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Peter Palk dies at 83.
Thank's blackflag I just heard this, wow I never missed "Columbo", he was magnificent. So sad, what a great actor, too bad he never made a guest spot on CSI May he RIP~
This is so sad. It was on TV earlier today, and I just learnt that Peter Falk's great-grandfather was Hungarian (like me).
He was such a great actor. I loved him as Columbo. May he rest in peace.
Comic book artist Gene Colan dies at 84
Jun 24, 4:29 PM (ET)
By MATT MOORE and ULA ILNYTZKY
NEW YORK (AP) - Comic book artist Gene Colan, whose career spanned seven decades and illustrated the adventures of characters like Dracula, Batman, Daredevil and the wise-cracking fowl Howard the Duck, has died in the Bronx at age 84.
Longtime friend and biographer Clifford Meth told The Associated Press that Colan died late Thursday at Calvary Hospital from complications of liver disease and cancer. A private funeral will be Sunday.
Colan's impact on the industry was undeniable, developing a style both subtle and emotional that imbued characters he drew with a sense of vitality that seemed to leap off the pages. His work drew him the nickname Gene "The Dean" Colan.
Born in New York on Sept. 1, 1926, Colan began working in comics in 1944, drawing for "Wings Comics," before joining the U.S. Army Air Corps where he was stationed in the Philippines at the end of World War II. When he was discharged, he joined Timely Comics, the precursor to Marvel and then drew for National Comics, now DC.
He returned to Marvel in the 1960s as the industry entered what is widely known as comics' Silver Age. That period saw the revitalization of classic heroes from the 1940s, such as Superman, Batman and Green Lantern at DC, as well as the creation of Marvel's Fantastic Four, The Avengers, Captain America and Daredevil.
Full story at Iwon/AP News.
Nick Charles, longtime CNN sports anchor and Showtime/Versus boxing voice, dead at 64
Nick Charles, who began his rise in the TV industry after driving cabs in his hometown of Chicago and spent much of his career as a sports voice on CNN and Showtime, died Saturday following a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 64.
Charles began at CNN on the network's first day, June 1, 1980, and covered nearly every sporting event over the years. He was paired with Fred Hickman for most of the next two decades on "Sports Tonight," a show that beat ESPN in ratings when the upstarts were battling for viewers. To this day, he and Hickman remain one of the longest-lasting anchor duos in television.
He also hosted his own program, Page One with Nick Charles, until leaving the network in 2001. Charles anchored Turner's coverage of The Goodwill Games in 1986 (Moscow), 1990 (Seattle), and 1994 (St. Petersburg, Russia) and covered boxing during the Goodwill Games in New York City in 1998.
Beginning in 2001, Charles hosted Showtime's ShoBox: The New Generation. As a boxing commentator, he interviewed major boxing figures including Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson. He also hosted boxing on Versus, a sports network. Nick won the Boxing Writer's Association 2007 Broadcaster award. In 2008, he won the Sam Taub Award for excellence in boxing broadcasting journalism. Charles was also the winner of several cable ACE awards.
Fred Steiner, Hollywood composer, dead at 88
Composed classic 50's and 60's TV themes for "Perry Mason," "Rocky and Bullwinkle"
By Randy Lewis, L.A. Times
Television and film music composer Fred Steiner, creator of the bold and gritty theme for the "Perry Mason" TV series and one of the composers of the Oscar-nominated score for "The Color Purple," died Thursday, June 23. He was 88.
One of the busiest composers working in Hollywood in the 1950s and '60s, Steiner also crafted music for "Gunsmoke," "The Twilight Zone," "Star Trek," "Have Gun, Will Travel," "Rawhide," "Hogan's Heroes" and other TV series.
Frederick Steiner was born Feb. 24, 1923, in New York City, the son of violinist, composer and arranger George Steiner. He began playing the piano at 6 and took up the cello at 13. He received a scholarship to the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio, where he studied with composer Normand Lockwood.
