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David Shulman
Lexicographer and cartographer
Self-described Sherlock Holmes of Americanisms. Poured over old texts in the New York Public Library to find the obscure origins of thousands of words. Contributed to Oxford English Dictionary such words and phrases as: The Great White Way, Big Apple, doozy, hoochie-coochie, hot dog, jazz, and shyster. During World War II, cracked Japanese secret codes for U.S. Army. Founder of the American Cryptogram Association. In 1976 he published "An Annotated Bibliography of Cryptography" still used by experts today.
Died October 31, 2004 at age 91.

Donald Briscoe
Actor
Aka Don Briscoe and Cecil Donald Briscoe. During mid-sixities was a regular on soap operas "The Guiding Light" and "Days of Our Lives." Best known for playing a vampire and a werewolf on the 1968 gothic ABC TV soap opera "Dark Shadows." Also appeared in TV commercials for Camel Cigarettes, Folger's Coffee and Palmolive Gold Bar Soap. Ninety-five episodes into the Shadows series, Briscoe suffered a mental breakdown, left the show, travelled to California and dabbled in the drug culture. Retired from acting in the 1970s and went into the real estate business in Memphis Tennessee. Passed away (fittingly) on Halloween.
Died October 31, 2004 at age 64. Heart disease.

Hal Sitowitz
Television writer, producer and director
Wrote a memorable "Gunsmoke" episode starring Bette Davis and tackled social issues in TV movies such as "In the Matter of Karen Ann Quinlan." Also wrote for "Streets Of San Francisco," "The Rookies" and "Cannon." Was founding member of the original Angels Theatre, an LA acting company formed by Richard Chamberlain, Sally Kellerman, Leonard Nimoy.
Died October 31, 2004 at age 71. Lung cancer.

Eric Candy
Broadcaster
A Lorne Greene broadcasting school graduate, Candy started at CFRN Radio, Edmonton, in the late 1940's. When CFRN TV was built in the "far west prairie on Stony Plain Road", Eric moved into the host role on the kids show "Candy Bar Ranch", the show that preceded "Popcorn Playhouse". In the mid 60's he joined the staff of the Radio & TV Arts program at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, retiring in 1981. Candy then moved to Vancouver and lived there until the passing of his wife, Alma, in 1999. Returning to Edmonton, Candy lived with family until he succumbed to the effects of Parkinson's disease and several strokes.
Died October 30, 2004.

Peggy Ryan
Actress/dancer
Ryan was paired with Donald O'Connor in thirteen films, tapdancing through such films as "When Johnny Comes Marching Home," "This Is the Life," "Follow the Boys" and "Bowery to Broadway." Known to TV fans as 'Jenny Sherman', secretary to Jack Lord's McGarrett on "Hawaii 5-0." Appeared in a number of films while still a child including "The Grapes of Wrath." Appeared on the 1948 premieres of Ed Sullivan's "Toast of the Town" and Milton Berle's "Texaco Star Theater." Her final movie was "All Ashore" with Mickey Rooney in 1953.
Died October 30, 2004 at age 80. Complications following a stroke.

Ezra Stoller
Architectural photographer
Worked closely with architects Frank Lloyd Wright, Paul Rudolph, Marcel Breuer, I.M. Pei, Gordon Bunshaft and Eero Saarinen and created images that helped define modern architecture. Working primarily in black and white, often spent days watching the light move across the surface of a building before clicking the shutter.
Died October 29, 2004 at age 89. Stroke.

Jimmy Lovelace
Bebop drummer
Veteran jazz musician appeared on more than two dozen recordings, working with the guitarists Wes Montgomery and George Benson, the pianist Junior Mance and the clarinetist Tony Scott.
Died October 29, 2004 at age 64. Pancreatic cancer.

John Parr Miller
Illustrator
Early animator for Walt Disney whose later art adorned best-selling children's books, including "Little Red Hen" in the popular Little Golden Books series. Found work in the story department at Disney Studio in 1934 when a five-minute Mickey Mouse short was an epic undertaking and Disney had yet to make its first feature film. Helped create animated screen characters for such Disney classics as "Pinocchio," "Fantasia" and "Dumbo."
Died October 29, 2004 at age 91.

Natalie Cooper
Writer and teacher
Adapted Jane Rule's novel "Desert of the Heart" for the screen - one of the first mainstream films to deal with lesbian love in a straightforward, honest and non-exploitative way. The film starred Helen Shaver and Patricia Charbonneau and was directed by Donna Dietch.
Died October 29, 2004 at age 65. Ovarian cancer.

