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David Cassidy Dead at 67 (Update)

  • TMZ
David Cassidy, the 'Partridge Family' heartthrob who sold millions of records and became the fantasy of millions of girls, is dead. Cassidy died in a Florida hospital after his organs failed. Family sources tell TMZ, David had been on life support since Monday. Doctors advised the family Tuesday the only way David could survive was with a liver transplant, but he was not a candidate because he would never survive surgery. The family decided at
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'Star Wars' Boba Fett Voice Actor Jason Wingreen Passes Away at 95

'Star Wars' Boba Fett Voice Actor Jason Wingreen Passes Away at 95
Sad news for TV fans and the Star Wars family as prolific character actor Jason Wingreen has passed away. Known for his roles in All in the Family, The Twilight Zone and Seinfeld, Wingreen is perhaps best known as the voice of iconic bounty hunter Boba Fett in the Star Wars franchise. Jason Wingreen died on Christmas Day at his home in Los Angeles. He was 95.

Jason Wingreen was a prominent fixture on television from 1955 until he retired in the mid-1990s. Along with voicing Boba Fett, the actor gained worldwide notoriety on the hit 70s sitcom All in the Family, playing Harry the bartender. The role also carried over into the spinoff sitcom Archie Bunker's Place. Jason's son Ned confirmed the news of his father's passing last week. The man has over 200 TV credits to his name.

A native of Brooklyn, Jason Wingreen would appear in three separate episodes of The Twilight Zone,
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Wayne Rogers, Trapper John on ‘M.A.S.H.,’ Dies at 82

Wayne Rogers, Trapper John on ‘M.A.S.H.,’ Dies at 82
Wayne Rogers, best known for playing Captain “Trapper” John McIntyre on TV comedy series “M.A.S.H.,” died Thursday in Los Angeles from complications of pneumonia. He was 82.

He appeared on “M.A.S.H.” for only the first three of 11 seasons, but the army surgeon was one of the most popular characters on the show, known for his repartee with Alan Alda’s Hawkeye Pierce. He was reportedly frustrated by the show’s focus on Alda when he quit after three seasons, with Mike Farrell replacing him as B.J. Hunnicut.

Despite Rogers’ departure from the show, he remained friendly with Alda, who saluted his Rogers in a Twitter message: “He was smart, funny, curious and dedicated,” Alda wrote. “We made a pact to give Mash all we had and it bonded us.”

He was smart, funny, curious and dedicated. We made a pact to give Mash all
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Don Harron, Canadian Writer and Actor, Dies at 90

Don Harron, Canadian Writer and Actor, Dies at 90
Don Harron, a Canadian actor and writer who brought laughter to Canadian and American audiences alike with his alter ego Charlie Farquharson, died Saturday. He was 90.

According to the Associated Press, his daughter Martha said Harron died in his Toronto home surrounded by his family. He had chosen not to undergo treatment for cancer.

Martha said he didn’t lose the wit he was known for at the end of his life.

“He was still sharp. He was still capable of being funny even though his voice was barely above a whisper,” she told the AP. “It’s horribly sad, but it’s beautiful too.”

Harron first introduced Farquharson, a country bumpkin who took any chance to make fun of all things Canadian, on a CBC television revue in 1952. He would go on to appear as the character on U.S. television variety show “Hee Haw.”

Farquharson was an author
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Paul Wurtzel, Assistant Director on Movies and TV, Dies at 92

Paul Wurtzel, an assistant director on dozens of movies and many TV series, died of natural causes at the Hollywood Hills home he inhabited for 49 years. He was 92.

The son of pioneer movie producer Sol M. Wurtzel grew up in the Hollywood film colony and abandoned his studies after two years at UCLA to go to work for his father at 20th Century Fox. He started his career in 1942 as second assistant director on the Laurel and Hardy movie “A Haunting We Will Go” and moved up to become an assistant director on dozens of movies — including, while he was still at Fox, on 1946′s “Anna and the King of Siam,” starring Irene Dunne and Rex Harrison.

When his father launched an independent company, Sol M. Wurtzel Productions, Paul worked exclusively with him from 1946-49.

Most of the films Paul Wurtzel worked on through 1958 were B pictures with titles such
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Paul Wurtzel, Assistant Director on Movies and TV, Dies at 92

Paul Wurtzel, an assistant director on dozens of movies and many TV series, died of natural causes at the Hollywood Hills home he inhabited for 49 years. He was 92.

