Erik Bauersfeld (June 28, 1922 - April 3, 2016) was an American radio dramatist and voice actor. His most notable role was providing the voices of Admiral Ackbar and Bib Fortuna in the third film of the original Star Wars trilogy, Return of the Jedi. He reprised his role as the voice of Admiral Ackbar in Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015.
Bauersfeld died in his home in Berkeley, California, on April 3, 2016, at the age of 93.
Mickey Rooney (born Joseph Yule, Jr.; September 23, 1920 – April 6, 2014) was an American film actor and entertainer whose film, television, and stage appearances spanned nearly his entire lifetime.
He received multiple awards, including a Juvenile Academy Award, an Honorary Academy Award, two Golden Globes and an Emmy Award. Working as a performer since he was a child, he was a superstar as a teenager for the films in which he played Andy Hardy, and he had one of the longest careers of any actor, spanning 92 years actively making films in ten decades, from the 1920s to the 2010s. For a younger generation of fans, he gained international fame for his leading role as Henry Dailey in The Family Channel's The Adventures of the Black Stallion.
Upon his death in April 2014, along with Jean Darling, Carla Laemmle, and Baby Peggy, Rooney was one of the last surviving stars who worked in the silent film era. He was also the last surviving cast member of several films in which he appeared during the 1930s and 1940s.
Mickey Rooney Cause of death
Rooney died of natural causes, surrounded by his family at his home in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California on April 6, 2014. Mickey Rooney was 93 years old at the time of his death.
Arthur Smith (April 1, 1921 – April 3, 2014) was an American musician and songwriter.
In 1955, Smith composed a banjo instrumental he called "Feudin' Banjos" and recorded the song with five-string banjo player Don Reno. Later the composition appeared in the popular 1972 film Deliverance as "Dueling Banjos" played by Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandel. Not given credit, Smith had to proceed with legal action that eventually gave him songwriting credit and back royalties. It was a landmark copyright infringement suit.
Arthur Smith won a Grammy Award in 1973 for Dueling Banjos (original writer)
Arthur Smith cause of death
Arthur Smith died at his home on April 3, 2014. A family member confirmed the death but did not specify a cause. Arthur Smith was 93 years old at the time of his death.
Sheila Margaret MacRae (September 24, 1920 – March 6, 2014) was an English actress and author. She appeared in such films as Pretty Baby (1950), Caged (1950), Backfire (1950) and Sex and the Single Girl (1964).
On television, MacRae played herself in an episode of I Love Lucy, "The Fashion Show" in which she asks Lucy to participate in a Hollywood fashion show organized by Don Loper and featuring actors' wives as models.
MacRae later played Alice Kramden on 52 episodes of The Jackie Gleason Show (between 1966 and 1970). She was not the first actress to play Alice; Audrey Meadows remains best-known for the role.
Sheila MacRae cause of death
Sheila MacRae died in Englewood, New Jersey, from natural causes at the Lillian Booth Actor's Home. No funeral was planned as she had been a devout Christian Scientist. Sheila MacRae was 93 years old at the time of her death.
Josef Edwin "Joe" Weider (November 29, 1920 – March 23, 2013) was the co-founder of the International Federation of BodyBuilders (IFBB) along with brother Ben Weider and creator of the Mr. Olympia, the Ms. Olympia and the Masters Olympia bodybuilding contests. He was the publisher of several bodybuilding and fitness-related magazines, most notably Muscle & Fitness, Flex, Men's Fitness and Shape, and the manufacturer of a line of fitness equipment and fitness supplements. In 1995, he appeared in the Charlton Heston and Peter Graves film, America: A Call to Greatness, directed by Warren Chaney.
Joe Weider created Weider Nutrition in 1940, considered the first sports nutrition company. Now called Schiff Nutrition International, they were the creators of Tiger's Milk nutrition bars and related products, one of the earliest lines of sports foods.
On Labor Day 2006, California governor and seven times Mr. Olympia winner Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Weider protégé, presented him with the Venice Muscle Beach Hall of Fame's Lifetime Achievement award. Schwarzenegger credited Weider with inspiring him to enter bodybuilding and to come to the United States.
Joe Weider cause of death
Joe Weider died of heart failure on March 23, 2013 at his home in Los Angeles, California. Joe Weider was 92 years old at the time of his death. He is survived by his wife Betty.
