VETERAN ACTOR GREGORY SIERRA DIES
NEW YORK (AP) – An actor who had roles in two popular 1970s sitcoms has died. His widow says Gregory Sierra died earlier this month in California. Helene Sierra says her husband had been battling cancer when he died Jan. 4 at age 83. Sierra played the role of Fred Sanford’s neighbor, Julio Fuentes, on “Sanford and Son.” He also played Sgt. Chano on “Barney Miller,” which launched in 1975.
LARRY KING REMEMBERED AS TALK SHOW KING
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Larry King once said he wasn’t one to do a lot of research before doing interviews. But he said he felt he brought to his work an air of curiosity. And it paid off, as King is being remembered as a person whose chats with everyone from world leaders to celebrities to regular folk helped define interviewing for a half century. King died this past Saturday at age 87. No cause of death was given. But earlier this month, a rep said King had COVID-19, had received supplemental oxygen – and had been moved out the ICU at at a Los Angeles hospital.
SCREENWRITER WALTER BERNSTEIN DIES, ONE OF LAST OF THOSE BLACKLISTED
NEW YORK (AP) – One of the last big-name Hollywood figures linked to Hollywood’s anti-Communist blacklist has died. Screenwriter Walter Bernstein died this past Saturday of pneumonia.. He was 101. Because he was unwilling to pass along to Congress names of suspected Communists, Bernstein had to use “fronts” – people who put their own names of projects he wrote – and in return, get part of his money.
NBC SPORTS NETWORK GOING AWAY
UNDATED (AP) – NBC is about to pull the plug on its own sports network. NBCSN will disappear at the end of the year. The network is best known for its coverage of the NHL and soccer’s English Premier League. The channel was launched in 1995 as the Outdoor Life Network, where it featured hunting and fishing shows – and carried the Tour de France bicycle race.