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Posted: Wednesday, April 15, 2009 12:00 am

DORIS COLE ABRAHAMS, 88 - February 17, 2009

Broadway producer Doris Cole Abrahams died of heart failure in Manhattan, New York, on February 17, 2009. She was born Doris Cole in The Bronx, New York, on January 29, 1925. Her family owned a magic shop and she developed an interest in theater from an early age. She appeared in summer stock and worked as a theatrical agent while in her teens. She co-produced the all-Black revue "Blue Holiday" on Broadway, starring Ethel Waters, in 1945. She married British businessman Gerald M. Abrahams in 1946 and moved to London. She put her theatrical career on hold for over a decade before joining Oscar Lewenstein Productions to work on the plays "Billy Liar" and "Luther". She formed her own company, Albion Productions, in the mid-1960s, and produced several plays in the West End including Tom Stoppard's "Enter a Free Man" and "Travesties". She co-produced the Broadway production of "Equus" in 1974, which earned a Tony Award for best play. She was also co-producer of the Broadway production of "Travesties", which also earned the Tony for best play in 1975. Abraham produced "Once a Catholic" in London in 1977, and brought it to Broadway to years later. Her last major New York production was 1981's "To Grandmother's House We Go" starring stage legend Eva Le Gallienne and Kim Hunter. She was widowed in 1999 and is survived by two daughters.

WOJCIECH ALABORSKI, 67 - April 5, 2009

Leading Polish actor Wojciech Alaborski died in Warsaw, Poland, on April 5, 2009. Alaborski was born in Drohobycz, Poland, on September 23, 1941. He began his career on stage in the early 1960s. He was also featured in such films as "Pearl in the Crown" (1972), "Nights and Days" (1975), "Jaroslaw Dabrowski" (1976), "Camouflage" (1977), "Spiral" (1978), "Passion" (1978), "Operation Arsenal" (1978), "Beast" (1979), "The White Mazurka" (1979), "Childish Questions" (1981), "Man of Iron" (1981), "An Epitaph for Barbara Radziwill" (1983), "The Iron Hand" (1989), "Wielka Wsypa" (1992), and "Pan Tadeusz: The Last Foray in Lithuania" (1999). He also starred in television productions of "Obok" (1979), "Laureat" (1980), "Mala Sprawa" (1980), "Slawa i Chwala" (1998), and "Inferno Below" (2003). He starred as Tadeusz Grzyb in the television series "Plebania" from 2003 to 2004. Alaborski's other television credits include episodes of "Kolumbowie", "Dyrektorzy", "Jest Jak Jest", and "Na Dobre i Na Zie".

JOHN ALVIN, 91 - February 27, 2009

Actor John Alvin died of complications from a fall at a nursing home in Thousand Oaks, California, on February 27, 2009. He was born John Alvin Haffstadt in Chicago, Illinois, on October 24, 1917. He began performing on stage while in high school, and moved to California in 1939. He studied at the Pasadena Playhouse and signed a four year contract with Warner Bros. in the early 1940s. He was seen in small roles in "Northern Pursuit" (1943) and "Destination Tokyo" (1943). He starred as Matt Sullivan, one of the ill-fated Sullivan brothers, in the 1944 war drama "The Sullivans". Over the next 50 years, Alvin appeared in numerous films and television productions. His film credits include "Janie" (1944), "The Very Thought of You" (1944), "Operation Burma" (1945), "Roughly Speaking" (1945), "The Horn Blows at Midnight" (1945), "San Antonio" (1945), "Three Strangers" (1946), "One More Tomorrow" (1946), "Night and Day" (1946), "Shadow of a Woman" (1946), the 1946 horror classic "The Beast with Five Fingers" with Peter Lorre, "Nora Prentiss" (1947), "Stallion Road" (1947), "Love and Learn" (1947), "Cheyenne" (1947), "Deep Valley" (1947), "Dark Passage" (1947), "Under Colorado Skies" (1947), "Rocky" (1948), "Open Secret" (1949), "The Bold Frontiersman" (1948), "Romance on the High Seas" (1948), "Train to Alcatraz" (1948), "The Shanghai Chest" (1948), "Two Guys from Texas" (1948), "The Babe Ruth Story" (1948), "A Kiss in the Dark" (1949), "The Fountainhead" (1949), "This Side of the Law" (1950), "Photo Phonies" (1950), "Pretty Baby" (1950), "The Breaking Point" (1950). "Dial 1119" (1950), "Highway 301" (1950), "Close to My Heart" (1951), "Missing Women" (1951), "Three Guys Named Mike" (1951), "Home Town Story" (1951), "Goodbye, My Fancy" (1951), "Havana Rose" (1951), "Come Fill the Cup" (1951), "The Unknown Man" (1951), "Carrie" (1952), "April in Paris" (1952), "Torpedo Alley" (1953), "Dream Wife" (1953), "The Shanghai Story" (1954), "Naked Alibi" (1954), "Deep in My Heart" (1954), "A Bullet for Joey" (1955), "City of Shadows" (1955), "The McConnell Story" (1955), "Kentucky Rifle" (1956), "The Couch" (1962), "Irma la Douce" (1963), Alfred Hitchcock's "Marnie" (1964), and "They Called Me MISTER Tibbs!" (1970). Alvin was also a prolific television performer from the 1950s, appearing in numerous episodes of such series as "The Lone Ranger", "Dangerous Assignment", "Racket Squad", "Your Favorite Story", "Hopalong Cassidy", "Mr. & Mrs. North", "Climax!", "Four Star Playhouse", "Rocky Jones, Space Ranger", "The Lone Wolf", "The Whistler", "Science Fiction Theater", "Navy Log", "Dragnet", "Sheena, Queen of the Jungle", "You Are There", "The Millionaire", "Alcoa Theatre", "Tales of Wells Fargo", "Sky King", "The Lineup", "The Texan", "Richard Diamond, Private Detective", Boris Karloff's "Thriller", "The DuPont Show with June Allyson", "One Step Beyond", "Shotgun Slade", "The Case of Dangerous Robin", "Bringing Up Buddy", "Bronco", "Leave It to Beaver", "Cain's Hundred", "The Rifleman", "Rawhide", "The Jack Benny Program", "Perry Mason", "The Dick Powell Show", "Alcoa Premiere", "Petticoat Junction", "The Cara Williams Show", "The Munsters", "My Favorite Martian", "Lassie", "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.", "Get Smart", "Occasional Wife", "The Beverly Hillbillies" in the recurring role of Harry Barth, "Ironside", "I Spy", "I Takes a Thief", "Family Affair", "M*A*S*H", "Kolchak: The Night Stalker", "All in the Family", "The Quest", "Lou Grant", "The Incredible Hulk", "Hart to Hart", "Amazing Stories", and "Murder, She Wrote". Alvin also appeared in the tele-films "Sweet, Sweet Rachel" (1971), "The Legend of Lizzie Borden" (1975), "Passions" (1984), and "Dennis the Menace: Dinosaur Hunter" (1987). He starred as Arthur's father in the science fiction romance "Somewhere in Time" in 1980, that brought him much recognition from a new generation of filmgoers. His final film was the 1994 comedy "Milk Money".

BETSY AMES, 66 - March 14, 2009

Voice-over actress and narrator Betsy Ames died of cancer at her home in Oxford, Maryland, on March 14, 2009. She was born Elizabeth Elliott Beel in Clifton Springs, New York, in 1942, and moved to Durham, North Carolina, with her parents as a child. She began working as a voice-over performer in the 1960s, and became announcer for Washington, D.C., station WJLA-TV. She was also the promotion voice for the Discovery Channel and public television station WETA. Ames also narrated several "National Geographic" documentary specials. She was featured in the 1983 television mini-series "Kennedy", and was seen in the films "Pecker" (1998) and "Wedding Crashers" (2005). Ames, who promoted herself as "The Best Damn Voice in the Business", was narrator for numerous political ads for such Republican candidates as Bob Dole, George W. Bush, and Mitt Romney.

BOB ARBOGAST, 81 - March 21, 2009

Veteran radio personality and voice actor Bob Arbogast died of cancer in a Fresno, California, hospital on March 21, 2009. Arbogast was born in Bellingham, Washington, on April 1, 1927. He served in the U.S. Navy near the end of World War II. He attended college and began working in radio in Tucson, Arizona, after his discharge. He worked at WMAQ-AM in Chicago in the early 1950s, and moved to Los Angeles in the early 1960s. He joined KMPC-AM in 1962 where he wrote comedy bits for disc jockeys Gary Owens and Dick Whittinghill. Arbogast moved to KLAC-AM in 1967 where he had a popular program teamed with Jack Margolis. He also became a popular voice actor for cartoons, starring as Gen. G.I. Brassbottom in "Roger Ramjet", and various characters in such animated productions as "The Jetsons", "Skyhawks", "Hot Wheels", "I Am the Greatest", "Carlton Your Doorman", "Faeries", "Smurfs", "Monchhichis", "Galtar and the Golden Lance", "The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo", "The Adventures of American Rabbit", "Square One TV", and "Mathnet". Arbogast was featured in a small role in Jerry Warren's 1966 cult classic "The Wild World of Batwoman". He was also seen in an episode of "Mork and Mindy" in 1979 and the 1985 film "The Falcon and the Snowman".

JOAN ARMSTRONG, 85 - February 8, 2009

Australian-born actress and model Joan Armstrong died in England on February 8, 2009 She was born in Sydney, Australia, on October 3, 1923. She became interested in fashion and the stage at an early age. After her marriage to Colin Macdonald she remained involved with the theatre, working with several companies. She also became a leading fashion model in Australia, and founded the Moan Macdonald Modelling School. She continued to perform frequently on stage and appeared in a small role in the classic 1959 end-of-the-world film "On the Beach". She left Australia, and her husband, in the early 1960s to travel to Great Britain, where she became involved with playwright and director Ian Curteis. They soon married, and she worked frequently with him over the next two decades. After they divorced in the early 1980s she found work as a secretary fo several political figures in London. She was also cast in the 1983 James Bond film "Never Say Never Again". Later in the decade she married wealthy industrialist Alan Bazell. After his death in 1998 she embarked on numerous excursions around the world aboard cruise ships, and remained a supporter of the performing arts.

DOMINIQUE AVELINE, 68 - March 13, 2009

French actor Dominique Aveline, who was best known for his roles in adult films in the 1970s and 1980s, died on March 13, 2008. Aveline was born in France on April 13, 1940. He appeared frequently in films from the late 1970s with such credits as "Illusions Within Young Girls" (1977), "Helga, She Wolf of Spilberg" (1977), "Exquisite Pleasure" (1977), "Cathy, Submissive Girl" (1977), "Jouir!" (1978), "Le Sexe qui Jouit" (1978), "Les Partouzes de Madame Paule" (1978), "Services Rendered" (1978), "Julie Par-Devant Par-Derrier" (1978), "I'm Yours to Take" (1978), "French Erotic Fantasies" (1978), "Les Gourmandes de Sexe" (1978), "Infirmieres Perverses" (1978), "Private Nurse" (1978), "Annonces Speciales pour Couples Vicieux" (1978), "Tout pour Jouir" (1978), "Sophie Aime les Sucettes" (1978), "Collegiennes a Tout Faire" (1978), "Burning Showers" (1978), "Poupee la Pipe" (1978), "Porno Obsession" (1978), "Perversions tres Intimes" (1978), "Confessions tres Intimes d'Une Petite Fille" (1978), "Nadia la Jouisseuse" (1979), "Couple Looking for Sex Slave" (1979), "La Nymphomane Lubrique" (1979), "Hotesses en Chaleur" (1979), "Fais-m'En Plus" (1979), "Scrabble Partouzes" (1979), "Les Bidasses et la Baiseuse" (1979), "Jeux d'Adults pour Gamines Expertes" (1979), "Gamines en Chaleur" (1979), "Entrez Vite… Vite, je Mouille!" (1979), "Submission" (1979), "The Big Orgy" (1979), "Les Enfonceuses Expertes" (1979), "Chloe, l'Obsedee Sexuelle" (1979), "Violette et Clementine" (1979), "Jouissances Profondes" (1979), "Les Suceuses" (1979), "Penetrez-Moi par le Petit Trou" (1979), "Monique et Julie" (1979), "Cette Malicieuse Martine" (1979), "Petites Files tres Precoces" (1979), "Penetrations Vicieuses" (1979), "Violee Mais Consentante" (1980), "Extases tres Particulieres" (1980), "Accouplements pour Voyeurs" (1980), "Cheating Couples" (1980), "La Petite Caroline Aime les Grandes Sucettes" (1980), "Private Nurse" (1980), "Shared with Strangers" (1980), "Open Nightly" (1980), "Mistress for a Couple" (1980), ""Evenings of a Voyeur Couple" (1980), "Little Schoolgirls" (1980), `My Wife the Whore" (1980), "Happening" (1981), "Die Frauenarzt vom Place Pigalle" (1981), "L'Educatrice" (1981), "The Arrangement" (1981), "Sybil, Tous les Trous sont Permis" (1981), "L'Aubergine est Bien Farcie" (1981), "La Petite Etrangere" (1981), "La Grande Levrette" (1981), "Call Girls de Luxe" (1981), "Pamela" (1981), "Black Silk Stockings" (1981), "A Nouse les Petites Salopes" (1981), "Viens, j'ai pas de Culotte" (1982), "Seduce Me Tonight" (1982), "Never Enough" (1982), "Girls Girls Girls" (1982), "Carmela… Une si Jolie Petite Fille" (1982), "Porno's Girl" (1982), "Derriere le Miroir sans Tain" (1982), "Pourtouzes Franco-Suedoises" (1982), "Revel Until Delirium" (1982), "Les Delices du Tossing" (1983), "Petits Trous Vierges a Explorer" (1984), "Defonce-Moi a Tous les Etages dans l'Ascenseur" (1985), "Les Tontons Tringleurs" (2000), and "Les Campeuses de St. Tropez" (2002).

STEVEN BACH, 70 - March 25, 2009

Film executive Steven Bach, whose career in the industry ended when he was held responsible for the United Artists' debacle "Heaven's Gate", died of cancer at his home in Arlington, Vermont, on March 25, 2009. Bach was born in Pocatello, Idaho, on April 29, 1940. He moved to Los Angeles in 1966, where he earned a doctorate in film at the University of Southern California, He worked as a story editor on stage and film projects for the remainder of the decade. He became a partner in Pantheon Pictures in the early 1970s, which produced such films as "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three" (1973), "The Parallax View" (1974), "Mr. Billion" (1977), and "Butch and Sundance: The Early Years" (1979). He subsequently joined United Artists, where he became senior vice president in charge of worldwide production in 1978. Over the next several years he was instrumental in bringing to the screen such features as Woody Allen's "Annie Hall" (1977), "Raging Bull" (1980), "Eye of the Needle" (1981), "The French Lieutenant's Woman" (1981), and "True Confessions" (1981). Michael Cimino's 1980 film, "Heaven's Gate", about the range wars in Wyoming toward the end of the 19th Century, proved Bach's undoing at the studio. The film ran five times over budge, was savaged by critics, and died on the vine at the box office, and Bach became the primary scapegoat. He responded with a brilliant look at Hollywood filmmaking, the 1985 account "Final Cut: Dreams and Disaster in the Making of `Heaven's Gate'". He was later featured in the 2004 documentary film adapted from the book. Bach also wrote the biographies "Marlene Dietrich: Life and Legend" (1992), "Dazzler: The Life and Times of Moss Hart" (2001), and "Leni: The Life and Work of Leni Riefenstahl" (2007). He also taught film studies at Columbia University in the late 1990s, and film and literature at Bennington College until his death.

MARGA BARBU, 80 - April 1, 2009

Romanian actress Marga Barbu died of a heart attack in a Bucharest, Romania, hospital on April 1, 2009. Barbu was born in Ocna Sugutag, Maramures, Romania, on February 24, 1929. She moved to Bucharest with her family in her early teens and graduated fro the Institute of Theater there in 1950. She made her film debut in 1953's "The Bugler's Grandsons", and continued to appear in such features as "The Sun Rises" (1954), "Eagle 101" (1957), "Forest of the Hanged" (1964), "White Trail" (1965), "At the Gates of the Earth" (1966), "The Outlaws" (1966), "Fingerprint" (1967), "The Revenge of the Outlaws" (1968), "The Abduction of the Maidens" (1968), "The Dowry of Lady Ralu" (1970), "The Outlaws of Captain Anghel" (1970), "The Week of the Madmen" (1971), "The Making of the World" (1971), "Love Begins on Friday" (1972), "La Revolte des Haidouks" (1972), "The Last Bullet" (1973), "August in Flames" (1973), "The Prodigal Father" (1973), "Comoara din Carpati" (1975), "Hot Days" (1976), "Melodies, Melodies…" (1978), "The Man We Need" (1979), "Memories from a Old Chest of Drawers" (1979), "Drumul Oaselor" (1980), "The Yellow Rose" (1982), "William the Conqueror" (1982), "The Mysteries of Bucharest" (1983), "The Silver Mask" (1985), "Domnisoara Aurica" (1985) in the title role, "The Turquoise Necklace" (1985), "Totul se Plateste" (1986), "Martori Disparuti" (1988), and "Lacrima Cerului" (1989).

WOUTER BARENDRECHT, 43 - April 5, 2009

Dutch film producer Wouter Barendrecht died of a heart attack in Bangkok, Thailand, on April 5, 2009. Barendrecht was born in The Netherlands on November 5, 1965. He teamed with Michael J. Werner to found the Dutch production company Fortissimo Films in 1991. Barendrecht was based in Hong Kong from 1997, and was credited as a producer or executive producer on such films as "The Goddess of 1967" (2000), Tsui Hark's "Vampire Hunters" (2002), "Bear's Kiss" (2002), "Springtime in a Small Town" (2002), "Party Monster" (2003), "16 Years of Alcohol" (2003), "The Tulse Leper Suitcases" (2003), "Last Life in the Universe" (2003), "Grimm" (2003), "P.S." (2004), "Mysterious Skin" (2004), "The Night Listener" (2006), "Invisible Waves" (2006), "When the Road Bends: Tales of a Gypsy Caravan" (2006), "Shortbus" (2006), "Syndromes and a Century" (2006), "I Don't Want to Sleep Alone" (2006), "Waiter" (2006), "Getting Home" (2007), "The Home Song Stories" (2007), "Ploy" (2007), "The Man from London" (2007), "Pleasure Factory" (2007), "Tokyo Sonata" (2008), "Country Wedding" (2008), "Laila's Birthday" (2008), "Disgrace" (2008), "Against the Current" (2009), and "Black Oasis" (2009). Barendrecht was a member of the European Film Academy and frequently served on the juries of international film festivals.

VACLAV BEDRICH, 90 - March 7, 2009

Veteran Czech animation director Vaclav Bedrich died in the Czech Republic on March 7, 2009. Bedrich was born in Pribram, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary (now the Czech Republic) on August 28, 1918. He worked on such shorts and films as "Hrneku vr!" (1953), "The Happy Lion" (1960), "40 Dedecku" (1962), and "Jak Krecek Snedi Dedu Mraze" (1963). Bedrich worked in the United States in the early 1960s on several projects including "Tom and Jerry" cartoons. He was animation director for Eve Titus' "Anatole" (1960), "Munro" (1961), "The Tom and Jerry Cartoon Kit" (1962), "Mouse into Space" (1962), "Landing Stripling" (1962), "High Steaks" (1962), "Dicky Moe" (1962), and "Calypso Cat" (1962). He also directed the Czech productions "Smrtici Vune" (1970), "Ocistna Lazen" (1973), "Vylet" (1975), "Dobre Jitro" (1975), "SSS" (1975), and "Velka Syrova Soutez" (1986). He also worked on the television series "O? Makove Panence" (1972), "Rikani o Vile Amalce" (1975), and "Bob a Bobek, Kralici z Klobouku" (1979).

HERCULES BELLVILLE, 69 - February 21, 2009

British film producer Hercules Bellville died of cancer in London on February 21, 2009. Bellville was born in San Diego, California, on June 18, 1939, the son of a wealthy British heir and the daughter of an American diplomat. Gifted with family connections and his own personality, Bellville broke into films in the early 1960s when he became an assistant on the set of Roman Polanski's 1964 psychological drama "Repulsion". His duties included thrusting his hands through a wall for the film's hallucinatory sequence. He worked frequently with Polanski over the next decade, assisting on "Cul de Sac" (1966), and serving as second unit director for "Macbeth" (1971), "What?" (1972), and "Tess" (1978). He was also second unit director for Michelangelo Antonioni's 1975 film "The Passenger", and was associate producer for Polanski's "The Tenant" in 1976. Bellville went to Los Angeles in the late 1970s where he worked on the films "Being There" (1979) and "The Postman Always Rings Twice" (1981). He returned to London in 1984 to work with independent film producer Jeremy Thomas. He continued to work for Thomas over the next 25 years, and served as a producer on such films as "Strangers Kiss" (1983), "Blood and Wine" (1996), "All the Little Animals" (1998), "Sexy Beast" (2000), and "The Dreamers" (2003).

