Patrick McGoohan, actor, 'Prisoner' 'Columbo' 'Braveheart' dies 80

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Patrick Joseph McGoohan (March 19, 1928 - January 13, 2009) was a two-time Emmy winning American born actor, raised in Ireland and England, with an extensive stage career, who rose to fame in the British film and TV industry by starring in the 1960s television series Danger Man (renamed Secret Agent when exported to the US), cult classic The Prisoner and Mel Gibson's Oscar winning epic Braveheart as Edward Longshanks. McGoohan wrote several episodes of The Prisoner himself, occasionally using the pseudonyms Joseph Serf and Paddy Fitz.

Patrick McGoohan won two Emmies, both for Outstanding Guest Actor - Drama Series - both for Columbo (1975, 1990)

Death of Patrick McGoohan
Patrick McGoohan died Tuesday in Los Angeles at the age of 80.
Cause of death is unknown.

Personal Life
At the time of his death, McGoohan was mostly retired, living in Los Angeles, California with his wife of 57 years, Joan Drummond McGoohan. Along with his three daughters, he had five grandchildren (Sarah, Erin, Simon, Nina, and Paddy). On June 11, 2008, he became a great-grandfather to Jack Patrick Lockhart

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Veteran actor Pat Hingle dies at 84 in NC home

Martin Patterson "Pat" Hingle (July 19, 1924 - January 3, 2009) was an American actor.

Hingle is traditionally known for playing judges, police officers, and other authority figures. One of his notable roles is the father of the character played by Warren Beatty in Splendor in the Grass (1961). While he is probably best known in recent times for playing Commissioner Gordon in the 1989 film Batman and its three sequels, Hingle has a long list of television and movie credits to his name, going back to 1948. Among them are Hang 'Em High (1968), Sudden Impact (1983), Road To Redemption (2001), When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder? (1979), Stephen King's Maximum Overdrive (1986), The Grifters (1990), Citizen Cohn (1992), Muppets from Space, and Shaft (2000). Along with Michael Gough, who played Alfred Pennyworth, he is one of only two actors to appear in all of the first four Batman films.

In the 1997 revival of the musical 1776, Hingle played Benjamin Franklin, with Brent Spiner as John Adams. In 2002, he was a regular cast member of ABC's series The Court. He also played Horace in 1995's "The Quick and the Dead".

Recently, he appeared in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, as the original owner of Dennit Racing.

Death of Pat Hingle
He died of blood cancer on January 3rd, 2009.

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Early life
Hingle was born Martin Patterson Hingle in Denver, Colorado, the son of Marvin Louise (née Patterson), a schoolteacher and musician, and Clarence Martin Hingle, a building contractor. Hingle enlisted in the U.S. Navy in December 1941, dropping out of the University of Texas. He served on the destroyer USS Marshall during World War II. He returned to the University of Texas after the war and earned a degree in radio broadcasting.

Near fatal 1960 accident
In 1960, he had been offered the title role in Elmer Gantry, but could not do it due to a near fatal accident; caught in an elevator in his West End Avenue apartment building that had stalled between the second and third floors, he crawled out, trying to reach the second floor corridor, lost his balance and fell 54 feet down the shaft, fracturing his skull, wrist, hip and most of the ribs on his left side, breaking his left leg in three places and losing the little finger on his left hand. He lay near death for two weeks and his recovery took more than a year.

Paul Benedict - Harry Bentley from The Jeffersons dies at 70

Paul Benedict (September 17, 1938 - December 1, 2008) was an American character actor who made numerous appearances in television and movies beginning in the 1960s. He is probably best recognized for his roles as The Number Painter on the PBS children's show Sesame Street, and as the quirky English neighbor "Harry Bentley" on the CBS sitcom The Jeffersons.

Death of Paul Benedict
On December 1, 2008, Benedict was found dead at his home in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. Paul Benedict was 70 years old at the time of his death.

Benedict was born in Silver City, New Mexico, the son of Alma Marie (née Loring), a journalist, and Mitchell M. Benedict, a doctor.[1] He grew up in Massachusetts. As a young man, he suffered from acromegaly, a pituitary disorder that affects the extremities and face, which accounted for his slightly oversized jaw and nose.

As could be heard in his other film and TV roles, he had a slight English accent even when not in character as Bentley. Benedict played the director of the Richard III production in the 1977 movie The Goodbye Girl starring Richard Dreyfuss, in which Richard was to be portrayed in the play as a stereotypical gay man. He was in a short scene in the 1984 mockumentary film This is Spinal Tap, playing the awkward desk clerk who checks in the band. In the 1990 film The Freshman, he played the condescending NYU film school professor of Matthew Broderick's main character. He also made a memorable appearance as the incorrectly assumed title character in the 1996 film Waiting for Guffman, another mockumentary involving many of the same writers and actors.

