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TV Obits: Cowan, Howard, Archard, Tyne, McDonough, Gampel

by Bob Sassone, posted May 20th 2008 8:08AM

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

  • Warren Cowan: He was a veteran publicist who had an incredible list of clients over the years, including Lucille Ball, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Tony Curtis, Steve McQueen, Natalie Wood, and Joan Crawford. He was the father of journalist Claudia Cowan and stepfather to Melissa and Sara Gilbert. He died of cancer in Los Angeles at age 87.

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Clarabell The Clown dead at 84

by Bob Sassone, posted May 20th 2006 10:59AM
Buffalo Bob Smith, Howdy, and ClarabellActor and bandleader Lew Anderson, who played Clarabell The Clown on the classic Howdy Doody Show, died earlier this week in Hawthorne, NY.

It's interesting to note that Anderson wasn't the first or second Clarabell on the show, he was actually the third. But he might be the most memorable (even if Bob Keeshan - Captain Kangaroo to you and me - was the first) because he not only lasted the longest (1954 to 1960), but he was the one behind the makeup when Clarabell spoke for the first time, uttering the show's last words "Goodbye kids." Wow, that must have pushed a lot of kids over the edge, bawling their eyes out.

Anderson was also a musician and bandleader.

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