Una Stubbs

DEATH DID US PART Actress Una Stubbs has died aged 84, slightly surprisingly, after a short illness. Stubbs was a rarity in being primarily a TV actress who became a household name with 3 successive generations. In the 1960s, she was Rita, daughter of Alf Garnett, in the classic comedy Till Death Us Do Part. […]

Stephen Wilkinson

NORTHERN SOUL Choral composer Stephen Wilkinson has died aged 102. He served in the Navy in the Atlantic during World War Two before complete a music degree at Cambridge. In fact, he suffered all his life from injuries suffered when the ship he was on exploded, but he did earn mentions in dispatches for that […]

Alex Cord

CORDLESS DDP Actor Alex Cord has died aged 88. Best known for his role as Arcangel in Airwolf, he also appeared in Stagecoach and the stranger to fortune titled The Dead Are Alive. No, no they are not. Cord was also in Chosen Survivors, list of which he is presumably no longer on. He was […]

Patricia Hitchcock

STRANGERS IN A CREM Actress Patricia Hitchcock has died aged 93. The only daughter of film legend Alfred Hitchcock, she appeared in four of his films in small roles, and The Ten Commandments. Hitchcock made several TV appearances, including in the Alfred Hitchcock Presents TV show, but her famous relations stopped her branching out, as […]

Jane Withers

WITHERING JANE Jane Withers, one of the most popular Hollywood child actresses of the 1930s, has died aged 95. She appeared as Shirley Temple’s bête noir, Joy Smythe, in Bright Eyes in 1934. In later life she appeared in a series of Comet cleaning TV adverts, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and yes, the obligatory […]

Brian Henderson

HENDERSON SIGNS OFF Australian broadcaster Brian Henderson has died aged 89, after a long battle with cancer. A newsreader for 45 years, he was also the host of the Australian version of Bandstand. He won the Order of Australia and was a member of the Logie Hall of Fame. He was picked by 6 teams, […]

Ron Popeil

RON POPOFF Inventor and advertiser Ron Popeil has died aged 86. He invented the Chop-o-Matic, the Electric Pasta Masker, the Burnt Toast Avoider, The Scrambled Egg Frying Equipment, and countless other bits of kitchen pap people who don’t need buy. His adverts including the catchphrase “wait, there’s more” as if you couldn’t believe quite what […]

Saginaw Grant

GRANT ANOTHER OBIT Actor Saginaw Grant has died aged 85. He appeared in The Lone Ranger, Slipstream, and briefly in Breaking Bad, but also in several episodes of Auf Wiedershen Pet’s brutal 2002 revival. Grant was a unique pick for Say Hello to the Angels. Saginaw Grantdied 27 July 2021unique

Dusty Hill

GIMME ALL YOUR DYING, ALL YOUR SNUG CREMATIONS TOO ZZ Top frontman Dusty Hill has somewhat surprisingly died aged 72. Hill had part of a Zombies tribute act in 1969 when he formed ZZ Top with Frank Beard (who doesn’t have a beard) and Billy Gibbons. They worked together for the next 52 years, and […]

Jackie Mason

I WANT TO LEAVE YOU WITH THE DEATH OF A GREAT COMEDIAN Influential American comic Jackie Mason has died aged 93, three years older than he’d claimed (and eight more than a typo on the DDP website) and so given his last middle finger. He gave the signal to Ed Sullivan on live TV in […]