As a top executive at three Hollywood film studios David V. Picker played a significant role in bringing the Beatles, James Bond and more to movie screens.
David Kleiler, independent film impresario who saved the Coolidge Corner Theatre, dies at 79
David Kleiler, of Brookline, who died April 15, was a college teacher turned impresario of Boston’s independent film scene.
Jayne Wrightsman, arts benefactor and doyenne of high society, dies at 99
Ms. Wrightsman, a benefactor of the arts and grande dame of New York society whose celebrated collections of decorative and fine arts surrounded her life with grandeur and became treasures of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, died Saturday at her home in Manhattan. She was 99.
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Ken Kercheval played perennial punching bag Cliff Barnes to Larry Hagman’s scheming oil baron J.R. Ewing on the hit TV series “Dallas.”
Mark Medoff‘s acclaimed play “Children of a Lesser God,” featuring a deaf central character, won the Tony Award for best play in 1980 and was turned into a 1986 movie that won an Oscar for its female lead, Marlee Matlin.
Gary Stewart was a scholarly music fan whose enthusiasm and attention to detail helped make Rhino Records the much-emulated gold standard for reissue compilations of the great, the faded and the forgotten.
Verena Wagner Lafferentz, the last surviving grandchild of Richard Wagner and one of the last people alive who knew Adolf Hitler intimately, died Friday at her home in Nussdorf, Germany.
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Henry Bloch, H&R Block’s cofounder, dies at 96
Henry Bloch appeared in the company’s television advertising from 1972 into the 1990s. ‘‘We’re America’s tax team,’’ he said. ‘‘Put us to work for you.’’
Billy McNeill, captain of soccer team that became the first British team to win the European Cup, dies at 79
Billy McNeill, the captain of Glasgow soccer club Celtic when it became the first British team to win the European Cup in 1967, has died.
David Hamburg, honored for efforts to end global violence, dies at 93
David Hamburg, honored for efforts to end global violence, dies at 93
William J. Pape, ex-publisher of the Republican-American, dies at 87
The longtime editor and former publisher of Waterbury’s Republican-American newspaper has died, the newspaper’s managing editor Anne Karolyi said Sunday.
Warren Adler, ‘The War of the Roses’ author, dies at 91
Mr. Adler wrote thrillers, love stories, mysteries, and historical fiction but found a niche in depicting dysfunctional relationships.
The Rev. Howard M. Haywood, Newton leader and affordable housing advocate, dies at 78
A tireless advocate for affordable housing in Newton and a driving force for the creation of the Myrtle Village development, he was honored by community leaders in December.
Sally O’Neill, rights worker in Central America, dies at 68
Ms. O’Neill was a prominent human rights worker from Ireland who helped investigate the 1981 massacre in El Mozote, El Salvador, in which more than 900 civilians were slain.
Gene Wolfe, acclaimed science fiction writer, dies at 87
Mr. Wolfe’s works, full of inventive language, mysteries and subtly conveyed themes, are considered to be among the genre’s finest.
Paranormal investigator Lorraine Warren dies at 92
Worldwide paranormal investigator and author Lorraine Warren’s decades of ghost-hunting cases with her late husband inspired such frightening films as “The Conjuring” series and “The Amityville Horror.”
James McCord, Watergate conspirator who linked break-in to White House, dies at 93
Mr. McCord died in 2017, but news of his death only surfaced last month. He worked for the CIA before Watergate.
Jerrie Cobb, America’s 1st female astronaut candidate, dies at 88
As America’s first female astronaut candidate, pilot Jerrie Cobb pushed for equality in space but never reached its heights.
Arthur Polonsky, Boston Expressionist artist and teacher, dies at 93
A Globe art critic once called Mr. Polonsky “one of the authentic visionaries among figurative painters.”
Monkey Punch, creator of megahit Japan comic Lupin III, dies at 81
Cartoonist Monkey Punch was best known as the creator of the Japanese megahit comic series Lupin III.
Dr. Richard Green, who challenged psychiatry’s view of homosexuality, dies at 82
Dr. Green fought psychiatry’s classification of homosexuality as a mental disorder.
Former astronaut Owen Garriott, who flew on Skylab station, dies at 88
Dr. Garriott and his son, Richard, became the first US father-son space travelers.
Stanley Plumly, lyrical poet influenced by Keats, dies at 79
Stanley Plumly was an award-winning former poet laureate of Maryland whose poignant narratives were inspired by the beauty and transcendence of John Keats’s lyrical verse.
David Brion Davis, scholar of slavery, dies at 92
The Pulitzer Prize-winning historian documented the centrality of slavery in Western culture through a landmark trilogy.
H. Morse Payne Jr., an architect, teacher, and genealogist, dies at 96
H. Morse Payne Jr., 96, who died Jan. 9, was an architect in Boston, a college teacher, and genealogist.
Georgia Engel, 70, gentle-voiced ‘Mary Tyler Moore’ actress
On “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” Ms. Engel played Georgette Franklin, girlfriend and eventually wife of the buffoonish TV newsman Ted Baxter.
