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Mike Nichols, Oscar-winning director of 'The Graduate,' dies 83

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He was married to former ABC World News anchor Diane Sawyer on April 29, 1988 (until his death)

Mike Nichols (born Mikhail Igor Peschkowsky; November 6, 1931 – November 19, 2014) was a German-born American film and theatre director, producer, actor and comedian. He began his career in the 1950s with the improv troupe The Compass Players, predecessor of the Second City in Chicago and as one half of the comedy duo Nichols and May, along with Elaine May. May was also in the Compass. In 1968 he won the Academy Award for Best Director for the film The Graduate. His other films include Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Catch-22, Carnal Knowledge, Silkwood, Working Girl, The Birdcage, Closer, Charlie Wilson's War (his final picture), and the TV mini-series Angels in America. He also staged the original theatrical productions of The Apple Tree, Barefoot in the Park, Luv, The Odd Couple and Spamalot.

Nichols was one of a small group of people who have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award. His other honors included the Lincoln Center Gala Tribute in 1999, the National Medal of Arts in 2001, the Kennedy Center Honors in 2003 and the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2010. His films garnered a total of 42 Oscar nominations and seven awards.

Mike Nichols cause of death

Nichols died of a heart attack on November 19, 2014, at his apartment in Manhattan.  Mike Nichols was 83 years old at the time of his death.

Jimmy Ruffin, Motown singer, 'What Becomes of the Brokenhearted', dies 78

Jimmy Lee Ruffin (May 7, 1936 – November 17, 2014) was an American soul singer, and elder brother of David Ruffin of The Temptations.

He had several hit records between the 1960s and 1980s, the most successful being the Top 10 classics, "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" and "Hold On (To My Love)".

After leaving the Army in 1964, he returned to Motown, where he was offered the opportunity to join the Temptations to replace Elbridge Bryant. However, after hearing his brother David, they hired him for the job instead so Jimmy decided to resume his solo career.

Jimmy Ruffin cause of death.

Living in the Las Vegas, Nevada area, on October 17, 2014, it was reported that Jimmy was gravely ill and had been taken into an intensive care unit at a Las Vegas hospital. Ruffin died on November 17, 2014, in Las Vegas, aged 78.

Cause of death was not releases.

Jimmy Ruffin - What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted (1965)

Carol Susi, voice of Mrs. Wolowitz in 'Big Bang Theory', dies 62

Carol Ann Susi (February 2, 1952 – November 11, 2014) was an American actress best known for providing the voice of recurring unseen character Mrs. Wolowitz on the television series The Big Bang Theory.

Susi made her first screen appearance in Kolchak: The Night Stalker. Other television and film credits included: Coyote Ugly, Just Go with It, Becker, Grey's Anatomy, That '70s Show, Out of Practice, Cats & Dogs, Just Shoot Me, Married... with Children, The King of Queens, Death Becomes Her, Seinfeld, The Secret of My Success, My Blue Heaven, and Sabrina, The Teenage Witch. She also had extensive experience in live theater and voiced a character on the video game installment of CSI: NY.

Carol Ann Susi cause of death

Susi died of cancer on November 11, 2014 in Los Angeles, California at the age of 62.

Howard's Mother, Mrs. Wolowitz, All Scenes - Season 1-4

Big Bank Hank, of Sugarhill Gang, Dies 57

Henry Lee Jackson (January 11, 1956 – November 11, 2014), known by his stage name, Big Bank Hank, was an American old school rapper and manager. Also known as Imp the Dimp, he was a member of the trio The Sugarhill Gang, the first hip hop act to have a hit with the cross-over single "Rapper's Delight" in the pop music charts in 1979.  He contributed to many documentaries based on the rap music industry

Big Bank Hank cause of death

A resident of Tenafly, New Jersey, Hank died at the age of 58 at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center in nearby Englewood on November 11, 2014, from kidney complications due to cancer.

The sugar hill gang - Rapper's delight

Big Bank Hank with a hat

Tom Magliozzi, NPR's 'Car Talk', Dies 77

Thomas Louis Magliozzi (June 28, 1937 – November 3, 2014) and his brother Raymond F. Magliozzi (born March 30, 1949) were the co-hosts of NPR's weekly radio show, Car Talk, where they were known as "Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers". Their show was honored with a Peabody Award in 1992.

Tom Magliozzi cause of death

On November 3, 2014, Tom died in Belmont, Massachusetts, due to complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 77.

