Wednesday, December 29, 2010

2010 Necrology - Celebrity Edition PART 3 of 3

Harold Gould
Born: Dec. 10, 1923 (Schenectady, NY)
Died: Sep. 11, 2010 (Los Angeles, CA)
Age: 87

Harold V. Goldstein launched his Hollywood career during the early 1960s, gradually becoming one of the busiest and most recognized character performers over the next five decades. He appeared in scores of TV programs and films, among them "Dennis the Menace", "Route 66", "That Girl", "The Wild, Wild West", "Hogan's Heroes" and "The Golden Girls", the movies "Harper" (1966), "The Sting" (1973), "Patch Adams" (1998) and "Stuart Little" (1999). He had featured roles in the TV series "Rhoda" (1974 to 1978) as Martin Morgenstern, and "The Feather and Father Gang" (1976 to 1977). He died from prostate cancer.

Gloria Stuart
Birth: Jul. 4, 1910 (Santa Monica, CA)
Died : Sep. 26, 2010 (Los Angeles, CA)
Age: 100

Best remembered for her Academy Award nominated role of the more mature, 'Rose Calvert ' in the multi-Academy Award winning motion picture, "Titanic" (1997). Stuart's film career spanned nearly seven decades. During the "Golden Age" of Hollywood she worked along side James Cagney, Claude Rains, Lionel Barrymore, Dick Powell, and Shirley Temple. She was scouted by Universal Pictures and signed to a contract in 1932, appearing in the films, "The Old Dark House" (1932), "The Invisible Man" (1933), and "The Kiss Before the Mirror" (1933). She would briefly retire from acting to become an accomplished artist, painting and sculpting. She returned to acting in the mid-seventies, appearing in numerous television shows. She continued acting until 2004, to retire a comfortable life in Beverly Hills, where she died of natural causes.

Robert Culp
Born: Aug. 16, 1930
Died: Mar. 24, 2010
Age: 79

Best known for his work in television, he earned an international reputation for his role as Kelly Robinson on I Spy (1965-1968), the espionage series, where he and co-star Bill Cosby played a pair of secret agents.

Dixie Carter
Born: May 25, 1939 (McLemoresville, TN)
Died: Apr. 10, 2010 (Houston, TX)
Age: 70

She graduated from the University of Memphis and competed in the 1959 Miss Tennessee pageant, earning first runner-up. She then began an acting career, first on the Memphis stage and later in New York City theaters. After a hiatus she returned to acting in 1974, landing television parts on the daytime dramas "One Life to Live" and "The Edge of Night". She was also an accomplished singer, winning positive reviews for her cabaret performances and recordings.

Kevin McCarthy
Born: Feb. 15, 1914 (Seattle, WA)
Died: Sep. 11, 2010 (Hyannis, MA)
Age: 96

His breakthrough role happened on the London stage where McCarthy played Biff Loman in Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" in 1949. He would reprise his part in the motion picture version two years later, receiving a Golden Globe Award and garnering himself an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Movie audiences will perhaps best remember McCarthy for his role of Dr. Miles J. Bennell in the original version of the classic 1956 science-fiction film "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" (he would make a cameo appearance in the 1978 remake). He died from natural causes.

Ronnie James Dio
Birth: Jul. 10, 1942 (Portsmouth, NH)
Death: May 16, 2010
Age: 67

Ronald James Padavona was born to an Italian family. He started his musical career in New York in 1957, playing in various bands first on bass and then switched to lead vocals. He took the name of Ronnie James Dio professionally in 1961. Dio joined the group Rainbow and they released their first album in 1975. Dio left Rainbow and joined Black Sabbath in 1979, replacing Ozzy Osbourne. He formed his own band, Dio, in 1982. In January 2007, Dio was inducted into the Rock Walk of Fame on Sunset Boulevard. He died from Stomach Cancer.

Eddie Fisher
Born: Aug. 10, 1928 (Philadelphia, PA
Died: Sep. 22, 2010
Age: 82

One of America's most popular singers of the 1950s. At the height of his celebrity Fisher left his first wife, actress Debbie Reynolds for recently widowed Elizabeth Taylor, creating one of the biggest scandals of the era. Although he married Taylor in 1959, NBC, RCA and Coca-Cola all dropped him over the negative publicity.

Teddy Pendergrass
Born: Mar. 26, 1950 (Philadelphia, PA)
Died: Jan. 13, 2010 (Philadelphia, PA
Age: 59

Theodore DeReese Pendergrass was a major figure in the American Soul and R&B genres as both a singer and a songwriter during the 1970s and 80s. His hits included "Close the Door," "Love T.K.O.," "Joy," and "It Should Have Been You." The Philadelphia native was named Theodore, which means "gift from God," by his mother because she had suffered six previous miscarriages before giving birth to him. His father Jesse, who had left the family, was murdered when Pendergrass was 12. Pendergrass started singing gospel music in Philadelphia churches at a young age, becoming an ordained minister at ten years old. He soon taught himself to play several instruments and he joined several local musical groups in Philadelphia. Pendergrass was the first African-American singer to sell five platinum albums in a row. On March 18, 1982, in the Germantown section of Philadelphia, Pendergrass was paralyzed when the brakes failed on his Rolls Royce and his car hit a tree. Paralyzed from the chest down with a spinal cord injury, he spent six months in rehabilitation. After completing physical therapy, he returned to public appearances on July 13, 1985 at the historic Live Aid concert in Philadelphia and continued to record throughout the 1980s and 90s. In 1998, he released his autobiography entitled, Truly Blessed. In 2006, Pendergrass announced his retirement from the music business. In 2009, Pendergrass entered Bryn Mawr Hospital in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania for treatment of a rare illness related to his paralysis condition. He later died there months later from complications following surgery for colon cancer at age 59.

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