Benedict also played the role of a slave trader in Dino De Laurentiis' Mandingo opposite James Mason and Perry King in 1975. Perhaps his best known movie role was of the reverend Lundquist in the 1972 Sydney Pollack film Jeremiah Johnson.

Legendary Actor Paul Newman Dies at 83

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Paul Newman CancerPaul Leonard Newman (January 26, 1925 - September 26, 2008) was an American actor, film director, entrepreneur, race car driver, racing team owner and humanitarian. He won numerous awards, including an Academy Award, two Golden Globe Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Cannes Film Festival Award, and an Emmy award, along with many honorary awards. He won several national championships as a driver in Sports Car Club of America road racing and his race teams won several championships in open wheel Indy Car racing. He was also the founder of Newman's Own, a food company from which Newman donated all profits and royalties to charity. As of May 2007, these donations have exceeded US$220 million. Newman died at his long-time home in Westport, Connecticut after a battle with lung cancer.

Illness and death
Newman was scheduled to make his professional directorial stage debut with the Westport Country Playhouse's 2008 production of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, but he stepped down on May 23, 2008, citing health issues.

In June 2008 it was widely reported that Newman, a former chain smoker, had been diagnosed with lung cancer and was receiving treatment at Sloan-Kettering hospital in New York City. Photographs taken of Newman in May and June showed him looking gaunt. Writer A.E. Hotchner, who partnered with Newman to start Newman's Own salad dressing company in the 1980s, was quoted in the media as saying that Newman told him about the disease about 18 months ago. Newman's spokesman told the press that the star is "doing nicely," but neither confirmed nor denied that he had cancer. In August, Newman reportedly had finished chemotherapy and had told his family he wished to die at home. His daughter, Nell, is poised to take over Newman's Own.

Paul Newman died of lung cancer on September 26, 2008 aged 83 at his long-time home in Westport, Connecticut. He was surrounded by his family and close friends

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Paul Newman Filmography, awards, and nominations 

YearTitleRoleOther notes
1954The Silver ChaliceBasil 
1956Somebody Up There Likes MeRocky Graziano 
The RackCapt. Edward W. Hall Jr. 
1957The Helen Morgan StoryLarry Maddux 
Until They SailCapt. Jack Harding 
1958The Long, Hot SummerBen Quick 
The Left Handed GunBilly the Kid 
Cat on a Hot Tin RoofBrick PollittNominated - Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys!Harry Bannerman 
1959The Young PhiladelphiansAnthony Judson Lawrence 
1960From the TerraceDavid Alfred Eaton 
ExodusAri Ben Canaan 
1961The HustlerEddie FelsonBAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated - Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama
Paris BluesRam Bowen 
1962Sweet Bird of YouthChance WayneNominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama
Hemingway's Adventures of a Young ManAd Francis, 'The Battler'Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
1963HudHud BannonNominated - Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama
A New Kind of LoveSteve Sherman 
The PrizeAndrew Craig 
1964What a Way to Go!Larry Flint 
The OutrageJuan Carrasco 
1965Lady LArmand Denis 
1966HarperLew Harper 
Torn CurtainProf. Michael Armstrong 
1967HombreJohn Russell 
Cool Hand LukeLuke JacksonNominated - Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama
1968The Secret War of Harry FriggPvt. Harry Frigg 
1969WinningFrank Capua 
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance KidButch CassidyNominated - BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
1971Sometimes a Great NotionHank Stamper 
1972Pocket MoneyJim Kane 
The Life and Times of Judge Roy BeanJudge Roy Bean 
1973The MacKintosh ManJoseph Rearden 
The StingHenry Gondorff 
1974The Towering InfernoDoug Roberts 
1975The Drowning PoolLew Harper 
1976Buffalo Bill and the IndiansWilliam F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody 
1977Slap ShotReggie "Reg" Dunlop 
1980When Time Ran Out...Hank Anderson 
1981Fort Apache the BronxMurphy 
Absence of MaliceMichael Colin GallagherNominated - Academy Award for Best Actor
1982Come Along with Me TV
The VerdictFrank GalvinNominated - Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama
1984Harry and SonHarry Keach 
1986The Color of MoneyFast Eddie FelsonAcademy Award for Best Actor
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama
1989Fat Man and Little BoyGen. Leslie R. Groves 
BlazeGov. Earl K. Long 
1990Mr. and Mrs. BridgeWalter Bridge 
1993La Classe américaineDavein redubbed archive footage only
1994The Hudsucker ProxySidney J. Mussburger 
Nobody's FoolDonald J. "Sully" SullivanNominated - Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama
1998TwilightHarry Ross 
1999Message in a BottleDodge Blake 
2000Where the Money IsHenry Manning 
2002Road to PerditionJohn RooneyNominated - Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
2003Our TownStage ManagerNominated - Emmy Award
2005Empire FallsMax RobyEmmy Award; Golden Globe
Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3DDave Scottvoice
2006CarsDoc Hudsonvoice