Peter Twinn
Mathematician and WWII code-breaker
Credited with being the first British cryptographer to break an Enigma cipher.
Died October 29, 2004 at age 88.

Princess Alice
British royal family
Aunt of Queen Elizabeth II and the oldest member of the British royal family. Was second member of the royal family to reach centenary, after the Queen Mother Elizabeth, who died in March 2002 at the age of 101.
Died October 29, 2004 at age 102. We died peacefully in our sleep.

Vaughn Meader
Comedian
Gained instant fame with a flawless impression of John F. Kennedy and satirization of JFK's presidency on album "The First Family", the fastest-selling record of its time, racking up sales of 7.5 million copies and winning Grammy for album of the year. Kennedy himself bought 100 copies of the album to give as Christmas gifts. Career was abruptly halted when the president was assassinated. Turned in a great supporting performance as radio columnist Walter Winchell in the Tony Curtis gangster biopic "Lepke." Died after he refused to be taken to the hospital.
Died October 29, 2004 at age 68. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

George S. Schairer
Aerodynamics expert
At the end of World War II, Schairer was part of a team who rummaged through technical data at German research sites, finding test results supporting the usefulness of designing large planes with wings angled back about 35 degrees, rather than extending straight out from the body of the plane. Such wings prevented the development of shock waves as planes approach the speed of sound. The designs found their way onto the B-47 Stratojet, the B-52 and the Boeing 707, the first passenger jet. Schairer and his engineers also placed jet engines in pods beneath the wings, an arrangement that helps prevent engines from overheating.
Died October 28, 2004 at age 91. Alzheimer's disease.

Gil Melle
Composer
Scored over 70 films and TV shows. A noted jazz musician, Mr. Melle became a poineer in use of electronic instruments, building some of the earliest synthesizers and drum machines. Also a noted illustrator, painting the covers of albums by Miles Davies and Thelonious Monk among others. Melle's film and TV credits include "The Andromeda Strain," "Rod Serling's Night Gallery," "The President's Plane is Missing," "Frankenstein: The True Story," "The Night Stalker," "Embryo," "The Sentinel," "Starship Invasions," "Attica," "Borderline," "Blood Beach," "World War III," "Fatal Vision," "The Deliberate Stranger" and "The Case of the Hillside Stranglers."
Died October 28, 2004 at age 73. Heart attack

John Robert Williams.
Film director, journalist
Directed the 1949 film "The Heritage," one of the first movies with a Welsh soundtrack.
Died October 28, 2004 at age 90.

Rosalind Hicks
Daughter of Agatha Christie
Promoted and upheld artistic integrity of her mother's books and work (did not permit biographies). Scrutinized all potential Hercule Poirot actors and had final approval on many of the film and theatrical projects based on the books. Refused to ever speak of her mother's mysterious eleven-day disappearance in 1926.
Died October 28, 2004 at age 85.

Bill Liebowitz
Comic book publisher
After walking away from successful corporate career in real estate, turned passions for comic books, yo-yos, girlie magazines, and doo-wop music into southern California pop-culture institution Golden Apple Comics. The multimillion dollar business boasted customers such as Nicolas Cage, Samuel L. Jackson, and Robin Williams.
Died October 27, 2004 at age 63. Failing health.

Lester Lanin
Bandleader
Known for performing at presidential inaugurations, Queen Elizabeth's 60th birthday party, the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Dianna, and gatherings hosted by the Rockefellers, DuPonts and Chryslers. Played for every presidential inauguration since Eisenhower's (except those of Jimmy Carter, who thought he was too expensive, and George W. Bush, who didn't invite him.) Played about 20,000 wedding receptions, 7,500 parties and 4,500 proms while recording more than 30 albums; member, Big Band Hall of Fame.
Died October 27, 2004 at age 97.

Dale Johnson
Sound editor
Won an Emmy for his work on Steven Spielberg's debut TV movie "Duel." Nominated for two Emmys for his work on the series "The Six Million Dollar Man" and yet another for his work on the series "Lou Grant." Film credits include "The Shawshank Redemption," "Return of the Living Dead," "Cannery Row," "Carny," "What's Love Got to Do With It," "Point of No Return" and "Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit."
Died October 26, 2004 at age 71.

