MacRae, best known for playing Alice Kramden to Jackie Gleason's Ralph in the 1960s re-creation of "The Honeymooners," died Thursday. She was 92.
Tim Wilson, a comic who incorporated country music into his act, died Wednesday after suffering a heart attack. He was 52. Wilson was known for his Southern humor, which included penning and performing songs like "Jeff Gordon's Gay" and "Garth Brooks Ruined My Life" as a part of his act. He is probably best known for his comedy tune "The NASCAR song." Wilson was a regular on the syndicated radio program "The Bob & Tom Show." Wilson's final appearance was in Macon, at the American Heart Association's Cardiac Cafe on Feb. 8.
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Jim Lange, the first host of the popular game show "The Dating Game," has died at his home in Mill Valley, Calif. He was 81. Though he had a successful career in radio - which was his first love - Lange is best known for his role on "The Dating Game," which debuted in the mid-1960s and on which he appeared for more than a decade. He played host to many celebrity guests including Michael Jackson, Steve Martin and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
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Franny Beecher (center), lead guitarist for Bill Haley and the Comets, which helped kick off the rock and roll era with the hit "Rock Around the Clock" in 1955, has died. He was 92. Beecher played with jazz musicians Buddy Greco and Benny Goodman before the Comets, whose hits also included "See You Later, Alligator." In the 1980s, Beecher and other Comets reunited and played tour dates around the U.S. and internationally. He was born Francis Beecher in Norristown near Philadelphia.
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Actor Harold Ramis has died. He was 69. Ramis is best known for his roles in the comedies "Ghostbusters" and "Stripes." According to Biography.com, Ramis co-wrote "Ghostbusters," in which he appeared with fellow Second City alums Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray. He also co-wrote "National Lampoon's Animal House" and "Meatballs" and directed such films as "Caddyshack" and "Groundhog Day."
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Bob Casale, the guitarist for Devo, best known for the 1980 hit "Whip It," died of heart failure, his brother and band member Gerald Casale said Tuesday. He was 61. The Ohio-based Devo released its Brian Eno-produced debut, "Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!," in 1978. The new wave band reached platinum status with 1980's "Freedom of Choice," which featured "Whip It." Casale called his brother "a solid performer and talented audio engineer" in his statement.
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Mary Grace Canfield, a veteran character actress who played handywoman Ralph Monroe on the television show "Green Acres," has died. She was 89. Canfield had appearances on a number of TV shows during a four-decade career, including "General Hospital" and "The Hathaways." She was Harriet Kravitz on four episodes of the 1960s series "Bewitched." But she was best known for her role of Ralph Monroe in some 40 episodes of "Green Acres," which ran from 1965 to 1971.
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John Paul Henson, who was the puppeteer behind Sweetums, has died. He was 48.
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Ralph Waite, who played the father in TV's hit series "The Waltons," has died. He was 85. Waite was best known for his role as the patriarch in the 1970s series "The Waltons," but he had had remained a working actor. Mills says Waite appeared recently in recurring roles on shows including "NCIS" and "Days of Our Lives."
Shirley Temple, the curly-haired child star who put smiles on the faces of Depression-era moviegoers, has died. She was 85. A talented singer, dancer and actress, Shirley Temple was America's top box-office draw from 1935 - the year she turned 7 - until 1938. She was credited with helping save 20th Century Fox from bankruptcy with films such as "Curly Top" and "The Littlest Rebel." She retired from films at 21 and later became active in politics. She held several diplomatic posts, including ambassador to Czechoslovakia in the late 1980s.
Innovative, influential comedy genius Sid Caesar, whose sketches lit up 1950s television with zany humor, has died at age 91. Caesar's two most important programs were "Your Show of Shows" and "Caesar's Hour." He used them to display his incredible skill in pantomime, satire, mimicry, dialect and sketch comedy. He attracted a stable of young writers who went on to highly successful careers of their own including Neil Simon, Woody Allen, Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner.
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Pete Seeger, the banjo-picking troubadour who sang for migrant workers, college students and star-struck presidents in a career that introduced generations of Americans to their folk music heritage, died on Monday at the age of 94. He popularized This Land Is Your Land and We Shall Overcome and wrote If I Had a Hammer and Turn, Turn, Turn. Seeger also influenced scores of other singers, including Springsteen, Joan Baez, Dave Matthews, Rufus Wainwright, John Mellencamp and Arlo Guthrie.
