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  • #61
    Rob Reiner, George Clooney, Dick Van Dyke and More Stars Pay Tribute to ‘Comedy Legend’ Carl Reiner

    Hollywood dignitaries, from Rob Reiner to George Clooney, took to social media on Tuesday to pay tribute to the late Carl Reiner. Reiner, the 98-year-old whose legendary career as a comedy writer, director and producer spanned over 60 years, died Monday of natural causes.

    His son Rob Reiner wrote, “Last night my dad passed away. As I write this my heart is hurting. He was my guiding light.”

    Clooney, who collaborated with Reiner on the “Ocean’s Eleven” movies, told Variety, “Carl Reiner made every room he walked into funnier, smarter, kinder. It all seemed so effortless. What an incredible gift he gave us all. His was a life well lived and we’re all the better for it. Rest in peace my friend.”

    Reiner’s longtime friend Alan Alda said, “His talent will live on for a long time, but the loss of his kindness and decency leaves a hole in our hearts. We love you, Carl.”

    Steve Martin — the star of several films directed by Reiner, including “The Jerk,” “All of Me” with Lily Tomlin, “Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid” and “The Man With Two Brains” — tweeted on Tuesday, “Goodbye to my greatest mentor in movies and in life. Thank you, dear Carl.”

    Dick Van Dyke, star of Reiner’s classic sitcom “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” offered his condolences. “My idol, Carl Reiner, wrote about the human comedy,” Van Dyke wrote on Twitter. “He had a deeper understanding of the human condition, than I think even he was aware of. Kind, gentle, compassionate, empathetic and wise. His scripts were never just funny, they always had something to say about us.”

    Bernadette Peters, who starred in Reiner’s 1979 screwball comedy “The Jerk” with Martin, said, “Dearest Carl this was your last tweet always always caring til the end. We shall miss you very much.”

    Jerry Seinfeld said, “Anyone in comedy who got to know or even just meet Carl Reiner felt that they had been given a great gift.”

    Bette Midler, who played Lilly Leonard in Reiner’s romantic comedy “That Old Feeling,” wrote, “I worked with him, loved him, and consider myself one of the luckiest people in the world to have once attended lunch with his hilarious, guarrulous gang…”

    Actress Amber Tamblyn, who briefly worked with Reiner on “Two and a Half Men,” shared a photo from set with Holland Taylor. She captioned the picture, “We will miss you, Carl. You were a gift to this world.”

    Three days before he died, Reiner, who was prolific on Twitter, reflected on his own life. “Nothing pleases me more than knowing that I have lived the best life possible by having met & marrying the gifted Estelle (Stella) Lebost—who partnered with me in bringing Rob, Annie & Lucas Reiner into to this needy & evolving world,” he wrote.


    • #62
      Legendary '20/20' Broadcaster Hugh Downs Dead at 99

      Hugh Downs -- a broadcasting legend with 60 years experience on "Today," "20/20" and 'The Tonight Show' -- has died.

      Hugh died Wednesday at his home in Scottsdale, AZ ... according to his family, who released a statement Friday, saying his passing is not related to the coronavirus pandemic.

      Hugh was one of TV's most familiar faces during his incredibly long and successful run as a broadcaster ... he co-anchored NBC's "Today" show from 1962 to 1971 and is most remembered for his 21 years as Barbara Walters' co-host on ABC's "20/20."

      Downs was also known for his signature sign-off during his time at "20/20" ... ending the nightly program with this gem, "We're in touch, so you be in touch."

      Hugh was on the tube for so long, at one point he held the record for most hours spent in front of a TV camera with a whopping 15,188 ... a long-standing record eventually topped by Regis Philbin.

      While Hugh officially retired from "20/20" way back in 1999, he lent his smooth voice to a number of TV specials and documentary films during the 2000s.

      Hugh was born in Akron, Ohio and he got his broadcasting start on radio in Detroit and Chicago before moving to TV in 1949 as an announcer on a classic children's puppet show called, "Kukla, Fran and Ollie."

      Downs also served as the announcer for one of the earliest versions of NBC's "Tonight Show," working alongside Jack Paar in the late 1950s and early '60s.

      He even launched one of the most popular daytime shows in the 1960s, "Concentration," a memory-matching game he hosted for over a decade.

