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Death Takes No Holiday -- The Obituary Thread

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http://www.cbsnews.com/news/william-christopher-dead-mash-actor/

 

William Christopher, the actor best known for playing Fr. Francis Mulcahy on the smash sitcom “MASH,” has  died, CBS Los Angeles reports. He was 84.

 

Christopher’s son confirmed his death to CBS Los Angeles.

 

The Illinois-born Christopher’s other acting credits included “Hogan’s Heroes,” “Gomer Pyle,” “That Girl” and “Columbo.”

 

But it was “MASH” that made Christopher famous. He appeared in more than 200 episodes of the acclaimed series.

 

A Methodist off-camera, he played the kindly and gentle Catholic priest on the CBS sitcom from 1972-1983. He also appeared in the spinoff “After MASH” (1983-85.) He also played Fr. Tobias on “Days of Our Lives” in 2012.

 

Christopher married his wife Barbara in 1957. They had two sons.

 

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"...the film’s  ("Bambi" '42) striking appearance had been created by a Chinese immigrant artist, who took as his inspiration the landscape paintings of the Song dynasty. The extent of his contribution to “Bambi,” which remains a high-water mark for film animation, would not be widely known for decades....

 

Trained as a painter, Mr. Wong was a leading figure in the Modernist movement that flourished in California between the first and second World Wars. In 1932 and again in 1934, his work was included in group shows at the Art Institute of Chicago that also featured Picasso, Matisse and Paul Klee....

 

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Doug Raney (1956-2016), a son of guitar legend Jimmy Raney and a brilliant lyrical guitarist in his own right who lived in Denmark for much of his career, died of heart failure in Copenhagen on May 1 2016, according to his brother Jon. He was 59.

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Actor George Kosana, known primarily for his role as the sheriff in the 1968 cult classic NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, died on January 2, 2017. He was 81.

 

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Kosana delivered, in my opinion, the best line in the film: "They're dead. They're all messed up."

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Jeffrey Hayden, variously a director of film, stage and television, died on December 24, 2016 following a year-long battle with cancer. He was 90 years old.

 

Hayden helmed episodes of numerous TV series from the 1960s through the '80s, including ​The Andy Griffith Show, Leave It to Beaver, ​IronsideAlias Smith and Jones, Quincy M.E., Knight Rider​, In the Heat of the Night and ​Magnum P.I.

 

For MGM, Hayden directed the 1957 crime drama THE VINTAGE, starring Pier Angeli and Mel Ferrer.

 

On the stage, Hayden directed regional productions of Summer and Smoke, Death of a Salesman and The Country Girl ​across the United States.

 

 

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Hayden is survived by his wife of 65 years, friend of TCM and Oscar-winning actress Eva Marie Saint, their two children and four grandchildren.

 

The Hollywood Reporter remembers Jeffrey Hayden here: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/jeffrey-hayden-director-husband-eva-marie-saint-was-90-960369

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Kosana delivered, in my opinion, the best line in the film: "They're dead. They're all messed up."

 

You are exactly right. I love the line, I love the delivery, and, as hard as it might be to believe, I work it into my daily observations as often as possible.

Thanks for the post.

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Om Puri (1950-2017) - East Indian actor Om Puri has died suddenly from a heart attack at the age of 66. An actor primarily working in his native India, Puri also appeared in many English-language films, including substantial roles in Gandhi (1982), the TV series The Jewel in the Crown (1984), City of Joy (1992), Wolf (1994), The Ghost and the Darkness (1996), Code 46 (2003), Charlie Wilson's War (2007) and The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014).

 

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Om Puri (1950-2017) - East Indian actor Om Puri has died suddenly from a heart attack at the age of 66. An actor primarily working in his native India, Puri also appeared in many English-language films, including substantial roles in Gandhi (1982), the TV series The Jewel in the Crown (1984), City of Joy (1992), Wolf (1994), The Ghost and the Darkness (1996), Code 46 (2003), Charlie Wilson's War (2007) and The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014).

