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Bernard Wilson , Soul singer, "If You Don't Know Me by Now," dies 64

Bernard Wilson (1946 – December 26, 2010) was a second tenor and baritone R&B, funk and soul music vocalist who was a member of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes and thus helped to define the “Sound of Philadelphia” in the 1970s.

Death of Bernard Wilson
Bernard Wilson died at a hospital in New Jersey after suffering a stroke and a heart attack.  Bernard Wilson was 64 years old at the time of his death

Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes - If You Don't Know Me By Now

Bernard Wilson is on the far right (red, orange)
Lead Singer is Teddy Pendergrass (March 26, 1950 — January 13, 2010)

James Wall, Captain Kangaroo Costar, Mr. Baxter, Dies 92

Jimmy Wall (Born ? - October 27, 2010) was a regular on Captain Kangaroo from 1968 until 1978. Playing the kindly "Mr. Baxter," he added a sense of calm to the show when all others around him may have been caught up in the silliness. He also starred with the Captain and Mr. Greenjeans in a serialized production entitled "The Missing Paint Mystery" (shown on the program from December, 1969 until 1977; with the exception of 1976) in which the trio travels to Curaçao (a Caribbean island) to confront the playfully evil villain, Garumph (played by Cosmo Allegretti). Wall also worked as a stage manager for CBS on Captain Kangaroo and other CBS broadcasts, including 60 Minutes. Wall continued to work as a CBS stage manager, and on September 1, 2008, was honored for working on his 41st year of the "US Open" tennis tournament. Sportscasters Dick Enberg and John McEnroe commented that Wall still has a strong backhand tennis shot.  

Death of Jimmy Wall
Jimmy Wall died October 27, 2010 after a short illness.
Jimmy Wall was 92 years old at the time of his death

James Wall on diversifying "Captain Kangaroo" 

Ilene Woods, Voice of Cinderella, Dies 81

Jacqueline Ruth "Ilene" Woods (May 5, 1929 – July 1, 2010) was an American singer and actress who voiced Cinderella in the 1950 classic film.

Woods sang for President Roosevelt at his home in Hyde Park. She also sang at the White House for President Truman, after singing for the soldiers and sailors of war.

In 2003, she was awarded a Disney Legends award for her voicework on the film Cinderella. One of her last film appearances was in Touched By An Angel as night nurse Cassie.

Death of Ilene Woods
Woods died on July 1, 2010, at age 81, from causes related to Alzheimer's disease at a nursing home in Canoga Park. She did not recognize a lot of what was going on around her, but the nurses found that she was most comforted by "A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes," so they played it for her as often as possible. Her husband, Ed Shaughnessy, told the Los Angeles Times. In addition to her husband of 47 years, she was survived by their son, a daughter from her first marriage, and three grandchildren.

Ali "Ollie" Woodson, former lead singer of The Temptations, dies 58

Ali-Ollie Woodson (September 12, 1951 – May 30, 2010) was an American  R&B singer, songwriter, keyboardist  and occasional actor.

He is most notable for being lead singer of Motown act The Temptations from 1984 to 1986, and from 1988 to 1996. While in the group, he co-wrote, co-produced and sang lead on the 1984 Temptations single "Treat Her Like a Lady", which was a #2 hit on the U.S. R&B charts. His last Temptations album was 1995's For Lovers Only.

Woodson, who wasn't a member of The Temptations after 1996, toured with the band in Japan in 2002 when member Barrington "Bo" Henderson was unable to accompany the group due to visa problems

Death of Ali-Ollie Woodson
In late 2008, Woodson was diagnosed with leukemia and hospitalized for several weeks.  Woodson died in southern California on May 30, 2010 after battling leukemia for nearly eighteen months.  Alie-Ollie Woodson was 58 years old at the time of his death

The Temptations "Treat her like a lady" 1988
Alie Ollie Woodson - lead singer

As The World Mourns- Helen Wagner, aka Nancy Hughes dies 91

* Thank you Tinpan Chuck

Helen Wagner (September 3, 1918 – May 1, 2010) was an American  actress. She was born in Lubbock, Texas. She is best known for her long running role as Nancy Hughes on the soap opera As the World Turns. Wagner also played the role of Trudy Bauer during the first few television years of Guiding Light in the early 1950s. Wagner died on May 1, 2010, at the age of 91.

Gordon Waller, British Singer, 'I Go to Pieces', dies 64

Gordon Trueman Riviere Waller (June 4, 1945 - July 17, 2009) was a singer–songwriter–guitarist, best known as "Gordon" of the 1960s duo Peter and Gordon, whose biggest hit was "A World Without Love".

