Don Maynard (born Donald Rogers Maynard), a Pro Football Hall of Fame receiver who played for the New York Jets in Super Bowl III, died at the age of 86. The Hall announced Don's death on Monday afternoon.
Maynard was raised in Texas. Maynard's father was a cotton dealer, and because the family was continually on the move, he attended 13 schools, including five high schools. He lettered in football, basketball, and track as a senior at Colorado City High School in Colorado City, Texas.
His first taste of the National Football League (NFL) came as a member of the New York Giants as a ninth-round pick in early 1957. However, his tenure with the team didn't last long as he was released during training camp in summer 1959.
He then spent time in the CFL before becoming the first player to sign with the AFL's New York Titans (eventually renamed to the Jets) in 1960. From there, Maynard enjoyed a 13-year career and was a member of the team's Super Bowl III championship team. Don was a member of the AFL All-Time Team and had his No.thirteen retired, one of only five New York Jets to have that honor.
Don was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1987. Maynard retired with 633 catches and 11,834 yards, both of which were records at the time. When he retired in 1973, he was one of just five players in NFL history to have more than 50 catches and 1,000 yards in five separate seasons. Maynard is still ranked 31st all-time in receiving yards, which is a remarkable performance given how much the passing game has progressed since he last played.
Cause of death: unknown.
The television actor was best known for his starring, titular role in “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis,” a teenage sitcom that aired from 1959 to 1963 on CBS. Coincidentally, the date of Hickman’s passing, Jan. 9, is the birthday of his longtime friend and co-star on the show, Bob Denver, who died in 2005 at age 70.
Hickman previously starred in “The Bob Cummings Show” between 1955 and 1959, his breakout television role in which he played Cummings’ nephew Chuck. Hickman got his start as an extra at age 6, with a small part in director John Ford’s Oscar-winning film adaptation of “The Grapes of Wrath,”.
He also went on to act in small parts in “The Boy With Green Hair” and “The Lone Ranger” before landing a role alongside comedy legend Cummings. Moving on from Dobie, Hickman would earn a bachelor’s degree in economics from Loyola Marymount University before returning to Hollywood.
He went on to start in several other teenage roles, such as opposite Jane Fonda and Lee Marvin in “Cat Ballou.” In the 1970s, Hickman put on his producer’s hat as a CBS network executive, and helped bring many now-beloved shows to life, including “Maude,” “M*A*S*H” and “Designing Women.”
He’d shift yet again to the director’s seat for “Designing Women,” as well as “Head of the Class” and “Sister, Sister.”
Dwayne Hickman's later career saw him working behind the scenes in the entertainment industry, in production jobs.
Hickman worked for CBS as a programming executive from 1977 through 1988. He had a cameo appearance in the TV movie High School U.S.A. (1983). Following two prior marriages to actors Carol Christensen and Joanne Papile, Hickman married Joan Roberts, the star of "Designing Women," for over 3 decades, from early 1983 till her death in 2012.
Cause of death: complications from Parkinson's disease.
According to investigators, Bob Saget (65) died at the Ritz Carlton on Sunday. The cause of death has not been revealed, although foul play or drug usage are not suspected at this time.
On Monday, before his comic concert at Ponte Vedra Hall in Jacksonville, Saget chatted with The Morning Show. The actor seemed to be in good health and seemed to be in high spirits. He chatted with Bruce Hamilton, a News4JAX anchor with whom he had a long acquaintance dating back to college.
Danny Tanner on the ABC comedy Full House (1987–1995) and its Netflix spinoff Fuller House (2016–2020) are two of his most well-known television performances. From 1989 until 1997, he was the host of the television show America's Funniest Home Videos. Saget's stand-up performance is geared toward adults.
From 2005 through 2014, he was the voice of future Ted Mosby on the CBS series How I Met Your Mother. That's What I'm Talkin' About, Saget's 2014 comedy album, was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album.
Saget was born in Philadelphia into a Jewish family. Saget lived in California before moving back to Philadelphia and graduating from Abington Senior High School in 1975. Saget resided in California. Saget wanted to be a doctor at first, but his Honors English instructor, Elaine Zimmerman, spotted his artistic potential and encouraged him to pursue a career in filmmaking.
He went to Temple University's film school, where he made Through Adam's Eyes, a black-and-white film about a kid who had reconstructive face surgery, for which he won a Student Academy Award for Best Feature Film.
Following a brief appearance on CBS' The Morning Show in early 1987, Saget was cast as Danny Tanner in Full House, which became a hit with family audiences and reached in the Nielsen Top 30 (season 3). In early 1989, he began as the host of America's Funniest Home Videos, a role he held until 1997.
During the early 1990s, Saget worked both on Full House and AFV simultaneously. In 2009, he returned to AFV for the 20th-anniversary one-hour special co-hosted with Tom Bergeron. He also directed the 1996 ABC television movie For Hope, which was inspired by the life story of his sister, Gay Saget, who died from scleroderma three years earlier.
