January 2, 2011
Actor Pete Postlethwaite has died at the
age of 64, according to reports.
Longtime friend Andrew Richardson was
quoted Monday by Britain's Press
Association as saying that Postlethwaite
died in hospital in Shropshire, central
Richardson said Postlethwaite died Sunday.
He had been receiving treatment for cancer.
The actor, who recently appeared in
"Inception", worked with director Steven
Spielberg on "The Lost World: Jurassic
Park" and "Amistad." He received the Order
of the British Empire in 2004.
Postlethwaite was nominated for an Oscar
for his role in "The Name of the Father".
He was also appeared in the 1994 film
"The Usual Suspects."
January 4, 2011
Gerry Rafferty, the Scottish singer-
songwriter behind hit songs "Baker Street"
and "Stuck in the Middle With You," has died.
He was 63.
Rafferty's agent Paul Charles confirmed
Tuesday that his client had passed away
following a long illness, but said he had no
additional information on how or where he
Rafferty's classic record "Baker Street" —
renowned worldwide for its distinctive
haunting saxophone solo — climbed to No. 3
in the U.K. and No. 2 in the U.S. music charts
in 1978. It still achieves considerable airplay
on radio stations.
The singer also recorded "Stuck in the Middle
With You" in 1972 while performing as part of
the Scottish folk-rock band Stealers Wheel.
January 2, 2011
Anne Francis, who was best known for
her roles in the 1950s science-fiction film
“Forbidden Planet” and the 1960s
television series “Honey West,” died in
Santa Barbara, Calif. She was 80.
The cause was complications of pancreatic
cancer, her daughter Jane Uemura told
The Los Angeles Times. Ms. Francis had
surgery and chemotherapy after she
learned she had lung cancer in 2007.
Ms. Francis, with blond hair and a
prominent beauty mark near one corner
of her mouth, appeared in some of the
most popular films of the 1950s. But
“Forbidden Planet” and “Honey West”
made her reputation.
January 10, 2011
Actor John Dye died of a heart
attack in San Francisco Monday
January 10th at the age of 47.
Dye is best known for his role of
Andrew, the compassionate Angel
of Death on Touched by an Angel,
which aired on CBS from 1994 to
2003. He joined the cast during
the show`s second season on a
recurring basis, and became a
series regular the next year.
January 11, 2011
David Nelson, who starred on his parents’
popular television show “The Adventures
of Ozzie and Harriet,’’ has died, a family
spokesman said. He was 74.
Mr. Nelson, who was battling complications
of colon cancer, died Tuesday at his Los
Angeles home, said family spokesman and
longtime Hollywood publicist Dale Olson.
Nelson was the last remaining member of
the Nelsons TV family.
The oldest son of bandleader Ozzie Nelson
and songstress Harriet Hilliard Nelson,
David Nelson was famous before ever
making his professional debut. Ozzie and
Harriet shifted to TV in 1952, the boys
went along for the ride. Ricky unexpectedly
became a teen idol in the late '50s, while
David more or less played "straight" for
the rest of the family. Except for a good
supporting role as a homicidal trapeze
artist in 1959's The Big Circus, David's
acting career was colorless enough to
encourage him to seek some other form of
creative expression. In the early '60s, he
turned to directing, first for the Nelson
Family series, and then for several other
TV situation comedies. David Nelson has
worked steadily but unspectacularly as a
producer/director ever since.
January 15, 2011
British actress Susannah York, one of the
most memorable film faces of the 1960s,
has died from cancer at age 72, British
media reported late on Saturday.
York was best known for her role opposite
Jane Fonda in the 1969 film "They Shoot
Horses Don't They?" for which she was
nominated for an Oscar.
She achieved international fame in such
classic movies as "Tom Jones" and "A Man
For All Seasons" and starred opposite the
likes of Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando,
Montgomery Clift and Peter O'Toole.
Her film roles became less notable during the
1970s, although she appeared in the box
office smash "Superman" as Kal El's mother,
but she continued to enjoy an extensive
January 23, 2011
Jack LaLanne, the fitness guru who
inspired television viewers to trim
down, eat well and pump iron for
decades before diet and exercise
became a national obsession, died
Sunday. He was 96.
LaLanne died of respiratory failure
due to pneumonia Sunday
afternoon at his home in Morro
Bay on California's central coast,
his longtime agent Rick Hersh said.
Lalanne ate healthy and exercised
every day of his life up until the
end, Hersh said.
January 20, 2011
Chances are you don't know his name but that you've
seen his face. A Veteran character actor whose
leathery, sinister looks typecast him as a mobster on
film and TV.
Bruce Gordon, 94, portrayed gangster Frank "The
Enforcer" Nitti on the television crime drama "The
Untouchables," died Thursday after a long illness, the
Rivera Family Mortuaries in Santa Fe, N.M., confirmed.
No details were given.
He was born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, on February
1, 1916. He was a stage, movie and television actor
during a career spanning five decades, making his first
professional appearance on Broadway in Arsenic and
Old Lace with Boris Karloff. Mr. Gordon performed
in over 400 live major network television productions
as well as numerous television movies. In later years,
he chose to live in Santa Fe, and came out of
retirement to appear in two stage productions at the
College of Santa Fe.
