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Phil Everly, who with his brother, Don, made up the most revered vocal duo of the rock-music era, their exquisite harmonies profoundly influencing the Beatles, the Beach Boys, the Byrds and countless younger-generation rock, folk and country singers, died Friday in Burbank of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, his wife, Patti Everly, told The Times. He was 74.
“We are absolutely heartbroken,” she said, noting that the disease was the result of a lifetime of cigarette smoking. “He fought long and hard.”
During the height of their popularity in the late 1950s and early 1960s, they charted nearly three dozen hits on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, among them “Cathy’s Clown,” “Wake Up Little Susie,” “Bye Bye Love,” “When Will I Be Loved” and “All I Have to Do Is Dream.” The Everly Brothers were among the first 10 performers inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame when it got off the ground in 1986.
"They had that sibling sound," said Linda Ronstadt, who scored one of the biggest hits of her career in 1975 with her recording of "When Will I Be Loved," which Phil Everly wrote. "The information of your DNA is carried in your voice, and you can get a sound [with family] that you never get with someone who’s not blood related to you. And they were both such good singers--they were one of the foundations, one of the cornerstones of the new rock 'n' roll sound."
The actor who played "The Professor" on "Gilligan's Island," Russell Johnson, has died.
His agent, Mike Eisenstadt, told CBS News that 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, who had made guest appearances on shows like "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" and "The Twilight Zone," 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, including 1978's "Rescue from Gilligan's Island" and 1981's "The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island."
It was difficult for Johnson to land additional parts after the series ended, having been somewhat typecast in the Professor character, but he did continue to make sporadic guest appearances, including on a 1987 episode of "Newhart" where his character made reference to "Gillian's Island."
The music and lyrics for the theme song, "The Ballad of Gilligan’s Isle", were written by Sherwood Schwartz and George Wyle. One version was used for the first season and another for the second and third. In the original song, the Professor and Mary Ann, originally considered "second-billed co-stars", were referred to as "and the rest," but with the growing popularity of those characters (played by Russell Johnson and Dawn Wells), their names were inserted into the lyrics. The "Gilligan" theme song underwent this one major change thanks to star Bob Denver (Gilligan), who personally went to the studio and asked that Johnson and Wells be added to the theme song's opening credits. When the studio at first refused saying it'd be too expensive to reshoot, Denver insisted, even saying that if Johnson and Wells weren't included, he wanted his name out of the song as well. The studio caved in, and "the Professor and Mary Ann" were shoehorned in at the very end of the theme for Seasons 2 and 3. Wells elaborated that star Bob Denver went to the studio executives to get her and Johnson added to the opening credits. Denver pointed out that his contract stated he could have his name anywhere he wanted in the credits, so they could move it to the end credits along with Johnson and Wells. Wells said Denver never mentioned this to anyone in the cast, and she did not find out about it until years after the show ended
By Cheryl K. Chumley The Washington Times Tuesday, February 11, 2014
** FILE ** In this November 1936 file photo, 8-year-old U.S. American child movie star Shirley Temple is portrayed in Hollywood, Calif. Shirley Temple, the curly-haired child star who put smiles on the faces of Depression-era moviegoers, has died. She was 85. (AP Photo/File)
Shirley Temple Black, one of America’s most beloved of actresses, singers and dancers, died at the age of 85, surrounded by friends, family and caretakers.
She passed away late Monday night, her family said in a statement, The Associated Press reported.
Ms. Temple’s career began at age 3, and she went on to become one of the most famous child Hollywood stars ever. She left the film business in 1949, however, after leaving her mark on such movies as “Bright Eyes,” “Heidi” and “Curly Top,” The Guardian in London reported.
She married twice — to John Agar in 1945, when she was 17 years old, and to Charles Alden Black in 1950, whom she was with until his death in 2005. She is survived by three children, a granddaughter and two great granddaughters.
Ms. Temple won a special Academy Award in 1935 for her “outstanding contribution to screen entertainment,” the award stated. And actor Martin Landau said of her, during an Academy Awards presentation in 1998, that she was “a legacy of a different time in motion pictures. She caught the imagination of the entire country in a way that no one had before,” Fox News reported.
By the early 1960s, she retired from entertainment — but then turned to politics,
Ms. Temple ran for Congress in 1967 as a Republican but lost. President Richard Nixon appointed her as a member of the U.S. delegation to the U.N. General Assembly in 1969, and in the 1970s, she served as U.S. ambassador to Ghana, followed by U.S. chief of protocol, Fox News said.