Paul F. Iams
Pet food developer
Product now a divison of Procter and Gamble. Eukanuba, a high-end line made with fresh meat, was named after an expression of singer Hoagy Carmichael.
Died October 26, 2004 at age 89. Complications from a broken hip.

Robin Kenyatta
Jazz saxophonist
Eclectic alto saxophonist best known for his experimentation with wide-ranging styles, including free jazz and hard bop. Collaborated with Archie Shepp and Sonny Stitt, the trumpeter Bill Dixon, the trombonist Roswell Rudd and the pianists Valerie Capers and Andrew Hill. Born Robert Prince Haynes, he adopted the name Kenyatta in tribute to Jomo Kenyatta, the Kenyan nationalist leader. Also known for his cover recording, in 1973, of the theme from "Last Tango in Paris."
Died October 26, 2004 at age 62. Died in his sleep.

Burt Burnam
Assistant director/production manager
AD credits include "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier," "Courage Under Fire," "Up the Creek," "Out Cold," "Northern Exposure" and "Magnum P.I." As production manager, his credits include many TV series and films such as "The Gilmore Girls," "Underworld," "The Lone Ranger" and "Rush."
Died October 25, 2004 at age 60. Died in his sleep

Charles Wheeler
Cinematographer
As WWI Navy combat photographer, he was part of the crew that filmed the Japanese surrender on board the USS Missouri. Worked on three films with director Stanley Kramer: "Inherit the Wind," "Judgment at Nuremberg" and "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World." Oscar nominated for 1970's "Tora! Tora! Tora!", simultaneously directing five camera crews for each major scene. Became one of the first mainstream Hollywood cinematographers to lend credibility to made-for-TV movies, working on such productions as "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn," "The Day the Earth Moved," "The Red Badge of Courage" and "The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case."
Died October 25, 2004 at age 88. Alzheimer's disease.

John Peel
Disc jockey
From English Channel pirate station DJ to BBC champion of 'new' music, Peel influenced two generations of musicians and music fans. Recordings of his broadcasts have been released as The Peel Sessions.
Died October 25, 2004 at age 65. Heart attack.

George Silk
Photojournalist
Spent 30 years with Life magazine. Best known for first pictures of the atom-bombed city of Nagasaki and Japanese war criminals awaiting trial in postwar Tokyo. Pioneered the use of the strip camera for depicting athletes in motion.
Died October 23, 2004 at age 87. Congestive heart failure.

Robert Merrill
Singer
Acclaimed operatic baritone, performed for 31 consecutive seasons at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Beginning in 1969, he sang for baseball fans at Yankee Stadium, performing the national anthem at the season opener for three decades. Had a hilarious cameo in "Anger Management" during which he decked Adam Sandler. Merrill died while watching the first game of the 2004 World Series.
Died October 23, 2004 at age 87.

Bill Reed
Singer
Original member of the 1950s group "The Diamonds" who charted songs "The Stroll," a cover of "Why Do Fools Fall in Love," and "Little Darlin." Reed sang bass in the vocal quartet. Made a cameo in the rock 'n' roll movie "The Big Beat." Their original song "The Stroll" was centerpiece of the sock hop scene in George Lucas' "American Graffiti."
Died October 22, 2004 at age 68.

Diana Sinden
Actress
Performed under the name Diana Mahony. Lady Diana Sinden was the wife of actor Sir Donald Sinden. Appeared in the 1978 mini-series "The Lost Boys" as well as in an episode of her husband's hit TV series "Two's Company."
Died October 22, 2004 at age 77.

Kathrine Victor
Actress/animation checker
Known to B-Movie fans for her six films with director Jerry Warren. Best known for playing the title role in "The Wild World of Batwoman." Also starred in Warren's "Teenage Zombies," "Creature of the Walking Dead" and "House of Black Death." Other credits include "The Cape Canaveral Monsters" and the TV series "Ben Casey." Was also an animation checker for a number of animation houses including Disney TV, Don Bluth, Filmation and Hanna-Barbera.
Died October 22, 2004 at age 81. Stroke.

Fred Landesman.
Author
Wrote the definitive book about the Duke: "The John Wayne Filmography." Also co-wrote the book "Ronald Reagan: The Hollywood Years."
Died October 21, 2004 at age 55.

