Paul 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
Career 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.
June Antoinette Pointer Whitmore (November 30, 1953 – April 11, 2006) was an American Pop/R&B singer and was a founding member of the vocal group The Pointer Sisters.
Death of June Pointer June died at 1:10pm on April 11, 2006 at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, California from bone cancer, liver cancer, and lung cancer. She died in the arms of her older sisters and brothers Ruth, Anita, Aaron, and Fritz.
Struggling with drug addiction for much of her career, June was ousted from the Pointer Sisters by 2004 as her sisters hoped and waited for her to become drug-free. Ruth’s daughter filled in for June during stage performances.
Caspar Willard "Cap" Weinberger (August 18, 1917- March 28, 2006), was an American politician and Secretary of Defense under President Ronald Reagan from January 21, 1981, until November 23, 1987, making him the third longest-serving defense secretary to date, after Robert McNamara and Donald Rumsfeld. He is also known for his roles in the Strategic Defense Initiative program and the Iran-Contra Affair.
Death of Casper Weinberger While residing on Mount Desert Island, Maine, Weinberger was treated for and died from complications of pneumonia at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. He was eighty-eight years of age.
Alvis Edgar "Buck" Owens, Jr., (August 12, 1929 – March 25, 2006) was an American singer and guitarist, with 20 number-one hits on the Billboard country music charts. Both as a solo artist and with his legendary band, the Buckaroos. Buck Owens and the the Buckaroos pioneered what has come to be called the Bakersfield sound — a reference to Bakersfield, California, the city Owens called home and from which he drew inspiration for what he preferred to call "American Music
Death of Buck Owens Buck Owens died in his sleep of an apparent heart attack on March 25, 2006, only hours after performing at his Crystal Palace restaurant, club and museum in Bakersfield. He had successfully recovered from oral cancer in the early 1990s, but had additional health problems near the end of the 1990s and the beginning of the 21st century, including pneumonia and a minor stroke suffered in 2004. These health problems had forced him to curtail his regular weekly performances with the Buckaroos at his Crystal Palace.
Lois Maureen Stapleton (June 21, 1925 – March 13, 2006) was an Academy Award-, Emmy- and two-time Tony Award-winning American actress in film, theater and television. She was also elected to the American Theatre Hall of Fame.
Death of Maureen Stapleton Maureen Stapleton suffered from anxiety and alcoholism for many years and once told an interviewer, "The curtain came down and I went into the vodka." She also said that her unhappy childhood contributed to her insecurities. In 2006, Maureen Stapleton, who was a heavy smoker, died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at her home in Lenox, Massachusetts, at the age of 80
A Tribute to Maureen Stapleton
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Best Supporting Actress 1981 Reds
BAFTA Awards Best Supporting Actress 1982 Reds
Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries/Movie 1968 Among the Paths to Eden
Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture 1971 Airport
Tony Awards Best Leading Actress in a Play 1971 The Gingerbread Lady Best Featured Actress in a Play 1951 The Rose Tattoo
Maureen Stapleton – Filmography
All the King’s Men
TV; Nominated – Emmy Award
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
The Fugitive Kind
Vu du pont
aka A View from the Bridge
Bye Bye Birdie
Among the Paths to Eden
TV; Emmy Award
Truman Capote’s Trilogy
Reprise of Emmy winning 1967 role
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture Nominated – Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Slobodan Milosevic (August 29, 1941, Yugoslavia – March 11, 2006, The Hague, Netherlands) was President of Serbia and of Yugoslavia. He served as the President of Serbia from 1989 until 1997 and as President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia from 1997 to 2000. He also led the Socialist Party of Serbia from its foundation in 1990.
Death of Slobodan Milosevic Slobodan Milosevic was found dead in his cell on March 11, 2006, in the UN war crimes tribunal’s detention center, located in the Scheveningen section of The Hague.
Autopsies soon established that Slobodan Milosevic had died of a heart attack. He had been suffering from heart problems and high blood pressure. However, many suspicions were voiced to the effect that the heart attack had been caused or made possible deliberately.
Jack Wild (September 30, 1952 – March 2, 2006) was an English actor who achieved fame for his roles in both stage and screen productions of the Lionel Bart musical Oliver! with Ron Moody, Shani Wallis and Oliver Reed. For the latter performance (playing the Artful Dodger), he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor at the age of 16, but the Oscar went to Jack Albertson for his performance in The Subject Was Roses. Jack Wild appeared with actor Mark Lester in two films: Oliver! (1968) and Melody (1971).
Death of Jack Wild Wild died on 2 March, 2006, aged 53, after a long battle with oral cancer, which he claimed was caused by his alcoholism and smoking. Diagnosed with the disease in 2000, he underwent surgery in July 2004 and had part of his tongue and both vocal cords removed. Because of this surgery, he had lost his speech and had to communicate through his wife, Clare Harding, whom he had met in a stage production of Cinderella; Jack played one of the ugly stepsisters. He is buried in Toddington Parish Cemetery.
