February 1, 2010
David Brown, whose legendary career
as a movie producer and executive
spanned six decades, died yesterday
at his home in Manhattan after a long
illness. He was 93.
Mr. Brown was nominated four times
for an Academy Award and produced
box office smashes such as Oscar
winners “The Sting’’ and “Jaws,’’ along
with classics like “Cocoon’’ and “Driving
February 3, 2010
Frances Reid, who played matriarch
Alice Horton on "Days of Our Lives" for
four decades, has died in Los Angeles.
She was 95.
The network says Reid died Wednesday.
She was among the original cast of the
daytime soap opera, which premiered in
1965. Reid starred opposite Macdonald
Carey, who played her husband until
his death in 1994.
Reid received the Daytime Emmys'
Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004.
She was born in Wichita Falls, Texas, in
February 10, 2010
Charlie Wilson, the former congressman
from Texas whose funding of Afghanistan's
resistance to the Soviet Union was
chronicled in the movie and book "Charlie
Wilson's War," died Wednesday. He was 76.
Wilson died at Memorial Medical
Center-Lufkin after he started having
difficulty breathing while attending a
meeting in the eastern Texas town where
he lived, said hospital spokeswoman Yana
Ogletree. Wilson was pronounced dead on
arrival, and the preliminary cause of death
was cardiopulmonary arrest, she said.
Wilson represented the 2nd District in east
Texas in the U.S. House from 1973 to 1996
and was known in Washington as "Good
Time Charlie" for his reputation as a
hard-drinking womanizer. He once called
former congresswoman Pat Schroeder
"Babycakes," and tried to take a beauty
queen with him on a government trip to
February 9, 2010
Phil Harris was the owner and captain
of the crab fishing vessel Cornelia
Marie, which is featured on the
Discovery Channel reality TV series
Deadliest Catch. He suffered a stroke
while offloading crab in port at Saint
Paul Island, Alaska on January 29,
2010, and died on February 9, 2010.
Harris once stated, "You're not a man
'til you've pulled a tooth out with a
pair of pliers."
Walter Fredrick Morrison
February 9, 2010
Walter Fredrick "Fred" Morrison
was an American inventor and
entrepreneur, best known as the
inventor of the Frisbee. He was
born in Richfield, Utah. Morrison
died in his home at the age of 90
on February 9, 2010.
February 17, 2010
Kathryn Grayson, 88, whose beauty
and lilting soprano voice brightened
such popular MGM musicals of the
1940s and '50s as "Anchors Aweigh,"
"Show Boat" and "Kiss Me Kate," died
Feb. 17 at her home in Los Angeles.
The cause of death was not reported.
While still a teenager, Ms. Grayson was
placed under contract at MGM at a time
when the studio was assembling a
stable of musical talent that would
dominate the era of great musicals.
February 19, 2010
British actor Lionel Jeffries, an eccentric
in scores of films such as "Chitty Chitty
Bang Bang," died after a long illness,
his agent said. He was 83.
Bald at age 19 and mustachioed,
Jeffries appeared alongside Peter
Sellers, Terry-Thomas, Jeremy Irons
and Anthony Hopkins. He perhaps was
best known for his role as Grandpa
Potts in the 1968 Disney classic "Chitty
Chitty Bang Bang" starring Dick Van
Dyke as Caractacus Potts. At the time
he was six months younger than Van
Jeffries died Friday after a long illness,
his publicist at the Liz Hobbs Group
told The Times of London.
February 20, 2010
Former Secretary of State Alexander
Haig, a four-star general who served
as a top adviser to three presidents
and had presidential ambitions of his
own, died Saturday of complications
from an infection, his family said. He
Haig's long and decorated military
career launched the Washington career
for which he is better known, including
top posts in the Nixon, Ford and
Reagan administrations. He never lived
down his televised response to the
1981 assassination attempt on
President Ronald Reagan.
Ronald Howes Sr
February 16, 2010
A lifelong inventor who created everything
from printers to weaponry, in the early
1960s Howes was the director of research
and new product development for toy
maker Kenner Products. He helped
reformulate Play-Doh to remove toxic
chemicals. He helped market the
Spirograph when Kenner acquired
American rights to the toy. And when a
company salesman asked for a toy
chestnut roaster, Howes expanded on the
idea - a lot - while simultaneously trying
to make a cooking toy as safe as possible.
The result was a hit. "Whenever someone
brings up the subject, a woman always
chimes in and says, 'Oh, I had one of
those'," said his wife, Nancy. "Everybody's
heard of the Easy-Bake Oven." The toy,
which allowed girls - and some boys - to
bake real cakes and cookies has since sold
more than 20 million units. Up until last
month, he continued inventing, including
items for the U.S. Department of Defense.
In his later years, Howes had a long, white
beard, and sometimes "children did ask if
he was Santa Claus," said his son,
Christopher. "If they only knew." Howes
died February 16 at 83.
February 20, 2010
Sandy Kenyon's name won't be familiar to too many
people, but his face will be instantly recognizable to
filmgoers and television viewers for the hundreds of
roles that he has played -- cops and criminals,
cowboys and government officials, and just about
everything else that television or movies have had
to offer since the late 1950s. Born in New York City
on August 5, 1922, Kenyon served in the United
States Army Air Force during World War II as a
pilot, organizing shows in his spare time. He
attended drama school on the G.I. Bill.
Sandy Kenyon died February 20, 2010 in Los
Angeles, a voice-over artist and character actor,
best-known for voicing Jon Arbuckle in the first
Garfield animated television special Here Comes
Garfield, and numerous other roles in film and
television. Kenyon's on-screen acting career
benefited from his extremely distinctive physical
appearance: gaunt, with highly prominent
cheekbones. Kenon also acted onstage on
Broadway in in Los Angeles regional theatre.
Kenyon died peacefully February 20 at his home.
He was 87.
February 28, 2010
A British actor, who appeared in films, theatre
and television. He appeared in both British and
Hollywood productions. He is remembered for
his role as the Kralaholme in the original
London production of The King and I a role he
recreated in the Oscar winning film version.
In 1964 he appeared in what is arguably his
most memorable role, as Mr. Solo, the
gangster who refused to take part in the title
villain's plan and is later shot by his henchman
Oddjob in the James Bond film, Goldfinger. His
last appearance was in the TV series, Casualty
Benson died in his sleep on 28 February,
2010, from natural causes, aged 91 at his
home in Buckinghamshire, England.
February 11, 2010
The 64-year-old actress, best known
for her roles on Benson, Soap and
the original Beverly Hills, 90210, died
on Feb. 11 at her home in Los
Angeles from complications of