C. P. Spencer
Singer, songwriter and producer
Born in 1938 in Detroit, Crathman Plato Spencer sang doo-wop on street corners as a teenager. Teamed up with Ty Hunter, Lamont Dozier (later a hit Motown songwriter) and David Ruffin (later of the Temptations) as the Voicemasters. The quintet attracted the attention of Gwen Gordy, sister of Berry Gordy who pioneered the Motown sound. By 1964, Spencer had formed the Originals which had minor hits on Motown label Soul and provided backing vocals for everyone from Jimmy Ruffin to Stevie Wonder to Marvin Gaye. In 1969, the Originals had a million seller with "Baby I'm For Real," a US Top Twenty single and the following year they repeated the feat with "The Bells."
Died October 20, 2004 at age 66.

Peter Sabiston
Film Literary agent/producer
Sabiston produced B-movies such as "Q: The Winged Serpent." "It's Alive" and "Bone." "It's Alive" has one of the best taglines of all time - "There's only one thing wrong with the Davis baby: It's Alive!" Also executive producer for several Blaxploitation films including "Hell Up in Harlem" and "Black Caesar."
Died October 20, 2004 at age 83. Heart failure.

Wendy Charles Acey
TV director
Won two Director's Guild Awards for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical/Variety for her associate director contributions to the specials "America: A Tribute to Heroes" and "The 65th Annual Academy Awards." Nominated three other times in the same category for her work on "The 66th Annual Academy Awards," "The 68th Annual Academy Awards" and "The 75th Annual Academy Awards." Was the associate director on Stephen Frear's live TV version remake of "Failsafe" (which received a DGA nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement for Movies for Television.
Died October 20, 2004 at age .

Greg Shaw
Record producer
Independent record producer. Pioneered "garage rock" sound, recording such bands as the Stooges and Flamin' Groovies. Championed artists considered too unruly for mainstream labels, whose musical styles ranged from rockabilly to surf to psychedelia to power pop. Had a record collection of more than 1 million records and started the "Mojo-Navigator Rock & Roll News", a predecessor to Rolling Stone magazine.
Died October 19, 2004 at age 55. Heart failure.

Jack Besser
Entrepreneur
Cofounder of Monogram Models Inc., one of the largest model hobby suppliers in the United States.
Died October 19, 2004 at age 89. Lymphoma.

Lewis Urry
Inventor
Long-life alkaline battery; also held several patents for the lithium battery.
Died October 19, 2004 at age 77. Short illness.

Betty Hill
UFO abductee
First abductee of public record. Betty and husband Barney (d. 1976) were returning from vacation in Canada on September 19, 1961 when their car stalled. What happened next has been the subject of rigorous debate ever since. The Hill's story was made into 1975 made for TV movie "The UFO Incident" starring Estelle Parsons and James Earl Jones.
Died October 17, 2004 at age 85. Lung cancer.

Julius Harris
Actor
Black stage and screen actor appeared in more than 70 films and television productions (including many of the best known Blaxploitation films of 70s) during a 40-year acting career. Best known as the villainous Tee Hee, the hitman with the deadly prosthetic hand in the James Bond film "Live & Let Die."
Died October 17, 2004 at age 81. Heart failure.

Doug Bennett
Singer/songwriter
For Doug and the Slugs, Bennett wrote a number of hits for the band including: Too Bad, Day By Day, Making It Work, and Tomcat Prowl.
Died October 16, 2004 at age 52. Long-standing illness due to heart ailment.

Pierre Salinger
Journalist
Press Secretary to John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Ran the first live presidential press conference in 1961 and encouraged Kennedy to appear often on television, then a new medium. Last known for claim of proof that 1996 TWA Flight 800 off Long Island was accidentally brought down by Navy test missile friendly fire. FBI dismissed claims as nothing more than Internet chatter, coining the phrase "Pierre Salinger Syndrome" - the tendency to assume everything written on the Internet is true. He once played the character 'Lucky Pierre' on the 60s TV series "Batman."
Died October 16, 2004 at age 79. Heart attack.

Dave Godin
Music writer
Championed black American music in Britain and coined the term "Northern Soul" to describe the highly-danceable 1960s R&B music that developed a cult following in his country. Founded the Tamla Motown Appreciation Society and is considered largely responsible for the success of Motown music in the UK after he was named promotional consultant by the Tamla label. Wrote for "Blues & Soul" magazine and opened the first record shop in Europe to specialize in black music.
Died October 15, 2004 at age 68. Lung cancer.

