(30 March 1950 – 14 October 2022)
Scottish actor (Harry Potter, Cracker, GoldenEye) and comedian
Cause of death: unknown.
Robbie Coltrane (born Anthony Robert McMillan), the beloved Scottish actor who played Rubeus Hagrid in eight Harry Potter films, died at the age of 73.
Robbie was a one-of-a-kind talent, a Guinness World Record holder for winning three consecutive Bafta Awards for Best Actor for his portrayal of Fitz in Cracker with Sir Michael Gambon in 1994, 1995, and 1996, the agent said in a statement, adding:
He will most likely be remembered for decades as Hagrid in the eight Harry Potter films, a role that delighted children and adults alike, prompting an avalanche of fan letters every week for more than 20 years.
His performances in The Golden Eye (1995) and The World Is Not Enough is also beloved by James Bond fans (1999). He was a client I would always remember as being loyal.
In addition to being a great actor, he was also smart and incredibly funny, and after 40 years of being honored to be his agent, I will miss him. His sister Annie Rae, children Spencer and Alice, as well as their mother Rhona Gemmell, all survive him. They would like to express their gratitude to the medical staff at the Royal Forth Valley Hospital in Larbert, Scotland (O.S. ), for their compassion and tact, she said.
The Scottish actor began his career in theater before landing notable film roles in both Hollywood and Great Britain. He was born on March 30, 1950, in Glasgow, Scotland, where he also attended high school for the arts and later attended college there to study art. After struggling as a visual artist, Coltrane began performing stand-up comedy in Edinburgh.
Later, he played a leading role in the TV shows "Flash Gordon," "Black Viper," and "Keep It in the Family." He did, however, make a splash when he played Fitz, for which he won three Baftas.
The actor also authored the autobiography "Coltrane in a Cadillac" and starred in the 1993 television series of the same name, in which he traveled from Los Angeles to New York in a Cadillac.
(16 October 1925 – 11 October 2022)
Irish-British-American actress (The Manchurian Candidate, Sweeney Todd, Murder, She Wrote) and singer, five-time
Cause of death: natural causes.
Well-known Irish-British and American actress and singer Angela Lansbury ("Murder, She Wrote", "Beauty and the Beast") died on Tuesday at the age of 96, her family confirmed the news.
Lansbury was a versatile actress who delighted generations of fans in "Murder, She Wrote," "Beauty and the Beast," and on Broadway. She played a baker, a singing teapot, a Soviet spy, and a small-town detective, to name a few of her well-known roles.
Throughout her 70-year career, she has received five Tony Awards, six Golden Globes, and an honorary Academy Award - Oscar in 2013.
Her most recent Tony Award was for Best Actress in Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit in 2009. Her most well-known Broadway performance was as Nellie Lovett in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. In 1979, she won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for that performance.
Lansbury took her Broadway talents to the big screen in the 1991 animated musical "Beauty and the Beast." Mrs. Pott was voiced by Angela Lansbury in one of the film's most beloved scenes.
Lansbury is best known for her role on the hit television series "Murder, She Wrote" as mystery writer and amateur crime fighter Jessica Fletcher.
The show ran for 12 seasons, from 1984 to 1996. The Academy nominated her for 12 Emmys for her role as Jessica Fletcher, but she never won.
(October 13, 1927 – October 10, 2022)
American singer, Grammy winner (1966, 1967).
Cause of death: natural causes.
Anita Jean Grilli, who was born on October 31st, 1927, in Memphis, Tennessee, married Al Kerr the following year, and they went to Nashville so that he could pursue a career as a radio jockey.
In Nashville, Kerr started a singing ensemble that began to gain popularity when a WSM program director took notice of them. Because of this, they were invited to participate in early recording sessions with some of the biggest country performers of the day, including Red Foley, Eddy Arnold, and Ernest Tubb.
The vocal chant on Roy Orbison's "Only the Lonely," among many other songs, was created by Anita Kerr Singers, which contributed significantly to her influence on pop.
Other songs with the group were "Jingle Bell Rock" by Bobby Helms, "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" and "I'm Sorry" by Brenda Lee, "Make the World Go Away" by Eddy Arnold, "He'll Have to Go" by Jim Reeves, and "Running Scared" by Roy Orbison.
As a member of the brief Little Dippers in 1960, Kerr also scored a top 10 pop success with "Forever." On "The End of the World" and other albums by Skeeter Davis, she contributed her producing work.
