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George Maharis, Star of ‘Route 66,’ Dies at 94

He had to leave the popular 1960s CBS series after coming down with hepatitis.

Ed Ames, Singer and ‘Daniel Boone’ Sidekick, Dies at 95

Ed Ames, the deep-toned baritone pop singer and actor who portrayed the faithful Cherokee sidekick Mingo on the 1960s NBC series Daniel Boone, has died. He was 95.  Ames died Sunday at his home in Los Angeles after a battle with Alzheimer’s, his wife, Jeanne, told The Hollywood Reporter. A native of Massachusetts and a […]

Composer Burt Bacharach, Smooth Virtuoso of 1960s Pop, Dies at 94

Burt Bacharach, the velvety smooth composer and orchestrator whose partnership with lyricist Hal David brought swanky sophistication to pop music in the 1960s, has died. He was 94. Bacharach died Wednesday of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles, publicist Tina Brausam announced. Bacharach composed the music for some 50 top 10 hits, including […]

‘Good Morning, Vietnam’: THR’s 1987 Review

On December 23, 1987, Buena Vista unveiled the Barry Levinson-directed feature Good Morning, Vietnam in theaters, where it would go on to gross $123 million. The Hollywood Reporter’s original review of the Robin Williams starrer is below: Lucy Bird and Linda Bird, former vp Nixon, LBJ, Bob Hope, Freddy and the Dreamers, Ho Chi Minh […]

‘Robocop’: THR’s 1987 Review

On July 17, 1987, director Paul Verhoeven’s Robocop hit theaters. The Orion Pictures sci-fi actioner went on to gross $53 million that summer and launched a franchise. The Hollywood Reporter’s original review is below:  It’s 1991 and Detroit needs a new sheriff. Even a Magnum-shooting muscleman won’t do. Motown’s taken its murder capital reputation seriously, […]

‘The Last Starfighter’: THR’s 1984 Review

On July 13, 1984, Universal debuted Nick Castle’s sci-fi actioner The Last Starfighter in theaters. The Hollywood Reporter’s original review, headlined “‘Starfighter’ summer tonic for youthful sci-fi film enthusiasts,” is below:  The Last Starfighter is a fight science-fiction adventure that may prove a summer tonic to young viewers whose heads swirl with notions of alien […]

Dwayne Hickman, Star of ‘The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis,’ Dies at 87

Dwayne Hickman, who starred as the hopelessly in love high school kid on the popular CBS comedy series The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, has died. He was 87. Hickman, who also starred as a crazy teenager on The Bob Cummings Show, died Sunday morning at his Los Angeles home of complications from Parkinson’s disease, […]

Marilyn Bergman, Oscar-Winning Lyricist, Dies at 93

She wrote songs with her husband, Alan Bergman, for more than a half-century and for legends like Astaire, Sinatra and Streisand.

Sidney Poitier, Regal Star of the Big Screen, Dies at 94

Sidney Poitier, the noble leading man whose work in such films as No Way Out, Lilies of the Field and In the Heat of the Night paved the way for minority actors and actresses everywhere, has died. He was 94. Poitier died Thursday night at his home in Beverly Hills, a rep for his family […]

Peter Bogdanovich, Oscar-Nominated Director and Champion of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Dies at 82

Peter Bogdanovich, the Oscar-nominated writer-director of The Last Picture Show whose career, which also included hits like What’s Up, Doc? and Paper Moon, put him on a path toward living up to the example of those like Orson Welles and John Ford he so lionized, has died. He was 82. Bogdanovich died shortly after midnight Thursday at his home in […]

Lina Wertmuller, Famed Italian Filmmaker, Dies at 93

Lina Wertmüller, the masterful Italian filmmaker who created a sensation in the 1970s with her earthy mix of sex and politics seen in such classics as Seven Beauties, Swept Away and The Seduction of Mimi, has died. She was 93. Wertmüller, the first woman to receive an Oscar nomination for best director (for 1975’s Seven […]

Arlene Dahl, Actress Who Made Beauty Her Business, Dies at 96

Arlene Dahl, the flame-haired actress who starred in such films as My Wild Irish Rose, Slightly Scarlet and Journey to the Center of the Earth, has died. She was 96. Dahl, who also made a career out of how to look good with a long-running newspaper column, a series of books and a company that sold […]