Herb Braha Dies: ‘Godspell’ Original & Founder Of Costume Supply House Was 69
Herb Braha, a stage and actor who later founded LA-based costume supplier Richard the Thread, died February 6 of congestive heart failure. He was 69.
A native of Hyannis, MA, who spent his formative years in Miami, Braha moved to New York to pursue a stage career. He landed a role in the original 1971 off-Broadway production of Godspell, whose original cast album went gold and won a Grammy. Later in the decade and through the 1980s, Braha guested on such popular TV series… Read
Daniel Gerson Dies: Screenwriter On ‘Monsters, Inc’, ‘Big Hero 6’ Was 49
Daniel Gerson, a screenwriter on Pixar’s Monsters, Inc and prequel Monsters University, has died. His family announced that Gerson died Saturday at his home in Los Angeles after battling brain cancer. He was 49.
Gerson co-wrote Monsters, Inc with Andrew Stanton and shared credit on prequel Monsters University with his frequent writing partner… Read
Ray Colcord Dies: Emmy-Nominated Television Composer Was 66
Ray Colcord, a former president of the Society of Composers & Lyricists and prolific television composer behind the scores for such shows as 227, The Facts Of Life and more, died February 5 following a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 66.
Born in New York City in 1949, Colcord attended Rice University and got his start in music as a touring musician in Texas. He also worked as an A&R executive for Columbia Records, and was responsible for getting the rock band… Read
Dave Mirra Dies: X Games Legend & Former MTV Host Was 41
Updated with statement from Mirra’s family.
David Michael “Dave” Mirra, a legend in the extreme sports world as a BMX athlete who hosted two seasons of MTV’s Real World/Road Rules Challenge and later became a business owner and rally car driver died today in Greenville, North Carolina. Local law enforcement have confirmed Mirra was found earlier this afternoon in his truck, dead from a gunshot wound in an apparent suicide. He was 41.
Mirra received medals in every X Game… Read
Joe Alaskey Dies: Latter-Day Voice Of Bugs Bunny & Daffy Duck During Long Career Was 63
Joe Alaskey, a successor to Mel Blanc who for years voiced iconic cartoon characters such as the modern Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Sylvester, Tweety Bird and others from the classic Warner Bros cartoons, has died. The news was confirmed by his family on Alaskey’s Facebook page. He was 63.
Alaskey’s prolific decades-long career included voicing Grandpa Lou Pickles on Rugrats, inheriting the role after David Doyle’s death in 1997. He also voiced the character again in the Rugra… Read
Bob Elliott Dies; Comedian of Bob & Ray Fame Was 92
UPDATED with more information: Bob Elliott, the comedian known variously as radio newscaster Wally Ballou, beer pitchman Harry Piel and, always, as the shorter half of the comedy team of Bob & Ray, died Tuesday at home in Cundy's Harbor, ME. He was 92. His death was confirmed to the New York Times by his son, Chris Elliott, who followed his father into comedy and acting. Chris Elliott said his father had had throat cancer.
While not as intellectually minded as… Read
Frank Finlay Dies: Oscar-Nominated ‘Othello’ Actor Was 89
Tributes from peers and admirers are pouring in today for celebrated English stage, screen and television actor Frank Finlay, who died this weekend in his Weybridge, Surrey home from heart failure following a short illness. He was 89. “We are very saddened to announce that Frank died today 30 January 2016 at home surrounded by his family,” read a message posted to his official site. “He was a fine actor and will be very much missed by his friends and family.”
An actor… Read
Richard DeNeut Dies: ‘Our Gang’ Actor, Photographer & Author Was 84
Richard DeNeut, a child actor who notably appeared in Hal Roach’s Our Gang series in the 1930s and became a successful photojournalist covering entertainment as an adult died on Tuesday at 84 after suffering pneumonia, kidney disease and congestive heart failure.
DeNeut was recruited when he was just 4 years old to join the Meglin Kiddies troupe of child actors, and soon after was cast in a minor role in the Our Gang comedy films, billed as Dickie De Nuet. He appeared in… Read
Jacques Rivette Dies: French New Wave Filmmaker Was 87
UPDATE with Martin Scorsese statement: Veteran French filmmaker Jacques Rivette has died at the age of 87. The French New Wave director has an illustrious list of credits including La Belle Noiseuse, Celine and Julie Go Boating and L’Amour Fou. The news was confirmed today by French culture minister Fleur Pellerin, who tweeted Rivette was "one of the greatest filmmakers of intimacy and impatient love."
Rivette started his career alongside New Wave luminareis Jean Luc… Read
Weather Channel Meteorologist’s Death Was A Suicide, Coroner Says
UPDATE, 12:15 PM: The Fulton County (GA) Medical Examiner’s office has ruled Weather Channel meteorologist Nick Wiltgen’s death a suicide. “Wiltgen died from major head and brain injury resulting from an intentional act of driving a vehicle into/through the concrete wall of a parking deck” and “the manner of death has been classified as suicide”. the coroner’s report read. Toxicology tests are being performed, but the results will not be known for several weeks.
Abe Vigoda Dies: ‘The Godfather’ & ‘Barney Miller’ Actor Was 94
Character actor Abe Vigoda, who played the dilapidated Detective Phil Fish in the 1970s series Barney Miller and a short-lived spinoff and mafia soldier Sal Tessio in the first two Godfather films, has died. He was 94. Vigoda’S daughter tells The Associated Press that he died Tuesday in his sleep at his New Jersey home.
Vigoda began acting in New York theater and with small roles in television. The turning point in his career came in 1972 when Francis Ford Coppola cast… Read
Ted Brown Dies: ESPN Producer Was 36
Ted Brown, a graphics producer for ESPN who also worked on ABC sports programming including ABC's "College Football Primetime" and the National Championship Game, died on Sunday from a heart attack while in Australia for the network’s coverage of the Australian Open. He was 36.
ESPN anchor Chris Fowler paid tribute to Brown on-air today in an emotional statement during today’s tennis coverage. “You’ve seen and appreciated Ted’s work, even if you didn’t realize it,” said… Read