(November 22, 1935 – October 10, 2022)
American actor (Occasional Wife, Cat Ballou, Gidget Goes Hawaiian).
Cause of death: pneumonia.
Michael Callan, who played Riff in the original Broadway version of West Side Story before going on to perform in films including Gidget Goes Hawaiian, The Interns, and Cat Ballou, has died. He was 86. Callan died of pneumonia Monday night at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, according to his daughter Rebecca Goodman.
Callan was a contract performer at Columbia Pictures, where he filmed around a dozen films, beginning with They Came to Cordura (1959), a Western starring Gary Cooper, Rita Hayworth, Van Heflin, and Tab Hunter.
On the 1966-1967 NBC sitcom Occasional Wife, Callan played a man who puts up a lady (Patricia Harty) in an upstairs apartment to act as his wife to rise at the baby food company where he works. Callan starred in Gidget Goes Hawaiian (1961) with Deborah Walley as the dancer Eddie, and then in The Interns (1962) as a greedy, strung-out medical resident (1962).
In The New Interns (1964), he reprised his role as Dr. Alec Considine, this time putting the moves on Barbara Eden and Dawn Wells. In the Western comedy Cat Ballou (1965), he played the dashing robber Clay Boone alongside Jane Fonda and Lee Marvin in an Oscar-winning performance.
(October 16, 1927 – October 9, 2022)
American actress (Magnolia, Parenthood, Benny & Joon).
Cause of death: unknown.
Only six days separated the late actress Eileen Ryan's 95th birthday. The legendary actress, known for her roles in movies like "Magnolia" and "I'm Sam," was the mother of three boys: musician Michael Penn, actor Chris Penn, who passed away in 2006, and the well-known American actor Sean Penn (62), with whom she even co-starred in some movies.
Leo Penn, the late director, and Ryan, who was born Eileen Annucci, first met in 1957. After only one week of dating, the couple moved in together and got engaged after a few months. They were married for 41 years.
With a lengthy acting career, Eileen appeared in about 60 movies. Movies like "Up Close," "Feast," "Zodiac Killer," and many others are in her filmography. Ryan began living together with actor Leo Penn just one week after they first met, and the two eventually got married.
After only two months of dating, they got engaged, and they remained united for the next 41 years, up until Leo's passing in 1998. One of the most well-known films in which the actress frequently made a guest appearance was "Little House on the Prairie."
(November 12, 1934 – October 7, 2022)
American actress (The Edge of Night, From These Roots, Mystic Pizza).
Cause of death:natural causes.
Ann Flood (born Maryanne Ott) died on October 7, 2022, at the age of 87. Sharon Rose Gabet (Raven) of Edge of the Night confirmed the news on social media. "I learned yesterday, with great grief, that our darling Ann Flood died on October 7th."
She has now joined her 61-year-old husband and the rest of my dear castmates in paradise. What a fantastic life she had, and what a party they must all be enjoying!" Flood was born in Jamaica, New York, on November 12, 1932.
She was recognized for her roles in Mystic Pizza (1988), The Edge of Night as Nancy Karr, and Search for Tomorrow as Ella Hobbs.
Herb Granath was Ann Flood's former husband. Ann has played Bitsy Davidson on All My Children, Ruth Mansfield on As the World Turns, Rose Livingston on Another World, Helen Guthrie on One Life to Live, and other characters.
(November 7, 1949 – October 6, 2022)
American comedian, actress (The Weird Al Show, Going Down in LA-LA Land, There's No Such Thing as Vampires), and musician.
Cause of death: ovarian cancer.
Judy Tenuta, a Grammy-nominated comedian who billed herself as a "Love Goddess" and "Aphrodite of the Accordion," died on October 6 of ovarian cancer at her Los Angeles home. She was 72 years old. Roger Neal, her spokesman, announced the sad news.
Judy Lynn Tenuta was born on November 7, 1949, in Oak Park, Illinois, and grew up in a strict Roman Catholic home with seven brothers and a sister. When Ms. Tenuta and other women, such as Paula Poundstone and Rita Rudner, first broke into the upper ranks of stand-up comedy in the 1980s, the scene was primarily male-dominated.
