Arthur Rankin Jr., a director, producer, and animator best known for creating the classic stop-motion Christmas specials Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman, died Thursday at home in Bermuda, THR reported Friday. He was 89.
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Suchitra Sen, a legendary Indian actress known for her memorable roles in both Bengali-language and Hindi Bollywood films, died Friday of heart failure. She was 82.
Sen was hospitalized in Kolkata more than three weeks ago for treatment of a respiratory infection and died following cardiac arrest, said her daughter, Moon Moon Sen, who is also an actress.
She was to be cremated later Friday. READ FULL STORY
Comic actor Dave Madden, who played the child-hating agent on the hit 1970s sitcom The Partridge Family, died in Florida on Thursday at age 82.
Madden died at a hospice center near his home in the Jacksonville area, his niece Mary Frances Miller said.
Towering and rumpled, Madden was best known for his role as Reuben Kinkaid, who managed the Partridge family band and regularly clashed with its impish preteen bassist, played by Danny Bonaduce.
While the series starred Shirley Jones, with her real-life son David Cassidy as the resident heartthrob, it was Madden and the freckle-faced Bonaduce who became the reigning comic duo. Jones said Madden “made the show, I felt.”
“His relationship with Danny Bonaduce is what made the show work: this strange, mad little boy and the grown man who was even worse as a father figure,” she said Thursday. “It was hysterical!”
Though Madden played a guy bedeviled by the youngsters who surrounded him, Jones said that off-camera he “loved kids.”
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The actor who played “The Professor” on Gilligan’s Island, Russell Johnson, has died.
His agent, Mike Eisenstadt, says Johnson died Thursday morning at his home in Washington State of natural causes. He was 89.
Johnson was a busy but little-known character actor when he was cast in the slapstick 1960s comedy about seven people marooned on an uncharted Pacific island.
His character, high school science teacher Roy Hinkley, built generators and other gadgets out of scraps of junk found on the island. Johnson later joked that the one thing The Professor never figured out how to do was to fix the leaky boat so the group could get back to civilization.
During its three-season run on CBS, critics lambasted the show. But after its 1967 cancellation, it found generations of new fans in reruns and reunion movies.
Emmy-nominated actress Carmen Zapata, who started a foundation to promote Hispanic writers because jobs were so scarce, has died of heart problems, colleagues say. She was 86.
Zapata died Sunday at her Van Nuys-area home, said Luis Vela, marketing manager for the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts in Los Angeles.
Zapata started her career in 1945 in the Broadway musical Oklahoma and went on to perform in Bells Are Ringing, Guys and Dolls, and many plays.
“She was an inspiration for me,” Vela said. “She taught me that art is the key to resolving differences in the community.”
He said Zapata was once asked how she wanted to be remembered — as an artist, producer or founder. “‘I prefer people remember us as educators,’” Vela recalled her saying.
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Lisa Robin Kelly, best known for playing Eric Forman’s sister on That ’70s Show, died from multiple drug intoxication, the L.A. County coroner revealed Friday.
Specific drugs in Kelly’s system at the time of death were not noted, but the actress had a history with illegal substances. She was arrested at least four times over the past three years for DUI, spousal abuse, and assault.
Kelly’s agent spoke with People at the time of her death, saying Kelly had “addiction problems that have plagued her” for the past few years prior to her passing. TMZ was the first to report this story.
Police have arrested a man on two capital murder charges in the fatal shooting of rapper Doe B. and another man at an Alabama bar. Six others were also wounded.
Montgomery police said Monday that 25-year-old Jason Quan McWilliams of Montgomery turned himself in the previous evening and that he’s being held without bond. Jail records show he faces two counts of capital murder but don’t say whether he has an attorney.
City officials closed the Centennial Bar and Grill after the 22-year-old rapper, whose real name is Glenn Thomas, and Kimberle Johnson, a 22-year-old Troy University student, were fatally shot early Saturday.
A police statement said the shooting stemmed from a dispute involving the rapper.
The six others wounded were in stable condition over the weekend.
Wojciech Kilar, a Polish pianist and composer of classical music and scores for many films, including Roman Polanski’s Oscar-winning The Pianist and Francis Ford Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula, died Sunday. He was 81.
The composer died in his hometown of Katowice, southern Poland, following a long illness, according to Jerzy Kornowicz, head of the Association of Polish Composers.
“The power and the message of his music, as well as the noble character of Wojciech Kilar as a person, will stay in my memory forever,” said Kornowicz. READ FULL STORY
Indian actor Farooq Shaikh, the plump, unlikely hero of scores of Bollywood films, has died. He was 65.
Press Trust of India reported that Shaikh suffered a heart attack Friday in Dubai, where he was visiting with his family.
Shaikh’s film career began on a high note with the 1973 new wave film Garm Hawa, about the 1947 partition of the subcontinent at the end of British rule. His performance earned him a key role in director Satyajit Ray’s The Chess Players, about the decadence of India’s feudal classes. READ FULL STORY
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