R.I.P. Doris Kanter

By | Thursday April 17, 2014 @ 5:58pm PDT

The sitcom and feature writer, who was married to Hal Kanter for 70 years, has died. Doris Kanter died last month in Encino after a brief illness, the WGA said today. She was 95. Her writing credits include Chico And The Man, Night Court and the 1980 Beau … Read More »

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R.I.P. Tony-Winning Deaf Actress Phyllis Frelich

By | Sunday April 13, 2014 @ 2:00pm PDT

phylis frelichTony-winning deaf actress Phyllis Frelich, who originated the lead role in Children of a Lesser God on Broadway, died Thursday of progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP). She was 70. Frelich’s husband Robert Steinberg told the AP of her passing. The two were … Read More »

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R.I.P. Comedian John Pinette

By | Sunday April 6, 2014 @ 4:41pm PDT

john pinetteStand up comedian and actor John Pinette died Saturday in Pittsburgh after suffering a pulmonary embolism, his manager of 24 years Larry Schapiro confirms. He was 50. Pinette, a veteran of the comedy club circuit who underwent treatment for … Read More »

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R.I.P. Richard Brick

By | Wednesday April 2, 2014 @ 10:22pm PDT

MV5BMTc1OTk5MzgzOF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwODA3MDMyMw@@._V1._SX500_SY428_The longtime DGA official and former NYC film commissioner died Wednesday. Richard Brick was 68. He worked on films including Sweet And Lowdown, Woody Allen’s Deconstructing Henry and Hangin’ With The Homeboys — for which he earned a 1992 … Read More »

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R.I.P. Sports Director Sandy Grossman

By | Wednesday April 2, 2014 @ 10:06pm PDT

Sandy GrossmanThe eight-time Sports Emmy winner was a regular in the truck during NFL games called by the popular announcing duo of Pat Summerall and John Madden. Sandy Grossman has died after a long battle with cancer. He was … Read More »

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R.I.P. ‘Dynasty’ And ‘Doctor Who’ Actress Kate O’Mara

By | Sunday March 30, 2014 @ 9:01am PDT

Kate O'Mara Dead at 74British actress Kate O’Mara, who was known to many Americans during the 1980s as Joan Collins’ sister Cassandra Morell on ABC‘s Dynasty, died in Sussex, England this morning. She was 74.  A TV vet since the 1960s … Read More »

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R.I.P. ‘Doctor Who’ Helmer Derek Martinus

By | Saturday March 29, 2014 @ 4:20pm PDT

derekmartinusThe British director responsible for a number of well-known early stories in sci-fi series Doctor Who died Thursday. He was 82. Derek Martinus had suffered from Alzheimer’s disease, his family told the BBC. Active at the Doctor Who helm between 1965 … Read More »

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R.I.P. Director Dirk Craft

By | Wednesday March 26, 2014 @ 4:20pm PDT

Dirk CraftThe veteran director who worked as an AD on dozens of TV and film projects ranging from Mixology, Rizzoli & Isles and ER to Running With Scissors and the Shaquille O’Neal starrer Steel died Monday after a long illness. Dirk … Read More »

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R.I.P. Patrice Wymore

By | Tuesday March 25, 2014 @ 3:36am PDT

patrice wymoreActress Patrice Wymore, the widow of Errol Flynn, has died. She was 87. The Kansas-born Wymore started on Broadway in the late 1940s and appeared in her first film, Warner Bros’ Tea For Two, with Doris Day and … Read More »

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UPDATED: R.I.P. ‘Homeland’, ‘White Collar’ Thesp James Rebhorn Passes From Melanoma

By and | Sunday March 23, 2014 @ 4:30pm PDT

James Rebhorn dead2ND UPDATE, SUNDAY 4:30 PM: The late James Rebhorn is remembered in a statement from USA Network. The veteran character actor had a recurring role as recently as last season on White Collar: “USA Network is deeply saddened about the passing of James Rebhorn, who so brilliantly played Reese Hughes on White Collar. Our sympathies go out to his family, friends and loved ones.”

