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Cooley Hurd

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June 18, 2012

Sir Paul turns 70 today!

Happy Birthday, Sir Paul!!!!
June 15, 2012

Jury rejects claims against Costner in Baldwin lawsuit

Source: WWLTV.com

NEW ORLEANS -- A jury settled a business feud between Hollywood actors Kevin Costner and Stephen Baldwin in a multimillion dollar lawsuit over oil-separating devices sold to BP to clean the Gulf of Mexico after the 2010 oil spill.

The jury rejected all claims from Stephen Baldwin against actor Kevin Costner over their multimillion dollar business dispute.

Stephen Baldwin sued Costner, claiming Costner duped Baldwin and his business partner out of millions of dollars in that was awarded in a contract by BP to use a centrifuge to clean up the Gulf oil spill.

Baldwin alleged that Costner and Costner’s business partners kept him in the dark about a looming $52 million sale of the devices to BP, buying him out for $1.4 million on the eve of clinching the BP deal.

Read more: http://www.wwltv.com/news/Jury-rejects-claims-against-Costner-in-Baldwin-lawsuit-159129775.html

June 13, 2012

Henry Hill, Inspiration for "Goodfellas" Dead at 69


Henry Hill -- the former mobster whose life story became the basis for the movie "Goodfellas" -- died today at the age of 69 ... TMZ has learned.

TMZ spoke with Hill's girlfriend Lisa ... who told us Hill passed away in an L.A. hospital Tuesday after a long battle with an undisclosed illness.

Lisa tells us, "He had been sick for a long time ... his heart gave out."

We're told Hill had focused on mending relationships with estranged family members in recent years ... and Lisa tells us he had made tremendous progress before he died.

Hill leaves behind two children.

Hill was famously portrayed by Ray Liotta in the 1990 classic "Goodfellas."

Everyone takes a beating... and dies, too. RIP Henry...
June 11, 2012

'Green Acres' actor Frank Cady dies at 96

Source: LA Times

By Claire Noland

June 10, 2012, 1:22 p.m.
Frank Cady, 96, a character actor who played Hooterville general-store proprietor Sam Drucker on the TV sitcoms “Green Acres” and “Petticoat Junction,” died Friday at his home in Wilsonville, Ore., said his daughter, Catherine Turk. No specific cause was given.

Like Mr. Haney, Eb Dawson, Hank Kimball and Arnold the Pig, Cady’s Sam Drucker was a supporting cast member on “Green Acres” to lawyer Oliver Wendell Douglas and his socialite wife, Lisa, played by Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor, who had ditched the high life in New York City for the charms of a farm in Hooterville.

Cady played Drucker for the entire run of “Green Acres” on CBS, from 1965 to 1971, when it was canceled. The show continued to air for years in syndication. He also portrayed Drucker on “Petticoat Junction” and “The Beverly Hillbillies,” programs that shared some secondary characters. He reprised the role for the 1990 TV movie “Return to Green Acres.”

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/showtracker/la-et-st-green-acres-frank-cady-dead-20120610,0,5690819.story

Wow! I didn't know he was still alive!
June 6, 2012

Pete Seeger and Eleanor Roosevelt at the Labor Canteen - 1944

In honor of the election tonight and of Labor...

And another:

June 3, 2012

44 years ago today: Andy Warhol is shot by Valerie Solanas


On June 3, 1968, Valerie Solanas shot Warhol and art critic and curator Mario Amaya at Warhol's studio. Before the shooting, Solanas had been a marginal figure in the Factory scene. She authored the S.C.U.M. Manifesto, a separatist feminist attack on males. Solanas appears in the 1968 Warhol film I, a Man. Earlier on the day of the attack, Solanas had been turned away from the Factory after asking for the return of a script she had given to Warhol. The script had apparently been misplaced.

Amaya received only minor injuries and was released from the hospital later the same day. Warhol, however, was seriously wounded by the attack and barely survived: surgeons opened his chest and massaged his heart to help stimulate its movement again. He suffered physical effects for the rest of his life. The shooting had a profound effect on Warhol's life and art.

Solanas was arrested the day after the assault. By way of explanation, she said that Warhol "had too much control over my life." She was eventually sentenced to three years under the control of the Department of Corrections. After the shooting, the Factory scene became much more tightly controlled, and for many the "Factory 60s" ended. The shooting was mostly overshadowed in the media due to the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy two days later.

Warhol had this to say about the attack: "Before I was shot, I always thought that I was more half-there than all-there – I always suspected that I was watching TV instead of living life. People sometimes say that the way things happen in movies is unreal, but actually it's the way things happen in life that's unreal. The movies make emotions look so strong and real, whereas when things really do happen to you, it's like watching television – you don't feel anything. Right when I was being shot and ever since, I knew that I was watching television. The channels switch, but it's all television

Fascinating - I never really knew much about this until now...
May 31, 2012

Dick Beals - voice of Davey Hansen and Speedy Alka-Seltzer - dead at 85


The legendary Dick Beals — a star of radio, cartoons and more commercials than just about anyone — has died in a Southern California nursing home at the age of 85.

Dick stood 4'7" due to a glandular problem which also gave him his youthful voice. He was playing ten-year-old boys well into his seventies and was often called upon to loop (i.e., dub in the voice of) live-action child actors in movies or on TV programs.

He started in radio dramas in 1949 while attending Michigan State University. Several popular radio programs emanated from Detroit at the time and Dick wound up being heard on all of them but most notably The Lone Ranger, Challenge of the Yukon and The Green Hornet. His later cartoon credits include his being the first voice of Gumby and the first voice of Davey on the Davey & Goliath cartoon series. He was a loyal team member on the Roger Ramjet cartoon show and was heard throughout many Hanna-Barbera shows.

But his main line of work was commercials and he did thousands of them. His best remembered ones were probably the many he did for the Alka-Seltzer people as their mascot, Speedy Alka-Seltzer. Below, I've embedded a film of three of them, all with Buster Keaton. (And by the way: Was there ever a man who looked more like he needed an antacid than Buster Keaton?)

This old atheist loved watching Davey and Goliath as a boy. Cross gently, Dick...
May 23, 2012

Hi. I'm Cooley.

Most of the time, I'm in a good mood and helpful.

The rest of the time? Meh.

Welcome to DU!

(p.s. This thread makes me miss Roni - Newyawker99

May 23, 2012

Otis 'Dad' Clark, Oldest Known Tulsa Race Riot Survivor, Dies


TULSA, Oklahoma -
The oldest known survivor of the Tulsa Race Riot has died in Seattle, Washington. Otis Clark was 109 years old.

Clark was born in February 1903 in Meridian, Oklahoma, which at the time was Indian Territory.

He was known simply as Dad Clark, and he leaves a legacy that touched lives around the world.


"I don't think we should go back, in other words look back," Clark said. "Just forgive one another and try to straighten up our wrongs, whatever wrongs we have."

After the riots, Clark moved to California where he worked for movie stars like Clark Gable and Charlie Chaplin. Clark and his wife lived in Joan Crawford's home. He was the butler, and she was the cook.


Cross gently Otis...

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