Francis "Franny" Beecher (September 29, 1921 – February 24, 2014), also known as Frank Beecher, was the lead guitarist for Bill Haley & His Comets from 1954 to 1962, and is best remembered for his innovative guitar solos combining elements of country music and jazz. He composed the classics "Blue Comet Blues", "Goofin' Around", "Week End", and "Shaky" when he was the lead guitarist for Bill Haley and the Comets. He continued to perform with surviving members of the Comets into 2006. In 2012, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted Beecher as a member of the Comets by a special committee, aimed at correcting the previous mistake of not inducting the Comets with Bill Haley.
Franny Beecher cause of death
Beecher died on February 24, 2014 in his sleep from natural causes. Franny Beecher was 92 years old at the time of his death.
Kitty Wells (August 30, 1919 – July 16, 2012), born Ellen Muriel Deason, was an American country music singer. Her 1952 hit recording, "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels", made her the first female country singer to top the U.S. country charts, and turned her into the first female country star. Her Top 10 hits continued until the mid-1960s, inspiring a long list of female country singers who came to prominence in the 1960s.
Wells ranks as the sixth most successful female vocalist in the history of Billboard's country charts, according to historian Joel Whitburn's book The Top 40 Country Hits, behind Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Reba McEntire, Tammy Wynette, and Tanya Tucker. In 1976, she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and is currently its oldest living member. In 1991, she became the third country music artist, after Roy Acuff and Hank Williams, and the eighth woman to receive the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Wells' accomplishments earned her the nickname The Queen of Country Music.
Kitty Wells cause of death Kitty Wells died from complications after a stroke. Kitty Wells was 92 years old at the time of her death
Kitty Wells - It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels
Doris Singleton (born Dorthea Singleton; September 28, 1919 – June 26, 2012) was an American actress, perhaps best remembered as Lucy Ricardo's frenemy, the stuck-up Carolyn Appleby, in I Love Lucy.
Singleton guest starred on several other television shows including Hogan's Heroes, The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Twilight Zone, all on CBS, and on Rod Cameron's syndicated modern western crime drama, State Trooper. She played Laura, the girlfriend of Butch Cassidy on a 1958 episode, "The Outlaw Legion," of the syndicated western Frontier Doctor. Singleton played the sympathetic neighbor, Susie, to Annie Fargé's scatterbrained character "Angel Smith" in the short-lived CBS sitcom Angel (1960–61). Singleton also appeared in All in the Family as Edith's hotel roommate, Lydia Stonehurst in the 1971 episode "Edith has Jury Duty". She also appeared in two Perry Mason episodes, titled "The Crooked Candle" and "The Purple Woman".
Singleton guest-starred on My Three Sons, playing two different characters who had recurring roles throughout the long run of the show. She originally played the mother of Meredith MacRae whose character Sally Morrison married original oldest son Mike Douglas (Tim Considine) in the 1964-65 season. Later she played Margaret, mother of Polly Williams (Ronne Troup) in the 1970-71 season. At the time of her death in June 2012, Singleton was the last surviving major recurring adult cast members from the "Lucy" shows. Her last major acting role was in Deadly Messages (1985), though she appeared in advertising and voice overs for many subsequent years.
Doris Singleton cause of death Doris Singleton died from complications from cancer on June 26, 2012, in her Los Angeles home. She had no children and left no immediate survivors. Doris Singleton was 92 years old at the time of her death.
Andrew Aitken "Andy" Rooney (January 14, 1919 – November 4, 2011) was an American radio and television writer. He was most notable for his weekly broadcast "A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney", a part of the CBS News program 60 Minutes from 1978 to 2011. His final regular appearance on 60 Minutes aired October 2, 2011.
Rooney's "end-of-show" segment on 60 Minutes, "A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney" (originally "Three Minutes or So With Andy Rooney"), began in 1978
In 1990, Rooney was suspended without pay for three months by then-CBS News President David Burke, due to the negative publicity around his saying that "too much alcohol, too much food, drugs, homosexual unions, cigarettes [are] all known to lead to premature death."
Andy Rooney Cause of Death Aney Rooney was hospitalized on October 25, 2011 for developing postoperative complications, and died 10 days later (November 4, 2011). He died about a month after his last appearance on 60 Minutes. Aney Rooney was 92 years old at the time of his death.
Frances Bay (January 23, 1919 – September 15, 2011) was a U.S.-based Canadian character actress, best-known for playing quirky, elderly women on film and television. She began her acting career in her mid-50s.
