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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.

Bernie Nolan, singer, 'The Nolans', dies 52

Bernadette Therese "Bernie" Nolan (October 17, 1960 – July 4, 2013) was an Irish actress, singer and television personality, formerly lead vocalist of The Nolans. Bernie Nolan was the second youngest of siblings Anne, Brian, Denise, Maureen, Tommy, Linda and Coleen Nolan. She was raised in Blackpool, Lancashire, England.

Bernie Nolan cause of death

Nolan died from cancer in her sleep, at her home in Surrey on 4 July 2013, aged 52.

It was revealed on 23 April 2010 that Nolan was suffering from breast cancer, which spread to her lymph nodes. In October 2010, she stated that she was cancer-free after having undergone chemotherapy and a mastectomy, and was taking herceptin. In February 2012, she announced that she was no longer taking cancer treatment drugs, and was completely free of cancer. At the end of October 2012, Bernie announced that the cancer had returned and was incurable. It had metastasised to her brain, lungs, liver and bones.  Anne and Linda Nolan suffered from the disease in 2000 and 2006 respectively; both recovered.

The Nolans are an Anglo-Irish girl group consisting of a group of sisters. The group, best known for their song "I'm in the Mood for Dancing", gained prominence as guest performers on numerous television shows in the United Kingdom. The majority of their charted singles and albums occurred in the early 1980s, but they continued to be active until 2005 and were particularly successful in Japan. The sisters have pursued varying solo careers in acting, music and television presenting. In 2009, The Nolans reformed for a one-off concert tour in Ireland and in the UK, spawning an album and DVD.

The Nolans - I'm In The Mood For Dancing

Jerry Nelson, Count von Count Of 'Sesame, Dies 78

Jerry Nelson (July 10, 1934 – August 23, 2012) was an American puppeteer, best known for his work with The Muppets. Renowned for his wide range of characters and singing abilities, he performed Muppet characters on Sesame Street, The Muppet Show, Fraggle Rock, and various Muppet movies and specials.

Jerry Nelson cause of death
Jerry Nelson died on August 23, 2012, of complications from the various cancers and respiratory diseases from which he suffered in his final years.  He had suffered from emphysema for years.

Jerry Nelson

Sesame Street - Counting is Wonderful

Charles Napier, Veteran Actor, Rambo II, Blues Brothers, dies 75

Memorable characters: Good Ol' Boys from Blues Brothers, Murdock from Rambo II

Charles L. Napier (April 12, 1936 – October 5, 2011) was an American actor, known for his portrayals of square-jawed tough guys and military types.

Charles Napier served in the U.S. Army with the 11th Airborne Division before becoming an actor.

Napier was a regular in Jonathan Demme-directed movies, including The Silence of the Lambs and Philadelphia. Some of Napier's memorable roles include Murdock, the intelligence officer commanding Rambo in Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) and Tucker McElroy, lead singer and driver of the Winnebago for "The Good Ol' Boys" in The Blues Brothers (1980).

Charles Napier cause of death
Charles Napier was found collapsed at home, and was taken off life support the next day.  Exact cause of death is not specified as of October 6, 2011.
Charles Napier was 75 years old at the time of his death

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David Nelson, last of 'Ozzie and Harriet's' dies 74


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David Oswald Nelson (October 24, 1936 – January 11, 2011) was an American actor, director, producer, and son of bandleader/TV actor Ozzie Nelson and singer Harriet Hilliard and the older brother of late singer Ricky Nelson.

Career
David and Ricky Nelson, along with their parents, appeared on the long-running sitcom The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet in the 1950s and 1960s. During the run of the series, Nelson directed several episodes. After the series' end, Nelson continued acting, directing and producing. Nelson's last film appearance was in Cry-Baby (1990).

Death of David Nelson
David Nelson died on January 11, 2011 in Century City, California of complications from colon cancer.

Ozzie and Harriet - An Evening With Hamlet (1/2)

Part 2/2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vYIjfRjPzU

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

Leslie Nielsen dies 84

Leslie William Nielsen, OC (February 11, 1926 - November 28, 2010) was a Canadian actor and comedian. Although his acting career crosses a variety of genres in both television and films, Nielsen achieved his greatest successes in the comedy films Airplane! and The Naked Gun. His portrayal of serious characters seemingly oblivious to (and complicit in) their absurd surroundings gives him a reputation as a comedian.

