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Joan Rivers, Pioneering Comedian, 1933 - 2014

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Pioneering comedian Joan Rivers passed away on Thursday, September 4, 2014, at the age of 81. Rivers went into cardiac arrest and lost consciousness after minor outpatient surgery on her vocal cords. Rivers was a trailblazing stand-up comedian, fighting her way to stages in nightclubs during the 1950′s, and made a name for herself with […]

Liz Holman, Animator, 1953 - 2014

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A paid obituary in the Los Angeles Times reports that Emmy-winning animator Liz Holman has passed away at the age of 61. Holman had battled cancer for a long time. After earning an MFA in Film Graphics from the prestigious Cal Arts academy in 1979, Holman worked in the animation industry for 25 years at […]

Lauren Bacall, Actor, 1924 - 2014

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The iconic actor Lauren Bacall passed away on Tuesday, August 12, 2014, at the age of 89. Born Betty Joan Perske in New York City, becoming Betty Bacal after her parents’ divorce and her mother’s adoption of the second half of her maiden name (though she added the second “L” to her name because the […]

Robin Williams 1951-2014

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The Hollywood Reporter has reported that Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams has died today from an apparent suicide.  He was 63. A successful stand-up comedian, Williams achieved nationwide fame as Mork, an alien from the planet Ork on an episode of Happy Days.  Williams later played Mork in the Happy Days spinoff Mork & Mindy […]

James Shigeta, Actor, 1929 - 2014

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Actor James Shigeta passed away on July 28, 2014, in Hollywood, CA, at the age of 85, due to pulmonary failure. Shigeta was born in Hawaii but first became an acting and singing star in Japan in the 1950′s while taking Japanese language lessons. His fame in Japan ultimately led to appearances Las Vegas, and […]

James Garner, Actor, 1928 - 2014

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Actor James Garner passed away of natural causes on Saturday, July 19, 2014, of natural causes at the age of 86. Garner’s best-known roles were both on television: as the genial gambler Bret Maverick in the 1950′s western Maverick (appearing in a guest-starring role as Marshal Zane Cooper in the 1994 feature film remake starring […]

Bob Hastings, Commissioner Gordon Voice Actor, 1925 - 2014

Bob Hastings 1925 - 2014

Actor Bob Hastings passed away on June 30, 2014, at the age of 89. Hastings was suffering from his third bout with pancreatic cancer in 15 years at the time of his passing. The actor was probably best known as the voice of Archie Andrews on the radio from the end of World War II […]

Steve Viksten, "Hey Arnold" Writer and Actor, 1960 - 2014

Steve Viksten 1960 - 2014

Variety reports that Steve Viksten passed away on Monday, June 23, 2014, at the age of 54. Viksten was a key crew member of Nickelodeon’s Hey Arnold!, providing the vaguely Eastern European accent as the voice of Oskar Kokoshka and serving as the writer for most of the series episodes with creator Craig Bartlett. His […]

Lee Marshall, Voice Actor for Tony the Tiger, 1949-2014

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E! Online reports that radio announcer Marshall Aaron Mayer aka “Stagger” Lee Marshall died on April 26th, 2014 of esophageal cancer. He was 64. Marshall started as a radio announcer at KRIZ in Phoenix, Arizona at the age of 14, when he lied about his age with his deep voice.  He later did radio in […]

Eddie Lawrence, Comedian and Actor, 1919 - 2014

Eddie Lawrence 1919 - 2014

Actor and comedian Eddie Lawrence passed away on March 25, 2014, at the age of 95. Lawrence was best known for his “Old Philosopher” routine, where he would alternate increasingly outlandish fictional troubles with a clichéd refrain to carry on regardless. The character gave Lawrence (and numerous imitators) a framework for comedy sketches and commercials […]

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