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      Re: R. I. P. (2017)

      Foundations singer Clem Curtis dies aged 76

      Foundations singer Clem Curtis dies aged 76 - BBC News
      The original lead singer of the British band The Foundations, Clem Curtis, has died at the age of 76.

      Curtis, who lived in Olney, Buckinghamshire, was singer on the band's 1967 number one hit Baby, Now That I've Found You.

      The song is claimed to be the first chart-topper by a British multi-racial band.

      Curtis left the band before it scored a hit with Build Me Up Buttercup but occasionally sang in various line-ups.

      He also had a solo career in the 1970s and appeared on the West End stage in musicals.

      His family confirmed he had died on Monday morning.






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      Actor Tim Pigott-Smith dies aged 70

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      Best known for The Jewel in the Crown, he was awarded an OBE last month and due to star in Death of a Salesman

      The actor Tim Pigott-Smith has died at the age of 70.

      The character actor’s career spanned almost five decades on stage and screen. Born in Rugby in 1946, he graduated from the University of Bristol in 1967 and went on to train at the Bristol Old Vic theatre school. He began his professional career at the Bristol Old Vic in 1969.

      His flawless classical technique saw him become a fixture of British television and in 1984 he took on the role he would become best known for – as the sinister Merrick in the ITV miniseries The Jewel in the Crown, set in the dying days of the British Raj. His performance in the series won him a Bafta for best actor.

      From his first appearance in 1971 in Boswell’s Life of Johnson he was barely absent from film and TV screens. In the 1970s he became established as Marco in Doctor Who, Angelo in TV movie Measure for Measure in 1979, and Brendan Bracken in 1981 series Winston Churchilll: The Wilderness Years.

      In his later years he became known to younger viewers for parts in Silent Witness, Downton Abbey, Lewis and Miranda. Most recently he starred in the BBC adaptation of the Evelyn Waugh novel Decline and Fall as Mr Sniggs.

      Pigott-Smith also earned a formidable reputation as a skilled theatre actor. In 1974 he starred on Broadway in a production of Sherlock Holmes, playing the detective’s companion Dr Watson. This major theatre role left a lasting impression on him and he said in an interview with the Daily Mail last year that he had used the personalised towel from that production ahead of every theatre appearance ever since.

      “On the first night, our wardrobe mistress Rosie gave each of us these personalised towels. From that day to this, I’ve used it to lay out my stage make-up,” he said.

      As his reputation in theatre circles grew, he was invited to join Sir Ian McKellen in a production of Hamlet – a career highlight that introduced him to his idol, the man who was to be a constant source of inspiration to him, as he told the Guardian in 2014.

      Describing the moment McKellen knocked on his dressing room door he said: “I ushered him in nervously, expecting notes for my poor performance or indiscipline – I was a foolish, naughty young actor.

      “To my relief, he was not displeased but questioned me about my plans, my ambitions.

      Even after his 70th birthday, work continued to flood in and he had only recently wrapped filming on a number of films that are due for release later this year including Victoria and Abdul, The Little Vampire and 6 Days.

      Just before his death he finished work on a television adaptation of the critically acclaimed play King Charles III, in which he plays the title role of a stubborn King Charles, rebelling against the government in the wake of his mother’s death.

      His performance in the play’s run in London and New York won him nominations for Olivier and Tony awards.

      His deeply resonant and recognisable voice made him sought after by documentary directors and he became the voice of TV documentaries Serial Killers and Doomsday.

      His agent, John Grant, said in a statement: “Tim was one of the great actors of his generation. Much-loved and admired by his peers, he will be remembered by many as a gentleman and a true friend.

      “He generously suggested one or two technical things I could do to develop my voice and breathing. I have never got over the fact that this man, with – let’s face it – enough on his plate, climbed three floors to talk to me, to help me. He could have been resting. It was a great act of kindness.”

      In 1972 he married actor Pamela Miles and they had one child, Tom, a violinist who now has children of his own.

      Pigott-Smith and Miles were set to play couple Willy and Linda Loman in a Northampton production of Death of a Salesman, due to open on 10 April.

      He had been awarded an OBE for services to drama in the New Year honours list.

      Pigott-Smith was most famous on television for his role in The Jewel In The Crown. By a tragic twist of fate, the death at the age of 87 of the producer-director of that momentous TV series, Christopher Morahan, was also announced on Friday.

      Morahan was an admired director whose work spanned all media. He first made his mark in television in 1966 with John Hopkins’s quartet of plays, Talking To A Stranger, which examined the life of a family over the course of a weekend from four separate viewpoints and which produced a celebrated performance from Judi Dench.

