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Victor Vallejo

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Victor Vallejo, a longtime first assistant director, died May 25 of natural causes in Laguna Hills. He was 90.Vallejo entered the film industry in the 1930s, working in the wardrobe department at…

Benny Waters

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Benny Waters, a saxophonist, clarinetist and singer who spent 70 years touring the world, died Aug. 11 of natural causes in Columbia, Md. He was 96. Waters toured clubs and festivals around the world…

Marion Pierce

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Marion Pierce, wife of veteran character actor Stack Pierce, died June 28 of cancer in Palm Desert. She was 62. In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, a daughter, 13 grandchildren…

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O.Z. Whitehead

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Film actor O.Z. Whitehead, who appeared in “The Grapes of Wrath” and “A Song Is Born,” died July 29 in Dublin, Ireland, after a long bout with cancer. He was 87. Born in New York on March 1, 1911…

Sylvia Field Truex

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Sylvia Field Truex, a longtime legit and feature actress who is perhaps most remembered as the kindly Mrs. Wilson on the early 1960s TV series “Dennis the Menace,” died July 31 in a nursing home in…

Christopher Sylbert

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Christopher Sylbert, a set painter on such films as “Heaven Can Wait” and “Blowout,” died of pneumonia July 24 at his home in North Hollywood following a lengthy battle with multiple sclerosis. He…

Wade Dominguez

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Wade Dominguez, an actor who made his breakthrough as a lead student in the film “Dangerous Minds,” died Wednesday at Midway Hospital in Los Angeles from respiratory failure. He was 32. In “Minds,”…

Sylvia Hirsch

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Sylvia Hirsch, one of the first women agents to mine the book and script-writing fields on the West Coast, died Thursday of cancer in her Los Angeles home. She was 86. Hirsch began her career in…

Eldon Shamblin

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Eldon Shamblin, a rhythm guitarist who helped create the sound of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, died Aug. 5 of heart failure in Tulsa, Okla. He was 82. Shamblin contributed a jazz influence to…

'Rounders' rolls dice

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Hot on the heels of the Monday premiere of its "54," Miramax kept the ball rolling Tuesday with the preem of John Dahl's "Rounders," which offers a glimpse into the underworld of professional card…

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