Friday, April 14, 2006 

Hollywood Deaths from July 1st, 2001 - March 31st, 2002

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Those Who Have Gone Before

July 1st, 2001 - March 31st, 2002




Christopher Hewett - (August 3rd, 2001)

Christopher Hewett, who entertained us for six years as "Mr. Belvedere" has died due to complications from diabetes. He was 80 when he passed.




Lorenzo Music - (August 4th, 2001)

Lorenzo Music, the voice of Garfield, Tummi from "The Gummi Bears," Dr. Peter Venkman in "The Real Ghostbusters" and Dunder in "Talespin" as well as many other characters died of Bone and Lung Cancer in August. Lorenzo was 64 at the time of his death.




Aaliyah - (August 25th, 2001)

Aaliyah who's singing and acting career was expanding dramatically died abruptly in a plane crash this summer. She played in "Romeo Must Die" and was to apear in "The Matrix II" and "III" and "Queen of the Damned." Aaliyah was 22 years old when she died.




Dave Thomas - (January 8th, 2002)


Dave Thomas founder and spokesman for Wendy's died of liver cancer at his home in Florida at the age of 69. Dave Thomas appeared in more than 800 Wendy's ads and holds the Guinness Book of Records achievement for the longest TV campaign by a company founder.




Ted Demme - (January 14th, 2002)


Ted Demme, director of last year's cocaine drama "Blow"' and nephew of Oscar-winning filmmaker Jonathan Demme, suffered an apparent heart attack and died at the age of 38. His other well known films include "Life,'' "Snitch," "Beautiful Girls" and the neo-classic holiday favorite, "The Ref."




Ron Taylor - (January 14th, 2002)


Actor-singer Ron Taylor died the week of January 14th at the age of 49, from what is thought to have been a heart attack.


Besides his recurring role as Bleeding Gums Murphy on "The Simpsons," he appeared on "Ally McBeal" and "Twin Peaks," created and starred in the hit Broadway musical "It Ain't Nothin' but the Blues," and appeared in more than 20 films, including "Trading Places" and "Rush Hour 2."




Peggy Lee - (January 21st, 2002)


Peggy Lee died of a heart attack at the age of 81. Besides a legendary carreer in Jazz and Pop, the singer also made her mark in Hollywood as an actress, winning an Academy Award nomination for her role as the hard-drinking singer in the 1955 jazz saga, ``Pete Kelly's Blues'' and composing songs for the 1955 Walt Disney Co. animated classic ``Lady and the Tramp'' including everyone's favorite "The Siamese Cat Song" which she both wrote and performed.




Astrid Lindgren - (January 28th, 2002)


Astrid Lindgren, creator of the free-spirited, freckle-faced, pig-tailed Pippi Longstocking, died Monday, January 28th, 2001 at the age of 94. Lindgren died after a brief illness caused by a viral infection.




Waylon Jennings - (February 13th, 2002)


Singer, songwriter and guitarist, Waylon Jennings died at 64 after a long battle with diabetes-related health problems. Jennings, recorded 60 albums and had 16 No. 1 country singles in a career that spanned five decades and began when he played bass for Buddy Holly. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in October.




Kevin Smith - (February 15th, 2002)


New Zealand actor Kevin Smith died from critical head injury after falling from a tower. The 38-year-old actor was best know for playing the Greek God of War on "Xena: Warrior Princess" and was to join Bruce Willis in an upcoming film.




John Thaw - (February 21st, 2002)


John Thaw was a respected stage actor and had been a leading television actor for many years. But was he was indelibly identified with "Inspector Morse" after creating a complex character whose flaws appealed to fans as much as his better qualities.




Chuck Jones - (February 22nd, 2002)


Academy Award-winning animator Chuck Jones, who drew such beloved cartoon characters as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd and Porky Pig, died of congestive heart failure at 89.


In addition to Bugs and Daffy, he helped create a cast of characters including the Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote, Marvin the Martian, Pepe le Pew, Michigan J. Frog and so many others. He also produced, directed and wrote the screenplays for "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas," as well as the feature film "The Phantom Tollbooth."


Jones worked on more than 300 animated films in a career that spanned more than 60 years. Three of Jones' films won Academy Awards: ``Frigid Hare,'' ``So Much, So Little'' and ``The Dot and the Line,'' for which Jones also received a directing Oscar. One of Jones' most popular films, ``What's Opera, Doc?'' was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1992 for being ``among the most culturally, historically and aesthetically significant films of our time.'' In 1996, he was presented an honorary Oscar for Lifetime Achievement. Among his many awards and recognitions, one of those he most valued was the honorary life membership from the Directors Guild of America. Just last year, Jones was inducted into the Animation Hall of Fame in Los Angeles, along with Walt Disney.




