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Jeff Millar dies at 70; 'Tank McNamara' comic strip creator
Jeff Millar dies at 70; 'Tank McNamara' comic strip creator

Jeff Millar, the wordsmith behind the long-running comic strip "Tank McNamara," which evolved into a biting satire of the sports world, died Nov. 30. He was 70. The Texas native, who also was a longtime film critic and columnist for the Houston Chronicle, died at his Houston-area home after an almost four-year battle with bile-duct cancer, said his wife, Peg. The daily, syndicated comic strip — with a hefty-jawed protagonist who matured from a bumbling ex-NFL player into a reflective TV sportscaster — runs in about 150 newspapers nationwide. It made its Times debut Aug. 5, 1974, right below "Doonesbury." PHOTOS: Notable deaths of 2012 Bill Hinds, who...

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