Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Deaths Elsewhere

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Deaths Elsewhere

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Alex Rocco *The Emmy-winning character actor best known for taking a bullet through the eye as the Las Vegas casino boss Moe Greene in "The Godfather," has died. He was 79.

Mr. Rocco's daughter, Jennifer, announced his death Saturday (July 18, 2015). Details were not immediately available.

Mr. Rocco's career spanned five decades, and he remained active up until his death, including a recurring role on the Starz series "Magic City." His distinctively gravelly voice made him a frequent tough-guy presence in both hardboiled tales ("The Friends of Eddie Coyle," "St. Valentine's Day Massacre," "Get Shorty") and comedic sitcoms ("The Simpsons," "The Facts of Life").

His most famous role came in 1972's "The Godfather," where he played the humbled casino owner who meets his fate on a massage table, with a bullet through his thick eyeglass lenses.

Perry 'Buddy' Buie * The songwriter and producer who helped form the Atlanta Rhythm Section and then fuel its success with the lyrics he wrote for the band, has died. He was 74.

Mr. Buie died Saturday (July 18, 2015), said Chip Chapman, owner of Chapman Funeral Home in Eufaula, Ala., which is handling arrangements.

Singer Rodney Justo, one of the band's original members, remembered how Mr. Buie brought him and other musicians together to form the Atlanta Rhythm Section in the early 1970s.

The band had wide influence, and "they helped define the Southern Rock genre with other bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd," according to Mr. Buie's biography in the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.

Mr. Buie also wrote or co-wrote numerous hits performed by artists such as Carlos Santana ("Stormy"); Gloria Estefan ("Traces"); and Garth Brooks ("Mr. Midnight").

Barbara Colby * The wife of William Colby the spy and later spymaster who, as CIA director from 1973 to 1976 has died.

Ms. …

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