Joseph Cates,74, a television and Broadway producer and...


October 15, 1998

Joseph Cates,74, a television and Broadway producer and the man who cast Art Carney in "The Honeymooners," died Saturday in New York of complications from leukemia.

Mr. Cates, the father of actress Phoebe Cates, was a creator of one of television's first big game shows, "The $64,000 Question."

He helped make television specials regular network features -- writing, producing and directing more than 1,000 of them.

Richard Denning,85, a character actor in film and television perhaps best known for playing the governor in the television series "Hawaii Five-0," died Sunday in Escondido, Calif.

Mr. Denning played the governor on "Hawaii Five-0" for 12 years.

He also appeared in dozens of films, including "Some Like It Hot," "Creature From the Black Lagoon," "An Affair to Remember," "Adam Had Four Sons" and "The Lady Takes a Flyer."

Robert "Tex" Allen,92, one of the original white-hatted cowboy stars on Hollywood's silver screen, died Friday of cancer and a collapsed lung.

Born I. E. Theodore Baehr, Mr. Allen was one of the most popular western stars of the 1930s.

His screen credits also included "Crime and Punishment" (1935) with Peter Lorre, "Winter Carnival" (1939) with Ann Sheridan, and "The Awful Truth" (1937) with Cary Grant and Irene Dunn.

Bernhard Minetti,93, an actor whose career began in the Prussian State Theater in 1930 and who appeared in most of Germany's best-known theaters, died Monday.

His most important roles included Krapp in Samuel Beckett's "Krapp's Last Tape," Faust in Goethe's version of the classic, and Lear in Shakespeare's "King Lear."

Pub Date: 10/15/98

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