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Sada Thompson, Actress Known for Maternal Roles, Dies at 83

Sada Carolyn Thompson (September 27, 1927 — May 4, 2011) was an American stage, film and television actress.

Sada Thompson was nominated for the Emmy Award nine times in total. Additional television credits include Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law, The Love Boat, Father Dowling Mysteries, Andre's Mother, Cheers, Indictment: The McMartin Trial, and Law & Order.

Thompson's feature films include The Pursuit of Happiness, Desperate Characters and Pollock.

Sada Thompson Cause of Death
Sada Thompson died in Danbury, Connecticut of lung disease.
Sada Thompson was 83 years old at the time of her death.
In addition to her daughter, Liza, she was survived by her husband, a former executive for Pan American Airlines, and a brother, David.

Family (1976) ABC - Kate has Nancy's number
Sada Thompson as Mother, Kate Lawrence (Emmy Awarded Role)
 

 

Charlie Callas, Comedian Charlie, dead in Las Vegas at 83

Charlie Callas (December 20, 1924 — January 27, 2011) was an American comedian and actor most commonly known for his work with Mel Brooks, Jerry Lewis, and Dean Martin and his many stand-up appearances on television talk shows in the 1970s. He was also known for his role as Malcolm Argos, the restaurant owner of Eddie Albert's and Robert Wagner's characters on Switch.

Charlie Callas was a big-band drummer in the 1940s

Appearing on an episode of The Merv Griffin Show in 1967, one of the guests, Jerry Lewis, practically fell off his chair in hysterics as Callas performed his hunting routine. Lewis turned to Griffin and said he had to use Callas in his current project. The one appearance on the Griffin show landed Callas a role in Lewis' film, The Big Mouth. Lewis recalled the story on his short lived 1984 talk show in which Callas served as his sidekick and performed the hunting routine.

Familiar from his many appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson (from which he was eventually permanently banned by Carson himself, on air, for shoving Carson in a desperate attempt to generate laughs while bombing), he is known for his rubbery face, trademark nervous chattering and dark comedy. He appeared on The Andy Williams Show at various times as "Captain Weird", a parody of superheroes. Aside from comedy, his only known dramatic role was that of a restaurant owner, Malcolm Argos, in the popular 1970s show, Switch. He was also a regular performer on The ABC Comedy Hour in 1972.

Death of Charlie Callas
Charlie Callas died from natural causes.
Charlie Callas was 86 years old at the time of his death

Charlie Callas roasts Frank

Charlie Callas Grand Canyon Suite

Charlie Louvin, Country Singer, Dies 83

Charles Elzer Loudermilk (July 7, 1927 - January 26, 2011), known professionally as Charlie Louvin, was an American country music singer and songwriter. He is best known as one of the Louvin Brothers.

Death of Charlie Louvin
Charlie Louvin died of complications of pancreatic cancer

Tom Bosley, Happy Days' Dad, Dies 83

Thomas Edward "Tom" Bosley (October 1, 1927 - October 19, 2010), was an American actor, best known for his starring and supporting roles on the television shows Happy Days, Murder, She Wrote, and Father Dowling Mysteries, as well as the title role in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Fiorello!

Bosley's best known role is the character Howard Cunningham, Richie Cunningham's father, in the long-running sitcom Happy Days. Bosley was also known for portraying Sheriff Amos Tupper on Murder, She Wrote. He also portrayed the titular Father Frank Dowling on the TV mystery series, Father Dowling Mysteries. In 2004, Bosley guest starred as a toy maker named Ben-Ami on the series finale of the Christian video series K10C: Kids' Ten Commandments. Among myriad television appearances, one notable early performance was in the "Eyes" segment of the 1969 pilot episode of Rod Serling's Night Gallery, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Joan Crawford.

Death of Tom Bosley
Tom Bosley is died of Lung Cancer
Tom Bosely was 83 years old at the time of his death

Tom Bosley in Commercial - (Blue Jacket & Glasses)

Peter Graves, 'Mission: Impossible' Star, Dies 83

Born: Peter Aurness March 18, 1926 Minneapolis, Minnesota
Died: March 14, 2010 (aged 83) Pacific Palisades, California

Peter Graves was an American  film and television  actor. He was known for his starring role in the television series Mission: Impossible from 1967 to 1973, and its revival, from 1988 to 1990. He was the younger brother of character actor James Arness.

