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Shigeri Akabane, Japanese professional wrestler, died from a heart attack he was 70.

Shigeri Akabane  known by his ringname Little Tokyo, was a Japanese professional midget wrestler who competed in North American promotions during the 1970s and 1980s including Herb AbramsUniversal Wrestling Federation, the American Wrestling Association and the World Wrestling Federation, most notably appearing at WrestleMania III in a mixed tag team match with Lord Littlebrook and King Kong Bundy against Hillbilly Jim, the Haiti Kid and Little Beaver in 1987 died from a heart attack he was 70..

(July 5, 1941 – September 6, 2011)

During the early 1990s, he appeared in World Class Championship Wrestling and independent promotions including Windy City Wrestling.
At the age of 69, Akabane was diagnosed with base tongue cancer. Doctors said it was cureable and family and friends gathered around him for support. He was living in St. Joseph, Missouri.


On September 6, 2011, Shigeri Akabane died after suffering a heart attack at the age of 70.[1][2]

Championships and accomplishments

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Hans Apel, German politician, Finance Minister (1974–1978) and Defence Minister (1978–1982), died he was 79

Hans Eberhard Apel was a German politician and a member of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD). From 1972 to 1974 he was Parliamentary State Secretary to the Foreign Minister died he was 79.. From 1974 to 1978 he was the Minister of Finance and from 1978 to 1982 he was the Minister of Defence.

(25 February 1932 – 6 September 2011) 

Education and career

After completing his Abitur (roughly equivalent to graduating high school, A-Level exam) in 1954 in Hamburg, he served an apprenticeship
as an import and export businessman, in Hamburg. After completing his
apprenticeship he went to university, where he studied Economics. In
1960 he was awarded a doctorate in Political Science. From 1958 to 1961 he was the Secretary of the Socialist Group in the European Parliament.
In 1962 he became a civil servant at the European Parliament, where
he served as Department Head responsible for Economics, Finance and
Transport. In 1993 he was appointed an honorary professor of Economics
at the University of Rostock.


Hans and Ingrid Apel wed in 1956; they had two children.


Apel joined the SPD in 1955. From 1970 to 1988 he was a member of the
National Executive (Bundesvorstand) of the SPD, and from 1986 to 1988
he was also a member of the Executive Board (Präsidium). From 1965 to
1990, Dr. Apel was a member of the German Bundestag. In 1969 he was deputy chairman of the SPD parliamentary group and again in 1983, after the new elections, until 1988.[citation needed]

Government positions

In 1972, Dr. Apel was appointed Parliamentary State Secretary for
European Questions at the German Foreign Office. In 1974, he was
appointed Finance Minister in the government of Helmut Schmidt. After the cabinet reshuffle of 1978, he was put in charge of the Ministry of Defense.
He left government on 1 October 1982, after Helmut Kohl became Chancellor. In 1985, he ran as the top candidate for the SPD in Berlin, which implied standing as Mayor of Berlin, but lost to the CDU candidate.


Dr. Apel spent his later years speaking about religion. In 2004 he was awarded the Walter Künneth Prize by the “Kirchliche Sammlung um Bibel und Bekenntnis in Bayern” (the Ecclesiastical Assembly for the Bible and Commitment in Bavaria), a conservative Lutheran organization. The prize, named after the German theologian, Walter Künneth, was awarded principally for Apel’s book Volkskirche ohne Volk (People’s Church without a People), in which he criticizes the “rampant modernism” of the Evangelical Church; he left the North Elbian Evangelical Church and joined the Independent Evangelical-Lutheran Church.

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Dan David, Romanian-born Israeli businessman and philanthropist, died from a brain hemorrhage he was 82.

Dan David was a Romanian-born Israeli businessman and philanthropist died from a brain hemorrhage he was 82..

(23 May 1929 – 6 September 2011)


Dan David was born to a Jewish family in Bucharest, Romania. He joined a Zionist youth movement
at the age of 16. After studying economics at university, he worked for
Romanian television and became a press photographer. In 1958, his
newspaper asked him to travel to West Germany on an assignment. When he requested an exit permit, he was accused of being a Zionist activist and was fired from his job.[1]
He left Romania for Paris
in August 1960, later settling in Israel. The following year, he
traveled to Europe. With a $200,000 loan from a cousin, he won the
franchise for Photo-Me International automated photography booths in certain countries. He opened branches in Israel, Spain, Romania and Italy, eventually taking over the company.[2] When David was chairman[3] of Photo-Me in 1999, his and board-member Serge Crasnianski‘s shares were valued at 210 and 200 million pounds, respectively.[4]
David died in London on September 6, 2011.[5]

Dan David Prize

In 2000, David founded the Dan David Foundation with a $100 million
endowment. The First Director of the Dan David Prize was Professor Gad Barzilai. The Foundation, together with Tel Aviv University, awards the Dan David Prize
(first awarded in 2002), which consists of annual awards of three
prizes of $1 million each awarded to individuals who have made an
outstanding contribution in the fields of science, technology, culture
or social welfare.[
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Archduke Felix of Austria, Austrian royal, last surviving child of Charles I of Austria, died he was 95

Archduke Felix of Austria given names: Felix
Friedrich August Maria vom Siege Franz Joseph Peter Karl Anton Robert
Otto Pius Michael Benedikt Sebastian Ignatius Marcus d’Aviano
;  was the last surviving child of the last Austrian Emperor Charles I and a member of the House of Habsburg-Lorraine died he was 95… He was a younger brother of the late Crown Prince Otto of Austria.

