John Henson, a second-generation puppeteer, has died at age 48. Henson — son of Muppets creator Jim Henson — suffered a sudden heart attack on Friday. The news was confirmed by the official Facebook page for the Jim Henson Company, of which John Henson was a shareholder and board member. The younger Henson also worked on several Muppets projects, playing the character Sweetums in films including Muppet Treasure Island and Muppets From Space. He is survived by his wife, Gyongyi, and two daughters.
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Gia Allemand, who first appeared in season 14 of The Bachelor with Jake Pavelka, has died at the age of 29, EW has confirmed. Allemand was hospitalized in New Orleans on August 12 after a “serious medical event.” According to People, Allemand died of apparent suicide.
The former model and dancer with the sweet demeanor and endearing New York accent became a Bachelor Nation favorite after making it to the final three on The Bachelor. She later went on to compete in two seasons of Bachelor Pad, where she entered into a short-lived romance with fellow contestant Wes Hayden. In her post-Bachelor life, Allemand — who was dating NBA player Ryan Anderson at the time of her death — lived in New Orleans where she worked as a Pure Barre instructor. She remained a part of the Bachelor family, however, recently tweeting a photo of herself at a Bachelorette finale viewing party with her fellow Pad contestant Rachel Truehart.
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Harry Carey Jr., a character actor who made a name for himself as part of director John Ford’s classics The Searchers and She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, passed away on Thursday of natural causes at a hospice center in Santa Barbara, Calif. He was 91 years old.
Born in 1921 to silent film stars Harry Carey Sr. (who spent the bulk of his career in Westerns as well) and Olive Carey, Harry Jr.’s career spanned five decades. Though he rarely took top billing in any of his pictures, his military background (he served in the Navy during World War II) and his horse-riding ability made him an ideal sidekick to friend and frequent co-star John Wayne. The pair appeared in over 10 films together, often with Ford at the helm.
Carey also appeared in films with his parents: One with his father (1948′s Red River) and two with his mother (1956′s The Searchers and 1961′s Two Rode Together).
Younger audiences will likely recognize Carey from his roles as Mr. Anderson in Gremlins, one of the saloon regulars in Back to the Future Part III, and as Marshal Fred White in Tombstone. Overall, Carey appeared in over 100 films and 100 TV episodes (including stops on Gunsmoke and Little House on the Prarie).
He is survived by his wife Marilyn Carey, whom he married in 1944, three children, three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Pat Renella, known for roles such as a gangster killed by Steve McQueen in 1968 crime thriller Bullitt, has died. He was 83.
The actor’s niece confirmed to the Hollywood Reporter on Friday that Renella passed away Nov. 9 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after a long bout with chronic illness.
Over his decades long career, Chicago native Renella — with his dark-haired, dark-eyed good looks — appeared on TV shows such as Mannix, General Hospital, S.W.A.T. and McCloud, and in the 1967 teen rebellion cult classic film Riot on Sunset Strip. In Bullitt, he plays Johnny Ross, who fakes his murder to escape the mob, and is hunted down by a San Francisco police lieutenant played by lead McQueen. Renella is survived by his niece and sister.
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