In 1987, Clara Peller, the elderly woman in the “Where’s the beef?” commercials for Wendy’s, died at age 86.
In 1996, drummer Mel Taylor of The Ventures died of lung cancer in Tarzana, California. He was 62.
In 1997, actor Christian Slater was arrested after he bit a man in the stomach and threw a police officer against a wall during a rowdy party in Los Angeles. He later pleaded no contest to the charges and served 90 days in jail.
In 1999, bassist Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue was arrested for allegedly inciting violence at a show in Las Vegas. Police say he told the crowd to flip cop cars.
In 2002, actor Jason Priestly was seriously injured after crashing a race car head-on into a wall in Sparta, Kentucky. He broke his back, his nose and both feet, as well as suffered a concussion.
In 2005, singer Marc Cohn was shot in the temple during an attempted carjacking in Denver.
In 2006, talk show host Mike Douglas died on his 81st birthday in West Palm Beach, Florida.
In 2014, Robin Williams committed suicide at his home outside San Francisco. He was 63.
Today’s Birthdays: Actress-TV personality Arlene Dahl (“What’s My Line?”) is 94. Songwriter Kenny Gamble of Gamble and Huff is 76. Bassist Jim Kale of the Guess Who is 76. Country singer John Conlee is 73. Singer Eric Carmen is 70. Wrestler-actor Hulk Hogan is 66. Singer Joe Jackson is 65. Actress Viola Davis (“How To Get Away With Murder,” ”The Help”) is 54. Actor Joe Rogan (“Fear Factor,” ”NewsRadio”) is 52. Actress Anna Gunn (“Breaking Bad”) is 51. Actress Ashley Jensen (“Ugly Betty”) is 51. Actress Sophie Okonedo (oh-koh-NAY’-doh) (“Hotel Rwanda”) is 51. Guitarist Charlie Sexton is 51. Hip-hop artist Ali Shaheed Muhammad (Lucy Pearl, A Tribe Called Quest) is 49. Actor Nigel Harman (“Downton Abbey”) is 46. Actor Will Friedle (“Boy Meets World”) is 43. Actor Rob Kerkovich (“NCIS: New Orleans”) is 40. Actress Merritt Wever (“Nurse Jackie”) is 39. Actor Chris Hemsworth (“Tron,” ”The Avengers”) is 36. Guitarist Heath Fogg of Alabama Shakes is 35. Singer J-Boog (B2K) is 34. Rapper Asher Roth is 34. Actress Alyson Stoner (“Cheaper By The Dozen,” ”Camp Rock”) is 26.