      Morahan was head of plays at the BBC from 1972 to 1976 before joining the National Theatre in 1977 as deputy to Peter Hall.

      His work for the National embraced contemporary writers such as Michael Frayn, Robert Bolt and Nigel Williams and classics by Tolstoy, Ibsen, Shaw and Galsworthy.

      Morahan was a supreme professional but it was his ability to mastermind the complex logistics of shooting The Jewel In The Crown in India, as well as capturing unforgettable performances from the whole cast, for which he will be best remembered.





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      Don Rickles, legendary comedian and master of celebrity roasts, dies aged 90

      https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-r...t-90-years-old
      Colleagues pay tribute after comic, known for Johnny Carson appearances and film roles, dies in Los Angeles of kidney failure

      Don Rickles, the “insult comic” who was a regular on the Johnny Carson show, became an honorary member of the Rat Pack and also featured in films including Martin Scorsese’s Casino and Toy Story, has died aged 90.

      The comedian died at his Los Angeles home of kidney failure on Thursday.

      Rickles rose to prominence in the 50s and 60s as a master of the celebrity roast – a “tribute” to a star in which comedians insult the subject – and was a big-name draw at the casinos of Las Vegas and Reno.

      He was also a regular on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, and an appearance in 1976 alongside Frank Sinatra became one of the most infamous moments in chatshow history, as he made jokes at the singer’s expense.



      Rickles was born in Queens, New York, to parents who emigrated from Lithuania. He studied acting at the Academy of Dramatic Arts, and eventually went into standup, becoming a recognizable figure in the nightclubs of New York, Miami and Los Angeles.

      The Guardian’s John Patterson described him as “the stand-up comic who took to heart Mort Sahl’s famous line – ‘Is there anyone I haven’t offended?’ – and ran with it all the way to the bank”.

      As well as being a presence on Carson and the casino scene, he worked in film, making his debut in the 1958 movie Run Silent, Run Deep. Other notable appearances included a role in the second world war heist comedy Kelly’s Heroes, and a part alongside Debbie Reynolds and Tony Curtis in The Rat Race.

      In the 90s, Rickles played the role of a casino pit boss in Martin Scorsese’s Vegas mob hit Casino and became the voice of Mr Potato Head in the Toy Story franchise. In 2007, he was the subject of a documentary, Mr Warmth: The Don Rickles Project, and in 2011 he voiced a character in Zookeeper, starring alongside Kevin James and Rosario Dawson.

      Contemporary comedians, including Billy Crystal, paid tribute to Rickles after news of his death was announced:

      billy eichner (@billyeichner) RIP Don Rickles. One of the funniest people that ever lived, you dumb schmuck.
      April 6, 2017

      Billy Crystal (@BillyCrystal) Don Rickles has passed away.
      A giant loss.
      April 6, 2017

      Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) In lieu of flowers, Don Rickles' family has requested that people drop their pants and fire a rocket. #RIPDonRickles
      April 6, 2017

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      Brian passed away yesterday at the age of 88. One of my all time favourite presenters.

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      Jamiroquai keyboardist Toby Smith dies aged 46 | Daily Mail Online
      Jamiroquai keyboard player Toby Smith dies aged 46, after 'secretly battling cancer for years'


      • According to TMZ, the musician passed away on Tuesday beside his wife and children
      • Band's lead singer Jay Kay took to Facebook to announce the news to fans
      • Toby helped to found Jamiroquai in 1992, and left twenty years later due to family commitments
      • Now been revealed he had been secretly battling cancer for years

      Jamiroquai keyboard player and founding member Toby Smith has died aged 46 - following a secret battle with cancer, according to TMZ.

      The band's lead singer Jay Kay posted a statement on Facebook on Friday informing fans of the news and paying tribute to his late friend, who reportedly passed on Tuesday.

      He wrote: 'Yesterday, I found out the news I was hoping, and truly believed, would never happen, that my dear friend Toby, had passed away.
      'My heart hangs so heavy with grief and pain, that I have found it difficult to write anything about this up to now.

      'The recent success of the new album has paled into complete and utter insignificance to me on hearing this terrible news.

      Speaking of his bravery amid recent health issues, he continued: 'Toby had fought this voracious illness with his own indefatigable and stubborn brand of spirit and courage for a very long time, and until fairly recently, had shown all the signs of beating it, only for it to take him away so cruelly from his wife, his children, his relations and his many friends.'

      The front man went on to encourage fans to remember him through their many hits - as he looked back at his 'effortless and eloquent' musical talents.

      He added: 'I want you all to remember him this way, because all you have to do is put his music on, wherever you are, whatever your mood, and let his amazing alchemy of chord structure, his mastery of timing, and his effortless and eloquent solos, get under your skin, right into your soul, and make you smile at the world, not matter how bad it seems.'

