March 2, 2010
Boston’s first television weatherman, Don
Kent, died early Tuesday. At 92, he was still
predicting the next day’s weather.
Weather was always a hobby for Kent, who
grew up on Hamden Circle in the Wollaston
section of Quincy. That hobby turned Kent
into one of the most familiar personalities in
Boston TV history. He spent 28 years as
the face of weather for WBZ-TV.
“He was right. He knew,” Quincy historian
and former neighbor Tom Galvin said. “And
he was in weather his whole life.”
Kent did some of his earliest broadcasts
atop Kent’s Carpetland, the business he
and his brother, Roger, owned on Quincy
Shore Drive. He built a little office there
and, in 1947, between rug sales, began
forecasting for WJDA in Quincy.
March 10, 2010
Corey Haim, a 1980s teen heartthrob
for his roles in “Lucas” and “The Lost
Boys” whose career was blighted by
drug abuse, has died of an apparent
accidental overdose. He was 38.
Haim died at 2:15 a.m. Wednesday at
Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in
Burbank, Los Angeles County coroner’s
Lt. Cheryl MacWillie said.
March 11, 2010
Merlin Olsen, a Hall of Fame defensive
lineman and member of the Los
Angeles Rams’ “Fearsome Foursome”
who followed up football with a
successful television career in “Little
House on the Prairie,” NFL broadcasts
and commercials, has died. He was 69.
Utah State, Olsen’s alma mater, said
he died outside of Los Angeles early
Thursday after battling cancer. He was
diagnosed with mesothelioma, a
cancer of the lung lining, last year.
March 2, 2010
Grandson of Sir Winston Churchill
Winston Spencer Churchill, a former
member of Parliament and grandson of
Britain's wartime leader, died Tuesday,
an associate said. He was 69.
Mr. Churchill had been suffering from
cancer and died at his London home,
said Cmdr. John Muxworthy, president
of the United Kingdom National Defense
Mr. Churchill was a member of the
House of Commons from 1970 to 1997.
Earlier he had been a foreign
correspondent for the Times of London,
the Daily Telegraph and other papers.
March 4, 2010
Nan Martin, a stage, TV and film
actress who played Ali MacGraw's
snobbish mother in "Goodbye,
Columbus" and was a mainstay on
the Southern California theater
scene for decades, has died. She
Martin, who suffered from
emphysema, died Thursday at her
home in Malibu, said her son Casey
March 14, 2010
Peter Graves, an actor whose career
spanned generations, died on Sunday. He
Graves collapsed in his Los Angeles
driveway, and was found by his daughter,
who unsuccessfully attempted to perform
CPR. The actor was said to have been in
good health and died of natural causes.
Born in 1925 as Peter Aurness, Graves had
a career spanning more than 70 movies and
numerous TV series, beginning in 1942 with
a non-credited debut in the war film Winning
Your Wings. He moved out to Hollywood to
join older brother James Arness of
Gunsmoke Fame, and changed his name to
avoid confusion between the two.
Graves’ early career included many horror
and space movies, including Red Planet Mars,
It Conquered the World, and Killers From
He become a national star after his big break
starring as James Phelps in the CBS series
“Mission Impossible” from 1967 to 1973,
and again on ABC from 1988 to 1990.
Graves won a Golden Globe in 1971 for
Best Actor for his work in the series.
Graves’ career saw a revival in the 1970s
with the original disaster spoof Airplane!.
After the sequel in 1982, he changed
course, focusing instead on TV roles instead
of movies. He hosted the A&E documentary
series “Biography” for 12 years, beginning in
1989. He also had guest roles on popular
shows “House,” “American Dad,” and “7th
March 18, 2010
“Davy Crockett” and “Daniel Boone” star-
turned-developer and vintner Fess Parker has
died. He was 85.
Family spokeswoman Sao Anash says Parker
died Thursday morning of natural causes at
his Santa Ynez home near the Fess Parker
Winery. His death comes on the 84th
birthday of his wife of 50 years, Marcella.
Parker became every baby boomer’s idol in
the 1950s when he starred as frontiersman
Davy Crockett. Kids grabbed up Davy
Crockett lunch boxes, toy Old Betsy rifles,
buckskin shirts and trademark fur caps. The
series theme song - “The Ballad of Davy
Crockett” - became a hit with its line “Born on
a mountaintop in Tennessee.”
Parker played Daniel Boone in the late 60s
He later became a developer along California’s
central coast and grew grapes for prize-
Robert Culp, the actor who teamed with Bill
Cosby in the racially groundbreaking TV series
"I Spy" and was Bob in the critically acclaimed
sex comedy "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice," died
Wednesday after collapsing outside his
Hollywood home, his agent said. Culp was 79.
His manager, Hillard Elkins, said the actor was
on a walk when he fell. He was taken to a
hospital and pronounced dead just before
noon. The actor's son was told he died of a
heart attack, Elkins said, though police were
unsure if the fall was medically related.
Los Angeles police Lt. Robert Binder said no
foul play was suspected. Binder said a jogger
found Culp, who apparently fell and struck his
March 28, 2010
June Havoc, best known as the younger
sister of stripper Gypsy Rose Lee, died
Sunday of natural causes at her home in
Stamford, Conn. She was believed to be 97.
Musical theater lovers will undoubtedly know
that the song "Let Me Entertain You" was
from the classic musical "Gypsy", the
born-in-a-trunk story of resilient kid
troopers Gypsy Rose Lee and June Havoc
who were mercilessly pushed into vaudeville
careers by an unbearably headstrong
mother. While the less-talented Gypsy, of
course, became the legendary ecdysiast who
turned stripping into an art form, sister June
grew up to become a reputable actress of
stage, screen, and TV.
"I think Gypsy was one of the most
smashing shows I've seen in my life," Havoc
once stated. "But very little to do with fact.
My mother was not such a monster. Few
parents who had a child who, at the age of
two, stood on her toes and danced every
time she heard music, could resist putting
her forward. Particularly if the child was
happy doing it.
March 15, 2010
David Steinberg, the 3'1" thesp best
known for his role in Ron Howard's
"Willow" in 1988, died March 15 at age 45
in Valencia, Calif. No cause of death was
Born in Los Angeles, he was adopted by a
couple who faced the same challenges he
did as a short person.
Steinberg was brought up in Queens, New
York, where he overcame childhood
shyness about his size by winning over his
classmates with wisecracks, developing a
talent for comedy that served him well in