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Boxer Jake LaMotta, Immortalized In ‘Raging Bull,’ Dies At 95

MIAMI (CBS SF/AP) — Jake LaMotta, the former middleweight champion whose life in and out of the ring was depicted in the film “Raging Bull,” for which Robert De Niro won an Academy Award, has died, his fiancee said Wednesday. He was 95.

LaMotta died Tuesday at a Miami-area hospital from complications of pneumonia, according to fiancee Denise Baker.

“Rest in Peace, Champ,” De Niro said in a statement.
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The Bronx Bull, as he was known in his fighting days, compiled an 83-19-4 record with 30 knockouts, in a career that began in 1941 and ended in 1954.

LaMotta fought the great Sugar Ray Robinson six times, handing Robinson the first defeat of his career and losing the middleweight title to him in a storied match.

In the fight before he lost the title, LaMotta saved the championship in movie-script fashion against Laurent Dauthuille. Trailing badly on all three scorecards, LaMotta knocked out the challenger with 13 seconds left in the fight.

LaMotta threw a fight against Billy Fox, which he admitted in testimony before the Kefauver Committee, a U.S. Senate committee investigating organized crime in 1960.

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“I purposely lost a fight to Billy Fox because they promised me that I would get a shot to fight for the title if I did,” LaMotta said in 1970 interview printed in Peter Heller’s 1973 book “In This Corner: 40 World Champions Tell Their Stories.”

LaMotta was “stopped” by Fox in the fourth round on Nov. 14, 1947, in Madison Square Garden. He didn’t get a title shot until 10 fights later.

On June 16, 1949, in Detroit, he became middleweight champion when the Frenchman Marcel Cerdan couldn’t continue after the 10th round.

Of the claim that Cerdan had to quit because of a shoulder injury, LaMotta said in 1970: “Something’s bound to happen to you in a tough fight, cut eye, broken nose or broken hand or something like that. So you could make excuses out of anything, you know, but you got to keep on going if you’re a champ or you’re a contender.”

Renowned for his strong chin, and the punishment he could take, and dish out, LaMotta was knocked down only once — in a 1952 loss to light-heavyweight Danny Nardico — in his 106 fights.

LaMotta’s first defense was supposed to be a rematch with Cerdan, but the Frenchman was killed when a plane en route to the United States crashed in the Azores in 1949.

So in his first defense, LaMotta outpointed Tiberio Mitri on July 12, 1950, in New York, then on Sept. 13, he rallied to knock out Dauthuille at Detroit.

LaMotta’s title reign ended on Feb. 14, 1951, when Robinson stopped him in the 13th round in Chicago. In a fight that became known as the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, LaMotta gave as good as he got in the early rounds, then took tremendous punishment. He would not go down.

In their second match, on Feb. 5, 1943, in New York, LaMotta won a 10-round decision, giving Robinson his first defeat in the 41st fight of his illustrious career.

LaMotta was born July 10, 1922, on New York City’s Lower East Side but was raised in the Bronx. After retiring from boxing in 1954, he owned a nightclub for a time in Miami, then dabbled in show business and commercials. He also made personal appearances and for a while in the 1970s he was a host at a topless nightclub in New York.

The 1980 film “Raging Bull,” based on LaMotta’s memoir written 10 years earlier, was nominated for eight Academy Awards. Though director Martin Scorsese was passed over, De Niro, who gained 50 pounds to portray the older, heavier LaMotta, won the best actor award.

In 1998, LaMotta, who had four daughters, lost both of his sons. Jake LaMotta Jr., 51, died from cancer in February. Joe LaMotta, 49, was killed in plane crash off Nova Scotia in September.

A funeral in Miami and a memorial service in New York City are being planned, Baker said.