Gordon Waller Bio
Waller was born in Braemar, Scotland. While attending Westminster School, he met fellow student Peter Asher, and they began playing together as a duo — Peter and Gordon. Asher mentioned in a 2006 interview that "Our voices are quite different, Gordon's and mine, but we tried singing together experimentally and we found that we could achieve this very nice harmony".

Asher is the older brother of actress and businesswoman Jane Asher, who in the mid-1960s was girlfriend of The Beatles' Paul McCartney. Through this connection he and Waller were often given unrecorded Lennon–McCartney songs to perform, most notably their first and biggest hit, 1964's decidedly Beatlesque "A World Without Love".

Peter and Gordon disbanded in 1968.

Death of Gordon Waller
Gordon Waller went into cardiac arrest on the evening of July 16, 2009 and died early in the morning of July 17, 2009 at a hospital near his home in Ledyard, Connecticut.

A world without love - Peter and Gordon
Gordon Waller on Left

I Go to Pieces - Peter & Gordon
Gordon Waller on Left

James Whitmore, Emmy, Golden Globe & Tony Winner, dies 87

1949 Battleground, best supporting actor2000 The Practice - Outstanding Guest Actor 

James Allen Whitmore, Jr. (October 1, 1921 - February 6, 2009) was an American two-time Academy Award-nominated, Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning film actor.

Death of Jame Whitmore
Whitmore was diagnosed with lung cancer in November of 2008. He died of the disease, at his home in Malibu, California,
James Whitmore was 87 years old at the time of his death.

Biography
Following World War II, Whitmore appeared on Broadway in the role of the Sergeant in Command Decision. MGM hired Whitmore on contract, however his role in the film was played by Van Johnson. Whitmore's first major movie was Battleground that was turned down by Spencer Tracy, for which Whitmore was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Other major films included The Asphalt Jungle, The Next Voice You Hear, Above and Beyond, Kiss Me, Kate, Them!, Oklahoma!, Black Like Me, Guns of the Magnificent Seven, Tora! Tora! Tora!, and Give 'em Hell, Harry!, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of former President of the United States Harry S Truman.

To a younger generation, he was probably best known, in addition to his role in The Shawshank Redemption, as the commercial spokesman for Miracle-Gro plant food for many years.

Brooks Commits Suicide - James Whitmore as Brooks

James Whitmore's Filmography continues next page

James Whitmore's Filmography 

The Majestic (2001)
Here s To Life (2000)
Behind the Planet of the Apes (1998)
The Relic (1997)
Wild Bill, Hollywood Maverick: The Life and Times of William A. Wellman (1996)
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Where The Red Fern Grows - Pt. 1 & 2 (1992)
Old Explorers (1990)
Glory! Glory! (1988)
All My Sons (1987)
Frontier Heritage (1987)
Nuts (1987)
Celebrity (1985)
The Adventures of Mark Twain (1985)
The Killing of Randy Webser (1981)
Rage (1980)
The First Deadly Sin (1980)
Bully (1978)
The Word (1978)
The Serpent's Egg (1977)
Give 'Em Hell, Harry! (1975)
I Will Fight No More Forever (1975)
Where the Red Fern Grows (1974)
High Crime (1973)
The Harrad Experiment (1973)
Chato's Land (1971)
Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)
Guns of the Magnificent Seven (1969)
Madigan (1968)
Nobody's Perfect (1968)
Planet of the Apes (1968)
Chuka (1967)
Waterhole Number 3 (1967)
Black Like Me (1964)
Who Was That Lady? (1960)
Face of Fire (1959)
The Restless Years (1958)
The Deep Six (1957)
Crime in the Streets (1956)
The Eddy Duchin Story (1956)
The Last Frontier (1956)
Battle Cry (1955)
Oklahoma! (1955)
The McConnell Story (1955)
Them (1954)
All the Brothers Were Valiant (1953)
Kiss Me Kate (1953)
The Girl Who Had Everything (1953)
The Great Diamond Robbery (1953)
Above and Beyond (1952)
Because You're Mine (1952)
The Next Voice You Hear (1950)
Battleground (1949)
Ray Bradbury Dancing Among the Muses

Child actor, news photographer Delmar Watson dies 82

Child actor, LA news photographer Delmar Watson dies 82 more to come

Soul singer Dee Dee Warwick (Dionne's sister) dies 63

Dee Dee Warwick (September 25, 1945 - October 18, 2008), was an African-American soul singer. She was born Newark, New Jersey as Delia Mae Warrick. Following the example of her elder sister, Dionne Warwick, she changed her surname from Warrick to Warwick in the early 1960s.

She is best-known for her hits during the 1960s, including the #13 R&B hit I'm Gonna Make You Love Me, co-written by Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff and later covered by Diana Ross & the Supremes, The Temptations, and Play. She is also a two time Grammy nominee for "Foolish Fool" and "She Didn't Know".

