James Charles "Jim" Marshall, OBE (July 29, 1923 – April 5, 2012), known as The Father of Loud or The Lord of Loud, was an English businessman, and pioneer of guitar amplification. His company, Marshall Amplification, has created kit used by some of the biggest names in rock, producing amplifiers with an iconic status. Marshall has been listed as one of the four forefathers of rock music equipment along with Leo Fender, Les Paul and Seth Lover.
Jim Marshall cause of death Jim Marshall had cancer and endured a series of strokes. Jim Marshall was 88 years old at the time of his death..
*Earl Scruggs created that classic banjo picking style
Earl Eugene Scruggs (January 6, 1924 – March 28, 2012) was an American musician noted for perfecting and popularizing a three-finger banjo-picking style (now called Scruggs style) that is a defining characteristic of bluegrass music. Although other musicians had played in three-finger style before him, Scruggs shot to prominence when he was hired by Bill Monroe to fill the banjo slot in his group, the Blue Grass Boys.
On September 24, 1962, Scruggs recorded "The Ballad of Jed Clampett" for the TV show The Beverly Hillbillies, which became an immediate country music hit.
Earl Scruggs Cause of Death Scruggs died from natural causes on March 28, 2012, in a Nashville hospital
Earl Scruggs Breakdown
The Ballad Of Jed Clampett (1962) - Earl Scruggs on banjo
Samuel Carthorne Rivers (September 25, 1923 – December 26, 2011), was an American jazz musician and composer. He performed on soprano and tenor saxophones, bass clarinet, flute, harmonica and piano.
Rivers was born in Enid, Oklahoma. Active in jazz since the early 1950s, he earned wider attention during the mid-1960s spread of free jazz. With a thorough command of music theory, orchestration and composition, Rivers was an influential and prominent artist in jazz music.
Sam Rivers cause of death Sam Rivers died from pneumonia in Orlando, Florida Sam Rivers was 88 years old at the time of his death.
Clifford Parker "Cliff" Robertson, III (September 9, 1923 – September 10, 2011) was an American actor with a film and television career that spanned half of a century. Robertson won the 1968 Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in the movie Charly. His most recent film role was "Uncle Ben Parker" in the Spider-Man film series.
Robertson's television appearances included The Twilight Zone episodes "A Hundred Yards Over the Rim" (1961) and "The Dummy" (1962)
Cliff Robertson was in the air and piloting a private plane over New York City on the morning of September 11, 2001
Cliff Robertson Cause of Death Robertson died in Stony Brook, New York, on September 10, 2011, one day after his 88th birthday, from natural cause.
Cliff Robertson in Twilight Zone - "The Dummy" (1962)
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.
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
Dolores Fuller (born Dolores Eble; March 10, 1923 – May 9, 2011) was an American actress and songwriter best known as the one-time girlfriend of the low-budget film director Edward D. Wood, Jr. She played the protagonist's girlfriend in Glen or Glenda, co-starred in Wood's Jail Bait, and had a minor role in Bride of the Monster. Later, Elvis Presley recorded a number of her songs written for his films.
Ed Wood (1994 film) Fuller was portrayed by Sarah Jessica Parker in Tim Burton's 1994 Wood biopic Ed Wood.
Dolores Fuller Cause of Death Dolores Fuller died at her Las Vegas home after a long illness. Dolores Fuller was 88 years old at the time of her death.
Jackie Cooper (September 15, 1922 – May 3, 2011) was an American actor, TV director, TV producer and executive. He was a child actor who managed to transition to an adult career. He is also the youngest performer to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, an honor he received for the film Skippy (film) (1931).
Jackie Cooper dated Judy Garland when he was 14. He dated Joan Crawford when he was 17.
Jackie Cooper's other notable movies, mostly as a child or teen actor, included "The Champ" (1931), "Treasure Island" (1934), "The Return of Frank James" (1940) and "Ziegfeld Girl" (1941).
Jackie Cooper worked as director on M*A*S*H (TV series) and The White Shadow earned him Emmy awards.
Jackie Cooper found renewed fame in the 1970s and 1980s as Daily Planet editor Perry White in the Superman film series starring Christopher Reeve.
Jackie Cooper has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, at 1501 Vine Street.
Jackie Cooper Cause of Death Jackie Cooper passed away on May 3, 2011 after a short illness.
America's Boy -- Jackie Cooper
Columbo - Candidate For Crime - Ending - Jackie Cooper as a bad guy.
Leonard King "Len" Lesser (December 3, 1922 – February 16, 2011) was an American actor. He was best known for his recurring role as Uncle Leo on Seinfeld, which began during the show's second season in "The Pony Remark" episode.
