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Salvatore Licitra, Italian tenor, dies 43

Salvatore Licitra (August 10, 1968  – September 5, 2011) was an Italian operatic tenor.

Salvatore Licitra Cause of Death
On 27 August 2011, Licitra sustained severe head and chest injuries when he suffered a cerebral hemorrhage while riding his motor scooter and crashed into a wall in Modica, Ragusa, Sicily. He remained in a coma for nine days in the Garibaldi Hospital in Catania and was pronounced clinically dead on September 5, 2011. According to the Italian paper Il Messaggero, his body will lie in state in the Catania's opera house, the Teatro Massimo Bellini.

Salvatore Licitra sings "E Lucevan le Stelle" from Tosca

Seve Ballesteros, Golf legend, dies 54

Severiano "Seve" Ballesteros Sota (April 9, 1957 – May 7, 2011) was a Spanish professional golfer, a World No. 1 who was one of the sport's leading figures from the mid-1970s to the mid-1990s. He gained attention in the golfing world in 1976, when at the age of 19 he finished second at the British Open. A member of a gifted golfing family, Ballesteros won five major championships between 1979 and 1988, the British Open three times, and The Masters twice. He was also successful in the Ryder Cup, helping the European team to five wins both as a player and captain, and won the World Match Play Championship a record-tying five times. He is best known for his great short game, and his erratic driving of the golf ball. He is generally regarded as the greatest Spanish golfer of all time.

Seve Bellesteros Cause of Death
On 6 May 2011, his family released a press release announcing that Ballesteros's neurological condition had "suffered a severe deterioration". He died within hours of the announcement in the early hours of 7 May 2011. 

Tiger Woods said of Ballesteros that he was "one of the most talented and exciting golfers to ever play the game"

Sada Thompson, Actress Known for Maternal Roles, Dies at 83

Sada Carolyn Thompson (September 27, 1927 — May 4, 2011) was an American stage, film and television actress.

Sada Thompson was nominated for the Emmy Award nine times in total. Additional television credits include Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law, The Love Boat, Father Dowling Mysteries, Andre's Mother, Cheers, Indictment: The McMartin Trial, and Law & Order.

Thompson's feature films include The Pursuit of Happiness, Desperate Characters and Pollock.

Sada Thompson Cause of Death
Sada Thompson died in Danbury, Connecticut of lung disease.
Sada Thompson was 83 years old at the time of her death.
In addition to her daughter, Liza, she was survived by her husband, a former executive for Pan American Airlines, and a brother, David.

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Sada Thompson as Mother, Kate Lawrence (Emmy Awarded Role)
 

 

Sidney Lumet, director of 12 Angry Men, dies 86

Sidney Lumet (June 25, 1924 – April 9, 2011) was an American film director, producer and screenwriter with over 50 films to his name, including 12 Angry Men (1957), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Network (1976) and The Verdict (1982), all of which earned him Academy Award nominations for Best Director.

Sidney Lumet Cause of Death
Sidney Lumet died of lymphoma (form of Cancer)
Sidney Lumet was 86 years old at the time of his death

Steve Landesberg, 'Barney Miller' Actor, Dies 74

Steve Landesberg (November 23, 1936  – December 20, 2010) was an American actor, comedian, and voice actor best known for his role of Arthur P. Dietrich on the ABC sitcom Barney Miller.

Death of Steve Landesberg

Landesberg died from colon cancer on December 20, 2010, aged 74. Initial reports of Mr. Landesberg’s death, relying on numerous biographical sources, said he was 65.

In acknowledging that he was actually nine years older, his daughter said he had provided varying birth dates over the years. "He got kind of a late start in show business," she explained, "so he tried to straddle the generations. He fooled the whole world. People were surprised to think he was even 65."

 Barney Miller: Dietrich Does Gregory Peck

Stephen Cannell, prolific TV writer-producer, dies 69

Stephen Joseph Cannell (February 5, 1941 – September 30, 2010) was an American television producer, writer, novelist and occasional actor who was also the founder of Stephen J. Cannell Productions.

Cannell has created or co-created nearly 40 television series, mostly crime dramas, including The Rockford Files, The Greatest American Hero, The A-Team, Wiseguy, 21 Jump Street, Silk Stalkings, and The Commish. In the process he had, by his own count, scripted more than 450 episodes, and produced or executive produced over 1,500 episodes.

Death of Stephen J. Cannell
Stephen J. Cannell died September 30, 2010, due to complications associated with melanoma.

Stephen J. Cannell (himself) on the logo

For many years, Cannell's office was at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, though his shows (with the exception of Hunter and The Greatest American Hero) were almost always distributed by Universal Studios. The closing logo  of his production company features him typing, before throwing the sheet from his typewriter whereupon it animates to become his company logo against a black screen (the one sheet of paper lands on a stack of paper forming a letter C) It was updated often, the main differences being Cannell's clothes, sometimes new awards were in the background and (rarely) a new office for the live-action part. Early examples are also notable for Cannell smoking a pipe as he types. 

