat in pace.
Posted By: pdx rick Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 02/27/15 07:13 PM


Awww. RIP Spock. frown
Posted By: logtroll Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 02/27/15 10:41 PM
May the Force be with him...
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Malcolm Boyd (June 8, 1923 – February 27, 2015) was an American Episcopal priest and author. He was active in the civil rights movement as one of the Freedom Riders in 1961 and as a minister. Boyd reached people with his book of prayers, Are You Running with Me, Jesus? (1965), which became a bestseller.[1] In 2005 it was published in a 40th-anniversary edition. Boyd also was active in the anti-war movement.

In 1977 Boyd "came out", revealing that he was homosexual and becoming a spokesman for gay rights. In 2013 he served as a poet/writer in residence at St. Paul Cathedral in Los Angeles.
Wikipedia Malcolm was a dear, honest man. I had the good fortune of knowing him and treasured every moment with him.
Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 03/01/15 08:51 PM
Minnie Minoso, Treasured White Sox Ballplayer, Is Dead

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Minnie Minoso, the hugely popular All-Star outfielder from Cuba who became the major league’s first black player out of Latin America and a treasured figure in the history of the Chicago White Sox, died on Sunday in Chicago. His true age was never entirely clear, but by an account in his autobiography, he would have been 89 when he died.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 03/03/15 11:17 PM
M. Stanton Evans, conservative icon, dead at 80

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M. Stanton Evans, arguably the funniest serious man in America for much of his 80 years on the planet, died Tuesday after a long bout with pancreatic cancer.

For most of his life, as Mr. Evans watched fellow conservatives come and go, he lamented — always with humor, not bitterness — their tendency to catch “Potomac fever” as soon as they come to power.

“When our people get to the point where they can do us some good, they stop being our people,” he said, uttering what became known as “Evans‘ Law of Politics.”

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Posted By: Greger Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 03/13/15 01:21 AM
Sir Terry Pratchett, fantasy author and creator of the Discworld series, has died aged 66, eight years after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.
Posted By: NW Ponderer Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 03/13/15 03:08 AM
Truly affected by Pratchett's passing, even though it has been coming some time.
Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 03/15/15 01:55 AM
Al Rosen, former MVP and Executive of the Year, dies at 91

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The baseball world lost one of its greatest talents and brightest minds on Friday when former Cleveland Indians infielder and longtime MLB executive Al Rosen died at age 91.

Known as the "Hebrew Hammer," Rosen spent the entirety of his 10-year playing career with the Indians, hitting .285/.384/.495 with 192 home runs and 717 RBIs over 4,374 plate appearances. Rosen was a four-time All-Star, earning selections from 1952-1955, and was voted American League MVP in 1953, beating out the likes of Yogi Berra, Minnie Minoso and Mickey Vernon.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 03/21/15 04:58 PM
Chuck Bednarik, Hall-of-Fame Linebacker, Dies at 89

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Chuck Bednarik, a Pro Football Hall of Famer and one of the last great two-way NFL players, died early Saturday the Philadelphia Eagles said. He was 89.

Bednarik, known as "Concrete Charlie," epitomized the tough-guy linebacker and also was an outstanding center for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1949 to 1962. He is best remembered for a game-saving tackle at the 9-yard line on the final play of the 1960 title game, and it was typical Bednarik. He threw Green Bay running back Jim Taylor to the ground and refused to let him up while the final seconds ticked off as the Eagles held on for a 17-13 win...

The tackle on Taylor actually was the second hit that season that drew headlines. Earlier in 1960, he knocked out New York Giants running back Frank Gifford with a blow so hard that Gifford suffered a concussion and didn't play again until 1962...

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 03/23/15 07:43 PM
RIP, Jim Berry: For 40 years, 'Berry's World' cartoonist dispensed relatable laughs

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... In so many ways, to read Jim Berry was to meet Jim Berry.

"Berry's World," the syndicated single-panel feature that he drew for 40 years, beginning in 1963, was a remarkably steady stream of thoughtful observational humor that -- like the unfussy art itself -- rarely seemed to strain for the laugh. Each gag, as steady as a top golfer's approach shots, just "landed." Precision meets concision ...

Mr. Berry died last Friday in Boynton Beach, Fla., at age 83 ...

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 03/25/15 10:28 PM
'Dr. George' Fischbeck dies at 92; popular weatherman at KABC-TV

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George Fischbeck, a science teacher turned weatherman who joined KABC-TV in 1972 and spent nearly two decades exuberantly delivering the local forecast, has died. He was 92.

Fischbeck, who was known as "Dr. George," died of natural causes early Wednesday morning at the Motion Picture & Television Fund retirement home in Woodland Hills, his daughter, Nancy Fischbeck, said.

A trained meteorologist, George Fischbeck was so enthusiastic about his subject that he sometimes forgot to talk about the next day's weather.


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He was my favorite LA weatherman. A real character.
Posted By: pdx rick Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 03/26/15 06:00 AM
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'Dr. George' Fischbeck dies at 92; popular weatherman at KABC-TV

Aww...
Posted By: Scoutgal Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 03/26/15 03:33 PM
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He was my favorite LA weatherman. A real character.


Mine, too. smile
Posted By: pdx rick Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 03/26/15 04:12 PM

When I lived in LaLaLand, I liked Dr. George and Fritz Coleman.
Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 03/28/15 05:10 PM
Rod Hundley, an Outsize Personality on and Off the Court, Dies at 80 (Hot Rod Hundley)

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Rod Hundley, basketball's irrepressible Hot Rod, who parlayed showmanship on the court with flair at the microphone to become a fan favorite for more than half a century, died on Friday at his home near Phoenix. He was 80.

