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Archive - Jun 2011

June 27th

Elaine Stewart, Hollywood actress, dies 81

Elaine Stewart (May 31, 1929 – June 27, 2011) was an American actress and model.

Stewart made her debut by winning Miss See in See Magazine in 1952, with measurements 34-25-36. She was in many magazines such as Playboy and Photoplay.

She had a supporting role in The Bad and the Beautiful (1952), as Laila. She appeared in other films, such as Brigadoon, Night Passage and The Adventures of Hajji Baba.

She is also known as the co-hostess on two 1970s game shows, Gambit with Wink Martindale and the nighttime edition of High Rollers with Alex Trebek, both produced by her husband.

Elaine Stewart cause of death
Elaine Stewart died after a long illness.
Elaine Stewart was 81 years old at the time of her death

Gambit (CBS) with Wink Martindale & Elaine Stewart 

June 24th

Peter Falk, actor, Lieutenant Columbo, Dies 83

Peter Michael Falk (September 16, 1927 – June 23, 2011) was an American actor, best known for his role as Lieutenant Columbo in the television series Columbo. He appeared in numerous films and television guest roles, and has been nominated for an Academy Award twice (for 1960's Murder, Inc. and 1961's Pocketful of Miracles), and won the Emmy Award on five occasions (four for Columbo) and the Golden Globe award once.

In 1968 he starred with Gene Barry in a ninety-minute TV pilot about a highly-skilled, laid-back detective. Columbo eventually became part of an anthology series entitled, The NBC Mystery Movie, along with McCloud and McMillan And Wife.

Peter Falk Cause of Death
Peter Falk died at his Beverly Hills home on June 23, 2011. According to his daughter, Catherine Falk, the actor had been suffering from dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Cause of death is not known.

 Columbo Fantastic Interrogation Example
Lower quality video, but this is also my favorite scene.

June 23rd

Gene Colan, Comic book artist, dies 84

Eugene "Gene" Colan (September 1, 1926 – June 23, 2011) was an American comic book artist best known for his work for Marvel Comics, where his signature titles include the superhero series, Daredevil, the cult-hit satiric series Howard the Duck, and The Tomb of Dracula, considered one of comics' classic horror series. He co-created the Falcon, the first African-American superhero in mainstream comics.

Colan was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2005.

Gene Colan cause of death
Gene Colan died, following complications from liver disease and a broken hip received in a fall.  Gene Colan was 84 years old at the time of his death.

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Gene Colan's Work in 1976

Katie Couric's Father, Dies 90

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John M. Couric, a wire service editor who said he gave up the “high priesthood of journalism” for a public relations career, in part to support a growing family that included the future television journalist Katie Couric, died June 22 at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington. He was 90.

June 19th

Ryan Dunn, Jackass Star, dies in car accident 34

Ryan Dunn (June 11, 1977 – June 20, 2011) was an American reality television personality and daredevil best known for being a member of The Jackass Crew, MTV's Viva La Bam, and Homewrecker. A member of the CKY Crew, Dunn played the main character in Bam Margera's film Haggard, which was based on a failed relationship Ryan had experienced.

Ryan Dunn Cause of Death
On June 20, 2011 at approximately 3:30 am EDT, Dunn died in a car crash in West Goshen Township, Pennsylvania. He posted a photo of him drinking with friends hours beforehand. At the time of the accident, Dunn was believed to have been traveling over 110 mph (180 km/h). An unidentified occupant of the vehicle was also found dead at the scene. WKST-FM reported that both of the bodies had suffered severe burns, and the emergency medical technicians experienced difficulty in identifying the vehicle's occupants; Dunn was reportedly identified by his tattoos and facial hair.

 Jackass Ryan Dunn with (more) facial hair

June 18th

Clarence Clemons, saxophonist for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, dies 69

Clarence Anicholas Clemons, Jr. (January 11, 1942 – June 18, 2011), also known as The Big Man, was an American musician and actor. From 1972 until his death, he was a prominent member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, playing the saxophone. He released several solo albums and in 1985 had a hit single with "You're a Friend of Mine", a duet with Jackson Browne. As a guest musician he also featured on Aretha Franklin's classic "Freeway of Love" and on Twisted Sister's "Be Chrool to Your Scuel" as well as performing in concert with The Grateful Dead and Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band. As an actor Clemons featured in several films, including New York, New York and Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. He also made cameo appearances in several TV series, including Diff'rent Strokes, Nash Bridges, The Simpsons and The Wire. Together with his television writer friend Don Reo he published his autobiography, Big Man: Real Life & Tall Tales, in 2009.

