R.I.P. Maria Franziska von Trapp

By | Saturday February 22, 2014 @ 5:43pm PST

Maria Von Trapp deadThe second-eldest daughter of Georg Ludwig von Trapp and Agatha Whitehead von Trapp,, who was part of the musical family that inspired The Sound Of Music died Tuesday in Vermont, per the AP. She was 99. … Read More »

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R.I.P. ‘The Waltons’ Patriarch Ralph Waite

By | Thursday February 13, 2014 @ 5:15pm PST

Ralph WaiteThe man who played the patriarch on CBS’ long-running series The Waltons has died. Ralph Waite was 85. He also had been recurring since 2008 as Papa Gibbs, the father of Mark Harmon’s character, on NCIS. “Everyone at NCIS is deeply saddened by the passing of our friend and colleague Ralph Waite,” the show’s cast and crew said in a statement sent out by CBS tonight. “Ralph was family to us, a tremendous talent and a very special man. We truly cherish the time we had with him. Our hearts and prayers go out to his loved ones.” He also recurred on Bones as the grandfather of David Boreanaz’s character, played Father Matt in nearly 100 episodes of Days Of Our Lives and appeared in Grey’s Anatomy, CSI, Cold Case and The Practice.

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But Waite was best known as “Daddy” on The Waltons. He starred for nine seasons on the Depression-era drama as John Walton Sr., who eked out a living at the family lumber mill on Walton’s Mountain. He scored an Emmy nom for the role in 1978 and also directed more than a dozen episodes of the hourlong series, which ran from 1972-81 and was followed by a series of telefilms.

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R.I.P. Hollywood Columnist Joseph Finnigan

By | Friday February 7, 2014 @ 12:00pm PST

Longtime TV Guide columnist Joe Finnigan died January 22 in Sun Valley, CA after a long illness. He was 88. Finnegan began writing about Hollywood after landing in UPI’s Los Angeles bureau in the late 1950s, writing one of UPI’s two daily Hollywood columns. In 1965, Finnigan segued to TV Guide’s … Read More »

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R.I.P. Talent Agent Neil Bagg

By | Thursday February 6, 2014 @ 3:59pm PST

Neil_Bagg_PhotographLongtime talent agent Neil Bagg died Monday at his home in Los Angeles. He had been diagnosed with ALS commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease in 2012, according to a statement from Don Buchwald & Associates where Bagg worked as an … Read More »

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R.I.P. Character Actor Richard Bull

By | Tuesday February 4, 2014 @ 10:24pm PST

nels_olesonThe prolific TV actor who played the hen-pecked shopkeeper on Little House On The Prairie has died. Richard Bull died Monday of pneumonia in Calabasas, CA. He was 89. He played general store owner Nels Oleson for all of the NBC … Read More »

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UPDATE: Philip Seymour Hoffman Dead At 46 Of Apparent Overdose

By and | Sunday February 2, 2014 @ 10:52am PST

Philip Seymour Hoffman DeadOscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has died. He was 46. According to NYPD, Hoffman was discovered Sunday morning in his Manhattan home after suffering an apparent drug overdose. Police were called to the scene around … Read More »

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R.I.P. Producer Michael Filerman

By | Saturday February 1, 2014 @ 1:00am PST

The former Lorimar Productions exec who worked with creator David Jacobs to bring Dallas to TV and later became a Tony-winning Broadway producer has died. Michael Filerman died January 25 at his L.A. home after a yearlong battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Starting in the late 1970s, Filerman worked on Dallas – whose 1980 Michael Filerman 2“Who Shot J.R.?” cliffhanger was the highest-rated episode in TV history at the time – and served as executive producer on such series as Knots Landing, Flamingo Road, Emerald Point N.A.S., Falcon Crest, Sisters and The Client. The Chicago native also produced more than a dozen TV movies, starting with 1980’s Willow B: Women In Prison through 2000’s When Andrew Came Home. Filerman later turned to producing for the Main Stem, earning eight Tony nominations and two wins – for the revivals of The Gershwins’ Porgy And Bess (2012) and The Norman Conquests (2009). His other Broadway credits include the musicals A Christmas Story, American Idiot, Nice Work If You Can Get It and the current A Gentleman’s Guide To Love And Murder, along with such original plays as Enron, November and Frozen and revivals of The Country Blithe Spirit and Driving Miss Daisy. Read More »

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R.I.P. Arthur Rankin Jr

By | Friday January 31, 2014 @ 7:23pm PST

Arthur Rankin Jr.The man whose animated holiday TV specials have touched generations of fans died Thursday at his home in Bermuda. Arthur Rankin Jr was 89. His death was reported by local newspaper The Royal Gazette. With his partner Jules Bass, … Read More »

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R.I.P. TV/Film Composer John Cacavas