      He finished his touching statement with a tribute to his contribution to both the band and his life as a friend, writing: 'He has been a huge part of my life.

      The front man went on to encourage fans to remember him through their many hits - as he looked back at his 'effortless and eloquent' musical talents.

      He added: 'I want you all to remember him this way, because all you have to do is put his music on, wherever you are, whatever your mood, and let his amazing alchemy of chord structure, his mastery of timing, and his effortless and eloquent solos, get under your skin, right into your soul, and make you smile at the world, not matter how bad it seems.'

      He finished his touching statement with a tribute to his contribution to both the band and his life as a friend, writing: 'He has been a huge part of my life.

      The front man went on to encourage fans to remember him through their many hits - as he looked back at his 'effortless and eloquent' musical talents.

      He added: 'I want you all to remember him this way, because all you have to do is put his music on, wherever you are, whatever your mood, and let his amazing alchemy of chord structure, his mastery of timing, and his effortless and eloquent solos, get under your skin, right into your soul, and make you smile at the world, not matter how bad it seems.'

      He finished his touching statement with a tribute to his contribution to both the band and his life as a friend, writing: 'He has been a huge part of my life.

      Sources told the site that he instead remained incredibly optimistic about his condition, and never revealed his true suffering to close friends.

      An insider revealed that he had died beside his wife and children, and that it had come as a 'surprise and complete shock.'

      Toby joined the band back in 1992 - recording on the first five albums, and finding success with hits such as Space Cowboy, Deeper Underground and Virtual Insanity.

      However he left Jamiroquai on 29 April 2002 during the Funk Odyssey tour, to spend more time with his family, and later went on to become the manager and music producer of Indie band The Hoosiers.

      In more recent years, the musician opened his own recording studio in Banbury, Oxfordshire, called Angelic Recording Studios, and co-produced the third album of Matt Cardle, who won ITV show The X Factor in 2010.

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      Robert Taylor, internet and computer pioneer, dies aged 85

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      • Work for Pentagon in 1960s helped develop internet precursor Arpanet
      • Xerox work in Palo Alto fed the birth of Windows and Apple computers


      Robert Taylor, who was instrumental in creating the internet and the modern personal computer, has died. He was 85.

      Taylor, who had Parkinson’s disease, died on Thursday at his home in the San Francisco peninsula community of Woodside, his son, Kurt Taylor, told the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times.

      “Any way you look at it, from kick-starting the internet to launching the personal computer revolution, Bob Taylor was a key architect of our modern world,” Leslie Berlin, a historian at the Stanford University Silicon Valley Archives project, told the New York Times.

      In 1961, Taylor was a project manager for Nasa when he directed funding to Douglas Engelbart at the Stanford Research Institute, who helped develop the modern computer mouse.

      Taylor was working for the Pentagon’s Advanced Research Projects Agency (Arpa) in 1966 when he shepherded the creation of a single computer network to link Arpa-sponsored researchers at companies and institutions around the country.

      Taylor was frustrated that he had to use three separate terminals to communicate with the researchers through their computer systems.

      Arpanet, as it was known, evolved into the internet. As Taylor predicted, the limited communications tool morphed into a system that supplies people with fingertip access to everything from encyclopedias to investment advice.

      A few years later, Taylor went on to work at Xerox’s famous Palo Alto Research Center, or Parc, where he was oversaw a team that helped create the Alto, a pioneering personal computer.

      The Alto supplied each researcher with an individual workstation instead of sharing time on a room-sized mainframe. It was designed to use a graphical user interface, which enabled the user to command the device through icons, windows and menus instead of typing text commands in computer language.

      The technology inspired Microsoft’s Windows software and the Apple computers.

      Taylor’s engineering team also helped develop the ethernet and a word processing program that became Microsoft Word.

      In 1999, Taylor was awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. In 2004, he and other Parc researchers were awarded the Draper prize from the National Academy of Engineering for development of “the first practical networked personal computers”.

      In the 1990s, Taylor ran the Systems Research Center in Palo Alto for Digital Equipment Corporation. The lab helped create AltaVista, one of the first internet search engines. Taylor retired in 1996.

      In addition to Kurt, he is survived by his sons Erik and Derek and three grandchildren.

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      Clifton James, actor who played Sheriff JW Pepper in Bond films, dies at 96

      https://www.theguardian.com/film/201...ames-bond-dies
      Actor preferred stage work but role as redneck officer opposite Roger Moore in Live and Let Die led to a reprisal in The Man with the Golden Gun



      Clifton James, an actor who was best known for his indelible portrayal of a southern sheriff in two James Bond films but who was most proud of his work on the stage, has died. He was 96.