Before he played the role of Uncle Leo, Lesser worked for years in film, TV and on stage. His resume includes projects with Clint Eastwood, Barbra Streisand, Lee Marvin, Dustin Hoffman and Steve McQueen. Lesser has appeared on American television steadily since 1955 on scores of TV classics such as The Monkees, "Bat Masterson," The Outer Limits, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Get Smart, Quincy, The Rockford Files, Mad About You, All in the Family, Boy Meets World, and, most recently, Castle. He has also appeared in a variety of films such as The Outlaw Josey Wales, including a key role in the Clint Eastwood movie Kelly's Heroes.
Death of Len Lesser On February 16, 2011, Lesser died from cancer-related pneumonia in Burbank, California, at the age of 88.
Blake Edwards (July 26, 1922 – December 15, 2010) was an American film director, screenwriter and producer. In 2004, he received an Honorary Academy Award in recognition of his writing, directing and producing an extraordinary body of work for the screen.
Blake Edwards's distinguished career began in the 1940s as an actor but soon turned to writing radio scripts at Columbia Pictures. He used his writing skills to begin producing and directing, with some of his best films including: Experiment in Terror, The Great Race, and the hugely successful Pink Panther film series with the British comedian Peter Sellers. Often thought of as primarily a director of comedies, he was also renowned for his dramatic work, Breakfast at Tiffany's and Days of Wine and Roses.
Blake Edwards's second wife (since 1969) and widow is Julie Andrews (Sound of Music).
Death of Blake Edwards On December 15, 2010, Edwards died of complications of pneumonia at the Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California. His wife and children were at his side. Blake Edwards was 88 years old at the time of his death
Kathryn Grayson (February 9, 1922 – February 17, 2010) was an American actress and operatic soprano singer.
Grayson was contracted to MGM and was given lead roles in such films as Show Boat (1951) and Kiss Me Kate (1953). She was paired with Howard Keel and Mario Lanza in some of her films.
She progressed to theatre work including the highly successful Camelot from 1962 until 1964. During the 1960s, she performed in several operas, including La bohème, Madama Butterfly, Orpheus in the Underworld and La traviata.
Personal life & Death of Kathryn Grayson In Hollywood she married twice, first to the actor John Shelton and then to the actor/singer Johnnie Johnston. Both marriages ended in divorce. Her second marriage produced her only child, her daughter Patricia Kathryn Johnston (b. October 7, 1948).
Grayson died in her sleep at her home in Los Angeles, California on February 17, 2010, at the age of 88
Kathryn Grayson and Carl Esmond - "You and the Waltz and I"
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Kathryn Grayson Filmography
1941 Andy Hardy's Private Secretary 1942 The Vanishing Virginian 1942 Rio Rita 1942 Seven Sweethearts 1943 Thousands Cheer 1945 Anchors Aweigh Susan Abbott 1946 Ziegfeld Follies 1946 Two Sisters from Boston 1946 Till the Clouds Roll By 1947 It Happened in Brooklyn 1948 The Kissing Bandit 1949 That Midnight Kiss 1949 Some of the Best 1950 The Toast of New Orleans 1951 Grounds for Marriage 1951 Show Boat 1952 Lovely to Look At 1953 The Desert Song 1953 So This Is Love 1953 Kiss Me Kate 1956 The Vagabond King 1977 The Amazing World of Psychic Phenomena 1994 A Century of Cinema 2003 Cole Porter in Hollywood: Too Darn Hot 2004 The Masters Behind the Musicals
Eunice Mary Kennedy Shriver (July 10, 1921- August 11, 2009) was a member of the Kennedy family and helped to found Special Olympics in the 1960s as a national organization. Born in Brookline, Massachusetts, she was the fifth of nine children of Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. and Rose Kennedy.
Shriver actively campaigned for her elder brother, U.S. President John F. Kennedy, during his successful 1960 U.S. presidential election.
In 1968, she helped Ann McGlone Burke nationalize the Special Olympics movement and is the only woman to have her portrait appear, during her lifetime, on a U.S. coin – the 1995 commemorative Special Olympics silver dollar.
Her daughter, Maria Shriver, is married to actor and politician Arnold Schwarzenegger who is currently Governor of California (elected 2003).
Death of Eunice Shriver In the early morning of August 11, 2009, Shriver died at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, Massachusetts. The immediate cause of her death has not yet been disclosed, but she was 88 years of age and had suffered from Addison's Disease for many years. The news of her death was first broadcast on MSNBC's morning show Morning Joe, following an e-mail to Time magazine guest Mark Halperin
* Charles Schneer produced the only movie that starred Ronald & Nancy Reagan
Charles H. Schneer (May 5, 1920 - January 21, 2009) was a film producer most widely known for working with special effects pioneer, Ray Harryhausen. He was born in Norfolk, Virginia and died in Boca Raton, Florida.
