Uncle Owen has farmed his last moisture.
Originally Posted by Judas Booth
RIP Andreas Katsulas. G'Kar on TV's 'Babylon 5', and in movies he was the one armed man in 'The Fugitive' and the bad guy in 'Someone to Watch Over Me'. Kinda a cool character actor. Apparently died of lung cancer, aged 59.
|While he's not as well-known as the prolific Joe Raposo, Bruce Hart, who passed away last Tuesday of lung cancer, also left his musical mark on Sesame Street. Hart and his wife were one of the first writers hired for the children's program when it debuted in 1969. Bruce, along with writer Jon Stone, wrote the lyrics to the theme song. Folks who are around my age and older, however, might remember another contribution of Hart's. He penned the lyrics for the popular album and TV special "Free To Be You And Me" which featured celebrities such as Mel Brooks, Shel Silverstein, Marlo Thomas, Alan Alda, and many others. My sister and I listened to that album all the time when we were kids. We used an antiquated device called a "record player."
|LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Dennis Weaver, the slow-witted deputy Chester Goode in the TV classic western "Gunsmoke" and the New Mexico deputy solving New York crime in "McCloud," has died. The actor was 81.
Weaver died of complications from cancer Friday at his home in Ridgway, in southwestern Colorado, his publicist Julian Myers said.
Originally Posted by Richard Dickson
One of the most likeable athletes ever, and who knows how much longer he could have played if it wasn't for the eye problems he developed.
This depresses the hell out of me.
|A lifelong nonsmoker, Dana Reeve revealed she had the disease in August, less than a year after her husband's death. She died Monday night.
"We are all just so sad," foundation President Kathy Lewis said.
Lewis said that she had visited Reeve on Friday and that she was "strong and gracious and courageous." (Watch how Dana Reeve's work inspired admiration -- 1:52)
Reeve was the chairwoman of the foundation, which funds research for new treatments for spinal cord injuries and works to improve the quality of life for people suffering from paralysis.
Her husband died in October 2004 at age 52 after falling into a coma. He had been paralyzed since a horseback riding accident in 1995.
Reeve was admired for the support and love she showed for her husband and for her assistance in his care.
She also was an actress and singer.
In January, she sang at the retirement ceremony for Mark Messier's New York Rangers jersey at Madison Square Garden.
"She sang beautifully. She looked lovely," said Kathie Lee Gifford, who interviewed Reeve at the event. "She was wearing a wig, of course. She had been through chemo and radiation. She was very thin, which you would expect for somebody going through what she was going through."
Gifford said she was surprised by the news because Reeve had seemed so healthy that night. (Watch how nonsmoking women face a lung cancer risk -- 3:34)
"I was absolutely stunned because she told me that day that the tumor was shrinking and she was the picture of optimism that night," Gifford said.
Kate Michelman, a member of the foundation's board, remembered Reeve as "a great spirit."
"The country suffers because Dana, on a personal level, was one of the most remarkable people I've ever known," Michelman said.
She said Reeve's health had seemed to improve, giving friends and loved ones hope that she might recover from the cancer.
"She was improving. You know her own spirit and her own determination to overcome this plague made us feel she could do it," Michelman said.
"She just recently learned that she was failing and right up [till] the end, I have to tell you, Dana was convinced she was going to overcome this."
Michelman said Reeve's death is "a dreadful loss" but that the foundation will "move forward with Christopher and Dana's vision."
Dana and Christopher Reeve married in 1992 after a five-year relationship.
The actor was famous for his role as Superman in a trilogy of movies in the late 1970s and 1980s. He continued to act and direct films after his accident.
Christopher Reeve became a crusader to help find therapies and treatments for paralysis and was an outspoken supporter of stem-cell research. Dana Reeve was credited with carrying on his work through the foundation.
"After Christopher's death, Dana was determined to preserve the important work and the legacy of hope that became his life's mission," Lewis said in a statement. "Even in our grief, the foundation must pick up and continue to go forward with this mission.
"At the same time, we commit ourselves to ensuring that the light of grace, courage and hopefulness that Dana embodied continues to shine bright -- bringing comfort and hope to people living with paralysis and their families and caregivers."
She is survived by the couple's son, Will, 13; her father; two sisters; and two stepchildren, according to the foundation's statement.
Originally Posted by moovyphreak
Damn! I cannot imagine what it's like to lose both of your parents in less than 2 years
|LENOX, Massachusetts (AP) -- Maureen Stapleton, the Oscar-winning character actress whose subtle vulnerability and down-to-earth toughness earned her dramatic and comedic roles on stage, screen, and television, died Monday. She was 80.
Stapleton, a longtime smoker who had been living in Lenox, died from chronic pulmonary disease, said her son, Daniel Allentuck.
