ACTOR Kirk Douglas-103 Nicholas Parsons-96 Gene Reynolds-96 Orson Bean-91 Buck Henry-89 Gene London-88 Edd Byrnes-87 John Karlen-86 Jack Burns-86 Robert Conrad-84 Brice Armstrong-84 Derek Fowlds-82 Alan Harris-81 Terry Jones-77 Kevin Conway-77 Bill Britten/Bozo the Clown-57 Stan Kirsch-51 Jason Davis-35 Harry Hains-27 Raphael Coleman-25
ACTRESSES Monique van Vooren-92 Lynn Cohen-86 Marj Dusay-83 Natalie Trundy-79 Paula Kelly-76 Tiani Warden-52 Caroline Flack-40 Alexis Eddy-23 Nikita Pearl Waligwa-15
MUSIC Robert Parker-89 Jack Sheldon-88 Bob Shane-85 Ray Sawyer-81 David Olney-71 Neil Peart-67 Andy Gill-64 Daniel Lee Martin-54 Reed Mullin-53 SEAN REINERT-48 Ward Weebie-42 Joe Payne-35
SPORTS Don Larsen-90 David Glass-85 Willie Wood-83 Fred Silverman-82 David Stern-77 Sam Wyche-74 Jay Allen-60 Chris Doleman-58 John Andretti-56 Tony Fernandez-57 Kobe Bryant-41 Jordan Sinnott-25 Fausto Segura-23
OTHER Mr. Peanut-104 Paul Farnes-101 Mary Higgins-92 Jack Van Impe-89 Jim Lehrer-85 Shozo Uehara-82 Hugh Wilson-74 Silvio Horta-45 Amie Harwick Tyler Gwozdz-29
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Former NBA Commissioner David Stern dies at 77 after suffering brain hemorrhage in December Stern, the commissioner of the NBA for 30 years that helped popularize the league on a global scale, died on Wednesday
David Stern, the former commissioner of the NBA, has died at 77 after suffering a brain hemorrhage in December, the league announced Wednesday.
Stern was the commissioner of the NBA from 1984 through 2014, presiding over a period of immense growth for professional basketball at a time in which its popularity was significantly lower than it is today. At the beginning of his tenure, the NBA Finals were still being aired on tape delay. By the time he stepped down, the league had become a financial powerhouse and one of the most widely viewed sports in the world.
Among his greatest accomplishments as commissioner was the grooming of his eventual successor, Adam Silver, who is among the most popular executives in the history of sports. The financial foundation that Stern helped created has allowed Silver to pursue a number of creative initiatives that the league didn't have the resources to consider in the past, including a mid-season tournament that could be instituted in the near future
Don Larsen, who pitched only perfect game in World Series history, dies at 90
By his own admission, Don Larsen was a most imperfect fellow and therefore about the unlikeliest man to ever pitch the only perfect game in World Series history. But pitch it he did, on October 8, 1956, a 97-pitch, 2-0 gem in Game 5 that gave the Yankees a 3-2 lead in the Series against the Dodgers and set them up for winning their sixth world championship in eight years under manager Casey Stengel.
Larsen, 90, died Wednesday in hospice in Hayden, Idaho, of esophageal cancer, a party guy to the end who achieved baseball immortality that one sun-splashed autumn afternoon at Yankee Stadium despite an otherwise mediocre 81-91 pitching career with seven different major league teams from 1953-67. As it was, Larsen didn’t even think he was getting the ball that day after having been lifted by Stengel in the second inning of Game 2 of the Series because of control problems. He had given up only one hit in that game and was leading 6-1, but he’d walked four batters and the Yankees went on to lose, 13-8. Afterward, Larsen fumed to reporters: “I don’t give a damn if I ever pitch another game for the Yankees or Stengel again! I go out there and break my neck? For what? He had no business taking me out of there! That’s the last time I’ll get to bed early. I’m gonna start enjoying life again.”
Nevertheless, Stengel, who shrugged off Larsen’s diatribe, opted to give the big righthander — whose Yankee teammates dubbed “Gooney Bird” because of his flaky nature — a second chance three days later in Game 5, passing up 18-game winner Johnny Kucks (who went on to pitch the 9-0 Game 7 clincher). Whether it was just hunch on the part of Stengel — who secretly had a fondness for Larsen because of his own penchant for late-night imbibing — the prodigal pitcher vowed to make good for his manager. “I’ll show ‘em all,” he said when Stengel announced the day before Larsen would be starting Game 5. “Don’t be surprised if I pitch a no-hitter too.”
It was an oft-handed boast made jokingly to a handful of reporters, but one that Larsen more than made good on. Reverting to a “no-wind-up” delivery he had fashioned during the ’56 season (in which he’d been 11-5 as a starter and long reliever), he baffled the Dodgers all day and out-dueled veteran Sal Maglie, 2-0, striking out seven. About the only hard-hit ball the Dodgers had in the game was Gil Hodges’ one-out fly to deep left center in the fifth inning on which Mickey Mantle made a running, one-hand catch. Indeed, Larsen went to three balls on only one batter — Pee Wee Reese in the first — and when he got veteran pinch hitter Dale Mitchell on a half-swing third strike to end the game, Yankee catcher Yogi Berra rushed out from behind the plate and jumped into his arms in what became an iconic picture.
