• Herb Stempel, Whistleblower Who Inspired Robert Redford Film ‘Quiz Show,’ Dies at 93
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    Herb Stempel, Whistleblower Who Inspired Robert Redford Film ‘Quiz Show,’ Dies at 93

    Herb Stempel, the federal whistleblower who exposed how the NBC game show “Twenty-One” was manipulated for ratings, died last month at the age of 93. His death was confirmed this weekend by Stempel’s stepdaughter to The New York Times.Stempel’s story was told in the Robert Redford film “Quiz Show,” which starred John Turturro as Stempel and earned five Oscar nominations, including Best Picture. Stempel, an Army veteran attending school on the G.I. Bill, applied to be on “Twenty-One” and was handpicked by producer Dan Enright to be the star of the show, portrayed as an American underdog making thousands for his family.Stempel was given the answers to questions in advance, winning thousands during his run on the show.Also Read: Anthony James, 'In the Heat of the Night' and 'Unforgiven' Actor, Dies at 77But as ratings began to level off, Enright turned his attention to Columbia professor Charles Van Doren, seeing him as a new star to keep viewers interested. Herb Stempel was convinced to intentionally miss the final question and allow Van Doren to win after Enright promised that he would find him a slot on a panel show. Not only was that promised never honored, but Stempel said he felt personally humiliated when the question he was forced to throw was to identify the winner of the 1955 Best Picture Oscar.“I knew that the answer was ‘Marty,’ but Dan Enright specifically wanted me to miss that question. This hurt me very deeply because this was one of my favorite pictures of all times and I could never forget this,” Stempel said in a 1992 interview with PBS’ “American Experience.” “A few seconds before that, as I was trying to come up with the answer, I could have changed my mind. I could have said, ‘The answer is “Marty.” instead of “On the Waterfront.” I would have won. There would have been no Charles Van Doren, no famous celebrity. Charles Van Doren would have gone back to teaching college and my whole life would have been changed.”Also Read: Richard Herd, 'Seinfeld' Actor, Dies at 87After attempting to expose “Twenty-One” through the press, Herb Stempel went to the authorities. “Twenty-One” became the basis of a New York State investigation that questioned the show’s producers, including Enright, who denied Stempel’s claims and dismissed him as jealous of Van Doren’s success. When the grand jury’s findings were sealed by a judge’s order, the investigation escalated to the federal level.In February 1957, Stempel testified before Congress about his offer to throw the game to Van Doren, but it wasn’t until another contestant came forward with notes he took of questions provided to him by producers that Van Doren and the “Twenty-One” producers finally confessed. The scandal resulted in changes to the Federal Communications Act outlawing rigging of game shows.Herb Stempel would not discuss “Twenty-One” for another 35 years, until he was approached by PBS for an interview on “American Experience.” While Stempel said he didn’t like his portrayal by Turturro on “Quiz Show,” he made multiple media and public appearances following the show’s release, including an appearance on “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” in the very same NBC studio where “Twenty-One” was recorded.Read original story Herb Stempel, Whistleblower Who Inspired Robert Redford Film ‘Quiz Show,’ Dies at 93 At TheWrap

  • Bill Small, Longtime TV News Exec, Dies at 93
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    Bill Small, Longtime TV News Exec, Dies at 93

    Bill Small, who served as CBS News Washington Bureau Chief and NBC News President, died Sunday morning of a “brief illness unrelated to the coronavirus,” the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced. He was 93.Small’s 12-year run as the network’s Bureau Chief, from 1962 to 1974, coincided with a number of major events, including the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the killing of Martin Luther King Jr.,  the Vietnam War, and Watergate. His efforts also helped push “CBS Evening News With Walter Cronkite” to the top of the ratings for two decades.“Bill Small was one of the ‘greats’ of our television news industry. In his time as a news executive at both NBC and CBS, he had an uncanny eye for talent and unwavering dedication to journalism,” NATAS Chairman Terry O’Reilly said.  “Those who were brought to the network news world by Bill include: Marvin Kalb, Dan Rather, Bob Schieffer, Ed Bradley, Lesley Stahl, Diane Sawyer, Susan Zirinsky, Connie Chung, Martha Teichner, Bernard Shaw, and so many more.”Also Read: How CBS Pulled Off a New 'All Rise' Episode During a PandemicThe CBS Washington bureau was built thanks to Small’s ability to draft talent from within CBS – including the likes of Eric Sevareid, Harry Reasoner and Dan Rather – as well as bring in producers and reporters for their first commercial network news positions, like Bob Schieffer, Ed Bradley, Bernard Shaw and Bill Moyers. He was also instrumental in recruiting women into the once-underrepresented arena of network news, like, Diane Sawyer, Lesley Stahl, Susan Zirinsky and Connie Chung.Small was later named president of NBC News in 1979, where he helped facilitate the move of Tom Brokaw to co-anchor of the “Today Show” and oversaw coverage of the election of the Iran hostage crisis and Ronald Reagan’s win in the 1980 presidential election. In 1982, he became president of United Press International, the second largest news agency in the U.S. Later on he would serve as a professor at Fordham University and also, from 2000 to 2010, as the chairman of the News and Documentary Emmy Awards.“He was a titan of television journalism, nurturing the first amendment in many a fledgling reporter and guiding the coverage of some of the seminal moments of our country’s history,” Adam Sharp, NATAS President and CEO, said in a statement. “The Academy and the broadcast news industry has lost one of its seminal heroes. We extend our prayers and condolences to his family and to all those gifted by his gracious tutelage.”Read original story Bill Small, Longtime TV News Exec, Dies at 93 At TheWrap

  • Geno Silva, ‘Scarface’ Actor, Dies at 72
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    Geno Silva, ‘Scarface’ Actor, Dies at 72