Soupy Sales, comedian from the Golden Age of Television, dies 83

Soupy Sales (January 8, 1926 – October 22, 2009) was an American comedian, actor, and radio-TV personality and host. He was best known for his long-running local and network children's television show, Lunch with Soupy Sales; a series of comedy sketches frequently ending with Sales receiving a pie in the face, which became his trademark.

From 1968 to 1975, he was a regular panelist on the syndicated revival of What's My Line? and appeared on several other TV game shows. During the 1980s Sales hosted his own show on WNBC-AM in New York City.

Death of Soupy Sales:
Soupy Sales is died of cancer at Calvary Hospice in the Bronx.
Soupy Sales was 83 years old at the time of his death

Steve McNair, Ex-NFL QuarterBack, murdered 36

NFL deathSteve LaTreal McNair (February 14, 1973 - July 4, 2009), nicknamed Air McNair, was an American football quarterback in the National Football League. He was originally drafted by the Houston Oilers third overall in the 1995 NFL Draft. He played college football at Alcorn State.

McNair was selected to the Pro Bowl three times and was the Co-AP NFL MVP in 2003.

Death of Steve McNair
On July 4, 2009, McNair was found dead of multiple gunshot wounds, including one to the head, along with a female victim, 20-year-old Sahel Kazemi, who was found dead of a single gunshot wound to the head, in a condominium in downtown Nashville, Tennessee. The Nashville police declared McNair's death a homicide on July 5, but did not reach a conclusion about the death of Kazemi

Police have not yet made a statement as to who is suspected of the killings,. Initial media reports erroneously indicated McNair's was a murder-suicide. Police were not seeking any suspects in either death.

Two days before their deaths, Kazemi was pulled over in a black 2007 Cadillac Escalade in Nashville with McNair in the passenger seat. The vehicle was registered to both McNair and Kazemi. She was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. McNair was not arrested and instead allowed to leave in a taxi

Career highlights and awards
3× Pro Bowl selection (2000, 2003, 2005)
All-Pro selection (2003)
2003 Co-AP NFL MVP
1994 Walter Payton Award 

1950s-'60s tenor saxophonist Sam Butera dies 81

Sam Butera (August 17, 1927 – June 3, 2009) was a tenor saxophone player best noted for his collaborations with Louis Prima and Keely Smith. Butera is frequently regarded as a crossover artist who performed with equal ease in both R & B and the post-big band pop style of jazz that permeated the early Vegas nightclub scene

Death of Sam Butera
Sam Butera died in Las Vegas at age 81. Sam Butera had Alzheimer's Disease.

Luis Prima - Hey Marie (Sam Butera on the Sax)

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The Chicago actor Steve Cinabro has died at the age of 49, according to an announcement from his family. Steve was a longtime Chicago actor and member of the European Repertory Theatre. Among his credits with that company were Philippe Minyana's "The Warriors" (2004), Tony Kushner's "Slavs" (2003), "Happy End" (1998) and a very memorable Aegisthus in European Rep's 1995 production of Steven Berkoff's "Agamemnon." Steve, who was born in Blue Island, graduated from the Goodman School of Drama in 1987. He appeared in various TV shows and movies shot in Chicago, including "Turks," "Early Edition," and "The Untouchables." Much of his work was for European Rep, but Steve also appeared in shows at the Shattered Globe Theatre, Organic Theatre and elsewhere. Playwright Tracy Letts and fellow European Repertory Theatre member Dale Goulding both praised Steve's contributions to the Chicago theater community that, in Goulding's words, "he loved so much." Funeral mass is scheduled for Monday morning at 10 a.m. at the St Benedict's Roman Catholic Church in Blue Island.

Guitarist, Songwriter, Stephen Bruton dies 60

Guitarist and songwriter Stephen Bruton, who had played with Kris Kristofferson for nearly 40 years and whose songs had been recorded by Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Jimmy Buffett and others, has died. He was 60.

Bruton died Saturday of complications of throat cancer in Los Angeles,

Stephen Bruton Guitar Solo

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.

Actor Sam Bottoms 'Apocalypse Now,' 'Last Picture Show' dies 53

Samuel John "Sam" Bottoms (October 17, 1955 – December 16, 2008) was an American actor and producer.

He is perhaps best remembered for his role as Lance Johnson, a Navy Gunner's Mate stationed on a river boat in Francis Ford Coppola's 20th century opus, Apocalypse Now.

Bottoms earlier appeared with Clint Eastwood in The Outlaw Josey Wales.

At the age of 16 while watching the shooting of the film The Last Picture Show, which his older brother Timothy was starring in, Peter Bogdanovich decided to give him a screen test. Sam ended up getting the part of Billy in the movie.

Death of Sam Bottoms
Sam Bottoms died of glioblastoma multiforme, a brain tumor.
Sam Bottoms was 53 years old at the time of his death.

Bottoms was born in Santa Barbara, California, the third son of James "Bud" Bottoms (a sculptor and art teacher) and Betty (Chapman). He is the brother of actors Timothy Bottoms, Joseph Bottoms and Ben Bottoms.