(31 May 1916 – 6 September 2011)

Early life and exile

Archduke Felix was born in the Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna the third son of the then heir presumptive to the throne of Austria-Hungary the Archduke Charles and his wife Zita of Bourbon-Parma.[2] He was christened at Schönbrunn on 8 June 1916 in the presence of his great-grand uncle Emperor Franz Joseph while his godfather was his great-uncle King Frederick Augustus III of Saxony, brother of his grandmother Princess Maria Josepha of Saxony.[3]
On 21 November 1916 the Emperor Franz Joseph died and Felix’s father
succeeded as the new Emperor of Austria and King of Hungary.
Archduke Felix was less than three years old when Austria-Hungary
collapsed following its defeat in the First World War. As a result,
republics were declared in the now-separate countries Austria and Hungary
which led to exile of the Imperial Family. Originally exiled in
Switzerland the Imperial Family were taken to Portuguese island of Madeira in 1921 after Archduke Felix’s father’s failed attempts to claim the throne in the Kingdom of Hungary from the regent Miklós Horthy. On 1 April 1922 his father Emperor Charles died in Madeira.
In the autumn of 1937 Archduke Felix was permitted to return to Austria, entering the Theresian Military Academy in Wiener Neustadt. He became the first Habsburg since the abolition of the monarchy to pursue a career as an officer in the Austrian Army.[4] With the Anschluss approaching Archduke Felix, his sister Archduchess Adelheid and Archduke Eugen fled Austria crossing the border to Czechoslovakia.[5][6]
During the Second World War while in the United States, Felix and his brother Karl Ludwig volunteered to serve in the 101st Infantry Battalion
known as the “Free Austria Battalion”. However the battalion was
disbanded when a number of exiled Jewish volunteers who made up the
majority of force ultimately declined to confirm their enlistment.[7]

Return to Austria

Felix, unlike his brother Otto,
always refused to renounce his rights to the Austrian throne and
membership of the Habsburg family, saying that doing so would violate
his human rights. As a result he was banned from entering Austria except
for a brief three-day stay in 1989 in order to attend his mother’s
funeral.[8] On 10 March 1996, after Austria had joined the European Union
and the concurrent dropping of staffed border checkpoints between
Austria and other EU countries, he crossed into the country from Germany
and held a press conference the next day to announce his illegal arrival.[9]
After his presence became known, he was warned by the Austrian
government that he would face prosecution if he ever tried to enter the
country illegally again.[10]
Ultimately, a deal was reached between Felix, his brother Karl Ludwig
and the Austrian government whereby they declared their allegiance to
the republic without any reference being made to their rights to the
throne or to their membership in the Imperial Family.[9]
In June 1998, in a joint action with his brother Karl Ludwig, Felix
attempted to have the properties which were given to their ancestor Maria Theresa of Austria by her husband Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor restored to them after the properties had been taken from the Habsburg family by Adolf Hitler during the Anschluss.[11]
Felix built up a number of successful businesses in Mexico and Brussels[9] and worked as a marketing consultant.[12]
During his time in exile Archduke Felix lived in Portugal, Belgium, Mexico and the United States.[8] He lived in the colonia of San Ángel in Mexico City where he died 6 September 2011.[13] He was interred in the family crypt in Muri Abbey, near Zurich.
The abbey is a favoured burial place of the Habsburg dynasty, and also
contains the remains of his wife and the hearts of his parents.[14]

Marriage and children

Felix was married civilly on 18 November 1952 at Beaulieu[disambiguation needed ], France, and religiously a day later, to Princess and Duchess Anna-Eugénie of Arenberg (1925–1997).[2] They had seven children.

  • Archduchess María del Pilar of Austria (born 1953) married Vollrad-Joachim Edler von Poschinger (born 1952)
  • Archduke Carl Philipp (Carlos Felipe) of Austria (born 1954) married
    first (separated 1997) Martina Donath. Married second Annie-Claire
    Christine Lacrambe (born 1959)
  • Archduchess Kinga of Austria (born 1955) married Baron Wolfgang von Erffa (born 1948)
  • Archduke Raimund (Ramón) of Austria (1958–2008) married Bettina Götz (born 1969)
  • Archduchess Myriam of Austria (born 1959) married Jaime Corcuera Acheson (born 1955), a Mexican descendant of the Earls of Gosford.
  • Archduke István (Esteban) of Austria (born 1961) married Paola de Temesváry (born 1971)
  • Archduchess Viridis of Austria (born 1961, twin of Archduke Istvan)
    married The Honorable Carl Dunning-Gribble, Lord of Marnhull (born 1961)

As they all lived in Mexico, and some still do, they are called by the Spanish equivalent to their names.

Honours and patronages

Along with his brothers Otto and Rudolf, Archduke Felix was a patron for the revived Almanach de Gotha.[15]

Titles and styles

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Michael S. Hart, American author, inventor of the e-book and founder of Project Gutenberg, died from a heart attack he was 64.

Michael Stern Hart was an American author, best known as the inventor of the electronic book (or ebook) and the founder of Project Gutenberg, a project to make ebooks freely available via the Internet died from a heart attack he was 64… Most of the early postings were typed in by Hart himself.

(March 8, 1947 – September 6, 2011)

Early life

Michael Hart’s father was an accountant and his mother, a former cryptanalyst during World War II, was a business manager at a retail store. In 1958 his family relocated to Urbana, Illinois, and his father and mother became college professors in Shakespearean studies and mathematics education, respectively. Hart attended the University of Illinois, graduating in just two years.[4] He then attended but did not complete graduate school. He was also, briefly, a street musician.[5]

Project Gutenberg

During Hart’s time there, the University of Illinois computer center
gave Hart a user’s account on its computer system: Hart’s brother’s best
friend was the mainframe operator.[6] Although the focus of computer use there tended to be data processing, Hart was aware that it was connected to a network (part of what would become the Internet)
and chose to use his computer time for information distribution. Hart
related that after his account was created on July 4, 1971, he had been
trying to think of what to do with it and had seized upon a copy of the United States Declaration of Independence, which he had been given at a grocery store on his way home from watching fireworks
that evening. He typed the text into the computer but was told that it
would be unacceptable to transmit it to numerous people at once via e-mail.[6] Thus, to avoid crashing the system, he made the text available for people to download instead.
This was the beginning of Project Gutenberg. Hart began posting text copies of such classics as the Bible and the works of Homer, Shakespeare, and Mark Twain. As of 1987 he had typed in a total of 313 books in this fashion. Then, through being involved in the University of Illinois
PC User Group and with assistance from Mark Zinzow, a programmer at the
school, Hart was able to recruit volunteers and set up an infrastructure of mirror sites and mailing lists for the project. With this the project was able to grow much more rapidly.
The mission statements for the project were:

“Encourage the Creation and Distribution of eBooks”
“Help Break Down the Bars of Ignorance and Illiteracy”
“Give As Many eBooks to As Many People As Possible”[6]