Clarence Clemons Cause of Death
Clarence Clemons suffered a stroke on June 12, 2011. He underwent two surgeries after which he was in serious, but stable condition. According to Rolling Stone Magazine, he had been showing signs of recovery. However, Clemons died from complications caused by the stroke on June 18.
Clarence Clemons was 69 years old at time of his death.

Bruce Springsteen - Santa Claus is coming to town - Paris 07
Clarence Clemon on Sax, also sings "You better be good for goodness sake"

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band - Jungleland

June 15th

Wild Man Fischer, Mentally Ill Musician, Dies 66

Wild Man Fischer (November 6, 1944 – June 15, 2011) was an American songwriter in the outsider genre. He was notable for being responsible for Rhino Records' first release, Go To Rhino Records (1975). Described by Allmusic as "certified paranoid schizophrenic and acid casualty", Fischer's highly unusual style had developed a cult following.

Wild Man Fischer Cause of Death
Fischer died in Los Angeles, on June 15, 2011 after heart problems.

Larry "Wild Man" Fischer, early 1980's

Bob Banner, Emmy-winning TV producer, dies 89

Bob Banner (August 15, 1921 - June 15, 2011) is an Emmy-winning American producer, writer and director.

During The Golden Age of Television, Bob was one of the prime movers of variety programming. The Dinah Shore Chevy Show, which he produced and directed, garnered a myriad of awards including three Emmys, two Christopher Awards and two Peabodys.

In 1958, he formed Bob Banner Associates. BBA's first production was “The Garry Moore Show” with regulars Durward Kirby, Carol Burnett, and Marion Lorne. The program ran for 218 episodes and won several Emmy Awards, including one for Carol.

Special “Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall,” starring Julie Andrews and Carol Burnett which garnered three Emmys and the International Golden Rose Award.

Bob Banner Cause of Death
Bob Banner died of Parkinson's disease at the Motion Picture & Television Fund retirement community in  Woodland Hills, California.
Bob Banner was 89 years old at the time of his death.

June 14th

Harold Camping, 'rapture' minister, suffers stroke

The Oakland minister who incorrectly predicted the world would end May 21 was scheduled to be released from a local hospital after being treated for a mild strok

Harold Egbert Camping (born July 19, 1921) is an American Christian radio broadcaster. He is president of Family Radio, a California-based radio station group that spans more than 150 markets in the United States. Camping is notable for applying numerology to his interpretations of Bible passages to predict dates for the End Times.

His 2011 end times prediction was that on May 21, 2011 Jesus would return.  He had previously predicted judgment days on May 21, 1988, and September 7, 1994. 

June 12th

Carl Gardner, The Coasters, 'Charlie Brown,' 'Smokey Joe's Cafe,' dies 83

Carl Gardner (born Carl Edward Gardner; April 29, 1928 – June 12, 2011), was an American singer, best known as the foremost member and founder of The Coasters.

Gardner was born in Tyler Texas. He formed the group with Bobby Nunn in 1955, after leaving The Robins, at the behest of the songwriting/producing team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Gardner's son, Carl Jr., officially joined The Coasters in late 2005, after Gardner semi-retired, although Carl Jr. had been touring with them since at least 1998.

Carl Gardner Cause of Death
Carl Gardner, Sr. died on June 12, 2011, after suffering with Congestive Heart Failure and Vascular Dementia. (Source: Coasters Website.) His son Carl, Jr., having taken over as lead singer of The Coasters, carries on with the group. Carl Gardner was 83 years old at the time of his death.

The Coasters - Poison Ivy.   Lead Singer: Carl Gardner

Laura Ziskin, Pretty Woman & Spider-Man producer, dies 61

Laura Ellen Ziskin (March 3, 1950 – June 12, 2011) was an American film producer. In 1990, she was the sole executive producer of the hit comedy Pretty Woman. Ziskin became the first woman to produce the Academy Awards telecast alone, producing the 74th Academy Awards in 2002 and the 79th Academy Awards in 2007.

Ziskin's biggest success to date came with the hit comedy Pretty Woman in 1990, starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, which Ziskin executive produced for Touchstone Pictures.

Laura Ziskin returned to the big screen with the highly anticipated feature version of Spider-Man. The film was released on May 3, 2002 to good reviews from critics, went on to break box office records, and became the highest grossing film of 2002. The success of the film led to two sequels, Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3. In 2002, Ziskin was also awarded the Crystal Award by Women in Film for her efforts at expanding the role of women in the entertainment industry.

