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Posted Tuesday 2/13/18 at 7:30PM EST
Marty Allen dies at 95: Comedian with the crazy hair was a TV fixture in the 1950s and 1960s
Allen and straight man Steve Rossi formed Allen & Rossi, with the help of Nat King Cole, appearing on TV more than 700 times between 1957 and 1968. They were also performers on three of The Beatles four visits to The Ed Sullivan Show.
Posted Friday 2/09/18 at 8:57PM EST
Reg E. Cathey dies: The Wire star won an Emmy for House of Cards
Cathey, 59, played Frank Underwood’s favorite D.C. rib cook Freddy Hayes, a role that earned him three consecutive Emmy nominations for outstanding guest actor, including a win in 2015. Cathey also famously played political operative Norman Wilson on The Wire. “Not only a fine, masterful actor -- but simply one of the most delightful human beings with whom I ever shared some long days on set,” tweeted The Wire creator David Simon. “On wit alone, he could double any man over and leave him thinking. Reg, your memory is a great blessing.” House of Cards creator Beau Willimon added: "Reg Cathey was one of a kind. Brimming with life force, generosity, humor, gravitas and a fountain of talent. Loved by everyone lucky enough know him and work with him. He will be greatly missed."
Posted Friday 2/09/18 at 3:08PM EST
Catastrophe star Rob Delaney’s son dies at age 2
“I have very sad news,” Delaney wrote on his Facebook page Friday. “My two and a half year old son Henry has passed away. Henry had been diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2016, shortly after his first birthday, following persistent vomiting and weight loss. He had surgery to remove the tumor and further treatment through the early part of 2017. Then the cancer returned last autumn and he died in January. “
Posted Wednesday 2/07/18 at 2:44PM EST
Justified actor Mickey Jones dies
Jones, 76, played marijuana distributor Rodney "Hot Rod" Dunham on eight episodes of the FX series. He also appeared on 13 episodes of Home Improvement.
Posted Tuesday 2/06/18 at 2:36AM EST
John Mahoney, an appreciation: The Frasier star connected with viewers with the twinkle in his eye
Mahoney’s role as Martin Crane, “the salt-of-the-Earth father” of Frasier and Niles, is always misperceived, says Jen Chaney of the actor, who died Sunday at age 77. “When people describe that character, they tend to use words like ‘cantankerous’ or ‘crusty,’ which are not inaccurate,” says Chaney. “Martin Crane was emotionally closed off, sometimes grumpy, a man’s man, and a father who often had trouble understanding how his genes could possibly be linked to the ones inside his pretentious-sophisticate offspring, whom he loved even if he couldn’t bring himself to say it. But when I think about Martin Crane and what Mahoney brought to the part — what he brought to so many of the roles he played — I immediately think about the twinkle in his eye. It was that twinkle that allowed audiences to feel connected to him, to look past the flaws of the men he portrayed and connect with the joy, childlike mischief, and affection he felt for the people — or, in the case of Martin’s beloved dog, Eddie, the animals — in his characters’ lives.”
- Martin Crane provided the soul of Frasier
- Former NBC boss Warren Littefield on Mahoney: “You just wanted to be near him. There was something emanating from his body that was so warm and wonderful”
- Frasier co-star Peri Gilpin recalls Mahoney singing at her wedding
- Greg Berlanti, Josh Charles and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel pay their respects
- Watch Mahoney win the Tony Award in 1986
Posted Monday 2/05/18 at 7:04PM EST
John Mahoney, who played Frasier’s dad, dies at 77
The British-born actor died Sunday in Chicago in hospice care. Mahoney didn’t start acting until later in his life, becoming famous for roles in the film Say Anything and as Martin Crane, Frasier’s dad, from 1993 to 2004. His Frasier role earned him two Emmy nominations, as well as two Golden Globe nominations. In recent years, Mahoney had roles on TV Land's Hot in Cleveland and the HBO series In Treatment.
Posted Thursday 2/01/18 at 6:10PM EST
Louis Zorich, who played Paul Reiser’s dad on Mad About You, dies at 93
Zorich, who was married to Oscar winner Olympia Dukakis since 1962, died on Tuesday. He appeared on roughly 51 episodes of the NBC comedy, playing sporting goods salesman Burt Buchman. He would often shout, "It's me, Burt! Burt Buchman — your father!" upon arriving at Paul and Jamie’s apartment.