      Downs worked for PBS too, for much of the 1990s he was the host of the network's "Live From Lincoln Center" broadcasts.

      Hugh was 99.

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      • #63
        Earl Cameron: British film and TV star actor dies aged 102

        Earl Cameron, one of the first black actors to forge a successful career in British film and television, has died aged 102, his family has confirmed.

        Bermuda-born Cameron, who lived with his wife in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, died in his sleep on Friday.

        Cameron first appeared on screen in the 1951 film Pool of London, in a rare starring role for a black actor.

        His family said he "was an inspirational man who stood by his moral principles".

        Cameron was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours.

        His other screen credits include 1965 Bond movie Thunderball and Doctor Who.

        His family said they "have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and respect they have received".

        "As an artist and actor he refused to accept roles that demeaned or stereotyped the character of people of colour," they added. "He will be very sadly missed."

        Family friend Martin Beckett said: "He had sheltered himself because of Covid and had not really been keen on going out, he had chest problems.

        "He's a great character, very spiritual, very modest, we're going to miss him.

        "He would never take on roles that demeaned people of colour... he was often subject of a lot of racial prejudice, but he never really got angry about it. He pitied people that couldn't accept him."

        Actor David Harewood called Cameron "a total legend".

        Bermuda Premier David Burt tweeted: "I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of iconic Bermudian actor Earl Cameron."

        Paterson Joseph, who recently starred as Kamal Hadley in the BBC's Noughts and Crosses series, said Cameron was a "giant man", whose "pioneering shoulders are what my generation of actors stand on".

        Artistic director Sir Matthew Bourne, said he was a "groundbreaker" with a "great legacy".

        Cameron also starred alongside Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn in the 2005 film The Interpreter.

        One of his final acting credits was for a small part in the 2010 film Inception, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Ellen Page.

        Speaking to the BBC as he turned 100, Cameron said he wanted to see more black actors in roles.

        He said: "There's a lot of talent out there and I think the British film industry would prosper by using more black talent."

        Cameron joined the British merchant navy and arrived in the UK in 1939.

        He told the Royal Gazette he made his debut in the chorus of Chu Chin Chow, a West End show, when he was working as a dishwasher at a restaurant and they needed someone quickly. EE


        • #64
          Broadway Star Nick Cordero Dead at 41 After COVID-19 Battle

          Nick Cordero -- a veteran leading man on Broadway -- has died after a long battle with COVID-19 -- this according to his wife, Amanda Kloots.

          First word of Cordero's passing came Sunday when Sony music exec Tony Mottola tweeted ... "NICK CORDERO..REST in PEACE our dear brother!!!" He added, "lead actor and star of “A BRONX TALE MUSICAL”..beautiful sweet man.. amazing talented actor and singer...loving family man ..we pray for you and your family .. @amandakloots."

          Tommy finished his thoughts by saying, " more pain more sufferin…" Nick's wife, confirmed the news herself on Instagram, writing a lengthy tribute to her husband.

          Amanda writes, "God has another angel in heaven now. My darling husband passed away this morning. He was surrounded in love by his family, singing and praying as he gently left this earth."

          She continued, "I am in disbelief and hurting everywhere. My heart is broken as I cannot imagine our lives without him. Nick was such a bright light. He was everyone’s friend, loved to listen, help and especially talk. He was an incredible actor and musician. He loved his family and loved being a father and husband. Elvis and I will miss him in everything we do, everyday." Amanda went on to thank Nick's team of doctors as well as his supporters who poured in love and well-wishes during his lengthy battle.

          Amanda had publicly shared updates while her husband was fighting for his life ever since contracting the virus in March.

          Nick was initially hospitalized thinking he had pneumonia, which was later found to be COVID-19. Since being admitted, he's had several complications with his treatment, including septic shock, lung infections and a leg amputation.

          Most recently, he had a procedure done to remove a pace maker, and Amanda said Nick might even need a double lung transplant down the road.

          Prior to his diagnosis, Nick was an absolute stud on the big stage, having starred in several big shows like "Bullets Over Broadway," for which he got a Tony Award nomination in 2014. He was also in "Waitress," "Rock of Ages," and the musical version of "A Bronx Tale," which earned more nominations and accolades.