Death of Peter Graves
Graves died on March 14, 2010, just four days prior to his 84th birthday. He collapsed outside his home in Pacific Palisades, shortly after returning from a Sunday brunch with his family. His daughter tried to revive him, but failed. According to Graves' business manager, Graves died of a heart attack

Awards
Peter Graves won a Golden Globe Award in 1971 for his role as Jim Phelps in the series Mission: Impossible.
He won an Emmy Award for outstanding informational series in 1997 as host of A&E Biography

Hollywood Walk of Fame
Peter Graves' star was added just 5 months before his death

Airplane - Trailer

 

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Peter Grave Filmography

    * Winning Your Wings (1942) (short subject)
    * Up Front (1951)
    * Fort Defiance (1951)
    * The Congregation (1952)
    * Red Planet Mars (1952)
    * Stalag 17 (1953)
    * War Paint (1953)
    * East of Sumatra (1953)
    * Beneath the 12-Mile Reef (1953)
    * Killers from Space (1954)
    * The Yellow Tomahawk (1954)
    * The Raid (1954)
    * Black Tuesday (1954)
    * Fort Yuma (1955)
    * The Long Gray Line (1955)
    * Robbers' Roost (1955)
    * Wichita (1955)
    * The Naked Street (1955)
    * The Night of the Hunter (1955)
    * The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell (1955)
    * It Conquered the World (1956)
    * Hold Back the Night (1956)
    * Canyon River (1956)
    * Beginning of the End (1957)
    * Bayou (1957)
    * Death in Small Doses (1957)

   

    * Wolf Larsen (1958)
    * A Stranger in My Arms (1959)
    * A Rage to Live (1965)
    * Texas Across the River (1966)
    * The Ballad of Josie (1967)
    * Mission: Impossible vs. the Mob (1968) (compilation of episodes released to European theaters)
    * Sergeant Ryker (1968)
    * The Five Man Army (1969)
    * Where Have All The People Gone? (1974) (TV movie)
    * Scream of the Wolf (1974)
    * Sidecar Racers (1975)
    * The Mysterious Monsters (1976) (documentary) (narrator)
    * High Seas Hijack (1978) (in English version)
    * The Clonus Horror (1979)
    * Survival Run (1980)
    * Airplane! (1980)
    * The Guns and the Fury (1981)
    * Savannah Smiles (1982)
    * Airplane II: The Sequel (1982)
    * The Winds of War (1983)
    * Number One with a Bullet (1987)
    * War and Remembrance (1988)
    * Addams Family Values (1993)
    * House on Haunted Hill (1999)
    * Men in Black II (2002)
    * Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003)

Lionel Jeffries, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang star, dies 83

Lionel Charles Jeffries (June 10, 1926 – February 19, 2010) was a British actor, screenwriter and film director.

He built a successful career in British films mainly in comic character roles and as he was prematurely bald he often played characters older than himself, such as the role of father to Caractacus Potts (played by Dick Van Dyke) in the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968), although Jeffries was actually six months younger than Van Dyke, who was born on December 13, 1925. His acting career reached a peak in the 1960s with leading roles in other films like Two-Way Stretch (1960), The Trials of Oscar Wilde (1960), First Men in the Moon (1964) and Camelot (1967).

Death of Lionel Jeffries
Following a long illness, Jeffries died in a nursing home in Poole, Dorset, on 19 February 2010 at the age of 83. He was married to Eileen Mary Walsh from 1951 until his death. Their son and two daughters survive him.