After studying at Columbia University, he served in the US Army's Signal Corps Photographic Unit. After the war he moved to Hollywood, and after joining Columbia Pictures he was introduced to Ray Harryhausen by a mutual friend from his Army days.
Together they made It Came From Beneath The Sea, about a giant octopus-like creature that wreaks havoc. This film made use of stop-motion photography which the pair were to use to great effect in later films including Jason and the Argonauts, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad and Clash of the Titans.
Schneer also produced the 1967 film version of the stage musical Half A Sixpence starring Tommy Steele
Death of Charles Schneer Charles Schneer died 88 after a long illness.
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Filmography The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad First Men in the Moon The Valley of Gwangi 20 Million Miles to Earth I Aim at the Stars Clash of the Titans Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger The Golden Voyage of Sinbad Mysterious Island Good Day for a Hanging It Came from Beneath the Sea Jason and the Argonauts
Ricardo Gonzalo Pedro Montalbán Merino (November 25, 1920 – January 14, 2009) was a Mexican television, theatre, and film actor. He had a career spanning decades and multiple notable roles. During the late 1970s, he was the spokesperson in automobile advertisements for the Chrysler Cordoba (in which he famously extols the "Corinthian leather" used for its interior). From 1977 to 1984 he starred as Mr. Roarke in the television series Fantasy Island. He also played the villainous Khan Noonien Singh in both the 1967 "Space Seed" episode of the first season of the original Star Trek series, and the 1982 film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. He won an Emmy Award in 1978, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild in 1993. Up until his 80s, he continued to perform, often providing voices for animated films and commercials.
Death of Ricardo Montalban Montalbán died on January 14, 2009 in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 88. His cause of death has not yet been identified.
June Allyson (October 7, 1917 – July 8, 2006) was a Golden Globe-winning American film and television actress, popular in the 1940s and 1950s.
Death of June Allyson June Allyson had been in failing health since undergoing a hip-replacement surgery, and died at her home in Ojai, California on July 8, 2006. She was 88 years old. Her death was a result of pulmonary respiratory failure and acute bronchitis. Her husband of nearly 30 years, David Ashrow, was at her side.
For her contribution to the motion picture industry, June Allyson received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1537 Vine Street.
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Features Best Foot Forward (1943) Thousands Cheer (1943) Girl Crazy (1943) Meet the People (1944) Two Girls and a Sailor (1944) Music for Millions (1944) Her Highness and the Bellboy (1945) The Sailor Takes a Wife (1945) Two Sisters from Boston (1946) Till the Clouds Roll By (1946) The Secret Heart (1946) High Barbaree (1947) Good News (1947) The Bride Goes Wild (1948) The Three Musketeers (1948) Words and Music (1948) Little Women (1949) The Stratton Story (1949) The Reformer and the Redhead (1950) Right Cross (1950) Too Young to Kiss (1951) The Girl in White (1952) Battle Circus (1953) Remains to Be Seen (1953) The Glenn Miller Story (1953) Executive Suite (1954) Woman's World (1954) Strategic Air Command (1955) The Shrike (1955) The McConnell Story (1955) The Opposite Sex (1956) You Can't Run Away from It (1956) Interlude (1957) My Man Godfrey (1957) A Stranger in My Arms (1959) They Only Kill Their Masters (1972) Blackout (1978) That's Entertainment! III (1994) A Girl, Three Guys, and a Gun (2001)
Short subjects Ups and Downs (1937) Pixilated (1937) Swing for Sale (1937) Dime a Dance (1937) Dates and Nuts (1937) Not Now (1938) Sing for Sweetie (1938) The Prisoner of Swing (1938) The Knight Is Young (1938) All Girl Revue (Short subject, 1940) Screen Snapshots: Hollywood, City of Stars (1956)
Early life Allyson was born Eleanor (Ella) Geisman in the Bronx, New York City to Clara Provost and Robert Geisman on October 7, 1917. Her paternal grandparents, Harry Geisman and Anna Hafner, were immigrants from Germany, although Allyson has claimed that her last name was originally "Van Geisman", and was of Dutch origin.June was six months old when her alcoholic father who'd worked as a janitor abandoned the family. Her mother worked as a telephone operator and restaurant cashier. Allyson was brought up in near poverty. At eight, a dead tree branch fell on her while she was bicycling. Several bones were broken, and doctors said she would never walk again. She underwent months of swimming exercises and regained her health.
