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R.I.P. Actor Richard Kiel — James Bond Villain & ‘Twilight Zone’ Kanamit


The towering actor who played the mercenary assassin Jaws in a pair of Roger Moore-era 007 movies and the enigmatic alien in one of the most famous episodes of The Twilight Zone died today. Richard Kiel would have turned 75 on Saturday. His agent of 35 years, Steven Stevens Sr, told Deadline that Kiel died this afternoon at St. Agnes Medical Center in Fresno, CA. The 7-foot-2 actor with the crooked smile got his start in early-1060s TV, appearing in such series as Laramie… Read


R.I.P. ‘Chicago Fire’ Actress Molly Glynn


Molly Glynn, a mainstay of Chicago's supercharged theater scene, died Saturday after being struck by a tree while cycling with her husband during a sudden thunderstorm, according to the Chicago Tribune. She was 46 and leaves, along with her husband, fellow thesp Joe Foust, sons Chance, 17, and Declan, 13. In addition to playing an ER nurse on Chicago Fire, Glynn also appeared on the Starz series Boss. She was a longtime regular at the city's top-tier theaters, including… Read


Joan Rivers’ Funeral Brings Together Cross-Section Of Her Worlds

Howard Stern outside Joan Rivers funeral

Rivers, who died at 81 Sept. 4, a week after complications and cardiac arrest occurred from a seemingly routine throat procedure, was remembered at a private funeral today in Manhattan that attracted notables from across the many worlds she inhabited and influenced, including television, comedy, fashion, theater and beyond. Radio shock jock Howard Stern reportedly gave the eulogy at the Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan, in which he said he hoped that "Joan is somewhere… Read


UPDATE: ‘X Factor’s Simon Cowell On Simone Battle’s Death: ‘It’s Such A Loss’

'X Factor' Contestant Simone Battle Dead at 25

Update, 2:46PM: Simone Battle's X Factor mentor Simon Cowell has tweeted about her death: I am so sad to hear about the news Simone Battle has passed away. She was such a fun nice person. It's such a loss. Rest in peace Simone. — Simon Cowell (@SimonCowell) September 6, 2014 X Factor co-host Paula Abdul also sent good thoughts: My heart & prayers go out 2 @GRLSimone's family, band mates, & loved ones. Such a beautiful sweet promising star. May she rest in peace… Read


R.I.P. Newsman Bruce Morton

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The Emmy- and Peabody-winning TV and radio newsman died today of cancer at his Washington D.C. home. Bruce Morton was 83. He spent nearly three decades at CBS News, where he covered the Vietnam War, the space program, presidential campaigns, the Nixon impeachment hearings, the mid-'60s urban riots and contributed to the network's reports on the assassinations of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and Rev. Martin Luther King Jr and the unrest in China's Tienanmen Square. He moved to… Read


Joan Rivers Interview Coming In PBS Documentary Sept. 30: VIDEO

Joan Rivers from MAKERS interview

One of the last substantial interviews of Joan Rivers before her death today will be part of a documentary called Women in Comedy set to air Sept. 30 on PBS. The material, culled from interviews done for AOL's MAKERS site, is also included in a terrific 5-minute video where Rivers reviews her career. That video appeared on MAKERS and will be some of the Rivers-related material that will appear in the PBS doc. Here's a link to the MAKERS piece: RELATED: Photo Gallery of… Read


In Memoriam: Joan Rivers, 1933-2014 (Photos)

[Photos] Joan Rivers Dead; In Memoriam 1933-2014

Comedienne, actress, writer, producer and television host Joan Rivers died today at the age of 81 after being hospitalized last week. Click below to launch Deadline's look at her five-decade showbiz career, from early comedy stints during TV's Golden Age to her more recent dishing for the reality TV generation. Related: Joan Rivers Dies At 81 Entertainment Industry Reactions To Joan Rivers' Death Late-Night Hosts Remember Joan Rivers: Video… Read


Joan Rivers Dies: Entertainment Industry Reactions

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Refresh for latest… The search term “RIP Joan Rivers” jumped to the top of Twitter's trending topics in the U.S. within an hour of the announcement of her death at age 81. Here is what her peers in the entertainment industry are saying: Barbra Streisand: “I first met Joan Molinsky, that was her real name, when I was 17 years old and we were both in a off-off-Broadway show called Driftwood. She was a real character then and now. I am so upset by her passing. She was too… Read


Joan Rivers Dies At 81

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After being taken to a hospital in cardiac arrest last week, Emmy-winning comedian Joan Rivers died today in New York. She was 81. “It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers,” Melissa Rivers said in a statement. “She passed peacefully at 1:17 PM surrounded by family and close friends.” The veteran performer loomed sufficiently large in the pop culture world that cable news networks interrupted programming to report news of her death… Read


R.I.P. Music Executive & Producer David Anderle

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The veteran record producer and music industry executive died September 1 of cancer at his Los Angeles home. David Anderle was 77. During a 35-year career, he worked with such storied acts as the Doors, Frank Zappa, Kris Kristofferson, Rita Coolidge and Delaney & Bonnie and served as music supervisor for numerous films including Good Morning, Vietnam, The Breakfast Club, Pretty In Pink, Scrooged and Soul Man. His friendship with the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson led to the… Read


UPDATED – R.I.P., Oscar-Winning Actor-Director-Producer Lord Richard Attenborough Dead At 90

Richard Attenborough

UPDATED WITH REACTIONS FROM THE BFI, DGA, BAFTA, SIR BEN KINGSLEY, STEVEN SPIELBERG: Two-time Oscar-winner Lord Richard Attenborough has died in England at the age of 90 after a glittering career on both sides of the camera that included acting in films such as The Great Escape and Jurassic Parkand directing and producing Gandhi Attenborough won the Oscar for best director in 1983 for his work on Gandhi, and for Best Picture for producing Gandhi.  He also won three Gol… Read


R.I.P. Film & TV Producer-Director Alan Landsburg

Alan Landsburg Emmy-winning TV producer dies at 81

The producer of such socially conscious TV movies as Bill with Mickey Rooney and stunning prot0-reality series including That's Incredible! died August 14 in Beverly Hills. Alan Landsburg was 81. He produced more than 50 TV films and 2,000-plus hours of television during his career  Along with David Wolper, Landsburg was one of the early pioneers of TV documentaries. His film Kennedy, The First Thousand Days played at the 1964 Democratic Convention. In addition, Landsburg… Read


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