His overall outlook in the project was to develop in the least demanding format possible: as worded in The Chronicle of Higher Education,
to him, open access meant ” open access without proprietary displays,
without the need for special software, without the requirement for
anything but the simplest of connections. ” [7]

Other activities

Hart was an author and his works are available free of charge on the Project Gutenberg server. He was also a member of the RepRap Project, which aims at creating a self-replicating machine.[8]

Personal life

He supported himself by doing odd jobs and used an unpaid appointment at Illinois Benedictine College
to solicit donations for the project. “I know that sounds odd to most
people, but I just never bought into the money system all that much. I
never spent it when I got it. It’s all a matter of perspective”.[9]
Hart glided through life with many possessions and friends, but very
few expenses. He used home remedies rather than seeing doctors, fixed
his own house and car. He built many computers, stereos, and other gear,
often from discarded components sacrificing personal luxury to fight
for literacy, and for preservation of public domain rights and
resources, towards the greater good.[1]
The man who spent a lifetime digitizing literature lived amidst the
hard copies in his house in Urbana stacked, floor to eye-height, with
pillars of books. Mr. Hart led a life of near poverty, and “basically
lived off of cans of beans.” Mr. Hart cobbled together a living with the
money he earned as an adjunct professor and with grants and donations
to Project Gutenberg.[10]


Hart died on September 6, 2011 of a heart attack at his home in Urbana, Illinois. He was 64.

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George Kuchar, American film director, died from prostate cancer he was 69.

George Kuchar  was an American underground film director, known for his “low-fi” aesthetic.

(August 31, 1942 – September 6, 2011)

Early life and career

Kuchar trained as a commercial artist at the School of Industrial Art, now known as the High School of Art and Design,
a vocational school in New York City. He graduated in 1960 and drew
weather maps for a local news show. During this period, he and his twin
brother Mike Kuchar were making 8mm movies, which were showcased in the then-burgeoning underground film scene alongside films by Andy Warhol, Kenneth Anger, and Stan Brakhage.
After being laid off from a commercial art job in New York City,
Kuchar was offered a teaching job in the film department of the San Francisco Art Institute, where he taught from 1971 until early 2011. [2]
In San Francisco, Kuchar became involved with underground comics via his neighbors Art Spiegelman and Bill Griffith. They both wound up in his movies and George wound up in their publications.


George Kuchar directed over 200 films and videos (including over 15
with his twin brother Mike), many of them short films by students in his
courses at the San Francisco Art Institute. His video work is archived at the Video Data Bank and Electronic Arts Intermix.[3] In the Critics’ Poll of the 100 best films of the 20th century, appearing originally in The Village Voice (4 January 2000), Hold Me While I’m Naked was ranked 52nd.[4]

Films featuring George Kuchar

Planet Kuchar, a biopic of the life of George Kuchar, is being developed by Los Angeles production company Automat Pictures and producer Jeffrey Schwarz.
It Came From Kuchar, a documentary film of the life of George and Mike Kuchar by Jennifer Kroot, premiered at the South by Southwest film festival on 14 March 2009.[5]
In 1997, the Kuchar brothers collaborated on a book Reflections from a Cinematic Cesspool, a memoir discussing four decades of filmmaking with an introduction by director John Waters.


George Kuchar died on 6 September 2011 in San Francisco, just past his 69th birthday on August 31st, of complications related to prostate cancer.[6][7]


(The Kuchar brothers, in British punctuation tradition, capitalize
articles, prepositional phrases, and contractions in their movie
titles, when working together or independently)

  • The Wet Destruction Of The Atlantic Empire (1954)
  • Screwball (1957)
  • The Naked And The Nude (1957)
  • The Slasher (1958)
  • The Thief And The Stripper (1959)
  • A Tub Named Desire (1960)
  • I Was A Teenage Rumpot (1960)
  • Pussy On A Hot Tin Roof (1961)
  • Born Of The Wind (1961)
  • A Woman Distressed (1962)
  • A Town Called Tempest (1962)
  • Night Of The Bomb (1962)
  • Lust For Ectsasy (1963)
  • The Confessions Of Babette (1963)
  • Tootsies In Autumn (1963)
  • Anita Needs Me (1963)
  • The Lovers Of Eternity (1963)
  • Corruption Of The Damned (1965)
  • Hold Me While I’m Naked (1966)
  • Leisure (1966)
  • Mosholu Holiday (1966)
  • Color Me Shameless (1967)
  • Eclipse Of The Sun Virgin (1967)
  • The Lady From Sands Point (1967)
  • Knocturne (1968)
  • Unstrap Me (1968)
  • House Of The White People (1968)
  • Encyclopedia Of The Blessed (1968)
  • The Mammal Palace (1969)
  • Pagan Rhapsody (1970)
  • Portrait Of Ramona (1971)
  • The Sunshine Sisters (1972)
  • The Devil’s Cleavage (1973)
  • Thundercrack! (1975)(screenplay)
  • Back To Nature (1976)
  • A Reason To Live (1976)
  • La Casa De Chorizo (1977)
  • KY Kapers (1977)
  • Wild Night In El Reno (1977)
  • Forever And Always (1978)
  • Mongreloid (1978)
  • Blips (1979)
  • Aqueerius (1980)
  • The Nocturnal Immaculation (1980)
  • Yolando (1980)
  • Cattle Mutilations (1983)
  • Mom (1983)
  • Untitled Musical (1984)
  • The X-People (1984)
  • Ascension Of The Demonoids (1985)

Produced at the San Francisco Art Institute:

  • Destination Damnation (1972)
  • Carnal Bipeds (1973)
  • I Married A Heathen (1974)
  • The Desperate And The Deep (1975)
  • I, An Actress (1977)
  • The Asphalt Ribbon (1977)
  • One Night A Week (1978)
  • Prescrition [sic] In Blue (1978)
  • The Power Of The Press (1979)
  • Remember Tomorrow (1979)
  • Symphony For A Sinner (1979)
  • How To Chose [sic] A Wife (1980)
  • The Woman And The Dress (1980)
  • Ochokpug (1980)
  • Boulevard Kishka (1981)
  • The Oneers (1982)
  • Ms. Hyde (1983)
  • Club Vatican (1984)
  • The Legend Of Thelma White (1985)
  • Motel Capri (1986)
  • La Noche D’Amour (1986)
  • PRC Musical (1986)
  • Insanitorium (1987)
  • Summer Of No Return (1988)
  • La Verbotene Voyage (1989)
  • A Fatal Desire (2004)
  • The Crypt of Frankenstein (2008)
  • Zombies of Zanzibar (2010)


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Janusz Morgenstern, Polish filmmaker, died he was 88.

