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Keiji Nakazawa, "Barefoot Gen" Creator, 1939 - 2012

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Keiji Nakazawa, the creator of the Barefoot Gen manga documenting his life in Hiroshima after the dropping of the atomic bomb in 1945, passed away on December 19, 2012, at the age of 73 due to lung cancer. A native of Hiroshima, Nakazawa was only 6 when the atomic bomb was dropped, and his father, […]

Charles Durning, Actor, 1923 - 2012

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Versatile character actor Charles Durning passed away on Monday, December 24, 2012, at his home in Manhattan at the age of 89. Durning was born in poverty (the ninth of 10 children, only 5 of whom lived to adulthood) and went through harrowing combat experiences during World War II, surviving the assualt on Omaha Beach […]

Lucille Bliss, Voice Actor, 1916 - 2012

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Cartoon Brew reports the passing of voice actor Lucille Bliss on Thursday, November 8, 2012, at the age of 96 of unstated causes. Bliss’s career stretched to the dawn of the television age, whose voiceover career began as the first TV cartoon character Crusader Rabbit (1949). Bliss went on to hundreds of voiceover jobs in […]

Russell Means, Native American Activist and Actor, 1939 - 2012

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Native American activist Russell Means passed away at his ranch in South Dakota on Monday, October 22, 2012, at the age of 72 from esophageal cancer. Means rose to national attention in the 1970′s as the leader of the American Indian Movement in a series of theatrical protests to call attention to poverty and discrimination […]

Bob Lambert, Disney Exec and Digital Media Trailblazer, R.I.P.

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Former Walt Disney executive Bob Lambert passed away at his home in Glendale, CA, on Friday, September 7, 2012, at the age of 55 of undisclosed causes. Lambert was a senior executive at the Walt Disney Company for 25 years, starting with the company in 1985, and was instrumental in the development of CAPS (Computer […]

Michael Clarke Duncan, Actor, 1957 - 2012

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Actor Michael Clarke Duncan passed away on Monday, September 3, 2012, at the age of 54 due to complications from a heart attack he suffered on July 13. The 6-foot 5-inch actor worked a number of jobs (including ditch digger, bouncer, and stripper) before moving to Los Angeles to become an actor. He first worked […]

William Windom, Actor, 1923 - 2012

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Character actor William Windom passed away on August 17, 2012, at the age of 88 from congestive heart failure. Windom won an Emmy award in 1970 for his work in the TV series My World and Welcome To It based on the works of James Thurber, but he is probably better known for numerous guest […]

Phyllis Diller, 1917 - 2012

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Actor and comedian Phyllis Diller passed away today, Monday, August 20, 2012, at the age of 95. Diller was a 37-year-old mother of five at the time she launched her career in 1955, creating a colorfully eccentric persona as a figure in a fright wig, garish clothing, and a fake-jeweled cigarette holder. She was an […]

Ron "Horshack" Palillo 1949-2012

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The Hollywood Reporter reports that actor Ron Palillo died today of a heart attack at his home near Palm Beach, Florida. He was 63. Palillo was known to TV viewers as Arnold Horshack on the 70s TV series Welcome Back, Kotter from 1975-1979. He also appeared as a guest on The Love Boat, The A-Team, […]

Joe Kubert, Comic Book Artist, 1926-2012

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Superhero Hype reports that comic book legend Joe Kubert passed away today at the age of 85. Kubert started at DC in 1943 as an artist for the Hawkman comics. He may be best-known for creating the Viking Prince in the first issue of The Brave and the Bold, and for his work in DC’s […]

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