By | Thursday January 30, 2014 @ 4:10pm PST

jhcTV/film composer and conductor John Cacavas, whose credits include Airport 1975 and 1970s TV series Kojak, died January 28 at his home in Beverly Hills. He was 83. The South Dakota native scored numerous TV series and films throughout his career beginning with the 1972 feature Horror Express. He went on to score the next two movies in the Airport franchise, Airport 1975 and Airport ’77. Cacavas had developed a strong friendship with Telly Savalas, leading to a long tenure as composer for the Kojak TV series (1973-78), including the series theme for its fifth and final season on CBS. His other TV credits include Hawaii Five-O, Matlock, Switch, Columbo, Mrs. Columbo, Quincy, Buck Rogers, Gangster Chronicles, Lady Blue, Four Seasons and Ripley’s Believe It Or Not. He also composed movies-of-the-week, TV pilots, mini-series and specials such as A Time to Triumph, Eddie Capra Mysteries, She Cried Murder, Time Machine, By Reason Of Insanity, Jenny’s War , Police Story, Dirty Dozen II and III, Confessional and Perfect Murder Perfect Town. Read More »

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R.I.P. Sarah Marshall

By | Monday January 20, 2014 @ 9:36pm PST

Sarah MArshall TrekThe British actress was a familiar face on TV and on Broadway during the 1950s and early ’60s, earning a Tony nom for her supporting role in 1959’s Goodbye, Charlie. Sarah Marshall died Saturday of cancer in Los Angeles. … Read More »

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R.I.P. ‘Oz’ Munchkin Ruth Robinson Duccini

By | Thursday January 16, 2014 @ 9:39pm PST

ruthThe last surviving female Munchkin from the 1939 classic The Wizard Of Oz died Thursday at a Las Vegas hospice after a brief illness. Ruth Robinson Duccini was 95. Her death was confirmed by longtime friend Stephen Cox, author … Read More »

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R.I.P. Former ABC Exec Mark Cohen

By | Thursday January 16, 2014 @ 2:00pm PST

abclogoLongtime ABC executive Mark Cohen, retired EVP ABC Broadcast Group and VP Capital Cities/ABC died on December 31st, ABC announced today. He was 81. A Maine native, Cohen joined ABC in the company’s clearance department in 1958. He moved to network sales in 1961, was promoted to director of sales planning in 1964 and to VP sales planning in 1967. In the early ’70s, Cohen held a number of positions in the business analysis and planning areas, and was named VP in charge of planning and development for ABC Television in 1974. He was promoted to SVP Finance and Planning in 1976, became SVP of ABC Television in 1977 and assumed the additional title of VP ABC Inc. in 1981. From 1983 to 1985, he was SVP ABC and in 1985 was promoted to executive vice president. Cohen left the company in 1988. Read More »

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R.I.P. Russell Johnson

By | Thursday January 16, 2014 @ 1:40pm PST

2nd Annual TV Land Awards - Press RoomActor Russell Johnson, best known for playing The Professor on Gilligan’s Island, has died. He was 89. His longtime agent Mike Eisenstadt told Deadline that Johnson died this morning of natural causes … Read More »

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R.I.P. Roger Lloyd-Pack; British Sitcom Star, ‘Harry Potter’ Actor

By | Thursday January 16, 2014 @ 5:24am PST

roger lloyd packRoger Lloyd-Pack, the British actor best known for his role in classic sitcom Only Fools And Horses, has died. He passed away at home on Wednesday night, suffering from pancreatic cancer, his agent told the UK press. … Read More »

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R.I.P. Richard Shepherd; Film Producer, Executive & Agent

By | Wednesday January 15, 2014 @ 4:32pm PST

Richard Shpeherd 2The man who produced the 1961 classic Breakfast At Tiffany‘s also founded the Artists Agency and did stints as head of producing Warner Bros and MGM. Richard Shepherd died last night at his Los Angeles home after … Read More »

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R.I.P. Character Actor Larry D. Mann

By | Tuesday January 7, 2014 @ 9:23pm PST

larrydmannThe man whose 100-plus film and TV credits include voicing Yukon Cornelius in the holiday TV classic Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer and playing the train conductor in Best Picture Oscar winner The Sting died Monday in Los Angeles. Larry D. … Read More »

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R.I.P. Telenovela Actress Monica Spear

By | Tuesday January 7, 2014 @ 2:24pm PST

Monica SpearThe telenovela star and former Miss Venezuela and her ex-husband were shot to death last night on a highway near Puerto Cabello. Monica Spear was 29. The couple’s car had broken down, and Venezuelan authorities believe they were killed … Read More »

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R.I.P. Carmen Zapata

By | Monday January 6, 2014 @ 9:48pm PST

Carmen ZapataThe veteran character actress and co-founder of the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts in LA died Sunday in her Van Nuys home. Carmen Zapata was 86. During a career spanning six decades, she appeared in films including Sister ActRead More »

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R.I.P. TV Executive Dennis Johnson

By | Monday January 6, 2014 @ 11:46am PST

dennisjohnson1Dennis Johnson, veteran television programming executive and producer, died December 23 while on vacation in Gustavia, Saint Barthelemy, French West Indies. He had suffered a heart attack hours earlier and died at a hospital in Gustavia, according to his longtime partner Russ Patrick. He was 68. The Kenbridge, VA native began his TV career as a page at NBC on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. He went on to become Director of Comedy and Variety Programs at NBC, then VP Programming at ABC, before heading Osmond Television, for the Osmond family. Eventually, he became SVP of Programming at Showtime, where he established the Black Filmmakers Program. He was president of the National Association of Minorities in Cable (NAMIC) and served on the Board of the Special Olympics.
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