Hundley was an electrifying presence at West Virginia University, played for the Lakers and stamped his persona on broadcasting, mostly for the New Orleans Jazz.

"Nobody did the things I did on the court and nobody has done them since," Hundley said of his collegiate exploits in "Hot Rod Hundley: You Gotta Love It Baby!" (2012), written with Tom McEachin. "I'd shoot behind my back, sit on the other team's bench and really work the crowd. I was a Globetrotter in college basketball."

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Hot Rod: The man behind the voice (from 2003)

Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 04/02/15 07:29 PM
Robert Schuller, Crystal Cathedral megachurch founder, dies

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The Rev. Robert H. Schuller, the Southern California televangelist and author who beamed his upbeat messages on faith and redemption to millions from his landmark Crystal Cathedral only to see his empire crumble in his waning years, has died. He was 88.

Schuller died early Thursday at a care facility in Artesia, daughter Carol Schuller Milner said. He was diagnosed with terminal esophageal cancer in 2013.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 04/02/15 07:34 PM
Eddie LeBaron, 85, starred at UOP and in NFL

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Eddie LeBaron, the College Football Hall of Fame quarterback at the University of the Pacific who went on to a lengthy pro career, died Wednesday in Stockton, the university announced. He was 85.

University officials said Mr. LeBaron, who also worked as a lawyer in Sacramento for nine years before retiring in 1997, died of natural causes ...

Drafted by the Washington Redskins, Mr. LeBaron played seven years in the nation’s capital and four with the Dallas Cowboys. He also played one season with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League ...

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 04/05/15 10:56 PM
Lon Simmons, Giants' Hall of Fame broadcaster, dies at 91

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Lon Simmons, the Hall of Fame broadcaster whose baritone voice and dry wit captured some of the most thrilling moments Bay Area sports history, has died. He was 91.

The Giants sent a press release Sunday afternoon that said, "The Giants family and Bay Area sports community lost a true gentleman (Sunday) morning when Hall of Fame broadcaster Lon Simmons peacefully passed away."

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 04/08/15 01:48 AM
Stan Freberg, acclaimed satirist, dies at 88

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Stan Freberg, whose freewheeling comic career in advertising garnered him worldwide acclaim and whose satirical entertainments abounded on TV, the radio and on records, has died. He was 88.

Freberg died of natural causes at a Santa Monica hospital ...

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First saw him on local KTLA as a kid. Great talent
Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 04/08/15 05:09 PM
Geoffrey Lewis, Western Star and Juliette Lewis' Dad, Dies at 79

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Geoffrey Lewis, the father of actress Juliette Lewis, has died. He was 79 ...

Lewis was well known for his appearances in western films and his roles in multiple Clint Eastwood movies ...

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One of my all-time favorite actors. You'd know him if you saw him.

Posted By: NW Ponderer Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 04/08/15 05:52 PM
Two of my favorite "characters"
Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 04/09/15 10:30 PM
Richard Dysart, the Patriarchal Senior Partner of 'L.A. Law,' Dies at 86

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Richard Dysart, the Emmy-winning actor who portrayed the cranky senior partner Leland McKenzie in the slick, long-running NBC drama L.A. Law, has died. He was 86.

Dysart, who also played Coach in the original 1972 Broadway production of Jason Miller’s Pulitzer Prize-winning That Championship Season, died Sunday at home in Santa Monica after a long illness, his wife, artist Kathryn Jacobi, told The Hollywood Reporter ...

He ... was the bad guy who battled Clint Eastwood in Pale Rider ...

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Percy Sledge, the R&B belter whose biggest hit, “When a Man Loves a Woman,” became a cornerstone of soul music, died Tuesday. He was 73.

Sledge died in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, said Stephanie Price of the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office. The cause of death wasn’t immediately available
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Posted By: Ken Condon Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 04/15/15 01:14 AM
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The cause of death wasn’t immediately available

Broken lovin heart.
Posted By: Sandune Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 04/19/15 09:17 PM
Richard Dysart was often in our audience when I worked for the Geers when they performed the Shakespearean plays. We loved his marvelous voice when he often laughed over and above the usual audience. Of course we knew who he was and appreciated his talent applauding our own presentations.
Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 04/28/15 07:14 PM
Marcel Pronovost, Hall of Famer on 5 Stanley cup winners, dies at 84

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Hall of Famer Marcel Pronovost, who spent 15 years with the Detroit Red Wings before capping his playing career with a five-year run in Toronto, has died. He was 84.

Pronovost won the Stanley Cup five times as a player and recorded 88 goals and 257 assists in 1,206 regular-season games. He moved into coaching after his retirement and had served as a scout for the New Jersey Devils since 1990.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 04/28/15 07:16 PM
Jayne Meadows Allen, film and television actress, dies at 95

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ayne Meadows, a longtime television actress who was the widow of TV legend Steve Allen and the elder sister of actress Audrey Meadows, died of natural causes at her home in Encino, Calif., on Sunday night. She was 95.

Over a showbiz career that spanned six-plus decades, Meadows took to the Broadway stage — in “The Gazebo” in 1958 — appeared in films including 1946’s “Undercurrent,” starring Katharine Hepburn; toured in her one-woman show “Powerful Women in History” for seven years; appeared with Allen onstage in A.R. Gurney’s “Love and Letters” off and on for 11 years; and was a regular panelist on the hit CBS gameshow “I’ve Got a Secret.”

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 04/28/15 07:22 PM
Legendary wrestler Verne Gagne dies

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Legendary wrestler and promoter Verne Gagne died Monday surrounded by his family in Minnesota, according to close friends. He was 89.

