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March 12, 2002
Tony Gonzales, 72, former wrestler known as "the Mysterious Medic," died March 4 of heart failure at his home in Alabama Port near Mobile, Ala. Gonzales, who was making his living pumping gas, began his wrestling career in Texas in 1954, when he was hired by Jack Donovan and Buddy Colt. He made his ring debut as a good-guy wrestler called "Yaqui Joe." But in 1961 he moved to Mobile and became the bad guy billed as "the Mysterious Medic" in white tights and a white doctor's coat.
November 18, 1991
Diane Brewster, 60, film and television actress who played Richard Kimball's murdered wife on the long-running series "Fugitive." From Kansas City, Miss Brewster moved to Hollywood in 1955 and won recurring roles on several popular series in the 1950s and '60s--including "Maverick," "The Islander," "Perry Mason," "The Rifleman," and "Leave It to Beaver." Her film credits included "The Young Philadelphians," "Torpedo Run," and "Quantrill's Raiders." In private life, she was Mrs. Jabe Z. Walker.
November 19, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Alphonse Halimi, 74, a former world bantamweight boxing champion from France who was nicknamed "The Little Terror," died of pneumonia Nov. 12 in Paris. He had Alzheimer's disease. The Algerian-born Halimi held the world bantamweight championship title from 1957 to July 8, 1959, when he was knocked out by Jose Becerra of Mexico before a crowd of 15,110 at the first event held in the newly opened Sports Arena in Los Angeles.
June 10, 1994 | FRANK MESSINA
The city will have a park concert this weekend over the objection of several neighborhood residents who are concerned about traffic and noise. City Council members thought the Sunday concert at Rimgate Park, near Lake Forest Drive and Trabuco Road, was too close at hand to cancel. "Why do that?" asked Councilwoman Ann Van Haun. "Let's go ahead and have it because we've never put one on before."
February 5, 1989
Paul Robi, an original member of the Platters, one of popular music's most successful vocal teams in the 1950s and '60s, died Wednesday. Robi's daughter, Franchesca, said her father was 57 and died of cancer in a Los Angeles hospital. Another member of the original group, David Lynch, died on Jan. 2, 1981, also of cancer. At a time when rock 'n' roll was becoming the nation's signature music, the Platters managed to appeal to both rock and traditional movements.
Rossano Brazzi, who played a series of aristocratic romantics in films ranging from "South Pacific" to "The Barefoot Contessa" before reverting to character parts in his later years, has died in Rome, Italian news agencies said Monday. One of them, ANSA, quoting sources close to the actor's family, said Brazzi died Saturday in a Rome hospital from an undisclosed virus that affected his nervous system. He was 78. Brazzi played in more than 200 movies.
Martha Schoeman, a retired social worker from New York City who will turn 80 next week, sat in a dressing room on the Hollywood lot of TV station KTLA last week and waited for her turn to perform a rap routine built around the lyric "I'm a sexy granny." Her hair was styled in blond curls. She wore a short skirt and a lace blouse.
September 2, 1993
Bernie Baum, 63, songwriter who co-wrote the 1950 Teresa Brewer hit "Music, Music, Music." In the 1950s and 1960s, Baum contributed music and lyrics to songs recorded by such performers as Tony Bennett, Ray Charles, Bobby Darin, Eartha Kitt and Peggy Lee. He also wrote "That's Old-Fashioned" for the Everly Brothers in 1962 and "You're the Devil in Disguise" for Elvis Presley in 1963.
November 8, 2006 | Valerie J. Nelson, Times Staff Writer
Sid Davis, an educational filmmaker in the 1950s and '60s who specialized in dark, cautionary tales crafted to frighten captive classroom audiences away from even thinking about misbehaving, has died. He was 90. Davis died of lung cancer Oct. 16 at the Atria Hacienda senior residence in Palm Desert, said his daughter, Jill. Before John Wayne lent him seed money to start his production company, Davis was best known as Wayne's stand-in on movie sets.
February 6, 2003 | From Times Wire Services
Charlie Biddle, 76, a leader of Montreal's jazz scene in the 1950s and '60s who played bass with pianist Thelonious Monk and saxophonist Charlie Parker, died Tuesday in Montreal after a battle with cancer. Biddle was a native of Philadelphia who moved to Canada in 1948. Over the next five decades, the World War II veteran and former car salesman became synonymous with jazz in Montreal. Biddle opened his own club, Uncle Charlie's Jazz Joint, in suburban Ste-Therese in 1958.
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