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James Michael Tyler, who played Gunther on 'Friends,' dies

Oct. 24, 2021 22:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — James Michael Tyler, the actor known widely for his recurring role as Gunther on “Friends,” has died. He was 59. Tyler died Sunday at home in Los Angeles from prostate cancer, said his manager, Toni Benson. Tyler was first diagnosed with advanced...

After 'Rust' shooting, a look at other notable set accidents

Oct. 23, 2021 17:20 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The shooting death of a cinematographer on the set of the set of the Alec Baldwin movie “Rust” is a reminder of the dangers that can exist on film and television sets. As authorities investigate why a crew member handed Baldwin a loaded gun instead of one safe to...

States mostly defer to union guidance for on-set gun safety

Oct. 23, 2021 17:17 PM EDT

Safety standards developed by film studios and labor unions are the primary protection for actors and film crews when a scene calls for using prop guns. The industry-wide guidance is clear: “Blanks can kill. Treat all firearms as if they are loaded.” Shootings...

Peter Scolari of 'Newhart,' 'Bosom Buddies,' dies at 66

Oct. 22, 2021 18:29 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Peter Scolari, a versatile character actor whose television roles included a yuppie producer on “Newhart” and a closeted dad on “Girls” and who was on Broadway with longtime friend Tom Hanks in “Lucky Guy," has died. He was 66. Scolari died...

Bond and 'Willy Wonka' songwriter Leslie Bricusse dies at 90

Oct. 20, 2021 06:06 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Oscar-winning British songwriter Leslie Bricusse, whose work includes James Bond themes and Willy Wonka’s signature tune, has died. He was 90. Son Adam Bricusse said on Facebook that his father “passed away peacefully” on Tuesday. No cause of death...

Mel Brooks plans sequel to 'History of the World, Part 1'

Oct. 18, 2021 16:49 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — It is still good to be the king. Forty years after the release of his beloved “History of the World, Part I,” Mel Brooks has a sequel in the works. The 95-year-old show business giant has a deal with Hulu for an 8-part sequel, titled, of course,...

Betty Lynn, Thelma Lou on 'The Andy Griffith Show,' has died

Oct. 18, 2021 02:02 AM EDT

MOUNT AIRY, N.C. (AP) — Betty Lynn, the film and television actor who was best known for her role as Barney Fife's sweetheart Thelma Lou on “The Andy Griffith Show,” has died. She was 95. Lynn died peacefully Saturday after a brief illness, The Andy Griffith Museum...

Ronnie Tutt, drummer for Elvis and other stars, dies at 83

Oct. 17, 2021 18:49 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ronnie Tutt, a legendary drummer who spent years playing alongside Elvis Presley and teamed up with other superstars ranging from Johnny Cash to Stevie Nicks, has died. He was 83. In a Facebook post early Sunday, Terie Tutt wrote that her father...

Arizona history-Oct. 10-16

Oct. 06, 2021 13:08 PM EDT

Sunday, Oct. 10 On this date in 1908, newspapers reported excellent progress on the new electric power plant under construction on the Hassayampa River south of Wickenburg. The 2,000 horsepower, $250,000 plant was to provide electricity for the town of Wickenburg and...

Alan Kalter, announcer for David Letterman, dies at 78

Oct. 05, 2021 11:46 AM EDT

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — Alan Kalter, the quirky, red-headed announcer for David Letterman for two decades who frequently appeared in the show's comedy bits, has died. He was 78. Kalter died Monday at Stamford Hospital in Connecticut with his wife, Peggy, and their two...