Charles Gross, 83, husband to Joyce Carol Oates
Mr. Gross spent 43 years on the faculty of Princeton’s psychology department, where the university credited him with revolutionizing understanding of sensory processing and pattern recognition.
Paul Greengard, Nobel Prize recipient, neuroscientist
Dr. Greengard’s 15-year quest to understand how brain cells communicate provided new insights into psychological diseases and earned him a Nobel Prize.
Bibi Andersson, 83, luminous presence in Bergman films
The Swedish actress personified first purity and youth, then complexity and disillusionment, in 13 midcentury Ingmar Bergman films.
David Thouless, 84, Nobel-winning physicist who explored strange states of matter
Dr. Thouless used a blend of physical theory and mathematical insight to create knowledge applicable in computers, electronics, and materials science.
Fred B. Morgan Jr., decorated WWII veteran and revered leader on Martha’s Vineyard, dies at 97
Fred B. Morgan Jr., 97, who died April 7, was a decorated World War II veteran and a revered civic leader on Martha’s Vineyard.
Donald Stewart, took over the College Board at a crucial time, dies at 80
A career educator, Mr. Stewart also was credited with reviving Spelman College.
Forrest Gregg, lineman for mighty Packers teams, dies at 85
Forrest Gregg, the great Hall of Fame lineman for the mighty Green Bay Packers of the 1960s that Vince Lombardi called the “finest player I ever coached,” died Friday at age 85.
Ivor Broadis, 96, oldest former England international
After serving in the Royal Air Force during World War II, Mr. Broadis played soccer for Carlisle, Sunderland, Manchester City, and Newcastle in a career that lasted until 1960.
R.V. Burgin, 96, Marine whose book helped inspire HBO’s ‘The Pacific’
Mr. Burgin wrote the book ‘‘Islands of the Damned: A Marine at War in the Pacific.’’ His daughter says it was among several books that inspired the HBO miniseries that premiered in 2010.
Dan C. Pinck, writer and OSS operative during World War II, dies at 94
Mr. Pinck, who wrote the memoir “Journey to Peking,” had lived for many years in Cambridge and previously resided in the South End.
Kitty Tucker, 75, who raised awareness of the Silkwood case
The public interest lawyer and antinuclear activist helped raise national awareness of nuclear power whistleblower Karen Silkwood’s death.
Joan Jones, force against racism in Nova Scotia, dies at 79
Ms. Jones was a low-key but determined crusader for racial justice and equality in Nova Scotia, whose black population has faced discrimination and hostility for centuries.
Lorraine Branham, journalism dean and mentor, dies at 66
Kelsey Davis was on the verge of dropping out of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University two years ago.
Ralph Solecki, who found humanity in Neanderthals, 101
Ralph Solecki, an archaeologist whose research helped debunk the view of Neanderthals as heartless and brutish half-wits and inspired a popular series of novels about prehistoric life, died March 20 in Livingston, New Jersey. He was 101.
William Jacobs, biology professor who survived being lost in Yosemite, dies at 99
William Jacobs was a longtime biology professor who survived being lost in Yosemite for 11 days in February 1946.
Lawrence Rhodes, Celebrated Dancer and Renowned Teacher, Dies at 79
Lawrence Rhodes, one of American ballet’s greatest male dancers, who won high praise in the 1960s and ′70s in both classical showpieces and dramatic dance studies of modern angst, died March 27 in New York. He was 79.
Jacob Stein, lawyer in Watergate and Lewinsky cases, dies at 94
Jacob Stein was a Washington lawyer who participated in two of the most dramatic episodes of the modern US presidency, winning the only high-profile acquittal in the Watergate affair and helping obtain immunity for former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
Richard Cole, last WWII Doolittle Raider, dies at 103
Retired Lieutenant Colonel Richard “Dick” Cole, the last of the 80 Doolittle Tokyo Raiders who carried out the daring US attack on Japan during World War II, died Tuesday at a military hospital in Texas.
Marilynn Smith, Hall of Famer and LPGA founder, dies at 89
Marilynn Smith, one of the 13 founders of the LPGA Tour whose 21 victories, two majors and endless support of her tour led to her induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame, died Tuesday.
Charles Van Doren, a quiz show whiz who wasn’t, dies at 93
Charles Van Doren was a Columbia University English instructor and a member of a distinguished literary family who confessed to Congress and a disillusioned nation in 1959 that his performances on a television quiz show had been rigged.
Cho Yang-ho, who expanded Korean Air amid scandals, dies at70
Cho Yang-ho, whose 27 years as president of Korean Air brought substantial growth to the carrier but also a dizzying series of scandals, died Sunday in Los Angeles.
Actor Seymour Cassel, frequent Cassavetes collaborator, dies at 84
Character actors aren’t often called larger-than-life, but Seymour Cassel was just that.
Marshall M. Sloane, founder of Century Bank, dies at 92
Mr. Sloane, of Brookline, who died April 6, founded Century Bank in Somerville 50 years ago.