James Gandolfini, the actor best known for his Emmy-winning portrayal of a conflicted New Jersey mob boss in the groundbreaking cable TV series “The Sopranos” died yesterday vacationing in Italy at age 51.
Singer Andy Williams died at his home in Branson, Mo., on Tuesday after a year-long battle with bladder cancer, according to his publicist Paul Shefrin. He was 84.
Jerry Nelson, the puppeteer and voice of Sesame Street’s Count von Count, has died aged 78.
US President Barack Obama has led tributes to astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man on the Moon, who died on Saturday at the age of 82. Mr Obama said on his Twitter feed: “Neil Armstrong was a hero not just of his time, but of all time.” Hundreds of millions watched Armstrong land on the Moon on 20 July 1969 and describe it as: “One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” The line became one of the most famous quotes of the 20th Century. Armstrong’s family confirmed his death in a statement on Saturday, saying he had died from complications after surgery to relieve four blocked coronary arteries. The family statement praised him as a “reluctant American hero” and urged his fans to honour his example of “service, accomplishment and modesty”. “The next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink,” the family said. Mr Obama thanked Armstrong for showing the world “the power of …
LA’s Daily Breeze is reporting (and now confirmed by other outlets) that director Tony Scott jumped to his death on Sunday from the Vincent Thomas Bridge spanning San Pedro and Terminal Island.
Mel Stuart, the director of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, has died aged 83.
His family said he died at his Beverly Hills home after suffering from cancer.
The novelist, essayist, wit and contrarian Gore Vidal, one of the towering figures of American cultural and political life for more than six decades, has died of complications from pneumonia, aged 86.
Chris Marker, the French filmmaker, photographer and essayist who did so much to inspire and influence modern sci-fi, has died.
We are sad to report that veteran actor Ernest Borgnine passed away early Sunday at the age of 95 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, reportedly due to renal failure.
American actress Doris Singleton, best known her her role on the iconic television show I Love Lucy, has died at the age of 92.
Comic actor and writer Eric Sykes has died at the age of 89 following a short illness.
WITN is reporting that actor Andy Griffith died this morning around 7:00 a.m. in Dare County, North Carolina. Former UNC President Bill Friday, a close friend of the actor, confirmed the news.
It was reported earlier tonight that Oscar-nominated screenwriter and director Nora Ephron died at the age of 71 from pneumonia, a complication resulting from acute myeloid leukemia, a condition with which she was diagnosed in 2006.
Bob Welch, the former singer-guitarist with Fleetwood Mac who wrote and sang one of the group’s best early Seventies songs, Hypnotized, has died. He was 66.
Ray Bradbury, the sci-fi and fantasy great whose best-known works include Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles and Something Wicked This Way Comes has died in California aged 91. “I’m not a science fiction writer,” the writer once protested, although perhaps the best screen adaptation of his work was Francois Truffaut’s singular take on his sci-fi Fahrenheit 451. Truffaut cast Oskar Werner as the hero of Bradbury’s novel Guy Montag, a ‘fireman’ who refuses to continue burning books for a repressive futuristic state when he meets Julie Christie’s revolutionary. Bradbury’s scary snapshot of a future in which books were forbidden found a faithful director in Truffaut, whose counter-cultural take on the story – a kind ofFight Club in flares – chimed with the writer. Other screen adaptations of his work, including a 1980 miniseries take on The Martian Chronicles with Rock Hudson and ’60s sci-fi The Illustrated Man, found less favour. Alongside his 600 short stories, more than 30 books and countless plays and poems, Bradbury also turned out screenplays, most notably for John Huston’s Moby Dick. Bradbury is …