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April 13, 1987 | TRACEY KAPLAN, Times Staff Writer
Kent Taylor, a former awning salesman whose acting career included the lead role in the 1950s television series "Boston Blackie," died in his sleep early Saturday morning at the Motion Picture and Television Hospital. "He was tired out," said Augusta Taylor, his wife of 57 years. She said the 80-year-old actor had had several heart operations and was being tended by a nurse in their North Hollywood home until he was admitted to the hospital Thursday.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 2013
Bill Porter Salesman with cerebral palsy was subject of TV Bill Porter, 81, a former door-to-door salesman with cerebral palsy who was portrayed by William H. Macy in an Emmy-winning TV movie, died Dec. 4 at a hospital in Gresham, Ore. The cause was an infection, Shelly Brady, a friend and longtime assistant, told KATU-TV. Determined to make his way through life independently despite his physical challenges, Porter spent decades trudging through Portland neighborhoods selling J.R. Watkins skin care creams and other products.
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ENTERTAINMENT
May 17, 2012 | By David Ng
The Broadway revival of Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman," starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Andrew Garfield, has been a box-office hit, playing to near-capacity audiences since beginning performances at New York's Ethel Barrymore Theatre in February. So it should come as little surprise that the production will turn a profit. The show's producers - which include such powerhouses as Scott Rudin, Stuart Thompson and Jon B. Platt - announced Wednesday that "Salesman" will recoup its initial $3.1-million investment.
BUSINESS
October 15, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer
A former salesman for Herbalife Ltd. can proceed with a lawsuit accusing the Los Angeles nutrition company of operating a pyramid scheme that victimizes hundreds of thousands of people a year, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Beverly Reid O'Connell refused Herbalife's request to dismiss the case, saying former Herbalife distributor Dana Bostick's allegations were significant enough to proceed toward trial. "We're very happy with the judge's ruling. We see a clear road map for our case and are going to aggressively prosecute it," said Bostick's attorney, Philip Dracht.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 10, 2012 | By David Ng
The recent production of Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman," starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Andrew Garfield, won the Tony Award for revival of a play. Scott Rudin, one of the producer's of the revival, accepted the award and was joined on stage by the play's cast.  "Death of a Salesman" was one of the top-selling productions of the recent Broadway season. The show, directed by Mike Nichols, commanded top ticket prices and regularly played to full houses at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 10, 2012 | By David Ng
Mike Nichols picked up his sixth Tony Award on Sunday for directing the recent revival of Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman. " Nichols, 80, thanked Rebecca Miller, the daughter of the playwright, as well as the cast and crew of the production. The revival starred Philip Seymour Hoffman and Andrew Garfield. The director said that "Death of a Salesman" is a rare play that "gets truer as time goes by. " He also noted that the Beacon Theatre, where the award ceremony was taking place, "was my neighborhood move theater when I was a kid. " TONYS 2012: Red carpet | Winners & Nominees The other nominees in the category were Nicholas Hytner for "One Man, Two Guvnors," Pam MacKinnon for "Clybourne Park" and Roger Rees and Alex Timbers for "Peter and the Starcatcher.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 1989
Three men test-driving a new Lincoln Continental in the Crenshaw area briefly kidnaped a car salesman before the salesman escaped and the trio fled in the car, police said Monday. Two of the men first asked to test-drive the $31,000 car at O'Connor Lincoln-Mercury shortly after 4 p.m. Sunday, Los Angeles Police Detective Matthew Kuckowicz said. A short distance away from the Crenshaw Boulevard dealership, the two men asked to stop the car and pick up a third man, Kuckowicz said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 1989
An Los Angeles automobile salesman disappeared after taking a prospective buyer on a test drive in a $21,000 sports car, police said Wednesday. The salesman, Charles Washington, 61, was last seen about 7 p.m. Monday as he and a man believed to be 25 to 30 years old drove out of Barish Chrysler-Plymouth dealership at 401 S. La Brea Ave., Sgt. Carl Thompson said. Neither Washington nor the car have turned up since the man asked Washington to allow him to test drive a 1989 Chrysler Conquest TSI, a flashy sports car, Thompson said.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 9, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
It's always a privilege to be in the company of an actor who doesn't worry about being liked by an audience, who refuses to ingratiate himself as a performer to soften the sharp edges of his character. Charlie Robinson, star of the South Coast Repertory revival of "Death of a Salesman," is such an actor. His Willy Loman isn't out to win fans and influence producers. This veteran salesman is too bitter to put on a smiling face. Simple courtesies elude him. When his wife tells him she bought American cheese instead of Swiss, he growls in disgust.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 4, 1985 | CHARLES CHAMPLIN
Dustin Hoffman has not made a motion picture since the instantly classic "Tootsie" in 1982. He gave the next three years of his life to the stage instead, starring in a revival of Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman," playing to virtually sold-out houses each night, earning the kind of acclaim performers dream of and extending his reputation as an actor of range, depth and intensity.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2013 | By Martin Miller
Cal Worthington, the Oklahoma native whose old-time carnival flair built one of the most successful car dealerships west of the Mississippi, has died. He was 92. Worthington died Sunday while watching football at his home on the Big W Ranch near Orland, Calif., said Brady McLeod of the Miles Law Firm in Sacramento, which represented Worthington. Described as a cross between Dale Carnegie and Slim Pickens, Worthington was best known for his wacky television pitches that had him wrestling with a tiger, flying upside down on an airplane wing or riding a killer whale.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 9, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
It's always a privilege to be in the company of an actor who doesn't worry about being liked by an audience, who refuses to ingratiate himself as a performer to soften the sharp edges of his character. Charlie Robinson, star of the South Coast Repertory revival of "Death of a Salesman," is such an actor. His Willy Loman isn't out to win fans and influence producers. This veteran salesman is too bitter to put on a smiling face. Simple courtesies elude him. When his wife tells him she bought American cheese instead of Swiss, he growls in disgust.