Spinners Member Pervis Jackson dies of Cancer 70

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Pervis Jackson is an American R&B singer, noted as the bass singer for The Spinners , and is one of the group's original members. He is perhaps best known for his line of "12:45" from the group's Billboard Top 10 smash, "They Just Can't Stop It (Games People Play)". As of 2008, Jackson was still singing with The Spinners. 08-18-2008 Pervis Jackson, a member of "The Spinners," died from cancer at Sinai Grace hospital this morning.

The group took off in the 70's with one of its bigger hits - Games People Play.

According to the Detroit News, Pervis Jackson died of cancer on August 18, 2008 in Detroit, MI. He was 70-years-old.

Porter Wagoner, Country Singer

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Portr Wayne Wagoner CountryPorter Wayne Wagoner (Aug 12, 1927 – Oct 28, 2007) was an American country music singer. Famous for his flashy Nudie suits and blond pompadour, Wagoner introduced a young Dolly Parton to his long-running television show. Together, "Porter and Dolly" were a well-known duet team for many years. Parton wrote the song "I Will Always Love You" after Wagoner suggested she shift from story songs to focus on love songs.

Porter Wayne Wagoner's Death
Porter Wagoner died of Lung Cencer
Porter Wagoner was 80 years old at the time of his death

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Paul Gleason, actor (Principal from Breakfast Club) - dies 67

Breakfast Club dead actorPaul Xavier Gleason (May 4, 1939 – May 27, 2006) was an American film and television actor.

Death of Paul Gleason
Gleason died on May 27, 2006 at a Burbank, California hospital from mesothelioma, a form of lung cancer connected with asbestos, which he is thought to have contracted from asbestos exposure on building sites while working for his father as a teenager

Gleason starred in many movies, and became well-known initially as Dr. David Thornton on All My Children, playing the role from 1976 to 1978. He is perhaps best remembered for his role as Richard Vernon, the gruff disciplinary principal in the seminal 1985 movie The Breakfast Club. He reprised versions of that character several times, including in an A*Teens music video, on the television show Boy Meets World (although he was a dean on BMW) and in the films Johnny Be Good and Not Another Teen Movie. As a bookend to his modern fame as strict disciplinarian, Gleason played a tough yet forgiving and nurturing professor to the lead character in Van Wilder.

Gleason is known to Star Wars fans for his role as Jeremitt Towani in the 1985 made-for-TV film The Battle for Endor. He played the villainous Clarence 'Mr' Beeks in the famous 1983 comedy Trading Places starring Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy. He also played Deputy Police Chief Dwayne T Robinson, the blowhard police official in Die Hard.

ABC News Anchor Peter Jennings dies 67

Peter Charles Archibald Ewart Jennings, CM (July 29, 1938 - August 7, 2005) was a Canadian-American journalist and news anchor. He was the sole anchor of ABC's World News Tonight from 1983 until his death in 2005 of complications from lung cancer. A high-school dropout, he transformed himself into one of American television's most prominent journalists.

Death of Peter Jennings
Peter Jennings died of lung cancer.
Peter Jennings was 67 years old at the time of his death.

Jennings started his career early, hosting a Canadian radio show at the age of nine. In 1965, ABC News tapped him to anchor its flagship evening news program. His inexperience marred his first short stint in the anchor chair, and Jennings became a foreign correspondent in 1968, honing his reporting skills in the Middle East.

He returned as one of World News Tonight's three anchors in 1978, and was promoted to the role of sole anchor in 1983. Jennings formed part of the "Big Three" news anchors who dominated American evening news in the 1980s and 1990s. Having always been fascinated with the United States, Jennings became a naturalized United States citizen in 2003. His death, which closely followed the retirements of Tom Brokaw and Dan Rather, marked the end of the "Big Three" era.

President Clinton to Peter Jennings "Don't go there Peter!"

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