Lionel Jeffries sings Posh! - Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
 
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Selected filmography
As actor


    * Stage Fright (1950)
    * Will Any Gentleman...? (1953)
    * The Black Rider (1958)
    * Windfall (1955)
    * The Colditz Story (1955)
    * The Quatermass Xperiment (1955)
    * No Smoking (1955)
    * All for Mary (1955)
    * Bhowani Junction (1956)
    * Jumping for Joy (1956)
    * Up in the World (1956)
    * The Baby and the Battleship (1956)
    * Eyewitness (1956)
    * Lust for Life (1957)
    * High Terrace (1956)
    * Hour of Decision (1957)
    * Doctor at Large (1957)
    * The Vicious Circle (1957)
    * The Man in the Sky (1957)
    * Blue Murder at St Trinian's (1957)
    * Barnacle Bill (1957)
    * Behind the Mask (1958)
    * Girls at Sea (1958)
    * The Revenge of Frankenstien (1958)
    * Dunkirk (1958)
    * Up the Creek (1958)
    * Further up the Creek (1958)
    * Orders to Kill (1958)
    * Nowhere to Go (1958)
    * Law and Disorder (1958)
    * The Nun's Story (1959)
    * Please Turn Over (1959)
    * Bobbkins (1959)
    * Idle on Parade (1959)
    * Jazz Boat (1960)
    * Life is a Circus (1960)
    * Let's Get Married (1960)
    * Two-Way Stretch (1960)
    * Tarzan the Magnificent (1960)
    * The Trials of Oscar Wilde (1960)
    * The Hellions (1961)
    * Fanny (1961)
    * Mrs. Gibbon's Boys (1962)
    * Operation Snatch (1962)
    * The Notorious Landlady (1962)
    * Kill or Cure (1962)
    * The Wrong Arm of the Law (1963)
    * The Scarlet Blade (1963)
    * Call me Bwana (1963)
    * Murder Ahoy! (1964)
    * The Long Ships (1964)
    * The Truth About Spring (1964)
    * First Men in the Moon (1964)
    * You Must Be Joking! (1965)
    * The Secret of My Success (1965)
    * The Spy with a Cold Nose (1966)
    * Drop Dead Darling (1966)
    * Rocket to the Moon (1967)
    * Camelot (1967)
    * Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
    * 12 + 1 (1969)
    * Twinky (1969)
    * Eyewitness (1970)
    * Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? (1971)
    * What Changed Charley Farthing? (1974)
    * Royal Flash (1975)
    * The Prisoner of Zenda (1979)
    * Better Late Than Never (1982)
    * A Chorus of Disapproval (1988)
    * Abel's Island (1988)

As writer-director

    * The Railway Children (1970)
    * Baxter! (1972)
    * The Amazing Mr Blunden (1972)
    * Wombling Free (1977)
    * The Water Babies (1978)

Soupy Sales, comedian from the Golden Age of Television, dies 83

Soupy Sales (January 8, 1926 – October 22, 2009) was an American comedian, actor, and radio-TV personality and host. He was best known for his long-running local and network children's television show, Lunch with Soupy Sales; a series of comedy sketches frequently ending with Sales receiving a pie in the face, which became his trademark.

From 1968 to 1975, he was a regular panelist on the syndicated revival of What's My Line? and appeared on several other TV game shows. During the 1980s Sales hosted his own show on WNBC-AM in New York City.

Death of Soupy Sales:
Soupy Sales is died of cancer at Calvary Hospice in the Bronx.
Soupy Sales was 83 years old at the time of his death

Paul Burke, actor starred in 'Naked City', dies 83

Paul Burke (July 21, 1926 – September 13, 2009) was an American actor best known for his lead roles in two 1960s ABC television series, Naked City and Twelve O'Clock High. He was twice nominated for an Emmy Award for his portrayal of New York Police Department detective Adam Flint in Naked City.

Career
Burke was cast in the lead role of the police show Naked City, in which he appeared as Adam Flint from 1960 to 1963. Burke then appeared in the starring role of Captain (later Major, then Colonel) Joe Gallagher on 12 O'Clock High between 1964 and 1967, during which time he met his wife, Lyn. The 12 O'Clock High role was Burke's last lead television role. In 1967, Burke starred in the film Valley of the Dolls as Lyon Burke, the young lawyer who befriended all three female stars and had a tempestuous relationship with Anne Welles. He also played a police officer who pursued an art thief played by Steve McQueen in The Thomas Crown Affair

During the 1970s, he appeared in three episodes each of ABC's The Love Boat and CBS's Medical Center. In 1984, he appeared as C.C. Capwell in twenty-one episodes of the NBC soap opera Santa Barbara. He appeared in supporting roles in a number of television series, including recurring roles in Dynasty from 1982-1988 and in Tom Selleck's Magnum, P.I. from 1981-1985 as Rear Admiral Hawkes.

