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Charles Sellier, Grizzly Adams creator, dies 67

Charles Edward Sellier, Jr. (November 19, 1943 – January 31, 2011) was an American television producer and director, best known for creating the American televsion series The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams.

Death of Charles Sellier, Jr.
Charles Sellier, Jr. died unexpectedly at his home in Idaho.
Charles Sellier, Jr. was 67 years old at the time of his death.

The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams, is the title of a 1972 novel by Charles E. Sellier Jr., a 1974 film based on the novel, a two-season NBC television series, and a 1982 TV movie. The title character — played by Dan Haggerty—is loosely based on the actual trapper, J. Capen "Grizzly" Adams.

Grizzly Adams Pilot Episode Part 1


Country Singer Doc Williams Dies 96

Doc Williams (June 26, 1914 – January 31, 2011) was an influential American country music band leader and vocalist.

Death of Doc Williams
Doc Williams died on January 31, 2011 in Wheeling, West Virginia, aged 96

 Doc Williams. Abdul Abulbul Amir

John Barry, James Bond composer dies 77

John Barry Prendergast, OBE (November 3, 1933 – January 30, 2011) was an Oscar winning English film score composer. He was best known for composing 11 James Bond soundtracks and was hugely influential on the 007 series' distinctive style.

In a career spanning almost 50 years, Barry received a number of awards for his work, including five Academy Awards; two for Born Free, and one each for The Lion in Winter (for which he also won a BAFTA Award), Out of Africa and Dances with Wolves (for which he also won a Grammy Award).

Death of John Barry
John Barry died of a heart attack on 30 January 2011 at his Oyster Bay home.
John Barry was 77 years old at the time of his death.

John Barry - Greatest Hits


Charlie Callas, Comedian Charlie, dead in Las Vegas at 83

Charlie Callas (December 20, 1924 — January 27, 2011) was an American comedian and actor most commonly known for his work with Mel Brooks, Jerry Lewis, and Dean Martin and his many stand-up appearances on television talk shows in the 1970s. He was also known for his role as Malcolm Argos, the restaurant owner of Eddie Albert's and Robert Wagner's characters on Switch.

Charlie Callas was a big-band drummer in the 1940s

Appearing on an episode of The Merv Griffin Show in 1967, one of the guests, Jerry Lewis, practically fell off his chair in hysterics as Callas performed his hunting routine. Lewis turned to Griffin and said he had to use Callas in his current project. The one appearance on the Griffin show landed Callas a role in Lewis' film, The Big Mouth. Lewis recalled the story on his short lived 1984 talk show in which Callas served as his sidekick and performed the hunting routine.

Familiar from his many appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson (from which he was eventually permanently banned by Carson himself, on air, for shoving Carson in a desperate attempt to generate laughs while bombing), he is known for his rubbery face, trademark nervous chattering and dark comedy. He appeared on The Andy Williams Show at various times as "Captain Weird", a parody of superheroes. Aside from comedy, his only known dramatic role was that of a restaurant owner, Malcolm Argos, in the popular 1970s show, Switch. He was also a regular performer on The ABC Comedy Hour in 1972.

Death of Charlie Callas
Charlie Callas died from natural causes.
Charlie Callas was 86 years old at the time of his death

Charlie Callas roasts Frank

Charlie Callas Grand Canyon Suite

Gladys Horton of The Marvelettes Dies 66

Gladys Horton (1944 – January 26, 2011) was an American R&B singer, famous for being the co-founder and lead singer of the popular Motown all-female vocal group The Marvelettes.

She had been recovering from complications from a stroke she suffered last year.

Death of Gladys Horton
Horton passed away on January 26, 2011 at the age of 66 at a nursing home in Sherman Oaks, California.
Cause of death is unknown.

 The Marvelettes Please Mr. Postman - Original version
Lead Singer Gladys Horton

Charlie Louvin, Country Singer, Dies 83

Charles Elzer Loudermilk (July 7, 1927 - January 26, 2011), known professionally as Charlie Louvin, was an American country music singer and songwriter. He is best known as one of the Louvin Brothers.

Death of Charlie Louvin
Charlie Louvin died of complications of pancreatic cancer

Jack LaLanne, Fitness guru, dies 96

Jack LaLanne (September 26, 1914 - January 23, 2011) was an American fitness, exercise, nutritional expert, and motivational speaker who had been called "the godfather of fitness". He published numerous books on fitness and hosted a fitness television show between 1951 and 1985. He had four children.

LaLanne gained recognition for his success as a bodybuilder, as well as his prodigious feats of strength. He was inducted to the California Hall of Fame and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Until his death at the age of 96, LaLanne continued to work out every morning for two hours. He spent 1½ hours in the weight room and half an hour swimming or walking. When interviewed by Katie Couric on NBC's Today show, LaLanne said his two simple rules of nutrition are: "if man made it, don't eat it", and "if it tastes good, spit it out." He often said, "I cannot afford to die, it will ruin my image."

On December 8, 2009, the 95-year-old LaLanne underwent heart valve surgery at a Los Angeles Hospital.

Death of Jack LaLanne
Jack LaLanne died on January 23, 2011 of respiratory failure due to pneumonia at his home in Morro Bay, California. He was married to Elaine LaLanne; they had two sons and a daughter.

