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"Death borders upon our birth, and our cradle stands in the 
grave. Our birth is nothing but our death begun." Bishop Hall

Welcome to another edition of Dead End.

This week we remember a pioneering talk show host, a popular 
actor, a famed director, and a man known as "the world's 
first jazz bagpiper." 

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Mike Douglas, TV talk show pioneer, passed away last Friday 
on his 81st birthday. Douglas started The Mike Douglas Show 
in 1961 and hosted it until 1982. Widely regarded as one of 
the pioneers of American daytime TV talk shows, some of his 
30,000 guests included Johnny Cash, Juday Garland, and Tiger 
Woods. Douglas drew on his affable personality and singing 
talent during 21 years as a talk show host. After his program 
went off the air, Douglas generally retired from the showbiz 
scene. Douglas died of undisclosed causes at a hospital in 
Palm Beach Springs, Florida. He became dehydrated on the golf 
course a few weeks ago and had been treated on and off since. 
He is survived by his wife Genevieve and three children. 


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Bruno Kirby, who played Billy Crystal's pal in "City 
Slickers" and "When Harry Met Sally," has died in Los 
Angeles at the age of 57. Kirby, who died Monday, had only 
recently been diagnosed with leukemia, according to a state-
ment by his wife actress Lynn Sellers. Born in New York on 
April 28, 1949, Kirby had a prolific 30-year career acting 
in films and on television. He had accrued a list of roles 
when cast as Clemenza in "The Godfather Part II," assisting 
the young Don Corleone to dispose of a carpet, E! Online 
reported. His film roles included "This is Spinal Tap," "The 
Freshman," "Donnie Brasco," "Good Morning Vietnam" and 
"Sleepers." In 1989, Kirby was Crystal's writer friend Jess 
who did not understand the appeal of Sally, Meg Ryan's 
character in the hit comedy "When Harry Met Sally." On TV, he 
did guest spots on "Mad About You" and "Frasier," Homicide: 
Life on the Street" and other shows. 



Famed director Sam White, who once worked with Hollywood 
greats Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, has died in Los 
Angeles at the age of 99. Also known as a producer and 
editor, White died on Aug. 5 in Encino, ending a career that 
featured him doing everything from making World War II 
training films to directing Astaire and Rogers in cinematic 
dance sequences, Daily Variety said. A brother in the White 
Brothers film and TV pioneer family, White also worked 
alongside actor Bela Lugosi on the set of "Return of the 
Vampire," with William Shatner on "White Comanche" and 
helped Frank Sinatra make his film debut with "People are 
Funny," the report said. White and his brothers Jack and 
Jules were honored in 1990 through an oral history entitled 
"The White Brothers," and again in 2003 with a wall of honor 
at the Motion Picture and Television Home. Variety said the 
renowned Hollywood great is survived by a daughter, two 
grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.  

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Known as "the world's first jazz bagpiper," Rufus Harley has 
died in his home town of Philadelphia at the age of 70. His 
son Messiah Patton Harley told The New York Times that his 
father, who once played alongside jazz greats like John 
Coltrane and Dizzy Gillespie, died on Aug. 1 from prostate 
cancer. Although he was of African-American and Cherokee 
descent, Rufus Harley became the first person to openly 
introduce bagpipes into the jazz mainstream in the 1960s, 
typically performing in both an African dashiki and a 
Scottish kilt. Originally inspired by the Black Watch bag-
pipe band's performance at the 1963 funeral of U.S. 
President John Kennedy, Harley went on to record numerous 
albums with multiple jazz icons and perform on a variety 
of TV shows, the Times said.

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Notable deaths this week in history...

In 1910, Florence Nightingale, the famous nurse of the 
Crimean war, and the only woman who ever received the Order 
of Merit, died at age 90.

In 1935, Will Rogers, a famous humorist, actor, and author, 
whose most famous quote was "I never met a man I didn't 
like," died in a plane crash with pilot Wiley Post.

In 1948, Babe Ruth, a leading figure in professional base-
ball, and the idol of millions of children, died at the age 
of 53.

In 1977, the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, one of 
the most important figures of 20th century pop culture, 
died at the age of 42.

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