Myron Leon "Mike" Wallace (May 9, 1918 – April 7, 2012) was an American journalist, game show host, actor, and media personality. During his career, which spanned over sixty years, he interviewed a wide range of prominent newsmakers.
He was one of the original correspondents for CBS' 60 Minutes which debuted in 1968. Wallace retired as a regular full-time correspondent in 2006, but still appeared occasionally on the series until 2008.
Wallace's youngest son is journalist Chris Wallace, host of Fox News Sunday.
Mike Wallace cause of death Cause of death is not released. Mike Wallace died in Connecticut, where he resided, at 8 p.m. on April 7, 2012. Mike Wallace was 93 years old at the time of his death.
Health Mike Wallace wore pacemaker for over 20 years. He had a long history of cardiac care and underwent triple bypass heart surgery in January 2008.
Elizabeth Ann Bloomer Warren Ford (April 8, 1918 – July 8, 2011), better known as Betty Ford, was the wife of former United States President Gerald Ford and served as the First Lady of the United States from 1974 to 1977. As First Lady, Ford was active in social policy and shattered precedents as a politically active presidential wife.
Following her White House years, she continued to lobby for the ERA and remained active in the feminist movement. She is the founder, and served as the first chairwoman of the board of directors, of the Betty Ford Center for substance abuse and addiction and is a recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal (co-presentation with her husband, Gerald R. Ford, October 21, 1998) and the Presidential Medal of Freedom (alone, presented 1991, by George H.W. Bush).
On April 8, 2011, Ford turned 93, the same age that her late husband, President Ford reached on his last birthday, July 14, 2006.
Death 0f Betty Ford Betty Ford died on July 8, 2011 in Rancho Mirage, California. Cause of death was not released.
Clarice Taylor (September 20, 1917 - May 30, 2011) was an American stage, film and television actress.
Clarice Taylor was known for her recurring role on television on The Cosby Show as Dr. Heathcliff "Cliff" Huxtable (Bill Cosby)'s mother, Anna Huxtable. She was nominated for an Emmy Award in 1986 for the role. She also played Harriet on Sesame Street and appeared as Grady's cousin Emma on Sanford and Son.
In 1971 she played Birdie in Clint Eastwood's Play Misty For Me. Taylor appeared in the hit musical The Wiz, as Addaperle, the Good Witch of the North.
Clarice Taylor Cause of Death Taylor died on May 30, 2011 of heart failure. She was survived by her two sons, William and James, and five grandchildren. Clarice Taylor was 93 years old at the time of her death.
Purlie! "The World is Comin' to a Start" (Don Scardino - 1981 TV Cast) Clarice Taylor (as Idella) appears at 1:38
Arthur Laurents (July 14, 1917 - May 5, 2011) was an American playwright, librettist, stage director, and screenwriter. His credits include the stage musicals West Side Story and Gypsy and the film The Way We Were.
Arthur Laurents's Notable Work * West Side Story - 1957 - Tony Nomination for Best Musical * Gypsy - 1959 - Tony Nomination for Best Musical * Hallelujah, Baby! - 1967 - Tony Award for Best Musical
Direction * Gypsy - 1974 - Tony Nomination for Best Direction of a Musical * La Cage aux Folles - 1983 - Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical * Gypsy - 2008 - Tony Award nomination as Best Director of a Musical
Arthur Laurents Cause of Death Arthur Laurents died from complications of pneumonia. Arthur Laurents was 93 years old at the time of his death.
Jane Randolph, born Jane Roemer (October 30, 1915 - May 4, 2009), was an American film actress. She was born in Youngstown, Ohio and died in Gstaad, Switzerland.
After growing up in Kokomo, Indiana, she moved to Hollywood in 1939 in an attempt to start a movie career. She was eventually picked up by Warner Bros. and appeared in bit movie roles in 1941.
She made 20 films between 1941 and 1948, then married Jaime del Amo, who would help develop Del Amo Shopping Center on family land in Torrance.
In 1942, RKO picked up the contract of the poised actress and she received a leading lady role in Highways by Night (1942). She became known for her roles in film noir, which included Jealousy (1945) and Railroaded! (1947), and in a few popular but inexpensive horror films, including Cat People (1942) and The Curse of the Cat People (1944).
