He helped create Good Morning America and 20/20 and had a role in the early careers of the Smothers Brothers, Barbra Streisand and many others.
Actress Conchata Ferrell died Oct. 12 at the age of 77 following cardiac arrest. She is probably best known for her role as the housekeeper Berta on the hit CBS comedy Two and a Half Men. She received two supporting actress Emmy nominations for Two and a Half Men, and a nod for her role as Susan Bloom on L.A. Law.
Joe Morgan, the Hall of Fame second baseman and sparkplug of the Cincinnati Reds’ Big Red Machine who went on to spend more than two decades as an ESPN analyst alongside Jon Miller, died Sunday. He was 77.
Over the years, he hosted a total of 14 game shows, including Name That Tune, Password Plus, Dr. I.Q. and You Don’t Say! He was 93.
Michael Mueller, vice president of sales at Lawo North America, which designs and manufactures network, control, audio and video technology, died Sept. 26, after what the company said was “a brief, yet severe illness.” The company said he “brought a wealth of experience to his positions as U.S. sales and marketing manager, and later as […]
The former CBS News executive, longtime RTDNF treasurer and trustee and a veteran thought leader at the Freedom Forum and its Newseum, among other positions in a long, storied career, died Sept. 20 at 93. His family attributed his death to COVID-19.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court and a pioneering advocate for women’s rights. Her death Friday from complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer, just over six weeks before Election Day, is likely to set off a heated battle over whether President Donald Trump should nominate, and the Republican-led Senate should confirm, her replacement, or if the seat should remain vacant until the outcome of his race against Democrat Joe Biden is known.
English actress Diana Rigg starred in The Avengers alongside Patrick McNee’s bowler-hatted John Steed. The pair were an impeccably dressed duo who fought villains and traded quips in a show whose mix of adventure and humor was enduringly influential. Rigg also starred in 1967 James Bond thriller On Her Majesty’s Secret Service as the only woman ever to marry Agent 007. She was 82.
Paul Kagan, who built his expertise in the budding cable television business into the longtime media consulting business Kagan and Associates, died Aug. 23 of kidney failure in Carmel, Calif. He founded Paul Kagan Associates in 1969, publishing the first newsletter on the subject, and becoming the first analyst to publish public company valuations based on multiples of cash flow and computations of the private value of public media companies.
W. Russell Barry, a former president of 20th Century Fox Television and chairman of Turner Program Services, died Aug. 26 of pulmonary fibrosis. He oversaw shows like M*A*S*H and Dinah! and brokered the deal to put CNN in airports and hotels. He was 84.
TV media journalist and historian Morrie Gelman died Aug. 26 in Palm Desert, Calif., of heart failure at age 90 with his family at his side. During his nearly 50-year career, Gelman reported news as a journalist at prestigious big-city newspapers during their heydays, and then transitioned to business magazines as they ascended on the […]
Lawrence Laurent, who became The Washington Post’s first television critic in 1953 and wrote about entertainment programming, news and industry developments for more than 20 years, died Aug. 1. He was 95. When he launched the beat at the paper, television was an entertainment phenomenon, expanding quickly and in unpredictable ways.
He embodied the impolite era of the media mogul, a time before streaming, when movie theaters and cable TV were all the rage.