DEREK BENFIELD, 82 - March 10, 2009

British actor Derek Benfield died in a nursing facility in England on March 10, 2009. Benfield was born in Bradford, Yorkshire, England, on March 11, 1926. He began his acting career in the mid-1950s, appearing as Prof. Bergman in the early science fiction series "Return To the Lost Planet". He also appeared in a small role in the 1959 film "Room At the Top". Benfield was best known for his work on television, appearing regularly as Walter Greenhalgh in the soap opera "Coronation Street" from 1961 to 1969, and as Frank Skinner in the sci-fi series "Timeslip" from 1970 to 1971. He also played Bill Riley in "The Brothers" from 1972 to 1976, Mr. Scrimshaw in "First of the Summer Wine" from 1988 to 1989, and Robert Wainthropp in "Hetty Wainthropp Investigates" from 1996 to 1998. His numerous television appearances also include episodes of "Great Expectations", "Three Live Wires", "Maigret", "ITV Play of the Week", "Crane", "The Victorians", "ITV Television Playhouse", "Detective", "The Villains", "Catch Hand", "R3", "No Hiding Place", "Cluff", "Theatre 625", "The Mask of Janus", "The Baron", "The Troubleshooters", "Blackmail", "The Gamblers", "Softly Softly", "Champion House", "The Expert", "The Root of Evil?", "The First Lady", "Hadleigh", "Paul Temple", "The Borderers", "Out of the Unknown", "30-Minute Theatre", "Man at the Top", "Doomwatch", "The Long Chase", "Armchair Theatre", "Dixon of Dock Green", "Hunter's Walk", "Armchair Thriller", "Z Cars", "Thundercloud", "Rumpole of the Bailey" in the recurring role of Bailiff Albert Handyside, "Breakaway", "In Loving Memory", "Minder", "Hi-De-Hi!", "Crown Court", "Yes Minister", "The Gentle Touch", "Remington Steele", "Juliet Bravo", "Hallelujah!", "World's Beyond", "Help!", "Only Fools and Horses", "That's Love", "Agatha Christie: Poirot", "Casualty", "Lovejoy", "The Brittas Empire", "Screen One", "Mulberry", "Alleyn Mysteries", "Peak Practice", and "Frighteners". His other television credits include productions of "The Knowledge" (1979), "The Boy Who Never Was" (1980), "Arthur's Hallowed Ground" (1984), "The Late Nancy Irving" (1986), and "Intimate Contact" (1987). Benfield also appeared in several films during his career including "Crossplot" (1969), "I Don't Want to Be Born" (aka "The Devil Within Her") (1975), "Remembrance" (1982), "Lifeforce", the 1985 film adaptation of Colin Wilson's "Space Vampires", and "The Girl" (1986). Benfield was also a playwright, with the comedies "Post Horn Gallop" and "Wild Goose Chase" to his credit.

SHIRL BERNHEIM, 87 - March 30, 2009

Actress Shirl Bernheim died in New York on March 30, 2009. Bernheim was born in the Bronx, New York, on September 21, 1921. She made her Broadway debut in the musical "Grease" in 1978, and was featured as Polly, the Prize Lady, on the 1978 television series "The Cheap Show". She continued to performed frequently on stage, with roles in the Off-Broadway production "The Old Lady's Guide to Survival", and returned to Broadway in 2001 in 2001's "The Tale of the Allergist's Wife". Bernheim also appeared in several films including "Anna" (1987), "The Laser Man" (1988), "Frankenhooker" (1990) as Elizabeth's Grandmother, "I'm Not Rappaport" (1996), "Sudden Manhattan" (1997), "Commandments" (1997), "Broadway Damage" (1997), and "Just Looking" (1991). She was featured on television in episodes of "Starting from Scratch", "Mathnet", "The Guiding Light", "The Sopranos", and "Law & Order".

BETSY BLAIR, 85 - March 13, 2009

Actress Betsy Blair, who was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the 1955 film "Marty" opposite Ernest Borgnine, died in London on March 13, 2009. She was born Elizabeth Winifred Boger in Cliffside Park, New Jersey, on December 11, 1923. She worked as a model as a child and became a chorus line dancer in New York at the age of 15. She made her Broadway debut in "Panama Hattie" in 1940. She also met dancer and choreographer Gene Kelly while in New York, and the two married in 1950. She continued to perform on stage, with a lead role in William Saroyan's "The Beautiful People" in 1941. She and Kelly settled in Los Angeles later in the year, where she gave birth to their daughter Kerry. Blair made her film debut in 1947 and was seen in such features as "The Guilt of Janet Ames" (1947), "A Double Life" (1947), "Another Part of the Forest" (1948), "The Snake Pit" (1948), "Mystery Street" (1950), "No Way Out" (1950), and "Kind Lady" (1951). She also appeared on television in episodes of "The Philco Television Playhouse", "Kraft Television Theatre", and "The Ford Theatre Hour". Blair's film career ground to a halt in the early 1950s when her activities with leftist politics and labor unions made her a target of Hollywood's blacklist. She was featured in a small role on British television in "Othello" in 1955. She was cast as Clara, the plain girl who falls in love with a lonely butcher in the 1955 film "Marty". The film's writer, Paddy Chayevsky, and Blair's husband pressured the studio into giving her the role despite the blacklist. She earned an Oscar nomination for her work and subsequently appeared in the 1957 western "The Halliday Brand". She was also seen in an episode of "Goodyear Television Playhouse". Blair divorced Kelly later in 1957 and moved to Europe, where she resumed her acting career. She was featured in the films "Meeting in Paris" (1956), "Calle Mayor" (1956), "The Cry" (1957), "Lies My Father Told Me" (1960), "The Dauphins" (1960), "All Night Long" (1960), "Careless" (1962), "Marry Me! Marry Me!" (1969), "A Delicate Balance" (1973), "Flight of the Spruce Goose" (1986), and "Descent into Hell" (1986). She performed on television in productions of "The Ponyman" (1958), "Come Back Little Sheba" (1965), "Death of a Salesman" (1966), "Summer and Smoke" (1972), "The Wings of the Dove" (1979), and "Suspicion" (1987). She was also seen in episodes of "Shades of Greene" and "Tales of the Unexpected". She returned to Hollywood after thirty years for a role in the 1988 film "Betrayed". She also appeared in the 1988 tele-film "Marcus Welby, M.D.: A Holiday Affair", and two episodes of "thirtysomething". Her final role was in the 1994 mini-series "Scarlett", a sequel to "Gone With the Wind". Blair married film director Karel Reisz in 1963, and they remained together until his death in 2002.

ANNE-MARIE BLANC, 89 - February 5, 2009

Swiss actress Anne-Marie Blanc died in Switzerland on February 5, 2009. Blanc was born in Vevey, Vaud, Switzerland, on September 2, 1919. She was a leading stage and film star in Switzerland from the late 1930s, appearing in such films as "Wachtmeister Studer" (1939), "Die Missbrauchten Liebesbriefe" (1940), "Gilberte de Courgenay" (1941) in the title role, "Marie-Louise" (1944), "Matura-Reise" (1946), "One Does Not Die That Way" (1946), "White Cradle Inn" (1947), "Cuckoo's Egg" (1949), "Gefangene Seele" (1952), "Palace Hotel" (1952), "Barbara" (1952), "Life Begins at 17" (1953), "Hoheit Lassen Bitten" (1954), "Roman Eines Frauenarztes" (1954), "Fruhlingslied" (1954), "Auskunft im Cockpit" (1959), "SOS Glacier Pilot" (1959), "Via Mala" (1961), "Fury of the Sabers" (1965), "Violanta" (1977), "Nest Break" (1980), "L'Allegement" (1983), "Concert for Alice" (1985), "Class Reunion" (1988), "Anna Goldin, the Last Witch" (1991), "Timing" (1999), and "The Volcano" (1999). Blanc also appeared frequently on television from the early 1960s with roles in such productions as "Der Belagerungszustand" (1963), "Der Gefangene der Botschaft" (1964), "Mademoiselle Lowenzorn" (1965), "Mein Sohn, der Herr Minister" (1965), "Hotel Royal" (1969), "Ein Abend, eine Nacht, ein Morgen" (1973), "Der Scheingemahl" (1974), "A Crime of Honour" (1985), "Abschiedsvorstellung" (1986), and "White Fear" (2001). Her other television credits include episodes of "Mativ Liebe", "Heidi", "Tatort", "Tobias", "The Manns - Novel of a Century", and "Luthi und Blanc".

KALMAN BLOCH, 95 - March 12, 2009

Kalman Bloch, who was principal clarinetist for the Los Angeles Philharmonic for nearly 45 years, died at his home in Los Angeles on March 12, 2009. Bloch was born in New York City on May 30, 1913. He trained under New York Philharmonic clarinetist Simeon Bellison. He was hired by the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Otto Klemperer in 1937. Bloch played first clarinet with the orchestra until his retirement in 1981. During his career he also performed with studio orchestras on the soundtracks of several films including "For Whom the Bell Tolls", "Sunset Boulevard", and "North By Northwest".

BILL `FLASH' BOGASH, 92 - March 20, 2009

Pioneer roller derby star Bill `Flash' Bogash died of respiratory failure at a medical center in Joshua Tree, California, near his home in Yucca Valley, on March 20, 2009. Bogash was born in Chicago, Illinois, on November 22, 1916. He was the son of Josephine `Ma' Bogash, and he began his career as her partner in the second Transcontinental Roller Derby race in Kansas City in 1935. The Derby was an off-shoot of the Depression-era marathons, with two-person teams skating laps around a track, often covering 100 miles a day over a six-week period. Roller Derby had evolved into a team sport by the 1940s, and both mother and son were leading figures on the track when television brought the event to a national audience. Ma Bogash became the first female inducted into the Roller Derby Hall of Fame in 1952, and Bill was inducted the following year. He played and coached for numerous teams from the East to West Coasts, including the New York Chiefs and the Los Angeles Braves, before retiring from the rink in 1958. He subsequently owned and operated the Sanborn House restaurant in Los Angeles for the next 24 years.

MARILYN BORDEN, 76 - March 25, 2009

Marilyn Borden, who performed with her twin sister Rosalyn as the Borden Twins, died in Modesto, California, on March 25, 2009. Borden was born in Hartford, Connecticut, on May 29, 1932. The sisters began performing at an early age and moved to Los Angeles with their family in their teens. They were soon appearing on such television variety shows as "The Colgate Comedy Hour", "The Ed Wynn Show", "The Spike Jones Show", and "Four Star Revue". They also performed regularly on "The Jimmy Durante Show" from 1955 to 1957. The Bordens were best known for their appearance on a 1955 episode of "I Love Lucy" entitled "Tennessee Bound". The plus-sized twins were Teensy and Weensy, who sang an off-key version of the song "Ricochet" to a captive audience of Ricardos and Mertzes. The Bordens continued to perform in nightclubs and on USO tours, and guest-starred in episodes of such television series as "CHiPs", "Maude", "Apple Pie", "The Ropers", "Lottery!", and "Out of This World". They also worked with Bob Newhart in stage shows in Las Vegas in the 1980s, and were popular guests at Lucy conventions. Rosalyn died in January of 2003, and Marilyn continued to perform as a solo act.

TOM BRADEN, 91 - April 3, 2008

Tom Braden, a former CIA operative who became the liberal half of the CNN political commentary program "Crossfire", and whose family memoirs served as the basis of the popular television program "Eight Is Enough", died of cardiac arrest at his home in Denver, Colorado, on April 3, 2008. Braden was born in Green, Iowa, on February 22, 1917. He went to New York in the 1930s to work as a printer, and earned a college degree from Dartmouth in 1940. Braden went to England in 1941 to serve with the British Army's King's Royal Rifle Corps during World War II. He transferred to the U.S. Army in 1944, and worked with the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the predecessor of the CIA. After the war Braden returned to Dartmouth to teach English, and also began a career in journalist. He joined the CIA in 1950, and was instrumental in promoting and funding anti-Communist groups around the world as director of the International Organizations Division. He left the agency in 1954 after buying the "Blade-Tribune" newspaper in Oceanside, California. He co-authored a book, "Sub Rosa: The OSS and American Espionage" with Stewart Alsop in 1964. Braden also became active in civic and political affairs in California, and lost a race for lieutenant governor as a Democrat in 1966. He sold the newspaper in 1966 and went to Washington, D.C., where he wrote a syndicated column. He was best known for penning the autobiography "Eight Is Enough", published in 1971. The domestic tales of he and his wife raising eight children became a popular television series on ABC two years later, with Dick Van Patten starring as Braden. He also became the liberal voice opposite Pat Buchanan on the WRC radio spot "Confrontation" in 1977. The show soon moved to local television and became known as "Crossfire" when CNN took it national in 1982. He and Buchanan remained political sparring partners for most of the decade, until Braden retired from the program in 1989. His middle son, Tommy, was killed in an automobile accident in 1994 and his wife, Joan, died in 1999. His survivors include his surviving seven children, David, Mary, Susan, Jonie, Nancy, Elizabeth, and Nicholas.

ZOLTAN BREYER, 45- March 19, 2009

Hungarian actor Zoltan Breyer died in Hungary on March 19, 2009. He was born in Hungary on December 29, 1963. He starred as a bad guy in episodes of the television series "Szomszedok" from 1993 to 1995, and was seen in the series "Kisvaros" as an assassin in 1997. He also appeared in television productions of "Abel az Orszagban" (1995) and "A Titkos Haboru" (2002), and the 2005 film "Le a Feijel!".

TIM BRINTON, 79 - March 22, 2009

British television newscaster Tim Brinton, who spent nearly a decade as a member of the House of Commons, died in a London hospital on March 22, 2009. Brinton was born in Hampstead, England, on December 24, 1929. He began working as a radio announcer for the BBC in 1951, working mainly on overseas programs. He joined ITN as a newscaster in 1959, where he remained until going freelance in 1962. Brinton was featured in a handful of films in cameo roles as a newscaster including "Information Received" (1961), "Allez France!" (1964), "Bunny Lake Is Missing" (1965), "Man at the Top" (1973), and "Carry on Emmannuelle" (1978). He also appeared on television in episodes of "The Avengers", "The Power Game", "Bowler", "Doctor in Charge", "Dixon of Dock Green", and "Odd Man Out". He became best known for lending his gravitas to the 1977 science documentary spoof "Alternative 7", about scientists leaving Earth for colonies on Mars to escape global destruction. Brinton also became active in politics in the 1970s, winning a seat on the Kent County Council in 1974. He was elected to the House of Commons in 1979 as a Conservative, and was particularly noted for his hardline stance on immigration issues. He left Parliament in 1987 and returned to media as a broadcasting consultant. Brinton suffered from dementia in his later years.

ROBERT C. BROUGHTON, 91 - January 19, 2009

Special effects artist Robert C. Broughton, who worked on films at Disney for over four decades, died of pneumonia in a nursing home in Rochester, Minnesota, on January 19, 2009. Broughton was born in Berkeley, California, on September 17, 1917. He began working in the mail room at Disney in 1937, and soon worked his way into the camera department. He worked with the multi-plane camera, which added depth to such animated classics as "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" and "Pinocchio". Broughton served in a photographic unit run by director John Ford during World War II, and worked on a film documenting the Battle of Midway. He returned to Disney after the war where he worked on special effects photography. Broughton helped create the effects that allowed Hayley Mills to appear in dual roles in 1961's "The Parent Trap", and Dick Van Dyke to perform a dance routine with animated penguins in "Mary Poppins" in 1964. He also worked with Ub Iwerks to provide bird effects for Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" (1963). Broughton's other film credits include optical effects for "The Black Hole" (1979), "The Watcher in the Woods" (1980), and "TRON" (1982) before retiring from Disney in 1982.

ANNE BROWN, 96 - March 13, 2009

Singer Anne Brown, who created the role of Bess in George Gershwin's opera "Porgy and Bess" in 1935, died on March 13, 2009. Brown was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on August 9, 1912. She trained as a singer at the New Institute of Musical Art, now known as Juilliard, in New York. She performed in concerts and on the radio, and was featured in the 1934 film "Babes in Toyland" with Laurel and Hardy. Brown appeared on Broadway in "Porgy and Bess" in 1935, and again for a revival in 1942. She also performed in the Broadway productions of "Pins and Needles" (1939) and "Mamba's Daughters" (1940). She sang "Summertime" in the 1945 Gershwin bio-film "Rhapsody in Blue". Brown married Norwegian Olympic skier Thorleif Schjelderup in 1948. She became a citizen of Norway, settling in Oslo. She and Schjelderup divorced before his death in 2006.

JANE BRYAN, 90 - April 8, 2009

Jane O'Brien Dart, who appeared in over a dozen films in the late 1930s under the name Jane Bryan, died after a long illness at her home in Pebble Beach, California, on April 8, 2009. She was born Jane O'Brien in Hollywood on June 11, 1918. She began her film career in 1936 with a role in "The Case of the Black Cat". Over the next several years she also appeared in such films as "The Captain's Kid" (1936), "Under Southern Stars" (1937), "Marked Woman" (1937) with Bette Davis and Humphrey Bogart, "The Cherokee Strip" (1937), "Kid Galahad" (1937) with Bogart, Davis, and Edward G. Robinson, "Confession" (1937), "A Slight Case of Murder" (1938), "The Sisters" (1938), "Girls on Probation" (1938), "Brother Rat" (1938) with Eddie Albert, "The Man Who Dared" (1939), "Each Dawn I Die" (1939) with James Cagney and George Raft, "The Old Maid" (1939), "These Glamour Girls" (1939), "We Are Not Alone" (1939), "Invisible Stripes" with Bogart, Raft, and William Holden, and "Brother Rat and a Baby" (1940). Warner Bros. was grooming Bryan for stardom when she abandoned films to marry wealthy businessman Justin Dart on New Year's Eve of 1939. Dart purchased the Rexall Drug chain in 1945 and founded the conglomerate Dart-Kraft Inc. He and his wife were close friends of Ronald Reagan and encouraged his political career, including his run for the Presidency in 1980. Bryan and Dart remained married until his death in 1984.

AWILDA CARBIA, 71 - March 22, 2009

Puerto Rican actress and comedian Awilda Carbia died of pneumonia in a San Juan, Puerto Rico, hospital on March 22, 2009. Carbia was born in San Juan on January 30, 1938. She began performing as a child actress at the age of 7. By the 1960s she was appearing in the television comedy series "Rendezvous Nocturno" and "El Show del Mediodia". She was also featured in the sit-com "Ja, Ja, Ji, Ji, Jo, Jo". Carbia starred in the tele-novela "El Silencio Nos Condena in 1971, and was the host of the children's series "Estrella Galaxia" during the decade. She starred in a long-running segment on the Telemundo series "El Show de las 12", and was featured in the comedy series "La Encubierta Descubierta", "Awilda, lo Divierta", and "El Show de Chucho". She continued her career in the comedies "Estudio Alegre", "Musicomedia", and "En Casa de Juanma y Wiwi". She also starred in the one-woman stage comedy act "Desconcierto", impersonating entertainment notables at nightclubs and theaters throughout Puerto Rico. She produced and hosted her own weekly series, "Soy Awilda", in the late 1980s, and starred in the television mini-series drama "Cita en Buenos Aires". Over the next decade she starred in numerous popular stage productions. She returned to television in the sit-com "Los Seijo Diaz" from 1999 to 2003. Carbia was seen in a leading role in the 2005 film "El Sueno del Regreso". In later years she was a comedy guest star on the television talk show "Contigo", co-hosted by her daughter, Myraida Chavez.

WILLIAM G. CLARK, 70 - March 10, 2009

Actor William G. Clark died on March 10, 2009. Clark was born in Okolona, Mississippi, on February 27, 1939. He was featured in several films including "First Monday in October" (1981), "Project: Metalbeast" (1995), and "Carnosaur 2" (1995). He also appeared on television in episodes of "NYPD Blue" and "Chicago Hope", and the 2004 tele-film "The Brooke Ellison Story".