 

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This is sad news.  Besides City of Joy (1992) I would recommend seeing My Son the Fanatic (1997) and East Is East (1999) as examples of Puri's fine film work.

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http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/francine-york-dead-batman-doll-squad-actress-was-80-961611

 

Francine York, the statuesque actress who showed off her sexuality as The Bookworm's moll on Batman and in such films as It's Only Money, Cannon for Cordoba and The Doll Squad, has died. She was 80.

 

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York died Friday morning at Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys, Calif., after a battle with cancer, her friend, television producer Pepper Jay, told The Hollywood Reporter.

 

A native of Aurora, Minn., York appeared in scores of TV shows, from Rescue 8 in 1959 to The Mindy Project in 2015. She played a seductive Venus de Milo on an episode of Bewitched, a bake-off contestant on The Odd Couple and an ex-prostitute/blackmailer on Days of Our Lives. She also appeared in five different roles on Burke's Law, a series renown for featuring gorgeous guest-stars.

 

York was memorable as the willowy Lydia Limpet, the henchwoman of The Bookworm (Roddy McDowall), in a first-season installment of ABC's Batman in 1966. She uses a boring book to lure Robin to sleep and gets to ride in the Batmobile.

 

"Everybody wanted to work on Batman and ride in that car," she told Tom Lisanti in his book Fantasy Femmes of Sixties Cinema.

 

She played a sexpot for Jerry Lewis in It's Only Money (1962), and In Cannon for Cordoba (1970), starring George Peppard, she did a nude scene and a belly dance. The Doll Squad (1973) saw her fronting a team of gorgeous female assassins aiming to stop a megalomaniac (Michael Ansara) from destroying the world. Many see that movie as the precursor to Charlie's Angels.

 

York's other notable film appearances include Bedtime Story (1964), opposite Marlon Brando and David Niven, and Elvis Presley's Tickle Me (1965). She turned in a well-received performance as Marilyn Monroe in Marilyn: Alive and Behind Bars (1992) and played Nicolas Cage's mother-in-law in The Family Man (2000).

 

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York also was known as a gourmet cook and fitness and nutrition expert who hosted lavish parties in Hollywood. She was the decade-long companion of director Vincent Sherman (The Young Philadelphians) until his death in 2006.

 

Never married, she is survived by her nieces Delinda, Gina and Ava and nephew Dominic; grandnieces Ashley, Candice, Holly, Daliss and Isabella Negrete; and grandnephew Franklin.

 

York was polishing off her autobiography at the time of her death.

 

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http://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/07/nyregion/nat-hentoff-dead.html

 

Nat Hentoff, music critic and social commentator, has died at the age of 91. Hentoff appeared in Woody Allen's Sweet and Lowdown and was an interview subject in several documentaries. In addition to being perhaps America's leading jazz critic, Hentoff was also the nation's outstanding advocate of Free Speech, actively opposing speech codes, hate crime legislation, and even libel laws.

 

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https://www.thestar.com/entertainment/2017/01/11/tony-rosato-veteran-of-sctv-and-saturday-night-live-dead-at-62.html

 

Toronto comic actor Tony Rosato, veteran of SCTV, Saturday Night Live and more, has died.

 

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The 62-year-old’s death on the evening of Jan. 10 was confirmed Tuesday by his longtime agent Larry Goldhar, who said that an autopsy is planned, but the death apparently resulted from a heart attack.

 

“It’s heartbreaking,” Goldhar told the Star. “He is truly one of the gentlest people I have ever met. He was just such a kind person.”

 

Rosato was best known for his regular performances on stage at Second City, SCTV, Saturday NightLive, Street Legal and had a recurring character on Night Heat. He would later become a lead on the series Diamonds and was “busy all the time,” Goldhar recalled.

 

The Naples-born actor joined Second City’s Toronto cast in 1979, and came to be recognized for his zany characters — in his youth, he was once pegged to be the next John Belushi.

 

Movie stardom never came, but he was working steadily on locally filmed TV projects through the 1980s. Occasional TV roles and voice-over work in animation followed in the 1990s and beyond but his career stalled when, in 2005, the actor suffered a serious bout of mental illness and ended up languishing in the maximum-security Quinte Detention Centre in Napanee.