Dr. Hook’s Ray Sawyer, ‘Cover of Rolling Stone’ Singer, Dead at 81
Alabama-born singer featured on hits like “Sylvia’s Mother” and “When You’re in Love With a Beautiful Woman” as member of Rolling Stone cover-gracing rock act
Ray Sawyer, the Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show member who sang the 1973 Shel Silverstein-penned hit “The Cover of ‘Rolling Stone,'” has died at the age of 81.
Page Six first reported Friday that Sawyer died in Daytona Beach, Florida following a brief illness; a representative for the band confirmed the singer’s death to Rolling Stone.
The Alabama-born Sawyer – who founded the group with Dennis Locorriere, Billy Francis and George Cummings – was a member of Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show from 1969 to 1981. A few years before the band’s formation, Sawyer lost his right eye in a car accident; Sawyer wore an eyepatch that made him resemble the Peter Pan villain Captain Hook, which served as the inspiration for the Dr. Hook moniker.
In 1970, Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show’s demo tapes wound up in the hands of author and songwriter Shel Silverstein, who recruited the band to become a vessel for his music: The group would turn Silverstein-written tracks like “Sylvia’s Mother” and “The Cover of ‘Rolling Stone'” into hits and released two albums of Silverstein-penned songs, 1971’s Dr. Hook and 1972’s Sloppy Seconds.
The latter single, a tongue-in-cheek paean to the magazine and rock stardom with Sawyer on vocals, became a Top 10 single on the Billboard Hot 100 and resulted in Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show, in caricature form, receiving a Rolling Stone cover in March 1973 as well as a profile of the New Jersey-via-Alabama act. “From unknown bar band to the cover of ‘Rolling Stone,’” the profile noted of the band’s sudden ascension.
Natalie Trundy, who went from Perry Mason client to Planet of the Apes regular The actress was married to the Planet of the Apes franchise in more than one way. She was 79.
Arthur P. Jacobs had a big year in 1968. The Hollywood producer scored a blockbuster with his Planet of the Apes, the ninth highest-grossing film of the year. He also married after falling in love with an actress, Natalie Trundy.
Trundy was a familiar face in early Sixties television. In 1963, she played a resident in an uncommonly advanced small town in "Valley of the Shadow," one of the hour-long episodes of The Twilight Zone. "We have machines for so many things but I can't make this feeling stop," she tells visiting stranger Redfield (Ed Nelson), with whom she falls in love.
That same year, Trundy portrayed Sandra Keller, the granddaughter of an orange orchard owner who is accused of his murder on Perry Mason. Perry comes to the defense of Keller in "The Case of the Golden Oranges," and proves her innocence in the courtroom.
But Trundy suffered setbacks in 1963. After being struck by an automobile that spring, she suffered a ruptured disc. She recovered for in a year in a back brace, according to her website.
Following her injury and recovery, Trundy relocated to London, where she met Jacobs at the opening of a Playboy Club in 1966.
After they married, Jacobs cast his wife in Planet of the Apes sequels. She played both human and simian characters. In Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970), Trundy sported prosthetic makeup to play Albina, a scarred mutant. In Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971), she was Dr. Stephanie Branton. Finally, she converted to ape for Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972) and Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973).
Her character in those final two films, Lisa, married Roddy McDowall's ape character, Caesar.
A 1978 appearance on Quincy M.E. would be her final screen role. On December 5, Trundy died of natural causes
Silvio Horta, ‘Ugly Betty’ Creator, Found Dead in Apparent Suicide
Silvio Horta, creator of ABC’s popular series “Ugly Betty,” was found dead in a Miami motel room on Tuesday in an apparent suicide. He was 45.
Sources tell Variety that Horta died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. A representative for Horta confirmed his death, but declined to comment on the nature of it.
The American version of “Ugly Betty,” which starred America Ferrera, ran for four seasons on ABC from 2006 to 2010 and was adapted from the hit Colombian telenovela “Yo soy Betty, la fea.” Horta served as showrunner and head writer on the comedy-drama.
The show centered on Betty Suarez, a young, smart Mexican American woman from Queens who lands a job at an upscale fashion magazine in Manhattan. During its run, the show won two Golden Globes, one for best comedy series and one for Ferrera. The original series was created in 1999 by Fernando Gaitan and ran until 2001.
Horta, who was born in Miami to Cuban parents and majored in film at NYU, had a project with Mary J. Blige in development at Fox in 2018. The prospective series, titled “Move,” was inspired by the life of famed choreographer and creative director Laurieann Gibson, who created routines for the likes of Beyonce, Michael Jackson, Alicia Keys and Lady Gaga.
His big break came in 1998 when he wrote the screenplay for horror-thriller “Urban Legend.” The script was turned into a successful feature starring Jared Leto and “Dune” star Alicia Witt.
Horta’s moved into TV in the earlly 2000s with the Sci Fi series “The Chronicle,” which ran for a single season and starred Octavia Spencer, among others. In 2003, Horta continued his science fiction run with the UPN series “Jake 2.0.” The series, which also only lasted one season, revolved around a computer expert (Christopher Graham) who, while working for the NSA, was accidentally infected by nanobots, giving him superhuman powers.