    Geno Silva, an actor best known for playing the silent assassin that took down Tony Montana in 1983’s “Scarface,” has died. He was 72.The actor died in his home in Los Angeles on May 9 of complications from a form of dementia known as frontotemporal degeneration, something he had suffered with for the last 15 years, his family told The Hollywood Reporter).In “Scarface,” Silva played The Skull, the man who finally brings down Al Pacino’s character in the bloody climax to Brian De Palma’s 1983 film, all without uttering a word.Also Read: Lynn Shelton, Director of 'Humpday' and 'Mad Men' Episodes, Dies at 54Silva also worked with Steven Spielberg on three occasions, including his wartime comedy “1941,” “Jurassic Park: The Lost World” and the drama “Amistad.” Some of his other film credits included small roles in David Lynch’s “Mulholland Dr.,” “Tequila Sunrise” and “A Man Apart.” He most recently acted in the 2005 film “Tortilla Heaven.”On television, he starred as Hector Allegria in the American drama series “Key West.” He also popped up in episodes of “Days of Our Lives,” “Alias,” “Walker: Texas Ranger” and “MacGyver.”Silva was born in 1948 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and was also a veteran stage actor, appearing alongside Philip Seymour Hoffman in a 1994 production of “The Merchant of Venice.” He also starred in the play “Sueño” written by Jose Rivera.Read original story Geno Silva, ‘Scarface’ Actor, Dies at 72 At TheWrap

  • Brian Howe, Bad Company Lead Singer and Ted Nugent Vocalist, Dies at 66
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    Brian Howe, Bad Company Lead Singer and Ted Nugent Vocalist, Dies at 66

    Brian Howe, the lead singer for the British rock supergroup Bad Company and a former vocalist for Ted Nugent, has died. He was 66.Howe was found in his home Tuesday morning, suffering from cardiac arrest. Though EMT’s were able to have a short conversation with him, they were unable to revive him. Howe’s passing was confirmed by his longtime friend and manager, Paul Easton.“It is with deep and profound sadness that we announce the untimely passing of a loving father, friend and musical icon, Brian Howe,” Easton said in a statement.Also Read: Florian Schneider, German Electronic Music Pioneer With Kraftwerk, Dies at 73“Finding the appropriate words to express the pain in our hearts over losing my brother has been difficult.” his sister Sandie said in a statement. “Our family would like to thank you for your compassion and the outpouring of love we are receiving.”Howe replaced Paul Rodgers as the lead singer for Bad Company back in 1986 and lent the vocals to one of the band’s most successful albums, 1990’s “Holy Water,” which produced a Top 20 power ballad, “If You Needed Somebody.”Born in Portsmouth, England, Howe was discovered by Ted Nugent and recorded the vocals for Nugent’s album “Penetrator” in 1983 and would also perform with the guitarist for his world tour in 1984 for a couple of years.Also Read: Don Shula, Legendary NFL Coach of the Miami Dolphins, Dies at 90Then in 1986 when Bad Company members Simon Kirke and Mick Ralphs decided to resurrect the Bad Company name, they recruited Howe to replace Rodgers, starting with the album “Fame & Fortune.” He also appears on the albums “Dangerous Age,” and “Here Comes Trouble.”Howe departed the band in 1994 and Bad Company would reunite with its original lineup, including Rodgers, for a few tracks in 1995. Howe also had three solo records, including 1997’s “Tangled in Blue,” and wrote the single “Hot Tin Roof” most recently in 2018. He’s also credited as a co-writer on the Megadeth song “I’ll Get Even.”Prior to his death, Howe was on tour with his band Paul Warren, Christopher Turnbow, Miguel Gonzales and Rick Brothers before the industry shut down due to COVID-19.Also Read: Irrfan Khan, Star of 'Slumdog Millionaire' and 'Life of Pi,' Dies at 53“I feel we are all put in this world for a reason,” his son Michael said in a statement. “The passion for music was my father’s, and I am so happy that his legacy will live on.”Howe also did charity work with the Have A Heart Animal Rescue group and continued writing songs up until his death. He is survived by his sister Sandie and her husband, his son Michael and daughters Victoria and Ella, along with three grandchildren Kira, Alexandria, and Aurora.Read original story Brian Howe, Bad Company Lead Singer and Ted Nugent Vocalist, Dies at 66 At TheWrap

  • Sam Lloyd, Actor on ‘Scrubs,’ Dies at 56
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    Sam Lloyd, Actor on ‘Scrubs,’ Dies at 56

    Sam Lloyd, best known for his role as downtrodden lawyer Ted Buckland on “Scrubs,” has died. He was 56.Lloyd was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor last year, which was revealed in a GoFuneMe campaign that was launched by “Scrubs” producer Tom Hobert and his wife.Lloyd’s agent confirmed the news of his death.Also Read: Matty Simmons, Producer of 'Animal House' and 'Vacation' Who Co-Founded National Lampoon, Dies at 93Lloyd appeared in 95 episodes during the longrunning medical comedy’s run on NBC and ABC. He reprised the role briefly in Lawrence’s other series, “Cougar Town.”A veteran character actor Lloyd has more than 60 credits to his name across a 30-year career. He made appearances in TV shows including “Desperate Housewives,” “Happy Together,” “Shameless,” “Modern Family,” “Spin City” and “Seinfeld.” In films, Lloyd can be seen in “Galaxy Quest” and “Flubber.” Lloyd was also a musician, even playing his guitar during an episode of “Scrubs.”“Scrubs” creator Bill Lawrence paid tribute to Lloyd on Friday, writing on Twitter: “Thinking a lot about Sam Lloyd today. (Ted). Truly such a kind, sweet guy. He will be missed by so many.”Thinking a lot about Sam Lloyd today. (Ted). Truly such a kind, sweet guy. He will be missed by so many. pic.twitter.com/JRzlLKhqHB— Bill Lawrence (@VDOOZER) May 1, 2020“Scrubs” star Zach Braff paid respects as well, tweeting, “Rest In Peace to one of the funniest actors I’ve ever had the joy of working with. Sam Lloyd made me crack up and break character every single time we did a scene together. He could not have been a kinder man. I will forever cherish the time I had with you, Sammy.”Rest In Peace to one of the funniest actors I’ve ever had the joy of working with. Sam Lloyd made me crack up and break character every single time we did a scene together. He could not have been a kinder man. I will forever cherish the time I had with you, Sammy. pic.twitter.com/wwyvGNbveG— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) May 1, 2020And fellow “Scrubs” actor Robert Maschio also paid tribute to his late co-star, writing, “Simpler times, happier days, the kindest man I ever met. Easy going Sam, Rest In Peace.  RIPSamLloyd”Simpler times, happier days, the kindest man I ever met. Easy going Sam, Rest In Peace. RIPSamLloyd pic.twitter.com/zuXyXi19sI— Robert Maschio (@robertmaschio) May 1, 2020Read original story Sam Lloyd, Actor on ‘Scrubs,’ Dies at 56 At TheWrap