Janusz “Kuba” Morgenstern  was a Polish film director and producer died he was 88..


(16 November 1922 – 6 September 2011)

Janusz Morgenstern was born in 1922 to a Jewish family in the village of Mikulińce near Tarnopol (then Poland, now Ukraine), to Dawid Morgenstern and Estera (née Druks).
He debuted as a director with the film Goodbye, See You Tomorrow (1960). His other films include Jowita (1967), We Have to Kill this Love (1972), W-Hour (1979), Lesser of Two Evils (2009). TV series directed by Morgenstern included: Stake Larger than Life (1967–1968), Columbuses (1970) and Polish Roads (1976).[1] He died in Warsaw, Poland.

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Wardell Quezergue, American music arranger, producer and bandleader, died from heart failure he was 81

Wardell Quezergue  was an American music arranger, producer and bandleader, known among New Orleans
musicians as the “Creole Beethoven” died from heart failure he was 81..

(March 12, 1930 – September 6, 2011)

Wardell was born into a musical
family with his father, Sidney Quezergue Sr., being a guitar player.
Wardell was the second youngest of three brothers: Sidney Quezergue Jr.,
Leo Quezergue, and Arlen Quezergue. His oldest two brothers, Sidney
(Trumpet) and Leo (Drums), were jazz musicians as well.


After playing with Dave Bartholomew’s band from the late 1940s and serving as an army musician in Korea,
he emerged as a bandleader in his own right in the mid-1950s with his
Royal Dukes of Rhythm. He also worked as an arranger with the cream of
New Orleans musicians, including Professor Longhair and Fats Domino.
In 1964, he formed Nola Records, and Robert Parker’s “Barefootin’” from the label reached number 2 on the R&B chart. Other artists on the label include Eddie Bo, Willie Tee and Smokey Johnson. Later, he recorded King Floyd’s “Groove Me” and Jean Knight’s “Mr. Big Stuff”. When major labels including Stax and Atlantic
initially rejected them as uncommercial, Stax eventually released “Mr
Big Stuff”, and it became the biggest selling, most successful release
on the Stax label (currently over 3 million copies), outselling Otis
Redding, Sam & Dave, and the other Stax acts. “Groove Me” was
released on the Chimneyville label, a huge hit (King Floyd’s biggest),
and was covered by artists as diverse as Etta James and Tom Petty.
Quezergue was also the keyboardist on both hits. Quezergue arranged and
produced Dorothy Moore’s “Misty Blue”, which “crossed over” and also
became the label’s (Malaco) biggest seller.
At the same time, Wardell was charting, at Berry Gordy’s request, stage arrangement for Stevie Wonder and other Motown acts.
As a result of these successes, Quezergue’s skills as an arranger,
and Malaco’s studios, became in demand in the 1970s, and were used by
artists as diverse as Paul Simon, Willie Nelson and B. B. King. He also worked with G.C. Cameron, former lead singer of The Spinners (“It’s A Shame”) and The Temptations, the Pointer Sisters, and many more.
Quezergue also produced and arranged the Grammy Award-winning Dr. John album Goin’ Back to New Orleans
in 1992. Already an award winning classical composer and conductor, in
2000 he created an extended composition entitled “A Creole Mass”,
drawing on his experiences in the Korean War.[3]
In 2005, Wardell was awarded “Best Produced CD of the Year”(by the NY
Blues and Jazz society) for his first sessions with singer-songwriter
Will Porter. Also a Blues Foundation nominee, the sessions featured
Billy Preston, Leo Nocentelli, The Louisiana Philharmonic Strings, and
Nola’s best musicians. The CD was awarded 4 stars by AMG, and received
what Quezergue called “the best reviews of my career”.
In 2005, by now legally blind, he lost most of his belongings as a result of Hurricane Katrina.[4]
The following year, benefit concerts were held in his behalf, led by
Dr. John, with support from other leading musicians, including REM’s Mike Mills.[5]
In May 2009, Wardell Quezergue received an honorary doctorate from Loyola University New Orleans
for his selfless dedication to enhancing the careers of others, while
remaining in the background; for his dedication to teaching others,
especially the young aspiring musicians of the city, leading many great
New Orleans musicians to refer to him as “my teacher;” and for his
contributions to the sounds of the city, particularly the driving horn
sounds of the 60s and 70s, for which New Orleans music became known.
On July 19, 2009, a tribute was mounted to Wardell Quezergue at the Lincoln Center‘s Alice Tully Hall. By all standards, the show was a triumph, its concept begat from Dr. Ike and the Ponderosa Stomp
crew. A nine-piece band was assembled and imported from New Orleans to
back up singers like Dr. John, Robert Parker, Jean Knight, and The Dixie Cups,
just to name a few. Veteran writer/arranger/bandleader/producer
Quezergue showed everyone that he still has it, as he conducted the
whole concert.
In 2011 Quezergue finished work on what he called his “two most
important works”; his classical religious work “The Passion” and the
sophomore recording for Will Porter. On August 25, 2011, Quezergue approved final mixes of 15 tracks of the
Will Porter project, featuring duets with Dr. John, Bettye Lavette,
Barbara Lewis, jazz bassist Jimmy Haslip, Leo Nocentelli (all multiple
Grammy nominees/awardees,) with, once again, the best of New Orleans,
including the 12 last recordings of the late drummer Bunchy Johnson, and
the Louisiana Philharmonic Strings. His next planned project, a duet CD
with Will Porter and Dr John will continue without him, as he died
September 6, 2011, age 81.

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Angioletta Coradini, Italian astrophysicist, died from cancer she was 65

Dr. Angioletta Coradini  was an Italian astrophysicist, planetary scientist and one of the most important figures in the space sciences in Italy died from cancer she was 65. .

