Dom DeLuise (Chef, Comedian, Actor, director) Dies 75

Dominick "Dom" DeLuise (August 1, 1933 - May 4, 2009) was a Golden Globe - nominated American actor, comedian, film director, television producer, and chef. He is the husband of actress Carol Arthur, and the father of actor, writer, director Peter DeLuise, and actors David DeLuise and Michael DeLuise

Death of Dom DeLuise
Dom DeLuise died in his sleep, peacefully, at Los Angeles hospital after a long illness.
Dom DeLuise was 75 years old at the time of his death.

DeLuise is probably best known as a regular in Mel Brooks's films. He appeared in The Twelve Chairs, Blazing Saddles, Silent Movie, History of the World, Part I, Spaceballs & Robin Hood: Men in Tights. In Silent Movie (1976), Brooks plays a film director and his strange friends, DeLuise (as "Dom Bell") and Marty Feldman, struggle to produce the first major silent film in forty years. Brooks's late wife, actress Anne Bancroft, directed Dom in Fatso (1980). He also had a cameo in Johnny Dangerously as the Pope, and in Jim Henson's The Muppet Movie as a wayward Hollywood talent agent who comes across Kermit the Frog singing "The Rainbow Connection" in the film's opening scene.

Dean Martin & Dom DeLuise

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tom thumb (1958)
Diary of a Bachelor (1964)
Fail-Safe (1964)
The Glass Bottom Boat (1966)
The Busy Body (1967)
What's So Bad About Feeling Good? (1968)
The Twelve Chairs (1970)
Norwood (1970)
Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? (1971)
Every Little Crook and Nanny (1972)
Blazing Saddles (1974)
The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother (1975)
Silent Movie (1976)
The World's Greatest Lover (1977)
Sextette (1978)
The End (1978)
The Cheap Detective (1978)
The Muppet Movie (1979) (cameo)
Hot Stuff (1979) (also director)
The Last Married Couple in America (1980)
Fatso (1980)
Wholly Moses (1980)
Smokey and the Bandit II (1980)
History of the World, Part I (1981)
The Cannonball Run (1981)
Peter-No-Tail (1981) (voice in English dubbed version)
The Secret of NIMH (1982) (voice)
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982)
Cannonball Run II (1984)
Johnny Dangerously (1984)
Haunted Honeymoon (1986)
An American Tail (1986) (voice)
A Taxi Driver in New York (1987)
Spaceballs (1987) (voice only)
Going Bananas (1988)
Oliver & Company (1988) (voice)
The Princess and the Dwarf (1989)
All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989) (voice)
Loose Cannons (1990)
Driving Me Crazy (1991)
An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (1991) (voice)
Munchie (1992) (voice only)
The Magic Voyage (1992) (voice)
Almost Pregnant (1992)
The Skateboard Kid (1993) (voice only)
Happily Ever After (1993) (voice)
Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)
Don't Drink the Water (1994)
The Silence of the Hams (1994)
A Troll in Central Park (1994) (voice)
All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 (1996) (voice)
Red Line (1996)
Boys Will Be Boys (1997)
The Good Bad Guys (1997)
Between the Sheets (1998) (Cameo)
The Godson (film) (1998)
An American Tail: The Treasure of Manhattan Island (1998) (voice)
Baby Geniuses (1999)
An American Tail: The Mystery of the Night Monster (1999) (voice)
Lion of Oz (2000) (voice)
The Brainiacs.com (2000)
It's All About You (2001)
Always Greener (2001)
My X-Girlfriend's Wedding Reception (2001)
Remembering Mario (2003) (voice only)
Girl Play (2004)
Breaking the Fifth (2004)
Bongee Bear and the Kingdom of Rhythm (2006) (voice)

Amazing Stories (TV series) (1 Episode Guilt Trip)
The Entertainers (1964–1965)
The Dean Martin Summer Show (regular performer in 1966)
The Dom DeLuise Show (1968) (summer replacement for Jackie Gleason)
The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour (regular performer from 1971 - 1972)
The Roman Holidays (1972) (cancelled after four months)
The Dean Martin Show (regular performer from 1972 - 1973)
Lotsa Luck (1973–1974)
Only with Married Men (1974)
The Muppet Show (1977) [Guest]
Happy (1983) (also executive producer)
The Dom DeLuise Show (1987 - 1988)
21 Jump Street (1989)
Die Laughing (1990)
Timmy's Gift: A Precious Moments Christmas (1991) (voice)
Fievel's American Tails (1991 - 1992) (voice)
Candid Camera (host from 1991 - 1992)
The Ren & Stimpy Show (cast member from 1993 - 1995) (voice)
Married... With Children (1993) (voice)
Burke's Law (1994–1995)
seaQuest DSV (1994)
Tin Soldier (1995)
Shari's Passover Surprise (1996)
3rd Rock from the Sun (1997)
Dexter's Laboratory
Cow and Chicken
Hercules: The Animated Series
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (1998)
All Dogs Go to Heaven: The Series (1996 - 1999) (voice)
Charlie Horse Music Pizza (1998 - 1999)
Stargate SG-1 episode "Urgo" (2000)
Robot Chicken (2005) (guest voice)
"Spaceballs: The Animated Series" (2008) (voice)

