Alexander George "Alex" Karras (July 15, 1935 – October 10, 2012), nicknamed "The Mad Duck", was an American football player, professional wrestler, and actor. He played football with the Detroit Lions in the National Football League from 1958–1962 and 1964–1970. As an actor, Karras is noted for his role as the thuggish Mongo in the 1974 comedy film Blazing Saddles, and for starring in the ABC sitcom Webster (1983–89) alongside his wife Susan Clark, as the title character's adoptive father.
Professional wrestling Before his NFL career got under way, Karras signed a contract as a professional wrestler on December 13, 1957, earning $25,000 during the six-month off-season.
NFL player Karras was drafted in the first round of the NFL draft by the Detroit Lions in 1958. He quickly became one of the dominant defensive tackles in the NFL, playing for 12 seasons (1958-1962, 1964-1970) with the same team
He was known for his humorous endorsement of La-Z-Boy recliners.
Alex Karras cause of death Alex Karras died in the morning hours of October 10 from complications caused by kidney failure. Alex Karras was 77 years old at the time of his death.
In his later years, Karras suffered several serious health problems, including dementia, heart disease, and cancer.
Karras was among many former NFL players to have filed a lawsuit against the NFL in early 2012, over issues of head injuries during their career that had caused various ill effects later in their lives, including dementia.
On October 8, 2012, it was revealed by friend Tom McInerney that Karras had suffered from kidney failure; doctors gave him a few days to live. Karras was treated at the Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California, before being released into hospice care. After returning to his Los Angeles home with family.
Ernest Borgnine, born Ermes Effron Borgnino, (January 24, 1917 – July 8, 2012) was an American actor of television and film. His career spanned more than six decades. He was an unconventional lead in many films of the 1950s, including his Academy Award-winning turn in the 1955 film Marty. On television, he played Quinton McHale in the 1962–66 series McHale's Navy and co-starred in the mid-1980s action series Airwolf, in addition to a wide variety of other roles. Borgnine was also known for his role as Mermaid Man in the animated television series SpongeBob SquarePants. Borgnine earned an Emmy Award nomination at age 92 for his work on the series ER. He was also known for his love of Mexican food.
Ernest Borgnine cause of death Borgnine died of renal failure (kidney failure) on 2012 July 8 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles, California. His wife and children were at his side. Ernest Borgnine was 95 years old at the time of his death
Ernest Borgnine has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6324 Hollywood Blvd. In 1996, Borgnine won the 1955 Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Marty Piletti in the film Marty.
Updated December 29, 2011: There is a controversy. Many people are skeptical. Experts say Chimpanzees live to early 70's max. Living 80 years is unheard of. So, the chimp cannot be authenticated. And there are people who vouch for Cheetah's identity.
Cheeta (c1931 - December 24, 2011) (sometimes billed as Cheetah, Cheta and Chita) was a chimpanzee character appearing in numerous Hollywood Tarzan movies of the 1930s–1960s as well as the 1966–1968 television series, as the ape sidekick of the title character, Tarzan. Cheeta's role in these films is to provide comic relief, convey messages between Tarzan and his allies, and occasionally lead Tarzan's other animal friends to the ape-man's rescue. Cheeta Chap has usually been characterized as male, but sometimes as female, and has been portrayed by chimpanzees of both sexes.
Cheeta Cause of Death Cheeta died in Palm Harbor, Florida, of kidney failure. Cheeta was 80 years old at the time of his death.
Zelda Rubinstein (May 28, 1933 – January 27, 2010) was an American actress and human rights activist, best known as eccentric medium Tangina Barrons in the movies Poltergeist (1982) and its sequels, Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986), and Poltergeist III (1988). She also made guest appearances in the TV spin-off Poltergeist: The Legacy (1996), as a seer, Christina. Rubinstein was also known for her outspoken activism for little people and her early participation in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Illness and death of Zelda Rubinstein On December 29, 2009, it was reported that, after a month-long stay at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, her close companion and her family made the decision to take Rubinstein off life support due to both kidney and lung failure. On January 2, 2010, friends reported she was not near death, and was well on her way to recovery. On January 27, 2010, Rubinstein died at Barlow Respiratory Hospital in Los Angeles, aged 76.
Zelda Rubinstein - (perhaps) The best scene from Poltergeist
Olga San Juan (March 16, 1927 - January 3, 2009) was a Brooklyn-born dancer and comedian of Puerto Rican extraction who was active in films primarily in the 1940s. She was dubbed the "Puerto Rican Pepperpot" for singing and dancing roles alongside Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, and others. In 1951, she starred on Broadway in the Lerner & Loewe musical, Paint Your Wagon.
