Richard Trentlage Dies; Ad Man Wrote Iconic Oscar Mayer Wiener Jingle
The big hits of 1963 included “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “Puff the Magic Dragon” and, in England anyway, a rush of hits by some next big thing called The Beatles, but in terms of sheer recall-ability, a song from that year by advertising executive Richard Trentlage might best them all. It begins, “Oh I’d love to be an Oscar Mayer weiner…”
Trentlage, a former ad man with McCann-Erickson and D’Arcy who wrote the Oscar Mayer jingle, died of congestive heart failure at 87 on… Read
Larkin Malloy Dies: ‘All My Children’ Alum & Acting Teacher Was 62
Larkin Malloy, an actor, voice artist, acting teacher and announcer best known for appearing on various soap operas in the 1980s and ’90s including several seasons as Travis Montgomery on All My Children, has died of complications from a heart attack. He was 62.
Malloy’s All My Children co-star Walt Willey, who played the brother of Larkin’s character, made the news public in Read
‘NCIS’ Current & Former Cast & Crew Remember Gary Glasberg: “Our Rock, Our Cheerleader, Our Team Captain” – Update
UPDATED with additional reaction: It is a day of mourning on the sets of NCIS and NCIS: New Orleans where the casts and crews are trying to come to grips with the devastating news about the sudden death of the series’ executive producer Gary Glasberg. Here is the statement released on behalf of the actors and crew members of mothership NCIS, on which Glasberg served as showrunner, followed by messages by current and former cast members of the venerable drama series.
Hollywood Mourns Death Of Soap Opera Icon Agnes Nixon
Refresh for updates… Today’s death of One Life to Live and All My Children creator Agnes Nixon is a huge blow to the soap opera world, as evidenced by the outpouring of tributes from Hollywood and beyond. Here a sampling of remembrances from friends, colleagues and many others:
Gary Glasberg Dies; ‘NCIS’ Showrunner Was 50
This is a shocker and devastating news for the NCIS family. Gary Glasberg, executive producer/showrunner of NCIS and creator/executive producer of NCIS: New Orleans, died suddenly today, Sept. 28, in Los Angeles. He passed away peacefully in his sleep. Glasberg was 50.
Glasberg, always smiling and kind to all who have crossed paths with him, was adored by his casts and crews. He joined NCIS in 2009 as a co-executive producer/writer. He was named showrunner in 2011, and… Read
Hollywood Pays Tribute To Israel’s Nobel Peace Prize Winner Shimon Peres
President Barack Obama led the tributes to former Israeli Prime Minister and President Shimon Peres who died at 93 following a massive stroke two weeks ago.
"A light has gone out, but the hope he gave us will burn forever." —@POTUS on the passing of Shimon Peres: https://t.co/kfiWabFROR pic.twitter.com/hC021MJlBD
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) September 28, 2016
Read Obama’s full statement on Peres’ death here.
Barbra Streisand weighed in this morning:
My heart is… Read
Herman Echevarria Sr. Dies: ‘Real Housewives Of Miami’ Husband Was 61
Herman Echevarria Sr., the 61-year-old estranged husband of Real Housewives of Miami star Alexia Echevarria who himself was featured in the Bravo reality series, was found dead in a Miami hotel room today. The death, thought to be due to a heart attack, was first reported by the Miami Herald, and is under investigation by the Miami police department.
Echevarria, the cofounder of Miami’s Spanish-language Venue magazine, was a Cuban exile and Miami-area politico who… Read
Arnold Palmer Dies: Golf Legend And Golf Channel Co-Founder Was 87
Golfing Legend Arnold Palmer, who helped popularize and commercialize the sport in the 1960s, co-founded Golf Channel, and – yes – really did invent the drink named after him, died today. He was 87, and was reportedly in a Pittsburg hospital awaiting a planned heart surgery.
The news was made public by the United States Golfing Association, who tweeted condolences late this afternoon.
We are deeply saddened by the death of Arnold Palmer, golf's greatest ambassador, at… Read
Bill Nunn Dies: ‘Do The Right Thing’ And ‘Spider-Man’ Trilogy Actor Was 62
Character actor William G. “Bill” Nunn, III, best known for his acclaimed turn as Radio Raheem in Spike Lee’s groundbreaking 1989 film Do The Right Thing, as well as for playing Daily Bugle editor Robbie Robertson in the Sam Raimi-directed Spider-Man trilogy, died today in Pittsburg from undisclosed causes. He was 62.
Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1953, Nunn was a 1976 graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta Georgia who came to acting relatively late. His first… Read
Hollywood Remembers ‘L.A. Confidential’ Director Curtis Hanson; “So Smart, So Kind” Says Rob Lowe
Refresh for latest… Hollywood was quick to respond to the passing of director Curtis Hanson, director of L.A. Confidential, Wonder Boys, The River Wild and many others. (Read Deadline’s story here). Eminem, star of Hanson’s 8 Mile, said in a statement: “Curtis Hanson believed in me and our crazy idea to make a rap battle movie set in Detroit. He basically made me into an actor for 8 Mile. I’m lucky I got to know him.” Russell Crowe even tweeted twice – to humorously… Read
Curtis Hanson Dies: Oscar-Winning ‘L.A. Confidential’ Filmmaker Was 71
Curtis Hanson, who shared an Adapted Screenplay Oscar for L.A. Confidential and also helmed such films as Eminem-starrer 8 Mile, Wonder Boys, The River Wild, In Her Shoes and HBO’s Too Big To Fail, died in his sleep Tuesday of natural causes at his Hollywood Hills home. He was 71.
Officer Tony Im of the LAPD confirmed the news to Deadline, saying police arrived at Hanson’s home at 4:50 PM and that he was pronounced dead at the scene. The filmmaker had been in poor health… Read
Charmian Carr Dies At 73; Played Liesl In 1965’s ‘The Sound Of Music’
Charmian Carr, familiar to generations of fans of 1965’s The Sound of Music as the lovely Von Trapp girl who sang “I Am Sixteen Going On Seventeen,” died in California Saturday at 73. Carr, who played the lovestruck Liesl in the Academy Award-winning Julie Andrews film musical, suffered from a rare form of dementia, according to her family.
Carr was actually 21 when she sang the song for which she’d become known, and would go on to appear opposite Anthony Perkins in the… Read