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Here's Michael Jeter's Obituary from CBS News.

Actor Michael Jeter Dead At 50
Character Actor Won An Emmy For Role On 'Evening Shade'

LOS ANGELES, April 1, 2003
(AP) Michael Jeter, the character actor who won a supporting actor Emmy as a shrimpy assistant football coach on CBS's "Evening Shade" and was known on "Sesame Street" as The Other Mr. Noodle, has died, his publicist said Monday. He was 50.

Jeter's body was found in his Hollywood Hills home Sunday, publicist Dick Guttman said. Friends said they had communicated with him as recently as Saturday, Guttman added.

An autopsy was planned to determine the cause of death. Guttman said Jeter, who was HIV-positive but had been in good health, apparently died of natural causes.

Jeter had been filming the Christmas movie "The Polar Express." Guttman said the producers believe there is enough footage to preserve Jeter's role in the film.

Jeter, a slim, 5-foot-4 actor with thinning red hair, bushy mustache and a broad grin, played tough runts, sniveling wimps and big-hearted underdogs.

"I often see myself in my private life as being a pinched and confined person. When I get on the stage I can open up," he said in a 1992 interview.

Among his favorite roles was the kindly Mr. Noodle on PBS's children's show "Sesame Street." The character was nicknamed The Other Mr. Noodle when Jeter took over the role from Bill Irwin. The two Noodles, the show explained, were brothers.

"Kids would recognize him and come running up to him, 'Mr. Noodle! Mr. Noodle,"' Guttman recalled. "He really loved that."

On "Evening Shade," which ran from 1990 to 1994, Jeter played the blustery assistant football coach Herman Stiles opposite the calm, paternal lead character played by Burt Reynolds. He won his Emmy in 1992.

He had film roles as a kindhearted mental patient in 1998's "Patch Adams," a mouse-loving prisoner in 1999's "The Green Mile" and a dinosaur-hunting mercenary in 2001's "Jurassic Park III."

Jeter started as a stage actor and won a 1990 supporting actor Tony Award as provincial German Jewish bookkeeper Otto Kringelein in the musical "Grand Hotel."

Jeter grew up in Lawrenceburg, Tenn., and studied acting at Memphis State University.

He worked in theater and in small film roles in the 1970s and '80s, but after two bouts of drug and alcohol abuse he decided the irregular life of a performer was too much for him.

He became a legal secretary and abandoned acting until a casting director sought him out in 1987. He was offered a small role in CBS's "Designing Women," made by the same people who would later produce "Evening Shade."

Here is Ossie Davis's Obituary published on February 4, 2005 by USA TODAY.

Davis devoted his life and his work to civil rights
By Steve Jones, USA TODAY

"The struggle and the arts are connected almost by definition," Ossie Davis once said. The statement also defined his life and career as an actor and director on film, TV and the stage: He pushed for social justice both in entertainment and real life, usually alongside his wife, actress Ruby Dee.

Whether he was appearing in the most serious of dramas or lightest of comedies, Davis always seemed to embody a sense of wisdom and authority with a warm, rich voice and quiet dignity. At the same time, there was a sly humor and genuine kindness lurking just beneath the surface.

Davis, 87, died Friday in Florida. He had been working on the film comedy Retirement with Jack Warden, Peter Falk and George Segal.

Davis left behind a vast body of work. He starred in such movies as The Joe Louis Story, Slaves, Let's Do It Again, Grumpy Old Men and Dr. Dolittle, as well as Spike Lee's School Daze, Do the Right Thing, Jungle Fever and last year's She Hate Me.

As a director, he is probably best remembered for 1970's gritty Cotton Comes to Harlem, a precursor to the blaxploitation films of the decade, and 1973's Gordon's War.

His TV work ranged from Eugene O'Neill's The Emperor Jones in 1955 to the Burt Reynolds sitcom Evening Shade to the Showtime series The L Word. He also starred in Martin Luther King: The Dream and the Drum, Alex Haley's Queen and Roots: The Next Generations and Stephen King's The Stand.

Broadway dimmed the lights Saturday for Davis, who began his career in 1940 in On Strivers Row and met his wife on the set of Jeb in 1946. As a playwright, he was most famous for 1961's controversial sendup of racial stereotypes, Purlie Victorious, which would be redone as the musical Purlie nine years later.

Davis and Dee paid a cost for many of the political choices they made. They sued in federal court for black voting rights, and when singer/actor Paul Robeson ran afoul of the anti-communist witch hunts of the 1950s, they were steadfast in their support even as they were blacklisted and other blacks rushed to denounce him.

They were at the forefront of the 1963 March on Washington, and when their friend Malcolm X was assassinated, Davis delivered a moving eulogy for the controversial leader. He also spoke at the funeral of Martin Luther King Jr.