Later years and death
Burke retired from acting in the early 1990s. He was the grandfather of actress Alia Shawkat. He died at his home in Palm Springs, California. He had leukemia and non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

Paul Burke in 12 O'Clock High

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Selected filmography

Film
YearFilmRole
1951Fixed Bayonets!Doggie
1952Francis Goes to West PointSergeant Swazey
1953South Sea WomanEnsign at court-martial
1955Francis in the NavyTate
1956Screaming EaglesCpl. Dreef
1957The DisembodiedTom Maxwell
1964DellaBarney Stafford
1967Valley of the DollsLyon Burke
1968The Thomas Crown AffairLt. Eddy Malone
1969Once You Kiss a Stranger...Jerry
1970Guerilla Strike ForceBob Reynolds
1990The FoolPaul Brooke
Television
YearTitleRole
1955Big TownGardiner
Navy LogSparks
Stage 7Tommy
1957Men of AnnapolisWesley Edmont
1958Tales of Wells FargoBud Crawford
1959The MillionaireNellis
1960Hawaiian EyeBrad Finley
Hotel de PareeTad Frisbee
Wanted: Dead or AliveDaniel Trenner
1960-1963Naked CityDetective Adam Flint
1963The LieutenantCaptain Thomson
1964The Great AdventureCaptain Richard Pratt
Combat!Sgt. O'Neill
Slattery's PeopleDr. Robert Harrison
1964-196712 O'Clock HighColonel Joseph Anson Gallagher
1970Crowhaven FarmBen Porter
1972The RookiesNeil Montgomery
1973The New Adventures of Perry MasonHerbert Newton
ShaftElliot Williamson
1974Police WomanJoe Fenner
Harry OPhilip Ballinger
MannixAnderson
1975McMillan and WifeLes Walker
1976PetrocelliJohn Fleming
Starsky and HutchLt. Ted Cameron
1977Little Ladies of the NightFrank Atkins
1978What Really Happened to the Class of '65?McDonald
1979The Littlest HoboAndy McClelland
1980Charlie's AngelsClifford Burke
Trapper John, M.D.Dr. Malcolm
1981Vega$Raymond Green
1983T. J. HookerCapt. Frank Medavoy
1984The Red-Light StingBrockelhurst
1985Finder of Lost LovesRichard Foster
Murder, She WroteHerbert Upton
1986Hot ShotsNicholas Broderick
1988Cagney & LaceyWinston Prentiss
1990ColumboHorace Sherwin

Movie & Soap Actor Philip Carey (one life to live) dies 83

Philip Carey (July 15, 1925 - February 6, 2009) was an American actor.

A former U.S. Marine, Carey made appearances in films such as This Woman is Dangerous with Joan Crawford (1952) Calamity Jane (1953), Pushover (1954) and Monster (1979).

From 1965-1967, Carey played Captain Edward Parmalee on the NBC western television series Laredo, set in the South Texas city located on the Rio Grande. After Laredo, Carey guest starred in an episode of ABC's military-western Custer starring Wayne Maunder in the title role.

From 1979 until late 2007, he has played the protective Texan patriarch Asa Buchanan on the ABC soap opera, One Life to Live.

Death of Philip Carey
Philip Carey died of lung cancer
Philip Carey was 83 years old at the time of his death.
Philip Carey was diagnosed with lung cancer in January 2006 and underwent chemotherapy.

One Life to Live: Asa's Heart Attack

To Kill a Mockingbird' director, Robert Mulligan, dies at 83

Emmy award winner 

Robert Mulligan (August 23, 1925 in The Bronx, New York - Died December 20, 2008 Lyme, Conn) is an American film and television director.

In 1957 Robert Mulligan directed his first motion picture (Fear Strikes Out) and five years later received wide acclaim and Academy award and Directors Guild of America nominations for To Kill a Mockingbird. In the same year, he also directed a film with stars Rock Hudson and Burl Ives, called The Spiral Road, based on the book by Jan de Hartog.