Don Haig - (March 2nd, 2002)


Don Haig, known in the industry as the godfather of Canadian film for helping produce award-winning features and nurturing young talent, died at age 68.




Irene Worth - (Marth 11th, 2002)


Irene Worth, the award-winning film and stage actress after a stroke near her home in Manhattan. She was 85.


Worth was nominated for five Tony Awards, winning three, for Edward Albee's "Tiny Alice" (1965), for a revival of Tennessee Williams' "Sweet Bird of Youth" (1976), and for Neil Simon's "Lost in Yonkers" (1991). Her non-winning roles were no less impressive: for Lillian Hellman's "Toys in the Attic" (1960) and Joseph Papp's production of "The Cherry Orchard" (1976). She also received two OBIEs, one for "The Chalk Garden" (1982) and one for Sustained Achievement (1989). She made her Broadway debut in "The Two Mrs. Carrolls" (1943) and subsequently moved to London, her primary residence for much of the next 30 years.


Worth's film appearances were few, but memorable. She won the British Academy Award for "The Scapegoat" (1959), and appeared in "Nicholas and Alexandra" (1971), "Eyewitness" (1981), "Deathtrap" (1982), and the film version of "Lost in Yonkers" (1993).




Pat Weaver - (March 15th, 2002)


The father of Sigourney Weaver and creater of NBC's "Today" and "Tonight" shows, Sylvester "Pat" Weaver, died of pneumonia at 93.


Convinced that he could woo morning radio listeners away, Weaver created the first early morning show, "Today," in 1952, with host Dave Garroway. For his contributions, Weaver received two Emmy awards and was inducted into the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences' Hall of Fame in 1985.




Carmelo Bene - (March 16th, 2002)


Carmelo Bene, an actor and director who stirred up Italian theater with experimental techniques influenced by the European avant-garde, died at 64 after suffering from serious heart problems.


He appeared in director Pier Paolo Pasolini's "Oedipus Rex" in 1967. Bene's own film the following year, "Our Lady of the Turks," won a prize at the Venice Film Festival.




Danilo Bata Stojkovic - (March 16th, 2002)


Danilo Bata Stojkovic, a popular Yugoslav actor best known for his roles in plays and movies dealing with the country's troubled communist past, died after a long battle with cancer. He was 67.


He was known for his comic interpretation of narrow-minded state officials and working-class characters in a series of anti-communist plays by dissident authors in the 1980s. Stojkovic, who was also a prominent character actor, became hugely popular when he publicly backed pro-democracy forces that eventually toppled former President Slobodan Milosevic.




Rosetta Lenoire - (March 17th, 2002)


Rosetta LeNoire who was best known to TV audiences for her long-running role as Grandma Winslow on the television comedy "Family Matters" died Sunday in Teaneck, N.J., after a long illness. The nature of the illness was not disclosed. She was 90.


LeNoire made her Broadway debut in "The Hot Mikado" in 1939, going on to appear in such shows as "A Streetcar Named Desire," "The Sunshine Boys" and "Lost In The Stars." LeNoire also co-starred in the film version of "Anna Lucasta" with Sammy Davis Jr. and Eartha Kitt, and appeared in such TV series as "Search for Tomorrow," "The Guiding Light" and "Gimme a Break."




Dorothy DeLay - (March 24th, 2002)


Juilliard School violin teacher Dorothy DeLay whose students include Itzhak Perlman and Midori died from cancer at the age of 84.


DeLay began her teaching career at Juilliard in 1948, earning a reputation as the world's foremost violin teacher. Among DeLay's other musical progeny on the international concert circuit are the American violinist Nadia Salerno-Sonnenberg, the Israeli-born Shlomo Mintz and the British-born Nigel Kennedy. In 1994, she received the National Medal of Arts, presented to her by President Clinton.




Louis (Deke) Heyward - (March 26th, 2002)


Louis Heyward who wrote for many TV shows in the 1950s and was head writer for "The Ernie Kovacs Show" died of complications from pneumonia at the age of 81.


In 1953, he created "Winky Dink and You," a Saturday morning children's show with a twist. Viewers at home could help the animated boy called Winky Dink and his dog Woofer by buying a 50-cent kit that included a "magic screen." The clear sheet of plastic was placed over the television screen so that viewers could help the characters cross a stream, for example, by drawing in a bridge with "magic crayons." The show ran for many years in syndication. Heyward also briefly produced "The Dick Clark Saturday Night Beechnut Show" in the 1950s.




Dudley Moore - (March 27th, 2002)


66-year-old comedian Dudley Moore, the diminutive British actor, writer and musician best known for his Oscar-nominated role as a slurring drunk billionaire in 1981's "Arthur", has died of pneumonia as a complication of Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP), a rare degenerative Parkinson's-like disease that affects the brain and causes slurred speech, problems with walking, imbalance and difficulty in swallowing.


