EmptyPierre Delanoe, who wrote lyrics for more than 5,000 songs for French artists from Edith Piaf to Johnny Hallyday, died Dec. 27 of heart failure in Paris. He was 88.
Delanoe was known for writing some of France's best-loved tunes, many with singer-songwriter Gilbert Becaud. One was "Et Maintenant," which was translated into English to become "What Now My Love" and was recorded by singers including Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, the Supremes and the Temptations. Another of their hits was "Je t'appartiens," which became "Let It Be Me," with versions by the Everly Brothers, Tom Jones, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and Nina Simone.
James Andelin, a voice-over artist and actor who had roles in "Field of Dreams" and "Grumpier Old Men," died Dec. 27 of congestive heart failure and emphysema at St. Joseph Hospital in Chicago. He was 89.
The son of German opera singers, Andelin landed one of his first radio roles at about age 12 for a show called "Skippy." The part led to a long career in Chicago radio, including voice-over parts in "Little Orphan Annie" and "Jack Armstrong."
Andelin also was an entertainer in the Army during World War II and performed with actors like Mickey Rooney. His movie work also included roles in "Rookie of the Year" and "The Babe."
Ron Fineman, a veteran broadcaster whose "On the Record" Web site critiqued television news coverage in Southern California, died Dec. 30 of colon cancer at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital in Santa Clarita, Calif. He was 54.
Fineman got his start in radio at KMPC-AM in Los Angeles before moving to the Central Coast, where he worked as a disc jockey.
From 1981-93, he worked at KNTB-AM, a news talk station in Bakersfield. From 1997-2002, Fineman worked part time at KNX-AM Los Angeles. During that time, he created "On the Record," which examined local TV coverage and was followed closely by his broadcasting colleagues.
He won three Golden Mike Awards for commentary, most recently in 2001.
Jared Nathan, a former actor on the PBS children's show "Zoom," died Dec. 28 in Hollis, N.H., after a car crash. He was 21.
Nathan was a third-year acting student at the Juilliard School in New York. He was 13 when he was selected for the 1999 revival of "Zoom," a public TV show that first was seen in the 1970s. He was on for one season and would have been invited back had he not reached adolescence, executive producer Kate Taylor said.
Charles Hyatt, a veteran of Jamaican theater and a broadcaster whose voice was recognized across the island, died Jan. 1 of lung cancer in Palm Bay, Fla. He was 75.
The actor and comedian began his career on the Jamaican stage in the 1940s, appearing in several plays and pantomime acts. He had small parts in films including "Cool Runnings" (1993) and "Almost Heaven" (2005).
As a journalist, he worked for the now-defunct Jamaica Broadcasting Corp. and the BBC.
Andi Engel, founder of the U.K. indie distribution and exhibition company Artificial Eye, died Dec. 26 in Lubeck, Germany. He was 64.
The Berlin-born Engel and his wife, Pam, established Artificial Eye in 1976 to distribute and program foreign-language films. The company — which comprises a library of more than 200 films as well as two first-run cinemas in London, the Chelsea Cinema and the Renoir — was sold in May to Act Entertainment Group and Knatchbull Communications Group.
Engel also wrote and directed the 1989 drama feature "Melancholia."