John A.L. Winckler, 75, business manager of the nationally syndicated news insert program “The Senior Report With Doris Winckler,” died June 3 after a brief illness. In addition to his wife, Winckler is survived by six sons and a daughter, a sister and 11 grandchildren.
Clifford Fisher, 66, VP and general sales manager of television station WKBW-TV in Buffalo, died July 8 in Buffalo of pancreatic cancer.
Fisher, a 30-year veteran of WKBW, began as an account executive for the TV station in 1963. He was named local sales manager in 1977 and upped to VP and general sales manager in 1988.
Survived by his wife, Betsy, and four children.
David Brian, 82, actor best known for his TV series “Mr. District Attorney,” died July 15 inSherman Oaks of cancer and heart failure.
In addition to playing Paul Garrett in “Mr. District Attorney” in 1954 and 1955, Brian also starred in such popular TV series as “Police Story.”
He made his film debut opposite Joan Crawford in “Flamingo Road” in 1949. He also starred with her in “The Damned Don’t Cry” in 1950 and “This Woman Is Dangerous” in 1952.
Survived by his wife, actress Adrian Booth.
Corinne Ross Grimaldi
Corinne Ross Grimaldi, 88, Broadway actress, composer, theater and TV producer, died July 10 in Los Angeles. Cause of death was unreported. Survived by her son and granddaughter.
Frank Garcia, 66, magician and author, died July 15 in Manhattan.
Garcia wrote 22 books about magic including “How to Detect Crooked Gambling, Marked Cards and Loaded Dice,” published in the 1960s and used by the FBI, the armed forces and police departments across the country, for whom Garcia served as an expert consultant on illegal gambling.
During World War II, Garcia performed hundreds of magic shows with the USO. He appeared on numerous talk shows including David Letterman, Johnny Carson, Merv Griffin, Arthur Godfrey, Jack Paar, David Susskind and Dick Cavett.
Survived by his wife, Betty Lou Field-Garcia; a son, and his mother.
Walter N. Gediman
Walter N. Gediman, 90, retired studio electrician and member of Local 728, died July 13 in Woodland Hills of cardiopulmonary arrest.
A 34-year veteran of the industry, Gediman worked for Paramount for 19 years.
Survived by two sons.
McKenning Wade, 72, father of psychologist Brenda Wade, who regularly appears on ABC’s “The Home Show” and “Good Morning America,” died July 13 in San Francisco.
Also survived by his wife of 45 years, Lizzella; seven children and six grandchildren.
Malcolm A. Birnbaum
Malcolm A. Birnbaum, 48, vice president and chief operating officer of Communications and Entertainment Corp., died July 20 in Los Angeles after a short illness.
Prior to ComEnt, Birnbaum was a vice president of United Artists, a senior VP and the chief financial officer of its cable television subsidiary, and a VP of Chemical Bank in its entertainment group.
Survived by his wife, Linsey Tully; his mother; a son, two daughters and a brother.
Ralph Normand, 83, retired negative cutter and member of Local 683, died July 17 in Woodland Hills of ventricular fibrilation. During his career he worked briefly at MGM, Universal and Disney Studios, and 25 years at Technicolor.
Survived by a sister.