News of his death reverberated through the wrestling world in tweets and Facebook posts that paid tribute to the Robbinsdale High School wrestler who went on to make a mark in the worlds of both amateur and professional wrestling.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 04/28/15 07:23 PM
Former middleweight world champion boxer Gene Fullmer dead at 83

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West Jordan • Many professional boxers have colorful and jarring nicknames designed to instill fear in opponents, capture the imagination of the general public and perhaps bring some extra publicity and headlines.

But when it came to having a trademark moniker, Utah's Gene Fullmer wasn't like many of his counterparts. In a 2009 interview with The Salt Lake Tribune, Fullmer said he just preferred to be called by the name his parents, Tuff and Mary Fullmer, gave him when he was born in 1931.

The former world middleweight boxing champion died late Monday night at a care center near his home in West Jordan. He was 83.

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Posted By: Ken Condon Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 04/30/15 10:41 PM
In case you missed it:

The voice behind one of the catchiest, messiest recordings in the history of rock n’ roll has passed away. Jack Ely,

How ‘Louie Louie’ Launched a Boner-Related FBI Investigation

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I say we gotta go now.
Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 05/10/15 05:45 PM
Joanne Carson dies at 83; ex-wife of 'Tonight Show' host (2nd wife of Johnny Carson)

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She was a struggling model and he was the host of a TV game show who shyly asked her if she wanted to watch some film clips of his comedy.

It was the first date in 1960 in New York City for the future Joanne Carson and Johnny Carson, long before he became the king of late-night television ...

Joanne Carson, 83, who later in life became a close confidant of Truman Capote, died Friday at home in Los Angeles. She had been in declining health and was in hospice care ...

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Posted By: Scoutgal Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 05/10/15 06:29 PM
Golem~I appreciate you keeping up this thread for us! ThumbsUp
Posted By: Greger Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 05/15/15 04:52 PM
Everyone probably knows by now that blues legend BB King has passed.
Posted By: Scoutgal Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 05/16/15 08:13 PM
Originally Posted By: Greger
Everyone probably knows by now that blues legend BB King has passed.


So very sad. frown
Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 05/19/15 02:09 AM
Maurie Berman, founder of Chicago's iconic Superdawg, dies at 89

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Several veterans opened food stands to supplement their student incomes on the GI Bill after World War II, but Maurie Berman wanted something different.

"He wanted to open something more noteworthy," said his son, Scott Berman, 64. "A building, a tower, something with some identity."

So was born the friendly, family-run Northwest Side vintage drive-in Superdawg, with its order booth that looks like an airport control tower and its two 12-foot-tall papier-mache hot dogs designed in 1948 that stand on its roof.

Mr. Berman died Sunday, May 17, of heart problems at 89, his son said.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 05/25/15 01:40 AM
Anne Meara, Comedian and Actress, Dies at 85

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Anne Meara, who became famous as half of one of the most successful male-female comedy teams of all time and went on to enjoy a long and diverse career as an actress and, late in life, a playwright, died on Saturday in Manhattan. She was 85.

Her death was confirmed by her husband and longtime comedy partner, Jerry Stiller, and her son, the actor and director Ben Stiller. They did not provide the cause.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 05/31/15 03:39 AM
Beau Biden, vice president’s son, dies of brain cancer

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Joseph Robinette “Beau” Biden III, the son of Vice President Biden and former state attorney general of Delaware, died Saturday after battling brain cancer for several years.

Biden, 46, the oldest son of the vice president and the rising star of a family dynasty, had been admitted recently to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda as he fought the cancer, a battle that his father largely kept private in the last weeks as his son clung to his life.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 06/09/15 04:16 PM
Famed Manson family prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi dies at 80

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Vincent Bugliosi, the Los Angeles County deputy district attorney who gained worldwide fame for his successful prosecutions of Charles Manson and his followers for the brutal 1969 murders of actress Sharon Tate and six others, has died. He was 80.

Bugliosi, who went on to become a best-selling true crime writer, co-authoring the compelling account “Helter Skelter” about the Manson murders and the sensational trial that followed, died Saturday in a Los Angeles hospital.

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Posted By: pdx rick Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 06/09/15 05:03 PM

(Maybe not so famous. Heard of him, but didn't know what he did in life.)
Posted By: Scoutgal Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 06/09/15 05:49 PM
Rick-Vincent Bugliosi was also a talented writer. I've read several of his books.
Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 06/10/15 05:36 PM
Big band leader James Last famed for his trademark 'happy music' dies at his US home aged 86

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-- James Last had career composing big band music spanning five decades
-- Had 52 hit records in Britain alone, a total only topped by Elvis Presley
-- Composed 190 tracks and at his peak was producing two albums a month
-- Died in Florida after a short illness surrounded by family, promoters said

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 06/11/15 05:18 PM
Christopher Lee, prolific British actor, dead at age 93

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Christopher Lee, an actor who brought dramatic gravitas and aristocratic bearing to screen villains from Dracula to the wicked wizard Saruman in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, has died at age 93.

Lee appeared in more than 250 movies, taking on memorable roles such as the James Bond enemy Scaramanga and the evil Count Dooku in two "Star Wars" prequels.

But for many, he will forever be known as the vampire Count Dracula in a slew of gory, gothic British "Hammer Horror" thrillers churned out in the 1950s and 1960s that became hugely popular around the world.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 06/11/15 05:45 PM
Ron Moody, Actor Best Known as Fagin in 'Oliver!,' Dies at 91

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Ron Moody, the British character actor who rose to prominence in the role of Fagin, Dickens's guru of thievery, in "Oliver!," the stage and movie versions of "Oliver Twist," died on Thursday. He was 91.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 06/11/15 07:54 PM
Dusty Rhodes passes away

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On Twitter Thursday, Paul "HHH" Levesque announced the passing of Virgil "Dusty Rhodes" Runnels Jr. He was 69.

