Bob Guccione was the founder and publisher of the adult magazine Penthouse.
Did you know that he resigned from his publisher position in November 2003.
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Édouard Ignacz Weiczorkiewicz[ was a French-Canadian professional wrestler better known by his ring name Édouard Carpentier. In a career that spanned from the 1950s into the 1970s, he garnered several world championships died from a heart attack he was , 84.
(July 17, 1926 - October 30, 2010)
Born Édouard Weicz on July 17, 1926 in Roanne, Loire, France to a Russian father and a Polish mother, he joined the French underground resistance during the period of German occupation during World War II and was subsequently awarded the Croix de Guerre and the Croix des combattant medals by the French government at the close of the war.
He moved to Montreal, Canada in 1956, becoming a Canadian citizen. He also became an all around athlete with gymnastic skills.
An early proponent of “scientific” wrestling, Carpentier was a crowd favorite who delighted fans with acrobatic leaps from the turnbuckles and a variety of other aerial maneuvers such as the rope-aided twisting headscissors. He was one of the first wrestlers to regularly use such maneuvers. He was always a fan favorite in his bouts and was matched against numerous villains, perhaps the most well known of whom was the legendary Killer Kowalski.
The highpoint of his career was his NWA World Heavyweight Championship reign from 1956 to 1957. He won the title in a disputed contest against Lou Thesz on June 14, 1957. Some NWA territories and officials recognized the disputed win as a legitimate title change, while others did not. This led to the split of the NWA and led to the creation of the American Wrestling Association and other organizations, all with their own world titles. He was later recognized as the first holder of the AWA’s Omaha version of the World Heavyweight Championship. He eventually dropped the belt to Verne Gagne.
Carpentier headlined Madison Square Garden three times in 1962 with tag team partner Bobo Brazil. They had two main events against Buddy Rogers & Handsome Johnny Barend; another against Rogers & Killer Kowalski. He also teamed numerous times with Antonino Rocca, as well as with Argentine Apollo. In solo matches at the Garden, he defeated Giant Baba, Skull Murphy, Magnificent Maurice, and Hans Mortier.
After his retirement, Carpentier operated a school for teaching professional wrestling skills. He also operated in the early 1980s as a babyface colour commentator, alongside heel play-by-play host Guy Hauray, for the Montreal-based Grand Prix Wrestling, and then, together for the World Wrestling Federation, when the WWF bought the Montreal territory in 1985. They hosted the French edition of the WWF television show Superstars, sold to French-speaking countries. He was replaced by former French-Canadian wrestler Raymond Rougeau in 1992.
On October 30, 2010, Carpentier died of a heart attack at his home in Montreal. He had also suffered a heart attack in 2000. Carpentier had been in poor health for many years, battered from his acrobatic, high-flying style. 
- Finishing moves
Championships and accomplishments
- Atlantic Athletic Commission
- World Heavyweight Championship (Boston version) (1 time)
- International Wrestling Alliance
- IWA World Heavyweight Championship (Chicago version) (1 time)
- Lutte Internationale (Montreal)
- Montreal Athletic Commission / International Wrestling Alliance
- International Heavyweight Championship (Montreal version) (5 times)
- World Wrestling Association (Los Angeles)
1Carpentier was awarded the title by disqualification when Thesz could not continue the match due to a back injury. For 71 days, the NWA recognized the title as being in dispute between Carpentier and Thesz.
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Harry Kurt Victor Mulisch was a Dutch author. He wrote more than 30 novels, plays, essays, poems and philosophical reflections. These have been translated into at more than 20 languages died from cancer he was , 83.
Along with W.F. Hermans and Gerard Reve, Mulisch is considered one of the “Great Three” of Dutch postwar literature. His novel The Assault became a 1986 film which won both a Golden Globe and an Academy Award. A 2007 poll revealed his 1992 novel The Discovery of Heaven as the “Best Dutch Book Ever”. He was regularly thought of as a possible future Nobel laureate.
Mulisch was associated with accessories such as his spectacles and pipe.
(July 29, 1927 – October 30, 2010)
Mulisch was born in Haarlem and lived in Amsterdam from 1958, following the death of his father in 1957, until the end of his own life. Mulisch’s father was from Austria-Hungary and emigrated to the Netherlands after the First World War. During the German occupation in World War II his father worked for a German bank, which also dealt with confiscated Jewish assets. His mother, Alice Schwarz, was Jewish. Mulisch and his mother escaped transportation to a concentration camp thanks to Mulisch’s father’s collaboration with the Nazis, however his maternal grandmother died in a gas chamber. Mulisch was mostly raised by his parents’ housemaid, Frieda Falk. Mulisch said of himself, he did not just write about World War II, he was WWII.
Mulisch died in 2010. His death occurred at his Amsterdam home and his family were with him at the time. His publisher released a statement confirming the news. Not long before his death Mulisch had made television appearances and was well dressed when dealing with visitors. Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte described this as “a loss for Dutch literature and the Netherlands”.
Culture minister Halbe Zijlstra bemoaned the demise of the “Big Three” as Gerard Reve and Willem Frederik Hermans had already died. Marlise Simons of The New York Times said his “gift for writing with clarity about moral and philosophical themes made him an enormously influential figure in the Netherlands and earned him recognition abroad”. The L Magazine‘s Mark Ashe quoted the American editions of his novels by referring to him as “Holland’s Greatest Author” and “Holland’s most important postwar writer”.
Mulisch gained international recognition with the film The Assault (1986), which was based on his book The Assault (1982). It received an Oscar and a Golden Globe for best foreign movie and has been translated into more than twenty languages.
His novel The Discovery of Heaven (1992) is considered his masterpiece, it was voted “the best Dutch-language book ever” by Dutch readers in a 2007 newspaper poll. “It is the book that shaped our generation; it made us love, even obsess, with reading,” said Peter-Paul Spanjaard, 32, a lawyer in Amsterdam at the time of Mulisch’s death. It was filmed in 2001 as The Discovery of Heaven by Jeroen Krabbé, starring Stephen Fry.
Among the many awards he received for individual works and his total body of work, the most important is the Prijs der Nederlandse Letteren (Prize of Dutch Literature, a lifetime achievement award) in 1995.
