Marvin Antonowsky Dies: Former Universal & Columbia Marketing Giant Was 86
UPDATED with Amy Pascal quote: Marvin Antonowsky, the onetime marketing guru at Universal and Columbia and a former VP Programming at NBC, died April 7. He was 86. A service was held this morning.
Antonowsky ran Columbia’s marketing from 1980-84, launching such films as Absence Of Malice, Stir Crazy, Tootsie, The Big Chill, the Oscar-winning Gandhi and many more. After joining Universal as President of Marketing in 1984, he worked on films including Out Of Africa, The Brea… Read
Lisa Simon Dies: Emmy-Winning ‘Sesame Street’ Producer Was 64
Lisa Simon, a longtime producer and director on Sesame Street, died in New York City on April 4, her 64th birthday. The winner of 20 Emmys over a career spanning than four decades started with a summer job as a file clerk and a caretaker for children who appeared on the show during its early days. She ended up staying with the show while attending night classes at Hunter College to finish her B.A. in communications.
Working her way up from production assistant in Season 1… Read
Richard Dysart Dies: Emmy-Winning ‘L.A. Law’ Star And Stage Veteran Was 86
Richard Dysart, the stage and screen actor who won an Emmy Award in 1992 for playing senior partner Leland McKenzie on NBC’s hit legal drama L.A. Law, died April 5 in his home after a long illness. He was 86.
Born March 20, 1929, Dysart got his start in radio as a teen and worked at New York’s off-Broadway Circle in the Square Theatre in the 1950s. But it was his role as McKenzie on L.A. Law that most know him for. He was nominated for four Supporting Actor Emmys in a row… Read
Geoffrey Lewis Dies: Longtime Clint Eastwood Collaborator Was 79
Character actor Geoffrey Lewis, known for his long working relationship with Clint Eastwood, a slew of roles in TV and film and as the father of actress Juliette Lewis, died April 7 at his home in Woodland Hills, CA. He was 79.
Frequently appearing in Westerns during his early career, he is best known as a frequent fixture of Eastwood’s films. His appearances include Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil, Any Which Way You Can, Thunderbolt And Lightfoot, and High Plains… Read
Stan Freberg Dies: Popular Satirist And ‘Looney Tunes’ Voice Actor Was 88
Stan Freberg, who skewered pop culture and McCarthyism with satirical records and did cartoon voices for nearly six decades, died today of pneumonia and respiratory problems in Santa Monica. He was 88. His son Donavan confirmed the news to Deadline.
In November, Freberg was honored by his many friends at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. Harry Shearer was the host, and Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks sent a video tribute from location in Germany. "It was the best evening… Read
James Best Dies: Played Bumbling Sheriff On ‘Dukes Of Hazzard’
James Best, a veteran character actor best known as Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on CBS’ action-comedy series The Dukes Of Hazzard, died Monday of pneumonia. He was 88. Best appeared in dozens of films and TV series during a 55-year career, including a role in the upcoming indie dramedy Old Soldiers.
Born July 26, 1926, and raised in Indiana, he moved to New York after a stint in the Army during World War II. While working as a fashion model, Best was noticed by a casting… Read
Julie Wilson Dies: Incomparable Voice Of Sondheim & Cole Porter Was 90
UPDATE Tuesday morning: Wilson died following a stroke, her son, actor Holt McCallany, said.
Julie Wilson, a sultry, whiskey-voiced chanteuse who ruled the soigné cabaret rooms of Manhattan, from the top of the world at the St. Regis Hotel’s King Cole bar to the Oak Room of the Algonquin Hotel, died Sunday night at her Midtown home. She was 90. No cause of death was given in the announcement by her longtime friend and protege Ann Hampton Callaway, but Wilson had been… Read
Robert Schuller Dies: ‘Hour Of Power’ Televangelist Founded Crystal Cathedral
Robert Schuller, the televangelist who founded the Crystal Cathedral and reached millions worldwide with his Hour Of Power TV program, died today at a care center in Artesia, CA. He was 88. He had been diagnosed with esophageal cancer two years ago.
Schuller began his evangelical Protestant ministry in 1955, preaching from atop the snack stand of a Los Angeles drive-in theater. Cloaked in his signature purple robe and large glasses, his measured, smiling delivery went… Read
Manoel De Oliveira Dies: Cannes & Venice Winner And World’s Oldest Filmmaker Was 106
Manoel De Oliveira, the Portugese filmmaker who for so many years appeared to defy the laws of gravity and physics, has died at the age of. At 106 he was, by some measure, the world’s oldest active filmmaker, working up until last year when his final film, The Old Man Of Belem, premiered at the Venice Film Festival.
Born in 1908, De Oliveira’s productivity — he directed 29 films in all — is remarkable given he had only made two films by the time he was 55. The latter half… Read
John Litvack Memorial Service Set For April 10
A memorial service for longtime TV executive and producer John Litvack has has been set for April 10 in Beverly Hills at Palm Restaurant (267 N. Canon Dr). Organizers describe it as more of an "Irish wake" than memorial service for Litvack, a noted character and one of the top TV current executives of the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s who frequently switched from executive to director-producer during his career that began at CBS holding cue cards on Captain Kangaroo.
Broadway Will Dim Lights In Memory Of Director Gene Saks
UPDATED, March 31: Broadway will dim its lights for one minute on Wednesday, April 1 at 7:45 P.M., in memory of Gene Saks, the film and Broadway director who died on Saturday at 93.
UPDATED, Sunday noon with more information throughout.
Gene Saks, an actor-turned-director whose long kinship with Neil Simon led to the film versions of two of the most successful comedies of their time, Barefoot In The Park (1967) and The Odd Couple, and whose screen performances include… Read
Miroslav Ondříček Dies: Oscar-Nominated Cinematographer Of ‘Amadeus’ Was 80
Miroslav Ondříček, a leading member of the Czech New Wave and Oscar-nominated cinematographer behind the camera on Amadeus, Silkwood, and A League of Their Own, has died at age 80.
Born in Prague, in what was then Czechoslovakia, in 1934, Ondříček was a graduate of the Film Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. He began his career in film shooting documentaries and newsreel footage, before joining the Barrandov Studios training school in the late 1950s. It was at… Read