Rhodes was one of the most charismatic pro wrestlers in history and among the most popular wrestlers and biggest drawing cards of the 70s and 80s. He was born Virgil Riley Runnels Jr. and took his name from a baseball star of an earlier era.

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Posted By: Greger Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 06/11/15 10:57 PM
I watched him wrestle many times here in FLorida, he was a great showman and always fun to see in and out of the ring.
Requiescat in Pace, Dusty.
Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 06/12/15 07:43 PM
Ornette Coleman, Composer and Saxophonist Who Rewrote the Language of Jazz, Dies at 85

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Ornette Coleman, the alto saxophonist and composer who was one of the most powerful and contentious innovators in the history of jazz, died on Thursday in Manhattan. He was 85.

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Light music composer Ernest Tomlinson dies aged 90

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Born in Lancashire in 1924, Ernest Tomlinson wrote light orchestral pieces which became a well-loved fixture on [url=/radio/]radio[/url], television and stage in the decades following World War II. He had his first piece broadcast in 1949 and six years later, he formed the Ernest Tomlinson Light Orchestra.

Tomlinson produced a wide range of works – including overtures, suites, rhapsodies and miniatures. His Little Serenade and Suite of English Folk Dances - particularly the movement titled Dick's Maggot - are regularly played on Classic FM. In the 1960s he composed a number of pieces for the test card, including Stately Occasion and Capability Brown

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Ernest Tomlinson - Little Serenade

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Kirk Kerkorian, Billionaire Investor in Film Studios and Casinos, Dies at 98

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Kirk Kerkorian, the media-shy investor who became one of the richest Americans by betting his money on ventures like casinos and film studios, died Monday night at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 98 ...

Born poor, Mr. Kerkorian was a brawling amateur boxer, a daredevil pilot and a high-stakes poker player before figuring out safer ways to amass a multibillion-dollar fortune. He pursued strategies that baffled business rivals and Wall Street analysts and that left him sometimes on the verge of bankruptcy. Other times, his moves brought him windfalls ...

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 06/23/15 04:44 PM
Dick Van Patten, Who Starred in Eight Is Enough and The Love Boat, Dies at 86

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 06/23/15 05:37 PM
James Horner, Film Composer for 'Titanic' and 'Braveheart,' Dies in Plane Crash

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The two-time Oscar winner, 61, worked on three James Cameron films, two 'Star Trek' movies and classics like 'A Beautiful Mind,' 'Field of Dreams' and 'Apollo 13.'

James Horner, the consummate film composer known for his heart-tugging scores for Field of Dreams, Braveheart and Titanic, for which he won two Academy Awards, died Monday in a plane crash near Santa Barbara. He was 61.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 06/26/15 03:47 PM
Patrick Macnee, Star of 'The Avengers,' Dies at 93

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Patrick Macnee, who wielded a lethal umbrella and sharp repartee as the dapper secret agent John Steed on the 1960s television series "The Avengers," died on Thursday at his home in Rancho Mirage, Calif. He was 93 ...

He was the young Marley in the Alastair Sim version of “A Christmas Carol” in 1951 ...

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Posted By: Scoutgal Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 06/26/15 08:21 PM
That was such a great show-and I miss it.
Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 06/30/15 02:14 AM
Jack Carter, Brash Comic, Dies at 93

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Jack Carter, whose brash, caustic comedy made him a star in early television and helped him sustain a career of more than a half-century in TV, nightclubs, movies and on stage, died of respiratory failure at his Beverly Hills, California, home, a family spokesman said.

Carter turned 93 just four days before he died Sunday, Jeff Sanderson said.

In 1948, when network television was beginning, Carter starred in a series of variety shows on ABC. In 1950, Pat Weaver, the visionary NBC programmer who fostered the "Today" and "Tonight" shows and other innovations, scheduled two hours of programming called "Saturday Night Revue."

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 07/10/15 02:40 AM
Ken Stabler, Alabama Crimson Tide and Oakland Raiders QB, dies at 69

Confirmation from WPMI-TV

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 07/10/15 02:57 PM
Omar Sharif, star of Dr Zhivago and one of the world's greatest bridge players, dies

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Omar Sharif, star of Dr Zhivago and one of the world's greatest bridge players, has died aged 83.

His agent Steve Kenis said on Friday: "He suffered a heart attack this afternoon in a hospital in Cairo."

Egyptian-born Sharif, who had Alzheimer’s disease, won international acclaim for his role in the 1962 epic Lawrence of Arabia – his first English-language film.

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My mom fell hard for Doctor Zhivago.
Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 07/19/15 04:35 PM
Alex Rocco Obituary

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Alex Rocco, a longtime character actor has died at the age of 79, according to the examiner.com. His death was first reported by his daughter on her facebook page. One of his best known roles would be as casino owner Moe Greene in "The Godfather" who had the famous line, "Do you know who I am"?

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 07/19/15 05:05 PM
Here is Alex Rocco as Moe Greene in the character's death scene from The Godfather, which is part of this longer scene.
Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 08/01/15 12:53 AM
Roddy Piper dead at 61 (great professional wrestler)

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TMZ.com is reporting that the legendary Rowdy Roddy Piper has died. He was 61.

The website is reporting that he died of from a heart attack at home in Hollywood on Thursday night, and discovered on Friday.