When Tenuta appeared in the HBO comedy special "Women of the Night" in 1987 alongside Ellen DeGeneres, Ms. Rudner, Ms. Poundstone, and others, she attracted a bigger audience. Two years later, HBO cast her as the star of "One Night Stand," a long-running series that documented stand-up comedians in action. She was nominated "comedy club female comic of the year" at the 1988 American Comedy Awards.
Jerry Seinfeld received the same honor for males that year. She developed a sizable LGBT following by 1994 when she launched a new act to the Ballroom in Manhattan. Caricatures of Barbra Streisand, Cher, and Diana Ross were mocked on the program.
Both of her comedy albums, "Attention Butt Pirates & Lesbetarians" in 1995 and "In Goddess We Trust" in 1996, were nominated for Grammy Awards for the best spoken comedy album.
(1932 – October 4, 2022)
American Hall of Fame country singer-songwriter.
Cause of death: natural causes.
Country music legend and American Music Hall of Fame inductee with hits like "You Ain't Woman Enough (To Take My Man)" and "Coal Miner's Daughter" (1972, 2004, 2010) 90-year-old Loretta Lynn died in her Hurricane Mills home.
According to her family, she passed away peacefully while sleeping. In addition to her singing, Lynn gained notoriety for her representation of rural strength and pride in public.
She had reached the age of 90. Through her song and as a representation of rural pride and tenacity, Loretta gained fame. She became a mother at age 16, a grandma at age 16, and a wife at age 15 to a womanizer and drug smuggler. Through her song and as a representation of rural pride and tenacity, Loretta gained fame.
Her autobiography, Coal Miner's Daughter, became a best-seller as a result of that tale, and an Oscar-winning movie with the same name was also inspired by it. She had success on the country charts in the US 16 times and was nominated for 18 Grammy Awards, taking home three of them.
The Guardian reports that she put out 60 studio albums. "Don't Come Home a Drinkin," "You Ain't Woman Enough," and "The Pill" are a few of her tracks. According to producer John Carter Cash, she sings more and is louder than most people.
(November 14, 1946 – October 2, 2022)
American civil rights activist and actress (Johnny Firecloud, Winterhawk, Counselor at Crime).
Cause of death: breast cancer.
The Academy has confirmed that actress Sacheen Littlefeather died at the age of 74 from breast cancer.
His extensive filmography will be remembered for many roles in addition to his part in The Godfather, but only a few of them are in classics like "A Streetcar Named Longing," "Apocalypse," and "Last Tango in Paris."
Nearly 50 years have passed since Sacheen Littlefeather, an actress, spoke out at the Oscars on behalf of co-star Marlon Brando about how Native Americans are portrayed in Hollywood movies. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences later issued an apology for the abuse she endured.
In particular, Littlefeather was the first Indian woman to do so at the Oscars when Brando accepted the prize for best actor in the movie The Godfather in 1973 while standing on stage in a deerskin dress and moccasins.
The treatment of American Indians, she continued, is the reason why Brando regrettably will not be receiving the Oscar statuette. Years later, she claimed that because of her brief appearance at the Oscars, she had faced ribbing, discrimination, and personal attacks. A portion of the audience had booed her.
The letter that Academy President David Rubin wrote to Littlefeather regarding the iconic Oscars moment has been made public by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
"A powerful statement that continues to remind us of the necessity of respect and the importance of human dignity," said Rubin of her speech.
Littlefeather claimed that when the Academy contacted her regarding redemption, she was "flabbergasted." When she stood alone on stage in 1973, she said, "I never thought I would live to hear the day, to experience this."
(August 8, 1962 – October 1, 2022)
American football player (New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks) and coach.
Cause of death: unknown.
In 1984, he was drafted in the second round out of Pitt. Sweeney, an Mt. Lebanon native, began his NFL career with the New York Jets. He was a member of the team from 1984 until 1994.
He played with the Seattle Seahawks in 1995 but concluded his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he played from 1996 to 1999. He was mostly employed as a backup center, but he did make two official starts for the club, one in 1997 and one in 1998.
During his post-playing years. Sweeney began coaching.
Jim Sweeney stayed largely in the Pittsburgh region, becoming the offensive line coach at Duquesne from 2000 to 2002. From 2003 to 2006, he worked at Peters Township High School, and from 2007 to 2010, he worked at South Fayette High School. After a brief experience in the AFL and an NFL internship with Russ Grimm and the Arizona Cardinals.
Sweeney returned to the collegiate levels in 2014, working as the 0-line coach at Albany from 2014 until last season.