Category Archives: Late Greats

‘Lean on Me’ Singer Bill Withers Dies @ 81

Bill Withers, the singer-songwriter famous for such hits as "Lean on Me," has died of heart complications at 81, his family said in a statement. The statement read: “We are devastated by the loss of our beloved, devoted husband and father. A solitary man with a heart driven to connect to the world at large,…
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David Schramm, ‘Wings’ Actor, Dies @ 73

David Schramm, immediately identifiable as blowhard Roy Biggins of Wings fame, died this weekend in NYC. Schramm (R) in a Wings scene with Tony Shalhoub (b. 1953) (Image via NBC) His publicist confirmed Schramm's death at 73, providing no further details. Born on August 14, 1946, in Louisville, Kentucky, Schramm was an acting wunderkind who…
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Broadway Icon Terrence McNally Dies of COVID-19

Via ExtraTV: Terrence McNally, one of the most acclaimed playwrights and librettists of his generation, died Tuesday at 81, Deadline reports. No truer words (GIF via GIPHY) McNally, who had survived lung cancer, died of COVID-19 complications at a hospital in Sarasota, Florida. The man who would come to be called "the bard of American theater"…
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Kenny Rogers Folds ’em @ 81

Via ExtraTV: Kenny Rogers, one of the most successful country music stars of all time, and a performer who crossed over into pop music and acting, died under hospice care Friday evening at his Sandy Springs, Georgia, home. He was 81. THR reports Rogers died of natural causes, as confirmed by his rep Keith Hagan.  The Country…
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‘Wonder Woman,’ ‘Carol Burnett’ Star Lyle Waggoner Dies @ 84

Lyle Waggoner, who used his heartthrob status for comedic effect on The Carol Burnett Show and was Maj. Steve Trevor on TV's Wonder Woman, died Tuesday at 84, ExtraTV reports. Waggoner died surrounded by his wife of 59 years, Sharon, and their sons Jason and Beau. Waggoner had also become known in Hollywood for his…
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Stuart Whitman Dies @ 92

Via ExtraTV: Stuart Whitman, a rugged, handsome leading man known for his work in westerns and for a Best Actor Oscar nomination, died Monday at 92. TMZ reports Whitman died of skin and blood cancer. His son Justin told the site, "Old Hollywood lost another one of its true stars. Stuart Whitman was known for…
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Acting Legend Max von Sydow Dies @ 90

Max von Sydow, a powerhouse actor known for the craft he displayed in the films of Ingmar Bergman (1918-2007), as well as for popular performances in a host of Hollywood productions, died Sunday at 90. His death was confirmed by his widow, Catherine, but a cause was not given. Von Sydow was born into affluence…
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Mart Crowley, ‘The Boys in the Band’ Playwright, Dies @ 84

Mart Crowley, who changed American theater with his trailblazing — and just plain blazing— gay-themed play The Boys in the Band (1968), died Sunday. He was 84. Crowley's death was first reported by writer Michael Musto. He reportedly suffered a heart attack, had surgery, but passed away while recovering from surgery. The writer had been enjoying a renaissance, with…
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And Scene: James Lipton Dies @ 93

It's not clear how many fans of the eternal Bravo (and later Ovation) series Inside the Actor's Studio (1994-2020) realized how advanced in years creator and host James Lipton was — he had an ageless, yet wizened, quality in his role as the ultimate actor whisperer. James Lipton (September 19, 1926-March 2, 2020) (Image via…
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Western Actor Ben Cooper Dies @ 86

Ben Cooper, a sweet-faced western actor whose cap was feathered with a memorable appearance as a doomed outlaw named Turkey in the classic Johnny Guitar (1954), died Monday at 86. Ben Cooper: September 30, 1933-February 24, 2020 (Image via video still) THR reports his death followed "a long illness" that was reportedly dementia. Born on…
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