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Gary Coleman, Diff'rent Strokes Star, Dies 42

Gary Wayne Coleman (February 8, 1968 – May 28, 2010) was an American  actor, best known for his role as Arnold Jackson in the American sitcom Diff'rent Strokes (1978–1986).

Coleman was born in Zion, Illinois. He was adopted by Edmonia Sue, a nurse practitioner, and W.G. Coleman, a fork-lift operator.  He suffered from a congenital kidney disease caused by focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (an autoimmune destruction and alteration of the kidney), which halted his growth at an early age, leading to a small stature (4 ft 8 in; 1.42 m). He underwent two kidney transplants, one in 1973 and one in 1984, and required daily dialysis.

Coleman was cast in the role of Arnold Jackson on Diff'rent Strokes, portraying a child adopted by a wealthy widower. The show was broadcast from 1978 to 1986, and was a huge success.

Coleman became the most popular fixture of the show, enhanced by his character's catchphrase "What'choo talkin' 'bout, Willis?" At the height of his fame on Diff'rent Strokes, he earned as much as $100,000 per episode.

Death of Gary Coleman
On May 26, 2010, Coleman was admitted to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo, Utah, after falling and hitting his head and suffering an intracranial hemorrhage at his home outside of Salt Lake City, UT. He was announced to be in critical condition. By mid-morning on May 27, 2010, Coleman was conscious and lucid. By mid-afternoon on May 27, 2010, Coleman was unconscious and on life support. On May 28, 2010, it was announced that he was still unconscious and on life support. Coleman died in the afternoon of the same day.

Gary Coleman on Diff'rent Strokes

Dixie Carter, 'Designing Women', dies 70

Dixie Virginia Carter (May 25, 1939 – April 10, 2010)  was an American actress, having appeared in films, television and on stage. She was best-known for her long-running role in the sitcom Designing Women (1986-1993). She had been nominated for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for Desperate Housewives in 2007.

Death of Dixie Carter
Dixie Carter died on April 10, 2010. No cause was immediately disclosed. Carter is survived by Hal Holbrook, her husband of nearly 26 years, and two daughters from a previous marriage.

In 2006-07 Carter found renewed fame with a new generation of fans as the very disturbed and disturbing Gloria Hodge on Desperate Housewives, earning an Emmy nomination for her work on the series. Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry started out in Hollywood as Carter's assistant on the set of Designing Women.

Robert Culp, 'I Spy', 'The Greatest American Hero', Dies 79

Robert Martin Culp
Born: August 16, 1930 Oakland, California, United States
Died: March 24, 2010 (aged 79) Los Angeles, California

Robert Culp was an American actor and scriptwriter, perhaps best known for his work in television. Culp earned an international reputation for his role as Kelly Robinson on I Spy (1965-1968), the espionage  series, where he and co-star Bill Cosby played a pair of secret agents.

Culp came to national attention very early in his career as the star of the 1957-59 Western television series Trackdown  in which he played Texas Ranger Hoby Gilman.

He played a murderer in three separate Columbo episodes.
In 1981 he got his big break back into the television realm when he starred in The Greatest American Hero.

One of his most recent recurring roles was a part on Everybody Loves Raymond as Warren Whelan, Ray's father-in-law.

He appeared on episodes of many other television programs including a 1961 season three episode of "Bonanza" titled Broken Ballad, as well as The Golden Girls, The Nanny, The Girls Next Door and Wings.

Death of Robert Culp
Culp died on March 24, 2010 after a fall that took place outside his Los Angeles home.  Robert Culp was 79 years old at the time of his dealth.

Robert Culp (as a waiter) on "Get Smart"

 

Alex Chilton, Influential Singer from Box Tops (The Letter), Dies 59

William Alexander Chilton
Born: December 28, 1950, Memphis, Tennessee
Died: March 17, 2010, New Oleans, (aged 59)

Alex Chilton was an American songwriter, guitarist, singer and producer best known for his work with the pop-music  bands the Box Tops and Big Star. Chilton's early commercial sales success in the 1960s as a teen vocalist for the Box Tops was not repeated in later years with Big Star and in his indie music solo career on small labels, but he did draw a loyal following in the indie and alternative music fields.

Death of Alex Chilton:
Chilton was taken to hospital in New Orleans on March 17, 2010, complaining of health problems, and died the same day of a suspected heart attack. He is survived by his wife, Laura and son, Timothy.

