Robert Joseph Litz (born October 3, 1950 in Cleveland, Ohio – died October 10, 2012) was an American playwright, screenwriter, director and critic.
John Junior "Champ" Summers (June 15, 1946 – October 11, 2012) was a Major League Baseball player who played primarily as anoutfielder and designated hitter for six teams during his eleven-year career that spanned from 1974 to 1984. Summers played with theOakland Athletics (1974); Chicago Cubs (1975–1976); Cincinnati Reds (1977–1979); Detroit Tigers (1979–1981); San Francisco Giants(1982–1983); and San Diego Padres (1984).
Carroll Hoff "Beano" Cook (September 1, 1931 – October 11, 2012) was an American television personality who worked for ESPN. He was acollege football historian and commentator. He received his B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1954.
Steve Newman (December 29, 1953 – October 12, 2012) was a retired American soccer forward who played professionally in the North American Soccer League and American Soccer League.
He spent two seasons with the Dallas Tornado in the North American Soccer League, but never cracked the first team. In 1978, he played for the Indianapolis Daredevils of the American Soccer League. In 1979, he played one game for the Seattle Sounders. He was the head coach of the Mercer Island High School boy's soccer team where he was the 2005 and 2009 King County 3A/2A Coach of the Year.
Newman died of a heart attack on October 12, 2012.
Marcus Desha Swayze, known as Marc Swayze (July 17, 1913 – October 14, 2012), was an Americancomic book artist from 1941 to 1953 forFawcett Comics of New York City.
He is best known for his work on Captain Marvel and the Marvel Family during the Golden Age of comic books for Fawcett Comics. He was the co-creator of Mary Marvel, along with writer Otto Binder. The first Mary Marvel character sketches came from Swayze's drawing table, and he illustrated her earliest adventures, including the classic origin story, "Captain Marvel Introduces Mary Marvel" (Captain Marvel Adventures #18, Dec. 1942).
Kyle Bennett (September 25, 1979 – October 14, 2012) was an American professional Bicycle Motocross (BMX) racer and Dirt Jumper whose prime competitive years were from 1999 to 2012. He earned the moniker "Butter" for his smooth riding style. On May 10, 2008 he won an automatic spot on the first US BMX Olympic team, a sport that made its debut in the 2008 Summer Olympics. He made it to the finals and finished sixth of the UCI World Cup in Copenhagen, Denmark after winning USA Cycling's year-long series of races as the highest ranking American. and becoming the first member of the BMX Olympic team.
Raymond L. Watson (October 4, 1926 - October 20, 2012) was the former president of the Irvine Company, and served as chief planner during the 60s and 70s. He was also chairman of Walt Disney Productions from 1983–1984, and served on the Disney board from 1972 until March 2004.
Gary Ennis Collins (April 30, 1938 – October 13, 2012) was an American film and television actor and award-winning talk show host.
Collins hosted the television talk show Hour Magazine from 1980-88, and co-hosted the ABC television series The Home Show from 1989-94. He was the host of the Miss America Pageant from 1982-90
Ted Kazanoff (August 30, 1922 – October 21, 2012) was an American actor best known for playing Judge Scarletti on the original Law & Order series. He played Mr. Nagle in the TV seriesBrooklyn Bridge and also appeared in two episodes of American Playhouse. He was a member of a long line of actors and teachers of acting who traced their aesthetic lineage back to Konstantin Stanislavsky (1863-1938), the Russian actor and teacher of acting. Kazanoff was also an avid student of directing, and the influence of Vselevod Meyerhold (1874-1940)was especially apparent in his own directing work.
Carolyn Conwell (May 16, 1930 - October 22, 2012) was an American actress.
Conwell studied under Herbert Berghof in New York and Jeff Corey in Los Angeles. She appeared in many theatre productions, including Hamlet and A Streetcar Named Desire. Conwell has three children and resided in Los Angeles. She was best known in the United States for playing Mary Williamsin The Young and the Restless (1980-2004).
In addition to acting on daytime television, she was heavily involved in theatre work. During her spare time, Conwell enjoyed gardening, golfing, singing and reading.
