Title actor in cable's 'Spartacus' series
Andy Whitfield, 39, star of the cable series "Spartacus: Blood and Sand," died Sunday of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in Sydney, Australia, according to his manager, Sam Maydew.
Whitfield, who was born in Wales and lived in Australia, was a virtual unknown when he was cast as the title hero in "Spartacus," a hit original series for the Starz network that made headlines with its graphic violence and sexuality.
Whitfield was preparing for the second season when he was diagnosed 18 months ago.
In January the network announced that another Australian actor, Liam McIntyre, would take over the role.
Movie sound-effects man
Frank Warner, 85, who received a special achievement award in 1978 from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for his sound effects editing on Steven Spielberg's science fiction classic "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," died Aug. 31 in Sedona, Ariz., his family announced. The cause was not given.