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Peter O'Toole, actor, 'Lawrence of Arabia', dies 81

Peter James O'Toole (August 2, 1932 – December 14, 2013) was an Irish-born, British reared and educated actor. He attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and began working in the theatre, gaining recognition as a Shakespearean actor at the Bristol Old Vic and with the English Stage Company, before making his film debut in 1959

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He achieved stardom playing T. E. Lawrence in Lawrence of Arabia (1962) for which he received his first Academy Award nomination. He received seven further Oscar nominations – for Becket (1964), The Lion in Winter (1968), Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969), The Ruling Class (1972), The Stunt Man (1980), My Favorite Year (1982) and Venus (2006) – and holds the record for the most Academy Award acting nominations without a win. He won four Golden Globes, a BAFTA and an Emmy, and was the recipient of an Honorary Academy Award in 2003.

Peter O'Toole Cause of Death.

O'Toole died on 14 December 2013 at the Wellington Hospital in London, following a long illness.  Peter O'Toole was 81 years old at the time of his death.

Nelson Mandela, South African Icon of Peaceful Resistance, Dies 95

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (July 18, 1918 ? December 5, 2013) was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary and politician who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the first black South African to hold the office, and the first elected in a fully representative, multiracial election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid through tackling institutionalised racism, poverty and inequality, and fostering racial reconciliation. Politically an African nationalist and democratic socialist, he served as the President of the African National Congress (ANC) from 1991 to 1997. Internationally, Mandela was the Secretary General of the Non-Aligned Movement from 1998 to 1999.

Nelson Mandela cause of death

Nelson Mandela died on December 5, 2013, after a long illness after being in vegatative state for five month.  Nelson Mandela was 95 years old at the time of his death. He died at home, surrounded by his family. His death was announced by President Jacob Zuma.

Michael Ansara, Star Trek Actor, Dies 91

Hollywood Walk of Fame

MichaelMichael Ansara and actress Barbara Eden was married between 1958–1974 and had one son together, actor Matthew Ansara, who died on June 25, 2001, of a heroin overdose.

Michael George Ansara (April 15, 1922 – July 31, 2013) was a Syrian-born American stage, screen, and voice actor best known for his portrayal of Cochise in the American television series Broken Arrow, Kane in the 1979–1981 series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Commander Kang on three different Star Trek television series, Deputy U.S. Marshal Sam Buckhart on the NBC series, Law of the Plainsman, and providing the voice for Mr. Freeze in Batman: The Animated Series and several of its spin-offs.

Michael Ansara was inducted to the Walk of Fame on February 8, 1960 with 1 star.

Michael Ansara cause of death

Ansara died after a long illness at his home in Calabasas on July 31, 2013.

 "Broken Arrow", starring Michael Ansara as "Cochise".

Ray Bradbury, author of 'Fahrenheit 451,' dies 91

Ray Douglas Bradbury (August 22, 1920 – June 5, 2012) was an American fantasy, horror, science fiction, and mystery writer. Best known for his dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 (1953) and for the science fiction stories gathered together as The Martian Chronicles (1950) and The Illustrated Man (1951), Bradbury was one of the most celebrated 20th-century American writers of speculative fiction. Many of Bradbury's works have been adapted into television shows or films.

Ray Bradbury cause of death
Bradbury died in Los Angeles, California, on June 5, 2012, after a "lengthy illness".  Ray Bradbury was 91 years old at the time of his death

Ralph MacDonald, Grammy-winner, wrote ‘Just the Two of Us’, dies 67


Ralph MacDonald (March 15, 1944 Harlem, New York - December 18, 2011 Stamford, Connecticut) was an American percussionist and song-writer. He joined Harry Belafonte's band at age 17. He wrote the Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway song "Where is the Love" with songwriting partner William Salter. Probably his best-known composition is the Grover Washington, Jr. - Bill Withers hit "Just the Two of Us", which has since been covered by many artists, including Will Smith.

His recording credits number in the hundreds and include George Benson, David Bowie, Aretha Franklin, Art Garfunkel, Billy Joel, Quincy Jones, Carole King, Miriam Makeba, David Sanborn, Paul Simon, Steely Dan, James Taylor, Luther Vandross, Amy Winehouse, and Jimmy Buffett, whose Coral Reefer Band has featured MacDonald as member since the late 1990s.

Ralph MacDonald cause of death
Ralph MacDonald died after a long illness.
Ralph MacDonald was 67 years old at the time of his death.

Grover Washington Jr. Featuring Bill Withers - Just the Two of Us

Roberta Flack / Donny Hathaway - Where Is The Love (1972)

Rev Jessy Dixon, Legendary Gospel Singer, Died 73

Jessy Dixon (March 12, 1938 - September 26, 2011) was an American gospel singer, songwriter, and pianist, with success among audiences across racial lines. He has three Gold albums and seven Grammy nominations.

