The iconoclastic producer of "Easy Rider," "Five Easy Pieces," "The Last Picture Show" and the Oscar-winning "Hearts and Minds" helped filmmakers break out of the studio system. Schneider also co-created the Monkees, the popular made-for-TV rock quartet modeled on the Beatles who starred in their own Emmy-winning sitcom from 1966 to 1968. He was 78. Full obituary
Notable film and television deaths of 2011 (Associated Press)
Patrice O'Neal, 41, a veteran stand-up comic who gained a wider following through TV and radio and helped roast Charlie Sheen
in September, died Tuesday from complications of a stroke he suffered last month. O'Neal's manager, Jonathan Brandstein, said he died at a New York-area hospital.
O'Neal grew up in Boston and started his stand-up career there. He appeared on Conan O'Brien
and David Letterman
's late-night TV shows and was a frequent guest on the "Opie & Anthony" radio show on Sirius XM.
His performance was a highlight of the Comedy Central
roast of Sheen, who had been fired from the hit CBS
comedy "Two and a Half Men."
O'Neal had half-hour specials on Showtime
and was the host of "Web Junk 20" on VH1
. He also acted in the TV series "Arrested Development," "Chappelle's Show"
and "The Office."
O'Neal, who was 6 feet 5, weighed about 300 pounds and had diabetes
, suffered a stroke Oct. 19.