(1 July 1946- died 5 September 2011)


In 1970 she completed a Masters degree in Physics at the University
of Rome, the city where she would do her research over her entire
career—at first at the university, then from 1975 at the National Research Council of Italy (CNR), and finally at the National Astrophysics Institute of Italy
(INAF). Her early geological research conducted in the Gulf of Cagliari
earned her notable international recognition, so much so that her
“Department of Planetology” at CNR was one of the early groups to be
entrusted by NASA with the analysis of lunar samples brought back to the
Earth by the Apollo Program. From 2001-10, Dr. Coradini served as
director of the Institute for the Physics of Interplanetary Space of
INAF. She was awarded the David Bates Medal of the European Geophysical
Union in 2007.[2] In 2010 NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory named her one of its Distinguished Visiting Scientists.

Participation in international scientific projects

  • Co—investigator for NASA lunar and planetary research (1970–74);
  • Member of the Joint Working Group (JWG) between the US National Academy of Sciences and the European Science Foundation (1983);
  • NATO contractor for collaboration between Institute for Space Astrophysics (IAS) and UCLA (1984–87);
  • Member of Solar System Working Group (SSWG) of ESA (1985–88);
  • Member of the Phase A Assessment team for ESA Rosetta, third cornerstone (1985–93);
  • PI for campaign of telemonitoring of active volcanic zones, organized jointly between CNR and NASA/JPL (1986);
  • Member of the Science Team for data analysis of the ISM Sensor for the Soviet Phobos mission (1990–93);
  • Member of the Italian Team for the Planetary Fourier Spectrometer
    (PFS) and Omega Vnir spectrometer for the Soviet Mars 94/96 mission
  • Member of the Science Team for the CIRS and VIMS instruments, and PI
    of the VIMS visible channel, Cassini-Huygens mission (1991–2011)
  • Coordinator of the Moon Orbiting Observatory (MORO) proposal and member of the MORO science team (1993–96);
  • Member of the Observing Time Allocation Committee (OTAC) for the ESA Infrared Observatory (ISO) mission (1994–96);
  • Member of the European Southern Observatory (ESO) observing Program Committee, Panel F (1997–99);
  • PI of the VIRTIS instrument for the ESA Rosetta mission (1996–2011);
  • PI of the Mars Multispectral Imager for Subsurface Studies (Ma-Miss) (1999–2011);
  • Member of the Scientific Council of the Finnish Academy of Space Studies “Antares” (1999–2004);
  • Member of the Scientific Council of the International Institute of Space Studies (ISSI), headquartered in Bern (1999–2002);
  • Member of the ESA Science Program Committee (SPC) in the role of consultant for planetary science from the Italian delegation;
  • Member of the High Scientific Committee of the Paris Observatory;
  • PI of the VIR instrument for the NASA Dawn Discovery mission (2001–11);
  • PI of the Jiram Instrument for the NASA New Frontiers Juno mission (2005–11);
  • Member of the Space Advisory Group (SAG) of the European Community (2008–11);
  • Past member, European Space Science Committee (ESSC);
  • Past Secretary Division III, Commission 16 of the International Astronomical Union

Awards and Recognition

  • David Bates Medal (2007) “In recognition of her important and wide
    ranging work in planetary sciences and Solar System formation, and her
    leading role in the development of space infrared instrumentation for
    planetary exploration”[2]
  • Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Natural Science
  • Asteroid 4598 Coradini, shared with brother Marcello, for contributions given to the development of planetary science.
  • Elected member, International Academy of Astronautics, in 2009.


Dr. Coradini died in 2011, aged 65, after a year-long battle with cancer.

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Charles S. Dubin, American film and television director (Hawaii Five-O, Kojak, M*A*S*H), died from natural causes he was 92.

Charles Samuel Dubin was an American film and television director.
From the early 1950s to 1991, Dubin worked in television, directing episodes of Tales of Tomorrow, Omnibus, The Defenders, The Big Valley, The Virginian, Hawaii Five-O, M*A*S*H, Matlock, The Rockford Files, Murder, She Wrote and among other notable series died from natural causes he was 92. .

(February 1, 1919 – September 5, 2011) 

Life and career

Dubin was born Charles Samuel Dubronevski[2] in Brooklyn, New

From left, Charles S. Dubin with Mike Farrell, Alan Alda, Loretta Swit
and David Ogden Stiers on the set of “M*A*S*H”.

York, to a Russian family.[3] He attended Samuel J. Tilden High School,
and first became interested in the arts by wanting to pursue a career
as an opera singer. After graduating from high school, he attended Brooklyn College, studying drama, and acted in a number of stage productions, before graduating in 1941.[4] He then attended Neighborhood Playhouse in Manhattan studying stage managing and directing. He continued to act and sing in stage productions working as an understudy.[4]
In 1950, he was hired by ABC,
as an associate director and, within a few months, was soon promoted to
head director, later going on to direct a number of notable series
spanning 30 years. In 1958, Dubin was named in the Hollywood blacklist. He refused to testify and he was never cited for contempt.[4]
He directed more episodes of the popular 1970s television comedy M*A*S*H than anyone else.[5]
Dubin retired in 1991 at the age of 70, after 39 years in television
and 48 years in entertainment. His last television directing credit was
the series Father Dowling Mysteries starring Tom Bosley.[4]


He was married to Daphne Elliott until their divorce in 1975. Later he married author and filmmaker Mary Lou Chayes [6], with whom he had a daughter, and who survives him.[4]


On September 5, 2011, Dubin died of natural causes, he was 92 years old.[7]

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Salvatore Licitra, Italian tenor, died from injuries from a motor scooter accident he was 43.

Salvatore Licitra  was an Italian operatic tenor died from injuries from a motor scooter accident he was 43..

