2013 Celebrity Dead Pool

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Since: Jan 07

Chicago, IL

#151 Dec 15, 2013
DondoDork wrote:
Tom Laughlin, the maverick actor and filmmaker best known for the "Billy Jack" films, has died. He was 82.
Laughlin died Thursday in Thousand Oaks, his family announced.
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/m...
Oh, god, oh god, oh god, oh god... They always happen in three's and we're two down right now.*fret*

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#152 Dec 15, 2013
Uh Clem wrote:
<quoted text>
Oh, god, oh god, oh god, oh god... They always happen in three's and we're two down right now.*fret*
Uh oh!

Joan Fontaine, the polished actress who achieved stardom in the early 1940s with memorable performances in the Alfred Hitchcock films Suspicion — for which she earned the best actress Oscar over her bitter rival, sister Olivia de Havilland — and Rebecca, has died. She was 96.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/actress...

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It was an AMBUSH

#153 Dec 15, 2013
Yikes:

Country Music Hall of Fame member Ray Price , one of country's prime hit makers from the 1950s through the 1970s, died Sunday (Dec. 15 ) at his home in Mt. Pleasant, Texas, following a battle with pancreatic cancer.

“We're all Bozos on this bus”

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Chicago, IL

#154 Dec 15, 2013
DondoDork wrote:
<quoted text>
Uh oh!
Joan Fontaine, the polished actress who achieved stardom in the early 1940s with memorable performances in the Alfred Hitchcock films Suspicion — for which she earned the best actress Oscar over her bitter rival, sister Olivia de Havilland — and Rebecca, has died. She was 96.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/actress...
Told ya!

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It was an AMBUSH

#155 Dec 18, 2013
Uh Clem wrote:
<quoted text>
Told ya!
Actress Kate Williamson, whose film and television career spanned more than two decades, died Friday evening at her home in Encino, her manager, Judy Fox, confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. She was 82.
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Williamson died mere weeks after her husband, veteran character actor Al Ruscio, 89, died Nov. 12. "She had been in failing health for quite some time," Fox said in a statement.

The actress is perhaps best known for her role in Ellen DeGeneres' 1990's sitcom Ellen as opinionated teacher Mrs. Rodgers, a member of Ellen's quirky book club.

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#156 Dec 18, 2013
Daniel Escobar, who played a teacher on the Disney Channel series "Lizzie McGuire," has died at age 49.

The actor passed away on Friday, Dec. 13, at a Los Angeles hospital, where he had been battling complications from diabetes, his spokesperson confirmed to OTRC.com on Tuesday.

He played Mr. Escobar on "Lizzie McGuire," which starred a teenage Hilary Duff, between 2001 and 2002. The series ended in 2004. Escobar reprised his role in the "Lizzie McGuire Movie," which was released in 2003.

Paris Hilton

Huntington, NY

#157 Dec 19, 2013
Is this pool open?

Can I hop in?

“Happiness is a warm gun”

Since: Nov 09

Hey Bungalow Bill, waddya kill

#158 Dec 19, 2013
where ever the "voice" of the 50,000 watt WLS-AM in Chicago reached back in the day:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_Lujack

Uncle Lar (with his sidekick Little Tommy mentioned here, who was also referred to as Little Snot-nose Tommy)

Animal Stories ...

from Wiki:

Larry Lujack (June 6, 1940 – December 18, 2013), a Top 40 Music radio disc jockey, was known for his world-weary sarcastic style, "Klunk Letter of the Day"[1] and darkly humorous "Animal Stories"[2][3] along with "sidekick Little Tommy", and "Cheap Trashy Show Biz Report." He was also referred to as Superjock, Lawrence of Chicago, Uncle Lar, and King of the Corn Belt.

"Animal Stories" came about because WLS was still receiving farm magazines long after they went into Rock and Roll in 1960. Lujack started reading some of them and began airing stories from them instead of reading the grain reports connected with the Farm Report. When the Farm Report was officially discontinued, the feature became Animal Stories.[4][5]

He initially retired in 1987,[6][7] shortly after his son John from his first marriage died in an accident.[8][9][10] In 1997, he moved from Palatine to the outskirts of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Lujack began working again in May 2000 for then-WUBT in Chicago, via a remote ISDN link from a New Mexico recording studio. He was teamed up with Matt McCann, who was based in the Chicago studio. The ratings for the show out-paced the rest of the radio station. In 2003, he re-teamed with his Animal Stories partner, Tommy Edwards (Little Tommy), on WRLL (1690 AM) in Chicago, to broadcast his signature features on weekday mornings. On August 16, 2006, Lujack was terminated along with the entire WRLL on-air staff as it was announced that the station's "Real Oldies" format would cease on September 17, 2006. The broadcast duo were on the air once again as part of the WLS "The Big 89 Rewind" on Memorial Day, 2007[11] and 2008[12] where the station returned to its "MusicRadio" programming, featuring many of the former WLS personalities and special guests, other DJs, etc.