Carolyn died on October 22, 2012.
Bill Dees (né William Marvin Dees Borger, Texas; 24 January 1939 — 24 October 2012 Mountain Home, Arkansas) was an American musician most famous for his song writing collaborations with singer Roy Orbison.
Deeds he played guitar and sang with a band called "The Five Bops," gaining enough recognition to perform on an Amarillo, Texas radio station. Dees eventually made his way to Nashville, Tennessee where his meeting Roy Orbison led to a collaboration that produced a string of successful songs for Monument Records including the hits "Oh, Pretty Woman" and "It's Over".
In 1967, Dees co-wrote all the songs for the Orbison album and MGM motion picture The Fastest Guitar Alive.
Beyond his work with Orbison, Bill Dees wrote hundreds of songs, a number of which were recorded by performers such as Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Skeeter Davis, Glen Campbell, Billy Joe Royal, Frank Ifield, Mark Dinning and Gene Pitney. In 2000, he recorded his own album titled Saturday Night At The Movies, a compilation of songs previously sung by Orbison that had been written with Dees and some that Dees had written alone.
Dees resided near Branson, Missouri, and continued to write songs with collaborator Jack Pribek until his death on October 24, 2012. He was living at a nurs*ing facil*ity in Mountain Home, Arkansas at the time of his death.
Margaret Osborne duPont (born Margaret Evelyn Osborne; March 4, 1918 – October 24, 2012) was a World No. 1 American female tennisplayer.
DuPont won a total of 37 singles, women's doubles, and mixed doubles Grand Slam titles, which places her fourth on the all-time list despite never entering the Australian Championships. She won 25 of her Grand Slam titles at the U.S. Championships, which is an all-time record.
Emanuel Steward (July 7, 1944 – October 25, 2012) was an American boxer, trainer, and commentator for HBO Boxing. Steward trained 41 world champion fighters throughout his career, most notably Lennox Lewis, Wladimir Klitschko, Thomas Hearns, and Tony Tucker. His heavyweight fighters had a record of 34-2-1 combined in title fights. He was an inductee of the International Boxing Hall Of Fame, and the World Boxing Hall of Fame. Steward was also known for his charity work in Detroit, Michigan, helping endangered youths to attain an education.http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...el_Steward.png
Arnold Shepard Greenberg (September 2, 1932 – October 26, 2012) was an American businessman who co-founded Snapple, a brand of tea and juice drinks, in the 1970s with Hyman Golden, his former high school classmate, and Leonard Marsh, who was Greenberg's brother-in-law. Greenberg later became the vice president and chief operating officer of the Snapple Corporation and retired after the 1994 acquisition of the brand to Quaker Oats.
Alan Kirschenbaum (April 19, 1961 – October 26, 2012) was an American television producer and writer. He was the co-creator of the long-runningsitcom Yes, Dear, worked on sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond., and a producer/writer on current shows Raising Hope and Friend Me (to be launched late 2012). His father was Jewish-American stand-up comedian Freddie Roman.
Leonard Termo (c. 1935 – October 30, 2012) was an American character actor whose numerous film and television roles included Fight Club, Johnny Dangerously, and Seinfeld.
Brad Armstrong (June 15, 1962 – November 1, 2012) Robert Bradley "Brad" James (June 15, 1962 – November 1, 2012) was an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name,Brad Armstrong. He is best known for his appearances with the promotion World Championship Wrestling in the 1990s. He was the son of wrestlerBob Armstrong and brother to professional wrestlers Steve, Scott and Brian. Eulogizing Armstrong, Jim Ross described him as "one of the more talented in ring performers I've ever worked with...one of the most underrated all-time greats ever in the business."
Dennis Avner (August 27, 1958 – November 5, 2012) of Tonopah, Nevada, United States, was widely known as "Cat Man", though he preferred hisNative American name, Stalking Cat. Avner spent considerable resources to surgically modify his body to resemble that of a tiger. He held the world record for the most body modifications. He worked as a computer programmer.
Lucille Theresa Bliss (March 31, 1916 – November 8, 2012) was an American actress and voice artist.
