TV Obits: Sills, Randolph, Hutt
by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 5th 2007 3:02PM
A roundup of TV people from in front of the camera and behind the scenes who have passed away.
- Boots Randolph: He was a renowned sax player best known for his early 60s hit "Yakety Sax," which was later used as the theme song on Benny Hill. Randolph recorded dozens of albums and played in many bands, and was part of the Million Dollar Band on Hee-Haw for many years. He died after suffering a brain aneurysm and falling into a coma two weeks ago. He was 80.
- Beverly Sills: The famed opera singer (she stopped performing in the early 80s) also made several TV appearances, including several episodes of Live From Lincoln Center, Great Performances, The Tonight Show, The Muppet Show, Disneyland, and dozens of musical specials, talk shows, and award shows. She died of lung cancer (she never smoked and was only diagnosed with it a month ago) at age 78 in Manhattan.
- William Hutt: He was best known for his work on the Canadian and U.S. stages, but he was also seen on television quite a bit. He was a regular on Slings & Arrows and made appearances on The Starlost, Twice in a Lifetime, Hallmark Hall of Fame, Armchair Theatre, and many TV and big screen movies. He died of leukemia last week at age 87.