Box Tops, The Letter - Alex Chilton Singing

 

Gumby Creator Art Clokey dies in sleep 89

Arthur C. Clokey (October 12, 1921 - January 8, 2010) was a pioneer in the popularization of stop motion clay animation.

He is best known for his animated television character Gumby. Since 1955, Gumby has been a familiar presence on television, appearing in several series—and even in a 1995 feature film, Gumby: The Movie. Clokey's second most famous production is the duo of Davey and Goliath, funded by the Lutheran Church.

Death of Art Clokey
Arthur died peacefully in his sleep the morning of January 8, 2010; at his home in Los Osos, CA. Art Clokey was 89 years old at the time of his death

Gumby - Scrooge Loose

Vic Chesnutt, Folk Singer and Songwriter, Dies at 45

James Victor "Vic" Chesnutt (November 12, 1964 – December 25, 2009) was a singer-songwriter living in Athens, Georgia. He had been writing songs since he was five years old. Injured in a car accident in 1983, the paraplegic artist's first big breakthrough to commercial success came with the release of the tribute album Sweet Relief II: Gravity of the Situation.

An adoptee, Chesnutt was raised in Zebulon, Georgia, where he first started writing songs at the age of 5. At 18, a car accident left him partially paralyzed, though it wasn't long afterward that he realized he could still play guitar. After his recovery he left Zebulon and moved to Nashville, Tennessee; the poetry he read there (by Stevie Smith, Walt Whitman, Wallace Stevens, W. H. Auden, Stephen Crane, and Emily Dickinson) served to inspire and influence him.

Death of Vic Chesnutt
On December 25, 2009, Chesnutt died from an overdose of muscle relaxants that had left him in a coma in an Athens hospital.

 Vic Chesnutt - Band Camp

Poet Jim Carroll Dies 60

James Dennis "Jim" Carroll (August 1, 1949 – September 11, 2009) was an author, poet, autobiographer, and punk musician.

Literary career
Carroll was best known for his 1978 autobiographical work The Basketball Diaries, which was made into the 1995 film of the same name, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Carroll.

Music career
Jim Carroll has collaborated with musicians Lou Reed, Blue Öyster Cult, Boz Scaggs, Ray Manzarek of The Doors, Pearl Jam, ELO and Rancid.

Death of Jim Carroll
Carroll, 60, died of a heart attack at his Manhattan home on September 11, 2009. On September 13 (the day his death was announced), it was stated that he was at his desk working when he died.

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The Dells & Flamingo - Johnny Carter dies 75

Johnny Carter (June 2, 1934 – August 21, 2009) was an American doo-wop and R&B singer. He was a founding member of The Flamingos and a member of The Dells. Both groups have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, making Carter one of the few multiple inductees. He joined The Dells as a replacement for Johnny Funches in 1960 and remained an active member of the group until his death

The Dells - Oh What a Night

Legendary broadcasting icon Walter Cronkite Dies 92

Walter Leland Cronkite, Jr. (November 4, 1916 - July 17, 2009) was an American broadcast journalist, best known as anchorman for the CBS Evening News for 19 years (1962–81). During the heyday of CBS News in the 1970s and 1980s, he was often cited in viewer opinion polls as "the most trusted man in America" because of his professional experience and kindly demeanor.

Death of Walter Cronkite
Cronkite died on July 17, 2009 at his home in New York City, at the age of 92. He is believed to have died from cerebral vascular disease.

Walter Cronkite announces death of JFK

Johnny Carson - playing Walter Cronkite, 1981!

David Carradine, Kung Fu, Kill Bill, Accidental Death 72

David Carradine (born John Arthur Carradine, December 8, 1936 - June 3, 2009) was an American actor, best known for his work in Kung Fu and more recently in Kill Bill.

Carradine was born in Hollywood, California, the son of Ardanelle Abigail (née McCool) and noted American actor John Carradine

Carradine was known for his roles as Kwai Chang Caine in the 1970s television series Kung Fu (as well as the sequels in the 1980s and 1990s), as well as 'Big' Bill Shelly in Martin Scorsese's Boxcar Bertha (1972), folksinger Woody Guthrie in Bound for Glory (1976), Abel Rosenberg in Ingmar Bergman's The Serpent's Egg (1977), and as Bill in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill, Vols. 1 & 2 (2003, 2004, respectively).

