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.
Phyllis Gretzky was 64. She was the mother of The Great One who Wayne described as the glue that held her family together.
John Spencer was 58. He played Leo McGarry on "The West Wing" and Tommy Mullaney on "L.A. Law".
Stanley Tookie Williams was 51. He was the Crips gang co-founder whose case stirred a national debate about capital punishment versus the possibility of redemption. He became an anti-gang activist while on California's Death Row, renouncing his gang affiliation, apologizing for the Crips' founding, and co-authoring books and beginning programs to prevent youth from joining gangs.
Richard Pryor was 65. He was the caustic yet perceptive actor-comedian who lived dangerously close to the edge both on stage and off.
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