Jack LaLanne Sings His Theme Song

 Jack Lalanne - Unhappy people

David Nelson, last of 'Ozzie and Harriet's' dies 74

1501 Vine Street

David Oswald Nelson (October 24, 1936 – January 11, 2011) was an American actor, director, producer, and son of bandleader/TV actor Ozzie Nelson and singer Harriet Hilliard and the older brother of late singer Ricky Nelson.

David and Ricky Nelson, along with their parents, appeared on the long-running sitcom The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet in the 1950s and 1960s. During the run of the series, Nelson directed several episodes. After the series' end, Nelson continued acting, directing and producing. Nelson's last film appearance was in Cry-Baby (1990).

Death of David Nelson
David Nelson died on January 11, 2011 in Century City, California of complications from colon cancer.

Ozzie and Harriet - An Evening With Hamlet (1/2)

Part 2/2

Margaret Whiting, Iconic Standard Recording Artist Dies 86

Margaret Whiting (July 22, 1924 — January 10, 2011) was a singer of American popular music and country music who first made her reputation during the 1940s and 1950s.

Recording career
Whiting's first recordings were as featured singer with various orchestras:

Television career
Margaret and Barbara Whiting starred as themselves in the situation comedy Those Whiting Girls. The show, produced by Desilu Productions, aired on CBS as a summer replacement series (in place of I Love Lucy) between July, 1955 and September, 1957.

Death of Margaret Whiting
Margaret Whiting died in 2011, aged 86, from natural causes at the Lillian Booth Actors' Home in Englewood, New Jersey.

Margaret Whiting: "My Foolish Heart"

Margaret Whiting and Johnny Mercer - Baby Its Cold Outside

John Dye, 'Touched By An Angel' Star dies 47

John Carroll Dye (January 31, 1963 – January 10, 2011) was an American film and television actor known for his role as Andrew in the television series Touched by an Angel.

Death of John Dye
Dye was found dead in his home in San Francisco, California on January 10, 2011, family have reported that he passed away from a heart attack.

John Dye in "The Perfect Weapon" (1/2)

Peter Yates, 'Bullitt' Director Dies 81

Peter Yates (July 24, 1928 – January 9, 2011) was an English film director and producer. He was born in Aldershot, Hampshire.

Deathe of Peter Yates
Peter Yates died in London on 9 January 2011. He was 82 years old.

Bullitt Official Trailer (1968)

Gerry Rafferty, Singer 'Baker Street', dies 63

Gerald "Gerry" Rafferty (April 16, 1947 – January 4, 2011) was a Scottish singer and songwriter best known for his hits "Right Down the Line" and "Baker Street". He was the son of a Scottish mother and an Irish father.

Death of Gerry Rafferty
Gerry Rafferty died on 4 January 2011, at the age of 63 of liver failure.

In November 2010, Rafferty was admitted to a hospital in Bournemouth, Dorset, suffering from liver failure. His family was told that there was little chance of his survival, although after he was taken off life support, his condition began to improve.

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Gerry Rafferty - Baker Street

Pete Postlethwaite, Oscar-nominated, 'Inception' actor dies 64

Peter William "Pete" Postlethwaite, OBE (February 7, 1946 – January 2, 2011) was an English stage, film and television actor.

After minor television appearances including in The Professionals, Postlethwaite's first success came with the film Distant Voices, Still Lives in 1988. He played a mysterious lawyer "Kobayashi" in The Usual Suspects, and he appeared in Alien 3, In the Name of the Father, Amistad, Brassed Off, The Shipping News, The Constant Gardener, Inception, and in Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet.

Death of Pete Postlethwaite
Postlethwaite died in the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital on 2 January 2011 after a battle with cancer.  Pete Postlethwaite was 64 at the time of his death.

Postlethwaite was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 1990, and had one testicle removed.

Pete Postlethwaite talks about The Age of Stupid on BBC Breakfast

Anne Francis, 'Forbidden Planet', 'Honey West', actress dies 80

Anne Francis (September 16, 1930 – January 2, 2011) was an American actress, best known for her role in the science fiction film classic Forbidden Planet (1956), and as the female private detective in the television series Honey West (1965–66). She won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Emmy award for her role in Honey West. Francis holds the distinction of starring in the first TV series with a female detective character's name in the title.

Her first leading role was in Blackboard Jungle (1955).

Anne Francis found success in television, with several appearances on The Twilight Zone, including the title character in "Jess-Belle" and as Marsha White in "The After Hours." She was a frequent guest star in 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s TV movies and programs. She appeared in two episodes of the popular TV western The Virginian.

Anne Francis was treated for lung cancer in 2007-2008. She kept her followers informed of her progress on her official website.

Death of Anne Francis
Anne Francis died on January 2, 2011, due to complications of pancreatic cancer at a retirement home in Santa Barbara, California, a city in which she was a longtime resident.  Anne Francis was 80 years old at the time of her death

Movie Legends - Anne Francis

Bobby Farrell, Boney M's 'Daddy Cool' Dies 61

Roberto "Bobby" Alfonso Farrell (October 6, 1949 – December 30, 2010) was a dancer and performer, best known as the male member of the successful 1970s pop and disco group Boney M.

Death of Bobby Farrell
Bobby Farrell died in a hotel in St Petersburg. He was complaining of breathing problems after performing with his band the evening before. The cause of death is still unknown. Bobby Farrell was 61 years old at the time of his death

 BONEY M - DADDY COOL.  Bobby Farrell on far left

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