Darren McGavin (born William Lyle Richardson; May 7, 1922 – February 25, 2006) was an American actor best known for playing the title role in the television horror series Kolchak: The Night Stalker, and also his portrayal in the movie A Christmas Story of the grumpy father given to bursts of profanity that he never realizes his son overhears. He also appeared as the tough-talking, funny detective in the TV series Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer.
Death of Darren McGavin Darren McGavin died of natural causes in a Los Angeles-area hospital. Darren McGavin was 83 year old at the time of his death.
He was buried in Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles.
Oh Fudge! – from the movie "A Christmas Story" Darren McGavin is the father
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Darren McGavin Filmography
1940-1970 A Song to Remember (1945) Counter-Attack (1945) Kiss and Tell (1945) She Wouldn’t Say Yes (1946) Fear (1946) Queen for a Day (1951) Summertime (1955) The Man with the Golden Arm (1955) The Court Martial of Billy Mitchell (1955) A Word to the Wives (1955) The Delicate Delinquent (1957) Beau James (1957) The Case Against Brooklyn (1958) Bullet for a Badman (1964) The Great Sioux Massacre (1965) Gunsmoke" Joe Bascome (1966) African Gold (1966) Mission Mars (1968) Anatomy of a Crime (1969) The Challenge (1970)
1971-1990 Mooch Goes to Hollywood (1971) Mrs. Pollifax – Spy (1971) Happy Mother’s Day, Love George (1973) (also director and producer) 43: The Richard Petty Story (1974) B Must Die (1975) The Demon and the Mummy (1976) No Deposit, No Return (1976) Airport ’77 (1977) Hot Lead and Cold Feet (1978) Zero to Sixty (1978) Hangar 18 (1980) Firebird 2015 AD (1981) A Christmas Story (1983) The Natural (1984) Turk 182 (1985) Flag (1986) Raw Deal (1986) From the Hip (1987) Dead Heat (1988) In the Name of Blood (1990)
1991-1999 Captain America (1991) Blood and Concrete (1991) Perfect Harmony (1991) Happy Hell Night (1992) Billy Madison (1995) Still Waters Burn (1996) Small Time (1996) Pros and Cons (1999)
Television work Crime Photographer (1951 – 1952) Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955. Episode 13 : The Cheney Vase) Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer (1956 – 1959) Riverboat (1959 – 1961) The Legend of Jud Starr (1967) Custer, ABC series with Wayne Maunder (1967) Mission: Impossible (1967) The Outsider (1967) (pilot episode) The Outsider (1968 – 1969) The Forty-Eight Hour Mile (1970) The Challenge (1970) The Challengers (1970) Berlin Affair (1970) Tribes (1970) Banyon (1971) (pilot episode) The Death of Me Yet (1971) The Night Stalker (1972) Something Evil (1972) The Rookies (1972) (pilot episode) Here Comes the Judge (1972) Say Goodbye, Maggie Cole (1972) The Night Strangler (1973) The Six Million Dollar Man (1973) (pilot episode) Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974 – 1975) Crackle of Death (1976) Brinks: The Great Robbery (1976) Ike: The War Years (1978) The Users (1978) A Bond of Iron (1979) Donovan’s Kid (1979) Ike (1979) (miniseries) Not Until Today (1979) Love for Rent (1979) Waikiki (1980) The Martian Chronicles (1980) (miniseries) Magnum, P.I. (1981) Freedom to Speak (1982) (miniseries) Small & Frye (1983) (canceled after six episodes) The Baron and the Kid (1984) The Return of Marcus Welby, M.D. (1984) My Wicked, Wicked Ways: The Legend of Errol Flynn (1985) The O’Briens (1985) (sitcom pilot) Tales from the Hollywood Hills: Natica Jackson (1987) Tales from the Hollywood Hills: A Table at Ciro’s (1987) Inherit the Wind (1988) The Diamond Trap (1988) Murphy Brown (1989) Around the World in 80 Days (1989) (miniseries) Kojak: It’s Always Something (1990) Child in the Night (1990) By Dawn’s Early Light (1990) Clara (1991) Perfect Harmony (1991) Miracles and Other Wonders (1992–199?) Mastergate (1992) The American Clock (1993) A Perfect Stranger (1994) Fudge-A-Mania (1995) Derby (1995) Touched by an Angel ([1997, guest appearance) X-Files ([1999, two episodes)
William Dennis Weaver (June 4, 1924 – February 24, 2006) was an Emmy Award-winning American actor, best known for his work in television, including roles on Gunsmoke, as Marshal Sam McCloud on the NBC police drama McCloud and in Steven Spielberg’s feature-length directorial debut, the cult TV movie Duel in 1971.
Death of Dennis Weaver Dennis Weaver died of complications from cancer, in Ridgway, Colorado, United States. Dennis Weaver was 81 year old at the time of his death.
