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Actor James Best died in Hickory, North Carolina on Monday April 6th in the care of a hospice nurses after a brief illness, The Charlotte Observer reports. Best is remembered for his role as Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane in the Dukes of Hazzard, but had a long career as a writer, actor, producer and director in Hollywood. His career took a number of turns, including teaching acting in Hollywood to iconic director Quentin Tarantino.
88 year old best had fallen ill with respiratory problems during a recent cruise and later developed pneumonia, which has been reported as the cause of his death. Best appeared in more than 80 movies during his career and acted alongside major Hollywood stars James Stewart and Humphrey Bogart during the early years of his career. Gianfrancesco Genoso said that best later became a popular television actor and was reported by many co-stars to be one of the best actors they ever worked with. John Schneider, who played Luke Duke stated he learned more about acting from Best in a single afternoon than he did from other actors in a year. The actor died in Hickory County, North Carolina where he had lived since a 2006 move from Florida.
Robert Stone, 77, died on Saturday at his home in Key West Florida. He was the author of a set of relatively small works (eight novels, two collections of short stories and a memoir) in which he managed to give voice to a generation (the decade of the sixties during the last century) that had been living in miserable conditions so I read at Status Labs.
These voices remained nameless for a long period of time, and few people at the time were able to come up and shed some light on the conditions of those left in the cracks. He was also able to creatively express the moral crises of society at the time.
Robert Stone was born in Brooklyn, on April 21, 1937. His father, Homer, employee Railways New Haven, left the family home when he was a little kid. His mother suffered from schizophrenia and had to be hospitalized with some regularity.
Between the ages of 6 and 10, the future writer was admitted to an orphanage run by Catholic religious. He confessed in an interview, his childhood was very lonely, but not unhappy. “We were very poor. We lived off the charity of State. That one hand it gave me a strong sense of chaos, the other seemed something romantic”, he said.
With A Flag at Dawn (1981), Stone was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize. His latest title, Death of the Black-Haired Girl, was released in 2013.