Lujack was inducted into the Illinois Broadcasters Association's Hall of Fame in June 2002[13] and the National Radio Hall of Fame[14] on November 6, 2004. On April 15, 2008, Larry Lujack was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame during their annual convention in Las Vegas.[15]

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#159 Dec 19, 2013
As a Chicago kid in the 60's, i loved Larry Lujack and his top 40.....could pick up WLS all around the center of the country......even listened to him on my transister radio, at my Grama's house in Michigan in the summers......R.I.P Larry......

“Happiness is a warm gun”

Since: Nov 09

Hey Bungalow Bill, waddya kill

#160 Dec 19, 2013
Go Blue Forever wrote:
As a Chicago kid in the 60's, i loved Larry Lujack and his top 40.....could pick up WLS all around the center of the country......even listened to him on my transister radio, at my Grama's house in Michigan in the summers......R.I.P Larry......
I listened to him in central IN in the late 70s/early 80s. From the Wiki article:

WLS (AM) 890 Chicago IL August 1967 – July 1972 afternoons, then mornings

WCFL 1000 Chicago IL July 3, 1972 – March 16, 1976 afternoons ^

WLS (AM) 890
WLS-FM 94.7 Chicago IL September 16, 1976 – August 28, 1987 mornings; then in 1985, afternoons**

“Happiness is a warm gun”

Since: Nov 09

Hey Bungalow Bill, waddya kill

#161 Dec 19, 2013
At 77, Al Goldstein passes:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Goldstein

Alvin "Al" Goldstein (January 10, 1936 – December 19, 2013) was an American publisher and pornographer. His company, Milky Way Productions - owner of Screw and the long-running cable TV show Midnight Blue - was started in 1968 and went into bankruptcy in 2004.
Drummer Ricky Lawson 59

Denton, TX

#162 Dec 24, 2013
Drummer Ricky Lawson, 59, Dies After Aneurism
LONG BEACH, Calif. December 25, 2013
Drummer Ricky Lawson, 59, who played with Jackson, Clapton, Houston, dies after aneurism

“Happiness is a warm gun”

Since: Nov 09

Hey Bungalow Bill, waddya kill

#163 Dec 31, 2013
3 to get ready ... for the year's end ball drop:

Andy Granatelli, 90, American motorsport promoter and businessman, CEO of STP, heart failure.

[owner of at least 2 Indy 500 winning cars]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andy_Granatelli

Andrew Jacobs, Jr., 81, American politician, member of the House of Representatives (1965–1973; 1975–1997), natural causes.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Jacobs,_J... .

Paul Blair, 69, American baseball player (Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees)

[World Series rings -- one of the best outfielders of the era that he was in his prime]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Blair_%28ba...

RIP times 3

SUJ

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#164 Jan 1, 2014
James Avery of 'Fresh Prince' Fame Dead at 65
NEW YORK January 1, 2014
James Avery, the bulky character actor who laid down the law as the Honorable Philip Banks in "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," has died.

Avery's publicist, Cynthia Snyder, told The Associated Press that Avery died Tuesday in Glendale, Calif., following complications from open heart surgery.
Avery played Will Smith's uncle on the popular TV series. His movie credits included "Fletch," ''The Prince of Egypt" and

"8 Million Ways to Die."
1. Complications from open heart surgery.

SUJ

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#165 Jan 1, 2014
Bluesman Thomas Dead at 84
BATON ROUGE, La. January 2, 2014
Renowned bluesman Tabby Thomas has died at his home in Baton Rouge, La. He was 84.
Tabby Thomas is best known for his Louisiana-style blues, a hard-driving blues influenced by the Chicago bands.

He opened a music club in Baton Rouge called Tabby's Blues Box, which closed in November 2004 after Thomas suffered a stroke and could no longer oversee its operations.

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#167 Jan 6, 2014
I'm posting this to piss my troll off!

LOS ANGELES - Larry D. Mann, who voiced Yukon Cornelius in the animated Christmas favorite "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," has died. He was 91.

His son, Richard Mann, says the actor died of age-related causes on Monday in Los Angeles.

Beginning in the 1950s, the
crop.yukon-cornelius.jpg
Larry D. Mann voiced Yukon Cornelius on "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer."
Canadian-born Mann had small roles in movies, including "The Sting" and "In the Heat of the Night."

On TV, his appearances included "Gunsmoke," ''Bewitched" and Hill Street Blues."

He also did voice work for animated shows, including 1964's "Rudolph."

His son says Mann's last role before retirement was playing a talent agent in the 1991 TV show "Homefront."