Nielsen's lead roles in the films Forbidden Planet and The Poseidon Adventure came long before he considered a turn to comedy. His deadpan delivery as a doctor in 1980's Airplane! marked a turning point in Nielsen's career, one that would make him, in the words of film critic Roger Ebert, "the Olivier of spoofs." Nielsen appeared in over 100 films and 1,500 television programs over the span of his career, portraying over 220 characters.

Death of Leslie Nielsen
In November 2010, Nielsen was admitted to a Fort Lauderdale, Florida hospital for pneumonia. On November 28, Nielsen's nephew announced to the CJOB radio station that Nielsen had died in his sleep around 5:30 p.m. EST, surrounded by family and friends. His nephew reflected on Nielsen's life, "He was truly a nice man. A very caring, naturally funny guy in day-to-day life, not just because someone wrote something on paper for him. He was a very tender-hearted man. He was one of my best friends and I loved him dearly. I'll miss him greatly."

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Naked Gun - Umpiring

Patricia Neal, Oscar-winning actress, dies 84

Patricia Neal (January 20, 1926 – August 8, 2010) was an American actress of stage and screen. She won the Best Actress Oscar for her role in the drama Hud (1963).

During the filming of The Fountainhead (1949), Neal had an affair with her married co-star, Gary Cooper, whom she had met in 1947 when she was 21 and he was 46. By 1950, Cooper's wife, Veronica, had found out about the relationship and sent Neal a telegram demanding they end it. Neal became pregnant by Cooper, but he persuaded her to have an abortion.

Death of Patricia Neal
Patricia Neal died at her home in Edgartown, Massachusetts on Martha's Vineyard, August 8, 2010, of lung cancer.

Patricia Neal & Gary Cooper  - "The Fountainhead"

Jack Nimitz, Sax Player, a Big Part of Jazz History, Dies 79

* General public may not remember his name. But Jack Nimitz played with "Who's who" in American Jazz history.

Jack Nimitz (January 11, 1930 - June 10, 2009) was an American jazz baritone saxophonist.

Jack Nimitz played with Bill Berry, Benny Carter, Gerald Wilson, Supersax, Frank Strazzeri, Thelonious Monk, Terry Gibbs, Dizzy Gillespie, Louie Bellson, Chuck Mangione, Shelly Manne, Charles Mingus, Horace Silver, Gil Fuller, Gene Ammons Oliver Nelson, Kenny Burrell, Quincy Jones, Milt Jackson, Frank Capp and Joey DeFrancesco into the 1980s.

Additionally he recorded with the vocalists Johnny Hartman, June Christy, Peggy Lee, Carmen McRae,Anita O'Day and Diane Schuur.

In the 1990s Nimitz recorded with Stewart Liebig, Bill Perkins, Bud Shank and Gerald Wilson.

In 1995 he released his first album under his own name. The Jack Nimitz Quintet played their final performance on May 10, 2009, in Northridge, California.

Death of Jack Nimitz
Jack Nimitz died from complications from emphysema
Jack Nimitz was 79 year of at the time of his death

 Supersax / Night In Tunisia - Jack Nimitz on trumpet

David 'Fathead' Newman, jazz saxophonist, dies at 75

Jazz Musician DeathDavid "Fathead" Newman (February 24, 1933 - January 20, 2009) was an American saxophonist.

Death of David Newman
On January 20, 2009, Newman died from complications of pancreatic cancer

David Newman Biography
In 1954, David joined Charles in his band as the baritone saxophone player (although he is more famous as a tenor saxophone and flute player) and began a twelve year gig with Charles. He later joined Herbie Mann, with whom he played for another ten years.