Cordell Jackson
Musician
"The Rockin' Granny." Recorded rockabilly records for RCA and was a longtime staple on the Memphis Music scene. Gained worldwide notice when she appeared in the 1991 "Budweiser Sound Check" TV commercial with Brian Setzer.
Died October 14, 2004 at age 81. Lengthy illness.

Sheila Keith
Actress
After lengthy career on stage, best known for a series of horror films she made with pedestrian director Pete Walker. Walker's films were sadistic gorefests of the basest kind. Best known role was as part of a cannibalistic farm couple in Walker's "Frightmare." Specialized in playing demented matriarchs who gleefully tortured and killed their way through younger co-stars. Also appeared in Walker's "House of Long Shadows" opposite Desi Arnez, Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing.
Died October 14, 2004 at age 84.

Afreen Baig
Actress/producer/director
In native Pakistan, began career as an actress. Greatest success was as the producer of the highly-popular Pakastani drama serials including "Anarkali." Married to director Farooq Mengal.
Died October 13, 2004 at age Mid-30s. Murdered.

Ivor Wood
Animator
Wood produced a succession of animated programmes for BBC Children's Television from the 1960s to the 1990s. His four most popular programs were "The Magic Roundabout," "Paddington Bear," "The Wombles" and "Postman Pat." In 1964, Wood teamed up with Serge Danot, who was developing "The Magic Roundabout," or "Le Manège Enchanté" using the relatively new technique of stop-motion. They sold the idea to French television, but were initially rejected by the BBC who thought it would be difficult to dub into English. When the series was finally shown in October 1965, the show achieved viewing figures of eight million. Together, Wood's programs were eventually sold to more than 50 foreign markets, with massive video sales.
Died October 13, 2004 at age 72.

J.L. Hunter "Red" Rountree
Bank robber
Was in his 80s when he became a bank robber. At the time, said robbery sounded like a good way to make money and get revenge against the banking industry. Made millions running the Rountree Machinery Co. but a Corpus Christi bank called in a business loan and forced him into bankruptcy. Rountree's first wife died in 1986; married a 31-year-old drug addict a year later. Spent $500,000 putting her through rehab, divorced her in 1995. Robbed first bank in 1998 at age 86. After serving conviction, robbed again in 1999 and 2003, earning a 12 year sentence. Never used a weapon but rather handed tellers a manila envelope that said "Robbery" on the front. Considered the nation's oldest known bank robber. No family members came forward to claim Rountree's body; buried in a cemetery near the prison.
Died October 12, 2004 at age 92.

Lillian Zuckerman
Actress
Veteran background actress Zuckerman and her husband Morris appeared as extras and in bit parts in a number of films and TV shows filmed in South Florida including "Miami Vice," "Making Mr. Right," "Limbo," "Go For It!," "The Mean Season," "Nobody' Perfekt" and "Deadbeat."
Died October 11, 2004 at age 88. Cancer.

Mary Anita Loos Von Saltza
Actress/writer/producer
Acted under the name Mary Loos during the 1930s, with small roles in a few films including the Nelson Eddy/Jeanette MacDonald movies "Rose Marie" and "Naughty Marietta." Wrote a number of films with her first husband Richard Sale. Nominated for a Writer's Guild Award for the comedy Western "A Ticket to Tomahawk" directed by her husband. Writing credits include "Gentlemen Mary Brunettes," the sequel to one of her Aunt's hit film "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes." Other writing credits include "Mr. Belvedere Goes to College," "Father Was A Fullback" and "The French Line."
Died October 11, 2004 at age 94. Complications following a stroke.

Michael Weisbarth
TV producer
Won an Emmy for producing the special "Motown Returns to the Apollo." He also produced the classic mini-series "Lonesome Dove." At Norman Lear Productions supervised "All in the Family," "Maude" and "Sanford and Son."
Died October 11, 2004 at age 61.

Arthur H. Robinson
Cartographer and geographer
Hailed for solving the "Greenland problem" by improving on the Mercator projection map which tried to draw the round Earth onto a flat map (where Greenland appears to be about the size of South America even though it's no larger than Mexico). The elliptical Robinson projection was eventually adopted by the National Geographic Society and for world atlases by Rand McNally. Born in Montreal.
Died October 10, 2004 at age 89. Brief illness.

Christopher Reeve
Actor
Best known for 1978's "Superman" (winning Reeve a BAFTA for Best Newcomer) and 3 its sequels. Nominated for a Golden Globe and won the Screen Actors Guild Award for his performance in TV remake of "Rear Window." Directed two made for TV films: "In the Gloaming" and "The Brooke Ellison Story." Campaigned for stem cell research after being paralyzed as a result of a horse-riding accident.
Died October 10, 2004 at age 52. Heart failure brought on by septicemia.

