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Mike Barnes

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Mike Barnes is a proud graduate of Brooklyn College who spent his first 11 years in journalism as a globe-trotting sportswriter with United Press International based out of New York and Los Angeles. He began with THR in 1993 as a Copy Editor and has written too many obituaries for the publication for too many years; the first one may have been the great I Love Lucy writer Bob Carroll Jr.

Rose Gregorio, Tony Nominee for ‘The Shadow Box’ and Actress on ‘ER,’ Dies at 97

Rose Gregorio, who received a Tony nomination for her performance as the browbeaten daughter of Geraldine Fitzgerald’s declining old woman in the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama The Shadow Box, has died. She was 97. Gregorio died Aug. 17 of natural causes in her Greenwich Village home, her nephew Robert Grosbard told The Hollywood Reporter. Gregorio was […]

Fred Gallo, Lauded Assistant Director Turned Paramount Production President, Dies at 78

Fred Gallo, who served as an assistant director on films including the Oscar best picture winners The Godfather, Rocky and Annie Hall before becoming a top production executive at Paramount Pictures, has died. He was 78. Gallo died Sept. 7 after a long illness at his home in the Santa Ynez Valley, his family announced. […]

Pete Kozachik, Oscar-Nominated ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ VFX Artist, Dies at 72

Pete Kozachik, the Oscar-nominated visual effects artist who contributed his stop-motion expertise to such films as The Nightmare Before Christmas, James and the Giant Peach, Corpse Bride and Coraline, has died. He was 72. Kozachik died peacefully Tuesday in hospice care in his Northern California home of complications from primary progressive aphasia, a rare form […]

Jean Boht, Star of the BBC Sitcom ‘Bread,’ Dies at 91 

Jean Boht, who played the iron-fisted matriarch Nellie Boswell on every episode of the 1986-91 BBC sitcom Bread, has died. She was 91. Boht died Tuesday, her family announced, saying that she “had been battling vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s disease with the indefatigable spirit for which she was both beloved and renowned.” She had been […]

Eddie Marks, Longtime Western Costume Company President, Dies at 76

Eddie Marks, a member of the costume department on such films as The Breakfast Club, The Witches of Eastwick and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and the president of the Western Costume Company since 1992, has died. He was 76. Marks died Monday of natural causes during a visit to Prague, a spokesman for […]

‘Behind the Glass’ Taps Los Angeles Kings for NHL Docuseries

The Los Angeles Kings, who will face the Arizona Coyotes this month in a pair of preseason games that mark the NHL’s first-ever contests in Australia, are the subjects of this year’s Behind the Glass docuseries, it was announced Tuesday. Beginning this week in L.A., Kings players will be mic’d up as they compete to […]

Marcia DeRousse, ‘True Blood’ Actress, Dies at 70

Marcia DeRousse, who came to the aid of the supernatural as Dr. Patricia Ludwig on the HBO drama True Blood, died Saturday in Altadena after a long illness, a publicist announced. She was 70. She wrote on Facebook in April that a fall in her doctor’s office was going to “lead to my death,” adding […]

Comedian John Regis Dies at 94

John Regis, a comedian and entertainer who performed on talk shows and cruise ships and was a headliner on the Playboy Club circuit, died Aug. 19 in Los Angeles, magician Kerry Ross announced. He was 94. As a “road comic” in the 1960s and ’70s, Regis was a regular at the Purple Onion and Hungry […]

Elliot Goldman, Founding Executive at Arista Records, Dies at 88

Elliot Goldman, a founding executive at Clive Davis’ Arista Records who also worked for CBS Records, BMG Music and Warner Communications during his long career in the music business, has died. He was 88. Goldman died Wednesday at his Los Angeles home after struggling with health problems the past few months, his family said. Goldman […]

Nathan Louis Jackson, ‘Luke Cage’ Writer and Producer, Dies at 44

Nathan Louis Jackson, the playwright, screenwriter and producer who worked on the Netflix superhero series Luke Cage, has died. He was 44. Jackson died Aug. 22 at his home in Lenexa, Kansas, his wife, Megan Mascorro-Jackson, told The Hollywood Reporter. She said her husband had heart issues — he had undergone an aortic dissection in […]

Robert Klane, ‘Weekend at Bernie’s’ and ‘Where’s Poppa?’ Screenwriter, Dies at 81

Robert Klane, who wrote the screenplays for the irreverent comedy classics Weekend at Bernie’s and Where’s Poppa? and directed the disco-era favorite Thank God It’s Friday, has died. He was 81. Klane died Tuesday in his Woodland Hills home of kidney failure after a long illness, his son Jon Klane announced. He wrote for the […]

Faye Fantarrow, British Singer and Songwriter, Dies at 21

Faye Fantarrow, a rising British singer and songwriter whose debut EP was produced by Eurythmics star Dave Stewart, has died. She was 21. Fantarrow died at home Saturday after being diagnosed with a rare glioma brain tumor in September 2022, her mother, Pam Fantarrow, announced. She had twice beaten leukemia since learning she had cancer […]