Todd Karns, 79, who made his biggest mark on the movies...

Deaths Elsewhere

February 08, 2000

Todd Karns, 79, who made his biggest mark on the movies with a defining line in "It's a Wonderful Life" as the younger brother of Jimmy Stewart's George Bailey, died of cancer Saturday in Ajijic, Mexico. He played Harry Bailey, who in the Christmas classic's final scene made the memorable toast, "To my big brother, George. The richest man in town."

Joachim-Ernst Berendt, 77, known as the "Pope of Jazz" for his leading role promoting the American-rooted music in Germany, died Friday in Hamburg, a day after he was hit by a car.

Ben Burns, 86, a white journalist who helped run and found black newspapers and magazines in the racially charged 1940s and 1950s, died yesterday at his home in Atlantis, Fla. Mr. Burns' 30-year career included stints as national editor and editor in chief for the Chicago Defender. In 1945, he helped found Ebony magazine.

Anna Holbrook Clark, 95, who transcended a secretarial job to become an influential policy adviser to New York City Mayor Fiorello La Guardia and worked at five levels of government, died Jan. 28 in a Manhattan nursing home.

David Levy, 87, a television executive and producer who created "The Addams Family" series for ABC, died Jan. 25 in Beverly Hills, Calif., where he lived. After becoming vice president for programming at NBC in 1959, Mr. Levy helped to turn around the network's fortunes with shows such as "Dr. Kildare" and "Bonanza."

Sarah Caudwell, 60, a British author whose modest but enthusiastically received and maliciously witty mystery novels led at least one critic to compare her to Oscar Wilde, died of cancer Jan. 28 at her home in London.

Anthony Blum, 61, a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet in the 1960s and 1970s, died of complications from AIDS Dec. 28 at the Wesley Health Center in Saratoga Springs, N. Y.

Herbert I. Schiller, 80, a teacher, writer and critic who studied communication, died Jan. 29 in La Jolla, Calif. The cause of death was not disclosed.

One of the targets of his books was television. In "Culture, Inc.: The Corporate Takeover of Public Expression," he asserted that commercial television represented "the daily ideological instruction of the viewers."

Claude Autant-Lara, 98, a French director known for his caustic jabs at bourgeois society and his right-wing political stances late in life, died early Saturday in Antibes, France, a funeral home said.

Edgar Bowers, 75, a longtime University of California professor of English whose verse earned him one of poetry's top prizes, died Friday of cancer. Among his works were five poetry collections. In 1989, he was awarded what is considered poetry's most prestigious honor, the $10,000 Bollingen prize from Yale University.

Syd Cassyd, 91, a writer, producer and television pioneer who founded the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, died in Los Angeles Friday of a neurological disease. Mr. Cassyd served in World War II with the Army Signal Corps as a film editor under director Frank Capra. He worked with another TV trailblazer, Klaus Landsberg, on the experimental Los Angeles TV station W6XYZ, now KTLA.

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