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Robert Breer, Pioneer of Avant-Garde Animation, Dies 84

Robert Breer (1926 – August 12, 2011)

Robert Breer, an animator whose use of novel techniques to set lines and forms scrambling across the screen opened up a new language for film, died on Aug. 11 at his home in Tucson. He was 84.

 Swiss Army Knife with Rats and Pigeons - Robert Breer (1980)

REcreation (Robert Breer)

Gil Bernal, 'Smokey Joe's Café' saxophonist, dies 80

Gil Bernal (February 4, 1931  in Watts, Los Angeles - July 17, 2011)  was an American saxophonist (Tenor).  Gil Bernal played Jazz, Rhythm and Blues.

Gil Bernal's memorable saxophon solos:
Duane Eddy's "Rebel Rouser" and the Robins' "Smokey Joe's Cafe."

He worked with artists such as Spike Jones, Lionel Hampton and Ry Cooder.

Gil Bernal cause of death
Gil Bernal died of congestive heart failure.
Gil Bernal was 80 years old at the time of his death.

The Robins - Smokey Joes Cafe
Gil Bernal was not a member of of The Robins.  He was a guest player.

Wurzel, Motorhead Guitarist, Dies 61

Michael Burston (October 23, 1949 – July 9, 2011) commonly known by the stage name Würzel, was an English musician and formerly a guitarist in the British heavy metal band, Motörhead.

Wurzel Cause of Death
On 9 July 2011, Tim Butcher — longtime bass technician of Motörhead leader Lemmy — reported that Würzel had died. The cause of death was ventricular fibrillation triggered by cardiomyopathy.  Wursel was 61 years old at the time of his death

*Ventricular fibrillation: uncoordinated contraction of the cardiac muscle of the ventricles in the heart.

Motörhead - Hellraiser
Wurzel on guitar, standing on right side (from audience's view)


Roberts Blossom, Character Actor, Dies 87

Roberts Scott Blossom (March 25, 1924 - July 8, 2011) was an American actor and poet.

Blossom won three Obie awards. After his long career, Roberts Blossom is perhaps best known for a small role in Home Alone.

In the thriller Deranged, Blossom played the leading role as killer Ezra Cobb. In the Oscar-winning film drama The Great Gatsby (1974), he was accompanied on-screen by Robert Redford. He won the Soapy Award for his role on Another World, on which he appeared from 1976-1977. In 1990 he starred in Home Alone as Kevin McCallister's (Macaulay Culkin) snow-shoveling neighbor, Old Man Marley. In the comedy Doc Hollywood (1991), he appeared on-screen with Michael J. Fox.

He retired from acting in the late-1990s to pursue writing poetry. He lived in Berkeley, California, and resided in Southern California until his passing on July 8, 2011.

Roberts Blossom cause of death
Roberts Blossom died of natural causes.  Roberts Blossom was 87 years old at the time of his death.

"Deranged" movie trailer (1974 Roberts Blossom A.I.P.)

Joseph Brooks, “You Light Up My Life” Songwriter, Dies Before Trial 73

Important Background Story:
Joseph Brooks was waiting for a trial on charges of sexually assaulting of more than a dozen women.  He allegedly lured the women to his apartment to audition for movie roles.  He was indicted on June 23, 2009. He was being tried by Manhattan's state Supreme Court for 91 counts and charged with rape, sexual abuse, criminal sexual act, assault, and other charges.

A month ago, Joseph Brooks' son was accused of murdering a swimsuit designer.

 

Joseph Brooks (March 11, 1938 – May 22, 2011) was an American screenwriter, director, producer, and composer. He composed the hit song "You Light Up My Life" for the film of the same name that he also wrote, directed, and produced.

In the 1960s Brooks was a composer of advertising jingles, including highly successful ones for Pepsi, "You've Got a Lot to Live", and Maxwell House, "Good to the Last Drop Feeling".

In October 1977 "You Light Up My Life" reached #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 popularity charts where it held the top position for 10 consecutive weeks, which was then the longest run at #1 in the chart's history. With sales of over four million copies in the United States alone, the song ultimately became the biggest hit of the 1970s. It also hit #1 Adult Contemporary and was even a Top 10 "Country" single. The passionate ballad also earned Brooks a Grammy Award for Song of the Year as well as an Academy Award for Best Original Song, a Golden Globe Award and an American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Award. The song was Debby Boone's first solo hit record and only Top 40 Pop hit.