A New York City native, she lent her voice to numerous television characters, including the title character of the very first made-for-television cartoon,Crusader Rabbit, Smurfette on the popular 1980s cartoon The Smurfs and Ms. Bitters on the Nickelodeon animated series Invader ZIM. In addition to her television roles, she was known for her work as a voice actor in feature films.
James Lamar Stone (December 27, 1922 – November 9, 2012) was a United States Army officer and a recipient of America's highest military decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in the Korean War. He was awarded the medal for his conspicuous leadership during a fight against overwhelming odds, for continuing to lead after being wounded, and for choosing to stay behind after ordering others to retreat, a decision which led to his capture by Chinese forces.
Pat Renella (March 24, 1929 - November 9. 2012) was an American actor. Of Italian descent, his motion picture debut was as an engineer in the spacedrama X-15 (1961) starring David McLean and Charles Bronson.
Renella acted in the stage play Bullfight, which opened at the Coronet Repertory Theatre on North La Cienega in West Hollywood on November 17, 1961.
Although there is not much written about him in the Los Angeles Times of the day, he was a working actor, mostly playing small parts as gangster types and hoods.
After playing an uncredited part as a man in the movie The Silencers (1966) starring Dean Martin and Stella Stevens, with Victor Buono, Renella had an uncredited small part in Riot on Sunset Strip (1967) starring Aldo Ray. He then played the role as Claude Sadi in Dayton's Devils (1968) starring Rory Calhoun, Leslie Nielsen, and Lainie Kazan. That same year, Renella played Johnny Ross, a Mafia informant scheduled to testify in San Francisco, inBullitt starring Steve McQueen, Robert Vaughn, and Jacqueline Bisset.
Renella's guest appearances on television include the hit shows Route 66, Combat!, Planet of the Apes, Mannix, The High Chaparral, McCloud, The Rockford Files, The Streets of San Francisco, Hunter, The Dukes of Hazzard, and the soap opera General Hospital.
One year when he attended the Academy Awards, he went over to Ginger Rogers at a party afterward and asked her to dance. She said yes, but told him to come back when they played something slower, which he did.
Renella played the manager of the inn in the sci fi horror drama Moonchild (1974) starring Victor Buono and John Carradine, and he played Duke in Run for the Roses (1977) starring Panchito Gomez and Vera Miles.
He played a policeman in the comedy Beverly Hills Brats (1989) starring Burt Young, Martin Sheen, and Terry Moore, and was shown flubbing a line in the bloopers shown over the end credits.
Pat Renella lived in Los Angeles.
Bobbi Jordan (c. 1937 – November 9, 2012) was an American actress whose television and film credits included the soap opera, General Hospital, and the 1974 musical film, Mame
Major Harris III (February 9, 1947 – November 9, 2012) was an American R&B singer, associated with the Philadelphia soul sound and The Delfonics(early 1970s–1974).
Sergio Oliva (July 4, 1941 – November 12, 2012) was a bodybuilder known as "The Myth". This sobriquet was given to him by bodybuilder/writer Rick Wayne. Wayne had begun calling Oliva "The Myth" "(because everyone who saw him at the 1967 Montreal World's Fair said he was "Just unbelievable")".
Billy Scott (October 5, 1942 – November 17, 2012) was an American R&B singer, who was lead vocalist for the group The Prophets, later known as "The Georgia Prophets", and eventually "Billy Scott & The Party Prophets". He was known for beach musical hits such as "I Got the Fever" and "California".
onnie Lynn Fields (July 18, 1944 – November 17, 2012) was an American actress and Mouseketeer on The Mickey Mouse Club, beginning with the show's third season. Hera film credits included roles in Angel in My Pocket, Bye Bye Birdie, and Funny Girl.
Fields was born Bonita Fields in Walterboro, South Carolina. Fields was just 12 years old when she was cast as a Mouseketeer, joining The Mickey Mouse Club at the start of its third season (1957-1958). Approximately 5,000 children auditioned to join the show for its third season; Fields was the second to the last person to audition for the show. Walt Disney reportedly personally asked Fields to change her name from "Bonita," which had three syllables, to a new two-syllable stage name ("Bonnie") to harmonize more effectively with the show's other Musketeers during musical songs.