He had been diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2006, but last November he said he was cancer free.

Piper was one of the greatest performers of the 1970s and especially the 1980s and 1990s, when he was the natural foil to Hulk Hogan.

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Posted By: Scoutgal Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 08/02/15 03:37 PM
My father-n-law and my kids and nephews all loved watching WWE Wrestling. They were all sad to hear of Rowdy Roddy Piper's passing.
Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 09/02/15 11:26 PM
Dean Jones, Boyish Disney Star, Dies at 84

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Dean Jones, whose boyish good looks and all-American manner made him Disney's favorite young actor for such lighthearted films as "That Darn Cat!" and "The Love Bug," has died of Parkinson's disease. He was 84.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 09/21/15 05:44 PM
Jack Larson, a Playwright Better Known as Jimmy Olsen in 'Superman,' Dies at 87

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Jack Larson, the playwright and librettist who, as he often predicted with good-natured resignation, will be remembered best as the actor who played the cub reporter Jimmy Olsen on the television series "Adventures of Superman," died on Sunday at his home in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles. He was 87.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 09/23/15 04:33 PM
Yogi Berra, Yankees Hall of Fame Catcher With a One-of-a-Kind Wit, Dies at 90

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Yogi Berra, one of baseball's greatest catchers and characters, who as a player was a mainstay of 10 Yankee championship teams and as a manager led both the Yankees and Mets to the World Series -- but who may be more widely known as an ungainly but lovable cultural figure, inspiring a cartoon character and issuing a seemingly limitless supply of unwittingly witty epigrams known as Yogi-isms -- died on Tuesday. He was 90.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 09/30/15 11:26 PM
"Sea Cruise" singer Frankie Ford has died

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Frankie Ford, a rock 'n' roll and rhythm and blues singer whose 1959 hit "Sea Cruise" brought him international fame when he was 19, is dead at the age of 76.

Ford died Monday of natural causes, according to the Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, coroner's office.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 10/02/15 04:44 PM
John Guillermin, 'Towering Inferno' Director, Dies at 89

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John Guillermin, a prolific British director best known for blockbusters like the 1974 disaster movie "The Towering Inferno" and the 1976 remake of "King Kong," died on Sunday at his home in Topanga, Calif. He was 89.

The cause was a heart attack, his wife, Mary Guillermin, said.

In addition to big-budget extravaganzas, Mr. Guillermin (the name is French, but he pronounced it GILL-er-min) directed a raft of films in various genres from the end of the 1940s until he retired from filmmaking in the 1980s.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 10/07/15 04:40 PM
Billy Joe Royal, Country and Pop Singer, Dead at 73

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Billy Joe Royal, who scored the 1965 Top Ten single "Down in the Boondocks" and also made frequent appearances on the country chart in the Eighties, died suddenly Tuesday morning at his Marietta, North Carolina home, according to the Tennessean. He was 73 years old.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 10/08/15 07:13 PM
Kevin Corcoran, known to generations of Disney fans as 'Moochie,' dies at 66

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Disney child actor Kevin Corcoran, who played the irrepressible Moochie in the "Spin and Marty" serials on "The Mickey Mouse Club" and went on to play roles in films such as "Old Yeller," died Tuesday at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank. He was 66.

The cause was colorectal cancer, said his wife, Laura.

Moochie -- an adorable, talkative kid who was always getting into jams -- was not far removed from the real-life Corcoran, said David Stollery, who played Marty. Corcoran was 7 when he started appearing in the series that took place on a dude ranch.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 10/08/15 08:19 PM
Chef Paul Prudhomme dies at 75

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Louisiana Chef Paul Prudhomme, credited with helping popularize Cajun and Creole cuisine, died Thursday, according to K-Paul's, the New Orleans restaurant he owned.

Prudhomme, who was 75, died in New Orleans after a brief illness, the restaurant said.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 10/11/15 05:05 PM
Jerry Parr, Secret Service Agent Who Helped Save Reagan, Dies at 85

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Jerry S. Parr, the Secret Service agent credited with saving President Ronald Reagan's life during an assassination attempt in 1981, died Friday at a hospice near his home in Washington. He was 85.

The death was confirmed by Mr. Parr's wife, Carolyn, who said he died of congestive heart failure.

Mr. Parr was just feet away from Mr. Reagan when John W. Hinckley Jr. opened fire on the president outside the Washington Hilton hotel on March 30, 1981.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 10/12/15 01:53 AM
Dean Chance, Angels' first Cy Young winner, dies at age 74

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Dean Chance, the 1964 Cy Young winner and a recently inducted member of the Angels Hall of Fame, has died. He was 74 ...

In 1964, Chance was 20-9 with a 1.65 ERA, winning the Cy Young Award at a time when there was only one winner, rather than one for each league. At the time, the 23-year-old Chance was the youngest pitcher ever to win the Cy Young, a distinction he held until Dwight Gooden won the award at age 20 in 1985 ...

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 10/18/15 03:00 AM
Bruce Hyde, Lt. Kevin Riley on Star Trek (the original series), dead at 74

Have No Fear, O'Rileys Here

Bruce Hyde -- Dallas native, professor and beloved 'Star Trek' actor -- has died at 74

Bruce Hyde Early sci-fi actor, St. Cloud educator

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 10/31/15 02:27 AM
'Happy Days' Star Al Molinaro Dies

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Al Molinaro, who played the beloved chef at the drive-in on "Happy Days" ... died in a Wisconsin hospital on Thursday.

