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November 30, 1985 | Associated Press
Johnny (Blood) McNally, a halfback on four Green Bay Packer championship teams in pre-World War II years, combined dazzling gridiron performance with rambunctious off-field behavior to become a sports legend. "He was a hard-nosed player, all right," said fellow Hall of Fame member Don Hutson, 72, a teammate in 1935-36. Off the field, "he was the most affable guy anybody ever knew." McNally died Thursday at Desert Hospital in Palm Springs, Calif., the day after his 82nd birthday.
September 12, 2011
Andy Whitfield 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.
September 12, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Andy Whitfield, star of the cable show "Spartacus: Blood and Sand," died Sunday of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma at the age of 39. The Welsh-born actor who moved to Australia was diagnosed with the disease about a year and a half ago, and bowed out of filming the second season of the Starz show after the cancer was discovered, People magazine reported at the time. The Lymphoma Research Foundation says that rates for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma have nearly doubled since the early 1970s.
April 9, 2010
SERIES Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution: Your host has one week to teach 1,000 people how to cook in this new episode of the reality series (9 p.m. ABC). Gator 911: This new reality series documents the exploits of a Texas-based team of alligator experts (9 p.m. CMT). What Not to Wear: A self-professed nudist learns to dress for success on the season finale (9 p.m. TLC). Private Chefs of Beverly Hills: This new reality series looks at those who cook for the rich and famous (10 p.m. Food)
April 18, 2010
If you're nostalgic for warrior princesses, talk about "Xena: Warrior Princess." Long before Lucy Lawless was going topless in Starz' "Spartacus: Blood and Sand," she was just a warrior bent on overcoming her dark past and saving innocents to redeem herself in the campy '90s cult TV series. Want to relive that Spartan costume? The first season is now available on DVD. (Tuesday) If you want vampires that don't sparkle, talk about "American Vampire."
June 17, 2010
MT. EMMY: To scale the heights of the Emmys, wrap yourself in raves and pack lots of buzz. This week's altitude readings are by Greg Braxton, Maria Elena Fernandez, Martin Miller, Michael OrdoƱa and Yvonne Villarreal. PEAKING AGING GRACEFULLY: By grouping "Survivor" into heroes and villains, the show proved in its 20th season that aging is not a bad thing. Only its first season topped it in surprises and memorable moments. Could this be the year "The Amazing Race" gets beat?
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