Obituaries

Nydia Zofia Ruscio, infant daughter of film editor Michael Ruscio and production designer Ginni Barr-Ruscio, died Jan. 26 of congenital heart failure at Children’s hospital in Boston. The child was 4 1/2 months old.

Visitation is from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Forest Lawn in the Hollywood Hills. Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the cemetery’s Old North Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Pediatric Cardiology, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Research Education Fund, in memory of Nydia Ruscio, P.O. Box 48750, Room 2416, Los Angeles 90046, attention: Karen.

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Martin Kosleck

Martin Kosleck, the German-born film actor who often portrayed the fanatical Joseph Goebbels and other Nazis, died Jan. 16 in Los Angeles. He was 89.

Kosleck’s icy demeanor and piercing stare on screen epitomized the type of Nazi menace with a blind obedience to Hitler that everyone loved to hate. Kosleck portrayed Goebbels, Hitler’s propaganda minister, five times, as well as German soldiers, SS troopers and concentration camp officers.

In the early 1930s, he went to Hollywood where he supported himself on his work as a portrait artist while waiting for a movie break, and was seen dining with old Berlin friends such as Marlene Dietrich.

During the late 1930s and 1940s, he played German despots, spies or double agents in “Underground,””All Through the Night,””Chetniks,””Berlin Correspondent” and “The Hitler Gang,” among other films.

Kosleck also used his cutting stare in his roles as psychopaths in “The Mad Doctor,””She Wolf of London” and “The Frozen Ghost.”

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Gary Clare

Gary Clare, director of creative development for performance programs at WNET TV in New York, died Friday in Manhattan of an AIDS-related disease. He was 32.

He oversaw program development, funding and co-production for “Great Performances,” the long-running performing arts series produced for PBS by WNET. The many programs he helped bring to the series include “Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall” and “Gregory Hines’ Tap Dance in America.”

He also was instrumental in bringing the BBC’s television adaptation of David Leavitt’s novel “The Lost Language of Cranes” to American public television.

Clare also developed new programming initiatives for WNET, including “In the Spotlight,” the PBS series of pop music specials. Survivors include his parents and a brother.

A memorial service is pending.

Contributions should be made to the PWA Health Group, 150 West 26th St., New York, NY, 10001.

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