 Themes in his work
A frequent theme in his work is the Second World War. His father had worked for the Germans during the war and went to prison for three years afterwards. As the war spanned most of Mulisch’s formative phase, it had a defining influence on his life and work. In 1963, he wrote a non-fiction work about the Eichmann case: Criminal Case 40/61. Major works set against the backdrop of the Second World War are De Aanslag (The Assault), Het stenen bruidsbed, and Siegfried, the latter an attempt to examine why so many Germans responded to Hitler’s charisma
Mulisch often incorporated ancient legends or myths in his writings, drawing on Greek mythology (e.g. in De Elementen), Jewish mysticism (in De ontdekking van de Hemel and De Procedure), well known urban legends and politics (Mulisch was politically left-wing, once signing a book “dedicated in admiration” to Fidel Castro). Mulisch’s works are widely read.
In 1984 he delivered the Huizinga Lecture in Leiden, The Netherlands, under the title: Het Ene (the unifying principle).
- Archibald Strohalm (1952; novel)
- Tussen hamer en aambeeld (“Between hammer and anvil”, 1952; novella)
- Chantage op het leven (“Blackmail on life”, 1953; short story)
- De Diamant (“The Diamond”, 1954; novel)
- De Sprong der Paarden en de Zoete Zee (“The Jump of Horses and the Sweet Sea”, 1955; novel)
- Het mirakel (“The miracle”, 1955; short stories)
- Het Zwarte licht (“The Black Light”, 1957; novel)
- Manifesten (“Manifestos”, 1958; essays)
- Het Stenen Bruidsbed (“The Stone Bridal Bed”, 1959; novel)
- Tanchelijn (1960; play)
- De knop (“The button”, 1961; play)
- Voer voor Psychologen (“Food for psychologists”, 1961; autobiography)
- Wenken voor de bescherming van uw gezin en uzelf, tijdens de Jongste Dag (“Tips for the Protection of Your Family and Yourself During the Last Judgment”), 1961; essays)
- De Zaak 40/61 (“Criminal Case 40/61″, 1963; report on the Eichmann trial)
- Bericht aan de Rattenkoning (“Message to the Rat King”, 1966; essay on the Provos revolts in Amsterdam in the 1960s)
- Wenken voor de Jongste Dag (“Tips for the Last Judgment”, 1967; essays)
- Het woord bij de daad (“The word added to the deed”, 1968; essays)
- Reconstructie (“Reconstruction”, 1969; essays)
- Paralipomena Orphica (“Paralipomena Orphica”, 1970; essays)
- De Verteller (“The Narrator”, 1970; novel)
- De Verteller verteld: Kommentaar, Katalogus, Kuriosa en een Katastrofestuk (“The Narrator being narrated: Comments, Catalogue, Curiosities and a Piece of Catastrophe, 1971; essay on The Narrator)
- De toekomst van gisteren (“Yesterday’s future”, 1972; essay on a book the author cannot write)
- Oidipous Oidipous (1972; play)
- Woorden, woorden, woorden (“Words, words, words”, 1973; poetry)
- De vogels (“The Birds”, 1974; poetry)
- Mijn Getijdenboek (“My book of hours”) (1975; autobiography)
- Tegenlicht (1975; poetry)
- Kind en Kraai (1975; poetry)
- Twee Vrouwen (“Two Women”, 1975; novel) (filmed as Twice a woman)
- Oude Lucht (1977; stories)
- Opus Gran (1982; poetry)
- De Aanslag (The Assault, 1982; novel); see above.
- De Kamer (1984; stories)
- Hoogste Tijd (“Last Call”, 1985; novel);
- De Pupil (“The Pupil”, 1987; novel)
- De Elementen (“The Elements”, 1988; novel)
- De Ontdekking van de Hemel (The Discovery of Heaven, 1992; novel); see above.
- De Procedure (“The Procedure”, 1999; novel)
- Het Theater, de brief en de waarheid (“The Theatre, the Letter and the Truth”, 2000; novel); “Boekenweekgeschenk“.
- Siegfried (2001; novel)
 Honours and awards
- 1977: Knight of the Order of Orange-Nassau (Netherlands)
- 1992: Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau (Netherlands)
- 1997: Commander of the Order of the Netherlands Lion
- 2001: Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters (France)
- 2002: Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
- 1951: Reina Prinsen Geerligs Award, for the novel “archibald strohalm”
- 1957: De Bijenkorf Literary Award, for the novel “The Black Light”
- 1957: Anne Frank Award, for novel “archibald strohalm”
- 1961: Athos Prize, for lifetime achievement
- 1961: ANV-Visser Neerlandia Prize, for the play “Tanchelijn”
- 1963: Vijverberg Prize, for the report “Criminal Case 40/61″
- 1977: Constantijn Huygens Prize, for lifetime achievement
- 1977: Cestoda Prize
- 1977: P. C. Hooft Award, for lifetime achievement
- 1986: Deep Sea Award, for the novel “The Assault”
- 1993: Multatuli Prize, for the novel “The Discovery of Heaven”
- 1993: Mecca Award, for the novel “The Discovery of Heaven”
- 1995: Dutch Literature Prize, for his whole oeuvre
- 1999: Libris Literature Prize, for the novel “The procedure”
- 1999: Prix Jean Monnet de Littérature Européenne, French prize for the novel “The Discovery of Heaven”
- 2003: Inktaap prize, for the novel “Siegfried”
- 2003: Premio Flaiano, Italian prize for literature
- 2007: Prix européen des jeunes lecteurs, French prize for the novel “Siegfried”
- 2007: Honorary Doctorate from the University of Amsterdam
- 2007: Premio Nonino, Italian prize for literature
- 2007: Prize for best Dutch novel of all time, for the novel “The Discovery of Heaven”
- 2009: Golden Century Award, for his entire oeuvre
Nachi Nozawa (野沢 那智 Nozawa Nachi ) was a Japanese seiyū, actor, and theatre director from Tokyo. He was affiliated with Office PAC at the time of his death. His real name was Yasutomo Nozawa (野沢 那智 Nozawa Yasutomo ). Nozawa was best known for dubbing over Bruce Willis and Alain Delon, as well as his roles in Space Adventure Cobra (as Cobra), Dororo (as Hyakkimaru), Gokū no Daibōken (as Sanzo), and the Sakura Wars series (as Kazuma Shinguji/Oni-Oh) Nozawa died at a Tokyo hospital of lung cancer. He was 72 years old at the time of his death.
