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Death Takes No Holiday -- The Obituary Thread

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The veteran actor Ken Swofford, who starred in the 1980s television version of the Academy Award-winning movie "Fame," died Thursday at the age of 85. His death was announced on Twitter by his grandson Brandon Swofford, an actor and filmmaker.

In the TV adaptation of "Fame," Swofford played Quentin Morloch, vice principal of New York City's High School of Performing Arts. He joined the series in 1983 when it began airing in syndication after a two-season run on NBC. He was a regular through Season 5.

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During the 1975-1976 television season, Swofford occasionally co-starred with Jim Hutton and David Wayne in "Ellery Queen," a mystery series based on the detective stories by Frederic Dannay and Manfred Bennington Lee. Swofford appeared as the brash 1940s New York City newspaper columnist Frank Flannigan, who competed with the amateur sleuth Queen (Hutton) to solve homicide cases. Wayne played Inspector Queen, Ellery's father.

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Swofford and Hutton in NBC's 1970s "Ellery Queen" TV series

Swofford appeared in numerous other television series. During the 1988-1989 season, he co-starred as Sheriff Burnside in the long-running CBS drama "Dallas." He also made many guest appearances on another CBS series during the 1980s and 1990s -- "Murder, She Wrote." In the mystery/drama -- which starred Dame Angela Lansbury as author Jessica Fletcher -- Swofford often played Lt. Perry Catalano, a homicide detective for the Boston Police Department.

Among Swofford's many film appearances: "Captain Newman, M.D." (1963, which starred Gregory Peck and Tony Curtis); "Father Goose" (1964, with Cary Grant); "The Andromeda Strain" (1971, directed by Robert Wise); "Bless the Beasts and Children" (1971, directed by Stanley Kramer); "Skyjacked" (1972, with Charlton Heston); "S.O.B." (1981, William Holden's final screen effort); "Annie" (1982, the musical directed by John Huston); and "Thelma & Louise" (1991, directed by Sir Ridley Scott).

Swofford's career was interrupted by tragedy in 1989. He was sentenced to 28 months in prison after pleading no contest to a drunk driving incident that seriously injured a Studio City, California man and his two sons. After his release, the actor became an anti-drunk driving advocate and narrated a documentary about the organization Mothers Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D.).

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The French composer Francis Lai, who won an Academy Award for his "Love Story" score, has died at the age of 86. 

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He also was celebrated for his music (co-written with Pierre Barouh) for Claude Lelouch's 1966 French romantic drama "Un homme et une femme" (or "A Man and a Woman"). The picture, which starred Anouk Aimée and Jean-Louis Trintignant, was an international hit. It won the Palme d'Or at the 1966 Cannes Film Festival and the 1967 Oscar for Best Foreign-Language Film. 

Barouh, who also appeared in the film as Aimée's late husband, performed the theme song with the French singer-actress Nicole Croisille. It, too, became an international hit.

Lai's music contributed to the success of "Love Story," the 1970 tearjearker based on the best-selling novel by Erich Segal. The romantic drama starred Ali MacGraw as the musically gifted Jennifer Cavilleri, a baker's daughter from Rhode Island. Ryan O'Neal played her love interest -- Oliver Barrett IV, a Harvard student and scion of a wealthy family.

The film was the top-grossing domestic film of the year with a total gross of $106.3 million. It also received seven Academy Award nominations: Best Picture, Best Director (Arthur Hiller), Best Actor (O"Neal), Best Actress (MacGraw), Best Supporting Actor (John Marley), Best Adapted Screenplay (Segal) and Best Original Score (Lai, who won).

The movie's theme song -- with lyrics added by the American songwriter Carl Sigman -- was recorded by Andy Williams as "(Where Do I Begin?) Love Story." That version became a Top 10 hit on the Billboard pop chart and climbed to the No. 1 spot on the Adult Contemporary chart. The song was recorded by many other artists as well.