  • Matteo De Cosmo, Art Director on ‘Luke Cage’ and ‘The Punisher,’ Dies at 52 of COVID-19 Complications
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    Matteo De Cosmo, Art Director on ‘Luke Cage’ and ‘The Punisher,’ Dies at 52 of COVID-19 Complications

    Matteo De Cosmo, an art director who has worked on “Luke Cage,” “The Punisher” and the series “Emergence,” died of complications from COVID-19 on April 21. He was 52.De Cosmo was a New York-based art director who had worked on both film and TV projects, including several at ABC Studios. Most recently, he was working on a pilot for the series “Harlem’s Kitchen,” which had its production shut down this past March.“Making television is challenging. But there are people that assure you every day with their talent, passion and smile that anything is possible. Matteo was one of those people. We will miss him,” “Harlem’s Kitchen” showrunner Zahir McGhee said in a statement. “The entire ‘Harlem’s Kitchen’ family extends our deepest condolences to Matteo’s wife, Aris, his son, Marcello, and the countless friends and family that mourn his passing.”Also Read: Irrfan Khan, Star of 'Slumdog Millionaire' and 'Life of Pi,' Dies at 53“Our NY film community is small. We are shattered to learn of Matteo’s passing. He was a true, collaborative artist who brought happiness to every show he worked on. He will be greatly missed,” “Harlem’s Kitchen” line producer Gail Barringer, with whom he worked on several projects, added.ABC Studios, producer of that pilot and several other series on which De Cosmo served as art director, released the following statement:  “We were heartbroken to learn that Matteo DeCosmo, a talented art director with whom we’d worked on many productions including a recent pilot, has passed away. He was a true talent, incredibly creative, and beloved by everyone with whom he worked. We will miss him deeply and our hearts go out to his family and friends,” ABC Studios said in a statement.De Cosmo is survived by his wife Aris and his son Marcello.Read original story Matteo De Cosmo, Art Director on ‘Luke Cage’ and ‘The Punisher,’ Dies at 52 of COVID-19 Complications At TheWrap

  • Irrfan Khan, Star of ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ and ‘Life of Pi,’ Dies at 53
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    Irrfan Khan, Star of ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ and ‘Life of Pi,’ Dies at 53

    Irrfan Khan, the Indian actor who increased his fame beyond Bollywood with his roles in English-language hits such as “Slumdog Millionaire” and “Life of Pi,” died Wednesday in Mumbai at age 53.“It’s saddening that this day, we have to bring forward the news of him passing away,” his PR agency said in a statement. “Irrfan was a strong soul, someone who fought till the very end and always inspired everyone who came close to him.”Two years ago, Khan revealed that he had been diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumor, an abnormal growth that affects the cells that release hormones into the bloodstream.Also Read: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2020 (Photos)A native of the northern Indian state Rajasthan, Khan broke into the Bollywood film scene in the ’90s and graduated to leading role in the 2000s, winning a Filmfare Award for his villainous role in 2004’s “Haasil.”He quickly gained fame in other Bollywood films such as 2007’s “Life in a Metro” and 2013’s “The Lunchbox,” and then won international recognition as the police inspector in Danny Boyle’s 2008 drama “Slumdog Millionaire,” which went on to win eight Oscars, including Best Picture.Other Hollywood roles soon followed, including 2012’s “The Amazing Spider-Man,” 2015’s “Jurassic World” and 2016’s “Inferno” with Tom Hanks. He also notably appeared as the grown-up version of the hero Pi Patel in Ang Lee’s 2012 drama “Life of Pi.”Read original story Irrfan Khan, Star of ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ and ‘Life of Pi,’ Dies at 53 At TheWrap

  • Richard Hake, Longtime ‘Morning Edition’ and WNYC Radio Host, Dies at 51
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    Richard Hake, Longtime ‘Morning Edition’ and WNYC Radio Host, Dies at 51

    Richard Hake, longtime reporter and anchor for New York public radio station WNYC and “Morning Edition,” died on Friday at age 51. The cause of death is not yet known.Hake spent his entire professional career at WNYC, taking a job at the station while still a student at Fordham University in 1992. As host of “Morning Edition,” he covered major events in New York including the September 11 attacks, the 2003 blackout, and the damage inflicted by Superstorm Sandy.He died at home in his Manhattan apartment, where he had been working for the last few weeks to cover the escalating medical crisis in New York as the coronavirus pandemic worsened.“For all of us at New York Public Radio and in WNYC’s listening community, Richard was one of the first voices we heard every morning. As the host of Morning Edition, he brought us the news, welcomed the new day, and helped us get ready for whatever lay ahead,” New York Public Radio President and CEO Goli Sheikholeslami said in his statement.Also Read: Nick Cordero Receives Temporary Pacemaker in Ongoing Coronavirus Treatment“It was the position he always wanted, and he worked very hard to get there. He loved to say he ‘woke up New York,’ and he brought the same warmth and generosity to listeners that he shared with his colleagues everyday.”“He got us through blackouts. Elections. Sandy. I know the whole city’s heart breaks for the Hake family,” WNYC planning editor Kate Hinds tweeted. “I’m so grateful that I got to work with him for as long as I did. Thank you for your legacy, Richard.”Read original story Richard Hake, Longtime ‘Morning Edition’ and WNYC Radio Host, Dies at 51 At TheWrap

  • Dimitri Diatchenko, ‘Chernobyl Diaries’ Actor, Dies at 52
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    Dimitri Diatchenko, ‘Chernobyl Diaries’ Actor, Dies at 52

    Dimitri Diatchenko, an actor best known for his role in the 2012 film “Chernobyl Diaries,” has died at the ago of 52, a representative confirmed.Diatchenko was found dead in his home in Daytona Beach, Florida, earlier this week. According to CNN, police were notified by Diatchenko’s co-workers after he failed to respond to messages.Police entered his home on April 22 and discovered Diatchenko’s body. A cause of death has not yet been determined, though a co-worker told police that the actor had suffered an electrocution on the job and had been taking time off to recuperate.Also Read: Jerry Bishop, 'Judge Judy' Announcer for 24 Years, Dies at 84Diatchenko was best known for portraying the tour guide Yuri in the horror film “Chernobyl Diaries,” starring Jonathan Sadowski, Jesse McCartney, Devin Kelley and Olivia Taylor Dudley. He also made a number of guest appearances on television, including on “Sons of Anarchy,” “CSI: Miami,” “Bones” and “Criminal Minds.”Diatchenko also lent his voice to several video games and animated series, including “Family Guy” and the 2012 “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” series on Nickelodeon.Read original story Dimitri Diatchenko, ‘Chernobyl Diaries’ Actor, Dies at 52 At TheWrap