Acker Bilk, jazz clarinettest, dies 85

Bernard Stanley "Acker" Bilk MBE (January 28, 1929 – November 2, 2014) was an English clarinettist and vocalist, billed as Mr. Acker Bilk on many of his recordings. He was known for his trademark goatee, bowler hat, striped waistcoat and his breathy, vibrato-rich, lower-register clarinet style.

Bilk's 1962 instrumental tune "Stranger on the Shore" became the UK's biggest selling single of 1962 where it remained in the UK charts for more than 50 weeks, peaking at number two, and was the first No. 1 single in the US by a British artist in the era of the modern Billboard Hot 100 pop chart.

Acker Bilk cause of death

He died on November 2, 2014 at the age of 85. He is survived by his wife Jean, daughter Jenny and son Pete. Cause of death was not released.

Stranger On The Shore - Acker Bilk

Jack Bruce, Cream's Bassist & Vocalist, Dies 71

John Symon Asher "Jack" Bruce (14 May 1943 – 25 October 2014) was a Scottish musician and composer, known primarily as a member of the British rock trio Cream.

In July 1966 Bruce, Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker founded the power trio Cream, which gained international recognition playing blues-rock and jazz-inflected rock music. Bruce sang most of the lead vocals, with Clapton backing him up and eventually assuming some leads himself.

With his Gibson EB-3 electric bass, Bruce became one of the most famous bassists in rock, winning musicians' polls and influencing the next generation of bassists such as Sting, Geddy Lee and Jeff Berlin. Bruce co-wrote most of Cream's single releases with lyricist Pete Brown, including the hits, "Sunshine of Your Love", "White Room", and "I Feel Free". Cream broke up in 1968.

He maintained a solo career that spanned several decades, and also played in several musical groups. Although particularly famous for his work as a vocalist, bass guitarist, and songwriter, Bruce also played double bass, harmonica, piano, and cello. He was trained as a classical cellist, and considered himself a jazz musician, although much of his catalogue of compositions and recordings tended toward blues and rock and roll. The Sunday Times stated "... many consider him to be one of the greatest bass players of all time."

Jack Bruce cause of death

Bruce died, from liver disease, on 25 October 2014, in Suffolk, England.  His publicist Claire Singers said: "He died today at his home in Suffolk surrounded by his family."  He is survived by his wife, Margrit, as well as four children and a granddaughter.  Jack Bruce was 71 years old at the time of his death.

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Jack Bruce on Bass & Lead Vocal

Jan Hooks, Former Saturday Night Live Star, Dies 57

Janet Vivian "Jan" Hooks (April 23, 1957 – October 9, 2014) was an American actress and comedian best known for her work on Saturday Night Live, where she was a repertory player from 1986-91, and continued making cameo appearances until 1994. Her subsequent work included a regular role on the final two seasons of Designing Women, a recurring role on 3rd Rock from the Sun and a number of other roles in film and television.

Jan Hooks cause of death

Hooks died on October 9, 2014 in her home in Woodstock, New York.  She had been battling cancer before her death and will be interred in Cedartown, Georgia.  Jan Hooks was 57 years old at the time of his death.

I didn't evolve from you.  Jan Hooks as Kathy Lee

Paul Revere, Paul Revere & the Raiders, dies 76

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In October 2014, the band's web site announced that Revere died "peacefully" on October 4, 2014, at his home in Idaho, a "small estate overlooking a tranquil river canyon." Paul Revere died of cancer. He was 76.

Paul Revere & The Raiders - Indian Reservation.  Paul Revere on keyboard

Richard Kiel, Actor, James Bond villain Jaws, dies 74

Richard Dawson Kiel (September 13, 1939 – September 10, 2014) was an American actor known for his role of the steel-toothed Jaws in the James Bond movies The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979) as well as the video game Everything or Nothing (he also had cameos in many other James Bond videogames). He was also well known as Mr. Larson in the 1996 comedy Happy Gilmore, for playing the Kanamit aliens in the classic Twilight Zone episode To Serve Man and for his role of Dr. Miguelito Loveless' assistant Voltaire in first season episodes of The Wild, Wild West (1965-1966).

Richard Kiel Cause of Death

Richard Kiel died on September 10, 2014, 3 days before his 75th birthday. He had been admitted to a hospital in Fresno, California, after breaking his leg the previous week. He was survived by his wife, Diane, and three children.  Richard Kiel was 74 years old at the time of his death.

