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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Coronation Street actor Roy Barraclough dies aged 81

Coronation Street actor Roy Barraclough dies aged 81

Comic actor Roy Barraclough, who played Rovers Return landlord Alec Gilroy in Coronation Street, has died aged 81. Julie Goodyear, who starred as his on-screen wife Bet Lynch, led the tributes by saying she was “devastated” by the loss of her “dearest friend”. Lancashire-born Barraclough was also known for his partnership with Les Dawson, especially their portrayal of gossiping housewives Cissie and Ada. His death on Thursday morning came after a short illness, his agent…

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Sir Roger Moore, James Bond actor, dies aged 89

Sir Roger Moore, James Bond actor, dies aged 89

Actor Sir Roger Moore, best known for playing James Bond, has died aged 89, his family has announced. He played the famous spy in seven Bond films including Live and Let Die and A View to a Kill. Sir Roger’s family confirmed the news on Twitter, saying he had died after “a short but brave battle with cancer”. The statement, from his children, read: “Thank you Pops for being you, and being so very special…

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Chris Cornell: Audioslave and Soundgarden singer dies aged 52

Chris Cornell: Audioslave and Soundgarden singer dies aged 52

Media playback is unsupported on your device Chris Cornell has died at the age of 52, his representatives have confirmed. He was best known as the lead singer in Soundgarden and Audioslave, and also performed the theme song to the 2006 James Bond film Casino Royale. In a statement, Cornell’s representative Brian Bumbery said his death was “sudden and unexpected”. It also said the family would be working closely with the medical examiner to determine…

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Leo Baxendale: Bash Street Kids and Minnie the Minx comic legend dies aged 86

Leo Baxendale: Bash Street Kids and Minnie the Minx comic legend dies aged 86

Comic artist Leo Baxendale, whose characters like the Bash Street Kids and Minnie the Minx entertained generations of young readers, has died. With his sense of anarchy and humour, Baxendale and his creations became a big part of the appeal of comics like Beano from the 1950s. He was regarded by aficionados as one of Britain’s greatest and most influential cartoonists. His creations also included The Three Bears, Little Plum and the comic Wham!. Light-hearted…

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Computer pioneer Harry Huskey dies aged 101

Computer pioneer Harry Huskey dies aged 101

Engineer Harry Huskey, who helped build many of the first ever computers, has died aged 101. Dr Huskey was a key member of the team that built the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (Eniac) which first ran in February 1946. Eniac is widely considered to be one of the first electronic, general purpose, programmable computers. Dr Huskey also helped complete work on the Ace – the Automatic Computing Engine – designed by Alan Turing. Founding…

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US comedian Charlie Murphy dies of leukaemia aged 57

US comedian Charlie Murphy dies of leukaemia aged 57

US comedian Charlie Murphy, the older brother of actor Eddie Murphy, has died of leukaemia aged 57, reports say. The TMZ website quoted his manager as saying he died on Wednesday morning in hospital in New York. Murphy starred on comedian Dave Chappelle’s show and also appeared in films including Jungle Fever, Night at the Museum and Lottery Ticket. He also co-wrote and appeared in some of his brother’s films. In a statement to Hollywood…

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