  • Vic Henley, Comedian and ‘Opie and Anthony’ Radio Show Regular, Dies at 57
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    Vic Henley, Comedian and ‘Opie and Anthony’ Radio Show Regular, Dies at 57

    Vic Henley, a New York-based standup comedian who made frequent appearances on the “Opie & Anthony” radio show and on the OpieRadio podcast, has died. He was 57.His niece Tatum Singley confirmed Henley’s death in a Facebook post Monday.“Vic Henley. An amazing son, brother, uncle, cousin, nephew, boyfriend, and best friend to many… he loved us all so much and we hope he knows how much we love him,” she wrote.Also Read: James King of TLC's 'My 600-lb Life' Dies at 49Singley added that his cause of death was a pulmonary embolism that occurred over the weekend, and that he died Monday at 3:55 p.m. ET after “many efforts to save him.”“The world loved Vic for the smile and laughter he brought to us all. The amount of venues he performed in around the country and being nominated 8 times for Comedian of the Year tells you a small amount of the respect he had in his industry of work. And he loved his work because it brought him so many of his friends. His friends were also a part of his and our family. Last week, he was just telling me how much he loved his life. He showed us all how much he loved us by how he showed up for each one of us every single day,” she wrote.Also Read: James Drury, 'The Virginian' Star, Dies at 85She later added that due to the coronavirus pandemic, no memorial will be held until further notice.The official twitter account for the OpieRadio podcast tweeted fond memories of Henley Tuesday.“Numb. R I P @VicHenley A great comic. Loved doing radio with him but loved even more our friendship. The long hilarious knowledgeable phone calls. The long walks home after doing the radio show ending in the middle of Central Park where I would turn left and he right,” the tweet reads.“As we parted he would shout, “you’re not suppose to make new friends at our age.” Always happy, rarely sad. @VicHenley never had a bad word to say about anyone. His laugh/giggle was so contagious which you wanted to be around. Music knowledge second to none,” it continued. “Just an incredible loss to his family, friends and the comedy community. The world is less loveable today. Thanks so.much for your friendship my brother.”Numb. R I P @VicHenley A great comic. Loved doing radio with him but loved even more our friendship. The long hilarious knowledgeable phone calls. The long walks home after doing the radio show ending in the middle of Central Park where I would turn left and he right. (Cont) pic.twitter.com/kLiXaojhyu— SUBSCRIBE OpieRadio podcast (@OpieRadio) April 7, 2020Read original story Vic Henley, Comedian and ‘Opie and Anthony’ Radio Show Regular, Dies at 57 At TheWrap

  • James Drury, ‘The Virginian’ Star, Dies at 85
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    James Drury, ‘The Virginian’ Star, Dies at 85

    James Drury, who starred in one of the longest running Westerns in TV history, “The Virginian,” has died. He was 85.His assistant, Karen Lindsey, shared the news on Facebook Monday, writing that he “passed away this morning of natural causes.” TheWrap reached out to his agent for additional comment.While his most famous role was “The Virginian,” Drury also starred in Westerns on the big screen, including 1959’s “Good Day for Hanging,” 1960’s “Ten Who Dares” and “Ride the High Country.” His other credits include “Love Me Tender,” alongside Elvis Presley, and “Bernardine,” opposite Pat Boone.Also Read: Shirley Douglas, Mother of Kiefer Sutherland, Dies at 86“The Virginian” was based on Owen Wister’s 1902 novel of the same name and ran on NBC for nine seasons, from 1962 to 1971. It was launched by executive producer Roy Huggins (“Maverick,” “The Fugitive”) and his father-in-law Frank Price, who would go on to run Columbia and Universal Pictures. Drury, along with co-star Doug McClure, was the only cast member to appear on all 249 episodes.Drury was born on April 18 in New York City and, at the age of 10, contracted polio. Just two years later, he began his professional acting career in a tour company of “Life With Father.” He then signed a contract with MGM in 1954, where he had roles in “The Tender Trap” with Frank Sinatra and Debbie Reynolds and the sci-fi classic “The Forbidden Planet.”Also Read: Honor Blackman, Who Played Pussy Galore in 'Goldfinger,' Dies at 94Additional TV credits include the series “Richard Diamon, Private Detective,” “Black Saddle,” “Death Valley Days,” “The Rebel,” “Wagon Train,” “Bourbon Street Beat” and “Perry Mason.”In 1991, Drury was inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.See the Facebook post below.Read original story James Drury, ‘The Virginian’ Star, Dies at 85 At TheWrap

  • Adam Schlesinger, Fountains of Wayne and ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Songwriter, Dies at 52 of COVID-19
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    Adam Schlesinger, Fountains of Wayne and ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Songwriter, Dies at 52 of COVID-19

    Adam Schlesinger, the bassist-songwriter from the rock band Fountains of Wayne and a music producer and composer on “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” has died due to complications from the coronavirus. He was 52.Schlesinger had been hospitalized due to COVID-19 for the past week and was on a ventilator, TheWrap reported on Tuesday. The Fountains of Wayne attorney, through their manager Crush Music, confirmed Schlesinger’s death to TheWrap on Wednesday.Schlesinger earned three Emmy Awards for his work writing songs for “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” and for the 2011 and 2012 Tony Awards broadcasts. He won a Grammy Award for the 2008 comedy album “A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!”In 1996, he also earned an Oscar nomination for co-writing the title song to Tom Hanks’ movie “That Thing You Do!” as well as a Tony nomination for the score to the 2008 Broadway musical version of John Waters’ “Cry-Baby.”Also Read: Alan Merrill, Rock Musician Who Co-Wrote 'I Love Rock 'n' Roll,' Dies at 69 of CoronavirusBut he was best known for his work with the quirky late-’90s rock band Fountains of Wayne, which he formed with fellow Williams College graduate Chris Collingwood in 1995, which was inspired by bands like The Kinks, Big Star and The Cars.The band scored its biggest hit with the 2003 single “Stacy’s Mom,” which also was famous for a racy music video starring the supermodel Rachel Hunter. The song hit No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.He had also been at work on a stage musical version of the Fran Drescher ’90s sitcom “The Nanny,” collaborating with “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” creator Rachel Bloom. He and Bloom together on “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” a cult favorite on The CW from 2015-19 that wove Broadway-style parody songs into the rom-com storyline.Some of his other credits included songs for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “Damsels in Distress,” “Music & Lyrics” and “Crank Yankers.”Read original story Adam Schlesinger, Fountains of Wayne and ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Songwriter, Dies at 52 of COVID-19 At TheWrap