 

The Star later reported that Rosato had been in jail for two years awaiting trial on a harassment charge when he was, in fact, suffering from Capgras syndrome, a rare condition in which the sufferer believes those close to him have been replaced by substitutes.

 

He believed that his ex-wife Leah and their infant daughter had been replaced by impostors in the spring of 2005, and he began to frantically call the police, who charged him with harassing Leah.

 

The actor’s lawyer, Dan Brodsky, blamed mistakes by prosecutors, judges and others in the justice system for the long wait behind bars, telling the Star that Rosato spent more time in custody pending trial “than any other convicted prisoner in Canada has ever spent on the same charges.”

 

Fellow actor Dan Aykroyd and a band of Second City performers came to Rosato’s trial. He was not convicted; instead he was handed a conditional discharge and ordered to reside at a psychiatric facility until deemed fit to leave. He was out on probation by early 2009.

 

His demons vanquished by antipsychotic medication, Rosato spoke to the Star later that year of his gratitude for the “miracle” of being free and having “the privilege . . . to start over again.”

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William Peter Blatty, who won an Oscar for adapting his novel The Exorcist​ to the big screen in 1973, died on January 12, 2017. He was 89.

 

Blatty also wrote screenplays for other films, including the Warren Beatty-Leslie Caron vehicle PROMISE HER ANYTHING (1965), THE NINTH CONFIGURATION (1980) and THE EXORCIST III (1990), the latter two of which he also directed. Blatty is also noted for his three collaborations with writer-director Blake Edwards, on A SHOT IN THE DARK (1964), GUNN (1967) and DARLING LILI (1970).

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William Peter Blatty, who won an Oscar for adapting his novel The Exorcist​ to the big screen in 1973, died on January 12, 2017. He was 89.

 

 

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_Saville

 

I have belatedly learned of the death of British director Philip Saville. Most of his work (almost entirely for TV) is unfamiliar to this Yank, however he made a celebrated Hamlet on location at Elsinore Castle in Denmark for the quadricentennial (is that a word?) in 1964. Christopher Plummer played the title role; I believe this remains Michael's Caine's only performance in Shakespeare.

 

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Saville also played a curious but notable role in popular music of the '60s. In 1963 he produced a TV drama called Madhouse on Castle Street, and cast a little-known American folksinger named Bob Dylan, flying him over especially for the broadcast. This was Dylan's first acting appearance; unfortunately it is now lost.

 

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magic_Alex

 

Yanni (later John) Alexis Mardas (2 May 1942 – 13 January 2017) was better known as Magic Alex, the nickname given to him by The Beatles when he was involved with the group between 1965 and 1969, including being head of Apple Electronics.

 

Mardas arrived in England in 1965, exhibiting his Kinetic Light Sculptures at the Indica Gallery. He impressed John Lennon with the Nothing Box; a small plastic box with randomly blinking lights, and allegedly said that he could build a 72-track tape machine. Mardas was then given the job of designing the new Apple Studio in Savile Row, and was in India with The Beatles at the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's ashram in India.

 

In the 1970s, the anti-terrorism industry offered bullet-proof vehicles, bugging devices and security hardware, so Mardas set up various companies offering these products to royalty and VIPs. King Hussein of Jordan bought a fleet of cars that Mardas had customised. In 1987, Mardas was a managing director of Alcom Ltd, which specialised in electronic communications and security. He later lived back in Greece.

 

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William Peter Blatty, who won an Oscar for adapting his novel The Exorcist​ to the big screen in 1973, died on January 12, 2017. He was 89.

 

Blatty also wrote screenplays for other films, including the Warren Beatty-Leslie Caron vehicle PROMISE HER ANYTHING (1965), THE NINTH CONFIGURATION (1980) and THE EXORCIST III (1990), the latter two of which he also directed. Blatty is also noted for his three collaborations with writer-director Blake Edwards, on A SHOT IN THE DARK (1964), GUNN (1967) and DARLING LILI (1970).

