Francisco Bustillos Diaz, better known by his screen name Paquito Diaz, was a veteran Filipino actor and movie director. He specialized in action and comedy died from complications from a stroke he was , 73.
(May 28, 1937 – March 3, 2011)
Early life and career
Diaz was born in Pampanga, Philippines. He was famous for his villain roles, either as the main, supporting or comic relief and he was one of the most popular actors in film industry, although he also had the ability to portray protagonist roles, mostly supporting, or comic relief (with his longtime friend, the late Fernando Poe Jr.. In fact, he had also portrayed a non-villain role in “Walang Matigas Na Tinapay sa Mainit na Kape”.It was his late younger brother, Romy who played as the main villain of the film. Other non-villain appearances include Eagle Squad, where he plays as a dedicated and good police officer as opposed to his other corrupt police roles alongside Robin Padilla, Current Senator Jinggoy Estrada, Edu Manzano, and Jaime Fabregas as the main antagonist, Bayadra (a parody of Viagra) Brothers alongside Jimmy Santos and the late Berting Labra, Estudyante Blues as the father of the character of his son Joko, and Pera O Bayong as Don Juanito Starring Willie Revillame, John Estrada and Randy Santiago with Mark Gil as the right hand man of his character and the main antagonist of that film.
He also appeared in villain roles in comedy films as the main antagonist and also in supporting/non-villain roles that stars mostly Dolphy, Vic Sotto, Joey De Leon, Jimmy Santos, and the late actors Babalu, Panchito and Rene Requiestas.
He suffered from hemorrhagic stroke in 2002 and resided in his wife’s hometown in Daraga, Albay, with his relatives.
His father was an American citizen of Mexican descent. His brother, Romy Diaz, his wife Nena Diaz with children Joko and Cheska are also actors. Before he became an actor, he was a basketball player with his brother Romy Diaz suited up with the FEU Tamaraws in the early 1960s.
After suffering from hypertension and stroke, which at one time left him comatose, he had to sell the family house and lot including his car. His vision was impaired for the same health reasons. He died in Legazpi, Albay on March 3, 2011.
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|Dos Por Dos||1968|
|Alyas 1 2 3||1968|
|Abdul Tapang||1968||Pakitong Bapon|
|Women in Cages||1971||Jorge|
|Ang Mahiwagang Daigdig ni Pedro Penduko||1973|
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|The Quick Brown Fox||1980|
|Diego Sta. Cruz||1980||Pague|
|Bandido sa Sapang Bato||1981|
|In Dis Korner||1982|
|Get My Son Dead or Alive||1982|
|My Juan en Only||1982||Luigi|
|The Killing of Satan||1983||Pito|
|Estong Tutong, Ikalawang Yugto||1983||Kits|
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|Oras ng Kagitingan||1986|
|Musim Magnum 357||1986|
|Humanda Ka, Ikaw ang Susunod||1986|
|Magtago Ka Na Sa Pinanggalingan Mo||1987|
|Jack and Jill||1987|
|Feliciano Luces: Alyas Kumander Toothpick||1987|
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|Target: Maganto||1988||Ka Archie|
|Lorenzo Ruiz the Saint||1988|
|Akyat Bahay Gang||1988|
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|Gawa na Ang Balang Papatay Sa Iyo||1988||Alex|
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|Galit sa Mundo||1989|
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|David Balondo ng Tondo||1990|
|Michael and Madonna||1990||Stevie|
|Karapatan Ko Ang Pumatay…Kapitan Guti||1990|
|Prinsipe Abante At Ang Lihim ng Ibong Adarna||1990|
|Tapos na Ang Lahi Mo: Belaro||1990|
|Mula Paa Hanggang Ulo||1990|
|Daddy Goon||1990||Sgt. Garisma|
|May Isang Tsuper ng Taxi||1990|
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|Estribo Gang: The Jinggoy Sese Story||1992|
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|Hulihin: Probinsiyanong Mandurukot||1993||Mael|
|Enteng Manok: Tari ng Quiapo||1992|
|Deo Dador Berdugo ng Munti||1994|
|Walang Matigas na Tinapay, Sa Mainit na Kape||1994|
|Hindi Pa Tapos Ang Laban||1994|
|Greggy en’ Boogie: Sakyan Mo na Lang, Anna||1994|
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|Cuadro de Jack||1994|
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|Marami Ka Pang Kakaining Bigas||1994|
|O-ha! Ako Pa?||1995||General|
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Al Morgan, American novelist and television producer (The Today Show), died after a long illness he was , 91.
Al Morgan was an American producer of The Today Show during the 1960s, was a novelist best known for his trenchant look at media personalities, The Great Man (Dutton, 1955), which reviewers compared to The Hucksters and Citizen Kane died after a long illness he was , 91..
(January 16, 1920 – March 3, 2011)
It was this novel which popularized the phrase “The Great Unwashed.” As in Citizen Kane, a reporter sets out to gather information on a well-known deceased public figure. Some critics suggested the deceased character, national radio commentator Herb Fuller, was inspired by Arthur Godfrey.
Morgan and José Ferrer collaborated on the screenplay of The Great Man, and it was directed in 1956 by Ferrer who also portrayed the lead role. Time‘s review detailed the story twists:
- The Great Man (Universal-International) is a corrosive, cynical comment on TV-Radio Row. It is directed with vigor and played with bounce, and though it is talky, the talk is amusingly semiliterate in the Madison Avenue manner. Adapted from the novel by Radioman Al Morgan, it focuses on the men who guide the stars of the TV-radio industry, holds them high to show how low they are, and growls: in this business, anything goes, even integrity—if it sells soap and toothpaste.
- Whatever the merits of the argument, the pictorial demonstration is compelling. The Great Man pounces quickly on its subject matter and, from first image to last, never lets go. Aiming a screenful of bile at the industry in general, it releases its most acidulous contempt at a single personality, an “American idol.” Is it a roman a clef? Says Author Morgan: “No one has sued me yet.”
- As the movie opens, the great man dies in an auto crash. A witheringly sardonic radio executive (Keenan Wynn) springs into action. The great man must be replaced. He picks Commentator Jose Ferrer, a promising gossipist on Manhattan night life who is at the halfway point to corruption, with ambition gnawing away at his remaining illusions. But before Ferrer can get the job, he must be okayed by the boss of the network (Dean Jagger). Ferrer makes his pitch at a meeting of the network’s top brass, throwing them a soft sell, very sincere, about how he would conduct the full hour, coast-to-coast memorial show being planned for the dead man as “a portrait in sound of the common man magnified.” As the camera plays on the alert faces of the brass, each attentive but ready to cut off the speaker’s head at the first false note, it is plain that Ferrer’s fate is riding on the words he is improvising. When he finishes, the boss breaks the silence with three words: “I’ll buy it.” That throws the entire network behind Ferrer. He sets off with his tape recorder to find out from those who knew the great man best what he was really like.
- Loved by “150 million of the Great Unwashed” who knew him on the air, the great man was loathed by those who knew him in the flesh. His wife never gave him a divorce, but let him stray at the end of a long leash. Among other places, he strayed into the boudoir of one of his singers (Julie London). Making love to him, she says, “was my way of paying a premium on my job insurance.” By the time the great man’s portrait is filled in by his pressagent (“I was paid to work for him, not to like him”), and by a simple, slightly ridiculous man who gave him his start—winningly played by Ed Wynn (“He was not a nice person”)—what emerges is “a glorified con man with his voice amplified.” The dramatic question: Now that Commentator Ferrer knows what a monumental heel the great man was, will he turn the memorial show into a farce by doing a tearjerker or into a scandal by telling the truth? What he does is an improbable surprise, but well worth seeing. 
- … a smashingly brutal and generally absorbing expose of a piece of deception and hypocrisy within the radio industry… the New Year’s first flash of cynicism… Maybe you have some recollection of Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane. Well, this will remind you of it, especially as it begins. With a witheringly sharp-focus camera and a hard-boiled-reporter approach, cued by a personal narration that is laced with sophisticated slang, Mr. Ferrer, as a radio talker, takes out to “find the story behind” a phenomenally popular air artist, just killed in an accident. The information, gathered from “loved ones,” associates and fans, is to be used to develop a mammoth, one-hour, nationwide memorial program. This, you can see, is very similar to the beginning of “Citizen Kane.” And so are initial developments, as the reporter detects that the deceased was not a saint. From the dead man’s press agent, business manager, employer and ex-girl friend, he discovers that this nationally worshiped “idol” of the airwaves was strictly a heel. This verbally imparted exposition leaves our man mildly amazed. But the thing that really disturbs him is the accumulating indication that his radio sponsors are cold-bloodedly determined to perpetuate the tawdry myth of the “great man.” Knowing, as he does, the dark truth, they still mean to go ahead—and even fake a great deal—with a monstrously mawkish memorial program. 