Death of Robert Mulligan
Robert Mulligan died of had heart disease.
Robert Mulligan was 83 years old at the time of his death

In 1972 he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Director and another Directors Guild Award for the highly successful Summer of '42.

He is the brother of actor Richard Mulligan who is best remembered for his television roles of Burt Campbell in the sitcom Soap and of Dr. Harry Weston in Empty Nest.

Robert Mulligan's biography & filmography continues next page

Employed by the CBS network, Mulligan began his television career at the bottom of the ladder, working as a messenger boy. He worked his way up, learning the business to where in 1948 he was directing important dramatic series. In 1959 he won an Emmy Award for directing The Moon and Sixpence, a made-for-television production that marked the American small-screen debut of Sir Laurence Olivier.

Selected filmography
The Man in the Moon (1991)
Clara's Heart (1988)
Kiss Me Goodbye (1982)
Bloodbrothers (1978)
Same Time, Next Year (1978)
The Nickel Ride (1974)
The Other (1972)
Summer of '42 (1971)
The Pursuit of Happiness (1971)
The Stalking Moon (1969)
Up the Down Staircase (1967)
Inside Daisy Clover (1965)
Baby the Rain Must Fall (1965)
Love with the Proper Stranger (1963)
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
The Spiral Road (1962)
Come September (1961)
The Great Impostor (1961)
The Rat Race (1960)
Fear Strikes Out (1957)

Legendary Actor Paul Newman Dies at 83

Hollywood Walk of Famer  

Paul Newman CancerPaul Leonard Newman (January 26, 1925 - September 26, 2008) was an American actor, film director, entrepreneur, race car driver, racing team owner and humanitarian. He won numerous awards, including an Academy Award, two Golden Globe Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Cannes Film Festival Award, and an Emmy award, along with many honorary awards. He won several national championships as a driver in Sports Car Club of America road racing and his race teams won several championships in open wheel Indy Car racing. He was also the founder of Newman's Own, a food company from which Newman donated all profits and royalties to charity. As of May 2007, these donations have exceeded US$220 million. Newman died at his long-time home in Westport, Connecticut after a battle with lung cancer.

Illness and death
Newman was scheduled to make his professional directorial stage debut with the Westport Country Playhouse's 2008 production of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, but he stepped down on May 23, 2008, citing health issues.

In June 2008 it was widely reported that Newman, a former chain smoker, had been diagnosed with lung cancer and was receiving treatment at Sloan-Kettering hospital in New York City. Photographs taken of Newman in May and June showed him looking gaunt. Writer A.E. Hotchner, who partnered with Newman to start Newman's Own salad dressing company in the 1980s, was quoted in the media as saying that Newman told him about the disease about 18 months ago. Newman's spokesman told the press that the star is "doing nicely," but neither confirmed nor denied that he had cancer. In August, Newman reportedly had finished chemotherapy and had told his family he wished to die at home. His daughter, Nell, is poised to take over Newman's Own.

Paul Newman died of lung cancer on September 26, 2008 aged 83 at his long-time home in Westport, Connecticut. He was surrounded by his family and close friends

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Paul Newman Filmography, awards, and nominations 

