October 14, 2010
"Falcon Crest" actor and longtime British
star Simon MacCorkindale has died at the
age of 58 after a long struggle with cancer,
his agent Max Clifford said Friday.
MacCorkindale, who played British lawyer
Greg Reardon in the '80s soap — which
also starred Jane Wyman, Lorenzo Lamas
and Mel Ferrer — appeared in "Death on the
Nile" and spent six years on the British
medical drama "Casualty."
OCtober 28, 2010
Stage and screen actor James MacArthur,
who played "Danno" in the original version
of television's "Hawaii Five-0," died
Thursday at age 72.
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MacArthur's agent, Richard Lewis, said
the actor died in Florida of "natural
causes," but no direct cause was specified.
In a career that spanned more than four
decades, MacArthur was most recognized
for his role as Detective Danny "Danno"
Williams on "Hawaii Five-0," which aired
from 1968 to 1980. Episodes often ended
with detective Steve McGarret, the lead
character, uttering what became a pop
culture catch phrase: "Book 'em, Danno."
October 16, 2010
Barbara Billingsley, who played one of TV's
most iconic and beloved moms, June
Cleaver, has died.
Billingsley personified the perfect American
mom on Leave It To Beaver that ran from
1957 to 1963. She stayed with her June
Cleaver character for several revivals of
the show and even a feature film in 1997.
Episodes of the sitcom can still be seen on
Billingsley also appeared on TV shows like
Love Boat, Murphy Brown and Roseanne,
but she turned down any part that made
fun of Mrs. Cleaver.
A family spokeswoman said Billingsley died
of polymyalgia, a type of rheumatoid
disease, at her home in Santa Monica,
Calif. She was 94.
October 15, 2010
Johnny Sheffield, the former child actor who
played Boy in the Tarzan movie series starring
Johnny Weissmuller in the late 1930s and
'40s and later starred in the Bomba, the
Jungle Boy film series, has died. He was 79.
Sheffield died Friday of a heart attack at his
home in Chula Vista about four hours after he
fell off a ladder while pruning a palm tree, said
his wife, Patty.
"He was a jungle boy to the end," she said,
noting that her husband of 51 years wasn't
too high in the tree when he fell, but
"sometimes he was way up there."
The son of British actor Reginald Sheffield
was 7 when his father saw an advertisement
in the Hollywood Reporter that asked, "Do
you have a Tarzan Jr. in your backyard?"
The curly haired Johnny Sheffield beat out
more than 300 other youngsters for the role
of Boy in the 1939 movie "Tarzan Finds a
Son!," in which Tarzan and Jane (Maureen
O'Sullivan) wind up adopting the young child
whose parents were killed in a plane crash in
October 20, 2010
Penthouse magazine founder Bob Guccione
has died in a suburban Dallas hospital at
A statement issued by the Guccione family
says he died Wednesday at Plano Specialty
Hospital in Plano after a long battle with
The Brooklyn, N.Y.-born Guccione
introduced Penthouse to the American
public in 1969, at the height of the feminist
movement and the sexual revolution.
The adult publication billed itself as "the
magazine of sex, politics and protest," and
quickly challenged Playboy magazine by
offering a mix of tabloid journalism and
Guccione had estimated the magazine
earned $4 billion during his reign as
publisher, although he lost much of his
personal fortune on bad investments and
Alexander Anderson Jr
October 25, 2010
Rocky and Bullwinkle creator and
animation artist Alexander Anderson
Jr has died in Carmel, California at the
age of 90. Anderson, a former U.S.
Navy spy, honed his animation chops
at Terrytoons, the New York studio
that created "Mighty Mouse," "Heckel
and Jeckel," "Tom Terrific" and
"Deputy Dawg," working with his
uncle Paul Terry, his wife told the
October 19, 2010
Tom Bosley, whose long acting career was
highlighted by his hugely popular role as the
understanding father on television's nostalgic,
top-rated 1970s comedy series "Happy Days,"
died Tuesday. He was 83.
Bosley died of heart failure at a hospital near
his Palm Springs home. Bosley's agent, Sheryl
Abrams, said he was also battling lung cancer.
TV Guide ranked Bosley's Happy Days
character No. 9 on its list of the "50 Greatest
TV Dads of All Time" in 2004. The show
debuted in 1974 and ran for 11 seasons.
"Tom's insight, talent, strength of character
and comic timing made him a vital central figure
in the 'Happy Days' experience. A great father
and husband, and a wonderful artist, Tom led
by example, and made us all laugh while he was
doing it," said a statement from Ron Howard,
who played Bosley's son, Richie Cunningham.
October 27, 2010
Lisa Blount, An Officer and A Gentleman
Star, was found dead in her Little Rock,
Arkansas home by her mother on October
27, 2010. The coroner told the Arkansas
Democrat-Gazette that Blount appeared
to have died on October 25. No foul play is
She won an Oscar in 2001 for producing
the live-action short film The Accountant,
which starred McKinnon, who also served
as director. Blount was born in Fayetteville
and grew up in Jacksonville before moving
to Los Angeles. Blount and McKinnon
moved to Little Rock in 2005.
october 28, 2010
Actor-director Robert Ellenstein died Oct.
28 of natural causes in Los Angeles. He
Ellenstein had roles in 1957's "3:10 to
Yuma," 1959's "North by Northwest,"
1979's "Love at First Bite" and 1986's
"Star Trek IV: The Journey Home," where
he played the Federation President,
among other feature films.
The son of a Newark dentist, Robert
Ellenstein grew up in that New Jersey city
and saw his father go on to become its
two-term mayor. He got his feet wet
acting-wise prior to serving with the Air
Corps during World War II; earning a
Purple Heart during his service, he began
acting, directing and teaching in
Cleveland, Ohio. A veteran of the "Golden
Age" of live TV (he played Quasimodo in a
live "Robert Montgomery Presents"
(1950) version of "The Hunchback of
Notre Dame"), Ellenstein made his first
movie in 1954 - MGM's Rogue Cop (1954)
Survived by his wife of 58 years, sons
David and Peter, a daughter Jan, and four