Mercedes McCambridge was 85. She won an Oscar for the 1949 film "All the King's Men" and later provided the raspy voice of the demon-possessed girl in "The Exorcist".
Robert Pastorelli was 49. He was the boxer-turned-actor best known to television audiences as the house painter Eldin on long-running CBS comedy "Murphy Brown".
Paul Winfield was 62. He was an Academy Award-nominated actor who was known for his versatility in stage, film and television roles, including a highly praised 1978 depiction of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Spalding Gray was 62. He laid bare his life and mingled performance art with comedy in acclaimed monologues like "Swimming to Cambodia" and "It's a Slippery Slope".
Gray actually disappeared from his Manhattan apartment two months ago, but his body was only discovered in the East River over the weekend.
Marge Schott was 75. She was the tough-talking, chain-smoking owner of the Cincinnati Reds who won a World Series but was repeatedly suspended for offensive remarks.
John Randolph was 88. He was a Tony Award-winning character actor who appeared in numerous films, television series and plays.
Boris Trajkovski was 47. He was Macedonia's president, a moderate leader credited for helping to unite his ethnically divided country.
Bart Howard was 88. He was a songwriter and pianist best known for his composition "Fly Me to the Moon".
On a personal note, "Fly Me to the Moon" was the tune I bummed my high school graduation quote from.
Jan Miner was 86. She was a New York stage actress who gained fame as Madge, the manicurist in Palmolive television ads.
Just the other day Taryn and I were watching a program when a commercial for Palmolive came on the screen. I wondered aloud what had happend to Madge because I hadn't seen her featured in an ad in quite some time. I half assumed she had passed on and I had just missed it. It turns out she was doing fine until I realized all the new Palmolive ads were sans Madge.
Claude Ryan was 79. He was best known across Canada as the cerebral leader of the provincial federalist forces that defeated Rene Levesque in the 1980 referendum.
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