(January 13, 1938 – October 30, 2010)
He has been a prolific anime voice actor, and has also directed theater. Nozawa was affiliated with Office PAC.
http://www.youtube.com/v/GWZh-YtT_o4?fs=1&hl=en_US voice of bruce willis
Nozawa’s earliest anime voice acting credits come from 1963, when he provided voices for Astro Boy and Ookami Shonen Ken. In the 1960’s, he also provided voices for Goku no Daiboken, Kyojin no Hoshi, Dororo, and Under Sea Marine Boy. In the 1970’s, Nozawa provided voice for Osamu Tezuka’s Cleopatra film, Gatchaman, Animation Kikou Marco Polo no Boken, The Rose of Versailles, and the film Undersea Super Train: Marine Express.
Nozawa was very busy providing anime voices during the 1980’s. He contributed his talents to Be Forever Yamato (a Space Battleship Yamato film), Dracula: Sovereign of the Damned, Tsurikichi Sampei, the film Bremen 4: Angels in Hell, Dr. Slump, Queen Millennia, Queen Millennia Movie, Andromeda Stories, Space Adventure Cobra (as the main character, Cobra), Galactic Patrol Lensman, Glass no Kamen, the film Lensman, Wata no Kuni Hoshi, the film Ai City, Tobira o Akete, Dragon Ball Movie 2: Sleeping Princess in Devil’s Castle, the film Murasaki Shikibu Genji Monogatari, Ace wo Nerae! 2, Ace wo Nerae! Final Stage, Bride of Deimos, Kasei Yakyoku, Legend of the Galactic Heroes, and Lupin III: Secret Files.
While Nozawa could still be heard in anime in the 1990’s, the overall amount of anime voice work he did in that decade is noticeably less than it had been in the 1980’s. During this decade, his voice could be heard in the film Crayon Shin-chan: Action Kamen vs. Haigure Mao, Lupin III: Voyage to Danger, Mobile Fighter G Gundam, Ijiwaru Baasan, the film Lupin III: Dead or Alive, the film Lupin III: The Secret of Twilight Gemini, the film Hermes – Winds of Love, the Sakura Wars OAV, Vampire Princess Miyu, Reign: The Conqueror, and Sakura Wars 2.
Nozawa’s anime voice acting work went back up in the 2000’s. During the decade, his voice could be heard in Alexander: The Movie, Ghost Stories, One Piece: The Movie, Sakura Wars, Hellsing, Salaryman Kintaro, Asobotto Senki Goku, Demon Lord Dante, Hanada Shonen-shi, Lupin III: Return of Pycal, Macross Zero, Pokemon Advance, Space Pirate Captain Herlock The Endless Odyssey, The Galaxy Railways, Black Jack, Monster, Ragnarok The Animation, the film Black Jack: The Two Doctors of Darkness, Last Order Final Fantasy VII, Naruto the Movie: Legend of the Stone of Gelel, Shinshaku Sengoku Eiyuu Densetsu Sanada Jyuu Yuushi The Animation, Kekkaishi, Claymore, Devil May Cry, MapleStory, Mokke, Cobra the Animation: The Psychogun, Real Drive, To Love-Ru, Cobra the Animation: Time Drive, and Soten Koro.
In addition to anime, Nozawa has provided voices for Japanese dub versions of English films and television series. He has provided voices for C3P0 in the original Star Wars trilogy, a character in The Man from U.N.K.L.E., Doc and Grunge in the live-action Fraggle Rock series, a character in The Beverly Hillbillies, a scientist Skeksis in The Dark Crystal, and for John McClane in the various Die Hard films. Nozawa has also provided voices in the Japanese video games for Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep, Crisis Core Final Fantasy VII, Dirge of Cereberus-Final Fantasy VII, Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, and Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories.
Sadly, Nachi Nozawa passed away from lung cancer on Saturday, October 30, 2010. He was 72 years old at the time of his death.
- Monkey Typhoon (Professor D)
- Reign (Aristotle)
- Glass Mask (’84 series) (Masumi Hayame)
- Mobile Fighter G Gundam (Sai Pairon)
- Sakura Wars series (Oni-ou, Kazuma Shingūji)
- Space Adventure Cobra (Cobra)
- Astro Boy (Black Jack)
- Devil May Cry (Sid)
- Dororo (Hyakkimaru)
- Hellsing (Father Alexander Anderson)
- The Rose of Versailles (Hans Axel von Fersen)
- Pokémon Advanced Generation (Ukon)
- MapleStory (anime) (Zakteman)
- Last Order: Final Fantasy VII (Professor Hojo)
- Ragnarok the Animation (Zephyrus)
- Kekkaishi (Heisuke Matsudo)
- Naruto the Movie 2: Great Clash! The Illusionary Ruins at the Depths of the Earth (Kahiko)
- Dragon Ball: Sleeping Princess in Devil’s Castle (Lucifer)
- Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories (Vexen)
- Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days (Vexen)
- Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep (Even)
- Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII (Professor Hojo)
- Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII (Professor Hojo)
- Sakura Wars (Kazuma Shinguji)
- Sakura Wars 2 (Kazuma Shinguji, Oni-Oh)
- Alain Delon
- Bruce Willis (Die Hard series)
- Clint Eastwood
- Dennis Hopper
- Robert Redford
- Al Pacino
- James Woods (Vampires)
- Dustin Hoffman
- C-3PO (Star Wars series)
- TV dramas
- TV animation
- Wacky Races (Narrator)
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Howard Van Hyning, American percussionist (New York City Opera), died from myocardial infarction he was , 74
Howard Martin Van Hyning was an American percussionist who was best known for his work with the New York City Opera died from myocardial infarction he was , 74. He built a collection of more than 1,000 percussion instruments that he would make available to orchestras for performances and which included an array of gongs that were specifically constructed for use in performances of Turandot by Giacomo Puccini. Van Hyning taught at Mannes College The New School for Music.
(January 9, 1936 – October 30, 2010)
Van Hyning was born on January 9, 1936 in Umatilla, Florida. He earned his undergraduate degree and a master’s from the Juilliard School, which he attended on a scholarship, studying percussion under the instruction of Morris Goldenberg and Saul Goodman. He spent two years with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
Having been hired by the New York City Opera in 1966, he became the orchestra’s principal percussionist, serving for 40 years before he was forced to retire from the company in 2006 due to Parkinson’s disease. During his career he amassed a collection of rare and unusual percussion instruments, including a unique set of 13 gongs constructed by the Tronci family specifically for Puccini. Van Hyning had been searching for a proper set of gongs and obtained the original set from the Stivanello Costume Company, which had acquired the gongs as the result of winning a bet. In 1987 he bought the gongs for his collection, paying thousands of dollars for the set, which he described as having “colorful, intense, centered and perfumed” sound qualities. He founded Van Percussion as a company that would rent out his rare and unusual instruments to orchestras around the world.