  • CBS News Journalist Maria Mercader Dies at 54 After Testing Positive for Coronavirus
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    CBS News Journalist Maria Mercader Dies at 54 After Testing Positive for Coronavirus

    Maria Mercader, a CBS News veteran who worked for over 30 years as a reporter and talent director, died on Sunday after testing positive for coronavirus. She was 54.Mercader worked on-air for CBS News as a breaking news reporter before becoming director of talent strategy, working on expanding the news division’s staff diversity with the Asian American Journalists Association, the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association and the National Association of Black Journalists. Mercader had fought multiple health issues for the past two decades, including a bout with cancer, and had been on medical leave prior to the rise of coronavirus in the United States.Also Read: 'Law & Order: SVU' Crew Member Dies at 45 Due to Coronavirus Complications“Even more than her talents as a journalist, we will miss her indomitable spirit,” Susan Zirinsky, CBS News president and senior executive producer, said. “Maria was part of all of our lives. Even when she was hospitalized — and she knew something was going on at CBS, she would call with counsel, encouragement, and would say ‘you can do this.’ I called Maria a ‘warrior,’ she was. Maria was a gift we cherished.”Mercader started at CBS News in 1987 through the company’s page program and soon took positions at CBS’ foreign and national news desks. As a breaking news reporter, she worked on CBS’ coverage of some of the biggest news stories of the 1990s and 2000s, including the death of Princess Diana and the Sept. 11 attacks.Also Read: Terrence McNally, Tony-Winning Playwright, Dies at 81 of Coronavirus Complications“The Maria we are privileged to call family and friend knew better than most the power of relationships, loyalty, faith, kindness, perseverance and a smile, even when a smile defied the darkness of the moment,” Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews, CBS News’ EVP of Strategic Professional Development, said. “Her notable professional contributions are part of the CBS Archives, but it is her magnificent human spirit that touched so many of us, that will stay with us forever.”Maria is survived by her father, Manuel and brother, Manuel.Read original story CBS News Journalist Maria Mercader Dies at 54 After Testing Positive for Coronavirus At TheWrap

  • Terrence McNally, Tony-Winning Playwright, Dies at 81 of Coronavirus Complications
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    Terrence McNally, Tony-Winning Playwright, Dies at 81 of Coronavirus Complications

    Terrence McNally, a four-time Tony Award-winning playwright, died on Tuesday of complications from the coronavirus. He was 81.McNally, a lung cancer survivor who lived with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, won back-to-back Tony Awards for his dramas “Love! Valour! Compassion!” (1995) and “Master Class” (1996). He also earned Tonys for the books of the musicals “Kiss of the Spider Woman” (1993) and “Ragtime” (1998). Last year, he accepted the Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre just as a Broadway revival of his 1982 drama “Frankie and Johnny at the Clair de Lune” opened in an acclaimed production starring Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon.McNally also wrote the screenplay for the 1991 film version of that two-character drama, which starred Michelle Pfeiffer and Al Pacino as a waitress and a short-order cook in a fraught romance. The film, retitled “Frankie and Johnny,” earned Pfeiffer a Golden Globe nomination.Also Read: 'Frankie & Johnny in the Clair de Lune' Broadway Review: Audra McDonald Sizzles With Michael ShannonIn 1991, he won an Emmy Award for the TV special “Andre’s Mother,” about the lover, mother and grandmother of a young man who has died of AIDS. He later adapted the “American Playhouse” production into the play “Mothers and Sons,” which opened on Broadway in 2014.Born in St. Petersburg, Florida, but raised in Corpus Christi, Texas, McNally attended Columbia University and embedded himself in the urban sophistication of 1960s New York City. Beginning with his first Broadway play, 1965’s “And Things That Go Bump in the Night,” McNally charted a multifaceted career that touched on his diverse interests in subjects such as opera, history and gay culture of the late 20th century.“Love! Valour! Compassion!” — which followed eight gay male friends summering in upstate New York in the midst of the AIDS epidemic — was also adapted into an acclaimed 1997 indie film starring Jason Alexander, Justin Kirk, John Glover and John Benjamin Hickey.Also Read: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2020 (Photos)The following year, his drama “Corpus Christi,” depicting Jesus as a modern-day gay man, prompted death threats against the Off Broadway theater that staged it — and that temporarily canceled the production before reversing itself for a long and successful run.Other noteworthy productions include the musicals “The Rink” (1984), “The Full Monty” (2000), and “Anastasia” (2017) as well as the dramas “Bad Habits” (1975), “The Ritz” (1975), “Deuce” (2007) and “It’s Only a Play” (2015).The playwright remained a celebrated part of the Broadway community right up until the end of his long, storied career. “Theater changes hearts, that secret place where we all truly live,” McNally said while accepting his lifetime achievement award at last year’s Tonys. “The world needs artists more than ever to remind us what truth and beauty and kindness really are.”He is survived by his husband, Tom Kirdahy, whom he wed in 2003 in a civil union ceremony followed by a 2010 wedding. Read original story Terrence McNally, Tony-Winning Playwright, Dies at 81 of Coronavirus Complications At TheWrap

  • Lyle Waggoner, ‘Carol Burnett Show’ Star, Dies at 84
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    Lyle Waggoner, ‘Carol Burnett Show’ Star, Dies at 84

