October 13, 2009
Singer Al Martino, who played the Frank
Sinatra-type role of Johnny Fontane in "The
Godfather," died at his childhood home. He
Publicist Sandy Friedman, of the Rogers &
Cowan public relations firm, confirmed
Martino's death in the Philadelphia suburb of
Springfield, in Delaware County, but didn't cite
Starting in 1952, Martino was known for hit
songs including "Here in My Heart," "Spanish
Eyes," "Can't Help Falling in Love" and "Volare."
Besides acting in the Marlon Brando classic
"The Godfather," Martino sang the 1972 film's
title score, "The Love Theme From The
Godfather." His Fontane character is a singer
and occasional actor and is the godson of
Brando's Mafia boss character, Don Vito
October 13, 2009
Daniel Melnick, a producer and studio chief
who was widely respected as a bold risk
taker, died Tuesday in Los Angeles. He was
77 and had recently undergone surgery for
Known for his biting wit and keen
intelligence, Melnick came out of the
television business and built a strong
reputation as a film innovator. While
studio chief at MGM, he presided over such
hits as "Network," "The Goodbye Girl" and
"The Sunshine Boys," and he served as
exec producer of "That's Entertainment,"
one of the major hits of the Lion's later era.
October 14, 2009
Captain Lou Albano, the charismatic
professional wrestler who appeared in
Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Wanna Have
Fun" video, has died. He was 76.
World Wrestling Entertainment confirmed
the death on its Web site.
Albano performed with WWE from 1983
to 1996, when he was inducted into its
hall of fame. He began his wrestling career
in Canada in 1953.
Albano expanded his fan base greatly
when he played Lauper's father in the
video for her hit single on a fledgling MTV
in 1983. He later claimed to be the
catalyst for her success, according to
October 18, 2009
Vic Mizzy, a songwriter who composed the
catchy themes for the 1960s TV comedies
"The Addams Family" and "Green Acres,"
has died. He was 93.
Mizzy died Saturday at his home in Bel Air,
his manager Jonathan Wolfson said. He
said he didn't know the cause of death.
He wrote songs that were recorded by
Dean Martin, Doris Day, Perry Como and
Billie Holiday in the '40s and '50s. His hits
included "Pretty Kitty Blue Eyes," ''My
Dreams are Getting Better All the Time,"
and "With a Hey and a Hi and a Ho-Ho-Ho."
But his most famous work was the theme
to "The Addams Family," a tune accented
by finger snaps and opening with the
cleverly quirky lyrics: "They're creepy and
they're kooky, mysterious and spooky,
they're altogether ooky: the Addams
Mizzy sang the song himself and
overdubbed it three times to give the
impression of multiple vocalists. He also
directed the title sequence where he asked
actors who played members of the
Addams family to snap their fingers in a
October 19, 2009
Joseph Wiseman, the actor who played the
sinister scientist and title character of Dr. No
in the first James Bond feature film, has
died. He was 91.
Wiseman, who had been in declining health,
died Monday at his home in Manhattan, his
daughter, Martha Graham Wiseman, told
The New York Times and Los Angeles Times.
A screen and stage actor, Wiseman's film
credits include "Detective Story" (1951) and
"The Unforgiven" (1960). He also had guest
roles on television shows "Law & Order,"
"The Streets of San Francisco," "The Twilight
Zone" and "The Untouchables".
October 22, 2009
Soupy Sales, the rubber-faced comedian
whose anything-for-a-laugh career was built
on 20,000 pies to the face and 5,000 live
TV appearances across a half-century of
laughs, has died. He was 83.
Sales died at Thursday night at Calvary
Hospice in the Bronx, New York, said his
former manager and longtime friend, Dave
Usher. Sales had many health problems and
entered the hospice last week, Usher said.
At the peak of his fame in the 1950s and
'60s, Sales was one of the best-known
faces in the nation, Usher said.
October 23, 2009
Longtime character actor Lou Jacobi has
died at the age of 95.
The Canadian-born Jacobi died Friday at his
home in Manhattan. The death was
confirmed by social worker Leonie Nowitz,
who had been overseeing Jacobi's care.
Jacobi made his Broadway debut in 1955 in
"The Diary of Anne Frank," playing one of
the occupants of the Amsterdam attic
where the Franks were hiding. He played the
same role in the 1959 film version.
He appeared in some two dozen other
movies, including the Dudley Moore comedy
"Arthur", Woody Allen's "Everything You
Always Wanted to Know About Sex", and
"I.Q." with Walter Mathau.
October 30, 2009
Michelle Triola Marvin, whose landmark
lawsuit against her former lover, Dirty
Dozen actor Lee Marvin, introduced the
word “palimony” into the family law lexicon
and changed the legal rights of unmarried
cohabiting partners, has died at age 75.
She underwent surgery for lung cancer
last year and died on Friday at the Malibu
home of actor Dick Van Dyke, her partner
of 30 years, said family spokesman Bob