A resident of Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, Van Hyning died at the age of 74 on October 30, 2010, at his home there due to a heart attack. He was survived by his wife, Marlene Piturro, as well as by a daughter and a son.
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Geoffrey Crawley, British photographer and editor, debunked Cottingley Fairies mystery died he was , 83
Geoffrey Crawley was a photographic expert and journalist, and was the editor in chief of British Journal of Photography for two decades. He was noted for exposing the photographs of the Cottingley Fairies taken in the early 20th century as a hoax died he was , 83.
(10 December 1926 – 29 October 2010)
Crawley was born in 1926 in Bow in London, and moved with his parents to Southend-on-Sea when he was four years old, later moving to Leigh-on-Sea. He was educated at Westcliff High School for Boys, and during World War II he was evacuated to Derbyshire where he was placed with a miner and his family. Already skilled at the piano, Crawley convinced his hosts to purchase a piano to allow him to continue practising. As a child he learned photography from his father. He showed early talent at the piano, and pursued a performance career. He also studied French and German at Selwyn College at the University of Cambridge. Ill health forced him to abandon both his plans to become a professional musician and his studies.
Crawley enjoyed a long career with BJP, joining in the 1960s as a contributor. He became the technical editor, and was promoted to editor in 1967, a position he held for 21 years. Following the sale of the magazine, he reassumed the position of technical editor, continuing until 2000, when he was in his seventies. In 2000 he moved to the Amateur Photographer, where he was a contributor until shortly before his death.
In the 1980s, he published a series of articles debunking the Cottingley Fairies hoax, a series of photographs that had been taken by Elsie Wright and Frances Griffiths starting in 1917 that purported to show the girls together with actual fairies and were used by Arthur Conan Doyle and others as evidence of the existence of supernatural entities. While there were longstanding claims that the photographs were hoaxes, Crawley undertook “a scientific and analytical approach” to analyzing the images starting in the 1970s. After studying the capabilities of some of the cameras that had been used to take the photos, Crawley concluded that they would have been unable to capture images as sharp as the ones in the purported unaltered photographs. In a series of articles published in the British Journal of Photography in the early 1980s, Crawley concluded that the images had been manipulated and that the fairies were a hoax. The cousins would later admit that one of the girls had copied images of fairies from a book onto cardboard cutouts that were then photographed. Frances insisted that the final photo in the series was genuine, though Elsie acknowledged that they were all fakes.
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(May 25, 1963 – October 29, 2010)
Hickenlooper was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He attended high school at St. Louis University High, where he was part of a group of teenage filmmakers he informally called the “Splicers”.
After graduating from Yale University with a B.A. in History and Film Studies in 1986, Hickenlooper interned for the producer Roger Corman, and launched his directing career with Art, Acting, and the Suicide Chair: Dennis Hopper in 1988.
His first feature-length documentary, Hearts of Darkness, explored the making of Apocalypse Now. It won several awards, including the National Board of Review award for “Best Documentary”, an American Cinema Editors award for “Best Edited Documentary”, two Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awards for “Outstanding Individual Achievement – Informational Programming – Directing” and “Outstanding Individual Achievement – Informational Programming – Picture Editing”, and the International Documentary Association award. Hickenlooper himself won an Emmy for direction.
George Hickenlooper’s cousin, John Hickenlooper, who is the mayor of Denver, Colorado and Governor-elect of Colorado, made a cameo appearance as a fictional senator in Hickenlooper’s 2010 film Casino Jack.
In addition to his films, Hickenlooper authored a 1991 book, Reel Conversations.
Hickenlooper died in his sleep on October 29, 2010. Despite initial reports that Hickenlooper had suffered a heart attack, the coroner ruled that his death was the result of accidental painkiller overdose, combining oxymorphone with alcohol. Sleep apnea and a “moderately enlarged heart” were contributing factors. He is survived by his wife Suzanne, son Charles, a younger brother, and his mother and father.
- Art, Acting, and the Suicide Chair: Dennis Hopper, 1988
- Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse, 1991
- Picture This: The Times of Peter Bogdanovich in Archer City, Texas, 1991
- Ghost Brigade (aka The Killing Box), 1993
- Some Folks Call it a Sling Blade, 1994
- The Low Life, 1995
- Persons Unknown, 1996
- Dogtown, 1997
- The Big Brass Ring, 1997
- Monte Hellman: American Auteur, 1997
- The Big Brass Ring, 1999
- The Man from Elysian Fields, 2001
- Being Mick, 2001
- Mayor of the Sunset Strip, 2003
- Bizarre Love Triangle, 2005
- Factory Girl, 2006
- Speechless, 2008
- Out in the City, 2009
- ‘Hick’ Town, 2009
- Casino Jack, 2010
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Who is David Michael Navarro? The entertainment and Alternative Rock world knows him as Dave Navarro. Navarro is an American guitarist who plays in the alternative rock band Jane’s Addiction and cover band Camp Freddy. He has also played with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nine Inch Nails, and The Panic Channel.
Navarro was born June 7, 1967 in Santa Monica, California, to James Raul Navarro and Constance Colleen Hopkins. Navarro’s paternal grandfather was an illegal Mexican immigrant. His mother Constance worked as a model, appearing on the television show Let’s Make a Deal. Navarro was the only person in his paternal family who did not speak Spanish. This was a result of James and Constance’s divorce when Navarro was 7, and he spent the majority of his time with his mother. He attended Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, CA. He later transferred to University High School in Los Angeles, CA.
Constance Navarro was murdered by her boyfriend eight years after the divorce. Her killer was arrested in 1991, thanks to a viewer tip after Navarro appeared on the television series, America’s Most Wanted. After his mother’s death, he moved in with his father.
Navarro has been married and divorced three times. He married his first wife, make-up artist Tania Goddard, in a pagan ceremony in 1990 and his second wife, Rhian Gittins, in a civil ceremony on October 15, 1994. Navarro married model and actress Carmen Electra, on November 22, 2003. On July 17, 2006, Navarro and Electra announced their split to Star Magazine. Navarro posted a message on his blog the following morning saying “I just want to say thanks for all of your love and support. I’m sure that you can understand that I wish to keep all personal matters private.” Electra filed for divorce on August 8, 2006.
