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Polish composer Wojciech Kilar dies at 81

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

Bollywood actor Farooq Shaikh dies at 65

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

Producer Allan McKeown, husband of Tracey Ullman, dies at 67

Emmy-winning British TV producer Allan McKeown, best known for his work with his wife Tracey Ullman, died Dec. 24 in Los Angeles, Variety reports. The cause of death was prostate cancer. McKeown was 67.

Before marrying Ullman — and producing his first big project, the British prison comedy Doing Time, in 1979 — McKeown made a name for himself in the ’60s as hairdresser to stars including Elizabeth Taylor and the Beatles. After their marriage in 1983, McKeown and Ullman began to collaborate on projects including Girls on Top (1985-1986) and Tracey Ullman: A Class Act (1992). Most recently, the pair worked together on Ullman’s 2008-2010 Showtime series State of the Union. McKeown also executive produced British programs including Shine on Harvey Moon and the Olivier Award-winning Jerry Springer: the Opera at the National Theatre.

McKeown is survived by Ullman and their two 20-something children, Mabel and Johnny.

Drummer Ricky Lawson dead at age 59

Studio drummer Ricky Lawson, a collaborator with musicians including Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins and Whitney Houston, has died at a suburban Los Angeles hospital following a brain aneurism. He was 59.

Lawson’s uncle, Paul Riser of Detroit, said Tuesday that Lawson was removed from life support 10 days after the aneurism diagnosis and died around 7 p.m. Monday. READ FULL STORY

'Lizzie McGuire' actor Daniel Escobar dies at 49

Daniel Escobar — best known for playing drama/chorus teacher Mr. Escobar on Lizzie McGuire — died Friday of complications from diabetes, according to CNN. He was 49.

The actor appeared opposite Hilary Duff on her breakthrough Disney Channel series from 2001-2002, as well as in the 2003 Lizzie McGuire movie. Additionally, Escobar had a recurring role on Dharma & Greg from 1999-2002 and made appearances in several TV series, including How I Met Your Mother, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Two and a Half Me, Desperate Housewives, Weeds, and Charmed. His last TV appearance was in an episode of Whitney. Escobar also did theater; he won a Helen Hayes Award in 2008 for his role in She Stoops to Comedy, a play by David Greenspan.

Country singer Ray Price dead at 87

Ray Price, one of country music’s most popular and influential singers and bandleaders who had more than 100 hits and was one of the last living connections to Hank Williams, died Monday. He was 87.

Price died Monday afternoon at his ranch outside Mount Pleasant, Texas, said Billy Mack Jr., who was acting as a family spokesman. Billie Perryman, the wife of family friend and spokesman Tom Perryman, a DJ with KKUS-FM in Tyler, also confirmed his death.

Price was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2011 and it had recently spread to his liver, intestines and lungs, according East Texas Medical Center in Tyler. He stopped aggressive treatments and left the hospital last Thursday to receive hospice care at home.

At the time, his wife, Janie Price, relayed what she called her husband’s “final message” to his fans: “I love my fans and have devoted my life to reaching out to them. I appreciate their support all these years, and I hope I haven’t let them down. I am at peace. I love Jesus. I’m going to be just fine. Don’t worry about me. I’ll see you again one day.”

'Billy Jack' star Tom Laughlin dies at 82

Actor-writer-director Tom Laughlin, whose production and marketing of Billy Jack set a standard for breaking the rules on and off screen, has died.

Laughlin’s daughter told The Associated Press that he died Thursday at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Laughlin was 82 and Teresa Laughlin, who acted in the Billy Jack movies, said the cause of death was complications from pneumonia.

Billy Jack was released in 1971 after a long struggle by Laughlin to gain control of the low-budget, self-financed movie, a model for guerrilla filmmaking.

He wrote, directed and produced Billy Jack and starred as the ex-Green Beret who defends a progressive school against the racists of a conservative Western community. The film became a counterculture favorite and the theme song, “One Tin Soldier,” was a hit single for the rock group Coven.

Paul Walker laid to rest after Los Angeles funeral

Paul Walker was laid to rest on Saturday after a private funeral service in Los Angeles.

According to E! online, the Fast & Furious star was cremated, and his ashes were interred at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery during a non-denominational service. His father, mother, two brothers, and other family members and friends were in attendance. Another private gathering will be held for family and friends at an as-yet undisclosed location.

On Dec. 8, thousands of fans visited  the site where the 40-year-old Walker died in a car crash in the Los Angeles suburb of Santa Clarita. Mourners left flowers and candies and revved their engines to pay tribute to the actor.

'Rubicon' actor Christopher Evan Welch dies at 48

Christopher Evan Welch, the actor whose roles on New York stages led to a series of film and television parts, including a regular spot on AMC’s Rubicon, has died in Southern California.

His family said in a statement Wednesday that Welch died Dec. 2 in Santa Monica. He was 48 and had been diagnosed with lung cancer.

The Dallas-born actor won an Obie Award in 2000 for his performance in A Streetcar Named Desire at the New York Theatre Workshop.

'The Sound of Music' actress Eleanor Parker dies at 91

Eleanor Parker, who was nominated for Academy Awards three times for her portrayals of strong-willed women and played a scheming baroness in The Sound of Music, has died at 91.

Family friend Richard Gale said Parker died Monday morning due to complications from pneumonia. “She passed away peacefully, surrounded by her children at a medical facility near her home in Palm Springs,” Gale added.

Parker was nominated for Oscars in 1950, 1951, and 1955, but then saw her career begin to wane in the early 1960s. Her last memorable role came in 1965’s The Sound of Music, in which she played the scheming baroness who loses Christopher Plummer to Julie Andrews.

“Eleanor Parker was and is one of the most beautiful ladies I have ever known,” Plummer said in a statement. “Both as a person and as a beauty. I hardly believe the sad news for I was sure she was enchanted and would live forever.”

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