Bay may also be familiar from her performance in the music video for Jimmy Fallon's comedy song, Idiot Boyfriend. She made an appearance as Mrs. Pickman in John Carpenter's In the Mouth of Madness. She may be best-remembered for her performance as the hapless but loving grandmother of Adam Sandler's titular character in the 1996 film Happy Gilmore.
Frances Bay appeared as Mrs. Hamilton in the Christmas television special Christmastime with Mister Rogers. She went on to play small roles in films like The Karate Kid, Big Top Pee-wee and Twins.
Her first major television appearance occurred playing the grandmother to the character of Arthur Fonzarelli (aka "The Fonz") on Happy Days. In 1983, she played the grandmother in Little Red Riding Hood in Faerie Tale Theatre for Showtime. In 1994, she played Mrs. Pickman in John Carpenter's In the Mouth of Madness.
In 1986, Bay appeared as the doddery aunt of Kyle MacLachlan's character in David Lynch's Blue Velvet. This role seems to have endeared the actress to Lynch, who recast her in several subsequent works, including as a foul-mouthed madam in Wild at Heart, and as Mrs. Tremond on Twin Peaks and its movie spin-off, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me.
She has the distinction of appearing in the final episodes of three long-running sitcom series: Happy Days, Who's the Boss? and Seinfeld. Bay had the opportunity to play Cousin Winifred in the fourth to last episode of Road To Avonlea, for which she won a Gemini Award.
Frances Bay cause of death Frances Bay died of pneumonia and other complications. Frances Bay was 92 years old at the time of her death
Jerry Seinfeld Mugs an Old Lady for her Marble Rye
Jimmy Wall (Born ? - October 27, 2010) was a regular on Captain Kangaroo from 1968 until 1978. Playing the kindly "Mr. Baxter," he added a sense of calm to the show when all others around him may have been caught up in the silliness. He also starred with the Captain and Mr. Greenjeans in a serialized production entitled "The Missing Paint Mystery" (shown on the program from December, 1969 until 1977; with the exception of 1976) in which the trio travels to Curaçao (a Caribbean island) to confront the playfully evil villain, Garumph (played by Cosmo Allegretti). Wall also worked as a stage manager for CBS on Captain Kangaroo and other CBS broadcasts, including 60 Minutes. Wall continued to work as a CBS stage manager, and on September 1, 2008, was honored for working on his 41st year of the "US Open" tennis tournament. Sportscasters Dick Enberg and John McEnroe commented that Wall still has a strong backhand tennis shot.
Death of Jimmy Wall Jimmy Wall died October 27, 2010 after a short illness. Jimmy Wall was 92 years old at the time of his death
Robert Carlyle Byrd (born Cornelius Calvin Sale, Jr.; November 20, 1917 – June 28, 2010) was a United States Senator from West Virginia. A member of the Democratic Party, Byrd served as a Senator from 1959 to 2010 and was the longest-serving senator and the longest-serving member in the history of the United States Congress.
On June 27, 2010, Byrd became ill and was admitted to Inova Fairfax Hospital in Fairfax County, Virginia, for what was assumed to be heat stroke and dehydration. However, other medical conditions emerged and Byrd was described as "seriously ill." Robert Byrd died at approximately 3 a.m. EDT the next day at age 92
Lena Horne (June 30, 1917 - May 9, 2010), was an American singer, actress and dancer.
Horne joined the chorus of the Cotton Club at the age of sixteen and became a nightclub performer before moving to Hollywood where she had small parts in numerous movies, and more substantial parts in the films Cabin in the Sky and Stormy Weather . Due to the red scare and her progressive political views, Horne found herself blacklisted and unable to get work in Hollywood.
Returning to her roots as a nightclub performer, Horne took part in the March on Washington, and continued to work as a performer, both in nightclubs as well as television, and releasing well received albums. In the early 1970s, her husband, son and father died within a period of twelve months. Horne announced her retirement in March 1980, but the next year starred in a one woman show, Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music, which ran for more than three hundred performances on Broadway, and earned her numerous awards and accolades. Horne recorded sporadically following the show.
Death of Lena Horne Lena Horne died at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Lena Horne was 92 years old at the time of her death
John Lincoln Freund Born: January 29, 1918 Penns Grove, New Jersey, United States Died: April 2, 2010 (aged 92) Santa Ynez, California
John Forsythe an American stage, television and film actor. Forsythe starred in three television series, spanning three decades, as single playboy father Bentley Gregg in the 1950s sitcom Bachelor Father (1957–1962); as the unseen millionaire Charles Townsend on the 1970s crime drama Charlie's Angels (1976–1981), and as ruthless and beloved patriarch Blake Carrington on the 1980s soap opera Dynasty (1981–1989). He hosted World of Survival during the 1970s. Forsythe appeared each year to read children's fiction during the annual Christmas program near his home at the rural resort community of Solvang, California, north of Los Angeles.
