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Legendary TV Cowboy And World War II Hero James Arness Dies At Age 88

June 3rd, 2011 4:22pm EDT
James Arness
Legendary TV cowboy James Arness has died, aged 88.

The actor played Marshall Matt Dillon in beloved TV western series Gunsmoke.

The Minnesota-born World War II hero was the older brother of actor Peter Graves, who encouraged Arness to seek out a career in showbusiness after he was discharged from the army with leg and foot injuries sustained in battle.

He became an announcer at a Minneapolis radio station and later found fame in Hollywood after following a friend out to Los Angeles to find work in the movies.

He was studying theatre when he was cast as Loretta Young's brother in 1947 f...
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Notable 2010 Celebrity Deaths

December 31st, 2010 8:00am EST
2010 Celeb Deaths
Fortunately, 2010 wasn't a big one for celebrity deaths. In 2009, several notables died, including Michael Jackson, Patrick Swayze and Farrah Fawcett.

May was a particularly bad month, in which stars such as Gary Coleman and Dennis Hopper passed away.

Casey Johnson, Johnson & Johnson heiress and fiancee of reality star Tila Tequila, died January 4 from diabetic ketoacidosis.

"All My Children" patriarch James Mitchell died on January 22, weeks shy of his 90th birthday. The cause was chronic obstructive pulmonary disease complicated by pneumonia.

"Poltergeist" star Zelda Rubenstein di...
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'Airplane' & 'Mission: Impossible' Star Peter Graves Dies At 83

March 14th, 2010 11:49pm EDT
Peter Graves
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Peter Graves, the tall, stalwart actor likely best known for his portrayal of Jim Phelps, leader of a gang of special agents who battled evil conspirators in the long-running television series "Mission: Impossible," died Sunday.

Graves died of an apparent heart attack outside his Los Angeles home, publicist Sandy Brokaw said. He would have been 84 this week.

Graves had just returned from brunch with his wife and kids and collapsed before he made it into the house, Brokaw said. One of his daughters administered CPR but was unable to revive him. Graves' family doctor visi...
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Team Behind 'Mystery Science Theater 3000' Introduces Cult-Film Comedy's Newest Series

July 15th, 2007 10:00pm EDT
The Film Crew
LOS ANGELES, CA - Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K) was one of the most successful cult comedy shows of all time, with 199 episodes on Comedy Central and the Sci-Fi Channel, and a feature film over the course of its 11-year run. Now the writers and stars of MST3K-- Kevin Murphy, Bill Corbett and the head writer and on-air host Mike Nelson-- bring their hilarious brand of film commentary to a new line of B-movie send-ups as The Film Crew. The three guys in The Film Crew work in the dank basement of an office building. Each day, their boss, the entertainment mogul Bob Honcho, calls them up...
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Celebrity Birthdays, March 18

March 18th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Queen Latifah
Happy Birthday to Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine (1979), comedian Dane Cook (1972), singer/actress Queen Latifah (1970), Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell (1966), singer/actress/infomercial host Vanessa Williams (1963), "Flashdance" singer Irene Cara (1959), "The Fifth Element" director Luc Besson (1959), jazz musician Bill Frisell (1951), "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" actor Brad Dourif (1950), soul singer Wilson Pickett (1941), country singer Charley Pride (1938), novelist John Updike (1932), author/actor George Plimpton (1927; d. 2003), "Mission: Impossible" star Peter Grave...
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Celebrity Birthdays, March 18

March 18th, 2006 3:01am EST
Queen Latifah
Happy Birthday to Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine (1979), comedian Dane Cook (1972), singer/actress Queen Latifah (1970), Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell (1966), singer/actress/infomercial host Vanessa Williams (1963), "Flashdance" singer Irene Cara (1959), "The Fifth Element" director Luc Besson (1959), jazz musician Bill Frisell (1951), "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" actor Brad Dourif (1950), soul singer Wilson Pickett (1941), country singer Charley Pride (1938), novelist John Updike (1932), author/actor George Plimpton (1927; d. 2003), "Mission: Impossible" star Peter Grave...
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