Recordings of both her Mercury Records years and her Atco years are available on CD and hopefully her RCA, Kama Sutra, Heritage and Private Stock Records will follow. In late 2006 Dee Dee returned to much success singing background for Dionne in concert and also was part of the "Family First" song in the Tyler Perry movie and soundtrack for "Daddy's Little Girls"

In January 2008 Dee Dee is featured in the title song from Dionne's gospel album "Why We Sing" and was continuing background work with her sister

In February 2008, Dee Dee continued her background vocals for Dionne's one woman show "My Music and Me" in Europe.

Warwick was the niece of gospel singer Cissy Houston and a cousin of Whitney Houston

Dee Dee Warwick - I'll Be Better Off...

Dee Dee Warwick's discography on next page 

Chart singles
1963: You're No Good (Jubilee) (#117 US) - The original recording of this song. It was later covered by Betty Everett, The Swinging Blue Jeans and Linda Ronstadt, all of whom had hits with it.
1965: Do It With All Your Heart (Blue Rock) (#124 US)
1965: We're Doing Fine (Blue Rock) (#96 US, #28 R&B)
1966: I Want To Be With You (Mercury) (#41 US, #9 R&B)
1966: I'm Gonna Make You Love Me (Mercury) (#88 US, #13 R&B) - The original recording of this song. Later jointly covered by Diana Ross & The Supremes and The Temptations, who took it to the US top 10.
1967: When Love Slips Away (Mercury) (#92 US, #43 R&B)
1969: That's Not Love (Mercury) (#106 US, #42 R&B)
1969: Ring of Bright Water (Mercury) (#113 US)
1969: Foolish Fool (Mercury) (#57 US, #14 R&B)
1970: She Didn't Know (She Kept On Talking) (Atco) (#70 US, #9 R&B)
1970: Cold Night In Georgia (Atco) (#44 R&B)
1971: Suspicious Minds (Atco) (#80 US, #24 R&B)
1975: Get Out Of My Life (Private Stock) (#73 R&B)

Pink Floyd member Richard Wright dies age 65

Richard William Wright (July 28, 1943 -  September 15, 2008) was a self-taught pianist and keyboardist best known for his long career with Pink Floyd. Though not as prolific a songwriter as his bandmates Syd Barrett, Roger Waters and David Gilmour, he wrote significant parts of the music for classic albums such as Meddle, Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here, as well as for Pink Floyd's final studio album The Division Bell. Wright’s richly textured keyboard layers were a vital ingredient and a distinctive characteristic of Pink Floyd's sound. In addition, Wright frequently sang background and occasionally lead vocals onstage and in the studio with Pink Floyd (most notably on the songs "Time," "Echoes," and on the Syd Barrett composition "Astronomy Domine").

Death of Richard Wright
Richard Wright died of cancer on 15 September 2008.
Richard Wright was 65 years old at the time of his death

Vivien Leigh's stunt double in "Gone With the Wind" dies 93

Hazel Warp (1914 – August 26, 2008) was an American stuntwoman. She was Vivien Leigh's stunt double in Gone with the Wind. Warp rode and trained horses in the film, was a Leigh's stand-in in all of her horseback-riding scenes. She also tumbled down the stairs in the famous scene near the end of the film where Scarlett O'Hara loses her balance and falls. Other films she appeared in included Wuthering Heights, Ben-Hur and National Velvet. She was born in Harlowton, Montana and was twice married. She died August 26, 2008 in Livingston Memorial Hospital, Montana aged 93

Atlantic Record's Jerry Wexler, record producer, dies at 91

Last living partner of Atlantic Records

Gerald "Jerry" Wexler (January 10, 1917 – August 15, 2008) was a music journalist turned music producer, and was regarded as one of the major record industry players behind music from the 1950s through the 1980s. He coined the term "Rhythm & Blues", and was integral in signing and/or producing many of the biggest acts of the last 50 years, including Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Led Zeppelin, Wilson Pickett, Dusty Springfield and Bob Dylan. Wexler was inducted in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

Death of Jerry Wexler
Wexler died at a hospice in Sarasota, Florida on August 15, 2008 from congenital heart disease according to his son, Paul.  Jerry Wexler was 91 years old of age at the time of his death.

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.

Richard Widmark - A movie Legend dies at 93

 

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Richard Widmark Died 93Richard Widmark (December 26, 1914 - March 24, 2008) was an Academy Award-nominated American film actor.

For his contribution to the motion picture industry, Widmark has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6800 Hollywood Boulevard. In 2002, he was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Death of Richard Widmark
Richard Widmark was 93 years old at the time of his death.
Richard's wife stated that he had a fractured a vertebra recently which worsened his condition. We don't know the exact cause of his death. But Richard Widmark had an illness for a long time.

What's my line?
 
