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October 30th

Al Molinaro, Drive-In Owner in 'Happy Days,' Dies 96

Albert Francis "Al" Molinaro (born Umberto Francesca Molinaro; June 24, 1919 – October 30, 2015) was an American actor. He was best known for his television sitcom roles as Al Delvecchio on Happy Days and Murray Greshler on The Odd Couple. He also starred in TV commercials for On-Cor frozen dinners for 16 years.

In the 1960s and 1970s, Molinaro studied acting and was offered guest roles on TV sitcoms, including Bewitched, Get Smart, Green Acres, and That Girl.

Al Molinaro caluse of death.

Molinaro died in a Glendale, California, hospital on October 30, 2015, at the age of 96. He is survived by his wife Betty and son Michael, who said his father's death was the result of complications from an infected gallbladder. Molinaro had three grandchildren.

Happy Days theme

October 25th

Flip Saunders, NBA, Timberwolves coach, dies 60

Philip Daniel "Flip" Saunders (February 23, 1955 – October 25, 2015) was an American basketball player and coach. During his career he coached the Minnesota Timberwolves, Detroit Pistons and Washington Wizards.

MBA History
1995–2005     Minnesota Timberwolves
2005–2008     Detroit Pistons
2009–2012     Washington Wizards
2014–2015     Minnesota Timberwolves

Flip Saunders cause of death and illness.

On August 11, 2015, it was announced that Saunders was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma (cancer from blood). He declared in August that he was being treated for this disease. Doctors considered it "very treatable and curable" and Saunders at the time said he planned to remain the Timberwolves' head coach and president of basketball operations. However, after being hospitalized following a setback in September, it was announced that he would miss the entire 2015–16 NBA season.

Saunders died on October 25, 2015, at age 60.

Flip Saunders Gets Ejected vs Celtics - ( 1-02-2012 )

October 23rd

Maureen O'Hara, Hollywood's 'Queen Of Technicolor,' Dies 95

oscarwalk of fame

Maureen O'Hara (born Maureen FitzSimons; 17 August 1920 – 24 October 2015) was an Irish-American film actress and singer. The famously red-headed O'Hara was known for playing fiercely passionate but sensible heroines, and often worked with director John Ford and longtime friend John Wayne. She was one of the last surviving stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood.

maureen

John Ford, casted her as Angharad in How Green Was My Valley (1941), which won the Academy Award for Best Picture. Later in the decade, she starred as Doris Walker and the mother of a young Natalie Wood in 20th Century Fox's Miracle on 34th Street (1947).

In 1946, she became a naturalised citizen of the United States and held dual citizenship with the US and her native Ireland. An icon of Hollywood's Golden Age, at the height of her career O'Hara was considered one of the world's most beautiful women. She is often remembered for her onscreen chemistry with John Wayne. They made five films together between 1948 and 1972: Rio Grande, The Quiet Man, The Wings of Eagles, McLintock! and Big Jake.

In addition to her acting skills, O'Hara had a soprano voice and described singing as her first love.

Maureen O'Hara cause of death

Maureen O'Hara died in her sleep at her home in Idaho.  She was 95 years old at the time of her death.

*Inducted to the Walk of Fame on February 8, 1960

Maureen O'Hara - 90th Birthday Tribute

October 20th

Cory Wells, Three Dog Night Singer, Dies 74

Cory Wells (born Emil Lewandowski; February 2, 1941 – October 20, 2015) was an American singer, best known as one of the three lead vocalists in the band Three Dog Night.

Cory Wells and Danny Hutton got together to form Three Dog Night in 1968.

Unlike many other rock musicians of the day, Wells was able to abstain from serious drug and alcohol problems, plus he didn't squander his earnings on the lavish life styles of many successful rock stars. Rather, he chose to live a somewhat more moderate existence.

Wells died suddenly in his sleep on October 20, 2015 at his home in Dunkirk, New York at the age of 74.  Cause of death is not known.

Cory Wells - Try a Little Tenderness

Three Dog Night - Mama told me not to come 1970

Cory Wells - Lead singer

October 12th

Joan Leslie, Actress in 'Sergeant York' and 'Yankee Doodle Dandy dies 90

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Joan Agnes Theresa Sadie Brodel (January 26, 1925 – October 12, 2015), known by her stage name Joan Leslie, was an American actress, dancer and vaudevillian who appeared in such films during the Hollywood Golden Age such as High Sierra, Sergeant York and Yankee Doodle Dandy.

She took cameo roles in series such as Murder, She Wrote, Charlie’s Angels and The Incredible Hulk.

Leslie died on October 12, 2015, in Los Angeles, California. She was 90.

On October 8, 1960, Joan Leslie received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1560 Vine Street.

Harrigan (James Cagney, Joan Leslie) (Yankee Doodle Dandy)

Fred Astaire & Joan Leslie sing My Shining Hour

October 6th

Kevin Corcoran, Old Yeller Actor, Dies 66

Kevin Anthony "Moochie" Corcoran (June 10, 1949 – October 6, 2015) was an American director, producer, and former child actor. He appeared in numerous Disney projects between 1957 and 1963, frequently as an irrepressible character with the nickname Moochie. One of eight children, most of whom did some acting in the late 1950s to early 1960s, Corcoran was the sibling whose work is best remembered. His father, William "Bill" Corcoran, Sr. (1905–1958), was a police officer and then director of maintenance at MGM Studios.

Kevin Corcoran and Tommy Kirk played brothers in five films, beginning with 1957's Old Yeller. The other films in this category were The Shaggy Dog (1959), Swiss Family Robinson (1960), Bon Voyage! (1962) and Savage Sam (sequel to Old Yeller, 1963). Fred MacMurray played their father in The Shaggy Dog and Bon Voyage!; Dorothy McGuire played their mother in Old Yeller and Swiss Family Robinson.

Kevin Corcoran cause of death

Kevin Corcoran died in Burbank after a five-year battle with colorectal cancer.  Keven Corcoran was 66 years old at the time of his death.