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We Remember Actor Hume Cronyn

He died June 15, 2003, of prostate cancer at the age of 92. His first film role was in Alfred Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt. He went on to star in several more Hitchcock films, later co-writing the screenplays for Rope and Under Capricorn. He also had starring roles in the films The Postman Always Rings Twice, Brute Force and Ziegfeld Follies. In the 1950s and 60s, Cronyn went to Broadway, often co-starring with his wife, the late Jessica Tandy. He won a Tony award in 1964 for his role as Polonius in the Broadway production of Hamlet.


Remembering Actress Mercedes McCambridge

McCambridge died March 2 at the age of 87. McCambridge chilled audiences in the 1970s as the voice of the Devil in The Exorcist. She won an Academy Award for her first film role — in 1949 for All the King's Men. She also starred with Joan Crawford in Nicholas Ray's western, Johnny Guitar.


Remembering Actress Janet Leigh

Leigh became famous for her role in the Alfred Hitchcock film Psycho. She starred as Marion Crane, the young woman who killed in the shower by Norman Bates. Leigh wrote about the film in the 1995 book Psycho: Janet Leigh Behind the Scenes of The Classic Thriller. She died at 77.


Remembering Charlton Heston, Actor and Activist

Academy Award-winning actor Charlton Heston died Saturday at the age of 84. Heston, who starred in epic films such as Ben-Hur and The Ten Commandments, later made a name for himself as a conservative activist.


Newman Reflects On An Acting (And Active) Life

Oscar Award-winning actor Paul Newman died on Sept. 26 of complications from lung cancer. In this 2003 interview, the star of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and Cool Hand Luke discusses his early work — both as an actor and as a salesman.


An Archival Interview With Natasha Richardson

Actress Natasha Richardson died Mar. 18 after suffering head injuries in a skiing accident. Richardson won a Tony for her work in Cabaret and appeared in many films. Fresh Air remembers the actress with an interview from 1992.


Surely, Fresh Air Remembers Leslie Nielsen

The beloved actor from Airplane! and the Naked Gun franchise died Sunday. Fresh Air remembers Nielsen with highlights from a 1993 interview, in which he discussed his transition from dramatic roles in The Poseidon Adventure and Forbidden Planet to starring in spoofs and parodies.


Sidney Lumet: A Director Who Gave Actors His All.

Fresh Air remembers director Sidney Lumet — who died Saturday at age 86 — with excerpts from a 1988 interview. One of Hollywood's most prolific directors, Lumet created more than 40 films, including Network, Serpico, Fail-Safe, Dog Day Afternoon, The Wiz, The Verdict and Prince of the City.


The Story Behind The Stunts: Remembering Hollywood's Hal Needham.

Hollywood stuntman Hal Needham — one of the most famous practitioners of his dangerous craft — died of cancer on Oct. 25 at age 82. We'll listen back to a conversation with Needham from Feb. 7, 2011, when he had just published a memoir, called Stuntman!: My Car-Crashing, Plane-Jumping, Bone-Breaking, Death-Defying Hollywood Life.

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