Harry Carey Jr.
The son of silent-film western star Harry Carey Sr., Carey Jr. was a venerable character actor who was believed to be the last surviving member of director John Ford's legendary western stock company. His career spanned more than 50 years and included such Ford classics as "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon" and "The Searchers." He was 91. Full obituary
Notable deaths of 2012 (Los Angeles Times /January 1, 2013)
Kenny Heitz, 65, who played on three NCAA
basketball championship teams at UCLA
in the 1960s, died Monday at his home in Pacific Palisades after a battle with cancer
, the school announced.
At a time when freshmen were not eligible to play varsity sports, he joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
(then Lew Alcindor), Lucius Allen
and Lynn Shackelford on the 1965-66 freshman team that defeated the two-time defending national varsity champion in the first game played at Pauley Pavilion.
For the next three seasons, Heitz was a 6-foot-3 forward and guard for Coach John Wooden
's varsity squad. The Bruins
finished with an 88-2 record during Heitz's career and became the first school to win three consecutive titles, in 1967, '68 and '69.
A Santa Maria native, Heitz arrived at UCLA as a prep All-American center from Righetti High School in Santa Maria.
Heitz was an Academic All-American his senior year and graduated summa cum laude in 1969. Drafted by the NBA
's Milwaukee Bucks
, Heitz chose Harvard Law School instead and became an attorney in Los Angeles. Times staff and wire reports firstname.lastname@example.org