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Marty Allen, comedian, 95
(March 23, 1922 — Feb. 12, 2018) Recognized by his wild black hair and for his sense of humor, Marty Allen brought us many laughs. The comedian was a fixture on TV for many years, initially as part of “Allen & Rossi.” He and Steve Rossi appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show 44 times in addition to regular stints on The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson and The Merv Griffin Show. The duo was a nationwide hit but split in 1968. Allen then went on to appear on many other TV shows and was a regular entertainer in Las Vegas, where he died. His wife, and performing partner of 30 years, Karon Kate Blackwell, was by his side.
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Vic Damone, singer, 89
(June 12, 1928 — Feb. 10, 2018) The smooth baritone of Vic Damone won praise from Frank Sinatra as "the best pipes in the business." The crooner's career spanned five decades and included dozens of hits, such as "On the Street Where You Live," "You're Breaking My Heart" and "My Heart Cries for You." Damone and Sinatra dominated the pop music landscape after World War II alongside fellow Italian Americans Dean Martin, Perry Como
andTony Bennett. Damone appeared in several MGM movies and continued to attract large audiences in nightclubs and concerts into his 70s.
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Reg E. Cathey, actor, 59
(Aug. 18, 1958 — Feb. 9, 2018) Best known for his roles as Norman Wilson in The Wire and Freddy Hayes in House of Cards, Reg E. Cathey died after a battle with cancer. The actor was nominated three times for an Emmy for his role on House of Cards, bringing him a win for outstanding guest actor in 2015. Cathey also delighted comic book fans with his roles as Freeze in The Mask and Dr. Franklin Storm in Fantastic Four. The Wire creator David Simon called Cathey not only a fine
actor,but one of the most delightful human beings he'd ever met on set.
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John Gavin, actor, 86
April 8, 1931 — Feb. 9, 2018) Known as a ruggedly handsome actor in the 1950s and '60s, John Gavin later enjoyed a stint in diplomacy in the 1980s. Although Gavin never achieved superstardom, he played several memorable parts, including Julius Caesar in the Oscar-winning Spartacus, Lana Turner's suitor in the melodrama Imitation of Life and Janet Leigh's boyfriend, Sam Loomis, in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. In the 1970s, he served as president of the Screen Actors Guild before becoming U.S. ambassador to Mexico under Ronald Reagan.
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John Mahoney, actor, 77
(June 20, 1940 — Feb. 4, 2018) Funny and lovable on and off the screen, John Mahoney was best known for his role as a sharp-witted and sometimes cranky father on the TV sitcom Frasier, which aired from 1993 to 2004. He played Martin Crane, a dad that was never afraid to voice his opinion when it came to his sons, Frasier and Niles (Kelsey Grammer and David Hyde Pierce). His dog, Eddie, also brought added entertainment to his character and the show. Aside from TV and two dozen movie roles — including Moonstruck, Eight Men Out and Say Anything — Mahoney made appearances on the stage, winning a Tony for his 1986 performance in The House of Blue Leaves.
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Dennis Edwards, singer, 74
(Feb. 3, 1943 — Feb. 1, 2018) Grammy-winning singer Dennis Edwards was the voice of the Temptations for two decades, having joined the popular R&B vocal group in the late 1960s. Some of the biggest hits he sang on include “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone,” "Just My Imagination” and “Cloud Nine.” Before replacing the quintet's original lead singer, David Ruffin, Edwards was a hit in another Motown group called the Contours. Edwards and the Temptations were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989.
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Jerry Van Dyke, actor
(July 21, 1931 — Jan. 5, 2018) A comedian, an actor — and sometimes a mix of both — Jerry Van Dyke worked into his 80s. Highlights of his career include acting alongside his older brother Dick on the classic sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show in the 1960s. Although he was known for several roles, the younger Van Dyke got his big break in 1989 when he was cast as assistant football coach Luther Van Dam on the TV series Coach, a role that kept him busy throughout much of the 1990s. The part earned him four Emmy nominations for supporting actor. His most recent TV appearance, on ABC’s The Middle in 2015, reunited him once again with his older brother, with the two playing a pair of squabbling siblings.
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