Dan Lee was 35. He was the Toronto animator who designed the character of Nemo for the blockbuster Pixar film "Finding Nemo". He also helped animate "A Bug's Life", "Toy Story 2", "Monsters, Inc." and a 2007 Pixar release.
Johnny Carson was 79. He was host of the "Tonight Show" for thirty years.
While the rest of the continent remembers Johnny Carson from late night TV, I know him best for his guest appearance on episode 9F19 of The Simpsons, "Krusty Gets Kancelled". When Krusty went looking for tips on how to deal with leaving the world of television, he visited Johnny Carson. Carson participated in The Krusty Comeback Special going so far as to juggle an automobile. At the conclusion of the episode, Bart proposes a toast "To Krusty, the greatest entertainer in the world. Except for that guy." He's pointing to Carson, tap-dancing and playing "Good Night Ladies" and The Simpsons theme on the accordion while balancing a board on his head atop which sit Grampa and Jasper. Good night, Johnny.
By the way, Steve drafted him in our Dead Pool and has been rewarded with 21 points. That puts him only 47 points behind Ryan for the lead.
Lamont Bentley was 31. He starred as Hakeem Campbell on the UPN sitcom "Moesha".
Virginia Mayo was 84. She was the stunning blond actress who brought beauty and romance to films of the 1940s and 1950s with such co-stars as James Cagney, Bob Hope, Gregory Peck, Danny Kaye and Ronald Reagan.
Ruth Warrick was 88. She was the darling of the daytime soap opera "All My Children" who launched her career in Orson Welles' all-time classic "Citizen Kane".
Zhao Ziyang was 85. He was the former prime minister of China and a reform-minded Communist Party leader who was toppled in a power struggle after the 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests.
Earl Cameron was 89. He was host of CBC's national television news from 1959 to 1966.
Spencer Dryden was 66. He was the drummer for the Jefferson Airplane in the band's glory years, including the breakthrough 1967 album "Surrealistic Pillow" and the Woodstock festival.
Bud Poile was 80. He's a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame who helped the Toronto Maple Leafs win the Stanley Cup in 1947 and was the first general manager of both the Philadelphia Flyers and Vancouver Canucks.
Artie Shaw was 94. He was the clarinetist and bandleader whose recording of "Begin the Beguine" epitomized the Big Band era.
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