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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. […]

Larry Storch, Corporal Randolph Agarn on ‘F Troop,’ Dies at 99

Larry Storch, the manic comic actor who starred as the bumbling sidekick Corporal Randolph Agarn on the 1960s ABC sitcom F Troop, has died. He was 99. Storch, who got his start as a stand-up comic, did impressions and voiced the all-knowing Phineas J. Whoopee on the classic cartoon Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales, died early Friday […]

Margaret Keane, Painter and Subject of Tim Burton’s ‘Big Eyes,’ Dies at 94

Margaret Keane, who went to court to prove that her popular paintings of children with large, sad eyes were indeed hers and not her husband’s, a tale that was told in the Tim Burton film Big Eyes, has died. She was 94. Keane died Sunday of heart failure at her home in Napa, California, her […]

Gregory Jein, ‘Star Trek’ Model Maker and Two-Time Oscar Nominee, Dies at 76

Gregory Jein, the acclaimed model maker and artist who worked on eight Star Trek properties and earned Oscar nominations for Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind and 1941, has died. He was 76. Jein died May 22 in his Los Angeles home of cardiac arrest after a long history of health issues that […]

Robert Katz, Producer on ‘Selena,’ ‘Introducing Dorothy Dandridge’ and ‘Gettysburg,’ Dies at 79

Robert Katz, a producer who worked on notable fact-based projects including Selena, Introducing Dorothy Dandridge and Gettysburg, has died. He was 79. Katz died Wednesday at Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys following a long battle with lung cancer, his family announced. In 1986, Katz launched Esparza/Katz Productions with Moctesuma Esparza, and they produced more […]

Barry Garron, Former Chief TV Critic for The Hollywood Reporter, Dies at 72

Barry Garron, the genial Midwesterner who spent more than a decade as the chief television critic for The Hollywood Reporter, has died. He was 72. Garron died Thursday morning at a rehabilitation facility in Gilbert, Arizona, after being hospitalized during the Memorial Day weekend, according to his daughter, Rachel Dain. He had battled Crohn’s disease […]

Steve Fickinger, Tony-Winning ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Producer, Dies at 62

Steve Fickinger, who received a Tony Award for producing the blockbuster musical Dear Evan Hansen after helping bring Newsies and The Lion King to Broadway as a Disney executive, has died. He was 62. Fickinger died suddenly Friday at his home in Laguna Beach, his niece Jessica Roy announced. As director of creative development for Walt […]