In 1947, Forsythe joined the initial class of the soon-to-be prestigious Actors Studio, where he met other promising young actors including Marlon Brando and Julie Harris. During this time he appeared on Broadway in Mister Roberts and The Teahouse of the August Moon.
In 1955, Alfred Hitchcock cast Forsythe in the movie The Trouble with Harry, with Shirley MacLaine in her first movie appearance. The film was unsuccessful at the box office.
Death of John Forsythe John Forsythe died from complication of pneumonia. John Forsythe was 92 years old at the time of his death
John Forsythe & Linda Evans on Donny & Marie
John Forsythe's Filmography & TV work continues next page
* Northern Pursuit (1943) * Destination Tokyo (1943) * The Captive City (1952) * It Happens Every Thursday (1953) * The Glass Web (1953) * Escape from Fort Bravo (1953) * American Harvest (Revised Edition) (1955) (short subject) (narrator) * The Trouble with Harry (1955) * The Ambassador's Daughter (1956) * Everything But the Truth (1956) * Dubrowsky (1959) * Kitten with a Whip (1964) * Madame X (1966) * In Cold Blood (1967) * Silent Treatment (1968) * Murder Once Removed (1971) * Topaz (1969) * The Happy Ending (1969) * Goodbye and Amen (1977) * ...And Justice for All (1979) * Scrooged (1988) * Stan and George's New Life (1991) * We Wish You a Merry Christmas (1999) (voice) (direct-to-video) * Charlie's Angels (2000) * Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003)
* Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955) * Bachelor Father (1957–1962) * The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1962) * See How They Run (1964) * The John Forsythe Show (1965–1966) * A Bell for Adano (1967) * Shadow on the Land (1968) * To Rome With Love (1969–1971) * Murder Once Removed (1971) * The World of Survival (1971–1977) (narrator) * The Letters (1973) (unsold pilot) * Lisa, Bright and Dark (1973) * Cry Panic (1974) * The Healers (1974) * Terror on the 40th Floor (1974) * The Deadly Tower (1975) * Charlie's Angels (1976–1981) * Amelia Earhart (1976) * Tail Gunner Joe (1977) * Emily, Emily (1977) * Never Con a Killer (1977) (pilot for The Feather and Father Gang) * Cruise Into Terror (1978) * With This Ring (1978) * The Users (1978) * A Time for Miracles (1980) * Dynasty (1981–1989) * Sizzle (1981) * Mysterious Two (1982) * On Fire (1987) * Miss Universe Pageant (1989) * Opposites Attract (1990) * Dynasty: The Reunion (1991) * The Powers That Be (1992–1993) * I Witness Video (host from 1993–1994) * People's Century (1995) (miniseries) (narrator in U.S. version) * Dynasty Reunion: Catfights & Caviar (2006)
Carl Ballantine (born Meyer Kessler; September 27, 1917 - November 3, 2009) was an American actor, magician and comedian. Billing himself as "The Great Ballantine," "The Amazing Ballantine" or "Ballantine: The World's Greatest Magician," his vaudeville-style comedy routine involved transparent or incompetent stage magic tricks, which tended to flop to the wisecracking Ballantine's mock chagrin.
Ballantine is probably best remembered as Lester Gruber, one of the PT boat sailors in the ABC sitcom McHale's Navy (1962-1966), starring with Ernest Borgnine, Joe Flynn and Tim Conway. He made his only appearance on Broadway as Lycus the slave merchant in the 1972 revival of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum starring Phil Silvers. His most recent film appearance was in Aimee Semple McPherson, a 2006 biopic about the female evangelist.
Ballantine's wife was actress Ceil Cabot (March 8, 1927 - January 24, 2000) He was known as an inveterate smoker of Cuban stogies.
Death of Carl Ballantine Carl Ballantine died of natural causes on November 3, 2009 at his Hollywood, California home. He is survived by his daughters actress Sara Ballantine and Molly and his sister Esther Robinson.
Walter Leland Cronkite, Jr. (November 4, 1916 - July 17, 2009) was an American broadcast journalist, best known as anchorman for the CBS Evening News for 19 years (1962–81). During the heyday of CBS News in the 1970s and 1980s, he was often cited in viewer opinion polls as "the most trusted man in America" because of his professional experience and kindly demeanor.