Bob Saget was on the board of the Scleroderma Research Foundation. Celebrities such as Scary Movie actress Regina Hall profited from his scleroderma efforts. Saget told Ability Magazine about his sister, who was diagnosed with scleroderma at the age of 43 and died at the age of 47. She'd been misdiagnosed several times before.
Cause of death: unknown.
Marilyn Bergman, the prolific lyricist who co-wrote dozens of widely interpreted songs with her husband, Alan, including "The Windmills of Your Mind," "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?" and the Oscar-winning theme from 1973's "The Way We Were," died at her home in Beverly Hills, according to her spokesman, Ken Sunshine. She had passed away at the age of 93 years.
Throughout their 50-year career, the Bergmans collaborated with Legrand and Jones, as well as composers Henry Mancini and Marvin Hamlisch, and their songs were recorded by a slew of celebrities, including Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, Tony Bennett, Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, Dusty Springfield, and Sting.
Bergman was born on November 10, 1928, in Brooklyn, New York City, in the same hospital as her husband. She began studying music at an early age. She frequently played piano for lyricist Bob Russell at New York's High School of Music & Art, who urged her to seek a career as a songwriter.
However, Bergman's initiation into lyric poetry was also painful: when in college, she tumbled down a flight of stairs and fractured both of her shoulders. She began reciting song lyrics into a tape recorder since she couldn't write or play the piano.
The Bergmans had sixteen Academy Award nominations and won three times: for The Way, We Were from Barbra Streisand's 1973 film, Windmills of Your Mind from The Thomas Crown Affair in 1968, and their music for Streisand's Yentl in 1983.
After collecting several Grammy and Emmy awards, they were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1980. Bergman was a commercial pathfinder, serving as president and chairman of the board of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers for the first time in 1985. (ASCAP).
Cause of death: respiratory failure.
Dee Booher was a pioneer for the progress of women in athletics and performance art and paved the path for many of the women who are succeeding today. She was best known as the famed Matilda the Hun, Queen Kong, and Queen Adrena.
Booher grew raised in the California town of Lake Arrowhead. She worked as a masseur and a phone sex operator before becoming interested in wrestling. She wrestled at El Camino Junior College in California, where she was a member of the squad that won the state title.
Booher began her career in professional wrestling by arranging amateur mud wrestling performances and performed as the masked figure "Queen Kong." Her first professional battle was against a 700 lb (320 kg) bear after California's gambling authority forbade her from wrestling men.
Later, Booher collaborated with GLOW founder David McLane and director Matt Cimber to select, recruit, and train wrestlers for the first all-female professional wrestling event. She also composed the theme song for the show. In GLOW, Booher played Matilda the Hun. Her wicked role ate raw flesh in the ring and terrified the kids in the audience, something Booher claimed she relished.
Following her professional wrestling career, Booher had various film appearances, notably one in the Mel Brooks movie Spaceballs. She co-starred with Andrew "Dice" Clay and Teri Hatcher in the romantic comedy Brainsmasher... A Love Story. She also featured in Aerosmith's "Love in an Elevator" music video, carrying a dwarf on her shoulders.
Booher has appeared as a guest star on television shows such as Married... with Children, My Two Dads, Mama's Family, and Night Court.
Cause of death: unknown.
Peter Bogdanovich, a writer, director, actor, and cinema historian, died at the age of 82. Fred Specktor, his manager, confirmed his death to NPR.
Bogdanovich was a renegade director who created films ranging from the dismal coming-of-age drama The Last Picture Show, starring Jeff Daniels and Cybill Shepherd, to goofy comedies like What's Up Doc. He did films on Buster Keaton and Tom Petty, among others. He played Dr. Elliot Kupferberg, a therapist on HBO's The Sopranos. Bogdanovich died early Thursday of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles, according to The Hollywood Reporter, who talked with the filmmaker's daughter.
Throughout a phenomenal career spanning more than 50 years, Bogdanovich touched every aspect of filmmaking. He began his career as a critic, researching the films of his favorite directors, including Howard Hawks and Alfred Hitchcock, and curating film series at The Museum of Modern Art and other places. He met Orson Welles, appeared in his final, unfinished film, The Other Side of the Wind, and subsequently co-wrote Welles' biography. Bogdanovich also helped finish Welles' picture, which was released on Netflix in 2018.
He was born in New York on July 30, 1939, and grew up as the son of Austrian and Serbian immigrants in the 1940s. Throughout his childhood, he would see up to 400 movies a year, studiously recording his opinions of each one on a notecard.
He began his career programming films for the Museum of Modern Art and writing about movies for Esquire before moving to Los Angeles in the late 1960s and breaking into the business.