GERRY CRAMPTON, 78 - January 28, 2009

British stuntman Gerry Crampton died in England after a long illness on January 28, 2009. Crampton was born in Fulham, England, on April 28, 1930. He began involved in fitness and body building after completing National Service, and was Great Britain's Mr. Body Beautiful in 1956. He began working in films in the early 1960s, appearing in a small role in the Hammer thriller "Night Creatures" (aka "Captain Clegg") (1962), and working with Jock Mahoney in "Tarzan Goes to India" (1962). Crampton worked frequently in India throughout his career, where his stunt work gained him the nickname Mr. Mayhem. He also became a friend and apprentice to James Bond stunt coordinator Bob Simmons, and worked on six films in the 007 series including "Dr. No" (1962), "From Russia With Love" (1963), "Goldfinger" (1964), "You Only Live Twice" (1967), "Diamonds Are Forever" (1971), and "The Spy Who Loved Me" (1977). Crampton also worked in such television productions as "The Avengers", "The Prisoner", "Cribbins", "UFO", "The Persuaders!", "Assignment Vienna", "The Protectors", "The Gentle Touch", "Dempsey & Makepeace", "Dirty Dozen: The Series", "Devices and Desires", "Boon", "Josie", "Tales from the Crypt", "Dangerfield", "A Touch of Frost", "The Bill", and "New Tricks". He also performed and coordinated stunts for the films "The Hill" (1965), "The Heroes of Telemark" (1965), "The Dirty Dozen" (1967), "Nobody Runs Forever" (1968), "The Desperados" (1969), "Cromwell" (1970), "Man in the Wilderness" (1971), "Raw Meat" (1972), "Ghost in the Noonday Sun" (1973), and "Psychomania" (1973). He was stunt coordinator and directed the action sequences for the 1975 Indian film "Sholay", a popular Hindi western. Crampton's numerous film credits also include "Side By Side" (1975), "The Eagle Has Landed" (1976), "Warhead" (1977), "Shaan" (1980), "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981), "Gandhi" (1982), "The Lords of Discipline" (1983), "Curse of the Pink Panther" (1983), "A View to a Kill" (1985), "The Bride" (1985), "Biggles" (1986), "Club Paradise" (1986), "Willow" (1988), "Batman" (1989) where he was Jack Nicholson's stunt double as the Joker, "Bullseye!" (1990), "Year of the Comet" (1992), "Patriot Games" (1992), "Double X: The Name of the Game" (1992), "Being Human" (1993), "Swing Kids" (1993), "Son of the Pink Panther" (1993), "The Three Musketeers" (1993), "Shopping" (1994), "Men of War" (1994), "The Jungle Book" (1994), "Mary Reilly" (1996), "Dragonheart" (1996), "Daylight" (1996), "Jinnah" (1998), "Command Approved" (2000), "Shiner" (2000), "The Fourth Angel" (2001), "Revelation" (2001), "Chaos and Cadavers" (2003), "School for Seduction" (2004), and "Stoned" (2005). Crampton also worked on the television productions "The Jewel in the Crown" (1984), "The Far Pavilions" (1984), "Still Crazy Like a Fox" (1987), "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" (1989), "Wild Justice" (1993), "Unnatural Causes" (1993), "Age of Treason" (1993), "Death Train" (1993), "Guinevere" (1994), "The Odyssey" (1997), "Merlin" (1998), and "The Infinite Worlds of H.G. Wells" (2001).

BELMONTE CRISTIANI, 91 - February 6, 2009

Italian circus equestrian and acrobat Belmonte Cristiani died in Florida on February 6, 2009. He was born in Italy on April 12, 1917, the son of leading circus performers Ernesto and Emmaline Cristiani. The family left Italy in 1924 because of the rise of Fascism, and travelled throughout Europe before settling in England in 1933. Belmonte, who had trained as a dancer, joined the family equestrian act along with 10 of his 15 siblings, Oscar, Daviso, Lucio, Mogador, Pietro, Cossetta, Chieta, Ortans, and Corcaita. The brothers were particularly noted for an act where three of them would stand atop different galloping horses and somersault backward to land on the horse behind them. Belmonte would also leap upon the back of a single galloping horse with four of his brothers. The Cristianis came to the United States at the outbreak of World War II, performing with the Barnum & Bailey Circus. Belmonte also performed as a gymnast and singer in the 1943 film "This Is the Army". The family settled in Sarasota, Florida, and Belmonte continued to perform with them until the early 1960s. He subsequently worked on construction of large fairground rides for the Royal American Shows until retiring in 1985. He and his family were inducted into the Circus Ring of Fame in 1989 and the International Circus Hall of Fame in 1994.

ISOLDA CRESTA, 79 - April 4, 2009

Brazilian actress Isolda Cresta died in a Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, hospital on April 4, 2009. Cresta appeared in Brazilian films from the early 1960s, with roles in "Viagem aos Seios de Dullia" (1965), "Um Ramo para Luiza" (1965), "The Devil Queen" (1974), "O Segredo da Rosa" (1974), "O Monstro de anta Teresa" (1975), "O Desconheido" (1977), "A Noiva da Cidade" (1978), "Dora Doralina" (1982), "Amor Maldito" (1984), and "The Man in the Black Cape" (1986). She was also seen frequently on Brazilian television with roles in such productions as "O Bem-Amado" (1973), "Escalada" (1975), "Pecado Capital" (1975), "O Feijaol e o Sonho" (1976), "O Desconhecido" (1977)", "Bandidos da Falange" (1983), "A Mafia no Brasil" (1984), "Tudo ou Nada" (1986), and "Capitaes da Areia" (1989).

ROLAND DANTES - March 16, 2009

Filipino bodybuilder and action film star Roland Dantes died of heart failure in Quezon City, Philippines, on March 16, 2009. Dantes was a leading body builder from the 1960s and held the Mr. Philippines title five times between 1969 and 1980. He also competed in the Mr. Universe and Mr. World contests. He made his film debut in the 1974 Hollywood feature "The Pacific Connection" with Guy Madison and Nancy Kwan. He continued to appear in action films over the next thirty years including roles in "Banta ng Kahapon" (1977), "Durugin si Totoy Bato" (1979), the tele-film"The Children of An Lac" (1980), "Burning Seas" (1981), "Kato: Son of the Dragon" (1983), "Arnis: The Sticks of Death" (1984), "Forgotten Warrior" (1986), "Tigershark" (1987), "Sgt. Ernesto Boy Ibanez: Tirtir Gang" (1988), "Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection" (1990), "Angelfist" (1993), "Live by the Fist" (1993), "Point of No Return" (1994), "Under the Gun" (1995), "Tumbador" (2000), and "Trojan Warrior" (2002).

ALTOVISE GORE DAVIS, 65 - March 14, 2009

Actress Altovise Gore Davis, the widow of entertainer Sammy Davis, Jr., died of complications from a stroke in a Los Angeles hospital on March 14, 2009. She was born Altovise Joanne Gore in Charlotte, North Carolina, on August 30, 1943, and was raised in Brooklyn, New York. She began performing as a dancer in Broadway chorus lines in the early 1960s, with roles in such musicals as "Kwamina" (1961), "High Spirits" (1964), the 1965 revival of "Guys and Dolls", "Pouss-Cafe" (1966), and "Sherry!" (1967). She met Sammy Davis, Jr., in 1968 and became his third wife on May 11, 1970. She was a panelist on several television gameshows including "Tattletales" and "Cross-Wits", and made cameo appearances in episodes of "Charlie's Angels" and "CHiPs". She was also featured in the films "Welcome to Arrow Beach" (1974), "Pipe Dreams" (1976), "Kingdom of the Spiders" (1977) as Woody Strode's wife, "Boardwalk" (1979), and "Can't Stop the Music" (1980). She remained married to Sammy until his death from throat cancer in 1990.

LADDIE DENNIS, 89 - February 22, 2009

Actress and travel writer Laddie Dennis died in Canada on February 22, 2009. She was born Adelaide Boissonneau in Canada in 1919. She was an actress on radio and television in Canada, appearing in episodes of "Wojeck" and "Play for Today". She also appeared in the 1974 film "Sunday in the Country". She was also a leading travel writer and photographer who's works appeared in numerous publications. She was married to novelist James Burke from 1951 until his death in 2006.

ROB DICKSON, 45 - April 11, 2009

Australian football player Rob Dickson, who was winner of the Australian version of the television reality show "Survivor" in 2001, was killed in an automobile accident between Sun City and Pretoria, South Africa, on April 11, 2009. He and his family were on vacation in South Africa at the time of the accident, which also killed his 5-year-old son, and injured his wife and other son. Dickson was born in Australia on November 14, 1963. He played with the Hawthorn Football Club from 1988 to 1990, and played the following season with the Brisbane Bears. After leaving football Dickson became a television documentary director, whose credits include "The Passion to Play", "Shane Crawford Exposed", and "The Essence of the Game", which celebrated the 150th anniversary of Australian-rules football. He was best known as the winner of "Australian Survivor" in 2001.

NICOLE DOLCI, 34 - March 31, 2009

Actress Nicole Dolci died of cancer in Hollywood, California, on March 21, 2009. Dolci was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on September 2, 1974. She worked as an extra in film and television productions from the late 1990s including an episode of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer". She also played a chimpanzee in the 2001 remake of "Planet of the Apes". Her largest roles was as a bartender in the 2005 film "Reunion". She also performed onstage in several comedy sketch shows with her fiancee, Benjamin Hisoler.

RUTH DREXEL, 78 - February 26, 2009

German actress Ruth Drexel died in Feldkirchen, near Munich, Germany, on February 26, 2009. Drexel was born in Vilshofen, Bavaria, Germany, on July 14, 1930. She trained as an actress in Munich, where she made her stage debut in the late 1940s. She also performed frequently in Berlin, Wuppertal, Darmstadt, and Dusseldorf. She appeared in a handful of films during her career including "Heimliches Rendezvous" (1949), "Die Fidelen Detektive" (1957), "Jagerblut" (1957), "Mathias Kneissl" (1970), "The Marquise of O" (1976), "Whizzer" (1979), "Francesca" (1987), and "Bandagistengluck" (1997). Drexel appeared frequently on Germany television from the late 1950s, with roles in such productions as "Die Bekehrung des Ferdys Pistora" (1958), "Kasimir und Karoline" (1959), "Der Marquis von Keith" (1962), "Candida" (1963), "Eiche und Angora" (1964), "Der Arzt Wider Willen" (1964), "Der Ruepp" (1965), "Der Zerbrochene Krug" (1965), "Endkampf" (1966), "Biedermann und die Brandstifter" (1967), "Siedlung Arkadien" (1967), "Adele Spitzeder" (1972), "Der Sieger von Tambo" (1973), "Jail Bait" (1973), "Die Farbe des Himmels" (1979), "Niemandsland" (1981), "Der Starke Stamm" (1982), "Abgetrieben" (1992), "Geschichten aus der Heimat - Blattschuss" (1993), "Spate Gegend" (1998), "Wambo" (2001), "Ein Sommertraum" (2001), "Die Heilerin" (2004), "Das Weihnachts-Ekel" (2006), and "Die Heilerin 2" (2008). She was best known for her roles in such television series as "Munchner Geschichten" as Ruth Hillermeier in 1974, and "Zur Freiheit" as Paula Weingartner" in 1987. She was Regina Lechner in "Zwei am Grosen See" from 2004 to 2006, and was elderly detective Agathe Heiland in the mystery series "Agathe Kann's Nicht Lassen". She starred as Resi Berghammer" in the series "Der Bulle von Tolz" from 1996 until shortly before her death. Drexel's other television credits include episodes of "Die Seltsamen Methoden des Franz Josef Wanninger", "Der Kommissar", "Acht Stunden sind Kein Tag", "Der Alte", "Derrick", "Fast Wia im Richtigen Leben", "Monaco Franze - Der Ewige Stenz", "Scheibenwischer", "Polizeiinspektion 1", "Irgendwie und Sowieso", "Komer und Koter", "Tatort", and "Stadt Land Mord!".

PETER DUGUID, 86 - March 3, 2009

British television director Peter Duguid died in England on March 3, 2009. Duguid was born in Felling, Durham, England, on February 27, 1923. He began directing for British television in the early 1960s, helming such programs as "Festival", "Detective", "Diary of a Young Man", "Theatre 625", "The Wednesday Play", the 1966 "Frankenstein Mark 2" episode of "Out of the Unknown", "Thirty-Minute Theatre", "Witch Hunt", "Special Branch", "The Mind of Mr. J.G. Reeder", "Public Eye", "Callan", "Armchair Theatre", "Van der Valk", the 1975 tele-film "The Confederacy of Wives", "Six Days of Justice", "Life and Death of Penelope", "Killer", "Hazell", "Born and Bred", "Funny Man", "Airline", "ITV Playhouse", "The Fourty Arm", "Jury", "Storyboard", "Dramarama", "Danger: Marmalade at Work", and "The Bill". Duguid also directed segments of the 1982 television version of the Sherlock Holmes classic "The Hound of the Baskervilles", and the 1985 science fiction production "Chocky's Children".

HENRI EDMONDS, 74 - March 12, 2009

Henriette 'Henri' Edmonds, who headed Howard University's drama department, died of leukemia in a Washington, D.C., hospital on March 12, 2009. She was born in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1934. She was raised in New Orleans and Tallahassee, Florida, where her parents taught theater arts at Florida A & M University. Edmonds graduated from Nashville's Fisk University in 1955, and earned a master's in theater from Cleveland's Case Western. She worked as a teacher and speech pathologist before joining Howard University's faculty in the 1970s. Edmonds directed theatrical productions at the University, and scored a musical adaptation of Shakespeare's "The Comedy of Errors" entitled "Brother, Brother, Brother, Mine", which was staged at Howard in 1978. She also appeared in the 1998 film "Streetwise", and was featured in the HBO tele-film "Something the Lord Made" in 2004. Edmonds was also seen in an episode of the television series "The Wire" in 2006.

DRUMMOND ERSKINE, 89 - March 21, 2009

Veteran character actor Drummond Erskine died on Long Island, New York, on March 21, 2009. He was born James Drummond Erskine III in Cold Spring Harbor, New York, on April 7, 1919. He served in the Army's first airborne unit during World War II, rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel. After the war he worked for Firestone while pursuing a career in acting. He was noted for his performances as Abraham Lincoln in such television shows as "Alcoa Hour" and "The DuPont Show of the Month" in the 1950s. He also appeared in episodes of "Robert Montgomery Presents" and "Car 54, Where Are You". Erskine was featured in such films as "Act One" (1963) as Franklyn P. Adams, "Light Fantastic" (1964), "Nothing Lasts Forever" (1984), "F/X" (1986), "Backstreet Dreams" (1990), "Fathers & Sons" (1992), "Noises Off…" (1992), "Sweet and Lowdown" (1999), "Kill By Inches" (1999), and "The Nazi Hunters" (2003). He was featured as Uncle Zio in an episode of the HBO series "The Sopranos" in 2004, and was seen on "Late Show with David Letterman" as an aging Regis Philbin in 2008.

EZIO FLAGELLO, 79 - March 19, 2009

Opera singer Ezio Flagello died of heart failure at his home in Palm Bay, Florida, on March 19, 2009. Flagello was born in New York City to Italian immigrants on January 28, 1931. He studied at the Manhattan School of Music and began performing professionally in 1955. He made his debut with the Metropolitan Opera in 1957 in a small role in "Tosca". Over the next 30 years Flagello continued to perform in such productions as "Manon Lescaut", "Aida", "Gianni Schicchi", and "Falstaff". He also performed on television's "The Ed Sullivan Show". Flagello was featured as a vaudeville impresario in a 1917 flashback sequence in the 1974 film "The Godfather Part II". He retired from the Met in 1984, making his final appearance in a production of "Il Barbieri di Siviglia".

WINIFRED FOLEY, 94 - March 21, 2009

British author Winifred Foley, whose memoirs of her childhood became a series of best sellers, died in Cheltenham, England, on March 21, 2009. She was born Winifred Mary Mason in the village of Brierley, near Cinderford, England, on July 25, 1914. She was raised in a poor family, though became an avid reader in her youth. Her composition skills brought her to the head of her class, but she left school at the age of 14 to enter domestic service. In the early 1970s Foley sent a hand-written account of her early life to the BBC's "Woman's Hour" radio program. Producer Pamela Howe took an interest in her writings and a "Woman's Hour" radio serial evolved in 1973. The following year the BBC published the first volume of her memoirs, "A Child in the Forest". It was subsequently adapted for the television drama "Abide with Me" in 1977. Foley continued her autobiographical account with the sequels "No Pipe Dream for Father" (1977) and "Back to the Forest" (1981). In her mid-80s she also began writing romance novels, including "Village Fates" (2000), "Prejudice and Pride" (2005), "To Kill for Love" (2006), and "Two Men and a Maiden" (2007). A final volume of her memoirs, "Full Hearts and Empty Bellies", was scheduled for publication after her death in 2009.

BARBARA FRANKLIN, 79 - February 15, 2009

Canadian actress and singer Barbara Franklin died at her home in Toronto, Canada, on February 15, 2009. Franklin was born in Regina, Canada, on June 14, 1929. She won the CBS radio contest "Opportunity Knocks" in 1950, and performed with the Royal Conservatory Opera in "Faust" and "The Magic Flute" (1952). She also appeared in productions of "Turnadot", "Rigoletto", and Arthur Benjamin's "A Tale of Two Cities" with the CBC Opera. Franklin also performed with a vocal quartet in the 1957 CBC-TV program "Showtime with Howard Cable", and sang on "Summer Showtime" (1958), and her own program "Country Style" (1960). She was featured as Antigone in the 1957 film version of "Oedipus Rex". She continued to appear on stage throughout Canada and was featured as Jenny on the CBC series "The Wayne and Shuster Hour". She later appeared in small character roles in the films "Incubus" (1981), "Mr. Nice Guy" (1987), "Change of Heart" (1992), and "A Pyromaniac's Love Story" (1995). She was also featured in the tele-film "Dick Francis' Blood Sport" (1989), and episodes of "Street Legal", "Friday the 13th", "Kung Fu: The Legend Continues", and "Billable Hours".

FREDERIC J. GAYNOR, 73 - March 29, 2009

Frederic J. Gaynor, who posed in iconic ads for the Daisy air rifle as a child, died of cancer at his home in Sarasota, Florida, on March 29, 2009. Gaynor was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1935. He became a child model after a picture of him won a photo contest at the age of 3, and was soon appearing in ads for such products as Coca-Cola, 7-Up, and Borden's Milk. He was selected to appear in an ad for the Daisy air rifle for the company's annual report in 1947. The image of the youngster in rolled-up jeans gripping his air rifle was soon gracing ads on the back covers of "Boys' Life", comic books, and other magazines. Ironically, when Gaynor was offered an air rifle from the company after his photo shoot, his mother refused to allow him to accept it. Gaynor later earned degrees in theater and government from Beloit College in Wisconsin, in 1957, and served in the U.S. Army in France. He joined the Foreign Service, and served in posts throughout Africa and Asia over the next three decades. He retired in 1999 and settled in Florida in 2007.

LARRY GLICK, 87 - March 28, 2009

Larry Glick, the longtime late-night radio talk-show host in the Boston area, died in Boca Raton, Florida, on March 28, 2009. Glick was raised in Roxbury, Massachusetts, and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He began his career in radio after the war at Laconia, New Hampshire's station WLMH. He worked with the Armed Forces Network for several years in the early 1950s, and spent the remained of the decade with several radio stations in Florida. He began working as a talk-show host at Miami's WINZ in 1960, and relocated to Boston's WMEX in 1964. Glick moved to WBZ in 1968, and became one of New England's best known personalities with his late-night program. He left WBX over a salary dispute in 1987. A year later he joined WHDH, where he remained until his retirement in 1992.

JADE GOODY, 27 - March 22, 2009

British reality television personality Jade Goody, who parlayed her 2002 appearance on "Big Brother 3" into a fulltime career, died of cervical cancer at her home in Upshire, Essex, England, on March 22, 2009. Goody was born in Bermondsey, South London, England, on June 5, 1981. She was working as a dental technician when she became one of the contestants on the British version of "Big Brother" in 2002. Her crass and often drunken behavior initially repulsed viewers, but audiences warmed to her lack of pretense before she was evicted from the show. Over the next several years she was a frequent face in tabloids, gossip columns, and television. She produced exercise videos, lent her name to the Shh… Jade Goody perfume brand, and released her autobiography "Jade: My Autobiography" in 2006. Goody's popularity took a dip when she returned to television as part "Celebrity Big Brother" in 2007. Her mother, Jackiey Budden, and boyfriend, Jack Tweed, were also part of the show, and Goody incurred the public's wrath when she was accused of making racist and demeaning comments toward Indian actress Shilpa Shetty, a fellow contestant. She was soon evicted from the Big Brother house by popular vote, and her celebrity status threatened to implode. She sought to make amends by appearing in the Indian version of "Big Brother", "Big Boss", in the Summer of 2008. Shortly after the show premiered Goody was informed on camera that she had been diagnosed with cervical cancer. She withdrew from the show and returned to England. She released a new biography, "Catch a Falling Star", later in the year, and appeared in the television documentary "Living with Jade Goody". She and Jack Tweed married in February of 2009, and sold exclusive coverage of the ceremony to "OK!" magazine to leave her two children financial secure. Shortly before her death Goody said "I've lived in front of the cameras. And maybe I'll die in front of them". While the cameras where not present for her subsequent passing, her death generated an abundance of news coverage around the globe.

