| Dec 31, 2013
| 7:18 PM
For George Jacobs, whose business card proclaimed him "The Last of the Rat Pack," there were some very good years.
From 1953 to 1968, he was Frank Sinatra's valet, traveling companion and pal, a gentleman's gentleman who poured the Jack Daniels at...
| Jan 1, 2014
| 1:02 PM
James Avery, who portrayed the commanding yet cuddly father figure on the hit 1990s sit-com “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” died at a Glendale hospital Tuesday night due to complications from open heart surgery, according to his manager. He was...
| Jan 3, 2014
Susan Rasky, an award-winning congressional correspondent who mentored a generation of young political journalists as a senior lecturer at UC Berkeley, died Sunday at her home in El Cerrito, Calif. She was 61 and had breast cancer.
A graduate of Los...
| Jan 2, 2014
| 6:30 PM
Film and television producer and distributor Laurence "Larry" Joachim died in Beverly Hills on Nov. 17. He was 88.
Joachim was an innovator in the radio and television "plug business," a term he used for product placement and gifts given or won on...
| Jan 1, 2014
| 5:39 PM
Juanita Moore, a pioneering African American actress who was nominated for an Academy Award for her role in the classic 1959 drama “Imitation of Life,” has died.
The Associated Press reports that Moore collapsed and died at her Los Angeles...
| Jan 4, 2014
| 10:32 AM
Saul Zaentz, the fiesty music industry executive turned independent movie producer who won three best-picture Academy Awards in three different decades has died. He was 92.
Zaentz died Friday at his home San Francisco from complications of Alzheimer'...
| Jan 6, 2014
| 11:07 PM
Hong Kong film magnate Run Run Shaw, who built the Shaw Bros. studio into the largest in Asia in the 1960s and ’70s, popularized the kung fu genre around the world and later became a major philanthropist, died Tuesday at 106.
| Jan 9, 2014
| 12:41 PM
Amiri Baraka died Thursday after weeks of failing health, a family spokeperson confirmed. He was 79.
A playwright, poet, critic and activist, Baraka was one of the most prominent and controversial African American voices in the world of American...
| Jan 8, 2014
| 12:42 PM
Thomas V. Jones, a legendary risk-taker whose gambles paid off when Northrop Grumman rose to the top ranks of the defense industry during the Cold War, has died. He was 93.
Jones died Tuesday of pulmonary fibrosis, his family announced.
| Dec 24, 2013
| 12:14 PM
Frédéric Back, 89, who won two Oscars for his poignant animated short films, died Tuesday morning at home in Montreal, said his daughter, Suzel Back-Drapeau. The cause was cancer.
A beloved figure in the world of animation, Back was nominated for four...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 1:22 PM
A producer of the popular 1990s television show "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" was found dead in Hermosa Beach earlier this week.
The body of Jeffrey Ian Pollack, also the writer-director of "Above the Rim" and director of "Booty Call," was found...