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UPDATE, 12:35 PM: James Rebhorn died Friday afternoon from melanoma. The actor was diagnosed with melanoma in 1992 and died at home in South Orange, N.J. peacefully around his family. He had been receiving hospice care after being released from NYU Hospital. “He was a wonderful, wonderful man. I represented him since 1990, and I represented him for my entire career,” said his Leading Artist rep Dianne Busch. “He was an absolute joy to work with. He was very funny and was warm. He was drawn to projects with a social conscience. One of his favorite movies that he did was Lorenzo’s Oil because it made a difference. He had a very strong faith and loved his family. His family was extremely important to him and I saw him make career sacrifices for them.” His is survived by wife Becky, and two daughters Hannah and Emma. His family is planning a religious service arrangement to take place in New Jersey. Read More »

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R.I.P. ‘60 Minutes’ Producer Adrian Taylor

By | Friday March 21, 2014 @ 12:55pm PDT

138The Peabody- and Emmy-winning producer of CBS’ 60 Minutes died today of complications from pancreatic cancer at Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, NJ. Adrian “Clem” Taylor was 60. He won the Peabody Award last year for his uplifting 60 Minutes segment about an improbable orchestra in the heart of the Congo, broadcast on Easter Sunday 2012. It also won an Emmy, one of eight he earned during his career. Born in in Doylestown, PA, Taylor spent nearly 20 years at CBS News, the last four at 60 Minutes. He held a variety of producing jobs in the news division, rising to Senior Producer for The Early Show in the late 1990s. Before that, he was a producer in Washington, Dallas, and New York, and traveled to more than 20 countries for the network. His years assigned to the White House during the Reagan administration had Taylor covering many of the most important news stories of the 1980s, including the summit of Presidents Reagan and Gorbachev in Reykjavik, Iceland. He also worked for a decade at ABC News, where he produced reports for Primetime Live, 20/20, and the broadcast What Would You Do? He also produced for Fox News, CNBC and ESPN.

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R.I.P. Cinematographer Oswald Morris

By | Tuesday March 18, 2014 @ 2:33pm PDT

Oswald MorrisThe British DP’s half-century career included an Academy Award for 1971′s Fiddler On The Roof and Oscar noms for two other musicals. Oswald Morris died yesterday at his home in Dorset, England. He was 98. He served as director of photography on nearly five dozen films, working alongside such top directors as Stanley Kubrick (Lolita), Sidney Lumet (The Wiz), Franco Zeffirelli (The Taming Of The Shrew), Herbert Ross (the helmer’s first feature Goodbye, Mr. Chips) and eight films for John Huston including Beat The Devil, Moby Dick and the Toulouse-Lautrec biopic Moulin Rouge. His credits also include Beau Brummell, Look Back In Anger, The Guns Of Navarone, Of Human Bondage,  Bond pic The Man With The Golden Gun, Equus and The Great Muppet Caper. Morris earned his other Oscar noms for Oliver! and The Wiz. He also won BAFTA Awards for his camerawork on The Spy Who Came In From The Cold, The Hill and The Pumpkin Eater and received its Academy Fellowship in 1997. Read More »

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R.I.P. Comedian David Brenner, Johnny Carson’s Favorite on ‘Tonight Show’

By | Saturday March 15, 2014 @ 3:58pm PDT

David BrennerComedian David Brenner died today at his home in New York, NY. He was 78. A favorite of Tonight Show host, Johnny Carson, Brenner made over 150 appearances as a guest and substitute host on the NBC latenight show, starting in the ’70s. A contemporary of such stand-up legends as Andy Kaufman, Freddie Prinze and Gabe Kaplan, Brenner made a name for his observational comedic styling accentuated by his toothy grin, wavy hair and lanky demeanor. Brenner was born on Feb. 4, 1936 in Philadelphia, the son of a vaudeville singer and comedian who went under the stage name “Lou Murphy”. Read More »