YearTitleRoleOther notes
1954The Silver ChaliceBasil 
1956Somebody Up There Likes MeRocky Graziano 
The RackCapt. Edward W. Hall Jr. 
1957The Helen Morgan StoryLarry Maddux 
Until They SailCapt. Jack Harding 
1958The Long, Hot SummerBen Quick 
The Left Handed GunBilly the Kid 
Cat on a Hot Tin RoofBrick PollittNominated - Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys!Harry Bannerman 
1959The Young PhiladelphiansAnthony Judson Lawrence 
1960From the TerraceDavid Alfred Eaton 
ExodusAri Ben Canaan 
1961The HustlerEddie FelsonBAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated - Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama
Paris BluesRam Bowen 
1962Sweet Bird of YouthChance WayneNominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama
Hemingway's Adventures of a Young ManAd Francis, 'The Battler'Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
1963HudHud BannonNominated - Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama
A New Kind of LoveSteve Sherman 
The PrizeAndrew Craig 
1964What a Way to Go!Larry Flint 
The OutrageJuan Carrasco 
1965Lady LArmand Denis 
1966HarperLew Harper 
Torn CurtainProf. Michael Armstrong 
1967HombreJohn Russell 
Cool Hand LukeLuke JacksonNominated - Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama
1968The Secret War of Harry FriggPvt. Harry Frigg 
1969WinningFrank Capua 
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance KidButch CassidyNominated - BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
1970WUSARheinhardt 
1971Sometimes a Great NotionHank Stamper 
1972Pocket MoneyJim Kane 
The Life and Times of Judge Roy BeanJudge Roy Bean 
1973The MacKintosh ManJoseph Rearden 
The StingHenry Gondorff 
1974The Towering InfernoDoug Roberts 
1975The Drowning PoolLew Harper 
1976Buffalo Bill and the IndiansWilliam F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody 
1977Slap ShotReggie "Reg" Dunlop 
1979QuintetEssex 
1980When Time Ran Out...Hank Anderson 
1981Fort Apache the BronxMurphy 
Absence of MaliceMichael Colin GallagherNominated - Academy Award for Best Actor
1982Come Along with Me TV
The VerdictFrank GalvinNominated - Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama
1984Harry and SonHarry Keach 
1986The Color of MoneyFast Eddie FelsonAcademy Award for Best Actor
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama
1989Fat Man and Little BoyGen. Leslie R. Groves 
BlazeGov. Earl K. Long 
1990Mr. and Mrs. BridgeWalter Bridge 
1993La Classe américaineDavein redubbed archive footage only
1994The Hudsucker ProxySidney J. Mussburger 
Nobody's FoolDonald J. "Sully" SullivanNominated - Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama
1998TwilightHarry Ross 
1999Message in a BottleDodge Blake 
2000Where the Money IsHenry Manning 
2002Road to PerditionJohn RooneyNominated - Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
2003Our TownStage ManagerNominated - Emmy Award
2005Empire FallsMax RobyEmmy Award; Golden Globe
Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3DDave Scottvoice
2006CarsDoc Hudsonvoice
2007DaleNarratorvoice

 

Larry Harmon, Bozo the Clown, dies at 83

Larry Harmon (January 2, 1925 - July 3, 2008) was an American entertainer, best-known as Bozo the Clown.

Together with a group of investors, Harmon purchased the licensing rights to the Bozo character from Capitol Records. Harmon marketed the Bozo property aggressively. By the late 1950's Harmon had created local Bozo TV shows in nearly every major U.S. market, and across the world in places as far away as Thailand, Greece and Brazil.

Charlton Heston - a movie legend died 83

 

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Charlton hestonCharlton Heston (October 4, 1924 – April 5, 2008) was an Academy Award-winning American film actor. In a long career, Heston was known for playing heroic roles, such as Harry Steele in Secret of the Incas , Moses in The Ten Commandments, Colonel George Taylor in Planet of the Apes and Judah Ben-Hur in Ben-Hur. Early in his career, he was one of a handful of Hollywood stars to publicly speak out against racism and was active in the civil rights movement. During the latter part of his movie career, he starred in films such as The Omega Man and Soylent Green that had a strong environmental message. He was president of the National Rifle Association from 1998 to 2003.

Death of Charlton Heston
Heston died on April 5, 2008 at his home in Beverly Hills, California with his wife by his side. Charlton Heston was 84 years old at the time of his death. He had Alzheimer's disease since 2002 but the cause of death is not known.

