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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Elizabeth Norment, best known for playing Frank Underwood’s steadfast secretary on Netflix’s hit political series House of Cards, died Oct. 13 at New York’s Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, her sister Kate told The Hollywood Reporter. She was 61. No other details were available.
“Everyone at House of Cards is deeply saddened by Elizabeth’s passing,” House of Cards showrunner Beau Willimon said in a statement. “She was a talented actress, a warm soul and a good friend to us all.” Kevin Spacey, who worked closely with Norment in her role as Nancy Kaufberger, responded to her passing over twitter.
RIP Elizabeth Norment. We all loved her and she leaves a void in all of us here at HoC’s.
— Kevin Spacey (@KevinSpacey) October 28, 2014
A Yale Drama School alum, Norment worked steadily in films, television and theater for over 30 years with roles in St. Elsewhere, Law & Order, Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, ER and Party of Five. Norment’s recurring role on House of Cards was her most significant and high profile.
Gerard Parkes, the Irish-Canadian character actor best known for playing two very different “Docs” in The Boondock Saints and Jim Henson’s show Fraggle Rock, died Sunday in a Toronto retirement home just days after his birthday, his agent confirmed to EW. He was 90.
The Dublin-born Parkes relocated to Canada in the ’50s to pursue a career in entertainment, where he would transition in and out of television, film, theater and radio across his 50-plus-year career. He appeared in a number of Canadian productions including The Forest Rangers and The Littlest Hobo, but for kids of a certain generation, Parkes will always be Doc, the lovable bespectacled inventor and sidekick to Sprocket in the North American version of Jim Henson’s muppet series Fraggle Rock, which ran from 1983 to 1987. He’d go on to reprise that role in ABC’s 1987 special A Muppet Family Christmas.
Parkes’ gentle gruffness was on display in a variety of roles throughout the next few decades, which found him playing priests fairly often (Short Circuit 2, Mother Night, It Takes Two, and Trapped in Paradise, to name just a few). He also famously played the Tourette-afflicted bar owner in The Boondock Saints and its sequel.
Though the span of his work was more than just Doc the inventor, his longtime agent Gerry Jordon told CBC News that Parkes would “love” being remembered for his Fraggle Rock role. “He had a thrill doing that show,” he said. “He was a magical man and a terrific performer.”
Charlie Haden, whom Time magazine hailed as “one of the most restless, gifted, and intrepid players in all of jazz,” died Friday morning in Los Angeles after a long illness. A rep from ECM Records confirmed the news. He was 76.
A 16-time Grammy nominee and a founding member of the revolutionary Ornette Coleman Quartet, Haden’s career spanned over 50 years and vastly changed the ways that the bass was used in jazz. The Iowa native also founded the politically charged ensemble the Liberation Music Orchestra, a group whose pieces reflected his views on the Spanish Civil War and the Vietnam War, among other political and military conflicts. Considered one of the founding fathers of free jazz, Haden also played alongside Keith Jarrett in the ’60s and ’70s.
According to the statement from ECM, those by Haden’s side at the time of his death included Ruth Cameron, his wife of 30 years, and his children Josh Haden, Tanya Haden, Rachel Haden, and Petra Haden.
Known for his high voice and depth of emotion, Scott found success late in life with his 1992 comeback album All the Way. The Grammy-nominated release earned him wide popularity in Europe and Asia, where he often sold out shows.
He recorded vocals for the Lionel Hampton Band’s “Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool” in 1949, but a dispute with his label, Savoy Records, prevented him from releasing material for 20 years. He was rediscovered at the age of 67 singing at a friend’s funeral. READ FULL STORY
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.
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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