    Lyle Waggoner, an actor known for starring on “The Carol Burnett Show,” died Tuesday at age 84.He died peacefully at his home on Tuesday morning surrounded by his family after a battle with cancer, his rep confirmed to TheWrap.Waggoner was also known for appearing on the “Wonder Woman” TV series as Major Steve Trevor from 1975 to 1979.Also Read: Beatrice, Beloved French Bulldog on 'Modern Family,' Dies After Series Finale WrapThe actor appeared in over 170 episodes of “The Carol Burnett Show,” voicing various characters as well the announcer between 1967 and 1974.His first television credit was a 1966 episode of “Gunsmoke” called “Wishbone,” on which he played a character named Aikens. He also appeared in an episode of the original “Lost in Space” series, “The Barbara Eden Show,” and “The ABC Comedy Hour” before landing on “The Carol Burnett Show.”After that, he appeared on the TV series “Maude,” a few episodes of “The Love Boat” as well as the TV movie “The Love Boat II,” and an episode of “Charlie’s Angels” and  “Mork & Mindy.”Also Read: Vin Diesel's Thriller 'Bloodshot' Earns $1.2 Million at Thursday Box OfficeIn addition, he appeared in a few episodes of “Happy Days,” “Murder, She Wrote” and in an episode of “That ’70s Show,” but he also took time off from his acting career to run a trailer-leasing business called “Star Waggons.”His last credit came in 2005 with an episode of “The War at Home.”Waggoner is survived by his wife of 60 years, Sharon Kennedy, and his sons Jason and Beau.On Tuesday, Waggoner’s “Wonder Woman” costar Lynda Carter tweeted a tribute to him, praising his kindness early in her career.Lyle Waggoner was a memorable colleague and co-star, but he was also a friend. His kindness meant the world to me when I was very young and just starting my career. Lyle and I last spoke in 2018 and I’m so glad we had the chance to catch up. I will miss you, Lyle. pic.twitter.com/l1O1XOlzJJ— Lynda Carter (@RealLyndaCarter) March 18, 2020Read original story Lyle Waggoner, ‘Carol Burnett Show’ Star, Dies at 84 At TheWrap

  • Stuart Whitman, Star of ‘The Comancheros’ and ‘The Longest Day,’ Dies at 92
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    Stuart Whitman, Star of ‘The Comancheros’ and ‘The Longest Day,’ Dies at 92

    Stuart Whitman, a star of Westerns alongside John Wayne like “The Comancheros” and the war movie “The Longest Day,” died in his home Monday, his son told TMZ. Whitman was 92.“Old Hollywood lost another one of its true stars. Stuart Whitman was known for his rugged roles and handsome charm. We were proud of him for his TV, film roles and his Oscar nomination, but what we will really remember is his exuberant love of his family and friends,” Whitman’s son Justin told TMZ.TMZ says that Whitman had recently been in and out of the hospital due to skin cancer that seeped into his bloodstream.Also Read: Max von Sydow, 'The Exorcist' and 'Seventh Seal' Star, Dies at 90Though Whitman played across many genres, he was nominated for an Oscar for the 1961 drama “The Mark,” in which he played a man convicted of attempting to commit child molestation who has just been released from prison and is trying to reform.Born in San Francisco, Whitman got his start in TV Westerns in the early 1950s after serving a stint in the military in the U.S. Army. He served three years in the Corps of Engineers at Fort Lewis, Washington and was honorably discharged in 1948.After a stint on the series “Highway Patrol” in the late ’50s, he got his big break in the 1959 film “The Sound and the Fury” alongside Yul Brynner and with director Martin Ritt. He’d then twice star opposite Wayne in both “The Comancheros” and “The Longest Day” and moved into starring roles in films like “The Day and the Hour,” “Those Magnificent Men” and “Signpost to Murder” in the mid-’60s.Also Read: Ben Cooper, Western Star of 'Johnny Guitar' and 'Bonanza,' Dies at 86One of Whitman’s most well known roles was in the short-lived ’60s TV series “Cimarron Strip,” where he played the tough, but fair Marshal Jim Crown. The show lasted just one season but solidified his reputation as a star of the Western genre. He’d later make cameos on “Walker, Texas Ranger,” “S.W.A.T.,” “Knight Rider” and “Fantasy Island.”Whitman’s last on-screen role was the 2000 TV action movie “The President’s Man,” where he reunited with Chuck Norris.Read original story Stuart Whitman, Star of ‘The Comancheros’ and ‘The Longest Day,’ Dies at 92 At TheWrap

  • Mart Crowley, ‘The Boys in the Band’ Playwright, Dies at 84
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    Mart Crowley, ‘The Boys in the Band’ Playwright, Dies at 84

    Mart Crowley, the Tony Award-winning playwright whose pioneering 1968 play “The Boys in the Band” became a groundbreaking landmark in representing gay life, has died at age 84.Veteran journalist Michael Musto announced Crowley’s death via Facebook on Sunday.Crowley had worked in the 1960s as an assistant to actress Natalie Wood, who encouraged him to write about the experiences of gay and bisexual men in what would become “The Boys in the Band,” depicting a Manhattan party that goes horribly wrong.Also Read: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2020 (Photos)The play opened Off Broadway before the Stonewall riots brought new attention to gay urban life, and spawned both a 1970 movie as well as an acclaimed and starry Broadway revival in 2018 that featured out gay stars such as Jim Parsons, Matt Bomer, Zachary Quinto and Andrew Rannells. Crowley shared the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play for the production.Netflix is planning to release a feature film version of the play later this year, produced by Ryan Murphy.In 2002, Crowley produced a sequel to the play, “The Men From the Boys” in which many of the characters gather for a memorial service. In addition, Crowley worked as a script editor and producer for the early ’80s ABC series “Hart to Hart” starring Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers.Read original story Mart Crowley, ‘The Boys in the Band’ Playwright, Dies at 84 At TheWrap

  • Joe Coulombe, Founder of Trader Joe’s Grocery Chain, Dies at 89
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    Joe Coulombe, Founder of Trader Joe’s Grocery Chain, Dies at 89

    Joe Coulombe, the founder of the popular Trader Joe’s grocery chain, died Friday at age 89, according to a statement from his son, also named Joe.Over the course of his career, Coulombe grew his retail empire from a single store in Pasadena, California, in 1967 to a national chain with more than 500 outlets in 40 states that gained a reputation for quirkiness as well as low prices and limited (or curated) options on a range of products that helped popularize once-niche products like granola.According to the company’s website, Coulombe based the store’s nautical theme — including employees who wore Hawaiian shirts and were dubbed “captains and mates” — in part on his fondness for Disneyland’s Jungle Cruise ride.Also Read: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2020 (Photos)By 1972, he introduced private label products — often high-end foods with punny names — that soon found a following among health-conscious consumers as well as a growing legion of foodies. He also offered quality but affordable wine, including the famous “Two Buck Chuck” that still sells for $1.99 in most California outlets. (Shipping costs raise the price in other states.)“He wanted to make sure whatever was sold in our store was of good value,” the younger Joe Coulombe told the AP. “He always did lots of taste tests. My sisters and I remember him bringing home all kinds of things for us to try. At his offices he had practically daily tastings of new products.”After selling Trader Joe’s to the German grocery retailer Aldi Nord in 1979, he remained with the company another nine years before retiring.Read original story Joe Coulombe, Founder of Trader Joe’s Grocery Chain, Dies at 89 At TheWrap

