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Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Nehemiah Persoff, Actor in ‘Yentl,’ ‘Some Like It Hot,’ Dies at 102 by Carmel Dagan

Nehemiah Persoff, who appeared as Barbra Streisand’s rabbi father in “Yentl” and had roles in hundreds of films and TV series including “Some Like It Hot” and “Twins,” died Tue…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:15PM
Friday, November 26, 2021

Stephen Sondheim, Composer of ‘Follies,’ ‘Sweeney Todd,’ Dies at 91 by Carmel Dagan

Stephen Sondheim, the dominant voice in American musical theater in the second half of the 20th century and the composer with the most Tony Awards, has died. He was 91. His shows, from the c…

SOURCE: Variety at 05:15PM
Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Melvin Van Peebles, Influential Director, Actor and Writer, Dies at 89 by Carmel Dagan

Melvin Van Peebles, the influential filmmaker behind “Sweet Sweetback’s Baadassss Song,” and father of director and actor Mario Van Peebles, has died. He was 89. “Sweet Sweetback” …

SOURCE: Variety at 05:03PM
Thursday, September 16, 2021

Jane Powell, Spirited Star of Movie Musicals ‘Royal Wedding,’ ‘Seven Brides,’ Dies at 92 by Carmel Dagan

Jane Powell, who starred as an angelically visaged young actress in a number of MGM musicals including “Royal Wedding” and “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” during the 1940s and ’5…

SOURCE: Variety at 05:54PM
Saturday, July 24, 2021

Jackie Mason, One of the Last Borscht Belt Comedians, Dies at 93 by Carmel Dagan

Jackie Mason, the sometimes-controversial standup comedian who unapologetically embraced Jewish themes and political incorrectness, achieving a national profile through a series of successfu…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:49PM
Sunday, June 13, 2021

Ned Beatty, actor known for ‘Homicide: Life on the Street’ and ‘Deliverance,’ dies at 83 by Carmel Dagan

Film and TV actor Ned Beatty, who was nominated for an Oscar for his supporting role in "Network" and appeared in a number of the most significant American films of the 1970s, has died. He w…

SOURCE: The Baltimore Sun Subscription at 11:19PM

Ned Beatty, Actor Known for ‘Deliverance’ and ‘Network,’ Dies at 83 by Carmel Dagan

Film and TV actor Ned Beatty, who was Oscar nominated for his supporting role in “Network” and appeared in a number of the most significant American films of the 1970s, has died. He was …

SOURCE: Variety at 11:19PM
Saturday, May 29, 2021

Gavin MacLeod, ‘Love Boat’ Captain, Dies at 90 by Carmel Dagan

Gavin MacLeod, a sitcom veteran who played seaman “Happy” Haines on “McHale’s Navy,” Murray on “Mary Tyler Moore” and the very different, vaguely patrician Captain Stubing on …

SOURCE: Variety at 02:57PM
Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Charles Grodin, Star of ‘Heaven Can Wait,’ ‘Midnight Run,’ Dies at 86 by Carmel Dagan

Charles Grodin, best known for the neurotic comic wit he demonstrated in such films as “The Heartbreak Kid,” “Heaven Can Wait” and “Midnight Run” and for his role in the “Beeth…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:50PM
Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Norman Lloyd, Actor in ‘St. Elsewhere’ and Hitchcock’s ‘Saboteur,’ Dies at 106 by Carmel Dagan

Actor, producer and director Norman Lloyd, best known for his title role in Hitchcock’s “Saboteur” and as Dr. Daniel Auschlander on NBC’s “St. Elsewhere” and famously associated …

SOURCE: Variety at 05:43PM
Saturday, May 1, 2021

Olympia Dukakis, Oscar-Winning ‘Moonstruck’ Actress, Dies at 89 by Carmel Dagan

Olympia Dukakis, a character actress best known for her Oscar-winning supporting turn in Norman Jewison’s “Moonstruck” and for her role as the wealthy widow in “Steel Magnolias,” h…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:35PM
Thursday, March 25, 2021

Jessica Walter, ‘Arrested Development’ and ‘Archer’ Star, Dies at 80 by Carmel Dagan

Jessica Walter, an Emmy-winning actress known for her work as the stalker in Clint Eastwood’s “Play Misty for Me,” and for the TV series “Arrested Development” and “Archer,” di…

SOURCE: Variety at 04:52PM
Friday, February 5, 2021

Christopher Plummer, Legendary ‘Sound of Music’ Star, Dies at 91 by Carmel Dagan

Christopher Plummer, the Canadian-born Shakespearean actor who starred in films including “The Sound of Music” and “Beginners,” died on Friday morning at his home in Connecticut. He …

SOURCE: Variety at 12:58PM
Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Hal Holbrook, Emmy and Tony-Winning Actor Who Portrayed Mark Twain, Dies at 95 by Carmel Dagan

Emmy and Tony winner Hal Holbrook, an actor best known for his role as Mark Twain, whom he portrayed for decades in one-man shows, died on Jan. 23. He was 95. Holbrook’s personal assistant…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:00AM
Thursday, January 28, 2021

