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She Ditched Broadway Dreams, Became Flo From Progressive

Meet Stephanie Courtney, the actor behind insurance company's most famous 'employee'

(Newser) - She's probably one of the most familiar faces to TV viewers, and has been for more than a decade, but "Stephanie Courtney" isn't exactly a household name. We all know the 53-year-old actor and comedian better as "Flo," the walking representation of Progressive Insurance in...

Evan Ellingson's Roles Included My Sister's Keeper
Cause of Death Released
for Former Child Star

Cause of Death Released for Former Child Star

Evan Ellingson, 35, died of accidental fentanyl overdose

(Newser) - The former child star found dead at age 35 earlier this month died of an accidental fentanyl overdose. The San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner performed an autopsy on Evan Ellingson the day after his death, Deadline reports. Ellingson's father previously told TMZ his son died at a sober living home.

Schitt's Creek Actor is Sorry for Halloween Costume

Emily Hampshire and a friend dressed up as Johnny Depp and Amber Heard

(Newser) - Schitt's Creek actor Emily Hampshire has apologized for what she says is "one of the most thoughtless, insensitive, and ignorant things" she has ever done. In photos posted on Instagram, the Canadian actor dressed as Johnny Depp and a friend dressed as Amber Heard. They wore outfits Depp...

Bridgerton Actor: I Had No Support Amid Psychotic Breaks

Ruby Barker faults Netflix, Shondaland

(Newser) - Ruby Barker felt her star rise as she appeared in Netflix's smash hit Bridgerton, but it was not an enjoyable time. As she reveals in a podcast interview, the British actor suffered not one but two psychotic breaks after filming the first season of the period drama, which saw...

Suzanne Somers Was Sitcom Star and ThighMaster
Cause of Death for
Suzanne Somers Is In

Cause of Death for Suzanne Somers Is In

Breast cancer had spread to brain of 'Three's Company' actor

(Newser) - Suzanne Somers had battled breast cancer for decades, and that was indeed her official cause of death, reports People . But as the death certificate shows for the Three's Company actor, who died at age 76 earlier this month, that cancer had spread, per the Blast . "Breast cancer with...

He Showed Up Bald for Night Court Audition, Got the Part

Richard Moll, bailiff 'Bull' Shannon on '80s sitcom, is dead at 80

(Newser) - Aristotle Nostradamus Shannon isn't exactly a household name, but for much of the '80s, Bull Shannon was. The latter was the nickname of the lovable bailiff character on the sitcom Night Court, which ran from 1984 to 1992 on NBC—and now, sad news on the actor who...

His Work Was a 'Turning Point' for Black Actors
'First Black
Action Hero'
Is Dead at 81

'First Black Action Hero' Is Dead at 81

Richard Roundtree, who played lead character in 'Shaft' franchise, succumbed to pancreatic cancer

(Newser) - Richard Roundtree, the trailblazing Black actor who starred as the ultra-smooth private detective John Shaft in several Shaft films beginning in the early 1970s, has died. He was 81. Roundtree's longtime manager, Patrick McMinn, said the actor had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and died at his home in...

'The Perfect Character Actor,' Rocky's Paulie Dies

Burt Young, who appeared in more than 160 titles, died Oct. 8, his daughter confirms

(Newser) - Actor Burt Young, who appeared in every Rocky movie and earned an Academy Award nomination for his initial appearance as Paulie Pennino, has died. The 83-year-old died Oct. 8 in Los Angeles, his daughter confirms to the New York Times . He led a fascinating life that included careers as a...

'Horrified' London Theater Nixes Spacey Film Premiere

Prince Charles Cinema cancels world's first showing of 'Control' due to actor's involvement

(Newser) - Kevin Spacey's face never makes a showing in the upcoming thriller Control, but his voice does—and that was apparently enough for a London movie theater, which has now canceled its planned world premiere of the film due to Spacey's involvement. In July, the 64-year-old actor was found...

Harry Potter's 'Dumbledore' Has Died at 82
Harry Potter's 'Dumbledore'
Has Died at 82

Harry Potter's 'Dumbledore' Has Died at 82

BAFTA-winning 'Harry Potter' actor Michael Gambon passes away after bout with pneumonia

(Newser) - When Richard Harris died in 2002, there were big shoes to fill as Albus Dumbledore, the role Harris played in the first two Harry Potter films. Now, the actor who kept the Hogwarts headmaster alive for six more movies in the franchise has also passed on. The family of Irish-born...

