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September 2, 2014

TV Obits: Flemming, Hilberman, Shaw, Devon

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 2nd 2007 10:01AM

Bill FlemmingA roundup of TV people from in front of the camera and behind the scenes who have passed away.

  • Bill Flemming: He was a sportscaster for ABC who covered everything from the Olympics to golf to chess championships. He worked in broadcasting for 60 years (including a stint on NBC's Today) and was a fixture on Wide World of Sports for years. He died of cancer at age 80.

  • David Hilberman: He was an animator who worked on such TV shows as The Smurfs, Galaxy High School, and The Kwicky Koala Show, though he was probably best known for his work on such Disney films as Bambi and Snow White. He died at age 95 in Palo Alto, CA.

  • Laura Devon: She was an actress who appeared on several shows in the 60s, including The Twilight Zone, I Spy, Bonanza, Rawhide, The Invaders, Dr. Kildare, The Fugitive, Big Valley, and Route 66. She died of heart failure at age 76 in Beverly Hills, CA. She was once married to Brian Kelly, who played Porter Ricks on Flipper, and at the time of her death was married to film composer Maurice Jarre. She was the mother of writer Kevin Jarre, who co-wrote the Mummy movies and did the screenplays for Tombstone, Glory, and First Blood II.

  • David Shaw: He was a veteran writer who worked on such classic TV shows as Playhouse 90, Studio One, The Philco Television Playhouse, General Electric Theater, Mr. Peepers, and The Defenders. He also wrote the film If It's Tuesday, It Must Be Belgium. He died at age 90 in Beverly Hills, CA.

  • Tom Snyder: The late-night host died of leukemia at age 71. His full obituary is here.

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