Stapleton, whose unremarkable, matronly appearance belied her star personality and talent, won an Academy Award in 1981 for her supporting role as anarchist-writer Emma Goldman in Warren Beatty's "Reds," about a left-wing American journalist who journeys to Russia to cover the Bolshevik Revolution.
To prepare for the role, Stapleton said she tried reading Goldman's autobiography, but soon chucked it out of boredom.
"There are many roads to good acting," Stapleton, known for her straightforwardness, said in her 1995 autobiography, "Hell of a Life." "I've been asked repeatedly what the 'key' to acting is, and as far as I'm concerned, the main thing is to keep the audience awake."
Stapleton was nominated several times for a supporting actress Oscar, including for her first film role in 1958's "Lonelyhearts"; "Airport" in 1970; and Woody Allen's "Interiors" in 1978.
Her other film credits include the 1963 musical "Bye Bye Birdie" opposite Ann-Margret and Dick Van Dyke, "Johnny Dangerously," "Cocoon," "The Money Pit" and "Addicted to Love."
In television, she earned an Emmy for "Among the Paths to Eden" in 1967. She was nominated for "Queen of the Stardust Ballroom" in 1975; "The Gathering" in 1977; and "Miss Rose White" in 1992.
Brought up in a strict Irish Catholic family with an alcoholic father, Stapleton left home in Troy, New York, right after high school. With $100 to her name, she came to New York and began studying at the Herbert Berghof Acting School and later at the Actors Studio, which turned out the likes of Marlon Brando, Paul Newman and Julia Roberts.
Stapleton soon made her Broadway debut in Burgess Meredith's 1946 production of "The Playboy of the Western World."
At age 24, she became a success as Serafina Delle Rose in Tennessee Williams' Broadway hit "The Rose Tattoo," and won a Tony Award. She appeared in numerous other stage productions, including Lillian Hellman's "Toys in the Attic" and Neil Simon's "The Gingerbread Lady," for which she won her second Tony in 1971.
She starred opposite Laurence Olivier in Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." Stapleton's friendship with Williams was well-known and he wrote three plays for her, but she never appeared in any of them.
Along the way, she led a chaotic personal life, which her autobiography candidly described as including two failed marriages, numerous affairs, years of alcohol abuse and erratic parenting for her two children.
She often said auditioning was hard for her, but that it was just a part of acting, a job "that pays."
"When I was first in New York there was a girl who wanted to play 'St. Joan' to the point where it was scary. ... I thought 'Don't ever want anything that bad,' " she recalled. "Just take what you get and like it while you do it, and forget it."
Cast throughout her career in supporting roles, Stapleton was content not playing a lead character, Allentuck said.
"I don't think she ever had unrealistic aspirations about her career," he said.
Beside Allentuck, Stapleton is survived by a daughter, Katharine Bambery, of Lenox and a brother, Jack Stapleton, of Troy, New York.
|Honky-tonk star Buck Owens, who sold more than 16 million albums and popularized country entertainment on television as host of "Hee Haw," died on Saturday at age 76.
Owens, who helped spread the twangy "Bakersfield sound" as an antidote to Nashville's slick country music, died of heart failure at his home, said his keyboard player Jim Shaw. The night before, he had performed his usual twice-weekly concert at his entertainment complex, Buck Owens' Crystal Palace.
"He was one of the true innovators," Shaw said. "He did it his own way, an outside gunslinger type who used his own band and made music in Hollywood rather than Nashville. That free spirit made him important to a lot of people."
Owens honed his craft in the rowdy bars of Bakersfield, a gritty oil and farming town about 100 miles north of Los Angeles. He played it loud and kept it simple, performing tunes that were more escapist than the hard-life tales of his Bakersfield colleague Merle Haggard.
Owens scored his first top-10 hit in 1960 with "Under Your Spell Again." Between 1963 and 1967, at a time when mainstream country music was flirting with complex arrangements, Owens enjoyed 15 No. 1 hits, including "I've Got a Tiger by the Tail," "My Heart Skips a Beat" and "Together Again."
"In Nashville, they were producing things with softer, more syrupy sounds," Owens told biographer Nicholas Dawidoff in the book "In the Country of Country. "I'm one of those turn-on-the-damn-thing-and-here-we-go folks."
Originally Posted by almostsexy
I didn't know Jason Thompson was a golf fan.
|BURBANK, Calif. - Paul Gleason, who played the go-to bad guy in "Trading Places" and the angry high school principal in "The Breakfast Club," has died. He was 67.
Gleason died at a local hospital Saturday of mesothelioma, a rare form of lung cancer linked to asbestos, said his wife, Susan Gleason.