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Articles Tagged 'RIP'

Alan Whicker

RIP Alan Whicker: Legend Of British TV

Preparing to write about someone whose face and voice is an integral part of your life to date, to an audience that may be entirely unaware of their existence, is a curious sensation. It’s hard to pull the words together to sum up exactly how familiar Alan Whicker is to British people of a certain […]

Remembering Victor Spinetti, F.O.B. (Friend of the Beatles)

Victor Spinetti, a Welsh actor who appeared in all three Beatles films – A Hard Day’s Night (1964), Help! (1965) and Magical Mystery Tour (1967) – and was a longtime friend of members of the rock group, died of cancer in London on June 19 at age 82. He also appeared in dozens of other […]

Remembering Dickie Dawson

Long before he was a star of Hogan’s Heroes and then the popular host of Family Feud in the U.S., Richard Dawson was known in England as Dickie Dawson. The comic actor and game show host, who died June 2 at age 79 in Los Angeles of complications from esophageal cancer, first rose to fame […]


RIP Dick Clark: 17 UK Acts Who Appeared on ‘American Bandstand’

Just two months after the death of Soul Train‘s Don Cornelius, music has lost another of its legendary TV ambassadors: Dick Clark. Clark died of a heart attack today at age 82, leaving behind a powerful legacy, including a successful production company, years of hosting New Year’s Rockin’ Eve and various game shows, and of […]

Michael Gough, Famous for ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Batman,’ Dead at 94

Doctor Who alum Michael Gough, a veteran British character actor whose career spanned eight decades, has died at age 94, according to reports. The actor appeared as the villainous Celestial Toymaker on Doctor Who back in 1966, opposite William Hartnell‘s First Doctor. (In 1982, he appeared on Who as a different character, Hedin, opposite Peter […]

John Barry, Oscar-Winning Bond Composer, Has Died

British composer John Barry, best-known for his iconic, jazzy James Bond soundtracks, has died in New York at age 77, BBC News reports. The cause of death was a heart attack. There are a handful of film composers who are household names — Bernard Hermann, Max Steiner, John Williams, Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman. John Barry […]

British Actor Simon MacCorkindale Has Died

Sad news today: one of Britain’s most prolific television actors, Simon MacCorkindale, has died at age 58 after a long battle with cancer. His wife, Straw Dogs actress Susan George, was with MacCorkindale when he died, his publicist Max Clifford told The Daily Telegraph. The handsome MacCorkindale first entered the public consciousness starring as Simon […]

A Look Back at Alexander McQueen’s Work

Truly sad news out of the UK today: Alexander McQueen, the famous British fashion designer, was found dead at his home at the age of 40 today. The Daily Mail, which broke the story, reports, “The [fashion] industry was left reeling after the 40-year-old’s suicide this morning, which comes just days after the death of […]