The son of pioneer movie producer Sol M. Wurtzel grew up in the Hollywood film colony and abandoned his studies after two years at UCLA to go to work for his father at 20th Century Fox. He started his career in 1942 as second assistant director on the Laurel and Hardy movie “A Haunting We Will Go” and moved up to become an assistant director on dozens of movies — including, while he was still at Fox, on 1946′s “Anna and the King of Siam,” starring Irene Dunne and Rex Harrison.

When his father launched an independent company, Sol M. Wurtzel Productions, Paul worked exclusively with him from 1946-49.

Most of the films Paul Wurtzel worked on through 1958 were B pictures with titles such
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'The FBI' star Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. dies at 95

'The FBI' star Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. dies at 95
Washington, May 4: Efrem Zimbalist Jr. who established mark in two of television's most popular series, "77 Sunset Strip" and "The F.B.I.," has passed away at age 95.

He played the role of handsome Inspector Lewis Erskine in the huge hit show in the '60s and '70s, TMZ.com reported.

Effrem also had a recurring role in his daughter's own successful show in "Remington Steele" in the '80s. (Ani)
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Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Star of The F.B.I., Dies at 95

Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Star of The F.B.I., Dies at 95
Handsome, debonair and blessed with a distinguished voice that reflected his real-life prep-school upbringing, Efrem Zimbalist Jr. seemed born to play the television roles that made him famous, that of hip Hollywood detective and brilliant G-man. A prolific actor who also appeared in numerous films and stage productions, Zimbalist became a household name in 1958 as Stu Bailey, the wisecracking private investigator who was a co-partner in a swinging Hollywood detective agency located at the exclusive address of 77 Sunset Strip. When the show ended in 1964, Zimbalist became an even bigger star playing the empathetic, methodical G-man Lewis Erskine in "The F.B.I." The actor,
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Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Star of The F.B.I., Dies at 95

Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Star of The F.B.I., Dies at 95
Handsome, debonair and blessed with a distinguished voice that reflected his real-life prep-school upbringing, Efrem Zimbalist Jr. seemed born to play the television roles that made him famous, that of hip Hollywood detective and brilliant G-man. A prolific actor who also appeared in numerous films and stage productions, Zimbalist became a household name in 1958 as Stu Bailey, the wisecracking private investigator who was a co-partner in a swinging Hollywood detective agency located at the exclusive address of 77 Sunset Strip. When the show ended in 1964, Zimbalist became an even bigger star playing the empathetic, methodical G-man Lewis Erskine in "The F.B.I." The actor,
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Actor Efrem Zimablist Jr. Dead At Age 95

  • CinemaRetro
Efrem Zimbalist Jr., the son of a violin master and an opera singer who became an acclaimed actor, has died at age 95. Zimbalist had a recurring role in the 1950s hit TV series Maverick before starring with Roger Smith as private eyes in the smash hit 1958 series 77 Sunset Strip. However, it was in the 1960s that his star really rose by top-lining the TV show The F.B.I. The series was a love letter to the bureau and won praise from its controversial and mercurial director, J. Edgar Hoover, who gave unprecedented cooperation to the series. Zimablist went on to appear with his daughter Stephanie Zimbalist and Pierce Brosnan in another crime show, the 1980s hit Remington Steele. His feature films include Wait Until Dark, Airport 1975, The Crowded Sky and The Chapman Report. For more click here
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‘77 Sunset Strip,’ ‘F.B.I.’ Star Efrem Zimbalist Jr. Dies at 95

‘77 Sunset Strip,’ ‘F.B.I.’ Star Efrem Zimbalist Jr. Dies at 95
Efrem Zimbalist Jr., a staple of 1960s and ’70s TV as the star of ABC dramas “77 Sunset Strip” and “The F.B.I.,” has died. He was 95.

Zimbalist died Friday at his home in Solvang, Calif., according to a statement issued by his daughter, actress Stephanie Zimbalist, and son Efrem Zimbalist III.

“We are heartbroken to announce the passing into peace of our beloved father, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., today at his Solvang, Calif. ranch. A devout Christian, he actively enjoyed his life to the last day, showering love on his extended family, playing golf, and visiting with close friends.”

Tall, handsome and always well dressed, Zimbalist starred as the smooth former Oss officer-turned private eye Stuart Bailey who ran a Los Angeles detective agency in “77 Sunset Strip.” The show, one of the first TV series hits from the Warner Bros. studio, ran on ABC from 1958-64.