JOE GRECO, 76 - March 25, 2009

Character actor Joe Greco died in Los Angeles, California, on March 25, 2009. Greco was born in Chicago, Illinois, on December 20, 1932. He began appearing in films and television in the mid-1980s, with such film credits as "About Last Night" (1984), "The Untouchables" (1987), "Rent-a-Cop" (1987), "Above the Law" (1988), "Cold Justice" (1989), "The Kill Reflex" (1989), "The Package" (1989), "Only the Lonely" (1991), "The Public Eye" (1992), "Hoffa" (1992), "The Nutty Professor" (1996) with Eddie Murphy, "The Amati Girls" (2000), and "Greener" (2004). He was also seen in the tele-films `The Toughest Man in the World" (1984), "Howard Beach: Making a Case for Murder" (1989), "Johnny Ryan" (1990), "Dillinger" (1991), and "In the Shadow of a Killer" (1992). His other television credits include episodes of "Crime Story" in the recurring role of Judge Archibald Flynn, "Sable", "Father Dowling Mysteries", "Beverly Hills, 90210" as Joey Bussichio, "NYPD Blue" in the recurring role of Kostas Costas, and "City Guys".

MONTE HALE, 89 - March 29, 2009

Singing cowboy Monte Hale died at his home in Studio City, California, on March 29, 2009. Hale was born in San Angelo, Texas, on June 8, 1919. He began his career as a singer, playing at clubs around Texas. He headed to Hollywood in the early 1940s, where he was cast in the 1944 film "The Big Bonanza". He soon signed a contract with Republic Pictures and went on to appear in "The Topeka Terror" (1945), "Steppin' in Society" (1945), "Oregon Train" (1945), "Bandits of the Badlands" (1945), "Rough Riders of Cheyenne" (1945), "Colorado Pioneers" (1945), "California Gold Rush" (1946), and "Sun Valley Cyclone" (1946). Hale also appeared in small roles in the serials "The Purple Monster Strikes" (1945) and "The Phantom Rider" (1946). He began starring in his own series at Republic with "Home on the Range" in 1946. The series was Republic's first in color and Hale would usually sing several songs in each feature. His other film credits include "The Man from Rainbow Valley" (1946), "Out California Way" (1946), "Last Frontier Uprising" (1947), "Along the Oregon Trail" (1947), "Under Colorado Skies" (1947), "California Firebrand" (1948), "The Timber Trail" (1948), "Son of God's Country" (1948), "Prince of the Plains" (1949) as Bat Masterson, "Law of the Golden West" (1949) as Buffalo Bill Cody, "Outcasts of the Trail" (1949) as Pat Garrett, "South of Rio" (1949), "San Antone Ambush" (1949), "Rangers of Cherokee Strip" (1949), "Pioneer Marshal" (1949), "The Vanishing Westerner" (1950), "The Old Frontier" (1950), and "The Missourians" (1950). Hale also starred in the comic book series "Monte Hale Western" from Fawcett from 1948 to 1956. He was featured in the 1954 film "Yukon Vengeance", and was Bale Clinch, Rock Hudson's lawyer, in 1956's "Giant". Hale also appeared in episodes of several television series, including "Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok, "Tales of Wells Fargo", "The Texan", "Honey West", "Gunsmoke", and "American 2-Night". His final film role was a small part as the town drunk in 1966's "The Chase" with Marlon Brando. He and his wife, Joanne, were co-founders of the Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum and served on the board of directors. Hale was also a popular guest at film and nostalgia conventions in his later years. Survivors include his wife, and a brother, Dick Hale, who appeared in several of his films.

ANDY HALLETT, 33 - March 29, 2009

Actor and singer Andy Hallett, who was best known for playing Lorne, the demon karaoke bar owner from the television series "Angel", died in a Los Angeles hospital after a long battle with heart disease on March 29, 2009. Hallett was born in the small Cape Cod village of Osterville, Massachusetts, on August 4, 1975. He moved to Los Angeles in the late 1990s, where he sang at the Universal City Blues Revue. He met Joss Whedon who cast him in a small role in an episode of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer". He began playing green-hued Lorne, who was also known as The Host, in "Angel" in 2000. He appeared in most of the subsequent episodes through 2004, and also sang the songs "Lady Marmalade" and "It's Not Easy Being Green" on the 2005 "Angel: Live Fast, Die Never" soundtrack. Hallett also appeared in the 2001 television mini-series "The Enforcers" and the 2002 film "Chance". He performed the voice of the Cricket in 2005's "Geppetto's Secret".

HARRY HARRIS, 86 - March 19, 2009

Television director Harry Harris, who helmed episodes of numerous series for over five decades, died of complications from myelodspasia in Los Angeles on March 19, 2009. Harris was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on September 8, 1922. He moved to Los Angeles in 1937 and attended UCLA. He began working in films as an assistant sound editor a Columbia Studios. He joined the Army Air Forces during World War II and served as a sound effects editor on training films with the First Motion Picture Unit. He worked as an assistant editor at Desilu in the 1950s, and served as editor for episodes of such series as "Official Detective", "Sheriff of Cochise", and "The Texan" later in the decade. He made his directorial debut with an episode of "Wanted: Dead or Alive" for Four Star in 1960. He went on to direct hundreds of episodes of such series as "Dante", "Tales of Wells Fargo", "Naked City", "Rawhide", "Daniel Boone", "Perry Mason", "A Man Called Shenandoah", "The Legend of Jesse James", "Branded", "Gunsmoke", "Pistols `n' Petticoats", "Mission: Impossible", "T.H.E. Cat", "Bonanza", "Hondo", "Adam-12", "Hawaii Five-O", and "The High Chaparral". Harris worked frequently with Irwin Allen in the late 1960s, helming numerous episodes of the popular science fiction series "Lost in Space", "The Time Tunnel", "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea", and "Land of the Giants". His other television credits include episodes of "The Virginian", "The D.A.", "Love, American Style", "Kung Fu", "Shaft", "Doc Elliot", "The Waltons" which earned him an Emmy nomination in 1973, "Gibbsville", "Hunter", "The Fitzpatricks", "Man from Atlantis", "Dallas, "Cagney & Lacey", "Hotel", "Boone", "The Mississippi", "Scarecrow and Mrs. King", "Remington Steele", "Our House", "Falcon Crest", "Jake and the Fatman", "Spenser: For Hire", "Magnum, P.I.", "Paradise", "A Fine Romance", "MacGyver", "Father Dowling Mysteries", "Bodies of Evidence", "In the Heat of the Night", "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman", "University Hospital", "Sisters", and "Beverly Hills, 90210". Harris earned an Emmy Award in 1982 for his work on the television series "Fame", and received a daytime Emmy for directing "Have You Ever Been Ashamed of Your Parents?" for "ABC Afterschool Specials" in 1983. Harris also directed the tele-films "The Runaways" (1975), "The Swiss Family Robinson" (1975), "Rivkin: Bounty Hunter" (1981), "Scamps" (1982), "A Day for Thanks on Walton's Mountain" (1982), "The Tom Swift and Linda Craig Mystery Hour" (1983), "Alice in Wonderland" (1985), "Time Out for Dad" (1987), "Eight Is Enough: A Family Reunion" (1987), "Wild Jack" (1989), "A Walton Thanksgiving Reunion" (1993), and "In the Heat of the Night: By Duty Bound" (1995). Harris was still directing episodes of the television series "7th Heaven" until shortly before his death.

GEORGE HEDGES, 57 - March 10, 2009

Entertainment lawyer and amateur archaeologist George Hedges died of cancer at his home in South Pasadena, California, on March 10, 2009. Hedges was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on February 26, 1952. He mastered in the classics at the University of Pennsylvania and earned his law degree from USC in 1978. He worked as a U.S. District Court clerk and as an attorney before founding his own firm, Hedges & Caldwell, in 1988. He joined Quinn Emanuel in 1998. Hedges was noted for representing such Hollywood clients as David Lynch, Mel Gibson, Star Trek's William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, Simon Cowell, Elvis Presley Enterprises, and the Television Academy. Hedges joined with filmmaker Nicholas Clapp and a team of archaeologists in the 1980s to search for the fables lost city of Ubar. The expeditions culminated with the discovery of the ancient city's site in southern Oman in 1992. He also led the expedition that traced the frankincense trade route in Yemen and other archaeological sites there in 1997. Hedges was also founder of the laserdisc company Discworks and the television production company Thomas Road, that produced the documentary "Lost City of Arabia" for PBS' "Nova".

PEPE HERN, 81 - February 28, 2009

Hispanic character actor Pepe Hern died on February 28, 2009. Hern began his film career in small roles in the late 1940s. His numerous film credits include "Bodyguard" (1948), "Knock on Any Door" (1949), "City Across the River" (1949), "Angels in Disguise" (1949), "Borderline" (1950), "The Capture" (1950), "Crisis" (1950), "The Furies" (1950), "The Bandit Queen" (1950), "Heart of the Rockies" (1951), "My Favorite Spy" (1951), "The Ring" (1952), "Thunderbirds" (1952), "San Antone" (1953), "Appointment in Honduras" (1953), "Make Haste to Live" (1954), "Jubilee Trail" (1954), "The Bamboo Prison" (1954), "Hell's Island" (1955), "Jaguar" (1956), "Back from Eternity" (1956), "The Brothers Rico" (1957), "The Magnificent Seven" (1960), "Summer and Smoke" (1961), "13 West Street" (1962), the tele-film "Stranger on the Run" (1967), "Madigan" (1968), "Change of Habit" (1969), and "Joe Kidd" (1972). Hern appeared frequently on television throughout his career with roles in such series as "Fireside Theatre", "Hopalong Cassidy", "Family Theatre", "The Man Behind the Badge", "Jungle Jim", "Chevron Hall of Stars", "Four Star Playhouse", "Cheyenne", "Broken Arrow", "Border Patrol", "The Restless Gun", "Rawhide", "The Chevy Mystery Show", "Surfside 6", "Gunslinger", Boris Karloff's "Thriller", "The Rifleman", "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis", "The Fugitive", "Gunsmoke", "I Spy", "The Big Valley", "Run for Your Life", "The High Chaparral", "Family Affair", "The Mod Squad", "The Flying Nun", "Bonanza", "O'Hara, U.S. Treasury", "The Streets of San Francisco", "Marcus Welby, M.D.", "Adam-12", "Lou Grant", "The Bionic Woman", "Charlie's Angels", "The White Shadow", "Quincy", "Simon & Simon", "Hill Street Blues", and "Murder, She Wrote". Hern retired from the screen in the mid-1980s.

EDMUND HOCKRIDGE, 89 - March 15, 2009

Canadian singer and actor Edmund Hockridge, who was a popular performer in London's West End in the 1950s, died in England on March 15, 2009. Hockridge was born to a musical family in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on August 9, 1919. He served in the Royal Canadian Air Force in Britain during World War II, where he performed in shows for the Allied Expeditionary Forces Network. He also appeared in a small role in the 1944 film "Starlight Serenade". After the war he returned to Canada, where he hosted his own radio show in Toronto. He also performed on stage in operas and Gilbert and Sullivan musicals. He returned to England in 1951 to star in 'Carousel, earning critical and popular acclaim. After 1300 performances in "Carousel", he took over the role of Sky Masterson in "Guys and Dolls". He also appeared in the musicals "Can" and "The Pajama Game". He was featured in the films "For Better, for Worse" (1954) and "King's Rhapsody" (1955). Hockridge also performed frequently on television in such series as "The Benny H:ill Show", "Val Parnell's Saturday Night at the London Palladium", "The Morecambe and Wise Show", "The Bruce Forsyth Show", and "The Frankie Howerd Show". He continued to perform in concerts and cabaret acts, and appeared in revivals of "The Sound of Music", "South Pacific", and "Annie Get Your Gun" in the 1980s.

TERI HORVATH, 79 - March 6, 2009

Hungarian actress Teri Horvath died in Budapest, Hungary, on March 6, 2009. Horvath was born in Rabatamasi, Hungary, on August 18, 1929. She appeared frequently in Hungarian films from the late 1940s with roles in "Treasured Earth" (1948), "Egy Asszony Elindul" (1949), "Goose Boy" (1950), "State Department Store" (1953), "The Rising Sea" (1953), "Under the City" (1953), "Love Travels By Coach" (1955), "Abyss" (1956), "Danse Macabre" (1957), "The Smugglers" (1958), "Be Good All Your Life" (1960), "Shower" (1961), "Megoltek egy Lanyt" (1961), "Isten Oszi Csillaga" (1963), "Twenty Hours" (1965), "Green Years" (1965), "Barbarok" (1966), "The Golden Kite" (1966), "Cold Days" (1966), "Hello, Vera" (1967), "Red Letter Days" (1967), "Stars of Eger" (1968), "The Girl" (1968), "Palm Sunday" (1969), "Hazai Palya" (1969), "The Upthrown Stone" (1969), "N.N. a Haal Angyala" (1970), "Szemtol Szembe" (1970), and "Vegre, Hetfo!" (1971). She performed frequently on television from the early 1970s, appearing in such productions as "Rozsa Sandor" (1971), "A Lampas" (1973), "Pocok, Az Ordogmotoros" (1974), "Michael Strogoff" (1975), "Indul a Bakterhaz" (1980), "Csak a Testverem" (1986), and "Egeto Eszter" (1989).

WARREN HSIEH, 57 - February 21, 2009

Chinese-American child actor Warren Hsieh, who appeared in films and television in the 1950s and 1960s, died in Los Angeles on February 21, 2009. Hsieh was born in Los Angeles on March 19, 1951. He made his film debut in 1956's "The Eddy Duchin Story", and appeared in the films "Battle Hymn" (1957) and "China Gate" (1957). He starred as Jerome in the 1958 musical "South Pacific". His other film credits include "The Devil at 4 O'Clock" (1961), "Experiment in Terror" (1962), and "Follow Me, Boys!" (1966). Hsieh was also seen on television in episodes of "Telephone Time", "The Gale Storm Show", "Not for Hire", "The Islanders", "Assignment: Underwater", "Hawaiian Eye", "Checkmate", and "McHale's Navy".

JAMES HYTER, 87 - April 2, 2009

James Hyter, the powerful bass-baritone singer whose rendition of "Ol' Man River" thrilled audiences for over 20 years closing the Memphis in May Sunset Symphony, died in a Memphis, Tennessee, hospital after a long illness on April 2, 2009. Hyter was born in Athens, Georgia, on February, 2 1922, and moved to Memphis with his family when he was a week old. He sang in church choirs from an early age, and performed with the Memphis Symphony Chorus for many years. He was cast in the role of Joe the dockhand in a local performance of the musical "Show Boat" in the 1960s, where he sang the popular song "Ol' Man River". He began the tradition of closing the Memphis in May festivities with the song in conjunction with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra's Sunset Symphony in 1974. The annual event, held at Tom Lee Park on the banks of the Mississippi River, made Hyter one of the areas most notable voices. He continued the tradition for 21 years, before retiring in 1998. Hyter also worked as an insurance agent for Blue Cross/Blue Shield until his retirement in 1988. A selection of his music, including his signature song, was recorded on the CD "Musically Yours, James A. Hyter".

PEDRO INFANTE, JR., 59 - April 1, 2009

Mexican actor and singer died of complications from pneumonia in Mexico on April 1, 2009. He was born in Mexico in 1950, the son of legendary actor Pedro Infante. Pedro Jr. also became a leading film star in the mid-1970s, appearing in numerous movies over the next 25 years. His many film credits include "El Agente Viajero" (1975), "Yo y mi Mariachi" (1976), "Los Desarraigados" (1976), "Zacazonapan" (1976), "Capulina Chise Caliente" (1977), "La Banda del Carro Rojo" (1978), "Death in Cold Blood" (1978), "La Comadrita" (1978), "La Muerte del Soplon" (1978), "El Torito Punos de Oro" (1979), "Dimas de Leon" (1979), "El Hijo del Palenque" (1979), "El Ladron Fenomeno" (1980), "La Noche del Ku-Klux-Klan" (1980), "Palenque Sangriento" (1980), "Los Dos Amigos" (1980), "Hijos de Tigre" (1980), "Chicano Brothers" (1980), "La Muerte del Palomo" (1981), "El Cain del Bajio" (1981), "La Coralillo" (1981), "El Torito de Tepito" (1982), "El Rey de los Albures" (1982), "Rosita Alvirez, Destino Sangriento" (1982), "La Mugrosita" (1982), "Por un Vestido de Novia" (1983), "Los Gatilleros del Diablo" (1983), "En el Camino Andamos" (1983), "El Ahorcado" (1983), "La Esperanza de los Pobres" (1983), "Tierra de Valientes" (1984), "Corrupcion" (1984), "Nosotros los Pelados" (1984), "Hombres de Accion" (1984), "La Tumba del Mojado" (1985), "El Hijo de Jacinto el Tullido" (1985), "Caceria de Traficantes" (1985), "Barrio Salvaje" (1985), "Los Matones del Norte" (1985), "Las Viejas de mi Compadre" (1987), "Venganzas Suicida" (1987), "El Vengador Solitario" (1987), "Noche de Justicia" (1987), "Mojados de Corazon" (1987), "El Dia de los Albaniles III" (1987), "Asesino Nocturno" (1987), "Ser Charro es ser Mexicano" (1987), "Narcos al Acecho" (1988), "Mi Fantasma y Yo" (1988), "Carrona Humana" (1989), "El Diario Intimo de una Cabaretera" (1989), "Victimada" (1990), "Treason at Midnight" (1990), "El Pozo del Diablo" (1990), "Pesadilla Sangrienta" (1990), "Chacales de la Frontera" (1990), "Cargas Prohibidas" (1990), "El Mofles en Acapulco" (1990), "Ratas Nocturnas" (1991), "Curvas Peligrosas" (1991), "Noche Infernal" (1992), "En Legitima Defensa" (1992), "Angelas de la Muerte" (1993), "Juana la Cubana" (1994), "The Valley of Death" (1996), "El Policia Increible" (1996), "Mi Gallo se Echo un Palenque" (1987), "Ladron que Roba a Ladron" (1997), "Dos Colombianos" (1997), "Cartel de a Kilo" (1997), "Y se Hizo Justicia 2" (1998), "Los Tres Animales" (1998), "La Siembra Prohibida" (1998), "Secreto de Confesion" (1998), "Cruz de Cemento" (1998), "El Charro mas Naco del Ejido" (1998), "Agenbtes de Servicios Especiales" (1998), "Outside the Law" (1998), and "Cuatro Meses de Libertad" (1998).

TAKAHIRO ITOH, 21 - March 7, 2009

Japanese actor Takahiro Itoh was found dead of carbon monoxide poisoning in his car near Lake Sagami, Japan, in an apparent suicide on March 7, 2009. Takahiro was the younger brother of actor Atsushi Itoh, and appeared in a small role in his brother's television drama series "Densha Otoko" in 2007. Takahiro was also seen in the television drama "Nodame Cantabile" (2007) and the film "Yogisha X no Kenshin" (2008).

NAJI JABER, 64 - March 30, 2009

Syrian actor Naji Jaber, who starred as Abu Antar on stage, film, and television from the 1960s, died of cancer in Damascus, Syria, on March 30, 2009. Jaber was born in Shahba, al-Swaidaa, Syria, in 1945. With his handlebar moustache and deep baritone voice, Jaber played tough guy Abu Antar opposite Duraid Lantham's weasely Ghawwar in numerous productions for over forty years.

JACK JACOBSON, 87 - March 23, 2009

Jack Jacobson, who was known as Dr. Scar when he hosted television horror movies in the Tucson area in the 1960s, died on March 23, 2009. He began performing on radio with the "Uncle Bob Pierce and Company Radio Show" in Rochester, New York, at the age of 8. He worked onstage as a comic in his teens and performed for troops as part of the Army Air Corps "Sky Blazers" entertainment unit during World War II. After the war he headed to Dallas, Texas, where he formed The Ultra Tone Recording Company". He joined WHIO-TV in Dayton, Ohio, in 1949 as an executive producer and announcer. Jacobson became program manager for KGUN-TV in Tucson, Arizona, in 1962. He also became Dr. Scar, the macabre host of the station's "Chiller" horror movie show during the 1960s. He left Tucson for Phoenix in 1979, where he was station manager at KTVK-TV. He subsequently returned to Tucson to serve as general manager of KTTU-TV until his retirement in 2002.