Donald Crawford McCoy
Developer
Owned the houseboat where Otis Redding supposedly wrote "Dock of the Bay." Ran a commune in Marin County, California in the 1960s. With his brother Douglas, developed the first modern houseboat marina in the area where some of the most popular musicians and performers of the day lived, including Bill Cosby.
Died October 10, 2004 at age 72. Heart attack.

Jacques Derrida
Philosopher
Father of the controversial school of philosophy known as Deconstruction. Appeared as himself in the films "Ghost Dance," "Derrida" and "D'ailleurs, Derrida."
Died October 10, 2004 at age 74. Pancreatic cancer.

Stan Sells
Actor
Semi-regular on Season 9 of "Dynasty" playing the character Gibson. Other credits include "Cagney & Lacey," "Jake and the Fatman," "The Love Boat," "Remington Steele" and the films "Judge and Jury," "Her Life as a Man" and "Blue Bayou."
Died October 10, 2004 at age 59. Pancreatic cancer.

Susan Shah
Porn actress
Appeared in several porn films under the name Princess Shah. Recently directed the PG-13 short film "A Step Ahead," which dealt with her sex change. Suffered from AIDS for the last 10 years. Fell 20 stories from a New York apartment building.
Died October 10, 2004 at age 36. Rapid deceleration.

Bob Davidoff
Society photographer
For more than 40 years, he documented the Kennedy family on its winter sojourns in Palm Beach. His images of the youthful John F. Kennedy helped gild the image of the Kennedys as America's royal family during Camelot years of the early sixties. Davidoff took his final pictures of Kennedy four days before the president was assassinated. He never allowed publication of unflattering pictures, whether his subjects were political figures, tycoons or movie stars. More recently, he and his sons, Daryl, Kenneth and Michael, were the official photographers at Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club.
Died October 9, 2004 at age 78. Pneumonia.

Joe McCrackin
Actor, production assistant
Assistant to Billy Bob Thorton on the films "Sling Blade," "The Winner" and "Primary Colors." Acted in several films including Thorton's "Daddy and Them," "Deterrence," "Biloxi Blues," "Home Grown" and "Don't Look Back."
Died October 9, 2004 at age 45. Undisclosed.

Maxime A. Faget
Engineer
Designed the original spacecraft for Project Mercury and is credited with contributing to the designs of every U.S. human spacecraft from Mercury to the Space Shuttle. Faget's numerous accomplishments include patents on the "Aerial Capsule Emergency Separation Device" (escape tower), the "Survival Couch," the "Mercury Capsule," and a "Mach Number Indicator."
Died October 9, 2004 at age 83. Bladder cancer.

Audrey Brown Fraser
Writer
Hollywood copywriter and PR person. During the 1930s and 40s she wrote press books for feature film releases. Worked in production on several radio shows including "Queen For a Day" which she helped bring to TV. She was married to Western film director Harry L. Fraser (d. 1974) and in 1990 edited and published his Hollywood memoirs in the book "I Went That-A-Way."
Died October 8, 2004 at age 101. Pneumonia.

Hildy Parks
Writer/actress/producer
Parks and her husband wrote and produced the Tony Awards Show for nearly 20 years. Won Emmys for producing the TV specials "Night of 100 Stars" and the 1980 "Tony Awards." Feature film credits include the all-star lesbian soap opera "The Group," "Fail-Safe," "Seven Days in May" and "The Night Holds Terror." Appeared in a number of TV shows during the 1940s and 50s. She was a regular on the soap opera "Love of Life" from 1951 through 1955.
Died October 7, 2004 at age 78. Complications following a stroke.

Gertrude Rosenstein
TV director
Was the first woman to direct a network TV series, NBC's game show "Concentration" from 1967 through 1970.
Died October 6, 2004 at age 77.

Joey Rourke
Actor
Younger brother of actor Mickey Rourke. Appeared in a number of his brother's films including "Johnny Handsome," "Wild Orchid," "The Last Outlaw" and "Bullet."
Died October 6, 2004 at age 50. Lung cancer.