Sons and Lovers director Jack Cardiff dies94

2001 Honorary Oscar
Marilyn Monroe described him as "the best in the world".

Jack CardiffJack Cardiff OBE, B.S.C. (September 18, 1914 - April 22, 2009) was a British cinematographer, director and photographer.

His career spanned the development of cinema, from silent film, through early experiments in Technicolor (and, less successfully, Smell-o-vision), to filmmaking in the 21st century. He was best known for his influential cinematography for directors such as Powell, Huston and Hitchcock.

In 2000 he was awarded an OBE and in 2001 he was awarded an Honorary Oscar for his contribution to the cinema.

Born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, Cardiff's parents were music hall entertainers. He worked as an actor from an early age, both in the music hall and in a number of silent films: My Son, My Son (1918), Billy's Rose (1922), The Loves of Mary, Queen of Scots (1923) and Tiptoes (1927). At 15 he began working as a camera assistant, clapper boy and production runner for British International Pictures, including Hitchcock's The Skin Game

Cause of death: unknown

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A Matter of Life and Death (1946) directed by Powell and Pressburger
Black Narcissus (1947) directed by Powell and Pressburger
The Red Shoes (1948) directed by Powell and Pressburger
Under Capricorn (1949) directed by Alfred Hitchcock
The Black Rose (1950) starring Orson Welles
The Magic Box (1951) a biopic of William Friese-Greene
Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951)
The African Queen (1951) directed by John Huston
The Barefoot Contessa (1954)
War and Peace (1956)
The Prince and the Showgirl (1957) directed by Laurence Olivier
Legend of the Lost (1957)
The Vikings (1958)
Fanny (1961)
Death on the Nile (1978)
The Awakening (1980)
Ghost Story (1981)
The Dogs of War (1981)
Conan the Destroyer (1984)
Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)

Directorial work
Web of Evidence (1959)
Scent of Mystery (1960) — the first production in Smell-o-vision
My Geisha (1962)
The Long Ships (1963)
Young Cassidy (1965)
The Mercenaries (1968)
The Girl on a Motorcycle (1968) starring Marianne Faithfull
The Mutations (1973) starring Donald Pleasence
Penny Gold (1973)

Horton Foote, Academy winning Playwright & Screenwriter, Dies 92

screenplay 1962 To Kill a Mockingbird 

Horton Foote (March 14, 1916 - March 4, 2009) was an American playwright and screenwriter, perhaps best known for his screenplay for the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird, for which he received an Academy Award. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1995 for his play The Young Man From Atlanta.

Cause of death was not released

Ernie Ashworth, country music crossover star, dies 80

Breaking News

Ernie Ashworth (December 15, 1928 - March 2, 2009) was an American country music singer and longtime star of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee.

Ernie Ashworth recently undergone heart bypass surgery. But we don't know the official cause of death.

Radio Legend Paul Harvey Dies 90

Paul Harvey Aurandt (September 4, 1918 - February 28, 2009), better known as Paul Harvey, was an American radio broadcaster for the ABC Radio Networks. He broadcasted News and Comment on weekday mornings and mid-days, and at noon on Saturdays, as well as his famous The Rest of the Story segments. His listening audience was estimated at 22 million people a week. Harvey liked to say he was raised in radio newsrooms

Harvey died on February 28, 2009, at the age of 90 after being taken to a hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. He died while surrounded by family and friends. His son, Paul Harvey Jr., said "millions have lost a friend" in response to his father's passing.  The cause was not immediately known.

'Be My Baby' The Ronettes' singer Estelle Bennett dies 67

Estelle Bennett (July 22, 1941 - February 11, 2009) was a member of the girl group The Ronettes, along with her sister Ronnie Spector and cousin Nedra Talley. After the Ronettes' 1966 break-up, she recorded a single for Laurie Records, "The Year 2000/The Naked Boy". She then quit the music business and had rarely been seen since. She got married (last name Dong) and raised a family.

