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He made his Broadway debut playing a Jet in the original "West Side Story" and went on to become a Broadway director. Max Wright, who played Willie Tanner, the father figure to an alien in TV's "ALF," died June 26 at 75.The veteran actor had a long résumé, appearing in numerous television shows and films.Writer Judith Krantz, whose million-selling novels such as "Scruples" and "Princess Daisy" engrossed readers worldwide with their steamy tales of the rich and beautiful, died June 22 at her Bel-Air home of natural causes. Krantz's books have been translated into 52 languages and sold more than 85 million copies worldwide.Jerry Carrigan, a celebrated session drummer heard on famed recordings from Elvis Presley, Waylon Jennings and Kenny Rogers, died in June. Carrigan played with most of country music's biggest names, as well as pop and folk stars, and even crafted ad jingles during his long career.
Martin Charnin (seen here with wife Shelly Burch), the Tony Award-winning lyricist behind Broadway's "Annie," died July 6 after suffering a minor heart attack.Morrison may be best remembered as a literary genius who wrote about black people for other black people, yet her work had universal appeal. He occasionally appeared in its sketches, including in episodes hosted by Christopher Walken and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.Russi Taylor, the voice of Minnie Mouse since 1986 who also starred in "The Simpsons," died July 26 in California at age 75, Walt Disney Co. Taylor beat out 200 candidates to win the role of Minnie and reigned in hundreds of television shows, theme park rides, animated shorts and theatrical films.Kappy had small roles in major movies, including "Thor," "Terminator Salvation" and "Fanboys." He was 42.Legendary singer and actress Doris Day died May 13 at age 97 after a serious case of pneumonia.