Pete McCarthy
Actor/author
Host of the British TV series "Travelog." McCarthy's humorous and off-beat outlook on life made his various TV series and books quite popular in the UK. He hosted the series "Desperately Seeking Something" on which he met folks on alternative spiritual quests. Wrote the book "McCarthy's Bar," which chronicled his journey of Irish pubs. Also wrote for the TV series "Mornin' Sarge," "Alias Smith & Jones" and "They Came From Somewhere Else."
Died October 6, 2004 at age 52. Cancer.

Roy Pointer
Cinematographer
Apprenticed under the likes of John Houston on "The African Queen" and Charlie Chaplin on "A King In New York." Worked with Alfred Hitchcock, Roman Polanski and Ridley Scott. UK TV series work included "Man At The Top," "The Sweeney," "Minder," "Rumpole of the Bailey" and the "Benny Hill Show." Worked on over 2,700 commercials.
Died October 6, 2004 at age 81.

Rodney Dangerfield
Comedian
I'm telling ya ... no respect. Turret-eyed comedian and actor. With 16 appearances on the Ed Sullivan show, over 70 on the Tonight Show, Dangerfield's tie-adjusting self-decrepating humour earned him everyman respect. Starred in string of hit films with none matching his performance as Al Czervik in "Caddyshack." Played against type in Oliver Stone's "Natural Born Killers" as the sexually abusive father of Juliette Lewis, creating one of the most terrifying screen villains in film history. Public outcry over Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences membership refusal caused the Academy to reverse its decision (an offer which Dangerfield then declined). Winner of 1981 Grammy award for comedy album "No Respect." Trademark white shirt and red tie on permanent display at the Smithsonian Institute.
Died October 5, 2004 at age 82. Complications from heart surgery.

William Dobelle
Electrical engineer
Created a system to aid the blind through artificial vision. Called the Dobelle Artificial Vision System, a miniature camera attached to glasses relays images to a portable computer, which then transmits them to electrodes fixed to the brain. Early start in engineering began at 13 when he applied for his first patent for artificial hip improvements.
Died October 5, 2004 at age 62. Complications from diabetes.

Bill Bennett
Hang glider, ultralight pioneer, stuntman
After seeing "flexible kite" designed by NASA for spacecraft re-entering the atmosphere, Bennett used it as the basis for making the first human-carrying gliders in 1963. Bennett moved to the United States from Australia in 1969, and was the first to launch a hang glider from a hot-air balloon setting a world altitude record of 10,000. Performed Roger Moore's hang gliding stunts in the 1972 James Bond film "Live and Let Die."
Died October 7, 2004 at age 73. Powered-trike ultralight crash.

Gordon Cooper
Astronaut
One of the original Mercury Seven. First man to make two orbital flights (22 orbit Mercury Faith 7, May 1963 and 120 orbit Gemini 5, August 1965 - both endurance records in their day). Served as backup command pilot for Gemini 12 and as backup commander for Apollo 10. Cooper was the most relaxed of the early astronauts, falling asleep atop his Atlas rocket waiting for launch of his Mercury flight. In interview with CNN in 2000, Cooper claimed in-house politics kept him off the moon flights. Post-NASA, Cooper worked for Disney and later became known as an outspoken believer in UFOs, charging government was covering up knowledge of extraterrestrial activity with claims that "U.S. radar instruments capture objects of form and composition unknown to us everyday." In 1983's "The Right Stuff" actor Dennis Quaid played Cooper as "cocky," an attribute the filmmakers transferred from fellow Gemini 5 astronaut Charles 'Pete' Conrad (which had prevented Conrad from being chosen for the first round of astronauts).
Died October 4, 2004 at age 77. Natural causes.

Graciela Simpson
Actress
Appeared in a number of Broadway plays including "Dreamgirls" and "The Wiz." Film credits include "The Blues Brothers" and Sidney Lumet's "Daniel."
Died October 4, 2004 at age 53. Lung cancer.

Bram Roos
Producer
Head of FilmRoos, a TV documentary company whose work usually dealt with the Bible and ancient civilizations. Credits include "Mysteries of the Bible," "Cleopatra's Palace," "Top Secret," "The Good Book of Love," "The Road to Rapture," 28 episodes of "A&E's Biography" and "Christianity: The First Two Thousand Years."
Died October 3, 2004. at age 55.

Geoffrey Lancashire
British TV writer
Was one of the original writers for the long-running Granada TV series "Coronation Street" writing over 200 scripts for the series. Also created the British TV comedies "The Cuckoo Waltz" and "The Lovers." He won a Writer's Guild Award for his work on "The Lovers." Father of actress Sarah Lancashire.
Died October 3, 2004 at age 71.

