Paul Tanner (October 15, 1917 – February 5, 2013) was an American musician and former member of the Glenn Miller Orchestra. He was the last surviving member of the Glenn Miller Orchestra
Tanner developed and played the electrotheremin. The electrotheremin is featured in several songs by The Beach Boys, with Tanner himself playing the instrument; most notably Good Vibrations, Wild Honey, and I Just Wasn't Made For These Times.
Paul Tanner Cause of Death
Paul Tanner died of pneumonia on February 5, 2013. Paul Tanner was 95 years old at the time of his death.
Russell Scott (June 30, 1921 – August 27, 2012), also known as Blinky the Clown, was an American clown who starred in a Denver, Colorado, television program called Blinky's Fun Club.
Blinky's Fun Club began in 1958 and originated from the studios of KKTV in Colorado Springs. In 1966, the show moved to KWGN in Denver and remained there until it was cancelled in 1998.
Russell Scott cause of death Scott died on August 27, 2012, at the Bear Creek Nursing Center in Morrison, Colorado, from complications of pneumonia. Russell Scott was 91 years old at the time of his death.
Eugene Luther Gore Vidal (October 3, 1925 – July 31, 2012) was a liberal American author, playwright, essayist, screenwriter, and political activist. His third novel, The City and the Pillar (1948), outraged conservative critics as one of the first major American novels to feature unambiguous homosexuality. He also ran for political office twice and was a longtime political critic.
The New York Times described him as being in his old age "an Augustan figure who believed himself to be the last of a breed, and he was probably right. Few American writers have been more versatile or gotten more mileage from their talent." The Los Angeles Times described him as a "literary juggernaut" whose novels and essays were considered "among the most elegant in the English language". The Washington Post remembered him as a "major writer of the modern era" and an "astonishingly versatile man of letters". Popular Spanish publication Ideal reported Vidal's death as a loss to the "culture of the United States" and described him as a "Huge American novelist and essayist". The Italian La Corriere described him as "the enfant terrible of American culture" and said that he was "one of the giants of American literature". French paper Le Figaro described him as "the Killjoy of America" but also said that he was an "outstanding polemicist" and that he used phrases "like high precision weapons."
Gore Vidal cause of death Gore Vidal died at his home in Hollywood Hills, California, of complications from pneumonia. Gore Vidal was 86 years old at the time of his death
Nora Ephron (May 19, 1941 – June 26, 2012) was an American filmmaker, director, producer, screenwriter, novelist, playwright, journalist, author, and blogger.
She is best known for her romantic comedies and was a triple nominee for the Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay for three films: Silkwood, When Harry Met Sally... and Sleepless in Seattle. She sometimes wrote with her sister Delia Ephron. Her last film was Julie & Julia. She also co-authored the Drama Desk Award-winning theatrical production, Love, Loss, and What I Wore.
Nora Ephron cause of death Nora Ephron died from pneumonia, a complication resulting from acute myeloid leukemia, a condition with which she was diagnosed in 2006. In her most recent book, I Remember Nothing (2010), Ephron left clues that something was wrong or that she was sick. Nora Ephron was 71 years old at the time of her death
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.
Tom Wilson Sr. (August 1, 1931 – September 16, 2011) was an American cartoonist. Wilson was the creator of the comic strip Ziggy, and drew it from 1971 to 1987. Afterwards, the strip was continued by his son, Loveland, Ohio resident Tom Wilson, Jr.
Wilson's career began in 1950, doing advertisement layout for Uniontown Newspapers, Inc. In 1955, he joined American Greetings (AG) as a designer, becoming Creative Director in 1957 and vice-president of creative development in 1978. While at AG, he developed the Soft Touch greeting card line. He also served as president of Those Characters From Cleveland, AG's character licensing subsidiary.
Wilson was a survivor of lung cancer.
Tom Wilson cause of death Tom Wilson died of pneumonia in his sleep at night Tom Wilson was 80 years 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
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.
Hazel Jane Dickens (June 1, 1935 – April 22, 2011) was a female American bluegrass singer, songwriter, double bassist and guitarist. She was the eighth child of an eleven-child mining family in West Virginia. Her music is characterized not only by her high, lonesome singing style, but also by her provocative pro-union, feminist songs.
Dickens was born in Mercer County, West Virginia. She met Mike Seeger, younger half-brother of Pete Seeger and founding member of the New Lost City Ramblers and became active in the Baltimore-Washington area bluegrass and folk music scene during the 1960s. During this time she also established a collaborative relationship with Mike Seeger's wife, Alice Gerrard, and as "Hazel & Alice" recorded two albums for the Folkways label: Who's That Knocking (And Other Bluegrass Country Music) (1965) and Won't You Come & Sing for Me (1973). Dickens and Gerrard were bluegrass bandleaders at a time when the vast majority of bluegrass bands were led by men.
Hazel Dickens Cause of Death Hazel Dickens died in Washington, DC, of complications from pneumonia. Hazel Dickens was 75 years old at the time of her death
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.
Jack LaLanne (September 26, 1914 - January 23, 2011) was an American fitness, exercise, nutritional expert, and motivational speaker who had been called "the godfather of fitness". He published numerous books on fitness and hosted a fitness television show between 1951 and 1985. He had four children.
LaLanne gained recognition for his success as a bodybuilder, as well as his prodigious feats of strength. He was inducted to the California Hall of Fame and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Until his death at the age of 96, LaLanne continued to work out every morning for two hours. He spent 1½ hours in the weight room and half an hour swimming or walking. When interviewed by Katie Couric on NBC's Today show, LaLanne said his two simple rules of nutrition are: "if man made it, don't eat it", and "if it tastes good, spit it out." He often said, "I cannot afford to die, it will ruin my image."
On December 8, 2009, the 95-year-old LaLanne underwent heart valve surgery at a Los Angeles Hospital.
Death of Jack LaLanne Jack LaLanne died on January 23, 2011 of respiratory failure due to pneumonia at his home in Morro Bay, California. He was married to Elaine LaLanne; they had two sons and a daughter.
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
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
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* 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)
James Mitchell (February 29, 1920 – January 22, 2010) was an American actor and dancer. Although he is best-known to television audiences as Palmer Cortlandt on the soap opera All My Children (1979 – 2009), theatre and dance historians remember him as one of Agnes de Mille's leading dancers. Mitchell's skill at combining dance and acting was considered something of a novelty; in 1959, the critic Olga Maynard singled him out as "an important example of the new dancer-actor-singer in American ballet", pointing to his interpretive abilities and "masculine" technique
Mitchell's longtime partner was the Oscar award-winning costume designer Albert Wolsky
Death of James Mitchell
James Mitchell died on January 22, 2010, in Los Angeles, a matter of weeks before what would have been his 90th birthday. His death came after suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease complicated by pneumonia.
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