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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 »

Six Million Dollar Man Actor Richard Anderson Dies

Lee Majors mourns veteran actor who played his boss

(Newser) - Richard Anderson, the tall, handsome actor best known for costarring simultaneously in the popular 1970s television shows The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman, has died at age 91. Anderson died of natural causes on Thursday, family spokesman Jonathan Taylor tells the AP . The Six Million Dollar Man... More »

Oscar Winner Martin Landau Dies

He revived career after Mission:Impossible typecasting

(Newser) - Martin Landau, the chameleon-like actor who gained fame as crafty master of disguise Rollin Hand in the 1960s TV show Mission: Impossible, then capped a long and versatile career with an Oscar for his poignant portrayal of aging horror star Bela Lugosi in 1994's Ed Wood, has died, the... More »

Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, John Wick Star Dies

Michael Nyqvist was 56

(Newser) - Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist, who starred in the original The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo films and often played villains in Hollywood movies like John Wick, has died. Nyqvist's representative Jenny Tversky said Tuesday that he died after a year-long battle with lung cancer, the AP reports. He was... 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 »

Tough-Guy Actor George Kennedy Dead at 91

His greatest achievement came in 'Cool Hand Luke'

(Newser) - George Kennedy, the hulking, tough-guy character actor who won an Academy Award for his portrayal of a chain-gang convict in the 1960s classic Cool Hand Luke, has died. His grandson Cory Schenkel says Kennedy died on Sunday morning of old age in Boise, Idaho, the AP reports. He was 91.... 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 »

'Trapper John' From M*A*S*H Dead at 82

Actor Wayne Rogers was successful in business, too

(Newser) - Wayne Rogers, whose Trapper John McIntyre alongside Alan Alda's Hawkeye Pierce brought mischief, martinis, and meatball surgery to the masses in the 1970s every week on M.A.S.H, has died. The actor was surrounded by family when he died Thursday in Los Angeles of complications from pneumonia... 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 »

Fred Thompson Dead at 73

He went back and forth from acting to politics

(Newser) - Fred Thompson, a folksy former Republican US senator from Tennessee who appeared in feature films and television including a role on "Law & Order," died Sunday, his family says. He was 73. Thompson, at 6-foot-6 with a booming voice, appeared in at least 20 motion pictures. His credits... More »

Godfather Actor Who Played Moe Greene Dead at 79

Alex Rocco won an Emmy for short-lived sitcom 'The Famous Teddy Z'

(Newser) - The Emmy-winning character actor best known for playing the bespectacled Las Vegas mobster Moe Greene in "The Godfather" has died. Alex Rocco was 79. Rocco's daughter, Jennifer, announced his death yesterday. Details of his death were not immediately available. Rocco's career spanned five decades and he remained... 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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