He embodied the impolite era of the media mogul, a time before streaming, when movie theaters and cable TV were all the rage.
LONDON (AP) — A British coroner ruled Thursday that reality TV host Caroline Flack killed herself while facing an assault trial she feared would end her career and bring unbearable media scrutiny. Flack, the former host of “Love Island,” was found dead at her London apartment in February, weeks before she was due to stand […]
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Television host Regis Philbin, who died last week at 88, has been buried at the University of Notre Dame following a private funeral service at his alma mater, a school spokesman said. Philbin was buried Wednesday at Cedar Grove Cemetery on the northern Indiana Catholic school’s campus after a private service at […]
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Wilford Brimley, who worked his way up from movie stunt rider to an indelible character actor who brought gruff charm, and sometimes menace, to a range of films that included “Cocoon,” “The Natural” and “The Firm,” has died. He was 85. Brimley’s manager Lynda Bensky said the actor died Saturday morning […]
Maurice “Reese” Schonfeld, who helped launch the cable news era as the first president of CNN, has died. He was 88. A brash newsman from Newark, N.J., he teamed up with Ted Turner in 1979 to create CNN, which launched on June 1, 1980.
De Havilland, who died Sunday at 104, was one of the last survivors of Hollywood’s so-called Golden Age. She was beloved to millions as Melanie Wilkes in Gone With the Wind, but also won Oscars for To Each His Own and The Heiress and challenged and unchained Hollywood’s contract system. In middle age and after, she appeared in several movies for television, including Roots: The Next Generation and Charles and Diana, in which she portrayed the Queen Mother.
Ed Ansin, who shook up Boston television with flashy graphics and a breaking news style that has become the normSunbeam Television owns WHDH-WLVI in Boston and WSVN Miami. WHDH became independent after NBC pulled its affiliation after 22 years in 2017. To counteract the loss of network programming, Ansin decided to double down on local news and added staff to WHDH to ensure it would remain competitive as an independent.
Regis Philbin, one of daytime television’s longest-running hosts, died last Friday at age 88 of natural causes, according to his family. After hustling into an entertainment career by parking cars at a Los Angeles TV station, Philbin logged more than 15,000 hours on the air, earning him recognition in the Guinness Book of World Records for the most broadcast hours logged by a TV personality, a record previously held by Hugh Downs.
Sparkman spent three decades as chief operations officer for Tele-Communications Inc., which was ultimately bought by AT&T for $48 billion. He was 87.
NEW YORK (AP) — Phyllis Somerville, an actor with a lengthy career of roles in film, television and Broadway productions, has died. She was 76. Somerville’s manager Paul Hilepo says the actor died Thursday in New York City of natural causes. A native of Iowa, Somerville moved to New York in the 1970s. She most […]
The former Glee star was found in a California lake five days after she disappeared from a boat. She was 33.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A body was found Monday at a Southern California lake during the search for “Glee” star Naya Rivera, authorities said. The body was discovered five days after the 33-year-old Rivera disappeared on Lake Piru, where her son was found July 8 alone a few hours later on a boat the two […]
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kelly Preston, who played dramatic and comic foil to actors ranging from Tom Cruise in “Jerry Maguire” to Arnold Schwarzenegger in “Twins,” died Sunday, husband John Travolta said. She was 57. Travolta said in an Instagram post that his wife of 28 years died after a two-year battle with breast cancer. “It is […]
Edwin T. Vane, a longtime television executive at NBC, ABC and Group W Productions, died June 26 in Los Angeles of natural causes, his family announced. He was 93. He had a hand in launching such shows as Jeopardy, Let’s Make a Deal and Good Morning America.
A longtime host of both Today and 20/20, he held the Guinness-certified record for most total hours on commercial network television for many years.
With his creation The Dick Van Dyke Show, the comedy legend created a self-referential masterpiece and wrote himself a memorable supporting role.
Carl Reiner was one of show business’ best liked men. The tall, bald Reiner was a welcome face on the small and silver screens, in Caesar’s 1950s troupe, as the snarling, toupee-wearing Alan Brady of The Dick Van Dyke Show and in such films as The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming and It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. The father of actor and director Rob Reiner, Carl Reiner was 98.
Stanley served as vice president of finance for Hearst Television for almost eight years, working closely with Hearst Television’s corporate leadership and station management to provide operational and accounting expertise. She also led strategic initiatives relating to accounting, finance and back-office operational matters.
Timothy A. Regler, a Daytime Emmy-winning producer for Judge Judy and other television shows, died of heart disease on June 19 at his home in Carlsbad, Calif. He was 68.
Les Crystal, who was president of NBC News in the late 1970s before serving for more than two decades as the executive producer of PBS’s NewsHour, died on Wednesday. He was 85.
Legendary Sioux City, Iowa, broadcast executive William F. “Bill” Turner, best known for ushering in the golden age of television news as the general manager for both KCAU and KTIV for much of 1970s and 1980s, died June 16 at the age of 90.