One of her last movies was the comic thriller Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948). A year later she married and retired to Spain and began the life of a socialite. In later years she returned to Los Angeles, but also maintained a home in Switzerland.
Death of Jane Randolph Jane Randolph died May 4 in Gstaad, Switzerland, after surgery on a broken hip. Jane Randolph was 93 at the time of her death
Hazel Warp (1914 – August 26, 2008) was an American stuntwoman. She was Vivien Leigh's stunt double in Gone with the Wind. Warp rode and trained horses in the film, was a Leigh's stand-in in all of her horseback-riding scenes. She also tumbled down the stairs in the famous scene near the end of the film where Scarlett O'Hara loses her balance and falls. Other films she appeared in included Wuthering Heights, Ben-Hur and National Velvet. She was born in Harlowton, Montana and was twice married. She died August 26, 2008 in Livingston Memorial Hospital, Montana aged 93
Richard Widmark (December 26, 1914 - March 24, 2008) was an Academy Award-nominated American film actor.
For his contribution to the motion picture industry, Widmark has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6800 Hollywood Boulevard. In 2002, he was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Death of Richard Widmark Richard Widmark was 93 years old at the time of his death. Richard's wife stated that he had a fractured a vertebra recently which worsened his condition. We don't know the exact cause of his death. But Richard Widmark had an illness for a long time.
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Biography Widmark grew up in Princeton, Illinois, and attended Lake Forest College, where he studied acting. He taught acting at the college after graduation, before debuting on radio in 1938 in Aunt Jenny's Real Life Stories. He appeared on Broadway in 1943 in Kiss and Tell. He was unable to join the military during World War II because of a perforated eardrum.
Widmark's first movie appearance was in 1947's Kiss of Death, as the giggling, sociopathic villain Tommy Udo. His most notorious scene in the film found Udo pushing a wheelchair-bound old woman (played by Mildred Dunnock) down a flight of stairs to her death. Kiss of Death was a commercial and critical success, and started Widmark's seven-year contract with 20th Century Fox. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and won the Golden Globe Award for New Star Of The Year - Actor for his performance. Widmark's character was also the inspiration for the song, "The Ballad of Tommy Udo", by the band Kaleidoscope.
In 1950, Widmark co-starred with Paul Douglas, Barbara Bel Geddes, Jack Palance and Zero Mostel in Elia Kazan's Panic in the Streets, and with Gene Tierney in Jules Dassin's Night and the City, which are considered classic examples of film noir. Two years later, in 1952, Widmark had his handprints cast in cement at Grauman's Chinese Theatre. During his stint at Fox, he appeared in The Street with No Name and Don't Bother to Knock with Marilyn Monroe among other projects. His later filmography includes Vincente Minnelli's 1955 cult film The Cobweb with Lauren Bacall.
Personal Life Widmark was married to his first wife, Jean Hazlewood, a writer, for almost 55 years, from April 5, 1942 until her death on March 2, 1997. Their daughter, Anne Heath Widmark, an artist and author, married baseball legend Sandy Koufax on January 1, 1969 (but divorced in 1982). In September 1999, Widmark married Susan Blanchard, who earlier was Henry Fonda's third wife. From the 1950s until his death on March 24, 2008, Widmark resided in Roxbury, Connecticut.
