James Algar, 85, who brought nature and history...


March 01, 1998

James Algar, 85, who brought nature and history documentaries as well as animated classics to Disney fans for 43 years, died Thursday in Carmel, Calif. He was best known for the Disney True Life Adventure Series he directed, including the episodes "Beaver Valley," "Bear Country" and "The Living Desert."

Dr. George H. Hitchings, 92, who won the Nobel Prize in medicine for helping pioneer research techniques used by the modern pharmaceutical industry, died Friday in Chapel Hill, N.C. He and research partner Gertrude Elion won the Nobel Prize in 1988 for work that led to drugs for AIDS, herpes, leukemia and malaria, sharing the prize with Sir James W. Black of Britain.

J.T. Walsh, 54, one of Hollywood's top character actors, died of a heart attack Friday in La Mesa, Calif. He played Jack Nicholson's suicidal lieutenant colonel in "A Few Good Men" and a mental patient in "Sling Blade."

He recently appeared in "Breakdown," playing a bad guy opposite Kurt Russell. Walsh appeared in nearly 60 films and became known for playing ethically challenged men. He recently completed work on "Pleasantville," with Jeff Daniels and Joan Allen, and "The Negotiator" with Samuel L. Jackson.

Walsh's film credits also include "Good Morning, Vietnam," "House of Games," "The Grifters," "Backdraft" and "The Client."

Pub Date: 3/01/98

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