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Entertainment Obituaries

2009

 

JAN 6
CHERYL HOLDRIDGE     64     LUNG CANCER
FORMER MOUSEKETTER WHO ALSO PLAYED JULIE FOSTER ON LEAVE IT TO BEAVER

JAN. 8
DON GALLOWAY    71   STROKE
WAS A REGULAR ON IRONSIDE IN THE 60'S & 70'S & DID SOME GAME SHOWS

JAN. 9
DAVE DEE     65     PROSTATE CANCER
HAD A HIT RECORD CALLED ZABADAK IN 1967

JAN. 9
JON HAGER      67    NATURAL CAUSES
PART OF THE HAGER BROTHERS WHO APPEARED ON HEE HAW

JAN. 13
LANNY KEAN      48     HEART ATTACK
PRO WRESTLER WHO WENT BY COUSIN JR. IN THE 80'S.

JAN. 13
PATRICK MC GOOHAN     80
STARRED IN THE PRISONER SERIES IN THE LATE 60'S.

JAN. 14
RICARDO MONTALBAN     88
VETERAN ACTOR KNOWN FOR HIS ROLE ON FANTASY ISLAND

JAN. 18
BOB MAY   70     CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE
PLAYED THE ROBOT ON LOST IN SPACE

JAN. 30
JOHN GORDY   74    CANCER
ONE OF THE GREATEST OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE 1960'S, PLAYED FOR DETROIT LIONS

FEB. 2
JIM WILSON    67   CANCER
FORMER NFL LINEMAN & PRO WRESTLER

FEB. 3
PHILLIP CAREY    83    LUNG CANCER
ACTOR WHO PLAYED ASA BUCHANNAN ON ONE LIFE TO LIVE.  HE ALSO HAD A MEMORABLE GUEST STAR ROLE ON ALLIN THE FAMILY PLAYING A TOUGH GUY WHO WAS GAY.

FEB. 6
JAMES WHITMORE    87   LUNG CANCER
LEGENDARY ACTOR FROM THE 40'S TO THE 90'S

FEB. 7
MOLLY  BEE    69    STROKE
POPULAR COUNTRY SINGER & ACTRESS IN THE 1950'S

FEB. 15
R.D. SUMMERS   60    DIED IN HIS SLEEP
ONE OF PITTSBURGH'S TOP DISC JOCKEYS OF THE LAST 20 YEARS, WORKED FOR 3WS RADIO WITH BOB BENEDIK OF TVOFYOURLIFE.COM

FEB. 17
BRAD VAN PELT     57    HEART ATTACK
FORMER NEW YORK GIANTS LINEBACKER AND A REAL GOOD ONE.

FEB. 21
DON RIGGS     81    NATURAL CAUSES
FORMER PITTSBURGH BROADCASTER FAMOUS FOR HIS DUCK NAMED WILLIE

FEB. 26
WENDY RICHARD    65    CANCER
ATTRACTIVE ACTRESS WHO WAS ON ARE YOU BEING SERVED?

MAR. 1
PAUL HARVEY     90    NATURAL CAUSES
LEGENDARY NEWSMAN WHO WAS ON THE AIR FOR MORE THAN 70 YEARS.

MAR. 7
JIMMY BOYD     70   CANCER
ACTOR & SINGER WHO APPEARED ON BACHELOR FATHER & HAD A HIT WITH I SAW MOMMY KISSING SANTA CLAUS.  WAS MARRIED TO YVONNE CRAIG FOR A SHORT TIME IN THE EARLY 60'S.

MAR. 8
HANK LOCKLIN    91    NATURAL CAUSES
POPULAR COUNTRY MUSIC SINGER WHO HAD THE HIT PLEASE HELP ME I'M FALLING IN 1960.

MAR. 18
NATASHA RICHARDSON    45   SKIING ACCIDENT
POPULAR MOVIE ACTRESS FROM THE 80'S TO TODAY

MAR. 25
JOHNNY BLANCHARD    76  HEART ATTACK
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYER WITH THE MINNESOTA TWINS IN THE 50'S & 60'S

MAR. 25
ENGLAND DAN SEALS    61    CANCER
POPULAR COUNTRY SINGER WHO TEAMED WITH JOHN FORD COLEY IN THE 70'S FOR A STRING OF HITS

MAR. 28
IRVING R LEVINE     86    PROSTATE CANCER
NBC NEWS REPORTER FOR 45 YEARS

MAR. 30
HERMAN FRANKS    95    MULTIPLE ORGAN FAILURE
BASEBALL MANAGER DURING THE 60'S & 70'S

APRIL 13
HARRY KALAS     73     COLLAPSED
LEGENDARY SPORTS BROADCASTER KNOWN FOR NFL FILMS VOICE OVERS AND DOING PLAY BY PLAY FOR THE PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES

APRIL 13
MARK FIDRYCH   54    ACCIDENT
FORMER DETROIT TIGERS PITCHER FROM THE 70'S KNOWN AS "THE BIRD".