          Nick also had some on-screen credits, notably playing a cop in the CBS crime drama "Blue Bloods."

          He's survived by Amanda and their one-year-old son, Elvis. Nick was 41.




          • #65
            MythBusters Star Grant Imahara Dies at 49

            MythBusters and White Rabbit Project host Grant Imahara has died. He was 49. A report from THR suggests the host died suddenly Monday. Imahara first joined the Discovery Channel hit in its third season on the network and remained there until 2014. In 2016, he helped launch Netflix's White Rabbit Project alongside fellow MythBusters alumni Kari Byron and Tory Belleci.

            We are heartbroken to hear this sad news about Grant. He was an important part of our Discovery family and a really wonderful man. Our thoughts and prayersWe are heartbroken to hear this sad news about Grant. He was an important part of our Discovery family and a really wonderful man. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family," a Discovery spokesperson told THR.

            This story is developing...



            • #66
              Wilford Brimley, Face of Quaker Oats & Diabetes Campaigns, Dead at 85

              Wilford Brimley -- an iconic actor who was the face of Quaker Oats for years, as well as a spokesperson for diabetes education -- has died ... a rep tells TMZ.

              We're told Brimley passed away Saturday morning at his home in Utah. Sources with direct knowledge of Wilford's health tell us he was in an ICU wing of a hospital on dialysis, and very sick for days.

              Wilford had a lengthy career on camera, dating back to the 1970s with over 70 acting credits. He's perhaps most known for roles in cult classic films like "Cocoon," "The Natural," "The Thing," "Hard Target," and countless other memorable on-screen appearances, big and small.

              Brimley started out as mostly a TV actor, landing one-time roles on TV series like "How the West Was Won," 'Kung Fu,' "The Oregon Trail," and then eventually ... a recurring part on "The Waltons." He went on to star in a bunch of TV movies, such as "The Wild Wild West Revisited," "Amber Waves," "Roughnecks," "Rodeo Girl," 'The Big Black Pill,' and so on.

              In the '80s, he started breaking out into more traditional films, appearing in flicks like "High Road to China," "10 to Midnight," "Tough Enough," "Jackals," "End of the Line," and a bunch of other B-movies where he'd often play an authority figure or a grandfatherly figure with his deep, comforting Southern accent. One of the best character actors without a doubt.

              He went on to star in countless other movies and shows, notably on "Our House," in which he starred in over 40 episodes, as well one-off appearances in hit series like "Walker, Texas Ranger," "Seinfeld," and so many others.

              Folks might remember Wilford more for commercials though over the years -- specifically, his campaigns with Quaker Oats through the '80s and '90s, and maybe even more memorable ... his classic diabetes ads for Liberty Medical -- which was often spoofed, but also beloved.

              Wilford was diagnosed with diabetes mellitus in 1979, and managed the disease ever since then -- obviously, he was very open about it. The American Diabetes Association honored him for his lifetime of advocacy in 2008.

              A rep for Wilford tells TMZ, one of his favorite quotes was from a sign at a blacksmith's shop. It read, "There is nothing made, sold, or done that can't be made, sold, or done cheaper. If price is your only concern, please do business with my competitor."

              He's survived by his wife, Beverly, and his three children.

              Wilford was 85. RIP

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              • #67
                The Dirty Dozen Actor Trini Lopez Dies Of COVID-19

                American singer Trini Lopez, who dabbled in acting briefly and appeared as one of the titular characters of The Dirty Dozen in the 1967 film, has passed away. Palm Springs Life magazine reported the news while Variety reports that his death came from complications related to the COVID-19 coronavirus. Lopez was 83. As a singer and musician, Lopez began releasing singles in the late 1950s but found success with his 1963 single "If I Had a Hammer," which hit the #3 position on the Billboard Top 100. He continued to release music well into the 21st century though, releasing his final album "Into the Future" in 2011.

                "Tini Lopez, who has lived in Palm Springs since the 1960s, passed away Aug. 11," Palm Springs Life wrote on Instagram. "His passing comes just after a documentary on his life had wrapped shooting and editing by @pdavidebersole and cohort @airport1975 (Todd Hughes), also Palm Springs residents who created the @houseofcardindoc on @pierrecardinofficiel.⁠ They had just shown Trini a cut for approval last week."