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#168 Jan 7, 2014
pragmatist wrote:
It's that time again. Make your picks for which celebrities will die in 2013. The rules are simple:
a) the person must be a celebrity "now" and not become a celebrity because of their death
b) the celebrity cannot be an inmate on death row or have been captured, tried, convicted and/or sentenced to death prior to your list being posted
c) you cannot kill any celebrity on your list
d) the celebrity cannot be dead before you post your picks and/or cannot be dead before 1/1/13. If one or more of your picks dies after your list is posted but before 1/1/13, the dead picks are voided and you must replace ONLY those names with other celebrity picks.
e) the celebrity must be human (no animals)
f) points are awarded by subtracting the age of the dead celebrity from 100 (50 year old gets you 50 points, 80 year old gets you 20 points, etc.)
g) you are responsible for updating the forum and your points when one of your celebrities kicks the bucket
h) Only REGISTERED users of Topix are allowed to enter. Otherwise, too many people would enter multiple lists. It's easy to register, don't complain
i) Your list must include 10 celebrities (no more, no less)
j) Conjoined twins count as ONE celebrity. The points awarded will be 100 minus the age of ONE twin
k) If you find Celebrity Dead Pool morbid or distasteful, don't play. We don't wish for anyone to die, although, everyone eventually will. We only try to predict WHEN certain celebrities will die.
Good luck!
The 2012 Pool (still underway) can be found here http://www.topix.com/forum/news/weird/TT1REMO...
Hey you, where are you?

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#169 Jan 7, 2014
Carmen Zapata, an accomplished character actress on TV, film and the stage and a leading force in showcasing Latino culture in Los Angeles, died Sunday at her home in Van Nuys. She was 86.
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Los Angeles’ Bilingual Foundation of the Arts, which she co-founded in 1973, said Zapata had been suffering from a heart condition, KABC-TV reported Monday.

Zapata appeared as one of the choir nuns in Sister Act (1992) and its sequel, had a regular role on the NBC soap Santa Barbara and played the matriarch on Viva Valdez, a 1976 ABC summer sitcom. For nine seasons, she starred as the mayor on the PBS bilingual kids show Villa Alegre.

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Zapata appeared on dozens of other TV shows during her six-decade career, including The Bold Ones, Bonanza, Marcus Welby, M.D., Medical Center, Adam-12, Mod Squad, The Rookies, The Streets of San Francisco, McMillan and Wife, Chico and the Man, Falcon Crest, Married … With Children, L.A. Law and Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.

Her film résumé also includes her role as the mother of famed poet and dramatist Garcia Lorca in Death in Granada (1996) opposite Andy Garcia.

A native New Yorker who was the daughter of a Mexican father and Argentine mother, Zapata was knighted by King Juan Carlos of Spain in 1990. She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003.

Zapata made her Broadway debut in the chorus of Oklahoma! in 1946 and a decade later starred opposite Geraldine Page in The Innkeepers. She appeared around the country in such productions as Bells Are Ringing, Guys and Dolls, Carnival and Stop the World, I Want to Get Off and produced more than 80 plays herself. She also taught drama.

Zapata founded the BFA with Cuban-born actress, playwright and director Margarita Galban. The foundation’s Spanish-language theatrical productions are meant to instill cultural pride in Spanish-speaking audiences while introducing Hispanic culture to the English-speaking crowd. The 99-seat Carmen Zapata Theatre in Lincoln Heights hosts many of its productions.

“We're all Bozos on this bus”

Since: Jan 07

Chicago, IL

#170 Jan 16, 2014
Since there's not 2014 thread...

Russell Johnson,'Gilligan' professor, has died

Updated: Jan 16, 2014 5:30 PM EST


The actor who played "The Professor" on "Gilligan's Island," Russell Johnson, has died.

His agent, Mike Eisenstadt, says Johnson died Thursday morning at his home in Washington State of natural causes. He was 89.

Johnson was a busy but little-known character actor when he was cast in the slapstick 1960s comedy about seven people marooned on an uncharted Pacific island.

His character, high school science teacher Roy Hinkley, built generators and other gadgets out of scraps of junk found on the island. Johnson later joked that the one thing The Professor never figured out how to do was to fix the leaky boat so the group could get back to civilization.

During its three-season run on CBS, critics lambasted the show. But after its 1967 cancellation, it found generations of new fans in reruns and reunion movies.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

“We're all Bozos on this bus”

Since: Jan 07

Chicago, IL

#171 Jan 16, 2014
TMZ, which broke the news today of the death of “Gilligan’s Island” star Russell Johnson, is reporting the death of another sitcom star of that era – Dave Madden of “The Partridge Family.”

Madden, 82, played Reuben Kincaid, the band manager of the family-turned-pop stars. The show ran from 1970-1974.

The Canadian-born Madden later appeared in a recurring role on the sitcom “Alice.” Before “The Partridge Family,” he was on “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In.”

Madden lived in Florida, according to TMZ.

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