Moore was an accomplished pianist and a celebrated comedian best remembered in Britain for his legendary pairing with Peter Cook in their inspired "Dud and Pete" comedy double act as well as such hit films as "The Wrong Box," "Bedazzled" and "The Bed-sitting Room". In the United States and the rest of the world, he was better known for his role in Hollywood blockbusters, "Foul Play" and "10." He later earned two Golden Globe awards for his roles in "Micki and Maude" and "Arthur" as well as an Oscar nomination for playing the drunken playboy.




Milton Berle - (March 27th, 2002)


Legendary comedian and cross-dressing host of "The Texaco Star Theater" and the top-rated "The Milton Berle" Show," died after a lengthy illness coupled with a diagnoses of colon cancer at the age of 93.


"Uncle Miltie," as he was known by his fans was the master of television in the 1940's and earned the second moniker, "Mr. Television" for his early support of the medium. He won an Emmy for his time on "The Texaco Star Theater." He made a number of movies in the 1960s, most notably "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World" in 1963. Other films included "The Oscar," "The Happening," "Who's Minding the Mint?," "Where Angels Go, Trouble Follows," "For Singles Only," "Hieronymus Merkin," "Lepke" and "The Muppet Movie."


"Too many people simply give up too easily," he once said. "You have to keep the desire to forge ahead, and you have to be able to take the bruises of unsuccess. Success is just one long street fight."




Billy Wilder - (March 27th, 2002)


Director Billy Wilder, creator of such classic American films as "Sunset Boulevard," and "Double Indemnity" died at age of 95. He was suffering from failing health and was reported to be battling a bout of pneumonia.


As co-writer, director and producer of the 1960 film "The Apartment" Wilder collected three Oscars and was the first filmmaker to win three Academy Awards for the same film. His other classics include "Stalag 17," "The Lost Weekend," "Sabrina," and "Witness for the Prosecution" as well as the Marilyn Monroe comedies "The Seven Year Itch," and "Some Like it Hot."


In "The Fortune Cookie," he was the first to pair Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau, creating one of the screen's all time most beloved and memorable comic teams.


Wilder received 21 Academy Award nominations and won six Oscars.




Ken Hughes - (March 30th, 2002)


Ken Hughes, the veteran screenwriter and director of the popular movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang died at 79. He had been ill for some time with Alzheimer's disease.


Hughes also directed The Trials of Oscar Wilde, which starred Peter Finchand and made a version of Of Human Bondage, with Kim Novak and Laurence Harvey. He directed Mae West in Sextette - the last film she made and he was one of several directors to work on the James Bond spoof Casino Royale. His 1980 drama Cromwell, starring Sir Alec Guinness and Richard Harris, was highly acclaimed.




Barry Took - (March 31st, 2002)


Barry Took, one of Britain's most famous comedians and comic writers who helped produce such shows as "Monty Python's Flying Circus," died at the age of 73 after a battle with cancer.


He was responsible for celebrated radio series like "The Army Game," "Educating Archie" and "Bootsie and Snudge," and co-wrote the hugely popular 1960s radio comedy "Round the Horne" with well-known funnyman Marty Feldman.The shows were a vital part of British life in the austere decades after World War II, when food rationing lasted for years and the country struggled to adjust to its diminished role in the world. Took also worked on the U.S. television show, "Laugh In" and wrote the television show "Bootsie and Snudge."




Tonino Cervi - (March 31st, 2002)


Tonino Cervi, the Italian producer, screenwriter and director who worked with film greats such as Federico Fellini, Bernardo Bertolucci and Michelangelo Antonioni, died, aged 71.


Cervi produced one of Bernardo Bertolucci's first feature films, La Commare Secca (Grim Reaper). In 1963, he won top honours at the Cannes Film Festival for director Michelangelo Antonioni's Deserto Rosso, or Red Desert. In the same years, he managed to put together such star directors as Fellini, Vittorio De Sica, Mario Monicelli and Luchino Visconti for a four-segment film called Boccaccio '70.




Amelia Bachelor - (March 31st, 2002)


Amelia Bachelor, the actress who posed for the Columbia Pictues logo in 1936 has died at the age of 94.


Bachelor held the torch for a mere $25 at the time. Her image is still used today and has earned her a spot in the record books for appearing in more films than any other individual. Unless Columbia decides to change their logo she is going to hold that honor for a very long time.





 

Hollywood Deaths from January 1st - June 30th, 2001

Those Who Have Gone Before

January 1st - June 30th, 2001




Ray Walston - (January 1st, 2001)


Ray Walston died at the age of 86. He is best remembered for his roles as "My Favorite Martian," Mr. Hand from "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," and Judge Henry Bone on "Picket Fences."




