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Mike Evans Mike Evans was familiar to TV viewers as Lionel Jefferson on both All In the Family and its spinoff, The Jeffersons. Lionel was the first opinionated young black character on televsion. A complex character, Lionel was more amused than annoyed by neighbor Archie Bunker's bigotry, but sensitive about being seen as a representative of the black race by Mike Stivic rather than as an individual. Evans left the Jeffersons after one season to pursue a career as a TV writer. He was replaced by Damon Evans (no relation) for the next four seasons. Mike Evans then reprised the role in later seasons until The Jeffersons was cancelled. When Evans died of throat cancer in 2006, his passing was barely noticed by the media. He was 57 years old.
Tags: Mike  Evans  television  Lionel  Jefferson 
Added: 25th November 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
Our Gang - Mary Kornman Pretty Mary Kornman was the first notable female star of the Our Gang comedies. When Hal Roach announced in 1922 his intention to produce a series of films starring ordinary kids, six-year-old Mary was suggested by her parents. (Mary's father was one of Roach's photographers.) The cute blonde replaced Peggy Cartwright as the most noteworthy female cast member. She appeared in more than 40 Our Gang shorts in the silent era, often as the heartthrob for smitten boys. This photo was taken in 1924 when Mary was nine. She was dropped from the troupe before her eleventh birthday in 1926 when she was judged to be too old--and was replaced as the lead female by Jean Darling. Mary's younger sister, Mildred, had several non-speaking roles in Our Gang movies from 1926 through 1935. Mary kept acting until 1940. One role had Mary playing the female lead opposite John Wayne in one of his early low-budget westerns. She returned to do two Our Gang shorts in the sound era. Mary appeared as herself, along with a few other Our Gang 'old-timers,' in Reunion in Rhythm (1937). She also played the role of the school teacher in 'Fish Hooky' (1933), which is considered one of the best Our Gang films. Mary died of cancer in 1973 at the age of 57.
Tags: Mary  Kornman  Our  Gang  cast 
Added: 27th November 2009
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Our Gang - Farina Allen Hoskins became part of Hal Roach's Our Gang troupe in 1922 before he was two years old. At first Hoskins' Farina character was androgynous; in some films he's a male, in others he's a female. Farina soon evolved into a fully male character--and one of the most popular of the late silent and early talkies period. Often dressed in a bizarre array of mismatched gaudy clothes, Farina's character was the stereotypical 'pickaninny.' By the time his tenure as Farina on Our Gang ended in 1931, Hoskins was the top-salaried performer, earning $250 per week. Hoskins briefly had a vaudeville act with his sister, but gradually drifted away from show business. 'I prefer jobs where I eat regularly,' he quipped. Hoskins served in WWII, rising to the rank of sergeant. Late in Hoskins' life he worked tirelessly with the disabled and mentally ill. Like his fellow black Our Gang performers, Hoskins was annoyed at the political correctness that caused the series to be heavily edited for TV in the early 1970s. While acknowledging that blacks were steroetyped in the Our Gang comedies, he pointed out that whites were too: There were the stereotypical fat kids, bullies, nerds, freckle-faced kids, and pretty blondes. He was also quick to point out that in an era when much of America was segregated, the racially mixed Our Gang kids played, socialized, and went to school together. Hoskins died of cancer a month before his 60th birthday in 1980.
Tags: Our  Gang  Farina  Allen  Hoskins 
Added: 29th November 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
Eric Woolfson Of Alan Parsons Project Passes at age 68 An agent says Eric Woolfson, co-founder of the 1970s British progressive rock group Alan Parsons Project, known for the hits "Eye in the Sky" and "Don't Answer Me," has died of cancer. He was 64.
