Mike Nichols, the Oscar-winning director of such films as The Graduate, Working Girl, and The Birdcage, has died at the age of 83. READ FULL STORY
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British actor Warren Clarke, most widely known for his role as the droog Dim in A Clockwork Orange, died on Wednesday at age 67.
In a statement to The Guardian, Clarke’s rep wrote: “The actor Warren Clarke died peacefully in his sleep on 12 November 2014, after a short illness. He will be greatly missed by his family and loved ones. At this time we ask that you respect their privacy in their time of grief.”
In addition to movie roles including Anthony and Cleopatra, Top Secret! and Ishtar, Clarke also had a number of memorable television roles in his native U.K., including that of detective Andy Dalziel in the long-running BBC crime drama Dalziel and Pascoe. He also appeared on a BBC adaptation of Bleak House as well as Call the Midwife and Down to Earth.
Though Crewe wrote songs that would be sung by many musicians, including Rays and Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, he came to fame with his work songwriting for the Four Seasons, who had trouble landing a hit until Crewe came along. Crewe ended up producing “Sherry,” a 1962 song that would turn out to be the Four Seasons’ first number 1 hit. He went on to write multiple hits for both the Four Seasons and for Valli as a solo artist. READ FULL STORY
Ed Nelson, who made his name as a star in ’60s soap opera Peyton Place, died on Saturday. He was 85.
Nelson co-starred with Mia Farrow and Dorothy Malone in Peyton Place, which premiered in 1964 and ran until 1969. He later starred in TV movie spinoffs of the series, Murder in Peyton Place and Peyton Place: The Next Generation.
At a press conference held Tuesday morning in Marin County, the assistant deputy chief coroner Keith Boyd said that initial findings suggest Robin Williams death was a suicide by hanging.
He was found in his bedroom with a belt around his neck and acute slash marks on his left wrist.
According to Boyd, Williams was last seen alive Sunday evening at 10:30 when his wife, Susan Schneider, retired for the night. She then left the house Monday morning at 10:30 a.m., assuming that Williams was still sleeping. Williams’ personal assistant became concerned later that morning when he didn’t respond to knocks on the bedroom door. The aide gained entry to the room and found the body and immediately called 911. READ FULL STORY
Filmmaker Spike Lee has erected a memorial honoring Eric Garner, the man who was killed by a New York police officer’s chokehold July 17.
Garner was being arrested “on suspicion of selling untaxed, loose cigarettes” when a police officer placed a chokehold on him, the Associated Press reports. In a video of the event, Garner can be heard saying “I can’t breathe” before he loses consciousness. (Garner suffered from asthma.) An autopsy later revealed that the chokehold did cause the 43-year-old’s death.
Mary Rodgers, the author of the book Freaky Friday as well as the composer of the 1959 musical Once Upon a Mattress died Thursday, The Associated Press confirms. She was 83.
The daughter of Broadway legend Richard Rodgers, Mary found fame of her own with Once Upon a Mattress, amongst other shows. The original Once Upon a Mattress production starred Carol Burnett, and there was also a 1996 Broadway revival with Sarah Jessica Parker.
Her novel Freaky Friday was twice adapted into a film—the 1976 Jodie Foster/ Barbara Harris version, of which Rodgers also wrote the screenplay, and a 2003 remake starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan.
Terry Richards—who battled James Bond, Luke Skywalker, Indiana Jones, and many others onscreen—died on June 14th. He was 81.
Richards’ most famous onscreen appearance was as a swordsman in Raiders of the Lost Ark. In a chase through the streets of Cairo, the swordsman confronted Indiana Jones in a square and whipped out his scimitar. Jones, weary from the chase, pulled out a gun and shot him.
At a 30th anniversary screening of the movie, Ford revealed that a bigger fight scene was planned, but he was ill during the shoot. “I was no longer capable of staying out of my trailer for more than it took to expose a role of film,” he said. “Which was 10 minutes, and then I would have to flee back there for sanitary facilities.”
Richards worked on nine James Bond films with four separate actors in the title role. His last performance was opposite Pierce Brosnan in Tomorrow Never Dies in 1997.
In a 2012 interview, Richards reflected on how the stunt acting industry has changed. “Now it’s all CGI,” he said. “After a day’s stunting when I was doing it, you really knew you did a day’s work, you were covered in bruises.”
Rik Mayall, a British comedian famous for his work in the 1980s BBC2 cult comedy The Young Ones, was pronounced dead at his home London this morning.
Mayall made a name for himself by playing loud-mouthed characters, from Rick, the poetry-writing anarchist in The Young Ones, to the lecherous Lord Flashheart in Blackadder. He starred in The Young Ones with his longtime friend Adrian Edmondson. The two went on to star in their own sitcom, Bottom. He also played the title character in the 1991 comedy Drop Dead Fred.
In 1998, Mayall survived a near-fatal quad bike accident that left him a coma for three days. He was married and had three children. The London police have stated that the cause of his death is not believed to be suspicious.
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