Death of David Carradine
On June 4, 2009, Carradine was found dead in his room at the Park Nai Lert Hotel in Junfan Mulay, Bangkok, Thailand. The initial police investigation indicated that Carradine had hanged himself using a cord of the type which is used with curtains. Circumstances suggested that the death was an autoerotic asphyxiation.

David Carradine Filmography continues next page

David Carradine Filmography

YearFilmRole
1964TaggartCal Dodge
1966ShaneShane
1967Johnny BelindaLocky
The Violent OnesLucas Barnes
1969Heaven with a GunCoke Beck
Young Billy YoungJesse Boone
1972Boxcar Bertha'Big' Bill Shelly
1972-1975Kung FuKwai Chang Caine
1973The Long GoodbyeDave aka Socrates - Marlowe's Cellmate
Mean StreetsDrunk
1975Death Race 2000Frankenstein
1976CannonballCoy 'Cannonball' Buckman
Bound for GloryWoody Guthrie
1977The Serpent's EggAbel Rosenberg
Thunder and LightningHarley Thomas
1978DeathsportKaz Oshay
Circle of IronThe Blind Man/Monkeyman/Death/Changsha
Gray Lady DownCapt. Gates
1979Mr. HornTom Horn
1980The Long RidersCole Younger
1982QDetective Shepard
Trick Or TreatsRichard
1983Lone Wolf McQuadeRawley Wilkes
1984The Warrior and the SorceressKain
AirwolfDr. Robert Winchester
1985North and SouthJustin LaMotte
1986Kung Fu: The MovieKwai Chang Caine
1988Tropical SnowOskar
1990Sundown: The Vampire in RetreatJozek Mardulak/Count Dracula
Bird on a WireSorenson
1991Karate CopDad
Martial LawDalton Rhodes
The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the DrawCaine
1992Evil ToonsGideon Fisk
Roadside ProphetsOthello
Waxwork II: Lost in TimeThe Beggar
1993-1997Kung Fu: The Legend ContinuesKwai Chang Caine
1997Last Stand at Saber RiverDuane Kidston
1998Children of the Corn V: Fields of TerrorLuke Enright
An American Tail: The Treasure of Manhattan IslandChief Wulisso
1999CharmedTempus
American ReelJames Lee Springer
2000Down 'n DirtyGil Garner
2001Queen Of SwordsThe Serpent
2002Balto II: Wolf QuestNava the Wolf Shaman
The OutsiderHaines
King of the HillJunichiro Hill
2003Kill Bill: Vol. IBill
2003-2004AliasConrad
2004Kill Bill: Vol. IIBill
Hair HighMr. Snerz
Dead & BreakfastMr. Wise
Max Havoc: Curse of the DragonGrand Master
2005Danny PhantomClockwork
2006MediumJessica's Brother
Saints RowWilliam Sharp
2007Homo ErectusMookoo
Epic MovieThe Curator
Fall Down DeadWade
CamilleCowboy Bob
How to Rob a BankNick
FuegoLobo
Big StanThe Master
2008ChathamCaptain Zeb
Richard IIIBuckingham
Hell RideThe Deuce
Son of the DragonBird
Last HourDetective Mike Stone
Death RaceFrankenstein
My SuicideVargas
2009Absolute EvilRaf McCane
Crank: High VoltagePoon Dong

steve cinabro-actor

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.

Sons and Lovers director Jack Cardiff dies94

2001 Honorary Oscar
Marilyn Monroe described him as "the best in the world".

Jack CardiffJack Cardiff OBE, B.S.C. (September 18, 1914 - April 22, 2009) was a British cinematographer, director and photographer.

His career spanned the development of cinema, from silent film, through early experiments in Technicolor (and, less successfully, Smell-o-vision), to filmmaking in the 21st century. He was best known for his influential cinematography for directors such as Powell, Huston and Hitchcock.

In 2000 he was awarded an OBE and in 2001 he was awarded an Honorary Oscar for his contribution to the cinema.