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R.I.P. Richard Coogan, Early TV’s Original Captain Video

By | Wednesday March 12, 2014 @ 8:47pm PDT

Richard CooganThe first man to play Captain Video — the Guardian of the Safety of the World! — in the early days of television died today in Los Angeles. Richard Coogan was 99. He starred on the first two seasons of … Read More »

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R.I.P. Publicist John Blanchette

By | Monday March 10, 2014 @ 5:52pm PDT

The veteran publicist who worked with such luminaries as Bob Hope, Cary Grant and Michael Jackson has died. John Blanchette, who also guided Zsa Zsa Gabor’s career for more than three decades, was 68. He died March 4 at UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica after a brief battle with … Read More »

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R.I.P. ‘The Basketball Diaries’ Director Scott Kalvert

By | Friday March 7, 2014 @ 8:16pm PST

Scott KalvertScott Kalvert, who went from helming music videos to the features The Basketball Diaries and Deuces Wild, has died. He was 49. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office said it is investigating his death as a suicide but provided no … Read More »

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R.I.P. Bill McLaughlin

By | Friday March 7, 2014 @ 3:01pm PST

47526_2_BMcLaughlinCBSmFormer CBS News correspondent Bill McLaughlin died this morning. The diplomatic and foreign correspondent, who headed bureaus in Germany and Lebanon for CBS News in the late 1960s and ‘70s, died from cardiac arrest in a Waterbury, CT hospital. McLaughlin lived in France and was visiting friends in the U.S. at the time of his death. He was 76.

McLaughlin’s television news career spanned 27 years, nearly all of it with CBS News; he left for two years in late 1979 to report for NBC News as its United Nations correspondent. He spent a decade overseas on his CBS news assignments, including the Paris bureau, where he met his wife, the former Huguette Cord’homme, who survives him. He covered the gamut of overseas events, from the Vietnam War, to terrorism to the conflicts in the war-torn Middle East, appearing on the CBS Evening News With Walter Cronkite, CBS Radio News  and other CBS News broadcasts, including CBS Reports documentaries. From 1983 to 1993, when he left CBS news, he was a State Department correspondent, and general assignment reporter in the Washington Bureau.  This job, too, sent him overseas on a regular basis, covering the diplomatic travels of secretaries of state, including George Shultz.

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R.I.P. Former TV Academy President Hank Rieger

By | Friday March 7, 2014 @ 2:28pm PST

The journalist-turned-PR man who went on to serve two terms as president of the TV Academy died Wednesday in Oceanside, Calif. Hank Rieger was 95. In 1977, he became the first hank-riegerelected president of ATAS following the split between the East and West Coast factions of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. He is one of only 11 recipients of the Academy’s Syd Cassyd Award, presented in recognition of long and distinguished service. “Hank Rieger worked tirelessly for many years on behalf of the Television Academy,” ATAS Chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum said in a statement. “He believed in the Academy’s ability to have a positive impact on the entire entertainment industry, and we are deeply grateful for all he contributed.” The Kansas City, MO, native served in World War II before beginning his career as a journalist with United Press International, playing a key role in breaking the news of Marilyn Monroe’s death. In 1965, he joined NBC’s public relations department, where he worked with many of the biggest stars and execs in television — from Bob Hope, Bill Cosby, Johnny Carson and Milton Berle to Bob Kintner, Grant Tinker, Herb Schlosser and Brandon Tartikoff. He traveled with Hope as the comic entertained U.S. troops overseas and led the publicity team during The Tonight Show‘s move from New York to Los Angeles in 1972. When NBC News writers and reporters went on strike, Rieger filled in for two weeks as an on-air correspondent and host of a weekend political talk show. Read More »

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R.I.P. Game Show Host Geoff Edwards

By | Wednesday March 5, 2014 @ 9:49pm PST

Geoff EdwardsThe veteran TV game show host, actor and radio personality died today of pneumonia at St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica. Geoff Edwards was 83. He hosted a series of game shows from the 1970s into the early … Read More »

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