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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.

We bid farewell to two great actors this week - Paul Gleason 
and Robert Sterling. Gleason appeared in more than 60 films, 
often playing detectives or authority figures. Sterling was 
best known for his role as George Kerby in the 1950s TV show 
"Topper." We also say goodbye to former actress Thelma 
Bernstein, the mother of actor, writer and director Albert 
Brooks, and psychologist Eli Rubinstein, whose pioneering 
research linked violence on TV to aggressive behavior in 

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Paul Gleason, most famous for playing grumpy high school 
principal Richard Vernon in 'The Breakfast Club', has died 
of a rare form of lung cancer at the age of 67. Gleason appear-
ed in more than 60 films, often playing detectives or 
authority figures. He was the detestable Clarence Beeks in 
Trading Places and the deputy chief of police in Die Hard. 
"Whenever you were with Paul, there was never a dull moment," 
said his wife Susan Gleason. Gleason was a minor league base-
ball player before turning to acting, learning from the 
late Lee Strasberg at the famous Actors Studio in New York.   
His wife said the cancer that killed him was one that was 
often linked to asbestos. Besides his wife, Gleason is 
survived by two daughters and a granddaughter. 

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The star of the 1950s TV show "Topper," Robert Sterling, has 
died in Brentwood, Calif., at age 88. Sterling died of 
natural causes Tuesday but had been bedridden with shingles 
for five years, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday. 
Sterling joined MGM studios in the 1940s and appeared in 
dozens of films including "Two-Faced Woman" with Greta Garbo 
and Melvyn Douglas, "Johnny Eager" with Robert Taylor with 
Lana Turner and "Somewhere I'll Find You," starring Clark 
Gable and Turner. Sterling was best known for his ghostly 
role of George Kerby in the TV sitcom, "Topper." The show 
based on the movie of the same name ran in from 1953 to 1955 
on CBS and was rerun on both ABC and NBC, the Times said. 
His wife, Anne Jeffreys, portrayed his wife in the sitcom 
as well. The couple had three sons.


Former actress Thelma Bernstein, the mother of actor, writer 
and director Albert Brooks, has died in Los Angeles at age 95.
The New York native died Saturday, Daily Variety reported.
Bernstein worked for RKO Studios in the 1930s under the name 
Thelma Leeds and included among her credits "Follow the 
Fleet," New Faces of 1937" and "The Toast of New York." She 
married comedian Harry "Parkyakarkas" Einstein in 1932 and 
the union lasted 21 years until his death. She later married 
Irving Bernstein, Variety said. After 40 years of retirement, 
she played a bit part in Brooks' 1981 movie, "Modern Romance."
In addition to Brooks, she is survived by two other sons -- 
Daily and Associates Advertising Chairman Clifford Einstein 
and writer/producer Bob Einstein -- five grandchildren and 
five great-grandchildren.

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Psychologist Eli Rubinstein, whose pioneering research 
linked violence on TV to aggressive behavior in children, 
has died in Chapel Hill, N.C., at age 87. He died of 
complications related to Parkinson's disease, daughter 
Betsy told the Los Angeles Times. He broke into the public 
eye in 1972 when he oversaw the first national examination 
of TV viewing and children's behavior. Critics, however, 
dismissed the report as inconclusive. His follow-up report, 
released in 1982 by the National Institute of Mental Health, 
said there was "overwhelming" evidence that "excessive" TV 
violence adversely affected children. He co-edited the 1985 
book "The Media, Social Science and Social Policy for 
Children" and often testified before Congress. His final 
study was 1992's "Big World, Small Screen." It estimated 
U.S. residents spent 20 million human years a year watching 
TV and that commercial TV poorly served children and the 


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Notable deaths this week in history...

In 1942, John Barrymore, who became a romantic leading man 
in the early days of talking films, died at the age of 60.

In 1968, Helen Keller, who overcame blindness and deafness 
to become a symbol of the indomitable human spirit, died at 
the age of 87.

In 1987, master guitarist Andres Segovia, who was one of 
the paramount concert artists of this century, died at age 

In 1998, actor, comedian, and artist Phil Hartman, who was 
part of the Saturday Night Live cast for eight seasons, was 
killed by his wife while he slept. He was 49.

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