Anthony Franciosa was 77. His strong portrayals of moody, troubled characters made him a Hollywood star in the 1950s and '60s.
Wilson Pickett was 64. He was the soul pioneer best known for the fiery hits "Mustang Sally" and "In The Midnight Hour."
Shelley Winters was 85. She was the forceful, outspoken star who graduated from blond bombshell parts to dramas, winning Academy Awards as supporting actress in "The Diary of Anne Frank" and "A Patch of Blue."
Barry Cowsill was 50. He achieved teen idol status in the late 1960s as a member of the Partridge Family-inspiring pop act the Cowsills.
Lou Rawls was 72. He was the velvet-voiced singer who started as a church choir boy and went on to record such classic tunes as "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine."
Irving Layton was 93. His gritty, satiric and erotic poems left an indelible mark on Canada's literary landscape.
Pasquale Carpino was 69. He was the Singing Chef in his double-breasted, bright blue smock who starred in Italian cooking shows.
While working at the CNE and walking through the Food Building during a lunch break in 1990, I saw Pasquale signing autographs. I had never heard of him before but I decided to line up and meet him anyways because he was attracting a large crowd and appeared to be someone famous. I remember him asking me who I wanted him to sign the 8x10 picture of him to and his surprise at my answer.... Mike.
Patrick Cranshaw was 86. He was a veteran character actor who achieved cult-like status as fraternity brother "Blue" in "Old School".
I'll always remember him as the hobo in "Pee-wee's Big Adventure".
Michael Vale was 83. He was the actor best known for portraying sleepy-eyed Fred the Baker in Dunkin' Donuts commercials.
Vincent Schiavelli was 57. He was the droopy-eyed character actor who appeared in scores of movies, including "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" and "Ghost."
Farewell, Mr. Vargas.
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