November 2, 2009
Boxing great Lou Fillippo, who famously
counted out Apollo Creed in the first Rocky
sequel (He refereed all five Rocky films.),
has died, aged 83.
The Hall of Fame referee and judge died on
Monday after suffering a stroke.
Fillippo's professional boxing career ended
in 1957 after a series of bleeding issues,
which stopped his fights.
He went on to referee and judge 85 world
championship fights, including Sugar Ray
Leonard’s controversial split-decision
victory over Marvin Hagler in 1987.
November 3, 2009
Carl Ballantine (born Meyer Kessler), 92,
the comedy magician and character actor
who was part of the PT boat crew on the
1960s sitcom McHale's Navy, died in his
sleep Tuesday at his home in Hollywood
Hills, Calif., said his daughter, Saratoga.
As an actor, he was best known for
playing crew member Lester Gruber on
McHale's Navy, a 1962-66 series that
starred Ernest Borgnine.
But well before that, Ballantine made his
reputation as a unique magician in
nightclubs and on TV talk shows. He was
one of the first magicians to poke fun of
the idea of magic, and jokingly give away
some of the secrets of magic tricks as he
performed them. He kept up a steady
stream of funny, self-deprecating patter
as he did so - variously billed as "The
Amazing Ballantine," "The Great
Ballantine" and "Ballantine: The World's
November 7, 2009
Joe Maross, 86, a prolific character actor
whose film and television career spanned
the 1950s to the 1980s, died of cardiac
arrest Saturday at a convalescent
hospital in Glendale, said his son,
A voting member of the Academy of
Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Maross
appeared in several movies, including
"Run Silent, Run Deep," "Elmer Gantry,"
"Sometimes a Great Notion" and "Rich
and Famous," but he was best known
for his work in television.
Maross moved to Hollywood in 1957 and
appeared in scores of series, including
"Perry Mason," "Gunsmoke," "The
Twilight Zone," "The Fugitive," "Mission:
Impossible," "The Rockford Files,"
"Dallas" and "Murder, She Wrote."
November 16, 2009
Edward Woodward, 79, the urbane and
versatile British stage actor who specialized
in playing introspective men of conscience
and gained his widest following on the TV
drama "The Equalizer" as a disillusioned
spy who offers his services to ordinary
people, died of pneumonia Nov. 16 at a
hospital in Cornwall, England.
Mr. Woodward, a veteran stage actor,
appeared in Shakespeare productions
opposite Michael Redgrave and showed flair
in a musical comedy directed by Noel
Coward. He was in his mid-30s before he
achieved popular success as a weary secret
agent in the spy series "Callan," which ran
on British television from 1967 to 1973.
Mr. Woodward's career was largely
overshadowed by "The Equalizer," which
brought him five Emmy Award nominations
during its run on CBS from 1985 to 1989.
As Robert McCall, he drove a sleek Jaguar,
showed an impeccable fashion sense and
carried an impressive arsenal, and put
himself at the service of clients who have
"exhausted all conventional means of law
Novermber 15, 2009
Born July 3 1957, in Boston,
Massachusetts comedian Ken Ober,
best known as the host of MTV’s
“Remote Control,” died this weekend of
unknown causes, although he had been
complaining of flu-like symptoms. He
Ober began hosting “Remote Control”
in 1987, marking MTV’s first foray into
original, non-music-video programming.
He had more recently been a producer
on Comedy Central’s “Mind of Mencia”
and CBS sitcom “The New Adventures
of Old Christine.”
November 15, 2009
Dennis Cole, a former stuntman and
actor who was once married to "Charlie's
Angels" star Jaclyn Smith.
Cole died Sunday at a Florida hospital at
age 69, according to his Los Angeles
based publicist, Edward Lozzi.
The cause of death was not immediately
Along with stunt work, Cole is best
known for athletic guest appearances in
such 1970s television series as
"The Love Boat," "Charlie's Angels,"
"Murder, She Wrote" and "Baywatch."
Bess L. Hawes
November 27, 2009
Ms. Hawes, co-writer of the political ditty-
turned whimsical hit “Charlie on the MTA,’’
died of natural causes in Portland, Ore. at
Hawes was born into the first family of folk
music. And she would make the songs and
their history her life’s work. Her father,
John Lomax, started the folk song archives
at the Library of Congress.