Jesse Donald Knotts (July 21, 1924 – February 24, 2006) was an American comedic actor best known for his portrayal of Barney Fife on the 1960s television sitcom The Andy Griffith Show (a role which earned him five Emmy Awards), and as landlord Ralph Furley on the television sitcom Three’s Company in the 1980s.
Death of Don Knotts Don Knotts died at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, California from pulmonary and respiratory complications related to lung cancer. He had been undergoing treatment at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in the months before his death, but had gone home after he reportedly had been getting better. Long-time friend Andy Griffith visited Knotts’ bedside a few hours before he died. His wife and his daughter stayed with him until his death.
Knotts’ obituaries cited him as a huge influence on other entertainers. Musician and fan J.D. Wilkes said this about Knotts: “Only a genius like Knotts could make an anxiety-ridden,passive-aggressive Napoleon character like Fife a familiar, welcome friend each week. Without his awesome contributions to television there would’ve been no other over-the-top, self-deprecating acts like Conan O’Brien or Chris Farley.”
Knotts is buried at Westwood Memorial Park in Los Angeles.
His hometown of Morgantown, West Virginia, has begun creation of a statue of the actor that will be placed in a special memorial park along the river and Don Knotts Boulevard.
Don Knotts – Funniest Moments as Barney Fife
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Early life Knotts was born in the university town of Morgantown, West Virginia, the son of Elsie L. (née Moore) and William Jesse Knotts. His father’s family had been in the United States since the 17th century, originally settling in Queen Anne’s County, Maryland.His father had been a farmer, but suffered a nervous breakdown and lost his farm. The family (including Don’s two brothers) was supported by Don’s mother, who ran a boarding house in town. Knotts’ father suffered from schizophrenia and alcoholism and died when Don was 13 years old. Some time later, Knotts graduated from Morgantown High School.
At 19, Knotts was drafted into the Army and served during World War II as part of a traveling GI variety show and as a nurse, including in the Pacific Theater.
Early roles After performing in many venues (including a ventriloquist act with a dummy named Hooch Matador), Knotts got his first major break on television in the soap opera Search for Tomorrow where he appeared from 1953 to 1955. He came to fame in 1956 on Steve Allen’s variety show, as part of Allen’s repertory company, most notably in Allen’s mock “Man in the Street” interviews, always as a man extremely nervous. The laughs grew when Knotts stated his occupation — always one that wouldn’t be appropriate for such a shaky person, such as a surgeon or explosives expert.
In 1958, Knotts appeared in the movie No Time for Sergeants alongside Andy Griffith. The movie, based on the play and book of the same name, began a professional and personal relationship between Knotts and Griffith that would last for decades.
Andy Griffith Show In 1960, when Griffith was offered the opportunity to headline in his own sitcom, The Andy Griffith Show (1960-1968), Knotts took the role of Barney Fife, the deputy — and originally cousin — of Sheriff Andy Taylor (portrayed by Griffith). Knotts’ five seasons portraying the deputy on the popular show would earn him five Emmy Awards for Best Supporting Actor in a Television Comedy.Andy Griffith Show
Personal life The actor was married to college sweetheart Kathryn (Kay) Metz from 1947-64 and to Loralee Czuchna from 1974-83. He had two children from his first marriage, Karen and Thomas. He was married to actress Francey Yarborough at the time of his death.
Film No Time for Sergeants (1958) Wake Me When It’s Over (1960) The Last Time I Saw Archie (1961) It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963) (cameo) Move Over, Darling (1963) The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964) The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966) The Reluctant Astronaut (1967) Rowan & Martin at the Movies (1968) The Shakiest Gun in the West (1968) The Love God? (1969) How to Frame a Figg (1971) The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975) No Deposit, No Return (1976) Gus (1977) Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo (1977) Hot Lead and Cold Feet (1978) The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again (1979) The Prize Fighter (1979) The Private Eyes (1981) Cannonball Run II (1984) Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night (1987) Big Bully (1996) Cats Don’t Dance (1997) Pleasantville (1998) Tom Sawyer (2000) Chicken Little (2005) Air Buddies (2006)
Television Search for Tomorrow (1953-1955) The Steve Allen Show (1956-1960) The Andy Griffith Show (1960-1965, 1966, 1967) The New Steve Allen Show (1961-1963) The Don Knotts Show (1970-1971) The Man Who Came to Dinner (1972) The New Scooby-Doo Movies (1972) I Love a Mystery (1973) Steve Allen’s Laugh Back (1975) Fantasy Island (1978-1979) Three’s Company (1979-1984) The Little Troll Prince (1985) Return to Mayberry (1986) Johnny Bravo Matlock (1987-1995) What a Country (1987) Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night (1987) Timmy’s Gift: A Precious Moments Christmas (1991) Jingle Bells (1999) Quints (2000) Hermie: A Common Caterpillar (2003) Odd Job Jack (2003) 8 Simple Rules For Dating My Teenage Daughter (2003) Hermie and Friends (2004) Robot Chicken (2005) That 70’s Show (2005) Las Vegas (2005)