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The Canadian actor Douglas Rain, who provided the voice of the malevolent computer HAL 9000 in Stanley Kubrick's classic film "2001: A Space Odyssey," died Sunday at the age of 90.

His death occurred at St. Mary's Memorial Hospital outside Stratford, Ontario. Rain had a longtime association with The Stratford Festival, the acclaimed Canadian repertory theater operation. 

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Rain in 2000

In director Kubrick's groundbreaking and influential space saga -- released 50 years ago on April 3, 1968 -- astronauts Dave Bowman (Keir Dullea) and Frank Poole (Gary Lockwood) are part of a team dispatched to Jupiter in 2001. Their secret mission focuses on mysterious black monoliths that pop up throughout space and time while having an impact on the evolution of mankind. Unfortunately for the astronauts, the sentient HAL 9000 is in total control of the spaceship Discovery One -- and begins overriding commands from Bowman.

In her 2013 book " 'We'll Meet Again': Musical Design in the Films of Stanley Kubrick," Kate McQuiston wrote about Rain's selection as the voice of HAL.


In 2003, the American Film Institute ranked the top heroes and villains in movie history for a television special. HAL 9000 was listed as the No. 13 villain -- one spot below another Kubrick heavy -- Alex DeLarge (played by Malcolm McDowell) from "A Clockwork Orange" (1971).

The AFI survey's No. 1 villain was Dr. Hannibal Lecter (played by Sir Anthony Hopkins) in "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991). 

Rain later provided the voice of the reconnected and repaired HAL in Peter Hyams' 1984 sequel "2010: The Year We Make Contact." The film also featured Dullea and starred Roy Scheider, John Lithgow, Dame Helen Mirren, and Bob Balaban. 

In addition, Rain voiced The Evil Computer and several robot butlers in Woody Allen's 1973 comedy "Sleeper." The film starred Allen as a 1970s New Yorker who checked into a hospital for a minor operation and wound up in a deep-freeze for 200 years before being revived. 

Rain narrated the 1960 National Film Board of Canada short film "Universe" and the 1975 Canadian-produced, Oscar-winning documentary feature "The Man Who Skied Down Everest."

In 1972, he co-starred in a Broadway production of "Vivat! Vivat Regina!" -- Robert Bolt's historical drama about the 16th-century rivalry between Britain's Queen Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots. For his portrayal as William Cecil, Elizabeth's primary adviser, Rain earned a Tony Award nomination as Best Featured Actor in a Play. Elizabeth was portrayed by Dame Eileen Atkins; Claire Bloom appeared as Mary Stuart.

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8 hours ago, jakeem said:


The Canadian actor Douglas Rain, who provided the voice of the malevolent computer HAL 9000 in Stanley Kubrick's classic film "2001: A Space Odyssey," died Sunday at the age of 90.



Thank you for this Jakeem.  Douglas Rain also narrated the Oscar nominated Canadian short film Universe (1960) by Colin Low and Roman Kroiter.  Fans of Kubrick might wish to seek this out as it has model shots that are simpler, but not unlike those used in 2001.  This is also the film that introduced Kubrick to Rain's voice.  Interesting that to him this was just a voice without any physical presence.  It's on youtube.

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#GuardiansOfTheGalaxy star @zoesaldana on Stan Lee: "Today we lost one of the greats. @TheRealStanLee, you were a inspiration and superhero to us all. Thank you for contributing so much- and giving us all something to aspire to" http://thr.cm/HzCb1l


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Today, we pause and reflect with great sadness on the passing of Stan Lee: https://www.marvel.com/remembering_stan_lee 

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Katherine MacGregor, best known as Harriet Oleson on LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE, has passed away at the age of 93.

I remember reading that she was very kind in real life and all the child actors on the show flocked to her naturally.


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Director Nicolas Roeg dies aged 90

Director Nicolas Roeg, whose films include Don't Look Now and Performance, has died aged 90, his family says.

