Category Archives: Late Greats

Dashing David Hedison Dies @ 92

Handsome leading man David Hedison, whose career included stints in Bond movies, as a TV lead and in the 1958 classic The Fly, died Thursday in L.A., THR reports. Hedison in his heyday and in 2014. (Images via headshot & Matthew Rettenmund) He was 92. Hedison's most high-profile role was as Captain Lee Crane on…
Read more

Report: Charles Levin, ‘Golden Girls’ & ‘Seinfeld’ Actor, Found Dead

UPDATE: Radar reports Levin's son thinks his father's death was "a tragic accident," and does not suspect foul play. Charles Levin, the 70-year-old actor remembered as the nervous mohel on the 1993 Seinfeld episode "The Bris", is thought to have been found dead in Grants Pass, Oregon, KOBI5 reports. Levin's mohel was hysterical — in…
Read more

Denise Nickerson of ‘Willy Wonka’ Dies @ 62

Denise Nickerson, best-known as Violet Beauregarde in the classic 1971 film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, died Wednesday. She was 62. THR reports her family removed her from life support Tuesday after she suffered a seizure. She had suffered a “severe stroke” in 2018 and had battled various health issues for at least a…
Read more

Oscar Nominee Rip Torn Dies @ 88

Rip Torn, the force-of-nature actor who won an Emmy for his performance on The Larry Sanders Show, died Tuesday. He was 88. Torn in the 1997 mega-hit Men in Black (Image via Sony) His publicist announced that Torn died "peacefully at his home" in Lakeville, Connecticut, with his actress wife Amy Wright (b. 1950) and…
Read more

Arte Johnson, ‘Verrry Interesting’ Comic Actor, Dies @ 90

Not long after the passing of similarly zany comic Tim Conway, also known for a bag of lunatic personae, Arte Johnson has died at 90. As creepy Renfield, with George Hamilton, in Love at First Bite (Image via AIP) He died after fighting bladder and prostate cancer for three years, his family announced. Born January…
Read more

‘Alf’ Actor Max Wright Dies @ 75

Max Wright, who became known as Willie Tanner on Alf (1986-1990), died Wednesday of cancer. He was 75. Max Wright, August 2, 1943-June 26, 2019 (Images via NBC) Wright had been diagnosed with lymphoma in 1995. A stage actor first, Wright made his TV debut on an episode of Great Performances in 1974, in a…
Read more

Gloria Vanderbilt, Heiress & Designer, Dies @ 95

Gloria Vanderbilt, a 20th-century icon who was an heiress, author, fashion maven and businesswoman, died Monday in Manhattan. She was 95. On a frivolous Love Boat "cruise" (Image via ABC) Her death was confirmed by her TV journalist son, Anderson Cooper (b. 1967). Born February 20, 1924, she was initially famous as the subject of…
Read more

Franco Zeffirelli, Italian Auteur Director, Dies @ 96

Franco Zeffirelli, the Italian director known for his interpretations of the work of the Bard on film and onstage, died Friday in Rome following a long illness. The filmmaker, one of the only living people shown to have been directly descended from Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), was 96. The film that is his most lasting…
Read more

‘Midnight Cowboy’ Scene-Stealer Sylvia Miles Dies @ 94

Sylvia Miles, a New Yawk personality who parlayed her inimitably brassy delivery into two Best Supporting Actress nominations — with a combined total of 14 minutes on the screen — has died. She was 94. Deliciously evil in Evil Under the Sun (GIF via GIPHY) Prominent writer Michael Musto reported her passing, just a day after…
Read more

Iconic Funnyman Tim Conway Dies @ 85

Tim Conway, a legendary comic known for his hysteria-inducing bits on The Carol Burnett Show, has died, People Magazine reports. He was 85. Mr. Tudball (Image via CBS) Due to legal wrangling within his family, his rep's statement was unusually worded, noting that Conway had "suffered complications from Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH) and had no…
Read more