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20 Years

I’ve struggled with what to write to mark 20 years since my dad died. It’s probably the most common regular topic I’ve written about over the years. Earlier this month, a very close friend lost his mother. A few days ago, I talked heart-to-heart with another friend who lost his father earlier in the year. As the posts over the year demonstrate, it’s a weird journey–grief. No matter the age, losing a parent can be very hard. If you’re in that situation yourself, you’re not alone and it’s okay to grieve however you’re doing it, as long as you’re not hurting yourself or others around you.

One thing I’ve been wanting to do for years is put his casket flag in a nice case with his military decorations. It has literally taken me 20 years, but I finally put it together this evening. Instagram Photo    

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Memorable Character Actor Harry Dean Stanton Dead at 91

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LOS ANGELES (CBS SF/AP) — Harry Dean Stanton, the shambling, craggy-face character actor with the deadpan voice who became a cult favorite through his memorable turns in “Paris, Texas,” ”Repo Man” and many other films and TV shows, died Friday at age 91.

Stanton died of natural causes at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, his agent, John S. Kelly, told The Associated Press. Kelly gave no further details on the cause.

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Never mistaken for a leading man, Stanton was an unforgettable presence to moviegoers, fellow actors and directors, who recognized that his quirky characterizations could lift even the most ordinary script. Roger Ebert once observed that “no movie featuring either Harry Dean Stanton or M. Emmet Walsh in a supporting role can be altogether bad.”

HOLLYWOOD - NOVEMBER 03: Actor Harry Dean Stanton of the film 'Inland Empire' poses in the portrait studio at the 2006 AFI FEST presented by Audi at the Arclight Hollywood November 3, 2006 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Mark Mainz/Getty Images for AFI)

He was widely loved around Hollywood, a drinker and smoker and straight talker with a million stories who palled around with Jack Nicholson and Kris Kristofferson among others and was a hero to such younger stars and brothers-in-partying as Rob Lowe and Emilio Estevez. “I don’t act like their father, I act like their friend,” he once told New York magazine.

Nicholson so liked Stanton’s name that he would find a way to work his initials, HDS, into a camera shot.

Almost always cast as a crook, a codger, an eccentric or a loser, he appeared in more than 200 movies and TV shows in a career dating to the mid-1950s. A cult-favorite since the ’70s with roles in “Cockfighter,” ”Two-Lane Blacktop” and “Cisco Pike,” his more famous credits ranged from the Oscar-winning epic “The Godfather Part II” to the sci-fi classic “Alien” to the teen flick “Pretty in Pink,” in which he played Molly Ringwald’s father. He also guest starred on such TV shows as “Laverne & Shirley,” ”Adam-12″ and “Gunsmoke.” He had a cameo on “Two and a Half Men,” which featured “Pretty in Pink” star Jon Cryer, and appeared in such movies as “The Avengers” and “The Last Stand.”

Fitting for a character actor, he only became famous in late middle age. In Wim Wenders’ 1984 rural drama “Paris, Texas,” he earned acclaim for his subtle and affecting portrayal of a man so deeply haunted by something in his past that he abandons his young son and society to wander silently in the desert.

Wiry and sad, Stanton’s near-wordless performance is laced with moments of humor and poignancy. His heartbreakingly stoic delivery of a monologue of repentance to his wife, played by Nastassja Kinski, through a one-way mirror has become the defining moment in his career.

“‘Paris, Texas’ gave me a chance to play compassion,” Stanton told an interviewer, “and I’m spelling that with a capital C.”

The film won the grand prize at the Cannes Film Festival and provided the actor with his first star billing, at age 58.

“Repo Man,” released that same year, became another signature film: Stanton starred as the world-weary boss of an auto repossession firm who instructs Estevez in the tricks of the hazardous trade.

His legend would only grow. By his mid-80s, the Lexington Film League in his native Kentucky had founded the Harry Dean Stanton Fest and filmmaker Sophie Huber had made the documentary “Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction,” which included commentary from Wenders, Sam Shepard and Kristofferson.