In a career spanning six decades, he was celebrated for his original and controversial film-making.

His 1973 psychological thriller Don't Look Now caused controversy for its graphic sex scenes.

Roeg also directed Mick Jagger in the crime drama Performance and David Bowie in the science fiction movie The Man Who Fell To Earth.

His son, Nicolas Roeg Jr, said his father died on Friday night. "He was a genuine dad," he said.

"He just had his 90th birthday in August," he added.

'Roeg bewitched and bewildered'

Nicolas Roeg was one of the most original film-makers the UK has ever produced.

His early experience as a cinematographer brought a stunning visual quality to his work.

He often exasperated the critics and gained a reputation as being hard on his actors.

And he took a delight in jumbling scenes and time to both bewitch and bewilder his audiences.

orn in St John's Wood in north London in 1928, Roeg started in the film industry making tea and operating the clapper board at Marylebone Studios.

His directorial debut came in 1970 when he filmed Performance, sharing the director's role with Donald Cammell.

The explicit scenes of violence and drug-taking caused the film's release to be delayed by two years.

Speaking to the BBC's Front Row in 2013, he said false rumours that Don't Look Now included a real sex scene were "very flattering" because it meant audiences thought the film was authentic.

"What you are looking for in anything is some sort of truth," he said.

Edgar Wright, the British director of Shaun of the Dead and Baby Driver, was among those who paid tribute to "a master of the art".

Duncan Jones, the director of Warcraft and son of David Bowie, paid tribute to the "incredible body of work" Roeg has left, saying it inspired his own "ongoing love of filmmaking".


This is very sad. Walkabout is one of my favorite films of all time. :( 

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The Canadian-born actor Wayne Maunder, who starred in two 1960s television Westerns, has died at the age of 80. His death occurred on November 11 -- a little more than a month shy of his 81st birthday.

In the fall of 1967, Maunder starred in the ABC series "Custer," in which the actor portrayed the flamboyant 19th-century U.S. Army officer George Armstrong Custer (1839-1876). The drama, which co-starred Slim Pickens as Custer's chief scout California Joe Milner, was canceled after 17 weeks.

In 1968, Maunder resurfaced in the CBS Western series "Lancer," the story of a California rancher (Andrew Duggan) and his sons -- half-brothers played by Maunder and James Stacy. The series ran for two seasons.

Maunder's character, Scott Lancer, was the elder son of the patriarch played by Duggan. Director Quentin Tarantino apparently was a fan. His upcoming film "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" features Luke Perry as an actor named Scotty Lancer.

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Maunder and Stacy in "Lancer"


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Ricky Jay, the expert magician and card trickster who became a sometime actor, died Saturday at the age of 72.

Jay, whose real name was Richard Jay Potash, began his film career in the David Mamet movies  "House of Games" (1987), "Things Change" (1988) and "The Spanish Prisoner" (1997).

He also appeared in films by Paul Thomas Anderson -- "Boogie Nights" (1997) and "Magnolia" (1999, which he narrated).

Jay had a small role in Christopher Nolan's "The Prestige" (2006), which starred Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale as rival magicians.

He was a cast member of HBO's Western series "Deadwood" during its first season in 2004. He appeared as Eddie Sawyer (pictured below), a card sharp who operated out of The Bella Union Saloon -- a gambling house and brothel in the bustling 1870s South Dakota town.

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Bernardo Bertolucci, Last Tango in Paris director, dies aged 77

Politically pioneering Italian director of The Conformist and Last Tango in Paris, who went on to win the best director Oscar for The Last Emperor, dies from cancer

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Bernardo Bertolucci, film director  Unlike his Italian new wave contemporaries, Bertolucci made a successful transition to large-scale Hollywood productions. Photograph: Sarah Lee/Guardian

Bernardo Bertolucci, the multi-award-winning Italian director of Last Tango in Paris, The Last Emperor and The Dreamers, has died at the age of 77 after a battle with cancer, his publicist confirmed. He had been confined to a wheelchair for over a decade, after surgery on a herniated disc in 2003 was unsuccessful, and rendered him unable to walk.