MAURICE JARRE, 84 - March 28, 2008

French film composer Maurice Jarre, who earned three Academy Awards for scoring films for director David Lean, died after a brief illness in Malibu, California, on March 28, 2008. Jarre was born in Lyon, France, on September 13, 1924. He studied at the Paris Conservatory and began composing for stage productions for the Theatre National Populaire in the early 1950s. He soon began working in films, scoring for director George Franju. His early credits were largely French films and included "Hotel des Invalides" (1952), "Toute la Memoire du Monde" (1956), "Sur le pont d'Avignon" (1956), "Le Bel Indifferent" (1957), "Le Feu aux Poudres" (1957), "Vel' d'Hiv" (1959), "The Head Against the Wall" (1959), "The Chasers" (1959), "Danger in the Middle East" (1959), "Stars at Noon" (1959), "Vous n'Avez rien a Declarer?" (1959), "The Horror Chamber of Dr. Faustus" (aka "Eyes Without a Face") (1960), "The Itchy Palm" (1960), "Lovers on a Tightrope" (1960), "Crack in the Mirror" (1960), "Recourse in Grace" (1960), `The Witnesses" (1961), "The President" (1961), "Spotlight on a Murderer" (1961), "The Big Gamble" (1961), "Three Faces of Sin" (1961), "Famous Love Affairs" (1961), "Les Travestis du Diable" (1962), "Sun in Your Eyes" (1962), "Dragon Sky" (1962), "Your Shadow Is Mine" (1962), "The Olive Trees of Justice" (1962), "Therese" (1962), and the Oscar-winning foreign film "Sundays and Cybele" (1962). Jarre became international renowned for his score for David Lean's 1962 epic "Lawrence of Arabia", and earned his first Academy Award. He also composed for the films "The Longest Day" (1962), "The Animals" (1963), "Pour l'Espagne" (1963), "To Die in Madrid" (1963), "A King Without Distraction" (1963), "Judex" (1963), "Behold a Pale Horse" (1964), "The Train" (1964), "Weekend at Dunkirk" (1964), "Le Dernier Matin d'Arthur Rimbaud" (1965), "Le Dernier Matin de Guy de Maupassant" (1965), and "The Collector" (1965). Jarre's next collaboration with David Lean, "Doctor Zhivago", earned him another Oscar, and the popular song from the film, "Lara's Theme" became a major hit. He also wrote the theme music for the television western series "Cimarron Strip", and scored the films "Is Paris Burning?" (1966), "The Professionals" (1966), "Gambit" (1966), "The Night of the Generals" (1967), "The 25th Hour" (1967), "Villa Rides" (1968), "5 Card Stud" (1968), "The Fixer" (1968), "The Loves of Isadora" (1968), "The Extraordinary Seaman" (1969), Luchino Visconti's "The Damned" (1969), Alfred Hitchcock's "Topaz" (1969), "A Season in Hell" (1969), "The Only Game in Town" (1970), "The Condor" (1970), David Lean's "Ryan's Daughter" (1970), "Plaza Suite" (1971), "Red Sun" (1971), "Jean Vilar, Une Belle Vie" (1972), "Pope Joan" (1972), "The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean" (1972), "The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds" (1972), "The MacKintosh Man" (1973), "Ash Wednesday" (1973), "Love Doll" (1974), `The Island at the Top of the World" (1974), "Mandingo" (1975), "Posse" (1975), "Mr. Sycamore" (1975), John Huston's "The Man Who Would Be King" (1975), "Mohammad: Messenger of God" (1976) which earned him another Oscar nomination, "Al-Risalah" (1976), "Shout at the Devil" (1976), "The Last Tycoon" (1976), "Crossed Swords" (1977), "March or Die" (1977), "Like a Turtle on Its Back" (1978), "Two Solitudes" (1978), "The Tin Drum" (1979), "Winter Kills" (1979), "The Magician of Lublin" (1979), "The Black Marble" (1980), "The American Success Company" (1980), "The Last Flight of Noah's Ark" (1980), "Resurrection" (1980), "Omar Mukhtar: Lion of the Desert" (1981), "Circle of Deceit" (1981), "Taps" (1981), "Firefox" (1982), "Young Doctors in Love" (1982), "Don't Cry: It's Only Thunder" (1982), Peter Weir's "The Year of Living Dangerously" (1982), "For Those I Loved" (1983), "Top Secret" (1984), "Dreamscape" (1984), "A Passage to India" (1984) his final collaboration with David Lean which earned him a third Academy Award, "Witness" (1985), "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome" (1985), "The Bride" (1985), the science fiction film "Enemy Mine" (1985), "Tai-Pan" (1986), "Mosquito Coast" (1986), "Solarbabies" (1986), "Le Palanquin des Larmes" (1987), "Tokyo Blackout" (1987), "No Way Out" (1987), "Fatal Attraction" (1987), "Julia and Julia" (1987), "Gaby: A True Story" (1987), "Wildfire" (1988), "Moon Over Parador" (1988), "Gorillas in the Mist" (1988), "Distant Thunder" (1988), "Chances Are" (1989), "Dead Poets Society" (1989), "Prancer" (1989), "Enemies: A Love Story" (1989), the supernatural romance "Ghost" (1990) which brought him another Oscar nomination, "Solar Crisis" (1990), "After Dark, My Sweet" (1990), "Jacob's Ladder" (1990), "Almost an Angel" (1990), "Only the Lonely" (1991), "Fires Within" (1991), "Rakuyo" (1992), "School Ties" (1992), "Shadow of the Wolf" (1992), "Mr. Jones" (1993), "Fearless" (1993), "A Walk in the Clouds" (1995), "The Sunchaser" (1996), "Day and Night" (1997), "Sunshine" (1999), and "I Dreamed of Africa" (2000). Jarre also scored numerous television productions including "Harold Robbins' The Survivors" (1969), "Great Expectations" (1974), "The Silence" (1975), "Jesus of Nazareth" (1977), "The Users" (1978), "Mourning Becomes Electra" (1978), "Ishi: The Last of His Tribe" (1978), "Shogun" (1980), "Enola Gay: The Men, the Mission, the Atomic Bomb" (1980), "Robinson Crusoe and Man Friday" (1981), "Coming Out of the Ice" (1982), "The Sky's No Limit" (1984), "Samson and Delilah" (1984), "Au Nom de Tous les Miens" (1985), "Apology" (1986), "The Murder of Mary Phelan" (1988), and "Uprising" (2001).

RYUNOSUKE KANEDA, 80 - March 31, 2009

Japanese actor Ryunosuke Kaneda died of complications from diabetes and chronic renal failure Saitama, Japan, on March 31, 2009. Kaneda was born in Tokyo on June 15, 1928. He began his career on stage at the age of 5, and continued to appear frequently in theatrical productions throughout his career. He made his film debut in 1968's "Akumyo Juhachi-ban", and remained active in films over the next forty years. His other film credits include "Zatoichi Goes to the Fire Festival" (1970), "The Family" (1974), "Mesu" (1974), "The Defensive Power of Aikido" (1975), "The Inugamis" (1976), "Furenzoku Satsujin Jiken" (1977), "Sweet Revenge" (1977), "Demon Pond" (1979), "The Gate of Youth" (1981), "Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence" (1983), "Karate Cop III: Song of the Sea" (1984), "Sure Death! Brown, You Bounder!" (1985), "Night on the Galactic Railroad" (1985) as a voice actor, "Seven Days' War" (1988), "Gojira vs. Biolante" (1989), "Tales of the Golden Geisha" (1990), `The Setting Sun" (1992), "Supermarket Woman" (1996), and "Rakugo Musume" (2008). Kaneda was also featured in television productions of "Akuma no Youna Aitsu" (1975), "Lone Wolf & Cub" (1976), "Tobe! Songoku" (1977), "Sekigahara" (1981), "Hideyoshi" (1996), and "The Bullet Train Story" (2004).

MILLARD KAUFMAN, 92 - March 14, 2009

Screenwriter Millard Kaufman, who earned an Oscar nomination for "Bad Day at Black Rock" and co-created the Mr. Magoo cartoon character, died of heart failure in a Los Angeles hospital on March 14, 2009. Kaufman was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on March 12, 1917. He worked a newspaper reporter before breaking into Hollywood as the writer of the 1949 cartoon "Ragtime Bear". The cartoon introduced the near-sighted Mr. Magoo, who was voiced by Jim Backus. He was credited for scripting the 1950 film-noir classic "Gun Crazy" as a front for blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. Kaufman scripted the 1951 science fiction film "Unknown World" and the 1952 fantasy "Aladdin and His Lamp". He earned an Oscar nomination for the 1953 feature "Take the High Ground". He received his second Academy Award nomination for the 1955 drama "Bad Day at Black Rock", starring Spencer Tracy. He also wrote the films "Raintree County" (1957), "Never So Few" (1959), "Convicts 4" (1962) which he also directed, "The War Lord" (1965), "Living Free" (1972), and "The Klansman" (1974). Kaufman also scripted an episode of television's "Police Story", and the tele-films "The Nativity" (1978) and "Enola Gay: The Men, the Mission, the Atomic Bomb" (1980). He also authored the text "Plots and Characters: A Screenwriter on Screenwriting". He penned his first novel at the age of 90, with "Bowl of Cherries" published in 2007. His second, "Misadventure", was scheduled for publication later in 2009.

JOHANNA KONIG, 87 - March 3, 2009

German actress Johanna Konig, who was best known for her long-standing role as Klementine in German television commercials for Procter & Gamble's Ariel detergent, died in Berlin, Germany, on March 3, 2009. Konig was born in Leipzig, Germany, on March 27, 1921. She began her career on stage in 1937, appearing in musicals, operettas, and revues. She made her film debut in a small role in "The Mistress" in 1952. Konig was also seen in the films "Wetterleuchten um Maria" (1957), "Mikosch, der Stolz der Kompanie" (1958), "Munchhausen in Afrika" (1958), "False Shame" (1958), "Piefke, der Schrecken der Kompanie" (1958), "Mein Schatz Ist aus Tirol" (1958), "Mikosch imn Geheimdienst" (1959), "Mandolinen und Mondschein" (1959), "Kein Man zum Heiraten" (1959), "Conny und Peter Machen Musik" (1960), "Robert and Bertram" (1961), "Genosse Munchhausen" (1962), "Wenn die Musik Spielt am Worthersee" (1962), "Seven Consenting Adults" (1964), "Komm mit zur Blauen Adria" (1966), "Sperrbezirk" (1966), "Pension Clausewitz" (1967), "Treibgut der Grosstadt" (1967), "To Hell with School" (1968), "Hurray We Are Bachelors Again" (1971), "Fraulein von Stradonitz in Memoriam" (1971), "Battle of the Godfathers" (1973), "Looping" (1981), "Im Himmel Ist Die Holle Los" (1984), and "Rosenemil" (1993). She also appeared in the television productions "Das Feuerzeichen" (1965), "Lichtspiele am Preussenkorso" (1975), "Jane Is Jane Forever" (1977) as Tarzan's aging widow, and "Schulz & Schulz" (1989). Konig became a commercial icon as Ariel pitchwoman Klementine from 1968 to 1984. She returned to the commercials in 1993 and several years later was given a contract for life by manufacturer Procter & Gamble. She was also featured in the recurring role of Schwester Erika in the television series "Praxis Bulowbogen" from 1987 to 1996 before largely retiring from acting.

EVELYN KRAFT, 57 - January 13, 2009

Swiss actress Evelyn Kraft, who was best known for her role as the blonde beauty in the 1977 Hong Kong schlock classic "Mighty Peking Man", died of heart failure in Islisberg, Switzerland, on January 13, 2009. Kraft was born in Zurich, Switzerland, on September 22 (according to her death certificate, though other sources report April 11), 1951. She began her screen career in the early 1970s, appearing in the crime thriller "The French Sex Murders" in 1972. She was also featured in the films "The Manufacturers" (1973), "Superbug, the Wild One" (1973), "Superbug, the Craziest Car in the World" (1975), "Deadly Angels" (aka "The Bod Squad") (1977), and "Ohh La La… The Little Blondes Are Here" (1977). Kraft starred as the love interest of the "The Mighty Peking Man" (aka "Goliathon") in 1977, and starred in the title role of the 1978 vampire film `Lady Dracula". She made her final appearance onscreen in the 1978 thriller "The Fifth Commandment".

LEONARD KRYS, 64 - March 21, 2009

Actor Leonard Krys died of a heart attack in Miami, Florida, on March 21, 2009. Krys was born in Argentina of Polish ancestry in 1944. He worked in the travel industry and operated a travel agency in Miami Beach from the late 1980s. Krys was travelling to a seminar in Germany in November of 1991 aboard a Lufthansa 747 when he suffered a heart attack. The pilot refused to divert the flight and Krys completed the nine hour flight in agony. The attack badly damaged his heart-wall muscle and his long recovery cost him his business. Krys sued the airline and was awarded $3 million in a civil suit in 1999. As a result of the incident domestic carriers installed defibrillators onboard all of their flights. Krys embarked on a career change in 2002 when he began accepting acting roles. He played a priest in the tele-novela "Prisionera" in 2002, and was featured as Elias Caballero in the series "Tierra de Pasiones" in 2006. He also appeared in several films including "Hunted" (2006), "A Ton of Luck" (2006), "I Love Miami" (2006), and "Undocumented" (2007). Krys was also seen on television in episodes of "Anita, no tes Rajes!", "Decisiones", and "America's Most Wanted", and appeared as a priest in Latino pop star La India's music video, "Traicion".

MORTON LACHMAN, 90 - March 17, 2009

Comedy writer Morton Lachman, who wrote gags for Bob Hope for nearly three decades, died of complications from a heart attack and diabetes in a Los Angeles hospital on March 17, 2009. Lachman was born in Seattle, Washington, on March 20, 1918. He studied journalism at the University of Washington and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. After his discharge he answered an ad seeking gag writers for comedian and singer Eddie Cantor. He began working for Hope in 1947, writing jokes for the comic's radio program. He became a leading member of Hope's stable of joke writers, and accompanied him throughout the world. He was also a writer and producer on many of Hope's television specials through the mid-1970s, and wrote for many of the Academy Award presentations hosted by Hope. Lachman also co-scripted the 1968 comedy film "Your, Mine and Ours" starring Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda, and 1974's "Mixed Company". He earned a Daytime Emmy Award for directing "The Girl Who Couldn't Lose" for "The ABC Afternoon Playbreak" in 1975. He also directed several episodes of the sit-com "That's My Mama". Lachman was a writer and executive producer for "All in the Family" from 1976 to 1979, and for the subsequent "Archie Bunker's Place" in 1979. He wrote and produced the 1984 television comedy "Not in Front of the Kids", and co-created the series "Gimme a Break!" in 1981. Lachman also served as a producer for the series "Sanford", "No Soap, Radio", "Spencer", "The Stiller & Meara Show", "Comedy Factory", "Kate & Allie", and "Bagdad Cafe".

TONY LARIMER, 79 - March 3, 2009

Actor Emmet `Tony' Larimer died of cancer in Salt Lake City, Utah, on March 3, 2009. Larimer was born in Evanston, Illinois, in 1930. He moved to Utah in 1958, where he taught English at St. Mark's School for Boys. He headed the school's drama program after it became Rowland Hall until his retirement in 1994. Larimer was involved with the local theater in Salt Lake City, acting and directing numerous productions. He was also seen in a handful of independent films including "No More Baths" (1998), "The Crow: Salvation" (2000), "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" (2002), "Baptists at Our Barbecue" (2004), "Courage & Stupidity" (2005), "Stalking Santa" (2006), "American Fork" (2007), "Brothers Three: An American Gothic" (2007), and "The Dance" (2007). Larimer also appeared in the tele-films "Out of Annie's Past" (1995), "A Crime of Passion" (1999), and "Hounded" (2002), and guest-starred in an episode of "Writers' Block" in 2008.

IRVING R. LEVINE, 86 - March 27, 2009

Veteran NBC News correspondent Irving R. Levine, who covered financial issues for the network for over three decades, died of complications from prostate cancer in Washington, D.C., on March 27, 2009. Levine was born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, on August 26, 1922. He began his career as a journalist, writing obituaries for "The Providence Journal" after graduating from Brown University. He served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during World War II, and attended the Columbia School of Journalism after the war. He joined the International News Service in 1948, and was stationed in Vienna. Levine was assigned to cover the Korean War in 1950, and soon joined NBC News. He became one of the first American reporters accredited in the Soviet Union in the mid-1950s, and worked in Moscow for four years. He wrote the 1959 best-seller, "Main Street, U.S.S.R.", about life in post-Stalin Soviet Union. He spent the next 12 years covering Europe from NBC's Rome bureau. He was brought to Washington in January of 1971 to report on monetary policy and economic issues for the network. With his trademark bowtie, he became a familiar face over the next three decades, explaining the often arcane elements of financial matters to the American public. His looks and mannerisms made him a frequent target of good-natured teasing for politicians and pundits. He even lampooned himself in a 1989 episode of "Murphy Brown", when a rival newswoman spread the rumor that Candice Bergen's character had a crush on him. Levine retired from NBC in 1995 and became the dean of the College of International Communications at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida.

AKE LINDMAN, 81 - March 3, 2009

Finnish actor and film director Ake Lindman died in Finland on March 3, 2009. He was born Ake Leonard Jarvinen in Helsinki, Finland, on January 11, 1928. He was a professional football player in Finland from the late 1940s, and competed with the Finnish national football team during the Helsinki Olympics in 1952. Lindman made his film debut in the late 1940s, and was seen in the films as "Hornankoski" (1949), "Hallin Janne" (1950), "Finnish Girls in Stockholm" (1952), "The White Reindeer" (1952), "The Night Is Long" (1952), "Song of Warsaw" (1953), "Pekka Puupaa" (1953), "Kovanaama" (1954), "Aarne from Niskavuori" (1954), "Pekka ja Patka Lumimiehen Jaljilla" (1954), "Kiinni on ja Pysyy" (1955), "Kukonlaulusta Kukonlauluun" (1955), "Rakkaus Kahleissa" (1955), and "Viettelysten Tie" (1955). He was critically acclaimed for his role of Lehto in Edvin Laine's 1955 film "The Unknown Soldier". Lindman continued to appear in such films as "Silja - Nuorena Nukkunut" (1956), "You Have Got Me Into My Blood" (1956), "Ingen Morgondag" (1957), "Risti ja Liekki" (1957), "1918" (1957), "Herra Sotaministeri" (1957), "Vihdoinkin Haayo…" (1957), "The Lady in Black" (1958), "Ei Ruumiita Makuuhuoneeseen" (1959), "Moonwolf" (1959), "Kohtalo Tekee Siirron" (1959), "Lumisten Metsien Tytto" (1960), "Isaskar Keturin Ihmeelliset Seikkailut" (1960), "The Boy in the Tree" (1961), "Me" (1961), "Prelude to Ecstasy" (1962), "Ala Nuolase…" (1962), "Han Varasti Elaman" (1962), "Naiset, Jotka Minulle Annoit" (1962), "Villin Pohjolan Kulta" (1963), "Terenpelia" (1963), "Villin Pohjolan Salattu Laakso" (1963), "Make Like a Thief" (1964), "A Shot on Cyprus" (1965), "Billion Dollar Brain" (1967), "The Shoes of the Fisherman" (1968), "The Day the Clown Cried" (1972) with Jerry Lewis, "Telefon" (1977), "Tuntematon Ystava" (1978), "Misfire" (1978), Warren Beatty's "Reds" (1981), "The Archer" (1982), "Klippet" (1982), "Kalabaliken i Bender" (1983), "Dirty Story" (1984), "Beyond the Law" (1987), "Paradise America" (1990), "Real Men Always Wear Ties" (1991), "The Faceless Man" (1995), "The Hunters" (1996), "The Night Train" (1996), "A Little Christmas Story" (1999), "True Love Waits" (2000), and "The Book of Fate" (2003). Lindman also appeared on television in productions of "Anna Christie" (1964), "Gehenna" (1996), "Ylilaakari" (1966), "Alberte" (1972), "Victor Eller Nar Barnen tar Makten" (1981), "Skulden" (1982), "Zoombie" (1982), "Pano" (1986), "Ondskans Ar" (1987), "Lysande Landning" (1987), "Manguden" (1988), "Krasnalen" (1988), "Husbonden" (1989), "Spann Mig for Karavagnen" (1990), "Den Korsikanske Biskopen" (1993), "The Big Leak" (1994), "Esters Testamente" (1994), "Ruuvimies" (1995), "House of Shadows" (1996), and "Vagsjalar" (1998). His other television credits include episodes of the series "Harjunpaa och Antastgaren", "Den Svarta Cirkeln", "Smastadberattelser", "Hall Huvet Kallt", "Nortia", and "Kirjava Silta". He also starred as Torsten Jansson in the television soap opera "Rederiet" (aka "High Seas") from 1998 to 2001. Lindman also began working behind the camera in the late 1950s, and served as an assistant director on the films "Musta Rakkaus" (1957), "Prelude to Ecstasy" (1962), "The Kremlin Letter" (1970), and "The Fourth Protocol" (1987). He directed several films in the early 1960s including "Kertokaa se Hanelle…" (1961), "Ei se Mitaan! Sanoi Eemeli" (1962), "Kun Tuomi Kukkii" (1962), "Jengi" (1963), "Make Like a Thief" (1964), and "A Shot on Cyprus" (1965). He also helmed episodes of such series as "Stormskars Maja", "Eamanmeno", "Kyla", "Harjunpaa och Kalloa Doden", "Harjunpaa och Antastaren", J.K. Paasikivi", "Din Vredes Dag", and "Harjunpa ja Heimolaiset". He directed the television productions "Is" (1971), "Den Fortrollade Vagen" (1987), "Tjurens Ar" (1988), "Fem Skott i Senaten" (1992), and "Kiinnisidottu" (1994). His later film credits as director include "Harjunpaa ja Kiusantekijat" (1993), "Gold Fever in Lapland" (1999), "Beyond Enemy Lines" (2004), and the war film "Tali-Ihantala 1944" (2007).

