Ron Thomas Dies: SAG-AFTRA Executive And Popular L.A. DJ Was 46

SAG-AFTRA senior manager of national member education and outreach Ron Thomas died on May 3 in West Hollywood. The cause of death has yet to be reported. He was 46.
In addition to being a SAG-AFTRA executive, Thomas was a popular DJ in Los Angeles. Tho…

SAG-AFTRA senior manager of national member education and outreach Ron Thomas died on May 3 in West Hollywood. The cause of death has yet to be reported. He was 46. In addition to being a SAG-AFTRA executive, Thomas was a popular DJ in Los Angeles. Thomas grew up in Van Nuys and attended Pepperdine University. He started working at Groove Radio after college which led way to a job at Thunderpuss Studios and then Barry Manilow's Stiletto entertainment. Thomas joined AFTRA…

Kevin Tierney Dies: Award-Winning Canadian Film & TV Producer Was 67

Canadian film and television producer Kevin Tierney died on Saturday in Montreal after a battle with cancer. He was 67.
Actor Jacob Tierney, Kevin’s son, announced the news on Instagram saying, “My dad, the amazing Kevin Tierney, left us th…

Canadian film and television producer Kevin Tierney died on Saturday in Montreal after a battle with cancer. He was 67. Actor Jacob Tierney, Kevin’s son, announced the news on Instagram saying, “My dad, the amazing Kevin Tierney, left us this morning at 4:15. My sister, mom and I were all there.” Tierney was best known for the 2006 buddy movie Bon Cop, Bad Cop starring Patrick Huard and Colm Feore. The bilingual film went on to win numerous awards and became the highest…

Larry Harvey Dies: Co-Founder Of Burning Man Festival Was 70

Larry Harvey, one of the founders of the Burning Man festival, died in San Francisco on April 4 after suffering from a stroke. He was 70.
The official Burning Man website announced the death of Harvey. “We resolutely held out for a miracle,&#8221…

Larry Harvey, one of the founders of the Burning Man festival, died in San Francisco on April 4 after suffering from a stroke. He was 70. The official Burning Man website announced the death of Harvey. “We resolutely held out for a miracle,” a statement on the website said in regards to his stroke. “If there was anyone tenacious, strong-willed and stubborn enough to come back from this challenge, it was Larry.” The statement continues, “Larry would be the first to say…

Paul Junger Witt, ‘Golden Girls’ Producer, Dies at 77

Paul Junger Witt, the TV producer whose credits include “The Golden Girls” and “Soap,” has died at the age of 77, according to media reports.
According to Variety, Witt passed away in Los Angeles on Friday following a long battl…

Paul Junger Witt, the TV producer whose credits include “The Golden Girls” and “Soap,” has died at the age of 77, according to media reports.

According to Variety, Witt passed away in Los Angeles on Friday following a long battle with cancer.

Through his company Witt/Thomas/Harris productions, run with producing partner Tony Thomas and wife Susan Harris, Witt was also behind such shows as “The Partridge Family,” “Benson,” “It’s a Living,” “Empty Nest” and “Blossom” from the 1970s through the ’90s.

On the film side, Witt also produced the Robin Williams drama “Dead Poets Society,” Nora Ephron’s “Mixed Nuts” and 2011’s “A Better Life,” which earned an Oscar nomination for star Demián Bichir.

He is survived by Harris and five children.

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Barack Obama, Bill Clinton Remember Former First Lady Barbara Bush

Refresh for updates: Political and media figures took to social media today to pay tribute to former first lady Barbara Bush who died today in Houston at the age of 92. Her family had announced Monday that she no longer was seeking medical treatment and had been moved to comfort care. In addition to Donald Trump, former presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, as well as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, were among those who paid their respects.
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Refresh for updates: Political and media figures took to social media today to pay tribute to former first lady Barbara Bush who died today in Houston at the age of 92. Her family had announced Monday that she no longer was seeking medical treatment and had been moved to comfort care. In addition to Donald Trump, former presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, as well as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, were among those who paid their respects. Jeb Bush, the son…

R. Lee Ermey, ‘Full Metal Jacket’ Actor, Dies at 64

Golden Globe-nominated actor for “Full Metal Jacket,” R. Lee Ermey, died Sunday, his longtime manager Bill Rogin announced on Twitter.