(10 August 1968 – 5 September 2011)

Early life and debuts

Born in Bern, Switzerland, to Sicilian parents, Licitra grew up in
Milan. He fell into opera by accident. As many tenors before him, he was
not altogether confident about his vocal capabilities and started
working as a graphic artist for Italian Vogue.
At the age of 19 he began attending singing classes on a regular basis
and enrolled at the Music Academy of Parma and the Corsi Verdiani. After
8 years of studies, initially as a choir vocalist, he left his voice
teacher and enrolled at Carlo Bergonzi‘s voice academy in Busseto.
He debuted in Un ballo in maschera in Parma in 1998, in a performance for Bergonzi’s students. His success led to a contract as cover in Ballo, Rigoletto and Aida in Verona, and he ended up singing them all. Buoyed by positive audience reception, he auditioned for Riccardo Muti at La Scala, who hired the young tenor for Alvaro in a new production of La forza del destino.[citation needed]

At La Scala and other houses

In March 1999, he debuted at La Scala under Riccardo Muti in La forza del destino as Alvaro, then sang in Tosca and Madama Butterfly at the Arena di Verona in June and July, then Tosca at La Scala in March 2000, again with Muti. The performance was recorded and released on Sony Classical. In May he debuted in Madrid in La forza del destino, and in Verona, he was awarded the Premio Zenatello as tenor of the year, and sang in La forza del destino at the Arena in July. In September he traveled to Japan with the La Scala ensemble for performances of Forza. Milan honoured him with the Honorary Citizenship Medal, and Sony offered him an exclusive recording contract.
A controversial performance of Il trovatore, recorded and issued by Sony, opened the 2000/2001 season at La Scala and the centennial of Verdi‘s death, the Anno Verdi.
The opera had not been performed at La Scala in 22 years and Muti, who
was the conductor and who had personally hand-picked Licitra for the
role of Manrico, forbade his tenor to sing the traditional, interpolated
high C of the 3rd act cabaletta “Di quella pira“.
There was an uproar in the audience, who booed the maestro’s decision.
Six months later Licitra sang the part again in Verona to great acclaim.
Prior to Il trovatore in Verona, he had performed in Un ballo in maschera
at La Scala under Muti, then repeated the success in Rome in December.
In November he made his American debut as a guest soloist at the 26th
annual Richard Tucker Music Foundation Opera Gala in New York. In December he left for Vienna and the Wiener Staatsoper to sing in Tosca, then Manrico in Il trovatore at the Sao Carlos in Lisbon in January 2002 and Alvaro (Forza) in Turin in February.[citation needed]

The Met and beyond

The Metropolitan Opera followed unexpectedly on 12 May 2002 when he appeared in Tosca, substituting for Luciano Pavarotti,
then 66, who had cancelled the performance two hours before curtain
time. Licitra, who was not scheduled to debut there until 2004, was
flown in by the Met as a back-up singer and eventually received a
43-second ovation at the conclusion of “Recondita armonia” and a 46-second ovation at the conclusion of “E lucevan le stelle“. In the short time since his debut in 1998, Licitra was dubbed the New Pavarotti, a tenor “worthy of the great Italian tradition”. The New York Times
reported after his American debut with the Richard Tucker Gala: “… an
Italian tenor with a deep baritonal lower range, a brighter upper
register, and strong secure high notes [...] in true Italian tenor
tradition [...] If he can withstand the inevitable “fourth tenor” hype,
he could be one to watch”. He subsequently added the title roles in Andrea Chénier, Ernani, Don Carlos, Turiddu in Cavalleria rusticana, Canio in Pagliacci, and Luigi in Il tabarro, to his repertoire.[citation needed]
Licitra’s final public appearance was a concert performance of Puccini’s Tosca with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival on July 30, 2011. James Conlon conducted, and the cast included Patricia Racette and Bryn Terfel.[2]


On 27 August 2011, Licitra sustained severe head and chest injuries
when he suffered a cerebral hemorrhage while riding his motor scooter
and crashed into a wall in Donnalucata, Scicli, Ragusa Province, Sicily. He remained in a coma for nine days in the Garibaldi Hospital in Catania and was pronounced dead on 5 September 2011. His body was taken to lie in state in Catania’s opera house, the Teatro Massimo Bellini.
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Vann Nath, Cambodian painter, died he was 66.

Vann Nath  was a Cambodian painter, artist, writer and human rights activist who was one of a diverse group of writers from 22 countries to receive the prestigious Lillian Hellman/Hammett Award which recognizes courage in the face of political persecution which he faced during the Khmer Rouge died he was 66.. He was the eighth Cambodian to win the award since 1995.

(1946 – September 5, 2011)


Vann Nath was born in Phum Sophy village, Srok Battambang district, Battambang Province
in northwestern Cambodia. The exact date and year of his birth was
unknown, but it was common for poor Cambodians born in rural areas not
to have a proper birth certificate. He was educated at Wat Sopee pagoda
as a child. His parents were separated, and he had two brothers and an
older sister. They earned a living by selling a type of Khmer white
noodles called ‘num banhchok’. They were so poor that Nath had no chance
to get a proper education. By the time he was 14 or 15, he was working
at factory jobs for 500-600 riel a month (less than 25 cents).
Nath became interested in painting while he was studying at Wat Sopee
pagoda. “I became very attracted to painting when I went into the
pagoda and I saw people painting a picture on the side of the wall of a
temple.” Instead of pursuing painting, he served as a monk from the age
of 17 to 21. “Every family has a son…one of the sons must go and serve
as a monk — it is considered bad for the Cambodian family to not have a
son who is a monk”, says Vann Nath.
When his sister died, Vann Nath left the monkhood to start working to
help support the family. He enrolled in a private painting school in
1965. “School was far from my house, and I couldn’t afford a bicycle.
Because our family life was hard, only my mother was working to support
the whole family and she became older and older and I had to pay the
tuition for the painting school.” Later, the school allowed Vann Nath to
work there in exchange for the tuition fee. After two years, he was
able to profit from his own painting work.

Living Under Khmer Rouge Regime

At the time of his arrest on January 7, 1978, Vann Nath was working
in a rice field in his home province of Battambang like many other
Battambang locals. The Khmer Rouge took him to Wat Kandal, a Buddhist
temple used as a detainment center. They told him that he was accused of
violating the moral code of the organization of Communist Party of
Kampuchea|Angkar. He did not understand what that meant.
Subsequently, he was transferred and deported to a security prison in
Phnom Penh. This security prison is known as S-21 by the Khmer Rouge
and it was formerly a high school known as Tuol Sleng high school.
There, people are interrogated and executed on a daily basis. Towards
the fall of the Khmer Rouge and the invasion of the Vietnamese army in
1979, only seven prisoners made out of the prison alive. Vann Nath was
one of them.


