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William Richert, Writer-Director of ‘Winter Kills,’ Dies at 79

William Richert, the maverick writer-director behind the Jeff Bridges-starring conspiracy thriller Winter Kills and A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon, which gave River Phoenix his first leading role, has died. He was 79. Richert died Tuesday at his home in Portland, Oregon, his wife, Gretchen, told The Hollywood Reporter. She would not disclosed […]

Bobbie Faye Ferguson, Actress and Mother of ‘Conners’ Star Jay R. Ferguson, Dies at 78

Bobbie Faye Ferguson, an actress and the mother of The Conners star Jay R. Ferguson, has died. She was 78. A resident of Sherman Oaks, Ferguson died June 25 of natural causes, it was announced Friday by her son’s reps at Industry Entertainment. Born on Oct. 10, 1943, in Memphis, Tennesse, Bobbie Faye was raised […]

Taurean Blacque, Det. Neal Washington on ‘Hill Street Blues,’ Dies at 82

Taurean Blacque, who portrayed the streetwise Det. Neal Washington on all seven seasons of the acclaimed NBC cop show Hill Street Blues, died Thursday in Atlanta following a brief illness, his family announced. He was 82. From 1989-90, Blacque played Henry Marshall opposite Vivica A. Fox and others as an original castmember on the NBC […]

Tracy McGrath, Veteran Physical Production Executive, Dies at 65

Tracy McGrath, who served as a physical production executive for such companies as Buena Vista Pictures, Miramax, CBS Films, New Regency, Amazon and Apple Films, has died. She was 65. McGrath had lupus and died of other health complications two weekends ago in Los Angeles, an Apple executive said Thursday. A native of Hollywood, McGrath […]

Rebecca Balding, Actress on ‘Soap’ and ‘Charmed,’ Dies at 73

Rebecca Balding, the energetic actress who appeared opposite Billy Crystal on Soap and portrayed Alyssa Milano’s newspaper boss on Charmed, has died. She was 73. Balding died Monday in Park City after a battle with ovarian cancer, her husband of 41 years, writer-director-producer James L. Conway, announced. Balding also starred in the horror films The […]

Tanya Kersey, Hollywood Black Film Festival Founder, Dies at 61

Tanya Kersey, founder of the Hollywood Black Film Festival, has died. She was 61. Kersey died Monday of cardiac arrest at a hospital in Rancho Cucamonga, California, her daughter Monique told The Hollywood Reporter. She had faced a number of health issues over the years. Kersey launched the Hollywood Black Film Festival in 1998. The […]

Mickey Rooney Jr., Musician, Actor and First Child of a Screen Legend, Dies at 77

Mickey Rooney Jr., an original Mouseketeer, musician and actor who was the first of screen legend Mickey Rooney‘s nine children, has died. He was 77. Rooney Jr. died Saturday at his home in Glendale, Arizona, his longtime companion Chrissie Brown told The Hollywood Reporter. The cause of death is unknown, she said. Rooney Jr. played […]

Don Graham, Music Promotion Pioneer, Dies at 87

Don Graham, the music promotion pioneer who worked at Warner Bros. Records, A&M Records and Blue Thumb Records with the likes of Edd “Kookie” Byrnes and Connie Stevens, The Everly Brothers and Ike & Tina Turner, has died. He was 87. Graham died Thursday in Los Angeles of stomach cancer, his family announced. In 1958, Graham learned that Warner […]

Busi Lurayi, ‘How to Ruin Christmas’ Actress, Dies Suddenly

Busi Lurayi, the young South African actress who starred as Tumi on the Netflix family comedy How to Ruin Christmas, has died, her agency announced. She was in her mid-30s. Eye Media Artists said Lurayi “passed away suddenly and was pronounced dead at her residence on Sunday by medical personnel. The reason for her death […]

Monty Norman, Composer of the James Bond Theme, Dies at 94

Monty Norman, the British composer who wrote the propulsive theme for the James Bond films, died Monday after a short illness, according to a post on his official website. He was 94. Producer Cubby Broccoli, who had worked with Norman by backing the stage musical Belle, about murderer Hawley Crippen, asked the composer to come up […]

Adam Wade, Singer, Actor and Pioneering Game Show Host, Dies at 87

Adam Wade, the suave singer and actor who registered three top 10 hits on the Billboard 100 in 1961 and appeared in films including Shaft, Crazy Joe and Claudine before making history as a game show host, has died. He was 87. Wade died Thursday at his home in Montclair, New Jersey, after a battle […]

L.Q. Jones, ‘Wild Bunch’ Actor and Member of Peckinpah’s Posse, Dies at 94

L.Q. Jones, the colorful character actor who worked on dozens of Westerns, including the Sam Peckinpah classics The Wild Bunch and Ride the High Country as a member of the famed filmmaker’s regular posse, has died. He was 94. Jones died Saturday of natural causes at his home in the Hollywood Hills, his grandson Erté deGarces told The Hollywood Reporter. […]