  • Ben Cooper, Western Star of ‘Johnny Guitar’ and ‘Bonanza,’ Dies at 86
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    Ben Cooper, Western Star of ‘Johnny Guitar’ and ‘Bonanza,’ Dies at 86

    Ben Cooper, a Western star of films and TV like “Johnny Guitar,” “Bonanza,” “Rawhide” and more, died in his sleep on Monday according to his nephew on the actor’s Facebook fan page. He was 86.Cooper got his start in radio serials and on stage as a child actor before finding work as a boyish looking lead and supporting player on Westerns in both film and TV. He was best known for his role in the Nicholas Ray Western “Johnny Guitar” from 1954, where he played the bandit Turkey Ralston alongside Ernest Borgnine and Scott Brady.Cooper’s first screen role came when he was 18 in the “Armstrong Circle Theatre,” and he followed that up with several TV appearances and roles in films from Republic Pictures such as “Thunderbirds,” “The Last Command” and “Duel at Apache Wells.”Also Read: David Roback, Co-Founder of Mazzy Star, Dies at 61He also appeared in episodes of “Tales of Wells Fargo,” “Wagon Train,” “Bonanza,” “Rawhide” and “Perry Mason.” Later in his career he would guest star on “Dallas” and “L.A. Law.”Originally from Hartford, Connecticut, Cooper retired from acting and moved to Los Angeles and was awarded a Golden Boot Award for his contributions to the Western genre in 2005. In 2017 he was diagnosed with dementia and was moved to Tennessee to be closer to his family, including his two daughters.Read original story Ben Cooper, Western Star of ‘Johnny Guitar’ and ‘Bonanza,’ Dies at 86 At TheWrap

  • Rapper Pop Smoke Shot and Killed at Home of ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ Star (Report)
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    Rapper Pop Smoke Shot and Killed at Home of ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ Star (Report)

    Rapper Pop Smoke was shot and killed at a Hollywood Hills home owned by “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave and her husband Edwin Arroyave, according to TMZ. The rapper was 20 years old.The Los Angeles Police Department did not identify the victim but confirmed to TheWrap that a shooting occurred at 4:29 a.m. Wednesday morning at the 2000 block of Hercules Drive near the intersection of Laurel Canyon and Hollywood Blvd. An unknown number of suspects entered the residence and shot an unidentified African American male in his 20s.The victim was transported to the hospital and pronounced dead Wednesday. It is not yet known whether the shooting was gang-related. A homicide investigation is ongoing.Also Read: Charles Portis, 'True Grit' Novelist, Dies at 86TMZ also reports that the Arroyave residence may have been rented to the rapper as an Airbnb.Reps for the Arroyaves did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave has been a cast member of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” since Season 8. Season 10 of the reality TV show is currently in production.She is the daughter of legendary rocker John Mellencamp. She is married to Edwin Arroyave, who is CEO of the home security company Skyline Security. The rapper, whose birth name is Bashar Jackson, was arrested last month at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and charged with transporting a stolen vehicle, according to Fox 11 Los Angeles.Lawrence Yee contributed to this report.Read original story Rapper Pop Smoke Shot and Killed at Home of ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ Star (Report) At TheWrap

  • Ja’net Dubois, ‘Good Times’ Star, Dies at 74 (Report)
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    Ja’net Dubois, ‘Good Times’ Star, Dies at 74 (Report)

    “Good Times” star Ja’net Dubois has died at the age of 74.Dubois was found dead at her home in Glendale on Tuesday morning, according to TMZ. Her representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TheWrap.The actress starred on the CBS sitcom “Good Times” for five years from 1974 to 1979 as Willona Woods, the gossipy divorcee and next-door neighbor of the Evans family. She went on to appear in a number of film and TV projects, including voicing one of the main characters on the stop-motion animated series “The PJs.”Also Read: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2020 (Photos)Dubois’s work on “The PJs” earned her two Emmys for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance in 1999 and 2001. She also earned a NAACP Image Award nomination in 1998 for a guest appearance on “Touched by an Angel.”Her other credits include “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka,” “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle,” Moesha,” “Sanford and Son,” “The Facts of Life,” “The Steve Harvey Show,” “A Different World” and “Everybody Loves Raymond.”In addition to acting, Dubois also co-wrote and sang the “Jeffersons” theme song, “Movin’ on Up.”Read original story Ja’net Dubois, ‘Good Times’ Star, Dies at 74 (Report) At TheWrap

  • ‘M*A*S*H’ Actress Kellye Nakahara Dies at 72
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    ‘M*A*S*H’ Actress Kellye Nakahara Dies at 72

    Kellye Nakahara, the actress known for playing Nurse Kellye on the long-running sitcom “M*A*S*H,” has died. She was 72.Her death was confirmed on the Facebook page for her art studio, Kellye Wallett Studio.“Yesterday we lost one of the most beautiful souls on earth. We will miss you so much Kellye!” the post reads, along with a photo with her husband, David Wallett, whom she married in 1968, and their daughter, Lani. She is also survived by her son, William.Also Read: Celebrity Death Hoaxes: 46 Famous People Who Were Reported Dead... But Weren't (Photos)Nakahara’s family told TMZ that the actress and painter passed away peacefully after a short battle with cancer at her Pasadena home on Sunday.She was born on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, and moved to San Francisco, Calif. to pursue art. She ended up acting on “M*A*S*H” for almost the show’s entire run from 1973 to 1983, playing the role of Lieutenant Nurse Kellye.In addition to the classic army-medical series, which ran for ten years on CBS, Nakahara also acted in the 1985 film “Clue,” the 1995 film “Black Day Blue Night,” and the 1998 “Doctor Doolittle” film. Her other television credits have included “Little House on the Prairie,” “Growing Pains,” “NYPD Blue,” “Sabrina the Teenage Witch,” “The Wild Thornberrys,” “Crisis Center,” “Dream On,” “Hunter,” “Otherworld,” “Matt Houston,” “At Ease,” and “Kolchak: The Night Stalker.”Read original story ‘M*A*S*H’ Actress Kellye Nakahara Dies at 72 At TheWrap

