December 9, 2009
Gene Barry, who played the well-
dressed man of action in the television
series “Bat Masterson,” “Burke’s Law”
and “The Name of the Game,” has
died at age 90 of unknown causes, his
son said Thursday.
Fredric James Barry said the actor
died Wednesday at a rest home in the
Los Angeles neighborhood of
Gene Barry essentially played the
same character in all three series,
which spanned the 1950s to the
1970s. Always fashionably dressed,
the tall, handsome actor with the
commanding voice dominated his
scenes as he bested the bad guys in
December 15, 2009
God finally called Oral Roberts home
today, many, many years after his
plea to build the now-defunct City of
Faith medical complex in Tulsa,
Oklahoma. Roberts was 91 years old
and died in Newport Beach, California.
Roberts was married for many years
to wife Evelyn. She died several
years ago following a fall.
Born Granville Oral Roberts in
Pontotoc County in January 1918,
he was the fifth and youngest son of
a poor Pentecostal minister, the Rev.
December 16, 2009
Roy E. Disney, the nephew of
Walt Disney whose powerful
behind-the-scenes influence on
The Walt Disney Co. led to the
departure of former chief Michael
Eisner, has died. He was 79.
The company announced that
Disney died Wednesday in
Newport Beach, California, after a
yearlong bout with stomach
Roy Edward Disney began working
for the Walt Disney Company as
an assistant film editor on the
True-Life Adventure film in 1954.
In 1967, he was elected to the
Board of Directors of the
company. In 1984, he returned to
the company as vice chairman of
the board, and head of the
animation department. On
October 16, 1998, in a surprise
presentation made at the newly
unveiled Disney Legends Plaza at
the company's headquarters,
Disney Chairman and CEO Michael
Eisner presented him with the
prestigious Disney Legends Award.
December 17, 2009
Jennifer Jones, one of the last
actresses of Hollywood's golden era,
passed away. At 90 years old, she
certainly lived a long and successful
Jones is probably best known for
her Oscar-winning performance in
The Song of Bernadette, and for
being the wife of legendary producer
David O. Selznick. But she starred
or costarred in a number of great
films, including Duel in the Sun,
Since You Went Away, Portrait of
Jennie, Madame Bovary, The Man in
the Grey Flannel Suit. Her final film
was The Towering Inferno in 1974
opposite Fred Astair.
December 17, 2009
Dan O'Bannon, the unassuming
sci-fi screenwriter and quirky horror
specialist behind the "Alien" film
franchise and "Total Recall", died
Thursday in Los Angeles. He was 63.
The Writers Guild of America says
O'Bannon died Thursday. His wife,
Diane, told the Los Angeles Times
her husband died at St. John's
Hospital in Santa Monica, Calif., after
a 30-year battle with Crohn's
December 20, 2009
An official with the Los Angeles
coroner's office says actress Brittany
Murphy, 32, may have died of natural
The actress, who got her start in the
sleeper hit "Clueless" and rose to
stardom in "8 Mile," died Sunday in Los
Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter says
the cause of Murphy's death "appears
to be natural."
He says Murphy apparently collapsed in
the bathroom Sunday morning, and
authorities are looking into her medical
Winter says Murphy's family is
cooperating with the coroner's
investigation. He says an autopsy is
planned for Monday or Tuesday.
Alaina Reed Hall
December 17, 2009
Actress/singer Alaina Reed Hall, best
known for her roles as Olivia,
Gordon's kid sister on Sesame
Street, and Rose Lee Holloway on
227 has died. She was 63.
Details of her death are still sketchy,
but the cause is believed to related to
December 18, 2009
Actress Connie Hines, who played
Wilbur's wife on the popular 1960s
television show "Mister Ed" has
died. She was 79.
Her "Mister Ed" co-star Alan Young
told the Los Angeles Times that
Hines died Friday at her Beverly
Hills home from complications of
Hines was best known for
portraying Carol Post on the show
that featured a talking horse. She
wrote a book in 2007 entitled
"Mister Ed and Me and More."
December 25, 2009
Knut Haugland - the last of the
six crewmen who crossed the
Pacific Ocean on the Kon-Tiki balsa
wood raft in 1947 - has died aged
The explorer died of natural
causes in Oslo's hospital, the
Kon-Tiki museum director said.
During World War II, Mr Haugland
was member of the Norwegian
He was honoured by Britain for his
role in helping to disrupt Nazi
plans to create nuclear weapons.
December 22, 2009
Michael Currie; born Herman C. Schwenk, Jr., popular
character actor on stage, television and in film, has
died in his home surrounded by his family. He was 81.
In a career that began back in the 1960s, Currie
gained stardom as Sheriff Jonas Carter in the cult
series “Dark Shadows.” He went on to became a
popular and well-known character actor making
numerous appearances on such television shows as
“Lou Grant,” “MASH,” “Trapper John, M.D.,” “Soap,”
“Cheers,” and more.
Michael Currie also appeared in several Clint Eastwood
films including the 4th Dirty Harry film, “Sudden
Impact” and in it's 1988 sequel “The Dead Pool.”
Currie played Captain Donnelly in the first, then Capt.
turned Lieutenant in the second.
Other Clint Eastwood film roles include “Firefox” as
Capt. Seerbacker and “Any Which Way You Can” as a
Wyoming officer. His last big movie was the 1997
Ridley Scott flick “G.I. Jane” starring Demi Moore. He
was the commission speaker.
December 20, 2009
Milquetoast Actor, Dies at 91.
Arnold Stang, a character actor whose
bespectacled, owlish face and nasal urban
twang gave him a singular and
recognizable persona, whether on radio or
television, in the movies or in
advertisements, or even in cartoons, died
on Sunday in Newton, Mass. He was 91
and lived in Needham, Mass.
A show-stopping comic for decades, Stang
started out as a youngster on radio. Born
in 1925 in Chelsea, Massachusetts, just
north of Boston, the scrawny youngster
auditioned at age nine for radio's "Horn
and Hardart's Children's Hour" and won a
part, which set off a two-decade stint as
one of radio's most amusing personalities.
He may be best remembered as Arnold
Schwartzeneggers sidekick in the campy
"Hercules in New York"