In a film-making career that stretched back to the early 60s, Bertolucci became a key figure of the extraordinary Italian new wave (alongside, and the equal of, Antonioni, Fellini, and Pasolini) but – uniquely – made a successful transition to large-scale Hollywood film-making with 1987’s The Last Emperor, which won nine Oscars, including best picture and best director for Bertolucci.


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 The Last Emperor. Photograph: Christophe d'Yvoire/Sygma/Corbis

Bertolucci was born in Parma in 1940, the son of a poet and teacher, and was raised in a literary and artistic atmosphere. His father Attilio was friends with Pier-Paolo Pasolini, then a novelist and poet, and Pasolino hired the 20-year-old Bertolucci as his assistant on his 1961 debut, Accattone. This proved to be Bertolucci’s big break: Pasolini helped him further by recommending him as the scriptwriter for La Commare Secca (The Skinny Gossip aka The Grim Reaper), which became Bertolucci’s directorial debut in 1962.

Bertolucci continued to contribute as a writer and ideas man, notably on Sergio Leone’s epic spaghetti western Once Upon a Time in the West. But his directorial career took off with Before the Revolution (1964), a Parma-set account of a Marxist student’s affair with his aunt, and the highly influential The Conformist (1970), both of which foregrounded Bertolucci’s commitment to radical leftwing politics. “I lived in a kind of dream of communism,” he later remarked.

The Conformist also marked the beginning of Bertolucci’s collaboration with cinematographer Vittorio Storaro (who had been a camera operator on Before the Revolution). Together the pair would create a string of visually seductive masterworks, including The Spider’s Stratagem (1970), Last Tango in Paris (1972) and 1900 (1976). Last Tango, which starred Marlon Brando and Maria Schneider, made Bertolucci internationally renowned – and notorious – and allowed him to recruit a high-profile cast, including Robert De Niro, Gérard Depardieu and Burt Lancaster, for his 300-minute epic 1900.

The Last Emperor, backed by British producer Jeremy Thomas, became Bertolucci’s biggest awards success, with the film-makers having secured unprecedented permission to film inside Beijing’s Forbidden City. Having pulled off a success on such a big scale, Bertolucci remained with Thomas, and the pair went to make The Sheltering SkyStealing Beauty and The Dreamers. In the latter film, Bertolucci returned to the heady mixture of radical politics and eroticism with which he had made his mark decades before.

However, in a precursor to the #MeToo campaign, a controversy erupted in 2016 over the extent of actor Maria Schneider’s consent in Last Tango’s infamous “butter” scene, after a three-year-old video resurface in which Bertolucci admitted he and Brando had failed to fully inform her of the details of the proposed scene. 

Bertolucci’s final completed feature was Me and You, adapted from a novel by Niccolò Ammaniti. He had been married since 1978 to film-maker Clare Peploe, but had no children.

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Cinematographer Witold Sobociński, Lenser of ‘Frantic,’ Dies at 89

Polish cinematographer Witold Sobociński, who received a lifetime achievement award at the Camerimage film festival in Bydgoszcz, Poland, on Nov. 10, died suddenly on Monday. He was 89.

Director Roman Polanski made a surprise appearance at Camerimage to present the honor to Sobociński. The duo collaborated on the 1988 Paris-set thriller “Frantic,” starring Harrison Ford and Emmanuelle Seigner, who is now the controversial helmer’s wife. They shared stories from film school in Poland under the communist regime.

Camerimage fest director Marek Zydowicz credited Sobocinski with influencing a whole new generation of cinematographers. The tribute included video of congratulations from Ron Howard and DP Janusz Kaminski.