In 2007, when the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, she refused to perform with them, and spoke only a brief two sentences during her acceptance speech, "I would just like to say, thank you very much for giving us this award. I'm Estelle of the Ronettes, thank you."

Death of Estelle Bennett
Estelle Bennett died on February 11, aged 67

The Ronettes - Be My Baby, Shout!

Frosty the Snowman

Buffalo Springfield drummer Dewey Martin dies 68

Dewey Martin (September 30, 1940 - January 31, 2009) was a Canadian rock drummer, best known for his work with Buffalo Springfield.

Death of Dewey Martin
Dewey Martin died of unknown causes.
Dewey Martin was 68 years old at the time of his death

Dewey Martin Biography
Dewey Martin (real name: Walter Milton Dwayne Midkiff) started playing drums when he was about 13-years-old. After leaving Canada in the early 1960s, Martin worked as an itinerant drummer for many of country music's greatest artists, including Carl Perkins, The Everly Brothers, Patsy Cline, Charlie Rich, Faron Young and Roy Orbison among others. In 1963, he travelled to Las Vegas with Faron Young's band and then Los Angeles where he decided to stay.

Dewey Martin staid with Buffalo Springfield from its inception in April 1966 to its disbandment on May 5, 1968. During his time with the group, Martin also did session work for The Monkees.

When the original band broke up Martin formed a new version in September 1968. Dubbed "New Buffalo Springfield".

Buffalo Springfield - For What Its Worth

Lynyrd Skynyrd Keyboardist Billy Powell Dies 56

William Norris "Billy" Powell (June 3, 1952 - January 28, 2009) was the longtime keyboardist of Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Death of Billy Powell
On January 28, 2009 Powell died at his condo in Orange Park, Florida. He had called 911 just before 1 am complaining of difficulty breathing. Paramedics found him unresponsive in his bedroom still holding the phone. It is believed he had a heart attack, but an autopsy will be preformed.

Billy Powell & Lynyrd Skynyrd
Powell remained a roadie for Skynyrd until 1972, when the band was hired to play the Bolles School prom. After setting up the band's equipment, Billy sat down at a piano in the corner of the room and began to play his own version of 'Free Bird'. Lead singer Ronnie Van Zant was impressed, and invited Powell to join Lynyrd Skynyrd officially as their new keyboard player.

In 1973, Lynyrd Skynyrd was signed to MCA Records and received national exposure in with the release of their first album, (pronounced 'l?h-'nérd 'skin-'nérd). The bands popularity soared in 1974 with their follow-up album, Second Helping, which featured their highest-charting single, "Sweet Home Alabama". The band enjoyed great popularity over the next three years, culminating in the 1977 release of Street Survivors, which many considered to be their strongest effort to date.

Lynyrd Skynyrd-Call Me The Breeze-1987

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However, three days after the release of Street Survivors, Skynyrd's chartered plane crashed into a forest near McComb, Mississippi. The crash took the lives of singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, his sister and backing vocalist Cassie Gaines, and assistant road manager Dean Kilpatrick. The remainder of the band suffered injuries ranging from mild to severe. Powell suffered severe facial lacerations, almost completely losing his nose but was otherwise relatively uninjured. He was the first to be released from the hospital, and the only member able to attend the funerals of his fallen bandmates.

Charles Schneer, 50's Film producer dies 88

* Charles Schneer produced the only movie that starred Ronald & Nancy Reagan

Charles H. Schneer (May 5, 1920 - January 21, 2009) was a film producer most widely known for working with special effects pioneer, Ray Harryhausen. He was born in Norfolk, Virginia and died in Boca Raton, Florida.

After studying at Columbia University, he served in the US Army's Signal Corps Photographic Unit. After the war he moved to Hollywood, and after joining Columbia Pictures he was introduced to Ray Harryhausen by a mutual friend from his Army days.

Together they made It Came From Beneath The Sea, about a giant octopus-like creature that wreaks havoc. This film made use of stop-motion photography which the pair were to use to great effect in later films including Jason and the Argonauts, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad and Clash of the Titans.

Schneer also produced the 1967 film version of the stage musical Half A Sixpence starring Tommy Steele

Death of Charles Schneer
Charles Schneer died 88 after a long illness.

