William Guest, 74, a member of Gladys Knight and the Pips, has died.
He died Thursday in Detroit of congestive heart failure.
Guest performed throughout the lifespan of the Grammy-winning group from 1953 to 1989. He performed background vocals on such hits as "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" and "Midnight Train to Georgia."
Gladys Knight and the Pips were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 and the Apollo Hall of Fame in 2006.
After the group ended, Guest and another member, the late Edward Patten, formed a production company. Guest later served as CEO of Crew Records. He released his autobiography "Midnight Train From Georgia: A Pips Journey" in 2013 with his sister-in-law Dhyana Ziegler.
"I am so glad we finished the book, so his wonderful life and legacy will be celebrated throughout eternity," said Ziegler. "I loved my brother so much."
Knight said: "We have lost many along the way; Edward Patten, Eleanor Guest, and now William Guest. We tried using our gifts of music in a way that would be pleasing to God. Please, take care of their journeys home and I say thank you Lord for a long and wonderful ride."
Haskell Wexler, 93, one of Hollywood's most famous and honored cinematographers and one whose innovative approach helped him win Oscars for "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and the Woody Guthrie biopic "Bound for Glory," died Sunday.
Wexler died peacefully in his sleep, his son Oscar-nominated sound man Jeff Wexler said.
A liberal activist, Wexler photographed some of the most socially relevant and influential films of the 1960s and 1970s, including the Jane Fonda-Jon Voight antiwar classic, "Coming Home," the Sidney Poitier-Rod Steiger racial drama "In the Heat of the Night" and the Oscar-winning adaptation of Ken Kesey's "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest."
He was also the rare cinematographer known enough to the general public to receive a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.
"He was a wonderful father. I owe most of who I am to his wisdom and guidance," said his son, nominated for Oscars himself for "Independence Day" and "The Last Samurai."
Haskell Wexler's 1969 "Medium Cool" mixed documentary and dramatic elements, telling the story of a fictional TV photographer who covers the violence between Chicago police and protesters at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. The real-life unrest was filmed on the spot for the movie, and its "cinema verite" approach was closely studied by aspiring filmmakers.
"I was under surveillance for the entire seven weeks I was in Chicago, by the police, the Army and the Secret Service," Wexler once told a reporter.
Throughout his career, Wexler was noted for his versatile and intuitive approach.
Born into a well-to-do Chicago family on Feb. 6, 1922, Wexler was still in grade school when he went to work for a photographer involved in the trade-union movement. At age 12, he recorded his family's vacation in Mussolini's Italy with his family's home-movie camera.
George Clayton Johnson, 86, who wrote memorable episodes of "The Twilight Zone," the first televised episode of "Star Trek" and, with William F. Nolan, the novel "Logan's Run," and whose work often addressed aging and mortality, died Friday in Los Angeles.
The cause was bladder cancer that spread to his prostate, his son Paul said.
Johnson, a contemporary and colleague of writers like Richard Matheson, Ray Bradbury and Charles Beaumont, was recognizable on the science fiction and comic convention circuits by his unruly beard and eccentric clothing. He was living a bohemian life in Southern California when producer and screenwriter Rod Serling chose to develop one of his short stories for his new series, "The Twilight Zone."
The story became "The Four of Us Are Dying" (1960), in which Harry Townes plays a con man able to assume another's face at will.
Johnson worked on six more episodes of the original "Twilight Zone," many of them poignant takes on senescence.
Johnson and Jack Golden Russell developed a story about a Las Vegas casino heist that became the 1960 movie "Ocean's 11," starring Frank Sinatra and other members of the so-called Rat Pack: Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop.
Johnson helped Bradbury adapt his story "Icarus Montgolfier Wright" into an animated short that was nominated for an Academy Award in 1963.
In 1966, he wrote "The Man Trap," the first televised episode of Gene Roddenberry's "Star Trek," which aired on NBC that September. In the episode a shape-shifting alien infiltrates the Starship Enterprise to feed on crew members and nearly kills Captain Kirk, played by William Shatner.
George Clayton Johnson was born on July 10, 1929 — in, by his account, a barn outside Cheyenne, Wyo.