March 15, 2009
Actor Ron Silver, who won a Tony Award as a
take-no-prisoners Hollywood producer in David
Mamet's "Speed-the-Plow" and did a political
about-face from loyal Democrat to Republican
activist after the Sept. 11 attacks, died Sunday
at the age of 62.
"Ron Silver died peacefully in his sleep with his
family around him early Sunday morning" in New
York City, said Robin Bronk, executive director of
the Creative Coalition, which Silver helped found.
"He had been fighting esophageal cancer for two
Silver, an Emmy nominee for a recurring role as a
slick strategist for liberal President Jed Bartlet on
"The West Wing," had a long history of balancing
acting with left-leaning social and political causes.
March 18, 2009
Actress Natasha Richardson has died
Husband Liam Neeson, sons ‘shocked
and devastated’ by loss
MONTREAL - Natasha Richardson, a gifted
and precocious heiress to acting royalty
whose career highlights included the film
“Patty Hearst” and a Tony-winning
performance in a stage revival of
“Cabaret,” died Wednesday at age 45
after suffering a head injury from a skiing
Alan Nierob, the Los Angeles-based
publicist for Richardson’s husband Liam
Neeson, confirmed her death in a written
“Liam Neeson, his sons (Micheal and
Daniel), and the entire family are shocked
and devastated by the tragic death of
their beloved Natasha,” “They are
profoundly grateful for the support, love
and prayers of everyone.
Richardson suffered a head injury when
she fell on a beginner’s trail during a
private ski lesson at the luxury Mont
Tremblant ski resort in Quebec. She was
hospitalized Tuesday in Montreal and
later flown to a hospital in New York.
She was born in London in 1963, the
performing gene inherited not just from
her parents, Vanessa Redgrave and
director Tony Richardson, but from her
maternal grandparents, Michael
Redgrave and Rachel Kempson, an aunt -
Lynn Redgrave and an uncle - Corin
Redgrave. Her younger sister, Joely
Richardson, also joined the family
25 March 2009,
Brother of Jim Seals of Seals & Crofts,
Dan Wayland Seals, the "England
Dan" half of the musical duo England
Dan and John Ford Coley, died
Wednesday night from complications
of lymphoma. The duo had a string top
forty hits in the 70's with such songs
as "I'd Really Love To See You
Tonight", "love is the Answer" &
"Nights are Forever Without You".
Seals, 61, was born in West Texas but
moved to Dallas as a teenager. He
graduated from Samuell High School in
Pleasant Grove in 1966. He and
classmate John Colley, who later
changed the spelling of his last name
to Coley, formed the group.
On Monday night, Coley and Seals
shared a final conversation. "We told
each other we loved one another,"
March 29, 2009
Andy Hallett, who made his mark
playing green-skinned, good-guy
demon Lorne on the TV series “Angel,”
has died of congestive heart disease.
Hallett was 33.
Hallett was taken by ambulance to
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los
Angeles after having problems
breathing and died there Sunday,
following a five-year battle with the
heart condition, his agent Pat Brady
said Tuesday. Andy was the all-
American boy from Massachusetts.
His father, Dave Hallett, was by his
March 14, 2009
Screenwriter Millard Kaufman, who
co-created the cartoon character
Mr. Magoo, was nominated for
Academy Awards for his
screenplays for 'Take the High
Ground!' and 'Bad Day at Black
Rock' and won a cult following as a
first-time novelist at the age of
90, has died, a spokeswoman
said. He was 92.
March 26, 2009
Larry Glick was a Boston late-night
talk radio legend. Glick worked for
WBZ for 20 years during which he
developed a faithful fan base known
as "Glicknics." He was known for his
humorous personality on the
Glick died in Florida after undergoing
open heart surgery. He was 87.