August 8, 2010
British jazz drummer Jack Parnell,
who served as bandleader on "The
Muppet Show," has died aged 87, his
family said Monday.
The family said Parnell died at his
home in Southwold, eastern England,
on Sunday following a yearlong battle
Parnell was born in 1923, the son of a
showbiz family — his father was a
music hall performer and his uncle ran
a string of theaters — and began
drumming professionally as a
teenager. During World War II he
served in the Royal Air Force and
performed in a band at the
headquarters of Bomber Command.
August 8, 2010
Patricia Neal, the Oscar-winning actress
whose life off-screen contained as much
drama, tragedy, and inspiration as any of her
film or theater roles, died Sunday at her
home in Martha's Vineyard of lung cancer;
she was 84.
Perhaps the most famous line spoken on
screen by Neal was "Klaatu barada nikto!" in
Robert Wise's The Day the Earth Stood Still.
These incomprehensible words, uttered to a
robot which carries her into a spaceship, save
the world from destruction. Neal won her
Oscar for a more down-to-earth
performance, as the cynical, world-weary
housekeeper Alma Brown in Martin Ritt's
contemporary western, Hud. In 1961, with
her hair dyed red, she appeared in Breakfast
at Tiffany's as a rich society matron known
only as "2-E", a rival of the younger Audrey
Hepburn for the affections of George Peppard.
An Oscar, Tony and Golden Globe winner,
Neal was just as well-known for the trials,
tribulations and triumphs she lived through,
including a nervous breakdown, the death of
one of her children, and a series of strokes
that left her in a three-week coma while
pregnant at the age of 39. Her subsequent
rehabilitation, with the help of her then
husband, author Roald Dahl, led to yet
another chapter of her acting career, as well
as her pioneering for the cause of stroke
August 9, 2010
Actor George DiCenzo died on Monday
at the age of 70. The actor was best
known for playing attorney Vincent
Bugliosi, the man who prosecuted
serial killer Charles Manson, in the
1976 TV mini-series Helter Skelter.
DiCenzo also appeared in many big
name movies. He was Lorraine Baines'
(McFly) father in the orginal Back to
the Future, Darryl Diggs in The Frisco
Kid, and Major Benchley from Close
Encounters of the Third Kind.
DiCenzo also made guest appearances
on such shows as Gunsmoke, The
Equalizer, The Rockford Files, and Law
& Order: Criminal Intent.
August 16, 2010
The Giant who hit the home run for the
ages now belongs to them.
Bobby Thomson - the man who hit "The
Shot Heard 'Round The World" to win the
1951 NL pennant - died peacefully at his
Georgia home on Monday night. He was 86
years old and had been in poor health.
Thomson played for five teams over 15
seasons, hit 264 career home runs and
was a three-time All-Star. But he ensured
his name will always be remembered on
Oct. 3, 1951, the day he hit his dramatic
home run off Brooklyn's Ralph Branca to
send the Giants to a 5-4 victory that
earned them entry into the 1951 World
Series. It has often been called the
greatest home run of all time.
Thomson's blast landed in the left-field
stands at the Polo Grounds and capped a
four-run ninth-inning rally that was
emblematic of the Giants' season. The
team trailed the Dodgers by 13 1/2 games
on Aug. 11, but went 37-7 to finish the
season and force a three-game tiebreaker
series with their crosstown rivals.
Thomson's home run to win the decisive
third game was so big that it basically
made the ensuing World Series a historical
footnote. (Who ever remembers that the
Giants lost to the Yankees in six games?)
James J. Kilpatrick
August 15, 2010
James J. Kilpatrick, who rose from
cub reporter to become one of the
South's most prominent newspaper
editors and the nation's most widely
syndicated political columnist, has
died. He was 89.
Kilpatrick's wife, Marianne Means,
says he died Sunday night at George
Washington University Hospital.
Means says he was being treated for
congestive heart failure.
TV watchers in the 1970s knew
Kilpatrick as the conservative half of
the "Point-Counterpoint" segment of
the CBS program "60 Minutes." His
sparring with liberal commentator
Shana Alexander was famously
parodied on "Saturday Night Live."
August 12, 2010
PAUL RYAN RUDD, 70, passed away on
August 12, 2010 at his home in
Greenwich, of pancreatic cancer. Mr. Rudd
was surrounded by, and is survived by his
wife Martha Bannerman and their children,
Graeme, Kathryn and Eliza. He is also
survived by his mother Kathryn Rudd of
Hingham, MA and numerous cousins. Mr.
Rudd was born in 1940 in Boston, MA and
attended the Boston Latin School and
Assumption Prep. He graduated from
Fairfield University. After a brief career in
advertising in New York City, Mr. Rudd
worked as a professional actor and
director both on and off-Broadway from
1967 through 1986. Mr. Rudd played John
F. Kennedy in the 1977 NBC movie
“Johnny, We Hardly Knew Ye.” He also
appeared as Loren Hardeman Jr. in “The
Betsy,” the 1978 film based on the Harold
Paul Rudd rehearsing with Meryl Streep - 1976