January 27, 2011
Comedian Charlie Callas has died. He was
known as a versatile comic and sidekick whose
zany faces and antics made him a regular for
more than four decades on television, in films
and on casino stages. A son says he died in a
hospice in Las Vegas. He was 83. He had a
long and successful career, not only as a
stand-up comic, but also as an actor in movies
and on television.
Many recall his numerous routines on variety
and talk shows as far back as the sixties.
He did several appearances on The "Tonight
Show Starring Johnny Carson", "Rowan &
Martin's Laugh-in", and "The Hollywood
Squares", as well as successful
character-driven spots on "Dean Martin's
Callas was widowed in July when his wife,
Evelyn, passed away. The couple had two
children, Mark and Larry. It was Larry who
stated that his mother's death had broken his
January 30, 2011
5 time Oscar winning British film composer John
Barry, most famous for his work on James
Bond movies, died in New York. He was 77.
Barry scored his first film, the Adam Faith
vehicle Beat Girl, in 1960. In 1962, he scored
the first James Bond movie, Dr. No. His would
go on to write music for many Bond films,
including Thunderball, Goldfinger, From Russia
With Love, and You Only Live Twice. Barry also
scored dozens of other movies, including Body
Heat and Midnight Cowboy. He
won Oscars for his work on Born Free, The Lion
in Winter, Out of Africa, and Dances With
In all Barry scored 11 of the James Bond films
and his influence was very much heard in the
first, Dr. No (1962), via his work on The James
January 29, 2011
Stuart Everett Brotman Passed away
much too soon on January 29, 2011,
with family and friends at his side, from
complications resulting from a brain
aneurysm. Age 44. Brotman voiced the
charachter of Peppermint Patty in the
Charlie Brown TV movies from 1975 thru
January 19, 2011
William Bennett, 89; served with the Tuskegee Airmen
In 2007, William “Bucko’’ Bennett was among a cadre of then
unsung airmen called to Washington, where President George
W. Bush was on hand as they received the Congressional Gold
Medal, one of the nation’s highest civilian honors.
throughout his adult life, Mr. Bennett spoke little of his days as a
vaunted Tuskegee Airman. Even when he did, he shrugged it off
as simply having done his duty.
Mr. Bennett, a retired marine engineering technician at the
Boston Navy Shipyard in Charlestown, died of heart disease
January 19 at Stonehedge Rehabilitation & Skilled Care Center in
West Roxbury. He was 89.
“I don’t think he saw what he did as a Tuskegee Airman as being
all that special,’’ said Laura J. Brown of Lynn, Mr. Bennett’s
niece. “I think he saw it as his duty as an American.
January 16, 2011
Milton Levine, co-inventor of the classic Ant
Farm educational toy, has died. He was 97.
His son, Steven, tells the Los Angeles Times
that Levine died of natural causes on Jan. 16
at an assisted-care facility in Thousand Oaks.
Uncle Milton's Ant Farm has sold more than
20 million copies but it sprang from humble
origins. Levine told the Times in 2002 that he
got the idea while watching ants during a
Fourth of July picnic in 1956.
He and his brother-in-law came up with a
transparent habitat that allowed people to
see ants digging tunnels. The ants were sent
Uncle Milton Industries went on to become a
January 17, 2011
Kirshner, a rock promoter and music
publisher who helped garner hits for the
make-believe groups The Monkees and
The Archies and boosted the careers of
Billy Joel, Neil Diamond, and the Police,
died at 76.
January 18, 2011
Robert Sargent Shriver, Jr.,
statesman and activist. As the
husband of Eunice Kennedy Shriver,
he was part of the Kennedy family,
serving in the Kennedy and Johnson
administrations. Shriver was the
driving force behind the creation of
the Peace Corps, founded the Job
Corps, Head Start and other
programs as the "architect" of
Johnson's "War on Poverty" and
served as the United States
Ambassador to France. During the
1972 U.S. presidential election, he
was George McGovern's running
mate as the Democratic Party's
nominee for U.S. Vice President,
replacing Thomas Eagleton who had
resigned from the ticket.
Paul Vincent Picerni
January 12, 2011
Picerni was born in New York City, New York.
He was an Eagle Scout who joined the United
States Army Air Forces during World War II,
where he served as a B-24 Liberator
bombardier in the China-Burma-India Theater.
He was part of a mission that attacked and
destroyed the real bridge made famous in the
film The Bridge on the River Kwai.
As a young actor returning from the war, he
appeared in military pictures: in Twelve O'Clock
High as a bombardier and as Private Edward P.
Rojeck in Breakthrough. This led to a Warner
Brothers contract for Picerni and a succession
of roles at that studio including a starring turn
as the hero in the 1953 horror classic House
of Wax. After his departure from Warners, he
appeared with Audie Murphy in Universal
Studio's To Hell and Back.
When Italian organizations began to complain
about the use of Italian gangsters on TV's,
The Untouchables, starring Robert Stack as
G-man Eliot Ness, Picerni joined the cast of
the show as Ness's number-one aide, Lee
Hobson, from 1960-63.
Picerni (standing third from left) in The Untouchables.