Actor Roy Scheider, who had worked with Davis and attended anti-war rallies with him, told the Associated Press that Davis and Dee were "the first political couple of America. Ossie seemed to always show up at the right time, on the right side, which was always the human side. He had a very heartfelt sympathy for people everywhere."

Burt Reynolds told AP: "Since the loss of my father, no man has come close to represent the kind of man I hope to be someday. I know he's sitting next to God now, and I know God envies that voice."

In the mid-'90s, Davis told an audience at Cornell University that he recalled hearing Marian Anderson at the Lincoln Memorial in 1939 after she had been banned from singing at Washington's Constitution Hall. "I understood fully for the first time," he said, "the importance of black song, black music, black arts. I was handed my spiritual assignment that night."

Davis and Dee, who have three children, celebrated their first 50 years together in 1998 with the dual memoir With Ossie and Ruby: In This Life Together. In December, they received Kennedy Center Honors celebrating their achievements. Dee, 80, was in New Zealand making a movie at the time of Davis' death.

Della Reese, Maya Angelou and Odetta will participate in a tribute to Davis tonight at a Kennedy Center program Davis had been scheduled to be part of.

"As we went along, we became aware of something," Davis said in 1998. "It was from the struggle itself that we gained our true identity. It was the struggle itself that gave us cause to stay together as long as we have."

Here is Charles Durning Obituary by The Washington Post

Hard-working actor Charles Durning dies at 89

By Matt Schudel December 25, 2012

Charles Durning, who was often called the ultimate character actor because of his ability to inhabit almost any role, from everyday workingman to politician to priest, and who saw some of the fiercest combat in Europe during World War II, died Monday at his home in New York City. He was 89.

His agent, Judith Moss, confirmed his death to the Associated Press but did not disclose the cause.

Mr. Durning appeared in almost 200 movies, countless television shows and dozens of plays, portraying a range of characters from Shakespearean fools to crooked cops to military veterans haunted by the past. He was nominated for two Academy Awards and nine Emmy Awards and won a Tony Award for his performance as Big Daddy in a 1990 Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams’s “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.”

But the short, thick-bodied Mr. Durning was virtually unknown until he was almost 50. He got his major break in Jason Miller’s 1972 Broadway play about the aging members of a high school basketball team, “That Championship Season.” A year later, he appeared as a corrupt police officer in the con-man caper movie “The Sting,” with Paul Newman and Robert Redford.

By then, Mr. Durning had accumulated a lifetime of real-world experience. He had held dozens of menial jobs and, while serving as an Army infantryman, was among the first soldiers to land on the Normandy beaches during the D-Day invasion of June 6, 1944.

He was wounded in battle three times, captured by Nazi troops and killed a soldier in hand-to-hand combat. He later helped liberate the Buchenwald concentration camp.

It took years for Mr. Durning to recover from his physical and psychological wounds.

“It’s your mind that’s hard to heal,” he told The Washington Post in 1994. “There are many horrifying secrets in the depths of our souls that we don’t want anyone to know about.”

After keeping silent about his wartime experiences for decades, Mr. Durning appeared several times at Memorial Day observances at the Capitol and Arlington National Cemetery. More than 50 years after he had left the battlefield, he still had nightmares, he said.

After the war, determined to pursue acting, he studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York until he was kicked out.

“They basically said, ‘You have no talent,’ ” he later recalled, “ ‘and you couldn’t even buy a dime’s worth of it if it was for sale.’ ”

He took speech lessons to overcome a stutter and attended dance class as a form of physical therapy. He became so adept that he became a professional ballroom dancer and teacher.

His other jobs included working as a comedian, night watchman, dishwasher, sightseeing guide, bridge painter, bricklayer, plumber’s helper, bartender and cabdriver. At 30, he was delivering telegrams, while appearing in plays where his payment came from the passing of a hat. From such a life did the character actor develop his character.

When he took on a working-class role, he told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in 2001, he needed no preparation.

“I could be one of these guys,” he said. “I dug ditches and built foundations and poured and mixed concrete. I still remember: ‘One shovelful of cement to six shovelsful of sand.’ ”

In the early 1960s, Joseph Papp hired Mr. Durning for the New York Shakespeare Festival. He said Papp’s belief in him “opened up the gates of heaven for me.” Mr. Durning had 22 Shakespearean roles over a dozen years.

But success still didn’t arrive for years. In 1964, Mr. Durning played a priest in a touring company of “Fiddler on the Roof” — but his role was cut from the play before it reached Broadway.

After the breakthrough of “That Championship Season,” in which he played a small-town mayor, Mr. Durning finally began to get steady work as an actor. Besides his Tony-winning role in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” — described by critic Frank Rich in the New York Times as “an indelible hybrid of red-neck cutup and aristocratic tragedian, of grasping capitalist and loving patriarch” — Mr. Durning appeared in such Broadway classics as “Death of a Salesman,” “Inherit the Wind,” “Glengarry Glen Ross” and “The Gin Game.”

