Alex Karras was 77. He was a defensive lineman and four-time Pro Bowl selection who played for the Detroit Lions from 1958 to 1970, went on to star in the 1980s sitcom “Webster” and also played the horse-punching Mongo in the 1974 movie “Blazing Saddles".
Barbara Ann Scott was 84. She was known as “Canada’s sweetheart”, capturing world and Olympic figure skating titles in 1947 and 1948.
Andy Williams was 84. He was an Emmy-winning TV host and popular singer best known for his rendition of "Moon River."
Sam Sniderman was 92. He was the founder of Sam the Record Man. I spent many hours perusing the floors of his flagship store at 347 Yonge Street.
Michael Clarke Duncan was 54. He was best known for his breakout role as John Coffey in The Green Mile, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe.
Neil Armstrong was 82. He was the first man to walk on the moon.
Ron Palillo was 63. He portrayed class joker Arnold Horshack in the 1970s television series Welcome Back, Kotter.
Maeve Binchy was 72. He was the novelist best known for her novels Circle of Friends and Light a Penny Candle.
My Irish grandmother ate Maeve Binchy books for breakfast. Every time I'd visit we'd end up at the Bradford library where she'd pick up a Binchy book or two or three. It didn't matter if she had already read the book a dozen times, she loved the Irishness of Binchy's novels.
Sherman Hemsley was 74. He was the actor most famous for his role as George Jefferson on All in the Family and The Jeffersons, and as Deacon Ernest Frye on Amen.
Ernest Borgnine was 95. He was the film and television actor who won an Academy Award for his portrayal of a lovelorn butcher in 1955's "Marty."
If you're like me, you loved Ernest Borgnine in The Simpsons episode "Boy-Scoutz N the Hood". I can't find a good clip of Borgnine as the celebrity dad when the Junior Campers go on a father-son rubber-rafting trip, but it's as good an excuse as any to embed this classic clip of how Bart became a Junior Camper in the first place.
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