Marvin Kaplan Dies: ‘Alice’ & ‘Top Cat’ Actor Was 89
Marvin Kaplan, a prolific character actor best known for his recurring role as Henry Beesmeyer on the 1976-85 sitcom Alice and as the voice of Choo-Choo on the cartoon Top Cat has died. He was 89 and died from natural causes in his Burbank home.
Born in Brooklyn in 1927, Kaplan’s first film role came in 1949’s Adam’s Rib. His next major role was as a regular on the sitcom Meet Millie, on which he played Alfred Prinzmetal. He was with the show in its radio incarnation… Read
Peter Bart: Remembering Arthur Hiller, The Director Who Loved Writers
"Film directors think they always have to be right, but some of us get lucky now and then when we turn out to be wrong." This was the observation of Arthur Hiller, who directed some 33 films, as he started working on Love Story some 46 years ago. Hiller, who died this week at 92, made some outstanding films over his career – some against his better judgment – but his philosophy about filmmaking ran counter to that of today's young auteurs.
Hiller was thoughtful and well… Read
Andrea Jaffe Dies: Former PR Powerhouse And Studio Exec Was 66
Andrea Jaffe, a prominent publicist in the 1980s who later became a studio executive and was herself a member of one of Hollywood’s most storied dynasties, died today in Wilmington, North Carolina after a lengthy battle with illness. She was 66.
The daughter of former Columbia Pictures chairman Leo Jaffe and sister to producer and former Paramount executive Stanley Jaffe, Jaffe started her career as an assistant at Rogers & Cowan. After establishing her own publicity… Read
Jeanne Martin Dies: Model & Second Wife Of Dean Martin Was 89
Jeanne Martin, the second wife of legendary crooner Dean Martin, and in her early life a model and Orange Bowl queen, died on Wednesday, August 24 at her home in Beverly Hills following a battle with cancer. She was 89.
Born in 1927 in Coral Gables, Fla., she broke into modeling in Miami, posing for magazines, catalogs and calendars and at age 20 was voted Orange Bowl queen, appearing in its New Year's Eve parade and at the Jan. 1, 1948 Georgia Tech vs. Kansas football… Read
Steven Hill Dies: ‘Law & Order’, ‘Mission: Impossible’ Star Was 94
Steven Hill, who played District Attorney Adam Schiff on Law & Order in the 1990s, and also had a starring role on the 1960s TV series Mission: Impossible, has died. His daughter, Sarah Gobioff, told The New York Times, Hill died Tuesday in Monsey, N.Y. He was 94.
Hill portrayed the Schiff character for 10 seasons on NBC’s Law & Order, from 1990-2000, and Dan Briggs, the original team leader of the Impossible Missions Force on CBS’ Mission: Impossible series in its… Read
Morton Schindel Dies: Producer Of Children Films, Hailed By Scholastic As “Pioneer”
UPDATE with tribute video: Morton Schindel, founder of Weston Woods Studios which was Oscar-nominated for an animated short children’s film, died August 20 at age 98. Schindel produced more than 300 films and 450 recordings based on award-winning children’s books that are found in school and library collections worldwide. His films have been translated into more than 20 languages.
He actually developed the iconographic style of filmmaking, in which original artwork from… Read
Lou Pearlman Dies: Disgraced Boy Band Impresario Behind NSYNC & Backstreet Boys Was 62
Lou Pearlman, a convicted Ponzi scheme operator who became famous in the 1990s as the record company owner and manager behind a string of top-selling pop groups including Backstreet Boys and NSYNC, died Friday from undisclosed causes while in prison. He was 62.
From Flushing, NY, Pearlman began his adult life working in aviation, attempting in the late 1970s to launch an air taxi business using helicopters and, later, a similar business using airships. By the early ’90s… Read
Jack Riley Dies: ‘Bob Newhart Show’ & Mel Brooks Movie Actor Was 80
Jack Riley, a veteran of The Bob Newhart Show and several Mel Brooks films who also voiced a popular Rugrats character, died today in Los Angeles. He was 80. Riley’s wife Ginger Lawrence told Deadline he died of pneumonia and infection.
Along with playing the neurotic Elliot Carlin on Bob Newhart and appearing in Brooks films including High Anxiety and History of the World, Part I, Riley voiced Stu Pickles on Nickelodeon’s Rugrats and its follow-up series All Growed… Read
Saul Halpert Dies; Longtime Los Angeles TV Journalist Was 93
Saul Halpert, a legend in local Los Angeles broadcast news whose career spanned 40 years and included a stint hosting NBC4’s public affairs show NewsConference as well as teaching at USC has died. He was 93 and according to NBC4 had lived in an assisted facility.
During his career, Halpert worked at KNXT (now KCBS) and later NBC4, and reported on some of the biggest local stories of his era. Among them, he was a street reporter in 1964 during The Beatles first Los Angeles… Read
CNN Senior Producer Dies While On Vacation In Europe
Matt Null, a CNN morning show senior producer and former Fox News producer, has died while on vacation in Europe. A cause of death has not been revealed. He was 34.
Christine Romans reported Null’s death this morning on Early Start, calling Null “a rising star at CNN,” and “someone who really made a difference in the world through his job.”
Before joining CNN, Null was a producer for Fox News Channel’s On The Record with Greta Susteren. Before that he worked in local TV… Read
Richard Wilson Dies: UK TV Exec & Benevolent Fund CEO Was 58
The Chief Executive Officer of the UK’s Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund, Richard Wilson, has passed away following a short illness. He was 58. Wilson was a longtime management fixture in the British TV industry and in 2012 took on the CEO role at the CTBF. The leading UK charity for film and TV professionals, the CTBF supports industry members in times of need. One of its major fundraising activities is the annual Royal Film Performance.
A statement provided by… Read
Eric Justen Dies: Emmy-Nominated ‘Breaking Bad’ Re-recording Mixer
Eric Justen, an Emmy-nominated re-recording mixer whose credits include Elementary, Numbers and all five seasons of Breaking Bad, has died. He was in his early 40s. A colleague told Deadline that Justen died last week of a heart attack.
Born in Woodstock, IL, in 1974, he moved to Los Angeles and started his career mixing indie features in the late 1990s. Justen worked mostly in films into the late-2000s, with credits including The Fast and the Furious and The Wackness… Read