Archive for the ‘Obituaries – 2014’ Category

Eli Wallach Obituary

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

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Eli Wallach dies at 98; actor best known for two classic westerns

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By Claudia Luther
Los Angeles Times
June 25, 2014

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Eli Wallach, who received an honorary Academy Award for lifetime achievement in 2010, died Tuesday at his home in New York City, his daughter Katherine said. He was 98 and is survived by his wife of 66 years, actress Anne Jackson.

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Efrem Zimbalist Jr. Obituary

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

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 Actor Efrem Zimbalist Jr. Dies at 95

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By Mike Barnes, Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
May 2, 2014

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Efrem Zimbalist Jr., the suave leading man who starred on ABC for 15 straight seasons on 77 Sunset Strip and then The F.B.I., died Friday at his ranch in Solvang, Calif., his children announced. He was 95.

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Bob Hoskins Obituary

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

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Bob Hoskins, Actor Who Combined Charm and Menace, Dies at 71

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Mickey Rooney Obituary

Monday, April 7th, 2014

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Mickey Rooney dies; show-business career spanned a lifetime

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In the ‘Andy Hardy’ films, he was the All-American boy. But Mickey Rooney’s roller-coaster show-business career was marked by an often-turbulent personal life.

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By Valerie J. Nelson
Los Angeles Times
April 6, 2014

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Mickey Rooney, a celebrated child actor who embodied the All-American boy in the “Andy Hardy” films of the 1930s and ’40s and became one of the era’s top box-office draws, has died. He was 93.

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Rooney, whose roller-coaster show-business career was marked by an often-turbulent personal life, died Sunday at his home in Los Angeles. Los Angeles Police Commander Andrew Smith and the Los Angeles County coroner’s office confirmed his death.

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Sheila MacRae Obituary

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

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Sheila MacRae, actress-singer who was on ’60s ‘Honeymooners,’ dies at 92

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Los Angeles Times
March 7, 2014
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Sheila MacRae, 92, a versatile actress and singer who performed in a popular 1950s nightclub act with her husband, Gordon MacRae, and appeared opposite Jackie Gleason in his late ’60s revival of “The Honeymooners,” died Thursday night at the Lillian Booth Actors Home of the Actors Fund in Englewood, N.J. She had undergone surgery a few weeks ago and had apparently been recovering well until this week, said her daughter, actress Heather MacRae.

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Throughout the ’50s, MacRae and her husband, a baritone who starred in the movie musicals “Oklahoma!” and “Carousel,” entertained audiences in ritzy venues such as Manhattan, Las Vegas and Los Angeles and on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and other television variety programs. They sang solo and in duets, and she impersonated celebrities in sketch comedy scenes.

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MacRae assumed the role of Alice Kramden, wife of Gleason’s bus-driver character Ralph in “The Honeymooners” sketches, on the comic’s hit CBS-TV comedy-variety show in 1966. Audrey Meadows originated the role in 1952.

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She was born Sheila Stephens in Middlesex County, England, on Sept. 24, 1921, said her daughter. In the early days of World War II, she immigrated to the United States with her family and they settled on New York’s Long Island. She got her first taste of acting at the Millpond Playhouse in Roslyn, N.Y.

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She married Gordon MacRae in 1941 and they had four children — Meredith, Heather, Gar and Robert Bruce — before divorcing in 1967. Gordon MacRae died in 1986.

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A second marriage to producer Ronald Wayne ended in divorce. Her daughter Meredith, an actress who played Billie Jo on the ’60s TV sitcom “Petticoat Junction,” died in 2000. Her son Bruce died in 2010.

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MacRae made many TV guest appearances including variety and game shows like “What’s My Line?” and “The Hollywood Squares” in the ’60s and the weekly series “Parenthood” and “Murder, She Wrote” in the ’90s. She also had some film roles and acted in stage productions.

