Beyond his books, the handsome, white-haired McCullough may have had the most recognizable presence of any historian, his fatherly baritone known to fans of PBS’s The American Experience and Ken Burns’ epic Civil War documentary. Hamilton author Ron Chernow once called McCullough “both the name and the voice of American history.”
Indiana Rep. Jackie Walorski, 58, a former TV reporter in South Bend, Ind., died in a car accident Wednesday. Three others died in the head-on collision, including Walorski’s communications director Emma Thomson, and Zachery Potts, her district director, who were both riding in the car with Walorski. The driver of the other vehicle also died. First elected to House in 2012, she began her career as a TV reporter at WSBT South Bend.
As the longest tenured broadcaster with a single team in pro sports history, Scully saw it all and called it all. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame that year, and also had Dodger Stadium’s press box named for him in 2001. The street leading to the stadium’s main gate was named in his honor in 2016. That same year he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama. In addition to being the voice of the Dodgers, Scully called play-by-play for NFL games and PGA Tour events as well as calling 25 World Series and 12 All-Star Games. He was NBC’s lead baseball announcer from 1983 to 1989. (JohnStaleyPhoto.com)
Burt Metcalfe, the revered TV producer who worked on all 11 seasons of MASH, died July 27. Metcalfe was an actor turned director-producer who was recruited to work on MASH by director Gene Reynolds, who launched the series adaptation of Robert Altman’s 1970 black comedy released by 20th Century Fox. Metcalfe started out as an associate producer and rose to showrunner for the show’s final six seasons. He also directed 31 episodes of the series’ 251 installments. He was 87.
Heather Gray, who was executive producer and showrunner on CBS’s daytime talk show The Talk, has died. She died Saturday in Los Angeles of an “unforgiving disease,” according to CBS, which did not provide further details.
She won an Emmy for her work on the sketch comedy series Caesar’s Hour in 1956, was a regular on Make Room for Daddy with Danny Thomas, a guest star on The DuPont Show with June Allyson and a variety show regular, appearing on The Danny Kaye Show, The Red Skelton Show and The Carol Burnett Show. A new generation would come to know and love her voice thanks to Disney’s The Little Mermaid, which came out in 1989.
Her role in the 1966-69 series as Lt. Uhura earned Nichols a lifelong position of honor with the series’ rabid fans. It also earned her accolades for breaking stereotypes that had limited Black women to acting roles as servants and included an interracial onscreen kiss with co-star William Shatner that was unheard of at the time. She was 89.
No cause was given, but Dow had been in hospice care and announced in May that he had been diagnosed with prostate and gall bladder cancer. The news came a day after a post on Dow’s Facebook page prematurely reported that he had died, but his wife and management team later took down the post and explained that it was announced in error. He was 77.
Tony Dow, best known for portraying Wally Cleaver on TV’s Leave It To Beaver, has died at age 77. In addition to playing one of pop culture’s most iconic older brothers — a role he played from 1957 to 1963, then reprised in The New Leave It to Beaver from 1983 to 1989 — Dow’s career included high-profile appearances on shows like Diagnosis Murder, Knight Rider, Lassie and Mod Squad. (Courtesy Everett Collection)
In his more than 50 years in the entertainment business, Sorvino was a mainstay in films and television. He was especially prolific in the 1990s, kicking off the decade playing Lips in Beatty’s Dick Tracy and Paul Cicero in Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas, who was based on the real-life mobster Paul Vario, and 31 episodes on Dick Wolf’s Law & Order on NBC.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Taurean Blacque, an Emmy-nominated actor who was known for his role as a detective on the 1980s NBC drama series “Hill Street Blues,” has died. He was 82. Blacque’s family announced in a statement Thursday that Blaque died in Atlanta following a brief illness. The New Jersey-native began his acting career […]
WABC New York news director Rehan Aslam has died after a long battle with glioblastoma, an aggressive brain tumor.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tony Sirico, who played the impeccably groomed mobster Paulie Walnuts in “The Sopranos” and brought his tough-guy swagger to films including “Goodfellas,” died Friday. He was 79. Sirico died at an assisted living facility in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, said his manager, Bob McGowen. There was no immediate information on the cause […]