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David Kennedy Dies: TV Producer & Former Talent Agent Was 73

HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 07:  Producer David Kennedy arrives at the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' "Dark Shadows" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on May 7, 2012 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

David Kennedy, veteran TV producer and former talent agent, died suddenly on June 14 in Los Angeles from complications from knee replacement surgery, according to a statement from FX Productions. He was 73. Kennedy was under a first-look development deal with FX Prods at the time of his death, an agreement that was recently renewed for another two years, according to the network. Among his projects were How To Survive A Plague, which he was developing with David France… Read


Alain de Greef Dies: Canal Plus Co-Founder Was 68

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French TV exec Alain de Greef, who co-founded pay TV giant Canal Plus, died Monday at the age of 68 of cancer. He was a pioneer of French TV, launching Canal Plus in the 1980’s along with Pierre Lescure and André Rousslet in the 1980s.  During his time at Canal Plus from 1986-2000, De Greef was in charge of Canal’s content firstly as director of production, then head of programs, and finally as director general. De Greef and Lescure first collaborated together on seminal… Read


Jack Carter Dies: Actor & Comedian One Face In A Thousand Places

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A comic’s comic as familiar to television audiences across the decades as he was to Vegas rollers and Broadway denizens, Jack Carter died at home in Beverly Hills on June 28 of respiratory failure, according to his publicist, Jeff Sanderson. He had turned 93 on June 24. Carter’s seven-decade career took him from the legitimate stage through television’s golden age, which included hosting Cavalcade Of Stars and his own series on NBC, The Jack Carter Show, which originated… Read


Patrick Macnee Dies: Star Of 1960s TV Series ‘The Avengers’ Was 93

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Patrick Macnee, best known as secret agent John Steed in the 1960s TV series The Avengers, has died today of natural causes at his home in Rancho Mirage, CA. He was 93. The program, with glamorous co-stars including the leather-catsuit-wearing Diana Rigg and Honor Blackman, came to epitomize London in the Swinging ’60s. Seeking to capitalize on the success of the James Bond books and films, The Avengers showed a world of derring-do and globe-trotting capers. With his… Read


James Horner Died In Plane Crash, Reps Confirm

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UPDATED, 6:33 PM: James Horner’s reps at Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency tonight have confirmed the Oscar-winning composer’s death. Michael Gorfaine and Sam Schwartz released this statement on behalf of their agency: “It is with the deepest regret and sorrow that we mourn the tragic passing of our dear colleague, long-time client and great friend, composer James Horner. An avid and experienced pilot, James was flying a single-engine aircraft that crashed in a remote area of… Read


Dick Van Patten Dies: ‘Eight Is Enough’ Star, Broadway Charmer Was 86

HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 06:   Actor Dick Van Patten attends 41st AFI Life Achievement Award Honoring Mel Brooks at Dolby Theatre on June 6, 2013 in Hollywood, California. Special Broadcast will air Saturday, June 15 at 9:00 P.M. ET/PT on TNT and
Wednesday, July 24 on TCM as part of an All-Night Tribute to Brooks.  (Photo by Michael Kovac/WireImage)

UPDATE, 11:30 AM: Betty Buckley, Van Patten’s co-star on Eight Is Enough, told Deadline: “I am deeply saddened to hear about Dick Van Patten passing away. I am grateful that I got to see him and his lovely wife Pat when I was in Los Angeles in late January. He taught me so much when I worked with him on Eight Is Enough. He was our rock, our leader, our role model. His vast career in theater, film and television was awe inspiring. He was the consummate professional, a… Read


Danny Villanueva Dies: Univision Co-Founder & Spanish-Language TV Pioneer

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Danny Villanueva, who co-founded Univision and helped turned it into a powerhouse in Spanish-language TV, has died. He was 77. His alma mater Mew Mexico State University said the exec died at a Ventura County hospital of complications from a stroke last week. Following a career as a NFL kicker with the Los Angeles Rams and Dallas Cowboys in the 1960s, Villanueva co-founded Spanish International Communications Corp., which later became Univision. He served in numerous top… Read


Tony Longo Dies: Veteran Character Actor Was 53

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Veteran character actor Tony Longo, whose imposing physique helped him land dozens of roles as the big tough guy in TV and film, died in his sleep at his home in Marina del Rey, CA. He was 53. His manager, Bohemia Group’s Susan Ferris, told Deadline she received word of his death on Sunday. Born in New Jersey, Longo moved to Los Angeles in the early 1980s and began working in TV and film. One of his earliest roles was Artie opposite Linda Lavin on the TV series Alice.… Read


Barbara Brogliatti Dies; Former Warner Bros. Publicity Exec Was 69


UPDATE with quote from AMPTP: Barbara S. Brogliatti, an entertainment public relations and corporate communications giant who handled some of the most iconic series in TV history, died this morning in her home in Napa Valley, following a battle with cancer. She was 69. A Los Angeles native who grew up in the San Fernando Valley, Brogliatti, a 1968 UCLA alum, began her long career in the publicity department for CBS television shortly after graduating. After rising through… Read


Jack Rollins, Producer Who Made Woody Allen & Robin Williams Laugh, Dies At 100

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UPDATE, FRIDAY AM: Late last night, Billy Crystal tweeted this: “A true mentor to me…Sad but grateful.” Jack Rollins one of managers has died. A true mentor to me, his words always rang true.Sad but grateful for our time together. #endofera — Billy Crystal (@BillyCrystal) June 19, 2015 EARLIER: If there was a Jewish equivalent to the roundtable of vaunted wits who gathered at the Algonquin Hotel in the early decades of the last century, it was probably the deli where… Read


Julie Kirkham Dies: Producer, Teacher, Studio Exec & Writers’ Muse

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Julie Kirkham, a producer, teacher and former studio executive who went on to become one of Hollywood's great muses, has died. Diagnosed with multiple myeloma only a month ago, she died June 10 at her home in Santa Monica. She was 61. A graduate of Princeton University, Kirkham got her start in show business in the 1980s as a script reader and climbed the studio ranks to become VP Production at Orion Pictures. She later served as SVP at Lawrence Bender Productions. She… Read


Norman Horowitz Dies: Former MGM/UA TV Boss Was 82

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Norman Horowitz, longtime television executive and former President/CEO of MGM/UA Telecommunications, died Tuesday of a heart attack at his Beverly Hills home. He was 82. A Bronx, NY native, Horowitz enlisted in the Air Force during the Korean War. He began his decades-long global TV industry career at at Screen Gems in 1956 as an assistant in the editing room, rising through the ranks at Columbia Pictures Television with a brief break to go to CBS/Viacom from 1968-70… Read