“It is with deep sadness that I regret to inform you all that R. Lee Ermey (“The Gunny”) passed away this morning from complications of pneumonia. He will be greatly missed by all of us. Semper Fi, Gunny. Godspeed,” the tweet reads.

Statement from R. Lee Ermey’s long time manager, Bill Rogin:

It is with deep sadness that I regret to inform you all that R. Lee Ermey (“The Gunny”) passed away this morning from complications of pneumonia. He will be greatly missed by all of us.

Semper Fi, Gunny. Godspeed. pic.twitter.com/vf4O78JKmb

— R. Lee Ermey (@RLeeErmey) April 15, 2018

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Born Ronald Lee Ermey in Emporia, Kansas, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps at 17 when, after a second arrest for criminal mischief, he was given the choice between jail or the military. He chose the latter.

“Gunny,” as he became to be known, was a drill instructor in the 3rd Recruit Training Battalion in San Diego, where he served in the mid-’60s. He was stationed in Okinawa, Japan, in 1968, before being sent to Vietnam for 14 months, only to be medically discharged because of injuries. In 2002, he received an honorary promotion to gunnery sergeant.

While attending the University of Manila in the Philippines, Emery was cast in his first film – Francis Ford Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now,” playing a First Air Cavalry chopper pilot. Eight years later, he was cast as drill instructor Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket,” earning a Golden Globe nomination in the process.

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Among his 60 other film roles were “Mississippi Burning,” “Dead Man Walking,” Se7en,” ‘Leaving Las Vegas” and “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.”

Emery also appeared on the small screen in “Miami Vice,” “House” and “The X-Files,” and his commanding voice can be heard in such animated projects as the “Toy Story” film franchise, “The Simpsons,” “Family Guy” and “SpongeBob SquarePants.”

Emery is survived by his wife of 43 years, Nina, and their four children.

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Golden Globe-nominated actor for “Full Metal Jacket,” R. Lee Ermey, died Sunday, his longtime manager Bill Rogin announced on Twitter.

“It is with deep sadness that I regret to inform you all that R. Lee Ermey (“The Gunny”) passed away this morning from complications of pneumonia. He will be greatly missed by all of us. Semper Fi, Gunny. Godspeed,” the tweet reads.

Born Ronald Lee Ermey in Emporia, Kansas, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps at 17 when, after a second arrest for criminal mischief, he was given the choice between jail or the military. He chose the latter.

“Gunny,” as he became to be known, was a drill instructor in the 3rd Recruit Training Battalion in San Diego, where he served in the mid-’60s. He was stationed in Okinawa, Japan, in 1968, before being sent to Vietnam for 14 months, only to be medically discharged because of injuries. In 2002, he received an honorary promotion to gunnery sergeant.

While attending the University of Manila in the Philippines, Emery was cast in his first film – Francis Ford Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now,” playing a First Air Cavalry chopper pilot. Eight years later, he was cast as drill instructor Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket,” earning a Golden Globe nomination in the process.

Among his 60 other film roles were “Mississippi Burning,” “Dead Man Walking,” Se7en,” ‘Leaving Las Vegas” and “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.”

Emery also appeared on the small screen in “Miami Vice,” “House” and “The X-Files,” and his commanding voice can be heard in such animated projects as the “Toy Story” film franchise, “The Simpsons,” “Family Guy” and “SpongeBob SquarePants.”

Emery is survived by his wife of 43 years, Nina, and their four children.

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Chuck McCann Dies: Comedian And Legendary Children’s TV Show Host Was 83

Beloved children’s TV show host, comedian, puppeteer, actor, and voiceover artist Chuck McCann died on April 8 from congestive heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 83.
McCann was born on September 2, 1934 in Brooklyn, New York. It was in his hometown where he made a name for himself as a versatile entertainer in the ’60s. He worked on various children’s shows including Captain Kangaroo and Rootie Kazootie.
In 1963, he headed The Chuck McCann…

Beloved children’s TV show host, comedian, puppeteer, actor, and voiceover artist Chuck McCann died on April 8 from congestive heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 83. McCann was born on September 2, 1934 in Brooklyn, New York. It was in his hometown where he made a name for himself as a versatile entertainer in the ’60s. He worked on various children’s shows including Captain Kangaroo and Rootie Kazootie. In 1963, he headed The Chuck McCann…