James Bond Jaws moonraker tram fight

Joan Rivers, Comedian and Talk-Show Host, Dies 81

Joan Alexandra Rosenberg (June 8, 1933 – September 4, 2014), known by her stage name Joan Rivers, was an American actress, comedian, writer, producer, and television host, best known for her stand-up comedy, for co-hosting the E! celebrity fashion show Fashion Police, and for starring in the reality series Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best? alongside her daughter Melissa Rivers.

Rivers first came to prominence in 1965 as a guest on The Tonight Show, a pioneering late-night program with interviews and comedy, hosted by Johnny Carson, whom she acknowledged as her mentor.

Joan Rivers cause of death.

Rivers died on September 4, 2014, following serious complications—including cardiac arrest—during a procedure on her vocal cords at a clinic on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

" Lucy and Joan: Again "Lucille Ball visits Joan Rivers on The Tonight Show

Jimi Jamison, Survivor Lead Singer, Dies 63

Jimmy Wayne "Jimi" Jamison (August 23, 1951 – August 31, 2014) was an American rock vocalist and songwriter, best known as the longtime frontman of rock bands Cobra and platinum-selling Survivor and as the voice and co-writer of the theme song for Baywatch.

Jimi Jamison cause of death

Jamison died at the age of 63 on August 31, 2014, from a heart attack.

SURVIVOR - Eye Of The Tiger (live Nagoya 1986)

Jimi Jamison - I'm Always Here (Baywatch OST)

Don Pardo, voice of 'Saturday Night Live,' dies 96

Dominick George "Don" Pardo (February 22, 1918 – August 18, 2014) was an American radio and television announcer whose career spanned over seven decades.

A member of the Television Hall of Fame, Pardo was noted for his 70-year tenure with NBC, working as the announcer for early incarnations of such notable shows as The Price Is Right, Jackpot, Jeopardy!, Three on a Match, Winning Streak and NBC Nightly News. His longest, and best-known, announcing gig was for NBC's Saturday Night Live, a job he held for 39 seasons, from the show's debut in 1975 until his death in 2014.

Don Pardo cause of death

Pardo died in his sleep on August 18, 2014 in Tucson, Arizona at the age of 96.  Cause of death is not know.

Lauren Bacall, Legendary Actress, Dies 89

Lauren Bacall (born Betty Joan Perske; September 16, 1924 – August 12, 2014) was an American film and stage actress and model, known for her distinctive husky voice and sultry looks.

She first emerged as a leading lady in the Humphrey Bogart film To Have and Have Not (1944) and continued on in the film noir genre, with appearances in Bogart movies The Big Sleep (1946), Dark Passage (1947), and Key Largo (1948), as well as comedic roles in How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) with Marilyn Monroe and Designing Woman (1957) with Gregory Peck. Bacall worked on Broadway in musicals, gaining Tony Awards for Applause in 1970 and Woman of the Year in 1981. Her performance in the movie The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996) earned her a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award nomination.

In 1999, Bacall was ranked #20 of the 25 actresses on the AFI's 100 Years... 100 Stars list by the American Film Institute. In 2009, she was selected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to receive an Academy Honorary Award "in recognition of her central place in the Golden Age of motion pictures."

Lauren Bacall cause of death

Lauren Bacall died from a stroke in New York City.  She was 89 years old at the time of her death.

Mini Biography: Lauren Bacall

Robin Williams, Oscar-Winning Actor, Dies 63

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Robin McLaurin Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014) was an American actor and stand-up comedian. Rising to fame with his role as the alien Mork in the TV series Mork & Mindy (1978–1982), Williams went on to establish a successful career in both stand-up comedy and feature film acting. His film career included such acclaimed films as Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), Dead Poets Society (1989), Awakenings (1990), The Fisher King (1991), and Good Will Hunting (1997), as well as financial successes such as Popeye (1980), Hook (1991), Aladdin (1992), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), Jumanji (1995), The Birdcage (1996), Night at the Museum (2006), and Happy Feet (2006). He also appeared in the video "Don't Worry, Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin.

Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor three times, Williams went on to receive the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Good Will Hunting (1997). He also received two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globes, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and five Grammy Awards.

Robin Williams cause of death

Though his publicist would not confirm the reports that the death was suicide. Robin Williams was 63 years old at the time of his death.

Williams was found unconscious in his home in an unincorporated area just outside Tiburon, California, at around 11:55 AM PDT on August 11, 2014, and was pronounced dead at 12:02 PM The Coroner Division of Marin County suspects the death to be suicide by asphyxia, pending investigation. A forensic examination and postliminary toxicology test is scheduled for August 12, 2014. According to his publicist, Williams was "battling severe depression" in the time before his death,

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