Born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, Cardiff's parents were music hall entertainers. He worked as an actor from an early age, both in the music hall and in a number of silent films: My Son, My Son (1918), Billy's Rose (1922), The Loves of Mary, Queen of Scots (1923) and Tiptoes (1927). At 15 he began working as a camera assistant, clapper boy and production runner for British International Pictures, including Hitchcock's The Skin Game

Cause of death: unknown

Jack Cardiff's Cinematography & Directoral work continues next page

Cinematography
A Matter of Life and Death (1946) directed by Powell and Pressburger
Black Narcissus (1947) directed by Powell and Pressburger
The Red Shoes (1948) directed by Powell and Pressburger
Under Capricorn (1949) directed by Alfred Hitchcock
The Black Rose (1950) starring Orson Welles
The Magic Box (1951) a biopic of William Friese-Greene
Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951)
The African Queen (1951) directed by John Huston
The Barefoot Contessa (1954)
War and Peace (1956)
The Prince and the Showgirl (1957) directed by Laurence Olivier
Legend of the Lost (1957)
The Vikings (1958)
Fanny (1961)
Death on the Nile (1978)
The Awakening (1980)
Ghost Story (1981)
The Dogs of War (1981)
Conan the Destroyer (1984)
Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)

Directorial work
Web of Evidence (1959)
Scent of Mystery (1960) — the first production in Smell-o-vision
My Geisha (1962)
The Long Ships (1963)
Young Cassidy (1965)
The Mercenaries (1968)
The Girl on a Motorcycle (1968) starring Marianne Faithfull
The Mutations (1973) starring Donald Pleasence
Penny Gold (1973)

Movie & Soap Actor Philip Carey (one life to live) dies 83

Philip Carey (July 15, 1925 - February 6, 2009) was an American actor.

A former U.S. Marine, Carey made appearances in films such as This Woman is Dangerous with Joan Crawford (1952) Calamity Jane (1953), Pushover (1954) and Monster (1979).

From 1965-1967, Carey played Captain Edward Parmalee on the NBC western television series Laredo, set in the South Texas city located on the Rio Grande. After Laredo, Carey guest starred in an episode of ABC's military-western Custer starring Wayne Maunder in the title role.

From 1979 until late 2007, he has played the protective Texan patriarch Asa Buchanan on the ABC soap opera, One Life to Live.

Death of Philip Carey
Philip Carey died of lung cancer
Philip Carey was 83 years old at the time of his death.
Philip Carey was diagnosed with lung cancer in January 2006 and underwent chemotherapy.

One Life to Live: Asa's Heart Attack

George Carlin - Stand up comedian, actor dies 71

Hollywood Walk of Famer 

George CarlinGeorge Denis Patrick Carlin (May 12, 1937 – June 22, 2008) was a Grammy-winning American stand-up comedian, actor, author, and philosopher.

Death George Carlin
On June 22, 2008, George Carlin was admitted to St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica, California complaining of chest pain. George Carlin died later that day at 5:55 p.m. PDT of heart failure at the age of 71. He had a history of cardiovascular problems, including several heart attacks

About George Carlin
Carlin was especially noted for his political and black humor and his observations on language, psychology, and religion along with many taboo subjects. Carlin and his "Seven Dirty Words" comedy routine were central to the 1978 U.S. Supreme Court case F.C.C. v. Pacifica Foundation, in which a narrow 5-4 decision by the justices affirmed the government's right to regulate Carlin's act on the public airwaves.

Carlin's mid-2000s stand-up routines focused on the flaws in modern-day America. He often took on contemporary political issues in the United States and satirized the excesses of American culture.

A disciple of Lenny Bruce, he placed second on the Comedy Central cable television network list of the 10 greatest stand-up comedians, ahead of Bruce and behind Richard Pryor. He was a frequent performer and guest host on The Tonight Show during the three-decade Johnny Carson era, and was also the first person to host Saturday Night Live.

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Cyd Charisse, actress, dancer, legend dies 87

Hollywood Walk of Famer 

Cyd CharisseCyd Charisse (March 8, 1922 – June 17, 2008) was an American dancer and actress.

Death of Cyd Charisse
In her eighties, Cyd Charisse made occasional public appearances and appeared frequently in documentaries spotlighting the golden age of Hollywood.

Publicist Gene Schwam said Charisse was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on June 16, 2008 after suffering an apparent heart attack. She died the following day, aged 86.

Honors
On November 9, 2006, in a private White House ceremony, President George W. Bush presented Cyd Charisse with the National Medal of the Arts and Humanities, the highest official U.S. honor available in the arts

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