Over the years up to 2008, Newman has recorded over thirty-eight albums under his own name, including his first, Ray Charles-Presenting David "Fathead" Newman (1959) and second, Wide Open Spaces, which was produced by Cannonball Adderley, the following year

David Fathead Newman & David Leonhardt - "Heads Up"

David "Fathead" Newman's discography on next page

David "Fathead" Newman Discography
Ray Charles-Presenting David "Fathead" Newman - 1959 (Atlantic Records)
Wide Open Spaces - 1960
Straight Ahead - 1962 (Atlantic Records)
House of David (Atlantic Records)
Captain Buckles (Atlantic Records)
Live at the Village Gate (Atlantic Records)
The Weapon - 1972
Teasin' - 1973 - Cornell Dupree
Mr. Fathead - 1976 (Warner Bros. Records)
Back To Basics - 1977 (Milestone)
The Atlantic Family Live at Montreux - 1977
Still Hard Times - 1982 (Muse)
Fire! Live at the Village Vanguard - 1988 (Atlantic Records)
Return to the Wide Open Spaces - 1990
Mr. Gentle Mr. Cool - 1994
Under a Woodstock Moon
I Remember Brother Ray - 2005
Kissing in 29 Days - 2006 - JW-Jones
Cityscape- 2006
Life - 2007

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 - Hud

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
1970WUSARheinhardt 
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 
1979QuintetEssex 
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
2007DaleNarratorvoice

 

Stu Nahan - Los Angeles Sports Broadcaster

 

Stu Nahan

A television veteran since the 1950s, Stu Nahan (1926 - December 26, 2007) is best remembered for his role as a boxing commentator in all of the Rocky films as well as being a longtime sportscaster in the Los Angeles market. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on May 25, 2007. Nahan had battled lymphoma, a form of cancer, since being diagnosed in January 2006

Early life and career
Nahan originally began working on a children's television program, appearing as "Skipper Stu", in Sacramento in the 1950s. He also worked for KCRA in Sacramento as a sportscaster.

Stu later moved to Philadelphia to host his own children's show as Captain Philadelphia on the now defunct WKBS-TV (Philadelphia). During this stint in Philadelphia, Nahan also provided the play-by-play commentary for the Philadelphia Flyers of the NHL at WTAF, working alongside Gene Hart.

Film career
In the mid-to-late 1970s, Nahan began working in the movie industry. He always played a sports personality, such as a commentator, and usually as himself. Aside from the Rocky film series, Nahan is also remembered for a very small appearance in the film Fast Times at Ridgemont High when he interviews the character Jeff Spicolli (played by Sean Penn) in a dream sequence. He also had a very bit part in the 1971 TV movie Brian's Song, as the speaker who introduced Gale Sayers at the awards banquet where Sayers was named Rookie of the Year.

Los Angeles television market
Nahan was a sports anchor in the Los Angeles television market for roughly 30 years, with KABC (1968-77), KNBC (1977-86) and KTLA (1988-99). He also spent time with radio stations KABC, KXTA, and KFWB. He was involved with the Los Angeles Dodgers' pregame show, from which he retired after the 2004 season.

Death of Stu Nahan
Stu Nahan died of lymphoma, a type of cancer.
Stu Nahan was 81 years old at the time of his death.

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Tommy Newsom, Tonight Show

Tomy NewsomThomas Penn "Tommy" Newsom (February 25, 1929 – April 28, 2007) was a saxophone player in the NBC Orchestra on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, an orchestra he later became assistant director of. Newsom was frequently the band's substitute director, whenever Doc Severinsen was away from the show or filling in for announcer Ed McMahon. Nicknamed "Mr. Excitement" as a sarcastic take on his low-keyed, often dull persona, Newsom was often a foil for Carson's humor. His brown or blue suits were a marked contrast to Severinsen's flashy stage clothing.

Newsom joined the band in 1962, and left it when Carson retired in 1992.

Death 
Newsom died of bladder and liver cancer at his home in Portsmouth.
Tommy" Newsom was 78 years old at the time of his death

Newsom won two Emmy Awards as a musical director, in 1982 with Night of 100 Stars and in 1986 for the 40th Annual Tony Awards. He also recorded several albums as a bandleader.

Newsom was born in Portsmouth, Virginia. He earned degrees from the College of William & Mary, the Peabody Conservatory of Music, and Columbia University. He served in the Air Force where he played in the band, and later toured with the Benny Goodman Orchestra and performed with Vincent Lopez in New York. In addition to Carson's orchestra, Newsom performed with the orchestra for the Merv Griffin Show.

Newsom was as well known within the music industry as an arranger as he was a performer. He arranged for groups as varied as the Tonight Show ensemble and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, and musicians Skitch Henderson, Woody Herman, Kenny Rogers, Charlie Byrd, John Denver, and opera star Beverly Sills.

Tommy Newsom had been married to his wife Patricia for 50 years; they had one daughter, Candy.


 

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