Vann Nath was a painter and writer whose memoirs and paintings of his experiences in the infamous Tuol Sleng prison are a powerful and poignant testimony to the crimes of the Khmer Rouge.
Vann Nath was an outspoken advocate for justice for victims of the
crimes of the Khmer Rouge and this is reflected in his writing. His 1998
memoir A Cambodian Prison Portrait: One Year in the Khmer Rouge’s S-21 Prison, about his experiences at S-21 is the only written account by a survivor of the prison. It has been translated from English into French and Swedish.
Vann Nath was one of Cambodia’s most prominent artists. His life was only spared by his captor, Comrade Duch, so that he could be put to work on painting and sculpting portraits of Pol Pot.[3] He played an important role in helping to revive the arts in Cambodia after decades of war and genocide.
During 2001 and 2002, Vann Nath worked intensively with Cambodian film director Rithy Panh in the preparation of a documentary film entitled S-21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine.[4] Vann Nath was interviewed in the film, in which Panh brought together former prisoners and guards of the former Tuol Sleng prison.
Vann Nath confronted and questioned his former torturers in the
documentary film. To recognize their work, both, Vann Nath and Rithy
Panh have been conferred the title of Dr. honoris causa by the University of Paris VIII on May 24, 2011.


Despite battling long-standing health problems, including chronic
kidney disease, Vann Nath continued to paint and write about his
experiences under the Pol Pot regime. He suffered from heart attack and
went into a coma. He died on 5 September 2011 at the Calmette Hospital
in Phnom Penh.[1] He was approximately 66 years old.

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Who is Laurence John Fishburne III?

Who is Laurence John Fishburne III? The entertainment and acting world knows Laurence Fishburne as an American film and stage actor, playwright,
director, and producer. He is perhaps best known f or his roles as Morpheus in the Matrix science fiction film trilogy, as Cowboy Curtis on the 1980s television show Pee-wee’s Playhouse, and as singer-musician Ike Turner in the Tina Turner biopic What’s Love Got to Do With It. He became the first African American to portray Othello in a motion picture by a major studio when he appeared in Oliver Parker‘s 1995 film adaptation of the Shakespeare play. From 2008 to 2011, he starred as Dr. Raymond Langston on the CBS crime drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
Fishburne has won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his performance in Two Trains Running (1992) and an Emmy Award for Drama Series Guest Actor for his performance in TriBeCa (1993).

Early years

Fishburne was born July 30, 1961 in Augusta, Georgia,
the son of Hattie Bell (née Crawford), a junior high school mathematics
and science teacher, and Laurence John Fishburne, Jr., a juvenile
corrections officer.[2] His parents divorced during his childhood, and he moved with his mother to Brooklyn, New York, where he was raised. Fishburne’s father saw him once a month.[3][4] He is a graduate of Lincoln Square Academy in New York, which closed in the 1980s.



Fishburne on One Life to Live

Fishburne started acting at age eleven (according to his January 13,
2012 interview on The View which commemorated One Life to Live) getting
his first job in 1973 as a short-lived member of the Mod Squad followed by portraying Joshua Hall on the ABC soap opera, One Life to Live. He was initially cast in the hit television series Good Times, but the role was eventually given to Ralph Carter. Fishburne’s most memorable childhood role was in Cornbread, Earl and Me
in which he played a young boy who witnessed the police shooting of a
popular high school basketball star. Fishburne later earned a supporting
role in Francis Ford Coppola‘s Apocalypse Now,
in which he played a 17-year-old sailor nicknamed ‘Mr. Clean’. When
production began in March 1976 he was just fourteen, apparently lying
about his age to get the part. Filming took so long that he was
seventeen upon its completion. Fishburne was also a guest star on Mash
as “Corporal Dorsey” in “The Tooth Shall Set You Free” (episode 1014).


Fishburne in The Color Purple

Fishburne spent much of the 1980s in and out of television and
periodically on stage. In the early 1980s, he worked as a bouncer at
punk rock clubs.[5] He had a minor role in the critically acclaimed Steven Spielberg film The Color Purple. He also had a role in the 1984 movie The Cotton Club. Fishburne had a recurring role as Cowboy Curtis on Paul ReubensCBS children’s television show Pee-wee’s Playhouse. He also appeared in the M*A*S*H episode, “The Tooth Shall Set You Free”, as Corporal Dorsey (billed as Larry Fishburne in the credits). In Spenser: For Hire, he was a guest star for the 2nd season episode “Personal Demons”. He appeared as a thug named Cutter in Death Wish 2 (1982). He also appeared alongside Kevin Bacon in Quicksilver. His stage work during the 1980s included Short Eyes (1984), and Loose Ends (1987), both produced at Second Stage Theatre in New York City. Also in 1987 he played a part in the third Nightmare On Elm Street film as a hospital orderly. Fishburne played as Lt. Charlie Stobbs (under Larry Fishburne) in Red Heat (1988) beside Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Belushi. Fishburne also starred as “Dap” in Spike Lee‘s School Daze (1988). Fishburne’s character was the depiction of an African American, culturally inclined college student at an HBCU (Historically Black College/University).


Fishburne in Boyz n the Hood

In 1990, he played Jimmy Jump in the controversial King of New York, and in 1991, Fishburne starred in Boyz n the Hood. The following year, in 1992, he won a Tony Award for his stage performance in the August Wilson play, Two Trains Running and an Emmy Award[6] for his performance in the opening episode, “The Box,” of the short-lived anthology series television drama TriBeCa. He also starred in “Deep Cover” along side Jeff Goldblum.

Fishburne & Angela Basset in What’s Love Got to Do With It
Fishburne in The Matrix.

In 1993, he received his first Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Ike Turner in What’s Love Got to Do With It.
In an 1995 American drama film, starring an ensemble cast, Laurence
Fishburne won an Image Award for “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a
Motion Picture” for his performance in Higher Learning as West Indian Professor Maurice Phipps. He played the title role in Othello,
the second African American actor, behind Paul Robeson to be so cast.
In 1997, Fishburne starred in the science fiction horror Event Horizon alongside Sam Neill. Fishburne is perhaps best known for his role as Morpheus, the hacker-mentor of Neo, played by Keanu Reeves, in the 1999 blockbuster science fiction film, The Matrix.

