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Producer of early Grammy, NFL telecasts Ted Bergmann dies at 93

The producer of early Grammy and National Football League telecasts has died.

Ted Bergmann’s wife, Beverly, says the veteran producer died Sunday following surgery in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 93.

Bergmann started his television career at NBC in 1947. He went on to work in advertising, where he matched companies such as Coca-Cola and Colgate with entertainment properties. The group behind the Grammy Awards sought Bergmann’s help in 1962 to bring the ceremony to TV. He then produced the music awards show for seven years.

Bergmann served as president of the DuMont Television Network and televised early NFL games and live boxing. Other TV credits include “The Arthur Godfrey Show,” “Love Thy Neighbor” and “Three’s Company.”

Besides his wife, Bergmann is survived by six children, two stepsons, 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

'Honeymooners' star Sheila MacRae dies at 92

Sheila MacRae starred on the Broadway stage and in films, yet it was her small-screen role as the tolerant and brassy wife of a Brooklyn bus driver for which she is most remembered.

MacRae, best known for playing Alice Kramden to Jackie Gleason’s Ralph in the 1960s re-creation of “The Honeymooners,” died Thursday. She was 92.

The actress died at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, N.J., MacRae’s granddaughter, Allison Mullavey, told The Associated Press on Friday.

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Former TV Academy President Hank Rieger dies

Henry “Hank” Rieger, former president of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, died Wednesday at age 95.

Rieger served as the Academy president from 1973 to 1975 and again from 1977 to 1980. He started his career as a bureau chief for United Press International and took a leave of absence in 1953 to serve as press attaché for the U.S. Consul General in Singapore. In 1965, Rieger began a 15-year run as West Coast director of press and publicity for the NBC Television Network promoting such popular TV programs as Bonanza, I Spy, Star Trek, Laugh In, Sanford and Son, and The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson. He also traveled overseas with Bob Hope to entertain U.S. troops.

“Hank Rieger worked tirelessly for many years on behalf of the television academy,” said Television Academy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bruce Rosenblum. “He believed in The Academy’s ability to have a positive impact on the entire entertainment industry, and we are deeply grateful for all he contributed.”

Rieger served the Television Academy for 40 years — first as president of the Hollywood Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, then as President of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. He was also the editor and publisher of Emmy Magazine, the publication he created for the organization.

Rieger’s wife of 65 years Deborah died last year and has no children.

Game show host Geoff Edwards dies at 83

Geoff Edwards, the hip-looking 1970s and ’80s host of TV game shows including Jackpot! and two incarnations of Treasure Hunt, died Wednesday, his agent said. He was 83.

Edwards died of complications of pneumonia at St. John’s hospital in Santa Monica, agent Fred Westbrook said.

Edwards also worked as a radio DJ and actor, appearing on TV shows including Petticoat Junction, I Dream of Jeannie, and Diff’rent Strokes.

“Geoff was one of the cleverest, funniest radio and television personalities I’ve worked with,” said fellow game show host Wink Martindale. The two were DJs at pop radio station KMPC in Los Angeles. READ FULL STORY

French filmmaker Alain Resnais dies at 91

Alain Resnais, the seminal French filmmaker whose cryptic Last Year at Marianbad extended its influence across generations, has died.

He was 91, and was editing drafts of his next project from his hospital bed, according to producer Jean-Louis Livi, who was working on the film with him.

Resnais, who died Saturday, was renowned for reinventing himself during each of his full-length films, which included the acclaimed Hiroshima Mon Amour in 1959 and most recently Life of Riley, which was honored at the Berlin Film Festival just weeks ago.

“He was a man of the highest quality, a genius,” Livi told France Info radio on Sunday, confirming Resnais’ death with “enormous sadness, accompanied by enormous pride.” READ FULL STORY

Jim Lange, 'The Dating Game' host, dies

Jim Lange, the first host of the popular game show The Dating Game, has died at his home in Mill Valley, Calif. He was 81.

He died Tuesday morning after suffering a heart attack, his wife Nancy told The Associated Press Wednesday.

Though Lange had a successful career in radio, he is best known for his television role on ABC’s The Dating Game, which debuted in 1965 and on which he appeared for more than a decade, charming audiences with his mellifluous voice and wide, easygoing grin.

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'The Warriors' star Roger Hill dies

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Roger Hill, best known for the 1979 cult classic The Warriors, passed away last week at the age of 65 in New York. The cause of death was not reported.

Hill’s career was mostly spent in the theater, in multiple Off Broadway and touring productions. He also played Alec Lowndes on ABC’s One Life to Live from 1982-85.

The native New Yorker graduated from the City College of New York and later spent time working as a part-time librarian and writing poetry. He is survived by his only son, film editor Chris W. Hill.

Man guilty in crash that killed Usher stepson

A man has been convicted of homicide by vessel in a Georgia jet ski crash that killed R&B singer Usher’s 11-year-old stepson.

A Hall County jury on Thursday also found Jeffrey Hubbard guilty of serious injury by vessel, reckless operation of a vessel, unlawful operation of a personal watercraft and a boat traffic violation. The summer 2012 crash on Lake Lanier northeast of Atlanta killed Kile Glover and left another teen severely injured.

Investigators have said the jet ski Hubbard was riding hit the children as they were being towed on an inner tube. Glover died of head injuries six days later.

Hubbard’s attorneys argued that what happened was a tragic accident and wasn’t linked to recklessness.

Philip Seymour Hoffman's will: Son should be raised in NYC, Chicago, or San Francisco

Philip Seymour Hoffman built a career in Hollywood, but his will shows he thought childhood was best spent in New York City, Chicago or San Francisco. The Oscar-winning actor’s will was filed Wednesday, about two weeks after he was found dead in his Manhattan apartment of an apparent heroin overdose.

The will was signed in 2004, when only the eldest of Hoffman’s three children had been born. It was Hoffman’s “strong desire” that his son grow up in or near those cities — and in New York, specifically in Manhattan — or at least visit them twice or more per year, the will says.

“The purpose of this request is so that my son will be exposed to the culture, arts and architecture that such cities offer,” Hoffman’s will reads.

Papers filed with the will value Hoffman’s estate simply at “$500,000-plus.” The estate is bequeathed largely to his longtime partner, Mimi O’Donnell, with a trust fund for their son, now nearly 11.

The accompanying papers also note the boy’s two younger sisters, who are 7 and 5. The lawyer who filed the papers didn’t immediately respond to phone and email messages Wednesday evening. READ FULL STORY

'Empire Strikes Back' and 'Absolutely Fabulous' actor Christopher Malcolm dies at age 67

Actor Christopher Malcolm has died at the age of 67. In the early ’70s, the Scottish-born Malcolm originated the part of Brad Majors in the original stage production of The Rocky Horror Show and co-produced a West End revival of the cult musical in 1990. But the actor was probably best known for playing the character of Zev Senesca in Star Wars sequel The Empire Strikes Back and Saffy’s father Justin in the beloved British sitcom Absolutely Fabulous. His other acting credits included 1980′s mercenary action movie The Dogs of War, Warren Beatty-directed Reds (1981), and Highlander and Labyrinth (both released in 1986).

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