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The Return Of The Living Dead star Clu Gulager dies at 93 from ‘natural causes’

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Clu Gulager, a prominent actor in television and film since the late 1950s, has passed away at the age of 93. 

The talented star had roles in a total of 165 IMDB projects during the course of his career, with his last role starring in Quentin Tarantino’s 2019 film, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. 

The actor’s daughter-in-law, Diane Goldner, released a statement on her Facebook page, revealing that during his last moments, he was, ‘surrounded by his loving family.’  

A loss: Clu Gulager has died at the age of 93, and was known for starring in classic westerns and horror films, such as The Return Of The Living Dead (1985); pictured in 2006

Clu was born as William Martin Gulager in 1928 in Oklahoma. He was Cherokee and was given the nickname of Clu, which was named after the birds near his home. 

After serving in the United States Marine Corps until 1948, he eventually won a scholarship to study in Paris. In the city, he was taken under the wing of French actor, Jean Louis Barrault. 

Following his year abroad, he began his start in the industry in the late 1950s, starring in the TV series such as, The Untouchables (1959) and a few episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents. 

Beginning in 1960, he played the character of Billy the Kid on the NBC western series, The Tall Man, launching him into stardom. 

Career start: After studying under a French actor in Paris, the star began taking small roles in the late 1950s; pictured in 1970

Career start: After studying under a French actor in Paris, the star began taking small roles in the late 1950s; pictured in 1970

Along with The Tall Man, Clu was known for starring in a number of other Western shows, such as Wagon Train and The Virginian. 

He also starred in major films, such as The Killers (1964), working alongside Ronald Reagan and Angie Dickinson. 

In 1969, Clu went behind the camera and directed his own short film called, A Day With The Boys, which was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival that same year. 

The Oklahoma-born star dipped his toes into other genres to showcase his talent during his career, and dived into the realm of horror. 

In 1985, he starred in The Return Of The Living Dead as Burt and Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge as Mr. Walsh. 

His daughter-in-law, Diane, had a few words to say about the talented actor following the news of his passing. 

Statement: The actor's daughter-in-law, Diane Goldner, released a family statement on her Facebook page, writing that he had 'died of natural causes'

Statement: The actor’s daughter-in-law, Diane Goldner, released a family statement on her Facebook page, writing that he had ‘died of natural causes’ 

Various genres: During the course of his career, Clu worked on multiple genres, notably starring in a number of Westerns; pictured in 1980

Various genres: During the course of his career, Clu worked on multiple genres, notably starring in a number of Westerns; pictured in 1980

In the statement, she wrote, ‘Clu Gulager, revered television and film actor, known for The Tall Man and The Virginian, died of natural causes at the home of his son John and beloved daughter-in-law Diane, surrounded by his loving family.’ 

‘Clu was as caring as he was loyal and devoted to his craft, a proud member of the Cherokee nation, a rule-breaker, sharp and astute and on the side—always—of the oppressed.’ 

She also discussed his success in the industry and dedication to his work over the years. 

Loving words: His daughter-in-law said kind words about Clu in a family statement, writing he, 'was as caring as he was loyal and devoted to his craft'; pictured in 2006 in Las Vegas

Loving words: His daughter-in-law said kind words about Clu in a family statement, writing he, ‘was as caring as he was loyal and devoted to his craft’; pictured in 2006 in Las Vegas 

‘As a writer and director, he made the influential short film A Day with the Boys, which opened the 1970 Cannes Film Festival as an example of the state of the art of filmmaking.’

In 1952, Clu married actress, Miriam Byrd-Nethery, and had two sons, Tom and John. They stayed married until she passed away in 2003. 

‘He was shocked that he lived, for even a day after Miriam Byrd-Nethery, the love of his life, died 18 years ago,’ Diane wrote. 

Long-lasting career: Clu kept working hard in the industry with his last project being Quentin Tarantino's 2019 film, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood; pictured in 1985

Long-lasting career: Clu kept working hard in the industry with his last project being Quentin Tarantino’s 2019 film, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood; pictured in 1985

In his later years, Clu kept hard at work, and starred in episodes of popular television series such as Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman and Walker, Texas Ranger. 

His last project was working under the direction of Quentin Tarantino in the 2019 film, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. He played the role of a book store man in the movie. 

According to Variety, Clu often attended movie screenings at Quentin’s New Beverly Cinema. 

‘He is survived by his sons John and Tom, their partners Diane and Zoe, his cherished grandson Clu Mosha, dedicated fans, and decades of extraordinary students,’ the family statement read. ‘His family will miss him terribly.’ 

