Tag: Deaths (Obituaries)

Michael J. Pollard, Character Actor in ‘Bonnie and Clyde,’ Dies at 80

Michael J. Pollard, who rose to fame in the 1967 hit film “Bonnie and Clyde” as C.W. Moss, the dimwitted gas station attendant who became a criminal accomplice, and went on to a long career as a Hollywood character actor, died on Thursday at a hospital in Los Angeles. He was 80. A friend, Dawn […]

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Walter J. Minton, Publisher Who Defied Censors, Dies at 96

Walter J. Minton, who as president of G.P. Putnam’s Sons published Vladimir Nabokov’s “Lolita,” the 18th-century novel known as “Fanny Hill” and other sexually explicit works that rankled the guardians of decency but broke ground against censorship, died on Tuesday at his home in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. He was 96. His wife, Marion Minton, […]

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Terry O’Neill, Photographer of the Famous, Is Dead at 81

Terry O’Neill, who as a novice photographer found himself shooting pictures of an up-and-coming group called the Beatles and never looked back, spending a lifetime capturing memorable images of musicians, movie stars and other celebrity gods of the age, died on Saturday at his home in London. He was 81. Carrie Kania, creative director of […]

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Harrison Dillard, World’s Best Hurdler in the 1940s, Dies at 96

Harrison Dillard, a four-time Olympic gold medalist, was considered the world’s best hurdler in the 1940s, setting countless records and winning championships. But his greatest fame resulted from an embarrassing defeat. From June 1947 through June 1948, Dillard — who died on Friday in Cleveland at 96 — won 82 consecutive finals, outdoors and indoors, […]

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Werner G. Doehner, Last Survivor of the Hindenburg, Dies at 90

Werner G. Doehner, the last survivor of the Hindenburg disaster, which killed three dozen people in 1937, died on Nov. 8 at Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia, N.H. He was 90. His death was confirmed by his son, Bernie Doehner, who said his father died from complications of pneumonia. Werner Doehner was 8 years […]

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Bernard J. Tyson, Chairman of Health Care Giant, Dies at 60

Bernard J. Tyson, the chairman and chief executive of Kaiser Permanente, the large and influential California health care organization that many view as a model for the rest of the country, died on Sunday. He was 60. In a statement, the company said he had unexpectedly died in his sleep but gave no other details. […]

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Laurel Griggs, Broadway Actress, Dies at 13 After Asthma Attack, Family Says

Laurel Griggs, who enjoyed early acting success in the 2013 Broadway revival of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” and the musical adaptation of the Irish film “Once,” died on Tuesday. She was 13. Ms. Griggs’s death was confirmed by David Rivlin, her grandfather, who said in an interview on Sunday that the actress had […]

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Stephen Dixon, Prolific Writer of Experimental Fiction, Dies at 83

By Richard Sandomir Stephen Dixon, whose hyper-realistic novels and short stories reflected his fascination with personal loss, sex, heartbreak, disaster, marriage and old age, died on Wednesday at a hospice in Towson, Md. He was 83. His daughter Sophia Dixon Frydman said the cause was complications of Parkinson’s disease and pneumonia. Mr. Dixon produced fiction […]

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Robert Norris, the Marlboro Man in Commercials, Dies at 90

Robert C. Norris, a rancher known for his role as the Marlboro Man in television commercials for the cigarette brand, died on Sunday at Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care in Colorado Springs, Colo. He was 90. His death was announced in an obituary posted on his Tee Cross Ranches website. A cause of death […]

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Maria Perego, Topo Gigio’s Creator, Dies at 95

Maria Perego, an Italian puppeteer and the creator of Topo Gigio, the lovable mouse who became famous to American audiences as a frequent guest on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in the 1960s and early ’70s and was known worldwide, died on Thursday in Milan. She was 95. Her death was announced on her official Facebook […]

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Gay Byrne, Who Tackled Taboos as Ireland’s TV Host, Dies at 85