In the 1960s, Fields appeared on Broadway, including Half a Sixpence and Kelly.
Fields died from throat cancer in Richmond, Indiana, on November 17, 2012, aged 68
Dann Cahn (April 9, 1923 – November 21, 2012) was an American film editor who received the Career Achievement Award from theAmerican Cinema Editors (ACE). Cahn was best known as the head editor of the TV series, I Love Lucy and for his work as the head of post-production of comedienne Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz's Desilu Playhouse. Cahn would also go on to edit several more movies and TV series such as The Beverly Hillbillies. Cahn worked with Orson Welles, Russ Meyer and others.
Emily Squires (August 23, 1941 – November 21, 2012) was an American television producer and director best known for her Emmy Award-winning work on Sesame Street.
After attending Randolph Macon Women's College, from which she later received an award as an outstanding alumna, Emily Squires graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1962. She moved to New York later that year and began working for CBS News. In 1967, when public television was in its infancy, she began working for the Public Broadcasting Laboratory. Two years later, she began working as a production assistant at "Sesame Street" during its first year on the air.
In 1982, Squires joined a team of "Sesame Street" directors that included Jon Stone, Lisa Simon, and Ted May. Over the next 25 years, she received 18 Emmy nominations and became known for having a terrific eye when it came to shooting musical numbers.
In addition to becoming the first woman director of "Sesame Street," Squires helped break other barriers as well. "She wanted to work on the show because it was making changes in racial stereotypes in America," Sonia Manzano, who played Maria on the show, told The New York Times.
Squires co-produced "Sesame Street's" 25th anniversary special show, "All-Star 25th Birthday: Stars and Stripes Forever!"
Squires also wrote for daytime television serials including Guiding Light, Secret Storm, Search for Tomorrow, and As the World Turns, and worked on interfaith cable TV series and documentaries on the Dalai Lama, Frederick Franck, and Hiroshima. With her husband Len Belzer, Squires co-authored the book Spiritual Places in New York City.
Deborah Iona Raffin (March 13, 1953 – November 21, 2012) was an American film and television actress, who later became an audiobook publisher.
affin appeared in several 1970s Hollywood films. Her 1976 television movie Nightmare in Badham County became a theatrical hit inmainland China, making Raffin a star there, and leading to her later becoming the first Western actress ever to make a movie promotion tour in that country. She was nominated for both a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama and a Razzie Award for Worst Actress for her performance in Touched by Love in 1981.
In 1988, she starred in James Clavell's Noble House with Pierce Brosnan. In 1991, she appeared as Julie Vale, a telepath, in the cult filmScanners II: The New Order. She later appeared as Aunt Julie on the television show 7th Heaven, and as Dr. Hightower in the ABC Familyteenager series, The Secret Life of the American Teenager.
Art Ginsburg (July 29, 1931 – November 21, 2012), commonly known as Mr. Food, was an American television chef and best selling author of cookbooks. He was known for ending each of his TV segments with the catch phrase "Ooh! It's so good!" The signature phrase, as spoken by Mr. Food, is registered as a sound trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Ginsburg was a pioneer of "quick & easy cooking" who, for over 30 years, paved the way for other TV food personalities to follow. With his enthusiastic style, Mr. Food specialized in practical food preparation techniques, using readily available ingredients. He extolled an "anybody can do it" philosophy of cooking.
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Pearl Laska Chamberlain (nee Bragg, April 29, 1909 - November 22, 2012) learned to fly in a Kinner Fleet bi-plane in 1933 and held a pilot’s certificate until she was 97. Prior to World War II, the federal government established the Civilian Flight Training Program, a back-door method to train pilots for military service.