Passion: Clu had a passion for the entertainment industry, and not only acted in various projects, but also directed a short film in 1969; seen in LA in 2018

Passion: Clu had a passion for the entertainment industry, and not only acted in various projects, but also directed a short film in 1969; seen in LA in 2018

Talented: The critically acclaimed star had roles in a total of 165 IMDB projects during the course of his career; pictured in 2014

Talented: The critically acclaimed star had roles in a total of 165 IMDB projects during the course of his career; pictured in 2014

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Freddie Roman, Borscht Belt comic known for roasts, dead at 85

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Beloved Borscht Belt comic and actor Freddie Roman, best known for his roasts as part of New York City’s Friars Club and later Comedy Central, died at the age of 85 on Saturday, his family said.

Roman suffered a heart attack in Boynton Beach, Florida, his daughter confirmed to Deadline.

The comic had spent most of his life in show business after he was given the opportunity to emcee at his uncle and grandfather’s Crystal Spring Hotel in the Catskills when he was just 15.

Roman, born Fred Kirschenbaum, and his old-timey jokes were a fixture at nightclub venues in cities like New York and Las Vegas.

He served as the dean, or president, of The Friar’s Club and took shots at celebrities like Jerry Stiller, Hugh Hefner, Drew Carey, Rob Reiner and Chevy Chase on Comedy Central’s Roasts.

Roman was best known for his roasts at the Friar’s Club.
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Freddie Roman and actress Debbie Reynolds at the Friar's Club in 2009.
Freddie Roman and actress Debbie Reynolds at the Friar’s Club in 2009.
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He appeared in numerous films, including the award-winning documentary “Welcome to Kutsher’s: The Last Catskills Resort” (2012), “Bittersweet Place” (2005), “Christ in the City” (2005), “Finding North” (1998) and “Sweet Lorraine” (1987), according to IMDB.

He more recently co-starred in Amazon’s hit comedy series “Red Oaks,” playing a curmudgeon member of a Jewish country club in New Jersey. He also made guest appearances on shows “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and “The Tonight Show.”

Roman is survived by his wife, Ethel, and daughter, Judi Levin, Deadline reported.

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Deals and Steals! Shop the 21 Best Cyber Week Finds Under $35

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The most wonderful time of year is finally here — and we don’t just mean the holidays! Cyber Week is a dream come true for bargain hunters everywhere. While temperature are dropping outside, prices are dropping online. It really is a winter wonderland!

With all of the deals on Black Friday and beyond, it’s overwhelming to narrow down the options. So, we went through the sales and selected our 21 top picks under $35, from fashion to furnishings. Save up to 79% off on these everyday essentials from some of your favorite retailers! Score these marked-down must-haves as a treat for yourself or as a gift for a loved one. Happy shopping!

1. Sweet dreams! Get your best beauty sleep with this super soft microfiber sheet set — up to 79% off!

2. Eyes on the prize! This creamy avocado eye treatment from Kiehl’s has been a regular in my skincare routine for years — up to 50% off!

3. Made from organic cotton, this waffle-print Henley shirt from Everlane is our go-to top for winter weather — up to 50% off!

4. Built to take you from running errands to running cardio, this comfy Perform Legging from Everlane is a must-have for gals on the go — up to 50% off!

5. With over 2,000 reviews on Nordstrom, this popular plush throw blanket is a cozy crowd-pleaser — up to 31% off!

6. It’s in the bag! This top-rated tumbled leather clutch from Madewell features interior pockets for extra organization — up to 43% off!

7. Cut a rug with this vintage-inspired patterned rug! The subtle pop of color blends into any space — up to 53% off!

8. Mad for plaid! This set of two decorative pillow covers is perfect for the holidays — up to 27% off!

9. Effortlessly cool in an oversized fit, this crew tee from Everlane is a closet staple — up to 30% off!

10. These gold under-eye patches are truly worth their weight in gold! Infused with collagen, these eye masks will give your puffy eyes a pick-me-up — up to 17% off!

11. Treat yourself to some self-care with these aromatherapy Shower Steamers that provide major stress relief — up to 46% off!

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13. Get a good night’s sleep with these luxurious satin pillowcases! They’re the no. 1 bestseller in bed pillowcases on Amazon — up to 17% off!

14. The no. 1 bestseller in women’s down jackets and parkas on Amazon, this water-resistant hooded puffer coat will keep you warm and dry all winter — up to 45% off!

15. Lightweight and comfortable, this full-length waffle robe is wonderful for lounging around the house — up to 39% off!

16. Crafted with 100% cotton, this crewneck sweater is cozy and flattering — up to 45% off!

17. Reviewers rave that these terry cotton joggers are super soft and comfortable. Plus, they come with pockets — up to 45% off!

18. Sparkle and shine this holiday season with this cubic zirconia necklace that looks like a real diamond — up to 15% off!

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Looking for additional deals? Check out more picks below:

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