                Born in Dallas, Texas, Lopez made a name for himself as a musician during the 1960s, earning an induction into the International Latin Music Hall of Fame in 2003 and given a place on the Las Vegas Walk of Stars in 2008. Though his appearances on film were brief, he starred alongside Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, and Charles Bronson in Robert Aldrich's The Dirty Dozen. Lopez also appeared on television including episodes of the 1970s series The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries and Adam-12. As outlined above by Palm Springs Life, a documentary on his life was already in the works before his passing.



                • #68
                  Star Trek, Chariots of Fire Star Ben Cross Dies at 72

                  Ben Cross, the English actor who starred in the 1981 Oscar-winning film Chariots of Fire and played Sarek in 2009's Star Trek reboot died on Tuesday morning in Vienna, his family confirmed. He was 72 years old. Born Harry Bernard Cross in London in 1947, Cross began acting in school plays in grammar school. He left school and worked as a window cleaner, waiter, and carpenter before enrolling in London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts when he was 22 years old. He won the school's Vanbrugh prize for the performance of the year. He graduated into a series of strong stage performances, eventually making his film debut in the 1976 World War II movie A Bridge Too Far.

                  His star continued to rise, capturing international attention with his performance as lawyer Billy Flynn in Chicago. That performance helped land him his part in Chariots of Fire, where he starred opposite Ian Charleson, Ian Holm, and John Gielgud. The film, based on a true story of two competing track athletes, one Jewish and one Christian, at the 1924 Olympics was a huge box office success. Cross garnered critical praise and attention for his performance.

                  After Chariots of Fire, Cross went on to star in the BBC drama The Citadel, HBO' movie Steal The Sky and the NBC miniseries Twist of Fate. He also maintained a theater presence, with performances in Lydia Breeze and the revival of The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial.

                  In 1995, Cross played the villainous Prince Malagant in Columbia Pictures' First Knight. The cast also included Richard Gere, Sean Connery, and Julia Ormond. He played Spock's father, Sarek, in the J.J. Abrams-directed 2009 Star Trek movie, which takes place in an alternate timeline from the original Star Trek series.

                  More recently, Cross appeared on The CW series Pandora and in the 2018 movie The Hurricane Heist. He wrapped filming on his final performance, playing Cardinal Mathews in the horror movie The Devil's Light, ten days before his death.

                  Cross also has a role in the Netflix film Last Letter from Your Lover, which is still in post-production. In the movie, he stars opposite Shailene Woodley, Felicity Jones, Joe Alwyn, and Callum Turner. He was also set to appear in the yet-to-film movies Resilient 3D and Liberty.

                  Cross was married three times, and he is survived by his wife Deyana Boneva Cross, as well as his two children, Theo and Lauren.



                  • #69
                    Caesar Cordova, Scarface Actor, Dies At 84

                    Character actor Caesar Cordova, best known for appearing in gangster films with Al Pacino, has passed away. Variety reports that Cordova died of natural causes on Wednesday in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Cordova is survived by his wife Gladys Gomez; their four children Panchito Gomez, Luis Gomez, Ana Sanchez Gomez and Elena Gomez Martinez, and three children from a previous marriage Damarys Cordova, Abigail Cordova and Jesse Cordova. Born in 1936 in Puerto Rico, Cordova was 84 at the time of his passing. May he rest in peace and our condolences to his family.

                    Though Cordova started his acting career on television, he's probably best known for appearing in movies like Carlito's Way, where he played the barber, and Scarface, where he played a taco stand cook; both opposite Al Pacino and both directed by filmmaker Brian De Palma. Some of his other feature film roles include appearances in Where the Buffalo Roam with Bill Murray, Nighthawks opposite Sylvester Stallone and Billy Dee Williams, Cutter's Way with Jeff Bridges, and Shark’s Treasure.

                    Cordova also dabbled in TV throughout his career as well, making appearances on episodes of Kojak, The A-Team, and Cagney & Lacey. He also appeared on Broadway in the show “Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?," another collaboration with Al Pacino.

