Burt Kwouk Dies: Actor Played Cato In Seven ‘Pink Panther’ Movies
Burt Kwouk, the veteran actor most closely associated with the role of the long-suffering Cato in The Pink Panther series opposite Peter Sellers, has died at age 85. A statement released by the actor’s family confirmed Kwouk passed away peacefully May 24. Kwouk was born in Warrington in the UK but lived in Shanghai until he was 17. His long career took in seven Pink Panther films, three James Bonds as well as appearances in Doctor Who and The Avengers.
Kwouk’s big break… Read
Jeanne Parr Dies: Chris Noth’s Mom & CBS News Pioneer Was 92
Jeanne Parr, a pioneering CBS News correspondent and mother of The Good Wife and Sex & The City actor Chris Noth, died Friday. She was 92.
“My mother lived fiercely with courage and love,” Noth said in a statement. “She never accepted anything less than her dreams. And she wanted those same qualities for her children. She lived long and died surrounded by those she loved and who loved her.”
Parr began her career at a small TV station in Madison, WI. She was eventually… Read
Alan Young Dies: ‘Mister Ed’ Star & Scrooge McDuck Voice Actor Was 96
Alan Young, the Canadian-English actor best known as Wilbur on CBS’ 1960s talking-horse sitcom Mister Ed who also provided the voice of Disney’s Scrooge McDuck for more than three decades, died Thursday. He was 96. He had been living at the Motion Picture and Television Fund campus in Woodland Hills.
Born in 1919 in North Shields, Northumberland, England, his family moved to Edinburgh, Scotland, when he was a small child and shortly after to Vancouver, B.C.. After an… Read
Will King Dies: CNN Original Directed Coverage Of Soviet Union Breakup & Tiananmen Square
Will King, one of the so-called “CNN originals” who launched television’s first 24/7 television network on June 1, 1980, and remained with the operation until his 2014 retirement, died last night.
Here is CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker’s memo to staff:
May 20, 2016
I have some sad news to share with you. Will King, a member of the CNN family for almost 35 years, passed away last night. His wife, Linda, and children, Amelia and Spencer, were at his side.
A CNN… Read
Newsman Morley Safer Dies At 84: ’60 Minutes’ Star Helped Change War Reporting
Morley Safer, an old-style, in-the-trenches newsman who was among the first reporters to bring the horrors of the Vietnam War onto the TV sets and into the living rooms of average Americans, died Thursday at his home in Manhattan. He was 84 and last week announced his retirement from his homebase of nearly half a century, the CBS Sunday newsmagazine 60 Minutes. Safer had been in declining health, but CBS, announcing his passing this morning, gave no cause of death:
Dave Bell Dies: Emmy-Winning Producer & Unscripted TV Pioneer Was 84
Television producer and executive Dave Bell, an Emmy and Peabody award-winner who helped pioneer reality television, died May 13 following a battle with cancer. He was 84.
"Dave was ahead of his time as a social documentarian who walked the talk on women's issues, equally passionate onscreen and off,” said NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Chairman Bonnie Hammer, who worked with Bell for several years. “He was the best kind of mentor, providing the space to learn and grow… Read
Joan Rivers’ Family Settles Malpractice Suit Over Comedian’s 2014 Death
Melissa Rivers and other members of comedian Joan Rivers‘ family have settled a malpractice suit against Yorkville Endoscopy and the doctors treating her, following her death in 2014. Lawyers for the family Thursday wouldn’t specify the amount of the settlement, other than to call it “substantial.” They added that the doctors had accepted responsibility for Rivers' death during a typically routine throat procedure.
The doctors agreed not to contest the suit's findings… Read
Christophe Lambert Dies: Former EuropaCorp CEO Was 51
Christophe Lambert, the former advertising executive and right hand to Luc Besson, has died. French media is reporting that Lambert passed away in Marseille after a cancer diagnosis earlier this year. He was 51. Lambert left his post as CEO at Besson’s EuropaCorp in February and was replaced by former Universal Pictures chairman Marc Shmuger. The news was a surprise at the time, especially given he and Besson had put together funding and a strong game plan to take EuropaCo… Read
Dick Darley Dies: Pioneering TV Director & Producer Behind ‘Space Patrol’ Was 92
Television director and producer Dick Darley, director of the first season of The Mickey Mouse Club and the person who brought the groundbreaking pulp science fiction series Space Patrol to a national audience died April 21. He was 92. “Early this morning our family lost a wonderful man – my dad,” said Darley’s daughter, Carol on Facebook the day he died. “At 92 years old he finished the good fight with courage and dignity.”
Born in Los Angeles, he served as a fighter… Read
TV Actress Tonita Castro Dies At 63
Actress and radio personality Tonita Castro died on Mother’s Day, May 8, of cancer. She was 63.
Castro is best known for her series regular role on the Fox multi-camera comedy series Dads and her heavily recurring role on NBC’s single-camera comedy series Go On. She most recently did a recurring guest arc on the freshman CBS comedy Life in Pieces and guest starred in the pilot for the new Fox comedy The Grinder.
Castro came to the United States from Mexico in the late… Read
Ray Romano & Barbara Cook Will Lead Broadway’s Memorial Salute To Doris Roberts
A Broadway farewell to Doris Roberts will be held Monday, May 16. The tribute to the Emmy-winning actress and stage veteran, to be held at the Ambassador Theatre on West 49th Street, will be hosted by Everybody Loves Raymond star Ray Romano. The program, which will be open to the public, will include a special performance by Barbara Cook, best known as the spinster librarian Marian Paroo in the original production of The Music Man. General admission seating is available… Read
SAG-AFTRA Praises “Remarkable” Ex-SAG President William Schallert; ‘Patty Duke Show’ Co-Star Dead At 93 – UPDATE
UPDATED with statement from SAG-AFTRA: William Shallert, former SAG president and co-star on The Patty Duke Show, died on May 8 in Los Angeles. He was 93. Including stints on Star Trek, the 1967 pic In the Heat of the Night, an uncredited appearance in Steve Martin's The Jerk and HBO’s True Blood among many others, the character actor’s career spanned from 1947-2014, when he appeared in an episode of 2 Broke Girls. SAG-AFTRA today confirmed Shallert’s passing.