When Morgan and Ferrer collaborated again two years later on the book for the musical comedy, Oh, Captain!, they were nominated for Broadway’s 1958 Tony Award for Best Musical.
Morgan’s other novels include One Star General (Rinehart & Company, 1959) and Anchor Woman (Stein & Day, 1974).
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Anthony Walter Dayrell Brooke, was appointed His Highness the Rajah Muda of Sarawak (heir apparent; Malay: Yang Amat Mulia Tuan Rajah Muda Sarawak) on 25 August 1937, and succeeded to the title of Rajah in 1963 on the death of his uncle, Rajah Vyner of Sarawak the third and last of the ruling White Rajahs , died he was , 98.
Brooke was the son of Bertram, Tuan Muda of Sarawak and Gladys Palmer, daughter of Sir Walter Palmer, and heiress to part of the Huntley & Palmers biscuit fortune.
(10 December 1912 – 2 March 2011)
Brooke grew up in England and was educated at Eton College, Trinity College, Cambridge and the School of African and Oriental Studies, University of London. Throughout the 1930s he served the Sarawak civil service in various sectors, including the Land and Registry Department, and as a magistrate.
He enlisted in the British Army as a private soldier in November 1941 and served during World War II; between 1941 and 1944 as a Lieutenant in the Intelligence Corps on the staff of the SAC SEAC at Kandy, Ceylon. He was Special Commissioner for Sarawak in the UK from 1944-1945.
Appointed Heir Apparent with the title of Rajah Muda of Sarawak on 25 August 1937, Brooke was granted the personal style of His Highness. Having been responsible for administering Sarawak between 1939 and 1940 in the absence of the Rajah, he was deprived of his styles and titles on 17 January 1940, then dismissed and expelled from the state in September 1941, following a dispute with his uncle, Rajah Vyner, over his marriage to a commoner, Kathleen Hudden, sister of a Sarawak government official.
Brooke was restored as Rajah Muda after consultations between his uncle and father in 1944. He was, however, deprived of his titles again on 12 October 1945.
Rajah Vyner ceded Sarawak to the British Colonial Office, in 1946 in exchange for a sizeable pension for him and his three daughters. Anthony Brooke, the designated heir, initially opposed cession to the Crown along with a majority of the native members of the Council Negri (Parliament). A five-year campaign in Sarawak followed, aimed at revoking the country’s new colonial status, in part directed by Brooke from his house in Singapore. In 1948, after the second British Governor of Sarawak, Duncan Stewart was assassinated by the Malay Sarawakian nationalist Rosli Dhobie, Brooke came under scrunity by MI5, the British intelligence agency, who wanted to “get wind of any other plots he and his associates might be hatching”. No evidence was found that he had known of the assassination plot.
In 1951, Brooke renounced any claim to the title, although he remained, according to some[who?], the pretender to the throne.
- James Bertram Lionel Brooke (born 1940), married firstly Victoria Holdsworth (b. 1949), she would later marry Sir Paul Getty, married second Karen Mary Lappin (b. 1955). He has two sons by his second wife and currently lives in Edinburgh:
- Laurence Nicholas Brooke (born 1983), at London, UK, Educated Bruntsfield School, and The Erasmus Smith School Dublin.
- Jason Desmond Anthony Brooke (born 1985), at London, UK, Educated Bruntsfield School, and The Erasmus Smith School, Dublin. Received a BA (English Literature) from University College Dublin, and an MPhil (International Conflict Studies) from Trinity College Dublin. Elected Captain of the Boats, University College Dublin Boat Club 2007/2008. Brooke is a Life Member of the Sarawak Association, Chairman of the Brooke Heritage Trust, and a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society.
- Angela Carole Brooke (1942-c.1983),
- Celia Margaret Brooke (born 1944), married first to Pirzada Murshidzada David Ray Harper Inayat Khan (son of Inayat Khan), married secondly Marcel Captier of Rennes le Chateau. She had a daughter by her first husband:
- Sura-un-Nissa Dorée des Anges Brooke Harper (b. 1971), she has one son;
- Leandro Brooke Harper (b. 1992).
- Sura-un-Nissa Dorée des Anges Brooke Harper (b. 1971), she has one son;
They divorced in 1965. Anthony Brooke lived for various periods in London, Sussex and at Findhorn community in Scotland. In 1982 he married a fellow peace activist; Brigitte (Gita) Keller (born in 1931 in Copenhagen to the Reverend Paul H. Lange) founded Operation Peace Through Unity (OPTU) in Sweden in 1975. From 1987 until Brooke’s death in 2011 they lived together in Wanganui, New Zealand. Brooke was a traveller and lecturer, supporting various movements for peace and universal understanding.
Brooke died at his home in Wanganui, New Zealand on 2 March 2011 at the age of 98. Coincidentally, his death coincided with the anniversary of the deaths of 4 members of the Sarawak Anti-Cession Movement (Rosli Dhoby, Awang Ramli Amit, Bujang Suntong and Awang Ramli Amit) who were hanged at Kuching Central Prison on the same date in 1950.
Titles from birth
- Anthony Brooke, Esq. (10 December 1912 – 24 August 1937)
- H.H. The Rajah Muda of Sarawak (25 August 1937 – 16 January 1940)
- Anthony Brooke, Esq. (17 January 1940 – November 1941)
- Private Anthony Brooke (November 1941 – 16 January 1944)
- H.H. The Rajah Muda of Sarawak (17 January 1944 – 1944)
- Lieutenant H.H. The Rajah Muda of Sarawak (1944 – 12 October 1945)
- Lieutenant Anthony Brooke, titular Rajah Muda of Sarawak (12 October 1945 – February 1951)Renounced claim as heir apparent, 1951
- Titular H.H. The Rajah of Sarawak (9 May 1963–2 March 2011) He does not exercise any claim, although he succeeded to the right in 1963, upon Vyner’s death
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Bernard Cywinski, American architect (Apple Store), partner and founder of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, died from cancer he was , 70.
Bernard J. Cywinski, FAIA, was an American architect, whose works included the Liberty Bell Pavilion, built in 2003, which houses the Liberty Bell on Independence Mall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania died from cancer he was , 70.. Cywinski was a founding partner and principal of the architectural firm, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, one of Philadelphia’s highest profile firms.
(March 29, 1940 – March 2, 2011)
Cywinski was raised in Trenton, New Jersey. Cywinski graduated from Columbia College at Columbia University and the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.
In 1979, Cywinski merged his own architectural firm with another operated by architect Peter Bohlin, who was based in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, at the time. The merger created a new company, which would be called, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Cywinski and Bohlin had a mutual interest in sketching, though Cywinski used a mechanical pencil while Bohlin used a traditional pencil. Within the firm, Cywinski concentrated largely on projects and affairs at the firm’s Philadelphia headquarters, while Bohlin designed projects farther from the city. In 1994, the American Institute of Architects awarded both Cywinski and Bohlin the Firm Award for their work. The firm grew to include five offices located in Wilkes-Barre, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Seattle, and San Francisco.
Cywinski was best known for redesigning Independence Mall in Philadelphia, as well as the chief architect and designer of the Liberty Bell Pavilion, which opened in 2003. Cywinski began work on sketches for a redesigned Independence Mall during the 1990s.
Bernard Cywinski suffered from cancer for more than ten years. His last sketches were of a series new, proposed light poles, which he hoped would help to brand parts of the Avenue of the Arts on Broad Street in Phildelphia. The sculptural lighting prototypes were first tested on March 2, 2011. Cywinski died the same day, March 2nd, at the age of 70. He was survived by his wife, Nancy Oklesson Cywinski.
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Leonard Lomell, American World War II veteran, recipient of the Silver Star and Purple Heart, died from natural causes he was , 91.
