Cliff Robertson, who won an Oscar for playing mentally disabled man in the 1968 film Charly and later played Ben Parker in the Spider-Man films, has died. He was 88.
Robertson died of natural causes on Saturday in Long Island, one day after his 88th birthday, Evelyn Christel, Robertson's secretary for 53 years, told The Associated Press.
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Besides his Oscar-winning role in Charly — which was adapted from Daniel Keyes' short novel, Flowers for Algernon, and told the story of a mentally disabled man who becomes a genius after medical treatment — Robertson is also remembered for playing President John F. Kennedy in 1963's PT-109. The film...
Michael Showers, an actor who recurred on HBO's Treme, was found dead on Wednesday. He was 45.
Showers was pulled from the Mississippi River in New Orleans after a steamboat captain spotted his body, a police spokesman told The Times-Picayune. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death, but Showers had been in the water about two days, a coroner determined.
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Frank Potenza, who often appeared on his nephew's show Jimmy Kimmel Live!, died Tuesday morning, ABC announced. He was 77. A cause of death was not specified.
"His kindness and humor will be missed by everyone he touched," the show said in a statement Tuesday. "He was beloved by his co-workers and considered an Uncle to all." Kimmel also confirmed Potenza's passing on Twitter.
Nick Ashford, the Motown hitmaker who penned such classics as "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" and "You're All I Need to Get By" with wife Valerie Simpson, has died. He was 70.
Ashford, who had battled throat cancer, died Monday at a New York hospital with his family by his side, his rep told Reuters.
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A South Carolina native, Ashford met Simpson in a Harlem church in 1963 and the two decided to write songs together. Three years later, they scored ...
Jani Lane, the former lead singer of Warrant, was found dead on Thursday, according to TMZ. He was 47.
Lane's body was found at the Comfort Inn Hotel in Woodland Hills, Calif. No cause of death has been determined.
Bubba Smith, a superstar defensive lineman who went on an acting career with memorable performances in the Police Academy movies, has died. He was 66.
Smith's cause of death has not been determined, according to the Los Angeles Coroner's office. "There is no indication of anything other than natural death," the coroner's office told The New York Times.
Sherwood Schwartz, the Emmy-winning creator of Gilligan's Island and The Brady Bunch, has died. He was 94.
Schwartz died Tuesday of natural causes in his sleep, surrounded by his family, TMZ reports.
A New Jersey native, Schwartz got his start writing for Bob Hope's radio program in 1939 before ...
Betty Ford, wife of former President Gerald Ford and founder of the drug and alcohol center in her name, has died, CNN.com reports. She was 93.
Ford, who served as the First Lady from 1974 to 1977, died Friday evening surrounded by family.