Jack Klugman, (April 27, 1922 – December 24, 2012). Born in Philadelphia, PA, the son of Russian Jewish immigrants. Served with the US Army during WW II. Graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 1948. Stage, film and television actor best know for his role in 12 Angry Men, and as Oscar Madison in the television Series The Odd Couple.
Actor Russell Johnson, best known as "The Professor" on Gilligan's Island, served in the US Army Air Force during WWII. He flew 44 combat missions as a bombardier in B-25 bombers. In March 1945, he and two other B-25s were shot down in the Philippines. He broke both his ankles and the radioman next to him was killed. Johnson earned a Purple Heart, among other honors. He was honorably discharged and later served in the Army Reserve. He used his GI Bill to fund his acting lessons.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Charlton Heston, who won the 1959 best actor Oscar as the chariot-racing "Ben-Hur" and portrayed Moses, Michelangelo, El Cid and other heroic figures in movie epics of the '50s and '60s, has passed away. He was 84.
Burgess Meredith joined the United States Army Air Corps in February, 1942 and eventually reached the rank of Captain. After his discharged in 1945, he transferred to the Office of War Information and was involved in making films for GIs and the movie, The Story of G.I. Joe.