Kiss of Death (1947) The Street with No Name (1948) Road House (1948) Yellow Sky (1948) Down to the Sea in Ships (1949) Slattery's Hurricane (1949) Night and the City (1950) Panic in the Streets (1950) No Way Out (1950) Halls of Montezuma (1950) The Frogmen (1951) Red Skies of Montana (1952) Don't Bother to Knock (1952) O. Henry's Full House (1952) My Pal Gus (1952) Destination Gobi (1953) Pickup on South Street (1953) Take the High Ground! (1953) Hell and High Water (1954) Garden of Evil (1954) Broken Lance (1954) A Prize of Gold (1955) The Cobweb (1955) Backlash (1956) Run for the Sun (1956) The Last Wagon (1956) Saint Joan (1957) Time Limit (1957) The Law and Jake Wade (1958) The Tunnel of Love (1958) The Trap (1959) Warlock (1959) The Alamo (1960) The Secret Ways (1961) Two Rode Together (1961) Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) How the West Was Won (1962) The Long Ships (1964) Flight from Ashiya (1964) Cheyenne Autumn (1964) The Bedford Incident (1965) Alvarez Kelly (1966) The Way West (1967) Madigan (1968) A Talent for Loving (1969) Death of a Gunfighter (1969) The Moonshine War (1970) Murder on the Orient Express (1974) To the Devil a Daughter (1976) The Sell-Out (1976) Twilight's Last Gleaming (1977) The Domino Principle (1977) Rollercoaster (1977) Coma (1978) The Swarm (1978) Bear Island (1979) National Lampoon Goes to the Movies (1982) Hanky Panky (1982) Who Dares Wins (1982) Against All Odds (1984) True Colors (1991) Wild Bill: Hollywood Maverick (1996) (documentary)
Frankie Laine, born Francesco Paolo LoVecchio (March 30, 1913 – February 6, 2007), was one of the most successful American singers of the twentieth century. Often billed as America's Number One Song Stylist, his other nicknames include Mr. Rhythm, Old Leather Lungs, and Old Man Jazz. His hits included "That's My Desire", "That Lucky Old Sun," "Mule Train", "Cry of the Wild Goose", "Jezebel," "High Noon", "I Believe", "Hey Joe!", "The Kid's Last Fight", "Cool Water", "Moonlight Gambler", "Love is a Golden Ring", "Rawhide", and "Lord, You Gave Me a Mountain". His career as an entertainer spanned approximately 75 years, from 1930 (when he sang in between sets with a marathon dance company) to 2005 (when he sang That's My Desire in a PBS special).
Frankie Laine's Death Frankie Laine died heart failure on February 6, 2007, at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego, California, Frankie Laine was 93 years old at the time of his death
Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr. (July 14, 1913 – December 26, 2006) was the thirty-eighth President of the United States, serving from 1974 to 1977, and the fortieth Vice President of the United States serving from 1973 to 1974. He was the first person appointed to the vice presidency under the terms of the 25th Amendment, and became President upon Richard Nixon's resignation on August 9, 1974.
Death of Gerald Ford President Gerald Ford died in Rancho Mirage, California of arteriosclerotic cerebrovascular disease and diffuse arteriosclerosis.
Gerald Ford was 93 years and 165 days old at the time of his death.
Prior to 1973, Ford served for over eight years as the Republican Minority Leader of the United States House of Representatives; he was originally elected to Congress in 1948 from Michigan's 5th congressional district.
As president, Ford signed the Helsinki Accords, marking a move toward détente in the Cold War, even as South Vietnam, a former ally, was invaded and conquered by North Vietnam. Ford did not intervene in Vietnamese affairs, but did help extract friends of the U.S. Domestically, the economy suffered from inflation and a recession under President Ford. One of his more controversial decisions was granting a presidential pardon to President Richard Nixon for his role in the Watergate scandal. In 1976, Ford narrowly defeated Ronald Reagan for the Republican nomination, but ultimately lost the presidential election to Democrat Jimmy Carter.
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Ronald Wilson Reagan (February 6, 1911 – June 5, 2004) was the 40th President of the United States (1981–1989) and the 33rd Governor of California (1967–1975). Born in Illinois, Reagan moved to Hollywood in the 1930s, where he became an actor, president of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), and a spokesman for General Electric. Reagan became involved in politics during his work for G.E. and switched from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party in 1962. After delivering a rousing speech in support of Barry Goldwater's presidential candidacy in 1964, he was persuaded to seek the California Governorship, winning two years later and again in 1970. He was defeated in his run for the Republican presidential nomination in 1968 as well as 1976, but won both the nomination and election in 1980.
Death Reagan died at his home in Bel-Air, California, at 1:00 PM PDT on June 5, 2004. A short time after his death, Nancy Reagan released a statement saying: "My family and I would like the world to know that President Ronald Reagan has passed away after 10 years of Alzheimer's Disease at 93 years of age. We appreciate everyone's prayers." Reagan's body was taken to the Kingsley and Gates Funeral Home in Santa Monica, California later in the day, where well-wishers paid tribute by laying flowers and American flags in the grass. On June 7, his body was removed and taken to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, where a brief family funeral service was held. His body lay in repose in the Library lobby until June 9; over 100,000 people viewed the coffin