You may know him as the cranky lawyer from the '90s TV series "Picket Fences." But he got his first break as a child star in the Yiddish theater in Brooklyn. Fyvush Finkel died on Sunday at his home in Manhattan. He was 93.
French conductor Pierre Boulez was known for being an avant-garde composer, while Frank Zappa was firmly ensconced in the avant-garde world of rock. Together they recorded an album, "Boulez conducts Zappa." We'll hear how their collaboration maybe wasn't so unlikely.
Elizaveta Glinka died last weekend when a Russian military plane taking off from Sochi crashed into the Black Sea. Glinka ran a Russian humanitarian foundation that helped orphans and elderly people and was flying to Syria to help deliver food and medicine to children caught up in the civil war.
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah died Friday morning in Saudi Arabia, in his 90s. The king who had effectively led the Middle East kingdom for two decades, though officially for just one, was known as a reformer — even if it was not always evident to outside observers.
Lee Kuan Yew will be remembered as the man who turned Singapore into a global economic power. But the long-ruling prime minister and founding father of Singapore didn't do so without clamping down on some of his people's rights.
Maurice White, founder of the band Earth, Wind & Fire, died Wednesday at the age of 74. The band blended soul, funk, jazz and a bit of everything else. White himself, though, was heavily influenced by the study of ancient Egypt.
In 1980, when director Richard Attenborough was shooting scenes for Gandhi, thousands of Indians volunteered for parts as extras. New York-based film critic Aseem Chhabra remembers getting a part as a passenger on the train that carried Gandhi back to Delhi.