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Sid Caesar Obituary

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

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Sid Caesar dies at 91; comedy giant of the small screen

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Sid Caesar, hailed as a genius of live TV sketch comedy, won two Emmys for ‘Your Show of Shows’ in the ’50s. He ‘always took comedy to a stratospheric level,’ said Mel Brooks.

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By Dennis McLellan
Los Angeles Times
February 12, 2014

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In a day before comedy was laced with irony and studded with mean-spirited barbs, Sid Caesar was more than funny. He was hilariously, outrageously, tear-inducingly, gather-up-the-whole-family-for-this funny. A veteran of the Catskills with an elastic face, a knack for gibberish and a mind that could find comedy gold in the workings of a Bavarian cuckoo clock, Caesar was the king of live television sketch comedy in the 1950s.

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Some of the best writers — Carl Reiner, Neil Simon and Mel Brooks — vied to work for him. No slouches at comedy themselves, they were dazzled by his genius and, at times, horrified by his temper; he once tore the sink from a hotel bathroom and threatened to throw Brooks out an 18th-story window.

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Caesar went public with some of his emotional problems in 1956, long before it was common for celebrities to do so. He is best known, though, not for his tormented inner life but for the inspired zaniness of the sketches on his trademark programs, “Your Show of Shows” and “Caesar’s Hour.”

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A two-time Emmy Award-winning performer, Caesar died Wednesday at his home in Beverly Hills after a brief illness, according to his biographer Eddy Friedfeld. He was 91.

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Shirley Temple Obituary

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

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Shirley Temple Black, iconic child star, dies at 85

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By Valerie J. Nelson
Los Angeles Times

February 11, 2014

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Shirley Temple Black, who as the most popular child movie star of all time lifted a filmgoing nation’s spirits during the Depression and then grew up to be a diplomat, has died. She was 85.

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Ann Carter Obituary

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

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Ann Carter, Former 1940s Child Actress, Dies at 77

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Variety
February 6, 2014

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Ann Carter, who was a tiny Veronica Lake lookalike, with similarly flowing blonde hair, when she appeared in two prominent supernatural-themed films of the 1940s, “Cat People” sequel “Curse of the Cat People” and Lake starrer “I Married a Witch,” before polio ended her career, died Jan. 27 in North Bend, Wash., after long bout with ovarian cancer. She was 77.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman Obituary

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

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Philip Seymour Hoffman, Actor, Dies at 46

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By Bruce Weber and J. David Goodman
New York Times
February 2, 2014

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Philip Seymour Hoffman, perhaps the most ambitious and widely admired American actor of his generation, who gave three-dimensional nuance to a wide range of sidekicks, villains and leading men on screen and embraced some of the theater’s most burdensome roles on Broadway, died Sunday at an apartment in Greenwich Village. He was 46.

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Maximilian Schell Obituary

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

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Maximilian Schell dies at 83; Oscar-winning actor

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Schell, who played the most famous role of his career in ‘Judgment at Nuremberg,’ also directed films, plays and opera.

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By David Colker
Los Angeles Times
February 1, 2014

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When Austrian-born actor Maximilian Schell won the best actor Academy Award in 1962 for his role in “Judgment at Nuremberg,” he gave a short thank-you speech in which he recalled being questioned by a customs official upon first arriving in the United States. “He was asking me what I was doing here, and I said, ‘I’m going to do a film,'” Schell told the glittering crowd in his accented English. “And he said to me, ‘Good luck, boy.’ And I think that was very unusual for a customs man. And I can tell him now that I had it.”

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Undoubtedly, Schell, whose family fled the Nazis when he was a boy, made his own luck — not only as a celebrated actor who amassed more than 100 film and TV credits, but also as a director of films, documentaries, plays and opera.

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Schell, 83, died early Saturday in a hospital in Innsbruck, Austria, of natural causes, according to his European agent, Patricia Baumbauer. Schell’s wife, Iva, was with him when he died. They were married in August.

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