Sad news to report today, as former 'Welcome Back, Kotter' star and noted acting teacher Ron Palillo died this morning of a heart attack, at the age of 63. Palillo was reportedly found by his lifelong partner Joseph Gramm early this morning in their Beach Gardens home, before being taken to the hospital and pronounced dead. The news was reported by one of Palillo's close personal friends.
Italian special effects maestro Carlo Rimbaldi died today at the age of 86 after a long illness. He leaves behind an impressive body of work on some of the greatest effects films in cinema.
Mel Stuart, the acclaimed director of 'Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,' passed away Thursday night in his Los Angeles home at the age of 83.
Marvin Hamlisch, an Academy Award, Tony and Grammy award-winning film and stage composer, died Monday in Los Angeles after collapsing from an undisclosed illness, announced his family.
Gore Vidal, the writer of such novels as 'Myra Breckinridge,' plays such as 'The Best Man,' and screenwriter on such films as 'Suddenly Last Summer' and 'Caligula,' has died from complications from pneumonia. He was 86.
Beloved actor Sherman Hemsley, best known as George Jefferson on the television series 'The Jeffersons,' has passed away at the age of 74.
Tom Davis, best known for his partnership with now-Senator Al Franken, has died from throat and neck cancer. He was 59.
Prolific and influential television and film writer/director William (Bill) Asher passed away in a Palm Beach board and care facility Monday, July 16, with his wife, Meredith, by his side. He was 90.