Molinaro's son confirmed the actor's death ... telling us he had very bad gall stones, but Al elected not to have surgery due to his age. He was 96.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 11/12/15 07:13 PM
Legendary S.F. stripper Carol Doda dies at 78

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Carol Doda, who helped take stripping out of the shadowy margins of American society and gained worldwide fame as a topless dancer in the 1960s and '70s, died Monday of complications related to kidney failure. She was 78.

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Posted By: Ezekiel Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 11/12/15 07:51 PM
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Legendary S.F. stripper Carol Doda dies at 78

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Carol Doda, who helped take stripping out of the shadowy margins of American society and gained worldwide fame as a topless dancer in the 1960s and '70s, died Monday of complications related to kidney failure. She was 78.

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Now that is sad frown
Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 11/15/15 05:48 PM
Class personified: Nick Bockwinkel dies (Hall of Fame professional wrestler)

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During his heyday as one of the most articulate heels of all time, Nick Bockwinkel, who died Saturday at the age of 80, had a secret weapon, and for those familiar with his eloquent discourses on the state of the world during interviews, it shouldn't surprise: it was a dictionary. Well, actually it wasn't one dictionary, but many. He had a little notebook that he wrote down interesting words into, and began to learn them and their meanings.

"I used to use the four, five or six syllable words as best I could," expounded Bockwinkel in The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: The Heels. "If I ran across one I didn't know, I had a little dictionary. I would have this little dictionary, with 70 or 80 words, that I would always be perusing. I had it with me all the time. Automatically, some of these words just starting coming to me in my interviews because I was familiar with them."

With his passing after many years battling memory issues, the world is robbed of one of the classiest individuals ever to step into the wrestling ring – or to the microphone.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 11/22/15 03:09 AM
Actor Rex Reason has died

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Rex Reason, the leading man in such films as "This Island Earth" and "The Creature Walks Among Us" has died according to his official Facebook page. He was 86.

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Rex Reason's younger, and look-alike brother, Rhodes Reason, who died last December, is known for his role as Flavius, in the ST:TOS episode, Bread and Circuses.
Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 11/22/15 04:32 PM
World champ boxer Bob Foster dies at 76

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Albuquerque's Bob Foster, arguably the greatest light-heavyweight boxing champion of all time, died Saturday morning.

No cause of death has been given, but the boxing Hall of Famer had been in failing health for some time.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Foster was 76, having been born in December 1938. He is incorrectly listed by boxrec.com has having been born in April 1938.

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Bob Foster KOs Dick Tiger, Vicente Paul Rondon, and Mike Quarry

Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 11/25/15 03:24 AM
Keith Michell, actor - obituary (The Six Wives of Henry VIII)

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Keith Michell, the Australian-born actor and director who has died aged 88, was celebrated for his many imposing stage and screen performances as Henry VIII.

Michell came to monopolise one of British history's favourite subjects for dramatisation. Such was the charm of this burly, sturdy, square-set, square-jawed, mellifluous upstart from the Antipodes that when he revived Shakespeare's King Henry VIII at the Chichester Festival in 1991 he could with justice claim to have made the part of the much-married monarch his own for a quarter of a century.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 11/26/15 07:18 PM
Elmo Williams, Oscar-Winning Film Editor on 'High Noon,' Dies at 102

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Elmo Williams, the celebrated Hollywood film editor who won an Academy Award for his clockwork, minute-by-minute efforts on the classic 1952 Gary Cooper Western High Noon, has died. He was 102.

Williams, who received another Oscar nom for his editing on the 1954 sci-fi film 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, died peacefully Wednesday at his home in Brookings on the coast of Oregon ...

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 11/30/15 02:44 AM
Al Markim of Space Cadet Passes Away

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Actor Al Markim, who played the role of Astro, the Venusian friend of Tom Corbett, Space Cadet, died November 24 at the age of 88.

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Al Markim, Who Played Astro In Pioneering 'Tom Corbett, Space Cadet,' Dies At 88

Al Markim, Actor on the 1950s TV Serial 'Tom Corbett, Space Cadet,' Dies at 88

Al Markim Dead at 88
Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 12/05/15 02:34 AM
Oscar-Nominated Actor Robert Loggia Dies at 85

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Posted By: Scoutgal Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 12/05/15 03:56 PM


I loved this guy in "Big"!
Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 12/07/15 03:16 AM
Famous Red Bull Pilot Killed in Apple Valley Plane Crash



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The pilot killed in the Apple Valley plane crash has been identified as 60-year-old Mike Mangold, a world-famous aerobatics champion for Red Bull who was a resident of Victorville.

The crash occurred on Sunday, December 6, 2015 at about 2:20 P.M., according to the Apple Valley Fire Protection District the aircraft is described as an L39 Jet. Witnesses say, that the small plane was attempting to take off from the airport located at 21600 Corwin Road.

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 12/08/15 05:15 PM
Martin E. Brooks, Actor on 'The Six Million Dollar Man,' Dies at 90

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Martin E. Brooks, best known for his portrayal of the scientist Dr. Rudy Wells on the 1970s ABC series The Six Million Dollar Man and its spinoff, The Bionic Woman, has died. He was 90 ...

Brooks was the third actor to play Wells, who oversees the bionic implants of Steve Austin (Lee Majors) and Jaime Sommers (Lindsay Wagner) on the two action shows. He then reprised the role of Wells on three telefilms ...

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Posted By: Ezekiel Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 12/09/15 03:27 PM
North Face co-founder turned ‘eco baron’ Douglas Tompkins is killed in Chile kayaking accident

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In 1985, Douglas Tompkins was the millionaire co-founder of two successful clothing companies, the North Face and Esprit. He was courted by magazine editors and politicians, revered by the San Francisco hippie elite. Girls’ fashion — incredibly, for a man who dressed every day in the same old polo and blue jeans — turned on his company’s marketing campaigns.