The serious, classical music aspect of Steiner's life was a counterweight to the lighthearted character of one of his more widely recognized compositions, the jaunty Broadway-style theme he wrote for "The Bullwinkle Show" — a later incarnation of "The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle" — and the charged-up, forthright Dudley Do-Right theme used in the series.
Steiner contributed music to more than two dozen episodes of the original "Star Trek" TV series, music that resurfaced in 1979's "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" and, most recently, for "Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II." He also provided music, although uncredited, for "Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi" in 1983.
Australian Idol Judge Found Dead at 36
by Joyce Eng, TVGuide.com
Jul 1, 2011 09:25 AM ET
Former Australian Idol judge and Sony Music executive Jay Dee Springbett was found dead Thursday in his Sydney apartment. He was 36.
His death is not suspicious, police tell the Sydney Morning Herald. Springbett's friends had been unable to contact him for a while and called emergency services. Springbett was already dead by the time paramedics arrived.
"The Australian Idol family is deeply saddened by the passing of Jay Dee," Fremantle Media, which owns the Idol properties, said in a statement. "Our thoughts are with his family and all at Sony Music."
Springbett joined Australian Idol in its seventh and final season in 2009, earning a reputation as a nice guy. He was also an A&R executive at Sony for more than six years, where he fostered the careers of such artists as Human Nature and Guy Sebastian.
"Jay Dee was so very enthusiastic and passionate about his family, his music projects and his plans for the future," Sony said in a statement. "[He] was a great friend and larger-than-life charismatic character who will be missed enormously."
Hall of Famer John Mackey dies
Pro Football Hall of Famer John Mackey, who helped revolutionize the position of tight end as an offensive weapon, died on Wednesday. He was 69 and had suffered from dementia for years.
Mackey played 10 seasons for the Baltimore Colts and San Diego Chargers, catching 331 passes for 5,236 yards and 38 touchdowns. As president of the NFL Players Association after the AFL-NFL merger, he fought to improve players' pension benefits and access to free agency.
Enshrined in 1992, Mackey was the second player elected to the Hall of Fame as a tight end. He played in five Pro Bowls and was named All-NFL at his position three times.
In a statement posted by NFL spokesman Greg Aiello on Twitter, commissioner Roger Goodell called Mackey "one of the great leaders in NFL history, on and off the field."
"He was a Hall of Fame player who redefined the tight end position. He was a courageous advocate for his fellow NFL players as head of the NFL Players Association," Goodell said. "He worked closely with our office on many issues through the years, including serving as the first president of the NFL Youth Football Fund. He never stopped fighting the good fight. Our thoughts are with Sylvia and the Mackey family on the loss of our good friend."
Syracuse named Mackey, who played for the Orange from 1960-62, to its all-century team in 1999 and retired his No. 88 in 2007. His legacy is remembered yearly when the John Mackey Award is bestowed upon the player deemed college football's best tight end.
Hall Of Fame Manager Dick Williams Passes Away At 82
LAS VEGAS (AP)—Hall of Fame manager Dick Williams, who led the Oakland A’s to two consecutive World Series titles, has died in Las Vegas.
Williams’ friend, Bob Blum, said Williams died Thursday at his home. He was 82.
Williams managed the Boston Red Sox, Oakland A’s, California Angels, Montreal Expos, San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners during a 21-year career.
He was the second manager to win pennants with three different clubs.
Williams won World Series titles with the A’s in 1972 and 1973, and an American League pennant with the Red Sox in 1967. He won a National League pennant with the Padres in 1984.
Former First Lady Betty Ford Dies
'Betty Ford's remarkable life'
Certainly an amazing woman in her own right.
Creator of 'Gilligan's Island' and 'The Brady Bunch' Dies
by Associated Press
Jul 12th, 2011 | 12:26 PM
LOS ANGELES – Sherwood Schwartz, writer-creator of two of the best-remembered TV series of the 1960s and 1970s, “Gilligan’s Island” and “The Brady Bunch,” has died at age 94.