Dale Evans - (February 7th, 2001)


Singer, songwriter, wife and partner of Roy Rogers died at the age of 88 from congestive heart failure.




Lewis Arquette - (February 10th,2001)


Character actor Lewis Arquette, whose five children, including Rosanna, Patricia and David, followed in his show business footsteps, has died in Los Angeles of congestive heart failure. Arquette died at UCLA Medical Center. He was 65.




Howard W. Koch - (February 16th, 2001)


Howard W. Koch, a veteran producer and director whose credits include ``The Manchurian Candidate'' and the TV series ``Maverick,'' died of complications from Alzheimer's disease at the age of 84.




Dale Earnhardt - (February 18th, 2001)


NASCAR motor racing legend Dale Earnhardt Sr. was killed in a crash in the final turn of the last lap of the 43rd Daytona 500. He was 49.




Stanley Kramer - (February 19th, 2001)


Stanley Kramer, the legendary Hollywood producer-director best known for such morality-minded movies as "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner", "Judgment at Nuremburg", "High Noon" and "Inherit the Wind", died after a bout with pneumonia. He was 87.




Stan Margulies - (February 27th, 2001)


Veteran producer Stan Margulies, whose credits include such landmark TV mini-series as ``Roots'' and ``The Thorn Birds,'' and the great film "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" died of cancer at age 80.




Robert Ludlum - (March 12th, 2001)


Former actor and thriller writer Robert Ludlum died after suffering a massive heart attack. He was 74 years old. Ludlum, whose Cold War spy tales like ``The Scarlatti Inheritance'' and ``The Parsifal Mosaic'' routinely topped the bestseller lists. Ludlum turned to spy novel writing as a lark, wondering at age 40 if he could have any success at it.




Morton Downey Jr. - (March 13th, 2001)


"Mort the Mouth" was the loud-mouthed and often controversial host of ``The Morton Downey Jr. Show.'' He died of lung cancer at the age of 67.




Ann Sothern - (March 15th, 2001)


Oscar nominated Actress Ann Sothern, who starred in the "Maisie" movies, played Susie McNamara in the 1950's TV series "Private Secretary," and lent her voice to the 1960's sitcom "My Mother the Car," died of heart failure. She was 92.




William Hanna - (March 22nd, 2001)


Animation legend William Hanna, who with partner Joseph Barbera helped turn television into their own personal cartoon world, creating such characters as Huckleberry Hound, Yogi Bear, the Flintstones, Scooby Doo and the Jetsons, died at the age of 90.




Beatrice Straight - (April 7th, 2001)


Actress Beatrice Straight, who earned an Academy Award for her role as William Holden's estranged wife in the television spoof ``Network,'' has died. She was 86. The movie gave Americans the catch phrase ``I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore!" Other roles included the paranormal investigator in 1982's ``Poltergeist'' and Mother Christophe in 1959's ``The Nun's Story.'''




David Graf - (April 7th, 2001)


Actor David Graf, who appeared in all seven ``Police Academy'' films as Eugene Tackleberry and had a recurring role as Col. Chase in NBC White House drama ``The West Wing'' died of a heart attack at a wedding in Arizona. He was 50.




Jack Haley Jr. - (April 21st, 2001)


Longtime Hollywood producer, actor, writer and former husband of Liza Minnelli, Jack Haley Jr., has died of respiratory failure. He was 67. He produced numerous films and specials including "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" a 1990 film documenting the making of the classic movie. He was the son of actor Jack Haley, who played the Tin Man in "The Wizard of Oz."




Douglas Adams - (May 11th, 2001)


Britain's Douglas Adams, the author of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," died suddenly at the age of 49. Adams died in Santa Barbara, California, after a heart attack. The author became a household name in Britain when his 1979 cult science fiction saga, about a group of galactic travelers who survive the demolition of earth to build a space by-pass, was turned into a BBC TV series. The satirical "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" centered on the search for an answer to life and the universe -- read it to find out what that answer is.





Perry Como - (May 12th, 2001)

Perry Como, the crooning baritone barber famous for his relaxed vocals, cardigan sweaters and television Christmas specials, died Saturday after a lengthy illness. Como died in his sleep at his home in Jupiter Inlet Beach Colony. Some sources listed Como's age as 88; others said he was 87.




Jason Miller - (May 13th, 2001)

Pulitzor Prize winning playwright, director and actor Jason Miller died of a heart attack at 62. He was best know for playing Father Damien Karras in "The Exorcist," but also won the Pulitzor for his play "That Championship Season."