Tags: Eric  Woolfson  Of  Alan  Parsons  Project  Passes  at  age  68  1970s  1980s  Eye  In  The  Sky 
Added: 3rd December 2009
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Posted By: Cliffy
Our Gang - Porky Eugene Lee played Porky in 42 Our Gang movies from 1935 through 1939. Born in 1933, Lee was spotted by a Hal Roach talent scout in Dallas who thought Lee resembled established Our Gang star Spanky McFarland, who also came from Dallas. Someone associated with Roach dubbed Lee 'Porky,' and he became part of the Our Gang troupe at age two. Porky's character seldom said more than one or two lines per movie. Still, it was Porky who first said 'Otay!' instead of 'Okay!' although Buckwheat seems to be more famous for its use. Porky had the good fortune of being part of the heyday of the Our Gang shorts. However, his career with the troupe came to an abrupt end when he grew five inches in 1939--and the not-quite-six-year-old was nearly as tall as 11-year-old Spanky. He was replaced by Mickey Gubitosi in the troupe. For a while Porky distanced himself from his childhood acting exploits, even to the point of legally altering his name to Eugene Gordon Lee. As an adult, Lee had a successful career as an educator. Lee had a change of heart in later years and embraced his fame as Porky. He frequently attended cast reunions and conventions. He even manufactured and sold Porky-themed memorabilia. Lee died of brain and lung cancer a few days before his 72nd birthday in 2005.
Tags: Our  Gang  Porky  Eugene  Lee 
Added: 5th December 2009
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 Soul singer Teddy Pendergrass passes away at 59 Teddy Pendergrass, who became R&B;'s reigning sex symbol in the 1970s and '80s with his forceful, masculine voice and passionate love ballads and later became an inspirational figure after suffering a devastating car accident that left him paralyzed, died Wednesday at age 59. The singer's son, Teddy Pendergrass II, said his father died at a hospital in suburban Philadelphia. The singer underwent colon cancer surgery eight months ago and had "a difficult recovery," his son said. "To all his fans who loved his music, thank you," his son said. "He will live on through his music."
Tags: Teddy    Pendergrass    soul    R&B    passes  away  at  59   
Added: 14th January 2010
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Posted By: Old Fart
Purnell Roberts Passes Away at 81 Pernell Roberts, the ruggedly handsome actor who shocked Hollywood by leaving TV's "Bonanza" at the height of its popularity, then found fame again years later on "Trapper John, M.D.," has died. He was 81. Roberts, the last surviving member of the classic Western's cast, died of cancer Sunday at his Malibu home, his wife Eleanor Criswell told the Los Angeles Times.
Tags: Purnell  Roberts  Passes  Away  at  81  bonanza  trapper  john 
Added: 25th January 2010
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Art Fleming - Original Jeopardy Host 'Who was Art Fleming?' That would be the correct question to the answer, 'The original host of Jeopardy!' Fleming was an actor who had no experience as a TV host. Jeopardy! creator Merv Griffin saw Fleming in commercials and thought his 'authoritarian but warm' persona would be perfect for his new quiz show. Griffin's instinct proved to be right. Fleming's stint as host of daytime Jeopardy! on NBC ran from the debut broadcast on Monday, March 30, 1964 to its conclusion on Friday, January 3, 1975 and encompassed 2,753 shows. Fleming also hosted a nighttime version of Jeopardy! during its NBC years, plus two short-lived syndicated attempts to revive the show after 1975. He never missed hosting a single episode. Sadly, NBC saw no point in keeping the tapes of old game shows, so the vast majority of the original Jeopardy! shows were destroyed and are lost forever. Fleming died of pancreatic cancer in 1995 at age 70.
Tags: Art  Fleming  Jeopardy!  host  game  show 
Added: 25th March 2010
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Johnny Maestro dies at age 70 Johnny Maestro, the golden-voiced singer behind The Crests' "Sixteen Candles" and The Brooklyn Bridge's "Worst That Could Happen," died Wednesday of cancer at his home in Cape Coral, Fla. He was 70.
Tags: Johnny  Maestro  dies  at  age  70  cancer  brooklyn  bridge  crests  sixteen  candels  worst  that  could  happen 
Added: 25th March 2010
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Mike Cuellar Passes Away Ex-major league pitching star Mike Cuellar died of cancer at a hospital in Florida on Friday, April 2, 2010 at the age of 72. Cuellar was the first Cuban pitching star in the majors and the first foreign-born pitcher to win a Cy Young Award. Cuellar was one of four 20-game winners the Baltimore Orioles had in 1971.
Tags: Mike  Cuellar  baseball  death 
Added: 3rd April 2010
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