He returned to the Alphabet the
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Actor Efrem Zimbalist Jr. Dies at 95

Actor Efrem Zimbalist Jr. Dies at 95
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. Zimbalist was a household name from 1958 through 1974 for his performances as dapper private eye Stuart Bailey on Friday night staple 77 Sunset Strip, which lasted six seasons, and as Inspector Lewis Erskine on The F.B.I., which ran for nine. A close friend of then-fbi chief J. Edgar Hoover, Zimbalist ended many Quinn Martin productions on Sunday

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Veteran Actor Paul Mantee Dies at 82

Veteran Actor Paul Mantee Dies at 82
The tough guy starred in the sci-fi classic "Robinson Crusoe on Mars" and played Det. Al Corassa on TV's "Cagney & Lacey."

Paul Mantee, a burly, tough-guy actor who starred in the 1964 sci-fi cult classic Robinson Crusoe on Mars and on TV's Cagney & Lacey as Det. Al Corassa, has died. He was 82.

A longtime resident of Malibu who wrote columns for the local newspaper, Mantee played the health inspector on a 1994 episode of Seinfeld, "The Pie;" had a recurring role as Commander Clayton on Hunter, the police drama that starred Fred Dryer; and appeared as Cornell, a henchman for Catwoman who disguises himself as Batman to frame the Caped Crusader for a robbery in a 1967 storyline that saw the villainess go back to college.

Mantee died Nov. 7, The Malibu Times reported.

In Paramount's Robinson Crusoe on Mars, Byron Haskin’s adaptation of the Daniel Defoe novel, Mantee has top billing, playing the shipwrecked Cmdr.
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Mann Rubin, Screenwriter of ‘First Deadly Sin,’ Dies at 85

Mann Rubin, Screenwriter of ‘First Deadly Sin,’ Dies at 85
Screenwriter Mann Rubin, who penned 1959 drama “The Best of Everything,” starring Hope Lange, Stephen Boyd and Joan Crawford, and 1980 police thriller “The First Deadly Sin,” starring Frank Sinatra and Faye Dunaway, died after a long illness in West Hills, Calif., on Oct. 12. He was 85.

Rubin also wrote episodes for dozens of TV series, starting with the pioneering “Studio One in Hollywood” and “Tales of Tomorrow” and ending with a new iteration of “Dragnet” in 1990.

Most recently he had penned two film shorts, co-writing 2012′s “A Nice Touch,” starring Dougray Scott, with director Richard Jones. “A Lasting Impression,” starring Tanna Frederick, will play film festivals next year.

For director Jean Negulesco’s 1959 feature “The Best of Everything,” Rubin and Edith R. Sommer shared credit for adapting the Rona Jaffe novel. For “The First Deadly Sin,” Rubin adapted Lawrence Sanders’ novel.

The writer’s other TV credits include episodes of “Perry Mason,
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Mann Rubin, Screenwriter of ‘First Deadly Sin,’ Dies at 85

Mann Rubin, Screenwriter of ‘First Deadly Sin,’ Dies at 85
Screenwriter Mann Rubin, who penned 1959 drama “The Best of Everything,” starring Hope Lange, Stephen Boyd and Joan Crawford, and 1980 police thriller “The First Deadly Sin,” starring Frank Sinatra and Faye Dunaway, died after a long illness in West Hills, Calif., on Oct. 12. He was 85.

Rubin also wrote episodes for dozens of TV series, starting with the pioneering “Studio One in Hollywood” and “Tales of Tomorrow” and ending with a new iteration of “Dragnet” in 1990.

Most recently he had penned two film shorts, co-writing 2012′s “A Nice Touch,” starring Dougray Scott, with director Richard Jones. “A Lasting Impression,” starring Tanna Frederick, will play film festivals next year.

For director Jean Negulesco’s 1959 feature “The Best of Everything,” Rubin and Edith R. Sommer shared credit for adapting the Rona Jaffe novel. For “The First Deadly Sin,” Rubin adapted Lawrence Sanders’ novel.

