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Fred Ward, acclaimed film and television actor, has died at 79
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Fred Ward, acclaimed film and television actor, has died at 79

Acclaimed actor Fred Ward, best known for his roles in films like "The Right Stuff," "Tremors" and "Escape From Alcatraz," died Sunday at age 79, his publicist confirmed to CBS News. Ward's cause of death was not released. Before Ward's film career began in the early 1970s, he held several other titles, according to a biography from his publicist: He served three years in the U.S. Air Force, and also worked as a short-order cook, a boxer and a lumberjack in Alaska. Once his acting career began, he became known for the versatility of his roles, the biography said, whether as a cop or an author of erotic stories in "Henry & June" — the world's first NC-17 movie. His first major role came in the 1979 Clint Eastwood film "Escape from Alcatraz;" soon after, he played an accidental t...
Country music star Mickey Gilley, who helped inspire the movie “Urban Cowboy,” dead at 86
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Country music star Mickey Gilley, who helped inspire the movie “Urban Cowboy,” dead at 86

Country star Mickey Gilley, whose namesake Texas honky-tonk inspired the 1980 film "Urban Cowboy" and a nationwide wave of Western-themed nightspots, has died. He was 86.Gilley died Saturday in Branson, Missouri, where he helped run the Mickey Gilley Grand Shanghai Theatre. He had performed as recently as last month, but was in failing health over the past week. In this April 19, 2015, file photo, Mickey Gilley poses with the triple crown award on the red carpet at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP, File "He passed peacefully with his family and close friends by his side," according a statement fr...