Billy Chapin Dead: ‘Night Of The Hunter’ Child Actor Was 72
Billy Chapin, who as a child actor held his own against Robert Mitchum’s murderous preacher in Charles Laughton’s brilliant The Night of the Hunter, died Friday following a lengthy illness. His death was announced by his sister Lauren Chapin, the former child actress who costarred in TV’s classic family sitcom Father Knows Best.
“It is with a saddened heart that I say ‘Good Bye’ to my precious brother Billy Chapin, wonderful Star of Movies, Television and Radio,” Lauren… Read
Alice Drummond Dies; Veteran Character Actress Was 88
Alice Drummond, a prolific character actress nominated for a Best Featured Actress Tony in 1970 and known for appearances in the films Awakenings, Synecdoche, New York and Ghostbusters, among many others, died November 30 from complications following a fall in her home. She was 88. The news was confirmed by Drummond’s friend, June Gable, to The New York Times.
Born in 1928 in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, Drummond was a 1950 graduate of Pembroke College, then the women’s… Read
Al Brodax Dead: ‘Yellow Submarine’ Feature Film Producer Was 90
Al Brodax, the TV cartoon producer who failed to impress The Beatles with his small-screen animated take on the band but won them over with the classic feature Yellow Submarine, died November 24 in Danbury, Conn. at age 90.
Brodax’s death was announced on Facebook by his friend, the Beatle cartoon expert Mitchell Axelrod, and later confirmed by daughter Jessica Harris.
Brodax had been an executive producer at King Features Syndicate in the early 1960s, churning out… Read
Don Calfa Dead: ‘Return Of The Living Dead’ & ‘Barney Miller’ Actor Was 76
Don Calfa, who played Ernie the embalmer in 1985’s The Return of the Living Dead, has died at age 76, Deadline confirmed. The actor, whose credits also include Weekend at Bernie’s, Nickelodeon, Bugsy and New York, New York, died at his home in Yucca Valley, CA.
The death, two days before his December 3 birthday, was confirmed to Deadline by his publicist Michael Perez. Other credits include Foul Play, The Rose and 1941.
Calfa, born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens and… Read
Andrew Sachs Dies: ‘Fawlty Towers’ Star Was 86
Andrew Sachs, a Germany-born British actor best known for his role opposite John Cleese on the seminal UK sitcom Fawlty Towers, has died. He was 86. He died November 23 in a London nursing home, but the news was announced today.
Born on April 7, 1930, in Berlin, Sachs moved with his parents to England at age 8, when they fled the increasing persecution of the Nazi regime. Growing up in London, Sachs began his career as an assistant stage manager in Bexhill, East Sussex… Read
Robert Bennett Dies; Local Broadcast Television Executive And Pioneer Was 89
Former local broadcast television executive Robert Bennett, founding general manager of of WCVB-TV in Boston who later became president of Metromedia Broadcasting, has died following a long illness. He was 89.
Bennett was the primary force behind the establishment of WCVB. The station came about after the Federal Communications Commission in 1972 awarded a television license to a new group of Boston-area operators in Boston, with Bennett chosen to head up the group. Under… Read
Warren Littlefield On Grant Tinker: An Appreciation
Warren Littlefield worked under NBC chairman and CEO Grant Tinker, who died last night at age 90. He rose to become NBC Entertainment president from 1990-98 during his two decades at the network amidst its Must See TV era; shows under Littlefield’s watch included Seinfeld, Frasier, Friends, Mad About You, Will & Grace, Law & Order, ER and Homicide: Life on the Street. His 2012 book Top of the Rock about his NBC tenure was a New York Times bestseller.
In a three-network… Read
TV Great Grant Tinker Dies, Former CEO Of NBC Was 90
Grant Tinker, former chairman and CEO of NBC, died on Tuesday, Nov. 29. He was 90.
In 1969, Tinker and his then-wife, actress Mary Tyler Moore, launched MTM Enterprises. The company became an indie powerhouse, producing such popular series as the ground-breaking The Mary Tyler Moore Show, starring Moore, Rhoda, The Bob Newhart Show, WKRP in Cincinnati, Hill Street Blues and St. Elsewhere.
“I’m forever grateful for and proud of what we achieved together with the creation… Read
Keo Woolford Dies: ‘Hawaii Five-O’ Actor & Filmmaker Was 49
Keo Woolford, a Hawaiian actor and filmmaker who played Detective James Chang on Hawaii Five-O, has died. His publicist Tracy Larrua told the Honolulu Star Advertiser that Woolford died Monday at Pali Momi Medical Center in Waimalu after suffering a stroke on Friday. He was 49.
Woolford wrote and directed the critically praised 2013 indie feature The Haumana, which focused on hula and Hawaiian culture. He had just completed the script for a follow-up to the film at the… Read
Media: Notes On Fidel Castro’s Legacy To Journalists
“Before we returned to the pink house with the parched yard, I asked him if he dreams of going back to Cuba,” I wrote after my first face-to-face meeting with Cuban journalist Normando Hernandez Gonzalez, upon his arrival in Miami. “He answered in Spanish, but his reply was as American as Tom Joad's monologue at the end of The Grapes Of Wrath.
" ‘I haven't left Cuba!’ Hernandez Gonzalez said, his eyes glinting in the Florida sun with tears of passion. ” ‘I'm physically… Read
Fritz Weaver Dies; Patrician Star Of Stage And Screen Was 90
Fritz Weaver, an actor who transmitted an air of patrician assurance in roles that took him from a regular presence in Golden Age television dramas to Broadway stardom, prominent characters in films including Fail-Safe in 1964, and an Emmy nomination for NBC’s acclaimed 1978 drama series Holocaust, died Saturday at home in Manhattan. He was 90.
In that mini-series, Weaver played Dr. Josef Weiss, a Jewish doctor sent first to the Warsaw ghetto and then to the… Read
Ron Glass Dies: Emmy-Nominated ‘Barney Miller’ & ‘Firefly’ Actor Was 71
Ron Glass, veteran film and television actor best known for his Emmy-nominated role as Detective Ron Harris on the classic ABC sitcom Barney Miller and for playing Shepherd Book on the cult favorite Fox sci-fi series Firefly and its follow-up film Serenity, has died from undisclosed causes. He was 71.
As news of Glass’ passing became public, those who knew him, worked with him, or admired him paid tribute on social media, noting his kindness and friendship. “He got there… Read