Under the first President Bush, she then worked as an ambassador to Czechoslovakia.
Waite played Jackson Gibbs in a handful of episodes of NCIS last year
Actor Ralph Waite, best known for playing John Walton Sr - Papa Walton - in the long-running TV show The Waltons, has died at the age of 85.
"Ralph was a good honest actor and a good honest man," said Michael Learned, who played his on-screen wife Olivia.
"He was my spiritual husband. We loved each other for over 40 years. He died a working actor at the top of his game.
"He was a loving mentor to many and a role model to an entire generation."
An ordained Presbyterian minister, social worker and former Marine, Waite turned to acting in the early 1960s, starring on Broadway opposite Faye Dunaway in Hogan's Goat.
Small screen roles followed, working alongside the likes of Paul Newman and Jack Nicholson in films such as Cool Hand Luke and Five Easy Pieces.
But it was with The Waltons, which began in 1972, that Waite found global fame.
The actor, already in his mid-40s played Depression-era homesteader John Walton - the father of seven, living in rural Virginia, who worked hard to look after his family while imparting wisdom and authority to his homespun brood.
"I am devastated to announce the loss of my precious 'papa' Walton," said Mary McDonough, who played daughter Erin Walton. "I loved him so much; I know he was so special to all of us. He was like a real father to me. Goodnight Daddy. I love you."
The show was an unexpected hit. Running for nine seasons, it prompted a series of movie spin-offs and found viewers around the world.
"Somehow, we struck a vein in the life of the world," Waite, who directed 16 episodes of the series, said in an interview last year with local paper The Lancaster News.
He once recalled a woman who told the actor she was inspired to go to college by the paternal figure of John Walton, Sr.
"She said, 'Now, I'm a lawyer and I don't think I would be if I hadn't seen that show,'" Waite said. "I'm still amazed by that. It happens all the time. The whole thing is still amazing."
The actor received an Emmy nomination for his role in The Waltons, and another for his performance in the 1977 mini-series Roots, playing Slater, the first mate of a slave ship.
In 1975 he founded the Los Angeles Actors Theatre, donating $50,000 to get the company off the ground.
Richard Bull and the actress Alison Arngrim at a restaurant in Chicago.
LOS ANGELES — Richard Bull, who played shopkeeper and put-upon spouse Nels Oleson on TV's "Little House on the Prairie," has died. He was 89.
Bull died Monday at the Motion Picture & Television Fund's hospital, fund spokeswoman Jaime Larkin said. The actor, a resident of what was once known as the Motion Picture and TV home, died of natural causes after being hospitalized with pneumonia, Larkin said Tuesday.
"Everyone loved him so much," said Bull's "Little House" co-star Alison Arngrim, who played his daughter, Nellie, and remained close to him. "People are posting (condolences) in six different languages on my Facebook page."
Bull "was as Nels Oleson as you'd possibly want someone to be. He was calm, rational, sensible," Arngrim said.
The Illinois-born character actor appeared in a wide range of TV shows, from "Perry Mason" in the 1950s to "Mannix" in the 1960s to Kelsey Grammer's "Boss" in 2011. Bull played opposite his wife of 65 years, actress Barbara Collentine, in several projects.
Among the movies he appeared in were "High Plains Drifter" and "Executive Action," both in 1973.
Dean Butler, who played Almanzo James Wilder on the 1974-83 NBC series inspired by Laura Ingalls Wilder's novels about her 19th-century prairie family's life, recalled his friend.
"Richard was a very generous, soft-spoken actor with a wonderful appetite for work," Butler said. "He always made it (acting) look so easy."
Melissa Gilbert, who starred in the series with Michael Landon (who died in 1991), tweeted: "This man will be missed. Goodbye Richard working with you was such a joy but nearly as joyful as being your friend."
Sharp was diagnosed with cancer as a teenager. He was treated and the disease did not reoccur, but he had problems later in life because of the radiation and chemotherapy he underwent, Elaine Sharp said.
She told CNN her son died Saturday night at her home in Fair Oaks, California.
"He had a good, strong heart," she said. "He's not hurting anymore."
Sharp is perhaps best-known for his hit song, "Nobody Knows." In later years, he traveled the country as a motivational speaker, according to his website.
Specifically, he died "due to ongoing complications from past stomach surgeries and digestive issues," the site said.
It asked for people who want to make a donation in his memory to give to their local chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Sharp was active with the organization as an adult after being on the receiving end as a youngster.
A memorial service is being planned in Nashville, Tennessee. Details were not immediately available.
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