Charles Schneer's Filmography continutes on next page


The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad
First Men in the Moon
The Valley of Gwangi
20 Million Miles to Earth
I Aim at the Stars
Clash of the Titans
Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger
The Golden Voyage of Sinbad
Mysterious Island
Good Day for a Hanging
It Came from Beneath the Sea
Jason and the Argonauts

Ricardo Montalban, 'Fantasy Island' dies 88


Mexican Actor died 2009Ricardo Gonzalo Pedro Montalbán Merino (November 25, 1920 – January 14, 2009) was a Mexican television, theatre, and film actor. He had a career spanning decades and multiple notable roles. During the late 1970s, he was the spokesperson in automobile advertisements for the Chrysler Cordoba (in which he famously extols the "Corinthian leather" used for its interior). From 1977 to 1984 he starred as Mr. Roarke in the television series Fantasy Island. He also played the villainous Khan Noonien Singh in both the 1967 "Space Seed" episode of the first season of the original Star Trek series, and the 1982 film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. He won an Emmy Award in 1978, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild in 1993. Up until his 80s, he continued to perform, often providing voices for animated films and commercials.

Death of Ricardo Montalban
Montalbán died on January 14, 2009 in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 88. His cause of death has not yet been identified.

Star Trek - Kirk and Khan The Epic Encounter

Patrick McGoohan, actor, 'Prisoner' 'Columbo' 'Braveheart' dies 80

1975 Columbo - Guest Actor 1990 Columbo - Guest Actor

Patrick Joseph McGoohan (March 19, 1928 - January 13, 2009) was a two-time Emmy winning American born actor, raised in Ireland and England, with an extensive stage career, who rose to fame in the British film and TV industry by starring in the 1960s television series Danger Man (renamed Secret Agent when exported to the US), cult classic The Prisoner and Mel Gibson's Oscar winning epic Braveheart as Edward Longshanks. McGoohan wrote several episodes of The Prisoner himself, occasionally using the pseudonyms Joseph Serf and Paddy Fitz.

Patrick McGoohan won two Emmies, both for Outstanding Guest Actor - Drama Series - both for Columbo (1975, 1990)

Death of Patrick McGoohan
Patrick McGoohan died Tuesday in Los Angeles at the age of 80.
Cause of death is unknown.

Personal Life
At the time of his death, McGoohan was mostly retired, living in Los Angeles, California with his wife of 57 years, Joan Drummond McGoohan. Along with his three daughters, he had five grandchildren (Sarah, Erin, Simon, Nina, and Paddy). On June 11, 2008, he became a great-grandfather to Jack Patrick Lockhart

The Prisoner intro Patrick Mcgoohan 60s

1940's heartthrob actor Van Johnson dies 92

Charles "Van" Johnson (August 25, 1916 - December 12, 2008) was an American film and television actor and dancer.

He passed away on December 12, 2008 at an assisted living center in Nyack, NY. He was 92.

Van Johnson with Lucy

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Van Johnson Filmography

Too Many Girls (1940)
Murder in the Big House (1942)
The War Against Mrs. Hadley (1942)
Somewhere I'll Find You (1942)
Dr. Gillespie's New Assistant (1942)
The Human Comedy (1943)
Dr. Gillespie's Criminal Case (1943)
Pilot #5 (1943)
Madame Curie (1943)
A Guy Named Joe (1943)
Two Girls and a Sailor (1944)
The White Cliffs of Dover (1944)
Three Men in White (1944)
Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944)
Between Two Women (1945)
Thrill of a Romance (1945)
Week-End at the Waldorf (1945)
Ziegfeld Follies (1946) (scenes deleted)
Easy to Wed (1946)
No Leave, No Love (1946)
Till the Clouds Roll By (1946)
High Barbaree (1947)
The Romance of Rosy Ridge (1947)
The Bride Goes Wild (1948)
State of the Union (1948)
Command Decision (1948)
Mother Is a Freshman (1949)
Scene of the Crime (1949)
In the Good Old Summertime (1949)
Battleground (1949)
The Big Hangover (1950)
Duchess of Idaho (1950)
Grounds for Marriage (1951)
Three Guys Named Mike (1951)
Go for Broke! (1951)
It's a Big Country (1951)
Too Young to Kiss (1951)
Invitation (1952)
When in Rome (1952)
Washington Story (1952)
Plymouth Adventure (1952)
Confidentially Connie (1953)
Remains to Be Seen (1953)
Easy to Love (1953)
Siege at Red River (1954)
Men of the Fighting Lady (1954)
The Caine Mutiny (1954)
Brigadoon (1954)
The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954)
The End of the Affair (1955)
The Bottom of the Bottle (1956)
Miracle in the Rain (1956)
23 Paces to Baker Street (1956)
Slander (1956)
The Pied Piper of Hamelin (1957)
Kelly and Me (1957)
Action of the Tiger (1957)
The Last Blitzkrieg (1959)
Beyond This Place (1959)
Subway in the Sky (1959)
The Enemy General (1960)
Wives and Lovers (1963)
Divorce American Style (1967)
Where Angels Go, Trouble Follows (1968)
Yours, Mine and Ours (1968)
Eagles Over London (1969)
The Price of Power (1969)
Eye of the Spider (1971)
Concorde Affaire '79 (1979)
From Corleone to Brooklyn (1979)
The Battle of the Eagles (1979)
The Kidnapping of the President (1980)
Murder in an Etruscan Cemetery (1982)
The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)
Down There in the Jungle (1986)
Taxi Killer (1988)
Killer Crocodile (1989)
Delta Force Commando II: Priority Red One (1990)
Clowning Around (1992)