Sobociński also shot “The Wedding” and the Oscar-nommed “The Promised Land,” both directed by Andrzej Wajda. In addition, he worked with Piotr Szulkin (1985’s “O-Bi, O-Ba – The End of Civilization”), and Wojciech Jerzy Has (1973’s “The Hourglass Sanatorium”).

The lenser was also honored in 2003 by the American Society of Cinematographers with its International Award for outstanding achievement in cinematography.

In addition to working as a cinematographer, Sobociński was a teacher and a former jazz musician. He was a graduate of Poland’s National Film School in Lodz and while in college he was a drummer in a band.

In statement, Camerimage wrote, “We would like to offer our sincere condolences to Witold Sobociński’s family and friends… To all film lovers around the world we say, remember him like we do, not in black and white, but in full color.”

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Gloria Katz, one-half of a creative filmmaking team with her husband Willard Huyck (pronounced like "hike"), died Sunday of cancer at the age of 76.

She and her husband frequently collaborated with George Lucas, who, like Huyck, attended the University of Southern California's film school. The trio received a 1973 Oscar nomination for their original screenplay for "American Graffiti." Directed by Lucas, the nostalgic film about teens in 1962 Modesto, California, also received four other nominations, including Best Picture.

In 1998, the American Film Institute ranked the picture No. 77 on its list of the 100 greatest movies of all time. When the AFI updated the list in 2007, the film climbed 15 spots to No. 62.

The Huycks also served as script doctors for Lucas' groundbreaking 1977 film "Star Wars." Several years later, they wrote the screenplay for "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" (1984), which was produced by Lucas and directed by Steven Spielberg.  

In 1986, Huyck directed and Katz produced the live-action film version of "Howard the Duck," based on theanthropomorphic Marvel Comics character. They also wrote the screenplay for the picture, for which Lucas served as the executive producer. The project was a critical and commercial flop.

Among their other projects together: the comedy/drama "Lucky Lady" (1975, which starred Liza Minnelli, Burt Reynolds and Gene Hackman); "French Postcards" (1979, featuring early screen appearances by Debra Winger and Mandy Patinkin); "Best Defense" (1984, an uneven military picture starring Dudley Moore and Eddie Murphy); and "Radioland Murders" (1994).

Katz, who switched from Russian studies to film at UCLA, met her husband at a screening of the 1966 independent film "The Wild Angels." They became a couple in 1967 and married two years later. 

She is survived by Huyck and their daughter Rebecca.

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Ken Berry, the actor (and sometime dancer) who starred in several popular television sitcoms, died Saturday at the age of 85.

From September 1965 to April 1967, he was a regular in the zany ABC comedy "F Troop," a sendup of Westerns. Berry played Wilton Parmenter, a bumbling Union soldier who inadvertently became the hero of a Civil War battle. His rewards: A Medal of Honor, a promotion to captain and an assignment to run Fort Courage, an outpost of misfits in the Old West.

The series, which also starred Forrest Tucker, Larry Storch, Melody Patterson and Frank de Kova, also featured a band of friendly Native Americans called the Hekawis. (According to legend, the tribe got its name during its trek from Massachusetts to the West. They became lost and fell off a cliff, prompting one tribesman to ask, "Where the heck are we?").

The series also was known for its memorable guest stars. In Season 1, Pat Harrington, Jr. appeared as a spy named B. Wise (a takeoff on the espionage agent played by Don Adams in NBC's "Get Smart"). Season 2 featured Harvey Korman as Colonel Heindreich von Zeppel, a Prussian expert in balloon warfare.

Berry's skill as a song-and-dance man made it possible for him to execute numerous pratfalls and other bits of physical comedy involving Captain Parmenter.

When Andy Griffith decided to leave his popular CBS sitcom in 1968 after eight seasons, the network chose Berry to star in a spinoff titled "Mayberry R.F.D." In the new series -- which retained many of the supporting characters of "The Andy Griffith Show" -- Berry starred as Sam Jones, the new head of the sleepy North Carolina town's council.  