 

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Mary Webster, Actress in 'Master of the World,' Dies at 81

 

Mary Webster, who starred opposite Jerry Lewis in the comedy The Delicate Delinquent and with Vincent Price in the sci-fi film Master of the World, has died. She was 81.

 

Webster died Monday in Dallas, her Master of the World co-star David Frankham stated on Facebook.

 

In her first big-screen appearance, Webster portrayed Lewis' love interest Patricia in The Delicate Delinquent (1957), notable as the comic actor's first film following his breakup with showbiz partner Dean Martin.  And

in American International Pictures' Master of the World (1961), adapted by Richard Matheson from two Jules Verne novels, Webster is among those in a hot-air balloon who are captured by Price, the deranged captain of a huge airship. (Frankham played Webster's fiance in the film).

 

The actress also appeared in the 1957 features The Tin Star, directed by Anthony Mann and starring Henry Fonda and Anthony Perkins, and Eighteen and Anxious.

 

Later, Webster worked with Jack Klugman in two episodes of CBS' The Twilight Zone: 1960's "A Passage for Trumpet" (she's with Klugman on the rooftop at the end) and 1963's "Death Ship," a space-travel tale penned by Matheson.

 

A native of Chicago who studied at the famed Pasadena Playhouse, Webster appeared opposite Tallulah Bankhead in the 1954-55 Broadway comedy Dear Charles.

 

Her television work also included stints on Father Knows Best, Panic!, Colt .45, The Millionaire, Perry Mason, Route 66 and Dr. Kildare.

 

Survivors include her son Matt.

 

The grim reaper has worked overtime this week.  That other Mary, Mike Connors, Barbara Hale and now Ms. Webster.  Guess who just had her will made today?  Yeah, I'd say my timing was off. 

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Death takes a Holiday
 
 
Bob Holiday
(November 12, 1932 – January 27, 2017) was an American actor best known for playing Superman in the 1966 Broadway musical
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Historically, Holiday was the next "live-action" Superman after George Reeves. Holiday played Superman more than any other actor, having played the role in over 140 performances, as well as several live appearances in character. From 1999 until his death in 2017, he reigned as the eldest surviving, live-action Superman.

 
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Sound engineer Richard Portman died on January 28, 2017. He was 82. He worked on more than 150 films from the early 1960s to the 2000s, winning an Oscar for his work on THE DEER HUNTER.

 

Portman also received nominations for his work on ten other films: KOTCH (1971), THE GODFATHER (1972), THE CANDIDATE (1972), PAPER MOON (1973), DAY OF THE DOLPHIN (1973), YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (1974), FUNNY LADY (1975), COAL MINER'S DAUGHTER (1980), ON GOLDEN POND (1981) and THE RIVER (1984).

 

USA Today ​remembers Portman here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/nation-now/2017/01/29/oscar-winning-sound-guru-richard-portman-dies-82/97230010/

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One of the great "stream of consciousness" comics, ever. 

 

Always enjoyed seeing him on The Tonight Show and Steve Allen's old syndicated early evening program during the mid/late '60s.

 

(...R.I.P., "Professor")

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http://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/celebrity/richard-hatch-%e2%80%98battlestar-galactica%e2%80%99-star-dead-at-71/ar-AAmIwuj?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=UE13DHP

 

Richard Hatch, who was best known for his role as Captain Apollo in “Battlestar Galactica,” died Tuesday. He was 71.

 

Hatch got his start with the Los Angeles Repertory Theater as well as shows in Chicago and off Broadway before moving to the silver screen, where he debuted in 1971 on “All My Children.” His first major role came in “The Streets of San Francisco” as Inspector Dan Robbins in 1976, the final season of the detective show.

 

But his most famous part was Captain Apollo in the 1978 “Battlestar Galactica” TV show, a role for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe.

 

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Alec McCowen, who played the detective in Hitchcock's Frenzy and the nephew in Travels With My Aunt, has died at the age of 91

 

 

Alec McCowen was also known to James Bond fans for playing gadget-master Q in the non-canon 1983 outing Never Say Never Again.

 

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