He was nominated for an Emmy for playing the middle-aged suitor of Maureen Stapleton in the 1975 TV movie “Queen of the Stardust Ballroom.” He received Oscar nominations for his role as an over-the-top singing and dancing governor in “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” (1982) and for portraying a Nazi officer in the 1983 Mel Brooks spoof “To Be or Not to Be.”

The range of his roles almost defies belief. He tried to seduce Dustin Hoffman’s female persona in “Tootsie” (1982); he won a Golden Globe as best supporting actor in 1991 as John “Honey Fitz” Fitzgerald in the TV film “The Kennedys of Massachusetts”; he was a police officer opposite Al Pacino in “Dog Day Afternoon” (1975); he appeared in one-man roles as baseball manager Casey Stengel and as Pope John XXIII; he was the father of a comically dysfunctional family in Jodie Foster’s “Home for the Holidays” (1995). From 1990 to 1994, he was the buffoonish town doctor in “Evening Shade,” a CBS comedy set in Arkansas.

He had guest appearances on such TV shows as “Homicide,” “NCIS” and “Everybody Loves Raymond” and played the father of Denis Leary’s character in the FX fire-department drama “Rescue Me” from 2004 to 2011.

In all of his roles, Mr. Durning aimed for simplicity and sincerity.

“The simpler you are, the clearer it is to the audience,” he said in 1990. “I barely got out of high school. I don’t know how to break down a play. I don’t how to read poetry. All I can do is start from the beginning and learn the lines.”

Charles Durning was born Feb. 28, 1923, in Highland Falls, N.Y. He was one of 10 children, only five of whom lived to adulthood. His Irish immigrant father lost a leg in World War I and died when his son was 12. His mother did laundry at the nearby U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Mr. Durning left home at 16 and worked as an usher at a burlesque house in Buffalo, where he first took the stage after a comedian didn’t show up for work. He sang in a dance band and held other jobs before joining the Army.

At Omaha Beach on D-Day, he said in one of his Memorial Day appearances in Washington, “I was the second man off my barge, and the first and third men got killed.”

He later fought in the Battle of Bulge and, in hand-to-hand combat, killed a German soldier with a rock. Mr. Durning was bayoneted eight times. He was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal and three Purple Hearts.

Mr. Durning’s first marriage, to Carol Doughty Durning, ended in divorce.

In 1974, he married the former Mary Ann Amelio, who had been his teenage sweetheart. Both had married and had children, but they were reunited when her daughter greeted Mr. Durning backstage after a performance of “That Championship Season.” The next night, the couple had their first date in more than 30 years.

Mrs. Durning survives, along with three children from his first marriage.

Mr. Durning seldom took vacations and rarely went to parties, except for a weekly poker game with other actors. In 2008, he received a Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award and was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame near that of his boyhood idol, Jimmy Cagney.

“You know, I never set out to win awards,” Mr. Durning said, summing up his workmanlike career. “I set out to pay the rent.”

Here is Ann Wedgeworth Obituary from Variety

November 18, 2017 12:21PM PT
Ann Wedgeworth, ‘Three’s Company’ Actress, Dies at 83

By Erin Nyren

Ann Wedgeworth, known for her role as Lana Shields in ABC’s “Three’s Company,” died Thursday in New York after a long illness. She was 83.

Wedgeworth’s career began in Broadway, with her debut in “Make a Million” in 1958. She continued to perform in off-Broadway and Broadway productions over the next few decades, winning a Tony Award for best performance by a featured actress in a play for her work in “Chapter Two.”

The actress enjoyed a successful career in film, with roles as the leading lady in films like “Scarecrow,” opposite Gene Hackman, and “Bang the Drum Slowly” with Robert De Niro. Throughout the 1980s, she took on supporting roles, such as Patsy Cline’s mother in “Sweet Dreams,” with Jessica Lange and Ed Harris. The role earned her a National Society of Film Critics Award.

Wedgeworth became best known for her role as divorcee Lana Shields in “Three’s Company,” after performing in numerous soap operas like “The Edge of Night” and “Another World.” Shields was written out of “Three’s Company” after only nine episodes with little explanation; Wedgeworth claimed she asked to be released from her contract after Shields’ role began to wind down.

After “Three’s Company,” Wedgeworth went on to star in CBS’s “Evening Shade” starting in 1989, which was her longest role. She played Merleen Eldridge, the wife of small town doctor Harlan Eldrige. The couple was best friends with Burt Reynolds and Marilu Henner’s Wood and Ava Newton, who move back to the small town of Evening Shade, Ark. after Wood quits professional football due to an injury.

Wedgeworth was married to actor and voice artist Rip Torn from 1955 to 1961, with whom she has one daughter. In 1970, she married acting coach Ernest Martin, with whom she had another daughter and stepson.

She survived by Martin, her two daughters, and her stepson.

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