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Roy Garber was a popular cast member of the reality show 'Shipping Wars.' He was 49.
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Dave Madden, who played constantly agitated band manager Reuben Kincaid on 1970s TV show The Partridge Family, has died. Madden, who was born in Canada, started his career in stand-up comedy. He went on to appear on TV shows including Laugh-In, Love American Style, Happy Days, Starsky & Hutch and Love, American Style. He had a recurring role as a customer in Mel's Diner on Alice.
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Ruth Robinson Duccini, one of the original Munchkins from the 1939 movie "The Wizard of Oz," has died. She was 95. With her death, only one member of the original 124 Munchkins in the movie remains alive. Duccini worked as a "Rosie the Riveter" in Santa Monica, Calif., during World War II, using her short stature to squeeze into hard-to-reach parts of planes. She also appeared in the spoof "Under the Rainbow" starring Chevy Chase and Carrie Fisher.
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Russell Johnson, the actor known as the quirky, smart Gilligan's Island character, Professor Roy Hinkley, has died at age 89. his wife and a daughter, Kim. Originally from northeastern Pennsylvania, Johnson served in World War II before pursuing an acting career. He appeared in several TV programs in the 1950s and '60s, including Alfred Hitchcock Presents and The Twilight Zone. But he was best known for his 98 episodes of Gilligan's Island, which aired from 1964 to 1967.
Juanita Moore, a groundbreaking actress and an Academy Award nominee for her role as Lana Turner's black friend in the classic weeper "Imitation of Life," has died. Moore was only the fifth black performer to be nominated for an Oscar. The 1959 tearjerker, based on a Fannie Hurst novel and a remake of a 1934 film, tells the story of a struggling white actress' rise to stardom, her friendship with a black woman and how they team up to raise their daughters as single mothers. Among Moore's other films were "The Girl Can't Help It," ''The Singing Nun," ''Paternity" and "The Kid." Her TV credits include "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour," ''Adam-12," ''Judging Amy" and "ER."
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James Avery, the character actor who laid down the law as the Honorable Philip Banks in "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," has died. He died following complications from open heart surgery. He was 68. Avery played Will Smith's uncle on the popular TV series. His movie credits included "Fletch," ''The Prince of Egypt" and "8 Million Ways to Die."
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Amiri Baraka, the militant man of letters and tireless agitator whose blues-based, fist-shaking poems, plays and criticism made him a provocative and groundbreaking force in American culture, has died. He was 79. Baraka transformed from the rare black to join the Beat caravan of Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac to leader of the Black Arts Movement, an ally of the Black Power movement that rejected the liberal optimism of the early '60s and intensified a divide over how and whether the black artist should take on social issues.
Actress Carmen Zapata has died. She was 86. Zapata started her career in 1945 in the Broadway musical "Oklahoma" and went on to perform in "Bells Are Ringing," "Guys and Dolls" and many plays. Her movie credits include "Sister Act," ''Gang Boys" and "Carola."
Phil Everly, the youngest of the Everly Brothers who took the high notes, has died. He was 74. He left a towering legacy that still inspires half a century after The Everly Brothers' first hit. In all, the brothers' career spanned five decades, although they performed separately from 1973 to 1983. In their heyday between 1957 and 1962, they had 19 top 40 hits.They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, the same year they had a hit pop-country record, "Born Yesterday."
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Pioneering Hong Kong movie producer Run Run Shaw, whose studio popularized the kung fu genre that influenced Quentin Tarantino and other Hollywood directors, has died. He was 107. His Shaw Brothers Studios, once among the world's largest, helped launch the careers of powerhouses including director John Woo and churned out nearly 1,000 movies. His television empire helped actors including Chow Yun-fat rise to fame. He also produced a handful of U.S. films, including the 1982 sci-fi classic Blade Runner.
British actor Roger Lloyd-Pack, best known for playing dim-witted street-sweeper Trigger on the sitcom "Only Fools and Horses," has died at the age of 69. Lloyd-Pack appeared in many films and TV series, including sitcom "The Vicar of Dibley," on which he played farmer Owen Newitt. He was indelibly associated with "Only Fools and Horses." The sitcom recounted the get-rich-quick schemes of London market trader Del Boy Trotter, played by David Jason. It ran from 1981 to 1991 and has been voted one of the nation's favorite comedies.
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