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Remembering James Avery, Pete Seeger, Saul Zaentz and Other Reel-Important People We Lost This Month

31 January 2014 6:00 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Reel-Important People is a monthly column that highlights those individuals in or related to the movies who have left us in recent weeks. Below you'll find names big and small and from all areas of the industry, though each was significant to the movies in his or her own way. Luis Avalos (1954-2014) - Character actor best known for TV's The Electric Company. He also appears in the movies Stir CrazyThe Ringer and Jungle 2 Jungle. He died on January 22. (THR) James Avery (1945-2013) - Actor best known for playing Uncle Phil on TV's The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and voicing Shredder on the animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series. His movie work includes The Blues BrothersFletch, Arlington...

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Electric Company, ER, Soap: Character Actor Luis Avalos Dies at 67

24 January 2014 6:07 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Veteran character actor Luis Avalos has passed away at the age of 67. He died on Wednesday, January 22nd, following a recent heart attack.

While many may not recognize his name, most TV viewers will recognize his face. Avalos was a regular player in television and movies for four decades.

The Cuban-born actor had a regular role on The Electric Company on PBS, played Doctor Thomas Esquivel on 21 episodes of ER, and played the principal on Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper. He also had regular roles on lesser known series like Condo, I Had Three Wives and Resurrection Blvd.

Other guest shots include those on Barney Miller, The Jeffersons, Full House, Hill Street Blues, NYPD Blue, Jack & Bobby, and Columbo. He also memorably played General Sandia on the final cliffhanger episode of Soap, sentencing Jessica Tate to a firing squad. »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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‘The Electric Company’ Actor Luis Avalos Dies at 67

24 January 2014 4:35 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Cuban-born actor Luis Avalos, known for his work on the PBS kids show “The Electric Company,” died Wednesday following a recent heart attack. He was 67.

Avalos joined “Electric Company” during its second season and played multiple characters, most notably Doctor Doolots, making him one of the first Latino actors featured prominently in mainstream media. He remained a cast member on the series, acting alongside stars including Morgan Freeman, Rita Moreno and Bill Cosby, until the series ended in 1977.

Avalos then went on to appear in 21 episodes of the CBS hospital-based sitcom “E/R” as Dr. Thomas Esquivel and as Principal Rivas on ABC’s “Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper.” Some of his other TV credits include “Jack & Bobby,” “Full House,” “Resurrection Blvd.” and “NYPD Blue.”

The Havana native was also featured in several films, including “Jungle 2 Jungle” with Tim Allen and “The Ringer” with Johnny Knoxville. His final film project, »

- Andrea Seikaly

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Animator Michael Sporn, an Oscar Nominee, Dies at 67

20 January 2014 2:53 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Michael Sporn, an Academy Award nominee for best animated short film and the director of more than 30 television specials for outlets such as HBO, PBS, Showtime and CBS, died of pancreatic cancer in New York City on January 19. He was 67.

Long a mainstay among New York-based independent animation filmmakers, Sporn earned a 1984 Oscar nomination for the short film “Doctor DeSoto,” adapted from William Steig’s children’s book. It was one of 15 short children’s films Sporn produced and directed for distributor Weston Woods, including Steig’s “Abel’s Island” (1988), which was nominated for an Emmy; “The Amazing Bone” (1985), winner of a Cine Golden Eagle; and “The Man Who Walked Between the Towers” (2005), winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Children’s Video and best short children’s film award from the Ottawa Animation Festival.

Sporn’s animated HBO specials adapted from children’s books and tales include »

- Variety Staff

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Animator Michael Sporn, an Oscar Nominee, Dies at 67

20 January 2014 2:53 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Michael Sporn, an Academy Award nominee for best animated short film and the director of more than 30 television specials for outlets such as HBO, PBS, Showtime and CBS, died of pancreatic cancer in New York City on January 19. He was 67.

Long a mainstay among New York-based independent animation filmmakers, Sporn earned a 1984 Oscar nomination for the short film “Doctor DeSoto,” adapted from William Steig’s children’s book. It was one of 15 short children’s films Sporn produced and directed for distributor Weston Woods, including Steig’s “Abel’s Island” (1988), which was nominated for an Emmy; “The Amazing Bone” (1985), winner of a Cine Golden Eagle; and “The Man Who Walked Between the Towers” (2005), winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Children’s Video and best short children’s film award from the Ottawa Animation Festival.

Sporn’s animated HBO specials adapted from children’s books and tales include »

- Variety Staff

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Rita Moreno on Her SAG Life Award: I've Only Begun Act III (Video)

18 January 2014 7:30 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

var brightcovevideoid = '3072699344001'; Rosita Dolores Alverío flirted with Jeremy Renner and Brad Pitt from the stage as she accepted her SAG Life Achievement Award Saturday night, but she also held the entire audience in her thrall. Oscar, Emmy, Grammy and Tony winner Alverío - known to the world as Rita Moreno - gloriously proved once again she could hold a room in the palm of her hand. After her introduction by her one-time The Electric Company costar Morgan Freeman, and a mini-biography that included her shocked surprise - and very brief speech - at winning her Best Supporting Actress »

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SAG Awards 2014: Life Achievement honoree Rita Moreno stops the show

18 January 2014 7:15 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

One of the rare EGOTs -- a winner in the Emmys, Grammys, Oscars and Tonys -- Rita Moreno still "has it."