Jessy Dixon cause of death
Jessy Dixon died affter long illness
Jessy Dixon was 73 years old at the time of his death

Operator by Jessy Dixon

Billy Grammer, Grand Ole Opry member, dies 85

Billie Wayne Grammar (August 28, 1925 – August 10, 2011), known professionally as Billy Grammar, was an American country music singer and noted guitar player. He is best known for the million-selling "Gotta Travel On", which made it onto both the country and pop music charts in 1959. It was Grammar's first hit record, and his most enduring.

In 1990, Grammar was inducted into the Illinois Country Music Hall of Fame, along with Tex Williams, Lulu Belle and Scotty, and Patsy Montana. Grammar suffers from a degenerative eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa. He became completely blind. On February 27, 2009, he was honored by the Grand Ole Opry for his 50 years as a member.

Billy Grammer cause of death
Grammar died on August 10, 2011, at 12:20 a.m. He was in Benton Hospital being treated for a long-term illness, which included suffering a heart attack in January.
Billy Grammer was 85 years old at the time of his death.  He was eighteen days short of his 86th birthday.

Gotta Travel On - Billy Grammer

Elaine Stewart, Hollywood actress, dies 81

Elaine Stewart (May 31, 1929 – June 27, 2011) was an American actress and model.

Stewart made her debut by winning Miss See in See Magazine in 1952, with measurements 34-25-36. She was in many magazines such as Playboy and Photoplay.

She had a supporting role in The Bad and the Beautiful (1952), as Laila. She appeared in other films, such as Brigadoon, Night Passage and The Adventures of Hajji Baba.

She is also known as the co-hostess on two 1970s game shows, Gambit with Wink Martindale and the nighttime edition of High Rollers with Alex Trebek, both produced by her husband.

Elaine Stewart cause of death
Elaine Stewart died after a long illness.
Elaine Stewart was 81 years old at the time of her death

Gambit (CBS) with Wink Martindale & Elaine Stewart 

Carl Gardner, The Coasters, 'Charlie Brown,' 'Smokey Joe's Cafe,' dies 83

Carl Gardner (born Carl Edward Gardner; April 29, 1928 – June 12, 2011), was an American singer, best known as the foremost member and founder of The Coasters.

Gardner was born in Tyler Texas. He formed the group with Bobby Nunn in 1955, after leaving The Robins, at the behest of the songwriting/producing team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Gardner's son, Carl Jr., officially joined The Coasters in late 2005, after Gardner semi-retired, although Carl Jr. had been touring with them since at least 1998.

Carl Gardner Cause of Death
Carl Gardner, Sr. died on June 12, 2011, after suffering with Congestive Heart Failure and Vascular Dementia. (Source: Coasters Website.) His son Carl, Jr., having taken over as lead singer of The Coasters, carries on with the group. Carl Gardner was 83 years old at the time of his death.

The Coasters - Poison Ivy.   Lead Singer: Carl Gardner

Dolores Fuller, Ed Wood Star and Elvis Songwriter, Died 88

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.

Jail Bait Preview

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)

Joe Mantell, Academy Nominated actor, `Marty,' `Chinatown' dies 94

Joseph "Joe" Mantell (December 21, 1915 – September 29, 2010) was an American actor. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as "Angie" in the 1955 film Marty, which earned the Best Picture Award, and the Best Actor Oscar for Mantell's co-star, Ernest Borgnine.

Mantell also appeared in Storm Center (1956) and Chinatown (1974). In the latter he played Lawrence Walsh, partner of private eye Jake Gittes, and the agency's primary photographer. He delivered the film's famous last line, "Forget it, Jake, it's Chinatown." The character of Walsh reappeared in The Two Jakes.

Mantell's other notable credits include "The Birds," "Nervous Man in a Four Dollar Room" and several episodes of "The Twilight Zone."

Death of Joe Mantell
Joe Mantel died after a long illness.  Joe Mantel was 94 years old at the time of his death.

 Joe Mantell - Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Guilty Witness
Joe Mantell is Stanley, the first person in the scene

Child Star, Shirley Jean Rickert, 'Our Gang' comedies, dies 82

Shirley Jean Rickert (March 25, 1926 - February 6, 2009) was an American child actress who was briefly the "blonde girl" for the Our Gang series in 1931, during the Roach talkie period. She left the "Our Gang" to work at Mickey Rooney's comedy show.

After the series, she had a brief movie career, followed by a string of jobs including driving trucks for the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. She also worked in burlesque as Gilda and Her Crowning Glory. Until her death, she performed quilting and worked with her daughter and grandchild.

Death of Shirley Jean Rickert
Shirley Jean Rickert died February 6, 2009 in Saratoga Springs, New York.
Shirley Jean Rickert died after a long illness.

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