Jerry Lewis: US comedian dies aged 91 in Las Vegas

Jerry Lewis: US comedian dies aged 91 in Las Vegas

Entertainer Jerry Lewis, one of Hollywood’s most successful comedians, has died aged 91. A family statement said he died of natural causes at his home in Las Vegas on Sunday morning. Lewis’s 10-year partnership with Dean Martin saw them star in 16 films and achieve huge box office success. He became the highest-paid actor in Hollywood, chalking up hits such as The Bell Boy, Cinderfella and The Nutty Professor. Obituary: Jerry Lewis Other notable successes…

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Sir Bruce Forsyth: TV legend dies aged 89

Sir Bruce Forsyth: TV legend dies aged 89

Media playback is unsupported on your device Sir Bruce Forsyth, the veteran entertainer and presenter of many successful TV shows, has died aged 89. The former Strictly Come Dancing host had been unwell for some time and was in hospital earlier this year after a severe chest infection. His long career in showbusiness began when he was aged just 14. He became Britain’s best-paid TV star, famous for hosting game shows like The Generation Game,…

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Hywel Bennett, star of television and film, dies aged 73

Hywel Bennett, star of television and film, dies aged 73

Actor Hywel Bennett, known for his roles in Shelley and EastEnders, has died aged 73, his agent has confirmed. The Carmathenshire-born actor’s roles included 1960s films The Family Way, with Hayley and John Mills, and The Virgin Soldiers, with Lynn Redgrave. But it was in the long-running sitcom Shelley that he made his name. Bennett – whose other television roles included Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Pennies from Heaven – played the title role in…

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Sam Shepard: US actor and playwright dies aged 73

Sam Shepard: US actor and playwright dies aged 73

US actor and playwright Sam Shepard has died at the age of 73. Shepard wrote more than 40 plays and won the Pulitzer Prize for drama for Buried Child in 1979. He went on to be nominated for the best supporting actor Oscar for 1983’s The Right Stuff and starred in films like Black Hawk Down as well as co-writing 1984’s Paris, Texas. He died at home in Kentucky on Thursday, his family have confirmed….

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Deborah Watling, Doctor Who companion, dies aged 69

Deborah Watling, Doctor Who companion, dies aged 69

Actress Deborah Watling, who played one of Patrick Troughton’s companions in the early years of Doctor Who, has died at the age of 69. Watling played Victoria Waterfield in 40 episodes between 1967 and 1968, most of which were wiped after transmission. Her father was the actor Jack Watling, who appeared alongside her in two Doctor Who adventures. Her brother Giles Watling, Conservative MP for Clacton, said she would be “sorely missed”. “She was a…

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True Blood star Nelsan Ellis dies aged 39

True Blood star Nelsan Ellis dies aged 39

US actor Nelsan Ellis, who starred in the popular HBO series True Blood, has died aged 39, his manager confirmed. Ellis, best known for playing the flamboyant Lafayette Reynolds in the horror-drama series, died after complications from heart failure. “He was a great talent, and his words and presence will be forever missed,” his manager Emily Gerson Saines told the Hollywood Reporter. Ellis appeared in True Blood from 2008 until the series ended in 2014….

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John Avildsen, Oscar-winning director of Rocky, dies aged 81

John Avildsen, Oscar-winning director of Rocky, dies aged 81

John G. Avildsen, the Oscar-winning director of Rocky and The Karate Kid, has died at the age of 81. Avildsen’s son Anthony told US media the filmmaker had died of pancreatic cancer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Rocky – starring Sylvester Stallone as a rags-to-riches boxer – became the highest grossing film of 1976, despite having a relatively low budget. It won an Oscar for best picture, as well one for Avildsen as…

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Peter Sallis: Wallace and Gromit actor dies aged 96

Peter Sallis: Wallace and Gromit actor dies aged 96

Media playback is unsupported on your device Peter Sallis has died at the age of 96, his agents have announced. The actor was best known for appearing in Last of the Summer Wine and was also famous as the voice of Wallace in Wallace and Gromit. His agent confirmed he died peacefully with his family by his side. Sallis played Norman “Cleggy” Clegg in Last of the Summer Wine from its first episode in 1973…

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