She was a W.A.S.P (Women Airforce Service Pilots) trainee during the war and was honorably discharged. In 1945, following her dream to be a full-time pilot, Pearl moved to Nome, Alaska and worked as a flight instructor and bush pilot. The next year she became the first woman to solo a single-engine airplane (a 1939 Piper J4) up the Alaska Highway. The FAA recognized her achievements as a pioneer Alaska aviator in 2006.Scorning the belief that Alaska Natives (Eskimos, etc.) were unable to learn flying, she taught many, including Holger Jorgensen, who became the first Native hired as a pilot by a scheduled air line.
In 2007 she received the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award
Larry Martin Hagman (September 21, 1931 – November 23, 2012) was an American film and television actor best known for playing ruthless oil baron J. R. Ewing in the 1980s prime time television soap opera Dallas, and befuddled astronaut Major Anthony "Tony" Nelson in the 1960s sitcom I Dream of Jeannie.
Hagman had supporting roles in numerous films including Fail-Safe, Nixon, and Primary Colors. His television appearances also included guest roles on dozens of shows spanning from the late 1950s up until his death, and a reprisal of his signature role on the 2012 revival of Dallas. He also worked as a producer and director on television.
Hagman was the son of actress Mary Martin. He underwent a life-saving liver transplant in 1995. Although Hagman was a member of a 12-step program, he publicly advocated marijuana as a better alternative to alcohol. He died on November 23, 2012 from complications of throat cancer.
Earl "Speedoo" Carroll (November 2, 1937 – November 25, 2012) was the lead vocalist for the doo-wop group The Cadillacs. The group's biggest hit was "Speedoo", Carroll's subsequent nickname. It was released in 1955. He joined The Coasters in 1961, leaving the group in the early 1990s to permanently reform The Cadillacs.
In the 1990s, a newspaper reported that Carroll had worked as a custodian at PS 87, a New York elementary school, where he was a beloved figure whom the children called "Speedo". Earl was chosen to be the subject of a children's book, That's Our Custodian, by Ann Morris (Brookfield, Connecticut: Millbrook Press). The publicity helped him to revive his career. He became a mainstay of the PBS series honoring doo wop, hosted byJerry Butler.
Carroll died in a nursing home in New York at the age of 75, following a stroke and a battle with diabetes.
Don Rhymer (February 23, 1961 - November 28, 2012) was an American screenwriter and film producer. He wrote movies like Big Momma's House, The Santa Clause 2, Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London, The Honeymooners, Deck the Halls, and the computer animated mockumentary, Surf's Up.
Rhymer also enjoyed a successful TV career, and wrote and produced such sitcoms as The Hogan Family, Coach, Bagdad Café, Evening Shade, Hearts Afire, Caroline in the City, Chicago Sons, and Fired Up And In The Classic Hanna-Barbera's TV Show Fish Police Starring John Ritter.
In addition, he wrote the telefilms Banner Times, Past the Bleachers, and Under Wraps.
He co-wrote the film Rio for Blue Sky Studios and wrote the script for the sequel, due for release in the early spring of 2014.
Rhymer died of cancer on November 28, 2012.
Susan Luckey (April 4, 1938 – November 29, 2012) was an American actress, best known for her roles in the musical films, Carousel, released in 1956, and The Music Man, which opened in 1962.
Luckey's real name was Suzanne Douglas. She was married to actor Larry Douglas from 1964 until he died in 1996.
Luckey performed on Broadway during the 1950s, including the original 1954 adaptation of Peter Pan and Take Me Along. On television, Luckey was cast in The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show. She also appeared in the television movie, Annie Get Your Gun, in 1957.
Luckey was best known for her roles in Carousel and The Music Man. She co-starred as the daughter of Billy Bigelow's character, played by Gordon MacRae, in Carousel. She also played Zaneeta Shinn, the daughter of Mayor Shinn (portrayed by Paul Ford), in The Music Man. A scene in The Music Man in which see kisses Timmy Everett's character while hanging from a jungle gym became a classic. Her last film was the 1966 small movie, Step Out of Your Mind.
Susan Luckey died at her home in Los Angeles, California, on November 29, 2012, at the age of 74. She was survived by her daughter, Shayna.
Dale Hey (June 16, 1945 – November 29, 2012) was a professional wrestler, better known under his ring name, Buddy Roberts
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