Joseph Brooks Cuase of Death
Police reported on May 22, 2011, that Brooks was found dead by a friend of an apparent suicide. He was 73 years old. His body was found in his Upper East Side apartment with a plastic dry cleaning bag around his head and a towel around his neck. His body was near a helium tank with a hose on it and a suicide note.

Debby Boone You light up my life 

Seve Ballesteros, Golf legend, dies 54

Severiano "Seve" Ballesteros Sota (April 9, 1957 – May 7, 2011) was a Spanish professional golfer, a World No. 1 who was one of the sport's leading figures from the mid-1970s to the mid-1990s. He gained attention in the golfing world in 1976, when at the age of 19 he finished second at the British Open. A member of a gifted golfing family, Ballesteros won five major championships between 1979 and 1988, the British Open three times, and The Masters twice. He was also successful in the Ryder Cup, helping the European team to five wins both as a player and captain, and won the World Match Play Championship a record-tying five times. He is best known for his great short game, and his erratic driving of the golf ball. He is generally regarded as the greatest Spanish golfer of all time.

Seve Bellesteros Cause of Death
On 6 May 2011, his family released a press release announcing that Ballesteros's neurological condition had "suffered a severe deterioration". He died within hours of the announcement in the early hours of 7 May 2011. 

Tiger Woods said of Ballesteros that he was "one of the most talented and exciting golfers to ever play the game"

John Barry, James Bond composer dies 77

John Barry Prendergast, OBE (November 3, 1933 – January 30, 2011) was an Oscar winning English film score composer. He was best known for composing 11 James Bond soundtracks and was hugely influential on the 007 series' distinctive style.

In a career spanning almost 50 years, Barry received a number of awards for his work, including five Academy Awards; two for Born Free, and one each for The Lion in Winter (for which he also won a BAFTA Award), Out of Africa and Dances with Wolves (for which he also won a Grammy Award).

Death of John Barry
John Barry died of a heart attack on 30 January 2011 at his Oyster Bay home.
John Barry was 77 years old at the time of his death.

John Barry - Greatest Hits

 

Jerry Bock, "Fiddler on the Roof" Composer, Tony Winner, Dies 81

Jerrold Lewis "Jerry" Bock (November 23, 1928 – November 3, 2010) was an American musical theater composer. He received the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama with Sheldon Harnick for their 1959 musical Fiorello! and the Tony Award for Best Composer and Lyricist for the 1965 musical Fiddler on the Roof with Harnick.

Bock spoke at the funeral of 98-year-old Fiddler playwright Joseph Stein just 10 days before his own death.

Death of Jerry Bock
Jerry Bock died of heart failure.
Jerry Bock was 81 years old at the time of his death

Denise Borino-Quinn, Soprano Actress, dies 46

Denise Borino-Quinn (January 6, 1964 – October 27, 2010) was a television actress who had a recurring role as Ginny Sacramoni, the overweight wife of New York mob boss Johnny Sack in the television series The Sopranos.

She was born in Roseland, New Jersey. She attended the same high school West Essex High School, the same school at Sopranos creator David Chase although nearly 30 years apart.

With no acting experience she attended the casting call in Harrison, New Jersey in 2000 because to support a friend because she said that thought it would be fun to watch the crowds. She was picked from 14,000 actresses. She had been a legal assistant in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Death of Denise Borino-Quinn
Denise Borino-Quinn married Chris Quinn, Jr., in 2005. He died in March 2010.
Denise Borino-Quinn died seven months later from liver cancer.
She was 46 years old at the time of her death.

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)

Barbara Billingsley, June Cleaver on "Leave It to Beaver", TV mom, dies 94

Barbara Billingsley (December 22, 1915 - October 16, 2010) was an American film, television, voice and character actress of stage, who in her five decades of television came to prominence in the 1950s in the big screen in The Careless Years opposite Natalie Trundy, followed by her best-known role, that of June Cleaver on Leave it to Beaver and its sequel Still the Beaver (also known as The New Leave It to Beaver).

After Leave it to Beaver
When production of the show ended in 1963, Billingsley had become typecast as saccharine sweet and had trouble obtaining acting jobs for years. She traveled extensively abroad until the late 1970s. After an absence of 17 years from the public eye (other than appearing in two episodes of The F.B.I. in 1971), Billingsley spoofed her wholesome image with a brief appearance in the comedy Airplane! (1980), as a passenger who could "speak jive". She became the voice of Nanny and The Little Train on Muppet Babies from 1984 to 1991.

Death of Barbara Billingsley
Barbara Billingsley died of polymyalgia at her home in Santa Monica, California on October 16, 2010, at the age of 94. She is interred at Inglewood Park Cemetery in Inglewood, California.