Leonard G. “Bud” Lomell was a highly decorated former United States Army Ranger who served in World War II died from natural causes he was , 91. He is best known for his actions in the first hours of D-Day at Pointe du Hoc on the coast of Normandy, France. Pointe du Hoc was the site of the German Army’s largest coastal weapons, five 155-millimeter German guns with a 25-kilometer range that endangered the tens of thousands of troops landing on Omaha Beach and Utah Beach, and thousands of watercraft in the English Channel supporting the Normandy invasion. Unbeknownst to the Allied intelligence, the Germans had concealed the guns in an orchard, but left them operational and ready to fire. Through skill, courage and “pure luck,” Lomell found and quickly disabled all five guns. Lomell was recognized by historian Stephen Ambrose as the single individual — other than Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower — most responsible for the success of D-Day. Six months later, in the Battle of Hürtgen Forest, he would again distinguish himself, earning a Silver Star for his heroism and leadership as the 2nd Ranger Battalion captured and held Hill 400. After the war he returned to Ocean County, New Jersey, becoming a well-known attorney in Toms River.
(January 22, 1920 – March 1, 2011)
Life before Normandy
According to journalist Tom Brokaw, who devoted a chapter to Lomell in the “Heroes” section of his bestseller “The Greatest Generation,” Lomell “was the adopted son of Scandinavian immigrant parents who took him into their family as an infant in Brooklyn.” A few years later his parents, George G. Lomell and Pauline Peterson Lomell, moved to Point Pleasant, New Jersey, where he graduated from Point Pleasant Beach High School.
Lomell attended Tennessee Wesleyan College, on an athletic scholarship and work program, where he was editor of the school newspaper and president of his fraternity. He graduated in 1941, then returned to New Jersey to work as a brakeman on a freight train before enlisting in the Army. While working in New Jersey he met his future wife, Charlotte Ewart, then training as a nurse. Lomell entered the Army in 1942 and initially served with the 76th Infantry Division, before volunteering for the Rangers.
The initial mission of companies D, E and F of the 2nd Ranger Battalion was one of the most difficult of the entire invasion – scaling sheer cliffs at Pointe du Hoc, seizing control of its massively reinforced fortifications, and disabling five 155-millimeter cannons that allied intelligence reported had been emplaced there. Their landing was scheduled to coincide with the first landings on Omaha Beach.
At 24, First Sergeant Lomell was the acting commander for the Battalion’s D Company. Due to heavy seas and the fog of battle, Lomell’s landing craft arrived thirty-five minutes late, away from its mark, and lost any element of surprise. Those who made it down the ramp or over the side had to swim inland about 20 feet. As Lomell was bringing in a box of rope and a hand-projector rocket, he was wounded in the side by a machine-gun bullet, but reached shore without pausing. First Sergeant Lomell reached the top of the cliff through the use of two ladders, and along with eleven other men from his landing craft, moved off of the edge of the cliff.
D Company’s specific objectives were to take the three western gun emplacements, and to then assemble to the south edge of the fortified area to control the coastal road (so as to prevent German reinforcements from reaching the Omaha Beach area from the west). Aerial and naval bombardment of the Pointe du Hoc area, designed to destroy the guns, and their defenses and defenders, had turned the landscape into a moonscape of craters.
However, as the Army’s official account of the battle later stated, “one party after another reached its allotted emplacement, to make the same discovery … there was no sign of the guns or of artillery equipment. Evidently, the 155′s had been removed from the Point before the period of major bombardments.”
The Hollywood account of the conquest of Pointe du Hoc, as presented in Darryl F. Zanuck‘s movie “The Longest Day,” ends there, overlooking the successes that were soon to come.
After 1st Sgt Lomell’s company took up positions along both edges of the coastal highway to prepare for the expected German reinforcements, Lomell and Staff Sergeant Jack K. Kuhn formed a patrol to head south down a double-hedgerowed lane. Lomell saw markings in this sunken road that looked like something heavy had been over it.
Lomell and Kuhn found five of the missing 155’s, concealed under camouflage in an orchard. In Lomell’s words, “it was pure luck.” The guns had been placed in a position to fire toward Utah Beach and were capable of being switched for use against Omaha Beach. With S/Sgt Kuhn covering him against possible defenders, First Sergeant Lomell went into the battery and set off silent thermite grenades in the mechanisms of two guns. Because the thermite grenades melted their gears in a moment, they effectively disabled them. After bashing in a third gun’s gunsights, Lomell went back for more grenades.
The official U.S. Army account of the episode reported that members of E Company “finished off the job” while Lomell was retrieving more thermite grenades from other members of his own company. Although E Company indisputably destroyed the ammunition cache set aside for the 155’s, more recent accounts of the episode give Lomell, and not E Company, the credit for disabling the rest of the guns. When the Pointe was taken, guns were disabled and coastal road was taken, the Second Battalion became the first unit to accomplish its D-Day mission, and did so before 9:00 a.m.
The Battalion would successfully defend its victories for the next few days before it was finally relieved. Of the 225 Rangers who disembarked with 1st Sgt Lomell, only 90 were left standing at the end of the battle.
Hürtgen Forest: the capture of Hill 400
In the Battle of Hürtgen Forest (near the Roer River in Northwestern Germany), Lomell’s actions in the capture of “Castle Hill,” otherwise known as Hill 400, earned him a Silver Star.
On December 7, 1944, companies of the Second Ranger Battalion were ordered to attack Hill 400, a commanding battlefield position that four divisions of the First Army had tried and failed to take. The Rangers caught the Germans by surprise, but early in the battle the commanding officers of each company were wounded or captured, and the Rangers were soon outnumbered ten to one. Lomell — now a second lieutenant following a battlefield commission — then took charge, representing the entire command structure on the crest of the hill. Lomell personally attacked a German weapons shelter on the newly conquered hilltop, driving the surviving enemy to surrender. As military historian Charles B. MacDonald would later write, “so swiftly did the Rangers move that the Germans were thoroughly cowed,” so that “by 0835 the two companies had taken twenty-eight prisoners and held the crest.”. Before the day was over the Germans would counterattack five times. Lomell was awarded the Silver Star at a ceremony in Toms River NJ on November 9, 2007 for his heroism at Hill 400. As Lomell’s Silver Star citation would later state, “conspicuously leading from the front, Lomell directed the successful defense of the hilltop in the face of a nearly overwhelming German counterattack at midday. During the German bombardment that preceded the attack, Lomell suffered a head concussion and shrapnel wound in his left arm rendering it useless. Refusing shelter and, at risk of his life with blood oozing from his ears, nose and mouth, firing his machine gun cradled in his bandaged left arm with his right hand, he continued to lead his men against another ruthless German assault throughout the entire afternoon.” According to MacDonald, “by 1600 the Rangers had only twenty-five men left,″ but with precision artillery support, Lomell and the other twenty-four held out long enough to be relieved.
Military historians praised not only Lomell’s courage on Hill 400, but also his judgment under fire. In a comprehensive history of the U.S. Rangers, Thomas Taylor lauded Lomell’s “brilliant defense of the hill top,” especially his decision to send out patrols immediately after taking the crest of the hill.“Too weak to hold everywhere, Lomell had to learn where the Germans were building to attack. . . . He boldly sent out two-man recon patrols to check out likely enemy assembly areas down hill. These crafty patrols were eminently successful, so Lomell was able to meet each thrust with what little strength he had.” As a result, Taylor wrote, “Hill 400 was saved by brains and bravery at the junior level.”
Lomell would soon be wounded a third time, in the Battle of the Bulge. He was honorably discharged in December 1945, four months after VJ Day and eight months after VE Day.
After the war
Lomell returned to New Jersey in 1945, and married Charlotte on the second anniversary of D-Day. He enrolled in law school at LaSalle University and Rutgers University, passing the bar in 1951. He was the founder and senior member of the law firm of Lomell, Muccifori, Adler, Ravaschiere & Amabile, subsequently known as the Lomell Law Firm. He retired from the practice of law in the mid-1980s but, as of 1998, continued to go to the law offices several times a week.
In business, Lomell was a director of The First National Bank of Toms River and a director and vice-president of Statewide Bancorp. He was a director of the South Jersey Title Insurance Co., Atlantic City. Among his civic activities, he was a member of the Dover Township Board of Education; president of the Garden State Philharmonic Symphony Society; chairman of the Dover Township Juvenile Conference Committee; a member of the Community Memorial Hospital building committee; and a director of the Ocean County Historical Society. Lomell was a member of Christ Church, Episcopal, and served on its board, and as president of its Men’s Club and legal counsel. He served as an Ocean County College Foundation trustee.
