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Mike Barnes

Senior Editor

Mike Barnes is a proud graduate of Brooklyn College who spent his first 11 years in journalism as a globe-trotting sportswriter with United Press International based out of New York and Los Angeles. He began with THR in 1993 as a Copy Editor and has written too many obituaries for the publication for too many years; the first one may have been the great I Love Lucy writer Bob Carroll Jr.

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Peter Meyer, Manager and Former William Morris Agent, Dies at 68

Peter Meyer, who represented the likes of Tom Hanks, James Caan and William Shatner as a talent agent at William Morris before spending the past three decades leading his own management firm, has died. He was 68. Meyer died May 14 in his Los Angeles home after a five-year battle with sarcoma, his sister, writer-producer […]

Michael Lamont, Broadway Actor Turned Photographer, Dies at 76

Michael Lamont, who appeared in the original Broadway productions of Bye Bye Birdie and Oliver! before launching a second career as a production photographer, died May 21 in Los Angeles after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease, a publicist announced. He was 76. In the late 1960s, Lamont moved from New York to L.A. to continue […]

George Riddle, Actor on ‘The Onion News Network’ and ‘The Fantasticks,’ Dies at 86

George Riddle, who portrayed the crusty gold prospector turned presidential candidate Joad Cressbeckler on the 2011 IFC comedy The Onion News Network and enjoyed a long run on the stage in The Fantasticks, has died. He was 86. Riddle died Friday of duodenal cancer in North Plainfield, New Jersey, his longtime friend Christie Wagner told […]

Barry Newman, Star of ‘Vanishing Point’ and ‘Petrocelli,’ Dies at 92

Barry Newman, who propelled a supercharged Dodge Challenger across the American West in The Vanishing Point and portrayed a defense attorney on the NBC series Petrocelli, has died. He was xx.

George Watson, Longtime ABC News Washington Bureau Chief, Dies at 86 

George Watson, a former Washington bureau chief, White House correspondent and vp for ABC News, died Thursday, a network spokesperson announced. He was 86. After serving as a correspondent and bureau chief in Moscow and London, where he covered major events in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, Watson returned to the U.S. in 1975 […]

Sergio Calderón, the “Head on a Stick” in ‘Men in Black,’ Dies at 77

Sergio Calderón, the amiable Mexican character actor who made his mark in such notable films as The In-Laws, Men in Black and Pirates of the Caribbean 3: At World’s End, has died. He was 77. Calderón died Wednesday in a Los Angeles hospital of natural causes, a family spokesman announced. Calderón portrayed a Mexican revolutionary […]

John Beasley, Actor on ‘Everwood’ and ‘The Soul Man,’ Dies at 79

John Beasley, the admired character actor who played the school bus driver Irv Harper on The WB drama Everwood and Barton Bellentine, the father of Cedric the Entertainer’s character, on the TV Land comedy The Soul Man, died Tuesday. He was 79. Beasley died in a hospital in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, his son […]

Milt Larsen, Co-Founder of The Magic Castle in Hollywood, Dies at 92

Milt Larsen, who wrote for the game show Truth or Consequences for nearly two decades and co-founded The Magic Castle in Hollywood, died Sunday of natural causes in Los Angeles, his family announced. He was 92. Larsen produced TV specials for ABC, CBS and NBC and wrote songs with Richard Sherman, the Oscar winner who […]

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

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

Marlene Clark, Actress in ‘Sanford and Son’ and ‘Ganja & Hess,’ Dies at 85

Marlene Clark, the statuesque actress who portrayed Lamont’s fiancée on Sanford and Son and stood out in such 1970s’ films as Ganja & Hess, Switchblade Sisters and Slaughter, has died. She was 85. Clark died May 18 in her home in Los Angeles, her friend Tamara Lynch announced. No cause of death was revealed. Clark […]

Gary Kent, Fabled B-Movie Stuntman, Actor and Director, Dies at 89

Gary Kent, the iconic B-movie stunt performer, actor and director who worked with Peter Bogdanovich, Richard Rush and Monte Hellman and served as an inspiration for Brad Pitt’s character in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, has died. He was 89. Kent died Thursday evening at an assisted care facility in Austin, his […]

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 […]