May 4, 2009
Dom DeLuise, the portly actor-comedian whose
affable nature made him a popular character
actor for decades with movie and TV audiences
as well as directors and fellow actors, has died.
He was 75.
DeLuise died Monday night, son Michael DeLuise
told KTLA-TV and radio station KNX on Tuesday.
The comedian died in his sleep after a long
The actor, who loved to cook and eat almost as
much as he enjoyed acting, also carved out a
formidable second career later in life as a chef of
fine cuisine. He authored two cookbooks and
would appear often on morning TV shows to
whip up his favorite recipes.
May 8, 2009
Dominic DiMaggio, a seven-time All Star who
still holds the record for the longest
consecutive game hitting streak in Boston
Red Sox history, has died at his
Massachusetts home. He was 92.
DiMaggio died at about about 1 a.m. on
Friday, according to his wife, Emily.
Known as the "Little Professor" because of
his eyeglasses and his 5-foot-9, 168-pound
frame, the younger brother of New York
Yankees Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio hit in 34
consecutive games in 1949.
Dom's streak was broken on Aug. 9 when
his big brother caught a sinking liner in the
eighth inning of a 6-3 Red Sox win over
In addition to his wife, the San Francisco
native is survived by three children and six
May 2, 2009
Jack Kemp, the former football star turned
congressman who with an evangelist’s
fervor moved the Republican Party to a
commitment to tax cuts as the central
focus of economic policy, died Saturday
evening at his home in Bethesda, Md. He
The cause was cancer, said his son Jimmy
Kemp. Jack Kemp’s Washington consulting
and lobbying firm, Kemp Partners,
announced in January that he had cancer
but did not disclose the type.
Secretary of Housing and Urban
Development under George Bush, and Bob
Dole's running mate in 1996. Kemp
entered politics as a conservative in 1970
by running for and winning New York's
39th Congressional District seat. He
supported the Vietnam war and the Equal
Rights Amendment, and opposed school
busing to achieve racial integration,
abortions, increased aid to urban mass
transit, and the establishment of a
consumer protection agency.
A former star quarterback for the San
Diego Chargers and the Buffalo Bills, Kemp
held, at the time of his retirement from
professional football, three all-time AFL
career records: for 3,055 pass attempts,
1,428 completions, and 21,130 yards
gained passing. The Bills permanently
retired his number 15. Kemp cofounded
the American Football League Players
Association and was its president from
1965 to 1970.
Nov. 20, 2007 file photo, actor Mickey Carroll
May 7, 2009
Mickey Carroll, one of the last surviving
Munchkins from the beloved 1939 film "The
Wizard of Oz," died Thursday. He was 89.
He suffered from heart problems and died in
his sleep at the suburban Crestwood home
of his caretaker, Linda Dodge, she said.
Carroll was one of more than 100 adults and
children who were recruited to play the
movie natives of what L. Frank Baum called
Munchkin Country in his 1900 book "The
Wonderful Wizard of Oz."
Carroll played the part of the Munchkinland
Town Crier, marched as a Munchkin Soldier
and was the candy-striped Fiddler who
escorted Judy Garland down the yellow brick
road toward Emerald City.
Born Michael Finocchiaro, Carroll danced at
the Muny Theater in St. Louis when he was in
grade school, he said, and in the 1920s
worked in Chicago clubs and on the Orpheum
Theater vaudeville circuit.
He warmed up crowds for President Franklin
Roosevelt while campaigning in New York City
and served as a crowd-getter in President
Harry Truman's whistlestop campaign.
Over the years, he appeared with Mae West
and did radio shows with George Burns,
Gracie Allen, Jack Benny and Al Jolson.
In November 2007, Carroll and six other
survivors were on hand in Los Angeles when
the Munchkins received a star on the
Hollywood Walk of Fame.
May 18, 2009
Veteran Disney voiceover talent Wayne
Allwine, who provided the voice of Mickey
Mouse for the past 32 years, died May
18th in Los Angeles from complications to
diabetes. He was 62.
Allwine first lent his voice to Disney's
world-renowned cartoon mouse in 1977
for animated segments of "The New
Mickey Mouse Club." He went on to
provide Mickey's voice for such toons as
"Mickey's Christmas Carol" and "Who
Framed Roger Rabbit."
Allwine and his wife, Russi Taylor,
longtime voice of Minnie Mouse, both
received the Disney Legend kudo in 2008.
"Wayne not only gave voice to the
character of Mickey but gave him a heart
and soul as well," said Roy E. Disney,
director emeritus and consultant for
Disney. "He did an incredible job bringing
emotion, humor and appeal to the
character, and superbly carried on the
tradition originated by my Uncle Walt."
May 13, 2009
Character actor Frank Aletter, who starred in
1960s sitcoms "It's About Time" and
"Bringing Up Buddy," died of cancer May 13 in
Tarzana, Calif. He was 83. Aletter started out
on Broadway in shows such as musical "Bells
are Ringing" also appeared in films such as
"Mister Roberts" and "Tora!Tora!Tora!"
In sci-fi sitcom "It's About Time," he played
an astronaut who breaks the time barrier
and ends up back on earth, along with fellow
astronaut Jack Mullaney.
He played Buddy Flower, a bachelor living
with his aunts, in the 1960-61 series
"Bringing Up Buddy." He also had recurring
roles on "The Cara Williams Show" and
He appeared on more than 100 series,
including "Perry Mason," "The Lucy Show,"
"MASH," "All in the Family" and "Murder, She
May 20, 2009
Actress Lucy Gordon dies at 28
Appeared in 'Spider-Man 3,' 'Russian Dolls'
British actress Lucy Gordon, who appeared
in "Spider-Man 3," was found dead in her
Paris apartment after apparently committing
suicide, French police said Thursday. She
Gordon, who would have turned 29 on
Friday, appeared in a dozen films, including
as reporter Jennifer Dugan in "Spider-Man
She portrays British singer and actress Jane
Birkin in an upcoming biopic about Serge
Gainsbourg, "Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life."
Her first major role was in Cedric Klapisch's
2005 "Russian Dolls," and one of her first
roles was in 2002 historical drama
"The Four Feathers."
Gordon's father said the death was a