Today in Entertainment History

On Nov. 5, 1942, American showman George M. Cohan died of cancer in New York at age 64.

In 1960, singer Johnny Horton died in a car crash in Milano, Texas. He was 35. He’s known for the 1959 hit “The Battle of New Orleans” and the movie theme song “North to Alaska.”

In 1970, Brian Wilson made a rare appearance with the Beach Boys at the Whisky-A-Go-Go in Los Angeles. He lost his balance several times and had to be helped off the stage.

In 1989, pianist Vladimir Horowitz died at age 85. On that same day, singer-songwriter Barry Sadler died of heart failure at age 49 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.


In 1991, actor Fred MacMurray died of pneumonia at a hospital in Santa Monica, California. One of his best-known roles was as the father in “My Three Sons.”

In 1999, singer Gary Cherone (sher-OWN’) left Van Halen.

In 2002, original Coaster Billy Guy died suddenly of heart disease in Las Vegas. He was not buried for 21 days because authorities couldn’t find his estranged children, and his girlfriend of 30 years was not allowed to claim his body.

In 2003, singer Bobby Hatfield of The Righteous Brothers was found dead in a hotel room in Kalamazoo, Michigan, just 45 minutes before the duo was to perform. Hatfield was 63.

Also in 2003, “The Matrix Revolutions” opened at the same moment around the world, at 9 A.M. Eastern.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor Harris Yulin (“The Hurricane,” “Scarface”) is 82. Actor Chris Robinson (“General Hospital”) is 81. Actress Elke Summer is 79. Singer Art Garfunkel is 78. Singer Peter Noone of Herman’s Hermits is 72. TV personality Kris Jenner is 64. Actor Nestor Serrano (“24”) is 64. Comedian-actress Mo Gaffney is 61. Actor Robert Patrick (“The X-Files”) is 61. Singer Bryan Adams is 60. Actress Tilda Swinton (“The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe,” ”Adaptation”) is 59. Actor Michael Gaston (TV’s “Unforgettable,” “The Mentalist”) is 57. Actress-singer Andrea McArdle is 56. Actress Tatum O’Neal is 56. Singer Angelo Moore of Fishbone is 54. Actress Judy Reyes (“Scrubs”) is 52. Actor Seth Gilliam (TV’s “Teen Wolf”) is 51. Keyboardist Mark Hunter of James is 51. Actor Sam Rockwell is 51. Country singers Jennifer and Heather Kinley of The Kinleys are 49. Guitarist-keyboardist Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead is 48. Actor Corin Nemec (“Parker Lewis Can’t Lose”) is 48. Singer-guitarist Ryan Adams is 45. Actor Sebastian Arcelus (“Madam Secretary,” ”House of Cards,”) is 43. Actor Luke Hemsworth (“Westworld”) is 39. Actor Jeremy Lelliott (“7th Heaven”) is 37. Actress Annet Mahendru (MAH’-hen-droo) (“The Americans”) is 34. Guitarist Kevin Jonas of The Jonas Brothers is 32.

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