APRIL 25
BEA ARTHUR    86    CANCER
SUPERB ACTRESS KNOWN FOR HER ROLES ON MAUDE & GOLDEN GIRLS

APRIL 28
PAUL PERSCHMANN    56  
FORMER PRO WRESTLER PLAYBOY BUDDY ROSE, DESPITE HIS WEIGHT HE COULD MOVE QUITE WELL IN THE RING.

MAY 2
JACK KEMP     73     CANCER
FORMER QUARTERBACK WITH THE SAN DIEGO CHARGERS & BUFFALO BILLS, LATER BECAME A WELL KNOWN CONGRESSMAN.

MAY 4
DOM DELUISE    75    KIDNEY FAILURE
POPULAR COMEDIAN OF THE 60'S & 70'S

MAY 13
FRANK ALETTER    83    LUNG CANCER
POPULAR CHARACTER ACTOR DURING THE 60'S & 70'S.

MAY 28
JOHN TOLOS    78    KIDNEY FAILURE
POPULAR WRESTLER ALL OVER THE UNITED STATES DURING THE 60'S & 70'S.

JUNE 7
KENNY RANKIN    69   LUNG CANCER
POPULAR SINGER OF THE 70'S

JUNE 14
BOB BOGLE    75    NON HODGKINS LYMPHOMA
LEAD GUITARIST OF THE VENTURES

JUNE 23
ED MC MAHON    86    NATURAL CAUSES
SIDEKICK ON THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JOHNNY CARSON AND HOST OF STAR SEARCH

JUNE 25
FARRAH FAWCETT    62    CANCER
ONE OF CHARLIE'S ANGELS IN THE 70'S.  PROBABLY THE MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL ON EARTH DURING THE MID 70'S.

JUNE 25
MICHAEL JACKSON   50    CARDIAC ARREST
KNOWN AS THE "KING OF POP" HAD A TERRIFIC ALBUM IN THE 80'S CALLED THRILLER

JUNE 25
SKY SAXON    62    INTERNAL INFECTION
LEAD SINGER OF THE 60'S GROUP THE SEEDS

JUNE 27
GALE STORM    87    NATURAL CAUSES
POPULAR ACTRESS AND SINGER DURING THE 1950'S

JUNE 28
BILLY MAYS   50    HEART AILMENT
FAMOUS PTICHMAN FOR OXY CLEAN

JUNE 28
FRED TRAVALENA   66    CANCER
POPULAR COMEDIAN AND IMPERSONATOR

JULY 1
KARL MALDEN    97    NATURAL CAUSES
STAR OF THE TV SHOW  STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO

JULY 1
MOLLIE SUGDEN    86
POPULAR BRITISH ACTRESS WHO APPEARED ON  ARE YOU BEING SERVED

JULY 4
DRAKE LEVIN    62    CANCER
LEAD GUITARIST FOR PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS IN THE 60'S.

JULY 4
STEVE MC NAIR    36   MURDERED
FORMER NFL QUARTERBACK WITH TENNESSEE AND BALTIMORE

JULY 5
WALDO VON ERICH      75   
ONE OF THE GREATEST WWWF WRESTLERS DURING THE 1960'S.

JULY 17
WALTER CRONKITE    92    CEREBRAL VASCULAR DISEASE
AMERICA'S FINEST NEWSMAN EVER, REPORTED THE JFK ASSASSINATION & MAN LANDING ON THE MOON.

AUGUST 13
LES PAUL   94    PNEUMONIA
ONE OF THE GREATEST GUITARISTS WHO EVER LIVED

AUGUST 19
DON HEWITT    86   CANCER
CREATOR OF THE TV SHOW 60 MINUTES

AUGUST 25
TED KENNEDY   77   BRAIN TUMOR
THE LAST OF THE FAMOUS KENNEDY BROTHERS, SENATOR FROM MASSACHUSETTS, AND ONE GREAT AMERICAN

AUGUST 26
ELLIE GREENWICH   68   HEART ATTACK
POPULAR SONGWRITER IN THE 1960'S WITH THEN HUSBAND JEFF BARRY

SEPTEMBER 3
HILARY BOGDEN    85    NATURAL CAUSES
POPULAR PITTSBURGH PA. RADIO & TV ANNOUNCER

SEPTEMBER 8
ARMY ARCHERD   90   MESOTHELIOMA
POPULAR TV COLUMNIST

SEPTEMBER 11
LARRY GELBERT  81  CANCER
WRITER FOR THE TELEVISION SERIES M.A.S.H.

