June 3, 2012
'Family Feud' star Richard Dawson dies at 79.
Richard Dawson, the British actor and comedian
best known for kissing every female contestant he
could get his hands on in the television game
show "Family Feud," has died his son said Sunday.
Dawson hit fame playing a British prisoner of war,
Corporal Newkirk, in the the 1960s comedy show
"Hogan's Heroes," which made out his Nazi
captors as benevolent bumblers. Despite its
unlikely premise, the show made the ratings top
10 in its first season, 1965-66, and ran until 1971.
He later became a regular on game shows, titillating audiences with just-this-side-of-dirty
innuendos on "Match Game" and then, most prominently, as host of "Family Feud," in which
two families competed to see which one could more accurately predict Americans' answers to
odd survey questions.
Dawson hosted "Family Feud" from 1976 to 1985 and again from 1988 to 1995. He won an
Emmy award in 1978. He was known for kissing each woman contestant, and at the time the
show first bowed out in 1985, executive producer Howard Felsher estimated that Dawson had
kissed "somewhere in the vicinity of 20,000."
"I kissed them for luck and love, that's all," Dawson said at the time.
June 5, 2012
Iconic science fiction writer Ray Bradbury dies.
Ray Bradbury, the author of classics such as
“Fahrenheit 451,” “Something Wicked this Way
Comes” and “The Martian Chronicles,” died in Los
Angeles at the age of 91.
Bradbury’s daughter confirmed the death of the
legendary science fiction writer. Bradbury began his
career writing science fiction for fanzines in 1938
and became a full-time writer in 1943. His major
breakthrough as a science fiction writer was the
publishing of “The Martian Chronicles” in 1950. The
story of the effects of man’s attempt to colonize
Mars after a massive nuclear war on Earth, the book
reflected the anxieties over nuclear war in the 1950s
and the fear of foreign powers.
Several of the author's works became movies or
television shows, including the movie version of his
novel “Something Wicked This Way Comes.”
Versions of Bradbury’s stories appeared on
episodes of “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” and “The
Twilight Zone,” and he also had his own cable series,
“Ray Bradbury Theater,” that ran from 1986-1992.
June 8, 2012
Frank Cady, 96, a character actor who played
Hooterville general-store proprietor Sam Drucker
on the TV sitcoms “Green Acres” and “Petticoat
Junction,” died Friday at his home in Wilsonville,
Ore., said his daughter, Catherine Turk.
He acted a role of general store proprietor Sam
Drucker on Green Acres in 1965. He reprised the
part for the 1990 TV movie Return to Green Acres
– his final acting role.
Reflecting on his TV career, Cady told the Portland
Oregonian in 1995, “You get typecast. I’m
remembered for those shows and not for some
pretty good acting jobs I did other times. I
suppose I ought to be grateful for that. Because
otherwise I wouldn’t be remembered at all. I’ve
got to be one of the luckiest guys in the world,”
The Detroit News reported.
Cady married his wife Shirley in 1940; she died in
2008. Besides their daughter Catherine, he is
survived by their son Steven, and several
grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
June 18, 2012
Victor Spinetti, an acclaimed comic actor who
appeared in several Beatles movies, has died. He
Spinetti's close friend and agent Barry Burnett
said Spinetti died Tuesday morning after suffering
from cancer for several years.
Spinetti won a Tony award in 1965 for his
Broadway performance in "Oh, What a Lovely
War." He also appeared in three Beatles movies,
"A Hard Day's Night," ''Help," and "Magical Mystery
Spinetti was born to an Italian Welsh father and
Welsh mother in South Wales. He moved to
London to develop his acting career, but moved
back to Wales after he was diagnosed with cancer.
June 19, 2012
Actor Richard Lynch, best known for villainous
appearances in countless TV shows and movies,
passed away at the age of 76.
Lynch's distinct look made him the perfect bad guy
and Hollywood utilized him in genre television and film
for over 40 years. The actor consistently found work
after breaking out in the 1973 Gene Hackman film
Scarecrow. He won a Saturn Award for Best
Supporting Actor in The Sword and the Sorcerer,
appeared in both the 1976 and 1980 incarnations of
Battlestar Galactica, and was courted by Rob Zombie
to appear in the musician-turned-director's 2007
remake of Halloween and the upcoming Lords of
Salem. Roles on The A-Team, Six Feet Under, and
Star Trek: The Next Generation turned Lynch into a
Lynch is survived by his wife Lily and his brother Barry
Lynch, who acted alongside his brother in 1987's
Nightforce and 1997's Total Force. At the time of his
death, Lynch had over 150 credits to his name.
June 17, 2012
Rodney King, whose videotaped beating by
police in 1991 sparked the L.A. riots, was
found dead at his California home on Sunday.
He was 47.
Police said King's fiancée discovered him at
the bottom of the swimming pool at their
Rialto, Calif., home, about 55 miles east of
Police responded to a call at 5:25 a.m., pulled
King out of the pool and attempted CPR, but
could not revive him. The cause of death is
unknown, but police are investigating it as a
June 26, 2012
Oscar-nominated screenwriter Nora Ephron,
known for romantic comedies "When Harry Met
Sally" and "Sleepless in Seattle," as well as books
and essays, has died in New York after battling
leukemia. She was 71.
Ephron, who had suffered from acute myeloid
leukemia, died on Tuesday evening at New York's
Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center
surrounded by her family, they said in a statement.
Reactions poured in from around the arts and
entertainment community for the screenwriter who
delighted millions with her flair for comedy,
romance and the ability to tackle serious subjects
"She brought an awful lot of people a tremendous
amount of joy. She will be sorely missed," her
publisher, Alfred A. Knopf, said in a statement.
June 27, 2012
Actor Don Grady died Wednesday at the age of
68. Grady passed away in L.A. after a long battle
with cancer, his family confirmed.The actor was
most well-known for his role as Robbie Douglas in
"My Three Sons" and was one of the original
Mouseketeers on "The Mickey Mouse Club." He
joined the show when he was only 13 years old.
Grady landed his role on "My Three Sons" in 1960
and pursued a career in music when the show
ended in 1972. He recorded an album with his
collection of songs, "Homegrown," in 1973. In
2008, he released a collection of songs about the
baby boomer generation, titled "Boomer."
Grady also appeared on stage in "Pippin,"
"Godspell" and "Damn Yankees."