More recently he reunited with director David Lynch on Showtime’s “Twin Peaks: The Return” where he reprised his role as the cranky trailer park owner Carl from “Fire Walk With Me.” He also stars with Lynch in the upcoming film “Lucky,” the directorial debut of actor John Carroll Lynch, which has been described as a love letter to Stanton’s life and career.

Last year, Lynch presented Stanton with the “Harry Dean Stanton Award” — the inaugural award from the Los Angeles video store Vidiots presented first to its namesake.

“As a person, Harry Dean is just so beautiful. He’s got this easygoing nature. It’s so great just to sit beside Harry Dean and observe,” Lynch said at the show. “He’s got a great inner peace. As a musician, he can sing so beautifully tears just flow out of your eyes. And as an actor, I think all actors will agree, no one gives a more honest, natural, truer performance than Harry Dean Stanton.”

Lynch also directed Stanton in “Wild at Heart” and “The Straight Story.”

Stanton, who early in his career used the name Dean Stanton to avoid confusion with another actor, grew up in West Irvine, Kentucky and said he began singing when he was a year old.

Later, he used music as an escape from his parents’ quarreling and the sometimes brutal treatment he was subjected to by his father. As an adult, he fronted his own band for years, playing western, Mexican, rock and pop standards in small venues around Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley. He also sang and played guitar and harmonica in impromptu sessions with friends, performed a song in “Paris, Texas” and once recorded a duet with Bob Dylan.

Stanton, who never lost his Kentucky accent, said his interest in movies was piqued as a child when he would walk out of every theater “thinking I was Humphrey Bogart.”

After Navy service in the Pacific during World War II, he spent three years at the University of Kentucky and appeared in several plays. Determined to make it in Hollywood, he picked tobacco to earn his fare west.

Three years at the Pasadena Playhouse prepared him for television and movies.

For decades Stanton lived in a small, disheveled house overlooking the San Fernando Valley, and was a fixture at the West Hollywood landmark Dan Tana’s. He was attacked in his home in 1996 by two robbers who forced their way in, tied him up at gunpoint, beat him, ransacked the house and fled in his Lexus. He was not seriously hurt, and the two, who were captured, were sentenced to prison.

Stanton never married, although he had a long relationship with actress Rebecca De Mornay, 35 years his junior. “She left me for Tom Cruise,” Stanton said often.

“I might have had two or three (kids) out of marriage,” he once recalled. “But that’s another story.”

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‘Repo Man,’ ‘Pretty In Pink’ Actor Harry Dean Stanton Dead at 91

LOS ANGELES (RADIO ALICE) — He was best known for his roles in Paris, Texas, Repo Man, Aliens and Pretty In Pink, Harry Dean Stanton has died of natural causes at the age of 91.

TMZ reports the popular character actor died peacefully at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

He made many friends in Hollywood. Hanging out with guys like Jack Nicholson, Kris Kristofferson to younger stars like Repo Man co-star Emilio Estevez and Rob Lowe. Stanton once told New York Magazine “I don’t act like their father, I act like their friend.”

80’s kids will remember his role as Molly Ringwald’s dad “Jack” in Pretty in Pink. Stanton even had a cameo on an episode with series star and fellow Pretty in Pink co-star Jon Cryer on an episode of Two and Half Men.

Stanton never married, but had a long relationship with Risky Business actress Rebecca De Mornay, 35 years his junior. Stanton said often “She left me for Tom Cruise.” He is survived by some family.

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Hüsker Dü Drummer Grant Hart Dies at 56

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(RADIO.COM) – Grant Hart, drummer and vocalist for the pioneering rock band Hüsker Dü, has passed away at age 56. Hart was battling cancer at the time of his death.

One of the most influential alt-melodic punk groups, Hüsker Dü, were active from 1979 to 1987 and released six full-length studio albums; Grant wrote or co-wrote many of their songs, including “Never Talking To You Again,” “Turn on the News,” “Don’t Want to Know If You Are Lonely” and “The Girl Who Lives on Heaven Hill.”