                    The previously mentioned son of Cordova, Panchito Gómez, followed his father into the world of acting. In the early 70s he encouraged Gómez to pursue acting as a young boy, auditioning for a part in the second season of Sesame Street for The Children's Television Workshop. Gómez auditioned opposite Raúl Juliá and would go on to become the first child actor named in the credits of the series.

                    Cordova's two biggest credits, De Palma's Scarface and Carlito's Way, arrived ten years apart. Scarface, a remake of the 1932 film of the same name, was met with negative critical reception upon release but has become a cult film in the decades since. Carlito's Way, despite a warmer reception upon release, has also developed a following since its release with both films now bona fide classics in the pantheon of Hollywood.



                    • #70
                      Actor Chadwick Boseman, star of '42,' dies on Jackie Robinson Day

                      Chadwick Boseman, the actor who brought Jackie Robinson to a modern audience in the 2013 film ‘42,’ has died after a battle with colon cancer. He was 43.

                      Boseman’s death came on the same day MLB celebrated Jackie Robinson Day in honor of the color barrier-breaking Brooklyn Dodgers star, with every player wearing Robinson’s No. 42.

                      The news was confirmed through Boseman’s Twitter account following an initial report from the Associated Press.

                      According to the statement, Boseman was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016 and battled it four four years as it progressed to stage IV. He died at home, surrounded by his wife and family.

                      Boseman was Jackie Robinson, Black Panther and so many more
                      After years working mostly as a TV actor, Boseman’s found his breakout role as Robinson in ‘42.’ His portrayal of the legend’s unwavering resolve and private frustrations as he broke baseball’s color barrier earned widespread acclaim.

                      Boseman went onto play the likes of James Brown in “Get on Up” and a star football player in “Draft Day” in 2014. Even after his cancer diagnosis in 2016, Boseman breathed life into the iconic Black Panther in three Marvel movies, ending with Avengers: Endgame in 2019. His most recent film role was Vietnam War soldier Norman Earl “Stormin' Norm” Holloway in Spike Lee’s critically acclaimed “Da 5 Bloods.”

                      Per IMDB, Boseman has one more completed film to be released, an adaptation of the play “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” by August Wilson.



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                        • #72
                          Leslie Hamilton Freas, Terminator Star Linda Hamilton's Twin Sister and Stunt Double, Dies at 63

                          Leslie Hamilton Freas, the identical twin sister of Terminator star Linda Hamilton, has died at the age of 63. Freas appeared in 1991's Terminator 2: Judgement Day as a stunt double for Hamilton as well as portrayed the cyborg Sarah Connor when both the real Sarah (played by Hamilton) and the T-1000 Terminator that had shifted to look like Sarah were in the same shot. Freas, who was born on September 26, 1956 in Salisbury Maryland, died on Saturday, August 22nd and a cause of death has not been revealed.

                          According to an obituary, outside of her role working with Hamilton in Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Freas worked as an ER nurse, later transitioning to work as a hospice nurse later in her career. She's described as "the consummate caretaker" who was devoted to not just her children but the lives of others. She's also noted as being an avid fisherwoman.

                          In addition to the scene in which she played the T-1000 version of Sarah, Freas also appeared additional scenes in the film, most notably the haunting nuclear apocalypse nightmare scene in which Freas -- who is credited as Leslie Hamilton Gearren in the film -- plays the happy Sarah Connor playing on the playground with a young John Connor before the nuclear blast while the real Sarah Connor (Hamilton) watches in horror (via MovieWeb). Freas also appeared in a deleted scene in which Sarah and John reset the T-800's (Arnold Schwarzenegger) CPU. The scene saw Freas stand by Schwarzenegger while Hamilton is actually seen in a "mirror" illusion, an example of the film pulling off some interesting visual tricks without the use of CGI. Terminator 2 was Freas sole film credit.

                          Hamilton spoke about how the film incorporated Freas, particularly in the T-1000 scene, in a 2010 interview

                          "They were going to use a process shot for the double, but they flew Leslie in and were delighted," Hamilton said.

                          Per Freas obituary, she is survived by her children, Ashley, Adam, and Kendall, her sisters Laura Hamilton and Linda Hamilton, brother Ford Hamilton, a stepbrother Jeffrey Payne, and grandchildren Luna Bo and Ollie.