Saturday, June 23, 2012

Obituaries

Not many "A-list" types, but here are a few of note with links to the NYT:

Actor Richard Lynch, specializing in villainous roles, 76:

Mr. Lynch’s representative, Mike Baronas, said that a friend found Mr. Lynch on the kitchen floor, and that “from what I currently understand, no investigation into the cause of his death will be made.”
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Abstract painter Paul Jenkins, 88, after a short illness:

Early on he adopted a tactile, chance-driven method of painting that privileged almost every technique over brushwork. Dribbling paint Pollock-like onto loose canvasses, he allowed it to roll, pool and bleed, and he sometimes kneaded and hauled on the canvas — “as if it were a sail,” he said once. His favorite tool for many years was an elegant ivory knife, which he used to guide the flow of paint.
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Football player R.C. Owens, 77:

R. C. Owens, a former wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers whose kangaroolike leaps above defenders to snag passes not only entered football lore but also introduced a new phrase to sports — alley-oop — died on Sunday in Manteca, Calif. He was 77.
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Oscar-nominated actress Susan Tyrrell, 67, of a likely heart attack:

Ms. Tyrrell’s most famous part was as Oma, the boozy love interest of the aging boxer Tully, played by Stacy Keach, in “Fat City.” Reviewing the film in The Times, Vincent Canby described Ms. Tyrrell as “one of the first believable drunks I’ve ever seen on screen.”
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Psychologist Judith Wallerstein, 90, of an intestinal obstruction.

She encountered controversy when she asserted that divorce was harder on children than previously believed:

In 1971, Ms. Wallerstein began studying 131 children from 60 divorced families in Marin County, Calif. She followed them for 25 years, conducting intensive interviews every five years.

Not unexpectedly, many of the children were extremely distressed soon after the divorce. But she was surprised to find that the problems often lasted; 10 and 15 years later, half the children were still suffering and, she wrote, had become “worried, underachieving, self-deprecating and sometimes angry young men and women.”

They had a tougher time than most people in forming intimate relationships. Only about 40 percent eventually married, half the rate among the general population. Those who did marry were more likely to divorce than were people who had grown up in families that remained intact.

She actually thought it was better for kids to be in unhappy homes than divorced ones. Of course, many people disagreed. She changed her mind somewhat later on.

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Village Voice critic Andrew Sarris, 83, of complications from an infection after having suffered a fall:

Courtly, incisive and acerbic in equal measure, Mr. Sarris came of critical age in the 1960s as the first great wave of foreign films washed ashore in the United States. From his perch at The Village Voice, and later at The New York Observer, he wrote searchingly of that glorious deluge and the directors behind it — Fran├žois Truffaut, Max Ophuls, Jean-Luc Godard, Michelangelo Antonioni, Ingmar Bergman, Akira Kurosawa.

Film criticism had reached a heady pitch amid the cultural upheavals of that time, and Mr. Sarris’s temperament fit that age like a glove on a fencer’s hand.

He took his place among a handful of stylish and congenitally disputatious critics: Pauline Kael, Stanley Kauffmann, John Simon and Manny Farber. They agreed on just a single point, that film was art worthy of sustained thought and argumentation.

In other words, Sarris was one of the most famous and influential film critics in America.
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Painter LeRoy Neiman, 91, no cause of death given.
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Watergate figure Jack Caulfield, 83.
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Composer and lyricist Richard Adler, 90, his family announced.
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