December 9, 2012
Character actor who played Jenn Lindley's
grandfather on "Dawson's Creek".
As an actor, Ed Grady has performed in movies
such as "The Last Game", released in 1980, in
which he portrayed John Gant, "Wolfman", "A
Simple Twist of Fate" and "The Notebook".
December 24, 2012
Jack Klugman, the prolific, craggy-faced character actor
and regular guy who was loved by millions as the
messy one in TV's "The Odd Couple" and the
crime-fighting coroner in "Quincy, M.E.," died Monday, a
son told the Associated Press. He was 90.
Klugman, who lost his voice to throat cancer in the
1980s and trained himself to speak again, died with his
wife at his side.
"He had a great life and he enjoyed every moment of it
and he would encourage others to do the same," son
Adam Klugman said.
Never anyone's idea of a matinee idol, Klugman
remained a popular star for decades simply by playing
the type of man you could imagine running into at a
bar or riding on a subway with -- gruff, but down to
earth, his tie stained and a little loose, a racing form
under his arm, a cigar in hand during the days when
smoking was permitted.
December 24, 2012
Charles Durning grew up in poverty, lost five of his nine
siblings to disease, barely lived through D-Day and was
taken prisoner at the Battle of the Bulge.
His hard life and wartime trauma provided the basis for a
prolific 50-year career as a consummate Oscar-nominated
character actor, playing everyone from a Nazi colonel to the
pope to Dustin Hoffman's would-be suitor in "Tootsie."
Durning, who died Monday at age 89 in New York, got his
start as an usher at a burlesque theater in Buffalo, N.Y.
When one of the comedians showed up too drunk to go
on, Durning took his place. He would recall years later that
he was hooked as soon as heard the audience laughing.
Although he portrayed everyone from blustery public
officials to comic foils to put-upon everymen, Durning may
be best remembered by movie audiences for his
Oscar-nominated, over-the-top role as a comically corrupt
governor in 1982's "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas."
December 13, 2012
Childhood roles made him famous, but he would
go on to live for nearly a century, outliving most
of his young co-stars. Jack Hanlon, who starred
in at least two of the classic "Our Gang" movies
of the Depression era, died Dec. 13 at age 96.
The precocious, freckle-faced Hanlon was a
natural as a child actor from 1926 to 1933, said
his niece, Wendy Putnam Park of Las Vegas.
"He was absolutely the sweetest, most
charming man," Park told The Associated Press.
"He loved talking about being in the movies if
you brought the subject up. He loved sharing
stories about being in them."
After a small role with Buster Keaton in "The
General," he played mischievous kids in two of
Hal Roach's "Our Gang/Little Rascals" films:
"The Glorious Fourth" and "Olympic Games."
Hanlon also played an orphan in the 1929
drama "The Shakedown," and got an on-screen
kiss from Greta Garbo in the 1930 film
He appeared in eight more "talkies," including
"Big Money" with Clark Gable, in the 1930s
before calling it a career at the age of 16. He
rarely made more than $5 a day.
Entire World Population
December 21, 2012
What will ever become of us? What shall we do if the next End-of-the-World doesn't happen. If we keep on
not dying as we are supposed to?
The consensus was that it was supposed to happen on the 21st of December anyways. Despite the fact that
Mayans themselves assert that the end of their ancient calendar doesn’t mean the end of the world, this has
become the date when a lot of people believe Armageddon will happen. Once again the world failed to end on
schedule. The Entire population of the world forgot to die this Winter Solstice.
"The world was never going to end, this was an invention of the mass media," said Yolotzin, who leads the
Aztec ritual dance group Cuautli-balam. "It is going to be a good era. ... We are going to be better."
At the ruins of the ancient Mayan city of Chichen Itza, thousands chanted, danced and otherwise frolicked
around ceremonial fires and pyramids to mark the conclusion of a vast, 5,125-year cycle in the Mayan
The doomsayers who had predicted apocalypse were nowhere to be seen. Instead, people showed up in T-
shirts reading "The End of the World: I Was There."
We must stop the madness and put an end, once and for all, to doomsday
Many critics marveled that such a heavyset man could be so nimble in the film's show-stopping
song-and-dance number, not realizing Durning had been a dance instructor early in his career. Indeed, he had
met his first wife, Carol, when both worked at a dance studio.
He quickly made an impression on movie audiences as the crooked cop stalking con men Paul Newman and
Robert Redford in the Oscar-winning comedy "The Sting." Dozens of notable portrayals followed. He was the
would-be suitor of Dustin Hoffman, (posing as a female soap opera star) in "Tootsie;" the infamous seller of
frog legs in "The Muppet Movie;" and Chief Brandon in Warren Beatty's "Dick Tracy." He played Santa Claus in
four different movies made for television and was the pope in the TV film "I Would be Called John: Pope John
"I never turned down anything and never argued with any producer or director," Durning told The Associated
Press in 2008, when he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Norman "Stormin Norman" Schwarzkopf
December 27, 2012
Retired Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, the blunt,
bulldog-like commander of U.S.-led coalition forces
in the first Persian Gulf War, died in Florida. He was
Schwarzkopf died after a long illness at his home in
Tampa, where he lived in retirement, a senior
defense official told NBC News.
Schwarzkopf, a highly decorated Vietnam War
veteran who rose quickly through the Army's ranks
during the 1970s and '80s, drew up the initial plans
for the successful U.S.-led ejection of Saddam
Hussein's forces from Kuwait, which Iraq invaded in
He then became famous for his pointed and
inventive language during the almost-daily televised
briefings he gave reporters as commander of
Operation Desert Storm in 1991, invariably clad in
desert camouflage, which he is credited with