Dave Navarro’s cousin is Dan Navarro who is best known for being half of the folk rock duo Lowen and Navarro.
On his Instructional Guitar DVD Navarro tells how he started playing guitar at the age of 7 after hearing a Jimi Hendrix song at a skate park.
Navarro joined the band Jane’s Addiction in 1986 as the lead guitarist after he was recommended to vocalist Perry Farrell by drummer Perkins. The band also featured Navarro’s childhood friend Eric Avery on bass. The band became successful and was popular in the alternative-rock music scene. Personal tensions, however, led to their breakup in 1991. The Lollapalooza festival was created by Farrell as a farewell tour for Jane’s Addiction.
After the departure of Guns N’ Roses‘ original rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin in August 1991, Navarro was the first choice of lead singer Axl Rose to replace Stradlin. However, despite four attempts to have him come in and play with Slash, he never showed up. However, he later went on to play on the 1999 Guns N’ Roses song “Oh My God“http://www.youtube.com/v/JtE9irhpDUk?fs=1&hl=en_US, which was featured on the End of Days soundtrack. In 1993, Navarro formed Deconstruction with Avery on vocals and bass and Michael Murphy on drums, and the band put out one self-titled album in 1994. Rick Rubin was involved in the production and Gibby Haynes makes a guest appearance. They did not tour due to Avery’s exhaustion after Jane’s Addiction.
Navarro joined the Red Hot Chili Peppers in September 1993. His first performance with the band was at Woodstock ’94. The only album in which Navarro played with the Red Hot Chili Peppers – One Hot Minute – was released in 1995. The album was a commercial success and fan favorite but received mixed reviews despite producing three hit singles. After two years of touring on and off, and his subsequent heroin relapse, Navarro was fired in 1998.
The album Trust No One marked his solo debut in the summer of 2001. In 2002, Jane’s Addiction reformed with bass player Chris Chaney, and started work on a new album. The band entered the studio with veteran rock producer, Bob Ezrin resulting in the album Strays and the Lollapalooza 2003 tour in support of the album.
Navarro began working with Camp Freddy during this time. In 2003 Dave and his fiancé, Carmen Electra, agreed to have their wedding preparations filmed for an MTV show entitled, Til Death Do Us Part. Camp Freddy played at the reception. The show was a great success and was released on DVD Fall 2005. Dave’s book, Don’t Try This At Home was released on October 5, 2004 with Regan books, and quickly became a Los Angeles Times bestseller.
Dave co-hosted 2 seasons of the Mark Burnett ROCKSTAR reality series INXS and SUPERNOVA with Brooke Burke. Dave and his band The Panic Channel released their album One in August of 2006. They toured with Rockstar Supernova in January/February of 2007. During this time Dave began his own internet radio station: SPREAD RADIO LIVE. He soon broadened his creativity with an internet talk show called: Dave Navarro’s SPREAD TV which was broadcast on Maniatv.com and is currently available for download on iTunes. The show highlighted a myriad of avant-garde subjects, artistry, and the human condition. Videos from the series are also available on Navarro’s YouTube channel.
In 2007 Navarro also teamed with Teravision to direct his first adult movie Broken starring Sasha Grey in the first of a planned series of celebrity-directed adult movies. This effort won “Best High End All-Sex Release” at the 2008 AVN Awards. Navarro has also made appearances in Season 1 and Season 2 of Z Rock with Brooklyn-based band ZO2 on IFC .
Jane’s Addiction reunited once more in 2008 with all of the original members. The notoriously tumultuous band’s reunion was widely credited to NME magazine for choosing Jane’s Addiction as the recipient of their “Godlike Genius Award for Services to Music”. Soon after performing together for the first time in 17 years at the NME Award ceremony in Los Angeles, the band was contacted by Trent Reznor. Trent began working with Jane’s Addiction in his studio; they remixed and released two songs (Chip Away http://www.youtube.com/v/OIKz-_zP1yI?fs=1&hl=en_US & Whores
http://www.youtube.com/v/ejQL7rNepGQ?fs=1&hl=en_US ) online.(NINJA 2009 Tour Sampler This time together in the studio led directly to the pairing of Nine Inch Nails and Jane’s Addiction for a worldwide tour in 2009. The tour was cleverly branded the NIN/JA tour by fans.
During August 2009, Navarro toured southern California as part of the Billy Corgan-led band Spirits in the Sky.
Jane’s Addiction is currently in the process of writing an album planned for release in the Fall of 2011. The band played several intimate club shows in Los Angeles during 2010, including Bardot &The Roxy, marking the live debut of Duff McKagan on bass player.
Dave currently plays shows in the US with DJ Skribble, mixing guitar, hip hop beats and acapella. He also continues to play various shows with Camp Freddy.
Until early July 2010, Navarro had a weekly internet radio show called Dark Matter on http://www.Indie1031.com. The show aired every Wednesday night from 10pm-12am PST. It was a mix of Dave’s favorite music, witty banter between hosts, guests and callers, and the exploration of various topical issues. Archieved podcasts of the radio show can be found on Dave Navarro’s iTunes page.
Equipment of choice
During the first few years of Jane’s Addiction, Dave played a black Gibson Les Paul. Around the time of the band’s major label debut Nothing’s Shocking in 1988, he played Ibanez RG series guitars, including one custom painted with the album cover art. He is seen in the film “Gift” and the “Stop” video playing a blue Ibanez RG, which suggests it was used in the recording of the album Ritual de lo Habitual. During the 1990 Ritual tour, he primarily played a custom-shaped single cutaway gold Ibanez.
Dave began using PRS Guitars on the Lollapalooza tour in 1991. His signature model white PRS is now his number one stage guitar. He has several models in his regular stage and studio rig.
He used a Parker Fly Deluxe for the Chili Peppers days during the live versions of “My Friends”. He used it for its super clean tones and its piezoelectric pickup that sounds similar to an acoustic guitar. Dave also openly admits that “It’s one of the ugliest guitars I’ve ever seen”, as quoted from the Dave Navarro instructional DVD.
During this era, Dave went with a more treble based guitar in the Fender Stratocaster. He had several in his possession. All of them were a 3 single coil pattern but he also had a Modulus Stratocaster-like guitar made.