She was married to actor Edmond O'Brien in 1948, divorcing him in 1976, with whom she had three children, including television producer Bridget O'Brien and Maria O'Brien and Brendan O'Brien, both of whom became actors.
She died at the age of 81 at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California of kidney failure stemming from a long-term illness.
Olga San Juan with Bing Crosby - I'll See You In Cuba (Blue Skies)
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Filmography Caribbean Romance (1943) Rainbow Island (1944) Bombalera (1945) Out of This World (1945) Duffy's Tavern (1945) Hollywood Victory Caravan (1945) The Little Witch (1945) Blue Skies (1946) Cross My Heart (1946) Variety Girl (1947) Are You With It? (1948) One Touch of Venus (1948) The Countess of Monte Cristo (1948) The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend (1949) The Barefoot Contessa (1954) The 3rd Voice (1960)
Dennis Gerrard Stephen Doherty (November 29, 1940 – January 19, 2007) was a Canadian singer and songwriter. He was most widely known as a founding member of the 1960s musical group The Mamas & the Papas.
Dennis Doherty's Death:
Denny Doherty died on January 19, 2007 at his home in Mississauga, Ontario, from kidney failure following surgery on an abdominal aneurysm.
William Everett "Billy" Preston (September 2, 1946 - June 6, 2006) was an American soul musician from Houston, Texas, raised mostly in Los Angeles, California. In addition to his successful, Grammy-winning career as a solo artist, Preston collaborated with some of the greatest names in the music industry, including the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Nat King Cole, Little Richard, Eric Burdon, Ray Charles, George Harrison, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Sam Cooke, King Curtis, Sammy Davis Jr., Sly Stone, Aretha Franklin, the Jackson 5, Quincy Jones, Richie Sambora, and Red Hot Chili Peppers. He played the Fender Rhodes electric piano and the Hammond organ on the Get Back sessions in 1969.
Preston is the only non-Beatle to receiving billing as an artist alongside the Beatles (as distinct from receiving credit as a session musician on album packaging) on an official Beatles record release. The label of the Get Back single credits the artists on the record as "The Beatles with Billy Preston".
Death of Billy Preston Billy Preston had battled kidney disease in his later years, brought on by his hypertension. He received a kidney transplant in 2002, but his health continued to deteriorate. He died on June 6, 2006 in Scottsdale, Arizona, of complications of malignant hypertension that resulted in kidney failure and other complications. He had voluntarily entered a drug rehabilitation clinic in Malibu, Calif., and suffered pericarditis there, leading to respiratory failure that left him in a coma since November 21, 2005. His funeral was held on June 20 at the Faithful Central Bible Church in Inglewood, California. Preston was interred at Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood, California.
Billy Preston - Nothing from nothing 1975
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Billy Preston Discography
Albums (1965) The Most Exciting Organ Ever (1965) Early Hits of'65 (1966) The Wildest Organ in Town (1967) Club Meeting (1969) That's The Way God Planned It (1970) Encouraging Words (1971) I Wrote a Simple Song (1972) Music Is My Life (1973) Everybody Likes Some Kind of Music (1974) Live European Tour 1973 featuring Mick Taylor on guitar (CD release A&M, 2002) (1974) The Kids and Me (1975) It's My Pleasure (1976) Billy Preston (1977) A Whole New Thing (1979) Late At Night (1981) The Way I Am (1982) Pressin' On (1984) On the Air (1986) You Can't Keep a Good Man Down (2001) You and I (featuring the Italian band "Novecento") (2004) The Wildest Organ in Town (Re-released on Stateside Records)
Gospel albums (1962) Sixteen Years Old Soul (1965) Hymns Speak from the Organ (1973) Gospel In My Soul (Re-edition of Hymns Speak from the organ) (1978) Behold! (1980) Universal Love (1994) Ministry of Music (1995) Minister of Music (1996) Words and Music (2001) Music From My Heart
