Obituaries

Celebrities pay tribute to comedy legend Jerry Lewis

Celebrities pay tribute to comedy legend Jerry Lewis

Published 21/08/2017

Jerry Lewis, who parlayed his distinctive style of low-brow comedy into a long-running movie and stage career and became a fixture on the American calendar with his Labor Day charity telethon, died in Las Vegas on Sunday at the age of 91. [more…]

Jerry Lewis, king of low-brow comedy and charity fundraiser, dies at 91

Jerry Lewis, king of low-brow comedy and charity fundraiser, dies at 91

Published 21/08/2017

Jerry Lewis, the high prince of low-brow comedy on stage and in film as well as a fund-raising powerhouse with his annual Labor Day telethon, died on Sunday at the age of 91, his family said. [more…]

Facts about comedian and actor Jerry Lewis, dead at 91

Facts about comedian and actor Jerry Lewis, dead at 91

Published 20/08/2017

Jerry Lewis, the comedic legend who teamed up with Dean Martin before starring in his own series of slapstick movies, died at his Las Vegas home at the age of 91, his family said. [more…]

Comedian, civil rights activist Dick Gregory dies at 84

Comedian, civil rights activist Dick Gregory dies at 84

Published 20/08/2017

Dick Gregory, a comedian who lambasted racism and played a prominent role in the 1960s civil rights movement after becoming one of the first black comics to perform for white audiences, died on Saturday at age 84, his son said. [more…]

Actor and playwright Sam Shepard dies from ALS complications

Actor and playwright Sam Shepard dies from ALS complications

Published 31/07/2017

FILE PHOTO: Actor Sam Shepard talks about Discovery Channel's "Klondike" during the Winter 2014 TCA presentations in Pasadena, California, January 9, 2014.

Actor and Pulitzer-winning playwright Sam Shepard has died from complications related to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), known as Lou Gehrig's disease, a representative for his family said on Monday.

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French actress Jeanne Moreau dies at 89

French actress Jeanne Moreau dies at 89

Published 31/07/2017

FILE PHOTO - Actress Moreau waves during a photocall for French director Ozon's film "Le Temps Qui Reste" at the 58th Cannes Film Festival, in Cannes, France, May 16, 2005.

Jeanne Moreau, the quintessential French actress whose mother was an English cabaret club dancer, has died at 89.

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George A. Romero, father of zombie movies, dies at 77

George A. Romero, father of zombie movies, dies at 77

Published 17/07/2017

FILE PHOTO: Director George A. Romero poses for photographers before the screening of the film "Survival of the Dead" at the 66th Venice Film Festival September 9, 2009.

George A. Romero, creator of the zombie film genre with "Night of the Living Dead" and a series of sequels that left a lasting impact on horror movies, died of lung cancer in a Toronto hospital on Sunday, his business partner said. He was 77.

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Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau dead at 89

Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau dead at 89

Published 17/07/2017

FILE PHOTO - Actor Martin Landau smiles as he arrives at the 2012 Vanity Fair Oscar party in West Hollywood, California February 26, 2012.

Martin Landau, a talented and prolific character actor who achieved TV stardom in "Mission: Impossible" and won an Oscar for his portrayal of a washed-up Bela Lugosi in the sweetly bizarre 1994 film "Ed Wood," has died at age 89.

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Venus Ramey, war bond-selling, gun-toting Miss America of 1944, dies at 92

Venus Ramey, war bond-selling, gun-toting Miss America of 1944, dies at 92

Published 19/06/2017

Venus Ramey, who used her victory as Miss America in 1944 to sell war bonds and make appearances on the vaudeville stage, has died at the age of 92, a funeral home in her native Kentucky said on Sunday.

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John Avildsen, Oscar-winning director of `Rocky,` dead at 81

John Avildsen, Oscar-winning director of `Rocky,` dead at 81

Published 17/06/2017

John Avildsen, the Oscar-winning director who made Hollywood's quintessential underdog story in 1976 boxing saga "Rocky" with a then-unknown Sylvester Stallone, and crafted another inspiring tale in "The Karate Kid," died on Friday at age 81, his family said.

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