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Grace Lee Whitney, 85 (1930 - 2015)
The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Grace Lee Whitney, who played Captain Kirk's assistant on the original "Star Trek" series, has died. She was 85.Whitney died of natural causes Friday in her home in the Central California town of Coarsegold, about 50 miles north of Fresno, her son Jonathan Dweck said on Sunday.Whitney played Yeoman Janice Rand in the first eight episodes before being...
Maria Elena Velasco, 74 (1940 - 2015)
The Associated PressMEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican actress and comedian Maria Elena Velasco, best known for her character "The Indian Maria," has died at age 74.The Mexican film institute announced through its Twitter account that Velasco, also a screenwriter and director, died Friday, but did not specify the cause.Velasco's "La India Maria," which exaggerated stereotypes about Mexico's indigenous...
Suzanne Crough, 52 (1963 - 2015)
SALLY HO, The Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — The youngest daughter on hit 1970s television show "The Partridge Family" has died. Suzanne Crough Condray, who played Tracy Partridge, was found dead Monday night at home in Laughlin, near Las Vegas. She was 52. Her husband, William Condray, said his wife was a patient and loving wife, mother and grandmother. "She was madly in love...
Jayne Meadows, 95 (1919 - 2015)
AP Television Writer, The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jayne Meadows, the Emmy-nominated actress and TV personality who often teamed with her husband, Steve Allen, has died. She was 95. Meadows died of natural causes Sunday at her home in the Encino, California, area, spokesman Kevin Sasaki said Monday. Her son, Bill Allen, and other family members were with her. "She was not...
Sawyer Sweeten, 19 (1995 - 2015)
The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Sawyer Sweeten, who played one of Ray Romano's twin sons in the CBS comedy "Everybody Loves Raymond," has died. He was 19. Sweeten committed suicide, his sister Madylin Sweeten, said in a statement. There were no other details. Madylin, and Sawyer's twin brother Sullivan, all played the children in the sitcom's fictional Barone family. The hit...
Lois Lilienstein , 78 (1936 - 2015)
The Associated PressTORONTO (AP) — Canadian musician Lois Lilienstein of Sharon, Lois & Bram fame has died at age 78.Her son David Lilienstein said Thursday that she died at home in Toronto after...
Jonathan Crombie, 48 (1966 - 2015)
'Anne of Green Gables' actor Jonathan Crombie has died in New York City. He was 48. More details will be posted as it becomes available.
Richard Dysart, 85 (1929 - 2015)
The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Richard Dysart, a veteran stage and screen actor who played senior partner Leland McKenzie in the long-running TV courtroom drama "L.A. Law," has died after a...
Stan Freberg, 88 (1926 - 2015)
By JOHN ROGERS, The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Stan Freberg, the spirited comic genius who lampooned American history in his landmark recordings "The United States of America" and was...
Alton "Ben" Powers, 64 (1950 - 2015)
The Associated PressNEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — Actor Alton "Ben" Powers, known for his role in the 1970s CBS television series "Good Times," has died at the age of 64.Auclair Funeral Home, which is...
James Best, 88 (1926 - 2015)
By JONATHAN DREW and MICHAEL BIESECKER, The Associated Press RALEIGH, North Carolina (AP) — The prolific character actor best known for his role as Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on "The Dukes of...
Alberta Watson, 60 (1955 - 2015)
The Associated PressTORONTO (AP) — Canadian film and television actress Alberta Watson has died. She was 60.Her agent, Pam Winter, said Watson died Saturday in Toronto after a long battle with...
Windell Middlebrooks, 36 (1979 - 2015)
By LYNN ELBER, The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Windell Middlebrooks, an actor who gained TV commercial stardom as a burly, no-nonsense beer delivery man who confiscated the brew from...
Eugene Patton, 82 (1932 - 2015)
The Associated PressPASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Eugene Patton, the stagehand who became "Gene Gene the Dancing Machine" on television's "The Gong Show" in the late 1970s, has died.Patton died in...
Sam Simon, 59 (1955 - 2015)
By FRAZIER MOORE, The Associated Press Sam Simon, a co-creator of "The Simpsons" and animal-rights advocate who made a midlife career shift into philanthropy and channeled much of his personal...
Daniel von Bargen, 64 (1950 - 2015)
By LISA CORNWELL, The Associated PressCINCINNATI (AP) — Daniel von Bargen, who played George Costanza's dim-witted boss Mr. Kruger on "Seinfeld," has died. He was 64.Von Bargen died Sunday in the...
Leonard Nimoy, 83 (1931 - 2015)
By DERRIK J. LANG, The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Leonard Nimoy didn't just leave a lasting impression on the science-fiction genre, he also left his mark on science itself. Seth...
Ben Woolf (2015)
By LYNN ELBER, The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ben Woolf, an actor on "American Horror Story," has died after being injured in a street accident, a spokesman said. He was 34. Woolf...
Harris Wittels, 30 (1984 - 2015)
The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Harris Wittels, who worked as a writer and executive producer on the NBC comedy "Parks and Recreation," has been found dead of a possible drug overdose at his...
Gary Owens, 80 (1934 - 2015)
The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — The man behind the smooth baritone best known for announcing "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In" has died. Gary Owens was 80 years old.Owens' family said Friday...
Sandy Socolow (2015)
By The Associated Press, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Sanford Socolow, a longtime CBS News executive who was a right-hand man to anchor Walter Cronkite, has died. The Manhattan resident died...
Geraldine McEwan, 82 (1932 - 2015)
The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — The family of longtime actress Geraldine McEwan says she has died following treatment for a stroke. She was 82.McEwan was known for many roles including playing...
Joe Franklin, 88 (1926 - 2015)
By KAREN MATTHEWS, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Pioneering radio and TV host Joe Franklin, who gave breaks to the likes of Al Pacino and Bill Cosby on his variety show long before they...
Peggy Charren, 86 (1928 - 2015)
The Associated PressBOSTON (AP) — Peggy Charren, the founder of Action for Children's Television who waged a decades-long fight to improve the quality of children's programming, has died. She was...
Stan Irwin (2015)
By DERRIK J. LANG, The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stan Irwin, a Las Vegas producer and manager for such celebrities as Johnny Carson, has died at age 94. Irwin's friend and business...
Anne Kirkbride, 60 (1954 - 2015)
By JILL LAWLESS, The Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Actress Anne Kirkbride, a star of British soap opera "Coronation Street" for more than 40 years, has died at the age of 60. Network ITV...
Tony Verna, 81 (1933 - 2015)
The Associated PressPALM DESERT, Calif. (AP) — Tony Verna, a television director and producer who invented instant replay for live sports 51 years ago, has died. He was 81.Verna died Sunday at his...
Greg Plitt, 37 (1977 - 2015)
BURBANK, Calif. – A fitness model and actor featured on the cover of numerous fitness magazines was struck and killed by a train while filming on the tracks in Southern California, authorities...
Michele Serros, 48 (1966 - 2015)
The Associated Press BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Michele Serros, a short story writer, essayist and poet whose wry and witty observations on growing up Mexican-American in Southern California became...
Donna Douglas, 81 (1933 - 2015)
NEW YORK (AP) — Donna Douglas, who played the buxom tomboy Elly May Clampett on the hit 1960s sitcom "The Beverly Hillbillies," has died. Douglas died Thursday in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, near...