NIKI LIST, 52 - April 1, 2009

Austrian film director Niki List collapsed and died while attending a party in Vienna, Austria, on April 1, 2009. List was born in Vienna on June 28, 1956. He began his career working on stage as an actor, before turning to directing for film and television. He helmed the 1978 short film "Sehnsuchte - Sudfruchte", and directed, produced, scripted, and starred in 1982's "Cafe Malaria". List aso directed the films "Mama Lustig…?" (1984), "Die Dreckschuleuder" (1986), the detective musical "Muller's Buro" (1986) also appearing in the role of Delgado, "Sternberg - Shooting Star" (1988), "Nummer 11" (1989), "Ach, Boris…" (1990), "Gotta Think" (1992), "The Writer's Shadow" (1994), "Copa Kagrana" (1995), and "Nick Knatterton - Der Film" (2002). He was also noted for directing, writing, and starring as Lorenz Luftsprung in the 1998 satire "Heroes in Tyrol". List was also featured in the television production "The Laughter of Maca Daracs" (1991), and the films "I Love Vienna" (1991) and "Muttertag" (1993). He produced the films "Ein Anfang von Etwas" (1994), "A Voyage into the Innermost of Vienna" (1995), and "Come Heaven or Hell" (1995), and the television productions "The Love of a Hoodlum" (1996), "Geburtig" (2002), "Der Weihnachtshund" (2004). and "Zwei Weihnachtshunde" (2005).

ALAN LIVINGSTON, 91 - March 13, 2009

Alan Livingston, the Capitol Records executive who created Bozo the Clown and signed Frank Sinatra and the Beatles, died at his home in Beverly Hills, California, on March 13, 2009. Livingston was born in McDonald, Pennsylvania, on October 15, 1917. He learned to play the saxophone and clarinet as a child. He and his brother, Jay, who later became an Oscar-winning songwriter, formed an orchestra while attending the University of Pennsylvania. After graduation with a degree in economics, Alan worked in advertising in New York for several years before serving in the Army during World War II. After the war he began working for Capitol Records in Hollywood, writing and producing children;s story-telling albums. He created the character of Bozo the Clown as a record-reader, and worked with an artist to design him. Pinto Colvig, a former clown and cartoon voice, was hired as the first Bozo. The records proved a major success, with Bozo merchandise and television programs soon following. Livingston also wrote and producer children's albums with various cartoon characters from Warner Bros. and Disney as narrator. He became Capitol's vice-president of creative operations in the early 1950s, and was instrumental in revitalizing Frank Sinatra's singing career, pairing him with arranger Nelson Riddle. Livingston left Capitol later in the decade to work at NBC as vice-president of television programming, where he oversaw production of the pilot episode for the hit western series "Bonanza". He returned to Capitol in the early 1960s, serving as president. He signed the Beatles for their first record releases in the United States, and also signed such artists as the Beach Boys, Steve Miller, and the Band. He again left Capitol in 1968 to form his own company, Mediarts, which produced Robert Redford's film "Downhill Racer" (1969). He worked at 20th Century Fox in television, film, and music production from 1976 to 1980. He subsequently headed Atalanta Investment Co. before retiring in 1987. Livingston was married to actress Betty Hutton from 1955 to 1960. He later married actress Nancy Olson in 1962, and she survives him.

HANK LOCKLIN, 91 - March 8, 2009

Country music singer Hank Locklin, who wrote and recorded the hit song "Send Me the Pillow That You Dream On", died in Brewton, Alabama, on March 8, 2009. Locklin was born in McLellan, Florida, on February 15, 1918. He learned to play guitar at the age of 9 while recovering from being hit by a schoolbus. He travelled the south as a young man in the 1930s working on farms and construction during the day and singing at local clubs in the evening. He later formed the band, The Rocky Mountain Playboys, and got a morning show on radio in Houston, Texas, in 1948. He began recording the same year, and had his first hit, "Let Me Be the One", in 1954. Locklin signed with RCA in 1957, scoring a hit with "Geisha Girl". He was best known for the 1958 chart-toper "Send Me the Pillow That You Dream On", which he had written nearly a decade earlier. The song became a popular standard with Dean Martin, Dolly Parton, Roy Rogers, and many others recording cover versions. He scored another major hit, and a Grammy nomination, for his 1960 single "Please Help Me, I'm Falling". His popular recordings of "Happy Journey" (1961), "Happy Birthday to Me" (1962), "Wild Irish Rose" (1964), and "The Country Hall of Fame" (1968) soon followed. Locklin had his last major hit with a reprise of "Please Help Me, I'm Falling" in 1970. He remained a popular performer with the Grand Ole Opry over the next four decades. He recorded 65 albums during his career, with his final, a collection of gospel songs entitled "By the Grace of God", released shortly before his death.

ANDREW `TEST' MARTIN, 33 - March 13, 2009

Canadian wrestler Andrew Martin, who competed in the WWE under the name Test for most of his career, was found dead at his home in Tampa, Florida, on March 13, 2009, of an accidental overdose of the prescription drug Oxycodone. Martin was born in Whitby, Ontario, Canada, on March 17, 1975. He began his wrestling career in 1997 after training under Bret Hart and Leo Burke. He was known as Martin Kane and T.J. Thunder on the Canadian independent circuit. He made his debut with the WWE in late 1998 as a bodyguard for the rock band Motley Crue. He soon became involved in action in the rig with the promotion under the name Test. He developed an onscreen relationship with Stephanie McMahon, the daughter of WWE owner Vince MacMahon, in 1999, that led to a feud with Hunter Hearst Helmsley (aka Triple H). Losing both Stephanie and the feud, Martin subsequently teamed with Albert as the tag team T & A, under the management of Trish Stratus. The team disbanded in 2001 and Test briefly held the WWE's European Title after a victory over William Regal. He teamed with Booker T later in the year to win the tag team titles. Test engaged in a feud with Edge in 2002, and teamed with fellow Canadians Christian and Lance Story, and England's Regal as The Un-Americans. He took on Stacy Keibler as his manager later in the year, who insisted that Test's fans be called the Testicles. He and Scott Steiner were tag team partners over the next year, and he had a brief feud with Steven Richards before undergoing spinal fusion surgery in July of 2005. He was released from his WWE contract later in the Year, and returned to the ring on the independent circuit in May of 2005. The following year he returned to the WWE as a major heel with the promotion's ECW brand. He was a championship contender against Bobby Lashley several times before leaving ECW in early 2007. He resurfaced in the Total Nonstop Action (TNA) promotion in August of 2007 as Andrew `The Punisher' Martin. After several months he left TNA and announced his retirement from the ring later in the year. Martin was featured on television in a 2001 episode of the action series "18 Wheels of Justice", and was the voice of Steel Toe in an episode of Disney's animated "Kim Possible" series in 2002. He appeared in the 2003 video "Girls Gone Wild: Live from Spring Break", and was featured as a Nazi boxer in the faux preview for "Werewolf Women of the SS" in the 2007 film "Grindhouse".

JODY McCREA, 74 - April 4, 2009

Jody McCrea, the son of leading actors Joel McCrea and Frances Dee, died of a heart attack at his home in Roswell, New Mexico, on April 4, 2009. Jody was born in Joel Dee McCrea in Los Angeles on september 6, 1934. He was raised at his family's ranch north of Los Angeles, and attended the New Mexico Military Institute during his high school years. He later attended Principia College in Illinois and the University of California at Los Angeles, where he excelled in track and field. McCrea served in the U.S. Army after college and was stationed in New York City, where he served as host of the Armed Services radio channel. He also studied under Sandy Meisner at the Actor's Studio while in New York. He returned to Los Angeles to follow in his parents footsteps as an actor. He made his film debut in a small role in the 1955 film "Lucy Gallant" and was featured in a television production of "Flowers For Charlie McDaniels" on "Chevron Hall of Stars" in 1956. He was also seen in the films "The First Texan" (1956), "Naked Gun" (1956), "The Monster That Challenged the World" (1957), "Trooper Hook" (1957), "Gunsight Ridge" (1957), "Lafayette Escadrille" (1958), "The Restless Years" (1958), "All Hands on Deck" (1961), "Force of Impulse" (1961), "The Broken Land" (1962), "Young Guns of Texas" (1962), and "Operation Bikini" (1963). He also appeared on television in episodes of "Studio One", "Sergeant Preston of the Yukon", and "Kraft Television Theatre". He was featured Deputy Ben Matheson in the western series "Wichita Town" from 1959 to 1960, appearing with his father, who starred as the town's sheriff. Jody was also seen in the series "Guestward Ho!", "Death Valley Days", "The Greatest Show on Earth", "Wagon Train", and "Vacation Playhouse". He was perhaps best known for his roles in several films in the Beach Party genre, often playing the good-natured lunk known variously as Bonehead and Deadhead. These films included "Beach Party" (1963), "Muscle Beach Party" (1964), "Bikini Beach" (1964), "Pajama Party" (1964), "Beach Blanket Bingo" (1965), and "How to Stuff a Wild Bikini" (1965). His other film credits include "Law of the Lawless" (1964), "Young Fury" (1965), "Major Dundee" (1965), "The Girls from Thunder Strip" (1966), "Sam" (1967), "The Glory Stompers" (1968), "Scream Free!" (1969), and "Cry Blood, Apache" (1970) which he also produced. McCrea largely retired from films in the early 1970s, retiring to his ranch in New Mexico. He was later seen in small roles in the films "Nightmare County" (1977) and "Lady Streetfighter" (1985).

VICTOR MILLAN, 88 - April 3, 2009

Joseph Brown, who appeared in numerous film and television productions under the name Victor Millan, died at his home in Santa Monica, California, on April 3, 2009. Millan was born on August 1, 1920, and served in the Army Air Corp during World War II. After his discharge he studied theatre arts at UCLA and embarked on a career as an actor. He appeared frequently in films and television from the early 1950s. His numerous film credits include "The Ring" (1952), "Thunderbirds" (1952), "Elephant Walk" (1954), "Drum Beat" (1954), "Battle Cry" (1955), "Strange Lady in Town" (1955), "Apache Ambush" (1955), "Walk the Proud Land" (1956), "Giant" (1956) as Angel Obregon Sr., "The Ride Back" (1957), "Escape from San Quentin" (1957), "Touch of Evil" (1958) with Charlton Heston and Orson Welles, "Terror in a Texas Town" (1958), "The FBI Story" (1959), "The Pink Jungle" (1968), "Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze" (1975) as King Chaac, "W.C. Fields and Me" (1976), "Boulevard Nights" (1979), and "Scarface" (1983). Millan was also featured in the tele-films "Any Second Now" (1969), "Hacksaw" (1971), "The Impatient Heart" (1971), "Columbo: A Stitch in Crime" (1973), "Savage" (1973), and "Act of Violence" (1979). He was a familiar face on television with guest roles in episodes of such series as "The Adventures of Kit Carson", "Hopalong Cassidy", "Ramar of the Jungle" in the recurring role of Zahir, "Fireside Theatre", "Stage 7", "Buffalo Bill, Jr.", "You Are There", "Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok", "Annie Oakley", "Tales of Wells Fargo", "Wire Service", "Sheriff of Cochise", "The Adventures of Jim Bowie", "Trackdown", "Whirlybirds", "U.S. Marshal", "Broken Arrow", "Schlitz Playhouse of the Stars", "Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse", "Border Patrol", "Wichita Town", "Black Saddle", "Riverboat", "Bonanza", "Wanted: Dead or Alive", "Adventures in Paradise", "Glynis", "The Third Man", "The Virginian", "I Spy", "The Fugitive", "Run for Your Life", "The Iron Horse", "The F.B.I.", "Dragnet 1967", "Bewitched", "The Big Valley", "The Bill Cosby Show", "The Flying Nun", "The Mod Squad", "Mannix", "Cannon", "Emergency!", "The Streets of San Francisco", "The New Perry Mason", "Griff", "Kung Fu", "The Six Million Dollar Man", "Marcus Welby, M.D.", "Medical Story", "Quincy", "The Love Boat", "How the West Was Won", and "Knight Rider". Millan also taught theater arts at Santa Monica College for over 25 years.

JOHN MORTIMER, 85 - January 16, 2009

British playwright and lawyer John Mortimer, who created the character of Rumpole of the Bailey, died at his home in Oxfordshire, England, on January 16, 2009. Mortimer was born in London on April 21, 1923. His father, Clifford Mortimer, was a lawyer, who maintained a successful practice handling divorces and wills, despite going blind when John was a child. The younger Mortimer also became a lawyer and eventually took over his father's firm. He also aspired to be a writer, and penned several novels before turning to radio scripts. His "The Dock Brief" was produced by BBC radio in 1957. It was adapted for television two years later and became a feature film, known as "Trial and Error" in the United States, in 1962. Mortimer provided additional dialogue for the films "Ferry to Hong Kong" (1959) and "The Innocents" (1961), and adapted his play "Lunch Hour" for the screen in 1961. Many of his other works were produced for television including "The Wrong Side of the Park" (1961), "Twenty-Four Hours in a Woman's Life" (1961), "I Spy" for a 1961 episode of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents", "Collect Your Hand Baggage" (1963), "A Choice of Kings" (1966), "The Head Waiter" (1966), "The Exploding Azalea" (1967), "The Other Side" (1967), and "Infidelity Took Place" (1968). He also wrote the films "Guns of Darkness" (1962), Carol Reed's "The Running Man" (1963), "Bunny Lake Is Missing" (1965), and "John and Mary" (1969). Mortimer's play "A Voyage Round My Father" recounted his relationship with his overbearing and often hostile father. It was adapted for television in 1969, and again in 1982, with Laurence Olivier starring as the elder Mortimer. He also wrote the tele-play "Married Alive" (1970), and several episodes of "Thirty-Minute Theatre" in the early 1970s. He also adapted "Shades of Greene" for a television mini-series in 1975. Mortimer was best known for his creation of Horace Rumpole, the cunning British barrister, who debuted on television in the 1975 production of "Rumpole of the Bailey" on "Play for Today". Leo McKern starred in what became a long-running series from 1978 to 1992, and Mortimer continued to pen Rumpole's exploits throughout his life. He also adapted Evelyn Waugh's "Brideshead Revisited" for a television mini-series in 1981. Mortimer's novel, "Paradise Postponed", was adapted for television in 1986, and "Titmuss Regained" in 1991. His other works include the television productions "Unity" (1981), "The Ebony Tower" (1984), "Edwin" (1984), "Summer's Lease" (1989), "Die Fledermaus" (1990), "Cider with Rosie" (1998), "Don Quixote" (2000), and "In Love and War" (2001). He was also the writer of the 1999 film "Tea with Mussolini". Mortimer also had a successful career as a lawyer, and was noted as an outspoken defender of free speech and human rights. He penned several volumes of memoirs including "Clinging to the Wreckage" (1982) and "Other Friends: Another Part of Life" (1994). His later works reflected his thoughts on aging and death. He summed up his opinions in 2000's "The Summer of a Dormouse: A Year of Growing Old Disgracefully", where he wrote "Dying is a matter of slapstick and pratfalls. The aging process is not gradual or gentle. It rushes up, pushes you over and runs off laughing. No one should grow old who isn't ready to appear ridiculous."

OMAKUCHI NARASIMHAN, 71 - March 12, 2009

Indian comedy actor Omakuchi Narasimhan died at his home in Triplicane, Chennai, India, on March 12, 2009. He performed in films in various languages including Teluga, Hindi, Malayalam, Marati, and English. He was bet known for his role in the 1999 comedy film "Mudhaven".

DICK NITELINGER, 51 - March 29, 2008

Dick Golembiewski, a historian of Milwaukee television and horror hosts who wrote under the name Dick Nitelinger, died of a heart attack while shovelling snow at his home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on March 29, 2008. Golembiewski first used the name Dick Nitelinger while working as a disc jockey at WMSE-FM. He also used the pen name on articles about local television horrors hosts he wrote for "Scary Monsters" magazine. He also maintained a web site dedicated to the area's horror hosts. Golembiewski's most recent work was the 2008 reference book "Milwaukee Television History: The Analog Years".

CLAUDE NOLLIER, 89 - February 12, 2009

French actress Claude Nollier died in France on February 12, 2009. Nollier was born in Paris on December 12, 1919. She performed on stage with the Comedie Francaise from 1946 to 1951. Nollier also appeared frequently in films from the mid-1940s with roles in "La Vie de Plaisir" (1944), "Mensonges" (1946), "Le Mysterieux Monsieur Sylvain" (1947), "Les Trefiquants de la Mer" (1947), "Justice Is Done" (1950), "Pigalle-Saint-Germain-des-Pres" (1950), "Dirty Hands" (1951), "Forbidden Fruit" (1952), "Moulin Rouge" (1952) as Countess de Toulouse-Lautrec, "The World Condemns Them" (1953), "Royal Affairs in Versailles" (1954), "Fidelio" (1955), "Spring, Autumn and Love" (1955), "If Paris Were Told to Us" (1956), "Lovers of Paris" (1957), "Loss of Innocence" (1961), and "The Devil and the Ten Commandments" (1962). She was also featured in a 1959 French television version of "The Three Musketeers", and the television productions "Une Nuit Sans Lendemain" (1865), "Salle no 8" (1967), and "Une Brune Aux Yeux Bleus" (1972). Nollier also appeared in episodes of "Les Cinq Dernieres Minutes", "Au Theatre ce Soir", and "Miss" before retiring in the late 1970s.

MINORU OHKI, 85 - March 30, 2009

Japanese actor Minoru Ohki died of pancreatic cancer in a Tokyo hospital on March 30, 2009. He was born Minoru Ikeda in Osaka, Japan, on December 16, 1923. He made his film debut in Shin Saburi's 1951 feature "Aa Seishun". He appeared in numerous films over the next two decades including "Somewhere Under the Broad Sky" (1954), "Aishu Nikki" (1955), "Mune Yori Muni Ni" (1955), "Eyes of Children" (1956), "I'll Buy You" (1956), "A Bridge Just for Women" (1957), "The Loyal Forty-Seven Ronin" (1957), "Stakeout" (1958), "The Eternal Rainbow" (1958), "Black Lizard" (1962), "Closing Time" (1962), "Castle of Owls" (1963), "Tokyo Gang vs. Hong Kong Gang" (1964), "Fighting Tatsu, the Rickshw Man" (1964), "Samurai Vagabond" (1964), "The Great Duel" (1964), "Zoku Tokyo Antachaburu" (1964), "Ankokugai Odori" (1964), "Kunoichi Ninpo" (1964), "Blood of Revenge" (1965), "Irezumi" (1965), "Yakuza Vassal" (1966), "Watari, Ninja Boy" (1966), "Nihon Daikyukaku" (1966), "Kamikaze Yaro" (1966), "Girl Vagrants of Tokyo" (1966), "Bakuto Shichi-nin" (1966), "Fraternal Honor: Three Brothers of Kanto, Part II" (1967), "Otoshimae" (1967), "Lady Yakuza" (1968), "The Fast Liver" (1968), "Bakuto Retsuden" (1968), "Showa Zankyo-den: Hito-kiri Karajishi" (1969), "Matteita Gokudo" (1969), "The Fort of Death" (1969), and "Yakuza's Law: Yakuza Keibatsushi: Rinchi" (1969). Ohki starred as detective Akechi Kogorou in the perversely surreal 1969 film "Horrors of Malformed Men". He was also noted for his role as the Master of Death, the antagonist in "Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx" (1972) and "Shogun Assassin" (1980). His other film credits include "The Return of the Desperado" (1970), "Blind Yakuza Monk" (1970), "Duel of Swirling Flowers" (1971), "Trials of an Okinawa Village" (1971), "A Boss with the Samurai Spirit" (1971), "The Path of the King" (1971), "The Red Silk Gambler" (1972), and "Fossilized Wilderness" (1982). Ohki worked primarily on television from the 1980s, appearing in such series as "Mitokomon" and "Hissatsu". He appeared in several more films in his later years including "Not Forgotten" (2000) and "Yakuza Wives: Burning Desire" (2005).