SEPTEMBER 13
PAUL BURKE    83   LEUKEMIA
STARRED IN THE TV SHOW NAKED CITY

SEPTEMBER 14
PATRICK SWAYZE    57    CANCER
APPEARED IN MOVIES DIRTY DANCING & GHOST

SEPTEMBER 14
HENRY GIBSON   73  CANCER
COMIC WHO APPEARED ON ROWAN AND MARTIN'S LAUGH IN

SEPTEMBER 16
MARY TRAVERS    72   LEUKEMIA
MEMBER OF THE FOLK SINGING GROUP PETER PAUL & MARY

SEPTEMBER 30
LAURENCE GAINES   43   STROKE
RADIO TALK SHOW PRODUCER FOR WTAE AND WAMO IN PITTSBURGH

OCTOBER 13
CULLEN BRYANT    58
MEMBER OF THE LOS ANGELES RAMS FOOTBALL TEAM IN THE EARLY 80'S

OCTOBER 13
AL MARTINO   82   
POPULAR SINGER OF THE 50'S & 60'S, APPEARED IN THE 1972 GODFATHER MOVIE

OCTOBER 14
LOU ALBANO    76    NATURAL CAUSES
POPULAR WWF WRESTLER AND MANAGER IN THE 60'S & 70'S.  BECAME EVEN MORE POPULAR WHEN HE APPEARED IN A CYNDI LAUPER VIDEO.

OCTOBER 17
VIC MIZZY    93  HEART FAILURE
COMPOSER OF THE ADDAMS FAMILY THEME

OCTOBER 22
SOUPY SALES    83    CANCER
TV COMIC WHO APPEARED ON LOTS OF GAME SHOWS AND TOLD KIDS TO SEND IN DOLLAR BILLS FROM THEIR FATHERS WALLET, MANY KIDS DID.

NOVEMBER 3
CARL BALLANTINE   92  NATURAL CAUSES
POPULAR ACTOR & COMIC WHO PLAYED ON MC HALES NAVY

NOVEMBER 15
DENNIS COLE    69
POPULAR ACTOR IN THE 60'S & 70'S ON SHOWS LIKE FELONY SQUAD AND BRACKENS WORLD

NOVEMBER 27
AL ALBERTS    87   KIDNEY FAILURE
LEAD SINGER OF THE FOUR ACES IN THE 1950'S.

NOVEMBER 29
JOHN CHRISTIAN   92   NATURAL CAUSES
FORMER DJ ON WAMO RADIO IN PITTSBURGH DURING THE 60'S AND WORKED FOR WPXI TV UNTIL HIS RETIREMENT IN THE EARLY 90'S.

DECEMBER 2
FOGE FAZIO   71   LEUKEMIA
FORMER FOOTBALL COACH FOR THE PITT PANTHERS & A NUMBER OF NFL TEAMS AS WELL.  ONE SUPER GUY

DECEMBER 9
GENE BARRY   90
ACTOR WHO STARRED ON BAT MASTERSON & BURKE'S LAW

DECEMBER 13
YVONNE KING BURCH    89
MEMBER OF THE KING FAMILY MUSIC GROUP AND MOTHER OF TINA COLE OF MY THREE SONS

DECEMBER 15
ORAL ROBERTS   91   PNEUMONIA
POPULAR TV EVANGELIST DURING THE 50'S & 60'S.

DECEMBER 16
FRED HONSBERGER    58
WELL KNOWN RADIO TALK SHOW HOST IN PITTSBURGH FOR KDKA RADIO

DECEMBER 16
ROY DISNEY    79    STOMACH CANCER
BROTHER OF WALT DISNEY & AN EXECUTIVE WITH THE DISNEY COMPANY

DECEMBER 17
CHRIS HENRY    26    FELL OFF MOVING TRUCK
WIDE RECEIVER FOR THE CINCINNATI BENGALS

DECEMBER 18
CONNIE HINES   79    HEART AILMENT
WIFE OF WILBUR POST ON MR. ED

DECEMBER 20
ARNOLD STANG    94   PNEUMONIA
VOICE OF TOP CAT IN THE 60'S, HAD HIS OWN SHOW IN THE 1950'S

DECEMBER 24
GEORGE MICHAEL   70  CANCER
WASHINGTON DC SPORTSCASTERS WHO HAD A SYNDICATED SPORTS SHOW

DECEMBER 27
STEVE WILLIAMS    49   THROAT CANCER
PRO WRESTLER KNOWN AS DR. DEATH STEVE WILLIAMS