Nipsey Russell was 80. He was the actor known as "the poet laureate of television."
Don Adams was 82. He was the wry-voiced comedian who starred as the fumbling secret agent Maxwell Smart in the 1960s TV spoof of James Bond movies, "Get Smart."
Thomas Ross Bond was 79. He played Butch the bully in the "Our Gang" and "The Little Rascals" serials of the 1930s.
Simon Wiesenthal was 96. He was the Holocaust survivor who helped track down Nazi war criminals following World War II, then spent the later decades of his life fighting anti-Semitism and prejudice against all people.
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.
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