Robert Wise was 91. He won four Oscars as producer and director of the classic 1960s musicals "West Side Story" and "The Sound of Music."
Bob Denver was 70. His portrayal of goofy castaway Gilligan on the 1960s TV show "Gilligan's Island," made him an iconic figure to generations of TV viewers.
As an adult, "Gilligan's Island" was painful to watch, but as a kid I thought it was pure gold. Good bye little buddy.
William H. Rehnquist was 80. He was a Chief Justice on the American Supreme Court where he served for 33 years.
R.L. Burnside was 78. He was one of the last, great Mississippi bluesmen, whose raw, country blues was discovered late in his life.
Brock Peters was 78. He played one of the main roles in the film "To Kill A Mockingbird".
Robert Moog was 71. His name became synonymous with electronic music in the 1960s and '70s through the invention of his self-named synthesizers.
Thomas Herrion was 23. He was an offensive lineman with the San Francisco 49ers.
Gene Mauch was 79. He was a Major League Baseball player and manager who holds the record for most seasons managed without winning a pennant.
Barbara Bel Geddes was 82. She was the winsome actress who rose to stage and movie stardom but reached her greatest fame as Miss Ellie Ewing in the long-running TV series "Dallas."
Matthew McGrory was 32. He was the deep-voiced 7-foot-plus actor who moved from appearances on Howard Stern's radio show to a high-profile role as a gentle giant in the movie "Big Fish."
As a fan of Stern's morning show, I was well aware of Big Foot, but "Big Fish" earned him a special place in my heart. That movie really struck a nerve with me, in a very, very good way. I can watch it over and over again and be deeply affected each and every time. Big Foot was Karl the Giant, and he was befriended by a young Ed Bloom. It was an exceptional performance and one that I will never forget.
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