Dave has also been seen playing Kramer (Van Halen Signature) Guitars, Fender Telecasters, Takamine Acoustic 12 strings, and even a Squier Hello Kitty Stratocaster given to him by Carmen.
Since late 2008, Dave’s been seen using either live and in studio a custom white Ibanez RG, with a humbucker/single/single pickup layout, gold hardware, and a PRS style tremolo.
Dave previously used a vintage Marshall JCM800, but now plays through 2 Marshall JCM900 amplifiers which are dubbed Tanjerine and Peach. For large gigs he will also use a Marshall Mode 4 for clean tones. In the studio he is also commonly known to use a Vox AC30 for cleans and a Bogner Uberschall for dirty tones.
With effects, Dave prefers BOSS. He uses a BOSS Octave Pedal, 2 BOSS DD3 Digital Delays, a BOSS Turbo distortion for extra volume during soloing, a Dunlop Cry Baby Wah Pedal and several others.
- With Jane’s Addiction
- 1987 Jane’s Addiction
- 1988 Nothing’s Shocking
- 1990 Ritual de lo Habitual
- 1997 Kettle Whistle
- 2003 Strays
- 2006 Best Up From the Catacombs – The of (Greatest hits album)
- 2009 A Cabinet of Curiosities (Box set)
- With Deconstruction
- 1994 Deconstruction
- With Nine Inch Nails
- 1995 Further Down The Spiral – guitar on “Piggy (Nothing Can Stop Me Now)”http://www.youtube.com/v/NrmGsJkEDNw?fs=1&hl=en_US
- 1995 Rhimorse
- 2001 Trust No One
“Rexall”: U.S. Modern Rock Tracks #12, U.S. Mainstream Rock Tracks #9
“Hungry”: U.S. Modern Rock Tracks #24, U.S. Mainstream Rock Tracks #38
- With Alanis Morissette
- 1995 Jagged Little Pill – guitar on “You Oughta Know“http://www.youtube.com/v/TS3oLs1JF50?fs=1&hl=en_US
- With Marilyn Manson
- 1998 Mechanical Animals – guitar solo on “I Don’t Like The Drugs (But The Drugs Like Me)“http://www.youtube.com/v/6EefPcht54c?fs=1&hl=en_US
- With Guns N’ Roses
- With P.Diddy
- 2001 The Saga Continues… – guitar on “Bad Boy for Life” http://www.youtube.com/v/kRIU_iO-wek?fs=1&hl=en_US
- With Christina Aguilera
- 2002 Stripped – guitar on “Fighter” http://www.youtube.com/v/PstrAfoMKlc?fs=1&hl=en_US
- With Gene Simmons
- 2004 “Asshole” – guitar on “Firestarter” (The Prodigy cover) http://www.youtube.com/v/sXiF1w8i9Oc?fs=1&hl=en_US
- With Glenn Hughes
- 2005 Soul Mover
- With Tommy Lee
- 2005 Tommyland: The Ride – guitar solo on “Tired”http://www.youtube.com/v/Zg8chtvudhQ?fs=1&hl=en_US
- With The Panic Channel
- 2006 (ONe)
- With Shwayze
- 2008 Shwayze – guitar solo on “Flashlight”
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Jack Brokensha, Australian jazz musician, composer and arranger. died from complications from congestive heart failure he was , 84
(5 January 1926 – 28 October 2010)
He initially studied percussion under his father, and played xylophone in vaudeville shows and on radio. He played with the Australian Symphony Orchestra during 1942-44, and played in a band in the Air Force in 1944-46. Forming his own group, he played in Melbourne in 1947-48, Sydney in 1949-50, Brisbane later in 1950, and Adelaide in 1951. In 1953 he moved to Windsor, Ontario, Canada with pianist Bryce Rohde; they formed the Australian Jazz Quartet the following year with Errol Buddle and Dick Healey. This ensemble (sometimes recording as a quintet or sextet) toured together until 1958 after a tour of Australia.
Brokensha then moved to Detroit, Michigan, USA, where he was hired by Berry Gordy of Motown Records as a percussionist, becoming one of the few white members of Motown’s Hitsville U.S.A. recording studio’s house band, The Funk Brothers. He was given the nickname “White Jack”, to distinguish him from Jack Ashford, an African American percussionist nicknamed “Black Jack”. Following further tours Down Under with Sammy Davis, Jr. and Stan Freberg, Brokensha founded his own music production company. He did a session with Art Mardigan in 1963, and after this became more active in disc jockeying and writing music for television. He recorded as a leader again in 1980 and continued to lead his own group well into the 1990s. The Australian Jazz Quartet also reunited for tours and recording in 1994.
- As leader
- And Then I Said (Savoy Records, 1963)
- Holiday Inventions (US Steel, 1968)
- Boutique (AEM Record Group, 1993)
- X-Mazz (AEM Record Group, 1994)
- With the Australian Jazz Quartet
- The Australian Jazz Quintet at the Varsity Drag (Bethlehem, 1957)
- Australian Jazz Quintet Plus One (Bethlehem, 1957)
- Rodgers & Hammerstein (Bethlehem, 1957)
- Free Style (Bethlehem, 1958)
- Three Penny Opera (Bethlehem, 1958)
- Reunion! Recorded Live – Adelaide Town Hall (AEM, 1994)
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Robert Ellenstein was an American film, television and theatre actor and director with a varied career, including a long list of Los Angeles theater productions over several decades, died Oct. 28 of natural causes at a nursing home in West Los Angeles he was , 87. As an L.A. theater director, one of Ellenstein’s most notable productions was his staging of ‘Hamlet’ using only six actors and no props. He appeared in more than 20 films and many television shows.
(18 June 1923 – 28 October 2010)
The son of Meyer Ellenstein, a Newark dentist, Robert Ellenstein grew up in that New Jersey city and saw his father go on to become its two-term mayor. He served in the Air Corps during World War II: earning a Purple Heart during his service. He attended NYU and graduated with honors from the University of Iowa.
He began acting, directing and teaching in Cleveland, Ohio. A veteran of the “Golden Age” of live TV (he played Quasimodo in a live Robert Montgomery Presents (1950) version of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”), for the same show played the lead in “A Case of Identity”, later turned into the film “The Wrong Man”, he was the first actor to play Albert Einstein on TV. Ellenstein made his first film in 1954 (MGM‘s Rogue Cop), he was featured in Alfred Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest”.