Career After graduating from a wheelchair to crutches to braces, she was inspired to dance by obsessively watching Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire movies. In 1938, fully recovered, she tried out for a chorus job in the Broadway show "Sing out the News." The choreographer gave her a job and a new name: Allyson, a family name, and June, for the month.
Like other musical performers in New York, the 5'1" Allyson found work in movie short subjects that were filmed there. Her first opportunity came from Educational Pictures at its Astoria, Long Island studio. Educational cast her as an ingenue opposite singer Lee Sullivan, comic dancers Herman Timberg, Jr. and Pat Rooney, Jr., and future comedy star Danny Kaye. When Educational ceased operations, Allyson moved over to Vitaphone in Brooklyn, and starred or co-starred (with dancer Hal LeRoy) in musical shorts until that studio discontinued New York production in 1940.
Allyson returned to the New York stage. After her appearance in Best Foot Forward in 1941, she was selected for the 1943 film version, and followed it up with several other musicals, including Two Sisters from Boston (1946) and Good News (1947). She also played straight roles such as Constance in The Three Musketeers (1948), the tomboy Jo March in Little Women (1949), and a nurse in Battle Circus (1953). June was very adept at opening the waterworks on cue, and many of her films incorporated a crying scene. Fellow MGM player Margaret O'Brien recalled that she and Allyson were known as "the town criers."
In 1950, June Allyson had been signed to appear opposite Fred Astaire in Royal Wedding, but had to leave the production due to pregnancy. (She was replaced initially by Judy Garland, and later Jane Powell.)
James Stewart was a frequent co-star, teaming up with Allyson in films such as The Glenn Miller Story, The Stratton Story and Strategic Air Command.
Allyson was an extremely active star in the 1940s and 1950s. She won a Golden Globe Award for her performance in the comedy Too Young To Kiss in 1951. In 1955, she was named the ninth most popular movie star in the annual Quigley Exhibitors Poll and the second most popular female star (behind Grace Kelly). She starred in 1956 with a young rising star named Jack Lemmon in a musical comedy, You Can't Run Away From It.
After her film career ended in the late 1950s, Allyson starred on television as hostess and occasional star of The DuPont Show with June Allyson. The anthology series lasted two seasons. In later years the actress appeared on popular shows such as The Love Boat and Murder, She Wrote.
Personal life On August 19, 1945, Allyson caused Hollywood studio chiefs some consternation by marrying Dick Powell, who was 13 years her senior and had been previously married to Mildred Maund and Joan Blondell. They had two children, Pamela Allyson Powell (adopted in 1948 through the Tennessee Children's Home Society in an adoption arranged by Georgia Tann) and Richard Powell, Jr. born on December 24, 1950. The couple briefly separated in 1961, but reconciled and remained married until his death on January 2, 1963, which led to Allyson's effective retirement from the screen.
Following Powell's death, she went though a bitter court battle with her mother over custody of her children, Ricky and Pamela. Reports at the time revealed that writer/director Dirk Summers, with whom Allyson was romantically involved from 1963 to 1975, was named legal guardian for Ricky and Pamela as a result of a court petition. Members of the nascent jet-set, Allyson and Summers were frequently seen in Cap d'Antibes, Madrid, Rome and London. However, Summers refused to marry her and the relationship did not last. Allyson twice married and divorced Powell's barber, Alfred Glenn Maxwell, who she claimed physically abused her. During this time, Allyson struggled with alcoholism, which she overcame in the mid-seventies. She was married to David Ashrow, a dentist turned actor, from 1976 until her death. The couple occasionally performed together in regional theater.
Allyson returned to the Broadway stage in 1970 in the play Forty Carats and later toured in a production of No, No Nanette.
Dick Powell had been a major television player with his own production company, Four Star, owning several network shows. When he died, Allyson was left very well off and didn't need to work. She occasionally made appearances on talk and variety shows.
After Dick Powell developed kidney problems and died of cancer, June Allyson committed herself to charitable work on his behalf. She championed the importance of research in urological and gynecological diseases in seniors, and represented the Kimberly-Clark Corporation in commercials for Depend adult diapers. Her name made the headlines again when actor-turned-agent Marty Ingels publicly charged Allyson with not paying his large commission on the Depend deal. Allyson counter-charged that Ingels was harassing her with dozens of phone calls daily and nightly.
Allyson made a special appearance in 1994 in That's Entertainment III, as one of the film's narrators. She spoke about MGM's golden era, and introduced vintage film clips.
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