The writer’s other TV credits include episodes of “Perry Mason,
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R.I.P. TV Writer Mann Rubin

The prolific scribe wrote and/or scripted episodes for dozens of network series. Mann Rubin died during the weekend in West Hills, CA, after a long illness. He was 86. After a stint in the Army, the Brooklyn native started his career writing for comic books and penned several short stories for Alfred Hitchcock Magazine. His first TV writing gig was for Studio One in Hollywood, and he went on to such 1950s shows as Tales Of Tomorrow, Justice and Climax! During the next three decades he penned episodes of such popular series as Perry Mason, The Fugitive, The F.B.I., Mission: Impossible, The Mod Squad, The Six Million Dollar Man, Starsky and Hutch, Quincy, M.E., Barnaby Jones, The Rockford Files Dynasty, Knots Landing and The Paper Chase. He also wrote the screenplay for the 1959 Hope Lange-Stephen Boyd drama The Best Of Everything. More recently, Rubin taught screenwriting at
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Kerr's Biggest Box-Office Hit: Musical About Romance and Racism During WWII

Kerr in the 1958 box-office blockbuster musical South Pacific (seen above with love interest France Nuyen) and his (few) other post-Tea and Sympathy efforts [Please check out the previous article: "The Two Kerrs in the stage and film versions of Tea and Sympathy."] Director Curtis Bernhardt's Gaby (1956) was a generally disliked remake of Waterloo Bridge, with Kerr and leading lady Leslie Caron in the old Robert Taylor and Vivien Leigh roles (1940 movie version -- and even older Douglass Montgomery and Mae Clarke roles in the 1931 film version). Jeffrey Hayden's The Vintage (1957), starring Kerr and Mel Ferrer absurdly cast as Italian brothers, also failed to generate much box-office or critical interest. MGM leading lady Pier Angeli played Ferrer's love interest in the film, while the more mature and married French star Michèle Morgan (a plot element similar to that found in Tea and Sympathy) is Kerr's object of desire. (Pictured above: South Pacific cast members John Kerr and France Nuyen embracing.) Also in the mid-'50s, John Kerr
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Phyllis Thaxter, 'Superman' actress, dies at 90

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Phyllis Thaxter, who played Superman's mother in the 1978 blockbuster starring Christopher Reeve, has died at age 90.

According to her daughter, actress Skye Aubrey, Thaxter passed away Tuesday (Aug. 14) at her Florida home after suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

Thaxter's debuted on the big screen in the 1944 wartime flick "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo" as a contract actress for MGM, where her other notable films include "Bewitched," "Week-End at the Waldorf," 1947's "The Sea of Grass" with Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn and "Act of Violence."

She then signed with Warner Brothers, appearing alongside John Garfield and Patricia Neal in "The Breaking Point" (1950); her other credits for the studio include "Springfield Rifle" (1952) with Gary Cooper, "Jim Thorpe -- All-American" (1951), with Burt Lancaster and "She's Working Her Way Through College" (1952) with Ronald Reagan.

Although Thaxter's big-screen career was derailed when she contracted polio in 1952, but she found regular work on television on such series as "Lux Video Theatre,
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Doris Singleton, I Love Lucy Actress, Dies at 92

Doris Singleton, I Love Lucy Actress, Dies at 92
Doris Singleton, a character actress and comedian best known as Lucy and Ricky Ricardo’s neighbor - and Lucy's frequent frenemy - Carolyn Appleby on I Love Lucy, has died, Lucie Arnaz, the daughter of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, confirmed. "A day of saying hasta luego to two great ladies, Nora Ephron and Doris Singleton," Arnaz wrote on her Facebook page. "May they both fly swiftly heavenward and enjoy a blissful rest for jobs well done down here. They were loved and appreciated and will be missed." Singleton was 92 and died Tuesday in Los Angeles, reports Variety. Playing the competitive neighbor Appleby,
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The Godfather’s Alex Rocco returns to his mobster roots in Batman: Year One

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Alex Rocco, best known for his role as gangster Moe Greene in The Godfather, returns to his mobster roots as Carmine Falcone in Batman: Year One, the next entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies.

The appearance in a Dark Knight-related project brings Rocco’s 44-year career full circle. The Massachusetts-born actor, who was once an adjunct member of Boston’s Winter Hill Gang, got his first on-screen role in the 1960s Batman television series.

Rocco appeared as the thug Block in the back-to-back episodes “A Piece of the Action” and “Batman’s Satisfaction,” which premiered on March 1 and 2, 1967. The episodes also featured the first true crossover appearance of Green Hornet and Kato on the Batman series (aside from a cameo popping out a window in the first season).

Since then, Rocco has been seen on primetime in everything from Get Smart, The F.B.I. and
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