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Warren Frost Dies: ‘Twin Peaks’ & ‘Seinfeld’ Actor Was 91


Warren Frost, who played Will “Doc” Hayward on the original and upcoming versions of Twin Peaks and George Costanza’s cabin-cherishing almost-father-in-law on Seinfeld during a half-century acting career, died today in Middlebury, VT, after a long illness. He was 91. The news was reported by his son, Twin Peaks co-creator Mark Frost. "From the Normandy shores on D-Day to his 50-year career on stage and screen, he remained the same humble guy from Vermont who taught us… Read


Gerald Hirschfeld Dies: ‘Young Frankenstein’ & ‘Fail-Safe’ Lensman Was 95


Gerald Hirschfeld, the man behind the camera for such classic films as Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein and Sidney Lumet’s Fail-Safe who was the American Society of Cinematographers’ most senior member, has died. He was 95. The ASC said he died February 13 but gave no other details. Born on April 25, 1921, in New York City, Hirschfeld was self-taught in his craft — mostly by watching movies. “There were no film schools in those days, so I was always looking for new… Read


Jonni Hartman Rogers Dies: PR Vet & TV Producer Was Mother Of Actress Lisa Hartman Black


Jonni Hartman Rogers, a veteran public relations executive whose talent roster once included Bob Hope, David Hasselhoff, Forest Whitaker and her daughter Lisa Hartman Black, died of ovarian cancer Tuesday at her home in Franklin, TN. Her death was announced by her husband of 22 years, Ray Rogers, formerly of the musical troupe Ray Rogers and the Bojangles and owner of Houston’s popular venue Club Bojangles. Born and raised in Tennessee, Hartman Rogers, whose actress… Read


George “The Animal” Steele Dies: Iconic Wrestler Starred With Johnny Depp In ‘Ed Wood’

George The Animal Steele Died

William James Myers, who as his pro wrestling alter-ego George “The Animal” Steele became one of the iconic names in the sport, has died. He was 79. Steele’s persona — wild eyes, a furball body, green tongue, mute and a slightly unhinged penchant for eating turnbuckle padding — made him a star well before the WWE came into prominence on TV and pay-per-view in the 1980s. He later caught the eye of Tim Burton, who cast him as Swedish actor Tor Johnson in his 1994 pic Ed Wood… Read


Stanley Bard Dies: Longtime Chelsea Hotel Proprietor Was 82


Stanley Bard, the longtime manager and part-owner of New York’s famously tolerant, actor- and rock-star-friendly Chelsea Hotel, died Tuesday of a stroke in Boca Raton, FL. He was 82. His death was confirmed by the management of, as it’s officially known, the Hotel Chelsea. Known — and greatly appreciated — among generations of New York’s demimonde, from Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen (who wrote “Chelsea Hotel #2” about his tryst there with Janis Joplin) to later actors such… Read


Gen. Hal Moore Dies: Life Depicted In Randall Wallace-Mel Gibson Film ‘We Were Soldiers’

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General Hal Moore (retired) with Mel Gibson

Gen. Hal Moore, the decorated Army chief whose life was depicted in the 2002 Vietnam film We Were Soldiers based on his own book, has died. He was 94. The film, written and directed by Randall Wallace and starring Mel Gibson as Moore, told the story of the Battle of Ia Drang. The war drama was released by Paramount and grossed $114.6 million worldwide. “I absolutely love that man,” said Wallace of his friend. “He taught me great things. He had so many ways of teaching in… Read


Al Jarreau Dies: Grammy-Winning ‘Moonlighting’ Singer Was 76

Al Jarreau

Al Jarreau, the buttery-voiced, seven-time Grammy-winning pop and jazz singer, has died, just days after announcing his retirement. The 76-year-old vocalist, whose opening for the Bruce Willis-Cybill Shepherd series Moonlighting was among the 1980s’ most popular and best remembered TV theme songs, was hospitalized in Los Angeles two weeks ago for exhaustion. His death was confirmed via his official Twitter page. “He was in the hospital,” the announcement stated, “kept… Read


‘Ghost Whisperer’ Creator Remembers Production Designer Roy Forge Smith


During his career, production designer Roy Forge Smith, who died this week at 87, worked with such directors as Terry Gilliam (Monty Python and the Holy Grail) and Mel Brooks (Robin Hood: Man in Tights). His most frequent collaborator was writer-director John Gray, with whom he worked on seven TV movies, including Martin and Lewis, The Lost Capone, The Day Lincoln Was Shot and The Hunley, and two seasons of the CBS  drama series Ghost Whisperer, which Gray created. Here… Read


Roy Forge Smith Dies: ‘Monty Python And The Holy Grail’ & ‘Ghost Whisperer’ Production Designer Was 87


Roy Forge Smith, a veteran production designer who worked on the classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail and two seasons of Ghost Whisperer, has died. He was 87. His friend and collaborator John Gray said Smith died February 6 but gave no other details. “Roy was the master of doing things simply,” writer-director Gray said. “It's the biggest and most important thing I learned from him (among many many things); in the midst of complexity, look for the simplicity.” A… Read


Fred Mound Dies: Former Universal Pictures Distribution Executive Was 84


Fred Mound, former President of Distribution at Universal Pictures, passed away on January 27. He was 84. Mound started out working at his family-owned Park Theater in St. Louis before joining Universal Pictures as a booker in 1952. After holding the position for one year, he moved to United Artists, where he would send the next 25 years climbing through the ranks at the studio. He was ultimately promoted to VP/assistant general sales manager at United Artists and spent… Read


Richard Hatch Dies: ‘Battlestar Galactica’s Captain Apollo Was 71

Richard Hatch Dead

Richard Hatch, who starred alongside Lorne Greene and Dirk Benedict in the 1970s sci-fi series Battlestar Galactica, has died. He was 71. Ronald D. Moore, who created the 2000s reboot of the show in which Hatch also appeared, tweeted the news: Richard Hatch was a good man, a gracious man, and a consummate professional. His passing is a heavy blow to the entire BSG family. — Ronald D. Moore (@RonDMoore) February 7, 2017 Alec Peters, who is working on the… Read


Lisa Lawrence Dies: Agent & Partner At NYC’s Headline Talent Agency

Lisa Lawrence dies; Headline Talent Agency

Lisa Lawrence, a talent agent and partner at Headline Talent Agency who earlier worked at WME, has died. Her agency said Lawrence died last week at her home in Rosedale, NY, but gave no other details. Lawrence began her entertainment industry career in the development department of Spike Lee’s 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks. She then moved to Jean Fox Management and served as a member of the intern/mentor program at New York Women in Film and Television. Lawrence then… Read