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Trailer Park Boys Actor John Dunsworth Dies

'Jim Lahey' was 71

(Newser) - A sad day for Sunnyvale Trailer Park: John Dunsworth, the Canadian actor best known for playing alcoholic trailer park supervisor Jim Lahey in the Trailer Park Boys, has died. He was 71. "With heavy and broken hearts the family of John F. Dunsworth would like to let people... More »

Police Bodycam Shows How Close Actor Came to Losing Life

Officer in Crawfordsville, Ind., didn't realize a movie was being made, fired at him

(Newser) - Note to movie makers: Give the police a heads-up when filming a robbery scene in public. Newly released police bodycam video released by the city of Crawfordsville, Ind., shows how close one actor came to learning that lesson in the worst possible way. Officers responded to a robbery call at... More »

TV, Movie Mobster Frank Vincent Dies

He was best known for 'Sopranos,' 'Goodfellas' roles

(Newser) - Hollywood is mourning veteran TV and movie mobster Frank Vincent, best known for his roles as Phil Leotardo in The Sopranos and Billy Batts in Goodfellas. The 78-year-old character actor died at a New Jersey hospital Wednesday,a week after he had open-heart surgery following a heart attack, TMZ reports.... More »

Wife's Miscarriage Led Actor to Relapse

Jonathan Rhys Meyers plans to enter rehab

(Newser) - The wife of Jonathan Rhys Meyers is providing some insight after the Irish actor was blocked from boarding a flight and seen stumbling at Dublin Airport over the weekend, per Dublin Live . In an Instagram post on Sunday, Mara Lane revealed Meyers, a recovering alcoholic, suffered a relapse after Lane... More »

Deadwood, Sin City Actor Dies

Powers Boothe was 68

(Newser) - Powers Boothe, a Texan actor best known for playing villains including Deadwood saloon owner Cy Tolliver, has died at the age of 68. Boothe died in his sleep at his Los Angeles home of natural causes and a rep tells the Hollywood Reporter that he will be laid to rest... More »

Emma Thompson Blasts Hollywood's 'Evil' Obsession

Says actresses face pressure not to eat

(Newser) - "It's evil." That's how Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson sums up the pressure on actresses to lose weight. While appearing on a Swedish talk show last week, Thompson described how she'd almost quit work on 2008 film Brideshead Revisited because producers asked another actress—the film... More »

Actor, Comedian Ricky Harris Dead at 54

He died of a heart attack Monday: manager

(Newser) - Comedian and actor Ricky Harris passed away Monday of a heart attack, his manager tells the Hollywood Reporter . He was 54. Harris performed on HBO's Def Comedy Jam before making his acting debut in 1993's Poetic Justice with Janet Jackson and Tupac Shakur, reports the Los Angeles Times... More »

Actor Who Shot Bruce Lee's Son Dead at 61

'I don't think you ever get over something like that,' said Michael Massee

(Newser) - Michael Massee, who accidentally shot and killed Bruce Lee's son, Brandon Lee, on the movie set of The Crow in 1993, has died at the age of 61, reports the Hollywood Reporter . The actor died of cancer in a Los Angeles hospital last Wednesday, his talent agency tells Entertainment ... More »

Actor Calls for Black Americans to Boycott Work for a Day

Isaiah Washington demands action on police brutality

(Newser) - It's time for black Americans to send the rest of the country a message by boycotting "the very system that was built on the backs of black people here in America," says actor Isaiah Washington. The former Grey's Anatomy star has joined the #Missing24 movement to... More »

Varsity Blues Star Ron Lester Dead at 45

After 1999 hit, he 'threw away career to be skinny'

(Newser) - Sad news for fans of Varsity Blues: Ron Lester, the actor best known for starring as plus-sized offensive guard Billy Bob in the 1999 comedy, died in a Dallas hospital on Friday, Rolling Stone reports. He was 45 years old. NBC reports that he died from liver and kidney failure... More »