 The State vs. Beaver.Pt.1 of 3

 

 Stewardess I Speak Jive! - AIRPLANE!

 

Robert Byrd, longest serving senator, dies 92

Robert Carlyle Byrd (born Cornelius Calvin Sale, Jr.; November 20, 1917 – June 28, 2010) was a United States Senator from West Virginia. A member of the Democratic Party, Byrd served as a Senator from 1959 to 2010 and was the longest-serving senator and the longest-serving member in the history of the United States Congress.

On June 27, 2010, Byrd became ill and was admitted to Inova Fairfax Hospital in Fairfax County, Virginia, for what was assumed to be heat stroke and dehydration.  However, other medical conditions emerged and Byrd was described as "seriously ill."  Robert Byrd died at approximately 3 a.m. EDT the next day at age 92

* Comment disabled for political figure *

Gene Barry, Actor of TV, Film and Stage, Dies at 90

Gene Barry (June 14, 1919 – December 9, 2009) was an American stage, screen, and television actor.

Death of Gene Barry
Gene Barry died on December 10, 2009 at Sunrise Senior Living in Woodland Hills, California, at the age of 90.He is survived by his sons, Michael and Frederick, and his daughter, Elizabeth, as well as three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. His wife, Betty, preceded him in death after nearly 58 years of marriage in 2003.

Gene Barry plays Bat Masterson
Gene Barry's filmography & Television work continues next page
Gene Barry's filmography & Television work
Filmography

    * The Atomic City (1952)
    * The Girls of Pleasure Island (1953)
    * The War of the Worlds (1953)
    * Those Redheads from Seattle (1953)
    * Alaska Seas (1954)
    * Red Garters (1954)
    * Naked Alibi (1954)
    * Soldier of Fortune (1955)
    * The Purple Mask (1955)
    * The Houston Story (1956)
    * Back from Eternity (1956)
    * China Gate (1957)
    * The 27th Day (1957)
    * Forty Guns (1957)
    * Hong Kong Confidential (1958)
    * Thunder Road (1958)
    * Maroc 7 (1967)
    * Subterfuge (1968)
    * The Second Coming of Suzanne (1974)
    * Guyana: Crime of the Century (1979)
    * War of the Worlds (2005)

Television work

    * Our Miss Brooks (cast member from 1955 - 1956)
    * Bat Masterson (1958 - 1961)
    * Burke's Law (1963 - 1966)
    * Prescription: Murder (1968)
    * Istanbul Express (1968)
    * The Name of the Game (1968 - 1971)
    * Do You Take This Stranger? (1971)
    * The Devil and Miss Sarah (1971)
    * The Adventurer (1972 - 1973)
    * Ransom for Alice! (1977)
    * Aspen (1977) (miniseries)
    * A Cry for Love (1980)
    * The Girl, the Gold Watch & Dynamite (1981)
    * The Adventures of Nellie Bly (1981)
    * Perry Mason: The Case of the Lost Love (1987)
    * Turn Back the Clock (1989)
    * The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw (1991)
    * Burke's Law (1994 - 1995)
    * These Old Broads (2001)
 

Carl Ballantine - Magician, Comedian (McHale's Navy) Dies 92

Carl Ballantine (born Meyer Kessler; September 27, 1917 - November 3, 2009) was an American actor, magician and comedian. Billing himself as "The Great Ballantine," "The Amazing Ballantine" or "Ballantine: The World's Greatest Magician," his vaudeville-style comedy routine involved transparent or incompetent stage magic tricks, which tended to flop to the wisecracking Ballantine's mock chagrin.

Ballantine is probably best remembered as Lester Gruber, one of the PT boat sailors in the ABC sitcom McHale's Navy (1962-1966), starring with Ernest Borgnine, Joe Flynn and Tim Conway. He made his only appearance on Broadway as Lycus the slave merchant in the 1972 revival of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum starring Phil Silvers.[2] His most recent film appearance was in Aimee Semple McPherson, a 2006 biopic about the female evangelist.

Ballantine's wife was actress Ceil Cabot (March 8, 1927 - January 24, 2000) He was known as an inveterate smoker of Cuban stogies.

Death of Carl Ballantine
Carl Ballantine died of natural causes on November 3, 2009 at his Hollywood, California home. He is survived by his daughters actress Sara Ballantine and Molly and his sister Esther Robinson.

Carl Ballantine

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

Paul Burke's filmography continues next page

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
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