Night and the City (1950) - trailer

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Biography
Widmark grew up in Princeton, Illinois, and attended Lake Forest College, where he studied acting. He taught acting at the college after graduation, before debuting on radio in 1938 in Aunt Jenny's Real Life Stories. He appeared on Broadway in 1943 in Kiss and Tell. He was unable to join the military during World War II because of a perforated eardrum.

Widmark's first movie appearance was in 1947's Kiss of Death, as the giggling, sociopathic villain Tommy Udo. His most notorious scene in the film found Udo pushing a wheelchair-bound old woman (played by Mildred Dunnock) down a flight of stairs to her death. Kiss of Death was a commercial and critical success, and started Widmark's seven-year contract with 20th Century Fox. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and won the Golden Globe Award for New Star Of The Year - Actor for his performance. Widmark's character was also the inspiration for the song, "The Ballad of Tommy Udo", by the band Kaleidoscope.

In 1950, Widmark co-starred with Paul Douglas, Barbara Bel Geddes, Jack Palance and Zero Mostel in Elia Kazan's Panic in the Streets, and with Gene Tierney in Jules Dassin's Night and the City, which are considered classic examples of film noir. Two years later, in 1952, Widmark had his handprints cast in cement at Grauman's Chinese Theatre. During his stint at Fox, he appeared in The Street with No Name and Don't Bother to Knock with Marilyn Monroe among other projects. His later filmography includes Vincente Minnelli's 1955 cult film The Cobweb with Lauren Bacall.

Personal Life
Widmark was married to his first wife, Jean Hazlewood, a writer, for almost 55 years, from April 5, 1942 until her death on March 2, 1997. Their daughter, Anne Heath Widmark, an artist and author, married baseball legend Sandy Koufax on January 1, 1969 (but divorced in 1982). In September 1999, Widmark married Susan Blanchard, who earlier was Henry Fonda's third wife. From the 1950s until his death on March 24, 2008, Widmark resided in Roxbury, Connecticut.

Filmograpny:

Kiss of Death (1947)
The Street with No Name (1948)
Road House (1948)
Yellow Sky (1948)
Down to the Sea in Ships (1949)
Slattery's Hurricane (1949)
Night and the City (1950)
Panic in the Streets (1950)
No Way Out (1950)
Halls of Montezuma (1950)
The Frogmen (1951)
Red Skies of Montana (1952)
Don't Bother to Knock (1952)
O. Henry's Full House (1952)
My Pal Gus (1952)
Destination Gobi (1953)
Pickup on South Street (1953)
Take the High Ground! (1953)
Hell and High Water (1954)
Garden of Evil (1954)
Broken Lance (1954)
A Prize of Gold (1955)
The Cobweb (1955)
Backlash (1956)
Run for the Sun (1956)
The Last Wagon (1956)
Saint Joan (1957)
Time Limit (1957)
The Law and Jake Wade (1958)
The Tunnel of Love (1958)
The Trap (1959)
 Warlock (1959)
The Alamo (1960)
The Secret Ways (1961)
Two Rode Together (1961)
Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
How the West Was Won (1962)
The Long Ships (1964)
Flight from Ashiya (1964)
Cheyenne Autumn (1964)
The Bedford Incident (1965)
Alvarez Kelly (1966)
The Way West (1967)
Madigan (1968)
A Talent for Loving (1969)
Death of a Gunfighter (1969)
The Moonshine War (1970)
Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
To the Devil a Daughter (1976)
The Sell-Out (1976)
Twilight's Last Gleaming (1977)
The Domino Principle (1977)
Rollercoaster (1977)
Coma (1978)
The Swarm (1978)
Bear Island (1979)
National Lampoon Goes to the Movies (1982)
Hanky Panky (1982)
Who Dares Wins (1982)
Against All Odds (1984)
True Colors (1991)
Wild Bill: Hollywood Maverick (1996) (documentary) 

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Dick Wilson - Mr. Whipple, Charmin tissue commercial

Dick WilsonDick Wilson (born Riccardo DiGuglielmo; July 30, 1916 – November 19, 2007), was a British-born American character actor who played the role of finicky grocery store manager Mr. (George) Whipple in over 500 Charmin toilet paper television commercials (1965–1989, 1999). In appreciation for his performance of the recognizable character, Procter & Gamble famously provided Wilson with a free lifetime supply of Charmin

Death
Wilson died at the Motion Picture and Television Hospital in Woodland Hills, California, United States. Cause of death was not specified.  Dick Wilson was 91 years old at the time of his death.  Wilson was survived by his wife Meg, daughters Wendy and actress Melanie Wilson of the ABC sitcom Perfect Strangers, and five grandchildren. He was Buried at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles.

Charmin Commercial - Dick Wilson as Mr. Whipple

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