Dos Equis Sends 'Most Interesting Man' to Mars ... for Good

Beer brand to start new campaign without actor Jonathan Goldsmith in the fall

(Newser) - Viewers watching Thursday night's Lakers-Cavaliers game on TNT may notice something very interesting—or, rather, someone very interesting. Ad Age reports that a Dos Equis ad will be the farewell promo for Jonathan Goldsmith, aka The Most Interesting Man in the World. The beer brand will send the character,... More »

Actor Declared Dead After Noose Scene

Family members don't believe it was suicide

(Newser) - An Italian actor has been declared dead after a hanging scene apparently went horribly wrong. Raphael Schumacher, 27, was taking part in a live theater performance of "Mirages" at the Teatro Lux in Pisa, Italy, last Saturday when a spectator found him unconscious. The Washington Post reports the play... More »

Abe Vigoda Dead at 94

He was in 'Barney Miller,' the 'Godfather'

(Newser) - Beloved character actor Abe Vigoda is dead at 94. He died in his sleep in his New Jersey home, and his daughter chalks it up to old age. "This man was never sick," she tells AP . Vigoda might be best known for his role as detective Phil Fish... More »

Hollywood's 6 Most Overpaid Actors

Mordecai was maybe not such a great idea

(Newser) - Hollywood's leading men command huge paychecks to star in would-be blockbusters. But some are "established male leads who charge top dollar but don’t always deliver at the ticket booth," and Forbes released its annual list of Hollywood's most overpaid actors on Tuesday. It's based... More »

Amy Schumer: 'Sex Is Explained Incorrectly to Us'

Comedian and comic actor opens up in CBS profile

(Newser) - With her star rising and her provocative, punchy humor generating an is-she-feminist-or-politically-incorrect-or-what media debate, Amy Schumer opened up about her life and attitudes in a CBS News profile. Among the highlights:
  • On sex: "Sex is just explained incorrectly to us. It's like everything—magazines, sitcoms. Men 'love'
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Anne Meara Dead at 85

Renowned actress thrived in film, TV for 60 years

(Newser) - Comedian and actress Anne Meara, whose career took off with husband Jerry Stiller and thrived in its own right for decades, died yesterday at age 85, the AP reports. The family gave no further details. Meara and her husband made waves appearing as Stiller & Meara on programs including the... More »

Everybody Loves Raymond Twin Kills Himself

Sawyer Sweeten was 19

(Newser) - Former child star Sawyer Sweeten, who was still a baby when he made his debut on Everybody Loves Raymond, has killed himself a few weeks before his 20th birthday. Sweeten, who played Geoffrey Barone during the show's nine-year run, was visiting family in Texas and "went on the... More »

'Gilbert Blythe' Dead at 48

Actor Jonathan Crombie suffered a brain hemorrhage

(Newser) - Jonathan Crombie, the Canadian actor who as Gilbert Blythe tugged Anne Shirley's braids—and the hearts of many who watched Anne of Green Gables—died on Wednesday, reports CBC News . He was 48. The movie ran on CBC TV in 1984, with two sequels following, and Crombie beat out... More »

Pugsley From Addams Family Dead at 59

Ken Weatherwax played Gomez and Morticia's boy

(Newser) - The actor who played Pugsley on the Addams Family TV show is dead of an apparent heart attack at 59, reports the Los Angeles Times . Ken Weatherwax died Sunday at his California home. Weatherwax served in the Army after high school and tried to make a go of it in... More »

Live and Let Die Villain Dead at 84

Geoffrey Holder was an artist with a varied career

(Newser) - Geoffrey Holder, a multi-talented dancer, artist, director, actor, and composer best known for his role as a Bond villain, died in New York yesterday of complications from pneumonia, the New York Times reports. He was 84. An unmistakable presence, Holder stood 6'6" and possessed a booming voice with a... More »

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