Paul Benedict - Harry Bentley from The Jeffersons dies at 70

Paul Benedict (September 17, 1938 - December 1, 2008) was an American character actor who made numerous appearances in television and movies beginning in the 1960s. He is probably best recognized for his roles as The Number Painter on the PBS children's show Sesame Street, and as the quirky English neighbor "Harry Bentley" on the CBS sitcom The Jeffersons.

Death of Paul Benedict
On December 1, 2008, Benedict was found dead at his home in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. Paul Benedict was 70 years old at the time of his death.

Benedict was born in Silver City, New Mexico, the son of Alma Marie (née Loring), a journalist, and Mitchell M. Benedict, a doctor.[1] He grew up in Massachusetts. As a young man, he suffered from acromegaly, a pituitary disorder that affects the extremities and face, which accounted for his slightly oversized jaw and nose.

As could be heard in his other film and TV roles, he had a slight English accent even when not in character as Bentley. Benedict played the director of the Richard III production in the 1977 movie The Goodbye Girl starring Richard Dreyfuss, in which Richard was to be portrayed in the play as a stereotypical gay man. He was in a short scene in the 1984 mockumentary film This is Spinal Tap, playing the awkward desk clerk who checks in the band. In the 1990 film The Freshman, he played the condescending NYU film school professor of Matthew Broderick's main character. He also made a memorable appearance as the incorrectly assumed title character in the 1996 film Waiting for Guffman, another mockumentary involving many of the same writers and actors.

Benedict also played the role of a slave trader in Dino De Laurentiis' Mandingo opposite James Mason and Perry King in 1975. Perhaps his best known movie role was of the reverend Lundquist in the 1972 Sydney Pollack film Jeremiah Johnson.

Legenday Russian opera singer Muslim Magomaev dies 66

Russian Singer Died 2008Muslim Mahammad oglu Magomayev (Azeri: Müslüm Maqomayev; born August 17, 1942 in Baku - October 25, 2008 in Moscow) was an Azerbaijani baritone operatic and pop singer of the 1960s and 1970s.

Death of Muslim Magomaev
Muslim Magomaev died after a long illness.
Muslim Magomaev was 66 years old at the time of his death.

Early life
Muslim Magomaev represented one of the most respected artistic dynasties in Azerbaijan. His grandfather Muslim Magomayev (1885-1937), a friend and contemporary of the prominent Azerbaijani composer Uzeyir Hajibeyov, was one of the founders of Azerbaijani-composed music. Magomaev's father, Mahammad Magomaev, who died during World War II, was a gifted Scenic designer, and his mother was an actress.

Muslim Magomaev's biography continues on next page

Muslim MAGOMAEV - "Figaro"

Mr. Blackwell (Ten Worst Dressed Women list) dies 86

Richard Blackwell (born Richard Sylvan Selzer) (August 29, 1922 - October 19, 2008) was a fashion critic, journalist, television and radio personality, artist, former child actor and former fashion designer, sometimes known just as Mr. Blackwell. He was the creator of the Ten Worst Dressed Women list, an annual awards presentation he unveiled in January of each year. He published the "Fabulous Fashion Independents" list and an annual Academy Awards fashion review, both of which receive somewhat less media attention. His longtime companion, former Beverly Hills hairdresser, Robert Spencer, managed him. He wrote two books, Mr. Blackwell: 30 Years of Fashion Fiascos and an autobiography, From Rags to Bitches.

Death of Richard Blackwell
Blackwell died in Los Angeles on October 19, 2008, aged 86, of complications from an intestinal infection

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