He would watch up to 400 movies a year as a kid, meticulously documenting his thoughts on each one on a notecard. Before going to Los Angeles in the late 1960s and breaking into the business, he began his career curating films for the Museum of Modern Art and writing about movies for Esquire. When his then-lover, Playboy playmate-turned-actress Dorothy Stratten, was murdered by her estranged husband in 1980, he endured personal sorrow and subsequently faced public outrage when he married her younger sister, Louise.
In 2015, Bogdanovich told The New York Times, "It's been an up-and-down type of existence." The director continued to work as a director far into his seventies, releasing "She's Funny That Way" in 2014.
Peter Bogdanovich began scripting the project with Louise Stratten in 2000 when their marriage was coming to an end — and as an actor in several other projects.
Cause of death: natural causes.
Brooks, an African-American, enlisted in the US Army at the age of 31 and served in the 91st Engineer Battalion, which was predominantly made up of African-Americans during WWII. He served in the military of Australia, New Guinea, and the Philippines. Lawrence Brooks was categorized as service personnel and cleaned and cooked for three of the battalion's white leaders, gaining the rank of Private 1st Class, according to the National WWII Museum.
During WWII, the military in the United States was still segregated based on race. Brooks previously stated that he felt he was treated far better in Australia than he was in the United States at the time. As of September 2021, around 240,000 of the 16 million World War II veterans in the United States were still living, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs.
According to his daughter, Brooks did not often talk publicly about the persecution he and other Black troops suffered during the war, or about the discrimination, his family faced in the Jim Crow Deep South.
Brooks did mention how much better he was treated as a Black man in Australia compared to the United States, according to Crean, who got to know Brooks and his family via his job at the museum. Brooks, on the other hand, warned Crean that thinking about it would make him upset, so he tried not to. Brooks mentioned during his oral history interview that the officers he cared for were kind to him and that he was lucky not to have to participate in the battle.
Cause of death: natural causes.
According to her son, Eric, Copeland died in her sleep early Tuesday at her Central Park West residence in Manhattan.
As a founding member of The Actors Studio, Copeland worked on several daytime soap operas. She featured on CBS' The Edge of Night, NBC's How to Survive a Marriage, CBS' As the World Turns, and ABC's One Life to Live, as well as portraying twins Maggie and Kay on CBS' Love of Life from 1960 to 1963 and villainess Andrea Whiting on CBS' Search for Tomorrow from 1967 to 1972.
She has also been on The Edge of Night on CBS, How to Survive a Marriage on NBC, As the World Turns on CBS, and One Life to Live on ABC.
She went on to play Katharine Hepburn's understudy in Coco, a musical based on Coco Chanel's life. From 1969 through 1970, the musical had almost 320 performances. Joan returned to the spotlight in 1976, as Vera Simpson in a production of the Rodgers & Hart comedy Pal Joey. Her performance earned her a Drama Desk Award nomination.
Joan shifted her focus to television in the 1950s, where she had a huge hit for many years. She appeared on Law & Order from 1993 to 1997 as Judge Rebecca Stein, a recurrent character.
Copeland, on the other hand, mentioned how she had trouble finding TV and radio work earlier in her career because of her ties to her brother, who was blacklisted in 1957 after being convicted of contempt of Congress for refusing to give the identities of supposed Communist authors with whom he had spoken.
Miller's sister worked as Judge Rebecca Stein in the courtroom drama TV series Law & Order for ten years, from 1991 to 2001. From 1943 until his death in 1989, Copeland was married to bacteriologist George Kupchik.
Cause of death: natural causes.
Julien, a classically trained actor born on July 12, 1933, in Washington, D.C., began his career in off-Broadway theater before transitioning to film.
Psych-Out (1968) and Getting Straight (1969) are among his other cinematic credits (1970). Julien also co-wrote and co-produced Cleopatra Jones (1973), a legendary Blaxploitation film. Later in his career, Julien went on to make guest appearances on series like The Mod Squad and One on One, as well as dabble in other artistic activities like fashion design and sculpture.
Julien rose to prominence before The Mack for his leading part in 1968's Uptight, in which he played Johnny Wells, a Black revolutionary leader. Julien was uneasy about the label militant, which was used by certain reviewers to describe his character.
Julien later claimed in a 1981 BET interview, "I didn't mind being labeled a militant because I am a militant." However, he was irritated by how the title cast a pall over the rest of his personality: "He also had human dimensions, as he loved his mother and his friends. But they never mention it."
In his main role in The Mack, Julien embodied such human traits. He portrayed Goldie, an Oakland-based pimp who aspires to be the best. The political film, directed by Michael Campus, looked at the situation of Black existence in America. Julien stated in a 2002 documentary on the film, Mackin' Ain't Easy, that his role had a sorrow to him "because that was where I was as a person, and I couldn't disguise it. That's me up there."
Cause of death: unknown.