Posted Wednesday 1/31/18 at 11:59PM EST
Connie Sawyer dies at 105: Hollywood’s oldest-working actress guested on New Girl and Ray Donovan at age 101
Sawyer celebrated her 100th birthday in November of 2012. Yet she kept working, appearing on NCIS: Los Angeles and Ray Donovan in 2013, and New Girl and Ray Donovan again in 2014. “I loved working on Donovan — my son was a hitman, and I really got to cuss," Sawyer said in a 2015 interview.
Posted Wednesday 1/31/18 at 4:33PM EST
American Idol alum Leah LaBelle dies in car crash with her former NBA player husband Rasual Butler
TMZ reports LaBelle and Butler died early this morning in Studio City when the Range Rover he was driving lost control and slammed into a parking meter and wall, before flipping over. LaBelle was 17 years old when she appeared on Season 3 of Idol in 2004, making it to the Top 12 as Paula Abdul’s "Wild Card" selection. She was the first person eliminated from the Top 12.
Posted Tuesday 1/30/18 at 1:33PM EST
Glee’s Mark Salling is dead from apparent suicide at age 35
TMZ reports that the actor, famous for playing Noah “Puck” Puckerman on the Fox series, was found dead near a riverbed near where he lived in the Los Angeles suburb of Sunland. Salling was awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty last month to possessing 50,000 images of underage children, as part of a plea deal. TMZ reported three months ago that Salling attempted suicide in August and had to be rushed to the hospital. The suicide attempt occurred before Salling struck his plea deal in October. Salling is the second Glee star to die. Cory Monteith died of an accidental overdose of heroin and alcohol in July 2013 at age 31. UPDATE: Salling's attorney, Michael J. Proctor, confirms his death.
Posted Monday 1/29/18 at 5:55AM EST
Robert Arthur, who was responsible for the iconic music performances on The Ed Sullivan Show, dies at 89
The songwriter-composer worked on the entire run of the Sullivan Show, working with iconic guests including The Beatles, Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra. He also famously tweaked the lyrics to the Rolling Stones’ 1967 performance of “Let's Spend the Night Together" so that it would be suitable for CBS censors.
Posted Wednesday 1/24/18 at 11:32PM EST
Actress Olivia Cole, who won an Emmy for Roots, dies at 75
Cole won the best supporting actress Emmy for her portrayal of Matilda, the wife of Ben Vereen's Chicken George on the ABC miniseries. She also starred on the 1989 NBC miniseries Backstairs at the White House and ABC’s 1989 miniseries The Women of Brewster Place with Oprah Winfrey.
Posted Wednesday 1/24/18 at 1:23PM EST
Storm Chasers star Joel Taylor dies at 38
The cause of death hasn’t been revealed and Discovery Channel has yet to comment, but his death is not believed to be related to storm chasing. “We chased so many intense storms, and I wish we could have just one more storm chase. I’ll miss you forever, Joel. We lost a legend,” tweeted co-star Reed Timmer, who went to college with Taylor. UPDATE: TMZ reports Taylor died aboard a cruise ship, possibly from a drug overdose.
Posted Tuesday 1/23/18 at 2:19PM EST
Teletubbies Tinky Winky actor Simon Shelton Barnes dies
Barnes, 52, played the role of Tinky Winky on the BBC kids’ show from 1998 to 2001. He died of hypothermia after collapsing on the streets of Liverpool. Tinky Winky was embroiled in controversy in the late 1990s when the Rev. Jerry Falwell accused the character of being a "gay role model" for kids for carrying a handbag.
Posted Monday 1/22/18 at 11:51PM EST
John Coleman dies: GMA’s first meteorologist co-founded The Weather Channel and later became a high-profile climate-change denier
Coleman, 83, joined ABC's Good Morning America when it launched in 1975. In 1981, he helped launch The Weather Channel and became its first CEO. In his later years, however, he drew scorn for calling climate change a “hoax” and a “scam” that was part of a “liberal, political agenda.”