Leonard and Charlotte were the parents of three adult daughters.
Interviews with Lomell are a common element of television and radio programs about D-Day.
He died of natural causes on March 1, 2011 at 91 years old.
For his actions in disabling the Pointe du Hoc guns, Lomell received the U.S. Army’s Distinguished Service Cross the British Military Medal, and the French Légion d’honneur. In addition to his Silver Star, Lomell also received a Bronze Star. In 1994 he was inducted into the Ranger Hall of Fame.
On December 4, 1999, the Borough of Point Pleasant Beach dedicated a monument to Len Lomell at the Veterans Park on Arnold Avenue. The Monument has a replica of the grapnal hook used by the Rangers at Pointe Du Hoc, which was given by the residents of Grandcamp-Maisy, France, along with a plaque detailing the contribution that Lomell made during the war effort.
In 2007, Lomell received an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from Monmouth University.
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John M. Lounge, American NASA astronaut (1981–1991), died from complications from liver cancer he was , 64
John Michael “Mike” Lounge was an American engineer, a US Navy officer, a Vietnam war veteran, and a NASA astronaut died from complications from liver cancer he was , 64. A veteran of three space shuttle flights, Lounge logged over 482 hours in space. He was a mission specialist on STS-51-I (1985) and STS-26 (1988) and was the flight engineer on STS-35 (1990).
(June 28, 1946 – March 1, 2011)
John Michael Lounge was born June 28, 1946, in Denver, Colorado, but considered Burlington, Colorado to be his hometown. He graduated from Burlington High School in 1964, then received a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1969 and a Master of Science degree in astrogeophysics from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1970. Lounge was an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Lounge entered on active duty with the United States Navy following graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy and spent the next nine years in a variety of assignments. He completed Naval flight officer training at Pensacola, Florida, went on to advanced training as a radar intercept officer in the F-4J Phantom II, and subsequently reported to Fighter Squadron 142 based at Naval Air Station Miramar, California. While with VF-142, he completed a nine-month Southeast Asia cruise aboard USS Enterprise (participating in 99 combat missions) and a seven-month Mediterranean cruise aboard USS America. In 1974, he returned to the U.S. Naval Academy as an instructor in the Physics Department. Lounge transferred to the Navy Space Project Office in Washington, D.C., in 1976, for a two-year tour as a staff project office. He resigned his regular Navy commission in 1978.
Lounge was employed at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center beginning in July 1978. During this time, he worked as lead engineer for Space Shuttle-launched satellites, and also served as a member of the Skylab Reentry Flight Control Team. He completed these assignments while with the Payload Operations Division.
Selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA in 1980, he completed a one-year training and evaluation period, and became an astronaut in August 1981. He served as a member of the launch support team at Kennedy Space Center for the STS-1, STS-2, and STS-3 missions. Following his first flight, he was assigned to the first mission to carry the Centaur (cryogenically fueled) upper stage (STS-61F). After the mission was canceled, he participated in Space Station design development. From 1989 through 1991, Lounge served as Chief of the Space Station Support Office, representing astronaut interests in Space Station design and operation planning.
STS-51-I Discovery, launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on August 27, 1985. During that mission Lounge’s duties included deployment of the Australian AUSSAT communications satellite and operation of the Remote Manipulator System (RMS). The crew deployed two other communications satellites, the Navy’s SYNCOM IV-4, and American Satellite Company‘s ASC-1, and also performed a successful on-orbit rendezvous and repair of the ailing 15,400 lb (6,990 kg) SYNCOM IV-3 satellite. STS-51I completed 112 orbits of the Earth before landing at Edwards Air Force Base, California, on September 3, 1985. Mission duration was 171 hours, 17 minutes, 42 seconds.
STS-26 Discovery, the first flight to be flown after the Challenger accident, launched from the Kennedy Space Center on September 29, 1988. During the four-day mission, the crewmen successfully deployed the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS-C), which was subsequently carried to orbit by the Inertial Upper Stage (IUS) rocket. They also operated eleven mid-deck experiments. Discovery completed 64 orbits of the Earth before landing at Edwards Air Force Base, California, on October 3, 1988. Mission duration was 97 hours, 57 seconds.
STS-35 Columbia, launched from the Kennedy Space Center on December 2, 1990. Lounge served as flight engineer on this 9-day flight that was dedicated to astronomy. Observations of the Universe were collected by the ASTRO-1 ultraviolet telescope and by the Broad Band X-Ray Telescope. Columbia completed 142 orbits of the Earth before landing at Edwards Air Force Base, California, on December 10, 1990. Mission duration was 215 hours, 5 minutes, 8 seconds.
Lounge resigned from NASA in June 1991 to join SPACEHAB (now Astrotech Corporation). At the time, Lounge explained his resignation from the NASA Astronaut Corps by saying “This is a very tough job to leave, but I feel that three flights is my fair share, and I’m ready for a new challenge.”
In 2002, Lounge became Director of Space Shuttle and Space Station Program Development for Boeing. Two years later he became Director for Business Development for integrated defense systems and space exploration.
Awards and honors
- Navy Air Medals (6)
- Navy Commendation Medals (with Combat “V”) (3)
- Johnson Space Center Superior Achievement Award (for service as a member of the Skylab Reentry Team)
- NASA Exceptional Service Medals (3)
- NASA Space Flight Medals (3)
- Part of 18th Street in his hometown of Burlington, Colorado was renamed Mike Lounge Drive in his honor.
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Rossi claimed that everybody had this misconception that she was with Jeff Beitzel for his money. She stated that he did not leave her any money. Gretchen was awarded $2,500,000 — some of which she collected from Beitzel’s life insurance policy.
Rossi and Slade Smiley, have become an item on the show. Rossi said that she has know Slade for 8 years. Slade is a guy who’s been around the block with the O.C. Housewives: He was engaged to Housewife Jo De La Rosa in the show’s first season and had a previous rendezvous with yet another Housewife, Lauri Waring.
Gretchen Rossi‘s pockets are deeper than the plots on The Real Housewives of Orange County.The litigious homemaker was ordered today to fork over another $40,799 in legal fees for the onetime beau she tried to sue for defamation but is now just suing for assault, battery and other alleged offenses.
And it could have been worse.
Onetime beau Jay Photoglou had asked for $85,000 in attorney fees, but the judge only awarded him half because the lawsuit against him is ongoing. But Photoglou’s camp is calling it a win.
“We’re pleased,” he continued. “They tried to challenge the amount, they were unsuccessful, and the judge made the right ruling. And I have no doubt she’ll appeal it, and we look forward to her losing that also and paying more attorney’s fees for yet another poor decision.”
Rossi was already forced to pay upward of $22,000 toward Photoglau’s legal coffer last year after she went after him in court for claiming that the two of them were carrying on while she was engaged to Jeff Beitzel, who died of cancer in 2008.
The judge threw out the defamation-libel-slander portion of Rossi’s case in October, but allowed her to move forward with claims of assault, battery, stalking, breach of contract, conversion, intentional emotional distress, intentional interference with contractual relations and intentional interference with prospective economic relations.
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Who is Neil Patrick Harris?The entertainment and acting world knows Harris as an American actor, singer, and magician.
Prominent roles of his career include the title role in Doogie Howser, M.D., Colonel Carl Jenkins in Starship Troopers, the womanizing Barney Stinson in How I Met Your Mother, a fictionalized version of himself in the Harold & Kumar series, and the title role in Joss Whedon‘s musical web series Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.
He also hosted the 63rd Tony Awards on June 7, 2009, and the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards on September 20, 2009. On March 7, 2010, he made a surprise appearance at the 82nd Academy Awards, delivering the opening musical number, and on August 21, 2010 he won two Emmy Awards at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony. On December 11, 2010, Harris hosted Spike’s Video Game Awards.
He was named as one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2010.
In June 2010, it was announced that Harris would receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2011.
Harris was born June 15, 1973 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and grew up in Ruidoso, New Mexico. His parents, Sheila and Ron, ran a restaurant. He attended La Cueva High School in Albuquerque and was active in school plays and musicals there. Harris was an honors student, and graduated with honors in 1991.