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Charlton Heston's Filmography

Peer Gynt (1941) (student film)
Dark City (1950)
Introducing Charlton Heston (1950)
Julius Caesar (1950 film) (1950)
Ruby Gentry (1952)
The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)
The Savage (1952)
Arrowhead (1953)
Bad for Each Other (1953)
Pony Express (1953)
The President's Lady (1953)
Three Lives (1953)
Secret of the Incas (1954)
The Naked Jungle (1954)
Lucy Gallant (1955)
The Far Horizons (1955)
The Private War of Major Benson (1955)
The Ten Commandments (1956)
Three Violent People (1957)
The Big Country (1958)
The Buccaneer (1958)
Touch of Evil (1958)
Ben-Hur (1959)
The Wreck of the Mary Deare (1959)
El Cid (1961)
The Fugitive Eye (1961) (hosted by Fred Astaire)[19]
The Pigeon That Took Rome (1962)
55 Days at Peking (1963)
Diamond Head (1963)
The Five Cities of June (1963)
Major Dundee (1965)
The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965)
The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)
The War Lord (1965)
The Egyptologists (1965)
Khartoum (1966)
Think Twentieth (1967)
Maugli (1967) (narrator in English version)
All About People (1967)
The American Film: 1966 White House Festival of the Arts (1967)
 While I Run This Race (1967)
Counterpoint (1968)
Planet of the Apes (1968)
Rowan & Martin at the Movies (1968)
Will Penny (1968)
The Movie Experience: A Matter of Choice (1968)
Number One (1969)
The Heart of Variety (1969)
Rod Laver's Wimbledon (1969)
Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)
Julius Caesar (1970)
The Hawaiians (1970)
The Festival Game (1970)
King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis (1970)
The Last Man Alive (1971)
The Omega Man (1971)
Antony and Cleopatra (1972)
Skyjacked (1972)
The Call of the Wild (1972)
Our Active Earth (1972)
A Look at the World of Soylent Green (1973)
Soylent Green (1973)
The Three Musketeers (1973)
Lincoln's Gettysburg Address (1973)
Airport 1975 (1974)
Earthquake (1974)
The Four Musketeers (1974)
The Fun of Your Life (1975)
Midway (1976)
The Last Hard Men (1976)
They Were There (1976)
Two-Minute Warning (1976)
America at the Movies (1976)
Crossed Swords (1977)
Gray Lady Down (1978)
The Awakening (1980)
 The Mountain Men (1980)[20]
Mother Lode (1982)
Chiefs (1983) (mini-series)
The Fantasy Film Worlds of George Pal (1985)
Directed by William Wyler (1986)
Proud Men (1987)
Call from Space (1989) (voice)
Almost an Angel (1990)
Solar Crisis (1990)
Treasure Island (1990)
Genghis Khan (1992) (unfinished)
A Thousand Heroes (1992) (TV)
Tombstone (1993)
Wayne's World 2 (1993)
SeaQuest DSV (1993) (TV)
True Lies (1994)
A Century of Cinema (1994)
In the Mouth of Madness (1995)
Friends (1995) (Guest as Himself)
The Avenging Angel (1995) (TV)
Alaska (1996)
Hamlet (1996) (1 Player)
Ben Johnson: Third Cowboy on the Right (1996)
The Dark Mist (1996)
Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's (1997)
Alaska: Spirit of the Wild (1997)
Hercules (1997)
Armageddon (1998)
Any Given Sunday (1999)
Gideon (1999)
Planet of the Apes (2001)
The Order (2001)
Town & Country (2001)
Last Party 2000 (2001)
Cats & Dogs (2001) (voice)
My Father, Rua Alguem 5555 (2003) 

Biography

Early life
Heston was born John Charles Carter in Evanston, Illinois, the son of Lilla (née Charlton) and Russell Whitford Carter, a mill operator.[3] When he was ten, his parents divorced. Shortly thereafter, his mother married Chester Heston. The new family moved to well-off Wilmette, Illinois, a northern suburb of Chicago. Heston (his new surname) attended New Trier High School.

He enrolled in the school's drama program, where he performed with such outstanding results that he earned a drama scholarship to Northwestern University from the Winnetka Community Theatre in which he was also active. While still in high school, he played in the silent 16 mm amateur film adaptation of Peer Gynt made by David Bradley. Several years later the same team produced the first sound version of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, in which Heston played Mark Antony.

In 1944, Heston left college and enlisted in the United States Army Air Forces. He served for two years as a B-25 radio operator/gunner stationed in the Alaskan Aleutian Islands with the Eleventh Air Force, rising to the rank of Staff Sergeant.

