Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Notable Passings

...Actress Billie Mae Richards, who voiced Rudolph in the television Christmas classic RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER (1964), has passed away at the age of 88.

She was billed as Billy Richards to hide the fact that a woman provided Rudolph's voice. She reprised the role in RUDOLPH'S SHINY NEW YEAR (1976) and RUDOLPH AND FROSTY'S CHRISTMAS IN JULY (1979).

...Actor Kevin McCarthy, who had over 200 film and TV credits dating back to WINGED VICTORY in 1944, has died at the age of 96.

McCarthy's best-known film roles were in DEATH OF A SALESMAN (1951), for which he received an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor, and INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1956). His TV roles include starring on FLAMINGO ROAD (1981) with Mark Harmon. His last credit, a short, was dated this year.

...Actor Harold Gould has passed on, at the age of 86.

Gould had over 190 film and TV credits and was a five-time Emmy nominee. His best-known film work includes THE STING (1973). Like Kevin McCarthy, Gould has a 2010 acting credit.

Gould's survivors include his wife of 60 years.


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