      His daughter, Lynn James, said her father died on Saturday at another daughter’s home in Gladstone, Oregon, due to complications from diabetes.

      “He was the most outgoing person, beloved by everybody,” Lynn James said. “I don’t think the man had an enemy. We were incredibly blessed to have had him in our lives.”

      James often played a convincing southerner but loved working on the stage in New York during the prime of his career. One of his first significant roles playing a southerner was as a cigar-chomping, prison floor-walker in the 1967 classic Cool Hand Luke.

      His long list of roles also includes swaggering, tobacco-spitting Louisiana sheriff JW Pepper in the Bond films. His portrayal of the redneck sheriff in Live and Let Die in 1973 more than held its own with sophisticated English actor Roger Moore’s portrayal of Bond.

      James was such a hit that writers carved out a role for him in the next Bond film, The Man with the Golden Gun, in 1974. James, this time playing the same sheriff on vacation in Thailand and the epitome of the ugly American abroad, gets pushed into the water by a baby elephant.



      “He wasn’t supposed to actually go in,” said his daughter. “They gave him sugar in his pocket to feed the elephant. But he wasn’t giving it to the elephant fast enough.”

      She said her father met real southern sheriffs to prepare for his role as Pepper. Of his hundreds of roles, it was the Louisiana sheriff that people most often recognized and approached him about.

      His daughter noted that her father sometimes said actors get remembered for one particular role out of hundreds.

      “His is the sheriff’s, but he said he would have never picked that one,” she said.

      George Clifton James was born on 29 May 1920 in Spokane, Washington, the oldest of five siblings and the only boy. The family lost all its money at the start of the Great Depression and moved to Gladstone, just outside Portland, Oregon, where James’ maternal grandparents lived.

      In the 1930s, James got work with the civilian conservation corps and then entered the second world war in 1942 as a soldier with the US army in the south Pacific, receiving two Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star and a Silver Star.

      Lynn James said one of the Purple Hearts came when a bullet pierced his helmet and zipped around the inside to come out and split his nose. The second Purple Heart, she said, came from shrapnel that knocked out many of his teeth.

      She said her father rarely spoke about the war and never described events leading to his receiving the Silver Star. “He lost too many friends,” she said.

      After the war, James took classes at the University of Oregon and acted in plays. Inspired, he moved to New York and launched his acting career.

      Later in life, he spent the fall and spring of each year in New York. In the winter, he lived in a condo in Delray Beach, Florida. During the summer he lived in Oregon.

      James’ wife, Laurie, died in 2015. He is survived by two sisters, five children, 14 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

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      What are you boy, some kinda doomsday machine - RIP.


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      Re: R. I. P. (2017)

      Happy Days actress Erin Moran dies at 56

      Happy Days actress Erin Moran dies at 56 - BBC News
      US actress Erin Moran, best known for playing Joanie in 1970s sitcom Happy Days, has died, aged 56.

      Police said an emergency team in Indiana responded to a call on Saturday afternoon and found her dead.

      The cause is not yet known.

      Moran also starred in the show's spin-off series Joanie Loves Chachi, which began in 1982. She played Joanie Cunningham, the younger sister of lead character Richie.

      Richie was played by Ron Howard, who has been among those posting the first tributes online.

      Henry Winkler, who played The Fonz in the series, also shared condolences on Twitter.

      Moran joined the Happy Days cast in 1974 when she was 13.

      She also made appearances in Murder She Wrote and The Waltons.

      In recent years, she was reported to be living in an Indiana trailer park.

      In 2010, she joined various Happy Days co-stars in filing a lawsuit against television network CBS, claiming they were owed money from merchandising revenues.

      The suit was settled in 2012, with the actors each receiving a payout of $65,000 (£50,000).

      They originally asked for $10m.





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      Author who inspired Heartbeat television series dies

      Author who inspired Heartbeat television series dies - BBC News
      The author who wrote the books that inspired the long-running TV series Heartbeat has died aged 80.

      Peter Walker, a former policeman who wrote under the pen name Nicholas Rhea, lived at Ampleforth in North Yorkshire.

      His daughter, Tricia, said her father's cancer had returned two weeks ago and he died at home on Friday.

      His Constable series of books inspired the Yorkshire Television production, set in the 1960s, which ran between 1992 and 2010.

      The programme followed the life of a young police officer transferred from London to the North York Moors.

      Ms Walker said on her Facebook page that her father had died surrounded by his family in the home he had lived in for 50 years.

      She wrote he was a "Yorkshireman to the end".

      His funeral will take place at Our Lady's & St Benedict's Church, Ampleforth on Friday.

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