Anne Haney - (May 26th, 2001)

Anne Haney, the longtime character actress who appeared in such films as ``Mrs. Doubtfire'' and ''Liar Liar,'' died of natural causes at her home in Studio City. She was 67.




Hank Ketcham - (May 31st, 2001)

Cartoonist Henry ``Hank'' Ketcham, who created the ``Dennis the Menace'' comic strip after his wife complained that their young son named Dennis was indeed a menace, died at home in Carmel, California. He was 81 years old. Ketcham, who had been battling cancer, died of a heart attack. His creation became one of the world's most popular comic strips and Dennis became a tow-haired, freckle-faced symbol of mischievous youth. The boy, who was forever five years old, turned 50 on March 12.




Arlene Francis - (June 1st, 2001)

Arlene Francis, the witty actress and television personality who was a panelist on the popular ``What's My Line?'' show for its 25-year run, has died. She was 92. Francis died of natural causes. Her screen debut was in ``Murders in the Rue Morgue'' in 1932. She screamed ``No! No!'' as Bella Lugosi shackled and killed her. Later films included ``Stage Door Canteen'' in 1943, ``All My Sons'' in 1948, Billy Wilder's ``One, Two, Three'' in 1961 and ``The Thrill of it All'' in 1963.




Imogene Coca - (June 2nd, 2001)

Imogene Coca, the diminutive U.S. actress who co-starred with actor Sid Caesar in classic television comedy sketches in the 1950s, died of natural causes at her Westport, Connecticut, residence. Coca's acting credits include ``Plaza Suite,'' ``The Rivals,'' ''Fourposter,'' ``Cabaret,'' ``Gin Gamae,'' ``Bewitched,'' ``The Brady Bunch,'' ``Fantasy Island'' and ``Mama's Family.'' She was 92.




Anthony Quinn - (June 3rd, 2001)

Actor Anthony Quinn, who died on Sunday at age 86, starred in more than 100 films and won two Oscars in a career that spanned nearly six decades, but the role that defined him in the public mind was the earthy fun-loving character he played in the 1964 film ``Zorba the Greek.''




Carroll O'Connor - (June 21st, 2001)

Actor Carroll O'Connor, who became one of television's biggest stars as grumpy, bigoted but lovable Archie Bunker on the landmark 1970s TV series "All in the Family," died of a heart attack brought on by complications from diabetes. He was 76.




John Lee Hooker - (June 21st, 2001)

Bluesman John Lee Hooker, whose foot stompin' and gravelly voice on songs like "Boom Boom" and "Boogie Chillen" electrified audiences and inspired generations of musicians, died of natural causes in his sleep. Also, lets not forget his appearence as Street Slim in the "Blues Brothers." He was 83.




Jack Lemmon - (June 27th, 2001)

Jack Lemmon, who portrayed finicky Felix Unger in "The Odd Couple," the boastful Ensign Pulver in "Mr. Roberts" and a cross-dressing musician in "Some Like It Hot," as well as many other roles, has died of complications from cancer. He was 76.




Chet Atkins - (June 30th, 2001)


Nasvhille guitarist Chet Atkins, whose pioneering fingerpicking style accompanied the likes of Elvis Presley and Hank Williams, influenced the Beatles and helped transform the entire genre of country music died in his Tennessee home after a long bout with cancer. He was 77.


Thursday, April 06, 2006 

Hollywood Deaths - Catalogue Every Death in a Movie

Those Who Have Gone Before

April 1st, 2002 - Today


 


Roy Huggins - (April 3rd, 2002)


Hit television show creator Roy Huggins died of natural causes in Santa Monica, CA at the age of 87.


In his lifetime Huggins created some of television's biggest hits including "Maverick" and "The Fugitive," His most successful television series was "The Fugitive," which ran from 1963 to 1967 and spawned a hit feature film in 1993 starring Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones, a feature sequel, and a revival television series in 2000. In the 1970s while at Universal Television, Huggins began his association with Stephen Cannell and together they created "The Rockford Files" and "City of Angels." Beginning in the mid-1950s at Warner Bros, where he helped the movie studio make its transition into television production, Huggins produced "Cheyenne," a western starring Clint Walker. The show, which debuted in 1955, was television's first hour-long series. In addition to "Maverick," Huggins created the western "Colt 45" and the hit detective show "77 Sunset Strip," which later spawned many television detective shows. He served as executive producer of "The Virginian" in its first year. He also created "Run for Your Life" and served as executive producer of "Alias Smith and Jones." Huggins co-created "The Rockford Files" and "City of Angels" with Stephen J. Cannell. Huggins also served as executive producer for the Cannell-created "Baretta," starring Robert Blake. In 1985, after Cannell formed his own studio, he lured Huggins out of retirement to produce "Hunter."




