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Seymour Stein’s Daughter Mandy Reflects on Her Dad’s Legacy: “He Created a Soundtrack That Is Untouchable”

Seymour Stein’s footprint in rock ‘n’ roll loomed large, and while it was always clear to his daughter, Mandy Stein, it was perhaps most evident in her own career as a music documentarian, when she realized how intermeshed her father’s legacy was in the history of music. “When I first started making films, I discovered a […]

Seymour Stein, Sire Records Co-Founder Who Signed Madonna, The Ramones and More, Dies at 80

Seymour Stein, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member who was the co-founder of Sire Records, the former vice president at Warner Bros. Records and, many years ago, began his storied career in the music industry at The Hollywood Reporter sister publication Billboard, has died. His daughter, filmmaker Mandy Stein, told THR that her […]

Ryuichi Sakamoto, Oscar-Winning Composer, Dies at 71

The prolific and eclectic Japanese musician and composer produced dozens of film scores and albums, collaborating with artists across borders and genres.

Marlon Wayans and Family Pay Tribute to Patriarch Howell Wayans: “I Feel Y’all Lifting Me Already”

The Wayans family took to social media to pay tribute to their family patriarch, Howell Wayans, who died at 86. Marlon Wayans, one of the patriarch’s 10 children, shared an emotional message on his Instagram, saying goodbye to his father. “Legend,” he wrote in the caption. “When i was a child I asked my Dad […]

Coslough Johnson, Writer on ‘Laugh-In’ and Sonny and Cher Variety Shows, Dies at 91

Coslough Johnson, the Emmy-winning writer who worked with his late older brother, Arte Johnson, on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In and wrote for two variety shows toplined by Sonny and Cher, has died. He was 91. Johnson died March 23 of prostate cancer at a nursing facility in the Thousand Oaks area, his wife, Mary Jane, […]

Sharon Acker, Actress in ‘Point Blank’ and ‘Perry Mason,’ Dies at 87

Sharon Acker, the Canadian actress who portrayed Lee Marvin’s unfaithful wife in the 1967 neo-noir classic Point Blank and the right-hand woman Della Street opposite Monte Markham on a rebooted Perry Mason in the 1970s, has died. She was 87. Acker died March 16 in a retirement home in her native Toronto, her daughter Kim […]

Mark Russell, Piano-Playing Political Satirist, Dies at 90

Mark Russell, the sly satirist who skewered America’s political elite for more than a half-century by blending stand-up comedy with biting song parodies, died Thursday. He was 90.  Russell died at his home in Washington of complications from prostate cancer, his wife, Alison, told The Washington Post. Perhaps best known for his series of one-man […]

Leo D. Sullivan, Pioneering Black Animator, Dies at 82

Leo D. Sullivan, the groundbreaking Black animator who contributed to the iconic opening for Soul Train and to cartoons featuring Fat Albert, Transformers and My Little Pony during his 50-year-plus career, has died. He was 82. Sullivan died Saturday of heart failure at Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center, his wife, Ethelyn, told The Hollywood […]

N’Neka Garland, ‘General Hospital’ Producer, Dies at 49

N’Neka Garland, an Emmy-winning producer on General Hospital who spent the past 22 years with the venerable ABC soap opera, has died. She was 49. Garland suffered a heart attack at her home in Sherman Oaks and died Monday at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, her friend Cori Murray told The Hollywood Reporter. […]

Paul O’Grady, British TV Comedian Known for Drag Queen Persona Lily Savage, Dies at 67

Entertainer Paul O’Grady, who achieved fame as drag queen Lily Savage before becoming a much-loved comedian and host on British television, has died. He was 67. O’Grady’s partner Andre Portasio said he died “unexpectedly but peacefully” on Tuesday evening. “He will be greatly missed by his loved ones, friends, family, animals and all those who […]

Tad Devine, Son of Prolific Character Actor Andy Devine, Dies at 88

Tad Devine, who appeared alongside his father, the popular raspy-voiced character actor Andy Devine, and younger brother in the Dana Andrews-starring 1946 film Canyon Passage, has died. He was 88. Devine died March 22 in Newport Beach, his family announced. In Universal Pictures’ Canyon Passage, directed by Jacques Tourneur and also starring Susan Hayward and […]

Royal Blakeman, Former NATAS President, Dies at 99

Royal Blakeman, a president of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in the 1960s, died Sunday in Delray Beach, Florida. He was 99. Blakeman served as president of the New York chapter of NATAS from 1963-65 and then as the seventh national president of the organization from 1966-68. For a quarter-century, he was […]