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Harve Bennett Dies: Producer Of ‘Star Trek’ Movies & TV Classics Was 84

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Harve Bennett, the producer who helped guide four of Paramount’s Star Trek movies in the 1980s and produced TV series Mod Squad, The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman, died Wednesday in Oregon. He was 84 and becomes the latest key figure lost from the seminal Star Trek franchise following Leonard Nimoy’s death February 27. After executive stints at ABC and CBS and co-creating Mod Squad, Bennett had a hand in creating or producing some of the most iconic sci-fi… Read


Daniel Von Bargen Dies: ‘Seinfeld’ Actor Was 64

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Daniel Von Bargen, a character actor who played George’s apathetic boss on Seinfeld among numerous other roles, has died. Von Bargen died Sunday after a long illness, according to Cincinnati TV station WLWT. He was 64. A Cincinnati, OH, native,Von Bargen appeared in dozens of TV shows and movies over a decades-long career, including the memorable role of Commandant Edwin Spangler on TV’s Malcolm In The Middle, but he is perhaps best known as Mr. Kruger, George Costanza’s… Read


Patricia Norris Dies: Costume Designer And David Lynch Collaborator Was 83

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Patricia Norris, a six-time Oscar-nominated costume designer including last year for the Best Picture winner 12 Years A Slave and a frequent collaborator of David Lynch and Mel Brooks, died February 20 of natural causes, according to her publicist. She was 83. Norris was the only person to receive lifetime achievement awards from both the Costume Designers Guild and the Art Directors Guild. Her Oscar noms included for Sunset (1988), 2010 (1984), Victor, Victoria (1982)… Read


William Shatner’s Twitter Storm Of A Leonard Nimoy Funeral Tribute

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Unable to attend the funeral for long-time friend and fellow Star Trek luminary Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner has taken to Twitter with a stream of posts, many answering questions posed by fans about the two. Many of the posts and reposts are quite touching, and it’s set off quite the Twitter frenzy as fans respond, tweet and retweet. Shatner also reposted a wonderful photo of a billboard, put up by a fan who said that it had made him choke up. Shatner was on the East… Read


John Fairchild, Editor-In-Chief Of Women’s Wear Daily, Dead At 87

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John B. Fairchild, who presided over Fairchild Publications for more than 30 years until 1997 with publications that included Jane, Details and fashion industry bible Women’s Wear Daily, died Friday at his home in Manhattan. He was 87. Fairchild was the longstanding editor-in-chief of WWD, which Conde Nast sold to Penske Media Corp, Deadline’s parent company, last year. Fairchild also founded W magazine, and his company comprised daily and weekly trade newspapers and… Read


Leonard Nimoy’s Death: Reactions From Friends, Co-Stars & The Industry

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Friends, co-stars and the industry are weighing in about Leonard Nimoy, who died today at 83. Here is a sampling; we’ll add more throughout the day: "I loved him like a brother. We will all miss his humor, his talent, and his capacity to love." -William Shatner — William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) February 27, 2015 Star Trek actor George Takei, to CNN: “Leonard was a very dear friend. One extraordinary thing about him I remember: When Star Trek… Read


Leonard Nimoy Dies: ‘Star Trek’s Spock Was 83

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Leonard Nimoy, the iconic Spock of the Starship Enterprise in Star Trek, has died. He was 83. His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed his death to the New York Times, saying the cause was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Nimoy’s decades-long career began in his early 20s, with film and TV appearances through the 1950s, including the title role in Kid Monk Baroni. A harbinger of things to come, he played Narab, one of three Martian invaders in 1952’s Zombies Of… Read


Ben Woolf Dies; ‘American Horror Story’ Actor Was 34


Ben Woolf, the American Horror Story: Freak Show actor who was severely injured in a Hollywood traffic accident, died today. He was 34. Woolf’s agency confirmed his death to Deadline. "We are saddened to learn the tragic news about Ben Woolf,” AHS‘ producers, FX and 20th Century Fox Television said in a joint statement tonight. “He was a tremendous professional and an incredibly kind person, beloved by the American Horror Story family. Our thoughts are with his family… Read


Paul Napier Dies: Actor & Original Mr. Goodwrench Was 84

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Paul Napier, an actor and originator of the Mr. Goodwrench character for General Motors’ ad campaign, died Saturday. He was 84. A cause of death was not announced. During a decades-long career, Napier appeared in more than 400 commercials and numerous TV shows, including Kojak, Dynasty, Knots Landing, L.A. Law, Coach and most recently Seaquest DSV (1994). He was tapped to portray the original Mr. Goodwrench for GM in 1977. His film work includes Old Grace, The Secret Life… Read


Jazz Trumpeter Clark Terry Dead At 94; Integrated ‘Tonight Show’ Band

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Famed jazz trumpeter and educator Clark Terry has died at the age of 94, his wife confirmed in a post on Terry’s web site. Terry broke the color line on NBC’s The Tonight Show when he joined the house band, where he played for 12 years and where his “Mumbles” scat singing style became a popular routine for the show (and subsequently a hit song). More recently, his mentoring of a blind young pianist was the subject of the 2014 documentary Keep On Keepin’ On. Terry’s wife… Read


Bruce Sinofsky Dies: Oscar-Nominated West Memphis 3 Documentarian Was 58

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Oscar-nominated filmmaker Bruce Sinofsky died this morning from complications of diabetes, his longtime collaborator Joe Berlinger told Deadline. He was 58. Sinofsky worked as a documentary filmmaker for some 30 years, often in collaboration with Berlinger. He was perhaps best known for the West Memphis Three documentary Paradise Lost and its two sequels. The West Memphis Three are three men who were tried and convicted as teenagers in 1994 of the 1993 murders of three… Read


Ahmad “Real” Givens, Star Of VH1’s ‘Real Chance Of Love’, Dies At 33

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VH1’s Real Chance Of Love‘s Ahmad “Real” Givens died Friday night following a battle with colon cancer, his brother Kamal “Chance” Givens said. He was 33. Givens appeared in VH1 series I Love New York in 2007, then went on to star in spinoffs Real Chance Of Love with his brother Chance from 2008 to 2009, and Real & Chance: The Legend Hunters in 2010. This is the Instagram message his brother Chance posted today. By to my favorite guy in this whole world be in peace we… Read