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« Reply #440 on: June 03, 2011, 06:06:06 PM »

"Gunsmoke" and "How The West Was Won" star James Arness has passed on. He was 88

http://jamesarness.com/

Just heard about James Arness on the radio. Here's a link to the New York Times obit:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/04/arts/television/james-arness-marshal-on-gunsmoke-dies-at-88.html



R.I.P.
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« Reply #441 on: June 04, 2011, 12:41:31 AM »

I loved Gunsmoke.  Matt Dillon was a hero of mine and I loved Chester from the series too.





RIP James.
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« Reply #442 on: June 04, 2011, 12:48:43 AM »

Miriam Karlin a wonderful British comedy actress.  Best known for her part in the TV series The Rag Trade.  She played a union rep and was forever blowing her whistle and shouting "Everybody out" when the management didn't please her.   There were a number of stars from that series who went on to become household names.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-13639043




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« Reply #443 on: June 04, 2011, 03:48:26 AM »

R.I.P. James Arness :(

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« Reply #444 on: June 06, 2011, 05:46:35 AM »

RIP, sir.   :-\

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« Reply #445 on: June 06, 2011, 11:46:14 PM »

R.I.P. James Arness :(



R.I.P.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/04/arts/television/james-arness-marshal-on-gunsmoke-dies-at-88.html

To be honest I had no idea he was still alive.  But he was 88.  I loved Gunsmoke growing up.  I used to watch it all the time.
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« Reply #446 on: June 08, 2011, 05:52:08 PM »


 R.I.P. James Arness
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« Reply #447 on: June 08, 2011, 06:55:04 PM »

" Spanish writer, activist Jorge Semprun dies aged 87 "

 http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20110607/en_afp/spainliteraturesemprun

 
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PARIS (AFP) – Spanish writer, left-wing activist and former culture minister Jorge Semprun died in Paris on Tuesday aged 87, his grandson Thomas Landman said.

Semprun, who went into exile in France with his family after the Spanish Civil War, died "very peacefully" at home, Landman said.

Semprun was born on December 10, 1923, in Madrid, the son of a leading politician and the grandson of a former prime minister.

Living most of his life in France, where his family eventually settled after the Republicans were driven out of Madrid in 1937, Semprun adopted French as his working language.

 
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He also wrote for the cinema and contributed major screenplays for Alain Resnais, with "La Guerre est Finie" (The War is Over) and "Stavisky", and for Costa Gavras, with the classic political dramas "Z" and "L'Aveu" (The Confession).

All but "Stavisky" starred Yves Montand, about whom Semprun later wrote an acclaimed biography.

 R.I.P. MR. Semprun

 
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« Reply #448 on: June 10, 2011, 06:30:02 AM »

Leonard B. Stern, creator of Mad Libs, has passed away

Leonard B. Stern



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« Reply #449 on: June 19, 2011, 06:58:39 PM »

" Clarence Clemons, Springsteen’s Soulful Sideman, Dies at 69 "

 By BEN SISARIO

 http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/19/arts/music/clarence-clemons-e-street-band-saxophonist-dies-at-69.html?_r=1&nl=nyregion&emc=ura1

 
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Clarence Clemons, the saxophonist in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, whose jovial onstage manner, soul-rooted style and brotherly relationship with Mr. Springsteen made him one of rock’s most beloved sidemen, died on Saturday at a hospital in Palm Beach, Fla. He was 69.

The cause was complications of a stroke he suffered last Sunday at his home in Singer Island, Fla., a spokeswoman for Mr. Springsteen said.

In a statement released Saturday night, Mr. Springsteen called Mr. Clemons “my great friend, my partner.”

“With Clarence at my side, my band and I were able to tell a story far deeper than those simply contained in our music,” he added. “His life, his memory and his love will live on in that story and in our band.”   

 

   R.I.P. Clarence
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« Reply #450 on: June 20, 2011, 12:52:02 AM »

I was stunned to open the paper and see that story. I had heard nothing on the news or in the papers about his stroke last week.

The headline in today's paper was a little misleading too.

"Springsteen loses his sax appeal"

Reading that I thought Clarence had quit the band after all these years, but reading the story and my chin just hit the paper. Totally shocked.

RIP Clarence. Thanks for the music and memories. I love the live version of Tenth Ave Freeze out but will be a little down now whenever I hear Springsteen sing, "And the big man joined the band."
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« Reply #451 on: June 20, 2011, 04:32:08 AM »

RIP Clarence

I heard it yesterday on the news. I was shocked and saddened
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« Reply #452 on: June 20, 2011, 10:30:52 PM »

For someone who spent most of his life handling poisonous snakes, Bill Haast certainly lived to a ripe old age!

Bill Haast, a Man Charmed by Snakes, Dies at 100

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« Reply #453 on: June 24, 2011, 10:48:29 AM »

Just heard it on the radio ... Peter Falk has passed away at 83.

http://www.ktla.com/news/landing/ktla-peter-falk-obit,0,7288457.story



R.I.P.  (And special condolences to Christopher.)
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« Reply #454 on: June 24, 2011, 11:03:42 AM »

I just saw it online. :'(
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« Reply #455 on: June 24, 2011, 11:58:12 AM »



R.I.P. Peter Falk :'(
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« Reply #456 on: June 24, 2011, 12:05:34 PM »

 
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Peter Falk, Rumpled and Crafty Actor on ‘Columbo,’ Dies at 83

 http://www.nytimes.com/?emc=na

 Good-bye Columbo........ :'(
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« Reply #457 on: June 24, 2011, 12:34:38 PM »

I'm sorry too.

I'm a bit afraid of making jokes on the board and this thread is really not appropriate for them but KC's comment was too much so blame her for that.

(And special condolences to Christopher.)

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« Reply #458 on: June 24, 2011, 01:15:26 PM »

RIP Columbo.  :'(

A great actor. Will never be forgotten.
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« Reply #459 on: June 24, 2011, 02:18:02 PM »


 http://www.nytimes.com/?emc=na

 Good-bye Columbo........ :'(

Here is the direct link to the Times obit:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/25/arts/television/peter-falk-columbo-actor-dies-at-83.html

Things I did not know about Peter Falk:

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Mr. Falk had a glass eye, resulting from an operation to remove a cancerous tumor when he was 3 years old.

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Peter Michael Falk was born in Manhattan on Sept. 16, 1927, and lived for a time in the Bronx, near Yankee Stadium, but grew up mostly in Ossining, N.Y, where his father owned a clothing store and where, in spite of his missing eye, he was a high school athlete. In one story he liked to tell, after being called out at third base during a baseball game, he removed his eye and handed it to the umpire.

“You’ll do better with this,” he said.

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He returned to the stage as well, as Stalin, the title role, in Paddy Chayefsky’s “Passion of Joseph D,” which earned him solid reviews in spite of the show’s brief run (14 performances). Mr. Falk played Stalin “with brilliant unsmiling ferocity,” Howard Taubman wrote in his largely positive review in The Times.

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