EmptyMartin Manulis, a pioneering producer who created "Playhouse 90" for CBS, died Sept. 28 of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles. He was 92.
The six-time Emmy winner and frequent Oscar nominee was the creator and original producer of the live dramatic anthology series that won critical acclaim for such works as "Requiem for a Heavyweight," by Rod Serling, an Emmy winner in 1957 and "The Miracle Worker," the original production by William Gibson, directed by Arthur Penn. He produced 70 such shows over 10 years.
At CBS, Manulis also produced "The Best of Broadway," a monthly series of hit stage plays, including "The Man Who Came to Dinner" with Monty Woolley and Merle Oberon. He also produced "Suspense" and "Studio One."
Manulis became head of production at 20th Century Fox Television in 1958 and in the 1960s moved into film, bringing to the big screen "Days of Wine and Roses," starring Jack Lemmon and Lee Remick.
Lois Maxwell, who starred as Miss Moneypenny in 14 James Bond movies, died Sept. 29 near her home in Perth, Australia. She was 80.
The Canadian-born actress starred with Sean Connery in the first 007 movie, "Dr. No," in 1962 as the secretary to M, the head of the British secret service.
Born Lois Hooker in 1927 in Ontario, Alberta, she began her acting on radio before moving to Britain with the entertainment corps of the Canadian army at age 15, the BBC said.
In the late 1940s, she moved to Hollywood and won a Golden Globe for her part in the Shirley Temple comedy "That Hagen Girl."
She was 58 when she appeared in her final Bond film, 1985's "A View to a Kill." She was replaced by 26-year-old Caroline Bliss in "The Living Daylights."
Her last film was a 2001 thriller titled "The Fourth Angel," with Jeremy Irons.
Ray Timothy, a veteran NBC executive, died Sept. 27 in Seattle of multiple myeloma. He was 75.
The native New Yorker was group executive vp at NBC when he retired in 1988, and he played an instrumental role in the network's growth over three decades, the network said.
Timothy started out as an NBC tour guide in New York, spent many years in sales and station management and became president of NBC's entertainment division and television network in 1982.
Charles Byron Griffith, a screenwriter and director whose credits include "The Little Shop of Horrors," died Sept. 28 at his home in San Diego. He was 77.
Among his 25 films were "A Bucket of Blood" and "Death Race 2000." Many of his pictures were produced by Roger Corman. They often featured such actors as Peter Fonda, Ron Howard, Mickey Rooney, David Carradine, Sylvester Stallone and Jack Nicholson.
Mahlon Clark, a versatile woodwind player who was a familiar figure in the studios and who helped organize the Los Angeles Musicians Guild, died Sept. 20 at Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys, Calif. He was 84.
Clark became a member of the Paramount Studios orchestra in 1950 and performed music for Alfred Hitchcock's "Rear Window," all the Elvis Presley films and recordings produced at the studio.
Starting in 1953, Clark performed on many Capitol Records sessions with Nelson Riddle or Billy May backing Frank Sinatra.
From 1962-68, Clark was a member of the Lawrence Welk band.