The series ran for three seasons, from September 1968 to March 1971. It was canceled as a result of CBS' decision to purge its long-running rural-oriented shows -- including "The Beverly Hillbillies," "Green Acres" and "Hee Haw."

Sam Jones' son Mike was played by Buddy Foster, the older brother of the two-time Academy Award-winning actress Jodie Foster.

In 1983, Berry starred in another television spinoff -- the NBC sitcom "Mama's Famly," based on a recurring segment on "The Carol Burnett Show."  He played Vinton Harper, the divorced father of two teens who all lived with his mother Thelma (Vicki Lawrence). His character soon married a neighbor played by Dorothy Lyman.

The series aired for two seasons on NBC -- from January 1983 to April 1984. After its cancelation by the network, it was revived as a syndicated program in 1986 and ran for three more seasons.


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John D.F. Black, the writer and producer known for his contributions to the first "Star Trek" television series, died on November 29, 2018. He was 85.

He served as an associate producer and original story editor for the classic "Star Trek" series, which aired on NBC from 1967 to 1970. He was credited as the writer of actor William Shatner's famous opening credits narration that began "Space...the final frontier."

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Black received a Hugo Award nomination for writing the "Star Trek" Season 1 episode "The Naked Time." Directed by Marc Daniels, the storyline revolved around a mysterious infection that caused crew members of the USS Enterprise to behave strangely. One of them was Mr. Sulu (George Takei), who began to believe he was a swashbuckling hero. Takei has called it his favorite episode of the series.

"The Naked Time" was the first "Star Trek" episode to deal with time travel. It also introduced the Vulcan nerve pinch, the defensive maneuver occasionally used by Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy) to subdue menacing adversaries.

Black also created the story for "Justice," a Season 1 episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation." He was credited for the November 1987 episode under the pseudonym Ralph Wills. A month earlier, the syndicated series had credited Black for a sequel to "The Naked Time," titled "The Naked Now." 

Black and Ernest Tidyman co-wrote the screenplay for "Shaft," the landmark 1971 action film starring Richard Roundtree as a fearless black private detective based in New York City. The film, directed by the legendary Life magazine photographer Gordon Parks, Sr. (1912-2006), was based on Tidyman's 1970 novel "Shaft."

The successes of the movie and independent filmmaker Melvin Van Peeble's 1971 action tale "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song" ushered in a spate of 1970s black-themed pictures -- sometimes known as "blaxploitation" films.

R&B star Isaac Hayes' title theme for Parks' film earned the Academy Award for Best Original Song. On its 2004 list of the greatest movie songs of all time, the American Film Institute ranked "Theme from 'Shaft' " No. 38. 


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 Melvin Dummar, whose alleged 1967 encounter with the reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes inspired the 1980 Oscar-winning film "Melvin and Howard," died of cancer Sunday at the age of 74. He had been under hospice care in rural Nevada, according to authorities. 


Dummar was never able to prove his claim to a share of Hughes' vast fortune

Dummar claimed that he was driving through the Central Nevada desert on a cold night in December 1967 when he discovered an injured man lying face down on a dirt road. He ended up driving the stranger -- who had a white beard and long hair -- to Las Vegas, which was three hours away.

He said the man told him he was Howard Hughes, but he didn't believe it. "I thought he was a bum," Dummar said. 

After a drive of almost 200 miles, Dummar said he gave the man some pocket change and dropped him off behind the Sands Hotel.

A decade later, Dummar was working as a gas station operator in Utah when he learned that Hughes -- who died in 1976 -- had bequeathed him $156 million for being a Good Samaritan.

Dummar was never able to prove legally that he was entitled to a portion of Hughes' fortune. But he stood by his story.

"I’ve been called everything from a crook to a forger," he told The Associated Press in 2007. "I don’t care what people say -- as long as they get the facts straight."

