Other notable deaths

Other notable deaths

September 01, 2006

Gerald Green, 84, author of The Last Angry Man, a 1956 book that told the story of a heroic doctor who worked in New York's slums, died Tuesday in Norwalk, Conn.

The book - dedicated to Samuel Greenberg, the author's father who was a doctor in Brooklyn, N.Y. - was made into a movie in 1959 and starred Paul Muni.

Mr. Green, who lived in New Canaan, Conn., was a writer, director and producer at NBC-TV in its early days. His experience helped him develop his novel's second main character, a TV producer who filmed documentaries. He also wrote Holocaust, based on his 1978 TV miniseries about the destruction of Europe's Jewish community.

Joseph Stefano, 84, who wrote the screenplay for Alfred Hitchcock's movie Psycho and was co-creator of television's science fiction anthology series The Outer Limits, died Aug. 25 in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Mr. Stefano's big TV break came in the 1950s when he was hired as a writer for Ted Mack Family Hour. He also wrote several scripts, including The Black Orchid, which was made into a 1958 movie starring Sophia Loren and Anthony Quinn.

He became a scriptwriter for 20th Century Fox in 1960, and he moved to Hollywood. Mr. Hitchcock soon had him adapt Robert Bloch's novel Psycho for the screen.

He wrote several other screenplays, including The Naked Edge with Gary Cooper, but Mr. Stefano and screenwriter Leslie Stevens turned to TV to produce and write The Outer Limits, which ran from 1963 to 1965.

In the 1970s and 1980s, he wrote TV movies, including Home for the Holidays (1972) and Snowbeast (1977).

Igor Kio, 62, a popular magician who was briefly married to the daughter of Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev, died Wednesday after being hospitalized for two weeks, a Russian Circus Association official said.

Mr. Kio was designated a People's Artist of the Russian Federation and had won honorary titles or awards in countries including Georgia and Belgium, Russian news agencies and Web sites said.

Mr. Kio's first wife was Brezhnev's only daughter, Galina, but their marriage lasted only nine days. His second marriage lasted 11 years. He left the state circus company in 1989 - two years before the collapse of the Soviet Union.

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