2000s – 2010s

Fishburne provided the voice of Thrax in Osmosis Jones in 2001. Fishburne reprised his role as Morpheus in the Matrix sequels, The Matrix Reloaded, and The Matrix Revolutions in 2003. He briefly featured as a stretcher-bearer in one version of the video for The Spooks‘ song “Things I’ve Seen” (2000) and appeared with Tom Cruise as Theodore Brassell, IMF superior of Cruise’s character in Mission: Impossible III.
Fishburne has worked with actress Angela Bassett
on four projects. He said that “An electrifying thing happens when the
two of us work together. I haven’t experienced it with anyone else. A
freedom happens when we work together.”[cite this quote] In 2006, they appeared onstage in a Pasadena Playhouse production of August Wilson‘s Fences.[7]
He provided the voice of the narrator in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) movie, which was released on March 23, 2007.[8] The same year, he provided the voice of the Silver Surfer in 2007 film Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.
On February 24, 2007, Fishburne was honored with the Harvard
Foundation’s Artist of the Year award at the annual show Cultural
Rhythms. He received this honor for his prowess as an actor and
entertainer and for his humanitarian pursuits. Fishburne is a UNICEF ambassador.[9] The mayor of Cambridge, Massachusetts, Mayor Kenneth Reeves awarded him the key to the city and declared February 24 “Laurence Fishburne” day in the city of Cambridge.[10]

Fishburne in Thurgood

In April 2008, Fishburne returned to the stage in the Broadway production of Thurgood, a new play by George Stevens, Jr. Thurgood opened at the Booth Theatre on April 30, 2008.[11] He won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding One-Person Show for his performance. On February 24, 2011, HBO screened a filmed version of the play performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.[12][13] On February 16, 2011, the White House hosted a screening of the film as part of its celebrations of Black History Month.[14]

Fishburne on CSI

On August 18, 2008, it was reported that Laurence Fishburne would join the cast of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation after William Petersen (aka Gil Grissom) left the series. John Malkovich was also considered for the role prior to the announcement.[15]
Fishburne joined the show on the ninth episode of the 9th season as a
college professor and former pathologist whose area of expertise
involves some criminals’ predisposition to commit acts of violence.[16] The character was introduced as a consultant on a case (“19 Down”), who winds up joining the CSI team (“One to Go”).
In May 2009, Fishburne performed on-stage in the National Memorial Day Concert on the Mall in Washington, D.C.[17]
Fishburne starred in 2010’s Predators.[18] He co-starred with Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Matt Damon, and Marion Cotillard in Steven Soderbergh‘s Contagion (2011).[19]
On June 7, 2011, Fishburne announced that he was leaving C.S.I. to
return to movies and theatre, opting not to renew his contract and would
not appear in Season 12.
On August 2, 2011 it was announced that Fishburne had been cast in the role of Perry White in the Christopher Nolan produced, Zack Snyder directed Superman reboot Man of Steel.[20] This will mark the first time that the character has been played by an African American actor.

Personal life

Montana Fishburne
Hajna O. Moss

Fishburne married actress Hajna O. Moss in 1985, in New York. They have two children together: a son, Langston, born in 1987, and a daughter, Montana,
born in 1991. Hajna and Laurence divorced in the 1990s. In 2010, it was
reported that Fishburne had cut ties with his daughter Montana Fishburne after she started starring in hardcore pornographic films.[21][22][23]

Gina Torres

Fishburne met actress Gina Torres while filming The Matrix Reloaded. He and Torres were engaged in February 2001 and married on September 22, 2002,[24] at The Cloisters museum in New York City. On January 8, 2007, Fishburne’s spokesman Alan Nierob announced the couple were expecting their first child together.[25][26] A daughter, Delilah, was born to the couple in June 2007.[27]
Fishburne lives in Hollywood[28] and also maintains a residence in New York City, in the Castle Village Co-Op in the Hudson Heights section of Washington Heights.[29] He is a big fan of Paulo Coelho and plans to produce a movie based on the novel The Alchemist.[30]

Stage and screen credits


Awards and nominations


Academy Awards

Year Award Category Title Result
1994 Academy Award Best Actor in a Leading Role What’s Love Got to Do with It Nominated

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films

Year Award Category Title Result
2000 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actor The Matrix Nominated

Acapulco Black Film Festival

Year Award Category Title Result
1997 Black Film Award Best Actor Hoodlum Nominated

BET Awards

Year Award Category Title Result
2004 BET Award Best Actor The Matrix Reloaded
The Matrix Revolutions
Mystic River

Black Movie Awards

Year Award Category Title Result
2006 Black Movie Award Outstanding Motion Picture (Producer) Akeelah and the Bee Nominated
2006 Black Movie Award Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role Akeelah and the Bee Won

Black Reel Awards

Year Award Category Title Result
2000 Black Reel Award Best Actor The Matrix Nominated
2007 Black Reel Award Best Supporting Actor Akeelah and the Bee Nominated
2007 Black Reel Award Best Motion Picture (Producer) Akeelah and the Bee Nominated

MTV Movie Awards

Year Award Category Title Result
2000 MTV Movie Award Best Fight (shared with Keanu Reeves) The Matrix Won
2000 MTV Movie Award Best On-Screen Duo (shared with Keanu Reeves) The Matrix Nominated


Emmy Awards

Year Category Title Result
2011 Outstanding Actor in a Mini-Series or Television Special Thurgood Nominated
1997 Outstanding Made for Television Movie Miss Evers’ Boys Won
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Mini-Series or Television Special Miss Evers’ Boys Nominated
1996 Outstanding Actor in a Mini-Series or Television Special The Tuskegee Airmen Nominated
1993 Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series TriBeCa Won

NAACP Image Award

Year Category Title Result
2011 Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Nominated
2010 Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Nominated
2009 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Nominated
1999 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Television Movie or Mini-Series Always Outnumbered Nominated
1998 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Television Movie or Mini-Series Miss Evers’ Boys Won
1996 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Television Movie or Mini-Series The Tuskegee Airmen Won


NAACP Theatre Awards

Year Category Play Result
2007 Best Male Lead – Equity Without Walls Won
2005 Lifetime Achievement Award N/A Won

Tony Awards

Year Category Play Result
1992 Best Actor in a Featured Role Two Trains Running Won



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