Other notable deaths

October 05, 2007

GEORGE GRIZZARD, 79

Broadway, movie, TV actor

Broadway and screen actor George Grizzard, who won acclaim, and a Tony Award, for performing in Edward Albee's dramas, has died. He was 79.

Mr. Grizzard died Tuesday at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center of complications from lung cancer, said his agent, Clifford Stevens.

Mr. Grizzard's film roles included a bullying U.S. senator in Advise and Consent in 1962 and an oilman in Comes a Horseman in 1978. On television, Grizzard made regular appearances on Law & Order and won a best supporting actor Emmy for the 1980 TV movie The Oldest Living Graduate, which starred Henry Fonda. His TV credits stretch back to the 1950s, when he appeared in various anthology series such as Playhouse 90.

But he considered himself primarily a stage actor.

He had made his Broadway debut in 1955 as Paul Newman's brother and fellow convict in The Desperate Hours. He was nominated for Tonys for The Disenchanted in 1959 and Big Fish, Little Fish in 1961.

Among his other credits were Neil Simon's 1976 California Suite, a 1975 revival of The Royal Family and the 2001 drama Judgment at Nuremberg.

With Mr. Albee, Mr. Grizzard appeared in the original 1962 production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and won a Tony more than 30 years later in 1996 for his performance in a revival of a 1967 play, A Delicate Balance.

JAMES W. MICHAELS, 86

Editor of Forbes'

James W. Michaels, who transformed business journalism as the editor of Forbes magazine for nearly four decades, has died. He was 86.

Mr. Michaels died Tuesday of pneumonia in New York, the magazine said.

He joined Forbes in 1954 as a reporter covering mutual funds and was promoted to editor in 1961, steering the magazine into its trademark blunt, opinionated style.

Business executives, often skewered in the pages of Forbes, may not have been too pleased with the coverage, but readers liked the product. The monthly magazine's circulation grew from 130,000 when Mr. Michaels joined to 785,000 when he stepped down as editor in 1999.

After he left the post, he was editor emeritus and oversaw efforts to move Forbes content to television and the Web until his death.

Mr. Michaels was named one of the 10 outstanding business journalists of the 20th century and earned a Loeb Award in 1972 for lifetime services to financial and business reporting and a Loeb Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994.

He was born in Buffalo, N.Y., in 1921, attended the Culver military academy and graduated from Harvard University with a degree in economics.

TONY RYAN, 71

Founder of Ryanair

Tony Ryan, who founded Europe's leading budget airline Ryanair, has died. He was 71.

Mr. Ryan died Wednesday after a long illness, the airline and his family said.

Mr. Ryan founded Ryanair in 1985 with a single 15-seat plane. By the time he floated the company on the Irish and British stock exchanges, Ryanair Holdings PLC was expanding across the European continent with eye-popping fares, new routes and trademark boastful marketing.

Today, it operates 557 routes in 26 countries and plans to carry more than 50 million people this year.

Ryanair shattered an air market in Ireland dominated by state flag carriers Aer Lingus and British Airways.

Its 1990s rise foreshadowed a 21st-century market where Ryanair sets the ruthless standard and state-owned carriers are dead or dying.

Mr. Ryan was the son of a train operator. His first job was as a sales clerk at Aer Lingus, Ireland's state-owned airline -- which saw its monopoly status shattered by the launch and rapid ascent of Ryanair.

ROGELIO SALMONA, 78 Architect

Architect Rogelio Salmona, a bullheaded urbanist whose exposed brick structures celebrated his native Bogota, Colombia, died Wednesday at age 78.

Mr. Salmona died of complications from colon cancer, said Fernando Quiroz, a close friend.

Born in Paris in 1929, Mr. Salmona immigrated with his parents two years later to Colombia's capital, where he lived most of his life.

As a young architecture student, in 1948 he had the fortune of meeting Le Corbusier, kicking off a decade-long apprenticeship in Paris under the modernist master.

Despite absorbing Mr. Le Corbusier's leftist vision of functional urban planning for the masses, he rejected his teacher's taste for industrial methods of production in favor of projects combining intensely local color and materials with modern forms that often invoke pre-Hispanic Aztec temples.

His signature material was red brick, which has long dominated construction from Bogota's poorest slums to its wealthiest enclaves.

In 2003, he was honored with one of architecture's most prestigious honors, the Alvar Aalto Medal, provided by the Finnish Association of Architects for his life's work.

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