John Agar - (April 7th, 2002)


Western, Horror and War film actor John Agar died of complications from emphysema at the age of 81.


Agar was best remembered for his marriage to child star Shirley Temple. The pair appeared together in two films, "Fort Apache" and "Adventure in Baltimore," and she gave birth to a daughter, Susan, in 1948. Troubled by Agar's excessive drinking and many flirtations, Shirley filed for divorce in 1949. Agar continued acting in Westerns such as "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon" and "Along the Great Divide," and war movies "Sands of Iwo Jima" and "Breakthrough." His divorce from Temple and his alcoholism, which led to arrests for drunk driving, lowered his appeal. He later made schlock horror movies with titles such as "Revenge of the Creature," "Tarantula," "The Mole People," "Daughter of Dr. Jekyll" and "Journey to the Seventh Planet." John Wayne had appeared with him in "Fort Apache" and "Sands of Iwo Jima," and tried to revive Agar's career by casting him in "The Undefeated," "Chisum" and "Big Jake." Agar's last major film was the 1976 remake of "King Kong."




Maria Felix - (April 8th, 2002)


Mexico's foremost movie legend, Maria Felix, renowned as a femme fatale throughout Latin America and the one-time lover of the painter Diego Rivera, died of heart failure on her 88th birthday.


Striking for her long, dark wavy hair and pale complexion, Felix made her film debut in 1942 in El penon de las Animas (The Crag of the Souls) alongside popular Mexican actor Jorge Negrete, whom she married. Typically, Felix portrayed strong, silent women, endowed with intelligence and a voluptuous glamour. Although she shunned Hollywood, Felix's sultry beauty made her a screen idol in Latin America, France, Spain and Italy. One of the films of which she was most proud was French Cancan, directed by Jean Renoir. Felix last starred in La Generala, or The Lady General in 1970, after which she worked on a series of film projects but none reached fruition. She made 47 films in her career.




Buck Baker - (April 14th, 2002)


Two-time NASCAR champion Buck Baker died at the age of 83. He was in the hospital for a procedure involving his pacemaker when he died.


In his career, he won 46 Winston Cup races and 44 poles. He was the first back-to-back series champion, winning titles in 1956 and 1957. Buck Baker retired in 1976 and was inducted into the National Motorsports Press Association's Hall of Fame in 1982 and the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1990.




Damon Knight - (April 15th, 2002)


Damon Knight, a prolific science fiction writer and editor who helped transform pulp science fiction into a respectable genre, died of age-related causes.. He was 79.


Knight published his first story in 1941, and went on to write 13 novels, beginning with "Hell's Pavement" in 1955, and more than 100 short stories. One short story, "To Serve Man," was adapted into a well-known TV episode of "The Twilight Zone." In it, aliens appear on earth and promise to end hunger and war, but their guidebook, "To Serve Man," is decoded and found to be a cookbook. This same episode was later parodied in one of the Simpsons' "Treehouse of Horror" specials. Although well known as a writer, Knight also was influential as a teacher, critic and organizer. He helped found the Science Fiction Writers of America and was editor of Orbit, a science fiction anthology series. Knight won the Hugo Award in 1956 for reviewing and a Grand Master Nebula Award in 1994.




Rusty Burrell - (April 15th, 2002)


Rusty Burrell, a retired sheriff's deputy who later served as bailiff on the reality television show "The People's Court," died of lung cancer at his home in Rosemead. He was 76.


Burrell, who spent 25 of his 31 years in law enforcement in the court system, was suffering from lung cancer. The white-haired lawman was a real-life bailiff during a number of high profile trials, including cult-killer Charles Manson and Patty Hearst, the newspaper heiress kidnapped by radicals who was later accused of joining their crimes. Burrell often worked with Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Joseph Wapner, who was chosen to preside over "The People's Court," dispensing stern lectures with his settlement decisions. When Burrell retired from the sheriff's department in 1981, he was hired to be the bailiff on the syndicated show Their tenure on the series ended in 1993, but the two friends reunited several years later to work on "Judge Wapner's Animal Court" on cable's Animal Planet network.




Robert Urich - (April 16th, 2002)


Actor Robert Urich, who starred in television detective series "Vega$" and "Spenser: For Hire," died at 55 early on Tuesday after a long battle with cancer.


