Category Archives: Late Greats

Bruno Ganz, ‘Wings of Desire’ Angel, Dies @ 77

Swiss actor Bruno Ganz, a legend in German-language film known as Damiel the angel in Wings of Desire and for his portrayal of Hitler in Downfall, died Friday following a battle with intestinal cancer. He was 77. Ganz debuted onstage in 1961 and was viewed as a stage actor for 20 years in spite of…
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Patricia Nell Warren, ‘The Front Runner’ Author, Dies @ 82

Boy Culture reports that The Front Runner (1974) author Patricia Nell Warren died Saturday at 82. Warren with her most famous work (Images via headshot/Bantam) Born in Helena, Montana, on June 15, 1936, Warren wrote from her earliest years and was the winner of the Atlantic Monthy College Fiction Contest. Through an early marriage to Ukrainian poet…
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Albert Finney, Cinema’s Original ‘Angry Young Man,’ Dies @ 82

Five-time Oscar nominee Albert Finney died Friday at 82, a family statement read: "Albert Finney, aged 82, passed away peacefully after a short illness with those closest to him by his side. The family request privacy at this sad time." Born May 9, 1936, in Charlestown, Pendleton, England, Finney was a student at the Royal…
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Julie Adams, ‘Creature from the Black Lagoon’ Heroine, Dies @ 92

In news that was initially confirmed by the Creature himself — stuntman Ricou Browning (b. 1930) — legendary horror heroine Julie Adams, whose long career spanned multiple genres, has died. She was 92. (Image via Universal Pictures) Born Betty May Adams in Iowa on October 17, 1926, Adams lived in many states growing up, parking…
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Dick Miller of ‘Gremlins,’ ‘Fame’ Dies @ 90

Just a month after turning 90, longtime character actor Dick Miller has died, according to Variety. He had actual Gremlins in his cab! (Image via Warner Bros.) A familiar face in films ranging from cult classics to blockbusters, Miller made his name in Roger Corman (b. 1926) and Joe Dante (b. 1946) films — and…
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Louisa Moritz, ‘Cuckoo’s Nest’ Bombshell, Dies @ 72

Louisa Moritz, a Havana-born actress who specialized in playing ditzy blondes, died last week at home in L.A, ExtraTV reports. She was 72. An early Moritz modeling shot (Image via headshot) Her friend and publicist Edward Lozzi confirmed she had succumbed to a heart ailment. In a statement, he said: "Louisa Moritz was so full…
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R&B and Pop Legend James Ingram Dies @ 66

James Ingram, the Grammy-winning R&B crooner who crossed over in a big way to the pop world, has lost his battle with brain cancer. He was 66. Born February 16, 1952, in Akron, Ohio, Ingram launched a professional singing career 45 years ago, working in the band Revelation Funk and as a keyboardist for Ray…
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Kaye Ballard, Larger-Than-Life Stage & Screen Star, Dies @ 93

Kaye Ballard, the wisecracking, broad-comedienne perhaps best remembered for a two-year stint on TV's The Mothers-in-Law, has died. She was 93. Kaye Ballard: November 20, 1925-January 21, 2019 (Image by Frances McLaughlin-Gill) According to an extensive and warm obit in The Desert Sun, Ballard had suffered from a heart malady, and slipped away Monday evening…
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Carol Channing, Broadway Icon, Dies @ 97

Carol Channing, synonymous with the role of Dolly Levi in the Broadway staple Hello, Dolly!, died early today at her Rancho Mirage, California, home, Broadway World reports. She was two weeks shy of her 98th birthday. "Raspberries!" (Image via Universal) Her publicist Harlan Boll released the following statement confirming her passing: It is with extreme…
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Verna Bloom, ‘Animal House’ Cougar, Dies @ 80

Verna Bloom, perhaps most widely known as the libidinous wife of Dean Wormer (John Vernon, 1932-2005) in Animal House (1978), died Wednesday, January 9, in Bar Harbor, Maine, of complications of dementia, THR reports. She was 80. Verna Bloom: August 7, 1938-January 9, 2019 (Image via Universal) The actress made her Broadway debut in 1967's…
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