The veteran talent left no doubt upon accepting the Life Achievement honor Saturday (Jan. 18) at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Gulld Awards, regaling the audience with humor, song and even a touch of profanity in her speech.

Presenter and longtime Moreno friend Morgan Freeman opened the tribute by noting her varied performing gifts, adding that she "broke through racial and sexual barriers" professionally, with her human-rights activism also noted in a filmed profile that offered clips from projects as diverse as "West Side Story" and "The Ritz" to TV's "The Muppet Show" and "Oz."

As Freeman -- with whom Moreno had appeared on "The Electric Company" -- then took "greater than great pleasure" in inviting Moreno up from her seat, she jogged around the stage and raised her arms in victory. »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Rita Moreno Drops The F-Bomb During SAG Awards 2014 Speech

18 January 2014 6:37 PM, PST | HollywoodLife | See recent HollywoodLife news »

The censors narrowly caught Rita’s big blurt, which she followed up with several sexy shout outs to Brad Pitt and Jeremy Renner!

Rita Moreno‘s Life Achievement Award quickly became an even bigger deal when the iconic actress took the stage at the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. After her triumphant arrival to the microphone Jan. 18, the 82-year-old legend immediately dropped the f-bomb!

“I am so f***ing thrilled,” Rita exclaimed after doing a victory lap around her award. She then added, “I hope the man with the [censor] button was there.”

Fortunately for Rita, “the man with the button” was, in fact, there to catch her unscripted outburst. And don’t expect an apology statement from the West Side Story star.

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“I’m sorry about that word … actually I’m not,” Rita later said, eliciting uproarious laughter from the crowd of actors.

You’ve got to love Rita! »

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Rita Moreno: 4 of the SAG Award honoree's best moments

18 January 2014 6:20 PM, PST | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Rita Moreno received the Life Achievement Award at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Saturday, Jan. 18. 

If you didn't know, Moreno is only one of eleven EGOTs -- she's received an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. She won an Oscar as Anita in "West Side Story," Emmys for "The Muppet Show" and "The Rockford Files," a Tony for "The Ritz," and a Grammy for best recording on "The Electric Company."

There are only 11 EGOTs. And as far as we know, she's the only Egot to have sung with Animal.

Here's some clips from some of those award-winning performances, because we love Rita Moreno, and you should too.

We have to start with "West Side Story" and "America." Work that dress, Rita. There is nothing better:

"Animal" and Rita Moreno on "The Muppet Show":

As Sister Peter Marie, Moreno sings on "Oz":

Lastly, a two-fer. Rita and Morgan Freeman, »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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SAG Awards 2014: Rita Moreno wants Meryl Streep's roles

18 January 2014 1:00 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Rita Moreno high-kicked, sang and acted her way into the pantheon of performers to become one of only nine living Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony winners.

She won an Oscar as Anita in "West Side Story," Emmys for "The Muppet Show" and "The Rockford Files," a Tony for "The Ritz," and a Grammy for best recording on "The Electric Company."

But it's Moreno's less flashy work, as a mensch, that has her colleagues bestowing their top honor: the Life Achievement Award at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, airing live on TNT and TBS on Saturday, Jan. 18.

In an hour-long interview with Zap2it, Moreno, 82, talks about her volunteer work and career that took her to Broadway at 13, and to movies, where she never landed the sort of roles she knew she could do.

Related: All of the 2014 SAG Award Nominees

Zap2it: You have earned so many accolades. »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Morgan Freeman to Present the SAG 50th Life Achievement Award to Rita Moreno at 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

15 January 2014 4:10 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Credit: Mike Lamonica

Morgan Freeman will present the SAG 50th Life Achievement Award to Rita Moreno at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, Executive Producer/Director Jeff Margolis and Executive Producer Kathy Connell announced today.

SAG-aftra is honoring Rita Moreno for her career achievement and humanitarian accomplishments. Past recipients of the Life Achievement Award include Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Ernest Borgnine, Betty White, James Earl Jones, Charles Durning, Julie Andrews, Shirley Temple Black, James Garner, Karl Malden, Clint Eastwood, Edward Asner, Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, Sidney Poitier, Kirk Douglas, Elizabeth Taylor, Angela Lansbury, Robert Redford, and George Burns.

Credit: Mark Hill

In 1971, Freeman and Moreno were among the stars of “The Electric Company,” a comedy variety show created by the Children’s Television Workshop (Ctw) featuring live-action sketches, cartoons, and songs. Inspired by The Motown Sound, “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In” and Broadway, the series was designed »

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