By 1990, he gave it all up and moved to the end of the world.

Tompkins died Tuesday after a kayaking accident in Chile sent him to the hospital with fatal hypothermia. He was 72. Tompkins will be better remembered in the U.S. as the guy who brought domed tents to hippie hikers and brightly patterned “casual wear” to the Reagan-era teenage masses.

But in Chile’s Patagonia, where he spent the last two decades of his life, he is the man who tried to buy paradise, not to exploit it, as so many millionaires like him had done throughout history, but to preserve it.


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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 12/10/15 09:35 PM
Dolph Schayes, a Bridge to the Modern N.B.A., Is Dead at 87

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Dolph Schayes, who polished his game on the Bronx playgrounds, played 15 seasons as a professional and was once voted one of the 50 best players to play in the National Basketball Association, died on Thursday in Syracuse. He was 87.

His son Danny Schayes, who played 18 seasons in the N.B.A. as a 6-foot-11 center, said the cause was cancer.

At 6 feet 8 inches and 220 pounds, Schayes played the position now known as power forward, becoming a stalwart for the Syracuse Nationals from 1949 to 1963 after earning all-American status at New York University. When the Nationals became the Philadelphia 76ers in 1963-64, he was the player-coach.

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Former Syracuse Nationals star Dolph Schayes dies at age 87

Dolph Schayes, NBA big man with a guard's flair, dies at 87
Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 12/23/15 04:50 PM
George Clayton Johnson has Died

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The illuminating, exoterical, astronomical George Clayton Johnson has died. The genius science-fiction writer behind so much of what we've all watched and enjoyed has passed on to his next adventure.

George Clayton Johnson wrote the very first episode of Star Trek, The Man Trap; he wrote eight original Twilight Zone episodes for series creator Rod Serling including "Nothing in the Dark", "Kick the Can", "A Game of Pool", and "A Penny for Your Thoughts" ...

George is perhaps most well-known for the 1967 science fiction classic, Logan's Run, which he co-wrote, it was a box-office hit and an Oscar winning film for MGM in 1976 ...

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 12/25/15 07:08 PM
George Clayton Johnson: Not Dead Yet
Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 12/26/15 06:55 PM
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George Clayton Johnson has Died

I think it's official now.
Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 12/27/15 06:56 PM
Jim O'Toole, Reds 1960s Star Pitcher, Dies at 78

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Jim O'Toole, a star pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds in the 1960s, has died after a long battle with cancer. O'Toole was 78...

He was the National League's starting pitcher in the 1963 All-Star Game. O'Toole called that one of his proudest career moments, recalling that manager Alvin Dark chose him to start with a roster that included future Hall of Fame pitchers Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale, Juan Marichal and Warren Spahn...

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Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 12/27/15 07:14 PM
Haskell Wexler, 'Cuckoo's Nest' Cinematographer, Dies at 93

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Cinematographer Haskell Wexler, the socially conscious two-time Academy Award winner who lensed Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and many other masterpieces, has died. He was 93.

Wexler died in his sleep Sunday at Providence Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, his son, Oscar-nominated sound man Jeff Wexler, told The Hollywood Reporter.

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Posted By: Ken Condon Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 12/27/15 11:55 PM
We need to put a stop to all of this death and dying..
Thank you Golem for continuing to honor the dead.
Posted By: Ken Condon Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 12/28/15 05:00 AM
I sent this as a PM to Golem then thought why not share it:

I appreciate your obits and don’t want you to stop. It was just a “funny” to make it stop. It won’t. Neither will we.

Tally on.
Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 12/28/15 05:22 AM
Originally Posted By: Phil Hoskins
Thank you Golem for continuing to honor the dead.

Thank you, Phil.
Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 12/28/15 05:22 AM
Originally Posted By: Ken Condon
I sent this as a PM to Golem then thought why not share it:

I appreciate your obits and don’t want you to stop. It was just a “funny” to make it stop. It won’t. Neither will we.

Tally on.

I knew what you meant, Ken. grin
Posted By: Ken Condon Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 12/28/15 05:50 AM
Ok. Then try this:

Link
Posted By: logtroll Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 12/28/15 01:00 PM
Originally Posted By: Ken Condon
Ok. Then try this:
Link

Dat Bich is dead?
Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 12/28/15 04:41 PM
Meadowlark Lemon, Harlem Globetrotter Who Played Basketball and Pranks With Virtuosity, Dies at 83

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Meadowlark Lemon, whose halfcourt hook shots, no-look behind-the-back passes and vivid clowning were marquee features of the feel-good traveling basketball show known as the Harlem Globetrotters for nearly a quarter-century, died on Sunday in Scottsdale, Ariz., where he lived. He was 83.

The death was confirmed by his wife, Cynthia Lemon.

A gifted athlete with an entertainer's hunger for the spotlight, Lemon, who dreamed of playing for the Globetrotters as a boy in North Carolina, joined the team in 1954, not long after leaving the Army. Within a few years, he had assumed the central role of showman, taking over from Reece Tatum, whom everyone called Goose, the Trotters' long-reigning clown prince. Tatum was a superb ballplayer whose on-court gags -- or reams, as the players called them -- had established the team's reputation for laugh-inducing wizardry at a championship level.

This was a time, however, when the Trotters were known not merely for their comedy routines and basketball legerdemain; they were also a formidable competitive team. Their victory over the Minneapolis Lakers in 1948 was instrumental in integrating the National Basketball Association, and a decade later their owner, Abe Saperstein, signed a 7-footer out of the University of Kansas to a one-year contract before he was eligible for the N.B.A.: Wilt Chamberlain.