GONZALO OLAVE, 25 - April 4, 2009

Chilean television actor Gonzalo Olave was killed when his motor scooter was struck by a car at a Santiago, Chile, intersection, on April 4, 2009. He studied drama in the early 2000s, and performed on stage. He also worked as a model before appearing as Boogie on the tele-novella "Lola" from 2007 to 2008. Olave starred as Rodrigo Molina in the drama series "Mis Anos Grossos" from early 2009.

ELAINE CANCILLA ORBACH, 69 - April 1, 2009

Broadway actress Elaine Cancilla Orbach, the widow of actor Jerry Orbach, died of pneumonia in a Manhattan, New York, hospital on April 1, 2009. She was born on January 14, 1940. She made her Broadway debut as a dancer in the 1959 musical "Fiorello!". Cancilla also performed in productions of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" (1961), "Here's Love" (1963), "Flora, the Red Menace" (1965), "Sweet Charity" (1966), and "Cry for Us All" (1970). She appeared with Jerry Orbach in the Broadway musical "Chicago" in 1977, and they also co-starred in a touring production of Neil Simon's "Chapter Two". She and Orbach married in 1979 and remained together until his death in 2004.

MOULTRIE PATTEN, 89 - March 18, 2009

Actor Moultrie Patten, who was best known for his role as "Northern Exposure" character Walt Kupfer, died of complications from pneumonia in Beaverton, Oregon, on March 18, 2009. Patten was born in Detroit, Michigan, on June 10, 1919. He began his career on stage, and appeared on television from the early 1950s. He was featured in productions of "The Plot to Kidnap George Washington" and "Mr. and Mrs. Freedom" on "Hallmark Hall of Fame" in 1952. He was also seen in episodes of "The Philco Television Playhouse", "Way Out",and "Route 66". Patten later appeared in the tele-films "Secret Service" (1977), "Deception: A Mother's Secret" (1991), "Better Off Dead" (1993), and "Love Is Strange" (1999), and an episode of "Miami Vice". He was also featured in several films including "Nothing Lasts Forever" (1984), "The Temp" (1993), "Free Willy" (1993), "The Favor" (1994), and "Blast" (2000). He had the recurring role of Walt Kupfer, a possible romance for storekeeper Ruthanne, in the quirky television series "Northern Exposure" from 1993 to 1995.

LOU PERRYMAN, 68 - April 1, 2009

Character actor Lou Perryman was found died at his home in Austin, Texas, on April 2, 2009, having been beaten and chopped to death with an axe by an intruder the previous evening. Seth Tatum, 26, who had a history of mental disorders and violence, drove Perryman's car to the Travis County Court House, where he told officers, "That's a stolen car and I'm pretty sure I killed the owner". Tatum had brutally attacked his mother's boyfriend with a pair of hedgeclippers before his encounter with Perryman, which authorities described as random. Perryman began working in films in the late 1960s and a cinematographer and production manager at Austin's Filmhouse. He also worked as a sports cameraman for the NCAA and ABC in the late 1960s and early 1970s. A friend of Texas independent filmmaker Eagle Pennell, Perryman starred in several of his films including "A Hell of a Note" (1977), "The Whole Shootin' Match" (1978) and "Last Night at the Alamo" (1983) as Claude. He was best known to horror film fans for his role as radio station employee L.G. McPeters in the 1986 sequel "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2". Perryman was also seen in the films "Fast Money" (1980), "The Blues Brothers" (1980), "Poltergeist" (1982), "Trespasses" (1986), "The Cellar" (1989), "Deep in the Heart" (1996), "Boys Don't Cry" (1999) as the Sheriff, "Natural Selection" (1999), and "When Zachary Beaver Came to Town" (2003). He appeared on television in the tele-films "The Unspoken Truth" (1995) and "Two Mothers for Zachary" (1996), and a 2000 episode of "Walker, Texas Ranger".

HEATHER PHILIPSEN - January 18, 2009

Actress and casting director Heather Philipsen died in Tampa, Florida, on January 18, 2009, of complications from injuries she received in an automobile accident in May of 2007. Philipsen moved to California in the mid-2000s, where she was a student at the Performer's Studio Workshop. She appeared onscreen in small roles in the films "Dead Meat" (2005) as Evil Cheerleader #3, and "99" (2006), and an episode of the television series "One Tree Hill". Philipsen also worked as a casting assistant for the television series "Commander in Chief", "The Tudors", "The Starter Wife", and "Arwin!", and the tele-films "House Broken" (2006), "Underfunded" (2006), and "Football Wives" (2007). She also worked in casting for the 2008 film "Killer Movie".

ZORAN POKUPEC, 61 - March 6, 2009

Croatian actor Zoran Pokupec died of complications from kidney problems in Juricani, Croatia, on March 6, 2009. Pokupec was born in Zagreb, Yugoslavia (now Croatia), in 1948. He was featured as Brico Gaspar in the 1975 television series "Gruntovcani", and appeared in the television productions "Jack Holborn" (1982) and "Gabrijel" (1984). Pokupec was also seen in such films as "The House" (1975), the horror film "The Redeemer" (aka "Rat Savior"), "The Man to Destroy" (1979), "The Secret Life of Nikola Tesla" (1980), "The End of the War" (1984), "Anticasanova" (1985), "Ne Daj Se, Floki!" (1986), the 1990 adaptation of the Marvel Comics super-hero "Captain America" as an implant doctor, "Evil Blood" (1991), "Nausikaja" (1996), "Andjele Moj Dragi" (1996), "The Third Woman" (1997), "Doktor Ludosti" (2003), and "Libertas" (2006).

BUCK RAINEY, 83 - March 19, 2009

Western film author and historian Buck Rainey died in a hospital in Ardmore, Oklahoma, after a long illness on March 19, 2009. He was born Bill G. Rainey in Oklahoma City on July 18, 1926. He served in the U.S. Navy during the later years of World War II. He worked as a teacher of business education, retiring from East Central State University in Ada, Oklahoma, in 1992. Rainey was a long-time fan of western films from the 1940s and 1950s, and wrote one of the seminal works on the western genre, "The Shoot-Em Ups". He authored numerous other books on western films and their stars including "The Fabulous Holts" (1976), "Saddle Aces of the Cinema" (1980), "Those Fabulous Serials, 1912-1956" (1984), "Heroes of the Range" (1987), "The Life and Films of Buck Jones" (1988), "Those Fabulous Serial Heroines" (1990), and "The Shoot-Em-Ups Ride Again" (1990). Many of his later books were published by McFarland including "The Reel Cowboy" (1998), "Serials and Series" (1998), "Western Gunslingers in Fact and on Film" (1998), and "Serial Film Stars" (2005).

KANTHA RAO, 85 - March 22, 2009

Indian Telugu film actor Kantha Rao died of liver cancer in a Hyderabad, India, hospital on March 22, 2009. He was born Tadepalli Lakshmi Kanta Rao in Andhra Pradesh, India, on November 16, 1923. He became a leading actor in Telugu films in the 1950s, where he was noted for his roles as such mythological characters as Narada, Lord Krishna, Arjuna, and Lakshmana. He also appeared in a handful of Hindi, Kannada and Tamil films during his career. His numerous film credits include "Nirdoshi" (1951), "Pratigna" (1953), "Jayashimha" (1955), "Shantinivasam" (1960), "Deepavali" (1960), "Chivaraku Migiledi" (1960), "Bhatti Vikramarka" (1960), "Sri Seetha Rama Kalyanam" (1961), "Yedureetha" (1963), "Sri Krishnarjuna Yudham" (1963), "Lava Kusa" (1963), "Narthanasala" (1963), "Babruvahana" (1964), "Pandava Vanavasam" (1965), "Shri Krishna Tulabharam" (1966), "Palnati Yudham" (1966), "Rahasyam" (1967), "Chikkadu Dorakadu" (1967), "Rajayogam" (1968), "Bangaru Gaajulu" (1968), "Ekaveera" (1969), "Shri Krishna Satya" (1971), "Bala Bharatam" (1972), "Neramu Siksha" (1973), "The War Between Lord Rama and Hanuman" (1974), "Yamagola" (1975), "Pearl Pattern at the Threshold" (1975), "Alakh Niranjan" (1975), "Sita's Wedding" (1976), "Shri Rajeshwari Vilas Coffee Club" (1976), "Andame Abnandam" (1977), "Sommokadidhi Sokokadidhi" (1978), "Pandavas of Our Village" (1978), "Yugandhar" (1979), "The Family Tree" (1980), "Kaali" (1980), "Sati Savitri" (1981), "Wedding of Radha" (1981), "Promise Made to Our Village" (1981), "The Victor" (1985), "The Vermilon of Love" (1986), "Mutyamantha Muddu" (1989), "Postman" (1999), and "Kabirdas" (2003). Rao had been in poor health from cancer in his later years and was forced to ask for help from the film community and the government, as he was lacking financial support for his treatment.

NATASHA RICHARDSON, 45 - March 18, 2009

British actress Natasha Richardson died in a Manhattan hospital of a traumatic brain injury on March 18, 2009. She had been injured in a skiing accident in Monte-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada, two days earlier. It was initially believed she had not been seriously hurt, but collapsed and was rushed to a local hospital. Reportedly in critical condition, she was flown to a Manhattan hospital where the family removed her from life support after she was declared to be brain dead. Richardson was born in London on May 11, 1963, the daughter of the late director Tony Richardson and actress Vanessa Redgrave. Natasha was born in acting royalty, that also included grandparents Sir Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson, aunt Lynn Redgrave, uncle Corin Redgrave, and sister Joely Richardson. She made her own film debut at the age of 4, appearing as a flower girl in her father's 1968 film "The Charge of the Light Brigade". She also appeared in the 1973 film "The Marseilles Connection" as a child. She studied at London's Central School of Speech and Drama, and began performing on stage in regional theatre. She began her film career in earnest in 1983's "Every Picture Tells a Story", and made her debut in London's West End in a production of Chekhov's "The Seagull" in 1985. Richardson also appeared in the television productions "Ellis Island" (1984), "In the Secret State" (1985), and "Ghosts" (1987), and episodes of "Oxbridge Blues", "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes", "Worlds Beyond", and "Tales from the Crypt". She starred Mary Shelley in the 1986 film "Gothic" by director Ken Russell, and was seen in "A Month in the Country" (1987), "Patty Hearst" (1988) in the title role, "Fat Man and Little Boy" (1989) as J. Robert Oppenheimer's lover Jean Tatlock, "The Handmaid's Tale" (1990), "The Comfort of Strangers" (1990), "The Favour, the Watch and the Very Big Fish" (1991), "Past Midnight" (1991), "Widows' Peak" (1994), "Nell" (1994) with Jodie Foster, the 1998 remake of Disney's "The Parent Trap", "Blow Dry" (2001), "Chelsea Walls" (2001), "Waking Up in Reno" (2002), "Maid in Manhattan" (2002), "Asylum" (2005), "The White Countess" (2005), "Evening" (2007), and "Wild Child" (2008). She also starred in the tele-films "Suddenly, Last Summer" (1993), "Hostages" (1993), "Zelda" (1993) as Zelda Fitzgerald, "The Man Who Came to Dinner" (2000), "Haven" (2001), and "The Mastersons of Manhattan" (2007). Richardson also remained active on stage, earning a Tony Award for her role as Sally Bowles in the revival of the musical "Cabaret" in 1998. She also starred on Broadway in a revival of Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire" in 2005. Richardson was married to filmmaker Robert Fox from 1990 to 1992. She married Irish actor Liam Neeson in 1994, and he survives her along with their two sons.

ANN ROGERS, 82 - January 14, 2009

Joan Starkweather, who performed on radio and television as Ann Rogers, died in Rochester, New York, on January 14, 2009. She was born Joan Hosking in Brighton, New York, on March 27, 1926. She studied drama in college and performed on stage in summer stock and Off-Broadway productions. She began working at WSAY Radio in Rochester in 1947, and acquired her stage name as host of "The Ann Rogers Show" from 1949 to 1958. She was also featured as Miss Ann in the local television version of the children's educational program "Romper Room" in the 1950s. She wrote, produced and starred in several other radio and television programs in Rochester, including "Open House", "Ann's Attic" which also featured her family, and the holiday special "Eastman Kodak Presents A Gift for Christmas". She headed Ann Rogers, Inc., from 1962 to 1998, creating advertising campaigns for print and broadcast media.

SHAKTI SAMANTA, 83 - April 9, 2009

Veteran Indian film director Shakti Samanta died of complications from a stroke it his home in Mumbai, India, on April 9, 2009. Samanta was born in Burdwan, West Bengal, India, on January 13, 1926. He graduated from Calcutta University in 1944 and moved near Bombay in the hopes of becoming an actor in Hindi films. He taught school for several years before entering the film industry as an assistant director in 1948. He worked with such directors as Gyan Mukherjee, Satish Nigam, and Phani Majumdar at Bombay Talkies. He made his directorial debut with "Bahu" in 1954. Samanta directed more than forty films over the next thirty years, most in Hindi and several in Bengali. His film credits include "Inspector" (1956), "Hill Station" (1957), "Shero" (1957), "Howrah Bridge" (1958) which marked his first film as a producer, "Detective" (1958), "Insaan Jaag Utha" (1959), "Jaali Note" (1960), "Singapore" (1960), "Naughty Boy" (1962), "China Town" (1962), "Ek Raaz" (1963), "Kashmir Ki Kali" (1964), "Saawan ki Ghata" (1966), "An Evening in Paris" (1967), "Aradhana" (1969), "Kati Patang" (1970), "Pagla Kahin Ka" (1970), "Jane Anjane" (1971), "Amar Prem" (1971), "Anuraag" (1972), "Charitraheen" (1974), "Ajnabee" (1974), "Amanush" (1974), "Mehbooba" (1976), "Anurodh" (1977), "Anand Ashram" (1977), "The Great Gambler" (1979), "Khwab" (1980), "Barsaat ki Ek Raat" (1981), and "Alag Alag" (1985).

MATTHEW `JETT' SCHAEFER, 36 - January 7, 2009

Actor and model Matthew `Jett' Schaefer died of complications and an infection on January 7, 2009. Schaefer was born in Pennsylvania on March 27, 1972. He worked as a model, appearing in commercials for Dr. Pepper and McDonalds, and was a cover model for fitness magazines. He also appeared on television's "The Man Show", and in the independent films "Swap Meet" (1999), "RE(e)volution" (2005), "English As a Second Language" (2005), and "Idol" (2006).

RON SILVER, 62 - March 15, 2009

Actor Ron Silver, who starred as lawyer Alan Dershowitz in the 1990 film "Reversal of Fortune", died after a long battle with esophageal cancer in New York on March 15, 2009. Silver was born in New York City on July 2, 1946. He began appearing on television in the mid-1970s with roles in the series "The Mac Davis Show", "Big Eddie", "Rhoda", "McMillan & Wife", "The Rockford Files", "Baker's Dozen", "Hill Street Blues", "Trying Times", "The Practice", "Law & Order: Trial By Jury", "Law & Order", and "Crossing Jordan". Silver was regular performer in several series, starring as Brad Gabriel in "The Stockard Channing Show" in 1980, and as David Sternberg in "Wiseguy" from 1988 to 1989. He was Tommy Wilmett in "Chicago Hope" from 1996 to 1997, Alec Bilson in "Veronica's Closet" from 1998 to 1999, and Larry Goldman in "Skin" from 2003 to 2004. Silver's other television credits include roles in the tele-films and mini-series "The Return of the World's Greatest Detective" (1976), "Murder at the Mardi Gras" (1978), "Betrayal" (1978), "Dear Detective" (1979), "Word of Honor" (1981), "Kane & Abel" (1985), "Trapped in Silence" (1986), "Billionaire Boys Club" (1987), "A Father's Revenge" (1988), "Fellow Traveller" (1989), "Forgotten Prisoners: The Amnesty Files" (1990), "Blind Side" (1993), "Lifepod" (1993) which he also directed, "A Woman of Independent Means" (1995), "Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story" (1995), "Kissinger and Nixon" (1995) as Henry Kissinger, "Shadowzone: The Undead Express" (1996), "The Beneficiary" (1997), "Skeletons" (1997), "Rhapsody in Bloom" (1998), "Love Is Strange" (1999), "In the Company of Spies" (1999), "Ratz" (2000), "Cutaway" (2000), "American Tragedy" (2000), "When Billie Beat Bobby" (2001) as tennis pro Bobby Riggs, "Master Spy: The Robert Hanssen Story" (2002), "Jack" (2004), and "Xenophobia" (2008) as the President. Silver also appeared frequently in films from the mid-1970s, with roles in "Tunnelvision" (1976), "Semi-Tough" (1977), "The Entity" (1981), "Silent Rage" (1982) with Chuck Norris, "Best Friends" (1982), "Lovesick" (1983), "Silkwood" (1983), "Romancing the Stone" (1984), "The Goodbye People" (1984), "Garbo Talks" (1984), "Oh, God! You Devil" (1984), "Eat and Run" (1986), "Blue Steel" (1989) as a psychopathic killer stalking Jamie Lee Curtis, "Enemies: A Love Story" (1989), "Reversal of Fortune" (1990) with Jeremy Irons, "The Good Policeman" (1991), "Married to It" (1991), "Life Wire" (1992), "Mr. Saturday Night" (1992), "Timecop" (1994) with Jean-Claude Van Damme, "Deadly Outbreak" (1996), "Girl 6" (1996), "Danger Zone" (1996), "The Arrival" (1996), "The White Raven" (1998), "Black and White" (1999), "Exposure" (2000), "Festival in Cannes" (2001), "Ali" (2001) as trainer Angelo Dundee, "The Wisher" (2002), "Red Mercury" (2005), "Find Me Guilty" (2006), "The Ten" (2007), and "Distance Runners" (2008). Silver starred in the recurring role of political operative Bruno Gianelli in the hit political television drama "The West Wing". His real life politics mirrored his "West Wind" role as the once liberal Democrat transformed to a conservative Republican after the terrorist attacks of 9/11. He addressed the 2004 Republican National Convention endorsing the re-election of George W. Bush. Silver was recently the host of a public affairs talkshow on Sirus satellite radio.

MILAN STITT, 68 - March 12, 2009

Playwright Milan Stitt, who wrote the acclaimed drama "The Runner Stumbles", died of liver cancer in a New York City hospital on March 12, 2009. He was 68. Stitt was born in Detroit, Michigan, on February 9, 1941. He initially studied at Albion College to become a priest, before completing his education at University of Michigan and Yale School of Drama. He taught drama at several universities during his career including Yale, Princeton, the University of Michigan, New York University, and Carnegie Mellon University. He was best known for writing the 1974 play "The Runner Stumbles", about a priest charged with the murder of a nun. The play opened to strong reviews and was presented on Broadway in 1976. A film version, starring Dick Van Dyke, was released in 1979. Several of his works were adapted for television including "Ephraim McDowell's Kentucky Ride" (1981), "The Gentleman Bandit" (1981), and "Long Shadows" (1994). Stitt also wrote and directed the plays "Back in the Race" and "Labor Day" at the Off-Broadway Circle Repertory Company, and headed the play development program there in the early 1990s.

MATTHEW STOKES, 32 - February 15, 2009

British actor Matthew Stokes died in England after a long battle with cancer on February 15, 2009. Stokes was born in England on August 15, 1976. The son of actors Barry Stokes and Gay Soper, he studied drama in his youth and made his stage debut in small roles in Jenny Lee's productions of "Romeo and Juliet" and "Macbeth". He was also featured in the musical "Godspell" and several short comedy plays. Stokes also appeared as Sergeant Read in the 2006 BBC tele-film "Suez: A Very British Crisis".