Award for First Black Actor to Win Oscar Is Heading 'Home'

Academy gifts replacement for Hattie McDaniel's plaque for 'Gone With the Wind' to Howard U

(Newser) - Hattie McDaniel's best supporting actress Oscar for 1939's Gone With the Wind is one of the most important moments in Academy Award history. McDaniel was the first African American to win an Oscar, and it would be a half-century before another Black woman again won an acting award....

Before NCIS , David McCallum Was From U.N.C.L.E.
Before NCIS,
David McCallum
Was From

Before NCIS, David McCallum Was From U.N.C.L.E.

Actor starred with Robert Vaughn in 1960s spy show

(Newser) - David McCallum, the Scottish-born actor who became a teen heartthrob in the hit series The Man From U.N.C.L.E. in the 1960s and was the eccentric medical examiner in the popular NCIS 40 years later, has died. He was 90. McCallum died Monday of natural causes surrounded...

This Could Be Michael Caine's Last Film

90-year-old actor says he's 'sort of' retired, 'can't walk properly'

(Newser) - Michael Caine appeared in his first movie three years after Queen Elizabeth II was crowned. Nearly seven decades later, The Great Escaper might very well be his last. "I am bloody 90 now, and I can't walk properly," the British actor tells the Telegraph . "I sort...

Teen Actor's Debut Novel Impresses Critics

Millie Bobby Brown writes a romance centered on an actual event from World War II

(Newser) - The teen actor best known for her role in Stranger Things has a new offering to plug—this time a novel. Millie Bobby Brown, 19, has released Nineteen Steps , a romance set against the backdrop of an actual event from World War II. The Brit's debut novel is centered...

Hannah Montana Star Mitchel Musso Arrested

Actor, 32, accused of public intoxication and stealing a bag of chips in Texas

(Newser) - An actor best known for starring alongside Miley Cyrus on Disney's Hannah Montana has been charged with public intoxication and stealing a bag of potato chips, reports USA Today . Mitchel Musso, 32, who played Oliver Oken on the hit kids' show, was arrested Saturday evening outside a hotel in...

Ron Cephas Jones' Work on This Is Us 'Was Perfect'
Longtime Stage Actor
Made His Mark on This Is Us

Longtime Stage Actor Made His Mark on This Is Us

Ron Cephas Jones went back to Broadway after double lung transplant

(Newser) - Ron Cephas Jones, a veteran stage actor who won two Emmy Awards for his role as a long-lost father who finds redemption on the NBC drama This Is Us, has died. Jones, 66, died "due to a long-standing pulmonary issue," said his manager, Dan Spilo, the AP reports....

Bradley Cooper's Prosthetic Nose Doesn't Go Over Well

Critics say prosthesis used in Leonard Bernstein biopic is antisemitic

(Newser) - On Tuesday, Netflix dropped a trailer for Maestro, a biopic about West Side Story conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein that's headed to theaters on Nov. 22 and to the streaming platform the following month. Netflix plugs the film as a "towering and fearless love story" and "a...

Actor Who Breathed Life Into Breaking Bad Baddie Dies at 83

Mark Margolis played the menacing Hector Salamanca on AMC show, and on Better Call Saul

(Newser) - There were many unforgettable scenes throughout Breaking Bad's five-season run, but one of the most memorable is when drug kingpin Hector Salamanca blows up himself and nemesis Gus Fring by repeatedly ringing a bell hooked up to explosives on his wheelchair. Now, a sad goodbye to the veteran character...

Judi Dench: It's 'Impossible' to Act Due to Vision Loss
Judi Dench Admits She
'Can't See on a Film Set'

Judi Dench Admits She 'Can't See on a Film Set'

Actor's macular degeneration worsens, though she's staying upbeat, complete with a new tattoo

(Newser) - Earlier this year, Judi Dench revealed how difficult it had become to learn her lines, as her deteriorating eyesight had made it too hard to read scripts. Now, the 88-year-old Oscar-winning actor tells the Mirror she "can't see on a film set anymore," though it doesn't...

Black Filmmaker Reported Burglary, Got Tased: Lawsuit

Damien Smith alleges false arrest, violation of civil rights in lawsuit against LAPD

(Newser) - Actor-director Damien Smith was making a documentary about police brutality when he says he unwittingly became a victim. Smith says he returned to his Hollywood apartment in October 2021 to find a man walking out of his bedroom carrying his grandfather's watch and other belongings. As the man charged,...

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