BUSINESS
September 9, 2013 | David Lazarus
For Patti Williams, it was all about the jingle. "'Go see Cal, go see Cal, go see Cal,'" she sang, laughing. "He had a dealership in Anchorage where I lived, and I grew up seeing his commercials. " Today, Williams is a professor of marketing at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, and you can hear the way she lights up discussing Cal Worthington, the legendary car salesman who died Sunday at age 92. "He'd do whatever he could to make a deal," Williams recalled.
BUSINESS
August 21, 2013 | By Andrew Tangel
NEW YORK -- The Herbalife saga is getting more bizarre. Activist investor Bill Ackman is pointing to a top Herbalife distributor's suicide as an omen for the Los Angeles company's fortunes. The nutritional products maker, however, said Ackman is merely trying to exploit a family tragedy out of desperation.  In a letter to his investors Tuesday, the New York hedge fund manager noted that a Colorado distributor took his own life recently. The letter also cited other departures of distributors from the nutritional products company amid rule changes for how they operate.
NEWS
July 1, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
While researching my story on the 100-year-old Feldmar Watch Co. for Sunday's Image section, my big regret was not being able to include the recollections of Nancy Meller -- daughter of second-generation owners Barney and Harriet Feldmar -- who responded to my interview request too late to be included in the story that appeared in print. But as someone who grew up in a family business (especially one like my family's where the contributions of the women tend to be overshadowed by those of the men)
SPORTS
March 14, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
  This post has been corrected. See below. A viral video featuring a new ad for Pepsi swept the Internet on Wednesday. In it, Jeff Gordon supposedly goes undercover to buy a car. Walking onto a lot, he asks a salesperson whether he can test drive a 2009 Camaro. Then he gives the terrified salesman the test drive of his life. You can watch it all above. Problem: Despite what most news outlets reported, the whole test drive was staged. The salesman is an actor. It wasn't an actual hidden camera look at a "Candid Camera" style prank.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 11, 2012 | By Patrick Pacheco, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Mike Nichols is running scared. "Here's the most mysterious thing to me," says Nichols, a performer and director with an almost golden touch on Broadway and in Hollywood over the past half-century. "I look back at those first plays I did and the first movies I did, and I only have one question, which is, 'What was I so confident about? Where did I get that?' It scares me because I'm not [confident] now at all. I'm anything but confident. " Contemplating the terrors of life seems both apt and incongruous in the course of an interview with Nichols.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 1, 2012 | By Patrick Pacheco, Special to the Los Angeles Times
NEW YORK - Seeing as he grew up in the county of Surrey in southeast England and was called one of Britain's rising stage actors at an early age, you might expect that Andrew Garfield has Sir Laurence Olivier as one of his role models. But his adolescent hero was an entirely different kind of star: Muggsy Bogues, the short, quick, ball-stealing guard for the Charlotte Hornets NBA team in the 1980s and '90s. "I never wanted to be an actor, I wanted to be the next Muggsy," recalls the 28-year-old Garfield.
BUSINESS
December 2, 2012 | By Scott J. Wilson, Los Angeles Times
If someone comes to your door selling home security systems, be wary: They could be breaking the law and they could be trying to scam you, according to the state Department of Consumer Affairs. Key things to know: • Anyone selling home alarm systems door-to-door in California is required to have passed a criminal background check and have been licensed by the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services. But in reality, warned the consumer agency, many sellers have done neither.
NATIONAL
November 22, 2012 | By Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times
NEW YORK - A door-to-door clothing salesman was arrested and charged with three counts of murder Wednesday in the slayings of three shopkeepers in Brooklyn, crimes that terrorized merchants and that police said would probably have continued if the suspect had not been caught. Salvatore Perrone, 63, "made statements implicating himself," New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said at a news briefing. Kelly also said detectives had linked a .22-caliber sawed-off rifle found in Perrone's duffel bag to all three killings.
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