DUBLIN — Gay Byrne, a revered Irish radio and television personality who broke codes of silence over sexuality, abuse and hypocrisy in Ireland’s deeply conservative Roman Catholic society, died on Monday at his home in Dublin. He was 85. His death was announced by his family. He had been diagnosed with prostate cancer. Mr. Byrne […]

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Louis Eppolito, Police Officer Turned Mob Hit Man, Dies at 71

Louis Eppolito was practically born into the Mafia. His father was a Gambino family soldier known as Fat the Gangster. An uncle known as Jimmy the Clam, a grandfather and a cousin were made men, too. By age 10, Louis was joining his father on his bookmaking rounds. A life in organized crime seemed preordained, […]

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Gert Boyle, 95, Dies; Sportswear Chief Billed as ‘One Tough Mother’

Gert Boyle, a German-born businesswoman who built the billion-dollar Columbia Sportswear Company and starred in its ads as “One Tough Mother,” died on Sunday in Portland, Ore. She was 95. Her son, Timothy Boyle, confirmed the death, in an assisted living facility. A charismatic figure known for her wry sense of humor, Ms. Boyle had […]

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Ernest J. Gaines, Novelist of ‘Miss Jane Pittman,’ Dies at 86

Ernest J. Gaines, who wrote of the inner struggle for dignity among Southern black people before the civil rights era in “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman” and other acclaimed novels, died on Tuesday at his home in Oscar, La. He was 86. His death was announced by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette on […]

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Victoria Braithwaite, Researcher Who Said Fish Feel Pain, Dies at 52

In his 2005 novel, “Saturday,” the acclaimed writer Ian McEwan describes what his protagonist, Henry Perowne, sees when he visits a London seafood market to buy ingredients for a fish stew: crates of crabs and lobsters, still moving, and marble slabs arrayed with “bloodless white flesh, and eviscerated silver forms.” While there, he ponders reports […]

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Kadri Gopalnath, 69, Dies; Brought the Saxophone to Indian Music

Kadri Gopalnath was a youngster growing up in a village in southern India when he first heard the alto saxophone at a performance by the Mysore Palace Band, a holdover from the years of British rule that mixed Indian and European repertoire. The saxophone’s sound struck Kadri as something different from the penetrating drone of […]

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John Witherspoon, Actor in ‘Friday’ and Other Movies, Dies at 77

John Witherspoon, an actor and comedian who was best known for his role in the “Friday” movie franchise and also seen on television series including “The Wayans Bros.,” “The Tracy Morgan Show” and the animated “The Boondocks,” died on Tuesday at his home in Sherman Oaks, Calif. He was 77. His family announced the death […]

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John Witherspoon, Actor in ‘Friday’ and Other Hit Movies, Dies at 77

John Witherspoon, an actor and comedian best known for his role in the “Friday” movie franchise and other hit films and television shows including “The Tracy Morgan Show,” “The Wayans Bros.” and “The Boondocks,” died on Tuesday, his manager told The Associated Press. Mr. Witherspoon, 77, died at his home in Sherman Oaks, Calif., his […]

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Robert Provine, an Authority on Laughter, Is Dead at 76

ImageDr. Robert Provine in an undated photo. “My approach to understanding laughter is one that a visiting extraterrestrial might take,” he wrote. Dr. Robert Provine was studying nerve cells for eight hours a day in a windowless lab when he made a keen observation that would alter his life, and the shape of social science: […]

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Robert Evans, a Maverick Producer of Hollywood Classics, Dies at 89

A women’s pants salesman comes to Hollywood and jumps into the pool at the Beverly Hills Hotel, drawing the attention of an A-list actress. With her help, he begins an acting career, which leads lickety-split to the top job at Paramount Pictures. He helps deliver masterworks like “The Godfather” and “Chinatown.” A cocaine blizzard, legal […]

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Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, ISIS Leader Known for His Brutality, Is Dead at 48

SAMARRA, Iraq — Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the cunning and enigmatic black-clad leader of the Islamic State, who transformed a flagging insurgency into a global terrorist network that drew tens of thousands of recruits from 100 countries, has died at 48. His death was announced on Sunday by President Trump, who said al-Baghdadi detonated a suicide […]

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