Urich had a successful 30-year career in Hollywood, mostly on the small screen. He starred as private eye Dan Tanna in "Vega$," which ran on ABC from 1978 to 1981. He returned to the genre in 1985, playing another private eye in "Spenser: For Hire," which ABC aired until 1988. Urich won critical praise for playing the ex-Texas Ranger Jake Spoon who comes to a bad end in the mini-series "Lonesome Dove." He also won an Emmy in 1992 for his narration on a documentary "U-Boats: Terror on Our Shores." In 1998, he played the captain in a remake of "The Love Boat." He had recently co-starred in the short-lived NBC sitcom "Emeril." He earned his first television role in the 1973 comedy series "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice." He also appeared in the TV series "S.W.A.T" before being cast as Peter Campbell in "Soap." Other television credits include: "Crossroads," "Vital Signs," and "It Had to Be You." Among his film credits are starring roles in Turk 182! with Timothy Hutton and Ice Pirates with Anjelica Houston. Urich announced in 1996 that he was suffering from synovial cell sarcoma, a rare cancer that attacks the body's joints. He underwent chemotherapy, radiation treatments and two operations in the mid-1990s to combat the cancer. After his bout with cancer, Urich became highly active in cancer research, with he and his wife establishing the Heather and Robert Urich Fund for Sarcoma Research to accelerate the pace of research into sarcoma. Earlier this year, Urich donated the proceeds from his appearance on the game show "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" to a fund at the University of Michigan, where he was treated for cancer.




Dave King - (April 17th, 2002)


Popular UK TV star of the 1950's and 60's, Dave King, died after a short illness. He was 72.


Dave King was one of the United Kingdom's most popular TV personalities of the 50's and 60's. He appeared in the gangster film The Long Good Friday and in Pennies from Heaven. His most recent TV role was in the soap "Coronation Street," as Clifford Duckworth. In 1955, the BBC gave him his own show, in which he performed sketches and spoofs of Hollywood films. He went on to have hits with Christmas and You, With All My Heart, High Hopes and The Story of My Life. Roles followed in some of the most popular UK TV series, including "The Sweeney," "The Professionals," "Bergerac," "Rumpole of the Bailey" and "Heartbeat."




Thor Heyerdahl - (April 18th, 2002)


Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl, who sailed the Pacific on the Kon-Tiki balsa raft to back up a controversial theory that ancient peoples were skilled seafarers, died of cancer. He was 87.


Heyerdahl sailed 4,300 miles from South America to Polynesia on an epic 101-day voyage on the Kon-Tiki in 1947 even though most scientists said he and his six-strong crew would sink and drown. He will remain Norway's greatest scientist, explorer and adventurer. Heyerdahl, who also crossed the Atlantic on a reed vessel built with primitive technology, died at a family home, at Colla Micheri near Alassio in northern Italy, after doctors gave up treatment for an incurable brain cancer. He crossed the Atlantic from Africa in 1970 on the Ra II reed boat, to show that ancient Egyptians might have beaten Columbus and the Vikings to America. In 1978, he sailed in the Middle East and Indian Ocean on the Tigris reed vessel, to mimic ancient trade routes. He wrote a dozen books including the one that the 1951 documentary Kon-Tiki was based. His book about that trip sold tens of millions of copies and his movie won an Academy Award for best documentary. Hyerdahl believed in maritime links between ancient civilizations. His Kon-Tiki trip was intended to support his theory that the South Sea Islands were settled by explorers from pre-Inca South America. The prevailing theory is that Polynesia was settled from Southeast Asia. Heyerdahl conceived his theory during a year spent on the Pacific island of Fatu Hiva in the Marquesas group. He noticed that stone figures of the Polynesian chief-god Tiki in the jungle were "remarkably like the monoliths left by extinct civilizations in South America." In the 1950s, he took more conventional expeditions to the Galapagos and to Easter Island. The latter trip produced "Aku-Aku," a 1957 book about the origins of the remote island's enormous stone heads. In 1995, he claimed to have found evidence that Christopher Columbus reached America in 1477, rather than 1492, as a teen-age crewman on a Danish-Portuguese expedition. In 1999, he claimed that Norseman Leif Eriksson sailed to North America a millennium earlier as a Christian missionary rather than as a Viking explorer as is generally believed.




Layne Staley - (April 19th, 2002)


The lead singer of Alice in Chains has died of a possible drug overdose at the age of 34. He was discovered at his apartment on Friday April 19th, 2002 but it was reported that he had been dead for two weeks.


Staley had battled heroin throughout his career, and often sang about his struggles. The band broke up briefly in 1994, frustrated by Staley's inability to stay clean. It broke up for good in 1996 after playing several opening dates on the KISS reunion tour. Two of its albums debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. pop charts, the 1994 acoustic EP "Jar of Flies" and the 1995 album "Alice in Chains." Hit singles included "Would?" which appeared on both "Dirt" and the soundtrack to writer/director Cameron Crowe's film "Singles," and "Rooster," a tune about Cantrell's Vietnam vet father. The band received four Grammy nominations.