He also directed television with an episode of the 1960s sitcom, Love on a Rooftop http://www.youtube.com/v/Pqk_N8itxbM?fs=1&hl=en_USwith Judy Carne and many live TV episodes. Ellenstein had over 200 television appearances. He performed hundreds of stage roles as an actor. He directed dozens theatre productions in New York, Los Angeles and in regional theater. He was artistic director of The Company of Angels and Founding Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Repertory Company. He received a lifetime achievement in theatre award from the LA Weekly in 1988. He is best known for having played the villain in the pilot episode of Moonlighting (1985), and then the Federation President in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986). Ellenstein taught theatre professionally and academically for over 50 years, founding the Academy of Stage and Cinema Arts in Los Angeles.
He died on 28 October, 2010. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Lois, daughter Jan and his two sons, David and Peter, both of whom are artistic directors of theatres.
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Gerard Kelly was a Scottish actor, who appeared in many comedies, most notably in City Lights, Rab C Nesbitt and Scotch and Wry. He also had more serious roles, including the villainous Callum Finnegan in the soap opera Brookside. He remains best known, however, for his starring role in City Lights as the hapless would-be author Willie Melvin. He had a small part in the 1987 critically-acclaimed film Comic Strip Presents… Mr Jolly Lives Next Door.
(27 May 1959 – 28 October 2010)
In 1983, he featured in “Killer”, the pilot episode of crime drama series Taggart.
In 1994 he played Felix Ungar in a Scottish touring production of The Odd Couple, relocated to modern-day Glasgow, alongside Craig Ferguson and his best friend Kate Anthony as Oscar Madison. He reprised the role at the 2002 Edinburgh Fringe, opposite his former City Lights co-star Andy Gray.
In between 2005 and 2007 he appeared in three episodes of Ricky Gervais‘ comedy Extras as Ian “Bunny” Bunton.
In 2006 and 2007 he starred in, and directed, a Scottish play called Rikki and Me celebrating the life of Rikki Fulton, in which he played the role of Jack Milroy.
From 2007 he appeared regularly as Father Henderson, a camp priest in the BBC Radio 4 comedy Fags, Mags and Bags.
Gerard played The Narrator in The Rocky Horror Show in Edinburgh and Aberdeen from June 21, 2010 to July 3, 2010. He was due to revive this performance for one week at the King’s Theatre, Glasgow from November 8 till November 13, 2010.
Kelly was well known for his appearances in pantomime at the King’s Theatre. In 2008, he appeared in Cinderella and, in 2009, featured in Aladdin. He had been due to appear in the 2010 production of Snow White.
Kelly died on 28 October 2010 after collapsing with a brain aneurysm.
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Denise Borino-Quinn was an American television actress who had a recurring role as Ginny Sacramoni, the overweight wife of New York mob boss Johnny Sack in the television series The Sopranos died from liver cancer she was , 46.
(January 6, 1964 – October 27, 2010)
She was born in Roseland, New Jersey. She attended West Essex High School, the same school as Sopranos creator David Chase although nearly 20 years apart.
To obtain the part of Ginny Sacramoni, she attended the casting call in Harrison, New Jersey to support a friend and because she thought it would be fun to watch the crowds. She was picked from 14,000 actresses. Previously, she had been a legal assistant in New Brunswick, New Jersey firm of Hoagland-Longo.
She later lost 175 pounds via stomach stapling.
She married Luke Quinn, Jr., in 2005 and they lived in Bordentown, New Jersey. He died in March 2010. They had no children. She died only seven months later from liver cancer on October 27, 2010 at the age of 46.[
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James Wall, American actor (Captain Kangaroo) and stage manager, died after short illness he was , 92
(December 12, 1917 – October 27, 2010)
Having performed on radio, theater, and in the Army during World War II, Wall worked as a stage manager on Broadway before being hired as the stage manager for the children’s television series Captain Kangaroo by CBS in 1962.http://cnettv.cnet.com/av/video/cbsnews/atlantis2/cbsnews_player_embed.swf In a interview clip that aired on the October 28, 2010, CBS Evening News, Wall recalled how he made the case to Kangaroo’s producers for an African-American character. However, he still had to audition for the role which became Mr. Baxter, a teacher and Captain Kangaroo‘s neighbor. Wall joined the cast in 1968, remaining with the show until 1979; he made a guest appearance in 1981. He was also the stage manager for 41 consecutive years on the US Open Tennis Championships telecasts.
Wall was presented with the Directors Guild of America‘s Franklin J. Schaffner Achievement Award in 1994. He continued to work for CBS in semi-retirement until 2009.
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Glen “Frosty” Little  was a circus clown who served with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus for over 20 years. He was one of only four clowns ever to have been given the title “Master Clown” by the Ringling organization.
(December 5, 1925 – October 26, 2010)
Born in 1925 in Genoa, Nebraska to parents Glen and Elsie, Little saw his first circus at the age of seven, which instilled a life-long love of the circus in him. His nickname “Frosty” was given to him as a boy by his grandfather, who compared him to Jack Frost due to his love of playing in the snow. Little used the pseudonym extensively, even singing his checks “Frosty Little”.http://www.youtube.com/v/H6fjvGkiQLc?fs=1&hl=en_US
Little served in the US Navy during World War II, and was wounded. He learned juggling from a fellow patient while convalescing, a skill that would later help him land his first clowning jobs.
In 1971, he married his wife, Patricia, a photographer and former schoolteacher, with whom he had two daughters. He had an additional daughter by a prior marriage.
Prior to joining the Ringling outfit, Little worked as a postal employee and land surveyor in Colorado. From 1954 to 1956, he performed as a clown at a local amusement park on weekends, wearing a rented costume. In 1956, he went into clowning full-time after he was hired by the Joe King Circus, with which he toured the Rocky Mountain States for half of the year. The rest of the year, he freelanced as a clown at birthday parties and special events. He continued working for the Joe King circus for seven years until its closure in 1962.
With Ringling Brothers
Little also worked for other small outfits like the Tom Mix Show and Sells Floto Circus, but he had long had his eye on “The Greatest Show on Earth” – Ringling Bros. In 1968, he finally got his chance when Ringling Bros. created the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College; Little was in its first graduating class, and at the age of 44, he landed a job with Ringling’s newly split-off second touring unit.
