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Posted at 10:57 AM ET, 10/20/2009

'Dr. No' Dies

The stage actor Joseph Wiseman, who died Monday at 91, had an acclaimed career on Broadway and was a memorable supporting actor in films such as "Detective Story," "Viva Zapata!" and "The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz."

But Mr. Wiseman was forever linked to "Dr. No," the first entry in the Bond action-spy franchise, despite his initial view that the movie "might be just another Grade-B Charlie Chan mystery." Mr. Wiseman played the talon-fingered title villain.


His initially dismissive view of the film not without reason. Producer Albert "Cubby" Broccoli chose the largely unknown Sean Connery as the British super spy, and he selected Mr. Wiseman for what the producer thought was his ability to convey "cold, sadistic menace." Mr. Wiseman reportedly took the role of the title villain after British entertainer Noel Coward declined.

We'll have a complete obituary tomorrow. Meanwhile, feel free to discuss why Mr. Wiseman may have been your favorite Bond villain.

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Posted at 2:23 PM ET, 09/21/2009

And we remember....

Thumbnail image for wisemanl.jpg I don't know about you but I found last night's Emmy telecast pretty boring. This is strange for me since usually I love award shows. Not surprising, though, was that my favorite part did not disappoint--the "In Memoriam" segment. With Sarah MacClahlan singing her hit, "I will Remember You," the video montage paid tribute to television stars who had passed this year.

Below is a complete list but is there anyone you think was left out? If so, please let us know.

Edie Adams
Gale Storm
Van Johnson
Eartha Kitt
Neal Hefti (composer)
Patrick McGoohan
Morton Lachman (writer/director)
Karl Malden
James Whitmore
Sam Cohn ("uber-talent agent")
Henry Gibson
Bill Melendez (animator, voice of Snoopy)
Pat Hingle
Paul Benedict
Bernie Hamilton
Dom DeLuise
Dominick Dunne
Robert Prosky
Fred Travalena
Irving R. Levine
Ron Silver
Natasha Richardson
David Carradine
Nora O'Brien (TV programming executive)
Michael Crichton
Beatrice Arthur
Ricardo Montalban
Ed McMahon
Army Archerd
Larry Gelbart
Paul Newman
Pierre Cossette
Michael Jackson
Patrick Swayze
Don Hewitt
Farrah Fawcett
Walter Cronkite

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Posted at 5:00 PM ET, 09/18/2009

Who Will the Emmys Remember?

Thumbnail image for wisemanl.jpgWhile many will gather around the tube on Sunday night, oohing and aahing over television celebrities on the red carpet and guessing which nominees will take home Emmy awards, we on the obituary desk at the Post are playing another game.

We would like to know which celebrities who passed this year (and there were a lot this summer!) will be memorialized on the Sunday evening telecast (8 p.m. on CBS if interested.)

Just off the top of my head, I can't imagine a show that does include some tribute to our favorite blond-haired angel, Farrah Fawcett; late-show sidekick, Ed McMahon; and journalist Walter Cronkite.

But there will be more I am sure.

Please play along with us and write us with your best guesses.

Enjoy the show!

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Posted at 12:26 PM ET, 06/25/2009

Spotlight: Farrah Fawcett

The actress Farrah Fawcett has died in California after a two and a half year battle with cancer. She was 62.

Earlier this morning, Barbara Walters told "Good Morning America" that Fawcett received last rites and her friends and family were saying their goodbyes.

The death was expected, with many months of build-up and rumors about her deteriorating health. In May, NBC aired a documentary chronicling her cancer battle. Tonight ABC will air a 20/20 special edition titled "Farrah's Love," which includes an interview with Fawcett's long-time companion Ryan O'Neal.

As a child of the Eighties, I clearly remember Fawcett's role as the sexy blonde bombshell Jill Munroe in the syndicated detective series, "Charlie's Angels." While she only remained on the series for a year with guest appearances throughout the next few seasons, it is clear that even in death she will be remembered for this role. And who, of course, can ever forget her image as the pin-up girl in a red bathing suit on poster's that hung in teenage boys' rooms across America.

And way before Jennifer Anniston's "Rachel" haircut of the 1990s, Fawcett inspired millions of woman to style their hair.

Years after her role on "Angels," Fawcett made a surprising comeback, playing a battered woman on the NBC made-for-TV movie, "The Burning Bed." She continued to play vulnerable woman, capitalizing on her success in this niche.

She had been the headlines recently for her battle with cancer and in the last few years was tabloid fodder. Who can forget her on-again-off-again relationship with O'Neal, her son Redmond's troubles with drugs, and her incoherent appearance on "The Late Show with David Letterman" in 1997?

But when I think of Fawcett, the blonde curls and sexy red bathing suit poster will still come to mind.

Below is a Farrah Fawcett interview that I found on You Tube.

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Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 06/ 5/2009

Carradine's Death: Accidental?

BANGKOK, June 5 -- Thai police officers investigating the death of David Carradine, the American actor who made his name in the "Kung Fu" television series in the 1970s, say he most likely died of asphyxiation, possibly when an autoerotic sex game went wrong.

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David Carradine's Best Work?

Early reports are that actor David Carradine was found dead today in Bangkok at age 72 and that suicide is the suspected cause of death. Barely a minute goes by without someone in the newsroom coming up and reciting something he did in the "Kill Bill" movies. Carradine may have...

By Adam Bernstein | June 4, 2009; 11:10 AM ET | Comments (4)

Actor David Carradine Dead

AP reports that actor David Carradine, best known for his 1970s "Kung Fu" television show and appearance in the "Kill Bill" movie, has been found dead in Bangkok, reportedly of a hanging....

By Patricia Sullivan | June 4, 2009; 10:35 AM ET | Comments (0)


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