  • Amie Harwick, Sex Therapist and Drew Carey’s Ex-Fiancee, Murdered in Hollywood Hills Home
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    Amie Harwick, Sex Therapist and Drew Carey’s Ex-Fiancee, Murdered in Hollywood Hills Home

    Amie Harwick, a Hollywood family and sex therapist and the former fiancee of Drew Carey, was killed Saturday at her Hollywood Hills home, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.The suspect has been identified as 41-year-old Gareth Pursehouse, a former boyfriend of Harwick’s and a resident of Playa Del Rey. He was arrested Saturday on suspicion of murder with bail set at $2 million.“On Saturday, February 15, 2020, around 1:16 a.m. Hollywood patrol officers responded to a radio call of a, ‘Woman Screaming,’ in the 2000 block of Mound Street in Hollywood Hills,” LAPD said in a statement to TheWrap Monday. “When officers arrived, they were met by a roommate who was in the street.  He informed officers that the victim was being assaulted inside of her residence. The roommate had jumped a wall and went to neighboring residences to call for help.”Also Read: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2020 (Photos)“When officers went to make entry, they found the victim on the ground beneath a third story balcony. The victim was gravely injured.  She suffered significant injuries consistent with a fall. The victim was unresponsive.  The Los Angeles Fire Department transported the victim to a local hospital where she later died from her injuries. The investigation revealed possible evidence of a struggle in the upstairs as well as forced entry to the residence.  A canvass of the area located further evidence of an intruder (suspect) entering the property and leaving after the murder.”Authorities say they learned that Harwick had recently “expressed fear about a former boyfriend and had previously filed a restraining order against this person.” That restraining order was expired at the time of her death and Harwick had seen Pursehouse two weeks ago.The investigation is ongoing and the case will be presented to the District Attorney for filing consideration on Wednesday, according to LAPD.Harwick, well-known as a Hollywood-based family and sex therapist, appeared in the 2015 documentary “Addicted to Sexting.” She was previously engaged to “The Price Is Right” host Carey, though it is unclear when that engagement ended.Read original story Amie Harwick, Sex Therapist and Drew Carey’s Ex-Fiancee, Murdered in Hollywood Hills Home At TheWrap

  • Daniel Lee Martin, Country Singer Accused of Child Sex Abuse, Dies at 54
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    Daniel Lee Martin, Country Singer Accused of Child Sex Abuse, Dies at 54

    Daniel Lee Martin, country singer and host of “Brotherhood Outdoors,” was found dead in his Pasco County, Florida, home Friday of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 54.Pasco deputies discovered his body when they arrived at Martin’s home to serve him with multiple warrants for his arrest that included three counts of sexual exploitation on a minor, three counts of aggravated sexual battery, two counts of committing an aggravated sexual battery and one count of solicitation of a minor to commit rape of a child.Martin was scheduled for a court hearing Friday morning but when he failed to appear, authorities were sent to his home to pick him up.Also Read: Caroline Flack, Former 'Love Island' Host, Dies at 40“The PSO SWAT team was called in to assist, as Martin previously made threats of harm against himself and others,” a Sheriff’s statement reads. “When deputies made entry to the residence, they discovered Martin deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.”Martin was indicted in 2018 of child sex crimes in Williamson County, Tennessee, having been accused of acts against three victims under the age of 13 between May 2014 and January 2018. He was arrested again last month in Florida, accused of exposing himself to a young girl, showing her pornography and performing a lewd act in her presence, according to court documents.Martin was a former baseball player and pro golfer who left a successful career as an advertising executive in 1997 to pursue his dream of becoming a country music recording artist, according to AllMusic.com. At various times he opened for Willie Nelson, Charlie Daniels and Vince Gill.He released albums “All That I Am” in 2003 and “On My Way to You” in 2007, and also co-hosted a hunting show “Brotherhood Outdoors” on The Sportsman Channel.Read original story Daniel Lee Martin, Country Singer Accused of Child Sex Abuse, Dies at 54 At TheWrap

  • Paula Kelly, ‘Night Court’ and ‘Sweet Charity’ Actress, Dies at 77
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    Paula Kelly, ‘Night Court’ and ‘Sweet Charity’ Actress, Dies at 77

    Paula Kelly, an Emmy-nominated actress known for TV series like “Night Court” and films like “Sweet Charity” and “The Andromeda Strain,” died on Feb. 8 in Whittier, California, according to the Washington Post. She was 77.The dancer and singer, who made a splash in the 1960 big-screen musical “Sweet Charity,” went on to earn two Emmy nominations, first for her supporting role as a public defender Liz Williams in the 1980s NBC sitcom “Night Court.” She earned a second nomination for her pioneering role as a lesbian in the 1989 miniseries “The Women of Brewster Place.”In addition to her TV work, she had a memorable role as a nurse in 1971’s “The Andromeda Strain” and as a love interest nurse in 1973’s dystopian drama “Soylent Green.”She soon found herself a regular on TV, including roles in “The Carol Burnett Show,” “Sanford and Son,” “Police Woman,” “Hill Street Blues,” “Kojak” and “Golden Girls.”Also Read: Kevin Conway, 'Gettysburg' and 'Thirteen Days' Actor, Dies at 77Black Laurel Films, founded in 2001 as the International Black Women’s Film Festival, shared praises for Kelly in a Facebook post on Sunday.“Paula Kelly broke sooo many barriers in film! She played roles that were never stereotypical and were always met with grace, beauty, and sophistication. She starred in such films as “Sweet Charity,” “Soylent Green,” “The Andromeda Strain,” etc. In a way, she was a pioneer in putting Black women in the science-fiction narrative when there wasn’t a language for it, much like Nichelle Nichols. She was known to later audiences for her work in “The Women of Brewster Place.” She was also an outstanding dancer and performed on Broadway. Aw, man,” reads the post.The actress was also a dancer, choreographer, and singer.Read original story Paula Kelly, ‘Night Court’ and ‘Sweet Charity’ Actress, Dies at 77 At TheWrap