Great niece Robin Randall said Schwartz died at 4 a.m. Tuesday.
Schwartz was hospitalized at Cedars Sinai Medical Center about a week ago with an intestinal infection and underwent several surgeries. His wife, Mildred, and children have been at his side, said his nephew, Douglas Schwartz.
Sherwood Schwartz and his brother, Al, started as a writing team in TV’s famed 1950s “golden age,” said Douglas Schwartz, the late Al Schwartz’s son.
“They helped shape television in its early days,” Douglas Schwartz said. “Sherwood is an American classic, creating `Brady Bunch’ and `Gilligan’s Island,’ iconic shows that are still popular today. He continued to produce all the way up into his 90s.”
Sherwood Schwartz was working on a big-screen version of “Gilligan’s Island,” his nephew said. Douglas Schwartz, who created the hit series “Baywatch,” called his uncle a longtime mentor and caring “second father” who helped guide him successfully through show business.
Success was the hallmark of Sherwood Schwartz’s own career. Neither “Gilligan” nor “Brady” pleased the critics, but both managed to reverberate in viewers’ heads through the years as few such series did, lingering in the language and inspiring parodies, spinoffs and countless standup comedy jokes.
Schwartz had given up a career in medical science to write jokes for Bob Hope’s radio show. He went on to write for other radio and TV shows, including “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.”
He dreamed up “Gilligan’s Island” in 1964. It was a Robinson Crusoe story about seven disparate travelers who are marooned on a deserted Pacific Island after their small boat wrecks in a storm. The cast: Alan Hale Jr., as Skipper Jonas Grumby; Bob Denver, as his klutzy assistant Gilligan; Jim Backus and Natalie Schafer, the rich snobs Thurston and Lovey Howell; Tina Louise, the bosomy movie star Ginger Grant; Russell Johnson, egghead science professor Roy Hinkley Jr.; and Dawn Wells, sweet-natured farm girl Mary Ann Summers.
TV critics hooted at “Gilligan’s Island” as gag-ridden corn. Audiences adored its far-out comedy. Schwartz insisted that the show had social meaning along with the laughs: “I knew that by assembling seven different people and forcing them to live together, the show would have great philosophical implications.”
He argued that his sitcoms didn’t rely on cheap laughs. “I think writers have become hypnotized by the number of jokes on the page at the expense of character,” Schwartz said in a 2000 Associated Press interview.
“When you say the name Gilligan, you know who that is. If a show is good, if it’s written well, you should be able to erase the names of the characters saying the lines and still be able to know who said it. If you can’t do that, the show will fail.”
“Gilligan’s Island” lasted on CBS from 1964 to 1967, and it was revived in later seasons with three high-rated TV movies. A children’s cartoon, “The New Adventures of Gilligan,” appeared on ABC from 1974 to 1977, and in 2004, Schwartz had a hand in producing a TBS reality show called “The Real Gilligan’s Island.”
The name of the boat on “Gilligan’s Island” _ the S.S. Minnow _ was a bit of TV inside humor: It was named for Newton Minow, who as Federal Communications Commission chief in the early 1960s had become famous for proclaiming television “a vast wasteland.”
Minow took the gibe in good humor, saying later that he had a friendly correspondence with Schwartz.
TV writers usually looked upon “The Brady Bunch” as a sugarcoated view of American family life.
The premise: a widow (Florence Henderson) with three daughters marries a widower (Robert Reed) with three sons. (Widowhood was a common plot point in TV series back then, since networks were leery of divorce.) During the 1970s when the nation was rocked by social turmoil, audiences seemed comforted by watching an attractive, well-scrubbed family engaged in trivial pursuits.
Schwartz claimed in 1995 that his creation had social significance because “it dealt with real emotional problems: the difficulty of being the middle girl; a boy being too short when he wants to be taller; going to the prom with zits on your face.”
