Actor on 'The Big Valley'
Peter Breck, 82, an actor who played a son of ranch owner Barbara Stanwyck on the 1960s TV western "The Big Valley," died Monday in Vancouver after a long illness, his wife, Diane, announced on the website The Big Valley Writing Desk.
Born March 13, 1929, in Rochester, N.Y., and raised in Haverhill, Mass., Breck began acting on the New York stage before landing parts in movies and television.
He was best known for his role as hot-tempered rancher Nick Barkley on "The Big Valley," which aired from 1965 to 1969 on ABC. He was also a regular on the TV westerns "Maverick" and "Black Saddle."
Breck and his wife moved to Canada a number of years ago, and he operated an acting school.
Character actor on TV, in films
Philip Bruns, 80, a character actor who played the father on the 1970s comedy series "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman," died Wednesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles of natural causes, his family announced.
Bruns appeared on two seasons of "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman," playing Mary's father on the soap-opera parody. He also was a regular on Jackie Gleason's comedy-variety show in the mid-1960s.
Born in 1931 in Pipestone, Minn., Bruns attended Yale University's drama school, then began his career in New York on the stage and as a prolific actor in TV commercials.
He later appeared in more than 40 feature films, including "Flashdance," "The Stunt Man" and "My Favorite Year."
Former West Covina congressman
Jim Lloyd, 89, a former naval aviator turned moderate Democratic politician from West Covina who focused on military and defense issues while serving in Congress from 1975 until 1981, died Feb. 2 at a hospital in Pensacola, Fla., after a solo car crash.
Lloyd, who had been visiting a grandson, apparently suffered a stroke while driving on a Pensacola highway Jan. 22, said his son, Brian.
Elected to Congress in 1974 during a wave of Democratic success after the Watergate scandal and President Nixon's resignation, Lloyd served three terms in the House representing the 35th District, which mainly covered the San Gabriel and Pomona valleys. In 1980 he lost to current U.S. Rep. David Dreier, when Ronald Reagan swept Republican candidates into Washington as he captured the White House.
A former Navy fighter pilot, Lloyd had a seat on the House Armed Services Committee. He made firsthand recommendations about defense spending proposals after taking aircraft on test flights.
James Fredrick Lloyd was born Sept. 27, 1922, in Helena, Mont. He had a bachelor's degree from Stanford University and a master's from USC. He served in the Navy from 1942 to 1963, as a pilot in World War II and the Korean War and as public information officer at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.