Harris began his career as a child actor, and was discovered by playwright Mark Medoff at a Drama Camp in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Medoff cast him in his 1988 film Clara’s Heart, a drama with Whoopi Goldberg based on the novel of the same name by Joseph Olshan, that won him a Golden Globe nomination. In 1988, he also starred in Purple People Eater, a children’s fantasy. The following year, he won the lead in Doogie Howser, M.D., for which he was again nominated for a Golden Globe. After Doogie Howser’s four-season run ended in 1993, Harris played a number of guest roles on television series such as Murder She Wrote, before taking his first film role as an adult in 1995 in the little-seen shocker Animal Room. Since then, his film work has included supporting roles in The Next Best Thing, Undercover Brother, and Starship Troopers. In the Harold and Kumar stoner comedy films (Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle and Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay), he plays a drug-crazed, lecherous version of himself.
From 1999 to 2000, Harris starred with Tony Shalhoub in the sitcom Stark Raving Mad, which lasted 22 episodes. He has taken lead roles in a number of made-for-television features, including Snowbound: The Jim and Jennifer Stolpa Story in 1994, My Ántonia in 1995, The Christmas Wish in 1998, Joan of Arc in 1999, The Wedding Dress in 2001, and The Christmas Blessing in 2005, as well as series guest roles.
Harris has worked on Broadway in both musical and dramatic roles. He played Tobias Ragg in 2001 concert performances of Sweeney Todd. In 2002, he performed on Broadway beside Anne Heche in Proof. In 2003, he took the role of the Emcee in Cabaret, alongside Deborah Gibson and Tom Bosley. As a result of his critically acclaimed performance in Cabaret, Harris was named the top-drawing headliner in the role of the Emcee by GuestStarCasting.com, topping fellow celeb stars John Stamos and Alan Cumming.
In 2004, he performed a dual role of the Balladeer and Lee Harvey Oswald on Broadway in the controversial musical revival of Stephen Sondheim‘s Assassins. He also sang the role of Charles (first played by Anthony Perkins) on the Nonesuch recording of Sondheim’s Evening Primrose. He has also portrayed Mark Cohen in the touring company of the musical RENT, a character who he mockingly reprised on the January 10, 2009, episode of Saturday Night Live, which he hosted. Since fall of 2005, Harris has played Barney Stinson, a serial womanizer, in the CBS ensemble sitcom How I Met Your Mother. The Stinson role earned him 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series nominations.
In 2007, Harris worked with Mike Nelson on an audio commentary for RiffTrax. The two riffed on the film Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory. Harris is a big fan of the cult TV series Nelson worked on, Mystery Science Theater 3000 and was interviewed for a 1992 Comedy Central special hosted by Penn Jillette, who did voiceovers for Comedy Central‘s programming at that time, about the series and its fans, This Is MST3K. In 2008, Harris took the title role in Joss Whedon‘s musical web series, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, alongside Nathan Fillion and Felicia Day. The first episode of the series debuted July 15, 2008. In 2008, Harris also guest-starred on Sesame Street as the Sesame Street Fairy Shoe Person. On April 26, 2009, Harris hosted the 7th Annual TV Land Awards.
After a highly successful preview at the San Diego Comic-Con, a musical episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold, featuring Harris as the villainous Music Meister, premiered on October 23, 2009, on Cartoon Network. As a character who could make anyone do his bidding by singing, he spent most of the episode singing several original songs.
Harris starred in the movie Beastly alongside Alex Pettyfer and Vanessa Hudgens. He played a blind tutor named Will. The film was originally set for release on July 30, 2010, but was pushed back to March 4, 2011.
He also plays the lead in the upcoming indie comedy The Best and the Brightest as a carefree father who uproots his family from Delaware to move to New York City‘s Upper East Side.
Harris appeared as a guest judge on Season 9 of American Idol in August 2009 auditions taped in Dallas, Texas.
English stage producer Cameron Mackintosh has voiced interest in producing a Broadway revival of the musical Barnum (which originally starred Michael Crawford and Jim Dale) with Harris in the title role.
Harris provided his voice for the role of the adult Dick Grayson (Nightwing) for the animated film Batman: Under the Red Hood. It was released July 27, 2010.
Harris also voiced the beagle Lou in the film Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore that was released July 30, 2010.
He directed a production of the rock musical Rent. The stage production ran from August 6 – 8, 2010 at the Hollywood Bowl. Harris cast his Beastly co-star Vanessa Hudgens as Mimi.
Harris won an Emmy for his performance as Bryan Ryan in the television series Glee in the episode titled “Dream On.”
On November 8, 2010, it was revealed that Harris had provided his voice to the Disney California Adventure attraction California Screamin’.
Harris will perform the lead role of Bobby, in Stephen Sondheim‘s Company from April 7–9, 2011 with the New York Philharmonic in concert opposite Patti LuPone and others.
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Harris is openly gay, confirming this in November 2006 by saying “…I am happy to dispel any rumors or misconceptions and am quite proud to say that I am a very content gay man living my life to the fullest and feel most fortunate to be working with wonderful people in the business I love.”
Harris attended the Emmy awards in September 2007 with his partner David Burtka, later confirming the relationship, which began in 2004, in an interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. On August 14, 2010, Harris announced that he and Burtka were expecting twins via a surrogate mother. Fraternal twins Gideon Scott, a boy, and Harper Grace, a girl, were born on October 12, 2010.
Harris is a fan of magic and is a magician similar to his character on How I Met Your Mother. He serves on the Board of Directors of Hollywood’s Magic Castle. Harris won the Tannen’s Magic Louis Award in 2006 and hosted the 2008 World Magic Awards on October 11, 2008. Additionally, Harris was the celebrity guest of honor for Top Chef Masters, which took place at the Magic Castle, and included Burtka as a fellow guest. Harris also performed magic in his Emmy-winning performance on Glee.
|2000||Sweeney Todd: Live in Concert||2000 New York Concert Cast|
|2001||Evening Primrose||Studio Cast|
|2004||Assassins||Revival Cast Recording|
|2006||Wall to Wall: Stephen Sondheim||Concert Cast|
|2008||Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog||Original Cast Recording|
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Sales||Album|
|2010||“Nothing Suits Me Like a Suit“||113||76||—||50||—||—||How I Met Your Mother season 5|
|“Dream On” (Featuring Matthew Morrison)||91||24||44||47||26||84,000 (US)||Glee: The Music, Volume 3 Showstoppers|
|1988||Clara’s Heart||David Hart||Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Nominated— Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
|1988||Too Good to Be True||Danny Harland||TV movie|
|1988||Purple People Eater||Billy Johnson|
|1989||Cold Sassy Tree||Will Tweedy/Narrator||TV movie|
|1989||Home Fires Burning||Lonnie Tibbits||TV movie|
|1991||Stranger in the Family||Steve Thompson||TV Movie|
|1993||For Our Children: The Concert||Himself (Presenter)||TV movie|
|1993||A Family Torn Apart||Brian Hannigan||TV movie|
|1994||Snowbound: The Jim and Jennifer Stolpa Story||Jim Stolpa||TV movie|
|1995||The Man in the Attic||Edward Broder||TV movie|
|1995||Animal Room||Arnold Mosk|
|1995||Not Our Son||Paul Kenneth Keller||TV movie|
|1995||My Antonia||Jimmy Burden||TV movie|
|1995||Legacy of Sin: The William Coit Story||William Coit||TV movie|
|1997||Starship Troopers||Carl Jenkins|
|1998||The Proposition||Roger Martin|
|1998||The Christmas Wish||Will Martin||TV movie|
|1999||Joan of Arc||The Dauphin||TV movie|
|2000||The Next Best Thing||David|
|2001||The Wedding Dress||Travis Cleveland||TV movie|
|2001||Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street in Concert||Tobias Ragg||TV movie|
|2004||Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle||Neil Patrick Harris|
|2005||The Christmas Blessing||Nathan Andrews||TV movie|
|2008||Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay||Neil Patrick Harris|
|2008||Beyond All Boundaries||1st Lt. David Hettema||Voice only|
|2008||Justice League: The New Frontier||Barry Allen/The Flash||Voice only|