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Posted By: logtroll Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 12/28/15 04:54 PM
Meadowlark was the best...
Posted By: Golem Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 12/30/15 01:51 AM
Ruby Cavanaugh, namesake of Ruby's Diner, dies at 93

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Ruby Cavanaugh, the namesake of the Ruby's Diner franchise, has died at age 93.

Cavanaugh, the inspiration behind Ruby's Diner, died Sunday with her family at her side.

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Posted By: Greger Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 12/30/15 03:19 AM
Lemmy Kilmister has also died after a long battle with cancer, he was 70.

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Ian Fraser "Lemmy" Kilmister (24 December 1945 – 28 December 2015) was an English musician, singer, and songwriter who founded and fronted the rock band Motörhead. His music was a distinctive part of the heavy metal genre.
Lemmy was born in Stoke-on-Trent and grew up in North Wales. He was influenced by rock and roll and the early Beatles, which led to him playing in several rock groups in the 1960s, most significantly the Rockin' Vickers. He worked as a roadie for Jimi Hendrix and The Nice, before joining the space rock band Hawkwind in 1971, singing lead on their hit "Silver Machine". After being fired from Hawkwind, he founded Motörhead as lead singer, bassist, songwriter and frontman.
Posted By: Ezekiel Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2015 - 12/30/15 11:28 AM
Haskell Wexler, ASC (February 6, 1922 – December 27, 2015)

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Wexler briefly made industrial films in Chicago, then in 1947 became an assistant cameraman. Wexler worked on documentary features and shorts; low-budget docu-dramas such as 1959's The Savage Eye, television's The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet and TV commercials (he would later found Wexler-Hall, a television commercial production company, with Conrad Hall). He made ten documentary films with director Saul Landau, including Paul Jacobs and the Nuclear Gang, which aired on PBS and won an Emmy Award and a George Polk Award. Other notable documentaries shot and co-directed (with Landau) by Wexler included Brazil: A Report on Torture, The CIA Case Officer and The Sixth Sun: A Mayan Uprising in Chiapas.

In 1963, Wexler served as the cinematographer on his first big-budget film, Elia Kazan's America, America. The film had a stunning look, and Kazan was nominated for a Best Director Academy Award. Wexler worked steadily in Hollywood thereafter. Wexler was cinematographer of Mike Nichols' screen version of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), for which he won the last Academy Award for Best Cinematography (Black & White). The following year had Wexler as the cinematographer for the Oscar-winning detective drama, In the Heat of the Night (1967), starring Sidney Poitier. His work was notable for enabling the first major Hollywood film in color to be lit with proper consideration for a person of African descent. Wexler recognized that standard lighting tended to produce too much glare on that kind of dark complexion and rendered the features indistinct. Accordingly, Wexler toned it down to feature Poitier with better photographic results.

He won a second Oscar for Bound for Glory (1976), a biography of Woody Guthrie (whom Wexler had met during his time in the Merchant Marine). Bound for Glory was the first feature film to make use of the newly invented Steadicam, in a famous sequence that also incorporated a crane shot. Wexler was also credited as additional cinematographer on Days of Heaven (1978), which won a Best Cinematography Oscar for Nestor Almendros. Wexler was featured on the soundtrack of the film Underground (1976), recorded on Folkways Records in 1976.

He worked on documentaries throughout his career. The documentary Paul Jacobs and the Nuclear Gang (1980) earned an Emmy Award; Interviews with My Lai Veterans (1970) won an Academy Award. His later documentaries included Bus Riders' Union (2000), about the modernization and expansion of bus services in Los Angeles by the organization and its founder Eric Mann, Who Needs Sleep (2006),the Independent Lens documentary Good Kurds, Bad Kurds: No Friends But the Mountains (2000), Tell Them Who You Are (2004), and Bringing King to China (2011).

Wexler also directed fictional movies. Medium Cool (1969), a film written by Wexler and shot in a cinéma vérité style, is studied by film students all over the world for its breakthrough form. It influenced more than a generation of filmmakers. The making of Medium Cool was the subject of a BBC documentary, Look Out Haskell, It's Real: The Making of Medium Cool (2001).

Produced by Lucasfilm, Wexler's film Latino (1985) was chosen for the 1985 Cannes Film Festival. He both wrote and directed the work. Another directing project was From Wharf Rats to Lords of the Docks (2007), an intimate exploration of the life and times of Harry Bridges, an extraordinary labor leader and social visionary described as "a hero or the devil incarnate, it all depends on your point of view."

In 1988, Wexler won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography for the John Sayles film Matewan (1987), for which he was also nominated for an Academy Award. His work with Billy Crystal in the HBO film 61* (2001) was nominated for an Emmy.
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Frank Malzone, Star Fielder for Boston Red Sox, Dies at 85

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Frank Malzone, a six-time All-Star third baseman whose steady presence in the Boston lineup tied together two of the city's baseball eras, linking Ted Williams's Red Sox with Carl Yastrzemski's, died on Tuesday at his home in Needham, Mass. He was 85.

The Red Sox announced his death.

Malzone played with the Red Sox from 1955 to 1965, not a period of distinction for the franchise — the team never finished higher than third — even though it was led by two future Hall of Fame outfielders: Williams, who retired in 1960, not having played in a World Series since 1946, and Yastrzemski, who arrived in 1961 and finally led the team to a pennant in 1967. As one Boston hero passed the torch to the other, Malzone was a stalwart supporting player for both.

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