MIGUEL ANGEL SUAREZ, 69 - April 1, 2009

Puerto Rican actor Miguel Angel Suarez, who was featured in the early Woody Allen comedy "Bananas", died of esophageal cancer in a Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, hospital on April 1, 2009. Suarez was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on July 5, 1939. He appeared as Luis in "Bananas" in 1971 and was featured in the 1980 comedy "Stir Crazy" with Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor. He appeared in a handful of Hollywood films and numerous Spanish-language features including "El Hijo de Angela Maria" (1974), "…And God Created Them" (1974), "Prohibido Amer an Nueva York" (1984), "La Gran Fiesta" (1984), "Ni se te Ocurra…" (1990), "Havana" (1990). "The Survivor" (1998), "Paradise Lost" (1999), "Jara" (2000), "Under Suspicion" (200) with Gene Hackman, "Tosca, the True Story" (2001), "Mas alla del Limite" (2002), "Dios los Criaq 2" (2004), "Illegal Tender" (2007), and "El Abuelo" (2008). He also appeared in such television productions as "Escape" (1980), "Yo se Que Mentia" (1982), "Vivir Para Ti" (1982), "Amor Gitano" (1982), "Entre el Amor y el Poder" (1984), "Mision Cumplida" (1990), "Al Son del Amor" (1995), "Senor Tentacion" (1995), and "Punto Final: De Como Tito Mangual Aprendio a Bregar" (1999). Suarez directed and starred in the tele-films "Cundeamor" (2000), "Padre Astro" (2001), and "El Cuento Inolvidable de la Abuela" (2002), and appeared in "Revolucion en el Infierno" (2004), and "El Cuerpo de Delito" (2005). His final film role was as an Army Doctor in the 2008 bio-film "Che" starring Benicio del Toro.

ANASTASIA SUMMERS - January 19, 2009

Actress Anastasia Summers died in Maryland on January 19, 2009. She appeared in small roles in several films including "Shallow Deep" (2002), "In Her Shoes" (2005), "The Sentinel" (2006), and "The Walker" (2007). She was also featured in the 2004 tele-film "Something the Lord Made", and was a police officer in several episodes of "America's Most Wanted" on television. Summers was also noted as a Marilyn Monroe impersonator in stage performances.

GLENN SUNDBY, 87 - March 18, 2008

Pioneering gymnast Glenn Sundby died in a Vista, California, hospital on March 18, 2009. Sundby was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on November 4, 1921, and moved to Los Angeles with his family in 1932. He became fascinated with the body builders and acrobats of Santa Monica's Muscle Beach. Standing 5'5" and of slight build, Sundby became a popular candidate to top the beach's human pyramids. He teamed with bodybuilder and wrestler George Long to form an acrobatic act in 1940, and performed around the country. They were joined by Sundby's sister, Dolores, in 1945. They called themselves the Wayne & Martin Trio, using the middle names of Sunbdy and Long. They proved a popular act in nightclubs and carnivals, and were featured on television in episodes of "The Morey Amsterdam Show", "The Jack Carter Show", "The Spike Jones Show", and "The Ed Sullivan Show". Sundby also gained attention, and a mention in the "Ripley's Believe It or Not" comic strip, for walking down the 898 steps of the Washington Monument on his hands. The trio disbanded when Dolores married in 1955, and Sundby returned to Santa Monica. Two years later he published the magazine "Modern Gymnast", which later became "International Gymnast". He was also co-founder of the U.S. Gymnastics Federation in 1962, and founded the International Gymnastic Hall of Fame in 1986.

JENNY TANGHE, 82 - March 11, 2009

Belgian Flemish actress Jenny Tanghe died of cancer in Gent, Flanders, Belgium, on March 11, 2009. Tanghe was born in Manage, Belgium, on September 15, 1926. She appeared frequently on stage, screen, and television from the 1960s. She starred as Mother Cent in the popular television series "Wij, Heren van Zichem" in the late 1960s, and was Getuige in "Beschuldigde Sta Op" in 1970. Tanghe was also featured in such television productions as "Patience" (1960), "Hendrickje Stoffels" (1963), "Jeroom en Benzamien" (1966), "Een Zomeravond" (1966), "De Stemmer" (1968), "Albert Deacon's Discovery" (1969) as Emma De Deken, "In de Voetsporen van Cyriel Buysse" (1970), "Het Levende Lijk" (1972), "The Daughter-in-Law" (1974), "Het Recht van de Sterkste" (1975), "De Herberg in het Misverstand" (1976), "Wierook en Tranen" (1977), "Dirk van Haveskerke" (1978), "Maria Speermalie" (1979), "Zomer te Zilverberg" (1979), "Grueten Broos" (1979), "De Stille Zomer" (1981), "Tantes" (1984), "Warenar" (1986), "Villa des Roses" (1989), "Late Zomer" (1990), "De Bossen van Vlaanderen" (1991), "The Sorrow of Belgium" (1995), "Hotel Hotel" (1996), and "Veel Geluk, Professor" (2001). Tanghe starred as Jenny Van Jes in the television series "De Collega's" from 1980 to 1981, and was also seen in the series "Het Pleintje", "L'Heure Simenon", "De Strangorianen", "RIP", "Kats & Co", "Gaston Berghmans Show", "Proper Volk", "Sterke Verhalen", "Twee Straten Verder", "Oei", "Halo Belgie", "Witterkerke", "Verschoten & Zoon", "Man bijt Hond", "De Tabel van Mendelejev", "Grappa", and "De Rode Loper". She performed frequently on stage with the Framework Theater, and was featured in such films as "The Dafter the Better" (1960), "For We All Have Sinned" (1961), "De Filosoof van Haeghem" (1967), "Mira" (1971), "Burned Bridges" (1975), "Woman in a Twilight Garden" (1979), "Minuet" (1982), "Benvenuta" (1983), "The Van Paemel Family" (1986), "Kiekeboe: Het Witte Bloed" (1992), "Levenslang" (1992), "De Laatste Vriend" (1993), "Check the Gate" (1993), "Omelette a la Flamande" (1995), "The Flying Dutchman" (1995), "Elixir d'Anvers" (1996), "A Dog of Flanders" (1999), "Man of Steel" (1999), "Pauline & Paulette" (2001), "De GSM" (2002), "Drive Me Crazy" (2004), "Gilbert" (2004), "10 Jaar Leuven Kort" (2004), "Knokke Boulevard" (2005), and "Badoir" (2005). Tanghe starred in the recurring role of Georgette De Tremmerie-Verreth in the television series "F.C. De Kampionen" during the 1990s and early 2000s, and was seen in episodes of "Booh!" and "Aspe" in 2006.

RONALD TAVEL, 72 - March 23, 2009

Ronald Tavel, who scripted some of Andy Warhol's early films and was a leading figure in the avant-garde theater movement of Off-Off-Broadway plays in the 1960s, died of a heart attack aboard a flight from Berlin to his home in Bangkok, Thailand, on March 23, 2009. Tavel was born in Brooklyn, New York, on May 17, 1936 (some sources indicate 1941). He graduated from Brooklyn College in 1957 and earned a master's degree in creative writing from the University of Wyoming in 1959. Returning to New York, he first met Andy Warhol in 1964 while giving a reading at a Second Avenue cafe. The two soon began collaborating on films, with Tavel providing the off-screen voice in 1965's "Harlot", a film about screen legend Jean Harlow, as portrayed by female impersonator Mario Montez. Tavel also wrote and directed Warhol's "Screen Test #1" (1965), starring Montez auditioning for the role as the Gypsy from "The Hunchback of Notre Dame". He also wrote the Warhol productions "Vinyl" (1965), "Space" (1965), "Poor Little Rich Girl" (1965), "The Life of Juanita Castro" (1965) which he later produced as a play with Fidel Castro portrayed as a woman, "Kitchen" (1965) which he co-directed, "Horse" (1965), "Superboy" (1966), and "Lupe" (1966). He wrote, directed, and voiced the Interviewer in "Screen Test #2" (1965), "Screen Test #3" (aka "Suicide") (1966), and "Screen Test #4" (1966). He scripted the 1966 film "Hedy, the Shoplifter", and was featured in the role of the Judge. Tavel also scripted the "Hanoi Hannah" and "Their Town" segments of Warhol's "Chelsea Girls" (1966). He adapted several of his film scripts for the stage creating what he referred to as the Playhouse of the Ridiculous for various Off-Off Broadway houses. Tavel declared that "we have passed beyond the absurd; our position is absolutely preposterous". His 1967 production "Indira Gandhi's Daring Device", which depicted the Indian Prime Minister's fascination with a giant phallus threatened a diplomatic rift between the U.S. and India. His earlier Warhol screenplay "Their Town" earned Tavel an Obie Award when it was adapted for the Off-Broadway play "Boy on the Straight-Back Chair" in 1969. He also wrote the 1970 production "Bigfoot".

MARTHA TIBBETTS, 95 - January 16, 2008

Martha Tibbetts, who was Bob Allen's leading lady in two films in the 1930s, died in Massachusetts on January 16, 2008, according to Boyd Magers' "Western Clippings". Tibbetts was born in Melrose, Massachusetts, on October 15, 1912. She performed on stage as a chorus girl from the early 1930s, and appeared in the short-lived Broadway productions "Of Thee I Sing" (1933) and "Say When" (1934). She was featured in the 1936 Howard Hawks' film "Ceiling Zero", and was Bob Allen's leading lady in "The Unknown Ranger" (1936) and "Ranger Courage" (1937). She also appeared in the films "Special Agent" (1935), "Shipmates Forever" (1935), "The Murder of Dr. Harrigan" (1936), "Meet Nero Wolfe" (1936), "Blackmailer" (1936), "Slippery Silks" (1936), "Motor Madness" (1937), "I Promise to Pay" (1937), "Criminals of the Air" (1937), "Female Fugitive" (1938), and "Honolulu" (1939). She retired from the screen in the late 1930s. She was married to New England industrialist Russell Knight until his death in 1995.

ERIC VAESSEN, 86 - February 21, 2009

German actor Eric Vaessen died in Germany on February 21, 2009. Vaessen was born in Aachen, Germany, on October 4, 1922. He appeared in films and television in Germany from the mid-1960s, with roles in such features as "The Gorilla of Soho" (1968), "Sex Olympics" (1972), "Krawatten fur Olympia" (1976), "Charlotte" (1981), "Otto - Der Film" (1985), "Caspar David Friedrich - Grenzen der Zeit" (1986), "No Stop Trouble with the Experts" (1988), and "Die Senkrechstarter" (1989). He was also featured in television productions of "Das Roche Tuch" (1966), "Anastasia" (1967), "Auf den Spuren der Anarchisten" (1972), "Lichtspiele am Preussenkorso" (1975), and "Um Jeden Preis" (1994). His other television credits include episodes of "Hei-Wi-Tip-Top", "Hamburg Transit", "Lokaltermin", "Beschlossen und Verkundet", "Ein Fall fur Stein", "Cafe Wernicke", "Berliner Weisse mit Schuss", "Die Nervensage", "Tatort", "Der Hausgeist", "A.S.", and "Dr. Sommerfeld - Neues vom Bulowogen". Vaessen was also noted as a leading voice actor, and was featured as the voice of Herr Tierlieb in the "Benjamin Blumchen" television series from 1993 to 2003. He also supplied the voice for Andy Griffith in "Matlock" in German television broadcasts.

TERRI VANDENBOSCH, 46 - March 9, 2008

Soap opera actress Terri VandenBosch died of complications from chronic kidney disease in a Manhattan hospital on March 9, 2008. She was born in Boynton Beach, Florida, on December 9, 1962, and was raised by her adoptive parents in Sarasota Springs from the age of 12. VandenBosch left college in the early 1980s to pursue an acting career. She was featured in the pilot episode of the 1982 series "The Catlins", and starred as Frannie Hughes in the soap opera "As the World Turns" from 1983 to 1984. Frustrated by her acting career, VandenBosch headed to Mexico where she worked as a scuba diving instructor and dolphin trainer. She returned to New York in the early 1990s and reconnected with her former business manager, Michael Hertz. They married on January 25, 1998, and Terri spent her remaining years as a full-time wife and mother.

VANIA VILERS, 70 - February 22, 2009

French actor Vania Vilers died in Arles, France, on February 22, 2009. Vilers was born in Switzerland in 1938. He appeared frequently in films from the late 1960s with roles in "Strange Game" (1968), "Je t'Aime, je t'Aime" (1968), "Pierre and Paul" (1969), "We Won't Go to the Woods Anymore" (1970), "Lust and Desire" (1973), Alistair Maclean's "Caravan to Vaccares" (1974), "Irene, Irene" (1975), "Vanda Teres" (1975), "Mimi Bluette… Fiore del Mio Giardino" (1977), "The Eagle and the Dove" (1977), "Replay" (1977), "Madame Claude" (1977), "We Will All Meet in Paradise" (1977), "The Night with Chandler" (1979), "The Lost Way" (1980), "Boulevard des Assassins" (1982), "Parti sans Laisser d'Adresse" (1982), "Le Diable au Coeur" (1983), "Nobody's Women" (1984), "The Seventh Target" (1984), "Truly Madly Deeply" (1990), "Money" (1991), "Jeunesse" (1997), "Le Dernier Bip" (1998), "Alissa" (1998), "De l'Histoire Ancienne" (2001), "He Loves Me… He Loves Me Not" (2002), "13 Tzameti" (2005), "Papier Glace" (2006), "Asterix and the Vikings" (2006) as the voice of Panoramix, and "The Vintner's Luck" (2009). Vilers was also seen in numerous television productions including "Le Petit Monde de Marie-Plaisance" (1969), "Sous le Soleil de Satan" (1971), "Plein Sofeil" (1973), "Un Certain Richard Dorian" (1973), "Le Vagabond" (1974), "Quai de l'Etrangleur" (1974), "Washington Square" (1975), "Les Peupliers de la Pretentaine" (1975), "La Manipulation" (1976), "Photo Souvenir" (1978), "The Roads of Exile" (1978), "Les Dossiers Eclates: La Lame et le Manche" (1980), "La Falaise aux Corneilles" (1980), "La Conquete du Ciel" (1980), "Les Brus" (1981), "Une Mere Russe" (1981), "Quelque Chose dans Son Reve" (1982), "L'Afrique, c'est Loin" (1982), "La Dechirure" (1982), "Enquete sur une Parole Donnee: La Lettre Perdue" (1985), "Le Paria" (1985), "La Force du Destin" (1986), "Bonjour Maitre" (19870, "Lance et Compte II" (1988) as Frederic Tanner, "Anges et Loups" (1988), "Le Loufiat" (1988), "Lance et Compte III" (1989), "Les Enquetes de Sans Atout" (1989), "Au-dela de la Vengeance" (1990), "Lance et Compte: Envers et Contre Tous" 1991), "Danielle Steel's `Jewels'" (1992), "Le Chateau des Oliviers" (1993), "Assedicquement Votre" (1994), "Barrage sur l'Orenoque" (1996), "Salut l'Angoisse" (1997), "Les Filles du Maitre de Chai" (1997), "Une Semaine au Salon" (1998), "Le Chant de l'Homme Mort" (1998), "L'Arlesien" (2000), "Duval: Un Mort de Trop" (2001), "Resurrection" (2001), "Lola, Qui es-tu Lola?" (2003), "Henry Dunant: Du Rouge sur la Croix" (2006), and "Nous Nous Sommes tant Hais" (2007). His other television credits include episodes of "Un Judge, un Flic", "Preuves a l'Appui", "Les Enquetes du Commissaire Maigret", "Les Heritiers", "Madame et ses Flics", "Marie Pervenche", "Florence ou La Vie de Chateau", "Espionne et Tais-toi", "Les Cinq Derniers Minutes", "Serie Noire", "Panique aux Caraibes", "Paparoff", "Renseignements Generaux", "V comme Vengeance", "Inspector Morse", "Minder", "Le Triple Gagnant", "The House of Eliott", "Nestor Burma", "Les Cordier, Juge et Flic", "Docteur Sylvestre", "Un et un Font Six", "Josephine, Ange Gardien", "Franck Keller", and "Femes de Loi". Vilers also starred as Victor Castelli in the television series "Plus Belle la Vie" in 2006.

COY WATSON, Jr., 96 - March 14, 2009

Coy Watson, Jr., the eldest of nine child actor siblings, died of complications from stomach cancer in Alpine, California, on March 14, 2009. He was born James Caughey `Coy' Watson, Jr. in Los Angeles, California, on November 16, 1912. His father, Coy Sr., worked in films as a special effects designer. Coy Jr. broke into films at the age of 9 months as a baby in the 1913 short "The Price of Silence". As a child he appeared in numerous films, including many of Mack Sennett Studio's "Keystone Cops" comedies. He earned the nickname "The Keystone Kid", which years later became th title of his Hollywood memoirs. His numerous film credits include "While the Devil Laughs" (1921), "The Stork's Mistake" (1921), "A Nick-of-Time Hero" (1921), "Stolen Glory" (1921), "Assorted Heroes" (1921), "Rolling Stones" (1922), "Schoolday Love" (1922), "The Show" (1922), "You Never Know" (1922), "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (1923) with Lon Chaney, Sr., "No Luck" (1923), "The Right of the Strongest" (1924), "Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall" (1924), "The Reel Virginian" (1924), "Stella Dallas" (1925), "The Golden Strain" (1925), "Hoboken to Hollywood" (1926), "Love Makes `Em Wild" (1927), "The Shamrock and the Rose" (1927), "Quality Street" (1927), "Wild Puppies" (1927), "Buttons" (1927) with Jackie Coogan, "The Smart Set" (1928), "Taxi 13" (1928), "Show People" (1928) with Marion Davies, "Restless Youth" (1928), and "The One Woman Idea" (1929). Watson left films in the late 1920s and began working as a news photographer. He served as a Coast Guard cameraman during World War II and worked for various California television stations after the war. He co-created the television program "Hollywood Reel", which featured celebrity interviews in 1949. Coy's eight brothers and sisters also had screen careers. He was predeceased by siblings Vivian (1994), Gloria (1997), Bobs (1999), Harry (2001), and Delmar (2008). He is survived by sister Louise, and brothers Billy and Garry.

JACK WRANGLER, 62 - April 7, 2009

Jack Wrangler, who was a leading performer in gay adult films in the 1970s, died of complications from lung disease in New York City on April 7, 2009. He was born John Robert Stillman in Beverly Hills, California, on June 11, 1946, the son of television producer Robert Stillman. He made his acting debut at the age of 9 in the syndicated religious program "Faith of Our Children". He worked in Los Angles and New York as a model and dancer, making his debut in adult films with 1970's "Eyes of a Stranger". He was soon signed by Magnum Studios, where he became one of the leading gay porn icons of the decade. His film credits include "High Riders" (1974), "Kansas City Trucking Co." (1976), "Hothouse" (1977), "Heavy Equipment" (1977), "The Boys from Riverside Drive" (1977), "Sex Magic" (1977), "MisBehavin'" (1978), "A Married Man" (1978), "Gemini" (1978), "Dynamite" (1978), "China Sisters" (1978), "A Night at the Adonis" (1978), "Sea Cadets" (1978), "New York Construction Company" (1978), "Navy Blue" (1979), "Killing Me Softly" (1979), "Jocks" (1979) which he also directed, "Jack + Jill" (1979), "Summer Heat" (1979), "Wanted" (1980), "The Filthy Rich: A 24 K-Dirty Movie" (1980), "Bon Appetit" (1980), "Roommates" (1981), "Palace of Pleasures" (1981), "Jr. Cadets" (1981), "Games Women Play" (1981), "Debbie Does Dallas Part II" (1981), "Blue Magic" (1981), "C.O.D." (1981), "Swedish Erotica 43" (1982), "The Devil in Miss Jones: Part II" (1982) as Lucifer, "Boots & Saddles" (1982), "Eighth Erotic Festifal" (1983), "In Love" (1983), "Voyeur" (1984), "Jack `n Jill 2" (1984), "Broadway Boys" (1984), "Orange Hanky Left" (1985), "Rising Star" (1986), and "Behind the Green Door, the Sequel" (1986). Wrangler meet Margaret Whiting, a leading vocalist from the 1950s, at a nightclub in 1976. The two began a longtime relationship that culminated in their marriage in 1994. Wrangler became a successful cabaret director in New York and co-produced the 1997 Broadway musical "DREAM". He was featured in the 2008 documentary about his film career "Wrangler: Anatomy of an Icon".

ALBERTO ZOPPE, 87 - March 5, 2009

Circus horseback rider Albert Zoppe died of respiratory failure in Greenbrier, Arkansas, on March 5, 2009. Zoppe was born in Italy on January 4, 1922. His family operated the Zoppe Circus in Italy, where Alberto performed equestrian acts from an early age. He came to the United States to join the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in 1948. He frequently performed with Pascha the Wonder Horse, and was noted for somersaulting from the back of one horse to another. Zoppe was inducted into the Circus Ring of Fame in 2007.

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