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William “Bill” Frederick Hertz, a longtime executive with Mann Theatres and a former chairman of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, died Aug. 19 at his home in Tarzana, Calif., of complications from heart surgery. He was 84.
Hertz is one of the few noncelebrities whose handprints and footprints are in the forecourt of the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. He was so honored in 1999. For more than two decades, he oversaw the handprint and footprint ceremonies for Grauman’s Chinese and served as master of ceremonies for the dedication and installation of hundreds of stars on the Walk of Fame.
Hertz was the longtime director of marketing and public relations at Mann until he retired in 1991. He later served the company as a consultant.
Fred Crane, whose Southern accent won him a slot as one of Scarlett O’Hara’s beaus and the opening line in “Gone With the Wind,” died Aug. 21 in Barnesville, Ga., of complications from diabetes. He was 90.
Crane played one of the Tarleton twins in the 1939 classic; the other was played by George Reeves.
Born in New Orleans, Crane stumbled into his role on “GWTW.” He was not yet an actor when he accompanied a cousin who wanted to audition for the movie. The casting director liked the 20-year-old’s Southern twang, and he wound up being cast.
Crane also had roles in the 1949 Cisco Kid movie “The Gay Amigo” and acted on television during the 1960s. He also hosted a classical music radio show in Los Angeles for 40 years.
Steve Foley, who played drums with the Replacements at the tail end of their career, died during the weekend in Minneapolis. He was 49.
According to local media reports, he died after accidentally overdosing on prescription medication.
The 1990 selection of Foley as the substitute for original Replacements drummer Chris Mars has become the stuff of legend.
According to Jim Walsh’s oral history “All Over but the Shouting,” frontman Paul Westerberg and bassist Tommy Stinson bumped into Foley at a local bar and procured a ride from him to an audition. In the car was a copy of the new Replacements album, “All Shook Down.” When Foley inquired about the drumming gig, Westerberg and Stinson looked at each other and told Foley, “You’re already in.”
Foley then played with the band on its final tour, including its last show on July 4, 1991, at Chicago’s Grant Park. Afterward, he and his brother Kevin joined Stinson’s band Bash & Pop. Of late, he was working as a car salesman in Minneapolis.
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