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Tim Hedrick, longtime chief meteorologist of CBS affiliate WKRC in Cincinnati, OH passed away this morning, after battling a lengthy illness. He was surrounded by family and friends at the time of his passing. 

If you know anyone in the Cincy area, chances are they'd seen at least one of his broadcasts over the years. He was what you'd want in a weatherman, in that he was cheerful and informative, and that his forecasts were rather accurate the majority of the time.

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The prolific voice-over artist Peter Thomas died yesterday at 91.  He narrated Nova, Forensic Files, and Nature, among other shows.  He also was heard in Paul Hardcastle's 1985 song "19."

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Australian TV producer Reg Grundy passed away this weekend at 92.

Prolific producer responsible for such Aussie soaps as "Neighbours" and "Prisoner: Cell Block H".  He also produced the U.S. game shows "Sale of the Century" (based on an Aussie show) and "Scrabble", and imported numerous U.S. and UK games to Australia, including "Match Game" (known in Australia as "Blankety Blanks"), "Family Feud" and "Wheel of Fortune".

Grundy was infamous in the 1970s for the way he "imported" his game shows to Australia. He would fly to New York or Los Angeles and book a hotel room for a week. He'd spent most of his visit watching U.S. game shows and other series, writing down every facet of these shows (even the most minute such as, say, the color of the carpeting or the type of microphone the host used). He'd then fly back to Australia with his notes, then create Aussie versions that essentially copy-catted their U.S. equivalents. And due to then-loopholes in international copyright law, he could make these copycat shows without getting permission from the original creators.

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Veteran character actor William Schallert has passed at the age of 93. He appeared in tons of roles, including the father of the late Patty Duke on the Patty Duke show, but possibly his best known role was as Nils Barris, the asshole space station administrator on the classic Star Trek episode, "The Trouble With Tribbles". He was also the president of SAG for a spell.

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Madeleine Lebeau, the last surviving cast member of Casablanca, has died at the age of 92. (She actually passed away on May 1 but word is just getting out now)

Apparently she had a fall in which she broke her thigh bone and that lead to her passing

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Alan Young, who played straight man to a talking horse on "Mr. Ed" for five seasons, has died at age 96.

Fans also know him as the longtime voice of Scrooge McDuck. He also voiced Farmer Smurf on "The Smurfs" and Haggis McHaggis on "Ren and Stimpy".

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And Black Beauty in the 70s cartoon that was all over 80s Nickelodeon.  And 7-Zark-7 and Keyop (Jinpei in Gatchaman) in Battle of the Planets.  Dude was all over my childhood and I didn't realize it til 20 years later.  RIP.

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4 minutes ago, rainmakerrtv said:

Burt Kwouk, who played Cato in the Pink Panther movies, has passed at the age of 85.

He probably sucker punched Peter Sellers as soon as he went into the light.  RIP.

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Beth Howland, Vera from the television show, Alice, passed away on December 31, 2015 after a long battle with lung cancer, but it was her request that her death not be announced until well after her memorial service and funeral so that her family could mourn her in private.

 

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7 hours ago, J.T. said:

Beth Howland, Vera from the television show, Alice, passed away on December 31, 2015 after a long battle with lung cancer, but it was her request that her death not be announced until well after her memorial service and funeral so that her family could mourn her in private.

 

Howland was also married to "Murphy Brown" actor Charles Kimbrough at the time of her death. Previously, she was married to actor Michael J. Pollard.

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I saw a clickbait article about celebrities you didn't know had died, with a big picture of Levar Burton on it. But he's fine and it was just clickbaiters being shit at internetting.

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