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Ken Curtis

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Ken Curtis, 74, singer and actor who played the scruffy hillbilly deputy Festus Haggen on “Gunsmoke” and appeared in a string of classic John Ford films, died April 27 in Fresno, Calif. Born Curtis…

Michael Pertwee

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Michael Pertwee, 74, British legit and screenwriter who co-authored (with Melvin Frank) the screenplay for “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum,” died April 17 in London, cause unreported…

Johnny Thunders

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Johnny Thunders, 38, rock guitarist/songwriter and founding member of punk rock prototypes the New York Dolls and the Heartbreakers, died April 23 in New Orleans of an apparent drug overdose…

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William Dozier

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William Dozier, 83, who left a career as a theatrical film producer to become a pioneer in producing for network tv, died April 23 in L.A. from a stroke. Dozier’s Greenway Prods. was one of tv’s…

Warren V. Bush

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Warren V. Bush, 65, veteran independent tv producer-writer, died April 16 in Los Angeles of cardiac arrest. He produced major election or special profile films for five U.S. presidents, Truman…

Don Siegel

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Don Siegel, 78, one of Hollywood’s leading action film directors, responsible for the classics “Dirty Harry” and the original “Invasion Of The Body Snatchers,” died April 20 in Nipoma, Calif., after…

Steve Marriott

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Steve Marriott, 44, songwriter whose group Small Faces was one of the top British rockbands of the 1960s, died April 20 in a fire that swept his cottage in the village of Arkeston, northeast of…

Jack Yellen

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Jack Yellen, 98, songwriter whose hits included Franklin D. Roosevelt’s presidential campaign theme song, “Happy Days Are Here Again,” died April 17 in Springville, N.Y. The buoyant Depression-era…

Webb Pierce

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Webb Pierce, 69, Country Music Hall of Fame nominee who had over 50 top 10 hits in the 1950s and ’60s, died Feb. 24 in Nashville of pancreatic cancer. Pierce was known as much for his flamboyant…

Joyce Graeme

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Joyce Graeme, 71, dancer, teacher and choreographer who in the late 1940s directed the Australian National Ballet, died Feb. 26 in Gillingham, England, of unreported causes. Graeme danced major roles…

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