|2009||Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs||Steve||Voice only|
|2010||Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore||Lou the Beagle||Voice only|
|2010||The Best and the Brightest||Jeff||Post-production|
|2010||Batman: Under the Red Hood||Dick Grayson/Nightwing||Voice only|
|2011||A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas||Neil Patrick Harris||Filming|
|2011||The Smurfs||Patrick Winslow||Pre-production|
|1989||Hallmark Hall of Fame||Lonnie Tibbetts||Episode: “Home Fires Burning”|
|1989||B.L. Stryker||Buder Campbell||Episode: “Blues for Buder”|
|1989–1993||Doogie Howser, M.D.||Douglas ‘Doogie’ Howser||97 Episodes
Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor Starring in a Television Series (1990–1992)
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – TV Series Musical or Comedy (1992)
|1991||Blossom||The ‘Charming’ Derek Slade||Episode: “Blossom – A Rockumentary”|
|1991||The Simpsons||Himself as Bart Simpson||Episode: “Bart the Murderer“|
|1992||Roseanne||Dr. Doogie Howser||Episode: “Less Is More”|
|1992||Captain Planet and the Planeteers||Todd Andrews||Episode: “A Formula for Hate”|
|1993||Quantum Leap||Mike Hammond||Episode: “Return of the Evil Leaper – October 8, 1956″|
|1993||Murder, She Wrote||Tommy Remsen||Episode: “Lone Witness”|
|1992–1995||Capitol Critters||Max||13 Episodes|
|1996||The Outer Limits||Howie Morrison||Episode: “From Within”|
|1997||Homicide: Life on the Street||Alan Schack||Episode: “Valentine’s Day”|
|1999–2000||Stark Raving Mad||Henry McNeeley||22 Episodes|
|2000||Will & Grace||Bill||Episode: “Girls, Interrupted”|
|2001||Static Shock||Johnny Morrow||Voice Only
|2001||Son of the Beach||Loverboy||Episode: “Queefer Madness”|
|2001||The Legend of Tarzan||Moyo||Episode: “Tarzan and the Challenger”|
|2001||Ed||Joe Baxter||Episode: “Replacements”|
|2002||Touched by an Angel||Jonas||Episode: “The Princeless Bride”|
|2002||Justice League||Ray Thompson||Episode: “Legends: Part 1″
Episode: “Legends: Part 2″
|2003||Boomtown||Peter Corman||Episode: “Monster’s Brawl”|
|2003||Spider-Man: The New Animated Series||Peter Parker / Spider-Man||13 Episodes|
|2004||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||John Tagman||Episode: “Want”|
|2005||Numb3rs||Ethan Burdick||Episode: “Prime Suspect”|
|2005||Jack & Bobby||Prof. Preston Phelps||Episode: “Querida Grace”|
|2005–present||How I Met Your Mother||Barney Stinson||Main Role
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – TV Series (2009–2010)
Nominated—People’s Choice Award for Favorite Scene Stealing Star (2008)
Nominated—Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2007–2010)
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – TV Series (2009)
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actor: Comedy (2007–2008)
Nominated— Television Critics Association Award for Achievement in Comedy (2009)
|2006||Me, Eloise||Unknown||Voice only
Episode: “Eloise Goes to School”
|2007||Family Guy||Barney Stinson||Episode: “No Chris Left Behind“|
|2008||Sesame Street||The Fairy Shoeperson||Episode: “Telly’s New Shoes”|
|2008||Anytime with Bob Kushell||Himself||Guest star|
|2008||Million Dollar Password||Himself||Guest Star|
|2009||Batman: The Brave and the Bold||The Music Meister||Episode: “Mayhem of the Music Meister!”|
|2009||Robot Chicken||Various||Episode: “President Hu Forbids It”
Episode: “The Ramblings of Maurice”
|2009||Carrie Underwood: An All-Star Holiday Special||Ace||Voice only|
|2009||Yes Virginia||Dr. Philip O’Hanlon||Voice only|
|2009||Family Guy||Barney Stinson||Episode: “Peter’s Progress“|
|2010||Glee||Bryan Ryan||Episode: “Dream On (Glee)“
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
|2010||The Penguins of Madagascar||Dr. Blowhole||Episode: “Dr. Blowhole’s Revenge“|
|1997||Rent||Mark Cohen||2nd National Tour-LA, San Diego|
|1998||Romeo and Juliet||Romeo Montague||Old Globe Theatre, San Diego|
|2001||Sweeney Todd||Tobias Ragg||San Francisco Symphony Orchestra concert version|
|2004||The Paris Letter||Young Anton/Burt Sarris|
|2004||Assassins||Lee Harvey Oswald/The Balladeer||Broadway|
|2005||Tick, Tick… BOOM!||Jon||Menier Chocolate Factory, London|
|2006||All My Sons||Chris Keller||Geffen Playhouse, Los Angeles|
|2006||Amadeus||Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart||Hollywood Bowl|
|2010||Rent Live At The Hollywood Bowl||Director|
|2011||Company||Robert||New York Philharmonic Concert Version|
|2008||Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog||Dr. Horrible (Billy)|
|2008||Prop 8: The Musical||A Very Smart Fellow|
|2008||Saints Row 2||Veteran Child||voice over|
|2009||Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard||Wallace “Wally” Wellesley||voice over|
|2010||Rock of the Dead||Unnamed character||voice over|
|2010||Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions||Peter Parker / Amazing Spider-Man||voice over|
|2010–Present||California Screamin’||Victorian Carnival Character||safety spiels and launch countdown|
|1989||Young Artist Award||Best Young Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama||Nominated||Clara’s Heart|
|1989||Golden Globe Award||Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture||Nominated||Clara’s Heart|
|1990||Young Artist Awards||Best Young Actor Starring in a Television Series||Won||Doogie Howser, M.D.|
|1991||Young Artist Awards||Best Young Actor Starring in a Television Series||Won||Doogie Howser, M.D.|
|1992||Young Artist Awards||Best Young Actor Starring in a Television Series||Won||Doogie Howser, M.D.|
|1992||Golden Globe Award||Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series – Comedy/Musical||Nominated||Doogie Howser, M.D.|
|2007||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actor: Comedy||Nominated||How I Met Your Mother|
|2007||Emmy Award||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series||Nominated||How I Met Your Mother|
|2008||People’s Choice Awards||Favorite Scene Stealing Star||Nominated||How I Met Your Mother|
|2008||Emmy Award||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series||Nominated||How I Met Your Mother|
|2009||Golden Globe Award||Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television||Nominated||How I Met Your Mother|
|2009||Emmy Award||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series||Nominated||How I Met Your Mother|
|2009||Bravo A-List Awards||A-List Male Actor||Won|
|2009||Streamy Awards||Best Male Actor in a Comedy Web Series||Won||Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog|
|2010||Golden Globe Award||Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television||Nominated||How I Met Your Mother|
|2009–2010||Golden Icon Award||Best Performance by an Actor in a Comedy Television Series||Won||How I Met Your Mother|
|2010||Emmy Award||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series||Nominated||How I Met Your Mother|
|2010||Emmy Award||Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series||Won||Glee|
|2010||Emmy Award||Outstanding Special Class Program||Won||63rd Annual Tony Awards|
|2010||Spike Video Game Awards||Best Performance by a Human Male||Won||Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions|
|2011||People’s Choice Awards||Favourite TV Comedy Actor||Won||How I Met Your Mother|
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Who is Allen Kelsey Grammer? The entertainment and acting world knows him as Kelsey Grammer. Grammer is a 5-time Emmy Award-winning American actor and comedian. He is most widely known for his two-decade portrayal of psychiatrist Dr. Frasier Crane in the NBC sitcoms Cheers and Frasier. He has been nominated for fourteen Emmys, including one for playing his character on three sitcoms (the third being a guest appearance on Wings), as well as portraying the part on an episode of The John Larroquette Show, and has also worked as a television producer, director, writer, and as a voice artist. He has received many accolades for his role as the voice of Sideshow Bob on The Simpsons.
Early life and family tragedies
Grammer was born February 21, 1955 in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands to Sally Grammer (née Cranmer, 1928 – July 7, 2008), a singer, and Frank Allen Grammer Jr., a musician and owner of a coffee shop and a bar & grill called Greer’s Place. His parents divorced when Grammer was two. He attended Pine Crest School, a private preparatory school in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for high school. Grammer then spent two years at the Juilliard School.
Grammer’s family life has been plagued by tragedies. In 1968, when Grammer was thirteen years old, his father, whom he had seen only twice since his parents’ divorce, was shot and killed. In 1975, his younger sister Karen was abducted, raped, and murdered. In 1980, his twin half-brothers died in a scuba diving accident.