Cicely Tyson, Pioneering Hollywood Icon, Dies at 96 by Carmel Dagan

Emmy- and Tony-winning actress Cicely Tyson, who distinguished herself in theater, film and television, died on Thursday afternoon. She was 96. “I have managed Miss Tyson’s career for ov…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:05PM
Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Carol Channing, Star of Broadway’s ‘Hello, Dolly!’ and ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,’ Dies at 97 by Carmel Dagan

Larger-than-life musical stage personality Carol Channing, who immortalized the characters of Lorelei Lee in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” and Dolly Gallagher Levi in “Hello, Dolly!,” h…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:48AM
Sunday, June 17, 2018

Martin Bregman, ‘Scarface’ Producer, Dies at 92 by Carmel Dagan

Martin Bregman, producer of Al Pacino films “Serpico,” “Dog Day Afternoon,” “Scarface” and “Sea of Love,” died Saturday. He was 92. His wife C…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:21AM
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Steven Hill, D.A. Adam Schiff on ‘Law & Order,’ Dies at 94 by Carmel Dagan

Steven Hill, who starred for years as District Attorney Adam Schiff on “Law & Order” and decades earlier played the leader of the Impossible Missions Force before Peter Gra…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:40PM
Monday, April 18, 2016

Doris Roberts, Star of ‘Everybody Loves Raymond,’ Dies at 90 by Carmel Dagan

Doris Roberts, a character actress who labored honorably both on stage and screen for years before finding the perfect vehicle for her talents, the hit sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond,…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:07PM
Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Shannon Bolin Kaye, Star of ‘Damn Yankees,’ Dies at 99 by Carmel Dagan

Actress and singer Shannon Bolin Kaye died Friday, March 25, in New York City at the age of 99. Bolin played the middle-aged, Midwestern wife in the original Broadway production and subsequ…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:49PM
Sunday, March 13, 2016

Jack F. Lee, Musical Director of Stage and Film, Dies at 86 by Carmel Dagan

Jack F. Lee (born John Francis Lee), musical director of both stage and screen, died March 2 in his home at the age of 86. Lee was one of Broadway’s leading conductors and musical directo…

SOURCE: Variety at 06:03PM
Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Character Actor, Theater Builder Robert Beecher Dies at 91 by Carmel Dagan

Character actor Robert Beecher, builder of the Horseshoe Stage Theatre, died of natural causes on February 12 in Burbank, Calif. He was 91. Beecher was typically cast as “heavies” — ga…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:03PM
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Edward Parone, Who Directed Edgy Theater in ’60s NYC, L.A.’s Taper, Dies at 90 by Carmel Dagan

Director and writer Edward Parone, who was a mentor to many of the promising young playwrights in 1960s New York, including Edward Albee and LeRoi Jones (Amiri Baraka), died at his home in N…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:48PM
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Abe Vigoda, ‘Barney Miller’ and ‘Godfather’ Actor, Dies at 94 by Carmel Dagan

Actor Abe Vigoda, best known for his roles as mobster Tessio in “The Godfather” and as Detective Sgt. Fish in TV’s “Barney Miller” and a spinoff series in which he starred, has die…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:02PM
Thursday, January 14, 2016

British Theater Actor Brian Bedford Dies at 80 by Carmel Dagan

British actor Brian Bedford died on Wednesday, after a two-year battle with cancer, in Santa Barbara, Calif. He was 80. Bedford, known most recently for his stint as Lady Bracknell in a 20…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:32PM
Friday, December 4, 2015

Thom Thomas, Stage and Screen Writer, Dies at 80 by Carmel Dagan

Thom Thomas, a writer for stage, TV and film, succumbed to acute leukemia on Wednesday in Los Angeles. He was 80. Thomas had recently co-written, with Iris Rainer Dart, the book for “B…

SOURCE: Variety at 06:38PM
Monday, November 30, 2015

‘Misery’ at 25: The Stephen King Thriller Helped Kick Off an Extreme Era by Carmel Dagan

The Rob Reiner-directed, William Goldman-scripted film adaptation of Stephen King’s novel “Misery” premiered 25 years ago today (read the original Variety review here). Kat…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:21PM
Friday, November 20, 2015

James Prideaux, Playwright Who Wrote Katharine Hepburn TV Movies, Dies at 87 by Carmel Dagan

James Prideaux, a prolific playwright and television writer, died on Wednesday, November 18, in West Hills, California, as a result of a major stroke. He was 87. Early in his career, Prideau…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:37PM
Thursday, November 19, 2015

Broadway Producer Don Gregory Dies at 80 by Carmel Dagan

Theatrical producer Don Gregory died of a stroke at his home in Boca Raton, Florida, on November 5. He was 80. Gregory most recently produced the 2014 Broadway  revival of “Harvey” star…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:40AM
Monday, November 2, 2015

Barbara Andreadis, Talent Agency Founder, Dies at 81 by Carmel Dagan

Barbara Andreadis, nee Hamilton, founder of the the Andreadis Talent Agency, died Friday, Oct. 30, in New York City. She was 81. She spent 30 years helping other actors achieve their dreams …

SOURCE: Variety at 08:41PM
Monday, October 26, 2015

Leon Bibb, Tony Nominee, Folk Singer Who Worked for Civil Rights, Dies at 93 by Carmel Dagan

Leon Bibb, a folk singer, Tony-nominated Broadway performer and civil rights activist, died on Friday in Vancouver. He was 93. Bibb appeared on Broadway a number of times, making his debut a…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:51PM