While in the service, he married fellow Northwestern student Lydia Marie Clarke in 1944. After the war, the two lived in Hell's Kitchen, New York City, where they worked as models. They have a son, Fraser Clarke Heston and an adopted daughter, Holly Ann Heston.

Seeking a way to make it in theater, Charlton and Lydia Heston decided in 1947 to manage a playhouse in Asheville, North Carolina. In 1948, they went back to New York where Heston was offered a supporting role in a Broadway revival of Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra, starring Katharine Cornell. He also had success in television, playing a number of roles in CBS's Studio One, one of the most popular anthology dramas of the 1950s.

Acting career
Heston's most frequently played roles on stage include the title role in Macbeth, Sir Thomas More in A Man For All Seasons, and Mark Antony in both Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra. He also cited Mister Roberts as one of his favorite roles, and tried unsuccessfully to revive the show in the early '90s.

He was unable to use his birth name, John Carter, as an actor because it bore too close a resemblance to the name of the hero in Edgar Rice Burroughs' first novel A Princess of Mars, which was in development at the time although the production fell through. In 1950, he earned recognition for his appearance in his first professional movie, Dark City. His breakthrough came in 1952 with his role of a circus manager in The Greatest Show on Earth. Heston was Billy Wilder's first choice to play JJ Sefton in Stalag 17 (1953). The role was eventually given to Oscar winner William Holden. But the muscular, 6 ft 3 in, square jawed Heston became an icon by portraying Moses in The Ten Commandments, a part he was chosen for reportedly because director Cecil B. DeMille thought that he bore an uncanny resemblance to the statue of Moses by Michelangelo.

He played leading roles in a number of fictional and historical epics—such as Ben-Hur, El Cid, 55 Days at Peking, The Agony and the Ecstasy (as Michelangelo himself), and Khartoum—during his long career. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his 1959 performance in the title role of Ben-Hur, one of 11 earned by that film. Heston accepted the role in Ben-Hur after Burt Lancaster, another similarly tall, muscular, square jawed, blonde, blue eyed actor, turned it down. Many years later, Lancaster charged that if Heston became typecast in heroic roles it was his own fault, because "he accepted the limitation." And although Lancaster later took on the role of Moses in a TV version of Moses' life, it was Heston who would be identified with the Biblical epic more than any other actor, voicing the role of Judah Ben-Hur for a cartoon version of the Lew Wallace novel as late as 2003.

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Max Roach, Jazz Drummer

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Max Roach Famous DrummerMaxwell Lemuel "Max" Roach (January 10, 1924 – August 16, 2007) was a bebop/hard bop percussionist, drummer, and composer. He worked with many of the greatest jazz musicians, including Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, Sonny Rollins and Clifford Brown. Roach also led his own groups, and made numerous musical statements relating to the civil rights movement of African-Americans. He is generally considered to be one of the most important drummers in history. Member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Death
Max Roach was 83 years old at the time of his death.  Cause of death was not known. but he had suffered for years from a neurological disorder.

 

Ahmet Ertegün - executive of Atlantic, chairman of R'nR Hall of Fame

Ahmet Ertegün (July 31, 1923 – December 14, 2006) was the Turkish American co-founder and executive of Atlantic Records and chairman of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and museum, described as "one of the most significant figures in the modern recording industry". He also co-founded the New York Cosmos soccer team of the North American Soccer League.

2006 injury and death
Aged 83, Ahmet Ertegün was injured after a fall at a Rolling Stones performance in New York on October 29, 2006 for the 60th birthday of former US President Bill Clinton. Ertegün slipped and hit his head backstage. Although he was initially in stable condition, Ertegün soon took a turn for the worse. This announcement was made by Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page during the band’s induction into the UK Music Hall of Fame. Ertegün slipped into a coma and died later, with his family by his side, at New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center.

He was buried December 18 in the Garden of Sufi Tekke, Özbekler Tekkesi in Sultantepe, Üsküdar, ?stanbul, next to his brother, his father, and his shaikh great-grandfather ?eyh ?brahim Edhem Efendi, who was once the head of the tekke in his native Turkey. At the garden were hundreds of mourners, including his wife Mica, members of the Ertegün family, Turkish dignitaries and entertainers including Atlantic artist Kid Rock


 

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