After leaving Juilliard, he had a three-year internship with the Old Globe Theatre, in San Diego, in the late 1970s, before a stint in 1980 at the Guthrie Theater, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He made his Broadway debut in 1981, as “Lennox,” in Macbeth, taking the lead role when Philip Anglim withdrew after receiving negative reviews. In 1983, he performed on the demo of the Stephen Sondheim–James Lapine production Sunday in the Park with George, starring Mandy Patinkin. Also featured on the demo was Christine Baranski, who later starred as Mrs. Lovett to Grammer’s Sweeney Todd in the 1999 LA Reprise! production of Stephen Sondheim‘s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Grammer then played Michael Cassio in a Broadway revival of Othello, with James Earl Jones and Christopher Plummer.
On April 18, 2010, Grammer made his Broadway musical debut playing the role of Georges in a revival of the Jerry Herman/Harvey Fierstein musical La Cage aux Folles, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical.
His television career began in the early 1980s when he portrayed Stephen Smith in the NBC miniseries Kennedy. Grammer came to broader public attention as Dr. Frasier Crane in the NBC sitcom Cheers. Grammer’s former Juilliard classmate and Broadway co-star Patinkin suggested Grammer to the New York casting director, and he got what was supposed to be a six-episode job but ended up as a regular cast member. The character became the center of the spin-off Frasier, arguably the most successful spinoff in TV history. In addition to starring, he also directed many episodes, especially during the second half of the series. In 2008, Grammer reprised his role of Dr. Frasier Crane in a commercial for Dr Pepper.
In 2001, he negotiated a US$700,000-per-episode salary for Frasier, and his 20-year run playing Dr. Frasier Crane ties a length set by James Arness in playing Marshall Matt Dillon on Gunsmoke from 1955 to 1975.
In 2005, he returned to series television on Fox, by attempting to create an American adaptation of The Sketch Show, a British sketch show. The main cast consisted of Malcolm Barrett, Kaitlin Olson, Mary Lynn Rajskub and Paul F. Tompkins, as well as Lee Mack from the British version of the show. Grammer appeared in only short opening and closing segments in each episode. Many of the sketches from the British version were recreated, such as the “California Dreamin’,” “English Course,” and “Sign Language” sketches. Only six episodes of the show were made, and it was canceled after only four of them had aired.
In addition to being producer, he guest-starred as the Angel of Death on Medium.
In 2007, Grammer returned to the sitcom format as the central character in the American sitcom Back to You, co-starring with Patricia Heaton. It was canceled by Fox after its first season.
Grammer’s ABC sitcom Hank was canceled in its first season on November 11, 2009, with Grammer saying at the end, “Honestly, it just wasn’t very funny.”
He is currently in negotiations to host the American version of the British panel game, Quite Interesting.
Grammer’s smooth, deep voice and Mid-Atlantic accent make him popular for voiceover work. He has provided the voice of Sideshow Bob on The Simpsons, winning an Emmy for his work in the episode “The Italian Bob“.
He has appeared in twelve episodes since the show’s inception in 1989, the most recent being “The Bob Next Door” that aired in May 2010. Grammer supplied the voices for “Stinky Pete the Prospector” in 1999 Disney/Pixar film Toy Story 2, Vladimir in the Fox animated movie Anastasia, (Rothbart) Barbie of Swan Lake, Zozi the Bear in the subsequently produced prequel Bartok the Magnificent, and the title character in the short-lived animated series Gary the Rat. He provided the opening speech and piano in The Vandals‘ song “Phone Machine” from the album Fear of a Punk Planet, and sang a rewritten version of the “grinch” on an episode of Just Shoot Me!. He was the voice of the mad scientist, Dr. Frankenollie, in the Mickey Mouse short Runaway Brain.
His film work includes the role of Dr. Hank McCoy (also known as the Beast) in X-Men: The Last Stand, and he was the voice of Snowball in the live-action film adaptation of the George Orwell book Animal Farm. Grammer co-starred in the movie Swing Vote, playing the Republican incumbent. He played General George S. Patton in An American Carol. In 2010, he starred in “The Kelsey Grammer Bill Zucker Comedy Hour”.
Grammer’s voice has been featured in commercials. One of the earliest was a 1998 commercial for Honey Nut Cheerios, where he played the voice of the wolf in Little Red Riding Hood. He was the voice of the original GEICO gecko, a talking reptile created by The Martin Agency in 1999. In the commercial, the gecko pleads for people to stop calling him in error, mistaking gecko for GEICO. Since 2006, Grammer has provided the voice for television commercials advertising Hyundai.
He won a number of Emmys, Screen Actors Guild Award, and Golden Globes for his work on Frasier. He was the first American actor ever to be nominated for multiple Emmy awards for portraying the same character on three different television shows (Cheers, Frasier, and Wings).
Grammer has received at least 45 nominations for major awards and has won on 18 occasions. He has received 14 individual Emmy Award nominations for 4 different television shows (plus an additional 2 as part of the Frasier ensemble) and has won on 5 occasions. At the Golden Globes, he has received eight nominations and twice been victorious. He has received two People’s Choice Awards, and in 1999 his directorial skills were recognized with a nomination for a Directors Guild of America award for directing an episode of Frasier. He received a Saturn Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role in X-Men: The Last Stand. On May 22, 2001, he was presented with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for television. On April 20, 2009, Grammer was presented the inaugural Television Chairman’s Award at the annual NAB Show in Las Vegas. In 2010, Grammer enjoyed his first Tony Award nomination for “La Cage Aux Folles” as Best Leading Actor in a Musical.
The following table gives a selection of the awards he has won.
|1994||Emmy||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (Frasier)|
|1995||Emmy||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (Frasier)|
|1995||American Comedy Award||Funniest Male Performer in a TV Series (Frasier)|
|1996||Golden Globe||Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series Comedy/Musical (Frasier)|
|1996||American Comedy Award||Funniest Male Performer in a TV Series (Frasier)|
|1998||Emmy||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (Frasier)|
|2001||Golden Globe||Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series Comedy/Musical (Frasier)|
|2004||Emmy||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (Frasier)|
|2006||Emmy||Outstanding Voice-Over Performance (The Simpsons)|
Grammer has been married four times.
His first marriage, to dance instructor Doreen Alderman, lasted from 1982 to 1990. They had one daughter, Spencer Grammer (born October 9, 1983), an actress on the CBS Daytime soap opera As the World Turns and the ABC Family show Greek.
After this marriage, Grammer had a daughter, Greer Kandace (born February 15, 1992), with hair and makeup stylist Barrie Buckner.
His second marriage, to stripper Leigh-Anne Csuhany in 1992, lasted one year. Grammer says that she was abusive and shot a gun at him, and that, after talk of divorce, she attempted suicide, which resulted in the miscarriage of their child.
In 1994, he met 28-year-old Tammy Baliszewski, also known as Tammy Alexander, at a bar in Manhattan Beach, California. In December 1994, the two of them appeared on the cover of People magazine, announcing their engagement and Grammer’s substance abuse problems. They broke up in 1995.
In August 1997, Grammer married Camille Donatacci, a former Playboy model. They met on a blind date in 1996. They have a daughter, Mason Olivia (born October 24, 2001), and a son, Jude Gordon (born August 28, 2004), both born to a surrogate mother. Grammer and Donatacci have several homes that have been featured in InStyle magazine and Architectural Digest. Some are: Malibu, California (February 2001, InStyle magazine), Maui (May 2004, InStyle magazine), Long Island, New York (April 2008, InStyle magazine), Denver, Colorado (Architectural Digest), and Bel Air, Los Angeles (Architectural Digest). On June 14, 2010, Donatacci and Grammer appeared together at the Tony Awards. It was announced on July 1, 2010 that Donatacci had filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences.
On August 12, 2010, Grammer announced that he was going to be a father for the fifth time with girlfriend Kayte Walsh. On October 9, 2010, Grammer announced that Walsh had miscarried six weeks earlier. On December 28, 2010, Grammer announced their engagement. At the beginning of February, Grammer and Walsh booked the ballroom at the Plaza Hotel on February 25, 2011 for their marriage, at a cost of more than $100,000 for the reception, despite Grammer’s divorce not being finalized. Grammer and Donatacci’s divorce was finalized on February 10, 2011. On February 25, 2011, he married Walsh. 
