Friday, March 23, 2012

Ruby Garrett

The last madam in Butte, Montana -- via the Washington Post.

Noboru Ishiguro

Animator -- via

Yuri Razuvaev

Great chess player, author and coach; historian -- via

Bob Henry

TV producer and director -- via the L.A. Times. He worked on the Nat King Cole and Flip Wilson shows. Plus, he started as a standup comic and radio host, which makes me love him even more!

Steve Schofer

Bassist -- via the Sacramento Bee. A long-time member of Mick Martin and the Blues Rockers.

Robert Fuest

Director, screenwriter and production designer -- via Made his mark first as an art director on "The Avengers" TV series; later directed many of the best episodes of same. Directed both of the "Phibes" films, each a campy cult horror classic.

Bijan Chowdhury

Artist -- via the Times of India.

Andy Brown

Guitarist -- via New Zimbabwe.

Jalal Zolfonun

Setar player -- via

Hanne Borchsenius

Actress -- via

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Samuel Glazer

Co-founder of Mr. Coffee; popularizer of the home drip coffee maker -- via the New York Times. God bless you, sir! I lift my cup of joe in your honor.

Mel Parnell

Former Red Sox pitcher -- via the New York Times. Most wins for a southpaw pitcher for the BoSox.

Murray Lender

Bagelmeister -- via the New York Post.

Tamas Pinter

Actor and stuntman -- via

Eileen McDonough

Actress -- via

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Ulu Grosbard

Great theatrical and film director -- via the New York Times. Stage: "The Subject Was Roses," "The Investigation," "The Price," "American Buffalo," the Duvall "View from a Bridge." Film: "The Subject Was Roses," "Straight Time," "True Confessions."

Tonino Guerra

Poet, writer and screenwriter -- via He wrote more than 100 screenplays, including many classic films -- "Blow-up," "Nostalghia," "Amarcord," "Red Desert," "The 10th Victim," "L'Aventtura," "La notte," and "L'eclisse."

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Francisco "Paco" Valladares

Actor -- via

Rudy Ricci

Writer, filmmaker and actor -- via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

John Bisom

Actor -- via Broadway World.

Medill Barnes

Co-founder of the Straight Creek Journal -- via the Denver Post.

Michel Duchaussoy

Actor -- via the Independent.

Jerry Albert

Amusement park owner -- via the L Magazine. He co-founded Coney Island's Astroland with his father Dewey in 1964.

Dave Philley

Former MLB outfielder -- via Great on defense, and still holds the AL record for pinch-hits in a season -- 24 in 1961. Philley was on the Indians team that played the Giants in Game One of the 1954 World Series, during which Willie Mays made his famous over-the-shoulder catch.

Melva Niles Barborka

Singer, dancer and actress -- via the Salt Lake Tribune.

Louise Burke

Environmental activist and preservationist -- via the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Cris Alexander

(From left) Cris Alexander, John Battles and Adolf Green in the original production of "On the Town."
Actor and photographer -- via TheaterMania.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Takaai Yohimoto

Poet, literary and cultural critic, social activist and writer -- via the Japan Times.

Herbert Carl "Hub" "Tuny" Andrews

Former MLB pitcher -- via the Dodge City Daily Globe.

Enrico Menczer

Cinematographer -- via

Dennis Bowen

Actor -- via

Jose "Pepe" Rubio

Actor -- The Delta World.

Faith Brook

Actress on stage, in film and on television -- via the Telegraph.

Miguel Iglesia

Cult film director -- via

Jay McMullen

Pioneering investigative journalist for television -- via the New York Times.

George Kerchner

D-Day hero -- via the New York Times.

Noble Fleming

Tea taster -- via the New York Times.