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  • Sam Chwat dies at 57; actors lost, and learned, accents under dialect coach's tutelage

    Sam Chwat dies at 57; actors lost, and learned, accents under dialect coach's tutelage
    Sam Chwat was a master of accents who taught Robert De Niro to talk like an Appalachian ex-convict, Olympia Dukakis to talk like a Holocaust survivor and Peter Boyle to talk like a bigot from the Deep South. A modern-day Henry Higgins, he also trained some actors to lose accents, helping Julia Roberts drop her native Georgia drawl and Tony Danza his distinctive Brooklynese. Chwat even turned his training on himself, muting his own "Noo Yawk" accent to prevent clients from miming the wrong cues.
  • PASSINGS: Martin Cohan, David Durston

    PASSINGS: Martin Cohan, David Durston
    Martin Cohan TV writer, producer co-created 'Who's the Boss?' Martin Cohan, 77, who co-created the ABC sitcom "Who's the Boss?" and was a prolific TV writer and producer, died Wednesday at his home in Pacific Palisades after a two-year battle with...

    PASSINGS: Bernd Eichinger, Bruce Gordon, Frank Lieberman, Stanley Frazen, Alan Sloane

    PASSINGS: Bernd Eichinger, Bruce Gordon, Frank Lieberman, Stanley Frazen, Alan Sloane
    Bernd Eichinger Film producer and screenwriter Bernd Eichinger, 61, a successful German film producer and screenwriter whose credits include the Oscar-nominated "Downfall" and "The Baader Meinhof Complex," died Monday night in Los Angeles after...

    Jeff Conaway dies at 60; actor in 'Grease' and 'Taxi'

    Jeff Conaway dies at 60; actor in 'Grease' and 'Taxi'
    Jeff Conaway, an actor who came to fame in the late 1970s as a high school greaser in the hit movie musical "Grease" and as a regular on the TV series "Taxi" but in more recent years was known for his appearances on "Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew," died...

    NBC bugs viewers with more 'Fear Factor'

     
    "Fear Factor" is returning to NBC prime time after a five-year hiatus.