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“There are no words that describe the huge impact that Grant Hart and [bandmate] Bob Mould’s music on Green Day…” Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong wrote on Instagram. “We were 16 years old. Hüsker Dü was our favorite band. We became a three-piece because of Hüsker. We went through adolescence listening to this band. I wanted to be a song writer because of Hüsker Dü To put it simply there would be no GD if it wasn’t for Hüsker Dü.”

Hüsker Dü grew out of the same local rock scene as the Replacements and Soul Asylum. But their relationship was fraught with tension and they broke up in 1987 at the height of their popularity. Variety reports that Hart “declined into a heroin addiction from which he never fully recovered.”

After Hüsker Dü disbanded, Grant became involved in the alt-rock trio Nova Mobb, and later focused on solo material. The St. Paul, Minnesota native recorded studio solo albums from 1989 to his final album, The Argument, in 2013.

The official Hüsker Dü Facebook page posted a captionless photo of Hart early this morning.

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‘Sopranos’ Mobster, Veteran Actor Frank Vincent Dies

NEW YORK (AP) — Frank Vincent, a veteran character actor who often played tough guys including mob boss Phil Leotardo on “The Sopranos,” has died.

His family says in a statement that Vincent died peacefully on Wednesday. No cause of death was given.

Besides Leotardo, who frequently clashed with Tony Soprano on the popular HBO drama, Vincent portrayed gangsters for director Martin Scorsese in “Raging Bull,” ”Goodfellas” and “Casino.”

He had small roles in two Spike Lee films, “Do the Right Thing” and “Jungle Fever,” and also appeared in “The Pope of Greenwich Village,” ”Last Exit to Brooklyn,” ”Night Falls on Manhattan” and “Shark Tale,” among his more than 50 movies.

Earlier in his career, Vincent was a musician and session drummer for such singers as Paul Anka, Del Shannon, Trini Lopez and The Belmonts.

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‘Sopranos’ Actor Frank Vincent Has Died

(RADIO ALICE) – He played ‘Phil Leotardo’ on the hit HBO mob series The Sopranos, actor Frank Vincent has died at the age of 78. Variety reports Vincent’s friend and Sorpano’s co-star Vincent Pastore announced the passing on Facebook.

The actor died Wednesday while undergoing open heart surgery after suffering a heart attack last week, according to TMZ.

His ‘Sopranos’ character was killed off on orders by his on-screen nemesis Tony Soprano, played by the late James Gandolfini. Vincent was also known for short role, Billy Batts in Goodfellas, where during an encounter with Joe Pesci’s Tommy DeVito, Vincent uttered the famous words “Now go home and get your f***** shinebox.” He also played Pesci’s associate Frank “Frankie” Marino in Casino.

Vincent also had small roles early on in his career, from Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing and Jungle Fever to The Pope of Greenwich Village and the animated feature, Shark Tale.

Other than acting, Vincent was a muscian who performed with singers Paul Anka, Del Shannon, Trini Lopez and The Belmonts.

In a family statement, Vincent died peacefully.

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1 Person Killed In Wrong-Way Crash On Interstate 5

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CBS13) – The CHP is investigating a deadly wrong-way crash on Southbound Interstate 5 near Richards Boulevard. The crash happened around 5:30 a.m. Saturday morning.  CHP says a pickup truck entered I-5 Southbound at J Street heading the wrong way. As the pickup truck entered into the second lane of the interstate, at least two vehicles, one being a semi truck, swerved to avoid getting into an accident. One vehicle was successful at dodging the truck, but when the semi truck swerved, it collided with the the pickup, hit the guardrail, and both trucks went up into flames. The driver of the semi truck was able to get out of the vehicle after the collision and walk.  The passenger of the pickup truck is deceased, according to CHP. Officials on scene say the I-5 southbound lanes are to remain closed from J Street to Richards Boulevard for several hours.