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Buddy Hackett

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Categories: Actors, Hollywood

bhackett.jpgLeonard Hacker, a.k.a. “Buddy” Hackett, was a class clown who grew up to become one of Hollywood’s most famous comedians.
In 1946, Hackett was invited to join the Three Stooges comedy team when “Curly” Howard suffered a stroke. Hackett declined, opting instead to perform stand-up in the Catskill Mountains. His career grew with appearances on the Jack Paar and Arthur Godfrey variety TV shows.
As a top act in nightclubs, Hackett spent more than 50 years making audiences laugh. He also appeared in two dozen movies, including “The Music Man,” “It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World,” “The Love Bug” and “The Little Mermaid.”
Hackett died over the weekend. Cause of death was not released. He was 78.
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Alex Gordon

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Alex Gordon, a B-movie producer and promoter, died on June 24 of cancer. He was 80.
As a young man, Gordon produced a string of B-movies like “The She-Creature,” “Dragstrip Girl,” and “Shake, Rattle and Rock.” He was also the executive producer of the Roger Corman film, “Day the World Ended.”
In 1947, Gordon got a job working as the publicist for singer Gene Autry. He toured with the star to every state in the U.S. and overseas.
Gordon took a position in television production with 20th Century Fox in 1968, where he helped launch a film restoration program.
In the ’80s he combined his two passions — Gene Autry and movies — to work as the vice president of Flying A Pictures. In this position, Gordon tracked down all of Autry’s movie and TV appearances to create “bonus material” for the DVD releases of Autry’s films.

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David Newman

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Categories: Hollywood, Writers/Editors

David Newman, an Academy Award-nominated screenwriter, died Thursday after suffering a massive stroke. He was 66.
Newman wrote many screenplays, including “Sheena,” “Santa Claus: The Movie,” and “What’s Up, Doc?” He collaborated with his wife, Leslie Newman, on the “Superman” films, and with director Robert Benton to write the 1967 film, “Bonnie and Clyde,” which was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including best screenplay.
Newman also won the New York Film Critics Award, the National Society of Film Critics Award and three Writers Guild of America Awards.

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Fielder Cook

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Veteran film director Fielder Cook died on June 20 after suffering a stroke. He was 80.
Cook never made any blockbuster hits, but he spent six decades making movies that featured stellar casts. He directed “A Big Hand for the Little Lady,” with Henry Fonda and Joanne Woodward, “Prudence and the Pill,” with Deborah Kerr and David Nive, and “The Member of the Wedding,” starring Anna Paquin and Alfre Woodard. He also directed the TV movie, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” which was based on the best-selling autobiography by Maya Angelou.

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