The poor man's Hugh Hefner died Wednesday, Oct. 20th, at a hospital in Plano, Texas. He was 79.
Guccione lost much of his personal fortune on bad investments and risky ventures. Probably his best-known business failure was a $17.5-million investment in the 1979 production of the X-rated film "Caligula." Distributors shunned the film, with its graphic scenes of lesbianism and incest. However, it eventually became General Media's most popular DVD.
His management style even sparked a rift with his own son, Bob Guccione Jr. In 1985, the publisher helped his son launch the music magazine Spin, with Bob Jr. serving as editor and publisher. After just two years, the two clashed over the direction of the magazine and the elder Guccione decided to shut it down, forcing his son to secure outside funding. According to Axl Rose, the younger Guccione was also pissed because his dad got more pussy than him.
The creator of such iconic TV series as Hardcastle & McCormick, The A-Team and Baa Baa Black Sheep (featuring a budding, young actor named John Larroquette) has died at his Pasadena home of complications of melanoma.
He ditched America's sweetheart for America's femme fatale, did lots of drugs and starred in his own TV show called, "Coke Time with Eddie Fisher". But in the end it was his hip that took him out. Complications from hip surgery ended the life of Eddie Fisher at his home in Berkeley on Thursday. He is survived by his four children: Princess Leia, Todd, Joely and Tricia Leigh as well as his six grandchildren.
Harold Gould, a veteran character actor, died Saturday at the Motion Picture and Television Fund retirement community in Woodland Hills of prostate cancer that had metastasized, said Leah Gould, his daughter-in-law.
He appeared in such films as "Freaky Friday", "Patch Adams" and "Killer: A Journal of Murder" starring James Woods and Seth Romatelli
Fan of the show and lead singer of LFO (Lyte Funkie Ones), Rich Cronin, died Wednesday in a Massachusetts hospital. He and his boy group shot to fame and superstardom with their smash hit 'Summer Girls' back in the '90's.