Miguel Ferrer Dies: ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ & ‘Crossing Jordan’ Star Was 61
Miguel Ferrer, who had played Owen Granger on NCIS: Los Angeles since 2012, co-starred with Jill Hennessy on NBC’s Crossing Jordan and had a memorable role in the original RoboCop, died today of cancer. He was 61.
The son of Oscar-winning actor Jose Ferrer and Rosemary Clooney, and cousin of George Clooney, he was set to reprise his role as FBI Agent Albert Rosenfeld on David Lynch’s revival Twin Peaks, which premieres May 21 on Showtime.
“Today, NCIS: Los Angeles lost a… Read
Monty Silver Dies: Longtime Talent Agent Was 83
Longtime talent agent Monty Silver died early this morning of bladder cancer in Springs, East Hampton, NY. He was 83.
Born in Brooklyn in 1933, Silver started the Monty Silver Agency in New York in the 1950s and kept working until only a few years ago. During the 1990s, he took on partners Robbie Kass and Donna Massetti to open a Los Angeles office and launch SMS Talent.
Silver worked with Jon Voight when he got his Equity card and with Fyvush Finkel when he won an Emmy… Read
Dick Gautier Dies; Broadway’s Conrad Birdie, ‘Get Smart’s Hymie The Robot Was 85
As a swivel-hipped rock and roller, Conrad Birdie had a lot of living to do, the unknown actor Dick Gautier sang in the 1960 Broadway smash Bye Bye Birdie. At first a reluctant leading man, Gautier played many roles, including cabaret singer, stand-up comic, character actor and caricaturist. He was best known to TV audiences as Hymie The Robot on six episodes of the Mel Brooks/Buck Henry-created spy spoof Get Smart, culminating in Hymie’s role as best man at the wedding… Read
Alan Surgal Dies: ‘Mickey One’ Screenwriter Was 100
Alan Surgal, who wrote director Arthur Penn’s 1965 jazzy cult classic Mickey One starring Warren Beatty, died January 3 at his home in Beverly Hills. His death, at 100, was confirmed today by his son Jon Surgal.
In addition to Jon, he is survived by his wife, Florence Small (with whom he produced TV-movies in the 1970s and ’80s), and son Tom. Memorial plans are pending.
Surgal was born in Chicago, 1916, and attended the University of Chicago before beginning a writing… Read
William Peter Blatty Dies: ‘Exorcist’ Author Was 89
Writer and filmmaker William Peter Blatty, author of the famed 1971 novel The Exorcist that he helped turn into one of the most iconic supernatural horror films of all time, died Thursday at age 89.
William Friedkin, who directed The Exorcist movie based on Blatty’s Oscar-winning screenplay, tweeted this morning:
William Peter Blatty, dear friend and brother who created The Exorcist passed away yesterday
— William Friedkin (@WilliamFriedkin) January 13, 2017
Martha Swope Dies; Leading Photographer For Theater And Dance Was 88
Martha Swope, who photographed Broadway stars and prima ballerinas onstage and in mufti during a career that began in the late 1950s and extended into the 1990s, died Thursday in New York. The cause, the New York Times reported, was Parkinson’s disease. She was 88.
For more than four decades, Swope’s elegant, usually monochrome publicity photographs of Broadway and off-Broadway shows, as well as of classical and modern dancers, set the bar for performing arts photography… Read
Buddy Bregman Dies; Musical Director, ‘Pajama Game’ Orchestrator Was 86
Buddy Bregman, an arranger and composer who scored and/or orchestrated such films as The Pajama Game, The Wild Party and Born Reckless, died Sunday evening in Los Angeles after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 86.
Bregman’s death was confirmed by his daughter, The Young and the Restless actress Tracey Bregman.
Before his film work, Bregman got his start, at age 25, as the head of A&R at Norman Granz's Verve Records. While there, he worked as an arranger with… Read
Francine York Dies: ‘Batman’ Villainess & Frequent Jerry Lewis Co-Star Was 80
Francine York, a familiar guest star of numerous TV shows from Batman to The Mindy Project and the go-to bombshell in a string of classic Jerry Lewis comedies, died today in California. She was 80.
Her death was confirmed in a Facebook post by her friend, television producer Pepper Jay. Funeral services are… Read
Om Puri Dies: Veteran Indian Actor Was 66
Om Puri, one of India’s most critically acclaimed actors, died in Mumbai on Friday, reportedly after suffering a heart attack. He was 66.
Puri, whose versatile career saw him feature in Indian films such as Ardh Satya and Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro as well as Hollywood fare like Gandhi, City Of Joy, The Hundred Foot Journey and Charlie Wilson's War, was known for his gritty character roles in several landmark Bollywood titles from the 1980s.
Born in the northern state of Haryana… Read
Broadway Will Dim Marquee Lights For Debbie Reynolds & Carrie Fisher
The marquees of Broadway theaters will be dimmed for one minute tomorrow at 7:45 P.M.in memory of Carrie Fisher, who died December 27 at age 60, and her mother, Debbie Reynolds, who died the next day, at age 84.
Mother and daughter both made their Broadway debuts in 1973 in a “revisal” of the 1919 musical Irene, for which Reynolds, in the title role, was nominated for the Tony award for leading actress in a musical. Reynolds later appeared in Woman Of The Year, following… Read
George Kosana Dies: ‘Night Of The Living Dead’ Sheriff Was 81
George Kosana, who played Sheriff McClelland in George A. Romero’s zombie classic Night of the Living Dead, has died. He was 81. His longtime friend John Russo, who co-wrote the seminal black-and-white film, wrote on Facebook that Kosana died Friday and had been battling various illnesses.
Kosana, who played the same role in 2012’s Living Dead and the upcoming My Uncle John Is a Zombie! — which Russo wrote and co-directed and is in postproduction — was a regular on the… Read
Jeffrey Hayden Dies: ‘Peyton Place’, ‘Donna Reed Show’ Director Was 90
Prolific TV and theater director Jeffrey Hayden, whose credits include Peyton Place and The Donna Reed Show, among many others, died December 24. Hayden passed away following a year-long battle with cancer at his Los Angeles home surrounded by his family, including his wife, Eva Marie Saint. He was 90.
Hayden began his decades-long career at NBC New York after graduating from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He joined ABC Television as an associate director… Read