Janet Leigh
Actress
One of the last products of the old studio system. Career highpoint was shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 "Psycho," causing Leigh and millions of others to swear off showering in motel bathrooms forever. She was nominated for an Oscar and won a Golden Globe for her work in "Psycho." Starred in two other masterpieces: Leigh broke her arm before filming of Orson Welles' "Touch of Evil." began. In many scenes, the cast was hidden from the camera. During some scenes, Leigh allowed the cast to be removed and reapplied after the take was over. Leigh's train scene with Frank Sinatra in John Frankenheimer's "The Manchurian Candidate" is one of the most debated scenes in cinema history. The pair's conversation is so cryptic that film historians have spent the last 40 years discussing just what the scene meant. Other lifetime achievement: Jamie Lee Curtis by way of marriage to Tony Curtis.
Died October 3, 2004 at age 77. Vasculitis.

John Stix
Director
Also a respected acting teacher - well known students include Kevin Spacey. Stix co-directed a few TV movies and the feature film "The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery," one of Steve McQueen's earliest films.
Died October 2, 2004 at age 83. Heart attack.

Max Geldray
Goon
Dutch harmonica player Geldray was an associate performer with The Goons on their radio show, and was known as 'Conks' to his fans. "The Goon Show" was a landmark comedy show that featured Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan, Harry Seacombe and Michael Bentine. TV credits include "The Last Goon Show of All," "A Show Called Fred," "Son of Fred" and "The Idiot Weekly, Price 2nd." Made a guest appearance on 1957 Christmas special of the legendary BBC comedy series "Hancocks Half Hour."
Died October 2, 2004 at age 88.

Brig. Gen. Frank Kendall Everest Jr.
Test pilot
During the 1950s held the title "fastest man alive" after piloting the Bell X-2 aircraft at more than 1,900 mph (Mach 2.9) surpassing record set by Chuck Yeager.
Died October 1, 2004 at age 84.

Bruce Palmer
Musician
Bassist. With Bruce Crawford, Neil Young, Stephen Stills, Jim Messina, Rich Furay and Dewey Martin, made up the highly influential 60s band Buffalo Springfield. Buffalo Springfield changed the face of rock music, combining elements of folk, rock and beach music producing a sound that was unique and politically aware. Buffalo Springfield's former members spawned six bands. Palmer left the band due to immigration problems and was replaced by Jim Messina. Buffalo Springfield appeared in an episode of the detective TV series "Mannix" in 1967.
Died October 1, 2004 at age 58. Heart attack.

Burt Miller
Actor
Appeared in a few films and TV shows including cult-classic "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes." Other credits include a guest role on the TV series "The Untouchables."
Died October 1, 2004 at age 92. Alzheimer's Disease

Jonathan Gili
Documentary filmmaker
First film "Incident" starred Stephen Frears. Was an assistant editor on Frears's film "Gumshoe." Edited the D-Day documentary "Overlord." His film "Timewatch: The Oklahoma Outlaw" was nominated for several awards.
Died October 1, 2004 at age 61. Leukemia.

Joyce Jillson
Actress/astrologer
Regular on the soap opera "Peyton Place." Film credits include "Slumber Party '57," "The Happy Hooker Goes to Washington" and "Superchick." Best known for her syndicated astrology column and serving as Nancy Reagan's astrologer.
Died October 1, 2004 at age 58. Kidney failure.

Richard Avedon
Fashion photographer
In the late 1960s, millions of bedrooms sported his quartet of psychedelic portraits of The Beatles. May be best known for portrait of Nastassja Kinski and that boa constrictor. Named one of the world's 10 finest photographers by Popular Photography magazine. Designed the title sequence for the Audrey Hepburn film "Funny Face."
Died October 1, 2004 at age 81. Brain hemorrhage.

Richard Ellison
Producer
Won two Emmy awards for his landmark documentary mini-series "Vietnam: A Television History."
Died October 1, 2004 at age 80. Diffuse Lewy syndrome.

Jean Ruth Hay
Radio announcer
World's first global disc jockey. During World War II, Hay's program "Reveille With Beverly" roused American troops in 54 countries on Armed Forces Radio Service. Was spokeswoman for Pillsbury until 1965 when the company replaced her with the Pillsbury Doughboy.
Died September 18, 2004 at age 87. Stroke.