The series lasted from 1969 to 1974, but it had an amazing afterlife. It was followed by three one-season spinoffs: “The Brady Bunch Hour” (1977), “The Brady Brides” (1981) and “The Bradys” (1990). “The Brady Bunch Movie,” with Shelley Long and Gary Cole as the parents, was a surprise box-office hit in 1995.
It was followed the next year by a less successful “A Very Brady Sequel.”
Sherwood Schwartz was born in 1916 in Passaic, N.J., and grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y. His brother, already working for Hope, got him a job when Sherwood was still in college.
“Bob liked my jokes, used them on his show and got big laughs. Then he asked me to join his writing staff,” Schwartz said during an appearance in March 2008, when he got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. “I was faced with a major decision _ writing comedy or starving to death while I cured those diseases. I made a quick career change.”
Besides his wife, Schwartz’s survivors include sons Donald, Lloyd and Ross Schwartz, and daughter Hope Juber.
Rob Grill, Grass Roots lead singer, dead at 67
Rob Grill, lead singer, songwriter and bass player of the '60s rock group the Grass Roots died Monday, July 11, from complications related to injuries he suffered in a fall earlier this month at his home. He was 67.
Grill joined The Grass Roots in 1967 as a replacement for bass player Kenny Fukomoto. One of two songs offered by Dunhill Records to the group at that time was "Let's Live For Today." Grill recorded the track with the band, which reached the top 10 in the heart of the "Summer of Love." Between 1967 and 1972, the band recorded 15 Billboard Top 40 hits, including Top 10 hits "Midnight Confessions" and "Sooner or Later." In more recent years, Grill and the band toured with the Monkees in 1986. In 2001, the band released "Symphonic Hits," which featured Grill's vocals and a string quartet playing Grass Roots hits.
Raymond Jones, Chic keyboardist, dead at 52
Raymond Jones, 52, keyboardist for the disco and R&B group Chic who had a versatile career as a songwriter, producer and musician with a variety of artists, died July 1 of pneumonia. He was 52.
Jones was only 19 when he joined Chic and played on such hits as "Le Freak" and "Good Times." He later wrote and produced songs for several Spike Lee films, including "School Daze" in 1988 and "Do the Right Thing" in 1989.
His songwriting credits included "Stay With Me Tonight" which was a hit for Jeffrey Osborne, and he performed with the Talking Heads, Chaka Khan and Tom Tom Club, among others. Jones also was musical director for "The Keenan Ivory Wayans Show" on Fox and released several solo albums.
Allan Eckert, writer of Ohio's outdoor drama 'Tecumseh!', dead at 80
Allan Eckert, who wrote children's books, TV scripts, historical fiction and the play "Tecumseh!" that has drawn millions to central Ohio since 1973, died Thursday at his home in Corona, Calif., according to his publisher, the Jesse Stuart Foundation. A cause of death was not given.
"Tecumseh!," a drama about the Shawnee leader, performed annually in Chillicothe, Ohio, was adapted from Eckert's book "The Frontiersmen." Eckert also wrote for the Emmy-winning series "Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom." His children's book "Incident at Hawk's Hill" won a Newbery Honor in 1972 and was made into a television movie.
Lee Vines, veteran television announcer/actor, dead at 92
Lee Vines, a veteran television announcer for "What's My Line?" and other game shows, died Saturday, July 9, at a North Hollywood convalescent hospital of complications from a fall and pneumonia, said his wife, Catherine.
Besides appearing on "What's My Line?" in the 1950s, he also was the announcer for "Hallmark Hall of Fame," "The Name's the Same," "Password All-Stars" and other TV programs. He had occasional acting roles on TV including on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show."
Singer Amy Winehouse has died aged 27.
A tragic loss of such a hugely talented, very young woman.
Very sad loss and i should be credited for the source as i posted it up
My apologies. I didn't see your previous post.
very sad news for such a talented woman. Hopefully her demons are at peace now
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