Directed by Jonathan Demme ("The Silence of the Lambs"), "Melvin and Howard" starred Paul Le Mat (John Milner in "American Graffiti) as Dummar and Jason Robards as Hughes. The comedy/drama, which focused on how the Hughes will affected Dummar's life, received Academy Awards for Best Original Screenplay (Bo Goldman) and Best Supporting Actress (Mary Steenburgen, who played Dummar's stardom-obsessed wife).

Robards, a two-time Oscar winner, received a Best Supporting Actor nomination. 



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Pete Shelley, 63, vocalist and guitarist for the punk rock band the Buzzcocks, died last

week. I never got into the Buzzcocks, sticking mostly with the Sex Pistols and the Clash.

It seems that after their initial breakup they got back together a number of times like a

lot of groups do. Pete Shelley R.I.P.

Life, like a dome of many-coloured glass,

Stains the white radiance of Eternity,

Until Death tramples it to fragments.

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Nancy Wilson, the versatile Grammy Award-winning vocalist and occasional actress, died Thursday at the age of 81. 

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Wilson, who was adept at performing songs from the blues, jazz, R&B, pop and soul genres, recorded 70 albums during her long career. Her first single was the jazz hit "Guess Who I Saw Today" from her album "Something Wonderful."

She won a Grammy Award for her 1964 hit song "(You Don't Know) How Glad I Am." She received the coveted music award two other times -- for her jazz albums "R.S.V.P. (Rare Songs, Very Personal)" (2004) and "Turned to Blue" (2006).

She was a frequent guest on TV talk shows and variety programs, including "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson," "The Mike Douglas Show," "The Bob Hope Show," "The Danny Kaye Show" and "The Carol Burnett Show."

In 1968, she guest starred on an infamous episode of "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour." The show was schedluled to air on April 13, 1969. but CBS canceled the series because of a controversial segment on religion featuring comedian David Steinberg.

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Tom Smothers with Wilson in a 1969 sketch that never aired

The singer turned to acting very early in her entertainment career. She made guest appearances on episodes of "Burke's Law," "I Spy," "Hawaii Five-O," "Room 222" and "The F.B.I."

In a memorable Season 6 episode of NBC's "The Cosby Show," Wilson appeared as Lorraine Kendall, the mother-in-law of Denise Huxtable (played by series regular Lisa Bonet). 

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46 minutes ago, jakeem said:

Nancy Wilson, the versatile Grammy Award-winning vocalist and occasional actress, died Thursday at the age of 81. 

Nancy Wilson in 2010. She performed American standards, jazz ballads and a variety of other numbers with a heightened sense of a song’s narrative.

Wilson, who was adept at performing songs from the blues, jazz, R&B, pop and soul genres, recorded 70 albums during her long career. Her first single was the jazz hit "Guess Who I Saw Today" from her album "Something Wonderful."

She won a Grammy Award for her 1964 hit song "(You Don't Know) How Glad I Am." She received the coveted music award two other times -- for her jazz albums "R.S.V.P. (Rare Songs, Very Personal)" (2004) and "Turned to Blue" (2006).

The singer turned to acting very early in her entertainment career. She made guest appearances on episodes of "Burke's Law," "I Spy," "Hawaii Five-O," "Room 222" and "The F.B.I."

In a memorable Season 6 episode of NBC's "The Cosby Show," Wilson appeared as Lorraine Kendall, the mother-in-law of Denise Huxtable (played by series regular Lisa Bonet). The November 1989 installment featured an interesting conversation between Mrs. Kendall and Denise's mother, Clair Huxtable (Phylicia Rashad).


 Nancy Wilson was one of the finest post-war jazz vocal stylists in the recording industry.

She hailed from Chicago and was one of their finest artistic Treasures.

She often performed in that beautiful city and I had the great  pleasure of hearing her live in a Chicago hotel nightclub by that beautiful Lake Michigan when I was living in Chicago.

 Nancy recorded for Capitol Records, so her velvety smooth voice will be immortal.

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