The Last Picture Show - Sam Bottoms as Billy

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Television
NYPD Blue (2004)
My Neighbor's Daughter (1998)
Mercenary II: Thick & Thin (1997)
The X Files (1995)
Zooman (1995)
Murder, She Wrote (1989-1991)
21 Jump Street (1990)
Island Sons (1987)
The Witching of Ben Wagner (1987)
Gringo mojado (1986)
No Earthly Reason (1984)
Return to Eden (1983)
Desperate Lives (1982)
East of Eden (1981)
The Eddie Capra Mysteries (1978)
Greatest Heroes of the Bible (1978)
Marcus Welby, M.D. (1976)
Cage Without a Key (1975)
Lucas Tanner (1974)
Savages (1974)
Doc Elliot (1974)

[edit] Filmography
Finishing the Game (2007)
SherryBaby (2006)
Winter Passing (2005)
Shopgirl (2005)
Havoc (2005)
Seabiscuit (2003)
Looking Through Lillian (2002)
True Files (2002)
Shadow Fury (2001)
The Unsaid (2001)
Joseph's Gift (1998)
Snide and Prejudice (1997)
Project Shadowchaser III (1995)
Sugar Hill (1994)
The Trust (1993)
North of Chiang Mai (1992)
Dolly Dearest (1992)
Ragin' Cajun (1991)
After School (1988)
Gardens of Stone (1987)
Hunter's Blood (1987)
Prime Risk (1985)

Stan Winston - Terminator visual effects, film director dies 62

 Hollywood Walk of Famer

Stan Winston (April 7, 1946 – June 15, 2008) was an American visual effects supervisor, make-up artist, and film director. He was best known for his work in the Terminator series, the Jurassic Park series, Aliens, the Predator series, and Edward Scissorhands. He won a total of four Academy Awards for his work.

Death of Stan Winston
Stan Winston died on June 15, 2008, at his home in Malibu, California after suffering for seven years with multiple myeloma. Stan Winston  was 62 years old at the time of his death.  A spokeswoman reported that "Stan died peacefully at home surrounded by family.

Sydney Pollack, Movie Director dies 73

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Sydney PollackSydney Pollack (July 1, 1934 - May 26, 2008) was an Academy Award-winning American film director, producer and actor. He directed over 21 films and 10 television shows, acted in over 30 films or shows, and produced over 44 films. Pollack is best known for directing films Out of Africa (Academy Awards, 1985), Tootsie (1982), Three Days of the Condor (1975), The Yakuza (1975), The Way We Were and Jeremiah Johnson (1972), along with newer films The Interpreter (2005), Sabrina (1995), The Firm (1993) and Havana (1990). He has appeared in over 15 films, including The Interpreter (2005), Eyes Wide Shut (1999), Husbands and Wives (1992), The Player (1992), and The Electric Horseman (1979). In 2007, he appeared opposite George Clooney in Michael Clayton, a film which he also co-produced.

Death of Sydney Pollack
Sydney Pollack died of cancer on May 26, 2008.
Sydney Pollack was 73 years old at the time of his death.
He died at his home in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, California surrounded by family, said his publicist, Leslee Dart. He had been diagnosed with cancer about nine months ago.

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Sydney Pollack's filmography

Director
The Slender Thread (1965) director
This Property Is Condemned (1966) director
The Scalphunters' (1968) director
The Swimmer (1968) co-director
Castle Keep (1969) director
They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969) director
Jeremiah Johnson (1972) director
The Way We Were (1973) director
Three Days of the Condor (1975) director
The Yakuza (1975) director/producer
Bobby Deerfield (1977) director/producer
The Electric Horseman (1979) director/actor
Absence of Malice (1981) director/producer
Tootsie (1982) director/producer/actor
Out of Africa (1985) director/producer
Havana (1990) director/co-producer
The Firm (1993) director/producer
Sabrina (1995) director/producer
Random Hearts (1999) director
Sketches of Frank Gehry (2005) director
The Interpreter (2005) director, executive producer, and actor

Producer
The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989) executive producer
Presumed Innocent (1990) producer
Sense and Sensibility (1995) executive producer
Sliding Doors (1998) producer
The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) executive producer
Iris (2001) executive producer
The Quiet American (2002) executive producer
Cold Mountain (2003) producer
Breaking and Entering (2006) producer
Michael Clayton (2007) producer
Recount (2008) executive producer

Appearances in film and television
War Hunt (1962) actor
Tootsie (1982) actor
Husbands and Wives (1992) actor
A Civil Action (1998) actor
Eyes Wide Shut (1999) actor
Will & Grace (2000) actor
King of the Hill (2000) as Grant Trimble
Changing Lanes (2002) actor
One Six Right (2005) as himself
The Interpreter (2005) actor
Avenue Montaigne (2006)
The Sopranos (2007) actor
Michael Clayton (2007) actor
Entourage (2007) as himself
Made of Honor (2008) actor

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