Death of Walter Cronkite Cronkite died on July 17, 2009 at his home in New York City, at the age of 92. He is believed to have died from cerebral vascular disease.
Horton Foote (March 14, 1916 - March 4, 2009) was an American playwright and screenwriter, perhaps best known for his screenplay for the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird, for which he received an Academy Award. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1995 for his play The Young Man From Atlanta.
Charles "Van" Johnson (August 25, 1916 - December 12, 2008) was an American film and television actor and dancer.
He passed away on December 12, 2008 at an assisted living center in Nyack, NY. He was 92.
Van Johnson with Lucy
Van Johnson's filmography continues next page
Van Johnson Filmography
Too Many Girls (1940) Murder in the Big House (1942) The War Against Mrs. Hadley (1942) Somewhere I'll Find You (1942) Dr. Gillespie's New Assistant (1942) The Human Comedy (1943) Dr. Gillespie's Criminal Case (1943) Pilot #5 (1943) Madame Curie (1943) A Guy Named Joe (1943) Two Girls and a Sailor (1944) The White Cliffs of Dover (1944) Three Men in White (1944) Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944) Between Two Women (1945) Thrill of a Romance (1945) Week-End at the Waldorf (1945) Ziegfeld Follies (1946) (scenes deleted) Easy to Wed (1946) No Leave, No Love (1946) Till the Clouds Roll By (1946) High Barbaree (1947) The Romance of Rosy Ridge (1947) The Bride Goes Wild (1948) State of the Union (1948) Command Decision (1948) Mother Is a Freshman (1949) Scene of the Crime (1949) In the Good Old Summertime (1949) Battleground (1949) The Big Hangover (1950) Duchess of Idaho (1950) Grounds for Marriage (1951) Three Guys Named Mike (1951) Go for Broke! (1951) It's a Big Country (1951) Too Young to Kiss (1951) Invitation (1952) When in Rome (1952) Washington Story (1952) Plymouth Adventure (1952) Confidentially Connie (1953) Remains to Be Seen (1953) Easy to Love (1953) Siege at Red River (1954) Men of the Fighting Lady (1954) The Caine Mutiny (1954) Brigadoon (1954) The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954) The End of the Affair (1955) The Bottom of the Bottle (1956) Miracle in the Rain (1956) 23 Paces to Baker Street (1956) Slander (1956) The Pied Piper of Hamelin (1957) Kelly and Me (1957) Action of the Tiger (1957) The Last Blitzkrieg (1959) Beyond This Place (1959) Subway in the Sky (1959) The Enemy General (1960) Wives and Lovers (1963) Divorce American Style (1967) Where Angels Go, Trouble Follows (1968) Yours, Mine and Ours (1968) Eagles Over London (1969) The Price of Power (1969) Eye of the Spider (1971) Concorde Affaire '79 (1979) From Corleone to Brooklyn (1979) The Battle of the Eagles (1979) The Kidnapping of the President (1980) Murder in an Etruscan Cemetery (1982) The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985) Down There in the Jungle (1986) Taxi Killer (1988) Killer Crocodile (1989) Delta Force Commando II: Priority Red One (1990) Clowning Around (1992)
House Peters Jr., a TV actor who became the original Mr. Clean in Proctor & Gamble's commercials for household cleaners.
House Peters, Jr. (January 12, 1916 – October 1, 2008) was an American actor and the son of House Peters, Sr. He was born in New Rochelle, New York, as Robert House Peters, Jr. and died at the Motion Picture and Television Fund Hospital in Los Angeles, California (age 92).
Peters died of pneumonia at the Motion Picture and Television Fund Hospital in Los Angeles.
In a career that spanned 1935-1967, Peters appeared in many films, primarily as the "heavy," or villain. He appeared in television series including Perry Mason, Gunsmoke, The Twilight Zone and Lassie.
From the late 1950s into the 1960s, Peters Jr. played Mr. Clean in television spots, advertising the eponymous cleaning product.
Claudia Alta "Lady Bird" Taylor Johnson (December 22, 1912 – July 11, 2007) was First Lady of the United States from 1963 to 1969, having been the wife of U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson. Throughout her life, she was an advocate for beautification of the nation's cities and highways and conservation of natural resources. The former First Lady was an entrepreneur, creating the $150 million LBJ Holdings Company, and was a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honors.
Cause of death: natural causes, Lady Bird Johnson was 94 years of at time of her death