In 1970 Little was promoted to “Boss Clown” of his unit, and from 1980 until his retirement in 1991, he was the circus’ “Executive Clown Director”, overseeing clowns in both units, and writing new gags for the clowns to perform. In his lifetime, he wrote over 300 gag routines. In his later career, Little also served as an advance man for the circus.
From 1980 until its closure in 1997, Little also taught at his alma mater, the Ringling Brothers clown college. In 1988, Little also helped establish the Ringling circus’ first overseas touring unit (based in Japan), choreographing gags and training members of their clown staff.
Among the dignitaries he entertained were US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and US President Richard Nixon. He also appeared on 12 Ringling Bros. TV specials.
Little sustained several injuries over the course of his career, including seven broken ribs, ruined knees, and numerous other injuries that left him with “crooked fingers”. After one accident, he was rushed to the hospital (after completing his performance) still wearing his clown suit.
In 1983, Little was named “Master Clown” by the Ringling organization, only the fourth clown ever to be so named (after Otto Griebling, Bobby Kaye, and Lou Jacobs – Little’s mentor). Little was the last person ever to have been awarded the title, and was the last surviving Master Clown at the time of his death.
Little was inducted into the Clown Hall of Fame in 1991.
After his retirement, Little lived in Burley, Idaho, where he ran a circus museum. In 1996, Little wrote a book on his experiences as a clown, titled Circus Stories: Boss Clown on the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus for More than 20 Years.
In 1977 Little was asked by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune what he would do after he retired from the circus. Little replied, “Leave here? Are you out of your mind? I’m never going to leave here. I’ll always be a clown.”
On October 26, 2010, Little died in Kimberly, Idaho. He was survived by his wife Patricia.
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Lisa Blount, American actress (An Officer and a Gentleman) and Academy Award-winning film producer (The Accountant). died she was , 53
(July 1, 1957, Fayetteville, Arkansas – c. October 25, 2010)
Blount was raised in Jacksonville, Arkansas. She started working in show business with her debut in Sam’s Song (1969). After graduating from Jacksonville High School in 1975, she landed several small television roles.
She is likely best-remembered for her film role as Lynette Pomeroy in An Officer and a Gentleman.
Another memorable role was that of Jim Profit’s outrageous stepmother Bobbi Stakowski in the short-lived but critically-acclaimed Fox TV series Profit. She starred in Prince of Darkness as the love interest to Jameson Parker, who would play a more important role in the story as it progressed. She appeared in season two (1986) of Moonlighting in the episode, “Sleep Talkin’ Guy”.
Blount later became a producer and, along with her husband Ray McKinnon, won the Academy Award for best live action short film for the 2001 film, The Accountant. That film also credits her as wardrobe mistress. Blount produced and acted in the film Chrystal, starring Billy Bob Thornton.
Blount was found dead in her Little Rock, Arkansas, home by her mother on October 27, 2010. The coroner told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that Blount appeared to have died two days earlier. No foul play is suspected, according to the Pulaski County Coroner.
Her mother told RadarOnline.com her daughter had suffered from idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), in which low levels of platelets keep blood from clotting and lead to bleeding and bruising. “I think that might have been part of the problem when she passed away because when I found her she had a purple look on her neck that looked like blood on the surface”, Louise Blount said.
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Richard Thomas Gill was an American economist and opera singer. He held several teaching and administrative positions at Harvard University over a period of twenty-two years died from heart failure he was , 82. He was Assistant Dean of Harvard College, Allston Burr Senior Tutor (Dean) of Leverett House, and Teaching Fellow, Instructor, and Assistant Professor of Economics. In 1963, he received tenure as Lecturer on Economics and Master of Leverett House.
(November 30, 1927 – October 25, 2010)
Gill was born on November 30, 1927, in Long Branch, New Jersey. Though he did not study voice formally, Richard was a boy soprano in his church choir and played the clarinet. At 16 he entered Harvard, where he sang in the glee club. Gill left Harvard to serve in the United States Army where he saw duty during the American Occupation of Japan. After completing his military service, he returned to Harvard, where he completed his undergraduate degree in 1948. He came back to Harvard after doing graduate work in philosophy at the University of Oxford and was named an assistant dean at Harvard at the age of 21. He earned a Ph.D. in economics from the university in 1956.
For over a decade, he directed Economics 1, which became the largest elective course in the previous history of Harvard College. He also taught courses in economic development, public policy, and economic theory for both graduate and undergraduate students.
He was a member of numerous university committees, including the Committee on Educational Policy, the Administrative Board, the Kimball Fund, the Committee on Admissions and Scholarships, and the Ford Faculty Fellowship Program. He was the co-author of a major report on the reform of the Harvard General Education Program, and the sole author of a report on Harvard’s honors and tutorial programs.
Richard Gill left Harvard in 1971 and spent the next decade and a half as an opera singer. He made his debut as principal artist (bass) with the New York City Opera, his roles there including Sarastro (The Magic Flute), Enrico (Anna Bolena), Sir Giorgio (I Puritani), Seneca (Poppea), Colline (La bohème), Pogner (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), and others.
He made his debut with the Metropolitan Opera in 1973. His roles there included Pimen (Boris Godunov), Friar Laurence (Roméo et Juliette), Timur (Turandot), Iero (Siege of Corinth), Commendatore (Don Giovanni), and others.
He appeared as principal artist with the opera companies of Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Boston, Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh, Caracas. Toronto, Edinburgh, Amsterdam, and many others. He was in several world premieres including Philip Glass’s Satyagraha.
He also appeared as a soloist with symphony orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic (under Leonard Bernstein), the Boston Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, and many others. His radio appearances included several Texaco Metropolitan broadcasts, Chicago Lyric broadcasts, and broadcasts of the New York City Opera, New York Philharmonic, and Radio France, Paris. He also appeared in a telecast of Joan of Arc produced by the Canadian National Opera.
While a singer, he was elected to the Board of Governors and subsequently First Vice President of the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA), the principal union for classical operatic singers, ballet dancers, and stage directors in the United States.
Gill was the primary economic analyst on the Annenberg–CPB television series Economics U$A.
He had written 11 textbooks, one novel (The Taking of Farnham Hall: Searching for Reality in the 1960s, 2003), and several short stories.
A resident of Chocorua, New Hampshire, Gill died of heart failure at the age of 82 on October 25, 2010 in Providence, Rhode Island.
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