Singles 1969: "That's the Way God Planned It" - US Pop #62, UK #11 1971: "My Sweet Lord" - US Pop #90, US R&B #23 1972: "I Wrote a Simple Song" - US Pop #77 1972: "Outa-Space" - US Pop #2, US R&B #1, UK #44 1972: "That's the Way God Planned It" (re-release) - US Pop #65 1972: "Slaughter" - US Pop #50, US R&B #17 1973: "Will It Go Round in Circles" - US Pop #1, US R&B #10 1973: "Space Race" - US Pop #4, US R&B #1 1974: "You're So Unique" - US Pop #48, US R&B #11 1974: "Nothing from Nothing" - US Pop #1, US R&B #8 1974" "Struttin'" - US Pop #22, US R&B #11 1975: "Fancy Lady" - US Pop #71, US R&B #11 1977: "Wide Stride" - US R&B #33 1978: "Get Back" - US Pop #86 1979: "With You I'm Born Again" (with Syreeta Wright) - US Pop #4, UK #2 1980: "One More Time for Love" (with Syreeta Wright) - US Pop #52 1982: "I'm Never Gonna Say Goodbye" - US Pop #88
As a guest/session performer (1963) Night Beat (Sam Cooke) (1969) Get Back and Don't Let Me Down (The Beatles) (1970) All Things Must Pass (George Harrison) (1970) John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, piano on "God" (John Lennon) (1971) Sticky Fingers (Rolling Stones) (1971) The Concert for Bangla Desh (George Harrison And Friends) (1971) There's a Riot Goin' On (Sly & the Family Stone) (1971) Live at Fillmore West (King Curtis & Aretha Franklin) (1971) Barbara Joan Streisand, Billy plays keyboards, drums (1972) Exile on Main Street (Rolling Stones) (1972) Wind of Change, Billy plays piano, keyboards, harpsichord, accordion (Peter Frampton) (1973) Ringo, organ on "I'm The Greatest" (1973) Goats Head Soup (Rolling Stones) (1974) Goodnight Vienna, clavinet on the title track, electric piano on "Only You (And You Alone)" (1974) It's Only Rock'n Roll (Rolling Stones) (1975) "You Are So Beautiful" (Joe Cocker's biggest hit) (1975) "Blood on the Tracks" (Bob Dylan) (1976) Thirty Three & 1/3 (George Harrison) (1976) Black and Blue (Rolling Stones) (1978) Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (also acted the part "Sgt. Pepper" in the film) (1981) Tattoo You (Rolling Stones) (1986) "Great Gosh A'Mighty (Been A Long Time Comin')" (co-written with Little Richard - from the hit motion picture 'Down And Out in Beverly Hills'. Little Richard - vocal.) (1990) Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band (Billy plays keyboards and vocals) (1990) Giovani Jovanotti (Jovanotti) (Billy plays keyboards & Fender Rhodes) (1991) ...E La Vita Continua (Nino D'Angelo) (1996) "Voyage of Dreams" - Jephté Guillaume and the Tet Kale Orkestra (Billy plays Organ, Strings on Al Di Yo, Go Tell Them, Kanpe, Get Up) (1997) Bridges to Babylon (Rolling Stones) (1998) Undiscovered Soul (Richie Sambora) (2000) The Harsh Light of Day (Fastball) (Billy played keyboards on "You're An Ocean") (2001) Songs From The West Coast - Elton John ("Electric organ" on "I Want Love", "The Wasteland"; "Love Her Like Me") (2001) Reptile (Eric Clapton) (2001) One More Car, One More Rider (Eric Clapton, live) --DVD includes live performance of Will It Go Round in Circles (2003) The Colored Section (Donnie) (Billy plays Hammond B3 on the last track: "The Colored Section") (2003) Concert for George -- including Isn't It a Pity and My Sweet Lord (2003) Get Born (Jet) (2004) Me and Mr. Johnson (Eric Clapton) (also appears in the DVD companion Sessions for Robert J) (2004) Eric Clapton: Crossroads Guitar Festival (Eric Clapton) (2004) Genius Loves Company (Ray Charles) (2005) 12 Songs (Neil Diamond) (2005) Back Home (Eric Clapton) (2005) Choose Love (Ringo Starr) (2005) The Concert for Bangladesh (George Harrison and Friends) (Re-mastered version & video) (2006) Stadium Arcadium (Red Hot Chili Peppers) (on "Warlocks") (2006) The Road to Escondido (J. J. Cale and Eric Clapton)
Shirley Ann Hemphill (July 1, 1947 - December 10, 1999) was an American stand-up comedian and actress who was born in Asheville, North Carolina. She was best known for her role on the popular television situation comedy What's Happening!!, which ran from 1976 to 1979.
Throughout her career Shirley performed her stand-up routine on a number of popular TV shows including The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, A&E's An Evening at the Improv, BET's Black Comedy Showcase and Black Comedy Tonight. She was also a regular at The Laugh Factory comedy club in Los Angeles.
On December 10, 1999, Shirley died of kidney failure at her home in suburban Los Angeles, California. She was reportedly found dead by her gardener.
Shirley died nearly a month after her What's Happening!! co-star Mabel King