Linda Boreman - (April 22nd, 2002)


Linda Boreman, who starred as Linda Lovelace in the 1972 pornographic film Deep Throat and later became an anti-porn advocate from injuries she suffered in a car crash. She was 53.


Boreman claimed her first husband forced her into pornography at gunpoint. They divorced in 1973. Their relationship disintegrated into a life of violence, rape, prostitution and pornography, according to her 1980 autobiography, "Ordeal" and her testimony before congressional committees investigating pornography. Boreman said she was never paid a penny for Deep Throat and her husband was only paid $1,250, though the film grossed a reported $600 million. After leaving the industry, she traveled the lecture circuit on a crusade against pornography, speaking at colleges and with prominent feminists.




Lang Hsiung - (May 2nd, 2002)


Taiwanese actor Lang Hsiung, who played a famous chef who lost his sense of taste but still cooked spectacular Sunday feasts for his three daughters in the hit 1994 arthouse film Eat, Drink, Man, Woman, who had diabetes and diseases of the liver and heart, died. He was 72.


Lang, played leading and supporting roles in more than 100 Chinese-language films. But he didn't become famous worldwide until he was 60 and appeared in Oscar-winning Taiwanese director Ang Lee's movies. Lang played the father in Lee's A Wedding Banquet, a 1993 bittersweet comedy about traditional Taiwanese parents dealing with their son's homosexuality. He was the star of Oscar-nominated Eat, Drink, Man, Woman, a romantic-comedy about a retired widower searching for new meaning in his life as his adult daughters leave home. The actor also appeared in Lee's Oscar-winning martial arts fantasy, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, playing an imperial official and father of a young woman warrior, portrayed by Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi.




Katy Jurado - (July 5th, 2002)


Mexican film star Katy Jurado died at the age of 74.


Jurado appeared in more than 20 Mexican films since the 1940s and earned the Mexican film industry's highest prize, the Ariel award, for her role in El Bruto. The actress also filmed movies in France, Germany, Italy, and Spain.


In the United States in the 1950s she appeared in High Noon with Gary Cooper, and in Broken Lance, for which she received an Oscar nomination for best supporting actress. She was married to Ernest Borgnine from 1958 to 1963.




John Frankenheimer - (July 6th, 2002)


Hollywood director John Frankenheimer in Los Angeles following a stroke. He was 72.


He won four consecutive Emmy Awards in the 1990s for the television movies Against the Wall, The Burning Season, Andersonville, and George Wallace, which also received a Golden Globe award.


In the 1960s, Frankenheimer's credits included the popular hits The Birdman of Alcatraz, The Manchurian Candidate, and Seven Days in May.


Among Frankenheimer's other films were Reindeer Games, Ronin, Grand Prix, The Fixer, Black Sunday, and The French Connection II.




Ward Kimball - (July 8th, 2002)


Pioneering animator Ward Kimball died Monday at age 88.


Kimball, a member of Walt Disney's trusted cadre of cartoon artists known as the "nine old men," died of natural causes at a hospital in Arcadia, a suburb northeast of Los Angeles.


During a Disney career that stretched from 1934 until his retirement in 1973, Kimball animated or served as directing animator on such feature classics as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Fantasia, Cinderella and Alice in Wonderland. Two animated shorts he created for Disney, Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Bloom and It's Tough to be a Bird, won Academy Awards. But perhaps Kimball's most distinguished achievement was his development of Jiminy Cricket, the affable, top-hatted sidekick and conscience of the living puppet who longed to be a real boy in Disney's 1940 adaptation of Pinocchio. Kimball also was credited with animating the famed crow sequence in Dumbo and playing a key role in developing a more sophisticated cartoon design for Disney's signature character, Mickey Mouse, in 1938.




Rod Steiger - (July 9th, 2002)


Steiger, Oscar nominated for both On the Waterfront and The Pawnbroker before winning the statuette for In the Heat of the Night, succumbed to pneumonia and kidney failure at age 77.


Steiger was known for a prodigious range that ran the gamut from fictional characters in Oklahoma! and Doctor Zhivago to a lengthy roster of real-life historical figures, among them Rasputin, Pontius Pilate, Napoleon, Ulysses S. Grant, Benito Mussolini, Al Capone and W.C. Fields.


Along the way, he worked with such legendary writers and directors as Norman Jewison, John Frankenheimer, Arthur Miller, Elia Kazan, Sidney Lumet and Tim Burton.


Besides Poitier and Brando, the veteran performer shared the screen with such Hollywood giants as Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson, Sylvester Stallone and Jack Nicholson.


He turned down the title role in Patton because he didn't want "to glorify war." The part went to George C. Scott, who won an Oscar for his portrayal of the hard-boiled World War II Army general. Steiger later called his refusal of the role his "dumbest career move."