Singer Lennie Peters of the 1970s British singing duo Peters & Lee died of cancer Oct. 10 at his home in Enfield, east of London. He was 59.
In their heyday, Peters and Dianne Lee were one of Britain’s highest paid acts, reaching No. 1 on the British charts with “Welcome Home,” their first hit, in 1973.
Peters, who was blind, lost the sight in his left eye in a car crash at the age of 5. At 16, he lost the use of his other eye when youths on London’s Hampstead Heath threw a brick at him.
He started his career as a singer and pianist, playing in bars and clubs across Britain.
He teamed up with Lee in 1971. Two years later they won a television talent show and went on to appear at a Royal Variety Performance in front of Queen Elizabeth II.
Their single, “Don’t Stay Away Too Long,” reached No. 3 on the British charts in 1974. Later hits included “Rainbow” in 1974 and “Hey Mr. Music Man” in 1976.
Peters’ health began to deteriorate in the late 1970s, and the duo split up in 1980.
He is survived by his wife, Sylvia, a son and a daughter.
Frederick Combs, 57, actor, playwright, director and acting teacher, died at his L.A. home Sept. 19 from complications of AIDS.
Combs was best known for creating the role of Donald in the original off-Broadway production of Mart Crowley’s “The Boys in the Band.” He also played the role in London and in the 1970 film version directed by William Friedkin.
Combs’ Broadway debut was in the Tony-winning play “A Taste of Honey,” and he later appeared on stage in Franco Zeffirelli’s production of “The Lady of the Camellias.”
His TV credits included the telepic “David” and the soap “The Young and the Restless.”
Combs wrote several plays, including “The Children’s Mass,” which he directed at the Cast Theater in Hollywood. Other plays he directed included Harvey Fierstein’s “International Stud,” for which he won an award from L.A. Weekly, and Patrick Tovatt’s “Husbandry.”
Combs founded the L.A./Actors’ Lab in 1979 and continued teaching classes for the lab until about a month before his death.
A sister survives. No formal services are planned.
In lieu of flowers, family suggests memorial donations to the Actors Fund of America’s AIDS Project.
Lantz Elliott McMillin
Lantz Elliott McMillin, 40, a longtime employee of AMC Theaters, died on Sept. 19, of viral meningitis, at his home in Palm Harbor, Fla.
McMillin began his professional life as an usher with AMC Theatres in 1970, advancing to theater manager, a regional manager and advertising coordinator. He left the exhibitor in 1989 to join advertising agency Moore, Epstein, Moore in Tampa as an account vice president in charge of its local motion picture ad accounts, which included Buena Vista, Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures, Warner Bros., and New Line Cinema.
McMillin is survived by his mother, Margaret C. Haskell, two sisters and his son, Derrick.