Charles Spencer King, 85, a British engineer who was considered the mastermind behind the Range Rover, a hardy yet comfortable off-roader originally conceived as country estate carryall that has since become the swank sport-utility vehicle of choice for royalty, rappers and millionaires, died June 26 of injuries suffered in a bicycle accident.
King started working for the British Rover company in 1945 under the direction of his uncles, Maurice and Spencer Wilks. In the late 1960s, he was tasked by his uncles with developing a four-wheel-drive luxury model that would be as at home crawling over rough country terrain as it was jetting across town toting polo mallets and golf clubs.
The result was the Range Rover.
In 1999, Global Automotive Elections Foundation picked the Range Rover as one of the top cars of the century and King as one of the best engineers.
Corey Allen, 75, an actor-turned Emmy Award-winning director who earned a slice of film immortality in the 1950s playing the doomed high school gang leader who challenges James Dean to a "chicken run" in "Rebel Without a Cause," died Sunday in Hollywood, Calif. He had Parkinson's disease.
Allen went on to appear in films such as "Darby's Rangers," "Juvenile Jungle," "Party Girl," "Sweet Bird of Youth" and "The Chapman Report." He also made guest appearances on TV series such as "Perry Mason," "Bonanza" and "Dr. Kildare."
He began directing in television in 1969. Over the next 25 years, he directed TV movies and numerous episodes of series such as "Hawaii Five-O," "Mannix," "The Streets of San Francisco," "Police Woman" and "The Rockford Files."
In 1984, he won an Emmy for outstanding directing in a drama series for an episode of "Hill Street Blues."