Sex tape lawsuit
In 1998, Grammer filed a lawsuit against Internet Entertainment Group, which Grammer claimed had stolen from his home a videotape of him having sex with a woman. IEG countersued Grammer, denying they were in possession of such a tape, and Grammer’s suit was eventually dropped. IEG President Seth Warshavsky told the New York Post, “We have been presented with another Kelsey Grammer tape. But we have no plans to air it. We are still evaluating it at this time.” Grammer later told Maxim, “Whether or not you’re a celebrity—even if you’re just an old slob with a video camera—you don’t realize you shouldn’t do it. So you throw the tape in the back of a dark closet until your old girlfriend remembers it’s there because you’re famous now and she’s not. But if you’re not prepared to do the time, don’t do the crime.”
In August 2008, Bradley Blakeman, a former aide to George W. Bush, filed a copyright lawsuit in federal court on Long Island over Grammer’s movie Swing Vote, claiming that parts of its plot and marketing had been stolen from him. The lawsuit claimed that Blakeman had given a copyrighted screenplay called Go November to Grammer in 2006, and that Grammer agreed to develop the project and star as a Republican president but instead ended up playing a similar role in Swing Vote, which was released on August 1, 2008. Grammer’s spokesman dismissed the claims as “frivolous” and a “waste of time”. The lawsuit claims that Blakeman’s copyrighted screenplay had the same basic plot as Swing Vote.
Substance abuse and arrests
Grammer began drinking at age nine and became a frequent abuser of alcohol. In 1988, he was sentenced to 30 days in jail for drunk driving and cocaine possession. He was again arrested for cocaine possession in August 1990 and was sentenced to three years’ probation, fined $500, and given 300 hours of community service. In January 1991, he was given an additional two years’ probation for violating his original probation through additional cocaine use. In September 1996, he flipped his Dodge Viper while intoxicated and subsequently checked into the Betty Ford Center for 30 days.
Grammer suffered a heart attack on May 31, 2008. He told Jay Leno on the July 24, 2008, airing of The Tonight Show that he had to wait one and a half hours for paramedics to arrive. He was hospitalized in Hawaii after he had symptoms while paddleboarding with his then wife, Camille. He was released on June 4, 2008, and was listed as “resting comfortably” at his Hawaiian residence. Seven weeks after his attack, Grammer told Entertainment Tonight that, although at the time his spokesman described the attack as mild, it was in fact more severe, almost leading to his death, as his heart had stopped.
Grammer thought Fox’s decision to cancel his TV sitcom Back to You contributed to his health problems, stating that “It was a very stressful time for me, and a surprise that it was cancelled. But you know, everything that doesn’t kill us—which it almost did—makes us stronger!”.
On June 28, 2008, Grammer checked into an undisclosed New York hospital after complaints of feeling faint. His publicist said that it may have been due to a reaction to medication.
Grammer is a member of the Republican Party and has expressed an interest in someday running for United States Congress. Grammer was a guest at President George W. Bush‘s first inauguration. Grammer endorsed Rudy Giuliani in the 2008 presidential primary and later campaigned for John McCain in the general election.
|1992||Galaxies Are Colliding||Peter|
|1995||Runaway Brain||Dr. Frankenollie||Short film|
|1996||Down Periscope||Lieutenant Commander Thomas Dodge|
|1998||The Real Howard Spitz||Howard Spitz|
|1999||New Jersey Turnpikes||Unknown|
|1999||Standing on Fishes||Verk|
|1999||Toy Story 2||“Stinky Pete” the Prospector|
|1999||Bartok the Magnificent||Zozi||Direct-to-video release|
|1999||Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas||Narrator||Direct-to-video release|
|2001||15 Minutes||Robert Hawkins|
|2003||The Big Empty||Agent Banks|
|2003||Barbie of Swan Lake||Rothbart||Direct-to-video release|
|2004||Teacher’s Pet||Dr. Ivan Krank|
|2005||The Good Humor Man||Mr. Skibness||Also executive producer|
|2006||X-Men: The Last Stand||Dr. Henry ‘Hank’ McCoy/Beast|
|2007||Even Money||Detective Brunner|
|2008||Swing Vote||President Andrew Boone|
|2008||An American Carol||General George S. Patton|
|2010||Crazy on the Outside||Frank|
|2010||Bunyan and Babe||Norm Blandsford||Post-production|
|2010||Middle Men||Frank Griffin|
|1983||Kennedy||Stephen Smith||TV miniseries|
|1984||Kate & Allie||David Hamill||Episode 1.1: “Allie’s First Date”|
|1984||George Washington||Lt. Stewart||TV miniseries|
|Another World||Dr. Canard||Recurring role|
|Cheers||Dr. Frasier Crane||Appeared in 201 episodes|
|1986||Crossings||Craig Lawson||TV miniseries|
|1987||Biography||George Washington||Episode: “Benedict Arnold”|
|1987||J.J. Starbuck||Pierce Morgan||Episode 1.3: “Murder in E Minor”|
|1988||Dance ’til Dawn||Ed Strull||TV film|
|1989||Top of the Hill||Unknown||TV film|
|1989||227||Mr. Anderson||Episode 4.24: “For Sale”|
|1990||The Tracey Ullman Show||Mr. Brenna||Episode 4.12: “Maria and the Mister”|
|1990–present||The Simpsons||Sideshow Bob||Has appeared in twelve episodes, Recurring Role.|
|1991||Baby Talk||Russell||Episode 1.7: “One Night with Elliot”|
|1992||Wings||Dr. Frasier Crane||Episode 3.16: “Planes, Trains and Visiting Cranes”|
|1992||Star Trek: The Next Generation||Captain Bateson||Episode 5.18: “Cause and Effect“|
|1993||Roc||Detective Rush||Episode 2.25: “To Love and Die on Emerson Street: Part 2″|
|1993||Beyond Suspicion||Ron McNally||TV film|
|1993||Mike & Spike||Super Dog||Episode: “Person To Sea Creature” (voice only)|
|Frasier||Dr. Frasier Crane||Appeared in all 264 episodes;
also executive producer and director of 37 episodes
|1994||The Innocent||Det. Frank Barlow||TV film|
|1995||The John Larroquette Show||Dr. Frasier Crane||Episode 3.1: “More Changes”|
|1996||London Suite||Sydney Nichols||TV film|
|1997||Fired Up||Tom Whitman||Episodes 1.3: “Who’s the Boss” and 2.3: “You Don’t Know Jack”; also executive producer|
|1998||The Pentagon Wars||Major General Partridge||TV film|
|1998||Just Shoot Me!||Narrator||Episode 3.10: “How the Finch Stole Christmas”|
|1999||Animal Farm||Snowball||TV film|
|2000||Stark Raving Mad||Professor Tuttle||1.17: “The Grade”|
|2001||Neurotic Tendencies||N/A||TV film; executive producer, director and writer|
|2001||The Sports Pages||Howard Greene||TV film|
|2002||Mr. St. Nick||Nick St. Nicholas/Santa Claus the 21st||TV film|
|2003||Benedict Arnold: A Question of Honor||George Washington||TV film|
|2003||Becker||Rick Cooper||Episode 5.13: “But I’ve Got Friends I Haven’t Used Yet”|
|2003||Gary the Rat||Gary “The Rat” Andrews||Appeared in all 13 episodes;
also executive producer
|2004||A Christmas Carol||Ebenezer Scrooge||TV film|
|2004||The Soluna Project||N/A||TV film; executive producer|
|2005||Kelsey Grammer Presents: The Sketch Show||Various characters||Appeared in all four aired episodes;
also executive producer
|2005||Out of Practice||N/A||Directed episodes 1.1 and 1.18|
|2006||Medium||Angel of Death/Bob||Episode 2.21: “Death Takes a Policy”
Also executive producer/Double Role
|2006||My Ex Life||N/A||Director|
|The Game||N/A||Executive producer|
|2007||Dash 4 Cash||N/A||TV film; executive producer|
|2007||Everybody Hates Chris||N/A||Directed episode 2.22: “Everybody Hates the Last Day”|
|Back to You||Chuck Darling||Appeared in all 17 episodes
Also executive producer
|2009||Hank||Lead role||Also executive producer|
|2010||The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills||Himself||Filmed during his marriage to Camille Donatacci Grammer|