Laura Ziskin Cause of Death
Ziskin died of breast cancer at her home in Santa Monica, California on June 12, 2011, aged 61.

June 8th

Ja Rule, Rapper, turns himself in to serve 2 year sentence on gun charges

Rapper Ja Rule turned himself into authorities to serve 2 year prison sentence. He will go to Rikers Island first, then be sent to a state facility in Upstate New York.

On December 13, 2010, Ja Rule received a two-year jail sentence after pleading guilty to attempted possession of a weapon after the aforementioned 2007 concert. On March 8, 2011 Ja Rule's surrender date for his two year prison sentence was set for June 8.

Ja Rule Legal issues

In 2003, he allegedly punched a man in Toronto, who later sued Ja Rule. The issue was settled out of court.

In 2004, police investigated whether a feud involving The Inc. led to fatal shooting outside a nightclub party hosted by Ja Rule and Leon Richardson were, they thought he shot Proof of D12.

On July 1, 2004, Ja Rule was arrested with Don Rhys for driving with a suspended license and possessing marijuana.

In July 2007, Ja Rule was arrested for gun and drug possession charges along with Lil Wayne, and Don Rhys who served eight months in prison during 2010 for attempted possession of weapon stemming from the arrest. New York Supreme Court judge Richard Carruthers rejected Ja Rule's argument that the gun was illegally obtained evidence.

Jeffrey Atkins (born February 29, 1976), better known by his stage name Ja Rule, is an American rapper, singer, and actor.

Born in Hollis, Queens, he began his career in the group Cash Money Click and debuted in 1999 with Venni Vetti Vecci and its single "Holla Holla". From 2000 to 2004, Ja Rule had several hits that made the top 20 of the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, including "Between Me and You" with Christina Millian, "I'm Real (Murder Remix)" with Jennifer Lopez, "Always on Time" with Ashanti, "Mesmerize" also with Ashanti, and "Wonderful" with R. Kelly and Ashanti. During the 2000s, Ja Rule was signed to The Inc. Records, which was formerly known as Murder Inc. and was led by Irv Gotti.

Ja Rule - Mesmerize ft. Ashanti

June 7th

Leonard Stern, writer for 'The Honeymooners' and 'Get Smart,' dies at 88

Leonard B. Stern (December 23, 1923 – June 7, 2011) born in New York City NY, was one of the creators, with Roger Price, of the word game Mad Libs.

Leonard Stern was a successful television writer who wrote for such now classic series such as Get Smart, The Honeymooners, the Phil Silvers Show, The Steve Allen Show and Steve Allen's Tonight Show. He also was a writer for the 1952 Danny Thomas and Peggy Lee version of The Jazz Singer and several Abbott and Costello films, among others. In the 1970s, he produced and directed the TV series McMillan and Wife, which starred Rock Hudson.

Leonard Stern cause of death
On June 7, 2011, Stern died of heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Stern is survived by his wife of 55 years, actress Gloria Stroock, as well as a son, Michael Stern, a daughter, Kate Stern, two grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter. Funeral services were scheduled Friday at Mt. Sinai.

June 5th

Country Singer Trace Adkins' Tennessee home destroyed in fire

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His wife Rhonda and their daughters were not injured.

Fire officials told The Tennessean newspaper that Adkins' home in this suburb south of Nashville was a total loss. The blaze was reported at 3:35 p.m. and firefighters responded within minutes.

June 3rd

James Arness, Marshal on 'Gunsmoke,' Dies 88

James King Arness (May 26, 1923 – June 3, 2011) was an American actor, best known for portraying Marshal Matt Dillon on Gunsmoke for 20 years. His brother was actor Peter Graves. Arness has the distinction of having played the role of Marshal Matt Dillon in five separate decades: 1955 to 1975 in the weekly series, then in Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge (1987) and four more made-for-TV Gunsmoke movies in the 1990s. In Europe Arness reached cult status for his role as Zeb Macahan in the western series How the West Was Won.

James Arness was in two Sci-Fi Classics - The original THING as the monster, and as the FBI man in THEM.

Arness has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1751 Vine Street. In 1981

James Arness Cause of Death
James Arness died of natural causes at his Brentwood home in Los Angeles, California on June 3, 2011.  James Arness was 88 years old a the time of his death

Gunsmoke "The Killer", James Arness is Sheriff Dillon