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Gary Beach, 2001 Tony Award winner for 'The Producers'Yvonne Blake, Oscar-winning costume designerAdrian Cronauer, inspired character in 'Good Morning, Vietnam'Manny Ycaza, Panama-born jockey

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Gary Beach (70) Broadway and TV veteran whose portrayal of a truly terrible theater director in Mel Brooks’s monster hit The Producers won him a Tony Award in 2001. Beach’s other Broadway roles included Lumiere in Beauty & the Beast and Albin in the 2004 revival of La Cage aux Folles, both of which earned him Tony nominations. The Producers opened in 2001 and starred Nathan Lane as Max and Matthew Broderick as Leo. Beach played the self-absorbed and beyond-flamboyant director who gets to go on as Hitler and leads the cast in “Springtime for Hitler,” the show’s most famous number. He reprised the role in the 2005 film. Beach died in Palm Springs, California on July 17, 2018.

Yvonne Blake (78) British-born, Spanish-based costume designer who won an Oscar for Russian chinchilla-trimmed coats and grand military uniforms in Nicholas & Alexandra (1971) and science fiction immortality for superhero and supervillain ensembles in Superman (1978) and its 1980 sequel. Blake also designed costumes for cabaret performances and drag shows. She died in Madrid, Spain on July 17, 2018.

Adrian Cronauer (79) disk jockey whose military radio antics inspired a character played by Robin Williams in the film Good Morning, Vietnam. During his service as a US Air Force sergeant in Vietnam in 1965–66, Cronauer opened his Armed Forces Radio show with the phrase, “Goooooood morning, Vietnam!” Williams made the refrain famous in the 1987 film, loosely based on Cronauer's time in Saigon. The film was a departure from other Vietnam War movies that focused on bloody realism. Instead, it was about irreverent youth in the ‘60s fighting the military establishment. Cronauer died from an age-related illness in Troutville, Virginia on July 18, 2018.


Manny Ycaza (80) Panamanian jockey, one of the first Latin American riders to succeed in the US, who, at the height of his career, won the 1964 Belmont Stakes. With 2,367 wins out of 10,561 mounts, Ycaza was elected to the National Museum of Racing & Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, New York in 1977. His victory on Quadrangle in the 1964 Belmont Stakes—his sole Triple Crown triumph—foiled Northern Dancer’s attempt to win the Triple Crown after having won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes. Ycaza died of pneumonia and sepsis in Forest Hills, Queens, New York on July 16, 2018.

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