William Goldman, Writer, ‘Butch Cassidy,’ ‘Princess Bride,’ Dies 87

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William Goldman (August 12, 1931 – November 16, 2018) was an American novelist, playwright, and screenwriter. He first came to prominence in the 1950s as a novelist, before turning to screenwriting. He won two Academy Awards for his screenplays, first for the western Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) and again for All the President’s Men (1976).

His other works include his thriller novel Marathon Man and comedy-fantasy novel The Princess Bride, both of which Goldman adapted for the film versions.

Goldman died in New York City on November 16, 2018, due to complications from colon cancer and pneumonia.

Roy Clark, ‘Hee Haw’ star, dies 85

Roy Linwood Clark (April 15, 1933 – November 15, 2018) was an American singer and musician. He is best known for having hosted Hee Haw, a nationally televised country variety show, from 1969 to 1997. Clark was an important and influential figure in country music, both as a performer and helping to popularize the genre.

During the 1970s, Clark frequently guest-hosted for Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show and enjoyed a 30-million viewership for Hee Haw. Clark was highly regarded and renowned as a guitarist, banjo player, and fiddler. He was skilled in the traditions of many genres, including classical guitar, country music, Latin music, bluegrass, and pop. He had hit songs as a pop vocalist (e.g., “Yesterday, When I Was Young” and “Thank God and Greyhound”), and his instrumental skill had an enormous effect on generations of bluegrass and country musicians. He became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1987, and, in 2009, was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. He published his autobiography, My Life in Spite of Myself, in 1994.

Clark married Barbara Joyce Rupard on August 31, 1957, and they had five children. He made his home in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where the Roy Clark Elementary School was named in his honor in 1978.

Roy Clark Cause of Death

Clark died on November 15, 2018, at 85 at his Tulsa home due to complications of pneumonia.

Roy Clark play Guitar, Banjo and Fiddle

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Roy Clark: Yesterday, When I Was Young – 1969

Katherine MacGregor, Harriet Oleson on ‘Little House on the Prairie’ dies 93

Katherine MacGregor, Harriet Oleson on ‘Little House on the Prairie’m dies 93

Katherine “Scottie” MacGregor (born Dorlee Deane McGregor; January 12, 1925 – November 13, 2018) was an American actress, best known for her role as Harriet Oleson in Little House on the Prairie.

She was married to actor Bert Remsen from 1949 to 1950 and to actor, director, and teacher Edward G. Kaye-Martin, 14 years her junior, from August 1969 to October 1970.

While recovering from alcoholism, MacGregor converted to Hinduism. She was unable to appear in the series finale of Little House on the Prairie, as she was on pilgrimage to India at the time of the episode’s filming.

MacGregor died on November 13, 2018 at the age of 93, in Los Angeles, CA. No cause was given

Caroline Ingalls meets Harriet Oleson for the 1st time

Katherine MacGregor as Harriet Oleson (green dress)

Stan Lee, Marvel Comics creator, dies 95

Stan Lee (December 28, 1922 – November 12, 2018) was an American comic-book writer, editor, film executive producer, actor, and publisher. He was formerly editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics, and later its publisher and chairman before leaving the company to become its chairman emeritus, as well as a member of the editorial board. He was also known for making several cameo appearances in Marvel Cinematic Universe films.

Lee died at the age of 95 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California on November 12, 2018, after being rushed there in a medical emergency earlier in the day.

In late September 2012, Lee underwent an operation to insert a pacemaker, cancelling planned appearances at conventions.

On July 6, 2017, his wife for 69 years, Joan, died of complications from a stroke. She was 95 years old.

Douglas Rain, Voice Of Computer Hal In ‘2001,’ Dies 90

Douglas Rain (March 13, 1928 – November 11, 2018) was a Canadian actor and narrator. Though primarily a stage actor, he provided the voice of the HAL 9000 computer for the film 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) and its sequel, 2010 (1984).

Rain died on November 11, 2018, at the age of 90 at St. Marys Memorial Hospital in St. Marys, Ontario, of natural causes.[5][6] He leaves three children and a grandchild behind.

Freddie Hart, Country Star, ‘Easy Loving’, Dies 91

Frederick Segrest (December 21, 1926 – October 27, 2018), known professionally as Freddie Hart, was an American country musician and songwriter best known for his chart-topping country song and lone pop hit “Easy Loving,” which won the Country Music Association Song of the Year award in 1971 and 1972.

Hart charted singles from 1953 to 1987, and later became a gospel singer. He performed at music festivals and other venues until he died.

Hart died as a result of pneumonia on October 27, 2018 in Burbank, California.

Freddie Hart-Easy Loving

James Karen, character actor, ‘Poltergeist,’ ‘Return of the Living Dead’ Dies 94

James Karen (born Jacob Karnofsky; November 28, 1923 – October 23, 2018) was an American character actor of Broadway, film and television. Karen was best known for his roles in Poltergeist, The Return of the Living Dead, Invaders from Mars, and in The Pursuit of Happyness.

He was married to Susan Reed (1926–2010), the actress and folk singer, with whom he had one son, Reed, whose godfather was Buster Keaton, Karen’s good friend. Karen and Reed divorced in 1967. He married Alba Francesca in 1986.

Karen died on October 23, 2018, at his home in Los Angeles at the age of 94. The cause was cardiorespiratory arrest.

The Return of the Living Dead – James Karen in blue shirt

Burt Reynolds, ‘Smokey and the Bandit’, ‘Deliverance’, dies 82

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Burton Leon Reynolds Jr. (February 11, 1936 – September 6, 2018) was an American actor, director and producer. He first rose to prominence starring in television series such as Gunsmoke (1962–1965), Hawk (1966), and Dan August (1970–1971).

His breakout film role was as Lewis Medlock in Deliverance (1972). Reynolds played the leading role in a number of subsequent box office hits, such as The Longest Yard (1974), Smokey and the Bandit (1977), Semi-Tough (1977), Hooper (1978), Smokey and the Bandit II (1980), The Cannonball Run (1981) and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982).

After a few box office failures, Reynolds returned to television, starring in the sitcom Evening Shade (1990–1994). He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Boogie Nights (1997).

Bankruptcy

Despite his lucrative career, in 1996 he filed for bankruptcy, due in part to an extravagant lifestyle, a divorce from Loni Anderson and failed investments in some Florida restaurant chains. The filing was under Chapter 11, from which Reynolds emerged two years later.

Death

Reynolds died at a Florida hospital on September 6, 2018. He had been suffering from heart problems for a number of years. He was 82.

Burt Reynolds on the Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson

Bill Daily, Major Healey in ‘I Dream of Jeannie,’ Dies 91

William Edward Daily Jr. (August 30, 1927 – September 4, 2018) was an American actor, comedian and best known for his performances in various sitcoms, most notably astronaut Roger Healey on I Dream of Jeannie and commercial airline navigator Howard Borden on The Bob Newhart Show.

Daily died on September 4, 2018 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His death was announced by his family three days later.  Daily died of natural causes.